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Greens caught bending party policy to grant $11.7m to private school in Taranaki

From Stuff Thomas Coughlan:

The Green Party has been caught bending its own party policy after a private school in Taranaki was given $11.7 million to fund an expansion programme.

The money comes from the Government’s $3 billion shovel-ready projects fund, and was announced in a press release from Greens co-leader James Shaw who said the grant to Green School New Zealand would help the school expand its roll from 120 students to 250, creating 200 jobs.

“Securing over 200 jobs will help direct more money into the parts of the economy where most people earn their livelihood. These are the parts of the economy that are sustained when public investment is directed at getting people into work and earning money that they then spend in their local communities,” Shaw said.

“The support we are providing will help Green School to meet growing demand from parents all over New Zealand, and the rest of the world, wanting to enrol their children. This will mean more families can take the opportunity to put down roots in Taranaki and contribute to the future growth of the region,” he said.

But Green School New Zealand is a private school which charges up to $24,000 a year for New Zealand students and $43,000 a year for international students.

Green Party policy is opposed to state funding being given to private schools, and wants it to be gradually phased out.

‘Public funding for private schools should be phased out and transferred to public schools,” says the party’s current education policy.

Shaw said the project was particularly jobs rich in an area that could be particularly hard hit by the Covd-19 induced recession.

The project is projected to create 200 jobs and is particularly popular with the local council.

“This project scored quite highly and was supported by local council,” Shaw said.

“If you look at it the infrastructure that $3b fund goes into it’s an enormous array of things: swimming pools, courthouses fire, stations, hydrogen projects,” Shaw said.

“You could find an objection to any one project. The point is it’s a portfolio of infrastructure and construction projects that’s designed to keep the economy rolling in that field,” he said.

Education union NZEI Te Riu Roa criticised the move

Paul Goulter, NZEI Te Riu Roa national secretary said it came as a “complete surprise”.

“This comes as a complete surprise to us given the Greens’ own clear policy against public funding of private schools.

“We just can’t understand why the Government would go ahead and fund a private school with public money at a time when public schools in the Taranaki region are crying out for this type of investment,” he said.

The sheer scale of the funding is significant. When the Government announced a $400 million package to upgrade New Zealand’s ageing public school infrastructure, it was capped at $400,000. The grant to the Green School would be enough to fund nearly 30 schools at that rate.

Just up the road from Green School, New Plymouth Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools each received $400,000.

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23 COMMENTS

  1. “If the Left didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any standards.”

    What I find peculiar is an increase in 130 pupils and that creates 200 jobs? Do they have several teachers to one child or are those extra jobs kick-backs to the Greens (even if “indirectly”) through so-called administration? (This is ignoring the typical hypocrisy from the Greens).

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    • Don’t you loathe the typical elitist Green hypocrisy (hippie-pocrisy)? I felt like spewing when I heard this news on the radio.
      Its green fascism, classism and racism, and to hell with the mainly brown kids in lower decile schools with leaky classrooms.
      Can’t we rid our country of these creeps?

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  2. 200 extra jobs is a bit far fetched, unless they are are partime jobs!
    But then were are they to get the people?
    It’s in a seaside town were most people commute into New Plymouth 10/15 km away!
    Kiwi Bus or cycle to school seen as its green.

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  3. The blurbs on how the Green Youth are created.

    an initial teacher-student ratio of about 1:5, while two teacher aides are being hired.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/117816141/despite-fees-of-1200024000-new-zealands-first-green-school-only-has-six-spaces-left
    Dec 04 2019

    https://www.greenschool.org/news-media/green-school-new-zealand-opens-in-taranaki/

    https://greenbyjohn.com/green-school-new-zealand-is-open/

    One does wonder how it was initially financed?

    Is it a ponzi scheme, with application & registration fees, then the admission fees, registration and then the refundable deposits.

    Driving their kids to school in ‘Audi Lexus SUV’s fueled ev, ‘ , setting them up run to clip tickets of greenery and take a cut out of other peoples incomes & assets, in the name, that it will be good for you.

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    • This school is part of a international chain of schools. There are about 4 or 5 of them. One in Bali , South Africa etc.

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      • Is this another way of creating a “bolt hole”?

        All of our Green School students and majority of their families will live near the school campus, in Taranaki, New Zealand.
        Once we receive an application for enrolment, Green School is able to provide some support in moving to New Zealand.
        We do not provide a relocation service, but we have a community who are committed, experienced and ready to support families moving from abroad.

        https://greenschool.nz/admissions/

        That amount of public money should mean that the accounts of that school should be open and an approved auditor is used.

        Was an public money, grants? waived fees, used in the initial set up of this school

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    • The government ruthlessly closed charter schools.

      Then are so supportive of this variant, that will prove red on the inside.

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  4. Disgusting especially considering Hipkins has breached the Integration Agreement by by not giving Catholic schools extra funding. To all Catholics out there, Hipkins Hates Catholic Education. You can’t be a Labour supporter and support Catholic Education.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503402&objectid=12293065

    Now I know a few here will regard this as a good thing, but remember the enemy of my enemy is a good thing. Spread far and wide if you have Catholic connections that may be symathetic to that Communist Queen and her despicable Court Jester

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  5. So is this the greens equivalent of Shane Jones throwing his wad around!
    How do the kids get to school, electric bus or mummy’s SUV?

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    • Maybe electric bike with one of those wanky little covered kiddie pull alongs??? Mummy will be fit after riding up hill and down dale to take the week precious darling snowflakes to school then riding back to pick them up

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      • But it’s 10/15km out from NP. Why build out there away from the catchment area and not expect Karen to drive the SUV?

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  6. The credibility of the Green Party has dropped even further for me with this announcement. It was not high prior to this announcement as the social justice was taking over from any semblance of interest in environmental matters.

    Simply not electable.

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    • I bet the Greens polling will now take a BIG hit and they won’t make the 5% threshold in October’s election. YAY!!

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  7. That “create 200 jobs” is bullshit.

    An extra 130 students don’t need 200 school – related jobs.

    So this really means builders, electricians, plumbers the local mitre 10, and maybe 10 teachers propaganda consultants.

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