Jew-hating professor leaves Auckland Uni after outcry

Scott Poynting, the professor who hates Jews and whom we busted for his anti-semitism, will no longer be poisoning students at Auckland University.

A?University of Auckland professor is to leave his job after an anti-Semitism row sparked by a letter to the Waikato Times.

Acclaimed hate crimes expert?Professor Scott Poynting??compared an?Israeli company?employing Palestinians to a German company employing Jews. The commentary?rankled various groups, including the New Zealand Jewish Council and a fellow academic, who?complained to the university,?branding the professor’s letter?to the editor as anti-Semitic.

University?Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon addressed the complainants in a letter, which he detailed investigations had been undertaken. The institution had?found Poynting not?guilty of professional?misconduct and it had been suggested to Poynting he should write a second letter to the editor of the Waikato Times?clarifying he was not intending to make anti-Semitic remarks, McCutcheon said.

Poynting had refused to write a clarification, so McCutcheon apologised?on behalf of the educational institution.

“… I do acknowledge that the way in which Scott?Poynting?expressed himself caused considerable distress to many members of the community. On behalf of the University of Auckland, I offer my own sincere apologies for that distress,” McCutcheon wrote.

However, the final line of McCutcheon’s?letter saw the New Zealand Tertiary Education Union (TEU) wade?into the debate.

“Professor?Poynting’s?employment with the University of Auckland concludes on 30 June 2016.”

It was important to note Poynting was retiring in June, as had always been the case,?TEU organiser?Enzo?Giodani?said.

The university, however,?would not confirm the manner of his departure.

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Staff cull on the horizon for New Zealand’s largest troughing university


An unprecedented review of more than 2000 general staff at the University of Otago has sparked ”huge concern” among its employees, the Tertiary Education Union says.

”The immediate reactions have been concern and surprise from [union] members,” TEU organiser Shaun Scott said.

University human resources director Kevin Seales said vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne announced to staff last week support services across the university would be reviewed.

”This is the first time that a review of this kind has been conducted at Otago,” he said.

Only the first time, ever, that Otago Uni has had a look at how fat it has grown? ?How top heavy it has become? ? If that doesn’t tell you something… ?any organisation that’s made it to 2015 without having to review its staffing as part of a cost review has simply been running on too much fat. ? Read more »


The Union’s Governance Rort

The left are always going on about the 1% and the cost of executives and directors.

One would assume that they would be tough on their own executives and directors, not paying them vast amounts of money for governance.

Most Unions hide their governance costs in their accounts but four do not.

Income Governance % of Income spent on Governance
Dairy Workers Union $2,783,802 $138,936 4.99%
EPMU $11,144,321 $45,567 0.41%
NZEI $18,639,229 $959,511 5.15%
TEU $4,511,353 $384,044 8.51%

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How teacher unions spend their union subs

If you’re a teacher and you want to know how your unions subs are used, then I’m happy to help. It is estimated,?conservatively, that the NZEI yearly income at $20 million in subs from the members.

The cash is used to fund?extremely poor adverts and international flights and accommodation.

These people have no shame. They?are quite happy to put pictures online just to remind their comrades of the struggle for teachers’ rights and how important it is to travel abroad to continue this struggle.

So here are the NZEI, PPTA and TEU troughers in Cape Town last month:

The feature Paul Goulter (blue shirt),?National Secretary of NZEI, who wrote to members apologising for handing over ECE postcards?to Labour. They also feature prominently Sandra Grey from?the?Campaign for MMP. Nice to see that union movement is heavily backing MMP. I wonder why that is?

Here’s how this very important gathering is described:

The Congress provides an opportunity for representatives of all EI affiliates to meet and strengthen the bonds of solidarity between teachers and education workers throughout the world. Delegates consider the major contemporary issues affecting their organisations, the international teacher trade union movement, and the ongoing struggle to achieve quality public education for all.

I wonder if the ongoing struggle for quality public education touched on the one in five kids failing in NZ schools?

South Africa made a nice change from New York in March, where the NZEI and PPTA chose to stay at the rather nice New York Hilton while attending yet another conference, while their comrades in Christchurch were trying to put their schools and houses back together.

The NZEI?then had the cheek to slag off Anne Tolley for not going on the trip.

NZEI – putting its members first? You decide.