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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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    Labour | 18-08
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    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time for John Key to answer yes or no questions
    John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key has become so media...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Why Internet MANA are the best political friends the Greens could ever get
    Metiria at last nights #GreenRoomNZ: standing on the shoulders and camera cases of giants  NZers, regardless of political spectrum or apathy level, have a wonderful beach cricket egalitarianism about us. If we can objectively conclude a winner, then that person...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Sick of the Sleaze? Protest against National’s dirty politics THIS SATURD...
    Sick of the Sleaze? Protest now dammit! Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government’s track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Sir Edmund Thomas – Address at Nicky Hager public meeting
    I regard it as privilege to chair this public meeting. I have long had the greatest admiration for Nicky Hager’s work, and nothing I have read or heard in the media over the past week or so has caused me...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour and New Zealand Superannuation
    The kerfuffle in the wake of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics has had a detrimental impact on our discussion of economic policies. Signs are that the main beneficiaries of the dirty politics revelations will be Winston Peters and Colin Craig; certainly National suffered...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Mike Hosking and the Leader’s Debat...
    A few weeks ago I blogged that Mike Hosking was a terrible choice as moderator for the TV One Party Leader’s Debate, because he is so embarrassingly biased in favour of John Key. So I watched the show with curiosity,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Democracy and Cancer: A critical analysis of Dirty Politics
    Twenty years ago, England’s renowned television playwright Denis Potter died of pancreatic cancer.  Readers may recall his two masterpieces ‘Pennies from Heaven’ and ‘The Singing Detective’.  During a final television interview with Melvyn Bragg, Potter declared that he had named...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Cunliffe beats Key in First Leaders debate
    I watched the First Leaders debate at the Green Party #GreenRoomNZ, they were very kind to include me and the atmosphere was great. The debate was a resounding victory to Cunliffe. He won Round 1, Round 2, Round 3 and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • LIVE STREAM: The Green Room Leader’s Debate from 6:30pm
    The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding to the debate live, along with comment from thought leaders and commentators. ‘The Green Room’ 6pm – 8.30pm...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • How many taxpayer funded staff does John Key need to prepare for a Leaders ...
    John Key is currently at the Auckland Stamford Plaza with 40 staff, 4 undercover police cars and an entire floor booked out in preparation for tonights Leader’s debate. Isn’t 40 staff including coms, flown up to Auckland for a debate...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • A brief word on National Party Rodney MP, Mark Mitchell
    MP considers legal action against Nicky HagerThe National MP says he is considering taking a defamation case after the September 20 election.“Someone needs to be held accountable,” he said. Oh really champ? Brothers and sisters, there is a long way...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Greens advertise on Whaleoil – but not on The Daily Blog?
    PaknSave have shown ethical compass and blocked adverts on Whaleoil, yet the Greens are advertising on Whaleoil, and not The Daily Blog? I would imagine there are far more potential Green voters on The Daily Blog then ever are on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • It’s about the stupid economy stupid
    In focus group meetings, the sleepy hobbits of NZ by a staggering amount all believe that National are better economic stewards of the country than Labour, that’s why, instead of answering questions about blackmailing MPs, trawling brothels for dirt on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour Policy vs National Policy
    John Key’s favourite defence spin at the moment is people want to talk about policy and not hear answers on the ethics of trawling brothels, why Slater was given SIS information, blackmailing MPs into standing down, rigging candidate elections and hacking...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • The Green Room live streamed on TDB 6.30pm tonight for First Leaders debate
    The ‘Green Room’ will stream 6.pm tonight on The Daily Blog during the TV One leaders’ debate.Use #GreenRoomNZ to join in. The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Manukau East – the next Coalition in action
    A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of opening Voice Up – a youth forum run by young people in Otara. I had been asked as Chair of the Local Board to set the scene, encouraging young people...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Big Bang Theory
    It’s a shame that it took a brain injury for me to start seeing things with such startling clarity. The realisation that lawyering, fishing, parenting, selling cars and racing yachts had common themes was stunning. Not perhaps as stunning as...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how much Key aro...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls
    MIL OSI – Source: Selwyn Manning – Analysis Headline: 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls 5AA Australia: On this week’s Across the Ditch bulletin on 5AA Australia, host Peter Godfery and Selwyn Manning discuss the aftermath...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • La’o Hamutuk calls for inquiry into Timor GAP ‘mismanagement’ of oil ...
    The Suai project on the South Coast … “liberated” land but confused communities.Photo: La’o Hamutuk David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. AN INDEPENDENT Timor-Leste development and social justice agency has called for an inquiry into the Timor GAP corporation...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • What Is Nicky Hager?
