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- General debate, May 19, 2013
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Crackdown on overseas borrowers – a real life example - by Holly Walker
One of my pet bug-bears about the annual “crackdown” on student loan repayments that we’ve been experiencing for the past five years since National has been in Government is the implication that it’s lazy students that are being targeted. Student loan borrowers who are eligible to repay their loans are graduates – grown ups! – with complex responsibilities and situations. read moreMay 18, 2013 2:51 pm - 41 Comments
Green vision for education or charter schools? - by Catherine Delahunty
The Bill that will facilitate charter schools went through the second reading last night. It relies on the Māori Party for support as no one else apart from National and ACT will vote for it. The Bill is a privatisation device to assist education franchises and groups who do not want to be accountable under [...] read moreMay 16, 2013 10:38 am - 24 Comments
New bill to reinstate postgraduate allowances - by Holly Walker
The Government’s decision in last year’s Budget to remove eligibility for student allowances from postgraduate students has to be one of its most short-sighted decisions ever. For that reason I’ve drafted a member’s bill that would reinstate eligibility for student allowances to postgraduate students. read moreApril 29, 2013 1:17 pm - 16 Comments
Will Christchurch finally be listened to? - by Catherine Delahunty
Today is D day for Aranui schools to present their case for survival to the Education Minister. I, like them, will anxiously wait to learn if they will finally be listened to. On Monday I visited four schools in Christchurch. The Aranui schools were all looking at options that could work such as combining Aranui [...] read moreMarch 7, 2013 10:11 am - 19 Comments
John Banks: learn a little history? - by Metiria Turei
Charter schools are no joke. What’s funny, however, is John Banks’ referring to the opponents of charter schools as “Cassandras”, seemingly unaware that back in the day, poor old Cassandra was famous for her prophetic insight and the fact that her accurate warnings were ignored. John Banks probably didn’t intend to suggest the Green Party [...] read moreFebruary 26, 2013 4:13 pm - 18 Comments
Christchurch education rally - by Catherine Delahunty
Another hot afternoon and a stadium full of homemade banners. I saw the pride and hurt on the faces of schools facing closure for reasons they could not fathom. I stood for a few minutes with the man who runs the Community Centre at Phillipstown School. They have been marked for closure and with [...] read moreFebruary 20, 2013 12:47 pm - 11 Comments
Charter schools have no future - by Metiria Turei
Yesterday we announced that I will become the party’s education spokesperson and I am really looking forward to Catherine and I working together to stop the Government’s attacks on our public education system. Im also pleased that Labour agrees with us, that Charter schools have no future in NZ and that together we will remove [...] read moreFebruary 14, 2013 10:05 am - 80 Comments
Back to school - by Catherine Delahunty
Despite the Novopay chaos and the depressing Government commitment to undermining public education, school starts today and can be a great place. The Green Party is keen to support students and teachers to stay positive and keep working together. We want to see more schools working closely with their communities, more Enviroschools, more early childhood [...] read moreJanuary 28, 2013 3:59 pm - 1 Comment
Education Minister missing in inaction - by Catherine Delahunty
It’s not every day that the highest profile public servant, the chief executive of one of our biggest Government departments, stands down, a week before Christmas, and after a year in which her department was almost never out of the spotlight, for all the wrong reasons. The resignation of a public service chief under fire [...] read moreDecember 20, 2012 11:32 am - 12 Comments