Posts by Catherine Delahunty

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    Public funding for schools, and donations - by Catherine Delahunty



    The Green Party welcomes Labour’s announcement to provide $100 per student to schools who choose not to ask parents for donations. The burden of donations needs to be lifted from parents in a public education system and the lower decile communities and schools just don’t need the pressure. This policy will see more money going […] read more
    July 4, 2014 10:53 am - 1 Comment
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    Climate Change and Storms - by Catherine Delahunty



    There have always been massive rainstorm and floods on the Coromandel, it’s part of our history and geography. Cyclone Ita was the first huge event for some years and even then the effects were limited to certain areas of the Peninsula. But seeing the impact of this storm on the landscape of the northern Coromandel […] read more
    July 2, 2014 6:25 pm - 2 Comments
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    Net Conservation Benefit - by Catherine Delahunty



    The Government has a strategy to avoid protecting the environment, especially land set aside for its conservation values. It’s called “net conservation benefit” and the poster child of this disingenuous piece of spin is the Bathurst Resources agreement with DOC at the Denniston Plateau. As DOC is increasingly required to commercialise and mining is promoted, […] read more
    June 25, 2014 1:23 pm - 1 Comment
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    Barrick Gold’s violence highlights need for ethical investment - by Catherine Delahunty



    The Green Party has long advocated for ethical investment by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.  Several companies, in which the Super Fund invests, have been accused of human rights violations, the production of nuclear arms, and causing severe environmental damage. One such company was Barrick Gold– a Canadian mining company which has caused environmental damage […] read more
    June 12, 2014 10:30 am - No Comments
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    Supporting Gifted Kids Awareness Week - by Catherine Delahunty



    Supporting our children to make the most of their gifts and to experience education as exciting is vital. Gifted Awareness Week is here again to remind us that we need to pay attention to the unique gifts of the full range of our students. It’s not good enough to teach to the average or focus […] read more
    June 9, 2014 4:59 pm - No Comments
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    National Standards, the IES and the Elephant in the Classroom - by Catherine Delahunty



    Last Wednesday the Minister of Education attended the Estimates hearing at the Select Committee and showed us some interesting figures. Apart from the bizarre sideshow whereby Trevor Mallard accused her of hitting a staff member I did get to raise some issues about the education plans in the latest Budget. Since then I have spoken […] read more
    June 9, 2014 3:52 pm - No Comments
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    Charter schools and who pays - by Catherine Delahunty



    This year’s Budget included $26 million for the next four years for the five existing Charter schools. But there is no information in the Budget about the costs of the possible new Charters whose names went public last week. Of the 18 groups who have put in applications, at least eight have strong religious backgrounds […] read more
    May 30, 2014 9:10 am - 2 Comments
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    Education and the Budget - by Catherine Delahunty



    Let’s be really clear. The money being spent on education is shrinking under the National Government. Any new money they’re splashing around is not even enough to keep up with inflation. In fact, under this budget education funding in real terms will drop by $500 million in 2018 compared with this year, using the Government’s […] read more
    May 16, 2014 3:32 pm - No Comments
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    Solid Energy digs itself further down the pit - by Catherine Delahunty



    Papers released under the Official Information Act show State-owned mining company Solid Energy plans to open some new coal mines. Is this the way forward for energy in New Zealand? Is this how  Solid Energy plans to dig itself out of the pit it is in – spend more money developing coal mines? The company […] read more
    May 12, 2014 5:10 pm - 12 Comments
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    Pureora too precious to mine - by Catherine Delahunty



    Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman and I recently went to Pureora Forest Park to experience what natural wonders New Zealand could lose if Energy Minister Simon Bridges decides to allow gold mining companies to explore for gold there. I met Russel in Taupo and together we headed west to the Park, known for its ancient […] read more
    May 5, 2014 3:41 pm - 2 Comments
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    Free education - by Catherine Delahunty



    The Ombudsman’s report on a school breaching the rules around school donations is exposing the complex inequalities in the state system and the real cost of running schools. It is understandable that schools are struggling to cover costs from the operations grant. The cost of modern equipment such as digital technology is huge and the […] read more
    May 2, 2014 10:22 am - 9 Comments
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    A challenge to the education summit - by Catherine Delahunty



    The Minister of Education wasn’t happy that school support staff protested about their issues during the international summit she hosted on education. I say the timing was perfect and I’m sure that most of the international guests from teachers organisations who attended the Wellington rally would agree. The Minister may have hoped to pretend education […] read more
    April 1, 2014 2:17 pm - No Comments
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    The Battle for Pukemiro - by Catherine Delahunty



    This week I travelled to a small community west of Huntly, driving over the Tainui Bridge and through the current coal mining area until I reached the windy hill country and two small villages – Glen Afton and Pukemiro. These communities back onto a former open cast coal pit, the owner of which now wants […] read more
    March 26, 2014 5:09 pm - 5 Comments
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    Kidicorp and the privatisation of education - by Catherine Delahunty



    Last week in the House I asked the Minister of Education why Kidicorp, the richest corporate early childhood provider in the country, has been given an extra $2.5 million of taxpayers money to expand their business. This story was somewhat subsumed by the Hekia Parata and Kohanga Reo meltdown but is actually very disturbing. It […] read more
    March 24, 2014 2:02 pm - 4 Comments
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    School Funding – What’s the plan? - by Catherine Delahunty



    There is absolutely no doubt that Hekia Parata told the Herald on Sunday she wants a school funding system that pegs school funding to the achievement of its students. The question is, why won’t she admit that to parents before the election? What has she got to hide? The transcript of the interview is abundantly […] read more
    March 18, 2014 5:53 pm - 5 Comments
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    Tuhoe Whare Hou opens in Taneatua - by Catherine Delahunty



    The new Tuhoe authority “Te Uru Taumatua” have built a “living building” with some of their Te Tiriti settlement resources. I attended the pohiri for this whare on Saturday with thousands of other people from Tuhoe and across the country. The new building is solar powered, includes locally made mud bricks and recycling of waste […] read more
    March 11, 2014 3:12 pm - No Comments
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    Pasifika languages key to education - by Catherine Delahunty



    If we are serious about making school more effective for Pasifika kids, then it is logical to consider bi lingual Pasifika education in New Zealand schools. Researchers have proven that the first years of schooling are much more successful when kids are taught in their mother tongue. Add to that the fact that many Pasifika […] read more
    March 3, 2014 2:39 pm - 1 Comment
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    Exclusion case shows need for change - by Catherine Delahunty



    The exclusion of a young man with Asperger’s syndrome from Green Bay High School, overturned yesterday, was obviously a painful episode in the life of the boy, his family and his school. I don’t claim to know the details of this case, but from what I have heard I think it highlights two key changes […] read more
    February 25, 2014 8:45 am - 3 Comments
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    Tribute to a Pacific Leader - by Catherine Delahunty



    This week the Pacific and the world community lost a wonderful leader of sustainable forestry. Yati Bun from Papua New Guinea died suddenly while visiting a Pueblo community forest in the mountains of Mexico. Yati was travelling with the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) of which he was an international board member. I had the privilege […] read more
    February 21, 2014 4:01 pm - 5 Comments
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    Dinosaurs get their facts wrong - by Catherine Delahunty



    Kids love dinosaurs. So what better way to inspire their interest in the oil and gas industry than telling them that dinosaurs that once roamed the earth live on in the fuel in mummy and daddy’s car. Except, that’s wrong. Almost all oil and gas is comprised from plant matter which decomposed millions of years […] read more
    February 18, 2014 3:26 pm - 5 Comments
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    The strength of Waitangi Day - by Catherine Delahunty



