Charter school trust buys waka for $100,000

A trust that owns two charter schools has bought its students a $100,000 waka to help with their learning.

He Puna Marama, which received $6 million of government funding for its two Whangarei schools over two years, but also gets revenue from elsewhere, says it bought the 22-person, 14m carved kauri waka with money specially “put aside” for the purpose.

New figures show charter schools are costing up to four times more per student than at state schools — with the most expensive priced at $30,000 for each student enrolled this year.  Continue reading

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