The board of trustees says they met with representatives from the Ministry of Education yesterday at 1pm. That was the first time they were made aware of what the Minister announced this morning. The board also says says the Ministry gave them only two hours to notify the school community of the decision. So there are feelings of shock, animosity and anger. Turakina Māori Girls’ College is in total devastation. We’re deeply saddened. I will not give up on here. This is the best school for young women. Intense anger too at the haste decision
made by the Minister. Mihaere was tasked with breaking down the news
to the 55 students enrolled here. The girls listened and cried. There was… …a lot of mental anguish. The Rangitikei District Mayor rushed to the school
this morning to offer what help he can. He and his wife are lifelong supporters of the school. Support for the school has come flooding in
during the last 24 hours after their world was turned upside down
from many families including local iwi Ngāti Apa and many former students
of the country’s three Māori girls schools. Among ourselves we embrace our values, that we at this school embrace and value Māori culture, it has a place at this school, as does academic excellence. We value the worth of our souls
and of our young women. The school is looking up and aren’t focusing on the fact that they could be closed. It’s a word they’ve banned. Now the school community is preparing for the battle
of its life. The school is asking the old girls and wider school community to support them. A consultation will be held September 11 and shortly afterwards the Minister will make a decision on whether the school will close. If the Minister decides the school is to close its doors, both boards will be able to contest and oppose
the decision she makes. Perhaps the most difficult thing right now is that the window of opportunity won’t stay open forever.