The Minister of Education Chris Hipkins has confirmed that Hato Petera College will close.

But whānau and supporters refuse to give in and are making one last play to save the North Shore-based school.

The motto of the college is 'To Pray and To Work,' and supporter Mate Webb says it's a mantra its supporters are following.

"Ki ētahi he kupu noa iho. Engari ko ērā mea e pupuri nei ki roto i o mātou whatumanawa, ko tērā te moemoeā e pā ana ki te anga whakamua, nē?"

Despite the announcement by Hipkins, school whānau member Ratahi Tomuri says they believe the church has the final say. 

"I think we need to make that very clear here that the responsibility falls on the bishop. It will be interesting to see whether or not he will formally close the school." 

According to the land title deed the land was gifted to the church by the Crown, and in addition to that, the land was not gifted necessarily for Māori education. 

The Ngāti Pāoa Iwi Trust are the mandates for the iwi's treaty claims, in a statement they say:

"Our concern as mana whenua is for the land. If you look after the land properly then the land will look after you. More importantly, there is the question of the church over its failure to educate Māori, especially Ngāti Pāoa children." 

We were unable to get a comment from the Catholic Diocese, but they say the church will not comment on the matter at this stage.