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ACE restored

Written By: - Date published: 12:01 pm, June 6th, 2014 - 85 comments
Categories: education, labour - Tags: ,

I see that Labour announced the restoration and increase of the Adult and Community Education (ACE) funding that National slashed back in 2009 and largely killed the programme throughout much of the country.

Damn good idea. This used to be a vital step up for people and their families to improve themselves and the subsequent generations as well.

I have a personal history and interest in this. Both my parents left school at 5th form. But in the late 1960s, my mother went back to night school (as ACE was known then) to get her university entrance while raising me and my siblings. She subsequently got our extended families first university degree. This was an example followed by a number of members of her generation. The result was that it is now rare for any of our family kids to not go through to tertiary education.

There are tens of thousands of families who can similarly trace their changes in the availability of opportunities from this extremely effective low cost stepping stone of night schools and ACE over the many decades that the programmes have been running. It is pretty damn cheap.

The policy will see $13m of funding from the first budget, a further $9m from 2018, and $1m per year for English for Speakers of Other Languages courses (ESOL).

The major slashing of the ACE program back in 2009 had no credible explanation by the government at the time apart from reducing expenditure. This explanation rather lacked credibility as in 2009, they also gave out generous tax cuts to the already wealthy and gave their affluent backers billions of dollars in overly generous finance company guarantees.

This type of profligate and irresponsible wasting of the efficient operation of government finances caused a massive increase in government debt..

Net core crown debt with special imaginary forecasts from Bill English for the 2014 general election.

In other words this will cost about 2 days of the interest payments that the government is currently paying on their accumulated debt -currently running at about $10 million per day in interest alone.

Before the National Government’s 2009 Budget cuts, more than 400,000 Kiwis were enrolled in ACE courses every year.

National slashed funding to night schools by up to 80 per cent. That led to the number of schools providing these courses falling from 212 to just 23. Now more than 150,000 Kiwis who once attended night school and other school-based learning can’t.

Indeed. Now all we have to do is get a Labour led government in place to get these productivity boosting courses back into full operation.

85 comments on “ACE restored”

  1. tinfoilhat 1

    Completely agree with this policy, I was going to chastise you that the Greens had already promised this but can’t actually find their position on it ?

    • lprent 1.1

      I’m pretty sure that it was both in the Labour and Greens policies in 2011. What is interesting is that Labour are extending it beyond where it was in 2009.

      You may be thinking of this, a policy on community hubs?
      http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1401/S00045/ace-sector-supports-green-party-policy-on-community-hubs.htm

      • phillip ure 1.1.1

        while i support access to all education for anyone who wants it..

        ..(it should come under ‘human rights’..i reckon..)

        ..i don’t think labour have thought this one thru..

        ..as these are different/digital-times..

        ..and yes..open up all those options again..(esp basic quals etc..for those who have fallen off the education bus at an early age..)

        ..but enshrining internet-access as another human right..

        ..would mean superior courses wd be able to be offered online..

        ..to far more people..

        ..so if the internet/mana duo think this one thru..

        ..they cd gazump labour..

        ..by positing a clear plan for that online education access for all..

        ..so once again..a seemingly ill-thought-out/presented/knee-jerk policy from labour..

        ..an..’ok..!..but..!..’

        ..(someone further down the (unread) thread may have made this same point..if so apologies for duplication..)

        • Naki man 1.1.1.1

          Have you had a job since you went back to university phillip or were
          you just exercising you human rights and getting a student loan?

          • phillip ure 1.1.1.1.1

            “..Have you had a job..”

            i actually have put my education/experience to work ..in that i run/edit the online news-aggregation website whoar.co.nz.

            ..and my days’ ‘work’ usually starts @ 5.00-5.30 am..7 days a week..

            ..and i trawl thru what i consider to be the ‘best’ news outlets/commentary local and on the planet..

            ..and each day i collate a best-of-the-best..(this usually means 40-50 new links each/every day..)

            ..and in the process i have built a wicked little best-of searchengine..

            ..with over 90,000 best-of’s in it..(a browsing-heaven..easy to get ‘lost in/lose hours in..)

            ..and if the site has an ethos..it is respect for the intelligence of the reader/audience..

            ..(so i guess that wd b yr call..if it fits you/is for you..eh..?..)

            ..and thanks for asking..eh..?

            ..and yrslf..?

            ..are you in the cow-concentration-camp/animal/planet-exploitation-‘business’..?

            ..which branch of fucking-the-planet are you in..?

            ..should we compare environmental-footprints..?

        • Huginn 1.1.1.2

          Phillip

          It’s a feature, not a bug.

          Prestigious universities are offering excellent online education programs, often for free. But online education is hard because sometimes you need someone to talk to and to keep you on track.

          Adult and Community Education can use these to bring a much richer educational experience into the community.

          Bringing ACE back is a fantastic idea. Very exciting.

          • phillip ure 1.1.1.2.1

            yeah..i am talking a mix of those two..online access..backed up by personal-contact components/options..

            ..and of course much easier to fit into users’-lives..

          • Stephanie Rodgers 1.1.1.2.2

            There’s also the practical element – a lot of things are more easily demonstrated in person – and the social element. Getting out and meeting people from your community while you all learn a new skill together has to have a lot of benefits.

      • Chooky 1.1.2

        lprent+100… Great Post thanks!…Adult and Continuing Education is important for all sorts of reasons!

        …for many it is to extend and catch up …and to eventually go on to tertiary education or develop a new career

        ….for others newly come into a community, or a new immigrant, or a Mother or Father at home, or the newly divorced or separated, it is to make new friends ( two of my best friends I met through Continuing Education)

        …..for others it is to find a new skill or develop an art or language

        ….Adult and Continuing Education provides social cohesion!….and quality of life ! It values people!… It values Continuing Education and continued learning throughout life…like the old WEA …Workers Education Assn.

