Te Aute College and Hukarere Girls’ College have a stronger foundation to produce future leaders after collaboration across the Anglican Church.
Trustees of the St John’s College Trust Board (SJCTB) have accepted newly appointed trustees of the Te Aute Trust Board, which has oversight of Te Aute College and Hukarere Girls’ College in Hawke’s Bay.
The new trustees are Archbishop Brown Turei, Archbishop Philip Richardson, Bishop John Gray, Stephen Jacobi, Mele Tailai, Maui Tangohau, and Kevin Wearne.
All also serve as members of SJCTB, an endowment which funds education in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.
Archbishop Brown Turei, Te Pihopa o Aotearoa, describes the appointments as an exciting day for the schools and for the church.
“Te Aute and Hukarere have a fine heritage and tradition in forming the leaders of Maoridom," he says.
"Recent years have been difficult as finances have not been secure. Now we can look ahead in greater confidence.
“I want to thank the outgoing trustees, ably led by Robin Hapi, for the work they have done to continue to operate the schools in a challenging environment.
"Now is the time for the whole church to come in aid of the schools and to maximize their contribution to Maori Anglican education.”
The outgoing Te Aute Trust Board chair, Robin Hapi, says the outgoing trustees are pleased to support the development.
“This is the culmination of a process of collaboration between the two trust boards and the Anglican Church to ensure the continued viability of the two iconic Colleges,” says Robin Hapi.
“We are thankful that the Anglican Church in this country has endorsed its support for this proposal and we look forward to the progress in the growth and development of our two colleges that this initiative will enable.
"The intention is clearly that after a time the governance will be handed back to a newly constituted Te Aute Trust Board. We tautoko this decision wholeheartedly."
The incoming Te Aute Trust Board chair, Stephen Jacobi, says the involvement of the St John’s trustees reflects the desire of the three-tikanga church to ensure the schools continue to play a strong role into the future.
“My fellow Trustees and I are deeply conscious that these schools are taonga tuku iho. We respect their heritage and commit to ensuring that tikanga, whakapono and te reo will be upheld at all times.
"We undertake to consult closely with the local community and we look for their support as we build a new future for these schools.”