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Rebel schools

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, July 2nd, 2011 - 63 comments
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Yesterday was crunch day for schools who oppose the governments ill-conceived national standards, and a surprising number have made a very bold stand:

Schools protest national standards

More than 100 defiant schools today submitted school charters without the required references to the new national standards.

The primary teachers union NZEI said about 350 schools around the country were involved in the protest against the ”hastily-developed, untested and potentially harmful” standards.

This move got a fair bit of attention round the regions, such as for example Wellington:

Wellington schools challenge national standards

About 45 primary schools from around the Wellington region have today thumbed their noses at the education ministry, by refusing to submit information about controversial national standards.

Schools are required to hand in an annual charter which legally must have information about their national standards targets. However today 45 schools from the Lower North Island are among 200 schools nationwide that have submitted their charters without the required standards information.

Or Southland:

Schools shun Govt’s standards

Southland schools boycotting national standards will hand-deliver their school charters to regional Education Ministry offices this morning – minus the required national standards targets.

Waverley Park School principal Kerry Hawkins, Southland spokesman for the Boards Taking Action Coalition, said his school had set its targets against reliable, well-referenced tests and not national standards. There were about 16 schools in the coalition in Southland, he said, and more than 300 nationwide which did not support the standards. The New Zealand curriculum was one of the best in the world, he said, and this country was ranked fourth in the world for education.

Or Waikato:

Rebels to call Govt’s bluff

Nearly 40 Waikato primary schools are rebelling against the Government’s controversial National Standards, despite the threat of school boards being sacked.

By the end of this week, all primary schools are supposed to have provided their charters containing achievement targets based on National Standards to the Education Ministry. .. But some 350 schools nationwide, including Waikato schools involved in the Boards Taking Action Coalition, have refused to do so. …

The Government previously dismissed the group as a small minority, but Mr Grey warned it was “just the tip of the iceberg”. “People are saying it’s a relatively small group, but every regional principals’ association is opposed to [National Standards].

The depth of opposition to these standards would give a rational person cause to stop and think. Not so Anne Tolley, who says she will withhold resources from the rebel schools. Why? Because, according to Tolley “Look, it’s election year, so anything goes”. No wonder that even The Herald is calling for her to be sacked.

63 comments on “Rebel schools”

  1. This article was last year, but the majority of schools locally have paid lip service to National Standards in their charters
    http://www.rotoruadailypost.co.nz/local/news/four-rotorua-schools-back-boycott-on-standards/3928733/
     
    Lest we forget that one of the first actions of NACT was to make redundant all the school support services staff not involved with reading, writing or arithmetic (maths) – so all the advisors who provided curriculum advice on important areas such as science, physical education, nutrition, the arts and IT, are now gone. It was called ‘focusing on what was important’.
     
    Funny that; after the three R’s are allegedly ‘tackled’ via National Standards, the next curriculum area was to be science and technology – shame the advisors for those curriculum areas are long gone!

  2. burt 2

    rOb

    Putting aside your own opinion of this particular govt policy, do you think it is appropriate for individual schools to decide which govt policies they comply with and which they don’t?

    • fabregas4 2.1

      I do. Schools have a responsibility to do what is best for their children.

      • U 4 United 2.1.1

        But: They’re breaking the law! Great example to set youngsters isn’t it?

        • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.1

          Yes, it is. When the law is wrong then we need to protest it.

        • fabregas4 2.1.1.2

          Ho hum! It is a great example to children.An example for doing what is morally correct. For thinking deeply and analytically about something and not simply following along for an easy life, for putting yourself ahead of others, for not being afraid to challenge and fight, for using evidence, for working together to oppose, for ….

          You know it never ever enters my head to teach my kids that they must slavishly adhere to the law but I am always trying to teach them to do what, simply, is right. Did Martin Luther King, Ghandi, Te Whiti, or Mandela always follow the law?

          Choose which school you want for your kids United – but choose carefully and for the right reasons.

        • burt 2.1.1.3

          U 4 United

          Yes but we know Labour supporters think it’s OK to break the law when it’s in the best interests of the Labour party…

          • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.3.1

            And National supporters think it’s Ok to break the law if they can get away with it.

            Any other stupid generalisations you want to make moron?

