ECE

Seven ECE fraud complaints upheld

The ministry said none of the cases warranted referral to the police, and it was misunderstanding of the rules rather than intentional breaches that led to the complaints.

However, some of the services had to repay thousands of dollars in government subsidies and one was placed on a provisional licence.

One service was the subject of two complaints that suggested it was claiming funding for children who were no longer attending, it was not meeting child/teacher ratios and former staff were still included on rosters.

“Ministry audits were conducted and a total of $46,835 was recovered from the service as a result of disallowed funding. The service was placed on a provisional licence and the ministry worked with the service to improve regulation compliance.”

Another of the services was also found to be claiming funding for children who were not enrolled and had to repay $40,170.

One of the complaints alleged that a service was gifting money to a church. Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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Hipkins misses the point in his bid to increase union membership

Chris Hipkins has missed the point in his one man bid to increase union membership for the NZEI.

Labour would introduce a minimum qualification requirement for all early childhood educators, seeking to curb the rapid growth of taxpayer-subsidised nannies and au pairs.

The party’s education spokesman Chris Hipkins says early childhood funding should be focused on boosting participation in quality, free services, and ensuring value for money.

“Instead it is going on subsidies towards nannies and au pairs for those who can afford to make that choice, while children from low-income families still top the statistics for non-participation,” he said.

“Surely the Government should be just as focused on ensuring that services are delivering quality as they are on increasing bums on seats.”

Mr Hipkins’ comments follow a Herald report from the weekend which revealed rapid growth in the home-based sector, with a record number of children – 25,000 – now in government-subsidised services which don’t require educators to have have any qualifications.   Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

Teacher union lies about “Charter kindies”

The Early Childhood Council has expressed anger at ‘untrue’ NZEI news releases ‘taking lame little pot shots’ at private providers of quality early childhood education.

The statement follows the NZEI’s most recent news release calling for an inquiry into the quality of ‘market-driven’ services.

Council CEO Peter Reynolds said today (21 April 2015) it was not true that privately-owned early childhood education was inferior to community-owned early childhood education, as the NZEI had claimed and reclaimed.

The NZEI had been told exactly this by ERO as recently as 31 March, he said.

Unions are scum.  Anything justifies the means.   Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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#HeyClint Is this the Green’s draft education policy?

I have been leaked a draft of part of the Green party Education policy.

The policy document looks like a work in progress, and a cut/paste job of a bunch of ideas…but the upshot of them is that the Green party appears to be going to spend millions in education and the main plank of the policy is to basically remove the role of parents in caring for children and instead making that the responsibility of a plethora of newly created positions and jobs.

There are some truly alarming ideas contained in the document which was authored by Green party spin-weasel and former Herald on Sunday and DominionPost journalist Leah Haines.

Many areas are vague, incomplete or missing data. It is as if they have decided to create a policy and are hoping the data will fit what they want to achieve.  Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

Starve the “not-normals” of oxygen

OK, so the teachers’ unions and their Labour/Green lapdogs have had their day in the sun.

It has to stop.

And let’s not forget the only tactic these scum have is to try and force the sacking or resignation of the education minister – so they can go on serving their own interests at the expense of kids.

They tried it with Tolley – and didn’t they just hate it when she refused to back down and won the battles of national standards, cuts to the bloated ECE sector, pay talks and hobby night classes.

Tolley’s rat cunning divided the unions and made them look selfish and unreasonable, while keeping parents onside.

Now the unions are back, all over the media pretending they are normal and pretending they care about education.

They are not normal. They don’t give a damn about parents or students.

They want to be in charge of the education sector. They think they have won.

They must be stopped.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

Photos of Conference – A Solitary Protestor

Today was the final day of the National party conference, it is election year and the only protest was this single old bloke out the front protesting the funding of glorified baby-sitters.

It seems all the rowdies have given up.

Old fossil protesting funding of glorified baby sitting

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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NZEI admits kids are failing in school – but don’t blame us

The rabid teachers’ union, NZEI, is pretending to be all cuddly to try and spread its poison going into the election campaign.

Neutered by Tolley, and without their pathetic poodles in the Labour Party to rely on, the NZEI has resorted to newspaper and TV ads.

What is very interesting is that it’s the first time I can recall they’ve admitted some kids are missing out on a good education. Of course they don’t tell the full story – 20 per cent of our children can’t read or write or do maths properly (It’s their own website so it must be true!).

But don’t blame us, they say in this advert.

We need more money.  (Government education spend is $12.2 billion this year.)

We need smaller class sizes. (Studies show it’s the quality of the teacher that matters, not the size of the class)

We need more teacher aides – ie unqualified teachers. (Seriously? You think this will help a kid who is struggling – an unqualified teacher?)

At no stage is there any admission that maybe – just maybe – some teachers might just have to lift their game.

And more teacher aides in schools? But NZEI says you need 100 % qualified teachers in ECE to help wipe noses and clean up sick?

Makes no sense. That’s because this is about National Standards. Accountability is coming down the track and the NZEI knows it can’t hide the crap teachers any longer.