        (….. and I think John Key’s Nact cynically put the money saved from axing Continuing Education directly into propping up Private Schools)

        Good on Labour and the Greens for promoting the reintroduction of Continuing Education !

  2. BM 2

    I remember doing a picture framing course a while ago, we didn’t learn jack, basically it was just a way for the particular guy who was running the course to drum up more businesses.

    Rather put me off these ACE courses after that

    • tinfoilhat 2.1

      Here’s a suggestion then – don’t go and let those who do get something from the many different course that used to be run at schools across the country get back into ACE courses.

    • Lanthanide 2.2

      Was this picture framing course an ACE course? Because you didn’t actually say that.

      I can only guess it was something ran by the local kindergarten aimed at pre-schoolers. You’d probably fit in fairly well there.

    • John 2.3

      I did a picture framing one too, as well as a few others.

      They are all pretty much hobby courses – nothing of any depth that would actually get a job for anyone on those courses.

      There should be funding for some courses – i.e. adult literacy etc – but the question is …..”should taxpayers be funding peoples hobbies?”

      • Draco T Bastard 2.3.1

        They are all pretty much hobby courses – nothing of any depth that would actually get a job for anyone on those courses.

        Just because you were too useless to use that knowledge to get a job or create your own business doesn’t mean that others don’t.

        should taxpayers be funding peoples hobbies?

        Yes because hobbies help people develop into better people especially when those hobbies have positive social aspects. We’re not automatons whose sole purpose is to go to work to make someone else richer.

        • John 2.3.1.1

          Draco says “Just because you were too useless to use that knowledge to get a job or create your own business doesn’t mean that others don’t.”

          No one on the courses I saw was stupid enough to think they would get a job because of a night course, when they’re up against people with real qualifications.

          You think the government should pay for hobbies for positive social reasons.

          What next? Free picnics for everyone?

          If there’s a choice between spending on real education and qualifications, or on hobbies, I know what is far more important to people and the country.

          • Draco T Bastard 2.3.1.1.1

            No one on the courses I saw was stupid enough to think they would get a job because of a night course, when they’re up against people with real qualifications.

            A night course is still a real education – whether you want to admit it or not.

            If there’s a choice between spending on real education and qualifications, or on hobbies, I know what is far more important to people and the country.

            No, you’ve just proven that you don’t.

    • Chooky 2.4

      I met one of my best friends through a picture framing course…we were both hopeless at woodwork but we had an awful lot of laughs …and we are both interested in art and creating art …..later he came to own a small art gallery …..we remain great friends and work on joint ventures!

      certainly didnt put me off Adult Continuing Education!

      also while some may have a tangential commercial business incentive to take a course …it is never-the- less valuable to learn form an expert! …in this case picture framing

  3. karol 3

    Excellent. ACE is important for the employment opportunities it opens up, but it is also important as part of life long learning for all areas of life, and for its contribution to local communities.

    I think that the Greens support all these aims in their stated education principles, but I haven’t seen any specific policy aimed at restoring and developing ACE.

  4. BM 4

    I was just googling for adult community education courses and this site popped up

    http://www.cecwellington.ac.nz/course-catalogue/93-art-crafts-sewing-textiles-weekend-workshops

    They seem to do all the courses that I remember and the price for each course seems pretty reasonable .

    I think expecting the tax payer to subsidize a major portion of a curtain making course is a bit rugged.

    Maths,English,Small business courses, I see nothing wrong with those, hobby courses I’m not so enthusiastic.

    • karol 4.1

      $95.00 per course for those on low incomes as “reasonable”? What alternative reality are you living in?

      • BM 4.1.1

        When I did my “Picture Framing course” 10+ years ago the price was around $50 dollars.

        $95 seems reasonable and no offense if you’re short of coin I don’t think spending money on a Moroccan cooking course or book binding is particularly wise.

        • Molly 4.1.1.1

          Price Waterhouse Cooper, unlikely advocates for ACE spending quantified in their 2008 report to govt a return of $54-$72 for each dollar of funding.

          “Based on the available data, including the survey responses, the estimated economic impact of the ACE sector is between $ 4.8 and $6.3 billion annually. This equates to a return on investment of $54-$72 for each dollar of funding.

          Each dollar of government funding generates a return of $16-$22, but this is further leveraged through private contributions to the sector, including those voluntarily added such as unpaid volunteer labour. The table below summarises the estimated value and net economic benefit (NEB) per dollar, allocated across government and private investment.”

          And that calculation does not even take into account the SROI – Social Return on Investment of ACE.

        • Ron 4.1.1.2

          I wonder how many pictures you actually framed after your course. Or did you not manage to learn anything on the course.

          • BM 4.1.1.2.1

            I cut a bit of board, that was about it.

            On week 3 the guy brought in some frame samples for us to choose from and then gave us a price for how much what ever picture we wanted framed would cost.
            The course was complete shit.

            After that I flagged the rest of the course.

            • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.2.1.1

              Sounds to me like either a) You were determined not to learn anything on the course or b) didn’t go on the course at all.

    • Will@Welly 4.2

      Part of the warmer homes initiative. Curtains = insulation = drier houses = lower power bills.
      But then that takes thinking, initiative and a certain amount of residual grey matter BM.
      All of which you lack.

      • BM 4.2.1

        Obviously a ton more than you pal.

        You can go down to the warehouse and buy a set of thermal lined curtains at half the cost of what it would be to just buy the material.

        Making it yourself isn’t quite the cost saver it used to be.

        • Will@Welly 4.2.1.1

          But that’s just the cost of one set of curtains. Imagine making the lot for a whole house. Plenty of ‘cheap’ linen to be had if you know where to buy, and once you know how to make one set of curtains, easy-peasy!
          Also, ready made is brought in using ‘overseas funds’. How many kilos of dairy fat do we have to sell to afford that, how many rivers do we need to pollute to keep buying overseas products?

