It seems like John Key isn’t the only Nat politician prone to memory lapses, rewriting history, and changing their story every five minutes. Now it’s Hekia Parata’s turn. Here she is announcing her ill-fated plans to close and merge various Christchurch schools back in September:
Ms Parata said the closures and mergers were part of an effort to deliver better services to Canterbury students.
“Our priority is delivering a network that will meet changing community needs and deliver better outcomes for learners.”
Sounds impressive doesn’t it, a government in charge, making the tough decisions, moving forward together. But hold the front page, because here we are in November, and now with respect to some of the headline mergers Parata says:
Education Minister Hekia Parata is dismissing the now defunct idea from her department of merging major single-sex high schools in Christchurch as crazy. …
“Although I’m not from Christchurch even I knew it was at the crazy end of options,” Ms Parata told the Marae Investigates programme today.
Well golly gosh, which Hekia Parata should we believe? These plans put communities, pupils and staff through hell. And for what?