Ngāi Tahu announced today that they are considering a 1900s business model. The model is not unfamiliar to New Zealanders, definitely not unfamiliar to Māori.
This is the model where a person supposedly representing the collective - in the interests of a business opportunity - sells something sacred to a 'rich' white man.
Because the man - from across the water - knows better than those who are tāngata whenua. Otherwise 'the man' wouldn't be so rich.
In this case Ngāi Tahu are thinking about importing an American model of education - they are putting education Aotearoa on the auction block to be stripped, sold, badly used and then discarded.
Ngāi Tahu are thinking of shunning kōhanga, kura, wharekura, models like Te Kōtahitanga, all the work of tāngata whenua in education - for a rich man from across the water, one whose political hero and pen-pal was Ronald Reagan.