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

 


Seven months is long enough, can we trust Novopay or not?

19 March 2013

Seven months is long enough, can we trust Novopay or not?

Schools and families need to know if they can have confidence in Novopay but have been left dangling by the Government’s announcement on the flawed pay system, the Green Party said today.

The Government today announced details of a support package for schools in order for them to manage extra staff time involved in dealing with the Novopay debacle.

But Novopay Minister Steven Joyce failed to say anything that would give schools and families any certainty about Talent2’s ability to manage the payroll now or in the future.

“Schools and families need to know if Novopay is capable of delivering, and if the Government has confidence in Talent2 to ensure Novopay can deliver,” Green Party Co-leader and education spokesperson Metiria Turei said.

“Successive ministers have had enough time to work out if Novopay is up to the task or not.

“While extra money is welcomed, schools and families needed ministers to be explicit about the milestones that they have set for Talent2 in the immediate future, and the consequences for Talent2 if they don’t meet them.

“And ministers need to assure New Zealanders that they have a viable backup plan in the event Novopay fails to meet those milestones.

“It’s just not fair to leave schools and families dangling while the Government continues to delay making a call on Novopay.

“The ‘trust us, she’ll be right’ attitude of the Government in relation to a fundamental part of the running of schools has failed the teachers and families who’ve been affected by this debacle.

“Schools have said that they have no confidence about any aspect of Novopay and the public of New Zealand are rightly asking how the Government could have let this go on for so long.

“The Novopay debacle is symptomatic of this Government’s lack of focus on what really matters in education – people. Young people and the professionals who teach them are what schools are about.

“If it was a system designed to pay chief executives or casino bosses we can be certain the National Government would have been more careful before signing off on the go live,” Mrs Turei said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

17 Year Sentences In Baby Moko Case: Attorney General On Plea Bargain

“The Crown’s decisions in this case, including the decision to accept the manslaughter pleas, were motivated by the need to secure convictions for this horrendous killing and to avoid the significant risk that either of the defendants could escape such a conviction because of evidential issues.” More>>

ALSO:

No Rail For New Harbour Crossing: National Giving Up On Rail In Auckland

The National Government’s decision to scrap two planned rail lines in Auckland shows it is giving up on a city-wide rail network in Auckland, and on thousands of commuters who sit in traffic jams every single day, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Diver's Alarums: Breach Means Training Provider Must Repay $1.47 Million

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) following an investigation which showed that some student enrolments between 2009 -2014 could not be validated and that courses were under-delivered against their agreement with the TEC. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Government Plans Suggest Bulk Funding Return

Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Auckland Looks Long Term To Pay-Per-Km Road Pricing

Aucklanders can expect to be paying variable rates per kilometre to travel on the city's most congested roads under an emerging transport strategy being formulated by the government and the Auckland Council. More>>

ALSO:

Despite Promises: Government Extends Iraq Deployment

Cabinet has agreed to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Security Forces until November 2018. More>>

ALSO:

On The 'Terrorism' Card:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news