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Polity: A clear choice on education

Written By: - Date published: 12:33 pm, July 7th, 2014 - 144 comments
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polity_square_for_lynnReposted from Polity.

One of the most prominent battlegrounds in this election campaign will be education. Both large parties know our kids deserve better than the two-tier education system we currently have. Both have clear, costed plans they think can help. And now the public can choose.

On one side, Labour wants to give each child more of their teachers’ attention with smaller class sizes, allow schools get rid of the stigmatising influence of “voluntary” donations, and help ensure every kid is learning for the 21st century on a portable digital device. These are practical, at-the-coal-face ideas that are both sound and popular.

National’s idea is really very different. They believe that allowing top Principals to become roaming regional uber-Principals, and doing the same with teachers, will solve the issues.1 They seem to believe that whatever works for decile 10 Taradale School near Napier will be just as effective at decile 1 Te Awa school a few kilometres down the road, as if kids leave their lives at the school gate. Theirs is a one-size-fits-all delusion.

Actions, of course, speak louder than words. Both John Key and Bill English have chosen to send their own kids to private schools. In 2005, the Listener asked John Key why that was:

Mostly for educational reasons. Their schools have smaller class sizes and are better resourced than most state schools.

There you have it. Smaller class sizes are better for kids. The Prime Minister’s actions show that even he believes it. But he is not offering smaller classes for all Kiwi kids. Labour is. The choice is clear.

  1. As long like anoraks may know, my broad view on performance pay for teachers differs from most within Labour. I think there is a real place for it. But, unlike Hekia Parata, I do not think it is a panacea.

144 comments on “Polity: A clear choice on education”

  1. Chrissy 1

    The 2000 teachers policy is a beaut! making sure they and their colleagues are top quality teachers is absolutely crucial too: decent pay, professional respect, attracting the best people and keeping them there have got to be part of this, but making a few of them into consultant teachers or heads roaming around away from their schools and classes seems counter-productive. Great teachers should be teaching!

  2. Lanthanide 2

    “As long like anoraks may know, my broad view on performance pay for teachers differs from most within Labour. I think there is a real place for it.”

    Certainly there is. In the sense that all of our teachers need to be paid 50% more than they currently are, and they need to perform much better than they currently are.

    When the job of a teacher is as respected and rewarded by society as being an engineer, doctor or lawyer is, we will finally have an education system that is capable of doing its best by all its pupils.

    • Tracey 2.1

      the “market” worshippers tell us we have to pay gross salaries to ceos to get the bestones in public and private sector BUT are incredibly silent about applying that to teachers?

      Sart by paying them to train, nurses too, just as we do the Police.

    • Northshoreguynz 2.2

      There was a time, not that long ago, when teachers were paid the same as a back bench MP.

  3. Herodotus 3

    Great to see education taking a leading roll in the election.
    Just a note after labour reduced the class sizes for new entrant classes in their last time in office, this did have the unforeseen implication of some schools were required to build additional classes. With many of our local schools being under pressure for space. how will these great policies be implemented with the additional cost for additional classes to be built with the decline of outdoor areas .But I do accept that I maybe jumping the gun and such details are planned in the future for release. Great start to the campaign :-)

    • James Thrace 3.1

      We need to start building our schools UP, not out.

      I sometimes marvel at the two storey schools sometimes seen on American docos/ TVs.

      I don’t like the block look, but having two rooms on top of one another (like a house) could be a real possibility.

      Downside would be the extra cost of making all classes accessible, especially if school was built on flat land (elevators etc). On sloping land about 30degrees and up (not an engineer!) , I’d imagine it’d be easy enough to have both up and down rooms accessible without need for elevators through cutting into the hillside or whatever.

      • Herodotus 3.1.1

        Ther are already a few schools out botany ( south East Auckland – was previously part of manukau ) that are multi storey, unfortunately a few have weather tight issues that have or are currently being remediated at some substantial cost.Due to pressure on min of ed budgets many new schools that were built since the turn of the century are on the minimum land area just over 2 ha. Which places great stain on both future expansion and playgrounds..

  4. fisiani 4

    So 2000 extra currently unemployed teachers or 0.9 teacher/school will somehow magically fix education. These people are either inexperienced, incompetent or unfit if they don’t have a job. Forget hiring talented immigrants because Labour’s ban on immigrants blocks that. So just 2,000 extra unionists making compulsory payments to the Labour Party. BTW Will the male teachers have to apologise for being male?
    Or have a merit based system where teacher quality is enhanced given it is the single most important factor.
    This is indeed a defining election issue . Quantity versus Quality.
    Lanthanide is correct. We need to pay the best teachers to stay in the classroom and impart their excellence to others. The National argument is better understood by parents. It will be a vote winner.

    • stevo 4.1

      ‘We need to pay the best teachers to stay in the classroom ‘

      Yet Nationals policy is to do exactly the opposite.?
      back to school Fisi .

      • fisiani 4.1.1

        No, you are wrong. National’s policy is to take teachers to several classrooms to pass on their knowledge

        • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1

          And while they’re in between classrooms they’re not teaching and most of their time will actually be spent between classrooms. National’s policy suck for our children and our country but it will be great for a few – which is true of National’s policies in general.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2

      Don’t forget National’s-Standards-which-are-neither are going to consigned to the dustbin of history, and Charter schools are going to close (I hope in such a way that the investors vandals lose 400% of their blood-money) and we’ll have an education minister who isn’t a brainless right wing gimp.

      All these things will make a positive difference too, and don’t forget the most important thing:

      The most influential factor in educational achievement is household income, so destroying the National Party’s anti-Kiwi employment ‘laws’ will help too, not to mention the minimum wage rises and living wage.

      Choke on it, trash.

      • yossarian 4.2.1

        Nice one mods, deleting my comment. No doubt you will delete this one too, remarking on just how positive idiots like one anonymous bloke are. And by the way I support Labour, but not mindless comments like “choke on it, trash”. How come that kind of stupidity gets through the mod process?

        [lprent: When we are looking at first comments, we use a different criteria to normal moderation. Some sign of intelligence and thought is required to get through the hurdle.

        Fortunately attacking others, whining about mods, and making statements that look like a concern troll really don't qualify. Attempting an argument on policy or the news does. Being a supporter of a political party isn't the criteria. Being able to contribute to the debate is. It does appear to be something you aren't good at.

        Basically you look like just another dumb troll who would have problems finding your arse if it was pointed out to you.. Adding you to autospam. ]

        • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2.1.1

          Yossarian, what makes you think I’m somehow representative of ‘Labour’? I’ll be voting Green on Saturday September 20th, but I’m nobody’s good little party member.

          Good of you to stand up for Fisiani. Altruistic even. Perhaps one day they’ll return the favour.

          I have terrible manners. Sorry about that.

    • dv 4.3

      We need to pay the best teachers to stay in the classroom and impart their excellence to others.

      But the Nat scheme does the opposite. It takes the better teachers OUT of their class rooms for 2 days a week.
      Who replaces them when the are out?- relief teachers?

      Fisiani you are right in the extent that just getting more teachers with not fix the problem.
      Quality is important

      Here are the top 10 effects on learning from Hatties research
      Self report grades
      Piagetian programs
      Formative evaluation
      Micro teaching
      Acceleration
      Class behaviour intervention
      Comprehensive intervention for learning disabled
      Teacher clarity
      Reciprocal teaching
      Feed back
      and
      teacher student relationships

      Smaller class sizes will help in several of those facts to give extra help and attention where needed.

      • ianmac 4.3.1

        Exactly dv. I think that Hattie qualified the ranking of class size. One was that class size in isolation did not make much difference but it did open up all the possibilities of activating most of those items on your list. The Private School and Charter School less than 18 per class promotes effective feedback, self reporting grades, Hands-on activity (Piagetian) and so on.
        Another was the way that “difficult” kids could get better access to targeted help.

    • Te Reo Putake 4.4

      Poor ol’ Fisi. The sudden thought that National might lose the election has scrambled his brains.

      “So 2000 extra currently unemployed teachers or 0.9 teacher/school will somehow magically fix education. ”

      Nobody is saying that, but you. Labour’s plan is to employ currently available teachers and add in new graduates over 4 years to improve education. But, feel free to tell Parata how you think education needs fixing next time you are within crawling distance of her.

      “So just 2,000 extra unionists making compulsory payments to the Labour Party.”

      No teacher union is a NZLP affiliate. In fact no state sector union is an affiliate.

      “Or have a merit based system where teacher quality is enhanced given it is the single most important factor.”

      Quality is clearly important, but, as Prime Minister Key says, class size is actually the decisive factor. Labour is also committed to improving teacher quality. It’s in the policy and is backed up by their commitment to training new teachers.

    • mpledger 4.5

      There are plenty of unemployed newly graduated teachers. The universities can never predict what government policy will be in 3 years hence so they either enroll too many or not not enough.

    • fisiani 4.6

      “And on Saturday they claimed they would provide every student between years five and 13 with a digital device worth $600 by providing a $100 subsidy and having parents pay $3.50 a week for 18 months. This will be news to Labour, but this adds up to only $373 per device.

      [lprent: Where is your link. Oh I see - Stephen Joyce making shit up.

      1. There is nothing in the policy about the devices costing $600.
      2. No link.
      3. Banned for 4 weeks for trying to start a moronic flamewar with some unattributed lying from Stephen Joyce. ]

      • Te Reo Putake 4.6.1

        Muckspreading’s Fisiani is too dishonest to say where that quote came from, so I’ll do it for him. It’s Stephen Joyce making shit up. His bullshit strawman talking point was repeated ad nauseum in the various righty effluent outflows yesterday and now fisi wants us to treat it as if it were true.

        However, Fisi, you dimwitted, desperate doofus, try doing your thinking for yourself and you might not look so stoopid. Ponder on whether buying tens of thousands of tablets in bulk might just lead to significant discounts on the retail price. Under $400 per item seems perfectly reasonable and not just because Harvey Norman has specials like that every second fucken weekend.

      • jester 4.6.2

        I believe it was mentioned in the 21st Century Policy.

        “The Manaiakalani model involves a digital device package (including hardshell carry-case, insurance and manufacturers warrantee) costing around $600. This is paid off (with no kickstart) at $3.50 a week. We will aim to bring costs down below this level, through economies of scale and falling technology costs, and that saving will be passed on to families through a lower weekly payment.”

        • lprent 4.6.2.1

          So not talking about what labour was planning on doing at all? How surprisingly unexpected. So it appears that Fis missed the bit you quote that says…

          We will aim to bring costs down below this level, through economies of scale and falling technology costs…

          That seems like a pretty unsubtle hint to me that Labour are using that project as an example. They aren’t planning to replicate it in a countrywide clone.

          Just to give an idea of differences even with a tablet. My nexus7 7″ tablet with a clamshell bluetooth keyboard with insurance was about $460 this year.

    • Macro 4.7

      “These people are either inexperienced, incompetent or unfit if they don’t have a job”
      You can of course back up this absurd statement with facts. Or is it just your arse speaking again?

  5. Bazar 5

    So in a nutshell
    Labour believe in throwing money and toys at schools in the hope that things improve.

    National believe in challenging the leadership to perform with results, paying the best teachers more money, and forcing competition with the private sector.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1

      No. Those are just your dishonest talking points and vacuity. John Key wants smaller class sizes for his kids, not yours. Now open wide, here comes the drill.

    • Tony P 5.2

      So in a nutshell
      Labour believe in putting resources into children first.

      Nact believe in putting money into more management layers, private/charter schools and constant testing.

      Fixed it for you.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 5.2.1

        In a nutshell, Labour have evidence that putting more resources into children will improve education outcomes…

        Overseas evidence proves that the National Party’s policies deliberate vandalism will lead to worse outcomes…

        FIFY.

    • freedom 5.3

      This the same private sector who are receiving, from taxpayers, over twice the per child funding of public schools?

      Or the same private sector who have had two of the five new partnerships school threatened with closure due to irregularities in planning implementation and resourcing?

      Or the same private sector that has attempted to pressure the Ministry to supply teachers from existing public schools because they are unable to attract the necessary quality of staff to operate as per the Ministry’s somewhat flexible criteria ?

      The private sector you seem so fond of seems incapable of tying shoelaces let alone teaching others to.

      • fisiani 5.3.1

        can I see a citation for that appalling lie re private sector school funding

        • One Anonymous Bloke 5.3.1.1

          Can I see a citation for your deliberate cynical lie that teacher unions are affiliated to the Labour Party?

          Didn’t think so, trash.

        • freedom 5.3.1.2

          I am only replying because I made a small error and did not catch it before the edit function lapsed, otherwise I am sticking to what I said to you yesterday, ” I wipe my hands of you ”

          This line: “This the same private sector who are receiving, from taxpayers, over twice the per child funding of public schools?”
          should have been written thus:
          “This the same private sector, some of whom are receiving, from taxpayers, over twice the per child funding of public schools?”

          As requested fisiani here is your citation. It is one of many references to the topic. Do you want the Hansard as well from when Hipkins questioned the Minister ? I am guessing not, because it did not show the ministry in a good light at all and we all know you don’t like seeing the National government shown up for the ignorant and callous policies they enact.

          http://www.eduvac.co.nz/news/2014/02/12/government-spending-nearly-twice-much-student-charter-school

          if any are wondering why I finally gave up on fisiani, it was this: http://thestandard.org.nz/labour-plans-to-win/#comment-845097
          Call me arrogant or overly sensitive, but I see no reason to engage with someone who in order to avoid answering a simple question accuses me of playing politics with the victims of crime when they are aware of my relationship to the topic.

          • Tracey 5.3.1.2.1

            fisiani is a caricature. There are a few here abouts.

          • fisiani 5.3.1.2.2

            Partnership schools are not private schools. You have again failed. Your citation is about partnership schools aka charter schools and not about private schools which receive miniscule public funding.

            • framu 5.3.1.2.2.1

              ahh – but the term was private SECTOR fisty – sector

              not private school

            • KJT 5.3.1.2.2.2

              “Private schools receive minuscule public funding”.

              Missed this did you Mr education expert Fizzer?

              http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=11064839

              “Wanganui City College principal Peter Kaua agreed, saying the figure of $3 million was triple his annual operational budget”.

              Not to mention the 30 million National gave private schools. It seems, in reality, they actually cost the tax payer overall, more, per student, than State schools. For similar outcomes. “In fact as private schools can pick the students who are capable of doing well, regardless of the school they attend, it is debatable that they add anything, apart from the plug in to the old boy network.

              Plus the rough figure of around 35k a year they take out of the economy per pupil, in addition, in fees from parents.

              None of them have managed to compete with State schools without costing a hell of a lot more.

              Private schools are very poor value.

        • dv 5.3.1.3

          http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1402/S00121/charter-school-students-funded-up-to-5x-more.htm

          The average per pupil for charter schools is $ 20k cf $6k for state schools

          • fisiani 5.3.1.3.1

            What have partnership schools funding got to do with private schools?

            • dv 5.3.1.3.1.1

              Charter schools ARE not public schools.

              • fisiani

                Nor are they PRIVATE schools

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  In that case they must be ‘Unregistered Right-Wing Fundamentalist Ticket-Clipper Sucking On The Public Teat Schools’.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    +1111

                    The Right-wing continually prove that they cannot make a profit without government funding and assistance in clipping the ticket.

                  • RedLogix

                    I’ve been away for months stuck in a place with no net access, and the very first thing I click on is a reply from OAB to fisi – and surely I’m not dissapointed.

                    Marvellous! The Standard still lives !

                • Tracey

                  how are you going proving that nzei and ppta are affiliated to Labour?

                • dv

                  OK they are private sector schools then.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Nor are they PRIVATE schools

                  Quite right. They are PRIVATISED schools.

      • Bazar 5.3.2

        If the charter schools can’t perform with the same funding as state schools, then yes they should fail.
        I’d be unhappy in any other case.

        I don’t expect all charter schools to succeed, i expect some to fail, most will simply coexist with the state schools, and a small few will excel far beyond expectations.

        But by creating competition, i expect the performance of most state schools to improve.
        Competition fosters improvement and innovation, Those in a monopoly are oft mired in stagnation.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 5.3.2.1

          Ideological drivel.

          $19,664 per student.

          Gone. By. Lunchtime.

          • Weepu's beard 5.3.2.1.1

            Looks to me like unacceptable inefficiency. The current govt. is all about wasteful spending on pet projects. Our kids education is no different.

        • Tracey 5.3.2.2

          can you cite proof of examples where schools are in competition and it creates an improvement in education delivery?

          We already deliver high quality education witthout h some mythical competitive model

          I have a cellphone but dont consider that makes me an expert in telecommunication delivery

          • One Anonymous Bloke 5.3.2.2.1

            Every wingnut is an expert on everything. The problem is personal responsibility, the solution is tax cuts.

        • Tracey 5.3.2.3

          citation for schools “mired in stagnation” required.

          • KJT 5.3.2.3.1

            A consequence of National’s Standards.

            No innovative or original Teaching allowed.

            Even if you can find time after all the form filling, box ticking, performance appraisal, translating Parata speak and Government buck passing.

        • ianmac 5.3.2.4

          Bazar. You do know that classes in Charter Schools are usually between 10 and 20 kids. Wonder why the bother?

    • Tracey 5.4

      no other profession i know of requires employees to go to a minimum of one session, outside classroom time, a week on prof development, a new something or other, which every teacher has to attend… Often from month to month these sessions have contradictory ideas.report every minutiae of what they do

      Quality teachers, and its most of them, are struggling, and looking to leave the classrooms.

      I know of no other profession so constantly vilified and under public scrutiny as teaching. Where parents, by virtue of having children, think they know all about teaching.

      National has successfully conned parents into thinking their children are suffering at the hand of incompetent teachers to achieve their ideological ends. Now parents seem to believe teaching quality is in the gutter BUT no one is banging down nationals door demanding a better quality recruit. In other professions you atract such people with great conditions, high pay and you value them. Not in education.

