The previous posting about Hekia’s resignation has soared to over 2000 readers and is still climbing.
I am heading to Whangarei in a few hours to spend the weekend with my northern grandchildren but wanted to keep you in touch with developments. (I can sense some hard family stares as I bend to the computer so may not make it with the posting. By the way any principal free for a coffee at wharf on Sunday morning – 0272409092.)
Some in the media have rung to ask me how I knew about her resignation in advance. I said we watch each other like hawks and I noticed a difference in her flight pattern.
It reached a considerable flurry and I knew.
I need to make it clear: Hekia Parata resigned on principle.
She not only did not like present directions she was also horrified with directions being planned by John Key, Steven Joyce, and Bill English – directions set out in the previous article.
Those three pakeha men need to be very careful.
I picked up her major concern early in the year when a word became proscribed around her office – she became mightily agitated at its use: projects. That word was mentioned at the utterer’s risk.
And the concern came from the lack of support from the three pakeha men referred to above at the lack genuine policies and genuine money to help Maori.
Readers of this website will know I have goaded Hekia about the stunts (projects) for Maori she has promoted as cover for the lack of proper education proposals. I made it quite clear Maori achievement was slipping and her lack of action was to blame. You may remember that this website begged that instead of $270 million going into clusters, that money be used to reduce class size in primary and for tutoring for certain groups of children at secondary.
Hekia’s main concern with the three pakeha men is that the needs of Maori children are not being addressed. Mind you, by going on about the effect of poverty on achievement being 18% instead of 70% she has contributed mightily to this not being addressed. Hekia – we are talking about deep learning here not a test after some algorithms.
Hekia also detests charter schools as typical of the sort of stunt driven by the three pakeha men supposedly to help Maori.
Hekia looked at the policies she had implemented for the three pakeha men and was unhappy.
And then late last year she looked at the policies laid out for her to deliver in the new election cycle and she was downright miserable.
I praise her courage in doing this.
She gains the title of the best minister of education resignation ever.
Key became very concerned about the effect of Hekia’s resignation on the anti-public education policies planned for the next election, no doubt to be set out in nauseous neoliberal-speak.
He tried to strengthen the weak resignation message (discussed with family and other stuff) by saying it was probably because of Wira’s (Hekia’s husband) aging and his illness.
Hekia came straight back and said it wasn’t.
Key should pull his horns in and be very careful. Hekia’s weak message regarding her reasons for resigning sent a strong message about education, and that message was that she resigned because of concerns over directions.
Let me see now: a woman, a Maori women, a strong Maori woman, a strong Ngati-Porou Maori woman.
Key – I would be very careful.