Story: Ngā take Māori – government policy and Māori

Te Kūiti Native School, around 1900

Te Kūiti Native School, around 1900

Te Kūiti Native School in King Country opened in 1898. That year the school's inspector reported, 'It seems to have overcome the prejudice of Maoris that are not yet Europeanised so far, that it is generally recognised by Maoris very conservative in other respects, that a school is certainly not a bad thing.' (Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1899, E-2, p. 6). Although the main purpose of native schools was to provide European education to Māori, non-Māori could also attend them, and several non-Māori pupils can be seen in this photo.

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Mark Derby, 'Ngā take Māori – government policy and Māori - Conflict and compromise, 1860s to 1920s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/34382/te-kuiti-native-school-around-1900 (accessed 23 October 2019)

Story by Mark Derby, published 20 Jun 2012