Kōhanga Reo National Trust Deputy Chair frustrated with Treaty claim hold up
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Kōhanga Reo National Trust Deputy Chair frustrated with Treaty claim hold up

January 16, 2020


The Kohanga Reo board co-chair says
kohanga are being undermined by the hold up
of their Treaty claim by the Minister of Education. Tina Ratana-Olsen says the board has made changes
to its structure and operations, but they will not resign as that
is not what kohanga whanau wants. Instead they want the Government
to honour the Treaty claim. We must move forward, and fulfil
the hopes of all Kohanga Reo. Kohanga Board Co Chair says
they are frustrated the Government has not put the claim
back on the negotiating table. The Minister of Education
Hekia Parata says the board has yet to show her that they have reformed
their governance structure, and whanau given the opportunity to say who they would like
to represent them. Ratana-Olsen says they have made lots of changes
to the governance structure, but it is up to kohanga whanau to decide what process they take
to appoint people. The board is still to appoint
a whanau member, with an independent committee set up
to make recommendations. Next year, two members of the board
will step down. It’s not known who they will be, but Ratana-Olsen says
she will put her hand up if that’s what is wanted. The Minister says the ball
remains in the trust’s hands, but it seems until she is satisfied with process and changes
to the board structure, the claim remains at a stand still. Irena Smith, Te Karere.

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