Whilst I don’t want to upset the concerned Kaikohe residents around their assertion that the Ministry of Education building processes stop local firms from winning contracts, I have to say that is not true. The $6.5 million being spent at Hora Hora School by the Ministry for our rebuild has gone 99 per cent to local firms including the lead contract.
Perhaps the firms missing out need to ask why, and genuinely realise that the requirements are to ensure quality and they may need to up their own processes.
As a person not known for being unduly supportive of many things the Ministry does or doesn’t do, I need in this case to acknowledge their input and advice on our rebuild. On behalf of our kids and community, thank you.
Hopefully Pat Newman reads Whaleoil, much like Mary Rose Painter (Communications Advisor at the New Zealand Teachers Council), refer Whaleoil article ‘ HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? HE WAS REGISTERED (UPDATED)‘ where Mary had emailed requesting the article be amended.
Interesting to note is the Teachers Council and Anna Kirtlan (NZPPTA Communications Advisor and PPTA News Editor) have also made comment in other Whaleoil articles; you have obviously caught their attention Cameron and team.
As a parent, who has had the misfortune of sitting across the table from these people at the Teachers Council, I would like to say they should be ashamed of themselves! With confidence I know I am not a lone parent celebrating the demise of the New Zealand Teachers Council, it has been long overdue for an overhaul.
For the benefit of the Teachers Council (including Pat Newman) and PPTA readers here are some cold hard facts you have unsurprisingly failed to address.
‘Review of the New Zealand Teachers Council’
Report to Hon. Hekia Parata
” In fact only 10 percent of all complaints referred to the CAC have been referred to the Disciplinary Tribunal. The Review Committee was openly told that, in practice, employers and the unions worked together to try to prevent reporting to the Council and that the reporting requirement was used as a lever to settle a dispute”
The president of Te Tai Tokerau Principals’ Association is defending the Teachers Council for not striking jailed paedophile James Parker from the register, saying not acting was the “sensible and safe way out”.
Hmmm defending the Teachers Council and speaking on behalf of all Northland Principal at the same time.
Te Tai Tokerau Principals’ Association president Pat Newman said he was “spitting sparks” over the backlash to revelations the convicted paedophile had not been removed.
“James Parker has been in a jail cell since the day he was arrested. It is bloody impossible to teach children in a jail cell,” Mr Newman said.
For the Teachers Council to remove him from the register there had to be a disciplinary hearing, for which they would have to interview children and witnesses, Mr Newman explained. Read more »
Trevor Mallard again makes defamatory and racist remarks on Red Alert. Not only that he is actively repeating gossip supplied to him by the same board member who actively manipulated events in Rodney and Coromandel. National will at some stage have to deal with this board member and his pals in Auckland. It is unconscionable that people in that position leak to Labour MPs so they can help their mates get selected.
Trevor Mallard sends an email to supporters imploring them not to panic, that their campaign is going brilliantly and to use patsy lines in Twitter. Unfortunately the intellectually infirm Labour supporters use the lines word for word and Twitter looks like a redux of Mallard’s email.
Labour didn’t want to get into details about their Capital Gains Tax plans. They didn’t want that because they simply hadn’t done the work. Almost every question was met with a response that the “Expert panel” would be looking at that. Unfortunately for Labour the public very definitely wanted details.
Labour meanwhile, after insisting that they would start following the rules breaks them yet again with another mail out. I complain to the Electoral Commission who subsequently refer labour, again, to the Police. The Police still haven’t done anything. Labour calculates that the Police won;t do anything and continues to break the law knowing that there are no consequences for them ever.
Phil Goff says that he wasn’t briefed by the SIS about some Israeli tourists in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake. Things are about to get interesting which I will detail in a separate post. This becomes my second big story of the year.
Trevor Mallard won the bike race. Meanwhile I won the war, having Labour campaign strategist focused entirely on beating me in a bike race for 6 weeks. I managed to come second in a 60km race against a professional cyclist and part time politician.
Jacinda Ardern complained about the congestion around the toaster at the airport lounge. Letting all us peasants know how important she is that she is in the lounge and troughing it up at the same time.
I bust Greens candidate Max Coyle for the sad little story in the Waikato Times that he fed to them. The Greens withdraw Max from their candidate list. Tim McIndoe didn’t need a Greens candidate to win handsomely, he was benefiting from The Moroney Effect.
Oh the hours of endless speculation? Personally, I reckon Labour’s campaign strategy is being run by a crew of demented P-addict gerbils with a KFC fetish, whilst playing Elton John and Queen simultaneously. Of course, the gerbils could be running ACT’s campaign; Labour may be guided by a crack team of lemmings…
Trevor Mallard continued to prove that his personal demeanour was more suited to drunken pub brawls than to Twitter. Yet he was trotting along to caucus and telling everyone that Labour would win using Social media.
As you would imagine, parents have been contacting me saying it is outrageous that militant unionists – happy to take the taxpayer dollar – are stooping to this level.
Well, it just got worse.
I can now reveal that left-wing and Labour principals are spending their working school days – when they are being paid to teach kids – using school time and resources to stir up hatred, slag the government, and promote Labour and the unions on Facebook.
Of course, they are so stupid that they think they are invisible. Well, their lies and bile are there for all to see and it makes grim reading for parents, who will be assuming that these muppets are teaching their kids, as they are employed to do.
One of the worst offenders is Northlandbully principalPat Newman. Oh – and by chance he is also a Labour candidate in the election. So is it appropriate for him to be using school time and resources to promote himself, Labour and plot to break the law?
The main poster is the principal of Hokowhitu School in Palmerston North, Allan Alach. He seems to have lots of time on his hands during the school day, to try and rally his comrades rather than teach kids at his school how to read, write and do maths.
Any journalist worth their salt would be calling the boards of trustees of all the principals involved and asking how much taxpayer time and money is being wasted on this, and is it appropriate for the principal to be using the school resources to make a political protest.
Remember – these guys want to hide information from journalists and parents because they don’t want crap schools and teachers identified.
These dinosaurs from a long-gone era of teacher unionism have lost the battle and will continue to lose.
This is the same Pat Newman that Phil Goff is happy to be photographed with arm in arm. It is bad enough that this guys is teaching our kids but much worse that he is trying to become a member of parliament.
Thankfully he is only number 58 on the Labour list and therefore highly unlikely to get into parliament. Labour would need 48% in order to deliver Pat Newman into parliament.