More than 1000 teachers, parents and principals have taken part in a protest against school closures Christchurch.
The march was spearheaded by the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and organisers say the event is an effort to remind the Ministry of Education that school communities matter.
The crowd delivered a vote of no confidence in Ms Parata's record as Education Minister, after her proposed shake-up of Christchurch schools.
Traffic and trains in Christchurch have been brought to a standstill as the sign-waving rallyers make their way from the arena to the Ministry of Education’s Christchurch offices.
RadioLIVE reporter Emily Cooper says the feeling amongst the crowd is one of anger.
“Anger at the Government for the way the whole situation has been handled”.
The group are chanting “Heck no, she must go!” and Michael Jackson’s ‘They don’t really care about us’ is being played.
Even staff from schools who aren’t facing closure have attended in support of communities who are losing their schools.