          • Lanthanide 4.2.1.1.1

            I’d suggest that most curtain fabric would also be imported. And cotton thread. And sewing machines. And sewing machine oil. Etc.

            • Rob 4.2.1.1.1.1

              Exactly , all curtain and drapery material is imported , none of it is loomed and weaved in NZ.

            • Will@Welly 4.2.1.1.1.2

              Before your time that’s what people did. They made their own drapes, curtains, clothes, etc.
              Now we’re in hock to the slave-labour camps of China, where young workers are exploited.
              And our workforce, our people have lost so many skills.
              Without being rude, how many people can darn a sock, patch a tear in a piece of clothing, or do we simply look at it, put it in the too hard basket, and throw it out?
              Because once upon a time, not that long ago, people actually mended their clothes, rather than chucked them out.

              • Rob

                Yes I agree Will. It is different now, not different good or maybe different bad , but just certainly different. It is a mixture of skills being forgotten , time pressure and low cost opening price point products.

              • karol

                Ah. Some skills I learned when young still come in handy – or could. I can darn a sock. We have iron on patches these days.

                And I can take up my trousers for my short legs, and sew on buttons. Have a sewing kit that does get used.

        • felix 4.2.1.2

          “You can go down to the warehouse and buy a set of thermal lined curtains at half the cost of what it would be to just buy the material.”

          Brilliant. God forbid anyone learn a useful skill when they’re supposed to just be good little obedient consumers.

        • ShazJaz 4.2.1.3

          Yes you can go to the warehouse to buy curtains with a bit of rubber stuck on the back of the fabric. They last 2 or 3 years and cannot be washed because they fall apart. I made a set of curtains more than ten years ago and I used good quality fabric and also separate lining with a high thermal properties. Black out ones for the bedrooms. My point is we all know you can get cheap ones at the Warehouse, but by making them using high quality fabric good separate lining gets beautiful results that can give you years of joy. I can wash them press them and they go up on the window still looking as good as they did when I made them. Fabric was expensive and the lining was too but I bet it will end up with me spending less over 15 years while others may have renewed theirs maytimes

    • McFlock 4.3

      we’re so lucky to have you to protect us from knowledge that you see as useless.

      I once got a job interview purely because of a side-hobby week-long course mentioned in my CV. If an employer is looking for robots, Moroccan Cookery might be irrelevant. If an employer is looking for a rounded human being who might get on well with others, what separates the applicant from the discard pile is largely down to luck.

  5. Rosie 5

    ACE is fantastic for those wanting to expand their knowledge, exercise the brain and be a bit social all at the same time. I’ve done a couple of courses before and have enjoyed them.

    It was a sad day when Natz scrapped the scheme – completely indicative of their lack of a grasp on how important adult education is for the individual and of the beneficial social dimensions of ACE.
    Something as simple as reinstating ACE will contribute towards returning to a sense of normality for our country post election, if we are to see the back of the Shonkey Govt.

    I hope that colleges around the country that have closed their night and weekend classes will be able to reopen and welcome back their students. Onslow College in Johnsonville closed last year after 35 years of providing ACE because no one could afford the unfunded costs of classes. I’m hoping all the teachers will be electorate voting Ginny Anderson!

    • alwyn 5.1

      I suspect that most of the schools that closed their classes won’t reopen them at all.
      Many of them used the Government action as an excuse to stop providing them at all. How many of the schools that dropped them actually gave their users the option of paying the full costs?
      Damn all as far as I could see. Certainly the only one I had ever done a course at, furniture restoration incidentally, didn’t offer myself or my wife the option of doing another course at a bit higher fee. The school couldn’t cancel them all fast enough.
      I think the staff simply found it too much bother to have to open the facilities to the public after normal school hours and they won’t go back to doing so if they can possibly avoid it. Some schools might offer the courses but an awful lot won’t. Was there anything in the announced policy that said that schools would be required to do so?

      • Rosie 5.1.1

        “Was there anything in the announced policy that said that schools would be required to do so?”

        Not in the link that I read that was included in Lprent’s post. I should imagine schools would have a process for reopening ACE classes if we get to the point where we oust the Shonkey Govt.

        Do you have examples of schools you know of “used the government actions as an excuse to stop providing them” ? I am speaking of Onslow College in particular, and as I said, after the funding was cut they offered the courses at their full unfunded price, which resulted in no one being able to afford to attend, so they had no choice but to wind it up after 35 years.

        Do you think that 35 years of service to the community meant nothing to the staff? Sounds fairly dedicated to me. I hardly think these are the kind of people that would find it too much bother to have to open the facilities after hours. To me it sounds like they are exactly the kind of people who understand the importance and relevance of ACE, and the role they play in delivering it.

        I hope they are able to reopen, when the time comes. I need somewhere to go to learn Gaelic.

      • karol 5.1.2

        Don’t the schools just provide the premises? And maybe some night security. But who actually runs, or used to run the courses?

    • Ron 5.2

      It appears that some people are unsure just what education is. A quick check of Wiki states the following “Education in its general sense is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, or research. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of others, but may also be autodidactic. Any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational. Education is commonly divided into stages such as preschool, primary school, secondary school and then college, university or apprenticeship.”

      That sums up pretty much what ACE is for people. Any government that seeks to restrict such education because of their philosophy on education or because of perceived monetary savings are really not worthy of being entrusted with the role of governing.

    • Chooky 5.3

      +100 Rosie

  6. Excellent news .All learning is good .Many young people are late in developing regarding learning so night school helps them to gain knowledge and skills that are then very often extended . The result is an increase in skilled workers and a happier work force. The Tories believe in divide and rule ,they like low wage economy so evening classes are liable to change that, no wonder they stopped it
    I must wonder why it is not headline news and that I have to come to the Standard to hesr it’

  7. Tracey 7

    Great news. Now the low skilled in work can upskill at night. Righties will be thrilled wont they?

