Ardern’s speech at Labour conference

Jacinda Ardern has given her speech at the Labour Party conference. I haven’t been following it so will post some reactions

Scoop: Speech: Ardern – Labour Party Conference

New Zealand Government: New workforce a game-changer for kids with learning needs

New workforce a game-changer for kids with learning needs

The Coalition Government will fund a new workforce of educational professionals who will work in schools to ensure children with diverse learning needs get the support they need to learn, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.

In a game-changer for students, parents and teachers, approximately 600 Learning Support Coordinators will be employed as early as the beginning of 2020. This will be the first tranche of these positions.

They will work alongside teachers, parents and other professionals to give our students the individualised support they deserve.

“These coordinators will not only help unlock the potential of thousands of children with learning needs, they’ll free up teachers so all children get more quality classroom time to learn,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“A big concern I hear regularly from teachers is the amount of time they spend trying to get support for children with additional needs. The new Learning Support Coordinators are a win-win; kids with both high and moderate needs will get on-the-ground support, parents will have a specialised point of contact and teachers will have more time to teach.

“This $217 million investment over four years follows a major spending increase in Budget 2018, and brings the extra funding the Coalition Government has put into learning support to half a billion dollars. That is a huge investment in our first year into supporting both our kids and our teachers.

“One in five New Zealand children has a disability or other learning and behavioural needs and it’s been too hard, for too long, for them to get support at the right time. Learning support has been neglected for more than a decade.

“The Coalition Government has listened to the parents and students who’ve asked for more support, and teachers who have been calling for this new fully-funded role.

“Learning Support Coordinators will be key people at the heart of a new learning support model, developed by Associate Minister of Education Tracey Martin, through her draft Disability and Learning Support Action Plan,” said Jacinda Ardern.

The announcement delivers on a number of the 26 recommendations from the Labour, New Zealand First and Green parties’ minority report to the Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Autism Inquiry in the last Parliament. It is also consistent with the Labour and Green Party Confidence and Supply Agreement.

 

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  1. Strong For Life

     /  November 4, 2018

    Promises, promises…

    The question I would ask, which the majority of media will not ask is, where will these staff come from?

    This is one of those feel good promises like having a mental health nurse in every school that Labour promised at election time. Oh how lovely many parents cry, what a kind and caring government. The reality is that few if any schools have recruited mental health nurses and are unlikely too because there is a shortage of mental health nurses.

    The “approximately 600” support Learning Support Coordinators will be employed as early as 2020 Ms Ardern says. That gives two years to recruit and train these support staff. Call me cynical but 600 staff doesn’t seem a lot to cover every school in New Zealand. Where will these staff come from? What will they be paid? What areas of the country will they be employed?

    I am sceptical that this initiative will be delivered.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  November 4, 2018

      You’re cynical !

      How odd, so am I.

      It seems unnecessary to have a mental health nurse in every school (what on earth would they do all day? What a boring job) apart from the problem of, you know, finding them.

      Where are the 600 to come from ? And the money?

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      • PDB

         /  November 4, 2018

        A mental health nurse for every MP may be more appropriate.

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      • Strong For Life

         /  November 4, 2018

        I was in Melbourne last week. While there, I read that the Victorian Labour Party were promising to put a nurse in every Victorian school as part of upcoming election pledges. I told my host about this and said they same had happened in NZ with Labour promising mental health nurses in schools. I said it would not happen here because there is a shortage of nurses. My host, he is a teacher, said it would not happen there either, because like here, there is a shortage of teachers and nurses. The questions I have is why don’t the likes of Tracy Martin ask the hard questions like where are these staff coming from. Instead of lapping up every word from Ms Ardern as if it is a given truth see the policy for what it is… unworkable.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  November 4, 2018

          sighhhhh….the party’s acting as if it’s all ready to go…

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        • Gezza

           /  November 4, 2018

          To be fair she took her glasses off and batted her eyelashes constantly during an intimate video interview in a cafe with John Key once. If Bronagh ever saw that I bet she was seething. Tracy seems to me to have a soft spot for PMs. Who knows which way she swings in her personal life?

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        • Blazer

           /  November 4, 2018

          there used to be a dental nurse at every schoolyears ago..so it is doable.

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    • Ray

       /  November 4, 2018

      Quite a few schools already use other funds to pay to have those support people already in the schools.
      So they are there, just a better funding is to be supplied sometimes in the future.

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  2. lurcher1948

     /  November 4, 2018

    The right is still struggling to understand that they are SO YESTERDAY and are equal to cold vomit now…an example from a nearby right wing hate blog,Farrars spinning like a top.

    About 1200 jubilant Labour Party supporters crowded into Dunedin Town Hall to hear Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern address her first party conference as leader, and there was a surprise guest speaker for the big day – Ardern’s partner Clarke Gayford.
    Hundreds more supporters were turned away after queues stretched down the street for Ardern’s speech.
    Gayford was the warm-up act before Ardern used her speech to announce 600 extra teachers for children with learning problems.
    Seriously?
    Seriously Tracy Watkins, 100’s were turned away?
    I have to go and poke my eyes with red-hot needles
    (As a normal person, i would donate knitting needles,to help this righty, not hot needles.)

