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Policy on the hoof

Written By: - Date published: 10:08 am, June 19th, 2012 - 26 comments
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John Key wants to debate school league tables. Presumably he thinks that this will do the double whammy of getting middle class parents back on his side in the education debate, and distract from asset sales.

But he’s not checked with his Minister, or the Ministry of Education, or presumably read any of the official advice about how damaging league tables would be.

Ian Leckie of the Educational Institute was excellent on Morning Report this morning. He reiterated all the important points:

  • National Standards are neither National nor Standard – there is no mediating results between schools.
  • They measure only Literacy and Numeracy (and a specific test at that) – schools do much more than that
  • Results on National Standards do not reflect teacher or school quality. Educational achievement has a lot to do with where kids are at when they start school and the amount of support they get from their parents/guardians.

If you want to assess your local schools – supposedly the point of league tables – then, as Ian Leckie suggests, review the ERO school reports on how they’re doing. And go along and look at them yourself, meet the teachers and the head.

If he read the research and official reports, or even talked to the Education Ministry Key would know that league tables may well end up like the decile system. They’ll be a short hand, used by misunderstanding real estate agents, and they won’t actually reflect school quality. They’ll exacerbate white flight and further ghetto-ising of our suburbs as schools in poor areas are seen as bad, because the children don’t do as well there – whether the teachers are good or not. They’ll struggle because their parents are too busy scraping a living in Key’s ‘Brighter Future’ and they don’t have the educational background of middle class parents (and with the scrapping of Adult & Community Education won’t get it either).

But no, Key wants to ‘debate’ the issue, flying some high-level soundbites that sound good, without any deep thinking.

According to Key it will be better if the government compiles the list rather than newspapers (does he not have faith in the literacy and numeracy of journalists?). The research says that contrary to that, governments should be putting pressure on newspapers not to compile lists as it’s not in the interests of the country (what with the lists being so unrepresentative of reality).

But Key doesn’t need facts – he’ll find some other scientist who thinks differently (except he never actually does… Show me the Scientist…)

EDIT: Russell Brown also has an excellent post on this – h/t P’s b

26 comments on “Policy on the hoof”

  1. Bunji 1

    There is a table John Key should be look at though. The $1.5billion (and growing) list of schools that are leaky (thanks 90s National government!)

  2. lyndon 2

    I’d understood various noises around the election to imply they would look at this (going back on the prior assurances they wouldn’t). In the context, “Improve reporting of system-level performance, including investigating school level reporting.” would probably be an example of that. http://www.national.org.nz/PDF_General/Education_in_Schools_policy.pdf
    If they cared about the research they’d’a stopped earlier.

  3. But no, Key wants to ‘debate’ the issue, flying some high-level soundbites that sound good, without any deep thinking.

    I agree, there are growing signs that National doing things on the hoof without reasonable consultation (especially in education) – in fact at times without rudimentary consultation. That’s bad politics. Made worse when they try to push aside important issues that badly need wide consultation and discussion, like Super.

    If National continue like this I don’t see them surviving 2014 without an electoral hammering.

    • Dr Terry 3.1

      Pete, worse than “bad politics”, this is “bad ethics”. Does anyone imagine Key “debating” this? That would be highly unusual for him as one who cares not to “consult” even within his own Party. Key sure has a “thing” about education, he cannot leave it alone without still further assaults upon people who know what they are talking about. Perhaps just about anything serves as a distraction from the blighted asset sales. Key is not clever, but he is bloody crafty.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      Made worse when they try to push aside important issues that badly need wide consultation and discussion, like Super.

      You’re getting to the point that all you seem to do is try to distract from NACT+UF selling off our assets and otherwise screwing our society.

      Super is fine, it needs a few tweaks (A Universal Income would be better) but it’s fully affordable even as it is.

    • Sally Cron 3.3

      Let’s hope! Most of the Ministry are ex teachers who didn’t really succeed in the classroom.

