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THE TRAINING OF MAORI GIRLS. /The Inspector, of Native Schools (Mr W. W. Bird) was amongst those present at the opening of Te Wai Pounamu College for Maori Girls yesterday, and in the course of conversation with a " Lyttelton Times " representative he stated that the Government has no institution for the secondary and technical education of Maori girls. The work, for reasons that have seemed good to the Education Department, has t been left in the hands of denominational bodies, the Government assisting by granting a certain number of free places and undertaking the inspection work. Several schools are undertaking the work. The Victoria College for Maori Girls at Parnell, Auckland, is maintained from endowments provided by the Natives in the early days. In Napier there is the Hukarere school, maintained out of part of the Te Aute Trust. The St Joseph's Convent- Maori School at Napier is conducted by the order of Notre Dame des Missions. Lately the Presbyterian Church has established a school for Maori girls at Turakina, near*Wariganui. > Mr Bird stated that the Government offers about eighty free places to Maori girls in these schools, on condition that the establishments are inspected by departmental officers and that >the syllabus of work is along lines approved by the Education Department. We send to those schools," said Mr Bird, ■" the best of the Maori girls who have passed through the ordinary village schools. In most of the schools the training takes a distinctly industrial turn. In none of the girls' schools are such subjects as -Latin and algebra taught, but special education is given, with attention to domestic training and such subjects as dressmaking, laundry work, cooking and general hygiene. The Department recognises that the object of the training should be to make the good women, good wives and good mothers."

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NO STATE COLLEGE., Star, Issue 9483, 5 March 1909

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NO STATE COLLEGE. Star, Issue 9483, 5 March 1909