Willie Jackson refuses to drink the Labour and union Kool Aid on charter schools and has established his own charter school.
He has hit out at the status quo.
A new south Auckland charter school has taken a swing at state schools but another says it wants to support its neighbours rather than compete with them.
Te Kura Maori o Waatea in Mangere said it has been set up because some state schools are failing their Maori students.
In contrast, Pacific Advance Senior School in Otahuhu said it will be helping local secondary schools by taking on the teens they are struggling with.
The schools are among four new charter schools that have opened this year joining five that started last year.
Chief executive of the Manukau Urban Maori Authority Willie Jackson said its bilingual school, Te Kura Maori o Waatea, started this week with 40 students.
He hopes the publicly-funded private school will grow to 200 children within five years, but in doing so he does not want to run the two other kura in the area out of business.
“We’re not in this game to shut down other schools, we’re in this game to offer better options for our people. We need to find ways of supporting each other rather than looking at each other as cutting each other’s throat,” he said.