Parliament

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

 

Awatere-Huata Is Off The Wall - Donnelly

Media Release


14th August 2001


Awatere-Huata Is Off The Wall - Donnelly


"Comments by ACT MP Donna Huata-Awatere, in light of the Select Committee Inquiry into Reading. are simply off-the-wall," said New Zealand First Education Spokesperson, Hon Brian Donnelly MP today.

Mr Donnelly chaired the sub-committee which carried out the review.

The evidence provided bore no relationship to the outrageous statements of ACT's Education Spokesperson who seems determined to put things into nice little boxes.

While the committee was concerned that the importance of phonics in a balanced reading programme was re-emphasised, it was equally concerned about the fragmentation of school support services, the policy vacuum for addressing the problem of transience and better vision testing procedures.

One principal commented to one sub-committee member that the bell curve explained poor reading performance. Donna Awatere-Huata suggests that this thinking was widespread amongst "teachers and principals" and then goes on to say that this is a vile, racist cop out.

"The simple fact is that Donna Awatere's exaggerations make her statements a nonsense," said Mr Donnelly.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Sharma Chameleon


Gather round the camp-fire, folks. Let me tell you about the Ice Age era of the fourth Labour government, when mean, sabre-toothed tigers like Richard Prebble ranged at large within the Labour caucus. A being so mean and fierce that - legend has it – he once made Michael Cullen cry. So while Labour MP Dr Gaurav Sharma may (or may not) have suffered cruelly at the hands of his colleagues one thing is clear: former Labour whip Kieran McAnulty is no Richard Prebble. If you can be bullied by the likes of Kieran McAnulty, you might need to have your hand held while you cross the road in the political traffic...
More>>




 
 

Privacy Commissioner: Public Input Sought To Inform Privacy Rules For Biometrics
Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on the use of biometric information in Aotearoa New Zealand... More>>

National: Food Prices Climb Taking Kiwis Backwards
Kiwi families continue to battle runaway food prices, National’s Finance spokesperson Nicola Willis says... More>>



Transport & Infrastructure: Have Your Say On The Future Of Inter-regional Passenger Rail In New Zealand

The Transport and Infrastructure Committee has opened an inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand. The aim of the inquiry is to find out what the future could hold for inter-regional passenger rail... More>>



Government: Creating Sustainable Public Transport For All
Workers and public transport users are at the heart of the new Sustainable Public Transport Framework, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today... More>>

Government: Tax Break To Boost Long-term Rental Supply
The Government is encouraging more long-term rental options by giving developers tax relief for as long as the homes are held as long-term rentals, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced... More>>


National: NZ Migrant Arrivals Hit Lowest Mark Since 1990s
Today’s net migration figures show that Labour has failed to deliver the desperately needed skilled migrants they promised, meaning labour shortages will persist into the future, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford says... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels