155 Kura Kaupapa Maori
  • (1) When establishing a State school the Minister may, by notice in the Gazette, designate the school under this section.

    (2) The Minister has absolute discretion to refuse to establish a school under this section.

    (3) The Minister may not establish a school under this section unless satisfied that—

    • (a) the parents of at least 21 people who would, if the school were established, be entitled to free enrolment there, want there to be established a school—

      • (i) in which te reo Maori (the Maori language) is the principal language of instruction; and

      • (ii) in which the charter of the school requires the school to operate in accordance with Te Aho Matua (as defined in section 155A); and

      • (iii) that has the special characteristics (if any) set out in its charter that will give the school a particular character (in this section called special characteristics); and

    • (b) if a school of that type is established, students enrolled at the school will get an education of a kind not available at any other State school that children of the parents concerned can conveniently attend.

    (3A) The Minister may not establish a State school as a Kura Kaupapa Maori unless he or she has first consulted with te kaitiaki o Te Aho Matua on the ability of the school to operate in accordance with Te Aho Matua (as defined in section 155A).

    (4) A notice under subsection (1) must—

    • (a) specify the name of the school, which must at all times begin with the words Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o; and

    • (b) state that the school will operate in accordance with Te Aho Matua; and

    • (c) summarise any special characteristics of the school; and

    • (d) specify the constitution of the board of the school.

    (5) After consultation with the board, the Minister may from time to time, by notice in the Gazette, amend the name of the school (but not so as to omit the words Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o), its special characteristics, or the constitution of the board.

    (6) Unless specifically provided otherwise, this Act and the Education Act 1964 apply to every school established under this section as if it were not so established.

    (7) The board of a school established under this section must ensure that—

    • (a) te reo Maori is the principal language of instruction at the school; and

    • (b) the school operates in accordance with Te Aho Matua.

    (8) The board may refuse to enrol any person whose parents do not accept that the school operates in accordance with Te Aho Matua.

    (9) A school established under this section may have an enrolment scheme, but—

    • (a) the Secretary must from time to time, by written notice to the board, fix a maximum roll for the school; and

    • (b) the board must ensure that the number of students enrolled at the school is not more than the maximum roll.

    Section 155: replaced, on 17 July 1999, by section 2 of the Education (Te Aho Matua) Amendment Act 1999 (1999 No 79).

    Section 155(3A): inserted, on 17 May 2006, by section 39 of the Education Amendment Act 2006 (2006 No 19).