A collective of Hato Petera whānau are still fighting to keep the school open.

When we last reported on Hato Petera's predicament, it had just one student enrolled; now it has three.

Consultation about the school's future closed this Wednesday between the Ministry of Education and the Diocese.

Kura whānau member Ratahi Tomuri says it was a process the whānau of Hato Petera claim they were excluded from.

“Kua whakatakahi ana te mana o ngā tūpuna me te poutokomanawa o tō tātou nei whare, Te Kāmaka.”

Parent Phyllis Pomare says they are now tired of waiting to meet with the appropriate ministers.

“We've been waiting for a meeting for about 10 weeks we still haven't heard from him, but I’d love that meeting with him.”

This year the school will get up to $500,000 worth of funding for staffing entitlement and operational costs which are generated by the number of students.

Commissioner Lex Hammil questions if the funding given is a wise expenditure of money.

“If you walk down the corridor and hear the echo of your own feet rather than the laughter of students. I think that’s pretty self-explanatory.”

The collective will soon run a benefit concert to raise awareness. It’s now a waiting game to find out the school’s future.

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