Last week, we heard the Maori Party endlessly praising National for the DRIP. Yesterday, we got deathly silence as Trevor Mallard, with the help of a PPTA OIA request, revealed that the Government is giving whare kura schools only $50,000 in base operating funding compared to $130,000 that mainstream schools get. It seems that the Government is treating kids at Maori immersion schools as second-class citizens.
But not a peep from Pita Sharples, Associate Minister of Education, when Anne Tolley signed off on this policy. Not cries of outrage from the Maori Party in the House yesterday.
Except from Te Ururoa Flavell but he wasn’t concerned about Maori kids getting a bad deal. No, he was having a cry that Trevor Mallard had referred to whare kura schools as being for Maori when they’re open to any child wanting a Maori immersion education. Heck of a job, Te Ururoa.
But maybe I just don’t get it. Maybe I’m too focused on substance, when I should be satisfied with symbols. Maybe I’m just being euro-centric in expecting parties to put delivering real results for their supporters ahead of empty grandstanding.
Or maybe the Maori Party are just sell outs.