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Key backs Parata to perform

Wednesday 23 Jan 2013 8:30 a.m.

Hekia Parata

Hekia Parata

Hekia Parata needs more time to prove she's a good education minister, Prime Minister John Key says.

Mr Key on Tuesday sacked two ministers - Kate Wilkinson and Phil Heatley - but spared Ms Parata in his cabinet reshuffle although she has overseen a series of blunders and policy reversals since she was appointed.

"She's been in the portfolio for a year and the others held theirs for about four years," Mr Key said on Radio New Zealand on Wednesday.

"We need more time to gain a full assessment."

Mr Key acknowledges there have been "one or two mistakes" in education but says it's always been a controversial portfolio.

"She's done a lot of things right that she hasn't been given credit for," he said.

"I'm confident Hekia can do a good job for youngsters and parents - she's passionate about under-achievement in schools."


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