15 May 2010

Church called in on school's financial crisis

9:44 am on 15 May 2010

The General Synod of the Anglican Church has stepped in to help two Hawke's Bay Maori boarding schools which have run into financial difficulties.

Bishop Kito Pikaahu says a 12-member commission will review what help the church can give Hukarere Girls and Te Aute Boys Colleges.

He told Waatea News the schools' long-standing problems in keeping on top of expenses have been made worse by a recent investment in upgrading a dairy farm in Danneverke, which got caught by the recession.

Bishop Pikaahu says the church has also appointed Bishop John Gray and Whatarangi Winiata to represent it on a joint working group aimed at sorting out Te Aute's claims against the Crown, which is being facilitated by Sir Wira Gardiner.