This evening Native Affairs showed a segment discussing the proposed changes to the two kura kaupapa in Christchurch. Originally the proposal was for them to merge. That idea is patently ridiculous – they’re two very different schools with very different kaupapa. Now, Hekia Parata has told them that one is to move to the north of the city, and they get to decide which.
There were a couple of questions during the show wanting to know where, exactly, the schools are located for people unfamiliar with south Christchurch. Since they’re both in my rohe I’ve done a quick map from Google to show. C, D and E on the map should be ignored – Google thought they were somewhat related so included them in my results and I couldn’t be bothered trying to figure out how to get rid of them. B is Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Waitaha, and A is TKKM Te Whanau Tahi.
You should be able to click on the map for a bigger image. You can see they are fairly close together – Te Whanau Tahi is right next to Pioneer Stadium, on the Orbiter route, while Waitaha is a few short blocks from the 28 Lyttleton route. Coming from town you would have to cross Brougham St though, which is a busy main road frequently traveled by heavy trucks. After that you quickly come into much quieter, and safer, back streets. Lyttleton St, which tamariki taking the Orbiter from the north of town would have to cross to get to Te Whanau Tahi, is a pretty standard street – one lane, far quieter than Brougham, sees quite a few cars but not too hard to get across.
During discussion they mentioned Shirley as a potential place where parents might be living for a kura in the north – that’s about 045 degrees from the centre of town, between Mairehau and Dallington, if you’re looking for it. I’m not as familiar with the bus routes up there since I live down near Waitaha kura.
ETA: @rumpelsnorcack has just noted that there’s an
already-approved ”endorsed” new Māori school to go in or near Mairehau for hypothetical parents in Shirley, which may be why they name-checked it.