GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Kia kaha teachers!

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As a former teacher let me be clear I’m 100% behind our educators in their efforts to get better pay and conditions.

As a former teacher let me be clear I’m 100% behind our educators in their efforts to get better pay and conditions.

Shaping the lives and fostering the talents and ambitions of future New Zealanders is a tough and important job that has been underrated ever since the introduction of neoliberal economics in 1984 which wants to measure everything in terms of immediate dollar outcomes.

The cry from our Minister of Education that “ there is no more money “ is, economically speaking, just dumb.

Minister of Finance Grant Robertson is operating a neoliberal self- imposed austerity regime .

Running our country is not like running a household. There are many solutions we could discuss to get the money needed.

Taxing the 10% of us who own 60% of the wealth of our country in order to get them to pay their fair share would be a good start.

We could borrow the money at very low interest rates from overseas
( we have one of the lowest rates of overseas debt in the OECD ) and for goodness sake the government owns a bank! It allows private banks to print money by issuing mortgages – there WAS a time when our government was in change of that business.

So I have no sympathy for Labour finally having to deal with the misery it sowed back in 1984 when it thought trickle- down theory was such a good idea.

But the duplicity of National in trying to claim that the teachers going on strike is somehow down to mismanagement by Labour is frankly gob-smaking in its hypocrisy.

National put neoliberalism on steroids. They grossly under funded education and displayed an ignorance of modern teaching and learning practices that was, quite frankly, appalling .

No. We are here at this moment in education because learning is not a commodity . It is a gift we should give to our children and young people because they and we all benefit in the long run from their ability to make their way in a future that none of us can imagine but will determine what kind of lives we can all enjoy tomorrow.

Pay our teachers -our people makers- and pay them well. Reduce their workload. Give them our support for their strike action because they are not doing this lightly.

Oh and tell our government they need to rethink how they are running our economy.

Capital needs to be made to work for the State. Not the other way around.

Kia kaha teachers!

Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.

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30 Comments

  1. Jody Joseph says:

    Why didn’t the teachers strike at all during the last ten years? Is this coalition more malleable in their eyes, a softer touch? More easily…bullied?

    • Jenny - How to get there? says:

      JODY JOSEPH says:
      MAY 14, 2019 AT 10:55 AM

      Why didn’t the teachers strike at all during the last ten years?….

      Maybe because they didn’t promise to change things when they were in opposition.

      Here is Andrew Little saying that Labour would re-prioritise the huge $20 billion for military expenditure to education and welfare.

      Mr Little was unapologetic for what his priorities would be.

      We want to support our armed forces but there’s no point in saying we’ll have state-of-the-art equipment if the people that are rocking up to be recruited into the armed services don’t have a good education [and] good foundation that enables them to do that.

      https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/326609/defence-force-upgrade-in-question-under-labour-govt

      But what do we see? Only the last government spending priorities seamlessly blending into this government’s spending priorities.

      Government releases details on planned $20b defence spend

      Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has released the defence spending capability plan to invest $20b in the upgrade of equipment for the Defence Force….

      https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/86517473/government-releases-details-on-planned-20b-defence-spend

      • Exkiwiforces says:

        Well you forget NZ ever send Peacekeeping troops to West Papua when the time comes. Obviously you have forgotten about East Timor/ Timor-Leste already and I bloody well haven’t as l got to life with ET, Sth Sudan everyday, also booting the TNI out of West Papua isn’t going to a walkover like everyone thinks! Hell most anti defence lefties don’t know just how close we to having an all out war with the TNI. My mate was KIA in ET because the GoD ran Defence into the ground and even refused to take on lessons learnt from Bosnia, and even post ET the pollies of sides have swept the lessons learnt from ET under the carpet.

        Well you forget NZ up holding the Antarctic Treaty including the renewal in 2030 or 2040 and that’s going to a shit fight when the time come.

        Forget International, Local HADR and CC related operations especially when the RNZAF starts grounding its C130 Aircraft very shortly from about 2025 onwards or 2030 when those aircraft have ran out of Airframe Hrs as they can’t do any more upgrades and the first one entered service back in 1965.

        Forget about South Pacific Aid Development and Fisheries Patrols by the NZDF.

