31 Oct 2010

Conference told education system must not fail another generation

7:25 am on 31 October 2010

New Maori Party president Pem Bird says the party cannot let the education system fail another generation of Maori children.

Mr Bird told the Party's annual meeting near Hastings, that a recent report by the Education Review Office revealed how poorly Maori children do at primary and secondary schools.

He said education has to be a priority.

Mr Bird said that if Maori get education right, they will get also get justice, health and employment right.

He said the party has to have a plan to take the interests of Maori children forward.