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New Plans For Novopay

Media Release 01 February 2013

New Plans For Novopay

The recent announcement to appoint Hon Steven Joyce to sort out the six-month-long shambolic saga of Novopay has been met with cautious optimism by the education sector.

‘Principals across the country have been under unbelievable pressure since Novopay went live six months ago,’ said Philip Harding, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation.

‘The level of errors grows with every pay round and our last survey indicated that 97% of principals have no confidence that Novopay will come right in the next twelve months,’ he said.

Principals last year called on the Auditor General’s Office to conduct an immediate independent review of Novopay to ascertain the extent and seriousness of the state of the software and capability of Talent2 to deliver the education payroll system.

‘We are delighted that Hon Joyce has agreed to an immediate IT review,’ said Harding, ‘and this is the first time that the education sector has had public acknowledgement of the full extent and seriousness of the errors that continue to occur and compound,’ he said.

‘We are cautiously optimistic that Hon Joyce will be thorough in his investigation into Novopay, that a resolution will be found and that appreciation of the stress and financial cost schools have had to absorb will be acknowledged,’ he said.


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