Have you spotted the van in your local media? It’s been great to see newspapers, online media, and even TV cover the tour. Here are some of the highlights you might’ve missed.
Unions rally for higher school funding
Otago Daily Times, 21 February 2017
The New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) and the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) are travelling around Otago and Southland in a colourful camper van this week, as part of the nationwide Heartland Tour which is campaigning against the increasing financial pressures being put on the regions’ schools and early childhood education centres.
South Canterbury schools voice support for support staff
Timaru Herald, 8 March 2017
A South Canterbury school would “struggle” to pay bills if it did not fundraise each year, its principal says.
Pleasant Point Primary School fundraises up to $40,000 each year to reach what it labels “a break-even budget”.
As other schools around the country consider cutting support staff hours and jobs, the school raises additional funding so it does not have to face that predicament.
Southland education needs campaigned for
Southland Times, 8 February 2017
Donovan Primary School principal Peter Hopwood said there was a need in Southland to lift funding to raise student achievement.
“Everything’s a priority when you’re dealing with children,” he said.
Schools in the region need to be maintained with building projects and resources, he said.
In Southland there was also more work that needed to be done with IT to keep students up with the rest of the country, he said.
Staff pay rates were also an issue, he said.
Hopwood said to get “adequate” staff, funding was a priority.