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    • PDB

       /  November 4, 2018

      Don’t worry Lurch – once this govt run out of other people’s money the right will again be called upon to fix the economy. Just be thankful the coalition govt has been gifted an economy with increasing surpluses and Internationally low debt to pay for the first couple of years. You’re welcome.

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      • Corky

         /  November 4, 2018

        It’s one thing implementing all these changes; quite another providing year round funding to keep them going. One global glitch will have Labour abandoning many initiatives thanks to having no finances because of big noting, and big spending.

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  3. robertguyton

     /  November 4, 2018

    “‘The crowd had queued down the street to get in to hear Ardern’s speech at the town hall in Dunedin’”
    Jeepers!
    Makes many here sound…pinched…

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    • Gezza

       /  November 4, 2018

      So they didn’t use the stadium?

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      • Gezza

         /  November 4, 2018

        Why not? How small is the Town Hall?

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  November 4, 2018

          They queued because the doors were shut.

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          • Pink David

             /  November 4, 2018

            Same trick they use at nightclubs. Hold everyone in a queue outside to make it look popular.

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            • robertguyton

               /  November 4, 2018

              Hilarious pathetic. Enormously popular, Jacinda.
              “Ardern’s catch cry that she rallied the troops with at the election was “let’s do this”, and it was one she reissued at the weekend – but with that caveat that Labour can’t do it all at once.”
              Not all at once. Over time though and it looks as though she’ll have plenty of that!

            • Gezza

               /  November 4, 2018

              ” … but with that caveat that Labour can’t do it all at once.”
              I love the way she shamelessly steals Bill English’s lines and nobody in Labour notices. 😀

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 5, 2018

              Ooh, you are awful…but I like you ! 😀

  4. robertguyton

     /  November 4, 2018

    “Gayford referred to the “jubilant, joyful and positively infectious” mood among conference delegates after Labour was returned to power after nine years in the political wilderness.”

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  November 4, 2018

      Why was he speaking ? Is she trying to make him feel included ? I can’t imagine that there was much excitement when the ‘surprise speaker’ was announced. I’d have been expecting someone a bit more thrilling than Clarke Gayford, forsooth.

      This sounds like an attempt to make him feel part of things, but I can’t imagine many PMs doing this.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 4, 2018

      How unbiased and objective an observer do you think Clarke would be?

      I suspect he very strongly and totally supports Jacinda in public, even when she bullshits or screws up and he knows it.

      He’s got a vested interest in her so will talk her up, obviously. I must admit I find Party Conferences awful in the extreme with all the backslapping congratulatory bollocks that gets spouted through the entire duration of them.

      Preaching to the over-excitable converted is pretty winceable stuff. Remember how Andy as going to storm to victory at the last one he presided over with Jacinda’s helpful and loving support? And Simon’s?

      I try to keep my feet on the ground and let the political tragics who are blindly strong party supporters blow their whiizzeroos and wet themselves with excitement.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  November 4, 2018

        It’s hard to imagine Mrs Little being trotted out as ‘surprise speaker’, or Peter wossname, Mr Clark. Or any PM’s partner. CG seems a bit of a cipher.

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  5. robertguyton

     /  November 4, 2018

    “”We are trying to cater for everyone…we do not claim perfection, but we do claim a considerable advance on what has been done in the past.””
    In a nutshell.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  November 4, 2018

      Weasel words. You can’t cater for everyone, look at the old fable of the old man and the donkey who tried to please everyone and pleased no one.

      Catering for people whose income is so high that they ought to be catering for themselves is likely to cause resentment among those on low incomes.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 4, 2018

      I’ll give them full marks for giving the Winter Energy payment to millionaires. Even Trumpy would be proud of them delivering that sort of generous largesse to the fabulously wealthy.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  November 4, 2018

        Or giving the impression that they are handing out houses to people who could afford them anyway, and then backpedal like mad to do damage control.

        Kenneth Williams as Robin Hood.’…I rob the poor to help the rich.
        Kenneth Horne ‘Shouldn’t that be rob the rich to help the poor?’
        Kenneth Williams ‘I know which side mybread’s buttered on, ducky.’

        (Round the Horne)

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  November 4, 2018

      In a nutshell’s about it, that’s about what the real ideas would fi into,

      Or is the nutshell the venue for the conference?

      Who on earth was that child prancing around on the stage?

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  6. robertguyton

     /  November 4, 2018

    “Her speech also addressed the critics who said “Labour in government wouldn’t be able to balance the books”..

    Finance Minister Grant Robertson had proved them wrong, Ardern said.

    “He has kept a firm grip on the country’s finances and he is focused on running surpluses which is a vital part of our plan.”

    Read and weep, Natty-boys!

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    • Gezza

       /  November 4, 2018

      Yes, it will be making them grumpy – but Grant’s got some big fights coming up with teachers and probably other public servants this year showing every intention of not giving a shit about his books and demanding they get massive pay increases because they believe this government will cave in, and they don’t care about any others the government has to fund as well because those others aren’t part of their farkin union so feck em.

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      • robertguyton

         /  November 4, 2018

        The doom merchants and naysayers on this thread were a great entertainment! In the face of a very successful conference, palpable negativity from the Eeyores. Brought tears of joy to my eyes.

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