20% of Schools Break the Law!

Written By: - Date published: 4:03 pm, July 31st, 2011 - 61 comments
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Reposted from bsprout* at  Local Bodies blog. 

I have already expressed my concern that this government’s focus on numeracy and literacy, above all else, will have negative consequences on our children’s learning. The Ministry have just revealed that around 20% of schools have refused to set targets against the Standards and therefore rejecting a legislated requirement. These school communities (boards and staff) have felt so strongly about the negative aspects of the standards that they have broken the law to protect the children in their care. Considering that the Minister of Education has threatened to withhold resources or replace boards with statutory managers, their stands haven’t been taken lightly. One can only imagine how many schools have difficulty with the Standards but aren’t prepared to break the law. A number of surveys have indicated at least 75% of principals and schools have major concerns.

It will be difficult for the Minister to continue to claim that this is just political action initiated by education unions when whole school communities are taking action and the New Zealand Education Institute has mainly focussed on finding professional solutions. The Institute even attempted to engage with the Minister’s NS Sector Advisory Group only to find that there was no ability to address the flaws in the standards, its sole function was to facilitate implementation.

With such overwhelming opposition the Minister needs to start engaging with the profession and actually start responding to concerns in a professional way. The cracks are now too wide to cover up and reading the odd supporting letter in Parliament is not going hide the reality.

* And no, it is not the sprout

 

61 comments on “20% of Schools Break the Law!”

  1. Hilary 1

    Those schools, their principals and their boards are so brave for taking this stand for education and are setting a great example to the children and their communities of standing up for principles. School boards are not comprised of radicals but of ordinary parents concerned about teaching and learning.

    • richard 1.1

      I agree Hillary – they are brave, and there are lots of other BOT’s out there that are equally abhorred by Nat Standards but, for a wide range of reasons, have not been quite as brave. Basically lots of us are just doing the bare minimum required for Nat Standards, then backing our staff and principals to do real, meaningful teaching.
      This is a huge issue and I will be gutted if it is not a major election issue.
      P.S. My prediction: Tolley dumped after election but Nat Standards remain. Face of Nat Standards removed, issue quietens, policy remains (assuming NACT re-elected). Just like they did with Ruth Richardson in 1993.

  2. Ed 2

    Does that 20% of schools include private schools? Since the requirement apparently does not apply to them, if this idea is so good, how many such schools have picked it up?

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      +1
      good question

    • Anne 2.2

      I have never understood why Labour and the Greens have not made more of the fact that the private schools are not included in the National Standards. It’s common knowledge that most National Party MPs send their kids (and grand-kids) to private schools. They’re happy to impose these so-called standards on the public school system, but golly, gosh no… we’re not having our own kids subjected to it!

      Not only does it smack of hypocrisy, but it shows that the whole National Standard thing is nothing more than an exercise in political philandering of gullible members of the general public.

      Given that private schools are now heavily subsidised by the state coffers why are they exempt?

      • Colonial Viper 2.2.1

        Given that private schools are now heavily subsidised by the state coffers why are they exempt?

        Because they want kids who go to private schools to receive an education not merely training in reading and arithmetic.

        • Anne 2.2.1.1

          And that’s because their own kids go to private schools!

          • Mac1 2.2.1.1.1

            Hard as it is to defend the Nats on where they send their kids, ( BTW, I do believe we should try to keep politician’s families as much out of the debate as we can- they are not to blame for their parents!), there is a good reason why pollies might send their kids away from their electorate schools, and that is to do with the flak that the kids might get because of their parents. I know that was true in my instance purely as a candidate and the local Nat MP’s kid did get a hard time, I know for certain. Another Labour MP I know sent his children away for the same reason.

            That being the case, it is still arguable that private schools might offer other reasons more to do with social cachet, status, connections or even religion. I’m not convinced that National Standards are not applied to private schools because Govt MPs send their kids there.

            I would rather ask why such a Good Thing is not required of the private schools, since all parents do want the Best For Their Kids.

            I think CV @ 2.2.1 is right on the money. Whether private schools deliver better than state schools in that regard, I am not so certain.

      • Mac1 2.2.2

        “Given that private schools are now heavily subsidised by the state coffers why are they exempt?”