Sorry comrades – you’ve been found out. During the next recess Anne Tolley needs to go visit Chris Christie.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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Kindygate – murkier and murkier

The cat is definitely among the pigeons following my outing of kindergarten associations.

These guys are running scared after being outed.

I revealed that these “charities” – which are closely tied to the NZEI – have over $60 million just sitting in the bank, while demanding half a billion more from the taxpayer and trying to ask parents for higher fees.

Now via the tipline a parent has told of some extremely dodgy dealings at their kindy since I broke this story.

Last week parents were approached by a kindy teacher and told that they should no longer pay their fees to the local association (which has a few million sloshing around in the bank) – but instead give the cash direct to the individual kindy coffers – “to make sure our kindy gets the money and we don’t have to share it.”

Now, as charities (yeah whatever) ALL funding and donations need to be declared.

So, are they now trying to hide money to continue the rort on taxpayers?

Labour allowed this sector to get away with murder and coin it in for years. They are now bleating about funding changes and using kids for political protests – all the while with millions gathering interest.

Message to ECE and NZEI – party’s over.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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Moroney abandons ECE workers

Labour and NZEI – joined at the hip, as my recent email expose showed – are doing all they can to make ECE an election issue.

They want you and me to pay an extra half a billion a year into this sector – on top of the $1.4 billion a year which the taxpayer already stumps up.

Certainly, kindergarten associations can never have enough money. As I revealed, these “charities” have at least $60 million in the bank gathering interest.

But if ECE is such a big deal to Labour, then where was Sue Moroney on Friday?

Goff’s education spokesperson (his fifth since the election) had promised to take part in a political panel debate at a childcare conference in Rotorua.

But the hundreds of ECE workers at the conference were left in the lurch. Moroney just didn’t bother turning up. No apology, no explanation.

Maybe she was too busy helping NZEI and kindy associations count their money. Or maybe she was scared the workers would ask how their names and emails had found their way onto Labour’s database.

Or maybe she was worried someone would ask how Labour would fund the extra half a billion a year they have promised this sector.

Whatever the reason, Labour just waved goodbye to yet more votes.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

Kindygate scandal – at least $60 million in bank accounts, and rort continues

My revelation that Kindergartens are awash with millions of dollars of taxpayer cash – while screaming with their union mates at the Government for more of my money – is on the front page of the Herald.

Parents are already asking questions.

No credit given to me, but that is par for the course – and even more annoying is the fact the story fails to mention that Auckland Kindergarten Association has ten million cash in the bank.

These figures are all in plain view – and I would encourage other repeaters around the country to have a good look and ask a few awkward questions about the so-called “charities” in their area, which are taking part in political campaigns.

So in the public interest I’ve had another look at the Charities register – and picked out a few more juicy stats.

By my reckoning, there is at least $60 million in kindy association bank accounts – so why are they asking parents for more money? Why do they want taxpayers to flush an extra half a billion down their toilets? And if they are really charities – why are they doing the dirty work of the NZEI and using children in anti-government protests?

By the way, most of the returns are for 2011, so don’t give me any bullshit that all the money has disappeared after the government changed the funding rules. From the looks of these well padded accounts not a minute too soon either.

Northland Kindergarten Association

Current Assets

Cash and bank balances $4,489,347

Rimutaka Kindergarten Association

Current Assets
Cash and bank balances $2,930,988

All other short term assets $54,031

All Current Assets $2,985,019

Lower Hutt Kindergarten Association

Current Assets
Cash and bank balances $2,267,075

All other short term assets $38,026

All Current Assets $2,305,101

Marlborough Kindergarten Association

Current Assets
Cash and bank balances $1,582,575

All other short term assets $12,125

All Current Assets $1,594,700

Nelson District Free Kindergarten Association

Current Assets
Cash and bank balances $1,401,639

All other short term assets $505,511

All Current Assets $1,907,150

Tauranga Region Kindergartens

Current Assets
Cash and bank balances $1,746,853

All other short term assets $737

All Current Assets $1,747,590

Waikato Kindergarten Association

Current Assets
Cash and bank balances $5,255,994

All other short term assets $20,1419

All Current Assets $5,457,413

Canterbury Westland Kindergarten Association

Current Assets
Cash and bank balances $1,633,809

All other short term assets $10,124,798

All Current Assets $11,758,607

South Canterbury Free Kindergarten Association

Current Assets
Cash and bank balances $114,691

All other short term assets $1,203,780

All Current Assets $1,318,471

Gisborne Kindergarten Association

Current Assets
Cash and bank balances $1,224,000

All other short term assets $42,000

All Current Assets $1,266,000

Central Otago Kindergartens

Current Assets
Cash and bank balances $1,437,859

All Current Assets $1,437,859

Dunedin Kindergarten Association

Current Assets
Cash and bank balances $6,080,269

All Current Assets $6,080,269

Southland Kindergarten Association

Current Assets
Cash and bank balances $3,118,684

All other short term assets $93,894

All Current Assets $3,212,578

Wanganui Kindergarten Association

Current Assets
Cash and bank balances $1,198,705

All other short term assets $81,596

All Current Assets $1,280,301

 

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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