Parents at Orauta face prosecution because they've thumbed their noses at the Ministry's announcement of the school's closure, and at what the Ministry calls 'quality.' Instead, they've demanded that they be permitted to make the choice over the education of their own children themselves.
As you might expect, this has made the Ministry of Mis-Education apoplectic, and school spokesman Ken Brown no less so; he charged that the Ministry "was using 'financial terrorism' to scare parents into sending their children to another school."
Them's fighting words, and it seems the parents of Orauta are prepared to fight. Stand firm!, say the Libertarianz, and it seems the parents intend to:
[The School's spokesman] welcomed the threat of legal action as the school community believed it had a "strong case" for proving that Maori had a right to govern themselves and therefore the right to run a school.
I would suggest that all New Zealanders have the right to govern themselves, and rather than issue hasty warning letters, the best thing the Ministry could do is simply give back the school to those who are using it, and rescind any prosecutions that have been issued.
We hear too often that parents take too little interest in their child's education. Now we see why: when they do they walk into trouble.