Topic: Kōhanga Reo

Mataatua/Tauranga Kōhanga concerns remain

By Mere McLean
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

The collective of Kōhanga Reo from the Mataatua/ Tauranga Moana region are not disappointed in the findings from the independent review of Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust. 

However, a spokesperson of the collective says that they will continue to question the processes of the National Trust concerning Te Pātaka Ōhanga and the appointment of trust members.  

Lorraine Vercoe of the Mataatua/Tauranga Moana Kohanga Reo collective says that the review on the National Kōhanga Reo Trust missed the whole point of why they complained in the first place, “in my opinion, the report is not an in-depth review, however, the region will now see where to now.”

However, the collective says they will continue to question the processes of the National Trust of Te Kōhanga Reo.

Lorraine notes, “In the report, there were recommendations made, there is work that the board has to correct and it looks like they are taking the steps to do that, we should be included in those steps and ask, why did this happen, why is there no in-depth review by Ernst Young.”

It was the dismissal of the former CEO of the Kōhanga Reo, Titoki Black that sparked questions from the Mataatua/ Tauranga Moana collective.

Lorraine adds, “It seems there are rules for some and rules for others, that need to be corrected, so we stand together and strong and that is why we raised these issues.”

The collective of Mataatua/ Tauranga Moana says that we should return to the core values of the Kōhanga Reo which includes teaching the Māori language and values to our children, no doubt this will come up in the Kōhanga reo meeting at Turangawaewae Marae next month.

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