Hekia Parata – ouch:
71pc want Parata gone – survey
Hundreds of protesters have delivered a motion of no confidence in Hekia Parata’s performance as a new poll reveals the controversial education minister is rapidly turning into political public enemy No 1.
In today’s Fairfax Media-Ipsos poll, surveyed before this week’s announcement on the Christchurch schools revamp, almost 60 per cent of respondents believe Prime Minister John Key should have sacked his seventh-ranked minister in last month’s Cabinet reshuffle. That rose to 71 per cent among voters from Canterbury, where on Monday Parata announced a proposal to close or merge 19 schools.
Yesterday more than 1500 school supporters delivered a motion of no confidence in Parata’s record to date to the Education Ministry’s offices in Christchurch. …
(A 3 News report with video coverage here.)
Parata makes Novopay apology
Education Minister Hekia Parata folded under pressure to apologise over Novopay this afternoon. This morning she skirted around calls to apologise but this afternoon uttered the “s” word twice. “I am sorry that’s it taken so much extra work for administrators – we want to get this fixed.”
Not much of an apology is it – to the “administrators” for extra work. Hey Hekia – how about apologising to the teachers, collectively owed almost $12 million in missed pay, whose lives have been significantly disrupted? How about apologising to the children, parents, and teachers of Christchurch that you lied to? How about a proper apology?