Parata accused of PR trip
Fri, 08 Feb 2013 6:07p.m.
By Jessica Rowe
Controversial Minister of Education Hekia Parata visited an empty site in North Canterbury this afternoon, where construction of a new $15 million school is expected to get underway in April.
She also revealed there will be a complete rebuild of the quake-damaged Halswell Primary School - both will be the cutting edge of modern education.
“We want to be able to build here a better education network than there was before and that's why we are investing $1 billion over the next 10 years,” she says.
The 31 schools facing closure or merger are finding the good news hard to swallow. They're calling it a PR stunt, ahead of her announcement in two weeks.
“Perhaps they are trying to balance up the news about education a bit, but come February 18 there are going to be some upset people around Canterbury for sure,” says Ouruhia School principal Mark Ashmore-Smith.
The minister has been under fire over how she handled the announcement of the proposed shake-up of the city's education system last year.
“We've learnt lessons from the way that the information was conveyed in September and using those lessons have consulted widely on how the schools would like the information conveyed this time,” she says.
Ms Parata has also been criticised for signing off on Novopay.
She met with the principals of the affected schools this afternoon to discuss how to handle the controversial announcement in 10 days' time.
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10/02/2013 1:27:37 a.m.
JPMorganChase owns talent2. wouldn't be surprised if its another toxic investment. '3rd party repo' on the tax payer.
9/02/2013 2:22:19 p.m.
Just Me wrote:
She has visited an empty site for a proposed school.This National government are starting their early electioneering campaigns.They well know they have cooked their goose but are trying anyway.
Harsh as this may sound but I suggest the only 'empty site' Parata needs to go to is the one between her ears.
She isn't exactly an ideal Minister but I guess Key wants her in sight as she is Maori,a woman and of course "eye candy" that is looks good on camera.
9/02/2013 12:50:44 p.m.
kiwi against jk wrote:
Parata has learnt nothing. If she had, she would have resigned like Lesley Longstone did. She just likes the power and money too much, typical Nat.
9/02/2013 6:48:26 a.m.
What a ridiculously contrived exercise this was. Two schools to open and 31 schools to get 'the elbow'...that's National's maths lesson for the day, time to move onto another PR stop and some more meaningless corporate-speak. Hekia has mastered the art of nonsensical responses, thank your lucky stars she isn't an English teacher or your kids would come home using a jumble of cliches, irrelevant replies and arrogance to communicate...Minister of Uneducation is more apt for this incompetent excuse for a politician, NEXT!!
8/02/2013 8:27:13 p.m.
Why is Parata still even in the cabinet? Unbelievable!
8/02/2013 7:40:25 p.m.
I know how she could handle the controversial announcement - by fully consulting with schools and communities rather than just paying lip service to 'how' it's said. That way the announcement wouldn't be controversial, and would have buy in from the communities affected.
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