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

 


$1m On Consultants And Novopay Still Doesn’t Work

Chris
HIPKINS
Acting Education Spokesperson
20 December 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT

$1m On Consultants And Novopay Still Doesn’t Work

The Government spent more than $1,000,000 on consultants as part of the switch over to Novopay including $650,000 on testing of the payroll system, which was completely ignored, says Chris Hipkins.

Teachers have now put up with four months of botched pay days thanks to Novopay, and tomorrow’s big year-end pay is expected to throw up even more anomalies, errors and failures.

“Novopay has been an unmitigated disaster - but it didn’t have to be this way. The Government spent $650,000 on “User Acceptance Testing,” which showed that less than half of the 731 trial-users felt they were ready for the system to go live.

“But the Education Minister Hekia Parata, and her associate minister Craig Foss, didn’t even ask to see those test results. They ploughed ahead regardless.

“Why spend $650,000 on testing if you’re not interested in the results? It’s crazy.

“The Government has poured $30-million into Novopay so far. That’s a hell of a lot of taxpayer’s money. You would have thought that the Ministers in charge might have taken their responsibilities more seriously, and at least looked at the testing they shelled out more than half-a-million dollars on.

“Novopay has been an embarrassing and expensive failure. And it is teachers, support staff, principals and students that are suffering, while taxpayers pick-up the tab for the National Government’s incompetence,” says Chris Hipkins

NOTE: Attached to this email is the relevant pages of the Education Select Committee’s Financial Review of the Ministry of Education covering the Ministry’s responses to the Committee’s questions.

Click here to read [pdf]

Authentication: Ministry of Education Written Responses to 2011/12 Financial Review Questions - Appendix 1
CompanyTotal CostContract Service DescriptionPage No.
Syfir Wellington$33,840HRMIS Payroll Support consulting Services117
Encompass Consulting NZ Ltd$34,410Payroll merger117
Project Partners Ltd$22,000Datacom payroll negotiations165
Nicky Bonne$128,280Business Analyst services - Education Service Payroll, Manager Service Delivery163
RedVespa Consultants Limited$147,720Leadership support to Group Manager, Education Workforce and Novopay163
Geraldine Richardson$8,630Development - Payroll Subject Matter Expert166
Jennifer Short$649,998User Acceptance testing - Payroll Subject Matter Expert166
Margaret Wagstaff$69,563Education Service Payroll - Leave Project166
Total$1,094,441

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Nauru: Scholars Urge Minister To Act On Deteriorating Democracy

“Since the 2013 election in Nauru, there has been a series of disturbing developments on the islands that indicate a severe deterioration in the state of its parliamentary democracy and in the rule of law,” say the scholars. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: NZ Begins Presidency Of UN Security Council

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the start of New Zealand’s month-long Presidency of the United Nations Security Council in New York. More>>

ALSO:


Labour: Cash For Charter Schools, Mould For State Schools

“Recently released financial statements show the Whangarei charter school He Puna Marama received $3.9 million in government funding to the end of last year. Yet their audited accounts show they only spent $1.4 million on education, leaving almost $2.5 million over two years unaccounted for." More>>

ALSO:

Kiwirail Plans Shift From Electric: National Urged Not To Take Backwards Step

The National Government shouldn’t drag New Zealand backwards by replacing its climate friendly electric trains with carbon-polluting diesel trains, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Capital Connection:

Harmful Digital Communication Bill Passes: Focus Must Be On Education

InternetNZ acknowledges the passage of the Harmful Digital Communications Bill into law this afternoon, and says that the sooner the education efforts at the heart of the legislation start, the better... More>>

ALSO:

3-Year Transport Plan: No Plans On Six Northland-Election Bridges

The Transport Authority’s decision to fund only four of the 10 bridges promised in National’s shameless Northland by-election bribe is a huge embarrassment for Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza Blockade: Māori TV Crew Returning Safely From Israel

A Māori Television crew will be flown back from Israel after their boat was detained by the Israeli Navy while attempting to break the Gaza blockade. More>>

ALSO:

Family Violence: Increasing Reporting But Fewer Resolutions

“We are aware the Police have embarked on a significant programme of change in how they respond to family violence. The data suggests that adequate resourcing including investing in staff training, support and culture change will be required for this to be effective.” More>>

ALSO:

Health: NZ Children Still Suffer Rickets From Lack Of Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency continues to cause rickets in young New Zealanders, new University of Otago research has found. The researchers say that their finding suggests that at-risk mothers and children should be better targeted for Vitamin D supplementation. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news