      Have you ever been a victim of crime?
      I

    • mpledger 5.5

      And National believe in adding more bureaucracy with all their special principals and special teachers. They are really just a layer that distances the MinofEd from schools. It just means the special principals get to cop the flak when new policies from National are implemented rather than the MinofEd.

  6. Lorraine 6

    Smaller classes give all kids a better opportunity to learn. All the information over decades have pointed to this. National’s dog eat dog policy challenging the leadership to perform with results, paying the best teachers more money, and forcing competition with the private sector will not make any difference to the majority of under performing kids. It is all just right wing propaganda. The ratio of teachers per child has the most positive effect on the widest range and number of children. Most teachers are likely giving it their very best now and a not motivated by money in their occupation. Paying principals more and a few teachers more is not going to make a huge difference. Maybe National should look at the negative effect Novapay has had on teachers performance as not getting paid is a huge stress on people’s lives. GO #LABOUR

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      Paying principals more and a few teachers more is not going to make a huge difference.

      I think it will make a huge difference. It will cause more teachers to leave the profession and decreasing standards resulting in worse outcomes for our children.

  7. Jester 7

    I couldn’t find it in the policy release but how many years will the extra 2000 teachers be phased in over?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1

      Google is your friend. Try the Labour Party website, under the “policy” link. Basic stuff I know, but you seem to require assistance all the same.

      • Jester 7.1.1

        Wasn’t noted on the original factsheet but I see the media reporting it as phased in by 2018.

        I’m just curious if this takes into account immigration or population increase?

        • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.1

          Can’t you find any detail of that in the policy documents? They’re on Labour’s website under “policy”. Seriously, have you mistaken me for your research assistant or something?

          • Tracey 7.1.1.1.1

            curiousity is a funny thing… On the right they are rarely curious about this govt and just accept what they are told.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.1.1.1

              I think they had a bad experience with fact-checking once and are too afraid to ever do it again.

              • Tracey

                I have noticed that when challenged to supply proof or references, they usualluy abandon a thread. To the credit of many regulars here, queries for csources usually result in a link. Freedom is an example of that today over taxpayer funding for charter schools.

          • Jester 7.1.1.1.2

            That’s all very nice but if you release policy it must surely be questioned.

            • Te Reo Putake 7.1.1.1.2.1

              Well, yeah, but surely you can come up with an interesting or relevant question to make it worthwhile finding the answer. Given that population increase is going to be negligible in 4 years, the answer to your question is mostly irrelevant. Perhaps if you explained your thinking in asking the question we could get to the heart of the matter.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.1.2.2

              Dig away, then: read the policy, and then you’ll be in a position to question it. Just think, you could rise triumphantly from three minutes of reading clutching a great victory.

              Or, take no personal responsibility whatsoever and simply behave like a right wing tr*ll.

              A quick look at your comment history tells me you’ll go with option two.

              Keep acting in bad faith, clown. Your bad choices.

              • jester

                Thanks for the advice OAB. Spent 3 minutes reading the policy as you suggested.

                Perhaps it could be humbly suggested that you do the same. Then we will be both be fully conversant with what’s in the actual policy documents.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  And what’s more, we’ll be able to compare it with National Party education policy: all five lines of it with no costings whatsoever.

            • Tracey 7.1.1.1.2.3

              nobody here released any policy.

        • Francis 7.1.1.2

          The teacher:child ration is fixed. Labour has also promised to add an additional $1 billion to health and education spending per year to keep up with population and cost increases, which will presumably cater for additional teachers where needed for population growth.

  8. kiwigunner 8

    In my school a policy such as Labours would enable me to have a teacher working with small groups of children who need extra assistance in a particular area and with those at the either end of the spectrum who need extension work. Right now I have excellent teacher aides doing this and they do a great job but not as good as a teacher would. I can’t be sure of course but I’d expect that this wold make a large hole in the group of children who find school difficult at present – the oft quoted 1 in 5.

    I hate the governments proposed policy because it simply doesn’t get to the children rather it will disrupt classrooms and the very important relationships within them that I believe are the core of successful schools. As a principal I don’t know how anyone could rationally think that I would have two days free from my school to look after others when I already work from dawn to dusk each day and actually find it quite insulting that anyone would think that I could. In reality the govts proposal is designed to put the squeeze on schools who can see through and are resisting the hair brained policies such as National Standards, the gutting of Professional Development and Special Education. Will this do anything for kids?

    Bottom line is teachers and principals are as greedy as anyone else (maybe a little less) but when they are saying no to the possible pay increase of $40k you have to think that the policy is not on the right lines.

    • Tracey 8.1

      the “expert” principals will delegate more to dp’s, who wont get any pay increase.

      It will be intersting to see how many decile 7-10 principals will be preaching to deciles 1-6?

      John graham was so successful at southern cross he left to start parnell college!

    • Chooky 8.2

      +100 kiwigunner ..from the coal face!

      …my Mother was a teacher and she worked enormously hard ( often still working after mid-night)…she was a dedicated professional and there for the children and not the money ( although the money was necessary)

  9. DH 9

    I’m not going to argue over the merits of smaller classes but I will say there is one simple thing Labour can do to improve teaching. That’s to start holding the heads of schools properly accountable for the performance of their staff.

    There’s nothing complicated or unusual about a school, they can be compared directly to any medium size business. Teachers are employees, the head & deputy head(s) are management. It’s a manager’s job to manage the staff, if teaching quality is low in a school that’s 100% the fault of management.

    Talk with any competent teacher and they’ll tell you who the poor performers are in their school, it’s not exactly a secret among any of them. And often they’ll tell you how they get away with it, which is usually along the lines of brown nosing the boss or other such wiles.

    With few exceptions there’s no such thing as a bad worker. There’s only bad managers. If people really do believe teaching needs to be improved stop blaming teachers, instead start demanding the managers earn their generous salaries. Heads are paid well these days, IMO they need to justify it.

    Remember Ike… the buck stops there.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1

      What a fools errand that would be with 20% of kids experiencing the ill-effects of income inequality. Still, blame and punishment is all part of personal responsibility, isn’t it.

      Not that teachers have any sort of performance assessment now or anything. Not that it relies on a national strategy or anything. Let’s throw all that out and replace it with punishment and blame. Yay! Authority!

      • DH 9.1.1

        Try reading what I wrote which is the exact opposite of what you’re saying. I said stop blaming teachers.

        Try talking to teachers sometime. They’re seriously pissed off with being made the whipping boy all the time. It’s for management to create and provide the working environment that brings out the best in teachers and, believe me, we’ve got good teachers in this country. There’s perhaps a very small number who are really in the wrong job but IMO the rest just need good management.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1.1.1

          I was being sarcastic: teachers already have performance assessments. You’re assuming that the right wing narrative that schools were broken so they’re fixing them has some sort of ground. It didn’t, although they’re doing their best to make it so.

          The problem is the application of ‘managerial’ right wing dogma where pedagogy belongs. More managerial ‘public utilities are just like businesses’ ideology is not the answer.

          Focusing on ‘good and bad teachers’ is just horseshit dressed up as policy.

        • Tracey 9.1.1.2

          how many businesses do you know where the ceo is bound by a board, a tier above the board and another person above that.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1.1.2.1

            Business values include knowing nothing about businesses or schools.

    • Tracey 9.2

      Hi DH

      What do heads of pri ary, intermediate and secondaty schools receive? iI genuinely dont know and am interested in how their salaries would compare to businesses with similar staff numbers.

      • DH 9.2.1

        Can only report what my teacher friends have told me and IIRC it’s well over $100k for local secondary. I expect it would vary around the country & depend on school size & type but I don’t think many heads are complaining about their pay.

        HODs on the other hand don’t get much… an extra $5k from memory.

        • Tracey 9.2.1.1

          Ok. LEts examine your proposition to hold heads of school accountable as we would a business.

          A business with over 177 employees would pay under 150k to its CEO?( local high school)

          A business with over 150 employees (local primary school) would pay Ceo only 120k!?

          A CEO of a school has a Board, the ministry of education, the minister, a business employing 177 people has a board, full stop. You, imo, under estimate the constraints this places.

          • DH 9.2.1.1.1

            Sorry Tracey, was called away. I won’t continue. The anonymous bloke above might think he’s being smart but his motives are transparent and I can’t be bothered with overbearing bullies. Busting in on an established forum & trawling threads that might criticise his precious party is a bit of a giveaway as to who he might be or why.

            I should feel insulted but it’s just a big yawn. It’s a funny thing about learning the hard way how to deal with bullies. Once you’re comfortable in your ability to handle them you no longer feel the urge to do so. I find myself being more affronted when I see others being bullied, don’t know why. For me this forum is merely for exchanging thoughts & ideas and debating among like minded people. With it being flooded with patronising party rhetoric that treats us like children I think it’s time for a 3 month hiatus.

            If you’re really interested in the education system try getting to know a few teachers. Win their trust & get them to open up a bit. Ask them about their jobs; what they enjoy & what they dislike.

