Authorities to take a position $20m in run-down Māori boarding faculties

Huakere Girls’ College has 87 students and expects to grow

2021-06-04 12:35:42

Authorities ministers say they’re “shocked” and “saddened” by the state of Māori boarding faculties in Aotearoa.

Huakere Girls’ College has 87 students and expects to grow

Huakere Ladies’ Faculty has 87 college students and expects to develop
Picture: RNZ / Tom Kitchin

They’re placing their cash the place their mouth is – investing $20 million into the 4 remaining Māori boarding faculties over the motu.

At the moment, Kelvin Davis and Meka Whaitiri visited Hukarere Ladies’ Faculty, close to Napier, to study what enhancements had been wanted.

Hukarere is a haikura or highschool, with 87 college students, with 52 of them residing on website as boarders.

It’s the solely Māori Anglican faculty for women on the planet.

Whaitiri, the MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, had connections to the college. Though she didn’t attend, six generations of wāhine in her whānau had.

“To be sincere I am fairly saddened by the state of the hostels notably,” she mentioned after taking a tour of the college.

“The coldness through which the younger girls are anticipated to sleep, the state of the ablution blocks, [I’m] really shocked by the state of the kitchen, it was like stepping again into one thing within the ’50s.”

She ideas enhancements had been desperately wanted.

“I can see the place the proprietors have tried to patch up and make amends the place you possibly can however, general, the impression you come away [with] having gone by way of the hostels is – we might do higher.”

Principal Shona West with Ministers Kelvin Davis and Meka Whaitiri.

Principal Shona West with Ministers Kelvin Davis and Meka Whaitiri.
Picture: RNZ / Tom Kitchin

Davis, there in his function as Affiliate Minister of Training for Māori, discovered the situation of the akomanga, or school rooms, “unhappy”.

However he mentioned the very last thing the federal government needed was to shut them.

“These Māori boarding faculties have performed an vital function in rising Māori leaders and that is what that pūtea is for.”

He mentioned their legacy needed to proceed.

“They have been round for the reason that mid 1800s, and this kura [Hukarere] goes to have fun its a hundred and fiftieth anniversary in 4 years time and we would like it to be right here one other 150 years a minimum of after that.”

Yr 13 pupil Makere Cunningham was grateful for what the college had, however needed enchancment.

“I feel, inside the school rooms, there may very well be quite a lot of extra artistic issues in there and among the chairs in our school rooms are a bit pākaru.”

The tumuaki, or principal, Shona West, mentioned change was wanted.

“I do not know many faculties that have gotten their total faculty as prefabs, I do not know of any faculty in Hawke’s Bay that is obtained that and now we have. They’re relocated rooms, they are not constructed on the positioning, which begs the query, how lengthy do now we have to be in this type of setup?”

The college had to make use of its gymnasium as its chapel – and West mentioned it was “fairly unhappy”.

“In a single minute we’re praising the lord and utilizing that for chapel service and alternatively, they’re enjoying basketball in there, badminton, volleyball, doing kapa haka, you understand, however that is what we’re pressured to do.”

State of the bathrooms at Hukarere Girls’ College

State of the loos at Hukarere Ladies’ Faculty
Picture: RNZ / Tom Kitchin

Huakarere is without doubt one of the 4 remaining Māori boarding faculties within the nation.

Two extra are additionally in Te-Matau-a-Māui (Hawke’s Bay) – they’re St Joseph’s Māori Ladies Faculty in Napier and Te Aute Faculty in Pukehou, between Hastings and Waipawa.

The opposite is Hato Pāora, in Feilding within the Manawatū.

Its tumuaki Dr Nathan Matthews mentioned his faculty’s boarding areas wanted the money.

“For us I feel our best space of want is in our hostel, our dormitories, the residing space,” he mentioned.

“It takes some huge cash to take care of the dormitories so they’d be our primary precedence by way of the place we might look to spend the cash.”

The colleges didn’t but know what share of the $20m they’d get.

Davis mentioned authorities officers would work with the faculties and their boards to work out how a lot they’d obtain.

He mentioned the cash for the funding got here from Te Puni Kōkiri, not the Ministry of Training, because it was funding particularly for rising Māori leaders.

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