Where are the PPTA, Labour, Greens and hostile media now?

A few weeks ago, the Government announced it will close 7 schools in Christchurch as a result of the earthquakes.  It really wouldn’t have happened for any other reason.

The MSM, unions and opposition went nanas, suggesting the Government had no compassion.  At the time I asked what on earth they were going on about.

Today, the Government announced it is opening 15 other schools in the greater Christchurch region over the next ten years, starting with an 800 pupil school in Rangiora.

A new school for up to 800 children will be built in West Rangiora by 2017, the Government says.

The school is one of 15 new schools to be built or rebuilt in greater Christchurch in the next 10 years as part of the Government’s $1 billion investment in education in the region.

The West Rangiora school for Year 1-8 students would help meet the ”faster than forecast” roll growth in region, Waimakariri MP Kate Wilkinson said.  

“It is still in the very early planning stages – a site is still to be identified and design and construction timeframes confirmed  –  but the school is currently projected to be needed by 2017,” she said.

The announcement comes after plans were revealed last month for the rebuild of quake-damaged Halswell Primary School and construction of the new Waikuku School in Pegasus to commence in April.

Both were expected to be finished early next year.

It doesn’t suit the opposition narrative, so they are very, very quiet about it.  It doesn’t suit the NZEI’s or PPTA’s narrative, so you won’t hear a peep.  And the MSM, although they will report it, won’t be whipping this story into a Class 5 hurricane, with a professionally emotional John Campbell being our de-facto Father of the Nation demanding Justice for the Innocent Children.

The Government closes 7 schools due to the earthquake, and now it will open 15 new schools due to populations having shifted and general population growth.

But what is the final impression the public are left with?


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  • Dave

    Lets see. when I went to school, 15-7=8 Thats 8 new schools to be opened, time for celebration I hope. Better still if they are ALL “partnership” schools so they can employ non registered teachers!!

  • Phar Lap

    Looking forward to hearing from the Rottweiler Clayton Cosgrove alias flap jaw,he is an authority on everything that happens in the place called his patch FFS.

    • Troy

      Also often referred to as a PugDog, Cosgrove acts as a sensationalist because he has nothing going for him. Wasn’t he a used car salesman in the past? That would account for the level of distrust the electorate has with him… ah, that’s right, he doesn’t have one of those either.

      • Phar Lap

        Cosgrove was at the select committee today meeting the power company executive staff.He just about accused them of alleged questionable activities,and was observed to be heard screaming at them .Two things how can a fat drop kick like that,who lost his electoral seat ( he was dumped by his electorate) ,have so much power.The second thing ,this time proven ,he was caught buying NINE MEALS for $6300 DOLLARS,A SUIT FOR $1600 and A TAXI RIDE FOR $700 ALL ON HIS CREDIT CARD AND CHARGED TO THE NZ TAXPAYER.Yet he has the gall to accuse Power company Government Employees of being incompetent and remiss.

  • johnbronkhorst

    Time for Hekia to ask hipkins what his SPECIFIC objections are to opening 8 EXTRA schools in Christchurch.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      Chippe will eat “parata” for breakfast….so better not to talk to Chippie…

      • johnbronkhorst

        Bollocks…chippie is dumb as a plank, in fact I have weather boards on my house with a higher IQ. Just call him on all his lies, misrepresentation exagerations …There are many. and show him the truth….The minister RUNS the ministry, not the ceo or the teachers…let accomplishment tell the story.. Because chippie has none!!!

        • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

          I think you are under estimating Chippie. Even Whale Oil is impressed by Chippie. Watch out for Chippie to come swinging against the new school build initiative.

  • ConwayCaptain

    As I have stated on this site before all the Hoo HA about “unqualified teachers” is a load of SHIT.
    The most inspiring teachers Ihave ever had hadnt been to a tchrs college they had been tom the University of Life. These were the men who taught me my professional subjects at Cadet school and when up for 2nd Mates, Mates and Masters. The best course I ever did was a 2 week Ship Masters Medical Course run by two Sick Bay POs out the RNZN. That was a CRACKER of a course.
    How to treat Coughs Colds sore Holes and pimples on the dick!!!

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Folks – Don’t get carried away. Sheep is asking people not to get fooled by this announcement. He reminds people that he will be the PM from 2014 – 2023 and this government is promising the build by 2017. So this cannot be true. Sheep assures that he will reopen the schools that have been closed by Naked Emperor.

    • Time For Accountability

      I hope he is elected:

      I look forward to the reaction when they close the eight new schools and ask pupils to move back to their previous closed schools

      Lets get out of the new improved facilities and return to the broken schools.

      Lets fire the new teachers and re-employ the dross from the old schools.

      Words fail me.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        TFA – As you know Sheep is the messiah for the masses. Emperor is saying this – “opening 15 other schools in the greater Christchurch region over the next ten years”. Sheep’s logic is that he will be the Prime Minister during that period and he is not making this commitment. So this announcement is just a diversion by Naked Emperor.

  • Pegasus will also be getting a brand new school soon. Not before time, as around four new families are moving into new homes there each and every week.

    The whole dynamics of Canterbury has changed, with a significant population shift to the earthquake-secure ground to the west and north of the city. Areas like Lincoln, Rolleston, Rangiora and Pegasus will grow like topsy over the next few years, and as difficult as it is for the areas hardest hit by all the ‘quakes, the Government has to plan for the future, not dwell in the past.

    • grumpy

      Out for tender now. Looks really good and state of the art!