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

 


School kids need a break these holidays– from the Government

18 December 2012

School kids need a break these holidays – from the Government

The Government's Christchurch school closure programme must be stopped, and a real renewal process begun, in light of the Ombudsman's findings that the Government failed to properly consult over the closures, the Green Party said today.

The Ombudsman, David McGee, today found the Ministry of Education acted wrongly in its handling of requests for official information about Christchurch school closures and is planning an investigation into its processes for consulting around other school closures.

“How much more do schools and communities have to go through before the sham consultation is dropped?” Green Party education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said.

“The Ombudsman's findings reveal what we've said all along - the Education Ministry and Minister have failed to listen to those on the ground in Christchurch, and the consultation process was a sham.

“The Ombudsman revealed the Ministry was effectively subverting the Official Information Act over the proposed school closures.

“Education Minister Hekia Parata has lost control over her Ministry, which has been infected by her unwillingness to respect or engage with the children and communities they deal with.

“This Government has been toxic to schools this year. Our kids deserve a break, not just from school these holidays, but from the sustained attack they’ve been under by the National Government.

“The children of Christchurch need a new Minister who will act in their interests and listen to and respect their communities. And they need a new and honest process that puts their needs first," Ms Delahunty said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

'Tea Break Bill' Passes: Gordon Campbell On Bad Labour Laws And Poor Safety

By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. These are highly profitable enterprises for the port owners.

The Port of Tauranga for instance, is expecting its current full-year profit to be between $78 million and $83 million and other ports are enjoying similar boom times – but they are also highly dangerous places for the people who work on or around the port premises. At the Port of Tauranga, there have been 26 serious accidents since 2011, and two deaths. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

No Charges: Outcome Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area... More>>

ALSO:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news