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Greytown gets the message

Greytown community will certainly be aware of how much a boost is needed to ECE funding, thanks to Greytown Kindergarten staff efforts during the Heartland campaign visit. Well done!  

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Keeping up the pressure

On the home stretch in Upper Hutt yesterday, with a warm welcome from two small rural schools, Pinehaven and Plateau.  It’s been worth it to make these connections and build such a strong base.  It continues now to the election – every signature on a postcard is a vote! Pinehaven School. And Plateau School  

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Heartland campaign visits Parihaka

Ngā mihi Nui Ki Te haukainga o Parihaka. On Saturday 10 June the Heartland Tour van went to Parihaka for the Puanga Kai Rau Festival. Educator and Iwi spokesman Te Ahu Rei of Ngaruahinerangi (listen here) signed a postcard before heading down to the Maara. On this video Te Ahu talks about the Crown’s apology and…

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Rural school reality "hard"

Read Wairarapa Times-Age story here. http://times-age.co.nz/rural-schools-need/ Working at a small rural school can be very different from a larger urban one, says Wainuioru principal Karen Goodall.  “… your costs are spread out among fewer kids, so there are things that just cost more per student — it means the kids miss out,” she said. “You want…

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Wairarapa on board

Labour candidate Kieran McAnulty spent part of the morning with the NZEI Te Riu Roa team in rural Wairarapa, lending support to the Better funding, better learning Heartland Tour. “A lot of people don’t realise how stretched the Early Childhood and Primary education sectors are due to chronic underfunding. However, this tour is getting the…

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Singing the better funding song.

Tūtira mai ngā Iwi for Better Funding for Better Learning – listen to the song here. Levin East School staff performing it with the Horowhenua team – vice-president Rikki Shetterline was on board too. Left to right Dylan Kiriona , Ricky Heihei, Puhiwahine Tibble (Horowhenua team), Zoe Kusabs, Joy MacArthur (Levin East School support staff worksite…

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Every signature is a vote!

Postcards – signed, bundled and to be delivered to MPs and the Minister of Education.  This is what a day’s campaigning looks like – go team, go Foxton and Levin, huge returns for huge effort! At Levin East School.

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Robb McCann has taken the pledge.

Labour candidate for Otaki Rob McCann signed the Every Child Is Worth It pledge with Levin support staff. “I’ve only spent one morning shadowing support staff in schools, but as a parent and the partner of a teacher they are absolutely vital. So let’s start paying these good people a living wage and recognise their…

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Education facing desperate times.

Wanganui Chronicle caught up with the van.  Watch Wanganui Chronicle video and read story here. “A Whanganui boy who was beaten daily, lived in a violent home most of his young life and suffers learning and behavioural difficulties has had his support teacher funding cut. And for Whanganui Intermediate School principal Charles Oliver that throws…

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