            Bye for now!

            • One Anonymous Bloke 9.2.1.1.1.1

              I don’t know if the Greens will be very happy to hear themselves described as OAB’s precious; I’m nobody’s good little party member, chum.

              What I don’t like is the way this government treats teachers. I especially don’t like them importing failed right wing policies that hurt children’s chances of self-reliance.

              So mind your manners.

      • tinfoilhat 9.2.2

        Hi Tracey

        Award salary information as below

        http://www.minedu.govt.nz/NZEducation/EducationPolicies/SchoolEmployment/TopicsOfInterest/PrincipalPayandAllowances.aspx

        Average primary principal these days would be around the 120,000 up level.
        Average secondary principal these days would be around the 150,000 up level.

  10. Wreckingball 10

    Besides the debate over whether quality or quantity is better, the costings are all wrong.

    Where are all of the new classrooms going to come from?

    2000 new prefab classrooms at $100k a pop costs $200 million. Ignoring all the other costs of training, equipping, and managing teachers, that leaves $200 million over 4 years, equals $50 million a year. Divided by 2000, that means $25k per teacher.

    The amount of the costs of this new investment adds another 50% to the bill. Shockingly misleading.

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      Please describe for us how you determined that 2000 new class rooms would have to be built.

      • Wreckingball 10.1.1

        By 2018 there will be 2000 more full-time teachers in NZ schools. Unless you propose having multiple classes in one classroom then you will need to build a new classroom for each teacher. It may not be quite 2000 new classrooms if you account for slightly more efficient use of office space but the capital investment will be massive.

        • McFlock 10.1.1.1

          Nah.
          They can just reverse the process of closing and amalgamating schools. I’m sure a lot of those properties haven’t been disposed of yet.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 10.1.1.2

          Oh noes, Labour policy means more resources for schools! Calamity! Desperation! Woe!

          I’d drive the wingnuts before me but all they do is weep and wail.

        • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.3

          Wrecking ball. Did you bother to first check how many unused classrooms currently exist in active open schools, before jumping to conclusions as to what new needs to be built.

          • Herodotus 10.1.1.3.1

            CV in our local school there are none. When the good policy of lower class size for new entrants was introduced about 10 years ago necessitated an addition classroom to be built? So there is some validity to the comment but there is also validity in questioning what the underlying intentions of the comment, and in our local case where the additional classes are to be financed from and located. With many schools in my local area struggling to even to provided in their playing field the ability to play inter school cricket ground with 25m boundaries. Let alone to be able to provide space for any additional classrooms.

            • Francis 10.1.1.3.1.1

              There are plans for the upgrade of school buildings over the next 15 years, presumably this would include building new classrooms (where necessary).

    • ianmac 10.2

      You do realise Wrecker that the National Plan is to turn all schools into 1980s style Open Plan buildings. That would cost millions as most schools are built in cellular form. Mr Hooton even this morning was applauding the National plan for 75 kids in a classroom with 2 or 3 teachers. Open Plan Schools largely faded from the 80s onwards but hey. Mz Parata thinks she has discovered something new!

      • Tracey 10.2.1

        does mr hooton have children? Public or private education?

        • felix 10.2.1.1

          Private of course. Just like him.

        • Matthew Hooton 10.2.1.2

          Two girls. State school.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 10.2.1.2.1

            The most influential factor in academic achievement is household income, Matthew. Just a little reminder to disrupt the received dogma.

            • Paul 10.2.1.2.1.1

              It would be interesting however to see the Cabinet member’s ( and all leading politicians of all political stripes) choices of school for their kids.
              Helps to see their vested interests.

              • Colonial Viper

                Now that’s a worthy survey to do and put up on the ‘net…of all MPs across all parties…and also candidates.

            • Matthew Hooton 10.2.1.2.1.2

              That’s not right actually. The main factor, as I recall it from when I used to study this stuff for work, is the educational environment within the home, including the number of books (and these do correlate to some extent to household income, of course).

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Mother’s education level is also important, and the point is that current government incompetent flailing makes no allowance for any of it, eh.

                But you knew that.

          • Tracey 10.2.1.2.2

            thanks matthew. I obviously dont want to ask you to divulge anything about them but can you divulge the decile number? There is, imo, as big a difference between a decile 8-10 school and a decile 1-6 and between public and private.

            • karol 10.2.1.2.2.1

              I’d guess decile 9-10.

              But then, I’d guess the secondary school I went to was in that bracket.

              Edit: It probably is 9-10 now. But may not have been if those classifications were used back then. The area I lived in was quite mixed – gone more upmarket since.

            • Anne 10.2.1.2.2.2

              Hazard a guess its either Remuera Primary School or Epsom Normal Primary School since he lives in that part of town. Both decile 10 schools and handy to St Cuthbert’s College or Diocesan School for Girls when they are older.

              Edit oops, Epsom Normal is only 9. Could be Ellerslie Primary then.

              • Matthew Hooton

                Why would you pay for St Cuth’s or Dio when EGGS is free (and one of its old girls became PM and may be UNSG)? I much prefer to waste money into overseas holidays than private schools.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Having lived in that part of town, I can assure you that plenty of moderately to very well-off parents see good value for money in Dio.

                • karol

                  I was at EGGs, back in the day (probably with your parents’ generation) where my best mates were from working class backgrounds – different times.

            • Matthew Hooton 10.2.1.2.2.3

              10 so deliberately underfunded by the government (but we make up for that by raising over $100k from our annual fair). I wrote about all this in the July/August edition of Metro (the annual school’s edition). Will be on line in a month or so I expect.

    • Wreckingball 10.3

      So you agree that Labour has deliberately lied about the cost of the policy?

      I am all for spending money on education. In fact, educating the population is one of the most important government functions. However, the investment needs to be in the right areas (quality of teachers not quantity) and the politicians need to be upfront about the costs involved.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 10.3.1

        Read the fully costed policy have you?

        Doubt it, you’re just another lazy tr*ll, and if quantity of teachers isn’t the problem take it up with your dear ‘smaller class sizes’ leader.

        • Wreckingball 10.3.1.1

          Yes I have read the whole policy. The $350m is for the teacher’s salaries and some administration?

          Wouldn’t be the first time that the pricing had been wrong. The laptop for every kid policy for instance. The forecasted cost for the digital device plan only amounts to $373 for a $600 device after factoring in the $100 subsidy and $3.50 a week over 18 months…

          • One Anonymous Bloke 10.3.1.1.1

            Almost as though someone making a bulk purchase gets a reduced price or something. Remedial Economics 101 perhaps?

            Your trite vacuities about extra classrooms have been addressed by McFlock up-thread.

            I like hearing your wails, can I get some running and screaming too?

          • lprent 10.3.1.1.2

            $600? Where did you get that inflated price from. For that matter how many years have you been getting ripped off through your own inability to shop wisely.

            Look at PB Tech’s normal retail prices. At present, you can get a Chromebook for $416 including GST. A Windows 7 15″ laptop for $459 inc GST. These are all that are required for the policy.

            I’ll take a bet that when the government starts issuing purchase orders for tens of thousands of these direct from the manufacturers, that they can easily halve those landed costs.

            Hell PB Tech usually managed to drop then by more than a quarter when school starts up each year.

            So your dumbass argument collapses under your inability to look on google. Just another pathetic moran waving the sign displaying their level of ignorance.

          • Draco T Bastard 10.3.1.1.3

            The forecasted cost for the digital device plan only amounts to $373 for a $600 device

            There’s this concept called bulk buying – perhaps you’ve heard of it?

            Just think what a good deal we’d get if the government went to Samsung and bought enough S5s for the entire country. I suspect we could get them for more than 50% off the retail price but, noooo, people need to have choice – fucken morons.

            • Colonial Viper 10.3.1.1.3.1

              Cunliffe has the Right Wing running scared. I’m going to suggest now that Labour need to fire another lot of its big guns in the next 2 weeks. Get all the big policy out before the TV debates.

            • KJT 10.3.1.1.3.2

              Just been offered a brand new 10inch name brand tablet with windows 8, quad core and 64 Gb for $280.

          • freedom 10.3.1.1.4

            Cool, you’ve read the whole policy. So you can easily supply the link to the source you used.
            So we can make sure we are all working off the same information you understand.

            Whilst doing that can you show us the link for the same level of detail in National’s policy?
            Naturally you have compared the two to come to such comprehensive conclusions.

            I am sure many would love to see where and how National have budgeted the relief staff, travel and accommodation and meals and training facilities and all the other equipment costs of these super human wonder teachers who will travel the country regularly abandoning the complex schedules of various projects that make schools function, let alone how they plan to offer a stable teaching environment for the kids they leave behind, the kids they ask to trust them.

            look forward to the links.

  11. greywarbler 11

    I put this on Open Mike this morning. It is an important education point dealing with the ‘tail’ that is the reason (excuse) for much of the meddling and changes to the education system. When it is being dealt-to so extremely well with a program that is stopped, then carried on in diminished form by dropping it into a stew of others, then I think we ought to ask what is the point of all this change in education really??