        I can keep going if you want, but every Government Dept from the 90’s has been in life support until now. What really piss me off as gutless Trade Unions being rather quiet when “The No Mates Party” as always when they are in power just like when those assholes brought in the ECA in 91 where the Unions rolled over like a puppy dog and what bunch of gutless wankers.

        The Unions need to fighting every day regardless who is in power, just like my great great grandparents the Shermans/ Balderstones did in Canada , blacklist in here Oz, the Bevans in Wales in the Valley and he went on to set the NHS in 47 UK Labour Government.

        Just google Frank Henry Sherman, it’s worth reading about a real Union Leader unlike today’s useless, gutless bastards/ wimps that call themselves Unions Leader who would prefer to the easy option and not the hard option.

        I was born with red stocks and red underpants on, standing up to big bullies like the TNI, Right Wing Jerks/ Governments etc is in my DNA. So if want to win the hard option (sometimes that using lethal force as well) is sometimes a better option as it shows that I made business to all in sundry. Because the soft option allows bullies to get away with anything including murder.

      • Exkiwiforces says:

        Well you forget NZ ever send Peacekeeping troops to West Papua when the time comes. Obviously you have forgotten about East Timor/ Timor-Leste already and I bloody well haven’t as l got to life with ET, Sth Sudan everyday, also booting the TNI out of West Papua isn’t going to a walkover like everyone thinks! Hell most anti defence lefties don’t know just how close we to having an all out war with the TNI. My mate was KIA in ET because the GoD ran Defence into the ground and even refused to take on lessons learnt from Bosnia, and even post ET the pollies of sides have swept the lessons learnt from ET under the carpet.

        Well you forget NZ up holding the Antarctic Treaty including the renewal in 2030 or 2040 and that’s going to a shit fight when the time come.

        Forget International, Local HADR and CC related operations especially when the RNZAF starts grounding its C130 Aircraft very shortly from about 2025 onwards or 2030 when those aircraft have ran out of Airframe Hrs as they can’t do any more upgrades and the first one entered service back in 1965.

        Forget about South Pacific Aid Development and Fisheries Patrols by the NZDF.

        I can keep going if you want, but every Government Dept from the 90’s has been in life support until now. What really piss me off as gutless Trade Unions being rather quiet when “The No Mates Party” as always when they are in power just like when those assholes brought in the ECA in 91 where the Unions rolled over like a puppy dog and what bunch of gutless wankers.

        The Unions need to fighting every day regardless who is in power, just like my great great grandparents the Shermans/ Balderstones did in Canada , blacklist in here Oz, the Bevans in Wales in the Valley and he went on to set the NHS in 47 UK Labour Government.

        Just google Frank Henry Sherman, it’s worth reading about a real Union Leader unlike today’s useless, gutless bastards/ wimps that call themselves Unions Leader who would prefer to the easy option and not the hard option.

        I was born with red stocks and red underpants on, standing up to big bullies like the TNI, Right Wing Jerks/ Governments etc is in my DNA. So if want to win the hard option (sometimes that using lethal force as well yes I’ve knock a few off trying to protect the vulnerable, elder, women and kids) is sometimes a better option as it shows that I made business to all in sundry. Because the soft option allows bullies to get away with anything including murder. I’ve seen what right wing, Neo Lib – Con Libs can do to a follow human and it’s worth fighting every inch of way, but that’s the hard option to take not the soft option that PC woke leftists, latte lefties etc take.

    • The Chairman says:

      Why didn’t the teachers strike at all during the last ten years?

      It takes time for frustrations to build to boiling point, thus for resolve to strengthen enough for members to want to keep up the fight.

      Seems we have now reached that point.

  2. michelle says:

    agree with Jody too many NZders sat back ( including state servants) and are now expecting the new coalition to magic up some miracles. I will say it again you cannot fix more than a decade of mess in one, two or three years you need at least a decade or more to fix the mess we are in and a comprehensive plan something the last government lacked. We need to stop bringing in more people to appease the business people. Are the business people providing housing for their workers if not they should not not be allowed to bring more people into our country it is not fair this type of immigration is hurting our country and standard of living and who is this hurting the most not the rich who hide in their gated communities and their lifestyle mansions we cant even knock at their doors

    • Jenny - How to get there? says:

      Excuses, excuses, excuses….

