Welcome everyone and thank you for coming today to help us create a direction for our future education.  

It is a great privilege to be asked to speak at this hui.  Thank you for inviting me to share my thoughts with you about how together, we can make a positive difference for Maori in education.

Firstly thank you all for inviting me up here to korero with you.  Being a Cantabrian, I have always thought that we have huge distances to travel in the South Island and that North Islanders just wouldn’t understand that.  


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