    What is the hidden agenda? Is it just to make NACTs seem as if they care about the broader public while they just go on with BAU for the wealthy and the schools where our future politicians are being trained?

    So I think this should not just stay in Open Mike for the cursory glance and then disappear. This info and news report from TNZ should go into the Education archives:

    On education. A rivetting item on Radionz on the Te Kotahitanga program as followed in Northland’s Kerikeri High School which last month was awarded the Prime Minister’s
    award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon
    The successful Te Kotahitanga programme ( 27′ 9″ ) 09:08

    This month the teaching system has been wiped as a stand alone practice system and incorporated into another system one with an upbeat name. In fact it has been watered down, various aspects such as roaming teachers acting as monitors and coaches have been removed. This is strange as they were doing very similar work to that proposed by this new $300 million NACT idea involving leading principals and teachers.

    (I think many of the principals like the new proposed programme as it will do some good for the schools involved, and a lot of good to their mana and salary, good on their CV etc. And many secondary principals are strongly into the business model of education and most principals at any level are becoming managers first and would conservatively follow all Ed Dept direction.)

    But the Te Kotahitanga program pilot carried out in 12 schools, Kerikeri HS amongst them, really gives ‘the tail’ what it needs to succeed. It goes well away from what is called ‘the banking system’ of education (information is deposited and accumulates, through the portals of the mind) rather like posting a letter. Instead it looks to working with pupils, getting them into small teams, and facilitating the learning to suit them.

    Eureka at Kerikeri HS! After a period of settling in and getting accustomed to the new learning, the pass rate – I think this is correct – for Level 2 NCEA for the group used as a base standard, has gone from 28% to 82% e&oe.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ianmac 11.1

      Yes heard that. And didn’t Keri Keri High get the PM Award a month after Government cancelled the special funding?

  12. Tracey 12

    thanks

  13. Dan1 13

    The latest wisdom from the Ministry provides one football field for 1000 boys. In a sports mad, catch all provincial school, the proposal to merge the two Blenheim Colleges on the one MGC site leaves very little space for 12- 18 year olds.
    Education is not just NCEA pass rates!

    • Tracey 13.1

      A drive past epsom girls or diocesan in auckland shows how little grass they have.

      Physical and health education remain under used in all our schools. Not compulsory for many years. What you describe has been the case for many girls schools for over a century. Its appalling.

  14. dimebag russell 14

    Education is about to make a great leap forward shortly in the field of on line lessons and learning.
    Labour will lead the new direction that will mean substantial and permanent rises in rates of achievemennt.

  15. feijoa 15

    Yes, my daughters college has one sports field for 1300 girls. Her primary school of 400 had a small astroturf about the size of a basketball court. I doubt the state has invested any money in LAND for education, for quite some time.

  16. Education certainly seems to be what the voters – including the undecideds – are interested in (see the tables below the poll results).

    • miravox 16.1

      Interesting to see how Key has his finger on the pulse of the nation with the flag debate.

  17. Lorraine 17

    The National government are so fixated on their obsession with greed for money they think everyone else is motivated by the same narrow rewards. They fail to recognise that teacher and nurses are not motivated by money like a stock broker is. They are generally people that are motivated by the outcome that their work has on the people’s lives they effect in a positive way. It must be hard for the money obsessed to understand how so many other people can get job satisfaction from non monitory outcomes and be satisfied to be equal with their peers financially. Foreign thinking to the #Team Key lot.

    • Tautoko Viper 17.1

      +1000, Lorraine. The concept of genuine team work in the business world is not often understood where a team building exercise is just a once a year weekend activity.

      • Colonial Viper 17.1.1

        Ahem, that’s in addition to monthly to weekly team building drinks and dinner and more drinks at a flash Ponsonby restaurant/bar, subsidised by the tax payer as a business expense.

  18. Paul 18

    Herald bias watch.
    Their editorial today….Tuesday.
    http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11289243

    “Labour subscribes to the unions’ dogma that every trained teacher is as good as the next and all that pupils need is more of them so that classes can be smaller. ”

    Note the choice of emotive language…’dogma’ to turn the reader against Labour’s ideas. And of course, the link to the Unions. In another section, the anonymous editor writes “Oddly, teacher unions continue to press….”, linking the word oddly to the Unions.
    No mention by contrast of any link of National to big multinational corporations.
    And then of course misinformation. Labour is making more plans to raise quality than the Nat’s executive teacher idea. That, according to the anonymous editor, is “having a bob each way”. I imagine Roughan, who wrote Key’s biography, would have described Labour’s policy differently had his icon been the architect.
    Either Murphy and Roughan haven’t read Labour’s plans or they have wilfully ignored them.
    Either way the Labour Party should sue them for misrepresentation.
    Another smear by this disgraceful rag.
    This is the problem that happens when large foreign corporates own the media.