      I will say it again you cannot fix more than a decade of mess in one, two or three years you need at least a decade or more to fix the mess we are in and a comprehensive plan something the last government lacked.

      MICHELLE

      They say the only US administration not to blame the previous one for their inaction, was George Washington’s.

      Scape goating immigrants and blaming them for the government’s inaction is also a particularly low blow. In that it feeds into the vicious anti-immigrant narrative of Donald Trump, and of the white Supremacists.

      We need to stop bringing in more people to appease the business people…..

      MICHELLE

      The government could easily match the teachers demands, if they diverted just even only half of the $20 billion in new spending earmarked for the military, into education instead.

      I would argue that this would do more to defend New Zealanders than all the guns and tanks and warships and foreign deployments that the Labour led government are spending this $20 billion on.

      https://thestandard.org.nz/melulater-on-teachers-strike/#comment-1616463

      • michelle says:

        Jenny how to get there, we are a treaty partner are we not and have we been consulted on the number of immigrants being allowed to settle in our country, no we haven’t. I’m not making excuses we only have to look at the last government their policies exacerbated poverty and homelessness and that impacted on who the most. If
        our coalition government don’t deliver can you tell me our options for a political party that will deliver because frankly I cant see one.

        • Jenny - How to get there? says:

          Kia ora Michelle, If you knew your history you would know that Maori welcomed immigrants. In fact immigration was considered beneficial, the more immigrants you had living with you, on your land, under your Tikanga, was considered a sign of Mana. This was because of the new innovations they brought with them.

          Maori never saw immigration as a threat.

          Maori dispute was not with immigrants per say, but with the colonial and imperial authorities, who motivated by ideas of manifest destiny and white superiority, actively sought, not to work with Maori but to displace them, steal their land, usurp their authority, destroy their independence, and oppress and exploit them.

          Michelle this post is about teachers pay.

          It is very notable that almost every thread where people of good will try to address issues social justice and inequality, gets actively diverted by people with ill intent, into immigrant bashing and scapegoating.

          A tired old tactic called divide and rule.

          For the people at the bottom of society to be at each others throats, gives the rich and powerful exploiters no end of satisfaction. Allowing them to maintain their power and continue their oppression of all peoples.

          The anti-immigrant theme is the staple of the white supremacist, it is not immigrants these ignorant racists hate, it is brown skinned immigrants they hate. The vicious and racist nature of the ‘White New Zealand’ immigration policy was a case in point. The fines levied on Chinese immigrants was another.

          • WILD KATIPO says:

            Soooo now your talking 19th century ‘gun boat ‘ diplomacy.

            The sly use of promise of arms and trinkets to buy off indigenous populations. Or the use of superior firepower to enforce it. OK then.

            But the truth is that now we are a modern nation state and the issues that once were in the 19th century , are no longer , barring the open wounds we are still having to deal with during that era … except that now we have to deal with contemporary issues as well.

            So compounding the plight of the indigenous populations are now the issues of yet more imported ‘cheap non unionized labour’ from other lands,…. displacing them even further economically and adding to the competition.

            Think it hasn’t happened before? – research the Indian populations that were imported to Fiji in the 19th and early 20th century’s to work as field labourers ,- and just see how that worked out in recent years.

            Do we get a say in all this as a modern nation state ?

            Or are we instantly labelled as myopic ethnocentric racists if we object?

            Do we have the right as a sovereign nation to object in the face of political / capitalistic forces out to capitalize on cheap labour ?, – or are we to simply be the unwilling and begrudging participants to current trends set by the wealthy for their benefit and their benefit only?

            I suspect the latter.

            And if anyone were to protest we are racists.

            I’m sorry ,… but NZ , as a sovereign nation state have EVERY RIGHT TO set our immigration policy’s as WE SEE FIT.

            And the current immigration settings are DETRIMENTAL to OUR people. Whether they be brown, white, yellow or any shade in-between.

            We do not need anymore hamburger flippers from poor country’s coming here. We are stressed in our infrastructure enough as it is.

