25 Oct 2012

Kohanga hui start on Waitangi Tribunal report

9:48 am on 25 October 2012

The Kohanga Reo National Trust Board has started its national campaign to talk to its supporters about a report that's suggested the Crown should say sorry to Maori pre-schools.

The trust is meeting with its whanaunga (those associated with the organisation) following the release of the Waitangi Tribunal report on kohanga reo last week.

Among its recommendations, it suggests the Government should apologise for severe prejudice suffered by kohanga through early childhood policies of successive governments.

Kohanga Trust Board co-chair Tina Olsen-Ratana says the round of hui began in Porirua on Tuesday and on Wednesday members have been talking to whanau in Hawke's Bay about the report's findings.

She says so far supporters have told trust board members that they're very happy with the recommendations made by the Waitangi Tribunal.

Ms Olsen-Ratana says they're pleased because it spells out kohanga reo is unique and has a different philosophy to general early childhood centres.

She says the next hui with kohanga will be held in Gisborne on Thursday.

The Maori King is supporting the trust board and on Wednesday he joined the movement in Hawke's Bay.