Pathetic claims over a second cousin

October 10th, 2012 at 11:55 am by David Farrar

I’m sorry, but how is this even news? Stuff reports:

A new Christchurch school, which will be run by a relative of Education Minister , is waiting on government approval.

The school, Te Pa O Rakaihautu, was endorsed by the ministry just weeks before work began on the overhaul of the city’s education in October last year.

It is understood the final application is lodged and awaiting approval. Te Pa is chaired by Parata’s second cousin, Rangimarie Parata Takurua, sparking accusations from Labour of a conflict of interest.

I know it is the opposition’s job to try and invent scandals, but this one is pathetic.

A second cousin?

Can anyone out there tell me they seriously think a second cousin is a conflict? How about third or fourth? I’m not sure even a first cousin would be. Hell, I haven’t even met all my second cousins.

It will be a character school, which is similar to a charter school. Both are state-funded and have the power to develop their own way of teaching.

Te Pa was endorsed in September last year by former education minister Anne Tolley before Parata took over the education portfolio after the November general election.

So what is the issue, and why is this even worth the space?

Labour associate education spokesman said there was a clear conflict of interest that should have been revealed.

He said the ministry was working to “clear the decks” for privately run schools.

This is a public school! The Labour paranoia against the private sector is infectious.

 

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43 Responses to “Pathetic claims over a second cousin”

  1. BeaB (2,060 comments) says:

    But the media will crow that once again he has Hekia on the back foot.

    We have a moronic level of political comment in this country.

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  2. Pete George (22,868 comments) says:

    Hell, I haven’t even met all my second cousins.

    Hell, I haven’t even met all my first cousins.
    Hell, I have no idea who my second cousins would be.

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  3. YesWeDid (1,029 comments) says:

    The issue DPF, is the government is closing schools in CHCH with the intention of replacing them with charter schools.

    If you can’t see that you need a better pair of glasses.

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  4. thedavincimode (6,539 comments) says:

    I know it is the opposition’s job to try and invent scandals, but this one is pathetic.

    Disagree. I know that is what the current opposition do, but distinguish what they do from what they should do. It isn’t what Key did in opposition either.

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  5. RRM (9,478 comments) says:

    So what is the issue, and why is this even worth the space?

    I am in no doubt whatsoever, that if a relative of a Labour Education Minister was a relative of the Chairman of a proposed public private partnership stype school project, then numerous individuals would be making all sorts of comments about the systemic corruption of the left.

    This is just Labour doing unto others as they know others would do unto them… :-P

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  6. bc (1,335 comments) says:

    It seems to me that an opposition party is doing what opposition parties do – look for a weakest link (and Parata is a good example of that) and clip away at it. What’s the problem exactly? If the tables were reversed and National were in opposition, I’m sure they would be doing the same thing.

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  7. Whaleoil (766 comments) says:

    Whereas in Labour their Education spokesperson is married to her first cousin.

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  8. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    I know many of my second and third cousins and it is common for Maori people to know them. It is a conflict of interest..There are three immersion schools in CHCh..The proposed school is likely to be one of only two remaining immersion schools..this follows on from the appointment of her sister to a top job in education. Perception is everything.
    In recent times , she has revealed herself to be a rude , arrogant , insensitive bully. Senior people with decades in education describe her behaviour as ”embarrassing.” My question is , how long will she last?

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  9. Tharg (15 comments) says:

    It’s a small country and of course family members often have similar interests to one another. I guess the proliferation of Paratas is hardly surprising given those things, but just to point out some of the people sharing that name in various roles connected in some way to Hekia:
    Apryll Parata, Dep Sec Performance and Change at the MoE
    Selwyn Parata, the Tuara for the Ministerial Cross Sector Forum: Raising Achievement
    Hiria Parata, Ministerial Secretary in the Office of the Minster of Ed
    Nori Parata, principal of Tolaga Bay Area School
    and now.. Rangimarie Parata Takurua, who will be running the new special character school in Christchurch.

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  10. seanmaitland (455 comments) says:

    joana – just because you have an anecdote about knowing your remote cousins, it still doesn’t mean anything in the wider context.

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  11. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    > Whereas in Labour their Education spokesperson is married to her first cousin

    What’s that got to do with the price of fish?

