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


Peachey apology not enough

Media Release

5 December 2005

Peachey apology not enough

National MP Allan Peachey’s apology to Selwyn College over an emailed threat to its school principal doesn’t go far enough, PPTA president Debbie Te Whaiti said today.

She said the threat raised questions about his suitability as a National Party education spokesman, and also about the leadership of Don Brash in failing to take any action against Mr Peachey.

“The attack on principal Carol White was unprovoked, malicious, unethical and inexcusable,” she said.

“It is unacceptable for a politician to threaten a public servant. It is also representative of the kind of bullying behaviour that educators are striving to eliminate in our schools.

“To describe his email threat as a mistake trivialises behaviour that would merit strong disciplinary action in any school in the country.

“Students are routinely suspended and excluded for threatening other students and teachers in that way. How is it that Mr Peachey escapes any form of reprimand?”

Te Whaiti said Mr Peachey appeared to be driven by a personal vendetta and ideological differences with the school’s management.

“This community-centred school is well known for its ability to integrate and educate students from a diverse range of backgrounds, for a groundbreaking refugee education programme, a collaborative style of school management and a very successful adult education programme.

“Selwyn College not only caters to the local community that Mr Peachey represents, but also is an example of a school that has adjusted to the increased diversity of New Zealand society.

Te Whaiti said Peachey had badly misjudged his role as a member of parliament and a servant of the people and in doing so had badly damaged his political credibility.

“People will be seriously questioning whether Mr Peachey is an appropriate role model to lead our schools.”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


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: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. 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>>

Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland