Govt’s Māori education approach a disgrace

BY ACT at 2 May, 2018


The Government plans to close a successful all-Māori charter school while its officials say serious action is required to lift Māori achievement.


The Ministry of Education has told the Government that a bold step is needed to improve Māori educational results by tackling unconscious bias in the state education system.


“This advice comes a day after it was revealed that a charter school with a 100 per cent Māori roll

Beginning of the end for Jacinda

BY ACT at 30 April, 2018


“The decision to close charter schools goes against everything Jacinda Ardern says she stands for and will irreparably tarnish her brand”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“This is the beginning of the end for her. It’s still a way off, but we’ll look back at the handling of charter schools as the first sign Brand Jacinda was a fake front.


“The Prime Minister said she would put ‘kids at the heart of

Will Jacinda front on charter schools?

BY ACT at 28 April, 2018


ACT Leader David Seymour has asked Jacinda Ardern to accept a petition from charter school students which urges her Government not to close their schools. 3000 New Zealanders have signed the petition at


“I invited the Prime Minister to name a date on which she would receive the petition at her electorate office in Auckland, but it appears she is unwilling to face up to the kids whose schools she is shutting

Education talk-fest ignores charter school success

BY ACT at 24 April, 2018


“Kelvin Davis’ proposal for an ‘education conversation’ ignores the fact that Maori are making real progress within charter schools”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“The Government is calling for ideas on how to lift Maori educational achievement and engagement.


“Davis could have just asked his Ministry of Education officials. A couple of weeks ago they released an independent report which shows charter schools are doing just that.


“Instead, his Government’s response

Govt incompetence could lead to Waitangi Tribunal

BY ACT at 23 April, 2018


The Government has handled charter schools so incompetently it could be facing an adverse Waitangi Tribunal finding.


It was revealed this morning that charter school charity E Tipu e Rea is considering lodging an application with the Waitangi Tribunal over the Government’s plans to shut the schools.


“Labour considers itself to have a special relationship with Māori. But as a result of its brazen arrogance and astonishing incompetence, the Government faces the