Minister starts consultation on Maori school
The future of a Maori girls boarding school in Rangitikei is in doubt.
Education Minister Hekia Parata has initiated consultation with the board of trustees and proprietor of Turakina Maori Girls' College over whether it should stay open.
The Marton school's roll has fallen from 152 in 2003 to just over 50 this year.
"It's with a heavy heart that I'm initiating this consultation. Turakina has more than 110 years of educating young Maori women and has produced some fine students," Ms Parata said.
"However, ongoing financial and governance issues, as well as the declining roll, have created a situation that is potentially detrimental to the education of Turakina's current students."
The Ministry of Education has been supporting the school to improve its financial position, Ms Parata said.
"However, I'm mindful the ongoing uncertainty about the school's future may be negatively affecting its performance."
The consultation will run until September 11.
After that, the ministry will report back with a summary of the feedback and an interim decision will be made.