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


Future Investment Fund an irresponsible bribe

MMedia Release

Future Investment Fund an irresponsible bribe

3 November, 2011

PPTA says National’s proposal to use funds from the sale of state assets for a spend-up in education is irresponsible and unjustified.

“Funds tagged to be spent on schools’ infrastructure and the broadband network for learning needed to happen anyway, but are being used as the scapegoat to sweeten asset sales,” said PPTA president Robin Duff.

“The problem with our education infrastructure is it’s not well managed. Political parties need a coherent plan for education. Politicians behave like drunken sailors with taxpayer money by building new schools and neglecting those in disrepair,” he said.

Duff said the job of looking after New Zealand’s biggest asset – schools, had been left to the good intentions of parental volunteers on boards of trustees.

‘It’s taken over 20 years for politicians to notice the mammoth school maintenance bill about to land on the taxpayer.”

Duff said New Zealand needed politicians who were prepared to follow their own advice and manage the school network in a rational and fiscally responsible way.

PPTA called on political consensus in education policy, like in Finland were the focus is on schools working together. School leaders and teachers work closely with a cross-section of politicians.

“In Finland politicians recognise the putting the strategic educational needs of the country before their own party interests produces great results,” said Robin Duff.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Tom Scott's Avantdale Bowling Club: The 10th Annual Taite Music Prize Announced

The Taite Music Prize 2019 ceremony also saw the presentation of the Auckland Live Best Independent Debut, Independent Spirit Award, and Independent Music NZ Classic Record award. More>>


Elisabeth Calder: Gifted Editor And Publisher To Receive Honorary Doctorate

The English editor and publisher who discovered some of the greatest writers of our times, including Salman Rushdie, Julian Barnes and Anita Brookner, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) by the University of Canterbury (UC) at the University’s Arts and Science graduation ceremony on 18 April. More>>

Howard Davis: Charlie Parker With Strings - Live!

Hear these swinging rhythms with lush strings and a twist of bebop when Dick Oatts performs Charlie Parker with Strings accompanied by the New Zealand String Quartet and Jazz Ensemble, Musical Director Rodger Fox. More>>

Disaster Response: Canterbury Quakes - 'Widespread Adverse Effects' On Mental Health

The researchers noted that while support services such as free counselling exist, New Zealand's public health services are already under strain and even small increases in demand may result in a considerable extra burden for health workers. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland