Tag: Education Policy

Joyce to promote education, science links in Japan and Korea

Press Release – New Zealand Government Minister for Economic Development 22 August 2016 Media Statement Joyce to promote education and science links in Japan and KoreaHon Steven Joyce Minister for Economic Development 22 August 2016 Media Statement Joyce to promote education and science links in Japan and Korea Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce leaves for Japan and Korea today for a four-day trip to advance New Zealand’s business, innovation and education interests and promote New Zealand as an investment destination. Mr Joyce will visit Tokyo, Seoul and Busan to meet with Japanese and Korean ministers, officials and business leaders....

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Little: Backing The Kiwi Dream

Speech – New Zealand Labour Party The reason I wanted to open with that is our economy is a bit like that story the machines started, theres nothing we can do to stop it, its coming towards us and weve got to decide what to do about it. CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY State of the Nation speech Andrew Little, Leader of the Labour Party Auckland, 31 January 2016 Jacinda, thank you so much for that kind introduction. It’s a pleasure to be introduced by the next MP for Auckland Central. Can I also acknowledge our Labour Caucus, including our deputy Annette King and finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. I’d also like to acknowledge Phil Goff. It’s funny, Phil seems to be at every gathering in Auckland with more than three people for some reason. Phil, this is going to be a big year for Auckland, and I know you’ll do a fantastic job as Mayor. Right, I want to tell you a quick story about the Future of Work and I promise it’s 100% true. When I ran the EPMU, I got an incredible insurance claim form to sign off from one of our senior organisers. He’d taken his union car into the carwash to have it cleaned. He’d punched his code into the computer and had driven in. The machine was running, the car was covered in soapy water and...

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The TPP: Why rush in where angels fear to tread?

Press Release – Public Health Association The Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHA) is questioning the rush to sign the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement and says there remain too many unanswered questions; too much public unease; and a palpable lack of detailed analysis for us …The TPP: Why rush in where angels fear to tread? Public Health Association media release, 14 January 2016 The Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHA) is questioning the rush to sign the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement and says there remain too many unanswered questions; too much public unease; and a palpable lack of detailed analysis for us to be adding our signature so quickly. “We may be flattered to have been selected as the country where the TPP will be signed in February, but that shouldn’t distract us from the very real questions and concerns around this agreement,” says PHA Chief Executive Warren Lindberg. “Disquiet has been prominent in the news of late, coming from a number of fronts including copyright and education. This indicates that full analysis of just what this agreement will cost the various sectors has not been done. “There has also been very little legal or academic analysis or commentary. The document amounts to 6000 or more complex pages and has been public knowledge for far too short a time for proper analysis, so why we’re...

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Speech: Adult Illiteracy Costs Us

Speech – New Zealand First Party It is a genuine pleasure to join the Adult Literacy Practitioners Association at your 2015 Forum, here, in the beautiful and sometimes winterless North Rt Hon Winston Peters Member of Parliament for Northland New Zealand First Leader 8 OCTOBER 2015 New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters Speech to the Adult Literacy Practitioners’ Association Whangarei, 10am, 8th October Adult Illiteracy Costs Us, Just as Greater Adult Literacy Enriches Us It is a genuine pleasure to join the Adult Literacy Practitioners’ Association at your 2015 Forum, here, in the beautiful and sometimes winterless North. Your theme is “OUR VOICE – KEEPING IT REAL.” It is a theme which sums up the approach that New Zealand First takes towards what government ought to be. As the recent Trans Pacific Partnership shows, our voice is not being heard in the values we place around what we produce and export. Instead of viewing ourselves as a global food superpower, government has got us punching below our weight. Only last week, Massey University’s Professor Paul Moughan estimated that the world must produce 70 per cent more food by 2050. This large increase in food production represents a doubling of what the world currently produces. Why do you think that the Chinese government, through a State-owned enterprise, is seeking to buy half...

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Gordon Campbell on TPP dairy , and investor-state disputes

Column – Gordon Campbell Gordon Campbell on New Zealands TPP done deal on dairy, and on investor-state disputes Gordon Campbell on New Zealand’s TPP done deal on dairy, and on investor-state disputes For five years, the public has been denied any meaningful information about the content and progress of the TPP – on the bogus excuse that for the government to do so would jeopardise its ability to conduct the negotiations. Yet in other countries, far more information is publicly available than is the case here. As a result, the public is being made vulnerable to political manipulation – as information is drip fed by the government primarily for its own political ends. We are not North Korea, but a five year blackout amounts to a near- totalitarian abuse of information on matters of crucial public interest. Currently a classic example of this process is under way. For the past week, the government has been actively downplaying the likely deal on dairy access to overseas markets that New Zealand may achieve via the TPP . Prime Minister John Key has warned that the dairy deal outcome will not be ‘gold-plated’ ; and on Friday Trade Minister Tim Groser told RNZ that if a better deal than the one hitherto on offer wasn’t available, it would hardly be worth his time attending the upcoming ministerial talks in Atlanta this week,...

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