    Waitangi commemoration and developing a sense of nationhood don’t happen without challenges and dissent. The strength of Waitangi Day is the opportunity we have to hold the politicians to account for their authority and performance in relation to Te Tiriti. I love going to Waitangi each year because it’s a beautiful place of contested history […] read more
    February 7, 2014 12:24 pm - No Comments
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    How adversarial politics is putting women off in the Pacific - by Catherine Delahunty



    What’s holding back female leadership and representation in the Pacific? This was the discussion point when Pacific female MPs, along with women in other political leadership roles in the region, gathered recently in Fiji. And what emerged was that one of the key barriers to women entering politics is the adversarial nature of politics. Given […] read more
    February 3, 2014 1:14 pm - 3 Comments
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    A Mandela Moment - by Catherine Delahunty



    Last night was pretty special. After 32 years, some of us returned to the streets and the field of battle at the former Rugby Park – now Waikato Stadium – to pay respects to Nelson Mandela and to the campaign against apartheid. It was a balmy soft and relaxed evening, with a nearly full moon […] read more
    December 16, 2013 4:43 pm - 9 Comments
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    My 2013 Best Efforts from a Biased Participant - by Catherine Delahunty



    Tired of the conventional list of dubious political achievements? Join me in constructing your own from an openly biased rather than faux-neutral list of successes. 1, Big ups to Jan Logie and Lee Rhiannon (Aussie Green MP) for confronting the Sri Lankan Government on human rights the week before CHOGM in Sri Lanka! 2. Congratulations […] read more
    December 16, 2013 11:02 am - 4 Comments
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    Ideas from Green education forum - by Catherine Delahunty



    Last week Metiria and I hosted an education forum at the Beehive on great ideas and practices in the public education system. There was a strong critique of the Governments privitisation agenda as well as some excellent examples of what the public system can do and must do to support all our students to access […] read more
    December 12, 2013 12:49 pm - 2 Comments
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    NZ fail in PISA scores - by Catherine Delahunty



    New Zealand has slipped dramatically in the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) which reports every 3 years on what 15 year olds know and what they can do with what they know, across the world. New Zealand’s education ranking has fallen from seventh to 18th in science, from 12th to 23rd in maths, and […] read more
    December 4, 2013 2:55 pm - 3 Comments
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    Coromandel Harbour: too precious to mine - by Catherine Delahunty



    Yesterday I went up to Coromandel Harbour to support local residents who were peacefully challenging contractors who were sampling the harbour sediment for gold. Coromandel harbour is a Schedule 4 no mining area. These contractors work for Sea Group Holdings a company owned by Mr Andrew Knight who is also a director of NZ Oil […] read more
    November 27, 2013 10:29 am - No Comments
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    Touring with a Hunter Valley hero - by Catherine Delahunty



    This week I concluded my New Zealand tour with Australian John Krey. John is the leader of the Bulga community in the Hunter Valley, a village of 350 people who stood up to mining giant Rio Tinto and won a landmark court case preventing the company’s planned expansion of an open cast coal mine close […] read more
    November 15, 2013 9:20 am - 6 Comments
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    Biodiversity hotspot Denniston now open for coal mining - by Catherine Delahunty



    Last week, the Environment Court ruled against Forest and Bird’s plea to stop Bathurst’s open cast coal mine on the breathtaking Denniston Plateau. This week, Dr Leon Perrie of Te Papa wrote a blog post highlighting the Department of Conservation’s report that finds eight critical, endangered, or vulnerable species in the area. These include a critically […] read more
    November 5, 2013 5:55 pm - 20 Comments
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    Fonterra – join the dots to combat climate change - by Catherine Delahunty



    On Labour Day the holiday traffic on State Highway 2 got a free education from our roadside rally against the Fonterra coal mine at Mangatawhiri. This event was organised by “Auckland Coal Action” so I drove over from Thames with Jeanette Fitzsimons and other locals to support the effort. There were some fantastic banners visible […] read more
    October 29, 2013 3:34 pm - 6 Comments
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    Asian Human Rights Commission report on genocide in West Papua - by Catherine Delahunty



