Election policy comparison - education: What the major political parties will do for you

Interested in what the New Zealand political parties have in store with education policies?

Here are the main policies on how the parties would address education issues in New Zealand:

The ACT Party leader says some people should have their rent, food and power bills paid straight to the likes of landlords and food providers.
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ACT:

  • Offer schools $1 billion that principals can use to pay good teachers more
  • Open more Partnership Schools
  • State and integrated can voluntarily apply for Partnership School status
  • Increase government funding of Independent Schools
The Labour leader has brushed the barb from the TOP leader off.
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TOP:
  • Free full-time early childhood education
  • Delay National Standards until Year 6 and delay NCEA until a student's final year of school
  • Review tertiary sector
Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell at the campaign launch. Source: 1 NEWS

Maori Party:
  • Provide secondary schools with mental health workers
  • Make Te Reo Maori and Maori history core curriculum up to Year 10
  • Reduce repayment levels on student loans
Bill English said he wanted more clarity over the US and China's intentions for "a diplomatic resolution" to the North Korean threat.
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National:
  • Revamp the National Standards programme by investing $45 million
  • Roll out a suite of technology, maths and language initiatives
  • Implement a digital learning package and invest a further $126 million into maths in primary school
Students turned out to see the Labour leader speak at Auckland University.
Jacinda Ardern. Source: 1 NEWS

Labour: 
  • Invest $6 billion over four-years
  • One year fees full time free from 2018, extending to three years free by 2024; will up student allowances and available living cost loans by $50 a week
  • Create a school leavers toolkit (including driving lessons, budgeting skills and democratic rights)
"People promise everything and everything in desperation to get political power," the NZ First leader said.
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New Zealand First:
  • Scrap student loans of Kiwi students who work in New Zealand after graduation for the same number of years they studied
With Peter Dunne dropping out, the Greens have decided to run a candidate in the crucial Wellington seat.
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Green: 
Green Party leader James Shaw, NZ First leader Winston Peters, TOP leader Gareth Morgan, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, National leader Bill English, ACT leader David Seymour, Maori Party leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox.
Green Party leader James Shaw, NZ First leader Winston Peters, TOP leader Gareth Morgan, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, National leader Bill English, ACT leader David Seymour, Maori Party leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox. Source: Getty

  • Teach Te Reo Maori in schools
  • Decrease tertiary education fees, bring back student allowance for postgrad students
  • Give schools decile 1-4 a nurse
For more information (in alphabetical order), go to:
www.act.org.nz/category/policy
www.greens.org.nz/policy
www.labour.org.nz/announced_policies
www.maoriparty.org/policies
www.national.org.nz/policies
www.nzfirst.org.nz/policies
www.top.org.nz/policy

Here are just a few policies the parties have on how they would structure the education system in New Zealand. Source: 1 NEWS



Occupants accounted for after house fire in Taupo

Fire fighters have accounted for all occupants at a property where a fire broke out in Taupo.

The blaze started shortly before 2pm and fire fighters were initially unsure if anyone was trapped in the blaze.

Fire fighters made a number of searches of the property for unaccounted occupants while it was still burning.

It has since been confirmed all occupants are accounted for. 

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Brain snap! The moment young NSW schoolboy star clocks rugby ref, gets a 10 year ban

A talented 18-year-old New South Wales rugby player has been banned from the game for 10 years, after striking a referee in the face during a junior grand final.

Mark Meafua was found guilty of "physical abuse of an official" during a judiciary hearing last night held by the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union (NHRU).

Despite reading from a three page apology statement during the two hour hearing Meafua was both banned from the game for 10 years for the referee assault, Nine News reported.

In a horror game, Meafua was issued a separate 10-game suspension for striking with his elbow in play during the hearing.

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Prior to the incident Meafua was set to receive the Jack Scott Medal for the best and fairest player in the under-19's competition, however he is now ineligible. 

Meafua was also arrested at his home in Rutherford, north of Newcastle, on Saturday night and charged with common assault and will face court on October 4.