According to Te Akatea NZ Māori Principals Association, they are strong.

That is why there is an education conference with Aboriginal leaders looking to bridge the inequality gaps in the education system with Māori and Aboriginal nations.

A gathering of Māori principals met with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Principals Association (NATSIPA).

According to Robert Clarke, the principal of Avondale Primary School, they met to bridge the inequality gaps in the education system that their respective peoples face.

“Me tino hakarongo te kāwana arā he tohu tēnei ki a Kelvin kia haramai ki te whakarongo ki ngā tumuaki Māori o te motu. Me whakaaro tātou i waho i te pouaka whakawāteā te tēpu kia kōrerohia ngā ahuatanga o ā tātou tamariki mokopuna.”

Te Akatea NZ Māori Principals Association says that the 'white space' is getting bigger and bigger and it's an issue where schools need to take action.

More than 250 delegates gathered in Waitangi for this conference.

Clarke also adds that it is a widely held belief at the conference that the NZ education system is not fitted for Māori.

“Me whakaaro kē tātou ki tētahi pūnaha kē kia piki ake te nama o ngā tamariki Māori, Pasifika arā ngā tamariki puta noa i te motu nei.”

This conference is held every two years. Friday is the final day.

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