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E tātou ma, ka nui te aroha mo to tātou whanau kua pāngia ki te mate i ngā ra tata kua pahure, ko aua tangi ano, ko aua mihi ano, haere e ngā mate haere.
Hoki mai ano kia tātou, tena tātou katoa.
There are many circumstances in which one can understand, tolerate or even sympathize with an adverse decision, but the events following the announcement of hostel closure fall beyond acceptable boundaries.
I'm reminded of a quote I once heard: "It's one thing to open the door while it's quite another to welcome people in." For the College to thrive and to flourish for the next 88 years, our Diocese needs to do more than open the door next year. It should provide an atmosphere of acceptance and inclusion. It needs to be sensitive to the changing world, encourage diversity in all its forms, and give a heartfelt welcome to everyone entering the gates.
Unfortunately both our Boards Te Waka o Petera (hostel) and the Board of Trustees (College) have encountered closed doors, exclusion and measures set to hinder rather than help.
To this end, the Te Waka o Petera is laboring to secure the return of our hostels, and have taken advice regarding this. The BOT are endeavoring to secure alternative hostelling for our College as an interim measure. We are meeting with the Ministry of Education on Tuesday to seek their assistance and will update the whanau as information comes to hand.
We are strengthened by the positive responses we have heard from the community. The offers of assistance, support and genuine concern expressed for our college, our students and whanau are heart warming and provides the motivation to continue.
The College office is open this week if you need assistance or information.
Ka nui ēnei e hoa ma. Kia u !