Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

Govt. must re-think approach to school closures

MEDIA RELEASE

Government must re-think approach to school closures, says
Local Government New Zealand

For immediate release on 27 February 2004

Local Government New Zealand is calling on the Government to re-think its approach to the five year moratorium on school closures.

Yesterday and today, mayors and councillors at Local Government New Zealand Zone Five and Six meetings, representing all councils in the South Island, passed a resolution condemning the decision not to extend the moratorium to the 71 schools that are marked for closure and those that have recently closed.

The Zone 6 National Council representative, Southland District Mayor Frana Cardno, said that the only school mergers or closures that should be proceeding were those driven by the needs of the community. She and other local body leaders attending the meeting criticized the lack of coherent methodology in the review and the inconsistencies between different areas.

“We are calling on the Government to be consistent in its approach to school closures. This five year reprieve should not only be applied to schools that are currently under review but also to those schools that have been closed in recent months,” says David Owen, Chair of Local Government New Zealand’s Rural Sector Group.

“We are pleased that the Government has acknowledged that more work has to be done on school closures. However, why should some be penalized because they were ahead of others in the review process?” asks Mr Owen.

“We have consistently stated that schools are frequently the community centre, the holder of knowledge, the contributer of social capital and the maintenance of community networks within rural New Zealand. Education is also a key driver of economic development in a region. This criteria should be applied to all schools across New Zealand.”

“We urge the Government to re-consider extending the moratorium to all New Zealand schools and be mindful of the impact these reviews have on the wider community,” says Mr Owen.

Ends

Local Government New Zealand is the national voice of all 86 councils of New Zealand.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Joseph Cederwall Review: NZSO Plays Zappa

The first of the NZSO’s Shed Series concerts at the more informal and intimate space of Wellington's Shed 6 last Friday night featured music composed by, or with a connection to Frank Zappa. Zappa, a psychedelic rock legend, activist and popular culture figure and all round colourful character, was an excellent choice for the concert’s theme of innovation. More>>

Let The Games Begin: PM Sends Best Wishes To Athletes

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has sent her warm wishes to the New Zealand athletes preparing for the opening of the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast... More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review of Books: Martin Edmonds' The Expatriates

This book is an extension of, and tribute to, the life’s work of James McNeish. Without sacrificing any degree of authorial independence, the result is gracefully written, handsomely produced, and likely to propagate many further works of its kind. More>>

Max Rashbrooke Review: The King's Singers and Voices New Zealand

To be good at one thing is impressive; to be so versatile across a range of genres is truly exceptional. More>>

Joe Cederwall Review: WOMAD 2018 - Harmony of Difference (part 1)

A friend described WOMAD as his “favourite white middle class celebration of diversity.” There is certainly an echo of truth to this as the crowd is still largely white and middle class, but this WOMAD for me represented that a better world is possible ... More>>

Harmony of Difference (part 2)

Top international world music artists seldom make it down to this neck of the woods, so for those of us into this sort of thing WOMAD is certainly a welcome addition to the cultural calendar. Now it is a case of waiting and looking forward to seeing what they manage to conjure up for next year. More>>

Howard Davis Review: A Bigger Splash - Te Papa Celebrates Twenty Years

Considering the available resources, this is a decidedly hit-and-miss affair, mainly due to some highly questionable curatorial decisions. In their overweening wish to "push boundaries," Charlotte Davy and Megan Tamati-Quennell have made a number of serious miscalculations by ignoring a basic rule - keep it simple. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland