Topic: Kōhanga Reo

Reaction to Kōhanga financial discrepencies

By Numia Ponika-Rangi

There were a plethora of reactions from various sectors of the community to the news of financial discrepancies in Te Pātaka Ōhanga's credit card spending.

Long-time Māori media commentators and long-time advocates of Māori education and language have all reacted to the story that revealed questionable spending by some of the top level managers of the Kōhanga Reo Trust.

There were differing opinions, surprise, indignation, concern and anger, but everyone Te Kāea spoke to had one common message, get our house in order for the sake of kōhanga, the children and the language.

There was also concern that the actions of a few will affect so many.

The Auckland kōhanga reo Te Kāea approached today say they will continue their service to their kōhanga reo and to the Māori language.