    • Rosie 7.1

      Not if they have to fund it through their precious tax! They’ll come over all Golum like, “my precioussss. Cants part with precious tax no, for underachiever. Underachiever not like me, underachiever don’t deserve golums precious tax.

    • Ron 7.2

      Just thought maybe it would not be too late to start teaching Civics at night school, Just imagine a whole range of people learning about how government works and how to change the institutions to the benefit of all people.

      • phillip ure 7.2.1

        civics @ high school should be mandatory..

        • fisiani 7.2.1.1

          civics = socialist indoctrination

          • BM 7.2.1.1.1

            Couldn’t agree more.

            Goes with the push to drop the voting age to 16.

            • felix 7.2.1.1.1.1

              You guys are hilarious. What do you have against people learning about their rights and responsibilities as citizens and the functions of the society they are part of?

              Oh, right.

          • phillip ure 7.2.1.1.2

            i dunno if you know this..fisiani..

            ..but i find you to be quite funny..

            ..i often get a guffaw from yr bullshit..

            ..and that one delivered..

            ..you are a simplistic/slogan/cliche-spouting fool..

            ..it’s as simple as that..

            (..and of course the voting age should drop..

            ..after their civics lessons at highschool..they’ll be primed/ready..)

          • Draco T Bastard 7.2.1.1.3

            Being kept ignorant = RWNJ indoctrination

  8. greywarbler 8

    What good news. We need more education not less. People who take an interest in learning something new, making community, getting skills, learning new techniques, whatever. Good one Labour.

  9. NZJester 9

    National have always been hypocrites in cutting funding. Look at when Paula Bennett closed an allowance she herself had benefited from in the past and that had helped her get to the position she is in now. She also saw noting wrong in illegally publishing private details of a beneficiary who had called her out on this fact in the press. Paula Bennett is always unfairly trying to paint beneficiaries as lazy or trying to rort the system when ever National needs a distraction in the media. When Ms Bennett said more than 21,000 beneficiaries had their benefits cut in a nine month period for unauthorized trips abroad, I wonder just how many might have been poor Pacific Island families flying back to the Islands for funerals and other important family events. I head these might have actually been the majority of those unauthorized travels recorded and not extravagant holiday trips over seas like she claimed. I can see her trying some more beneficiary bashing in the lead up to the election to try distracting from the National Governments failures in education, housing, employment and so many other areas I think I would end up running out of space to list them all!

  10. fisiani 10

    ACE currently takes place. It therefore cannot be restored. BTW restored is past tense.
    Citation for restored please.
    You had a whole post about a one letter typo. How about changing the title to ACE to be restored to former largesse????? That would be more accurate.

    • karol 10.1

      The citation is in the post. You clearly haven’t bothered to follow the link to the actual policy announcement, or read the post.

      • fisiani 10.1.1

        there is no citation to “restored”

        • karol 10.1.1.1

          fis, are you capable of reading beyond the headline, which is a shorthand for….? go on, try reading the first sentence of the post. It does have a citation.

          • fisiani 10.1.1.1.1

            wrong again karol. If Farrar can be castigated for a single letter typo it’s a fair call for the title of the post to not be misleading.

            • McFlock 10.1.1.1.1.1

              it’s not misleading

            • Tracey 10.1.1.1.1.2

              This line of comments attests to your lack of reading comprehension

              • fisiani

                tense. tense tense.
                restored is past tense and thus knowingly dishonest to stay unchanged this long. It is not a typo.

                • McFlock

                  well, it’s true that labour have not yet restored ACE to previous levels (or beyond), but then only an idiot would not assume “to be” was subtext given that Labour isn’t in government yet

                  • lprent

                    And the requirement is the last paragraph. I suspect that Fis didn’t read down that far. Which is of course why I put it there.

                    I am always interested in the people who don’t read the whole of my posts before commenting.

                • In Vino

                  Fisiani, go and learn some Grammar. ‘Restored’ is a past participle. In the Passive Voice it does not determine the tense: the auxiliary verb does. This is a headline where the auxiliary verb has been left out because headlines are usually abbreviated. Full version would probably be “ACE will be Restored” or “ACE to be Restored”. Both “will be” and “to be” are a form of the future tense. ‘Restored’ is a past participle, being used almost like an adjective, and has no bearing on the tense.

                  If your grasp on politics is as appallingly weak as your grasp on linguistics, I would suggest that you would be better employed washing somebody’s dishes. Maybe your own would be a good start.

                  • felix

                    In fairness, fizzy’s first language is Vogon.

                  • fisiani

                    Comedy show In Vino how about some veritas. Ace restored is the headline. Headlines have to be accurate . It never went away and has never been restored.

                    • felix

                      “ACE currently takes place. It therefore cannot be restored.”

                      So as well as not following In Vino’s grammar lesson, you don’t even know what “restored” means.

                    • In Vino

                      You do not know what a past participle is, do you? You never got to School Cert level where they actually TOLD you that headlines are usually highly abbreviated and there to get attention and indicate the topic. Clearly, the intent of the heading is ‘ACE to be RESTORED in newly-announced Labour Policy’.

                      You have picked a dud nit. Go and learn some English grammar, and veritas may come to you. Or just go and wash some dishes.

                    • karol

                      They actually kept many English and literacy classes going. You should try one.

                    • lprent

                      It was reduced to 20% or less of its original funding. I tell you what lets do a Merchant of Venice at 80% on you and see how functional you are afterwards.

                      But I’d have to say your language skills are kind of appalling, especially on the tenses. You are treating English as if it were Latin with its precision on time. English is a much more fluid language.

                      Perhaps you should find a night class to learn more?

                      Updated: snap. I see that karol already suggested that course of action.

      • BM 10.1.2

        After having a very quick read of the Price Waterhouse Cooper report

        The ACE sector receives approximate funding of $88.4 million annually and according to Cunners

        Labour will provide funding of $13 million in the first two years and a further $9 million in the following years

        I assume that there was $6 million dollars cut from the ACE budget and this injection of money will take it back to 2008 levels?