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  12. bc (1,335 comments) says:

    The problem is joana, if Key demotes her in a cabinet reshuffle it could be perceived as an opposition win. So I think she will be around for a while yet. She needs serious PR skills though (and media training).

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  13. YesWeDid (1,029 comments) says:

    ‘She needs serious PR skills though (and media training).’

    That is the last thing she needs. You has already mastered the speak slowly and clearly thing, with a permanent smile, while saying absolutely nothing.

    She is way out of her depth and needs to be replaced.

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  14. bc (1,335 comments) says:

    YesWeDid, I agree that she is out of her depth. That is why she needs media training – to not make it so obvious :)

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  15. trout (904 comments) says:

    So the left do not want the Government to close a school that has 38 kids and three teachers, and older buildings that need upgrading. When it has been established that these small schools offer a less than adequate standard of education. If the community has warm fuzzies about keeping the school let them buy it and turn it into a community centre but give the kids a break , and a better start in life.

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  16. b1gdaddynz (279 comments) says:

    If it was approved before Hekia was Education Minister then there is no conflict of interest! End of story! STFU Labour and get on with being a decent opposition party instead of being a pack of negative, self-destructive morons!

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  17. bc (1,335 comments) says:

    No trout, the citizens of Christchurch and probably much of New Zealand do not want to see a school closed based on written reports that say they have 50 earthquake buildings when the school only has 5 buildings (and they are undamaged).
    And the citizens of Christchurch and probably much of New Zealand do not want to see a school closed based on written reports that say there is liquidfaction and it it the schools long jump pit!
    What a farce.

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  18. berend (1,634 comments) says:

    DPF: Labour associate education spokesman Chris Hipkins said there was a clear conflict of interest that should have been revealed.

    Sad statement. Chris was doing some good work, but apparently he has reached the bottom of the barrel.

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  19. Kevin (1,122 comments) says:

    All of you would be spittng if it was a Muslim school.

    But Nationals policy before the 2008 election was everyone in NZ should be equal. I know I went to the meetings. National should be getting rid of these debilitating schools. It is not the government’s job to pay for the wet dreams of any culture – if people want sectarian schools they should pay for them themselves.

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  20. bc (1,335 comments) says:

    Don’t worry berend. It won’t be long before Hekia says something stupid again to even the balance of stupid comments.
    Oh hang on, her latest is that Maori are failing in schools because some teachers can’t pronounce their names correctly.
    There you go, it doesn’t take long!

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  21. Mark (1,368 comments) says:

    “BeaB (1,335) Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 11:58 am
    But the media will crow that once again he has Hekia on the back foot.

    We have a moronic level of political comment in this country.”

    When has Hekia managed to be on the front foot?

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  22. Tharg (15 comments) says:

    Hi David, any reason why my comment at 12.22 is still awaiting moderation? All publicly available info and no insinuations or slander there… or was that the problem ;-)?

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  23. Red Sam (122 comments) says:

    “It will be a character school, which is similar to a charter school. ”

    And this very point begs the question why on Earth New Zealand needs charter schools.

    Section 156 of our Education Act 1989 already allows for a type of school called a Designated Character Schools, whereby “the parents want the school to have a character that is in some specific way or ways different from the character of ordinary State schools.”

    Establishing charter schools in New Zealand is simply a sop to the ACT Party. We are a tiny population of 4 million and we can’t even ensure that every state school in a local community is of high quality, well resourced, heated sufficiently, and well run. Parata should focus on ensuring every local school is a good school before they start throwing more money to for profit schools.

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  24. berend (1,634 comments) says:

    bc, with all that ammunition, why use this second cousin stuff? It just weakens the impact of your other claims.

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  25. greenjacket (418 comments) says:

    Red Sam wrote: “Parata should focus on ensuring every local school is a good school before they start throwing more money to for profit schools.”

    But to identify whether schools are good schools or not, there need to be national standards to allow objective assessments to be made about the performance of schools.

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  26. Morgy (169 comments) says:

    Mark (815) Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 1:27 pm
    “BeaB (1,335) Says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 11:58 am
    But the media will crow that once again he has Hekia on the back foot.

