Mr Fix-It has Novopay plan
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 6:00p.m.
By Patrick Gower
The Government's Mr Fix-It, Steven Joyce, has decided what he's going to do about Novopay. He's going to keep the flawed payroll system and try to fix it.
“We would look to stay and modify where we are rather than jump horses at this point,” he says.
New details have emerged about the system, including that Hekia Parata and other Government ministers signed off on it despite being told it had bugs in it.
To get rid of Novopay's so-called fleas, Mr Joyce has:
“I'm not yet convinced it can be fixed,” says Labour MP Chris Hipkins.
Mr Joyce thinks it can but admits it may take months.
The Government will stump up the cash for the extra resources, initially at least. Mr Joyce admits that could cost a lot.
“Lets not get out there and call it millions, it could be in the millions but I literally don't know the answer to that,” he says.
Mr Joyce believes the Government could still break the Novopay contract if this plan doesn't work, without a big financial penalty incurred by taxpayer.
Novopay was introduced by Labour, but today there was a big admission - National Government ministers signed off on it going live despite advice there were bugs in the system.
“There was definitely knowledge there were bugs at the outset of going live. But the advice of all involved was that the thing should proceed. I doubt they'd give the same advice today,” Mr Joyce says.
The three Ministers who put pen to paper have made sure they have their stories straight, but the simple question - "Why did you sign off?" - won't go away that easily.
“Clearly it wasn't ready to be implemented when they hit the go live, and [they] didn't ask fundamental questions about whether it was ready,” says Mr Hipkins.
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31/01/2013 10:09:39 p.m.
The three ministers will simply parrot the spin line something about 'hindsight'.
31/01/2013 9:04:36 p.m.
If its the school staff inputting incorrectly then doesn't that reflect on the calibre of training they were or were not given...
31/01/2013 8:19:33 p.m.
Pretty much what I've been saying for the last few months...it was National that gave the final ok for Novopay, after having 4 years to review it. Shout out to Mike...Labour was well out of the picture when the decision was made dude...? Not much wiggle room left after the facts come to light. These findings sink the govt's credibility even lower. Knowing before Novopay's first payroll,that it was faulty and giving it the thumbs up....oh dear...the blundering screw ups continue. Forget the drawn out inquiry and just get straight to the Datacom contingency plan.Kiwis have heard enough. That would save NZ the wasted time and taxpayers money to pay for this needless autopsy. It's obvious who would be selected if it was put to a teachers vote. That would be poetic justice for the Talentless2 fools.It should be National that are put on notice. They took 6 months to bring these details to light. At least Joyce's efforts have netted some positive results. Roll on 2014..
31/01/2013 7:45:20 p.m.
John C wrote:
The problem isn't with Novopay. The problem is that the schools are not computer literate, and cannot correctly enter data. Novopay pays what the schools programme it to pay.
31/01/2013 7:29:46 p.m.
Twenty bucks says that the ministers who signed off on this flawed system knowing that it was flawed won't take the blame and do the honourable thing and resign.
31/01/2013 7:06:16 p.m.
Just Me wrote:
Many millions of dollars of taxpayers money went into this Novopay contract.To me the three National government MPs who signed it off were probably of the attitude "Well it's not my(personal)money involved.It's only the taxpayer who foots the bill for this."
When Steven Joyce uses the wording "the government will stump up the cash" we all know it's another wording for 'the NZ taxpayer will stump up the cash'.Out of their own personal fortunes I doubt one single National government MP would ever use his/her own money to 'stump up the cash'.
Governments both past and present have a wonderful way of mis-using taxpayers money.
Besides if one single MP in any of the multitude of political parties in parliament were messed about the same way the teachers have been messed about there would be an immediate outcry.Since all this mess began even former teachers now MPs like Gerry Brownlee have been conspicous by their lack of voice in regards to the no-pay matter.In other words it's not their pay being affected so therefore not their concern.
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