        • karol 10.1.2.1

          The government cut 80% of its funding to ACE, and that was $13 mill.

          That would make the previous total $16 mill, leaving about $3 mill. I think the amount allocated to night classes provided in schools. There are still other ACE classes run by the community and and organisations.

          That is indicated in this 2009 article.

          Adult Learners’ Week has been more about commiserating than celebrating as supporters battle the National Government’s 80 per cent cuts to night-class funding.

          Protesters will march down Queen St tomorrow to show they intend fighting to have the $13 million cuts reinstated.
          [...]
          On the list of criteria for schools applying for the $3 million pool is a condition that a school graduate 100 people in literacy and numeracy programmes each term.

          • BM 10.1.2.1.1

            Had a read of those articles you linked to.

            It seems that the vast amount of ACE training is done via polytechs and very little in the high school enviroment.

            I was under the impression the ACE funding was cut to the bone when this is not the case at all.

  11. DH 11

    Got my vote too. I did numerous night classes and I’d rate them highly. They’re weren’t all picture framing. I did some pretty comprehensive accounting, labour relations, sales & marketing and various other career related courses. Not so sure they were ACE courses but the principle still applies IMO.

    A big, really big, benefit of night classes was the tutors I had were people who were actively doing what they taught and were good at it. Their teaching might have lacked finesse but they sure knew their stuff.

    We don’t all make the right decisions when we leave school and those night classes were a chance to make some positive changes in our lives when the opportunity had otherwise gone. They allowed us to keep working so we could pay the bills while also learning new skills. Cancelling them was criminal.

    Doesn’t matter what the courses are IMO, all learning is good. Good stuff Labour!

    • JK 11.1

      Me too, DH and Lprent – night classes were a godsend in those days to those without a tertiary qualification. And they could lead onto a career. I did one in creative writing (I learned years later
      that the tutor hated doing it) but it gave me sufficient insight to start up a career in journalism, and I found some already august people in my class – people like Marti Friedlander who wanted to know how to put the words to her photos, and others with similar reasons. Other night classes gave lessons in basic bookkeeping for a self-employed person, then there were the ones which were an introduction to NZ’s colonial history via tangata whenua eyes, and the unspoken history of women in NZ : all extraordinarily useful stuff to know as I grew older (and hopefully, wiser !)

      • Chooky 11.1.1

        yes it is a great way to meet people of all ages…some just out of high school and some in their eighties…and new immigrants

  12. Mike the Savage One 12

    This is wonderful news, and thanks to Labour to put this policy out. I am a fan for adult and community education, and it was a nasty, mean and stupid step by the Nat led government to cut back on it.

    While this is welcome news from Labour, I wish they would put the same emphasis on some other policy areas, like the environment, transport and even welfare. They are still short there, and lacking.

    • poem 12.1

      labour have come out with some good policies and this is definitely one of them. Agree with others, Good stuff labour !!! I would say there are some policies labour are keeping close to their chest until the election proper is well under way. Would you give john key, his national party and their media mouthpieces and drum beaters the chance to turn it all into a weapon too far out from election day? I know I wouldn’t.