  4. Pascal's bookie 4

    Russell Brown has a good post on the whole shambles. Comments too; worth reading:

    http://publicaddress.net/7963

  5. Kotahi Tane Huna 5

    This is an ideal opportunity to remind everyone what a fiasco National’s Standards are. The Fairfax strawpoll is running at about 50/50 for/against league tables – if that is reflected in the population at large that is great news: the reasons against them are not easily articulated in smiley wavy soundbites.

    A distraction from National’s sale of stolen property, or another front they cannot afford? This government’s incompetence is being exposed on all sides, and they have not the first clue what to do about it.

    First one to cross the floor wins a marginally better chance at re-election.

    • bbfloyd 5.1

      “win a marginally better chance at re-election”…. that would depend on whether the fourth estate is directed to attack them for “inconsistency” , or if they(media) decide their own best interests lie in jumping on the populist bandwagon i would have thought….

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 5.1.1

        I’m not sure opposition to asset sales constitutes a populist bandwagon, given the clearly defined case against them. The media will no doubt have its say – and influence – on the matter.

  6. vto 6

    Its clear to nearly every single Kiwi now that John Key is flailing, that he doesn’t have the skills or talents necessary to run a government, that he has simply been mistaken in thinking that corporate ways can be transferred across, and that all of the above means he is just blimmin’ useless and why the fuck is here really there? To tick off another of his schoolboy bucket list items? What a waste of space.

    And who is letting him wallow? Seems to me that others in the Nats must see al this and are not pulling either him or the organisation up by the bootstraps to do things properly. It is like they are letting Key and the organisation rapidly fail so that it can rebuilt again without the silly smiling man. Who would do that?

    • Dr Terry 6.1

      Key is still getting away with “fooling some of the people some of the time”. We have only to wait that occasion when he finally discovers that you “cannot fool all of the people all of the time”.

      • bbfloyd 6.1.1

        I think that should b “fooling some of the people all of the time”… the average fossilised tory tends to start frothing at the mouth whenever the word “labour” is mentioned…..

        these people would accept any old rubbish, as long as it is coming from the tory party…

    • bad12 6.2

      “The other’s in the National Party are letting Him wallow”, yeah true but while the factionalization of the National Caucus is a given Slippery is safe for now from the knives of the ‘brat pack’ because the ‘newbies’ know that without Slippery as the head salesman of both the country’s assets and National as a credible Government they are DEFINITELY gone in 2014,

      With Slippery leading the rabble, the backbench still see a slim hope, given yet another week of negative news and politics for and from National my pick is for them to be about 43%…

  7. I agree, Ben, considering all the areas that demand the Government’s attention (earthquake reconstruction, ACC, child poverty, unemployment), we see our highest performing sector attacked again with the bizarre suggestion of league tables for primary schools. As you say it could be just another red herring, but if introduced it will threaten our top five ranking educationally:
    http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/school-league-tables-lack-logic.html

  8. captain hook 8

    if kweewee and his govt were any good they would be bussing kids to higher decile schools so that the civil society could remain civil.

  9. bbfloyd 9

    But then they would be higher decile schools any more…once the realities of teaching children who come from homes without the sort of support the children who are already at those “higher decile” schools enjoy……

    No fault of the parents of those “lower decile” children…. It takes generations in most cases,to instil an appreciation of what is required to successfully guide ones children through the education process…

  10. BLiP 10

    .

    Yep -John Key bringing up league tables is probably a distraction. It could also be a typically nasty National Ltd™ sryle pay-back to the education sector for daring to unite. Not only was the government forced into a cowering backdown, Parata was also exposed as bumbling bimbo and no one paid nearly enough attention to John Key’s visit to see the Queen. Imagine what might happen if other sectors united, “better put a stop to that, pronto” would be any Tory’s gut instinct.

    And its not just the impending asset sales National Ltd™ want mums and dads to stop worrying about. There’s also:

    – Prime Minister John Key said he was less confident now than at the time of the May 24 Budget that New Zealand would get back into surplus by 2014-15

    – Exporter confidence in their order books for the next 12 months is at the lowest level since the DHL Export Barometer began in 2004.

