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

 


Government Should Halt Christchurch Closure, Merger Campaign

5 December 2012

Government Should Halt Christchurch Closure And Merger Campaign

The Government should call an immediate halt to its Christchurch school closure campaign, as the primary teachers’ decision to strike over its ‘renewal plan’ reveal it has lost the faith of the education sector, the Green Party said today.

Primary teachers this afternoon voted to strike next February in protest against the closure and merger campaign, which is threatening dozens of good Christchurch schools and threatens to wreak even more havoc on the quake damaged city’s kids.

“The strike is a result of the National Government’s arrogant approach to Christchurch school closures coming home to roost,” said Green Party education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.

“Strike action is always a last resort, but the Government has forced the teachers’ hand as they try to stand up for kids’ education and the importance of local schools to quake damaged communities.

“This is a strike borne out of frustration with a Minister who has refused to listen to them and is a show of support to the communities who are reliant on their local schools.

“Education Minister Hekia Parata has proven, time and again, that she’s not prepared to listen to teachers on the front line in Christchurch.

“Minister Parata’s so called consultation process over its closure campaign is more of a con than real consultation.

“Christchurch needs more time and the communities need good information about where people are going to settle, and what the state of the land will be, before vital decisions about their schools are made.

“The National Government’s school closure campaign must stop. Hekia Parata needs to go back to the drawing board and properly engage with the communities and education experts who know best what their kids and city needs,” said Ms Delahunty.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Two Years With New Methods: Crime Stats Show Increase Led By Burglary

The two years of data show an increase in the total victimisation rate of 3.1 per cent, with 12,060 more victimisations in the 2015/16 year when compared to 2014/15 year. From this increase, 72 per cent is attributable to burglaries. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Relocation Grants: 12 Grants Paid So Far

Since the policy took effect one month ago, 12 applicants have received the non-recoverable grant, supporting 32 people. $54,508 has been paid out, covering things like moving costs, bond, rent in advance and letting fees. More>>

ALSO:

Vaccine Funding Change: HPV Vaccines For All Children

PHARMAC has today announced changes to funded vaccines, which will benefit an extra 100,000 people... The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be available for all children and adults up to the age of 26 years, and boys will now be included in the HPV school vaccination programme. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Opinion Polls For Key And Trump Defy Gravity

What is going on? Donald Trump got confirmed as the Republican presidential candidate at a bizarrely chaotic political convention… and promptly received an upwards bump in the polls to where he’s now rating ahead of Hillary Clinton, for only the second time this year. More>>

Sugar: Auckland Leisure Centres Axe Unhealthy Drinks

Auckland Council is to stop selling drinks that are sweetened by sugar from vending machines at its leisure centres in a bid to try to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Todd McClay’s Faulty Memory

Time and again, whenever an issue arises the initial response by government is to deny or diminish the problem – nothing to worry about here, everything’s OK, move on. Then, hang on. In line with the usual pattern, as embarrassing details emerged into daylight, the story changed. More>>

ALSO:

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news