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    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • A Fiji democratic mandate for the coup leader – what now for the media?
    Attorney-General Sayad-Khaiyum and Rear-Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama’s Fiji First party is poised to lead the country in the next four years. Photo: Mads Anneberg, an AUT Pacific Media Centre student on internship in Suva with Repúblika Magazine and Pacific Scoop...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Why I voted Labour and why 2017 will be different
    As a 3nd and 5th generation Kiwi-Indian (depending on which side of the family we have to go with), my relationship with New Zealand is a special one. Like other New Zealanders who are not of the Caucasian variety, the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Humble Pie
    Oh. My. God. This was a heartbreaking nightmare. I was wrong, horribly, horribly, horribly wrong. I honestly believed that the resources, the media attention, the vile toxic politics exposed by Dirty Politics and the mass surveillance lies would have seen...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Election 2014; A Post-mortem; a Wake; and one helluva hang-over
    .   . It would be fair to say that the results for Election 2014 did not go as anticipated. The Left has had a drubbing – and some of it was of our own making. In other aspects, there...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Voting turnout affected by bad weather?
    . . NZ, Upper Hutt, 20 September –  Cold, wet weather in the Hutt Valley, north of Wellington may be impacting on voter turn-out. A head-count of people visiting the Trentham School Voting Station in Moonshine Rd, Upper Hutt, indicated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Final total of advance voting
    And the final total for the advance voting was a staggering 717,579 advance votes against 334,558 in 2011       Tonight, I’ll be watching the TV3 election coverage because I could bare Paul Henry’s smugness one inch more than Mike Hosking’s...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Vice article on NZ election
    Here is my Vice article on the NZ election....
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • The attempt to kill off Internet MANA
    It’s the last day of campaigning today and the long list of those attacking Internet MANA got longer yesterday with Winston Peters backing Labour candidate Kelvin Davis against the MANA Movement’s Hone Harawira. Davis is now supported by Labour, National,...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • A final word on the election – it’s now all up to you
    Brothers & Sisters, the fate of Aotearoa is now all in your hands. We here at the Daily Blog have thrown everything we can at this bloody Government and have spent every waking hour of this campaign trying to highlight...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – ...
    I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – but then again, I never could...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why Nati...
    TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why National Party is great...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • REVIEW: Royals of Kihikihi
    What an absolutely stunning show.  I had to ask twice to check I’d heard right that this is the first staged production for Samuel Christopher, who also played a raw, real, but vulnerable, Wolf Royal, home from London for his...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • 800 Cops to detain 15 ‘terrorists’ – why Australia’s hysterical Isl...
    I’m sorry but I can’t take this current Australian terror threat seriously. 800 cops to detain 15 people and arrest one of them? A week after Abbot decides to send in Australian forces to the cluster fuck of Iraq, suddenly...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Unbelievable corruption inside Government to attack Kim Dotcom
    The corruption inside this Government just more and more filthy – we now have an ex-Customs Lawyer quitting  after being told to bury information that could embarrass the Government, specifically to do with Kim Dotcom… Curtis Gregorash said he was told...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Everyone Loves A Win-Win That Keeps G...
      Permit me to quote some figures at you… -68% of New Zealanders think political news on television focuses too much on politicians’ personalities and not enough on real issues. This is the key result of a recent UMR survey commissioned by...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of being the most in demand broadcaster in the country...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: Te Tai Tokerau independent poll (44% Hone-27% Kelvin) vs Maori T...
    The Te Tai Tokerau Maori TV poll on Monday this week painted a bleak picture for Internet MANA supporters, and it’s results have been seized upon by Labour, NZ First and even the Maori Party (who seem set once again...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The time for TPPA weasel words is over
    Almost every day of the election campaign there has been a policy announcement that would potentially run foul of what I understand is currently in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA):  more constraints on foreign investment or investors … regulation of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • MELTDOWN – Maori Party turns on their own Te Tai Tokerau candidate – ag...
    The tensions are building in Te Tai Tokerau with the Maori Party on the verge of meltdown. Days out from the election, the Maori Party Executive has tried to heavy their own Te Tai Tokerau Electoral Committee and their own candidate, Te Hira Paenga,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • We Can Change this Government
    We Can Change this Government – Mike Treen at the First Union stop work election meeting...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Election 2014: For and Against
    With the general election tomorrow, we have had a very noisy campaign but little sign that the electorate wishes for a fundamental change of governmental direction. This reflects in part the fact that the economic cycle is close to its decadal...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eye To Eye Uploaded: Martyn ‘Bomber’ Bradbury
    This interview was filmed a couple of weeks ago between Willie Jackson and myself, I was a tad off with my prediction of NZ First....
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The Donghua Liu Affair – The Players Revealed
      . . – Special investigation by Frank Macskasy & ‘Hercules‘ Speculation that the Beehive office of Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, was behind the release of a letter linking Labour leader, David Cunliffe, with controversial Chinese businessman, Donghua Liu, is...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold NZ d...
    It should read ‘never stop spying’. As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold us down the river to the US by allowing the Southern Cross cable to be tapped… The ability for US intelligence agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work
    The final days of the campaign are ticking down and Labour and NZ First are manoeuvring to kill off the Internet MANA Party by both backing Kelvin Davis for Te Tai Tokerau. It’s a risky gambit that they better pray to Christ...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Bill English’s latest insult to beneficiaries – apparently they are lik...
    National’s hatred towards the poor continues unabated as National desperately try to throw raw meat to their reactionary voter base in the hope to inspire enough hate and loathing to win back their redneck voters from the Conservative Party and from...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eminem ain’t happy with John Key
    Eminem ain’t happy with John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Key claims he did not inhale
    Key claims he did not inhale...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Final prediction on election result 2014
    What an election campaign. The character assassination of David Cunliffe kicked things off with the Herald on Sunday falsely claiming $100 00 bottles of wine, $15 000 books and $150 000 in donations  from a donor that turned out to be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Live blog: Bainamarama takes commanding lead in Fiji elections
      Interview with Repúblika editor Ricardo Morris and Pacific Scoop’s Mads Anneberg. PACIFIC SCOOP TEAM By Ricardo Morris, Mads Anneberg, Alistar Kata and Biutoka Kacimaiwai in Suva WHILE the results are provisional at this stage, it is clear today that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 5AA Australia: NZ Elections Two Days To Go! + Edward Snowden + Julian Assan...
    Recorded live on 18/09/14 – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/multimedia-investments-ltd 5AA Australia’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning deliver their weekly bulletin: Across The Ditch. This week, they discuss the latest news as New Zealanders go to the polls on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What has Colin Craig done for his Press Secretary to quit 2 days before ele...
    This is VERY strange.  Colin Craig’s Press Secretary Rachel McGregor, has quit 2 days before the election, allegedly telling ZB that Colin Craig was a “very manipulative man”. I’ve met Rachel many times in the past as Colin’s Press Secretary, she is...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” – A brief w...