    WHAT WILL HISTORY MAKE of Nicky Hager? That slight, perpetually boyish, journalist who descends periodically, like the admonishing angel in a medieval mystery play, to trouble our consciences and wreak merry havoc with the orderly conduct of our political affairs....
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Can anyone in msm explain how after Dirty Politics that they all got played...
    Would you not think, that after reading Dirty Politics, that our mainstream media wouldn’t allow themselves to get tricked and played again by the VERY SAME discredited pundits? The best new feature on Radio NZ is their ‘Blog Watch’ and their...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Crusher Collins caught out lying about Privacy Commissioner – is this her...
    Crusher angry. Crusher smash own career. Crusher more angry. You would think that after getting outed as such a nasty, vicious piece of work in Dirty Politics, that Crusher would be scrambling to dial back the lies and manipulations. Apparently...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Cunliffe vs Key – first leaders debate
    This is your election ‘moderator’ – just one more reason an incoming Government need to sack everyone at TVNZ and reform it into an actual public broadcaster. The first leaders debate happens this Thursday, 7pm on TV One. I have...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – An Old and Honourable Profession
      When Dirty Politics started to reference an ex-prostitute I began to get antsy. My first response was “come on Nicky, we decriminalised in 2003. Its sex worker.” My second response was “Ah oh. Who was it and did they...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Bought and paid for: the dirty politics of climate denial
    Has climate denial in New Zealand been bought and paid for by corporate interests? We already know that the ACT Party’s routine denial is closely linked to the financial support the party receives from wealthy free market fundamentalist Alan Gibbs,...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • If the msm read The Daily Blog, THIS wouldn’t be a surprise – explainin...
    Yawn. How embarrassing for Hamish Rutherford and Andrea Vance, their breathless article today suggests that the idea of Labour and NZ First cutting a  deal over the buy back of assets  is some how new news. Silly mainstream media  journalists. If...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker??
    Yesterday I did some calculations to find out what tax John Key pays compared to a worker on the minimum wage. And I put out this media release for the Mana Movement: MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Hip hop death threats – the selective outrage of our media
    PM death threat in hip hop songAn Auckland hip-hop crew slammed for releasing a song with lyrics that apparently include a threat to kill Prime Minister John Key are urging young people to enrol to vote. Kill The PM, by...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes
    Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this!
    I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this weird spear tackle from behind by his own company. I was listening to this interview at the time, and the awkwardness of it must be the worst...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Is it weird Radio NZ ban me yet still have….
    Is it weird Radio NZ ban me for life because I criticised the Prime Minister yet still have Matthew Hooton, David Farrar and Jordan Williams, 3 of the main protagonists revealed in Dirty Politics as part of their ongoing political...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Christchurch GCSB meeting – why mass surveillance matters in 2014
    This is the video for last weeks GCSB meeting in Christchurch. Don’t forget Nicky Hager’s public meeting Wednesday night in Auckland, TDB will live stream the event in the interests of our democracy. Broadcast starts 7.30pm here on TDB....
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Assange, Greenwald to appear at Town Hall meeting? + KDC is not the hacker ...
    Wikileaks founder and the engineer of revealing some of the largest abuses of power in the modern era, Julian Assange, is rumoured to be appearing at the September 15th Town Hall meeting. Assange would join award winning investigative journalist Glen...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Why Paula Bennett will be the next leader and Hooton throws the Prime Minis...
    I don’t think the public have any idea of the behind the scenes meltdown now occurring within National. There are plenty of decent right wingers who all have ethical standards who have looked at what their leaders have been doing and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – That Awkward Feeling When Your Campaign Goe...
    Urgh. It’s a thankless and nearly impossible task politically firefighting some days. Somebody (who isn’t you, but who’s in your care, or whom you’ve got a close professional relationship with) does or says something stupid; somebody from the Media’s there...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Dirty politics goes viral
    Join the latest social networking craze this election that every Dog Cat and Jabba is putting on their facebook pages.     Joe Trinder – Ngāti Awa Born and born in Ōtepoti Ōtākou, Ex RNZN he is an Information Technology...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Blogwatch: An open letter to David Farrar: Please, be that guy
    Dear David, In light of  Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics, you wrote a blog entitled ‘Some changes on Kiwiblog’ and you suggested it was time to tighten up ship on your website, saying “I want to improve trust in myself,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues
    New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues (41%) while the World’s most important problems are War & Terrorism (35%) just three weeks before NZ Election...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ 2014 Leaders Index – week ending 29 August
    Below is iSentia’s first weekly Leaders’ Index, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will produce these reports for the next three...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Judgment in Paki v Attorney General
    Tamaiti Cairns said that today’s Supreme Court decision is complicated, but, in essence opens the door for Maori people to go forward with their essential claims to water. Further work is required and Pouakani Trust will continue to pursue its...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Supreme Court Decision on Maori Water Rights
    “ … the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead. The Appellants had argued that the Crown’s ownership of the River was as a fiduciary for...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Leaders Dinner with Campbell Live, Dessert with RadioLIVE
    John Campbell is hosting Colin Craig, Winston Peters, Laila Harre, Metiria Turei, Peter Dunne, Jamie Whyte and Te Ururoa Flavell LIVE from Auckland’s Grand Harbour Restaurant on Wednesday 3 September at 7pm....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Credit unions in the political spotlight
    Dirty politics was put aside last night as senior politicians outlined their universal support for growing the cooperatively owned credit union and mutual building society sector in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Maryan Street on issues of importance to older people
    Liam Butler interviews Hon Maryan Street MP on issues of importance to older New Zealanders...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • John Hanita Paki and others v The Attorney-General
    JOHN HANITA PAKI, TORIWAI ROTARANGI, TAUHOPA TE WANO HEPI, MATIU MAMAE PITIROI AND GEORGE MONGAMONGA RAWHITI v THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF NEW ZEALAND FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE CROWN (“THE CROWN”) (SC 7/2010)...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Last Nights Leaders Debate Drives The #nzpol Wordcloud
    Following last nights leaders debate on TV One between John Key and David Cunliffe, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol from approximately the last 24 hours to produce this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Campaign suggests reason behind suicide gender statistics
    An online campaign about meaning and belonging has revealed an interesting connection with the difference in suicide rates between men and women....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Act Policy Vindicated by Sensible Sentencing Data
    ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte says the Sensible Sentencing Trust's just released analysis of 3 Strikes legislation "proves ACT was right to promote the policy and that it has made New Zealand a much safer country. The figures show beyond...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • “Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids”
    It’s time to talk about tax. Not just income tax but other kinds of tax too....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Cannabis Laws Breach Treaty – ALCP
    Cannabis prohibition is neo-colonial oppression resulting in the disproportionate imprisonment of Maori, the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party says....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • 2014 Variation Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released
    The Electoral Commission has released a variation decision on the amount of time and money allocated to political parties for the broadcasting of election programmes for the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • New Zealand Shoppers- Demand Blue Tick Accredited Products
    Following ongoing concerns surrounding the issue of animal welfare in farming, particularly in the layer and broiler chicken sectors, the RNZSPCA is now asking consumers to purchase only eggs, pork, turkey and chicken that have been Accredited by the Blue...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Environment Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Environment Policy which recognises that New Zealand cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Candidate calls for an end to institutional racism
    29 AUGUST 2014 Tāmaki Makaurau candidate, Rangi McLean has spoken up in support of Irie Te Wehi-Takerei who was wrongfully accused of shoplifting at a Warehouse store in Manukau. "Over the last month, two different supermarkets have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Making tertiary education more accessible to Māori
    29 August 2014 The Māori Party launched its tertiary education policy today at Te Huinga Tauira o Te Mana Ākonga, the national hui for the Māori Teritary Students Association in Palmerston North. Te Tai Hauāuru candidate Chris McKenzie says the...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ Sign Language programmes receives $11 million boost
    Deaf Aotearoa are thrilled with Education minister Hekia Parata’s announcement this week that $11 million in funding will go towards a range of New Zealand Sign Language initiatives, including First Signs – a programme that involves sign language...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Abortion violates the Human Rights of Fathers
    Fathers1Right to Life is concerned at the glaring imbalance that exists in law, in regard to the rights of men to defend the lives of the children they have fathered. Fatherhood commences at conception. Children in the womb, just like...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Hundreds to join march against male violence in Auckland CBD
    Hundreds of supporters are expected to join the 'Take Back the Night' march through central Auckland streets tomorrow night in solidarity with making the streets safe for women and the rainbow community to walk without fear of male violence....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Classic example of need for Conservative policy
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman, Garth McVicar believes the sentencing of killer Aaron McDonald is a classic example of why an overhaul of the parole and sentencing system is required.”...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Greens & Labour Politicising Bullying in Schools
    Family First NZ says that both the Greens and Labour are wanting to politicise and sexualise school children under the guise of bullying programmes rather than deal with the school bullying issue as it should be dealt with....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Wellington National Is Not Our Future Rally 30/8/14
    Thousands of people will march and rally at National is not our Future events on Saturday. Auckland is the main rally centre with supportive actions in Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Hamilton. In Wellington, marchers will assemble at Te Papa...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • EPA grants marine consent for OMV exploration well
    The Environmental Protection Authority has granted a marine consent to OMV New Zealand Ltd for its Whio-1 exploration well in the Taranaki Basin....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • First anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria
    Members of the Syrian Community and friends are commemorating the first anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria, in Aotea Square on Saturday 30 August 2014, between 11-3 pm. The Assad regimes chemical attacks on al Ghouta were responsible...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Anniversary of the NZ Occupation of German Samoa
    Today, 29th August 2014, marks the 100 years centenary of the occupation of Samoa by New Zealand forces at the request of the British empire, ending the German rule of Samoa. It is also the starting point for the special...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Submissions sought on mosquito repellent
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a portable mosquito repellent for use outdoors. The repellent consists of a strip impregnated with metofluthrin, a substance from the pyrethroid family....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Spot the difference – the leaders debate
    I watched the Leaders' debate last night and was struck by the fact that John Key accepted all of David Cunliffe's basic assumptions. For example, he did not say that the government should not tell farmers who they could sell...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Colin Craig’s tax figures do not add up and are dishonest
    “Colin Craig’s tax plan is to have two rates of income tax: 0% up to $20,000 and 25% above that. This will leave a $6.4 billion hole in the budget even before the new spending proposed by the Conservatives. The...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support
    Media Release – For Immediate Release Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support Support for National has dropped by 4.3% to 50.8%, the latest stuff.co.nz / Ipsos political poll shows....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Labour’s environment policy welcomed
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird says that overall the Labour Party’s newly released environment policy would go a long way towards protecting New Zealand’s natural heritage....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • National: Not our Future Marches across New Zealand
    Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government's track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin to oppose National's...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Tune in to tonight’s debate from 7pm
    The countdown is on! You can watch the first leader’s debate for 2014 tonight, 7pm, on TV One ....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Gamblefree Day 1 September
    It's Gamblefree Day this Monday 1 September, the national awareness day for problem gambling in New Zealand. While traditionally celebrated on the first day of September, many events and activities are held both before and after this day to raise...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Success through captioning should be a given as a Right
    Success through captioning should be a given as a Right per the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Alcohol Marketing Committee Questions Government’s Motives
    An Independent Expert Committee on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (IECAAS) has been formed out of concern amongst alcohol and public health researchers about the government’s Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (MFAAS)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • How Much Higher Can Auckland Prices Go?
    National's plan to liberalise the use of Kiwisaver funds and its proposal to raise ts cheap "Welcome Home" loan thresholds to help buyers purchase a new home has been welcomed by home building companies but attacked as a "welfare scheme...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • OPC submission period extended
    We have extended the submission period for the modified reassessment of a bee control affecting five organophosphate and carbamate insecticides (APP202142)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Vinay Deobhakta struck off roll of barristers and solicitors
    The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered former Tauranga lawyer Vinay Deobhakta to be struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Major parties to front up for Climate Voter election debate
    New Zealand’s main political parties will take part in ‘The Great Climate Voter Debate’ on September 3....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Family violence… too big to be ignored
    As Annah Stretton gears up for her New Zealand Fashion Week show on Thursday she is utilizing her spotlight to help change the face of family violence in this country saying “the problem is far too big to ignore”....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Candidate’s SOS to northern Maori voters: Save our seats!
    (Extract from address by Rev Te Hira Paenga to Kura Hourua Maori Political Leaders hui, in Whangarei this evening)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Mary O’Neill to Stand for the Alliance in Napier
    The Alliance Party has confirmed Mary O’Neill as the Alliance candidate in the Napier Electorate for the 2014 election....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • TONIGHT [28/8/14]: The Great Political Comedy Debate
    It's a night for debating. You could stay home frowning at tonight's Leaders debate, or laugh it up with us at BATS!...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Cunliffe against personal responsibility over billboards
    The accusation by David Cunliffe that the Conservative Party is subscribing to a surveillance society by protecting its billboards via the use of motion sensor cameras reveals an anti-personal responsibility position by the about-to-be-retired Leader...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Groundbreaking health and climate conference
    The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding its first conference on climate change and health at its headquarters in Geneva this week, with New Zealand health experts in attendance....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Te Tai Tokerau Party
    Last night at the Leadership Academy of Company A debate Clinton Dearlove announced the creation of a new political party supported by Whanau and Hapu....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Significant fallout from Dirty Politics allegations
    Dirty politics ... costing National up to 3.8% of its pre-publication support Large numbers of New Zealanders are aware of and talking about the issues raised as a result of the publication of Nicky Hager’s book, Dirty Politics, according to...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Colin Craig is “deluded and dangerous” – Act
    “Colin Craig is proposing a radical transformation of our constitution. The Conservatives are proposing to overthrow of one hundred and fifty odd years of parliamentary democracy and replace it with binding referenda” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
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