Minister’s Standards on Novopay Not up to the Mark
Minister’s Standards on Novopay Not up to the
It’s time for heads to roll over the continuing
fiasco of Novopay that has yet again left school staff
underpaid or not paid, says New Zealand First spokesperson
for Education Tracey Martin.
“Today, the Minister
Responsible for Novopay, Steven Joyce, made the
understatement of the year when he announced that the
performance of Pay Period 23 was not good.
teachers were affected in this pay period – 234 were not
paid and 175 underpaid, and he simply
“It’s time for Mr Joyce to clean up the
mess once and for all.
“The Minister continues to blame
the complexity of the education payroll but neglects to
mention that this complexity is not new.
the consequences for school staff who have to do a juggling
act with their pay, or lack of it, when Novopay hits them.
It is damaging their lives and bad for morale.
for a fact that if a teacher didn’t meet the
Government’s standards they would be gone – New Zealand
First suggests that the Government should be held to good
employer standards or they should be gone too,” says Ms
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>