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Novopay decision no surprise

Chris Hipkins
Education Spokesperson

7 May 2013

Novopay decision no surprise

News that Novopay is here to stay comes as no surprise given the system’s hasty implementation has left the government with little option but to ride out the difficulties, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins said.

“Hekia Parata, Bill English and Craig Foss signed off on the implementation of Novopay despite clear evidence that it was plagued with problems.

“They scrapped the contingencies that were supposed to be in place and Steven Joyce is now being left to pick up the pieces.

“This whole process has caused massive disruption across the entire education system. It has had a wide-ranging impact on people’s lives. Many of the problems could have been avoided if National ministers had done their jobs more diligently in the first place.

“Steven Joyce now needs to explain what steps he is taking to hold Talent2 accountable for its on-going failures. Taxpayers have already been forced to stump up over $13 million dollars to fix Novopay problems. Talent2 needs to accept its share of the cost,” Chris Hipkins said.

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