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: Joel Coen's Monochromatic Macbeth

The Bard of Avon may well be smirking up the sleeves of his lace doublet at the irony of Will Smith's Oscar debacle, but now that the initial furore has dissipated, it's worth revisiting the movie for which Denzel Washington was also nominated. More>>

Howard Davis: Kenneth Branagh’s Black & White Belfast

Branagh has assembled a wonderful cast, including Ciarán Hinds, a gently formidable actor who well deserves his Oscar nomination, and Judi Dench, who steals every scene she’s in. More>>

Howard Davis: Dennis Villeneuve’s Dune - A Brief History

So many elements of Herbert’s novel have since become tropes of popular SciFi that Villeneuve’s film sometimes seems deceptively derivative. What makes all this nonsense essential viewing is his astonishing visual sensibility. 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 has been republished by Te Papa press. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland