Semiramis Holland’s story outlined moves underway to re-open Māori Boarding Schools St Stephens and Queen Victoria.
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They were once bastions of excellence, responsible for educating many of Māoridom's most esteemed leaders however their glory days have long since passed.
The doors of former Māori boarding schools Queen Victoria and St Stephens have been closed for over ten years now. However a feasibility group has been tasked with looking at whether the schools should be reopened, but an iwi representative of Ngāti Whatua says if the groups findings are unsuccessful the school sites should be returned to iwi.