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Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, June 6th, 2012 - 79 comments
Categories: education, schools - Tags: ,

So Hekia Parata has refused to front up to education groups against her bigger class sizes.

Apparently she will defuse their anger by trying to meet organisations individually next week, on her own terms, no doubt with no large groups invited.

People are angry, and she’s scared to see it. Well, if she wants to put this policy through, she has to be prepared to take the heat, not hide.

It’s not like voters got to have a say on the policy (even their actual education policy was released just a few days before the election to not allow scrutiny). Parata’s predecessor, the ‘feckless’ Anne Tolley, had to present that policy at a hotel, far from any educational institutions, and it appears Parata is headed the same way.

79 comments on “Coward”

  1. Tom Gould 1

    Give her some credit. She fronted up for an interview with Geoff. She did all the talking, of course. And Geoff asked the ‘set up’ question on cue, to clear up any lefty mischief that they lied to the voters.

  2. BLiP 2

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    Its not just cowardly, its stupid as well. Far be it from me to offer advice to Tory scum but wouldn’t attending the meeting take some of the heat off? Seriously, in terms of sheer idiocy and typical National Ltd™ arrogance this would have to rank up there with Chopper Tolley attending a teachers’ conference and using her allotted time to read out a childrens’ story.

  3. Jackal 3

    People have started calling for Parata to resign. NZ Herald (not online yet) Govt’s class-size debacle leaves a handful of options:

    Such arrogance looks like incompetence and, indeed, the two usually fellow travelers. The Government’s response, even allowing for the fact they were blindsided, has been totally incompetent.

    There are three possibilities now: one rapidly receding into the middle distance, is the Government shows some leadership and hose things down by announcing a moratorium on staff cuts and establishing a genuinely consultative group to advise on the issues; two, that it continue the failed PR strategy that it knows best and everyone will soon see that. (That’s worked well so far!) Three, the Minister could resign.

    ~ Robin Duff, President of the Secondary Teachers Union, the PPTA.

    Personally I’m for option 3.

    • Sweetd 3.1

      OMG, PPTA calling for a National Minister to resign. Next you will tell me the Pope is Catholic.

      • felix 3.1.1

        I know, they’re so predictable. And petty. Especially when it’s obvious that the minister is doing such a good job.

      • Jackal 3.1.2

        I’ve had a quick search of Google but cannot find any other reference to the PPTA requesting a National Minister resign?

        The Pope is Catholic… Did you know Ratzinger was also in the Hitler Youth, trained in the German infantry and anti-aircraft corps. Nothing Catholic about that mate.

        • bbfloyd 3.1.2.1

          “ratzinger was in the hitler youth”… what’s not catholic about that?

          • Pascal's bookie 3.1.2.1.1

            That’s not fair floyd.

            You don’t have to *have* a mainly Catholic population to go fasc1st.
            I mean, it’s not logically necessary.

            Coincidences: spain, italy, south america, vichy france, austria

          • mike e 3.1.2.1.2

            Ratzinger was pope johns go to man on covering up the catholic churchs pediophiles

        • felix 3.1.2.2

          Oh Sweetd doesn’t really do “fact-based”.

        • Vicky32 3.1.2.3

          The Pope is Catholic… Did you know Ratzinger was also in the Hitler Youth, trained in the German infantry and anti-aircraft corps.

          Nonsense. He was in the Hitler Youth, but so was every teenager who couldn’t evade it. But as for the rest, curb your prejudice! He was far too young to have been in the infantry etc. Oh and BBFloyd, curb yout bigotry as well, please?

          • Billy Fish 3.1.2.3.1

            Actually he was trained in both. one of the crimes of that scum regime was to put thier children into combat roles for the fatherland and other such bollocks.
            He did the smart thing and deserted. Any attempt to label him a Nazi is rubbish. He was in all those groups but it wasn’t like he ran skipping to the sign up desk. Agree BBFloyd, park your bigotory at the door.

          • felix 3.1.2.3.2

            What prejudice? Apparently you missed the bit where he said “Nothing Catholic about that mate.” *

            Which is weird Vicky, ‘cos it was right at the end of the bit you copy/pasted. You would have actually had to go out of your way to omit it.