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  • The 97% v the 3% – just how much global warming are humans causing?
    A pair of climate scientists recently had a dispute regarding how much global warming humans are responsible for. Gavin Schmidt from Nasa represented the consensus of 96–97% of climate experts in arguing that humans have been the dominant cause of...
    Skeptical Science | 15-09
  • The other option for the left
    While everyone was rightly paying attention to the Key / Dotcom / GCSB revelations today, Winston Peters made a modest proposal: another Labour-NZ First coalition:New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said today that voters should consider a Labour-New Zealand First...
    No Right Turn | 15-09
  • F for fake?
    An old rule of forgery – which I just invented – is that a fake is a collection of cliches bundled together to produce a work and an original is a collection of idiosyncrasies bundled together to produce same. Take the Judith...
    DimPost | 15-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
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    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • Eliminating Poverty – Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Otara | Internet MAN...
    A campaign to Eliminate Poverty, Feed the Kids, build more houses, and create thousands of new jobs, was outlined by Internet MANA at a public meeting in Otara this evening. When MANA and the Internet Party first sat down to...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Housing in Waiariki – Sykes
    Fact:  Under this National-Maori Party-ACT-United Future Government 61% of Maori in Waiariki do not own their own home and nearly 70% of Maori rentals in Waiariki pay $200 or more per week. “Maori in Waiariki have low rates of home ownership...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Charter school crisis shows time to axe costly experiment
    Dysfunction from day one at a Northland charter school shows it is time to dump this costly and failed experiment by the National-ACT Government, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru received $27,000 in government funding...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Labour will crack down on loan sharks
    A Labour Government will crack down on predatory loan sharks by making it illegal both to charge exorbitant interest rates and to exploit uninformed borrowers, Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson Carol Beaumont says. Labour today released its Consumer Affairs policy which...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Let’s do the FEED before the weed
    “Last week I put out a very strongly worded email to my colleagues about an online promotion about cannabis law reform” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira “and I stand by that criticism today.” My concern was...
    Mana | 08-09
  • TE KAEA and NATIVE AFFAIRS live to fight another day
    “I understand that both the chair of the Board of Maori Television, Georgina Te Heuheu, and new CEO, Paora Maxwell, are now saying that my comments this morning about their plans to cut Te Kaea and Native Affairs, were wrong, and that...
    Mana | 08-09
  • How come the PM only pays 2.8% of his income in tax – Harawira
    “Before John Key talks about the piddling tax cuts he plans for low and middle income families today he needs to explain why he only pays 2.8% of his income on tax while a minimum wage worker pays 28% tax,”...
    Mana | 07-09
  • THE DEATH OF INDEPENDENCE FOR MAORI TV
    “If what I’m hearing is true, tomorrow Maori Television Service (MTS) will dump its news programme, Te Kaea, and staff will lose their jobs” said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira “and the Minister of Maori...
    Mana | 07-09
  • Labour recommits to Pike River families
    An incoming Labour-led government will do everything possible to recover the bodies of the Pike River Miners and return them to their families, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “This tragedy and its aftermath has left the families of the 29...
    Labour | 06-09
  • Voting has started and still no tax plan or fiscal budget for voters to see
    "Even though voting for the election has already begun, National still refuses to provide any details of its proposed tax cuts. And Bill English admitted this morning that he won’t provide any specifics until after the election", Labour’s Finance spokesperson...
    Labour | 06-09
  • National’s partners’ tax plans cost at least $42 billion
    If National forms the next government its partners’ tax plans will cost the country at least $42 billion, and maybe as much as $50 billion, wreaking havoc with the books, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National claims to be...
    Labour | 05-09
  • Labour: Providing more opportunities for young Kiwis
    A Labour Government will ensure every young Kiwi under the age of 20 is given the opportunity to be in work, education or training, and plans to develop a conservation apprenticeship scheme to help do that, Labour’s Youth Affairs spokesperson...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Candles out on teachers’ slice of birthday cake
    Today may be Novopay’s second birthday, but there’s little to celebrate, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Novopay has cost the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars already, and the cost is still climbing....
    Labour | 04-09
  • National’s blatant broadband pork barrelling misses the mark by a country...
    National’s blatant pork-barrelling ICT announcement today should reinforce a growing sceptical electorate’s view that they are all about the gift wrap and not the present, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Instead of addressing the real issues - the woeful...
    Labour | 04-09
  • More evidence of the need to clean up the system
    The latest release of emails and messages between disgraced Minister Judith Collins and blogger Cameron Slater are more evidence of the urgent need to clean up politics, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This new evidence confirms a near constant flow...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Labour commits to stable funding for voluntary sector
    A Labour Government will establish long-term funding and streamline contract accountability for community and voluntary groups, says Labour’s spokesperson for the sector Louisa Wall. Announcing Labour’s policy for the community and voluntary sector, she said this would give much greater...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Better trained and skilled workforce under Labour
    Labour is committed to a skilled workforce that benefits businesses as well as their workers, and will increase workplace training to improve productivity and drive innovation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes the Government should support New Zealanders into...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will make renting a better option
    Labour will provide greater security of tenure for renters, and build more state and social housing, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour believes every kid deserves a decent start in life. That means a warm, dry and secure home....
    Labour | 03-09
  • At least 15 new taxes under National
    John Key is the last person to talk about creating taxes, presiding over a Government that has imposed at least 15 new taxes, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “John Key tried a novel line in the debate last night claiming...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will strengthen New Zealand’s democracy
    A Labour Government will act quickly to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as one of the most open and least corrupt countries in the world, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The health of any democracy is improved by greater...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement says tax cut on GST must be first priority – Minto
    “If Prime Minister John Key has money available for tax cuts then cutting GST must be the first priority”,  said MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson John Minto. GST is a nasty tax on low-income families”, said Minto. “People in the...
    Mana | 02-09
  • The Maori Party’s Mana-Enhancing Relationship with National – Minto
    “First we had Cameron Slater and David Farrar backing Labour’s Kelvin Davis bid to unseat MANA Movement Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira.  Now we have Slater writing a pro-Te Ururoa Flavell article on his website, Whale...
    Mana | 02-09
  • There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Mana | 02-09
  • Local communities critical to Civil Defence
    Labour will focus on empowering New Zealand communities to be resilient in Civil Defence disasters, says Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran. Announcing Labour’s Civil Defence policy, she says that Labour will work with schools, voluntary agencies and community groups...
    Labour | 02-09
  • Labour looks to long-life passports, gambling harm review
    A return to 10 year passports and a review of gambling laws are highlights of Labour’s Internal Affairs policy released today. “More than 15,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling on the Government to revert to the 10 year system...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority...
    Mana | 01-09
  • Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force
    A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. Releasing Labour’s Defence Policy today he said the NZDF has...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Speech to Canterbury Chamber of Commerce
    Today I'm going to talk about our policy package to upgrade and grow our economy and how we turn that growth into a foundation for a decent and fair society. But first I want to address the issue of our...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Commission of Inquiry must have bipartisan support
    The Labour Party is drafting terms of reference for a Commission of Inquiry, Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker says. “It is abundantly clear there is a need for an independent Commission of Inquiry, chaired by a High Court Judge, into...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Rapid Transit to unclog Christchurch
    Labour will build a 21st century Rapid Transit system for Christchurch, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The long delayed recovery of Christchurch hinges on a modern commuter system for the city. “We will invest $100 million in a modern rail plan...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s commitment to public broadcasting
    A Labour Government will set up a working group to re-establish a public service television station as part of our commitment to ensuring New Zealand has high quality free-to-air local content. “We will set up a working group to report...
    Labour | 31-08
  • A new deal for the conservation estate
    The health of our economy depends on New Zealand preserving and restoring our land, air, water and indigenous wildlife, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. Announcing Labours Conservation policy, she said that there will be a comprehensive plan to restore...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s plan to end homelessness
    Labour has a comprehensive approach to end homelessness starting with the provision of emergency housing for 1000 people each year and putting an end to slum conditions in boarding houses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes that homelessness is not...
    Labour | 30-08
  • Labour: A smarter approach to justice
    A Labour Government will improve the justice system to ensure it achieves real public safety, provides equal access to justice and protects human rights, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. “Our approach is about tackling the root causes of crime, recognising...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Labour to foster Kiwi love of sport and the great outdoors
    A Labour Government will promote physical activity, back our top athletes and help foster Kiwis’ love of the great outdoors by upgrading tramping and camping facilities. Trevor Mallard today released Labour’s sports and recreation policy which will bring back a...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Pacific languages recognised under Labour
    Labour will act to recognise the five main Pacific languages in New Zealand including through the education system, said Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. Announcing Labour’s Pacific Island policy he said that there must be a strong commitment to...
    Labour | 29-08
  • No healthy economy without a healthy environment
    Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. “New Zealand’s economy has been built on the back of the enormous environmental wealth we collectively enjoy as...
    Labour | 28-08
  • She saw John Key on TV and decided to vote!
    . . NZ, Wellington, 15 September – ‘Tina’* is 50, a close friend,  and one of the “Missing Million” from the last election. In fact, ‘Tina’ has never voted in her life.  Not once. In ‘Tina’s’ own words, politics has...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Eminem sues National Party for unlawful use of ‘Lose yourself’ bhahahah...
    …ahahahahahahahaha. Oh Christ this is hilarious… National Party sued over Eminem copyright infringment US rapper Eminem is suing the National Party for allegedly breaching copyright by using his song Lose Yourself in its campaign advertisements. The Detroit-based publishers of Eminem’s...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Are the Greens about to be snookered by a Labour-NZ First Government?
    I wrote last week that it was smart politics that the Greens pointed out they could work with National, the soft blue vote that’s looking for a home in the wake of Dirty Politics isn’t going to Labour, so the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • BLOGWATCH: Fonterra join 2Degrees and boycott Whaleoil
    In the wake of Dirty Politics, advertisers are pulling their advertising out of Whaleoil. PaknSave, Evo Cycles Pukekohe, Localist, 2 Degrees, Fertility Associates, iSentia, NZ Breast Cancer Foundation, Maori TV, Bookme.co.nz, Dobetter.co.nz and the Sound are now joined by Fonterra...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • PM Key accused of allowing secret ‘spook’ cable sensors to spy on citiz...
    Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald (left) and Kim Dotcom at the “moment of truth” political surveillance meeting in Auckland last night. Image: PMW By ANNA MAJAVU of Pacific Media Watch NEW ZEALAND Prime Minister John Key has been accused of...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Fiji pre-election ‘politics’ blackout stirs media protests, frustration
