Canterbury

There is a better way

By Jane Blaikie 14 July, 2015

The Joint Initiative is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to boost the New Zealand education system. Will the Minister of Education give the go-ahead or will the government persist with its ideological…

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Charter schools more hype than hope for Māori

By Heni Collins 18 July, 2013

Key points Minister of Education Hekia Parata is known to be a keen advocate of charter schools being run by Māori education providers. But many in Māoridom are not so…

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Christchurch – down but not out

By Michelle Nixon 18 July, 2013

But that doesn’t seem to have figured in Education Minister Hekia Parata’s decision to cut off life support for at least a dozen communities, and there are fears it will…

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Light inside the tunnel

By Michelle Nixon 6 April, 2013

Specialist education staff at the Ministry of Education, who work with some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children, have settled their collective agreement after making a commitment to “work to…

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Christchurch unites to save schools

By Michelle Nixon 7 January, 2013

The 11,000-signature NZEI petition calls for a halt to the plans and urges the government to listen to Christchurch and refocus on quality education. The plan to close or merge…

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GERM warfare

By Jane Blaikie 27 October, 2012

Charter schools Legislation to allow publicly-funded private charter schools to be run by people with no teaching experience and to employ unqualified and unregistered teachers will be introduced to Parliament…

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