Gold star for Chris Hipkins, he can move to the front of the class

Chris Hipkins

The sea change in attitudes towards charter schools that I have noticed in the MSM is apparently splashing onto The Minister for Education, Chris Hipkins as well. He has done something that would have been unthinkable before the election. He has included a Partnership school pupil, Hadassah Wharawhara from Te Kāpehu Whetū in a 2018 Ministerial Youth Advisory Group working group.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced the twelve young New Zealanders selected to take part in the 2018 Ministerial Youth Advisory Group.

The 2018 Youth Advisory Group members are:

Shaneel Lal, Otahuhu College, South Auckland
Bevan Xiao, Long Bay College, Auckland
Abby McRoberts, Aotea College, Porirua (left)
Liam McLeavey, Waiopehu College, Levin
Okirano Tilaia, Cashmere High School, Christchurch
Geniqua Samupo, Avondale College, West Auckland
Brodie Cross, Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu | Correspondence School, Christchurch
Nathan Farr, Kings’ High School, Dunedin
Hadassah Wharawhara, Te Kāpehu Whetū, Kerikeri
Costa Blackman, Tolaga Bay Area School, Tolaga Bay
Kate Morris, Darfield High School, Darfield
Watene Campbell, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna, Wellington

[…] The Youth Advisory Group and Online Youth Forum have been set up to enable young people to have their say and have more influence on the education system and issues that affect them, and offer young people, aged between 14 and 18 years old, the opportunity to share their experiences of our education system.

How wonderful that a Kiwi student’s charter school experience will be included in this discussion. Do we dare hope that this means that Hipkins is not going to shut Partnership schools down but is going to attempt to rename them instead?

“I want our young people to have a say in the way our education system works and the Youth Advisory Group provides an exciting opportunity for young New Zealanders to get involved in the decision-making,” says Minister Hipkins.

Registrations of interest are still open for the Online Youth Forum, which will discuss and test the perspectives of the Advisory Group, so please encourage the young people in your community, aged between 14 and 18, to get involved. They can sign up here. […]


Do you want:

  • Ad-free access?
  • Access to our very popular daily crossword?
  • Access to daily sudoku?
  • Access to Incite Politics magazine articles?
  • Access to podcasts?
  • Access to political polls?

Our subscribers’ financial support is the reason why we have been able to offer our latest service; Audio blogs. 

Click Here  to support us and watch the number of services grow.

If you agree with me that’s nice, but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo, look between the lines and do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

You can follow me on 

To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.