Parliament

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

 

Christchurch school closures the wrong move for rebuilding

18 February 2013

Christchurch school closures the wrong move for rebuilding communities

Ripping the heart out of Christchurch communities by unnecessarily closing and merging schools is not the way to help these shattered communities rebuild, Green Party Co-leader and education spokesperson Metiria Turei said today.

“All schools in New Zealand will be nervous based on the inconsistent justifications Hekia Parata has used to close and merge Christchurch schools,” Mrs Turei said.

“Hekia Parata should have listened to what schools had to say at the start, which would have prevented creating a lot of stress for children trying to get on with life in their shaken up communities.

“The Education Minister has mangled this process, pointlessly raising fears in communities that have retained their schools.

“Hekia Parata owes the children of Christchurch an apology.

“I feel deeply sad for the schools announced for merger and closure today. They are being singled out for no other reason than they had the bad luck to be hardest hit by the quakes.

“These schools are singled out because of the earthquakes but decisions are being based on factors like population. Hekia Parata is using the quakes as an excuse to close schools that she would never normally get away with.

“There are two classes of communities in Christchurch, those who missed the worst damage of the quake and those who have been through hell and for whom the upheaval never stops.

“I challenge the need for these closures and mergers at this time. Hekia Parata should have waited for proper census data before pushing ahead.

“School closures for so many Christchurch kids come as the National Government funds the failing Wanganui Collegiate for the upper class and it promotes more private charter schools.

“The children of Christchurch need a new Minister who will act in their interests and listen to and respect their communities,” Mrs Turei said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Budget '17: Budget Spends Down Future Surpluses

Tax cuts for every working New Zealander, targeted to low and middle income earners, more generous assistance for families and renters, and a massive spend-up on public services infrastructure mark Finance Minister Steven Joyce’s election year Budget.

The package of changes to income tax thresholds, the Working for Families programme, and the Accommodation Supplement is the Budget’s political centrepiece and will cost $2 billion a year. More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search

ALSO:

 
 

Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>

ALSO:

NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>

ALSO:

Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Navy’s Dealings With Fat Leonard, And Twin Peaks

At an official level, our “she’ll be right” attitude routinely spills over into a keen resentment of anyone who suggests the outcomes may be less than satisfactory… The Navy has now gone one step beyond. It won’t even ask itself whether it did a good job. More>>

ALSO:

NZDF: Fifth Rotation Of Troops Heads To Iraq

The fifth rotation of New Zealand Defence Force troops left today for a six-month mission training Iraqi soldiers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Demonising Of Iran

Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East? More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election