Christchurch Schools details

February 18th, 2013 at 12:22 pm by David Farrar

The details are all on the dedicated website. A summary:

  • Only 19 out of 215 in Canterbury are affected, representing around 5% of Canterbury pupils
  • 12 schools that were proposed for closure or merging will now remain as they are.  They are Bromley, Burnham, Burnside, Duvauchelle, Gilberthorpe, Linwood Avenue, Okains Bay, Ouruhia Model, Shirley Intermediate, and Yaldhurst schools, and the two kura – TKKM o Waitaha and TKKM o Te Whānau Tahi
  • Seven schools are proposed to close
  • 12 schools are proposed to merge into six schools
  • Five schools in Aranui are proposed to merge into one Year 1 to 13 campus but this is still being consulted on
  • Two schools have closed voluntarily
  • Two schools are being rebuilt on their existing sites
  • Five brand-new schools are being built
  • Eight schools are being rebuilt on new sites
  • Further consultation on interim decisions has been extended to 31 March 2013

It will be a hard day for the pupils, teachers, staff and parents of the 19 schools that face closure or change. My thoughts are with them. Also with those who will now not be impacted and will be very relieved and can focus on the future of their schools.

 

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52 Responses to “Christchurch Schools details”

  1. Cunningham (844 comments) says:

    I look forward to the news tonight which will no doubt have teachers and pupils wallowing in sadness and anger while not providing any coverage on why it is justified. It is a sad time for the teachers and pupils no doubt but change was absolutely necessary. Bet the media don’t portray it that way though.

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  2. big bruv (13,929 comments) says:

    Seems more than reasonable to me.

    Now let’s wait to hear the pissing and moaning from the left about how communities are being crushed blah, blah, blah.

    What those wankers have to accept is that while the people of NZ are with them in their rebuild we are not going to sign a blank cheque for every pinko group to have everything they want.

    Some schools have to close, tough bloody luck. I just hope that the schools the Nat’s have closed are the ones with the most militant of staff.

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  3. Craig (22 comments) says:

    Make sense. Send the money where the kids are, not where the kids used to be.

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  4. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    DPF – youre going soft in the head. It wont be a hard day for pupils etc. I recall a similar thing happened in my rural background. Local school had to close (not due to low numbers – the place just needed replacing -) so two local schools were closed and one new one built.
    We all looked forward to the change. The new school was better and brighter than the old ones (and for some in Chch that will be an understatement) and we all get better facilities.

    I cant understand that mood in Chch. Surely the earthquake has given the city the opportunity to rebuild into a new modern place. Sure initially it was shit, but its happened and they HAVE TO move forward.

    trying to live in the past isnt going to do – and theyll all get into a mood of depression and sorrow if everyone sits aroiund saying how sorry they are.

    They need a kick in the butt and told to grab this opportunity with both hands.

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  5. Longknives (4,764 comments) says:

    Prediction- John Campbell will be choking back the emotion as a tearful child is interviewed on his show….

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  6. RF (1,404 comments) says:

    I hear from my friends in Christchurch that the Phillipstown School that will merge with Woolston is a real Labour hot bed with parents stirring up their children about the merger. This is Tim Barnetts and Lord Burns old patch and I wait for a very noisy staunch anti National activist called Wayne Hawker to say his piece. Wayne hit the head lines last year with his crusade against the Govts school policy. He is so far to the left he walked in circles.

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  7. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    Only 19 out of 215 schools in Canterbury are affected

    So none of the 177 schools which are “not affected” will be taking on students from closed schools?

    Or is a school roll growing to account for new students from elsewhere somehow not an effect on such a school, under some weird definition of what counts as be affected that only the Ministry knows?

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  8. Left Right and Centre (2,986 comments) says:

    Thanks for playing musical schools… who will close?…. nobody knows!!

