Pat Newman loves when the Government spends money…on his school


So Hora Hora’s horror and former Labour candidate Pat Newman is delighted that the government has flicked $6.5 million his way.

Whilst I don’t want to upset the concerned Kaikohe residents around their assertion that the Ministry of Education building processes stop local firms from winning contracts, I have to say that is not true. The $6.5 million being spent at Hora Hora School by the Ministry for our rebuild has gone 99 per cent to local firms including the lead contract.

Perhaps the firms missing out need to ask why, and genuinely realise that the requirements are to ensure quality and they may need to up their own processes.

As a person not known for being unduly supportive of many things the Ministry does or doesn’t do, I need in this case to acknowledge their input and advice on our rebuild. On behalf of our kids and community, thank you.

Bizarre, because a year ago he was worried about the government spending much less on Charter Schools:

Mr Newman, principal of Hora Hora Primary, says “partnership” or charter schools have an unfair advantage over state schools. On Radio New Zealand on Monday, Mr Newman gave a fail mark in particular to Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru, about 65 km north east of Whangarei.

State schools should have the same funding model and freedoms as Partnership Schools, he said. The Whangaruru school had swallowed $2.4 million, including the purchase price of the farm it sits on, since February – its $1.5 million running cost the equivalent of $27,000 a pupil, compared to about $6000 a head for the children at his decile one state school in Whangarei, Mr Newman said.

Yet “dysfunction” saw Education Ministry-appointed governance facilitator Chris Saunders take a hands-on role at the school soon after it opened in February, he said.

So…Is he is going to give the extra $4.1 million back?

I won’t be holding my breath for a union and Labour party hack to suddenly realise he is a hypocrite.

 – Northern Advocate

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