Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


New Member Appointed To Tertiary Commission

Open Polytechnic Chief Executive Shona Butterfield has been appointed to the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission (TEAC), Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey said today.

The tertiary education think tank was established in April 2000 to advise the Government on strategic issues confronting the sector. The Government has since accepted the Commission's advice to reorganise the regulatory and funding arrangement for the entire post-school education sector with the establishment a new permanent Tertiary Education Commission. TEAC is currently preparing advice on tertiary education and research priorities and a new funding model which enables resources to be allocated in a more strategic way.

Mr Maharey said Ms Butterfield was being appointed to replace Hutt Valley Polytechnic Chief Executive Dr Linda Sissons who has asked to stand down from the Commission due to work pressures associated with the establishment of the new Wellington Institute of Technology. He said Ms Butterfield's extensive knowledge of tertiary education issues, and her particular expertise in open learning methods, would be an asset to the Commission.

"Shona Butterfield brings considerable talents and expertise to the Commission.

"She has participated in a wide range of educational taskforces, has long-standing management experience in the polytechnic sector and is currently the New Zealand representative on the Board of Governors for the Commonwealth of Learning which promotes distance education throughout the Commonwealth.

"In the coming months TEAC is working on the key regulatory and funding tools which the Government and the sector will use to bring a greater strategic focus to our tertiary education sector. The Government is very fortunate to have secured someone of the calibre of Shona Butterfield as the Commission works through these issues," Steve Maharey said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Anti-Corbyn Split In British Labour

The resignation of seven UK Labour MPs in protest against the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn is another example of the centre-left’s readiness to sabotage its own cause – such things are always allegedly done on principle – even if the outcome hands the country over to Conservative rule for five more years.

Certainly, a technician hot-miked at the splitters’ press conference was pretty sure this would now be the outcome, and he accidentally informed the nation to that effect. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Alleged China Relations Crisis

If New Zealand’s relations with China are ‘deteriorating’ then you still need a microscope to detect the signs... More>>


Environment: Government To End Tenure Review

“Tenure review has resulted in parcels of land being added to the conservation estate, but it has also resulted in more intensive farming and subdivision on the 353,000 ha of land which has been freeholded. This contributed to major landscape change and loss of habitat for native plants and animals,” said Eugenie Sage. More>>


Bell Tolls: Big Changes, Grand Mergers Planned For Vocational Training

“At a time when we’re facing critical skill shortages, too many of our polytechnics and institutes of technology are going broke... More>>


Sallies' State Of The Nation: Progress Stalled In Reducing Inequality

The report shows a lack of tangible progress in key areas including record levels of household debt and a growing gap in educational achievement between poorer and more well off communities. More>>


Party Politics In Tax Morale Survey: SSC To Seek Answers From IRD

Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins has today asked the State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes to examine IRD’s reported inappropriate use of a public survey. More>>


Health: Prohibiting Smoking In Vehicles Carrying Children

Under the change, Police will be able to require people to stop smoking in their cars if children (under 18) are present. Police will also be able to use their discretion to give warnings, refer people to stop-smoking support services, or issue an infringement fee of $50... It is expected that this amendment will become law by the end of 2019. More>>





InfoPages News Channels