    “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” said Key in the final leaders debate. Problem of course is that the 250 000 – 285 000 children living in poverty can not afford steak, milk, butter, eggs...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • National’s final bash of beneficiaries before the election
    On cue, whenever National feel threatened, they roll out a little bennie bash just to keep their redneck voter base happy. Nothing like a bit of raw meat policy to keep National voters focused on the evil threat solo parents...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • With All Of This In Mind, I Vote
    This is my last blog before the election and I really just want to speak from the heart. Right now in this country it seems to me that a lot of people consider the “essentials” in life to be simply...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Left has to vote strategically this election
    The dedication, loyalty, and tribalism of party politics means that sometimes the left lets itself down by not voting strategically. We all want our favoured party to get maximum votes, naturally, but the winner-takes-all approach doesn’t always suit multi-party left...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Dear NZ – as you enter the polling booth, stand up for your rights
    The last days before a NZ general election are a busy time as politicians make their pitch and party activists prepare to get out the vote. It is sort of weird watching from the distance of Europe the strangest election...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What is Waihopai, John, if it isn’t a facility for “mass surveillance...
    John Key assured us on RNZ’s Nine to Noon programme yesterday that “In terms of the Fives Eyes data bases… yes New Zealand will contribute some information but not mass wholesale surveillance.” How does this square with the operation of the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Mass Surveillance and the Banality of E...
    Renowned journalist and intellectual Hannah Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe the normalisation of genocide in Nazi Germany. I thought of her phrase when I was listening to Glenn Greenwald and other international whistle-blowers talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Election. Down. To. The. Wire
    Funny how last week it was John Key winning by 50%, now it’s neck and neck. I have always believed this election would be down to the wire and it is proving so. The flawed landline opinion polls the mainstream...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 3rd Degree uses Whaleoil for story ideas as if Dirty Politics never happene...
    TV3s 3rd Degrees smear job on Kim Dotcom last night doesn’t bear much repeating. It was pretty pathetic journalism from a team who have brought us some great journalism in the past. It is sad to see 3rd Degree stooping...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Live blog: Bainimarama takes early lead in Fiji’s election
    Pacific Scoop’s Alistar Kata reports from yesterday’s voting. By Alistar Kata of Pacific Scoop in Suva Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama took an early lead in provisional results in the Fiji general election last night. With provisional results from 170 out...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Has The NSA Constructed The Perfect PPP?
    Former intelligence analyst and whistleblower, Edward Snowden – speaking live to those gathered at the Auckland Town Hall on Monday September 17, 2014. Investigation by Selwyn Manning. THE PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY’s admission on Wednesday that whistleblower Edward Snowden “may...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • No way – Key admits Snowden is right
    After claiming there was no middle ground. After claiming there was no mass surveillance. After calling Glenn Greenwald a henchman and a loser. After all the mainstream media pundits screamed at Kim’s decision to take his evidence to Parliamentary Privileges...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Bad luck National
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    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Opportunity to progress water infrastructure
    “National’s re-election is an opportunity to develop the infrastructure New Zealand needs to provide surety of water for agriculture, town drinking water supply, waterways, recreational use and to future proof the country from climate change,” says Andrew...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Wellington City joins the global call for 100% clean
    At 1:00 pm, residents and visitors of Wellington gathered at the summit of Mt Victoria to join the millions strong call for a 100% clean future....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Hikoi with us from Cape Reinga to Auckland Oil Conference!
    Monday 22 September 2014: Maori from different tribal areas along the western length of Northland are organising a hikoi starting on Saturday to a Government oil conference in Auckland to make sure that Norwegian oil giant Statoil gets the message:...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Roy Morgan NZ Election Update With A Look At The Polls
    Roy Morgan NZ Election Update With A Look At The Polls National re-elected to third term with record high vote as Labour slumps to worst result in over 90 years...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • National-led Government wins mandate for RMA reforms
    An unprecedented increase in support for the third-term National Party, the best electoral performance since 1899, has delivered a clear mandate for reform of the Resource Management Act says Federated Farmers. “Vital reforms to the RMA have...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • New Zealand says no to Culture of Death
    Right to Life is pleased that the people of New Zealand have rejected a culture of death by refusing to elect a Labour/Green government that supported the decriminalisation of abortion....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – Steven Joyce
    CORIN Steven Joyce if we could start with how things are going to look now with your support partners. Can you just run us through, National can technically govern alone on what you’ve got at the moment, do you think...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – Kelvin Davis
    SUSAN Well earlier this morning, just before we came to air in fact, Corin spoke to Kelvin Davis, one of the big winners of the night, the new MP for Te Tai Tokerau....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – David Cunliffe
    CORIN Joining me now is Labour Leader, David Cunliffe. Good morning to you Mr Cunliffe. This is a tough result for Labour, how much personal responsibility do you take for this....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Grey Power congratulates Key
    Grey Power National President Terry King congratulated John Key for his party’s “resounding win “ in yesterday’s election and hoped that the new National Government would look hard at issues affecting the ever–growing number of older New Zealanders....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • EMA congratulates PM John Key and National
    The Employers and Manufacturers Association extend hearty congratulations to the re-election of Prime Minister John Key and National....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Helen Clark Receives Inaugural Women’s Health Rights Award
    Helen Clark was honoured as the first recipient of the Women’s Health Rights Award at the 121st Woman’s Suffrage event held in Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • National deal with New Zealand First unlikely
    The National party is unlikely to offer a confidence and supply agreement to New Zealand First according to Dr Ryan Malone, Director Training and Research at Civicsquare....
    Scoop politics | 20-09
  • Daily Election Update #12: NZ First to hold balance of power
    Winston Peters’ NZ First Party will hold the balance of power after tomorrow’s election, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Mr Peters is then expected to back a National-led...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election Day is Time to Refocus on Policies
    Over the course of this election campaign there has been a lot of focus on dirty politics and spying, and not a lot on policy. With election day looming, Gareth Morgan is calling for people to refocus on the issues....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • The Kiwi FM Alternative Election Commentary
    Saturday 20 September from 7pm on 102.2 Auckland, 102.1 Wellington, 102.5 Canterbury, or KiwiFM.co.nz...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Beneficiary Bashing unacceptable
    Kay Brereton of the Beneficiary Advocacy Federation of New Zealand says “ the comment made by Bill English yesterday comparing beneficiaries to crack addicts is shocking and incredibly poorly timed.”...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • UN Experience Beneficial
    Acclaim Otago representatives have just completed their participation at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability examination of the New Zealand government in Geneva, Switzerland. "It was an interesting two days which we believe has...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Changing face of NZ should be reflected in newsrooms
