Just under 10 years ago, a Rotorua early childhood centre opened its doors. Running as part of the education strategy for Ngāti Whakaue, it was driven by a philosophy that iwi have an obligation to meet the needs of whānau, hapū and marae. The belief was that this was vital to children's wellbeing and belonging, with dreams of providing a rich learning environment. But earlier this month, those dreams were slammed when the Ministry of Education found 47 breaches of compliance and the licence of the puna was suspended.

Safety checking and child protection issues were some of the 47