    • bbfloyd 2.2

      it’s entirely appropriate for teachers to protect their pupils from a badly thought out, and shoddily implemented system that has been proved to be an impediment wherever it’s been introduced..

      especially as the system already operating is working well. at worst, minor alterations to it’s overall structure were the most action required. not a complete rehash.

      it’s yet another favourite national party ploy, change for political expedience rather than responding to real deficiencies in the existing set up.

      and don’t think we aren’t aware of the propaganda campaign waged over primary school results under the existing system. a rational perusal of the reality as those results put us near the top of the ladder in educational performance.

      good on them for standing up for our children against craven political interference.that would have us dropping down the achievement list within five years or less.

    • ianupnorth 2.3

      I am in full support of Fabregas – if experts say that National Standards are flawed, likewise if international evidence suggests the same, I would expect professionals such as teachers to listen to the evidence and act in the best interest of the kids and not Anne Tolley

  3. ianmac 3

    burt. Auckland Grammar: Choose best way of assessing students. Choose Cambridge instead of NCEA. Good. Minister Tolley approves. But Against Govt Policy.

    City Primary School: Choose best way of assessing students. Choose well researched assessment tools instead of NS. Bad! Minister Tolley disapproves. Against Govt Policy! Principals, BOT and children will be punished!

    • burt 3.1

      ianmac

      Last time I checked there wasn’t a policy that said “must only use NCEA” – which is different to National standards. Did I miss something or are you just running distraction for schools that think their opinions on education are bigger than govt policy ?

      • Draco T Bastard 3.1.1

        I think the schools are better informed by facts on education than this government. This government works on opinion which is almost invariably wrong.

        • burt 3.1.1.1

          I think …

          I doubt it – you are saying it’s OK to break the law when you don’t agree with the law. Good luck living in society Draco….

          • Draco T Bastard 3.1.1.1.1

            No, I’m saying it’s ok to oppose the law when the law is wrong which National Standards is as has been shown around the world.

    • burt 3.2

      Actually on the subject of Cambridge vs NCEA, do you think it’s a good thing that little o’l NZ needs to develop it’s own assessment systems rather than adopt internationally proven systems?

      The key problem I see with developing our own assessment systems is not the quality of them rather the fact they become political footballs. Every time we get a change of govt we get a new bunch of drivers injected into our assessment systems – like we did for National standards.

      It seems to me that the best interests of learners are not served by politicising assessment systems, sure it serves the best interest of political parties giving them significant points of difference come election time. However last time I checked we ran schools to educate students not as popularity levers for elections.

      • ianmac 3.2.1

        burt: Your 10:17 came in while I was writing mine. I am impressed with your It seems to me that the best interests of learners are not served by politicising assessment systems, sure it serves the best interest of political parties giving them significant points of difference come election time. However last time I checked we ran schools to educate students not as popularity levers for elections. You have nailed it!
        By the way Oxford University names NCEA requirements for NZ wishing to enter their university. It is recognised by the best internationally.

      • Draco T Bastard 3.2.2

        Actually on the subject of Cambridge vs NCEA, do you think it’s a good thing that little o’l NZ needs to develop it’s own assessment systems rather than adopt internationally proven systems?

        Yes, actually, I do. It’s one of the places where I think competition is a good idea as it can spur better results. That said, I really don’t think going back to a 19th century testing regime is really a good idea. We’ve learned a bit since then and now know more about teaching and measuring the results.

    • KJT 3.3

      So called elite schools love Cambridge because it is a regurgitate rote learning exam.

      It is possible to get anyone to pass with intensive teaching regardless of any understanding.

      NCEA (although like all systems of assessment it has its flaws) requires understanding so it is harder to get the inbred scions of the wealthy to pass.

      Oxbridge themselves recognize the excellence of our system. Including NCEA.

      The code of conduct for Teachers requires they put the best interests of their students first.
      Not the best interests of Government, employers or even parents!

      • WTF? 3.3.1

        @KTJ,

        You are a fucking retard… if it’s so easy to pass the teach and pass the Cambridge exam style system why did we abandon the exam based system of teaching? Surely our high pass rates would have mandated our keeping the examinations based system.

        “The code of conduct for Teachers requires they put the best interests of their students first.
        Not the best interests of Government, employers or even parents!”

        Yeah, because only the teachers know whats best… utter bullshit, you wouldn’t happen to be a teacher would you? What a load of sanctimonious crap

        • McFlock 3.3.1.1

          Seriously, WTF?? God forbid that the education system should be about preparing students with the knowledge they’ll need in society, rather than just passing exams.
          You wouldn’t happen to be a case in point that rote learning for exams fails to develop thought skills, would you?

        • Draco T Bastard 3.3.1.2

          if it’s so easy to pass the teach and pass the Cambridge exam style system why did we abandon the exam based system of teaching?

          Because it’s fuckup that doesn’t teach anybody how to think but only how to remember what they’re told.

          Yeah, because only the teachers know whats best

          Yep, they would, that’s what professionals are for. Although, from the tone of of your comment I’m not surprised that you would use an Ad hominem attack on the person and the profession rather than provide an argument.

    • Susan 3.4

      I think you’ll find Auckland Grammar runs a duel system in years 12 and 13 – and Cambridge only for year 11 – Boys’ schools tend to dislike NCEA because the internally assessed component means academic work interferes with sporting fixtures.

      Contrary to popular belief we haven’t abandoned exams, just augmented them with internal assessments that provide opportunities for deep learning, and alternative ways for students to to demonstrate what they know and can do.

      NZ’s education system is standing up well beside the world’s best – in the global education community our curriculum is thought to be at the forefront of educational thinking. Our students’ results compare favourably with the best in the world.

      Incidentally, National Standards are for primary schools and have nothing in common with NCEA which is a qualification for years 11, 12 and 13 (senior high school). In this discussion people seem to have been conflating the two.

  4. ianmac 4

    There has been no precedent for NZ politicians to choose the day to day operation of police, doctors or teachers. In this case, NS is at the whim of politicians for political gain.
    Imagine:
    MPs says police will be ordered to shoot any citizen who does not instantly obey a police command.

    Doctors in Public Hospitals will not wash hands for longer than 30 seconds before operating in order to save money.

    Secondary teachers will use NCEA for student assessment. Principals will be fired if they do not comply.

    Case managers working for CYPS will cancel funding for clients who do not have clean fingernails.

    Teachers will use untested, unscientific fanciful methods of assessment called National Testing or be punished by withdrawing funds from children. Oops. That one is being actioned!

    • burt 4.1

      Teachers will use untested, unscientific fanciful methods of assessment called National Testing or be punished by withdrawing funds from children. Oops. That one is being actioned!

      How short is your memory ? Do you recall the introduction of NCEA. Untested – Yes. Protested against – Yes. Understood by parents and teachers – No.

      But it was different right – because it was the red team changing the game big time and when the red team do that it’s going to work out OK if we just give it time…..

      • ianmac 4.1.1

        burt. It was Bill English’s NCEA baby in the 90s not the reds. And a great deal of research, years of it went in long before it became accepted. Ironically it was Bill who put up endless obstructions through the 00s.
        But politicians NCEA did not decide which questions to use or which topics to use or the way it would be implemented. That was the role of researchers. NS? Out of the blue. (Ha!)

        • burt 4.1.1.1

          I got that wrong. OK, so all that protest about NCEA. I guess if we had let the schools decide back then we wouldn’t have it now… Which given it was a disruptive National party policy would be a good thing … Oh.. Bugger…

          This is why we shouldn’t politicise it. Is it too much to ask for a multi party approach to education policy?

          • iIanmac 4.1.1.1.1

            burt. Totally agreed with your last paragraph.
            And the great strength of NZ Education has been the way in which innovation has grown from the grassroots upwards until it is recognised and evaluated at the top levels. And always open to modification. But the moment it becomes political there is too much face to loose so positions are struck for the wrong reasons. Huh! Politics! 🙂

          • ianmac 4.1.1.1.2

            Oops my last post disappeared. Anyway agree with your 2nd to last statement Burt.
            The great strength of NZ school innovation has been the way in which ideas have grown from grassroots, been tested and evaluated at higher and higher levels, rather than the top down.
            Until National Standards! (Not that politicians are at the top!) 🙂

          • Susan 4.1.1.1.3

            If we had let schools decide back then the implementation may have been less rushed and the professional development around it better resourced – in fact the whole thing better resourced, but we would still have introduced some form of standards based assessment because educationally it makes sense, and ultimately it is better for both students and teachers.

            It is really the political machinations around it that have led to the weird anomolies that arise – every time North and South do one of their articles the government of the day run scared and fiddle with the rules around NCEA assessments – most of the N&S reporting comes from highly charged rhetoric from private schools in Auckland competing furiously for students, and desperately trying to convince beleaguered parents that they need to pay $20-30k to educate their children. They do this by running down NCEA – often using nothing much more solid than hearsay – and disparaging the state system (which in almost all cases is doing a pretty good job).

