Topic: Kōhanga Reo

Native Affairs - A Question of Trust Part 1

By Mihingarangi Forbes

There's an almighty row over one of the institutions at the heart of te ao Māori - the Kōhanga Reo National Trust.  On one side - some of those who run Kōhanga, on the other - the Trust Board.

Critics of the Trust Board say it seems to have lost sight of its core business - looking after whānau and the language nests. They say the Trust, which is a charitable organisation, spends some of the money which it gets from government, more like a corporate business.

And they're angered it uses Trust money to make personal loans to staff and board members.  In contrast, workers at the coal face of the Kōhanga Reo Movement have to scrimp and save.

This is Part One of our special report.

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