Those affected by the upcoming closure of Hato Petera College boarding facilities, have met to discuss ideas about how to move forward. This comes as Te Whānau o Hato Petera Trustee Rudy Taylor has resigned.
He’s only just come on board this year, but Taylor says he has no confidence in the Te Whānau o Hato Petera Trust.
“So yes, I have resigned through frustration and not working together. Communications is the hardest thing I've found out with these trustees, so I'm not happy with them,” says former trustee, Rudy Taylor.
In a statement last week, Te Whānau o Hato Petera Trust and the Catholic Diocese of Auckland, outlined some of the reasons why the buildings were no longer suitable to accommodate students. Even though lots of work and resources have been invested into bringing the facilities up to standard.
Taylor says he hasn’t seen the real budgets and has concerns, “Until they really get out there and tell the truth about what's happening, then it's up to the whānau to see how the school will operate in the best interests for all of the whānau.”
A source who didn't want to be identified but was also present at the meeting says that Te Whānau o Hato Petera Trust did not front up with whānau members wanting answers.
“Some of the whānau have been ringing the principal (tūmuaki) and say what do we do? So he said, you need to go away and get the answers from the Bishop,” says Taylor.
The next AGM for the Trust will take place on November 22.