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

 


Phillipstown Decision Amounts to Community Bashing

Phillipstown Decision Amounts to Community Bashing

Minister for Education Hekia Parata has yet again displayed the Government’s high-handed arrogance in ignoring the wishes of parents and staff of Phillipstown School in Christchurch, says New Zealand First.

“The Minister announced today she will not alter her original decision to merge Phillipstown and Woolston School as a response to the Canterbury earthquakes.

“The community made its view known from the start - they did not want this merger, they wanted to stay where they are, but the Government didn’t listen and they were forced into a stressful, costly David and Goliath battle,” says Education Spokesperson Tracey Martin.

“This decision is despite the school’s victory in the High Court which forced the Government into consultation, but the Minister never intended to look at this issue with an open mind.

“Our sympathies go out to the principal, staff, board of trustees and families of Phillipstown. The Minister has failed them. Students and families will all suffer, including having to travel further to a new school.

“Phillipstown didn't have a chance against this Government which does what it wants and never listens to the concerns of New Zealanders.

“New Zealand First believes all decisions should be made with true commitment to the community’s voice and needs.

“New Zealand First supports the Phillipstown community and will support the school and community in further efforts to keep the school open,” says Ms Martin.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Kim Regime

During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the US had a very clear objective and eventually offered a quid pro quo of the removal of some of its own missiles from Turkey. This time, there’s no clarity about what the US is seeking, or offering.

It hasn’t helped that the US and the global media consistently agree on calling North Korea and its leadership “crazy” and “irrational” and urging it to “come to its senses”. When you treat your opponent as being beyond reason, it gets hard to comprehend what their strategy is, let alone work out the terms of a viable compromise. More>>

 

Recovery: Economic Impact Of Kaikōura Quake Revealed

The report details the impact on small businesses and tourism caused by disruptions to transport infrastructure and the economic impacts... The impact on New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the first 18 months following the earthquake has been estimated at $450-$500 million. More>>

ALSO:

Human Rights Commission: Urgent Need For Action On Seclusion And Restraint

Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford says that while the report makes for sobering reading, the focus should now be on how the recommendations can be used to reduce the occurrence of seclusion and restraint in New Zealand and, in circumstances where it is necessary, to improve practices. More>>

ALSO:

CORRECTIONS (March 2017):

SCHOOL SECLUSION ROOMS (2016):

$11bn Capital Spend, New Debt Target: Steven Joyce On Budget Priorities

First, delivering better public services for a growing country – providing all New Zealanders with the opportunity to lead successful independent lives... And finally, we remain committed to reducing the tax burden and in particular the impact of marginal tax rates on lower and middle income earners, when we have the room to do so. More>>

ALSO:

JustSpeak Report: Bail Changes To Blame For New Billion Dollar Prison

In 2013 criminal justice spending was falling and the Government was mulling over what to spend the money on. 3 years later there are 10,000 people in prison and a new billion dollar prison is announced. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news