25 Oct 2012

Kohanga supporters press Crown for apology

9:48 am on 25 October 2012

Kohanga supporters have told their governing body they want an apology from the Crown for the way it has treated Maori pre-schools.

The apology was one of five recommendations in a report released by the Waitangi Tribunal last week.

The tribunal suggested the Crown say sorry for severe prejudice suffered by kohanga through early childhood policies of successive governments.

The Kohanga Reo National Trust Board has started a national tour to explain the report's findings to supporters.

Trust board co-chair Tina Olsen-Ratana says whanau are supportive of the tribunal's recommendations.

She says from the two hui held so far, at Porirua and Hawke's Bay, whanau are calling for the Government to say sorry.

Ms Olsen-Ratana says the trust will meet kohanga whanau in Gisborne on Thursday and kohanga reo in Whakatane and Tauranga on Friday.