    Until now that is…

    John Campbell is frothing at the mouth as we speak… his fucking head must be spinning. He’s salivating… get those poor disenfranchised children on camera. He’s got too many options to pick from. 22 minutes a night is nowhere near enough!! We need whole evenings devoted to this tragedy as we ‘gauge reaction’ from the community. Life-changing game-changing stuff this… how are we ever going to manage sending the kids to a different location for their school education? Please….. show some mercy and compassion!! Where’s Variety? Where’s the therapists to help these poor children cope with the transition… the culture shock… new kids they don’t know…

    I hate to play the ‘peasant class’ card but seeing as I am a fucking peasant class member I’m well within my rights to use lowlife trash catchphrases such as the following (that I abhor):

    Relocated pupils of Chch: Shit happens!! Cry me a river!! And last but by no means least…. GET OVER IT!!

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  9. GPT1 (2,122 comments) says:

    A few thoughts:
    * Schools get a lot of air time but no one seems to talk about education
    * Why are school principals exposing their students to decision making processes in a hysteria enhancing way?
    * Why did certain schools have to close or merge due to population shifts and costs of remediation a few months ago but now not? Are taxpayers going to have to subsidise dumb EDUCATION decisions for political expediency?
    * Has any media outlet noted that Woolston school is 1600m away from Phillipstown school?

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  10. Left Right and Centre (2,986 comments) says:

    I love these dorks that comment on Stuffed:

    Mum of 41 hour ago
    John Key campaigned on a quality Education for all new Zealanders, biggest load of rubbish that this man has ever talked. National need to stop meddling with Christchurch. What is more disruptive to a childs education that to be forced to change schools? The impact this will have on families is imense, cost of new uniforms, daily routines and travel disruptions to cope with as well. Get a grip national govt.!
    AND just how is Novapay going to cope with teachers moving around, isn’t this what causes their biggest issue?

    I might give her new uniforms is a pain in the arse.
    Oh you poor thing… daily routines and travel disruptions. Immense impact? Don’t talk shit woman!! And learn to spell or type ffs
    National need to stop meddling with Chch? Yeah… we’ll just put her in charge. She can’t even cope with having to change her daily routine to take the kids to a different school. Moron.

    Nice baseless link to Novopay as well… ten bloody points.

    There you go…. she’s got a peasant class indicator slogan.. ‘get a grip’. Yes, well done Mrs Ignorant Peasant Breeding Machine.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/8316493/Christchurch-school-shake-up-details

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  11. iMP (2,387 comments) says:

    THERE goes National’s party vote in Canterbury (was very high in 2011 and helped Nat. over the MMP line last time). Both my primary schools are affected, so there will also be wide residual nostalgia votes affected here too. Totally necessary and support the changes.

    http://conzervative.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/christchurch-school-closures/

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  12. Keeping Stock (10,342 comments) says:

    And what’s Labour’s first reaction? Chris Hipkins accuses Hekia Parata of a backdown!

    Ought we take that as confirmation that Labour supported the closure or merger of 31 schools all along, or is Hipkins merely engaging in a bit of good old-fashioned political grandstanding?

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  13. Boglio (78 comments) says:

    Surely more about the teachers and their jobs than the pupils. For most pupils who have to move their friends will go with them….it will be an adventure which they will quickly assimilate to.

    If they can wear their existing uniforms until they need to replace them as normal there should be no extra expense on that matter.

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  14. lazza (381 comments) says:

    Interesting reactions ffolkes! … and there I was thinking it was only “moi” who could see no gigantic political plot in The Gummint doing a spot of rationalising of expensive taxpayer-funded education sector resources. Seems like there are others out there of this view too. Just turn off TV and bin the MSM for a few days … and then no one need lose any sleep. I sure won”t.

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  15. Cunningham (844 comments) says:

    iMP

    ‘THERE goes National’s party vote in Canterbury (was very high in 2011 and helped Nat. over the MMP line last time). ‘

    How would we know? I reckon we only get to see the left leaning ppl on TV balling and carrying on like the world has ended. I wonder how many ppl down there agree changes have to be made and it is a harsh fact of life. The media are great at giving a view of things that is not at all indicative of the reality.