    We have a moronic level of political comment in this country.”

    When has Hekia managed to be on the front foot?

    If you watched her speech to the PPTA last week I think you will find she was quite on the front foot for that speech. It was the sulking and sour members who simply don’t like her, the speak out and the MSM tells the nation that she fucked up. In my view it was the opposite.

    http://www.bizviz.co.nz/Mediasite/Play/9f217b6df8644b69b61902959a07fbab1d?catalog=858ed599-cc19-4d4e-9576-96a0d94fa028

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  27. BeaB (2,060 comments) says:

    She will never win with the unions. No-one ever has. They are totally conservative and opposed to any change except salary increases. She should ignore them.

    Her challenge is to win with the public, especially parents. So far National has won the battle over National Standards and league tables and probably with charter schools too. If she and the Ministry CEO could learn to speak in a language we can understand and show they are engaging sincerely with the concerns of parents she will come out the winner.

    Hipkins can then go and have a drink with the PPTA to comfort himself. And the teachers yet again will be the losers as they always are when they are led by the nose by the entrenched unions.

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  28. Hamnida (905 comments) says:

    Red Sam – Well put.

    Didn’t Hekia’s sister get a promotion in the Ministry of Education weeks after she became the Minister?

    I remember reading something about it in the paper.

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  29. bc (1,335 comments) says:

    berend @2.52pm
    I’m not sure what you are talking about – I couldn’t care less if Hekia has a second cousin and I’ve never made any mention of it.
    My point was, it doesn’t matter if Labour says something stupid, because it won’t be long before Hekia shoots herself in the foot again.

    Agree, Red Sam – you said it in a nutshell.

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  30. mara (726 comments) says:

    Why in 2012, with all we now should know about the diviseness of race and religion, should we even be considering calling a school Te Pa O Rakahutu? Do that and the Muslims get to do similar tribal stuff in their own schools here. Actually they do this already but why endorse this with extra legislation in their favour? I hopelessly wish that our Government could sort out the wheat from the chaff and actually make decisions based on what most Kiwis really want. We don’t want apartheid and we don’t want Sharia law.. But both appear to be slowly coming.

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  31. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    In my culture , second , third cousins are not remote..we all get together once a year and at other times . We just regard each other as ”cousins.” . Maori are even more likely to know these cousins.
    A person who shouts at people who ask legitimate questions has serious issues and few skills…just another Nat faux female troll.

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  32. Eli (9 comments) says:

    The conflict is not with the endorsement of the school in 2009, it is with the clearing of the way for that school to succeed in 2012. In 2009 it would have been one of a number of Maori options in the city and a welcome addition. In 2012 it has the perception of having the way cleared for it by the systematic closure of close to half of the current Maori education provision. The maximum number of Maori bilingual or immersion units that will be left if all these proposals go through is 6 out of the current 10, and that is only if every single merged school takes on the bilingual unit of the affected schools. That obviously leaves a big hole in Maori education and hey presto this new school is suddenly in a much better situation than it was. When these proposals were put forward, this school and its association with the Parata family should have been brought up. That it wasn’t just looks bad. Now, Hekia and Rangimarie may be perfectly truthful that they have very little to do with each other – unfortunately that doesn’t change the perception of underhanded dealing and covering up a relationship. Perception is everything and if, as Hekia says, she knew there would be a perception of conflict of interest she should have been more open about it herself and explained pre-emptively what she was doing to avert that, rather than allow it to be ambushed on her.

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  33. jims_whare (398 comments) says:

    My old man reckoned that we were 12th cousins to the Queen. Does that mean if I say that I support having the old dear as our head of state that I have a conflict as I am just sticking up for a rellie and not because of her merits?

    Such a terrible conflict I would have thought!

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  34. Longknives (4,472 comments) says:

    “We just regard each other as ”cousins.” . Maori are even more likely to know these cousins.”

    Yes,yes- We are always bloody hearing about how Maori have ‘stronger ties’ to their family than the other lowly “visitors to NZ”..
    Strange then that Maori, who are clearly so much more ‘family oriented’ than the rest of us, have the highest rate of infanticide on the planet…

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  35. RF (1,272 comments) says:

    Sorry but Chippy Hipkins has “FITHs” disease. What a tosser.