        Maybe if they were required to enforce National Standards, they might Break the Law themselves? I understand, in all seriousness now, that some Catholic prelate was severely critical of NS? Would Catholic schools, for example, have worn a Ministry directive, or disobeyed?

  3. Dan1 3

    The agenda has always been to demonise the teacher associations. That parents and BOTs have agreed that national standards are questionable is a complication. However, if you wish to see where the NACTS are going, check out what Ms Rhee did in Washington, and when she lost her job there, what she is doing in Wisconsin.
    Anyone with an interest in education who votes for the NACT crew are turkeys voting for Christmas!

  4. Todd 4

    Yep.Teaching children that as long as you believe its right just go ahead and break the law.Sounds smart to me.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      thanks goodness we have schools which aren’t willing to let an incompetent Minister and her lackey Ministery push through shitty backward standards.

      And for those 20% of schools, another 20% would have seriously considered doing the same.

    • mik e 4.2

      When National were in opposition they barked on consistently about teachers needing less paper work so they could spend more time teaching in front of children . The reverse has happened now teachers have even less time especially to spend on extra curricular activities which keep kids engaged and out of trouble .Typical Nats this program is to pick up those not achieving teachers already no who aren,t achieving and why so all the Nats are doing is making the Problem worse!

    • Georgy 4.3

      I think, Todd, the point is the value placed on professionalism and integrity. National standards are flawed, they are not actually national standards at all, they are not researched based, and the league table consequence doesn’t bear thinking about. The National Standards National Testing process is clearly being shown to be not only ineffective but also new research coming out that shows they are probably having the opposite effect.

    • Purplescottie 4.4

      If I believe the law is wrong and I am prepared to accept the consequences of breaking it, then it is not only smart, it is brave and right, and about standing up for my principles.

  5. tc 5

    And you see very little of ayatolley in the media, for good reasons as she’s a barking loon. Again if the media were interested in doing their job this would get plenty of inches/airtime as would plenty of other incompetent NACT ministers, makes great coverage and sells your content…..not here though…nice work if you can get it.

  6. Regardless of whether they agree with National Standards – I’m personally still dubious about their value but haven’t looked closely past all the hubris and politicking – schools should carry out government policy. Unless of course they want to be privately funded (or bulk funded?) so they can set their own agendas.

    • Dan1 6.1

      Pete, if the standards are so important, why do private schools not have to do them??!!

      • Pete George 6.1.1

        Because they are private schools. Government departments should carry out Government policy, that’s a fairly basic principle of our public service and political system.

        If political parties encourage schools to not carry out Government policy then that smacks of another example of rules and conventions only matter when convenient.

        If Labour get into Government and scrap National Standards I’d expect all schools to stop using them as directed. It’s a fairly simple principle.

        • Colonial Viper 6.1.1.1

          Here’s another fairly simple principle: don’t expect people to do things which compromise their children and the education system, especially when you have never bothered to discuss the issues with them in good faith.

        • Dan1 6.1.1.2

          If the standards are so robust and an absolute requirement for state schools, why are they not essential for every young New Zealander? Why is it that if you have the money to pay for private education, you can get an elitist label but not have to do what other NZers do?
          Further, teachers have a responsibility to point out the failings of a proposed system.

        • Georgy 6.1.1.3

          The govt policy you refer to Pete George, is seriously flawed – if doctors were told how to operate by some group of people in Wellington and the govt made it policy, would doctors be happy to simply comply??? the govt dept concerned with National Standards should have clearly researched and fully consulted, especially with the professionals. A positive approach would have got the educ sector onside.

        • Ianupnorth 6.1.1.4

          As stated to you on a previous thread – do doctors follow best practice as determined by research, or, if Ryall says do something that I say and do not follow what the evidence states, who will be held to account when a patient dies?
          Same goes for teachers and principals – they know the research, they see the flaws and they are making a stand for those in their care – end of story.

        • mik e 6.1.1.5

          That sounds like Nazism PG. Its just nationals agenda to brake all unions even when the policy is BS. if they really wanted to help under achievement at schools by the 20% of children they would put the money directly into those areas the teachers already know the answers it has to be a community approach to these families keeping them in stable cheap housing having a coordinated holistic approach to welfare like Canterbury universities social sciences trial program which has been working successfully for 10years .instead ayatolley is just making teaching more difficult by loading them up with more BS paper work ie detention for naughty unions.

