Friday, 24 July 2015

Book Review : Nga Kura Maori : the native schools system 1867-1969. Edited by Judith Simon

Maori or Native Schools in New Zealand

Over the last few years there has been much research published for the academic world and for any interested readers of this era of education in New Zealand.  

One of these works is 'Nga Kura Maori'  which draws information from personal experiences of ex-pupils from across New Zealand.  The book sets out to present an even coverage of schools, iwi and regions, however some schools records were lost, and although they do get a mention, other districts are more thoroughly represented. Pupils who contributed their recollections are not named. 

In reading this book I discovered what hardships Maori children endured in and from the Native School curriculum.  I confess I was quite ignorant of this part of New Zealand's history and I now have a greater appreciation for the skills and experiences of those for whom the Native School was their only option.    

The Rotorua district schools do get coverage.  Rotoiti Maori School, Whakarewarewa Maori School and Horohoro Maori School with photographs and anecdotes from past pupils.

Other books : "Tangoio Native School : 1902-1974" by Toi Harry Tawhai. ; "The child grew: the story of the Anglican Maori Mission" by Wilfred Williams ; "Ko mata : the life in New Zealand of Anne Chapman" by Phil Andrews

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