    A new report released by Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission is a damning indictment of the historical role of both the Indonesian and Australian Governments in West Papua. The report shows a consistent pattern of state killings, actual massacres and attacks on communities over the last 30 years. It shows that helicopters supplied […] read more
    October 25, 2013 3:17 pm - 1 Comment
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    The human side of mining - by Catherine Delahunty



    This is a powerful story about the effects of historical mercury mining in a community where new mining is proposed. We’ve obtained the transcript of the Radio New Zealand story that ran this morning so you can read why Ngati Hau claimants are united in their opposition to mining in the future because of their […] read more
    October 18, 2013 3:54 pm - 9 Comments
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    Select Committee Inquiry into Engaging Parents in the Education of their Children - by Catherine Delahunty



    This Inquiry needs to hear from as many parents, students and teachers as possible. We need to hear about the excellent initiatives that already exist to build relationships between parents, schools and students. One such initiative is the three way conferences between teacher, parents and student held in many schools early in the term each […] read more
    October 17, 2013 2:58 pm - 24 Comments
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    Payment for family carers - by Catherine Delahunty



    On Monday this week I hosted a second forum on the fraught issue of payment for family carers in Auckland. The first forum at Parliament had a focus on the constitutional discrimination in the Health and Disability Amendment Act that was forced through the Budget Urgency in late May. This week’s forum heard from disabilities […] read more
    October 4, 2013 12:33 pm - 3 Comments
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    Expert calls for creativity in education - by Catherine Delahunty



    Last week, Dr Yong Zhao from Oregon University gave an inspiring speech at Parliament about education, entrepreneurship, creativity and the need to prepare students for this century. His address reminded me of how this country has a tendency to imitate some bad ideas which are going out of fashion elsewhere, instead of trusting ourselves. Dr […] read more
    October 4, 2013 11:18 am - 16 Comments
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    Vanuatu makes stand for West Papua at UN - by Catherine Delahunty



    This week the Prime Minister of Vanuatu Moana Carcasses has spoken at the United Nations about the plight of West Papua and called for a UN investigator to report into abuses in West Papua. This is a landmark moment for the people whose on-going suffering has been ignored for so long. The United Nations could […] read more
    September 30, 2013 4:07 pm - 1 Comment
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    Toru Fetu Talks The Talk - by Catherine Delahunty



    Last week the Education Select Committee went to visit the Toru Fetu kindergarten at Cannons Creek in Porirua. The kindergarten is a trilingual centre which supports children and their families in three heritage languages from the Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue. All these languages are vulnerable and losing ground against English in this country. The […] read more
    September 24, 2013 10:07 am - No Comments
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    End of an era for Downstage - by Catherine Delahunty



    Yesterday we got another harsh reminder that New Zealand is certainly not in the midst of a ‘golden age’ for the arts, as the Minister infamously claimed earlier this year. Downstage theatre, New Zealand’s oldest running professional theatre company, was forced to close after 49 years. The hard decision was made by their board on […] read more
    September 18, 2013 6:12 pm - 12 Comments
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    Voicing opposition to deep sea oil drilling - by Catherine Delahunty



    Today I attended a vibrant protest against deep sea oil drilling. More than 100 people and some penguins challenged the participants arriving for the New Zealand Petroleum Summit 2013 and urged them to support a sustainable future and a transition away from fossil fuels!     read more
    September 18, 2013 5:18 pm - 23 Comments
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    Our school journals - by Catherine Delahunty



    Peter Dunne says we are just being nostalgic because we want to save “Learning Media” from closure. He says the School Journal will carry on. The Minister of Education says things like “maybe” and “for now”. They think the privitisation of quality educational resources for schools is the natural order and if you cannot make […] read more
    September 5, 2013 2:37 pm - 6 Comments