One of the many brilliant people I know is Pengjun Zhao. He is from China and we worked together at Otago University on urban sustainability. He came to NZ and was welcomed because we need his skills as a transport modeller to help us consider the consequences of different policy decisions on people’s mobility and carbon footprints. He has also helped us create links with policy and academic communities in China.
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Yesterday I kicked off a nationwide solar-powered roadshow showcasing what local businesses and communities are doing to help kiwi households achieve cheaper and cleaner power.
The key issue in education the Government needs to address is inequality and the effect this has on children's ability to learn before anything else, Green Party education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said today.
After four months of meetings with the education sector, the Government today released a report on the Investing in Educational Success (IES) policy it announced in January. This policy puts aside $359 million for a plan involving new roles for principals and teachers.
Last Wednesday the Minister of Education attended the Estimates hearing at the Select Committee and showed us some interesting figures. Apart from the bizarre sideshow whereby Trevor Mallard accused her of hitting a staff member I did get to raise some issues about the education plans in the latest Budget. Since then I have spoken to quite a few teachers and teachers groups about the big new idea “Investing in Educational Success” or IES.
Congratulations to Save Fiordland, Forest and Bird and the more than 18,000 people who spoke out to protect the Te Wahipounamu SouthWest World Heritage Area and Fiordland’s beautiful river valleys and the ancient beech forests of Snowdon Forest from a destructive and risky monorail.
Supporting our children to make the most of their gifts and to experience education as exciting is vital. Gifted Awareness Week is here again to remind us that we need to pay attention to the unique gifts of the full range of our students.
Tēnā koutou Tēnā koutou Tēnā koutou katoa.
Thank you very much Jeanette for that introduction and thank you, all of you, for the very warm welcome.
Greetings Green Party members and friends, greetings to those here today from the wider green movement, to our guests from the diplomatic community, and an especially warm welcome to senator Scott Ludlam from Western Australia.
They used to call climate change the biggest issue of our time.
More recently I've heard it described as the biggest issue of all time.
KEVIN HAGUE (Green) to the Associate Minister of Health: What steps will he be taking to ensure New Zealand drug laws are still fit for purpose given the recent findings by Johns Hopkins University and British medical journal The Lancet that the punitive approach to drug offending has done more harm than good?