Ngāti Whakaue to fight for a charter school, Te Rangihakahaka's future
The education body of Ngāti Whakaue is upset at the uncertainty and confusion surrounding the future of its charter school, Te Rangihakahaka.
At the end of this year, the school's status will change from charter to state school status with a designated character.
Ngāti Whakaue's charter school Te Rangihakahaka's site is massive but not according to the Ministry of Education.
Te Taumata o Ngāti Whakaue's Bryce Murray says the Ministry of Education advised that they must cut their roll from 91 students to 75 due to the size of the school site.
"Kāre mātou i te tino mōhio he aha i pērā ai, i te mea i te wā i tūwhera ai tēnei o ngā kura i reira o rātou tāngata haramai ki te āta mātaitai i te rahi o tēnei o ngā whare me te kite ake āe ka taea."
Te Rangihakahaka is a science and technology school for years one to ten, Murray also says that even though classes are filled to maximum there are children still on the waiting list.
"Kei te pātōtō ngā whānau, ngā mātua kia uru pai mai ā rātou tamariki ki roto i tēnei kura nō reira me pēhea mātou e kore ai e āwhina i ēnā whānau?"
He adds that the trustees are now thinking of ways to move forward without cutting almost 20 students.
"Ko te 75 noa iho te tuanui. Anei ra mātou e mea ake mā mātou tērā e kawe. Engari mai ērā atu o ngā tamariki pērā i te 91 kua uru kē mai mā mātou anō ērā e āwhina kia noho tonu mai ki te kura."
The school says they will appeal the ceiling limit.