The end of Maori support for Labour (at least while Chippy is in the House)

Chris Hipkins and Andrew Little are going to ask their caucus to vote to close eight schools in Labour electorates that contain mainly Maori and Pasifika students who are thriving and trying to break deeply entrenched education failure cycles.

It may even be 10 schools by the time it fails to pass.

There is a likelihood that, if it gets to a vote, at least two Labour MPs will cross the floor (and maybe even a Green MP). Chippy must have started sleepless nights on this one already.

The unions won’t allow it but it really is time that he stepped aside and let Peeni Henare become the spokesperson for education. In 90 months as opposition spokesperson for education Hipkins has only had two ideas – to bring coding and driver licensing into the NZ Curriculum…he sure is brilliant.

He is colour blind to problems and runs the union line of “nothing to see here” in terms of negative outcomes for Maori and Pasifika families. This is despite 2014 UE results seeing:  

73% of Asian school leavers with UE.

53.8% of European school leavers with UE

37.6% of Pasifika school leavers with UE

and only 27.2% of Maori school leavres with UE

ethnic-UE

Yep. “No problem at all. None. Nothing. I see nothing.”

Unions think they are conspiring here and think they are on to a winner.

All they are really doing is hitting the Titantic with ice axes and don’t realise they are tied to it.

The fact that Chris Hipkins hasn’t even visited a single charter school and looked those kids in the eye and told them he is going to close their school says much about his courage…or rather his lack of it.

I’d love to video him telling a class of eager children that they are actually part of a failed experiment and they are going to have to go back to the school down the road that they fled from.


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