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


Maori Commission Separatism Not The Answer: ACT

Thursday 24th Jun 1999

Donna Awatere Huata

Media Release -- Education

ACT Tells Maori Commission Separatism Not The Answer

ACT Education Spokesman Donna Awatere Huata has today told the Maori Education Commission that a separate Maori Education entity will not close the gap between Maori and non-Maori in New Zealand schools.

"In a scathing report to Maori Affairs Minister, Tau Henare the Commission, which he set up in 1997, has slammed the education system saying it is pointless coming up with initiatives to patch on to mainstream curriculums and it is time for a separately funded Maori Education Entity.

"I totally agree that the state education system is creating the very disparities that the Government wants to close. But, setting up a separate Maori facility is not the way to go.

"The school system that is failing Maori is also failing huge number of non-Maori with whole areas becoming education wastelands. We must lift education performance for all our children and any initiative that works for Maori should work for every child.

"If, however, Maoridom is asking for greater choice in education providers, why shouldn't they be available to them and to all parents. ACT is the only party that wants to give parents the choice to go out of failing schools to schools that meet the education needs of their child.

"Secondly, there is no proof that a separate Maori education authority would do anything differently or achieve results.

"There are four key areas in the education system that must be addressed if we are serious about giving every child the education they deserve. Firstly, we must have a standard for the quality of teachers in our schools. Second rate teachers must not be in front of our classrooms.

"Secondly, the quality of teacher training must be improved. The third area is reading. The teaching of reading in our schools has reached crisis point with 75% of schools not managing the teaching of reading properly.

"Finally, perhaps the greatest threat our children's achievement, particularly those in poor areas, is the low expectation placed upon them by teachers. Every child is capable of excellence and must be given every encouragement to reach their full potential.

"I would say to the Maori Education Commission that if they can come up with a plan to overcome those key obstacles to excellence in education, they should make it available to every child," said Donna Awatere Huata.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

New Reports: Flood Risk From Rain And Sea Under Climate Change

One report looks at what would happen when rivers are flooded by heavy rain and storms, while the other examines flooding exposure in coastal and harbour areas and how that might change with sea-level rise.

Their findings show that across the country almost 700,000 people and 411,516 buildings worth $135 billion are presently exposed to river flooding in the event of extreme weather events...

There is near certainty that the sea will rise 20-30 cm by 2040. By the end of the century, depending on whether global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, it could rise by between 0.5 to 1.1 m, which could add an additional 116,000 people exposed to extreme coastal storm flooding. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

The interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public... More>>


Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>


Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>


Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>


Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>


Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>


School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>


IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>


Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>




InfoPages News Channels