10 Aug 2012

Kura parents step up fight to remove commissioner

6:43 am on 10 August 2012

Parents have again challenged the Ministry of Education to remove a commissioner from a Maori language school in South Taranaki.

They've filed their second petition, expressing no faith in the Government appointed executive.

He was put in charge of Te Kura O Nga Ruahine Rangi in Mangatoki three years ago, following a poor Education Review Office report.

But members of the local iwi, Nga Ruahine, object to having a Pakeha commissioner who can't speak te reo Maori.

Chair John Hooker says a Maori commissioner could work, but ultimately they want a school board made up of tribal members

He says there a number of people who are capable of doing the job - and they would instil good governance from the word go.