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From: Ross Stewart

Dear Ministry of Education,

I would appreciate if the Minister of Education please advise the reasons for the removal retaining to Mt. Wellington Residential School history or details of this government institution being removed from the internet when information and history regarding Waimokoia Residential School is still available on the internet

Yours faithfully,

Ross Stewart

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Kia ora Ross
 
Thank you for your email of 29 March 2021 to the Ministry of Education
requesting the following information:
 

* I would appreciate if the Minister of Education please advise the
reasons for the removal retaining to Mt. Wellington Residential School
history or details of this government institution being removed from
the internet when information and history regarding Waimokoia
Residential School is still available on the internet.

 
To assist us in providing you with a meaningful response to your query, we
would like to better understand the information you are seeking. Could you
please advise what websites you are referring too in terms of information
being removed from the internet when information and history regarding
Waimokoia Residential School is still available on the internet? What type
of information are you seeking in regards to Mt. Wellington Residential
School so we can better assist you?  
 
We look forward to hearing from you. If you would prefer to discuss this
over the phone, please provide a phone number and we will arrange for
someone to call you.
 
Kind Regards
 
Enquiries National Team | Ministry of Education ^MC
33 Bowen Street, Wellington
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From: Ross Stewart

Dear Enquiries National,

I would appreciate the history in regards to Mt. Wellington Residential School, its purpose and why such a school was established from 1960 till its closure and transfer to Waimokoia
Residential School

Yours sincerely,

Ross Stewart

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From: Ross Stewart

April 01, 2021
Dear Enquiries National,

I would appreciate the history in regards to Mt. Wellington Residential School, its purpose and why such a school was established from 1960 till its closure and transfer to Waimokoia
Residential School

Yours sincerely,

Ross Stewart

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Kia ora Ross
 
Thank you for your email of 29 March 2021 to the Ministry of Education and
your subsequent clarification for the following information:
 

* I would appreciate the history in regards to Mt. Wellington
Residential School, its purpose and why such a school was established
from 1960 till its closure and transfer to Waimokoia Residential
School.

 
We have considered your request in accordance with the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act).
 
Waimokoia was the third name for a residential school which existed in two
different sites from 1960 to 2010. It was opened in 1960 as Mt Wellington
Residential School, was then relocated to Bucklands Beach in 1979 and
called Bucklands Beach Residential School before being named Waimokoia
Residential School in June 1980. Throughout its time, the school was for
students (predominantly boys) with behavioural challenges.
 
On 30 July 1979, correspondence from the Department of Education Northern
Regional Office to Head Office was received stating that Mt Wellington
Residential School would be transferring to Bucklands Beach Residential
School in Auckland as quoted below:
 
“You will be aware that this school is being built to replace Mt
Wellington Residential School, a special departmental school which caters
for maladjusted children who have serious emotional difficulties and whose
adjustment and successful rehabilitation require integrated educational
therapeutic treatment in residential care. The new school is a 40-bed
establishment, as against the present 24-bed establishment at Mt
Wellington. Construction has progressed rapidly this year, with an
anticipated completion date of November 1979. The new school will be
operational from the commencement of Term 1, 1980.”
 
By 27 November 1979, the Mt Wellington Residential School Principal’s
Report on this transfer was produced:
 
“We intend to begin our shift to the new school on 21 January 1980. At
that stage the project will not be complete, but we will have the teaching
block, the 8-bed residential block, one 16-bed residential block, the
services and administration block, one flat, and the principal’s house.”
“At present we are considering a name for the school. I hope that further
research will prove ‘Waimokoia’ to be suitable. It is recommended that the
word ‘Residential’ be deleted from the name.”
 
On 9 June 1980, a Department of Education Briefing to the Minister of
Education discussed the naming for the new school the Mt Wellington
Residential had transferred too:
 
“The Department’s Auckland residential school for maladjusted pupils
vacated its temporary premises at Mt Wellington in January 1980 and now
occupies its new permanent buildings at Bucklands Beach.”
“While the new premises were being planned and built, they have been
referred to as the Bucklands Beach Residential School for Maladjusted
Pupils. However, the Department has not adopted this name officially.”
“The Auckland Regional Superintendent and his Special Schools Management
Committee have proposed that the school be named ‘Waimokoia School’. The
title is translated as ‘the waters leading to Mokoia’ and refers to the
view from the new school across the lower reaches of the Tamaki river to a
point of land which was occupied up to early European settlement by Mokoia
Pa.”
“The proposal is in line with the Department’s preference for
non-categorical names for all special schools, and with your agreement in
1979 to rename Sumner School for Deaf Pupils as Van Asch College. It is
strongly supported by the principal of the new school and his staff. If
adopted, it will also eliminate possible confusion between the new school
and the nearby Bucklands Beach Intermediate School.”
“Investigations when the renaming of Sumner School for Deaf Pupils was
proposed in 1978 revealed that the Director-General has authority to
determine the names of the Department’s special schools.”
 
On 14 November 2009, the Minister for Education, Anne Tolley, had a media
release which announced the closure of Waimokoia Residential School
effective as of 27 January 2010 due to concerns around student safety. The
Minister’s press release stated: "I have made my decision to close the
school in the interests of the students, and based on reports from the
Education Review Office (ERO) and the school's Commissioner," said Mrs
Tolley.
 
This press release can be found at the following link:
[1]https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/waim...
 
Thank you again for your email and we hope this information has been
useful to you. You have the right to ask an Ombudsman to review this
decision. You can do this by writing to [2][email address] or
Office of the Ombudsman, PO Box 10152, Wellington 6143.
 
 
 
Kind Regards,
 
Enquiries National Team | Ministry of Education | TW
33 Bowen St, Wellington

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