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  16. m@tt (629 comments) says:

    Given the ministries stunning run of cluster fucks over the last few years I have no faith whatsoever in their ability to get this right.

    To have this end up as something that affects just 5% of pupils, in Canterbury only, means the amount they are saving is chump change. Given the fact that there is at least another 2-3 years worth of settling in for Canterbury (with people expected back into the region, temporary workers and their families leaving after the rebuild, etc.) I think National would have been better to shelve this for a couple of years. If they were really lucky Mallard would get to do the closures instead.

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  17. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    m@tt – im sure they will find your lack of faith disturbing lol after all, you were so happy with national before these “cluster fucks”.

    any kid whos upset their school is closing needs a slap.

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  18. alwyn (427 comments) says:

    Graeme Edgeler @ 12.52 pm.
    It’s hardly significant for any of the other schools.
    After all every Primary school in the country gets at least 17% of its roll as new students each year, every Internediate school at least 50% of its roll and every High School at least 20%. The ones coming from other schools in Christchurch aren’t really going to affect those numbers much.

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  19. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    Heaps of whining (of course) but I asked the question on the Stuff website – why does Chch seem to have a jillion schools with only 160 – 200 pupils in them?

    Given that many of those schools have damage needing to be fixed (and given the drop in Chch population) – is anyone really surprised that changes HAD to be made?

    *Surely* it makes sense to merge two 200-pupil schools into a 400-pupil one (or even more) if the two small schools are damaged (and maybe even if they’re *not*….. ).

    A lot of whining over NOTHING, basically. Emotion has got the better of a lot of people down there, and that doesn’t help anything.

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  20. tvb (4,430 comments) says:

    Ms Parata has responded to the criticisms that change is difficult. I am not confident at all she will handle this well. John Key is still backing her but she is on probation. She has a very confrontational personality and will deal with school closures in a very confrontational way.

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  21. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    I agree, tvb.
    I actually think that 99% of the whining is *really* about *how* the changes have been done, rather than *what* has been done.

    I still say that Judith “Crusher” Collins would have been a much better choice as education minister. She may well have made almost the same changes, but they would have been handled *much* more smoothly.

    Parata just instantly gets people’s backs up.

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  22. BeaB (2,125 comments) says:

    I can’t bear the thought of all those sobbing kids on TV tonight. The Left has a lot to answer for in their lack of scruples and shameless exploitation of children’s emotions.

    The principal of an intermediate school that is going to close talked on Nine to Noon about ‘that woman’ instead of the Minister of Education. What a role model!

    Phillipstown school has about 150 kids and Woolston about 200. Even when combined it’s still going to be a small school in what has always been a crappy part of Christchurch.

    9300 empty spaces and people expect the taxpayer to keep on forking out!

    And if it wasn’t Parata it would still have to be done so get over it. Her personality isn’t even a factor unless you are trying to make political mischief.

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  23. BeaB (2,125 comments) says:

    Ah for the good old days when adults would have made these decisions in the best interests of everyone and the kids would have been told about their super new school and how good it was going to be so they were full of excitement about the changes.

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  24. Nookin (3,354 comments) says:

    All it takes to change the mood of the children is for the teachers and parents to point out that they are going to get a brand-new school with a whole lot of modern equipment, new playing fields and that it is going to be an exciting time. Instead, teachers and parents are instilling a wholly negative attitude. Somebody might like to point out to the principal of Philipstown that he and his staff are temporary. The school (including the new school) will outlive them. It is not incumbent on the Ministry of education to forego a more practical, efficient, financially viable and effective means of educating children simply because teachers do not want to move.

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  25. Morgy (172 comments) says:

    The principal of Phillipstown Intermediate should be sacked! He’s no leader of the community…..just a sycophant to the effing union movement. I am sick of hearing about the poor kids! With true leadership, the kids will be looking forward to the new amazing times ahead but no….
    Mr Principal, STFU! Sick of your kind!

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  26. SPC (5,636 comments) says:

    The reason Chris Hipkins accuses Hekia Parata of a backdown is because it is to remind everyone that there was another plan proposed by the government and this was blocked by public opposition.

