Te Whānau o Hato Petera Trust has issued a statement advising parents, students and staff the boarding facilities will be open at the commencement of the school year in 2016.
The newly elected Chair of the Trust, Murray Painting said “the College has always had a reputation for providing quality education since it commenced as a secondary school for Māori boys, 87 years ago.”
The traditional Māori boarding school which has been in operation for 100 years or more is now challenged by the changing landscape, said Mr Painting and Hato Petera is not exempt from this. “So it is time to review where we’ve been and make an informed decision about where we need to go to provide a model of pastoral care and education that is a compelling choice for Māori parents and their tamariki."
Mr Painting said the Trust looks forward to a fruitful and productive relationship with the Bishop and the diocese in its endeavour to polish the jewel in the crown to make Hato Petera the centre of excellence and for its future and the Māori students it will nurture and grow into fine leaders, as has been its mission from the day it opened its doors.
“With the refreshing of the governance team of the Trust, we are determined to meet this challenge head on. We look forward to opening in 2016 with a student body that will benefit from the renewed energy and determination that the Trust has to create a centre of pastoral care second to none with access to a centre of educational excellence."