  5. Georgy 5

    If the government policy is seen to be clearly at odds with sound pedagogy then Principals, teachers, and Boards are morally bound to oppose it. The opposition is not limited to a few schools, there are many more teachers and schools opposed than the BTAC group but are not comfortable taking that sort of action. Compliance with the ‘law’ does not mean agreement. 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.

    • seeker 5.1

      “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.”

      The huge problem in a nutshell Georgy, very well put. And because the government is woefully/wilfully ignorant of this fact and continues to pursue this flawed policy “then Principals, teachers, and Boards are morally bound to oppose it.” as their job is to protect and care for our children and their best interests in education, and they are trained and qualified to do so.

      Not so Anne Tolley who has never taught and has, apparently, little idea how children learn, develop and flourish in school.
      “Average, Below average, Well Below Average”,is still seared on my memory from the quick glimpse we were given of the Nat Standards on the news one night, and that was quite enough. Almost child abuse methinks!?! Our bright, happy,curous,hopeful,developing children do not deserve such ignorant, unconstructive, damaging condemnation at such a young age, or ever.
      There is a definite moral obligation to do something about it and well done the schools that have.

      The assessments and reporting procedures that are in place are far superior to the undermining, unnecessary, inadequate and potentially damaging Nat Standards.
      (I taught our precious children (5-18years) for forty years and know what I am talking about.)
      Reply

  6. ianupnorth 6

    Burt have a look at the Finnish system; very laissez faire curriculum, no testing until 18; they produce reports (equivalent of ERO) on every school every year, but these are for the teaching staff, not the parents. They seem to produce excellent graduates.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/05/finland-schools-curriculum-teaching?INTCMP=SRCH
    and what the academics added to the debate
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/dec/10/finnish-lessons-for-englands-education?INTCMP=SRCH

    • ianmac 6.1

      Thanks ianupnorth. Finland seems to have what many teachers here would aspire to, if it wasn’t for the drag of political interference. Notice that the private schools that many MPs send their kids to are exempt from NS? You would think that the private schools would rush to use NS if they were so good.

      And Finland seems to also have sorted out their Crime and Punishment too. One of the lowest prison populations. Wonder if the better educated population has anything to do with that?

      • Ianupnorth 6.1.1

        All the international evidence goes a bit like this
        The healthier children are when they enter school the more likely they are to achieve.
        The more children achieve the more likely they are to have healthy lifestyle and go on to have productive lives – including ensuring the health and well being of their children are protected – it is cyclical, and most importantly, very simple.
         
        What National don’t get is this
         
        The harder it is for parents to buy healthy food, have a warm home, etc the more likely that the child enters school already disadvantaged;a prime example would be kids with untreated glue ear – a big problem in many communities. These kids are hearing impaired and may also have language difficulties. They are already playing catch up.
         
        They then fall into Tolley’s tail – labelled non-achievers, less services to catch them up, so attain less. As they are not part of the ‘achieving’ group, they are likely to be less connected to positive role models, so are more prone to negative behaviours – hence they end up going off the rails and become familiar with the justice system.

    • jingyang 6.2

      But, but, bringing the Finnish system into New Zealand would mean that all those pinko commie left wing teachers would have to be trusted to know what they are doing…and worse, they might actually encourage the children to think… no NZ government would be able to tolerate that… :-p).

      Actually i think the key phrase in that article was this: ” Finland’s success is due, in part, to the high status of teaching”.

      And before anybody raises the usual strawman…I will point out that in regard to ‘high status’ pay is only part of the picture.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.2.1

        Actually i think the key phrase in that article was this: ” Finland’s success is due, in part, to the high status of teaching”.

        Yep. See WTF? comment and you can get a good idea of the disrespect teachers have in our community. It’s a pity because it means that our children suffer because of the stupidity of some of the adults.

