Hato Petera whānau continue to fight for their school
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.