          • michelle says:

            Actually i know my history and i know the history of our country and i know my whakapapa and i know our people did welcome people others notice i said did because times have changed now we are trying to survive, we are homeless in our own lands . If we were to do a survey of Maori i can guarantee many would say they are not happy with all the people being allowed to come here. Now why do some of our people feel this way its to do with how we have been treated over the the last 150 years. Also Jenny to say its just white supremacist against huge immigration is wrong and also it doesn’t matter what colour the immigrants are we all know white immigrants get treated better cause they look the same as our colonisers just as pakeha have been treated better by there own for the last 150 yrs.

            • Jenny - How to get there? says:

              This post is about teachers, and the bad deal they are getting from this government.

              I am getting heartily sick and tired of people, no matter the issue, diverting the thread to scape goat immigrants. Letting the real causes go unaddressed.

              Whatever the issue, homelessness, the health system, education, no matter the issue some ignorant bigot tries to blame it all on immigrants.

              Instead of blaming immigrants for everything. If you really must air your anti-immigrant bigotry, Michelle, how about this; instead of trying to sabotage and divert this thread, you should wait until there is a post on immigration. Till then stick to the Take.

              And I didn’t say that it was just white people who are against immigration. Don’t twist my words. I said, “The anti-immigrant theme is the staple of the white supremacist…”.

              I am well aware that there has been an effort by anti-immigrant racists to recruit Maori into their immigrant bashing campaigns. To set the two most vulnerable sections of the population in this country at each others throats would be their fondest dream.

              They tried and failed in the ’70s to turn Maori and Island people against each other. Don’t get sucked into it this time.

              The reason that Maori, and teachers, and the health workers and the homeless, are suffering has nothing to do with immigrants. This is a lie.

              It is the neo-liberal policies followed by successive National and Labour governments, that has brought us to this point. These politicians responsible, love it when people shove the blame onto immigrants, especially brown immigrants. Stop doing there dirty work, stop letting those really responsible for the current state of affairs off the hook.

              P.S.

              Since the introduction of neo-liberalism it is my opinion that things would have been even much worse if there hadn’t been for immigration. Ask yourself this Michelle, if you have to go into hospital who will be caring for you?

              Many times it will be immigrant Fijian Indians and Asians and Pacific Island nurses and carers who will be treating and caring for you. Without them our run down health system would have completely collapsed by now under the weight of all the neo-liberal austerity imposed by both National and Labour.

              Would you refuse treatment for you or your loved ones because the nurses or Drs are immigrants?

              Maybe you would, you seem to hate them so much, and want to blame them for everything.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsMZwUCWPJg

          • WILD KATIPO says:

            OK , so here’s a favorite song by the Cranberries,…whereby English troops are mingling among wee Irish lads play fighting with sticks as mock swords…

            I absolutely support the southern Irish , – as the English should NEVER have been there by force or occupation under the Gallowglas – ( my ancestors , the highland Scots Clan Gunn being big participants as paid English mercenaries, – it was absolutely shameful and despicable on their part)…

            I consider the modern day neo liberal as the same spurious cultural wrecker as the same type of wrecker’s of Ireland as the English were a millennium ago.

            You are playing into the hands of globalist geopolitical forces that use you , me and us as political stooges.

            Think about that for a minute and disregard the emotionalism. The same has happened here in NZ. And all for the financial gain of the elites and not social justice.

            The Cranberries – Zombie (Official Music Video) – YouTube
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ejga4kJUts

          • michelle says:

            Actually teachers pay cannot be separated from determinants of health they are all interconnected Jenny

      • WILD KATIPO says:

        I think you are being a tad harsh on MICHELLE ,…

        Fact is,… there are currently over 650,000 New Zealanders living in Australia who will never return to these shores, – barring the criminal element who were born in Australia yet are classified as ‘New Zealanders’ who are now being (conveniently for Australia might I add ) deported here …

        We put up with the mantra called the ‘ brain drain’ for years, – but what was REALLY behind all of that is the desire of employers in this country to have a source of cheap labour to fill the gap caused DIRECTLY by neo liberalism and its non unionized ‘ free market’ approach.

        Then we were being preached at to be ‘ tolerant’ for years, – with the subtle implication that we were a bunch of racist , pig ignorant hillbilly’s.

        Enter stage left , – the cheap, non unionized labour sources from predominately poorer regions around the globe such as India and China… those places where Trade Unions are either unknown or actively discouraged by their respective govts.