            *Which means – and as an enthusiast of the language I’m sure you’ll agree – that you can only be referring to prejudice against the n@zis.

            • Vicky32 3.1.2.3.2.1

              *Which means – and as an enthusiast of the language I’m sure you’ll agree – that you can only be referring to prejudice against the n@zis.

              Felix, as you know perfectly well what I meant, you’re being an idiot. I really ought not to feed you any tasty troll food, but I am feeling kind.

          • bbfloyd 3.1.2.3.3

            I’ll take your assumptions on board vicky……I shouldn’t be making jokes about the catholic churches barely tacit endorsement of the nazi regime…….

            I can quite understand people being sensitive about shameful aspects of any groups history…..

            • Vicky32 3.1.2.3.3.1

              I shouldn’t be making jokes about the catholic churches barely tacit endorsement of the nazi regime…….
               

              Given that your ‘jokes’ are based on lies (however widely believed those lies are, and how convenient they are for some!) yes, you shouldn’t.
              I have found some links that I fear you won’t bother reading, but once again, I laugh to myself at the irony of the fact that although I am not a Catholic, once again I find myself defending the church simply because ignorance, and prejudice and bigotry based on ignorance simply make me incandescent with rage.
              http://divineblessings.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/catholic-church-helped-save-jews-during-nazism/
              http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=2857&CFID=140857646&CFTOKEN=97209610
              (That one is particularly interesting as it shows the opposite of what youse guys seem to believe).

              • bbfloyd

                you lecture me on my ignorance of history without a shred of knowledge about my background, or how much research i’ve done… then compound that arrogance by attempting to tell me my own mind…..

                then justify that stance by giving me tracts written by members of that church….. my word, that’s credible…….

                not a convincing way to completely misinterpret what was said, and the spirit with which it was said….. seems you misunderstood my reply as well….. and your qualifications to lecture me are?

                • Vicky32

                  then justify that stance by giving me tracts written by members of that church….. my word, that’s credible…….
                   

                  My, aren’t we Mr Angry-man today! My only “qualification for lecturing you”, is that you are comprehensively wrong, and I see from what you said, that I am justified in my expectation that you would not read the links I gave – or you would not have called them ‘tracts’… in a rather pathetic attempt to make sure that everyone else will be put of reading them.

                  seems you misunderstood my reply as well

                  If I misunderstood you, then kindly clarify? You were simply being snide, and that’s easy enough even for someone like me (with Aspergers) to understand.

          • Jackal 3.1.2.3.4

            Aw c’mon Vicky32. A comment involving the clergy and f@cism… how could I resist?

        • prism 3.1.2.4

          Just to digress. Last Saturday night on Prime on the series called Na..i Hunters after 10.30 pm the episode dealt with one chap who had been sheltered by a right wing sect of the Catholic church in France. The hunters were after him but supplied the information to French police who took it to a successful conclusion I think.

    • Dr Terry 3.2

      Fair enough Jackal. But this would mean that Key also resign – he is the driving power behind educational “policy”.

      • Actually I highly doubt he came up with the policy himself, he merely did not appoint capable subordinates who would have realised this is an indefensible policy.

  4. prism 4

    Parata thinks 50,000 teachers in NZ is about enough. She sounds as if she is at a school fair guessing how many lollies there are in the jar. She’ll win all her lollies and the jar and NZ org. willl get b…er all.

    • mike e 4.1

      hik piranha thinks following the smile and wave formula and just spin while hiding behind her pariah
      smile the cuts go deep in our brighter future.
      Smart economy yeah right.
      Right wing ideology that’s not working. again no surprises .
      Conmankeys under study she might just be sold down the river to put an end to any leadership thoughts she has

  5. John M 5

    I wonder what the chair of the Tertiary Education Commission thinks about all this.

  6. This is all going to John Keys plan for NZ.
    He has the private schools to educate those they have decided will lead NZ in the future.

    We all know it is so true that to educate a child they learn to ask questions, make up their own minds, be able to access situations for themselves, be independant, confidant adults, all those things that John Key thinks manual and land workers do not need.

