Education Archive

  • Catherine Delahunty

    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
  • Russel Norman

    Peria School in Northland proving John Key wrong - by Russel Norman

    According to John Key, solar PV systems “never pay for themselves, let alone reduce energy bills, or make money”. That was his response when we launched our Solar Homes policy earlier this year. Well, Peria School in the far North is about to prove the PM wrong. I was up there on Monday cutting the […] read more
    June 25, 2014 8:25 am - 2 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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
  • Holly Walker

    Revealing the negative impacts of postgraduate student allowance cuts, part 2 - by Holly Walker

    Following my post last week of a psychology student’s account about how the changes to postgraduate allowances have affected them, I have received more stories from affected students that I feel compelled to share. Here is another one of many: I am in the last 6 months of my unpaid internship and receive $173.56 per week from […] read more
    April 10, 2014 1:10 pm - 2 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Govt should go back to school on apprenticeships - by David Clendon

    Last night parliament debated the Industry Training and Apprenticeships Bill – a Government bill that makes changes to apprenticeships and Industry Training Organisations (ITOs), based on the findings of a recent review into industry training in New Zealand. We originally supported this bill, because of some of the tidy-ups it was making to the sector […] read more
    April 9, 2014 5:33 pm - No Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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
  • Metiria Turei

    A good start for all Kiwi kids is a can do - by Metiria Turei

    A good start for all Kiwi kids is a can do. KidsCan is once more stepping into the breach left by the Government and trying to plug gaps to help our most vulnerable children get a good start in life. The charity, which has led the charge on food in schools, is now looking at […] read more
    May 31, 2013 8:38 pm - 5 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    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 more
    May 18, 2013 2:51 pm - 44 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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 more
    May 16, 2013 10:38 am - 24 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    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 more
    April 29, 2013 1:17 pm - 17 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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 more
    March 7, 2013 10:11 am - 19 Comments
  • Metiria Turei

    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 more
    February 26, 2013 4:13 pm - 18 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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 more
    February 20, 2013 12:47 pm - 11 Comments
  • Metiria Turei

    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 more
    February 14, 2013 10:05 am - 80 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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 more
    January 28, 2013 3:59 pm - 1 Comment
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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 more
    December 20, 2012 11:32 am - 12 Comments