31 Dec 2012

Puna reo agrees kohanga has suffered

6:10 pm on 31 December 2012

An Auckland-based Maori pre-school outside of kohanga reo agrees with a Waitangi Tribunal suggestion that kohanga has suffered under the policies of successive governments.

The Government is currently considering five recommendations of a tribunal report on kohanga.

Among the suggestions, it says the Government should say sorry for severe prejudice towards the kohanga movement through successive early childhood policies.

Dr Kuni Jenkins, the licence holder of a Mount Albert puna reo, which follows early childhood regulations, told Radio New Zealand's Outspoken programme that her centre was once a kohanga but it had to adapt.

By becoming a puna reo, it gets double the funding of a kohanga under the Ministry of Education guidelines.