    What a joy to have a whole workforce to do the low paid work and feel they do not have any choices. Just the NZ wanted by the Neo Concervatives headed here by John Key, while they enjoy the fruits of life as the chosen few.

  7. freedom 7

    Hassling Parata for these fundamental stuff ups is important buti sn’t there some guy we pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to so he can manage all this stuff?

    He’s called the Prime Minister of New Zealand or something, well he introduced himself that way to a rugby player when he went to stroke the Queen’s Corgis so i figure he must be they guy who has the job. He also seems to think cheese is a really important part of representing NZ culture to the world. I am pretty sure the Jubilee invite did not say ‘bring a plate’.

    I am told he was a financial whizz kid and have been told it repeatedly so he must be really good with numbers. He did make squillions of dollars for him and his Banker mates. The odd thing is I am certain he is meant to sign off the figures on Budget type stuff before it gets released into the wilds of NZ. I could be mistaken, maybe numbers that involve real people are different, or maybe they just aren’t his thing.

    I have not heard much from him since that nice party he had in November and people threw all those lovely yellow ribbons over him but i guess there just aren’t any journalists wanting to talk to him. I understand the news folk are really busy creating hype for Sally and Jamie. I know there is an All Blacks tour approaching and there has been billions been lost by dodgy directors we dare not name and lots of selfish poor people are wanting to feed their kids next week and all of that makes for important news but sadly it leaves no space for our glorious leader. This is a shame because i know the PM has dynamic views on aspiration and achievement for everyone who can pay for it.

    Perhaps he has some answers for the country he is meant to be leading to a brighter future?
    of course first we have to find someone willing to ask the questions

    • bbfloyd 7.1

      Sigh… he is such a cuddly bunny isn’t he…….he would be absolutely perfect if he could also run fast…..

      that would make him an excellent moving target….

  8. Doug 8

    Labour had a better idea close the schools, thats a better way of reducing Teacher numbers.

  9. Dv 10

    And now the min of ed are not releasing the staffing data to ppta and rnz. Get it by an OIA the min said.
    Bizzare.

  10. Ross 11

    To be fair, Parata is getting her advice from Treasury and possibly feels nervous about doing a Shane Jones (ie, thinking for herself).

    I don’t see how Treasury can have the time to veer off into policy areas for which it is not well-qualified, especially when it still isn’t able to accurately predict the tax take, GDP and other important indicators for which it supposedly has much expertise.

    http://www.interest.co.nz/news/58692/treasury-says-tax-take-current-201112-year-well-below-forecast-sticks-expectation-05-grow

  11. Dv 12

    From this web site touting schools for overseas students
    http://www.newzealandnow.govt.nz/education~290.html

    The average number of students to teacher is 18 to 1 in primary schooling and 15 to 1at secondary state schools

    HTcoment in NZhearald

    I wonder how log it will stay.

    • ianmac 12.1

      Oh good oh. I must send my kids to this great country where Primary Schools are staffed 1:18. Back in NZ they have just increased class sizes to 1:27 or even 1:35. That would be tough! :)

  12. captain hook 13

    how much did her pearls cost?

  13. cin77 14

    Is anyone really surprised that she is hiding?

  14. Tolley must be advising Parata because it is exactly the same strategy that was employed by the last minister. The primary schools are being forced to drop additional teaching now. this is based on one Wellington primary school that has to decide which to cut:

    http://nowoccupy.blogspot.com/2012/06/poked-or-staffed-then-stuffed.html

  15. It’s not just Parata that’s coming out of this looking bad (and she looks bad).

    Children have been used as pawns by teachers in their politicking, that’s unprofessional – but schooling kids to hate the Prime Minister is worse. School teaching kids to hate?

    • calltoaccount 16.1

      Ahhh PG, the ‘bash the teachers’ line. Here’s Garner’s response (from the original, not your self promoting blog). Garner blames Parata, and I blame you for distracting.

      First things first ‘tweety’ .. calm down.