  7. Tony Parker 7

    Right from the start National Standards has been a very simplistic answer to the complex problems of children’s learning. Only an ill informed fool would expect all children’s learning to suddenly reach a certain level simply by setting the standard and saying this is where they should be. The standards themselves are somewhat confusing and all the professional development I’ve had around NS has been lacking and in fact the facilitators seem to be only one step ahead of us. Overall the whole thing has been rushed through with little thought and very little input from those of us who have to implement it. The lack of consultation and trialling of the process is one of the biggest problems we teachers see in NS and one of the reasons for the distrust and unwillingness to take it on board. There could be some benefits from NS but at present it’s a bit hard for us to see what they are. Our school is complying but I’m not sure if we’re doing it to the letter of the law and as for that mythical parent group that Tolley seems to go on about that wanted NS I’d like to know where they are. Case in point, heard outside one of our classrooms this week after parent interview times were given out-“Why should I come to this? I don’t need to talk to the teacher. This is a waste of time.”

  8. fabregas4 8

    My school is a member of BTAC. We are not rebels. We are simply, correctly, in a principled way, doing what we believe is best for our children. Lets be clear. We have a so called ‘tail’ of 14% of all children. This is one of the lowest levels in the OECD. We rank by most assessments in the top 4/5 of OECD countries in Maths/Reading/Science. We are second only to Canada in educating those children who live in poverty. All this when our education spend per child is in the bottom 10% of OECD countries.

    In my experience Kiwi teachers care deeply about their kids and their schools. They go the extra mile every day in a society that in many ways is decaying around them. If they tell you that National Standards won’t be good for kids – believe them there is nothing in it for them to be part of this battle – quite the opposite, it is tiring and distracting. We all want our schools focussed upon and working towards increased achievement not some half baked policy that has failed and is being abandoned across the rest of the world.

  9. Irascible 9

    What Tolley hasn’t learnt from the USA experience, where the National standards testing, testing, testing regime came from, is that the end result is a slide backward on the international measures of Educational achievement.
    The USA has not been a shining example for effective education policy and success for many years. For Tolley to take the concept of “National standards” and place over the NZ system which has a far better international record of success is one of the biggest mistakes to be made since Merv Wellington, my policy is a flag-pole in every school, was Minister of Education.

    • KJT 9.1

      I have noticed over many years. If there is a big fuck up overseas, the NZ government are going to repeat it just when it has been proven to be an SU in the country which has tried it.

  10. ianmac 10

    Sunday Morning National Radio : 8:12 Insight: Fighting National Standards

    Insight investigates the ongoing opposition to national standards for primary schools as they face the deadline for setting targets in reading, writing and maths.
    Written and presented by John Gerritsen
    Produced by Philippa Tolley.

    • fabregas4 10.1

      Listened to this. Summed up well by the Principal from a school in Masterton who supported the introduction of the Standards when she showed a complete lack of understanding about them by remarking that her school has a “Solway Park take on the Standards” that enables them to place children at the standard even if they aren’t.

      • ianmac 10.1.1

        Yes FG. If you want it to fit it does. Who can prove that they don’t fit given the ambiguous nature of the texts? And especially make it fit if your school is going to be judged on the League tables.
        I seem to remember what happens to positive attitudes when the bar is set higher than you can reach.
        Insight handled it quite well.
        But a bit below average. Must improve! 4/10. 🙂

  11. Gareth 11

    Teaching as a profession is under paid, We need our best and brightest teaching the future generations. As it stands currently the only thing keeping the best teachers in the profession is the love of the job. Great teachers need to be recognised and pay rates need to be high enough too attract the best. High quality education is key to the development of our country.

    I can clearly remember the lessons taught by teachers who were knowledgable, engaging and had a genuine passion for the job. Unfortunatly there were others who were well below this high standard… How we address this within collective agreements i’m not sure.

    I don’t really agree that the assessment method makes a whole lot of difference, If the subject is taught well by an engaging teacher the results will be the same regardless.

    Where I think there is room for massive improvement is in placing kids with a teacher who’s teaching methods suit them best. Currently we seem to work in a more one size fits all way that places kids fairly randomly outside accelerant bands and I know from my time at school that a teacher that didn’t really work for me was good for other pupils and vice versa. We need to identfy teaching methods and indvidual learning styles and fit pupil to teacher in a delberate way.

    I understand that there are apptitude? type tests which may help in this?

    • Draco T Bastard 11.1

      I don’t really agree that the assessment method makes a whole lot of difference, If the subject is taught well by an engaging teacher the results will be the same regardless.

      NS equivalents around the world have resulted in students being taught to pass the test and not taught how to critically think, analyse and understand the subject. Or, in other words, the children are worse off.

