Gutless Key backs Hopeless Hekia, never would have tolerated that in the commercial world

John Key has backed Hekia Parata, the woman who single handedly destroyed their poll ratings.

In doing so he has wedded his future to her stuffs up and the Bill English aligned drop kicks who have the reverse midas touch.

Prime Minister John Key says Hekia Parata will retain the education portfolio ahead of a raft of controversial changes to the sector.

Key, speaking in Christchurch ahead of a trip to Antarctica, said Parata would not be affected in his Cabinet reshuffle despite calls from the education sector to end her one year term in the education portfolio.

“The fact that the unions are asking for the resignation of the new Minister of Education under a National Government is nothing new. In fact I can’t name a Minister of Education under National we’ve had that the unions haven’t want to see sacked.” 

Parata faced a barrage of criticism in 2012 over her handling of the Canterbury school mergers, national standards in primary schools, increased class sizes and a proposal to close a special needs girls’ school.

I wonder if Hekia has told Key about the pending legal issues she has caused with staff in her office?

The unions called for Tolley’s head but that was because she was effective. They are justified in calling for Parata’s.

What I can’t believe is that John Key is sticking by someone who has proven to be a dud investment. He would never have done that in the corporate world. Before Christmas I said he should sack her but wouldn’t because he was the one who put her name forward and has his personal credibility invested in her.

Chris Hipkins will be licking his chops in anticipation at further destroying the Hekia-Shambles. And my first prediction for 2013 will come to pass.


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  • History of Violence

    Ask him about it when he wakes up

  • Zephyr Cobalt

    While John’s in hospital (it’s the stress) WO has a go. Talk about kicking a man when he’s down. Today WO you need to show a little bit of empathy.

    • Pondering on that.
      Not sure if Cam had this story queued last night and with the news only breaking literally with the last hour – yeah might be time for an edit somewhere but not phased in either direction

      However the PM is no longer in hospital, he is off to an actual freezer (unlike Hurty Feet) today to check out outpost down at the bottom of the world

    • He’s on a fucking airplane to Antarctica…can’t be that sick

    • Apolonia

      He wasn’t the only one who fainted after Hekia was endorsed.

      • Never in the dark…..

        Precisely what I’d thought.

  • peterwn

    Fully agree that it would not have been tolerated in the commercial world. In the real commercial world the Education Ministry CEO, senior managers and NZEI/PPTA apologists would have been dumped by the Board of Directors long ago. But then in education everything is done in reverse. For example would the Employment Relations Authority dare reinstate a sacked company CEO, but it did reinstate the CEO of Christchurch Girls’ High School who had lost the Board’s confidence.

  • Ah well just to add some spice into the now sustained broadsides against the Minister, party supporters might as well open up a new front that would make conference season a bit more interesting than the stale affairs we get

    • YEs they should because with the rehabilitation of Nick Smith coming in the next two weeks National looks decidedly crusty and old, and will have a fractious backbench.

  • cows4me

    She pisses the Melons and the lunatics in Liarbore off, surely that’s a bonus.

  • Teachersrock

    I quite liked the bit where Key said she was one of Nationals best communicators.

    If that is true National is in for the Year from Hell and a crushing defeat at the next election.

    • kohibruce

      I thought Shearer was one of Parliament’s best communicators; for National.

  • Dr Wang

    His tolerance reminds me of Hulun Clark putting up with Winston’s shenanigans when she was in power…perhaps Hekia has got something over John Key to make him put up with her incompetence??

    • blokeintakapuna

      yep – female Maori…

      • Never in the dark…..

        Exactly. He demotes her and then listen out for the commentary from the pinkoes.

  • GregM

    It would be interesting to know how much of the shit was caused by the now departed CEO. If there is no immediate improvement in her performance She needs the arse card. Maybe this is what JK’s strategy is.

    • AnonWgtn

      I would expect the senior staff at MOE will continue their role in Ministerial disinformation and disruption, after all they are nearly all ex Teachers and Unionists.
      After all the children of New Zealand do not really feature only left wing political views of the “underpriviledged and owed” teachers.

    • Auto_Immune

      There’s an article in The Guardian (from Wellington socialist-journalist
      Max Rashbrooke) which implies that Longstone wasn’t quite up to the job
      in the NZ public service context:
      – but a lot of the fault is Hekia’s; and JK must know that… an odd strategy if it is one.

  • thor42

    “…the fact that the unions are asking for the resignation of the Minister of Education….”.
    Uh…. it’s NOT just the unions, Key – you MORON. It’s EVERYONE.

  • Morgy

    I don’t have a problem with this. Key is right that regardless of who is the minister in a National government, the unions are going to rally. What Hekia needs to do is wage a sustained war on the dickheads like Lekie with facts. Show them for what they are…..weak idealog’s with no hint of perspective.Stick to the message Hekia and do so with such vigour and ACCURACY in the message that you make them look rediculous. The parent’s really don’t give a shit about the unions so keep talking to them. Hopefully Judith has had a few quiet conversations with her to show how to get the opposition to STFU

  • Marcus50

    Suspect that Key couldn’t convince anyone competent to take it on

  • Allyson

    Mr Slater. There’s a hook in your mouth, and not from your morning splash with the pod in Mellons Bay.

    • What the fuck are you on about?

  • Whafe

    It may well work in reverse to what most think, Hekia may come out guns blazing and take it to these Unions and blow them apart and force performance pay through… Because Hekia will only be the minister if her performance steps up quite a few notches…

  • Gee

    The Government’s reforms are hated by the Unions and Hekia has been their fallguy. I like her style in the house. She needs to continue to force the Government’s policies through. If they are successful so is she. The personal hatred towards her seems or orchestrated by the Unions/media. The pay issue originated in Labour’s time and peaked before Hekias..Hipkins should apologise for his party committing to it not trying to shift the blame.

  • AnonWgtn

    Anybody who pisses off the Teachers and their Unions is good for me.

    • Teachersrock

      That is a little stupid on your part.

      She is a massive failure at her job, yet because she annoys people you hate you think Key has done a good thing??

      Will you still think that when Nationals poll numbers keep dropping because of her stupidity?

  • Anonymouse Coward

    This endorsement must mean that they have resolved the problem of Heka’s incoherant bluster when being questioned by Hipkins.

    Wonder how they dun it?