      Secondly, for kids who are told by teachers that their classes are going to be closed down – that is actually serious and a reality for them.

      No ‘brainwashing’ occurs in my house .. I make sure the kids don’t discuss politics.

      So you’re wrong on that one – but there’s plenty of anger in the schools.

      So you may want to rethink your ‘anger’ over this .. and accept that for the kids, this is reality and this is what their schools are telling them. I’m not responsible for what teachers tell the kids.

      This is not an isolated approach, it’s happening in thousands of schools right now.

    • Pascal's bookie 16.2

      More baseless smearing Pete?

      These kids would be at intermediate, old enough to be paying attention to what’s going on and forming opinions.

      So what’s your evidence that teachers are teaching kids to hate the PM?

    • mike e 16.3

      Pitiful Guile

    • Murray Olsen 16.4

      King’s, Auckland Grammar and Wanganui Collegiate will be teaching kids to hate anyone not like them, so on a pure numbers game they’re doing far worse than anyone expressing well deserved distaste for the Prumsta.

    • Are you congenitally incapable of keeping on topic, Pete?

    • North 16.6

      The old Pete George trick what ……..?

      Make a limited acknowledgment then launch into apologia.

      You are so predictable. You are so boring. Please don’t run around masquerading as the reasonable man then hit us with your Tory bullshit. Everyone can see it coming……it’s bullshit Pete.

  16. Dr Terry 17

    Parata will be waiting in hope for all this to “blow over”. That is what this government does – “time will heal” seems to be the motto. I hope the Queen enjoys the cheese, but doubt she will enjoy the Key “cheesy grin”.
    I am listening with dismay to old people supporting what is taking place, as they hark back to the “good old days” when there were 53 in a class and lots of “discipline” (ruler, strap, cane). The assumption is that children are automatically little fiends, whereas in truth it is adults who are big fiends! I remember a long way back to teachers of iron discipline with loathing (they actually seemed to hate us). Where a teacher loves his/her job, as well as the kids, discipline is almost totally unnecessary. Today, the emphasis is upon making learning interesting and fun. I am afraid that too many old people possess very selective memories.

    • North 17.1

      At 62 years of age I still carry protruding scar tissue on my arse from a caning I got when I was 16 years old. That’s cool is it ?

      Probably cool also that I never suffered in large classes of the day because I was IQ 136 and from a more or less secure and well-off home where expression was positively encouraged. Therefore I got the teacher’s attention and the benefit of the teacher’s wisdom, knowledge, and skills. I was “easy” to teach. I gave dividends.

      Pity about those poor, dumb, rough boys down the back of the class, hard out graffiti-ing the desks. At the time I loved my superiority as a snotty little white boy snob, flattered by a teacher prepared to engage me in adult debate effectively.

      I’m old enough and real enough to know that those boys down the back probably had every bit as much to give as I had. It was never tapped because relatively they were ignored.

      Bigger classes, more “idiots” down the back. Choice !

  17. Steve 18

    I always thought that when a Teacher teaches, then the class was learning no matter what size the class was.
    Think this way: If a World Leader, Musician, Band is going to do/say something at a concert or lecture then it does not matter if there are 40, 400 people, 400 thousand people.
    When the Teachers can teach, the students will learn, until then the Teachers are just an excuse for being unemployable

    • Murray Olsen 18.1

      How many of the 40,000 at the concert go away knowing how to play an instrument? What are you an excuse for? Your last sentence makes no sense grammatically, your others make no sense logically.

    • Draco T Bastard 18.2

      Standing at the front lecturing != teaching as teaching involves engagement.

    • North 18.3

      So by extension Steve we can safely have 400, nay 400,000, in your class at Pasadena Intermediate and we’ll all go on to complete an honours degree. Good Oh !

      Having started this post it’s just occurred to me that you’re almost certainly being facetious and I feel very silly – still, just in case, man up, hit Submit Comment.

      If I’m wrong, I’m really, really sorry for you and really surprised that you could even identify the letters of the alphabet so as to type and send your post, the absolutely thickest post I have ever suffered reading (unless you’re being facetious of course). Sorry mate but it’s true.

