Thousands of people have read my post about Hekia Parata fabricating support from a mystical ‘Special Education Association’, and most were just plain dismayed that a Minister would openly make up information to justify her plans for special education. However, a few hardy souls dredged up whatever support they could for the minister, saying that there is indeed a New Zealand Special Education Association (NZSEA) in Canterbury and they probably did support the plans. (This despite Hekia saying herself that when she said she had the support of the Special Education Association what she meant was some people generally support her plans). Most people know and accept that Hekia lied – but, you know, some hardy individuals just won’t face those kinds of facts.
So I did what seemed best, I emailed the apparently defunct NZSEA to double check that they are indeed no longer a group and check whether they did or did not support Ms Parata’s plans.
In plain English and to be very clear, I asked the NZSEA whether they are they Special Education Association to which Hekia Parata referred when she said to Chris Hipkins during Question Time in Parliament on 23rd August 2016:
‘I can tell the member that the Special Education Association tells me they want to be able to measure progress …’
The answer is no, they are not.
The NZSEA’s reply, received at 9.45am today, said:
Kia ora Dianne
Thank you for your email. It is timely as I am about to write a letter to the editor disclaiming any association between NZSEA and the Minister’s statement she gave last week. She has never consulted with NZSEA on any matter associated with special education, in the past or now.
Unfortunately, the NZSEA is currently on the process of winding up so it will be interesting to see if the Minister refers to the group again. All the best in your quest.
New Zealand Special Education Association (NZSEA)