Nick Smith sunk to a new low when he blamed Maori and Pasifika educational underachievement for plummeting rates of homeownership among their people, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Jenny Salesa says.
“The Housing Minister yesterday said lower rates of home ownership among Maori and Pasifika were ‘just a broader reflection of the fact that they tend to have lower education achievement, that they have lower incomes, and that translates itself into housing’.
A shortage of skilled plumbers highlights major gaps in the Government’s trades training which is having serious implications for our construction industry, Labour’s Skills and Training spokesperson Jenny Salesa says.
“Information obtained under the Official Information Act shows an undersupply of plumbers is predicted to hit 58 per cent over the next few years. That means Auckland alone will be 601 plumbers short.
The Ministry of Education boss Peter Hughes seems to be under some kind of illusion if he holds the view that “all students have access to a digital device”, says Labour’s Associate Education spokesperson Jenny Salesa.
“Peter Hughes today made the statement before the Education and Science Select Committee so I invited him to South Auckland where schools don’t have money to provide technical gadgets.
“The reality, especially in South Auckland, is that parents are getting into debt due to the growing demand for their kids to have these modern tools.
The students of Whangaruru are the ultimate victims in the National-ACT Government’s failed charter school experiment which has resulted in a proposal to close their school, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Jenny Salesa says.
“The losers are the taxpayers, as are the kids at schools down the road who receive about a quarter of the funding that went into Whangaruru.
The stark realities of life for South Aucklanders in substandard Housing New Zealand and private rental homes were fully exposed at a South Auckland housing meeting today, Labour’s MP for Manukau East Jenny Salesa says.
“Local people generously shared their personal experiences. Together with the 50 housing complaints that my office has heard over the last 10 days, they illustrate in heart-breaking detail how badly this Government is failing ordinary Kiwis.