  18. Bob 19

    Oh, you got me, I saw ‘Coward’ and thought you were talking about Mallard and Little, very clever.

    Anyway, since I’m here, this has been a complete cock-up by everyone involved, and I agree, Hekia Parata’s head should roll.

    As I have said on previous blogs about this, it is shown raising class sizes to 30-35ish has next to no overall effect on outcomes for children http://www.asianscientist.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/129_report_learning_from_the_best_main.pdf (in fact in Shanghai they average 40 kids per teacher and are out preforming everyone in all the basics, maths, science and reading) but there also needs to be efforts put into upskilling teachers and/or weeding out the ‘bad eggs’ which this policy doesn’t cover. Poorly thought out, poorly delivered to the public, poorly fronted by Hekia, she needs to be dropped from the portfolio.

    • Draco T Bastard 19.1

      Despite the lies from NACT, we don’t have any problems with our schooling.

      • Bob 19.1.1

        Thank you for that link Draco, it also linked to this story “major study of 65 countries reveals today.” which showed the top rated countries in the world:

        (Shanghai-China) – Average class size: 40

        Korea – Average class size: 35

        Finland – Average class size: 20

        Hong Kong-China – Average class size: 36

        Singapore – Average class size: 35

        Canada – Unknown (not stated in OECD or Asian Scientist reports)

        New Zealand – Average class size: 26.09

        So maybe I was wrong, Hekia is just trying to push us forward by bringing us in line with best practice of the coutries ahead of us in the world ratings. If only she just said that in the first place!

        References for class sizes: http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/sites/eag_highlights-2011-en/04/02/4-4.html?contentType=&itemId=/content/chapter/eag_highlights-2011-30-en&containerItemId=/content/serial/2076264x&accessItemIds=/content/book/eag_highlights-2011-en&mimeType=text/html http://www.asianscientist.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/129_report_learning_from_the_best_main.pdf and http://www.ppta.org.nz/index.php/resources/publication-list/1878-av-class-size-calc

        • Draco T Bastard 19.1.1.1

          Shanghai does have 40 per class and it also has:

          Class sizes in Shanghai are big, sometimes double an Australian class size, but they frequently have two or more teachers in the room at any one time as part of the mentoring system that runs throughout Shanghai.

          Every teacher – even the senior teachers – have a mentor who observes their classes and gives feedback on how they might be improved.

          Master teachers, who must publish research and have at least one paper peer-reviewed by a selection panel to qualify, work with senior teachers, including principals, in half a dozen schools.

          hmmmm, 40 divided by three =…

          Seems that China’s keen on education and has the teachers and the teacher support and development to support it.

          Meanwhile, in NZ, the government is cutting the number of teachers, forcing them to work harder, cutting the ability to get more top rate teachers and, as we haven’t heard anything about it yet, I wouldn’t be surprised if they cut the development and support so as to continue their unaffordable tax cuts for the rich.

          You know what, I’m all keen on NZ following the standards* that Shanghai is setting.

          Well, some of them, I think we can do without all the bowing and scraping.

          • Bob 19.1.1.1.1

            Thank you for taking the time to read and understand the situation.

            You will also notice that they only actively teach for 12.5 hours per week, as apposed to the 20 hours a week they do in Australia (not sure how long they actually teach for in NZ), and spend the rest of their time peer reviewing and mentoring, which is where the doubling up of teachers come from. This is also seen as a way to upskill existing teachers, so maybe this is how Hekia Parata could have balanced this latest Policy, rather than the slash and burn Policy she has released?

            With regards to the ‘unaffordable tax cuts for the rich’, by your calculations (or any source you can find), how much is this costing us per year? What other policies have this Government brought in that are costing a large amount (I can’t find any, in fact, they seem to have reduced costs in most areas)? So where has this massive hole in the budgets come from?

            • Draco T Bastard 19.1.1.1.1.1

              You will also notice that they only actively teach for 12.5 hours per week, as apposed to the 20 hours a week they do in Australia (not sure how long they actually teach for in NZ), and spend the rest of their time peer reviewing and mentoring, which is where the doubling up of teachers come from.