          • Georgy 6.1.1.5.1

            Interestingly enough, the Literacy professional development project delivered by Learning Media showed significant gains in student learning outcomes – from a .6 effect and better – research carried out by Auckland University clearly showed this. If this project was delivered in all schools………

      • Craig Glen Eden 6.1.2

        The National Standards are not getting the support from parents as the standards are not delivering the result/ideals that the rhetoric promised. This is a classic case of be careful what you wish for. Many parents and I include some of my family in this thought the rhetoric was great what could possibly be wrong with having National standards they said. Well now they have them they have realized that their children are not reaching the so called standards and far from having easy to read reports, my wife has to explain to them why their children are not meeting the standards and what the report is reporting on. Now they think the standards are stupid and meaningless because they can see their 6 year old is not half a 12 year old.

        Sadly I think its going to take longer for many Kiwis to wake up to Keys little awe shucks routine but when their kids leave the country for the brighter future Key promised they will have only themselves to blame.

  7. D13 7

    And let alone are the standard from different schools through the country the same?

  8. Georgy 8

    The National Standards promulgated by this government are deeply flawed and the pedagogical practice that will develop around them will be extremely harmful to our current world class curriculum and to children’s learning outcomes.

  9. If National Standards aren’t bad enough the newly appointed Ministry of Education CEO is a British import and a “Free Schools” advocate.

    http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.com/2011/07/moe-appointment-may-challenge-quality.html

  10. ianmac from Turkey 10

    Thank goodness you folk are keepıng the attentıon focussed on thıs travesty. It ıs the fırst tıme ever that polıtıcıans have enforced a process on schools (or hospıtals), and largely as a polıtıcal stunt. Damn them all. Polıtıcıans should stıck to what they do best; ummm…….ahh….
    (Jolly very hot here! Wıll never pray for a long hot summer agaın!)
    Cheers.

  11. seeker 11

    @Dan1 7.04.pm
    “Pete, if the standards are so important, why do private schools not have to do them??!!”
    @Pete G. 7.08pm.
    “Because they are private schools. Government departments should carry out Government policy,…”

    Private schools were given $35,000,000 as soon as this nact government got in I believe. Does this not make them a government department and therefore should be required to carry out government policy??

  12. SHG 12

    Personally I think the principals and boards of every one of the 20% schools should be fired.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      Yeah go on, you Righties love a bit of top down authoritarian rule.

    • lprent 12.2

      Yeah well your talk is obviously pretty cheap. The problem is that I have yet to find a teacher or even a school board member who thinks that Nationals standards are workable. I’m sure that there must be one or two. I’ll also bet that they are probably people who haven’t actually taught in the target areas for years.

      If the government was stupid enough to do follow your testosterone induced insanity, then they’d have problems finding enough statutory managers or replacement principals (because what teacher would be fool enough to step up into such a lose-lose position). And that is before you find most of the other schools that are currently paying lip service to the stupid legislation decide to drop the facade. After all being forced to add extra work on top of a constrained budget simply to satisfy some politicians ego doesn’t strike me as good or responsible government.

      Quite simply no-one knows what this idiotic policy is meant to achieve beyond some trite phrases in Nationals policies last election. The incompetent that National has at the head of education clearly doesn’t. You certainly don’t seem to have any idea either.

      • SHG 12.2.1

        Citizens vote in govts; govts make laws; public servants apply the laws. That’s the way it works. If you’re a public servant and you don’t like the law you’re applying, get a different job. Put your money where your mouth is and run for office to improve the law.

        • Colonial Viper 12.2.1.1

          Real world not working to your exacting standards? Gee life is tough. You better give Tolley a tutorial on “How to Win Friends and Influence People” before she screws up worse.

        • lprent 12.2.1.2

          So you would have covened the Nuremberg trials to try public servants for not implementing the final deathcamp orders of the German government without enough enthusiasm?

          Ok I had to Godwin this for effect.

          The point is that we don’t employ or pay people to be mindless automations. We hire them for their expertise and to exercise judgement in their field. The mindless public servant obeying orders defense went out of the window in international law in 1945 and in numerous war crimes trial since then – but apparently lives on in residual authoritarians like yourself.

