Posts Tagged ‘budget’

Greytown gets the message

Greytown community will certainly be aware of how much a boost is needed to ECE funding, thanks to Greytown Kindergarten staff efforts during the Heartland campaign visit. Well done!


Keeping up the pressure

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!

Pinehaven School.

And Plateau School


Rural school reality “hard”

Read Wairarapa Times-Age story here.

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

Wairarapa on board

Labour candidate Kieran McAnulty spent part of the morning with the NZEI Te Riu Roa team in rural Wairarapa, lending support to the Better funding, better learning Heartland Tour.

“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.”

Thanks for the on-going support Kieran – in red jacket, with camper van driver Mike Meehan on left.

Government – 200+ postcards a day can’t be ignored.

Just one of the thousands and thousands of postcard despatched to MPs – this one is to Education Minister Nikki Kaye – she can’t ignore the message, it’s coming through loud and clear. 


CTU president, Labour MP lend support.

​Thank you Richard Wagstaff and Kris Faafoi for showing your support for our Better Funding campaign!
NZ Council of Trade Unions president Richard Wagstaff at Paraparaumu Beach market on Saturday morning, talking about the issues with NZEI Kapiti branch president Peter Corlett.

Labour MP Kris Faafoi was out with the team on Saturday asking the public to sign postcards in support of Better Funding, with principal at Russell School Sose Annandale (left) and Molly Daube a teacher at Raumati Beach School.
Setting up the market stall in the dark on a Saturday morning – dedication!


Whanganui mayor supports the campaign

Whanganui Mayor Hamish McDouall signing a postcard for Rhonda Svendsen lunchtime at Majestic Square. Great to have the Mayor’s support!

Pay support staff properly as professionals

Support staff are worth it. Listen to this amazing short video where support staff discuss the scope and requirements of their employment. They are often the experts on complex issues and needs, technology, health and safety, and relied on for their expertise by other staff. Where’s the professional development in their job description? They need to be compensated for the professionals that they are.
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.
Pay negotiations for support staff continue with the Ministry of Education, as school face making hard budget choices and cutting support staff hours. The Budget raised the ops grant by 1.3%, while our research shows that we need 4% to get us back to where we were and give support staff a 2% pay increase.

Every child is worth it in Taranaki

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.   Corey meetingStuartHilaryHilary with kids

The campaign hits New Plymouth.

Yesterday, at Brooklands Kindergarten in New Plymouth.

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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.