Heartland tour visits Northland.

This week the Better Funding Better Learning campaign travels to Kaitaia, Taipa, Kaikohe, Kerikeri and Whangarei and many small communities between. The big colourful camper van stops at schools and community meeting places to meet and talk about why teachers want an end to what is effectively a funding freeze.  Some of those visits coincide with paid union meetings for school support staff who are bearing the brunt of school budget deficits as their hours are cut and jobs threatened.

Monday March 20:
12.00 PM                   Umawera School
01.00 PM                   Mangamuka School
02.00 PM                   Mission Place Kindergarten
03.00 PM                   Mussel Rock Café, Kaitaia

Tuesday March 21:
08.30 AM                  Kaitaia Intermediate School – principal Sue Arrell
09.30 AM                  Paid union meeting, Kaitaia Intermediate
10.00 AM                  Ahipara School
11.00 AM                   Pukepoto School
12.00 PM                   Kaitaia main street
01.00 PM                   Paid union meeting, Kaitaia Intermediate
02.00 PM                  Doubtless Bay Kindergarten
02.30 PM                   Taipa Area School
06.00 PM                   Paid union meeting, Beachcomber Restaurant, 222 Commerce St, Kaitaia

Wednesday March 22:
08.15 AM                   Kerikeri Primary School
09.30  AM                 Paid union meeting, Kerikeri Primary
10.00 AM                   Lindvart Park, Kaikohe – inter-school hockey tournament
01.00 PM                   Paid union meeting, Kerikeri Primary
05.00 PM                   Paid union meeting, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe

Thursday March 23:
08.15 AM                   Opua School
10.00 AM                   Bay of Islands College
11.00 AM                    Kawakawa Primary School
12.00 PM                    Maromaku School
01.00 PM                    Hukerenui School

Friday March 24:
08:00 AM                  Kamo Primary School
10.50 AM                   Whau Valley School
02.30 PM                   Hora Hora Primary School

Saturday March 25:
07.00 AM                   Whangarei Growers Market
12.00 PM                    Whangarei Fritter Festival

Dad and toddler

Last year, thousands of educators from throughout the primary, early childhood and secondary sectors came together with their communities to win the battle against bulk funding in schools. This year, we’re coming together again to fight to restore funding for early childhood and increase funding for schools, so every young New Zealander has the best start in life.
This is the fifth week of the Heartland campaign which has been touring communities big and small through the South Island and is now covering the North Island. Hundreds of people every day are signing a national petition and hundreds of signed postcards are being sent to local MPs at Parliament from their electorate.
The colourful campervan will have visited almost every corner of the country (click to itinerary) from Bluff to the Far North finishing at Parliament at the end of June.


  1. Eva Walker on March 21, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    No Hokianga visits?

  2. Stephanie on March 28, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Unfortunately we haven’t been able to go everywhere just because of time and budget…but it’s great that you’re interested in the campaign and we’d love to have your support circulating the petition to stop the funding freeze! You can ask people to sign online or download a hardy copy here: http://betterfunding.org.nz/supportstaff/?hp

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