          Tolley is making policy in an area where her greatest level of expertise is that she had teachers for parents. She came up with a stupid implementation of a daft political policy, and did so ignoring advice from almost everyone with any expertise. Rather than testing the idea in test studies and pilot programmes, she is tryng to mplement in one fell swoop.

          If she got it wrong (as appears likely) then she damages the education of a generation of kids by shifting the focus of their education into producing the Nationals standards reports diverting scarce educational resources on the way through.

          Now I can see how you’d be screaming in a bunker at the unwillingness of civil servants to do his will and just get out there and shoot people. But I find that having the school boards who know their school and teachers who work in it telling Tolley that she is silly is quite hopeful.

          After all, we the public, pay them to look after the interests of the kids in their care. We do not pay them to be mindless minions of someone who clearly does not understand the issues that have been raised about her stupid policies.

    • Ianupnorth 12.3

      Then SHG you are a complete fool!

    • richard 12.4

      Bring it on SHG. I bet 90% of boards would resign en masse in support. Now THAT would be an election game changer.

  13. Gosman 13

    Would lefties be so pleased if say 20 percent of people decided to not pay a Capital Gains tax if the Labour Party was elected in November?

    National Standards was an explicit policy at the time of the 2008 election. Hence refusing to implement it is anti-democratic in my view.

    • felix 13.1

      Thought you righties believed no-one with a good accountant was going to pay it. 😉

      When did National Standards become a left/right issue though? It’s professionals vs bureaucrats. If anything, a real right-winger would get behind the professionals and fight against the creeping nanny state.

      • Gosman 13.1.1

        I like National Standards. I like to know how my children are perfroming against children of a similar age. So do many other parents. Hence why the National Party made it an explict election promise in 2008.

        Do you think Governments should follow through on election promises felix?

        • felix 13.1.1.1

          That doesn’t make it a left/right issue, that makes it a “Gosman likes” issue. How is it “left/right” as indicated in your first comment?

          “Do you think Governments should follow through on election promises felix?”

          You mean do I think they should pick and choose which ones they follow through? ‘Cos they definitely ain’t following through on the ones that won them the election.

          • Gosman 13.1.1.1.1

            So what ones are they not following through with?

            • felix 13.1.1.1.1.1

              That’d be a bloodly long list, Gos, but a few of the greatest hits: North of $50 a week, not raising GST, not gutting the public service, not fucking with Kiwisaver.

        • Craig Glen Eden 13.1.1.2

          Well National Standards dont do that Gosman what the shit are you talking about? from the ministries website

          “National Standards are a tool to help teachers and schools understand the expected levels of achievement at stage/year-appropriate levels, know how to measure the achievement of each student in relation to the expectations, and to improve teaching and learning for better student learning and progress in all areas of the curriculum”

          So given they dont do what you think you must be ripped!Standards have been invented much like points on a ruler and are not a comparison between your child and others either in the class room or Nationally. They mean nothing they tell you nothing but Gosman likes them good on ya.

          • Gosman 13.1.1.2.1

            Prior to the introduction of National standards children were meassured against a range of measures of academic progress however it was often a confused mess. I know of numerous parents who just wanted a relatively plain English explanation of where my child stood in terms of level of achievements compared to where other children his age should be. Why is this something that you disagree with?

            • Ianupnorth 13.1.1.2.1.1

              Gosman, are you a complete muppet?
              Teachers, in the main, are graduates; as part of that preparation they study educational theory and learn what works and what doesn’t. As professionals, using a specific body of knowledge to inform their practice, they are expected to use what works and reject what doesn’t!
              National standards have been proven not to improve educational attainment; for example in the UK the curriculum was largely forgotten because teachers HAD to achieve passes in certain subjects and only delivered to achieve those passes – if you was a stagnant, uncreative pool of school leavers who lack critical skills and vision (maybe you do?) then go ahead and have standards, but the real skills within kids will be lost forever.
              In much the same way doctors, nurses, dentists, etc are expected to follow evidence based practice – if Tony Ryall told docs to practice according to what he said would you be happy for that to happen.
              Lots of people disagree with it because it will impact negatively on childrens education – I know, my kids went through them in the UK!

