Overseas deal to save school doesn't sit well with all locals

Dean Nathan

He kura kua ora mai ano i nga moni whakangao no tawahi.  Engari kahore e tau tika ana ki etahi o nga matua o te haukainga o Te Tii i Kerikeri, ko te ahei o nga kaiwhakangao ki raro i nga whakaritenga a te Tari Overseas Investment Office te hoko whenua ki Aotearoa.

He kura tenei kua ora mai i nga moni whakangao o tawahi. Engari ko te utu o tera ko te ahei o nga manene / rāwaho ki te hoko whenua ki konei.

E ai kit e heamana o te poari a Donald Chandler, “I think that's a very fair trade.  And in fact the people that have purchased property here have made contributions to NZ in so many ways that go even beyond just this school. I myself am an overseas person in some sense and I think that some of us have a lot to offer NZ.”

Ahakoa te miharo ki nga painga katoa kua puta mai i nga whakahoutanga ki to ratou ano kura, kihai nga matua o tenei kainga i mohio ki nga whakaritenga.

“No, e kore au e tautoko e kia pera rawa ee kia hou mai ra ratou ki te tango i nga whenua no tatou ano ne, e kore au e tautoko i tera,” hei tā Ringapoto Herewini Tipene.

E ai ki te mema paremata o te Tai Tokerau a Kelvin Davis, “Koia te raruraru itenei wa mo nga whanaunga o Ngati Rehia e mataku ana kei ngaro o ratou whenua.kei tera takiwa nareira e rongo ana au i nga korero a taua kaumatua. Horekau au e hiahia kia kitea ai o ratou whenua e ngaro atu ki tawahi.”

E toru tau ki muri e whitu noa nga tauira i te kura omua o Te Tii.  Iaianei ki raro i tona ingoa hou Bay of Islands International Academy kua piki rawa atu ki te kotahi rau ma toru nga tauira ki tenei kura me te aha, kei te rarangi mai etahi ano kia uru mai.

Hei tā Chandler, “It was a hundred percent by the book above board.  We helped these overseas people with their applications and described how that would be of benefit to the school and New Zealand generally and the OIO reviews that and approves it.“

Hei tā Davis, “Ae ae ko te raruraru mehemea ka whai putea taua kura mai ite kawanatanga e kore te whanau o Ngati Rehia e whirinaki atu ki enei tangata no tawahi kia takoha mai he putea hei whakaorangia te kura.”