Millions given to trust while chair under SFO investigation

BY ACT at 13 May, 2018


ACT can reveal that $18 million of taxpayer money has been given to an iwi trust whose chair is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.


As part of the Waikato and Waipa River Treaty Settlement, the Environment Ministry has paid $18 million to the Te Arawa River Iwi Trust in order to clean up the Waikato River. It is set to receive a further $12 million over the next 12 years.


The Trust’s

Charter schools now in hands of union man

BY ACT at 13 May, 2018


“It is both sad and ironic that charter schools will now be overseen by an ex-union boss”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


Chris Hipkins has announced that former NZEI president Bruce Adin will oversee an advisory group to replace the Partnership Schools Authorisation Board that resigned in protest in March.


“This shows just how close Labour is to the union movement.


“Chris Hipkins, right from the very start of his tenure as Education

Charter school board accused Govt of “mistruths”

BY ACT at 13 May, 2018


Before resigning in protest at the Government’s decision to close charter schools, the Board set up to oversee them wrote a scathing letter to Education Minister Chris Hipkins.


The Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua Authorisation Board resigned en masse on 1 March, saying it would play no part in implementing the Government’s decision.


“The Board wrote that it was concerned about the ‘many half-truths’ and ‘mistruths’ that the Government had used to attack charter schools”,

PM too embarrassed to face questions but won’t apologise

BY ACT at 13 May, 2018


“In an unprecedented move, the Prime Minister today refused to answer a basic question over her Government’s immigration policy”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Asked to defend Phil Twyford’s infamous ‘Chinese-sounding surnames’ tactics, she wouldn’t. The Prime Minister wouldn’t even leave her seat. She was simply too embarrassed over her party’s racist ploy to blame house prices on migrants.


“She should be embarrassed, but that is no reason to evade ministerial accountability for

Govt to pay good and bad teachers equally

BY ACT at 13 May, 2018


Pay talks for primary school teachers begin today, with the Government set to increase salaries for poor teachers.


The NZEI wants a 16 per cent increase for its members. That would mean bad teachers would get a pay rise of at least several thousand dollars.


“It is wrong that the best teacher and the worst teacher are paid the same” says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“In nearly every industry in New