13 Nov 2012

Kura checks societal impact of proposed merger

7:14 pm on 13 November 2012

A Christchurch Maori language school threatened with the prospect of a merger has launched an investigation into what effect an amalgamation could have on the wider community.

Te Whanau Tahi has already sent its first submission to Education Minister Hekia Parata opposing a future merger with Whakapumau i Te Reo Tuturu o Waitaha.

The Government wants to join the two schools as part of a wider re-jig of the education sectore after the earthquakes.

Melanie Riwai-Couch is co-ordinating the submissions for Te Whanau Tahi.

She says they'll canvass the effects a merger could have on Maori families who have children at the kura.

She says many problems can arise if families have to re-locate because of the merger.

The kura has until December 7 to submit its research.