        The neo liberals loved it , – because along with setting themselves up as the virtuous , humanitarian , ‘tolerant’ and inclusive non racist and benevolent light to the savages that are New Zealanders, – they also got to reap FAT BLOODY PROFITS.

        A year or two ago we had Unite Union with Joe Carolan and others spearheading a campaign that FORCED National to back down on casualized labour in the fast food industry in this country,- which mainly affected immigrant workers,… workers who , were guaranteed citizenship /resident status if they would work for below the minimum wage ( not only illegal but undermined our Trade Unions ) , OR , – actually pay their employers back a large portion of their wages ( also illegal ) …

        A case in point is the Liqourland franchise in Mt Albert recently whereby several employee’s are individually owed as much as ( as in one individual ) $350,000 in back payments that were denied them by that employer.

        So now we see that all this out of control immigration that was part of the corrupt John Key importation of cheap labour was and IS a rort by the moneyed political class.

        It never was about ‘tolerance’ or benevolent humanitarianism,… but just about making FAT BLOODY PROFITS.

        If it was not so … WHY ,… did both John Key and Bill English brand NZ young workers WHO WERE BORN HERE as ‘drug addled , lazy and unreliable workers ???’…

        Did they ever give a damn about young New Zealanders who should have been offered jobs first over the latest cheaply imported labourer ???- OF COURSE NOT !!! They were simply out to appease the moneyed classes and catch votes . End of story.

        Why do we need another hamburger flipper from India when we already have huge unemployment among our own young people who were born here generations ago?

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        The ONLY REASON National opened the floodgates with its irresponsible immigration settings was to create a large pool of cheap , easily cowed and manipulated casualized workers that would UNDERMINE our Trade Unions and put downwards pressure on wages.

        ——————————-

        And NOT for some bullshit altruistic halo polishing exercise to lead the unenlightened savages of New Zealand out of the dark ages and into the shining new light of some crap arsed sick version of the age of Aquarius and everlasting Nirvana.

        Anyways, – here’s a song that National sure AINT.

        Not that I believe in all that Aquarius crap anyhow’s,… but it did make a great song back in the day.

        The 5th Dimension Age of Aquarius 1969 – YouTube
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjxSCAalsBE

      • The Chairman says:

        Agree with your first point, Jenny (re blaming the previous administration for their insufficient action).

        And I agree with your suggestion of slashing via diverting some of the military spend.

        However, I do agree that Michelle has a valid point in regards to the negative impact of high immigration and businesses reliance on it.

        • John W says:

          NACT may have had enjoyed and excuse to have a go at deregulating the Union and impounding their funding.

          They had private education on the way with charters and various decisive bullshit schemes that many fell for.

          National Standards and bulk funding seemed to get some following among the more fascist public.

          If Labour hadn’t fallen into the trap of promising no more taxation then many things could have been rectified after NACT 10 years of drought for social advancement.

        • michelle says:

          thank you Mr Chairman i get sick and tired of people saying immigration does not effect Maori, really! when it bloody well does. Getting back to teachers pay, i understand the value of getting a good education but i believe the entire education system needs an overhaul it needs to be tailored to the job market and we need to do more on the job training and teaching of skills. Also i do believe education is where our government should invest most of the budget. I went to night school we need to reinstate something like this for people who want a second chance as this has been taken away making it so much harder to climb the ladder now.

          • saveNZ says:

            @JENNY – HOW TO GET THERE?, very selective history there, because clearly the Maori wars and that not all Maori signed the treaty or signed a treaty meaning something different, means the opposite. It was not all hunky dory at all, but war and land removal for much of the immigration – but at least there was the idea of an agreement and sharing the natural resources. Not sure how selling off the land and resources or giving them away for peanuts serves the treaty or Maori/Pakeha interests. But obviously wonderfu (sarcasm)l for those coming in and getting the freebies on behalf of our councils and government who love the political donations it brings.

            “Maori welcomed immigrants. In fact immigration was considered beneficial, the more immigrants you had living with you, on your land, under your Tikanga, was considered a sign of Mana. This was because of the new innovations they brought with them.

            Maori never saw immigration as a threat.”

            It’s not just immigration that Maori were not consulted on in modern times, it’s also the asset sales (which then assets once sold, become outside of treaty dual sovereignty) and drugs being imported in that have been a massive drive in the last decade to destroy social cohesion and advancement of all Maori.

