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

 


Novopay Bill Down To Parata

Chris
HIPKINS
Acting Education Spokesperson

13 February 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT

Novopay Bill Down To Parata

Taxpayers have Hekia Parata to thank for today’s $5-million bill to try to fix Novopay, says Chris Hipkins, Labour’s acting Education spokesperson.

“Steven Joyce has ridden into town with the Government chequebook in a belated attempt to clean-up the Government’s Novopay nightmare. He’s chucking $5-million at Novopay bug fixes, the call centre and data processing.

“It’s a shame he couldn’t find any money for extra support for all the schools that are millions of dollars out of pocket as a result of dealing with the fallout from Novopay. But good luck to him. I genuinely hope Mr Joyce’s Remediation Plan works, for the sake of our schools, teachers, parents and pupils.

“But it should never have come to this. If Hekia Parata had done her job last year we would not be in this mess.

“Hekia Parata ignored all the alarm bells – the 142 known faults in Novopay, the user testing which warned schools were not ready for the new system, the audit of the call centre which found that half of all test calls were answered incorrectly.

“She ignored the original implementation plan, which would have initially seen Novopay run in parallel with the existing payroll system as contingency in case of problems.

“If Hekia Parata and her side-kick Craig Foss had exercised proper Ministerial oversight, Novopay would not have been introduced when it was so clearly not up to the job.

“Taxpayers have paid tens of millions of dollars for Novopay already. It is appalling that after six months of stuff-ups another $5-million is needed to try to get the system up to speed. I hope and trust that ultimately Steven Joyce will at least recover the $5-million from Talent2.

“Novopay has been an omnishambles from day one. Schools have been crying out for action for six months, and are still waiting for the Government to properly support them as they clean-up after Hekia Parata’s epic fail,” says Chris Hipkins.

labour.org.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools To Open

Seven new schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017. “The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

ALSO:

No Correspondence With English: Did Brownlee Make Up Sale Of Navy Ships ‘On The Hoof?’

Having revealed that several Royal New Zealand Navy vessels have not left port in years, New Zealand First is now asking the Minister of Defence to prove he did not come up with the idea of selling HMNZS Taupo and Pukaki until the media asked him. More>>

Housing Plans: Labour- Abolish Auckland Urban Boundary
The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis. More>>
Greens - State House Solution
The Homes Not Cars policy allows Housing New Zealand to retain its dividend and, in addition, would refund its tax, to spend on the emergency building of around 450 new state houses. More>>

ALSO:

Houses And Taxes: Post-Cabinet, Pre-Budget Press Conference

The Prime Minister said that the pre-budget announcements showed that his Government is “investing in a growing economy”. He re-affirmed the National Government’s commitment to lowering personal tax rates but that any such change must fit with the fiscal reality of the time. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news