    And to imply that this occured because they government did not consult first.

    Painting the government as having to be forced to consult is the political objective. This suggests it has to be watched and not trusted.

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  27. BeaB (2,125 comments) says:

    I bet no-one asks Hipkins about the 280 schools closed by Labour in their last stint in government. And no earthquakes!

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  28. Lloyd (125 comments) says:

    To those who suggest that in terms of sneering about ‘those down there’ about Christchurch, or worse, use terms like ‘they need a kick in the butt': pay us a visit in Christchurch, if you have the guts. We have appreciated the help from out-of-towners – and we are hugely aware of the cost to NZ of the quakes. But suggesting we need a kick in the butt is something I would expect from Winston, or one of his half-wit acolytes, not a thinking person.
    There needs to be reform in Christchurch education, every one of us knows that. But to suggest that the sandal-and-socks-wearing twits in the MoE started with the right information, earthquake damage reports and data is simply wrong. And so is their data. The changes are starting to look better, but are by no means perfect.
    We tend to react a little aggressively and even emotionally to change. But if you had been through 11000 quakes, you might be like that. Sneering at us for being too emotional is fun to do, I suppose, but it doesn’t help us. Whatever gives you a thrill, I guess.
    There will be some changes; there needs to be changes, and the schools are a useful place to start. But don’t assume it is all correct.
    And for the record, Hipkins is a smug little shit who won’t visit us here. His opinion does not count.

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  29. tvb (4,430 comments) says:

    The sobbing kids are a political try on. But Ms Parata will fall right into the trap and make a fool of herself. She simply lacks any subtlety or agility of mind. So much for her communication skills which I think are dismal.

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  30. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Lloyd – I was there two weeks ago and spoke to a lot of people – mostly in business – and they all have the same attitude – weve got to stop crapping around over these so called heritage buildings, weve got to get on with a plan – almost any plane – and stop whinning and complaining.

    They do think there is awful waste in fixinf things like subsoil under drivways etc that are only getting fixed becasue some doppy inspectors says its brokwn – and insurance wotn kick in until its all ripped up and put down again – and they feel very soory for those who are caught in the cross hairs bewteen the insurance companies and EQL.

    I didnt talk to anyone who wanted to go back to the way it was BECAUSE THATS NOT POSSIBLE. One person had a map and he drew what he thought should happen – and basically he wanted to see almost everything east of the CBD ripped down. In his opinion its old and run down and the subsoil is buggered.

    I say again – there are lots of people in Chch who need a good kick in the butt. These include those who want to rebuild the cathedral and latimer courts etc. It also includes all the (mainly primary) teachers in Chch who main aim seems to be to keep open a whole lot of little schools in areas where they are frankly in danger of a major quake.

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  31. Tookinator (221 comments) says:

    I got an email from my kids’ school this morning ‘inviting’ me to attend a protest march against the school closures. Email was sent before they announced which schools…

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  32. Left Right and Centre (2,986 comments) says:

    I’ve got a theory formed after seeing ten seconds of peasants on the promos….

    The fatter the woman, the greater the flow of crocodile tears.

    Or they could just be sweating from morbid hyper obesity… I’m not entirely certain.

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  33. Nookin (3,354 comments) says:

    “I got an email from my kids’ school this morning ‘inviting’ me to attend a protest march against the school closures. Email was sent before they announced which schools…”

    Says it all, really.

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  34. Left Right and Centre (2,986 comments) says:

    Watching CL…. for the crack-up value!!

    WTF is Hekia wearing? Looks like a folded napkin under those concord delta wing jacket flaps. Hey, at least it’s interesting.

    She’s talking and saying stuff… am I listening? JC has been waiting and waiting and waiting to unleash his big O on Hekia and his time has come.

    Far out.. if JC was running the show… you’d never see another school closure anywhere. Might upset someone. This is such a load of bollocks.