    BLACKOUT DAY – Monday, day one of the “silence window” in Fiji leading up to the close of polling in the general election at 6pm on Wednesday. And this is under the draconian threat of a $10,000 fine or five...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • “Now the work of movements begins”: government corruption, media bias, ...
    I am so tired of the dirty politics of the National government, aren’t you? I am tired of John Key and his pathetic attacks on award-winning journalists who have spent their careers fighting and digging for truth and good. The...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Moment of Truth review, smoking guns and the awful coverage by the NZ msm
      There were queues unlike any the Town Hall has seen, 1000 were turned away once it became full…     …full to the rafters. The energy and atmosphere within the room was extraordinary, and it begun…   …Glenn Greenwald...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Why Maori TV’s Te Tai Tokeraou Poll will be proved wrong
    If Hone Harawira had a dollar every time the media wrote off his chance of winning Te Tai Tokeraou, he would have more money than Kim Dotcom. Remember the by-election? Hone was 1 point ahead of Kelvin in an exact...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • September 15 RNZ interviews – and then the Moment of Truth
    . Acknowledgement: Emmerson . 15 September – Leading up to the Moment of Truth public meeting this evening, these Radio NZ interviews are worth listening to; . Alt link . Alt link . Alt link . Alt link . Alt...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Live Stream: Moment of Truth Tonight 7pm
    Live Video Stream by eCast: The Daily Blog will Live Stream the Moment of Trust public meeting from 7pm. The meeting will feature Glenn Greenwald, Kim Dotcom, Robert Amsterdam, and a very special guest…...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • The proof Key lied about GCSB mass surveillance
    And we start getting to the evidence that proves Key has lied about mass surveillance. The article by Glenn Greenwald is out and it is beyond damning… Documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the government worked in...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • A brief word on the Ede-Slater emails
    Every day I have rushed to read the paper to see if a breaking story on the Ede-Slater emails had broken yet. They haven’t. Day after day, where are these emails? We know Rawshark sent the emails to David Fisher...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • The email that proves Key is a liar
    This is the Email proving Key knew about Kim Dotcom before he claims he did… “We had a really good meeting with the Prime Minister. He’s a fan and we’re getting what we came for. Your groundwork in New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Henchmen
    Henchmen...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Why it simply isn’t credible that Key stepped in and shut down the mass s...
    Key’s staggering admission that yes there was a year long business model by the GCSB to mass spy on all of NZ but  that he stepped in and shut it down after Cabinet had signed it off just sounds like make...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • John Key’s love affair with a straw man
    Politicians like putting up straw men for the purpose of self-righteously knocking them over. Prime Minister John Key has a particular straw man he loves to punch over. He raises it whenever he’s asked about mass surveillance of New Zealanders...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • John Armstrong turns on Glenn Greenwald
    Where does a mediocre journalist like John Armstrong get off attacking a journalist with the credibility of Glenn Greenwald as he has in his ridiculous column today? Armstrong has the audacity to try and play the terrorism card to justify why...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – Which of John Key’s many statements on the GC...
    We already have Glenn Greenwald’s assertion on The Nation that John Key has misled New Zealanders as to whether the GCSB has engaged in mass surveillance of Kiwis. But Key has made many other statements about the GCSB’s powers and...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Election 2014: Numbers and Faces
    Democratic politics is a game of numbers and faces. How can we translate the numbers into the 120 or more faces that will be in the next Parliament? Below is my prediction of a likely result: 120 people, divided by...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Scotland the brave
    The possibility that Scotland will vote for independence this Thursday has panicked the British establishment. An unholy alliance of Tory, Labour, Liberal and corporate leaders has resorted to fear-mongering and bullying on grand scale in a last ditch effort to...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Why Key’s denials sound so off and why Dotcom’s fight is all our fight
    The shrillness of Key is the issue. His denials just too forced and rehearsed. Key has gone from Hollow Man to Shallow Man with his lashing out at Pulitzer Price winning Journalist Glenn Greenwald by calling him a ‘henchman’. This...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Letters to the Editor – Spies, Lies, Five Eyes, and other matters on a S...
    . . Sharing a few thoughts and observations with newspaper editors around the country… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>date: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The Editor Sunday Star Times . Our...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Letters to the Editor – Spies, Lies, Five Eyes, and other matters on a Su...
    . . Sharing a few thoughts and observations with newspaper editors around the country… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>date: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The Editor Sunday Star Times . Our...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • As TDB predicted, Labour to use universal super fund to buy back assets and...
    Greens about to be snookered again?   As The Daily Blog has pointed out several times now, Labour will use a universal super fund to buy back NZs assets in a bid to offer Winston a legacy project… Labour plans...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • A lesson in caring for our most vulnerable
    Some of the comments on this article make me sick. Because I am so very much over people who think they are better than others because things have gone their way in life and think those who aren’t as functional...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Please vote positive
    One of the features of campaigning is the meet-the-candidates event.  As an opportunity to present policies to the voter, they aren’t the best vehicle but still serve a useful purpose.  The problem is that there are too many candidates and...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • For this who don’t vote this election
    For this who don’t vote this election...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Where does Key get off abusing a Pulitzer prize winning Journalist like Gle...
    We are seeing the Dirty Politics PM today when Key decided the best way to counter the Glenn Greenwald claims of GCSB mass surveillance was to denigrate Greenwald… Prime Minister John Key says he will prove Glenn Greenwald’s claims by the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Teflon Man No More
    . .   On 26 August, as Nicky Hager’s expose on New Zealand’s right wing politics hit public consciousness and confirmed our worst fears, I wrote, “Dirty Politics” has achieved more than simply revealing  unwholesome machinations between National party apparatchiks,...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Dear mainstream media – regarding Key’s promise to resign if GCSB expos...
    Dear Mainstream media. How’s it all going? I would like to acknowledge the deep depression many members of the Press Gallery are going through as their boy Key looks less and less likely to win. I appreciate how a loss...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • It’s official: ACT’s Jamie Whyte is several-sandwiches-and-a-salad sho...
    .   . There aren’t very many times I agree wholeheartedly with our Dear Leader – but on this occassion I believe he spoke for those 99% of New Zealanders for whom common sense is as natural as breathing air....
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • ‘I’ll not be intimidated … by cowards’, says Fiji death threat jour...
    Fiji Sun’s Jyoti Pratibha … death threats via fake Facebook profiles. Image: Pacific Scoop THE PARIS-based media freedom advocacy organisation Reporters Sans Frontières and the Pacific Media Centre have condemned threats and intimidation against political reporters this week covering Fiji’s...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Glenn Greenwald on TV3s ‘The Nation’ – Everyone remember when Key pro...
    Glenn Greenwald has just given his first NZ interview on TV3s ‘The Nation’ and what he had to say was incredibly damaging. Glenn is here for Kim Dotcom’s Moment of Truth on Monday and what he has just had to...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • What will soft National vote do, why Colin Craig will be a focus in final w...
    In what has been the most unpredictable elections of our time, the final week promises more shocks and bombshells than World War One trench warfare. We have the media who still have the Rawshark emails that detail the Ede-Slater exchanges....
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Would a National-Conservative Party reduce rights to an abortion? Legalise ...
    With the possibility of a Conservative-National Party coalition looming, let’s consider the impact of this new hard right religious Government on social policy. We know Conservative Party candidate Edward Saafi, believes the inability to legally bash your kids is responsible for teenage prostitution, teenage pregnancy and...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • ACTs solution to crime – more guns?
    How insane are the ACT Party? Honestly? Their solution to crime is to arm every shop keeper with a sawn off shotgun??? “Criminals are well aware that shopkeepers are defenceless and are taking advantage of this in brutal robberies. What...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • John Key’s gift to teenage girls…
    Yesterday I was at the MANA Movement policy release on “Predators on Poverty” in the Otahuhu Shopping Centre. Successive Labour and National governments have left vulnerable communities on their own to face these merciless thieves who prey on the poor...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Poverty denial – Where does National get its advice from?
    National is displaying a quite inadequate understanding of their own policies and worrying inability to respond to criticism. When John Key trots out his old, tired example of how ‘work pays’ on Morning Report this week to justify leaving 260,000...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Education reformers mean well, so what’s the problem?
    The thing about education reformers is that, mostly, they mean well. Whether it’s charter schools, National Standards, Teach First, or another reform, many people involved have good intentions.  They want to improve things, try something new and innovate, they say. The thing...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • My brain hurts
    My brain hurts.  This election year has been a really long nine months.  The lies, the headlines, the spin, the policy, the chat, I am literally overloaded with information.  At times it’s been exhausting trying to keep up.  However I...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Slater loses Blomfield defamation case – has to pays costs & must dis...
    Great victory for Journalism today. The Defamation case Matt Blomfield took against Slater has jumped its first hurdle, Slater has been told he might be a ‘Journalist’, but he has no right to journalistic protection of his sources because there was no...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Seeing an Economic Vision
    It has been some time since my last post to TDB. I was fortunate to recently come back to NZ briefly for a bit of a break from my work in Pakistan. While my visit was super short, I took...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • 5 reasons why anyone identifying as Left with a capital L should party vote...
    There are 5 reasons why anyone identifying as Left with a capital L should consider casting their party vote for Internet MANA this election. 1 – Feed the Kids: There is no excuses now that National have flirted with the idea...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • What I want from a change of government
    The prospects for a change of government look a little brighter so I though I’d look at what we can expect. The only option being provided by Labour, the main opposition party, is for a Labour, Green, NZ First coalition....
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Why is the “Progressive” Coalition so Regressive?
    Have you ever, when parallel parking, got yourself wedged into the curb? The car in front is centimetres away and your rear wheel is touching the curb at an angle. This is a metaphor for the state of economic policy-making...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Of course the Greens could work with National
    A warm soy latte with John Key?   Sharp in take of breath moment as TVNZ last night reported Greens could work with National post the election if National win. It’s a smart move. The Greens are so viciously anti-tribal...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Quality of Journalism
    “Skilled journos getting unwarranted shit from hack bloggers & online warriors could earn big $ in PR/marketing, so thank you for what you do”. As this tweet rolled across my screen this morning the irony had me rolling my eyes. Why on...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – #BlueGreen2014 – Or: The Media Jetskiis O...
    During Thursday’s iteration of One News, I was virtually shocked off my seat to hear a reasonably well-known political pundit slash nominal “journalist” prognosticating about the likelihood of the Green Party “switching gear” on its electoral strategy … and deciding...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – Winning on the Economy
    One of the great tricks of the right over the past twenty years has been to desiccate debate about our economy. ‘The economy’ is spoken about as if it is an independent entity, divorced from the realm of democratic politics...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Ex-prisoners make most of mentoring to make most of life
