Impertinent questions for Chris Hipkins and the PM



The final charter school that was due to open next year, Waatea High School, received $664,239 on December 22 […]

The principal of the Waatea primary school, Tania Rangiheuea, is married to Employment Minister Willie Jackson.

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Was this payment made as a part of a package to ensure Willie Jackson’s support? The payment made to his organisation was made on December 22 and had to be authorised by the new Education Minister. Ths was all happening around the time that Education Minister Chris Hipkins had told the world that the 2019 schools were not going be allowed to go ahead


It was revealed by Stuff on Saturday that Education Minister Chris Hipkins could say with “some certainty” the four new charter schools announced by the former National government and due to open in 2019 wouldn’t go ahead.”

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That statement from Hipkins would have included Waatea Primary’s extension to a secondary school. When Hipkins was making that statement on Radio New Zealand at around the same time Willie Jackson was on Newstalk with Larry Williams and he more than hinted that a deal had been done in exchange for his loyalty.

When I joined up … they were very clear and they would do everything to work with the school I was involved with. I would never have joined Labour if I thought they were going to close down some of our businesses.

We have a government where Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis talks to some charter schools in his electorate and not others and now there is also the appearance of favouritism to schools linked to Labour MP Willie Jackson.

Speaking of Willie Jackson, where on earth is the long-awaited Martin Jenkins report on charter schools and how well did Jackson’s school support the evaluation?


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