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  35. bc (1,367 comments) says:

    While I understand the need for some school closures in Christchurch, I find Hekia’s manner totally cold and calculating.
    On television she did he best to sound sympathetic and caring, but it came across as fake and creepy.
    And then she started going on with her standard line of wanting “5 out of 5″ children getting a good education.
    Apart from the 20% failing statistic now firmly discredited (and by saying 5 out of 5 it seems Hekia doesn’t think we can cope with basic maths anyway) two questions arise:
    1) what on earth has that got to do with closing schools?, and
    2) can’t Hekia come up with another line to say? (especially since she is a “top communicator”, still laughing at that one).

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  36. Left Right and Centre (2,986 comments) says:

    The principals of the affected schools might get more sympathy from viewers if one could understand the language they are speaking. It sounded vaguely like some retarded form of English. Subtitles would have been very useful.

    I tried to get the name I really did… one woman on there who was really pouring it on. ‘I’ve had chuldrun crying for ten munutes stroight. My skirt is wet with tears’. Man alive… that’s good. That’s brilliant. Nothing that good is said unprepared. Winston Churchill would be proud of that piece of emotive oratory.

    There was one principal who was the size of a classroom. Jeanane Reid. I didn’t quite get the first name spelling. If I was one of her pupils I’d be scared of her. Scared they might be on the menu if she forgets her daily 40 000kj lunch.

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  37. Left Right and Centre (2,986 comments) says:

    bc-

    Nothing’s real on TV mate- how long have you been thinking anything was?

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  38. Steve (North Shore) (4,564 comments) says:

    Good thing I missed it all, and will continue to do so.
    TV1, TV3, 7 sharp and bullshit live are all crap – give it up and don’t let the socialist cork soakers get to you

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  39. bc (1,367 comments) says:

    That’s strange LRC. Based on your posts, it seems that you have been watching quite a lot of television.

    Also, you seem to some weird fascination with the weight of women, eg post @ 6.40 and 7.32

    Anyway, although you can tell Hekia’s lack of sincerity in her voice, you need the full visual aspect of television to truly see that she doesn’t believe a word of what she says.

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  40. Left Right and Centre (2,986 comments) says:

    Come on Steve…. semi-literate dropkick educators are hilarious!!

    One of them was pissing her pants- ‘the goalposts have been changed’. No, they’ve *shifted* the goalposts goes the popular expression. They changed the actual goalposts for a different set of goalposts. Save me!!

    Ah yeah… and one of them was protesting that it was ‘ludicrous’ to have to send children 30 minutes to a city school.

    Parents should all have a school provided for them within five minutes travel time in this country. That could be a melon party policy.

    There was a cool ‘had enough? here’s the fluff’ piece on after the whining retards…. so… I enjoyed that. Fantastic!!

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  41. Left Right and Centre (2,986 comments) says:

    That’s strange LRC. Based on your posts, it seems that you have been watching quite a lot of television.

    Also, you seem to some weird fascination with the weight of women, eg post @ 6.40 and 7.32

    Anyway, although you can tell Hekia’s lack of sincerity in her voice, you need the full visual aspect of television to truly see that she doesn’t believe a word of what she says.

    It seems like…but no. I watched the teachers…CL.. what else? Nothing. What’s strange about watching TV?

    I’ve got a weird fascination with quite a few things.

    Is that a fact, is it? Lacking sincerity? Doesn’t believe a word of what she says? Can you please look up the following words… assertion… fact… opinion. Subjective. You can’t tell anything about someone from a media interview being set-up by Captain Chch firing loaded questions with both barrels.

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  42. duggledog (1,559 comments) says:

    m@tt @ 1.42

    Yes well, ‘chump change’ all adds up doesn’t it. Ever run a household budget on a knife edge? Obviously not!

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  43. itstricky (1,851 comments) says:

    It’s probably more a sad day for the human race as a whole when most of the ‘commentators’ on this post prefer to tell Christchurch to “get hard” and “get over it”. Just imagine. Just imagine. You lost a family member, you lost your job, all your mates moved to Auckland. And then your kid’s school closes.

