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Novopay - Mr Fixit Couldn’t Fix It!

Tracey Martin MP
Spokesperson for Education

30 July 2014

Mr Fixit Couldn’t Fix It!

National’s Mr Fixit, Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce, has admitted defeat in deciding to cut ties with the parent company, says New Zealand First.

“Mr Joyce cannot fix a system that National got so wrong in the first place, and has wasted tens of millions of taxpayers’ dollars on,” says Spokesperson for Education Tracey Martin.

“If Mr Joyce thinks he will convince teachers and support staff that all will be well with their pay in the future by taking over and renaming Novopay he is mistaken.

“Teachers and support staff have been in utter misery, facing weeks without pay, being underpaid and all manner of irregularities.

“It was this government that allowed a flawed system from an unproven overseas provider to skip past key performance indicators time after time.

“It was this government that allowed this system to go live, agreed by all as being a very complex payroll system, without any initial trial.

“A bevy of Ministers were dismissive every time they were questioned, but they kept pouring taxpayers dollars into it. Craig Foss recommended it, Hekia Parata signed it off and then Mr Joyce thought he could fix it and failed again.

“This programme should never have gone live – New Zealand First would have applied common sense, something that is missing from this government,” says Ms Martin.

ENDS

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