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


Locals fight school closure

Labour List MP in Rotorua

Locals fight school closure

16 November 2011 MEDIA STATEMENT

The Kawerau community came out in staunch support of their condemned Intermediate School last night, vowing to continue to fight the school’s closure, says Labour List MP based in Rotorua Steve Chadwick.

“This is now an election issue for the people of Kawerau,” Steve Chadwick said.

About 100 people turned up last night to a public meeting at the intermediate school to express their concerns.

“Local people expressed frustration at not being heard or visited by the Minister. A school should be the centre of the community, but as a result of National’s mismanagement the community has lost faith in the process.

“The community is fed up with Education Minister Anne Tolley’s arrogance, and local National MP Todd McClay’s ineffectual advocacy for their views. Local people have chartered a bus and intend showing up en masse at the multiparty debate due to be held in Whakatane this Friday night,” Steve Chadwick said.

“The community want its local knowledge and insights included in a vision for their kids and Kawerau. The debate on Friday is the only chance they feel they will have to express their views directly and have MPs held accountable for their decisions.

“We need change In Kawerau; we need fresh ideas and opportunities. But these cannot be implemented in a top-down fashion without real consultation. That’s the Anne Tolley approach, and it doesn’t work,” Steve Chadwick said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mediaworks: Three to be sold or closed

MediaWorks has today announced that it intends to sell MediaWorks TV as well as its Flower Street property which includes its television head office and studios.

The intention is for MediaWorks to sell the television side of the business while retaining ownership of radio and QMS. The Flower Street property will also be put up for sale with a lease back option for a buyer to continue to operate television from that location.

MediaWorks Chairman Jack Matthews said that MediaWorks is committed to continuing to grow its business in New Zealand while recognising that free-to-air television operates in a challenging environment. More>>


Could Do Better: Post-Sroubek Review Of Deportation Info

Ms Tremain acknowledges that the review highlighted some aspects of the process that can be improved and makes five main recommendations to strengthen the existing processes for preparing files for decision-makers. Those recommendations are: More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A New Book On The Leaky Homes Scandal

We all know that journalism is short of cash and under pressure from the speed, brevity and clickbait pressures of the 24/7 news cycle… but hey, given the right subject and a sufficiently stubborn journalist, it can still surpass most of the works of the academic historians... More>>

Regulation: Review Finds NZTA Road Safety Failings

The independent review, carried out by consultant agency MartinJenkins, lists at least 10 reasons for the failures including the agency being focused on customer service at the expense of its policing functions. More>>


Rod Carr: Climate Change Commission Chair-Designate Announced

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has today announced the appointment of Dr Rod Carr as Chair-designate for the Climate Change Commission. More>>


Compliance Complaints: 'Putting Right' Holidays Act Underpayment In Health

The Government is putting right a decade’s worth of underpayment to nurses, doctors and other health workers, says Health Minister Dr David Clark. More>>


IPCA: Disasterous Police Pursuit, Excessive Use Of Dogs

At no stage did Police follow the correct procedure for the commencement of a pursuit... A Police dog handler used his dog to help with the arrest of two of the young people. One suffered injuries resulting in his hospitalisation, and the Authority found that the use of the dog was an excessive use of force. More>>


‘Hard Place To Be Happy’: Report On Youth Residential Care

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says the report, A Hard Place to be Happy, contains important challenges from children and young people, aged 9 to 17, about their experiences in care and protection residences. “I found this report extremely difficult to read, and I think most New Zealanders would too.” More>>

Africa And Middle East Refugees: 'Family Link' Restriction Removed

The founder of the Double the Quota campaign has applauded the coalition government for Friday’s announcement that a discriminatory policy would be removed. More>>





InfoPages News Channels