19 Dec 2012

Name of new school decided with a vote

7:21 pm on 19 December 2012

A community row over the naming of a new school in a Bay of Plenty town has been settled.

Some residents in Murupara were angry at a decision by the Establishment Board of Trustees to call a new area kura, Te Awatea o Murupara.

Board chairman Jacob Te Kurapa says because of differences of opinion the board held a vote to decide what the school should be called.

He says the winning name with 103 votes out of 184 was Murupara Area School.

Mr Te Kurapa says in retrospect the board should have consulted more with the community before deciding on a name.

The board will send a letter to the Ministry of Education requesting a name change be made official, before the new kura opens in February.