A reader emails about Pat Newman and the demise of the Teachers Council

Following on from your article ‘WHEN THE UNIONS, LABOUR AND MILITANT PRINCIPALS COMPLAIN‘ regarding Pat Newman; another reader has provided an update on his undisclosed role and affiliation with the New Zealand Teachers Council.

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”

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Why I love the internet

I currently home school Miss Whaleoil who is 16. Being an ex English and History High School teacher I can assist her with most of her subjects but her current level of Maths is well beyond my understanding. She uses the ACE curriculum for Maths, Science, Etymology and Business Math which is student directed learning that I am able to supervise after completing ACE Supervisor training.

To pass a test in ACE you have to score at least 80% before you are allowed to progress to the next level. If you fail you have to redo the entire unit of work so it is crucial that you understand the topic thoroughly before you progress from the checkup to the self test and then to the final Pace test for the unit of work.

Last week for the first time Miss Whaleoil was unable to fully understand the examples provided to help her understand how to correctly complete some very complex equations in her Algebra pace. What she needed was help step by step to see where in the equation she was going wrong. Hiring a Maths tutor once a week for 1 hour will not solve the problem as she does math every day and needs to be able to ask for help when she needs it.

Google to the rescue.

Online Math Tutor

Online Math Tutor

Did you know that for $19.99 a week she can have online live help from a tutor anytime? We tried it today and she live chatted the tutor. They were able to work on an equation together on a virtual whiteboard. She wrote a part and the tutor wrote a part. How cool is that? An expert on tap when she needs them for $19.99 a week. She can even select tutors who specialise in certain types of math eg algebra. The tutor she initially chose from a photo referred her to another who understood this particular type of Algebra. The website I have linked to has tutors for 40 different subjects! You get access to all 40 for one weekly charge. This is a fantastic business model for the consumer and I hope also for the tutors who can work their own hours to suit from home. With the ability to help from another country because of the time zone differences, 24/7 availability is possible.

The internet really is amazing. Our world had been expanded so that a girl in New Zealand can get help from a Tutor in America.


Face of the day

Boy am I glad that I didn’t go to our face of the day’s school when I was nine years old. I was a bossy little so and so and would command groups of kids both female and male all running around with wooden and plastic firearms that I had brought to primary school. I got to be in charge because I had all the war toys ( thanks Dad ) We would kill each other with hoots of joy every break and sometimes we would be the good guys and sometimes the bad guys.One time my Dad was called into the Principal’s office because a parent had complained that I had sat on her son. This was before the days that schools were politically correct so I sat there bemused as my Dad and the Principal laughed at how I had bested a boy my own age in a play fight. I didn’t get punished by the school but my good friend Jared Curry did get his revenge as I had unintentionally humiliated him in front of his guy friends. He hunted me down the next day at lunchtime, tackled me and sat on me while his friends hooted with laughter. I had been running towards the safety of the girl’s toilets but didn’t quite make it. The next day I was at his place watching some puppies being born cause that is what mates do.

Courtesy Jason Steward This is the third and strangest suspension for Aiden Steward, 9, pictured on the right with a sibling, at the Texas school district.

Courtesy Jason Steward This is the third and strangest suspension for Aiden Steward, 9, pictured on the right with a sibling, at the Texas school district.

Tolkien lore led a Texas boy to suspension after he brought his “one ring” to school.

Kermit Elementary School officials called it a threat when the 9-year-old boy, Aiden Steward, in a playful act of make-believe, told a classmate he could make him disappear with a ring forged in fictional Middle Earth’s Mount Doom.

“It sounded unbelievable,” the boy’s father, Jason Steward, told the Daily News. He insists his son “didn’t mean anything by it.”

The Stewards had just watched “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies” days earlier, inspiring Aiden’s imagination and leading him to proclaim that he had in his possession the one ring to rule them all.

“Kids act out movies that they see. When I watched Superman as a kid, I went outside and tried to fly,” Steward said.
Aiden claimed Thursday he could put a ring on his friend’s head and make him invisible like Bilbo Baggins, who stole Gollum’s “precious” in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy series “The Lord of the Rings.”

“I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend’s existence,” the boy’s father later wrote in an email. “If he did, I’m sure he’d bring him right back.”

Principal Roxanne Greer declined to comment on the fourth-grader’s suspension, citing confidentiality policies, according to the Odessa American, who first reported Aiden’s troubles Friday.

Kermit Elementary School in Texas suspended a 9-year-old student for saying he could make his friend disappear with a magical ring of invisibility.

Kermit Elementary School in Texas suspended a 9-year-old student for saying he could make his friend disappear with a magical ring of invisibility.

The family moved to the Kermit Independent School District only six months ago, but it’s been nothing but headaches for Aiden. He’s already been suspended three times this school year.
Two of the disciplinary actions this year were in-school suspensions for referring to a classmate as black and bringing his favorite book to school: “The Big Book of Knowledge.”

“He loves that book. They were studying the solar system and he took it to school. He thought his teacher would be impressed,” Steward said.

But the teacher learned the popular children’s encyclopedia had a section on pregnancy, depicting a pregnant woman in an illustration, he explained.


It is so sad really. I remember my son when at primary school falling foul of political correctness. Boys in his class had been going through a wedgie phase for about a week. No one was safe. My son suffered a wedgie from his mate and later returned the favour. Another boy who wasn’t his friend gave him a wedgie so my son waited patiently for an opportunity to get him back. Like his Dad he believes revenge is a dish best served cold. Unfortunately by the time he got his own back Wedgies were weeks out of fashion. I was called into the Principal’s office. I explained the situation and was shocked to hear that the mother had claimed that it was a sexual assault.

