Labour/Government spending on schools

In her Speech to the 2019 Labour Party Conference Jacinda Ardern gave details of plans provide money to all schools for maintenance.

…next year almost every single state school in New Zealand will receive a one-off payment of up to $400,000 to upgrade their classrooms and facilities.

This is the biggest cash injection for school maintenance in at least 25 years.

It will create jobs in every community in the country while helping to make our schools the special places they deserve to be.

Every school will get a payment of $693 per student, capped at a maximum of $400,000, while no school will get less than $50,000 regardless of how small their roll is.

@henrycooke: The funding maxes out at $400k per school but also has a $50k floor. This creates some wild ratios, eg: Auckland Grammar, with 2421 students, will receive the max of $400k – $165 per student. Papanui Junction School, roll of 7, will receive the minimum of $50k – $7k per kid.

Be it classroom upgrades or extensions, ensuring classrooms are warm and dry so our kids can learn, replacing coal boilers with new clean and energy efficient heating, improving play areas with resurfacing and landscaping, replacing roofing and guttering – this money is to ensure that the projects that schools have often had to defer can now get done.

But this isn’t just about schools – it’s about jobs. And especially trades jobs.

We want schools to engage local builders, plumbers, carpenters, roofers, landscapers – this is an opportunity for work at a local level in every town and city in the country.

Now this is just the first part of our infrastructure package, and one element of our work to rebuild New Zealand.

And it will leave a visible mark on every school in the country.

Now I know that what happens to our school buildings is one thing but what happens within them matters even more.

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She also announced a Ministry of Education offer to pay all school support staff at least ‘the living wage’.

So I want to finish by acknowledging that on Friday, the Ministry of Education made a new offer to settle the school support staff collective agreement, which, if accepted, will see teacher aides and other support staff receive at least the living wage.

Today, I can also announce that we intend for the Ministry to extend the living wage offer to all non-teaching staff in schools including cleaners, caretakers, and grounds people.

A lot of people will like this expenditure, and many will benefit from it. It won’t do any harm for Labour’s election chances next year either.

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17 Comments

  1. This is funny…

    …especially some of the comments.

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    • Gezza

       /  2nd December 2019

      Tova’s bit of fun gets her skewered for being a vacuous political editor.

      Such is Twitter. Only Trump’s really conquered it.

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  2. Duker

     /  2nd December 2019

    The living wage for school support staff, is a funny thing as of course they are paid OK ‘when working’ , but the school holidays are so long and only the teachers and management are paid while on holiday while support staff only get the standard hols.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  3rd December 2019

      You’re right, of course. There’s no point in paying these people over the holidays when they are not doing anything. Teachers have to spend a lot of time doing marking and preparation, aides and cleaners don’t.

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    • Gezza

       /  2nd December 2019

      That’s not really much of an analysis, especially for a joint work by two journalists. Reads more like a once-over-lightly Woman’s Weekly article. I found this intriguing:

      There was in fact an election during the conference, one that exposed the only real rift in a party more enamoured with its leadership than it has been in decades. That election was for the Labour Party president, necessary after Nigel Haworth resigned over his handling of the sexual assault allegations. Claire Szabo – a white woman close to Ardern with experience running a large organisation – won the vote, as was expected.

      The rift is with Labour’s Māori wing, who have now delivered seven Māori seats for the party but have just two MPs in Cabinet. Their candidate was Tane Phillips, a Kawerau unionist who is currently the vice-president for Māori. Both Szabo and Phillips sat very nervously on stage waiting for the result to be read on Saturday evening, each ready for their life to change quite seriously. After Szabo won (to very loud applause) Te Kaunihera Māori chair Rudy Taylor stood from the floor and looked to quell any tension – making clear that now the election was over and his candidate had lost he was behind Szabo and Ardern 100 per cent. In the hallways afterwards the phrase “indivisible Labour” bounced around plenty.

