Parliament

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

 

Minister plays the blame game

Minister plays the blame game

The Minister of Education, Hekia Parata must take responsibility for the Te Pataka Ohanga debacle, said Labour’s Māori Education Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.

“In the House the Minister blamed the Te Kohanga Reo Trust saying ‘I have done my job – the Trust hasn’t done its’.

“Hekia Parata has done a complete back flip. She has gone from an arm’s length approach to allegations concerning Te Pātaka Ohanga, to now sending a fresh set of concerns to the Serious Fraud Office.

“This is remarkable behaviour by someone who had the chance to get on top of the issue in October last year.

“Instead she embarked on a review that could not address substantial and serious allegations relating to a 100% owned subsidiary of the National Kōhanga Reo Trust, Te Pataka Ohanga.

“Who knows what the Minister paid for a report that delivered a blank page and the inability to respond to negative public perception around an important institution.

“Hekia Parata has refused to see the importance of responding to serious allegations and her bumbling over the matter is likely to cause further damage to the Kōhanga brand and create unease amongst whānau because they too want answers.

“This is not the first time that the Minister has made a shambles of her portfolio. We have endured u-turns over class sizes and Christchurch schools and controversy over performance pay and performance funding for schools.

“This is a Minister who refuses to see the most obvious concerns and steamrolls ahead with an agenda without listening.

“Did she even listen to officials who advised her on this matter? I doubt it.”

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

New Trial Periods; Industry Deals: Labour Releases Employment Policy

Labour will implement sensible changes to employment law to prevent the small number of bad employers undercutting good employers and driving a ‘race to the bottom’ on wages and conditions, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.

“The current law undermines good employers who pay their employees well and offer good working conditions. They can find themselves undercut by a small number of bad employers who compete by driving down labour costs. More>>

 

Right In The Thiels: Just 12 Days In NZ Before Citizenship

DIA have received advice from the Ombudsman that a detail originally redacted from the citizenship file of Peter Thiel released in January for privacy reasons should be made available by 27 July. More>>

ALSO:

Domestic Violence And Teachers: Members’ Bills Ballot

The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn:
54 Sentencing (Domestic Violence) Amendment Bill - Hon Nanaia Mahuta
16 Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa) Amendment Bill - Chris Hipkins More>>

ALSO:

Legislation: Point England Housing Bill Passed

The passage of the Point England Development Enabling Bill through Parliament this evening will benefit Auckland with additional housing, help resolve Ngāti Paoa’s Treaty claim and improve the local environment and recreation facilities, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More>>

ALSO:

Cyberducation: Digital Curriculum Launch And Funding Package

Consultation on new digital technologies content for the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, the Māori-medium Curriculum, was launched today by Education Minister Nikki Kaye. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Red Socks And Secret Tapes

Prime Minister Bill English began his post-cabinet press conference by explaining how well the National Party's annual conference went. He also mentioned today's announcement of changes to the EQC disaster insurance legislation and wished Emirates Team New Zealand well in the America's Cup. More>>

Max Rashbrooke: On How To Make Government More Open

International surveys, while often complimentary, have also pinpointed major weaknesses: political donations are badly regulated, for instance, and appointments to government boards frequently go to those with strong political connections. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election