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

 


Give Foss the flick and fix Novopay, Hekia

Nanaia
MAHUTA
Education Spokesperson

11 November 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT

Give Foss the flick and fix Novopay, Hekia

News of privacy and security breaches with the Ministry of Educations troubled Novopay system is a worrying addition to the litany of problems with the system and it is now time for Hekia Parata to personally step in to fix things, says Nanaia Mahuta.

Today’s report of privacy breeches is yet further confirmation of just how botched the introduction of Novopay has been. Clearly the system was nowhere near ready or fit for purpose when it was introduced.

“The problems with Novopay are now so serious and so widespread that the Education Minister Hekia Parata has no choice but to step in over the top of her Associate Minister Craig Foss, who is clearly out of his depth.

“Hekia Parata can not sit by any longer and watch as the Novopay debacle drifts on and on with no end in sight. Teachers, principals and school staff have had a gutsful. They deserve better than a broken pay system and a seemingly indifferent Government.

“Its time for Minister Parata to take charge of the issue as her hapless off-sider simply does not recognise how serous this issue is and continues to minimise the real toll botched-up pay packets are taking on our teachers.

“The Government has not accepted responsibility for the huge amount of time spent by schools trying to fix Novopay errors. Schools have been forced to absorb that cost, taking time away from doing stuff that really matters to improve the teaching and learning environment for their students.

Hekia Parata has desperately tried to dodge this issue. It's the same approach she took when trying to persuade parents that larger class sizes were good for their kids and is taking over her plans to close and merge Christchurch schools. It is not good enough – she needs to step in and step up.

“Getting teachers pay packets sorted properly is basic stuff. Teachers have the right to be paid on time and in full for the good work they do. Stop stuffing around with their lives Ministers Foss and Parata,” says Nanaia Mahuta.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Transport: Auckland Looks To Light Rail

The Board of Auckland Transport has called for an investigation into a light rail network, which could relieve traffic congestion on some of the region’s busiest roads.

This stems from work in 2012 (the City Centre Future Access study) which responded to a government request to develop a robust and achievable solution for access to the CBD.

That showed that the City Rail Link, together with surface bus improvement, provided the best regional solution. However, it also identified that the city centre is already facing serious congestion across all major road entry points which, if not addressed now, will worsen. More>>

 

RMA: Smith's Claims Don't Match Evidence - Greens

The Motu group’s research into the impacts of planning rules looked at the costs related to housing development but not the benefits of environmental protections and does not recommend significant changes to the RMA to reduce the cost of new house builds. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Similarities Between John Key And David Cameron

For years now, David Cameron has been the closest available thing to a mentor/analogue to our Prime Minister, such that Key watchers could be interested in an analysis of Cameron that appeared in the British press over the Christmas break. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Ian Fletcher Resignation & GCSB’s New Role

It may well be that after being shoulder-tapped in Queensland for the GCSB job, three years of living in Wellington has been enough for Fletcher and his family, given that the pending review of the GCSB would have required an even longer commitment from him. Three years of Wellington’s weather is enough for anyone... More>>

ALSO:

Ian Apperley: $10m Or $100m For New Wellington Council IT System?

I feel a Tui Billboard coming on. I commented the other day that it looked like the Council’s Ninth big project was a potential $100 million plus... The Mayor has responded: “I am reassured by the Chief Executive and by Anthony Wilson that the proposed budget is in the region of $10 million.” More>>

ALSO:

Southern Ocean:
Navy Intercepts Illegal Fishing Vessels

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today put illegal fishing vessels operating in the Southern Ocean on notice and vowed to take action against their owners. “As part of a multi-agency operation, the HMNZS WELLINGTON has intercepted two vessels claiming to be flagged to Equatorial Guinea, fishing illegally in the Southern Ocean.” Mr McCully says. More>>

ALSO:

Kiwi Pride: New Zealand Takes UN Security Council Seat

“New Zealand’s term on the Security Council will place us at the heart of international decision-making for the next two years,” Mr McCully says. More>>

Greens: CAA Airport Door Report Conflicts With Brownlee’s Claims

The heavily redacted report into the incident shows conflicting versions of events as told by Gerry Brownlee and the Christchurch airport security staff. The report disputes Brownlee’s claim that he was allowed through, and states that he instead pushed his way through. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news