      Where I think there is room for massive improvement is in placing kids with a teacher who’s teaching methods suit them best.

      The more efficient way is to teach the teachers how to recognise how to best teach a specific student. Which I believe is what happens nowadays in schools and they’d probably get better at it if we let them get on with the job rather than trying to tell them how to do it.

    • KJT 11.2

      The aptitude tests for this sort of thing have proven to be rather problematic.

      However more trust in Teachers so they can be more flexible about how they teach allows for adjusting teaching methods and schooling for different children.
      At the moment there are so many bureaucratic, politically inspired, restrictions on what you can do that the ability to tailor learning for individual kids is limited.

      What really annoys me is the difference we could have made if all the money spent on NACT standards had been used to teach.

      Why spend money to tell teachers what they already know.

      We already know which kids need extra help.
      Enough funding to allow the extension of our, already successful, remedial programs to all the kids that need them, for as long as they need them, would make a huge difference.

      It is too late by high school.
      It is very frustrating to try and give extra help to those who need it when you effectively have 6 minutes per week for each student.
      Those who are struggling need the help right at the start, At primary school.
      For some it can be something as simple as making sure they have a quiet and peaceful place to study, or a good breakfast.

  12. chris73 12

    How about the principles and teachers just stfu and do their jobs that they’re being paid for

    This is just another storm in a teacup but if the NZEI were bribed with a bit more money I bet they’d change their tunes pretty damn quickly

    • KJT 12.1

      They would love to do their jobs, but ideological and incompetent, self interested political nut jobs keep thinking they know better.

      Pity politicians are not as accountable as Teachers.

      All the MP’s form the last 35 years would be in goal.

    • Ianupnorth 12.2

      Ok, I’ll add another strand; maybe we wouldn’t be in such financial strife if the bankers had done their jobs right….
       
      To tell teachers and principals (someone should have paid more attention at school) to STFU is a typical right wing slander.
       
      As has been pointed out to you on numerous occasions within this thread by pointing out the issues within a flawed set of assessments they are doing what they are employed to do; critical analysis is a skill that is desired within any graduate of a university course, like most teachers – maybe you should try it!

      • chris73 12.2.1

        Bollix

        They’re paid to teach not to decide what govt policies should or shouldn’t be implemented (unless of course its from Labour in which case its ok)

        • KJT 12.2.1.1

          So. To look at something equivalent. If the Government said. “Every surgeon shall halve the amount of anesthetic used because, in the politicians opinion, it makes for faster healing”, do you think surgeons should comply.

          • chris73 12.2.1.1.1

            Thats a stupid arguement

            • ianupnorth 12.2.1.1.1.1

              It isn’t; both have to be responsive to relevant research; politicians have no right to change practice

            • Draco T Bastard 12.2.1.1.1.2

              No, as KJT said, it’s an equivalent. Politicians know no more about teaching than they do about surgery and so the politicians (and fuckwit parents) telling the teachers how to teach is exactly the same type of stupidity of them telling the surgeons how to do surgery.

  13. Tony Parker 13

    Just thought I’d throw this in here. A good blog post from an educationalist about the differences between “marking” and providing good feedback. It has relavence to the whole NS discussion.

    • ianmac 13.1

      Exactly Tony. And I know a teacher who showed Primary Schoolstudents how to peer review each others work especially written work. It was framed around responses to help the writer clarify and improve what the writerw actually intended. Enriching for both writer and responder. Absolutely no marking involved. It would have destroyed the cooperation.
      And a friend who sets and responds to university post-graduate online assignments. He goes to enormous trouble to identify the way in which his students respond and develop. (His Senior was concerned that every one of his 50+ students passed. How can such a high standard be reached he wondered?)

  14. Tiger Mountain 14

    Tolley and National have lost this one, anyone seriously think 350 plus commissioners can be found?

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    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    19 hours ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    23 hours ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
    Westminster voting intention:CON: 44% (+3)LAB: 28% (-1)LDEM: 14% (-1)BREX: 6% (-)via @OpiniumResearch, surveyed this weekChgs. w/ 08 Nov— Britain Elects (@britainelects) 16 November 2019 This, of course, doesn't look good.  Labour have been chucking big, headline grabbing policies left, right and centre ... Well, maybe not right.  Left, left ...
    1 day ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    4 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    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 The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    7 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    7 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    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 If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    13 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    20 hours ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    5 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    6 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    3 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
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