    Consumer confidence is slipping in the face of the ongoing European debt crisis, even though people are feeling better off

    Only 35 per cent of financiers, local authorities and private investors who put money into infrastructure expect business to pick up in the next three years.

    – Forecasters expect weaker economic activity over the next two years than they did three months ago.

    – The quarterly survey’s index slipped 2.5 points to 99.9, the first time it has been in negative territory since the immediate aftermath of the February earthquake last year and before that March 2009 when the economy was contracting.

    – Confidence among exporters has slumped over the past year in the face of a strengthening kiwi dollar, a deteriorating global economic situation and rising fuel and raw material costs.

    – New Zealand consumer confidence dimmed in the second quarter of the year as people were content about the present, but increasingly gloomy about the future.

    – Departing Fletchers CEO, Jonathan Ling, told journalists at a media briefing this morning that general economic recovery is more like four or five years away.

    The John Key led National Ltd™ “rolling maul” of economic initiatives has come down to taxing paper-boys, putting the boot into teachers, sterilising beneficiaries, and selling New Zealand’s electricity companies in a collapsing economy. No surprise, then, that John Key is left with little option but to make policy on the hoof – he’s most likely not distracting New Zealanders but, rather, himself from having to face up to the fact that he doesn’t have a fucking clue what he’s doing.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.1

      But he does have a clue as to what he’s doing – he’s giving all our wealth to the already rich, mostly foreigners.

  11. ianmac 11

    Russell Brown has written an excellent report on League Tables/Key/National Standards called :
    “Moving from frustration to disgust.” I bet our PM doesn’t read it else his boyish grin would freeze over.
    http://publicaddress.net/hardnews/moving-from-frustration-to-disgust/

  12. tracey 12

    geoff gave him a hard time but struck a chord when he suggested that key was back to sucking up to parents … more tyre kicking from key speaking on a portfolio he doesnt manage and knows piss all about…

  13. Georgy 13

    I’ve got an idea. lets have a debate on League tables. Lets start with the positive:
    [1]
    [2]
    [3]
    [4] etc

    Now for the negative
    [1] League tables produce misleading and inaccurate information
    [2] they do not lead to better schools
    [3] they promote social segregation
    [4] they favour the privileged
    [5] they compound the effects of disadvantage
    [6] they do not measure the ‘value added’ by the school
    [7] test and assessment data/results are influenced by a variety of factors, not all of which are within the control of schools or teachers
    [8] they do not distinguish the school contribution to the test results from that of other factors such as family background and resources.
    [9] league tables can camouflage underachievement among mediocre schools with favoured intakes
    [10] a school could perform badly in comparison with other schools despite high quality teaching and resources because it serves a less-privileged community
    [11] Comparisons of school results also lead to inaccurate assessments of school quality because the tests are narrowly based.
    [12] therefore comparisons of school literacy and numeracy assessment outcomes are misleading when interpreted as measures of school performance
    [13] higher performing schools become more popular they can adopt selective enrolment practices to further improve their performance
    [14] there is no possible way to control the variables in testing/assessment procedures. Therefore the data available to parents is not ‘true’ ie apples are not being compared with apples.
    [15] League table data do not show a childs ability in critical thinking, problem solving, creativity or their progress
    [16] League tables are based on high stakes testing where info comes from a very narrow range of sources creating a lottery of significant, serious, negative and unintended outcomes
    [17] Parents will base a wide range of assumptions on one single bit of info – a number – about a school

    • vto 13.1

      ha ha, good one georgy, but unfortunately this National government does not deal in facts or reasoned logic. It deals solely in ideology, like all extremists and nutbars. You just have to have faith. You need to believe. You must bow down to the God of right wing ideology – that great religion that brought us the great depression, the gfc, the finance company collapses, the 1987 sharemarket crash, the constant and rising level of unemployment, rising power prices, foreign landlords, cuts for public schools and increases for private schools.

