Who is funding the National Standards Boycott? – Part 2

This blog revealed the huge sums of money that Principal Associations are spending of taxpayer’s money to fight government policy. I have today received confirmation of the $60,000 from reserves that the Auckland Primary Principals Association has “donated” to the  NZ Principals Federation (the Principals union).

It was agreed that APPA would commit up to $60,000 (from reserves) to provide funding for a resource that would enable principals and their boards to learn more about the flaws in the current national standards so that boards would be in a better position to make informed decisions about national standards. It is envisaged that in the near future principals will be told how they can access this resource support, should they wish to. This ‘resource’ is most likely to be a principal or principals who have particular expertise in the national standards, to meet with principals, management staff and boards.

That is money given to the APPA by Boards of Trustees as part of the Principal collective agreement and also by the sponsors of the APPA, displayed prominently on the newsletter attached. I seriously doubt that these sponsors gave money to the APPA in order for them to use their brand to mount a campaign against the government.

It is clear from this document that the APPA had made its decision to mount and fund the campaign long before ANY BoT was advised or consulted.

APPA Times August 19th

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.