Why is Kelvin Davis talking to the Maori Charters?

Why is Kelvin Davis talking to the Maori Charters when Chris Hipkins refuses to speak to any of them and says it is the Ministry’s responsibility?

Kevin Davis threatened to resign if the “two” Charter Schools in his electorate were closed down if Labour took government. At the time he was clearly unaware that there was a third Charter School in his electorate: Middle School West Auckland.

He cannot just favour the Whangarei ones because he considers them “Maori” as there is a name for that attitude. Middle School West Auckland has well over 100 Maori students. Te Reo is a compulsory language, and one of their Villas is bi-lingual. Where is his stance on this school?

Question 3 – Hon Paula Bennett to the Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education)
How will he ensure that children and young people remain engaged in Māori-medium education throughout their entire learning pathway and succeed as Māori?

Jacinda Ardern let slip in the House yesterday that Davis has been speaking frequently to the Whangarei Charters and yet Hipkins has stated that all discussions should be with Ministry officials. It is very early in the government’s term to have one rule for some and one for others.

In the NZ Herald yesterday Ardern said the three had not raised it with her directly but did support moves to turn the schools into character schools.

The issue is particularly sensitive for Labour’s Maori MPs Kelvin Davis, Peeni Henare and Willie Jackson who had spoken in support of the schools in the past and could face a backlash if they are forced to close.

Several are run by Maori or have a high proportion of Maori students and last year Davis said he would resign if the two schools in Whangarei ended up closing altogether.

The three MPs are due to front publicly on the issue today as a group.

Ardern said the three had not raised it with her directly but did support moves to turn the schools into character schools. “And there are cases where schools will fall into that criteria.”

She said the point Davis was making was that he believed there was a way forward.

-NZ Herald

So which version is the truth? They either have discussed it with her and let her know that they are talking to the schools they favour or they have not “raised it with her.”It can’t be both.

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