On Anzac day the #Betterfunding camper van made its way to the Coromandel with members Michelle Ryan, Jo Beldham, Melanie Dorrian and Carol Webb aboard.
First stop was in at the Goldfields shopping centre in Thames, where they were joined by Greens Education spokesperson and stalwart supporter of the campaign Catherine Delahunty. The team also took an opportunity to take a photograph outside Te Puru School which recently featured in a Hauraki Herald article supporting an end of the funding freeze.
Early on Wednesday the van crossed the range and made its way to Whitianga, parking up outside a local children’s playground and then holding conversations with locals as they made their way to and from the ferry. There was a visit from the photographer for the Mercury Bay Informer and then we recrossed the range to visit sleepy Coromandel town.
Late afternoon we headed back across the range once more, leaving our mark on beautiful Matarangi Beach, before making our way to Waihi where we will start the day on Thursday.
From Iain Lees Galloway (MP): I’m a Labour Party M.P. and I think that we need better funding for support staff because every child deserves a world-class education!
We support staff and children’s learning.
They deserve job security. They help at risk children function in a mainstream environment.
We need realistic funding from the government.
We need a fair deal!
Our children deserve the best!
Lincoln Heights School teaching community stands behind NZEI’s negotiations for better funding for our support staff. Our students deserve more. Teachers deserve and need the support provided in our busy classrooms. Support staff deserve an increase in their hourly wages. New Zealand Educators are teachers and support staff together as teams we are making a difference for the future. We vote give the support team more pay now. They are value for money.
they are a valuable part of the classroom for learning and support.
they help students engage in learning.
they deserve more.
their job is an emotionally and physically demanding.
Student – they help me with my eating and drinking. They keep me safe.