EXCLUSIVE: Kelvin Davis’s contact with that OTHER Charter school in his electorate *UPDATED

Dominic Elliot from MSWA is honoured by the PM before she closes down his Partnership school. PHOTO supplied

**UPDATE: SAMS is not the school in his electorate, MSWA ( its sister school is)

Kelvin Davis is the leader of our nation when Winston Peters and Jacinda Ardern are overseas. As Deputy Leader and Associate Minister of Education, he is a pretty important guy so it is of real concern when he admits to working ‘closely’ with two of the Charter schools in his electorate but has allegedly totally neglected the third. All three schools have been threatened with termination by his government so accusations of favouritism have been, not unsurprisingly, levelled at him.

The two Charter schools that he has told parliament that he is working closely with are both Maori Charter schools and the third school, which he has allegedly ignored, has a majority Maori and Pasifika student population. Its name is MSWA Middle school West Auckland.

So, how much truth is there in the accusations of neglect? Whaleoil has obtained the correspondence between Kelvin Davis and MSWA.

Credit: Luke Deputy Prime Minister Kelvin Davis is on the left.

According to our source MSWA has been contacted by Kelvin Davis on only two occasions. The first time was in 2015 on 2 May. It was a positive email full of promise.

Kia ora Alwyn

Sure I would love to visit. Tracy Dalton will be in touch to arrange a date.

Regards

Kelvin

The only problem was that Tracy Dalton never got in touch to arrange a date and Kelvin Davis did not visit Middle school West Auckland.

A year later, on 28 June 2016, Middle school West Auckland received the following email from Kelvin Davis.

What is SAMS?

Kelvin Davis

Yes, seriously, our Deputy Prime Minister apparently does not know how to use Google.

Then, the following year:

November 17th 2017

Good Morning Alwyn

I write on behalf of Kelvin Davis to acknowledge and thank you for your regular emails with news on from the Villa Education Trust

Would you please remove the email address from your subscribed newsletter as the email updates are too frequent and it is difficult to assess what should be put before the Minister’s portfolio team. May I suggest an individualised update would be much appreciated.

Many thanks.

Nāku nōa, nā

Tracy Dalton | On Behalf of Hon Kelvin Davis

 

Translation: We are simply not interested. Stop trying to bring your Charter school to our attention.

Another year passed and, on 15 February 2018, Middle school West Auckland sent Kelvin Davis the following email.

Dear Kelvin

I watched your first reading speech tonight where you claim we have not tried to contact you.

You will be aware that you are not telling the truth and I would have thought that you would have some hesitance to talk such crap in NZ’s Parliament.

You received and replied to an invite to visit MSWA and said you would love to visit … you did not bother to turn up. (I have those emails for anyone who wants them).

Since you have been a member of government you have received 50 email communications from the Villa Education Trust. You have responded to none of those . In fact the only email we have received back was one from your office (Tracey Dalton) telling us to remove you from our email contacts (I have copies of that exchange too). Please note we were writing to you as both out electorate MP and Ass Min of Education as many of our children are Maori. You could not be bothered reply.

Our phone contacts are available on every email we send and on all 4 of our web sites and all for of our Facebook pages. All those things are easily accessed. And yet the best that you can do is ring a bloke you know a bit on our staff and tell him to tell us to give him a ring sometime.

After some conversations today I now have a much greater understanding of just who much dedicated time you have been working with favoured Trusts (as you said to Radio NZ “working closely.”).

Would you also please confirm that for one of the Charter School Trusts that you arranged a lengthy meeting with a very high ranking and relevant member of government. I have the information – it would be good to hear it from you.

Yours

Alwyn Poole

Villa Education Trust

As of the date of this publication, MSWA has not received a reply to this email from Kelvin Davis or to the one below.

Dear Mr Davis

I have recently been following some of your statements in the House.

You are aware that Middle School West Auckland is in your electorate.

We have only ever had two return contacts from you. One was a direct email in 2015 where you promised to visit us but have never followed up.

The second was a contact from Tracy Dalton asking for you to be taken off our email list.

That you have only made two contacts is certainly surprising to us as we have sent over 50 emails to you to keep you informed of our situations – including the desperation our families feel (including many Maori families) with your government’s determination to close our school.

In the House today you said you were working with He Puna Marama because:

“as the local MP I am responsible for ensuring that constituents in the Tai Tokerau … are provided publicly available information to dispel the mysteries.”

Is there a reason why you have chosen to offer your services (quote “working closely”) with one Trust but not us?

Is there a reason that even when this has been fully discussed over the last few weeks you have at no stage attempted to make direct contact with any members of the Villa Education Trust Board – despite our contacts being easily available?

We have no idea why you are treating our Trust and all of the families that we are working with in a very different manner to others.

Yours

Alwyn Poole
Villa Education Trust

Why is Kelvin Davis, the deputy leader of the Labour party and the Associate Minister of Education, ‘working closely’ with two Maori Charter schools in his electorate but is neglecting Middle school West Auckland?

Are some Maori students more equal than others?


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