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


Schooling Shortfall Finally Addressed

21 July 2004

Shortfalls In North West Auckland’s Schooling Finally Addressed

New Zealand First list MP Dail Jones says the Education Minister’s response to the need for more secondary schools in North West Auckland has been slower than a drive on Auckland’s motorway on a wet Monday morning.

“Since August 2002 I have been asking Trevor Mallard how the Government is planning to respond to the growth in school rolls in West Auckland, Rodney and the North Shore,” said Mr Jones.

“Until now he has been less than forthcoming about how – or if – the Government would address the issue, despite requests from me to meet with ministry officials.

“For some time now there has been a very clear need for more secondary level provision to help existing schools meet soaring projected population numbers in North West Auckland.

“Mr Mallard expects to receive a report on the outcomes of consultation being undertaken with stakeholders by the end of the year. Had he been more responsive to my requests for information on the matter almost two years ago, decisions and planning could have been carried out much sooner.

“Information about the projected population growth has been available to him for some time now, and I am relieved to see that he has decided to do something about it. Let’s hope the outcome of the review makes up for the Minister’s tardiness over the issue,” concluded Mr Jones.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news