Te Tai Tokerau supports independence of Kōhanga Reo Trust from Govt control

By Te Ao Māori News

Northland Kōhanga Reo are in unanimous support of the Kōhanga Reo Trust being independent of Government control and support the call for the implementation of formal legislation to safeguard that independence.

Te Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira says these were some of the key points that surfaced in the Kōhanga Reo review for his region which he chaired last week.

Harawira told Te Kāea that following recent investigations, focus should now be placed on restructuring the board and ensuring adequate input into the decision making process from every region.

However in regards to the four examples of restructure put forward for consideration, Harawira says Te Tai Tokerau would like other options considered.

“Te Tai Tokerau doesn't support any of them. If there are 10 regions, two representatives, one male, one female, from each region, should be chosen to make up a 20-member board. At this time, I think we should adopt a wait-and-see attitude. This is the board that initiated the claim and we should wait until Michael Cullen's report has been released, and at that point, we will all know what the way forward will be.”

The Trust has now called on the Crown to recommence Treaty claim negotiations.

Harawira supports the call, “I do agree because an independent report makes recommendations on behalf of Kōhanga, firstly, to overhaul policy, secondly, to provide Kōhanga Reo with more funding, thirdly, to upgrade the facilities and resources of Kōhanga Reo, other than that, to find other teachers, to help improve their qualifications, and finally to increase the numbers of children through the passion of families for the kōhanga movement.”