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

 


Anderton makes bid for education portfolio


Progressive Leader makes bid for education portfolio

Skills shortages in the regions have impressed on me the importance of accelerating our work to lift educational standards and access to training, Progressive Leader, Jim Anderton said at the Progressive Campaign launch in Auckland today.

"I want to be Education Minister in a new coalition.

"As Minister of Regional Development I meet business people all over the country. They tell me over and over again that they are struggling to find people with the right skills to help grow their businesses. We have businesses needing people with skills, and people needing skills in order to qualify for higher paid satisfying jobs.

"The government needs to play its part. Progressive wants to remove the skills gap. We will do a regular stocktake of skills shortages in the economy. We’ll encourage New Zealanders to train for the jobs where their skills are needed most.

"We’ve heard a lot about some weird courses receiving funding. I won't stand for that. New Zealand needs to ensure that we put that money into the areas where the skills are needed.

"Progressive will also reduce the student debt by paying off student loans for graduates who stay and work in New Zealand. That is the interest AND the loan.

"If we reduce student debt we’ll help to increase the level of skills and talent in the community, keep our talented youth here in New Zealand, and set our young people free to be all they can be.

"If you support a smarter, brighter future for New Zealanders, party vote Progressive," Jim Anderton 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news