In 2018 it was confirmed that one of the eldest Māori boys boarding school, Hato Tipene, would re-open.
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Despite its closure almost twenty years ago, the desire to reopen St Stephen's School could become a reality.
The doors of former Māori boarding schools Queen Victoria and St Stephens have been closed for over ten years now. However a feasibility group has been tasked with looking at whether the schools should be reopened, but an iwi representative of Ngāti Whatua says if the groups findings are unsuccessful the school sites should be returned to iwi.