18 Jun 2014

Ministry considers validating board

7:11 am on 18 June 2014

The Ministry of Education is considering whether it can validate the dissolved board of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Whangaroa, the board says.

The ministry last week dissolved the board of trustees and appointed a commissioner to oversee fresh elections, after public complaints about flaws in a ballot a year ago.

But former board chair Terry Smith said the ministry was looking at whether it could legally validate the board instead.

Meanwhile, Te Runanga o Nga Kura Kaupapa Maori o Aotearoa head Toni Waho said the school board had been progressing well, and intervention was not necessary.

He said an all parties approach would be able to settle the concerns about the 2013 elections, which the runanga said were minor.

Mr Waho said the primary concern as to whether a board would be dismissed was the health and safety of students, and the quality of education.

In the meantime, the former board is filing an application to the High Court for an injunction order and judicial review of the ministry's actions.