    With Fairfax Media’s Journalism Intern search closing on Sunday, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging aspiring journalists from Maori, Pacific and ethnic communities to apply. The deadline was recently extended to 10pm, Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • SPCA expresses concern over toxin in waterways
    Ric Odom CEO of Royal NZ SPCA has expressed concern over the toxic poison 1080 entering waterways, but DoC, Council’s and Ministry of Health have colluded to make it legal....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 13-18 September
    Below is iSentia’s final weekly Election Index, covering the period 13-18 September and showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. The methodology used...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Epsom Candidate (Adam Holland) More Liberal Than ACT
    For the past four years I, like 500,000 other New Zealanders, have been illegally smoking cannabis for medicinal purposes and/or even just for the occasional laugh with friends on the weekend. We don't hurt anybody, we don't cause nuisance, we...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Left Coalition Will Save Dolphins
    A left coalition would safeguard both Māui and Hector’s dolphins, as well as revive our inshore ecosystems. Labour, Internet Mana and the Green Party all have strong policies in place for dolphin protection. The Maori Party, and to a certain...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Waihoroi Shortland: Ngāti Hine is not standing alone
    The Chairman of Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi, Sonny Tau is blowing smoke worthy of a Dotcom rally with claims that Ngati Hine is standing alone in its opposition to Tūhoronuku says the Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngati...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Oceania voices on environment loud and strong
    While money and energy continues to be spent on global talks about climate change, Pacific islanders are scrambling to build sea walls out of sticks, stones, shells and coral, to protect their lands and homes from erosion and rising sea...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunket – Tonight
    No MPs tonight --- the campaign will be over at 9 30. Instead we will look back --- and possibly forward on what we have learned and what might happen. Listener Political Columnist Jane Clifton Editor in Chief, NZ Herald,...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election fails to address youth financial wellbeing
    Young people don’t feel included in New Zealand’s financial success and believe inequality is a problem, according to a new survey conducted by Westpac’s Fin-Ed Centre at Massey University....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Winston’s Waffle doesn’t hide the facts
    The Conservative Party is celebrating the ASA's finding announced today that rejected all but one of the complaints raised against its controversial “Conservatives or Peters” pamphlet. “Despite pages of complaints from Peters legal team the only...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ Independent Coalition looking forward to tomorrow
    “Our team is looking forward to tomorrow. It is a real opportunity to reclaim politics for the people,” said NZ Independent Coalition leader Brendan Horan....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Insights Issue 35/2014 – 19 September 2014
    Insights Issue 35/2014 - 19 September 2014 In This Issue • RMA reform the golden unicorn of policy | Jenesa Jeram...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Special voting arrangements made for NIWA crew
    One of the most unusual polling stations for this year’s general election is in the middle of the ocean miles from land. NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa, has been doubling as a polling booth for crew and scientists at sea....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Tourism operators urged to vote strategically
    Tourism operators should make sure they know their local candidates’ view on tourism and use their vote to support the country’s second largest export industry, says Chris Roberts, Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA)....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • WGTN: March for free education
    We are students, university staff, and members of the community. Whichever parties form a government after September 20th, we are demanding an end to corporatisation of education....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Evidence of Corruption a National Scandal
    Internet Party leader Laila Harré will take evidence of corruption to international forums if there is not a full Royal Commission to investigate the growing evidence of the systematic use and abuse of democratic institutions and processes for political...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Govt continues to throw money at charter school experiment
    Official documents reveal the three primary sector charter schools approved last week will cost $2 million to set up as well as divert another $1.5 million of potential taxpayer investment from local state schools next year....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • ACT Final Election Rally
    Elections campaigns are an opportunity for political parties to put candidates and policy to enable voters to choose what sort of New Zealand we want. In this campaign there have been three tests by which you can assess the electoral...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Taxpayers on Hook Again for Solid Energy
    Responding to the Fairfax article that taxpayers are extending another $103 million to keep Solid Energy afloat, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Invermay Petition Tops 10,000 Signatures
    People across New Zealand continue to express their disgust at the downgrading of Invermay, says Dunedin North MP David Clark, as the Save Invermay petition he instigated earlier this year topped the 10,000 signature mark just days before the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • McVicar vows to continue fight for police
    Garth McVicar stated at a public meeting last week that he would fight to retain a 24/7 Police Station in Napier and no reduction in the number of police staff for the Hawkes Bay region, some said he was simply...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Party Vote Our Weapon in Fight Against Government Corruption
    Internet MANA urges New Zealanders to use their party vote to confront corruption in any new government....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Election day is tomorrow – make sure you’re a part of it!
    Tomorrow, Saturday 20 September, is election day, and New Zealanders’ last chance to have a say on who leads the country for the next three years....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Is the Shape of our Government out of the hands of Voters?
    In the last stuff.co.nz / Ipsos Political Poll before Saturdays election, National is down 5.1% to 47.7% and Labour up 3.7% to 26.15%. These results are remarkably similar to the 2011 election where National received 47.3% of the vote and...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Spirit of Suffrage a Call to Action for All Kiwi Women
    Internet MANA is drawing on the courage and integrity of New Zealand women on Suffrage Day – Friday, September, 19 – to encourage them to pay tribute to the spirit of their foremothers who gained women the vote....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Live Election Night Coverage on TV And Online
    Māori Television’s KOWHIRI 2014 – ELECTION SPECIAL kicks off at 7.00pm this Saturday with a five-hour broadcast focusing on the Māori electorates....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Judge’s Decision Disappoints Fish & Game
    Today’s decision to give a Temuka man 100 hours of community service for selling sports fish to the public has disappointed Fish & Game, which believes the sentence handed down was “too lenient and will not go far enough to...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Cutting-Edge Graphics Fire up TV3’s Election Night Coverage
    TV3’s Election Night coverage, hosted by John Campbell, will be enhanced by cutting-edge graphics that will showcase the night’s results....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Govt rushes to open charter schools in New Year
    The government’s decision to approve four new charter schools last week to open in January next year goes against the Minister of Education’s own advice that the schools ought to have at least a year’s preparation time....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • 7 Days And Jono And Ben at Ten Hijack Election Weekend
    The 7 Days and Jono and Ben at Ten (JABAT) comedians are running their own version of election coverage, with a schedule of entertainment and comedy across TV3, Kiwi FM, the web and social media this Friday and Saturday under...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Fewer Prisoners Equals Less Crime
    In its latest blog, ‘Abolishing Parole and other Crazy Stuff’,’ at http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/09/krill-and-womble-independent-policy.html , Rethinking Crime and Punishment urges government to rethink its approach to releasing prisoners. “The public expectation is that the excellent reductions in the crime...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • McVicar slams his political opponents
    I want a safe and prosperous society and that can only be achieved if we have strong and vi-brant families – McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
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