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Hobbs Threatens Rural School Bus Services

17 July 2002

Hobbs Threatens Rural School Bus Services

"Associate Education Minister Marian Hobbs must fulfil her obligations to the children of the Hokianga and ensure that the Rawene primary school bus service continues," says Northland MP John Carter.

Mr Carter says a letter from Ms Hobbs notifying the community that the bus service will end has upset parents and children in Rawene.

"Over the years there have been numerous discussions about the provision of a school bus service for the primary school children of the Hokianga. Under a National Government - with strong lobbying from me - these services were always provided.

"Children right across the North have my unqualified support for the retention of rural primary school bus services. Unfortunately, the hopes of the Rawene community have been dealt a major blow by the unilateral decision by the Labour Government to scrap its primary school's bus service.

"Instead of proper community consultation the only notification the people of Rawene have been given is a blunt letter from associate Education Minister Marian Hobbs informing them the service is to be cut.

"Rawene's children deserve the very best educational opportunities available and Labour have no right obstructing their access to this by cutting their school's bus service," Mr Carter says.


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