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.