              • Craig Glen Eden

                “Gosman, are you a complete muppet?”

                Please please can I answer this I know I know the answer and I can even answer in plain english so the likes of Gosman parents can understand just were he ranks!

                Ok I will sit down now, how come CV gets to answer all the fun questions?.

            • Georgy 13.1.1.2.1.2

              Gosman: “Prior to the introduction of National standards children were meassured against a range of measures of academic progress however it was often a confused mess.”

              This of course is a trite meaningless argument that cannot be substantiated in any way. Obviously you have absolutely no idea about what goes on in a school – simplistic idealogy seems to appeal to you more that basic common sense

        • mik e 13.1.1.3

          Gosman I thought you would have had your kids at a private school you must be a very low paid Nat reseacher party hack then.This is the only promise National have kept isn,t it.This is supposed to fix the problem of 20% of children not getting an adequate education,you need some NATIONAL standards of your own.It was not meant to help those already achieving.In reality you are showing the real purpose of Tollys folly!

    • lprent 13.2

      National Standards was an explicit policy..

      No it wasn’t. It was a few bullet points and a couple of paragraphs of waffle. There was nothing in there to say that this travesty was what National intended. There wasn’t sufficient for anyone to make up their mind on if it was a good or bad idea. If you think that was an explicit policy then I’d say that you probably qualify as one of those fools who doesn’t read contracts as well in case they see something there that they don’t understand.

      Now normally that lack of detail isn’t too much of a problem (even if it isn’t really that advisable for the reasons that we are now seeing).. What happens after the election is that the ministers take advice about how to make their policy workable from experts in the field. You can see that amongst almost all of the ministers in this government. I may not think that the direction that they are heading is particularly good, but they have taken worked around many of the pitfalls.

      Unfortunately in this case we have a minister who appears to only listen to her navel – and her navel appears to have very stupid fluff in it. So she has a crap policy that even Hattie (who she says was the inspiration for it – thinks will not work). It doesn’t matter if there were bullet points for the strategy, if the implementation won’t work.

      Incidentally, the only other ministers who showed this type of bullheaded stupidity were Brownlee and Hide. Both have now been effectively sidelined – because blatant incompetence is not good for governance. They really need to do the same thing with Tolley so someone can get in there and figure out how to make Nationals standards workable (or even better discarded)

  14. Gosman-“National Standards was an explicit policy at the time of the 2008 election. Hence refusing to implement it is anti-democratic in my view.”

    National may think they have a mandate to introduce National Standards but does that give them a mandate to introduce flawed ones?

    http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.com/2011/05/mandate-for-stupidity.html

  15. Cagey H 15

    “Gosman, are you a complete muppet?” (Gold!). Answer: Probably – most have someone’s hand inside them…..without which they are simply an empty sock.

  16. JS 16

    Remember also that national standards legislation was rushed through all its stages under urgency in less than 24 hours – hardly a democratic process. No select committee process to alert to the obvious flaws.

    • SHG 16.1

      Maybe if Labour wasn’t filibustering the VSM bill the passage of laws wouldn’t require urgency. Just a thought.

      • felix 16.1.1

        A thought? Literally I suppose, but not a relevant or coherent one.

        National have been abusing urgency throughout their term. Labour’s filibuster is relatively recent.

        Try again.

  17. Georgy 17

    One failed policy amongst many

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    3 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    3 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    4 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    4 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    4 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    4 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    7 days ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    7 days ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    7 days ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    1 week ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • ‘The Workshop’ – Report: Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform: A Guide to Strategies that ...
    The Workshop is a charitable trust for public good. The Workshop undertake research to find ways of communicating that will build support for the solutions that work to solve complex social and environmental problems. See their Report on Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform below. ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • Exclusive language
    What is language? We generally assume that it a facility unique to humans, allowing us to share what’s in and on our minds. We can tell of our plans, our past exploits, our knowledge. It also allows us to lie. And yet there are vast numbers of people we can’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    2 weeks ago
  • April 2018 – Submission to the NZ Govt Tax Working Group
    You can read our submission HERE ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
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    1 day ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
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    2 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
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    2 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
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    3 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
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  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
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    4 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
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