Hato Petera College to hold emergency hui
Hato Petera College is set to mark its 90th anniversary in June, but the signs are the country's only Catholic co-ed Māori school won't last much longer.
The school has just one student left and it's understood no further enrolments are being accepted.
An emergency meeting has been called this weekend which could ultimately determine the fate of the school.
Stephanie Pomare is Hato Petera's only remaining student, and she highly believes her school still has a future.
“I love this school and I just can’t let it go until it’s near the end.”
The option of sending her to another school was available, but according to her mother Phyllis Pomare, it didn't work out.
Now, an emergency hui has been called for the wider Hato Petera community this weekend.
“The hui on Sunday is about coming up with some solutions to keep the kura operational because it can be done, the issue on the table for us is making sure we are part of the decision making going forward.”
Minister of Education Chris Hipkins says he welcomes feedback.
"Once I've had a chance to consider the feedback, a decision will be made about the cancellation of the college's integration agreement."
The hui this Sunday will commence at midday at the college in the hope that the school will be able to celebrate the Old Boys 90th anniversary.