18 Jun 2012

New Maori educational body to go further than predecessor

7:53 am on 18 June 2012

The new Iwi Education Authority is promising to go further than previous attempts to set up an educational body for Maori and is pledging not to fail.

The new body has the backing of 23 kura in the North Island and will lobby to improve Maori education, through discussions with professional teacher organisations and unions.

It says the kaupapa of the authority is to put a stop to Maori students underachieving in class.

Twenty-five years ago, the first attempt to start an educational body for Maori was put forward in the Matawaia Declaration.

But it failed to get up and running and the Iwi Education Authority's chairman Pem Bird says the new body has already gone further.

He says it's the first ever time a Maori educational body has been operating.