Famed Māori school tipped to reopen
St Stephens School is tipped to reopen, almost 20 years since its doors closed.
The revelation comes from the Chair of School's Old Boys’ Association, Joe Harawira.
“Ko te tino ngako o tēra o nga pānui ki te whakaatu ki te minenga ngā wawata ngā moemoea o ngā tama pakeke o te kura.”
Harawira says his subcommittee group has conducted extensive research to actively explore the different models for the potential reopening the school.
“The twenty, thirty years or so our curriculum was mainstream based. We've taken examples from some of the educational models and one has stood out if we are successful with a reopening.”
Established in 1844, the former Anglican school's site has sat empty since 2000.
However, the strive from the many of the Old Boys' of the school who include the likes of Te Ururoa Flavell, Shane Jones and Professor Graham Smith have been the contributing factor to the aspirations of St Stephen's Old Boys’ Association.
Despite having no financial talks, the St Stephen's Old Boy's Association is working with the Anglican Church and philanthropists in finding a way forward.
No doubt there will be many questions raised once the announcement is made first to the Old Boys' at 3 pm today.