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  36. scrubone (3,051 comments) says:

    “We just regard each other as ”cousins.”

    Right – and you are by far and away the exception.

    Do you actually have any evidence that Hekia Parata has any sort of relationship with this person, because absent such proof, DPF is perfectly right to call this bogus.

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  37. Chris2 (758 comments) says:

    Hipkins would still have been at High School when this happened, but in 1999 the Health Research Council failed to discuss the potential for a conflict of interest when it awarded the husband of then Prime Minister Helen Clarke a $738,000 research grant for him and four colleagues.

    It was only in 2001 when documents where released, that the public learnt of this.

    And Helen Clark was Minister of Health in the early years being investigated by the researchers.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=183230

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  38. Kevin (1,122 comments) says:

    I have contact with many teachers. All they want to do is a good job of teaching. Without all the bureaucracy. National had a good chance to get them on board but stuffed it with crap like increasing the amount of bureaucracy even more and here crap bs about pronouncing pupils names properly.

    National has no political sense.

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  39. Mark (1,368 comments) says:

    Morgy the speech to PPTA was hardly front foot. If you call a completely disengaged minister who has yet to hold a two way conversation with her front line work force being on the front foot you are in dreamland. This government has not listened to or engaged with teachers before any of its major announcements. Parata has had two embarrassing back downs where she has failed to do her homework on issues and has not consulted or engaged at any point in the process.

    Yet you hold her up as being on the front foot. You are kidding. I have said this before if I failed to listen or engage with my front line staff in my business I would go broke. Education is no different.

    I have watched this from a school trustee perspective and even the most moderate of teachers wonder if this government is capable of engagement with the education sector.

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  40. Left Right and Centre (2,825 comments) says:

    Kevvy says:

    “It is not the government’s job to pay for the wet dreams of any culture – if people want sectarian schools they should pay for them themselves.”

    Talk to the Treaty brother, talk to the Treaty. We are the chosen people now my friend. We were here first buddy. Shonky as land deals with brothers who don’t even got no freakin written language, dog!! It’s payback time. You’ll have to Pakeharden up.

    Longknives says: “Strange then that Maori, who are clearly so much more ‘family oriented’ than the rest of us, have the highest rate of infanticide on the planet…”

    Yeh, they hang their kids out to dry… literally. Swinging them round on a one pole clotheline. Like… a really budget Rainbow’s End ride. Which is some achievement seeing how budget Rainbow’s End is to start with. Didn’t Nia Glassie get put in a tumbledryer or something? Yeh yeh…child abuse is found in every ethnicity…correct thinking yawn yawn blahdy dah

    Is this type of desperation why I gave up voting Labour? They’ve got no game. Why else would you be a politician if not to get gigs for your whanau? That’s not a scandal!!

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  41. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    The extended family thing is only on my father’s side..We don’t have the same thing on my mother’s side..a different culture..
    My father’s culture is more like Maori culture..big families. a clan like belonging , a strong identity ,family being really important , 60 first cousins , pride in the culture..etc
    I think the comments re infanticide miss out a few points…I am certainly no expert but I think there are issues of shame and narking..knowing about abuse but not telling..Probably previous experience with the police would also be an issue.
    I also go back to the dissolution of the Dept of Maori Affairs..This was a brilliant dept..During its existence , the rates of child abuse for Maori and Europeans were the same..Its disolution coincided with the greed raid of the eighties during which many Maori lost their jobs..Unemployment is soul destroying..If you haven’t experienced it , you haven’t got a clue.

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  42. Mark1 (89 comments) says:

    You are right Joana. I remeber when I lost my job back in the eighties. I immediately wanted to go and put my child into a clothes dryer and swing her around a rotary clothesline until she fell off and got brain damage. I then remembered that the Department of Maori Affairs had been dissolved so I quickly got some boiling water and scalded my child’s hands. Me and the bros then got pissed, rarked up the stereo and bashed our bitches for getting lippy. I tell ya, unemployment makes you do these things. Oh and whitey as well (some how …)

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  43. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Mark bro,
    You are a true hero of the revolution..all credit to ya..I am very surprised you can remember the eighties.

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