Yeah, there are some errors in Novopay, but a balanced media report would count the pluses too

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The tossers at Stuff are showing their bias against our hard-working government, when they highlight “errors” in the Novopay system.

They seem to think it’s fair game to look only the negatives.

Their boorishly unbalanced report (here) is headlined –

Ministers knew of 147 defects with Novopay

And the opening sentences say –

Cabinet ministers signed off the error-riddled Novopay system despite advice there were 147 “software defects”.

A report, dated June last year, shows there were no problems at the most serious level, but 10 at the next level and 105 at “level 3”.

But this is like saying the score in the rugby test in Soweto last October was South Africa 16…

Yes. But what about the All Blacks? What did they score?

Oh, yes. They scored 32 points. And so Richie McCaw became the first player to achieve 100 test wins.

It’s the same with this Novopay thing. The 147 “errors” are neither here nor there without a tally of the pluses.

Don’t try to tell us there were none.

Obviously they were recognised by the experts who had a hard look.

The report, we are told, was prepared by four independent advisers from Pricewaterhouse Coopers, the Social Development Ministry, the Primary Industries Ministry and the New Zealand Transport Agency.

The system pays 110,000 staff – or it is supposed to, although fair to say it has had a few glitches.

But the important thing is that the advisers gave it the green light.

The report said the problems were not “showstoppers”.

“Talent2 now has a proven way of rectifying defects and releasing the fixes,” the Education Ministry report said.

With that sort of advice, Alf is by no means surprised to learn that Finance Minister Bill English, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Finance Minister Craig Foss allowed the project to go ahead in August.

The documents being given a public airing today also reveal that 14,470 teachers are still owed $12 million.

But let’s not get too excited about the teachers.

Chances are a fair portion of them are stroppy buggers who are demanding Hekia’s head on a plate.

Let’s look on the bright side.

Assuming the Government is earning 2.5 per cent on that money (which happens to be the official cash rate, so the real interest rate would be higher), and further assuming the government held on to the $12 million for 12 months, taxpayers would be $300,000 a year better off.

The teachers could use sums like this to drum a bit of mathematics into their students.

Waddya think, constituents?

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