Hekia comes good…for once…axes Teachers’ Council

Hekia Parata has made a bold decision and axed the Teachers’ Council.

Regular readers will know that I am not a fan of Hekia Parata but credit where credit is due she has done the right thing. They must have seen it coming with recent announcements from the now defunct organisation. Too little too late.

Well done Hekia.

The Teachers Council has been dumped after the conviction of a child sex offender, who evaded police while working under a fake identity at several schools, prompted a review.

Minister of Education Hekia Parata today announced a new body, the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, is proposed to take over from the council and appointments have been made for a board to manage the transition. 

The Teachers Council has been overseeing the profession since 2002 and a bill would be introduced to Parliament to make changes to the Education Act to see its disestablishment. This is expected to come into effect next year.

Parata said the review process began three years ago and the decision to make changes was based on recommendations from the 2010 Workforce Advisory Group, and findings of the ministerial report into the employment of a convicted sex offender in the education sector.

Now watch the teacher unions and Labour party wail and gnash their teeth.


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  • Orange

    ABOUT TIME! Good job (finally). The lame horse needed to be shot, no more bandages.

  • Orange

    ABOUT TIME! Good job (finally). The lame horse needed to be shot, no more bandages.

  • Good work Ms Parata; an A+

    And whilst on the subject of Hekia Parata, a sensible decision not to appeal the High Court decision on Phillipstown School. If she had done that, Matthew Doocey would kiss goodbye to any chance of denting Labour’s Chch East majority. It’s taken a while, but there might be hope for Hekia yet after a rough couple of years where she has had thew reverse Midas touch.

  • jaundiced

    “The new council will support system changes to improve the quality of teaching and education leadership and will have the needs of children and young people, and the public interest, at its heart.”

    i.e. focus on the needs of the kids, not protecting the interests of the teachers.

  • boristhefrog

    Cue in Nelson Muntz…. Ha-Ha!

  • blokeintakapuna

    Yep – great start. Except, the current batch of teachers will be replaced by a batch/committee/gaggle of about a dozen people – all trying to reach a “Happy consensus / compromise” which is never achievable – it only delivers compromised process’s that will eventually lead to a “Consensus outcome” – which will likely be just another circle jerk committee spouting off to each other how good they are.
    Shame Parata didn’t dissolve the NZEI and PPTA whilst at it replacing the Labour Party sycophants with credible teachers who have the kids best interest at heart…

    • peterwn

      Hekia cannot dissolved NZEI or PPTA. Their power could be broken if the Government helped set up a partnership indemnity scheme for teachers to help defend against false accusations. Charter schools is another mechanism to help achieve a similar effect.

  • Garbageman

    Its about time this silly cow got something right, all she has done so far is fast track any chance of National gaining votes in Ch Ch down the gurgler

  • Sponge

    What this “Aotearoa New Zealand” shit? Have we changed the name of the country and I somehow missed it?

    • Statehousekid

      Yes they are doing it by stealth. Sooner or later is will be just plain old Aotearoa. Have a look on your passport its got Aotearoa New Zealand on it.

      • Sponge

        So it does. Bastards.

        Well as I do with Mt Egmont etc I will always refer to NZ by its proper name.

    • Bad__Cat

      It’s a cunning plan to lull the teachers into thinking it will be another lefty committee.

      • Kopua Cowboy

        Maybe it’s a cunning bid to eat into L&G votes

  • nellie

    I see Steve Maharey is on the ‘transition board’. I hope he’s learned something since leaving politics and going to Massey University..and isn’t a LP mole.

    • GazzW

      No way Nellie. Maharey (just like Cullen) is one of those well networked pollies who get places at the trough offered regardless of which party is in power. It’s called “Scratch my back.”

    • Sponge

      “Smarmy from Palmy”?

      I doubt it.

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  • Toryboy

    Excellent work by Mrs Parata; I have no idea what “Oar-tear-rower’ is in its name, but well done nevertheless.

  • nudgy

    To take things a little further we no longer have the North & South Islands. They are now something about Maui and something about greenstone or something.

  • Tom

    At last common sense has prevailed.