    It’s not every day that an organisation triples a programme in size, but PARS Inc (formerly known as the Prisoners’ Aid and Rehabilitation Society of the Auckland District Inc) has managed to do just that with their Community Mentoring Scheme,...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Unscrupulous worker highlights why 90-days works
    Federated Farmers believes the experience of a husband and wife farming team in Taranaki underscores why the 90-days provision is so important to small businesses. “Yesterday a member called 0800 FARMING to alert us to a guy doing the rounds...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Eye to Eye Uploaded
    Leading Maori broadcaster and political commentator Willie Jackson previews Eye to Eye Uploaded, a multi-platform series of interviews that he’s aiming to put in front of media radars next year....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Party Rankings against Inequality
    Revealed: which party will do the most to reduce New Zealand’s growing inequality crisis...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Maritime Union backs change of Government
    The Maritime Union says a change of Government is required to deliver secure jobs and decent wages for New Zealand workers....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Green Party package for newborns welcomed
    16 September 2014 Media Release The New Zealand College of Midwives has welcomed a policy announced today by the Green Party which would provide a package of essential items for every newborn baby. The College is a non partisan organisation...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • ALCP Release Election Manifesto
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party has released its manifesto in the lead up to the election on Saturday....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Election Daily Update #9
    John Key’s National Party appears to have received a major boost from last night’s “Moment of Truth” event, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Despite no major changes...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Eminem Publishers Sue New Zealand National Party
    Detroit-based music publishing companies sue National Party for damages for unauthorised use of song in election campaign advertising...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Parties Back Rethink of WINZ Shared Care Parenting Laws
    Overwhelming Majority of Parties Back Rethink of WINZ Shared Care Parenting Laws. Press release- Fifty Fifty Campaign, 16 September 2014 National is the only political party willing to defend the way WINZ treats separated parents who share their kids...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Parents Smacking Down Prime Minister
    "John Keys failure to deliver on his promise to change the anti-smacking law is costing National votes, and helping the Conservative Party," says Colin Craig....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Political Debate on Family Violence – Video & Audio
    The Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence was happy to host a political debate on Family Violence chaired by Professor Nicola Atwool of the University of Otago. Family Violence is a huge problem in our community and we invited representatives...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Greens Take Nanny State To A New Level
    Family First NZ is labelling the Green’s ‘welcome package’ for newborns policy as wasteful and misdirected. “This policy is taking ‘nanny state’ to a new level but indicates just how much the Greens want to intervene in family life,”...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • 2,100 people send message about dirty politics
    2,100 people have signed their name to a full-page open letter featuring in the New Zealand Herald this Wednesday. The letter is designed to send a message to politicians that dirty politics is an important election issue....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Are DoC manipulating Rat Numbers?
    Ban 1080 Political Party co-leader Bill Wallace says there are serious rumours DoC has changed their rat counting technique to cover up the lack of the mythical “Rat Plague” claimed by the Department in Kahurangi National Park, and also that...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Average Full time Student Is in Financial Distress
    A new survey has found that nearly half of all full time students are in significant financial distress....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Key and Cunliffe, research revealed by Ancestry.com.au
    Contrasting family histories of John Key and David Cunliffe, revealed by research from Ancestry.com.au....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Revelations a Damning Indictment of Key’s Honesty
    The Prime Minister’s honesty is now central to the election, says Internet Party Leader Laila Harré, following the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden that there is mass surveillance of New Zealand citizens by the GCSB....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Organisations Have ‘Duty of Care’ for Players says Law Firm
    Concussion injuries in amateur and professional sporting arenas are currently highly topical. Concussion potentially appears to have been implicit in the recent death of a young player in Northland....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Media Release from Closing the Gap on Health and Housing
    “Inequality is the biggest problem facing New Zealand at the present time” says Peter Malcolm National Secretary of Closing the Gap. It underlies many of our social ills, poverty, lack of trust, an economy that could do much better, and...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Expanding Whānau Ora – a bottom line for Māori Party
    Leaving the best to last, the Māori Party has launched its Whānau Ora policy today following a fun family event at Te Ore Ore Marae in Masterton last night. “When we change what happens in our homes, we change what...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Colin Craig’s Incredible Claims Continue
    Hot on the heels of a Conservative Party candidate proposing to double the price of a bottle of wine, Colin Craig has come up with an even more fantastic idea to buttress his uncosted tax policy....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • The Letter: Jamie Whyte is going to Parliament
    Friday night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts Jamie Whyte in Parliament. TVNZ rounded down the poll result (ACT was on 1.2%). With the high wasted Conservative vote, just 1.2% makes Jamie an MP. It is ACT, not NZ First that...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Why are we letting Dotcom steal our election?
    Why are we letting a convicted German fraudster and his American polemicists steal our election?...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ACT’s five point plan
    ACT has a five point plan to grow the economy by a third. To lift economic growth from the Treasury's long term forecast of just two percent to three....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Christchurch rebuild cost sharing plan must be improved
    “The agreement between the government and the Christchurch City Council about sharing costs of the rebuild is due to be revised in December, as some costs are more accurately known now than they were originally,“ says Warren Voight, Local...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ‘Key vs. Cunliffe’ Final Live NZ Election Reactor
    ohn Key and David Cunliffe go head to head for the final time on TV One on Wednesday as Election Day looms. Roy Morgan wants to know what you think about their performance as the leaders try one last time...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Chamber welcomes Business Growth Agenda priorities
    Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce welcomes the National Government’s 10 highest priorities for its Business Growth Agenda as essential to continuing strong business performance and economic growth....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • #SafeSource NZ – A secure way to share the truth
    Dirty politics and a dirty environment go hand in hand. Our country’s future as a fairer, cleaner, more prosperous place is being threatened by backroom deals, corporate cronyism and a lack of transparency....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Last vid to encourage youth vote
    Here's the third and final in our series to boost the youth vote. It's called CINDER and it's a play on the popular dating app....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Fee hikes restrict student choices
    A survey of 5000 students from across the tertiary sector shows that tuition fees have increased at the maximum level permitted. Fees are constraining students’ choices more than ever before. Although tuition fees are only permitted to increase...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ACT’s five point plan to grow the economy
    ACT has a five point plan to double the rate of economic growth. The Treasury long term forecast for growth is 2% a year. We can lift it to 4%....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • iPredict Daily Election Update
    National’s forecast party vote has risen to 45.3% over the last day, at the expense of Labour and the Greens, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. A National/Act/UnitedFuture/Maori...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • National’s economic strategy attack workers’ rights
    The National Party’s ‘Workplaces’ policy confirms that their economic growth strategy relies on attacks on workers rights, according to FIRST Union....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Questions Raised Over Cow Deaths
    The death of 200 cows after eating a new variety of PGG Wrightsons HT swedes [1] is a disaster for New Zealand farmers....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Final decision on Ruakura Development Plan Change
    The independent Board of Inquiry considering the Ruakura Development Plan Change has released its final report and decision. The Board has approved the plan change request but with amendments....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Confirmed – Smacking Law Needs Correction
    Family First NZ says that the ONE News Vote Compass survey showing only 23% support the anti-smacking law is no surprise, and confirms that it’s time the politicians listened to New Zealand families....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Kiwi voters urged to heed warnings
    Kiwi voters would do well to note the advice given this week to Queensland people by retired judge and renowned corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald, according to Democrats for Social Credit health spokesman David Tranter....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Fisheries policy analysis produces surprising results
    Nine political party policies were analysed to determine which party had the most public friendly fisheries policy and the results surprised LegaSea, an apolitical fisheries lobby group. “For the first time, recreational fishers have been offered...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • $3m to help keep Hutt families healthy
    National Party candidate for Hutt South, Chris Bishop, welcomes news Hutt City Council has been selected to lead a $3 million anti-obesity initiative in Lower Hutt which will help families improve their health. “Healthy Families NZ is National’s new...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Community organisations struggling
    The survey, conducted by community sector network ComVoices, highlights the high level of frustration and urgency being felt by those who deliver services, says group Chairperson, Peter Glensor. 311 organisations completed the survey....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 6-11 September
    Below is iSentia’s weekly Election Index for the period 6 to 11 September, 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 publish...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Workers despair at Nationals lack of fairness
    “Nationals Workplaces policy, released today, fails to articulate any vison about how life for working New Zealanders can be improved.” CTU President Helen Kelly said. “Again if this policy focusses on removing work rights, its own documents...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • National tries to dodge the discussion on workers’ rights
    New Zealanders deserve a proper conversation about National’s plans to keep undermining the real value of their wages and conditions at work. “Today National has released a ‘workplace policy’ which will further widen the imbalance of power between...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Didn’t Get Your Easyvote Pack? You Need to Enrol Now.
    If you didn’t get an EasyVote pack in the mail last week, you need to check your enrolment now as you may not be enrolled....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Survey shows television without adverts could be vote winner
    Survey shows television without adverts could be a vote winner Television news focuses too much on politicians' personalities and not enough on the real issues, according to a UMR survey commissioned by the Coalition for Better Broadcasting....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Which of Key’s many statements will Greenwald challenge?
    John Key's credibility and honesty will be tested on many more GCSB issues than whether there was / is mass surveillance of New Zealanders by the GCSB. I have put together this by no means comprehensive list of Key's statements...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • 4th tranche of Auckland Housing Accord licenses sprawl
    Youth organisation, Generation Zero, is appalled at the next stage of the Auckland Housing Accord, released today, as it is once again focussed on urban sprawl. The fourth tranche of 41 Special Housing Areas (SHAs), allows for 8000 dwellings, nearly...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • New funding to support high value food exports
    Auckland, New Zealand. 15 September 2014...Plant & Food Research has received funding for two new projects in the latest government science investment round....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • National, Greens Big Movers on Bribe-O-Meter
    The Taxpayers’ Union has updated its election policy 'Bribe-O-Meter’ to reflect the cost of recent campaign promises. The update takes into account Labour’s new fiscal tables and all announcements up to Friday and is based on numbers provided...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
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