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
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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
  • David Clendon

    Devaluing science - by David Clendon



    A recent article by Jacqueline Rowarth, Professor of Agribusiness at Waikato University, gives a very good summary of this government’s muddled thinking (my words, not hers!) about the value of  science and scientists. On one hand we have  Minister Joyce trumpeting the importance of science, and attempting to wield some very blunt instruments to ‘encourage’ […] read more
    April 14, 2014 10:41 am - 5 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
  • David Clendon

    A vision for Maori in tertiary education - by David Clendon



    Last Friday I was privileged to join with Maori members of the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) at NorthTec’s Te Puna o Te Matauranga Marae in Whangarei.  The purpose of the hui was to launch and celebrate Te Kaupapa Whaioranga – the Blueprint for Maori Tertiary Education. The well-attended hui included Maori educators from all around […] read more
    March 18, 2014 4:14 pm - 5 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Academic Freedom or Free Market? - by David Clendon



    The Minister for Tertiary Education seems determined to see our universities and wananga reduced to organisations whose purpose it is to sell a commodity called education to ‘consumers’ whose primary relationship with such organisations will be a  commercial one. The National Government today stayed true to their destructive agenda for the tertiary sector,  announcing their […] read more
    February 11, 2014 7:52 pm - 2 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Uni tackling the wrong issues - by Holly Walker



    I was pretty amazed to hear the news that Otago Uni has become one of the major sponsors of the Otago Highlanders rugby team. Universities should be focusing on student achievement and investing in good quality public education and research, not on corporate sponsorship. The Super 15 rugby competition is a corporate competition. It’s inappropriate […] read more
    February 11, 2014 9:53 am - 13 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

    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

    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
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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
  • David Clendon

    Chance to have a say on tertiary education in NZ - by David Clendon



    The Government have opened up public submissions on their proposed changes to the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) for tertiary education. The PBRF is a funding pool of around $250 million per year from the Government that goes towards tertiary education research. It is accessed by universities, ITPs, wananga and PTEs and is incentives-based, taking into […] read more
    September 3, 2013 4:35 pm - 1 Comment
  • Gareth Hughes

    Joyce misleads on ICT - by Gareth Hughes



    Yesterday Steven Joyce launched another glossy report into the ICT industry. The ICT Sector report highlights strengths of the industry and challenges such as finding enough skilled workers but the report fails to recommend any steps the Government could take and in fact misleads how Government is supporting this sector. read more
    July 17, 2013 10:03 am - 7 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Te Kotahitanga – a successful programme is cut - by Catherine Delahunty



    For more than ten years a programme has been developed, implemented and monitored that has a proven ability to help teachers work effectively with all students. Te Kotahitanga was developed by Russel Bishop, Mere Berryman and a team at Waikato University to help teachers become culturally responsive and inclusive. More than 40 schools have used […] read more
    April 26, 2013 9:46 am - 2 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Christchurch schools – proposals or promises? - by Catherine Delahunty



    At the schools rally in Christchurch on Tuesday, Board Members and parents were talking about the promise broken by the Minister of Education. A number of schools such as Central New Brighton and Branston Intermediate had been clearly told they would have until the end of 2014 to prepare for merger or closure. The announcement […] read more
    February 21, 2013 12:12 pm - 16 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

    The heart has been ripped out of Christchurch school communities - by Metiria Turei



    Schools can be the heart of their communities. In the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes, schools played a stabilising role not just for students, but for parents and staff as well. Now though, the Government has ripped the hearts out of some of the hardest hit communities. read more
    February 19, 2013 3:18 pm - 58 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

    Engaging Maori Learners - by Catherine Delahunty



    On Wednesday I drove to Waitangi to participate in the “Engaging Maori Learners” conference of about 400 principals and teachers. I was especially pleased to hear the korero from Dr Chris Sarra from Bundaberg, Queensland who is one of about 20 aboriginal school principals in Australia and who has led some exciting changes in schools. […] read more
    January 25, 2013 9:21 am - 5 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Discontent over this loss of democracy - by Eugenie Sage



    On Tuesday I was on the steps of Parliament with Christchurch based MPs from Labour and NZ First to deliver an open letter  to the Prime Minister from seven Christchurch groups and the Wizard of New Zealand seeking a restoration of democracy in Canterbury. We investigated the decision making around the Government’s suspension of Cantabrians’ […] read more
    December 6, 2012 9:42 am - 6 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Enviroschools Award for Cool Ngaruawahia Kindy - by Catherine Delahunty



    Yesterday I had the privilege of attending an Enviroschools Award ceremony at Newcastle Kindergarten in Ngaruawahia. They had won a bronze award for their sustainability efforts and focus at the centre. During the powhiri the children performed waiata with confidence and listened very politely to the speeches of the adults. We then had the chance […] read more
    November 23, 2012 11:35 am - 1 Comment
  • Jan Logie

