Māori Synod calls for Māori organisations, politicians and whānau to support Māori Boarding schools

By Heta Gardiner

The Māori Synod of the Presbyterian Church is calling on Māori organisations and whānau to advocate for the protection of Māori Boarding schools.

It follows after Education Minister Hekia Parata made an announcement on the future of Turakina Māori Girls College in the wake of financial and governance issues at the school.

It seems the call from the Māori Synod of the Presbyterian Church has been answered.

Now the Māori Affairs Minister wants answers.  Te Ururoa Flavell says, “I wonder why the Māori schools are in such dire straits, but the mainstream schools are not.”

Flavell has also raised concerns over spending.

He says, “It may fall on the churches support, because I know for a fact that there is money there to feed into the education side of things.”

Last week the Minister announced a consultation process over the next 4 weeks before a decision is made about the school's future.

Many Māori Womens Welfare League (MWWL) members are alumni of Māori Boarding schools. MWWL member Hinemoa Awatere believes the Minister has made the right decision with regard to the future of the school.

Awatere says, “I'm sure Minister Parata has given this a lot of thought, and we support her endeavour to raise the educationally standards of this school and every school.”

Any further submissions on the schools future can be made by the end of next month.