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


Leadership and commitment essential – Maori Party

Leadership and commitment essential – Maori Party
Te Ururoa Flavell, Education spokesperson 16 May 2008

Leadership and commitment are essential if Maori students are to reach their full potential through education, says Te Ururoa Flavell.

He was commenting on the national launch of the government’s flagship Maori education strategy in Rotorua yesterday.

“‘Ka Hikitia’ is not a bad strategy document, and the Maori Party welcomes anything that will bring a focus on addressing the education system’s failure to engage Maori fully, to enthuse whänau in the challenge of education, and inspire their children to reach for the pinnacles of educational success,” he said.

“The Maori Party knows that mobilising the energy and passion of the people depends on committed leadership. The title ‘Ka Hikitia’, to be lifted up, implies that the government sees itself as providing that leadership.

“So the people who turned out to support the kaupapa might have been pretty disappointed not to see the Minister of Education, Chris Carter, present at the function,” he said.

“Here was an opportunity to engage with Maori teachers, principals, Boards of Trustees and iwi. The Associate Minister Parekura Horomia and Mita Ririnui fronted up, so can the people expect them to lead on this issue?

“The Minister’s no-show leaves questions about the government’s backing and resources for the strategy. The people will no doubt reserve judgement on the government’s commitment to implement the strategy by giving it the necessary priority to succeed.”

“I guess that reminds tangata whenua that they need not look to others for leadership on crunch issues like education, they can provide their own,” he said.

“Iwi have made great progress in education using their own scarce resources. It remains to be seen how Maori achievement benefits from the government ploughing ahead with its own strategies for Maori education, while all round the country, iwi are developing and implementing their own strategies by, with and for their own communities,” said Mr Flavell.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Another Leader Exiting: Statement From Peter Dunne

I have concluded, based on recent polling, and other soundings I have been taking over the last few weeks, that, the volatility and uncertainty notwithstanding, there is now a mood amongst Ōhāriu voters for a change of MP, which is unlikely to alter...

“I have therefore decided that it is time for me to stand aside, so the people of Ōhāriu can elect a new electorate MP. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election