    The Parliamentary week that was, 6-8 Nov, for Pacific communities - by Jan Logie



    Parliament was preoccupied by two major pieces of news last week, the unemployment figures and concerns about Housing. It also passed the Climate Change legislation (as previously discussed in this blog post series) and failed to pass Labour MP Darien Fenton’s Bill to stop libraries from charging for borrowing and internet use. Unemployment During Question […] read more
    November 15, 2012 11:30 am - 1 Comment
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Christchurch education rally - by Catherine Delahunty



    Last week I attended a rally in Hagley Park and marched through the streets of Christchurch with some of the schools under threat of merger and closure. The mood was angry and frustrated. The schools are demanding a proper consultation process not a maze of rhetoric, deadlines and confusing threats. Are they being fair to […] read more
    November 5, 2012 9:39 am - 2 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    World Teachers Day - by Catherine Delahunty



    This is the day we acknowledge the huge contribution of our teachers to our lives and communities. A teacher who helps students liberate their imagination and capacity is a lifelong gift. Yes, we can all remember teachers who acted as if they would rather have been in the army or spoke in incomprehensible codes but […] read more
    October 26, 2012 10:00 am - No Comments
  • Jan Logie

    The Parliamentary week that was, 16-18 Oct, for Pacific communities - by Jan Logie



    This is the start of what I hope will be a periodic review of what’s been happening in Parliament and what it might mean for Pacific communities. This week I’ll focus on three possible law changes, two bad and one good. Youth Rates – the Government has introduced a Bill into the House to extend […] read more
    October 23, 2012 11:00 am - 1 Comment
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Select Committee hearing on early childhood and Pasifika languages - by Catherine Delahunty



    Last week the Education and Science Select Committee had a very privileged experience hearing from a number of Pasifika communities and individuals about their support for learning in their heritage languages. Although the Government restricted the inquiry to early childhood education (ECE) and Pasifika language issues, the submitters painted a broad and holistic picture of […] read more
    September 19, 2012 5:08 pm - 22 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Supporting the Gifts and Talents of Youth - by Catherine Delahunty



    Every year the Green Party celebrates the “Gifted and Talented” which to us means all children, tamariki katoa! We also specifically support “Gifted and Talented” programmes in schools because they are broad and recognise the diversity of gifts that need encouragement from a young age. These gifts include leadership strengths, academic talents, sports and arts […] read more
    June 21, 2012 3:35 pm - No Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Residential schools and inclusion – a genuine challenge - by Catherine Delahunty



    Unlike the absurd proposals to raise class size, create league tables that rank schools, or bring in performance pay for teachers, the future of the residential schools for disabled students is a genuine dilemma now for some families. Like all the people I have met from the education sector and from a number of families, […] read more
    June 20, 2012 3:10 pm - 1 Comment
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Double Standards: Private schools receive Government funding while state schools are left scrounging - by Catherine Delahunty



    The National-led Government’s proposed cuts in teacher staffing numbers and increased class sizes in public schools reeks of hypocrisy and double standards. Their proposals are informed in part by New Zealand Treasury’s briefing paper recommendations, which suggested increasing student-teacher ratios for reasons of cost effectiveness. The Government’s savings will amount to $43m a year as […] read more
    June 5, 2012 5:09 pm - 65 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Education is ACE - by Catherine Delahunty



    The idea that education is for life is learned from early childhood. The ethos of community based learning, second chance education and community development has informed Adult and Community Education (ACE) programmes for many years. Despite the brutal cuts to ACE the ethos is alive and well in places like Riverslea Primary School in Hastings […] read more
    May 11, 2012 9:51 am - 30 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Digital Earth coming to Wellington - by David Clendon



    Last night I enjoyed attending the launch of the 4th Digital Earth Summit 2012, that Wellington City will be co-hosting (along with Land Information New Zealand)  in September this year. It is not the first time that Digital Earth has come to New Zealand – Auckland hosted it in 2006, thanks largely to the efforts […] read more
    May 9, 2012 1:05 pm - No Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Cross-party support for Te Reo in schools? - by Catherine Delahunty



    It’s high time we all worked together and supported our national languages in schools starting with Te Reo Maori. I agree with Tim Groser that learning Te Reo should be available to all children and it’s great to hear the message from an unexpected quarter. The earlier children learn languages, the better. And as Tim […] read more
    April 30, 2012 12:47 pm - 72 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    What Our academics say about charter schools - by Catherine Delahunty



    Many people are confused about the Charter School plans the Government are actively pursuing. We know it was in the ACT/National Party agreement to do this but we have been unable to find out what problem they are trying to solve. There is a multitude of conflicting international evidence on the issue because this is […] read more
    April 20, 2012 3:18 pm - 7 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Education that works for students - by Catherine Delahunty



    This week John Key and David Shearer made key note speeches which included references to education. The rhetoric around education flowed freely but I couldn’t hear any depth or real excitement in either speech. Setting targets for NCEA improvement (which is the Government’s plan) and getting of  bad schools and bad teachers (which is Labour’s […] read more
    March 16, 2012 5:13 pm - 54 Comments