A couple of weekends ago I sent off some emails to the Maori MPs. My idea was to kick them into action. Peter Dunne had just withdrawn his support for the Education Amendment Bill being trust upon us by the NACTional GERManiacs.
I thought we might be able to get them a bit scared about voting in favour of the sly privatisation of our education system.
Just now I got a reply from Maori MP and leader-in-waiting Te Ururoa Flavell. I just thought I’d get the automated response – such as I did from Dr Pita Sharples – so this was a nice surprise.
Here’s the reply:
Tēnā koe Mike,
I runga i ngā āhuatanga o te wā, ngā mihi maioha. Thank you for your message – I will share your thoughts with our caucus.
The vision of educational equity many of us may have had has not translated into proportional success in educational achievement for Māori and Pasifika students. As you know, the Māori Party’s current position is that kura hourua or partnership schools may offer a model that Māori can use to their advantage – so we are prepared to give the pilot schools a go.
We know in particular that the key to education success is engagement by whānau in the education of their children – including participation in their schools. From what we have seen of the approach being associated with kura hourua it would seem there are real incentives for teachers and schools to engage better with Māori whānau and communities and make teaching more effective.
Given this, the Māori Party is currently happy to support the pilot of four or five schools – with a hope that best practice guidance that arises from the models offered may provide an excellent source of advice for the 2,200 other schools in Aotearoa.
Thank you again for voicing your concerns Mike – we are in support of investigating new ways to best serve our tamariki and will take your feedback on board.
Te Ururoa Flavell
Member of Parliament for Waiariki | Māori Party Whip
What a fantastic buzz it was to feel part of the democratic process. Exciting!!
It’s a shame that the Maori Party feel that the current education system cannot offer them what they need. I have the feeling that they will have a hard time winning the support of their people at the election next year.