              Yeah, probably, but NZ is cutting the number of teachers not increasing them to boost teacher development which is the point. Sure, Shanghai has 40 per class but that class has two or three teachers meaning that the teacher/pupil ratio is no more than 1:20. NZs will be 1:27.5

              You can’t find any? LOL, you’re not looking then but as I’m feeling generous try the Roads of National(s) Significance. That’s about $14b worth of hole right there. The tax cuts for the rich are costing about $1b per year in lost revenue. Cutting public service staff and then getting contractors in, which is what NACTs been doing for the last 4 years, costs far more as well.

              There’s lots of evidence out there that this government has massively boosted spending while saying that they’re cutting it.

  19. Seriously, as a by-product of peak oil, climate change, over population, global economic collapse, etc, larger classes are inevitable, and way way better than no classes.
    And it doesn’t matter who is pulling our strings, those were the ‘good old days’, and that was ‘as good as it gets’.
    We just have to be adult about our collective situation, suck the sav, and accept that to survive as long as we can, we will have to learn to live with a lot less environment destroying ‘customs’ like continuing over populating of the planet, for one thing.
    If a child isn’t born it isn’t missing much. Not having a child is way better than trying to poke it through the bottle neck that is the collapse of this species.
    Welcome to the days of austerity.

  20. North 21

    So what youy’re saying Bob, Bob, Bob is that even though The Princess Parata has fucked up in terms of delivery, she (you really mean John Key) is actually right.

    Like the substance of NZ teachers is truly of poor quality (funny how they’ve hidden it for decades – that the public deserves a bigger bang for it’s buck. Who the fuck are you to gratuitously say that. ? Where’s your evidence punk ?

    Congratulations on being owned not so much by any indiviudual but by this government’s cheap ahua which is really this: a bunch of incompetents who fashion themselves as experts on education, justice, health, whatever, and they know it all over the practitioners. That’s crap and except for your primal care for Key and your resulting need to apologise for him, you know that.

    In reality they are bunch of people who relatively know nothing about what they proudly, mock-authoritatively strut themselves as “ministers” of. For example, as one with 37 years experience I’m not going to listen to Power/Collins/Bazley tell me that changes to legal aid are gonna ensure equal access to justice for the poor. I see striking, distressing examples to the contrary every day of my working life.

    Am I meant to ignore that first hand knowledge, are practitioners in other areas meant to ignore their daily experience ? Because you, know nothing loud mouth, want to “say” about that which you know nothing ? You ignorant, unseeing dork ! Have some shame…….

    • Murray Olsen 21.1

      You need to remember that when the Tories speak of justice, they actually mean punishment. From their point of view, cutting lawyers and legal aid does increase access to justice for the poor. The scum speak a different language.

      • Bob 21.1.1

        Nice try Murray, not a Tory, I have voted for 4 different parties in the 5 elections I have voted in, so I would definitely be classed as a ‘swing voter’. If you count NZ First as left wing (I don’t know how to class them now) then I have only ever voter for one ‘right wing’ party.

        You see Murray, I don’t let blind ideals get in the way when it comes to voting, I look at what I think the biggest issues are, see who has the policies that most closely match what I think would be the best outcome for the whole country, and vote for that party. People will often not agree with me (as North has shown), but I personally feel there has to be a balance between Socialism and Capitalism for the benefit of everyone, not just a select few at any end of the spectrum.

        • Murray Olsen 21.1.1.1

          Nice try, Bob, but I was talking about the cuts to legal aid. Maybe you should have been in smaller classes. I was in big classes too and I did ok, but it wasn’t hard to see that at least a quarter of the kids didn’t.
          I voted for a right wing party once too. It was called Labour and brought in GST, among other delights.

        • Draco T Bastard 21.1.1.2

          but I personally feel there has to be a balance between Socialism and Capitalism for the benefit of everyone,

          Then I suggest you need an education – capitalism is the problem and trying to balance against it causing more problems.

          • Bob 21.1.1.2.1

            Every system that has every been tried can be seen as a failure, Communism, Marxism, Facism, Capitalism……I think we are in a better position now than at any time during human history so I can’t see how balancing against Capitalism (or you could see it as balancing against Socialism) is a failure just yet.

