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


A Simple Yes Or No Will Do, Minister

A Simple Yes Or No Will Do, Minister

Thursday 18 Nov 2004

Deborah Coddington - Press Releases -Education

ACT New Zealand Education Spokesman Deborah Coddington today called on Education Minister Trevor Mallard to stop being evasive with questions regarding the so-called "historic" 50 percent pay rise for qualified early childhood teachers.

"In October the NZEI announced that the Government had given a commitment to funding pay parity for early childhood teachers, an announcement which raised staff expectations and placed huge pressure on employers," Miss Coddington said.

"The Early Childhood Council suspected that no such commitment had been given. All that had happened was that the NZEI had negotiated a pay increase - over four years - for the tiny percentage of staff covered by the Consenting Parties Award - less than 8 percent of the early childhood sector.

"I asked the Minister to confirm the date on which this commitment was given; if he stood by the NZEI's announcement; and to confirm the Government's funding of a 50 percent pay increase for early childhood teachers covered by the Consenting Parties Award.

"In typical Mallard-speak he has evaded my questions and, instead, provided meaningless waffle about qualifications and goals.

"The Minister should show some responsibility for a change, and correct the misinformation being spread around the early childhood sector by the primary teachers' union. All early childhood employers would love to pay their staff more, but most are responsible enough to act in good faith and not make promises they can't keep.

"Meanwhile in Kawhia, one of the Waikato's most successful early childhood centres is going to the Hamilton High Court this Friday to fight the Minister's attempts to close it down. Why? Because they hired the best teacher for the job who, despite being fluent in Te Reo, doesn't happen to suit Mr Mallard's obsession for his type of qualification.

"It's time this Minister stopped stamping all over the early childhood sector and showed the under-fives some support for a change," Miss Coddington said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news