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An offer charter schools couldn’t refuse

BY ACT at 16 May, 2018


 

The Education Minister has made charter schools an offer they couldn’t refuse: ‘conform or be closed’. 

 

“Chris Hipkins today confirmed that charter schools would either lose the precious liberties that have helped them serve some of our most disadvantaged students, or have their contracts terminated”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. 

 

“As Raewyn Tipene, chief executive of He Puna Marama Trust, put it, charter schools have applied to become special character schools ‘under duress’.

 

“Hipkins


Free Press: The ‘Boondoggle Budget’

BY ACT at 16 May, 2018


 

Free Press: The ‘Boondoggle Budget’

 

This Thursday, the Government will deliver its first Budget.

 

The level of waste and extravagance that will be packed into Grant Robertson’s offering – from free degrees for tomorrow’s elite, to billions in corporate welfare, a regional slush fund, and pensions for millionaires – means it deserves to be called the ‘Boondoggle Budget’.

 

Free degrees for tomorrow’s elite

 

Chris Hipkins’ $3 billion bribe will pay for


ACT fact check on PM’s migrant-bashing

BY ACT at 13 May, 2018


 

“The Prime Minister’s continued scapegoating of migrants for the housing crisis and for placing pressure on public services runs counter to the evidence”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

Jacinda Ardern has in recent days reiterated her position that migrants are pushing up house prices and are placing a heavy burden on New Zealand infrastructure.

 

Let’s check her claims against the official advice her Government has received.

 

1. Migrants are placing ‘unsustainable


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