      Labour’s Deputy Leader is Maori. And is comfortable relating to Maori in that role. I think also probably quite good at coralling te Maori caucus & advising Jacinda on Maori tikanga, kaupapa, protocol & diplomacy. Is there really a rift? Why should there be?

      Also
      Whanganui local Karanga Morgan summed up what many Labour faithful repeated at the end the red-themed weekend: It was an excellent conference. She was proud of the “strong Māori caucus” and Ardern. “She brings integrity to politics and we haven’t had that in a long time.”

      Does she? She’s as much a political animal as many others from what I can see. Hasn’t been caught out up to any dirty tricks, but one can turn a blind eye to others in their party getting up to them. Campaign year should test this claim. National seems likely to present some target opportunities if Simon doesn’t start trending up in the polls.

      Labour Party members were asked for feedback about the party’s achievements.
      “She has not forgotten what counts – that’s family, children and whakapapa – that’s what keeps her grounded and that’s what she promises. No matter where she is in the world, she is who she is. You get what you get.”

      Yeah I think she really does have – or at least project – more of a genuine, folksy common touch than Simon manages to achieve.

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      • Duker

         /  2nd December 2019

        Same old falsehood
        “The rift is with Labour’s Māori wing, who have now delivered seven Māori seats for the party ”
        MMP means that labour would have the same total number of seats if they didnt win all 7. It doesnt ‘deliver’ anything. Many list Mps are Maori but like any new government they usually rely on longer serving Mps for Cabinet.

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        • Gezza

           /  2nd December 2019

          How would MMP have resulted in Labour getting the 7 Maori electorate seats though, which is what he obviously means?

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  3rd December 2019

            I think that she’s shallow and superficial; she’s good at telling people what they want to hear.

            She’s also good at sidestepping when under pressure.

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            • Gezza

               /  3rd December 2019

              Absolutely. She’s a master at diversionary patter with an earnest look.

          • Duker

             /  3rd December 2019

            Its a weird construct ‘delivered 7 Maori seats’. Who thinks like that
            ‘That without them labour would have no maori Mps’ ? No 6 list Mps are Maori
            ‘That without them labour would be seven seats short’ ? No MMP doesnt work like that.

            I seem to remember an older version of that line, more explicitly said the’ 7 seats delivered labour government’

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            • Gezza

               /  3rd December 2019

              Not quite sure what you mean by “who thinks like that?”

              “Maori seats” is a pretty well-used term in the msm to refer to the number of electorate seats specifically allocated to the Maori electorate.

              I think the reporter is trying to suggest that some Maori MPs and/or Maori delegates considered that as their Labour Maori candidates won all 7 of the Maori electorates, this somehow – in some way he never explains – meant they should, in return, elect a Maori candidate as President.

              I dunno why it even got mentioned. Maybe to stir up trouble. Maybe to fill up some space in a pretty nothing article. Who knows?

  3. duperez

     /  2nd December 2019

    Bishop Brian Tamaki is upset his school isn’t getting any of the money.

    “Too many Christian and Indigenous schools in New Zealand have been struggling and closing down due to lack of government funding and support.”

    His Christian or Indigenous school or whatever he wants to call it has massive advantages. The have God on their side and Tamaki himself who apparently knows how to ‘raise’ money. Lots of it.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12290125

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    • Duker

       /  2nd December 2019

      Its not even ‘reporting’ , just a verbatim press release from the ‘Bishop’
      No other integrated school gets any money either, as its not the state that funds their buildings. Wouldnt know the reasons why Destiny school isnt an integrated school like the Catholic system, but I would guess the School just be a creature of the Destiny Church. They refused to give the reasons back in 2015, muttered ( empty) talk of legal threats but that was it.

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  4. David

     /  3rd December 2019

    Labour are promising 69 million dollars less than what National were going to spend on schools, the other difference was National were going to spend it on schools that actually needed the money rather than just spray taxpayers cash around based on no detailed homework. Bloody useless really.

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