Media Release 22 August 2014
ACT Leader Dr Jamie
Another Union row
teachers union the NZEA is getting ready for another
industrial dispute. These disputes now only occur in the
government sector. National has no one to blame but
themselves” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte.
has increased centralisation and the bureaucratic control of
teaching. If National had carried out National Party policy
and bulk funded schools we would have no more nationwide
disputes as schools would hire, negotiate pay and conditions
like every other business does successfully every day. And
we would not have a multi million dollars white elephant the
Nova pay system.” Said Dr Whyte.
letting all schools become partnership schools but as a
first step National implementing National policy and bulk
funding schools would be a good start” said Dr
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Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)
For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters. They’ve been asked 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. Today’s guest columnist is Ana Avia-O’Connor, who will be casting her first time vote on Saturday for the Greens.
If I didn’t know any better, it would seem the world has conspired for me to be a Green Party voter. Parents, Green voters? Check. Participation in bilingual education that stressed the importance of inquiry, solidarity and the Treaty? Check. Some sort of vegetarian leanings (seven years and counting, jus’ sayin’)? Check. However, above all of that, I’m voting Green because I believe in supporting the importance of every New Zealander’s contribution to Aotearoa, from the hairdresser in Foxton to the fisherman in Bluff. You could say that I like the cut of the Greens’ jib. More>>