Posts by Catherine Delahunty

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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 - 4 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
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    The elephant in the room - by Catherine Delahunty

    On Monday I attended the powhiri and opening morning of the hearing for the proposed Mangatawhiri Coal Mine at the Mangatangi Marae. The hearing is between Glencoal (subsidiary of Fonterra) and the tangata whenua, local residents, Auckland Coal Action, Coal Action Network, the Green Party and others. Fonterra want to open cast mine 700,000 tonnes of […] read more
    August 28, 2013 12:01 pm - 4 Comments
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    East Christchurch Schools stand up for themselves - by Catherine Delahunty

    Recently I visited a school in East Christchurch who are facing a proposal to be merged into the Aranui super school. Avondale School are fighting hard for their survival because they are in the last weeks before the final decision on their future is to be made. They have been told by the Minister and the […] read more
    August 16, 2013 2:33 pm - 1 Comment
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    Family carers, discrimination and the law - by Catherine Delahunty

    Earlier this year, the Government forced a Bill through the House as part of the Budget which discriminates against citizens wishing to challenge on human rights issues, specifically issues around disability and family care. The Bill was a response to the successful court actions against the Ministry Health ban on paying family members arcing for […] read more
    August 7, 2013 12:39 pm - 1 Comment
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    Deep sea oil drilling rejected by Muriwai meeting - by Catherine Delahunty

    On Sunday the Green Party hosted a meeting of around 80 people about oil drilling off the West Coast of the North Island. We invited KASM (Kiwi Against Seabed Mining) , Oil Free Auckland, and Deep Sea Oil Watch Auckland to speak about their concerns about the Government and the corporates’ agenda to mine the […] read more
    August 5, 2013 6:04 pm - 150 Comments
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    Pakeha – a reflection on Ethnicity - by Catherine Delahunty

    Filling in forms is almost fun, but also annoying because very few of them allow me to tick “Pākehā”, which is actually my identity. I have never been able to tick NZ European let alone “Caucasian”, because Europe is ancestry but not my ethnicity and I have never been quite sure where Caucasia starts and […] read more
    July 15, 2013 1:21 pm - 137 Comments
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    Action for Archey’s – The Parakiwai Protest - by Catherine Delahunty

    Early on Saturday morning, residents and friends of the Coromandel led by the legendary Coromandel Watchdog group took a two hour walk uphill to the Newmont gold drilling rig in the Wharekirauponga area of the Forest Park. Newmont has been drilling in this area for several years and claims to be pretty excited by the […] read more
    July 9, 2013 3:07 pm - 7 Comments
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    Magical Matariki in Hauraki - by Catherine Delahunty

    He mihi nui ki te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, te reo rangatira o Aotearoa. In addition it is Matariki and all over the motu celebrations are being held for this season of reflection and renewal. Last Friday we had a wonderful day and night in Thames focussed on Matariki kōrero and the kaupapa of […] read more
    July 1, 2013 5:47 pm - No Comments
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    Going geothermal - by Catherine Delahunty

    Yesterday Gareth Hughes and I visited the Contact Energy geothermal power complex at Wairakei. It was a chance to see how the power stations work including how the energy is managed and how water and waste is treated It was a fascinating opportunity to go inside the older facility at Wairakei built in the 1950’s […] read more
    June 20, 2013 1:03 pm - 108 Comments
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    Gifted kids at Parliament - by Catherine Delahunty

    This week is Gifted Awareness Week and a range of organisations who support children to fulfill their potential are promoting their work. As part of this an organisation called Gifted Kids held a conference for about 100 children who are 12 years old and under at Parliament. They were leading sessions on everything from maths […] read more
    June 19, 2013 11:31 am - 3 Comments
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    Hope for Denniston - by Catherine Delahunty

    On Friday there was another step backwards for Bathurst Resources in their bid to open cast mine the Denniston Plateau. The High Court ruled that the Environment Court had been in error with some of their findings from their interim decision in March. This requires the Environment Court to re-evaluate several aspects of the original […] read more
    June 14, 2013 4:12 pm - 8 Comments
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    The Tensing Norgays to teachers – happy teacher support day - by Catherine Delahunty

    Today is the day when schools and communities recognise the vital work of school support staff – from the administrators to the special needs support people, the librarians, classroom teacher aides, sports co-ordinators and lab technicians. Many, but not all these support staff are women. However, all of them are underpaid and face insecure working […] read more
    June 12, 2013 2:34 pm - No Comments