Why we are afraid of Islam ( even the liberal left )

NOTE: This article was written more than a week ago BEFORE the massacre at Charlie Hebdo. It is part of my ongoing series about Islam.

Below are quotes I have taken from the video. This guy is fantastic. Every History teacher worth their salt should educate themselves by reading and watching this guy. We have not been taught the true history of Islam. He uses cold hard facts, maps and graphs to reveal a shameful secret that we do not want to acknowledge.
Watch this video to get started on your knowledge journey and find out why we in the West are like an abused child. It is long but it is worth it. You will never look at Islam the same way after watching this lecture.

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Registered and selling drugs at pre-school

The teacher unions and their proxies in parliament, the Green party and the Labour party, all oppose charter schools. The one main issue they have is that there is no requirement for all teachers at charter schools to be registered.

Apparently registration is there to protect the kids.

Yet there isn’t a day that goes by where one registered teacher or another is hauled before the courts or the Teachers Tribunal for a range of offences.

The latest is two registered drug dealing pre-school teachers.

A “one-off” drug deal at a Wanaka preschool has resulted in two teachers having their registrations torn up.

Wanaka early childhood teachers Catherine Ngaire Williamson and Gemma Ward were deregistered by the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal and censured for serious misconduct after Ecstasy changed hands at Oanaka EduCare in the resort town.

In November last year, Ms Williamson took to the preschool three Ecstasy tablets, which were bought by Ms Ward.

Oanaka EduCare owner Sandie Dodds said she felt the right decision was made.

“I don’t think there’s any room for any teacher to have drugs at an early childhood centre,” she said.

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Faces of the day

Today’s faces of the day are the nine teachers who were killed trying to protect their students in Peshawar. ( Photos taken from Daily Mail.co.uk )

Beenish Pervaiz

Tahira Kazi

Saeed Khan

Afsha Ahmed

Hifsa Khush and four other brave teachers whose names are unknown at this time.

I honour them for their bravery.

I will let their students’ words below, be their memorial.


Beenish Pervaiz (pictured back left with her family), a former student at the University of Greenwich, was reportedly one of the teachers who was slaughtered by gunmen as she tried to help her young pupils

Gunned down and blown up: A photograph reportedly showing five of the teachers (circled) who died in the Pakistan massacre when Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers killed 148 children and staff at the school

Gunned down and blown up: A photograph reportedly showing five of the teachers (circled) who died in the Pakistan massacre when Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers killed 148 children and staff at the school

Tahira Kazi, the principal of the Army Public School and College in Peshawar, died after she was reportedly set on fire by Taliban militants in front of her pupils. She is pictured with a man believed to be her son

Tahira Kazi, the principal of the Army Public School and College in Peshawar, died after she was reportedly set on fire by Taliban militants in front of her pupils. She is pictured with a man believed to be her son

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I bet he was registered too

A ratbag school principal has been suspended for serious misconduct.

This is exactly the sort of thing that Labour and the teacher unions claim teacher registration is supposed to prevent when they claimed that lack of registration would put kids at risk in charter schools.

A school principal who formed a sexual relationship with one of his teachers and mismanaged school funds has been suspended after being found culpable of serious misconduct.

Dwayne Puruatea Hapuku behaved in an “unprofessional manner amounting to serious misconduct” while the principal of Otane School in Central Hawke’s Bay. He was charged with serious misconduct by the New Zealand Teachers Council’s Complaints Assessment Committee on March 26, and following the release of a Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal decision yesterday, details of the investigation can now be published.

The “core allegations” laid against Mr Hapuku included bullying staff member Kate Kimber-Jones, by threatening her employment if she disclosed their relationship and that he’d made her pregnant.  Read more »

Another registered teacher in trouble

Labour and the teacher unions oppose charter schools because they say the lack of a requirement for teachers to be registered puts kids at risk.

Today yet another teacher is under investigation for untoward behaviour with students.

A female physical education teacher at an Auckland high school is on sick leave after she was accused of favouritism towards at least one teenage boy.

As a result of the allegations, the high school is remarking a year of internal NCEA grades for the teacher’s Year 13 class, prompting concern among parents and students some grades will go down.

The teacher, who the Herald has chosen not to name, has been on extended sick leave since the allegations surfaced last month.     Read more »


I bet he was registered too, when he was indecently assaulting his female students

Another dirty teacher has been done for diddling his kids.

A former Havelock North school teacher has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting his female students.

Charles John Michael Harter, 63, was a music, mathematics and drama teacher who taught students from his home studio and between October 2012 and June 2014 also taught music and drama at Havelock North Primary School.

The nine counts of indecent assaults, against nine young girls aged between 7 and 12, involved Harter inappropriately touching his students over and under their school uniforms.

One further charge of indecent assault was withdrawn at the Hastings District Court this afternoon.

One victim had weekly guitar lessons during school terms between February and July this year and prior to the lessons had attended large group lessons at Havelock North Primary School with Harter.

Harter would say “time for your lesson”, before reaching over the top of the victim’s shoulders and placing his hands on her breasts, before “jiggling” her private parts with his fingers.     Read more »

Face of the day

Next time you complain about life being too hard spare a thought for this remarkable woman.

A mother left unable to walk or talk after suffering a massive stroke has defied the odds to complete a university degree – by blinking.

Dawn Faizey Webster was left with locked-in syndrome after the attack in 2003, two weeks after her son Alexander was born.

The condition is where a patient is fully-aware and awake – but cannot move or communicate verbally due to complete paralysis of nearly all muscles in the body, except for the eyes.

Incredibly, the former teacher, then 30, discovered she could still communicate through her eyes and tiny head movements.

Dawn Faizey Webster (pictured here in 2000)

Dawn Faizey Webster (pictured here in 2000

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