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Upper Hutt Leader : November 23rd 2011
4 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 NEWS The First Name in Good Gardens Specials valid till 30/11/11 or while stocks last www.oderings.co.nz www.oderings.co.nz Not being members we cannot sell or redeem NGIA Gift Vouchers. Other Vouchers - Yes. Your Guarantee of quality is assured when you purchase plants grown and selected by Oderings. Darryn Odering Open 7 Days 8am - 5.30pm 1066 Fergusson Dr, Upper Hutt Ph: 939 1020 All our standard range of bedding plants in PACKS OF 9 - NOT 6 like most of our opposition - 50% more plants Impatiens Mixed Our biggest selling bedding plant. Lovely mixture of bright colours - real flower power. 4.29 329 PACK OF 9 Dahlia Redskin & Figaro Redskin - lovely red foliage and bright flowers. 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National Rimutaka candidate Jonathan Fletcher is left and Upper Hutt Leader journalist Jim Chipp right. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN CONTINUED Page 7 Prime Minister John Key offered a rare personal interview with a community newspaper last Wednesday. The Upper Hutt Leader's JIM CHIPP asked him about Rimutaka, national educational standards, child poverty, the chances of a Labour-led ''coalition of losers'' holding National out of power and how he planned to vote in the representation referendum. Jonathan Fletcher and Rimutaka National s Richard Whiteside ran Labour s Chris Hipkins close in the Rimutaka electorate in 2008, despite New Zealand First candidate Ron Mark splitting the right vote. This time National s new man, Jonathan Fletcher, hopes to take the seat and Mr Key was in town to help him on his way. National has ranked Mr Fletcher 67th on its list, so if they don t rate him, why should Rimutaka voters? It s not true, said Mr Key. We think Jonathon is an out- standing candidate but there is a limit to how many people we can fit through the list key-hole, he said. One of the reasons I m out here today is to support him and see if we can win him the seat. National s 58 cabinet members had been ranked first, but National sees Rimutaka as one of three seats that are seriously in play and could be taken by National. The others are Palmerston North and Waimakariri. Frankly, around the country the primary vote is the party vote. It s also true in Rimutaka but we re equally very focussed on the elector- ate vote. National education standards National Standards have got some Upper Hutt parents and schools het up in recent weeks. Two weeks ago Fergusson Inter- mediate s trustees wrote to parents that they had reluctantly included the standards into their charter after the Education Ministry threatened the school with statutory manage- ment. This year the Programme for International Student Assessment ranked New Zealand students attainment in numeracy and literacy among the highest in the OECD. If the school system is not broken why is National pushing so hard to fix it, the Leader asked? The PISA study for both maths and English in New Zealand is very good, and we rank between fourth and seventh, depending on the par- ticular category. So for the vast bulk of New Zea- land children that go so school, their parents can feel very confident that their children are getting a world- class education. What s not recorded in the PISA study, though, or is at least masked by it, is that about one in five chil- dren leave school with hopelessly inadequate numeracy and literacy skills. Standards are critically import- ant to the 20 per cent that the sys- tem is leaving behind, he said Child poverty The same report attributed 60 per cent of children s learning to influences outside the classroom, such as deprivation. The 20 per cent of children left behind corresponds closely with the proportion of children the Ministry of Social Development has estimated are living in poverty -- 22 per cent. If failure to progress satisfactorily is due to deprivation, how will national standards fix it? We are not imposing national standards because children might be living in poverty, Mr Key said. We are imposing national standards so that children can have a future where they don t live in poverty. Because in the end, the way to be able to live a higher-income life is to undertake work that will allow them to live a good lifestyle, and you can t do that in a modern world without a decent education. In terms of the children that are living in poverty -- that s a different issue. In broad terms we would acknowledge that for an OECD country there could be up to 200,000 youngsters living in poverty but I think it is worth remembering that there are about 222,000 young people currently living in welfare- based homes. While we are not say- ing that exclusively children living in welfare-based homes are living in poverty we know that a great many of them are living in welfare-based homes and that fits in with one of National s key election promises, which is to reform the welfare sys- tem and to enable as many people who can work to move into work. The Social Development Ministry s figures show that 40 per cent of chil- dren in poverty are in families with at least one parent in fulltime work. The issue is that we currently have about 328,000 people of work- ing age on a benefit -- around about 12 per cent of the working age popu- lation. I think most New Zealanders would say that is too many. It costs round about $8 billion a year, so it s a huge amount of tax dollars and it s not delivering either the economic, or necessarily the health or social out- comes that we would all want. National will invest in more child care, training courses and life courses to reduce the level of welfare dependency. Wellington supercity Will Wellington region become a supercity as Auckland has? That s a matter for the locals, Mr Key said. The Royal Commission report on Auckland s regional governance had been clear -- that a unitary authority was needed. It s not clear-cut in this area, in Wellington, in Lower and Upper Hutt. And the case may not be nearly as compelling. It s a matter for locals to decide. We won t force that change. The MMP referendum How will Mr Key vote on the rep- resentation referendum? I m going to vote no to MMP and yes for Supplementary Member. My view is that, on balance, I would prefer a proportional system to first past the post.
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