    I imagine LR&C is just a wind up, and insecure little body looking for people to shout at him just such as he can have a little get-off in his chair. Best to ignore, like a kid himself, I’d say.

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  44. bc (1,367 comments) says:

    Agreed itstricky.

    The thing is I don’t think LR & C is trolling. I really do believe that he thinks he is being humourous, e.g. the pathetic fat lady jokes. Ends up sounding kind of nasty and pathetic though. Exactly the kind of comments that belongs on Whale Oil.

    Some of the people that go on about the ‘left’ being nasty really need to take a look in the mirror.

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  45. bc (1,367 comments) says:

    Oh and LR&C I fully know the difference between fact and opinion.

    Here’s a FACT:
    “Fifty-nine per cent of voters polled in the TVNZ/Colmar Brunton survey believed Mr Key made the wrong decision by keeping Hekia Parata in the education portfolio in last month’s Cabinet reshuffle.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10866061

    Seems I’m not the only one with a pretty low OPINION of Hekia.

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  46. V (720 comments) says:

    @tvb
    Chris Christie would disagree with your thoughts on confrontation!

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  47. tvb (4,430 comments) says:

    Chris Christie was reacting to some deeply personal remarks about his weight from a person who claims to be a doctor. Ms Parata does not do humility. She should study John Key especially when you are giving some people the shaft. That woman could lose National the election.

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  48. Left Right and Centre (2,986 comments) says:

    bc-

    If 59% of people jumped off a cliff, are you going to join them?

    What’s the sample size of the poll? Who did they poll? Worthless rubbish.

    Who gives a shit how you think she ‘came across’? That’s worth nothing to anyone.

    Humorous only has one ‘o’. Even the spellchecker is telling me that.

    So…. part of how voters should evaluate the value of a minister is simply ‘how they come across’ in a media interview. Good one. Were they expressing the ‘appropriate’ emotions on cue at the ‘right moments’ according to bc. Did they show a ‘sympathetic attitude’? She’s not a fuckin therapist… she’s a minister fronting up to answer questions from a broadcaster who is of course totally objective and unbiased on the subject. John Campbell has taken it upon himself to be Chch’s holier-than-thou defender of all he thinks is right and holy. That’s a total set-up for whoever fronts to take his barrage of in your face quickfire questions. It’s not the fuckin buzzer round but you’d think so watching him try to stick the boot in.

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  49. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    I see this morning one of the principals was reported as in tears while telling the “school community” about how terrible it was that they were going to merge with the school up the road.

    :neutral: Way to go, chap; seeing that sort of histrionic carry-on from the grown man in charge will really help the kids out no end…

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  50. Left Right and Centre (2,986 comments) says:

    ok… let’s all put the violins down for a second here itstricky and take a look at your lovely post.

    We’re talking school closures and mergers.

    Schools close mate…. end of story.

    Let’s face it… if you lost a family member…. anything else that happens is fucking small potatoes compared to that. A lot of people wouldn’t give a fuck about a school closing or merging after that.

    So what if a school closes? The school doesn’t belong to anyone. It’s a Govt asset. What difference does it make? You send your child to another school. Easy. What was so special about your current school? It’s a collection of classrooms mate with a playground. They’re all much of a muchness save for the socio-economic demographic of the pupils.

    I love the vitriol. Brilliant. Keep typing…. I love being entertained… I mostly masturbate in the shower by the way. I don’t generally get the urge to masturbate from people shouting.

    Just imagine is right. Because that’s a least likely worst case hypothetical scenario you happen to have chosen to describe. Dead family member, lost job, lost mates, closed school. If this was Lotto… that’s like four numbers coming up. What are the odds? What else did you forget? They’ve had problems getting paid out from the insurance company because the house was rezoned green to red. And their car got stolen. And the powerball number is…..

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  51. Left Right and Centre (2,986 comments) says:

    histrionic- thank you RRM…. great word… great for this thread

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  52. itstricky (1,851 comments) says:

    Read it. Ignoring it. Hopefully this give you something else to masturbate into print about. Glad I could assist.

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