      The Church of the National Party – nothing more and nothing less.

  14. North 14

    What the hell is John Key on ?

    Announcing significant education measures…….without a word to Minister Paratasite.

    She acknowledges that and reckons she’s “not at all surprised” that she wasn’t told or asked about it beforehand. Well that’s a worry in itself surely. Did he tell the inner-circle or was it his little invention after a hearty steak and kidney pudding dinner, followed by a call to his bro’ in Downing Street “LOL” ?

    This is freaky and shades of Muldoon when he was losing it in ’84 before the skinful of gin
    snap-election.

  15. vto 15

    Next thing Key will pronounce himself a Bishop.

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  • Start as you mean to go on
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    DimPostBy danylmc
    1 day ago
  • Start as you mean to go on
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    DimPostBy danylmc
    1 day ago
  • Polity: Mike’s minute: Mike’s maths!
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    1 day ago
  • Polity: Mike’s minute: Mike’s maths!
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    1 day ago
  • Denise Roche: What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 Pt II
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    frogblogBy Denise Roche
    1 day ago
  • Helter smelter deja vu: Tiwai Point uncertainty stalls NZ renewables
    Simon Johnson looks at how New Zealand Aluminium Smelter Limited is behind the Meridian/Genesis deal keeping the Huntly Thermal Power Station burning coal as the threat of closing the Tiwai Point smelter is stalling the construction of consented renewable energy… ...
    Hot TopicBy Mr February
    1 day ago
  • Helter smelter deja vu: Tiwai Point uncertainty stalls NZ renewables
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    Hot TopicBy Mr February
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  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
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    frogblogBy Jan Logie
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  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
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    frogblogBy Jan Logie
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  • Hard News: This. Is. Crazy.
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    1 day ago
  • Hard News: This. Is. Crazy.
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    1 day ago
  • A great Budget would
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    frogblogBy Catherine Delahunty
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  • Smarter, Better, Cleaner, Stronger
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    frogblogBy Gareth Hughes
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  • What we are expected to believe
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    Transport BlogBy Peter Nunns
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  • The end of Auckland’s old growth model
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    Transport BlogBy Peter Nunns
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  • Why are whistleblowers being prosecuted as spies?
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  • Spend and Tax
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    Briefing PapersBy Brian Easton
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  • The birth place of the artist
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  • Gordon Campbell on the rise of the far right, and battle bots
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    2 days ago

