4 July, 2018
Media Statement from Catherine Isaac
Former Chair of the Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua Authorisation Board
I welcome today’s announcement by Sir Toby Curtis and Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi that Māori have lodged a
Māori are doing a great service here for all New Zealanders by pursuing a Treaty Claim.
While Māori children will likely be the most affected by the closures, the removal of the partnership schools model in fact strips away the right of
These are sometimes children in low learning deciles, kids with special needs, Pasifika youth, those with specific vocational requirements, or often simply young people for whom the typical state school system is just not working and so they don't bother turning up to
Partnerships schools have been a circuit breaker for these children.
I encourage members of the media and the public to visit these
There you will see just how effective partnership schools have been in turning young lives around.
In February, I resigned as chair along with the rest of the PSKH Authorisation Board due in large part to the lack of consultation occurring under this Minister's watch, and the fact that we just couldn't support the closure of schools that were delivering great results.
The coalition Government is rushing ahead with cancelling Crown contracts
Māori have a special mechanism uniquely available to them via the Treaty Claims process to have inequities and unfairness affecting their people reviewed by the Waitangi Tribunal commission of inquiry.
If Sir Toby and Dame Iritana are successful with their application and the resulting claim, it will be a victory for New Zealand kids of
The two claimants are wonderful, lifelong advocates for education. They must be commended for the steps they are taking in pursuing this Treaty Claim against the Crown, and for the positive flow-on effects it will have for everyone if the partnership school model is saved for current - and future - generations of young New Zealanders.
I hope that the Tribunal accepts their application and moves quickly to investigate the claims. For further information about the Claim visit:
Phone: 021 421 540