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August 3, 2012 New Zealand Finance
The government has released more information regarding its controversial plan to institute a charter school system in New Zealand.
On August 2nd the Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister John Banks released a joint statement, providing further details of the government’s proposed framework for charter schools in New Zealand. The new school will officially be called “Partnership Schools” or “Kura Houra”, and will be run in cooperation between the Crown and a school sponsor.
Explaining the advent of the new system, John Banks said “… partnership schools will be another option for parents and students, giving them more freedom to choose the type of education that best suits their learning needs.”
Commenting on the potential benefits of the new system, Hekia Parata...Read More
Prime Minister John Key gave indication to the upcoming budget in a speech given on the 7th of May.
On the 7th of May, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key addressed a group of business world figures in regards to New Zealand’s economic situation and upcoming budget. While this speech was aimed at further indicating that the upcoming budget will be smaller then previously expected, there was still an air optimism to John Key’s words.
The relatively sparing budget was attributed by John key to the condition of the New Zealand budgetary books. There is currently a $7.7 billion deficit, as compared to the October forecast $3.4 billion surplus. The current economic downturn has also garnered a $2 billon lower than forecast tax receipt, further adding to the economic duress of the country.Read More