Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Early Childhood Cl questions super scheme fairness

Early Childhood Council continues to question fairness of new super scheme

"NZEI's spokesperson Colin Tarr's press release, in which he tries both to defend the Government's discriminatory actions towards early childhood teachers and attack the Early Childhood Council as a bad employer, shows he must be visiting from another planet," says Sue Thorne, the Council's CEO.

"Tarr needs to brush up on his facts, neither the Government nor the Council are employers of early childhood teachers. The Council will however continue to point out that taxpayers' money, intended to support state employees, is being siphoned off to a select group of early childhood teachers employed by non-government organisations, who happen to be mainly NZEI members, and which is now revealed to have been secretly negotiated by NZEI with the Minister," says Mrs Thorne.

"Tarr suggests the Council keep quiet and instead set up some similar superannuation scheme for the remaining 10,000 early childhood teachers. We would love to, if between NZEI and the Minister they could again convince their cabinet colleagues to hand over a substantial amount of taxpayer money, which they seem to have easy access to."

"NZEI is supposed to be a representative of teachers and yet it goes out of its way to criticise the Council for blowing the whistle on this dodgy deal and trying to get a fair deal for all early childhood teachers. NZEI has failed in its fundamental role and should be ashamed. And early childhood teachers, who have been discriminated against and the public should see where the finger points," said Mrs Thorne.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland