New Zealand

Auckland Fijian kindergarten closed after poor review

New Zealand’s only Fijian early childhood centre has temporarily shut its doors, leading to fears the community which uses its services will be left out in the cold.

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September 18, 2017 8:12 am

South Auckland’s Bula Centre, which has received more than $3.67 million (NZD$2.5 million) in government funding, closed after having received the lowest possible ranking from the NZ Education Review Office.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama visited the center in October, 2016.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama visited the center in October, 2016.

The review found problems with financial management, governance and health and safety.

The closure has left the families of 21 children and seven staff in limbo.

“Next Monday will be four weeks that we have not been paid. And I am so worried for the staff. It’s their livelihood, it’s really affecting them,” Centre Manager Nirshad Rokodi told 1 NEWS.

The NZ education ministry says the Bula Centre must fix the problems highlighted in the Education Review Office report before October 12 or its licence will be suspended.

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