            Maori used to be the 2nd highest ethnic demographic in NZ, now they might be struggling to be the 3rd or 4th. In areas of high immigration like Auckland. It is pretty much ethnic cleansing as well as social cleansing in Auckland for Maori maybe 5% of Maori now live in Auckland which apparently controls around 30% of the election.

            So convenient (sarcasm) that the 2018 census was such a failure so the social and ethnic cleansing in particular Maori, can’t be measured!

            Where there is high unemployment of Maori in Northland and Hawkes Bay, show a picture of ignoring Maori workers so businesses can bring in minimum paid migrants and reduce safety and working conditions like fake log books and not enough breaks. This is the same for Pakeha too.

            https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/385218/union-commends-nzta-for-cracking-down-on-ex-mayor-s-truck-company

            And the so called provinces billions seems directed at the business owners to make more profit and more convenience for them, rather than actually stop cheap labour being bought in, and force wages into a level where local wages make more sense than the dole. (because as the moment in many cases you are better off being unemployed or a single parent than working minimum wages (or below minimum wages aka Chorus/so many employment scams).

            For a normal NZ citizen it costs money to work for transport, child care and so forth. so you need to get a lot more than the dole to make working work. Wages and so low now it’s just not worth it. You also have to be treated fairly and given promotions for good work, which are practically non existent in NZ trades and blue collar work these days.

            • WILD KATIPO says:

              Thank goodness you came along , I am only good for crude point making and imagery , – others such as yourself are more articulate and provide a more statistic’s based commentary.

              However, I respect Jenny’s points of view, and in no way do I denigrate them.

              But I do think the consensus is , – that the rampant out of control immigration settings have to be toned right back. For us as a small nation.

              We just cannot afford current practice to continue as it is. We are NOT an Asian outpost , – we are a South Pacific nation, and our loyalties are aligned with the peoples of the South Pacific, not Asia.

              And I believe we have every right to demand our politicians remain loyal to that geographical description regardless of external alluring financial and political pressures.

  3. WILD KATIPO says:

    100% correct, Bryan.

    Except that one or two day strikes are piffle . We need large, rolling , ongoing strikes with mass union involvement going out in solidarity.

    That’ll fix the neo liberals cart well and truly.

    And its just not teachers, – think of all the other workers who have been abused by the three decade long neo liberal rort. Pike River is a classic and tragic example of the final result of undermining the Trade Unions.

    Bryan.

    Here’s another Bryan that struggled with the same stupidity and bullshit from politicians as you do. Worth a watch and only 2 minutes long.

    Enjoy.

    John Clarke and Bryan Dawe on banks – YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyaitC91hEM

  4. michelle says:

    Jenny how to get there, we are a treaty partner are we not and have we been consulted on the number of immigrants being allowed to settle in our country, no we haven’t. I’m not making excuses we only have to look at the last government their policies exacerbated poverty and homelessness and that impacted on who the most. If
    our coalition government don’t deliver can you tell me our options for a political party that will deliver because frankly I cant see one.

  5. michelle says:

    Jenny how to get there, we are a treaty partner are we not and have we been consulted on the number of immigrants being allowed to settle in our country, no we haven’t. I’m not making excuses we only have to look at the last government their policies exacerbated poverty and homelessness and that impacted on who the most. If our coalition government don’t deliver can you tell me our options for a political party that will deliver because frankly I cant see one. Also Jenny i am a second chancer i went to night school (now gone) polytech (now almost gone) then university as a mature aged student so i do know the value of education i also know the value of having ones culture (tikanga)

    • GreenBus says:

      Yeah Michelle, say it again. High immigration hurts the people already here. They are brought in to take our jobs, period. Then we got to house them, which adds to the housing crisis. Kiwi workers are not druggies and couch potatoes, it’s just that they are sick to death of the shit wages and competition for jobs. Take Builders for example, a shortage caused by the employers and government not offering decent jobs, instead lumping unreasonable costs and risk onto the Builder and they’ve gone underground, don’t want to do it anymore. Neo lib at work.

