Hekia has encountered some risky behaviours, too, but is giving troubled charter school another chance

February 21, 2015

Mrs Grumble shied off doing some online checking into the charter school that has been told to pull up its socks.

She had been keen to find out something more about the Northland school that has been told it is failing and has already cost taxpayers about $1.5 million – a number that (according to Stuff’s education sector sources) could double.

This bothers Alf and the missus because this is money that might well be spent on something dear to we Nats, such as Team NZ.

So what’s the school got to say for itself?

When a Google search to the school website was undertaken, our anti-virus software sounded a warning:

Whoa!

Are you sure you want to go there?

http://tkhkwhangaruru.ac.nz/ may be risky to visit.

Why were you redirected to this page?

  • When we visited this site, we found it exhibited one or more risky behaviors.

 

Risky behaviours?

What possibly could this mean?

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Don’t tell Hekia, but it takes gall to regard September as an early month of the year

September 10, 2014
Enderby Island ... and the end of an education problem if ratbag kids were shipped here.

Enderby Island … and the end of an education problem if ratbag kids were shipped here.

Alf is very fond of Hekia Parata and an admirer of her unwavering optimism.

The media have been banging on about three out of five charter schools failing to meet minimum enrolment targets.

But our indomitable Education Minister is unruffled.

The NZ Herald reports on what she had told Radio NZ:

(a) there is still demand for these schools and (b) it is still early in the year and figures might improve.

September? Early in the year?

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Let these schools keep their secrets – they are Maori and deserve special treatment

August 14, 2013

Alf is by no means surprised to learn that Maori-language schools are prominent among those refusing to hand over national standards data to the Government.

These are schools for the nation’s special people, and inevitably our special people want special treatment.

Hence they won’t want to comply with the rules that apply to schools frequented by the rest of the country.

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The blot on Aaron’s copybook means he has missed out on Paula’s patronage

May 14, 2013

Poor old Aaron Gilmore should be kicking his own butt. Hard.

He only had to keep his nose clean and we Nats would have rewarded him with a nice job somewhere whenever he decided to give up politics.

That’s what we did with Dr Jackie Blue, who recently was appointed the Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner.

Aaron didn’t keep his nose clean, of course, and he is quitting in unhappy circumstances.

Alas, he therefore shouldn’t expect to be rewarded with a job like…

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Relocation, relocation, relocation – one of two kura kaupapa schools has to be given its marching orders

March 22, 2013

Here’s hoping Hekia is all geared up to flit down to Christchurch and sort out two Maori immersion schools.

One of them must move.

But as Stuff tells us here, they are a stroppy twosome.

Stubborn, too.

Each of them seems determined to fight the Government’s decision.

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Hipkins had been rubbished already by critics left and right – but (yawn) here comes a cultural riposte

October 12, 2012

Dunno where Tariana Turia has been, these last few days.

Somewhere far behind the eight ball, apparently.

She has just despatched a media statement (here) to dismiss accusations of conflict of interest against our Hekia as “ridiculous”.

Co-leader of the Māori Party, Tariana Turia, has spoken out about the ‘ridiculous’ accusations levelled at Hekia Parata over a supposed conflict of interest with a ‘second cousin’.

“If Hekia’s whānau is anything like ours, there will be literally hundreds of whanaunga that might be described as a second or third cousin, twice removed – or whatever the correct terminology is” said Mrs Turia.

Alf had thought this matter was no longer on the commentariat’s agenda.

Yawn.

Is is there anything left to discuss???

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Rebranding – or what the Hekia was going on at our Correspondence School back in 2010?

August 14, 2012

Gotta confess to being bloody perplexed by a media statement from Hekia’s office yesterday.

She was announcing the appointment of the former Chief Executive and Secretary for Education, Karen Sewell, as the new chairperson of the Board of Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura).

And what the fuck is Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, your hard-working member was tempted to inquire?

The media statement went on to provide the reply.

It’s the Correspondence School, silly.

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