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    GreensBy Jan Logie
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  • Budget 2016 and our LGBTQI communities
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    GreensBy Jan Logie
    3 hours ago
  • Scrambled announcement policy on the hoof
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    4 hours ago
  • Police Minister admits resolution rates fall short of expectation
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    5 hours ago
  • Mojo Mathers: A better deal for animals in Budget 2016
    Currently we are failing animals in NZ. On the face of it farmed and domestic animals in this country have strong legal protection from abuse, cruelty and neglect. In reality it seems that only the very worst, most extreme cases… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    5 hours ago
  • Metiria Turei: What we need from Budget 2016
    Every family deserves a warm decent home.  Everyone believes that. This housing crisis is just the latest consequence of a Government who puts the interests of the few wealthy people above the needs of NZ families.  Families are doing it… ...
    GreensBy Metiria Turei
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  • Dairy exports fall of 11%: Budget action on diversification needed
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  • Investors driving families out of homes in South and West Auckland
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    9 hours ago
  • Budget must deliver on paid parental leave
    Budget 2016 must deliver 26 weeks paid parental leave by April 2018 – anything less will be short-changing families, says Labour MP Sue Moroney. “My Bill which is before Parliament this afternoon has majority support and does just that. I… ...
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  • Key’s “brain fart” on tax cuts news to English
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    1 day ago
  • What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 – A better start for our tamariki
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    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    1 day ago
  • What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 – A better start for our tamariki
    Ensuring the best start for our tamariki is a priority for me in everything I do. And so in Budget 2016, my first budget as an MP, I looking for the Government to make a real investment in the wellbeing… ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    1 day ago
  • Denise Roche: What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 Pt II
    Aotearoa’s new New Zealanders,  come to our country in vulnerable position: – often away from the culture, communities and families they know, sometimes in neighbourhoods without familiar faces and often encountering barriers to employment. With net migration at 50,000+ a… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    1 day ago
  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
    The last few years we’ve seen equal pay for women flagged as an undefined risk in the budget. This year we should expect to see this, as well as budgeted money to deliver equal pay to caregivers and funding for,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
  • Equal Pay and Budget 2016
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    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 day ago
  • A great Budget would
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    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 day ago
  • Budget building materials policy backfires
    On the eve of this year’s Budget official figures show Nick Smith’s Budget 2014 centrepiece to reduce the cost of building materials has backfired, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment officials have spent the… ...
    1 day ago
  • Smarter, Better, Cleaner, Stronger
    This Thursday Bill English will deliver his eighth Budget. Will it continue the trend of previous National budgets, making tertiary education less affordable, putting only token funds into innovation, and subsidising polluters? Budgets aren’t what they used to be. Once… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    1 day ago
  • Govt must come clean on tax cuts in Budget
    National is making a mockery of the Budget process by dangling the promise of tax cuts but failing to include them in the Budget, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “National’s tax cut promises have turned into a farce. One… ...
    2 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Pre-Budget Speech
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    2 days ago
  • Budget must deliver for middle New Zealand
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    3 days ago
  • Our housing emergency – why we have to act
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    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    4 days ago
  • Will funding boost for sexual violence services go to the right places?
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    GreensBy Jan Logie
    5 days ago
  • Will funding boost for sexual violence services go to the right places?
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    GreensBy Jan Logie
    5 days ago
  • Denise Roche – What I’m looking for in this year’s Budget
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    GreensBy Denise Roche
    5 days ago
  • Denise Roche – What I’m looking for in this year’s Budget
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    GreensBy Denise Roche
    5 days ago
  • Car rego victims must get a refund
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    5 days ago
  • Council statement shows they just don’t get it
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    5 days ago
  • Inspecting electronic devices a potential privacy threat
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    5 days ago
  • The Price of Water
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    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    5 days ago
  • Caption It NZ!
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    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    6 days ago
  • Older Kiwis to miss out on electives
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    6 days ago
  • Most principals say their college is underfunded
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    6 days ago
  • Bill English and Nick Smith on different pages
    The Government’s support for Labour’s policy to remove the Auckland urban growth boundary is good news, but National needs to clarify its position, Labour’s Housing and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Acting Prime Minister has acknowledged our position… ...
    6 days ago
  • Bill English and Nick Smith on different pages
    The Government’s support for Labour’s policy to remove the Auckland urban growth boundary is good news, but National needs to clarify its position, Labour’s Housing and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Acting Prime Minister has acknowledged our position… ...
    6 days ago
  • Labour calls for independent inquiry into illegal fish dumping
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    6 days ago
  • Mt Karangahake and Newcrest Mining
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    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 week ago
  • Robbing Aucklanders to pay Rio Tinto
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    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    1 week ago
  • Government should abolish Auckland urban growth boundary
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    1 week ago
  • Kiwis don’t want iPads for Land deals
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    1 week ago
  • Homelessness – National has failed all of us
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    1 week ago
  • Moko case should never have been manslaughter deal
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    1 week ago
  • Overseas investor funds school’s digital devices
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    1 week ago
  • Child Youth and Family Review and Domestic Violence
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    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 week ago
  • Child Youth and Family Review and Domestic Violence
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    1 week ago
  • Canterbury rebuild: How wood is a better choice for the new city
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    1 week ago
  • Canterbury rebuild: How wood is a better choice for the new city
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    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    1 week ago
  • Key plucks $3b out of thin air – reckless and irresponsible
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    1 week ago
  • John Key woefully out of touch on homelessness
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    1 week ago

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