On the home stretch in Upper Hutt yesterday, with a warm welcome from two small rural schools, Pinehaven and Plateau. It’s been worth it to make these connections and build such a strong base. It continues now to the election – every signature on a postcard is a vote!
Working at a small rural school can be very different from a larger urban one, says Wainuioru principal Karen Goodall. “… your costs are spread out among fewer kids, so there are things that just cost more per student — it means the kids miss out,” she said.
“You want things that enhance kids’ learning in school . . . when we go through the bills every month, I look at it all and there’s not much that is actually for kids’ learning.
“Most of it goes into just running the school. It’s just hard.”
Wainuioru principal Karen Goodall, and New Zealand Educational Institute staff Viv Nicol, Michelle Maguren, and Katrina Ford, Labour candidate Kieran McAnulty, and NZEI member Mike Meehan. PHOTO/EMILY NORMAN
“A lot of people don’t realise how stretched the Early Childhood and Primary education sectors are due to chronic underfunding. However, this tour is getting the word out. And when we talk to people about the issues facing education, they are appalled at the way the Government has failed to fund schools.”
He shared the message via video: “Help us keep pressure on the Government to do what is right and invest in our children.”
Listen to Monique Jansonius-Albers (main speaker) as the camera moves left we have Lynice Anderson, Jenny Wansbrough and Calley Whale as the second speaker.
Monique and Calley have agreed to be the teacher aide representatives for pay parity from the Taranaki Area Council.
Three political candidates turned out in Taranaki to support the teachers and the Better Funding tour. Labour’s Corie Haddock met with teachers and principals one day and support staff the next, hearing their concerns and he was clearly moved by what he heard from support staff.
The Green Party’s Stuart Bramhall spent the day with the van, canvassing and signing up postcards. And Labour’s Hilary Humphrey was at Inglewood Kindergarten to meet parents and early childhood teachers.
Yesterday, at Brooklands Kindergarten in New Plymouth.
Dee Riddle, Head Teacher at Pukekura Kindergarten, pictured right, talks with parent Zoe Davies and baby Tobias Pretty about the funding cuts in Early Childhood and the impact on providing quality education in NZ.