The Better Funding Heartland Tour, 2017
The Better Funding Heartland Tour took in regional towns all over New Zealand in one amazing campervan tour. On our trip, we got to hear some amazing stories from families and educators about what they're doing in their communities, as well as seeing the real-world impact of the last few years of funding decisions.
See our tour diaries below.
Listen to Monique Jansonius-Albers (main speaker) as the camera moves left we have Lynice Anderson, Jenny Wansbrough and Calley Whale as the second speaker.
Monique and Calley have agreed to be the teacher aide representatives for pay parity from the Taranaki Area Council.
Three political candidates turned out in Taranaki to support the teachers and the Better Funding tour. Labour’s Corie Haddock met with teachers and principals one day and support staff the next, hearing their concerns and he was clearly moved by what he heard from support staff.
The Green Party’s Stuart Bramhall spent the day with the van, canvassing and signing up postcards. And Labour’s Hilary Humphrey was at Inglewood Kindergarten to meet parents and early childhood teachers.
It’s great to see young people on board with the campaign. New Plymouth, June 7 at Huatoki Plaza, Marishka Arden Fisher (left) and Johannesburg Carmichael with NZEI’s Ngawai O’Carroll were happy to send a postcard requesting the Minister of Education put more funding in education. Our children are the future and we need to ensure that we resource education adequately now for future investment.
Below, Michael Barton and Sophie Hammond with NZEI’s Jenny Warnsbrough – Michael was only too pleased to sign.
Yesterday, at Brooklands Kindergarten in New Plymouth.
Dee Riddle, Head Teacher at Pukekura Kindergarten, pictured right, talks with parent Zoe Davies and baby Tobias Pretty about the funding cuts in Early Childhood and the impact on providing quality education in NZ.
MANAWATU – APPROXIMATELY 900 CONVERSATIONS AND POSTCARDS SIGNED. GO MANAWATU!!
“Take care of future generations ” was the message loud and clear at Kelvin Grove Kindergarten in Palmerston North. Leanne Walls (holding the box of signed postcards) with (from left) Sarah Aitken, Emma Anderson, Tammy Dodge, and Penny Burton.
Field officer Cathy Keene carrying the 313 postcards to be posted to MPs from Feidling = 313 conversations in just Feilding = popular support rising towards the election!
It’s not just that tide has turned, it’s a tidal wave of popular support for the better funding for education.
At St Joseph’s School in Feilding, Mary Howard the office administrator posting the school’s signed post cards.