31 Oct 2009

Future of Maori boarding schools mulled

5:21 pm on 31 October 2009

Maori Anglicans will this weekend consider the future of the church's Maori boarding schools.

Te Waipounamu Bishop John Gray says the biannual runanganui will hear reports on the prospects for reopening two schools in Auckland - Queen Victoria and St Stephens - which closed at the start of the decade.

They will also consider the future of Te Aute and Hukarere schools in Hawke's Bay.

Waatea News reports the schools have been financially crippled by "Glasgow leases" imposed by the Crown, which mean lands supposed to endow the schools have been leased in perpetuity for peppercorn rents.