Hastings District Councillor Malcolm Dixon has written to the Prime Minister asking him to intervene in the relocation of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Wānanga Whare Tapere o Tākitimu to Havelock North citing the location makes no sense to community interest.
Dixon says, “I think if we took out a petition thousands would sign it, we haven't really had anyone that's in favour of it being on this location.”
The chosen location is at the Arataki Holiday Park in Havelock North, on 2.8 hectares of Ministry of Education-owned land.
But some locals want a mainstream school and up to 200 residents are questioning the relevance of a Māori-medium school in a predominantly European area.
Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Labour MP Meka Whaitiri, “I don't think there's a problem there at all and I think it's going to be good for Havelock, it's just going to take some time to convince locals.”
The kura has outgrown its current location in Hastings. The relocation to Havelock will allow it to grow its roll to around 300 students.
The kura is due for completion by the end of 2017 and offers a unique education model that caters from pre-school to the elderly.