8 Oct 2008

Maori boarding schools seen as still relevant

3:40 pm on 8 October 2008

Maori boarding schools continue to be relevant, according to Professor Taiarahia Black from Massey University.

He will present paper to a Maori education conference in Auckland on Wednesday on his research at Turakina Maori Girls College.

Waatea News reports the number of Maori boarding schools has been falling, with St Stephens School and Queen Victoria School shutting their doors eight years ago, and rolls down at the remaining six.

Despite the closures, Professor Black says Maori boarding schools provide a special education and have been an important source of Maori leadership.