  6. michelle says:

    Yes GreenBus immigration is effecting us and its hurting us, some more than others. Housing is one area that is notable. I see cars and vans parked down by the Hutt river often this is some peoples new abode we should be ashamed of this.
    In the mean time our Mayor is helping with my rate money to build and Indian conglomeration an expensive motel while some Hutt residence are couch hopping and car sleeping what a sad state of affairs.

  7. michelle says:

    Yes GreenBus immigration is effecting us and its hurting us, some more than others. Housing is one area that is notable. I see cars and vans parked down by the Hutt river often this is some peoples new abode we should be ashamed of this.
    In the mean time our Mayor is helping with my rate money to build and Indian conglomeration an expensive motel while some Hutt residence are couch hopping and car sleeping what a sad state of affairs.

  8. saveNZ says:

    I support the teachers, but feel that the current offer is a lot better than under the National government, where the teachers were offered zilch and did not strike.

    It is now time for teachers do a deal and next time ensure that they strike under a National government too, so that their wages don’t get so far behind.

    Teachers are luckier (because they still have a union that has not sold them out) when looking at other wages of so called work shortages – for example look up some of the low wages being offered to plumbers, truck drivers, food workers, construction, telecoms and trades staff whose unions have sold out and now seem to advocate more for overseas interests than locals which of course is why the wages and conditions in their sector are driven down and not keeping pace with inflation.

    Work shortages in NZ are more correctly described as shortages of local people willing to work long hours for low wages with little job security. To stop this being rectified the government, unions and business have created a massive industry of bringing in and supporting the world’s low waged workers or non incomed here to get residency and then they slave it out so they can get free health care, benefits and education here. If they have to break a few laws like importing in Meth, selling visas, corruption like fake driver licenses or frauds here, so be it!

    From Australians and white supremacists like Tarrent being given free health care and able to access benefits (unlike the Kiwis who do not get the same privileges in OZ). To NZ’s government rogernomics commitment to all of Asia who can come in on a low wage, bring in lots of children to be supported and spouses on ridiculously low wages aka https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12203129.. (this example shows the Ponzi and why NZ is never going to stem shortages because the NZ taxpayers in this case end up having to support 5 additional people for healthcare on the basis of 1 nursing assistant bought in to work here on low wages Ponzi, 3 more children to support for education, more teachers needed for education, income support, housing… ) In Tarrents, case, jail and justice costs for his lifetime falling on the NZ taxpayers… still no interest from our government is making it reciprocal aka no welfare if Kiwis don’t get the same standard of care and benefits, in the reciprocal country. Not sure if Kiwis can rock up to China, OZ, Phillipines, stay for 2+ years on a work permit, and then vote, bring family over, free health care, get numerous welfare benefits, one year free education, free superannuation, etc etc

    It is directly government ideology that has created the NZ mess of huge demand for welfare being given out to the world, and the long waiting lists for health care, teacher shortages, housing shortages.

    The Rogernomics fuelled immigration Ponzi is contributing to existing significant poverty demand.

    In addition the rogernomics teaching methods around bums on seats and the current experiment of ‘shared’ classrooms with ‘shared’ teachers, ensures that angry teachers and angry students are more wide spread, lower educational levels in this country, more social disruption from not ensuring the previously high standard in education here, and the future.

    This is not the teachers fault, or the migrants but should be firmly put at the government doing next to nothing to stem demand and clean up the Ponzi.

  9. Peter says:

    I can think of four inter-related reasons teachers didn’t strike in the past 10 years: John Key, Anne Tolley, Hekia Parata and the public.

    There’ve been more than 20 Ministers of Education in my time. I had reservations of most of them for some reasons but the most heinous in terms of destroying the essence of teaching and learning and intelligent schooling were Tolley and Parata. They surfed on the wave of popularity of Key and there was no way the community would accept the word of learned educationists with agendas based on kids and learning ahead of them. The public would not have tolerated teachers striking against The Great Wise Ones.

    Sycophants and drones got the power to rule and control and the teaching profession is polluted with mindless drones. Mindless managers run schools and we expect the brightest young people to want to go into a job run by bureaucracy crazy trained oafs? Was a time when schools resounded with the hope, inspiration expectation of Elwyn Richardson and C E Beeby.

    They now echo with the sound of idiots getting all orgasmic about the possibility of more paperwork.

  10. michelle says:

    Actually teachers pay cannot be separated from determinants of health they are all interconnected Jenny.

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