The Anglican General Synod / te Hinota Whanui has voted to take immediate action in the face of the severe financial difficulties that threaten the viability of the two Maori Anglican schools in the Hawkes Bay.
Te Aute Trust Board is the governing body of Te Aute College (Maori Boys) and Hukarere College (Maori Girls), and the action is necessary to avert a crisis. Te Aute College and Hukarere College each have about 100 students.
The Most Reverend Brown Turei, Archbishop of Aotearoa, says: “We as a church must act to establish strong leadership, obtain financial analysis and care for the communities of the two schools and to show hope.
"A great deal of work has been done during this Synod to find a way forward when the future of such essential schools is at risk.”
The Synod addressed the need for the care of the two communities during such a transitional time.
Delegates expressed the desire for the pupils and staff to know the Synod’s prayers and support were with both communities at this time.