Hekia Parata: The token maori Education Minister

via Newstalk ZB

via Newstalk ZB

If you were John Key, and you wanted to get rid of Hekia Parata as Education Minister, but you encountered significant resistance from the Bill English-led cabal in caucus, what would you do?

Well, you put Steven Joyce in charge as an “associate”.

Finally, someone who knows how to take charge of a problem.

Check out his report  

Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce today released the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report on complaints and notifications in regards to Pay Period 25 of the schools’ payroll.

Pay Period 25, which was paid on the morning on 6 March, paid 84,822 people a total of $173.58 million. This was 6471 more staff than Pay Period 24 and was due to the seasonal growth at this time of the year.

The PwC report shows there were complaints and notifications received regarding 1 per cent of staff across the country. 286 staff were notified as not paid, 185 were overpaid, and 373 underpaid. Affected staff were from 406 schools.

Pay Period 25 data compares with 1.9 per cent of staff and 447 schools about which complaints and notifications were received in Pay Period 24 and 2.2 per cent and 628 schools for Pay Period 23.

“Early indications are that volumes of transactions will be smaller for Pay Period 26 because we are through the start of the year pay. All parties are working hard to complete processing ahead of the pay going through next week,” Mr Joyce says.

“The Novopay team are also preparing for Pay Period 1, which is the first in the new financial year and therefore will contain a number of significant changes including two: KiwiSaver and student loan deductions.

“Our next focus is to clear the backlog of issues that have built up during the first six months of the Novopay system.”

Today the new expanded Novopay Backlog Clearance Unit, which will be made up of 100 staff from the Ministry of Education and Talent2, will start clearing outstanding work from previous pay periods.

That includes salary assessments, calculation and recovery of overpayments, and the correction of errors from previous pay periods. Resources for the new unit will come from the $5 million remediation fund Cabinet agreed to last month to provide solutions on Novopay.

Mr Joyce said Talent2 undertook an additional software release over the weekend to address bugs in the system.

A total of 87 defects have now been successfully resolved as part of the remediation plan. The next planned release is on 22 March to address a further 146 significant bugs.

Mr Joyce says he expects to release the Technical Review report from reviewer Murray Jack within the next couple of weeks after it has been finalised and gone to Cabinet.


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  • johnbronkhorst

    and in year will anyone care or remember?

  • Anonymouse Coward

    Isn’t a political faction a group of like-minded individuals who form an alliance within a larger group to achieve their objectives?

    Then members of the faction Hekia belongs to must be like-minded individuals.

  • Solidarity

    What’s the bet education unions are having “cash flow” issues as a result of this.

    Good! If the parasites collected their own monies themselves, they wouldn’t have this issue at all.

    Good job. Good riddance…and diddums to them!

    • Mr_V4

      Yeah Union fees should go into an escrow account at IRD, until they file their financials for 2007,8,9,10,11,12

      • Dave

        Mr-V4…… But then they might actually file something, anything!!

  • JC

    How does a 1-2% error rate compare with the previous system at startup?


    • Anecdotal feedback from people who were being paid by the Datacom system tell me that the error rate was more than 1% for years before it was replaced by Novopay.

      Novopay is a cock up at a number of levels, but Labour, the PPTA and the Greens with the help of a gleeful media have made it appear to be lots worse than it really is. It is simply a way to needle the government.

      I have some background in large IT projects, and what I see in that report above warms the cockles of my heart. It has the right language, the right numbers and the right momentum.

      It also proves Parata isn’t the right person to be in charge of anything but talk fests.

      • Orange

        I’d agree with all of that.

      • Dave

        Anecdotal evidence also suggests a payroll error rate in New Employees, or Changes in Rates, hours etc can be as high as 30%, and normal payroll errors for all staff around 2%. Novapay is under that despite the complexity of the teachers award.

        Simplify the system, put them all on an annual salary, and give them a quarterly performance bonus (based on them implementing education al initiatives, the performance of their students. Bonus is paid 2 months after the period, one month for performance reviews, one month to enter and verify performance data. Problem solved !!

  • Mr_Blobby

    That look on his face. Do you think somebody is under the podium.

    • starboard

      probably gayguy

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Remember Tories. Done Deal Peter Dunne, with his car park FBT has given Sheep ammunition to shoot down John Key. Mad McCarten was on TV today calling this as “John Key Tax”. Whale – can you drill some sense into Emperor’s thick skull? This is a stupid tax which will prove to be extremely unpopular with no substantial financial benefit.

  • Patrick

    Very hard to fight facts – about time some facts were put on the table to show just how bad the issue actually is instead of the smear rubbish being peddled by the opposition (unions, Labour & the likes of John Campbell). Pity Parata doesn’t have the smarts to be able to do this, this issue should have been nipped in the bud a long time ago.

  • spollyike

    Parata is certainly a token part-maori (there aren’t any maori anymore). However she is too difficult to get rid of for a PM who has made his bed with the racist maori party and their stacked constitutional review, and he has as a treaty minister an ex lawyer/blood sucker for ngai tahu, who incredulously is also attorney general. WTF is going on National!!!!! Of course Parata’s husband is the maori who runs te papa which is of course the institute in charge of rewriting our history with the settlers as nasty aggressors of the poor maoris.

  • spollyike

    What happened to National getting rid of the maori seats btw??