            • Draco T Bastard 21.1.1.2.1.1

              Capitalism has always fallen down. Balancing against that inevitable failure just makes things worse when it falls down yet again.

              BTW, commun1sm hasn’t been tried yet or, if to put it another way, commun1sm is the success story that allows capitalism to take over and ruin things. All societies are inherently commun1st.

    • Bob 21.2

      North, I was going to go into a massive reply trying to tick off all of your points, but it is easier to just ask you to have a look back at your class photos. How many children were in your class while you were at school? You seem to have come out as a reasonably intelligent individual so I would be interested to know.

      I can tell you my class sizes varied from between 29 and 34 through my Form 1 to Form 4 years (then optional classes became available so it is hard to find those sizes), and I managed okay, so what is wrong with a policy for averaging class sizes at 27.5?

      What I am saying is they shouldn’t be doing this without making sure there are funds available so teachers are able to continue to upskill themselves, and make sure that we keep the childrens learning in mind along with the cost, this is where I believe Hekia has got it wrong.

      It is obviously a topic which you feel very strongly about, but have you let emotion over-ride reason in your argument? International studies and results which I have linked to above (in reply to Draco) may help you see my reasoning (at least a bit).

      • North 21.2.1

        So we have the international studies chestnut do we ? Laboratory tests have proved….. blah blah blah blah.

        You know that your “international tests” are hotly contested so you have no right to talk in absolute terms there. Remembering that the sole individual they rely upon was of the view that National Standards would set back NZ education by 50 years.

        What I am particularly concerned about is that without any foundation whatever, and as though it is a given, you leap into attack on the providers, the practitioners, the teachers.

        That is as dishonest out of your mouth as it is out of the mouth of John Key’s When it Suits Her Maori Princess Parata.

        • Bob 21.2.1.1

          Okay, so forget the International studies for a moment and go back to the original question, how many children were in your class while you were at school?

          And again, I haven’t attacked our teachers, I am simply wanting them to have resources available to upskill themselves, no-one is perfect, so you cannot tell me that offering teachers resources to help them is a bad thing!

          • lprent 21.2.1.1.1

            Usually between 35 and 45 in primary and intermediate. Between 34 and 39 in secondary. Of course I started school in 1964 in the midst of a explosion of kids in a rapidly xpanding city.

            There were enough kids for any one to be largely invisible to teachers. Which is why I suspect that I was aceing IQ tests and regarded by teachers as highly unlikely to pass exams. They didn’t have time to find out that I was simply ignoring them as rather boring talking heads while perusing my own learning.

            Many degrees later….

            But I found that class sizes of 25 and down, I actually had to pay attention. Unfortunately they didn’t show up until 7th form

          • Draco T Bastard 21.2.1.1.2

            What’s the failed system of yesteryear got to do with anything? Our children today learn more because of better systems and more teachers.

  21. North 22

    As a commanding assertion, utter nonsense Bobby…….and where do you come from selectively quoting a particular point of view as proof, “proof” you know is seriously contested ?

    And Shanghai for God’s Sake………might I not reaonably think there’s a world of difference between a Shanghai classroom (and we only have your word for its brilliance) and a New Zealand classroom. You’re very stupid, in the exact sense, like “in stupour”.

    And where’s your evidence to prove NZ teachers are of low quality and how do you establish the fact of teachers as “bad eggs” – or “heki pirau” – “rotten egg” – the latter being what up here in the North they call Princess Parata. Heki pirau, potato (brown on the outside white on the inside), kupapa. Idiot is reseved for you.

    Kia Ora strange one – he/he who buys the bullshit then complains about the stench of it.

  22. xtasy 23

    North: “Heki pirau, potato (brown on the outside white on the inside), kupapa. Idiot is reseved for you.”

    Kiore, I would add in a fitting addition.

    • North 23.1

      Yeah ………he kiore right up John Key’s trouser leg.

      He Kia…….He Kiore……..He Kia………He Kiore.

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    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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