Monday, February 12, 2024

Point of Order: Buzz from the Beehive - 12/2/24

It looks like Asian students have outshone the others – does this call for Treaty-based changes to our school system?

Here’s hoping the PM – at his post-cabinet press conference this afternoon – has something to assure us that his ministers are hard at work on making New Zealand a better place in which to live.

Those ministers have had nothing to announce on the government’s official website since Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced a slew of new diplomatic appointments on 9 February.

Fair to say, there is evidence on the Scoop website that they have not been doing nothing.

Emergency Management and Recovery Minister Mark Mitchell has reassured people on the East Coast of the North Island that urgent work to clean up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.

The funding is aimed at helping local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.

As part of the new funding, $40 million will go to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council for urgent work to continue to remove sediment and debris in the region. This includes $3 million ring-fenced for debris removal in Wairoa.

The Gisborne District Council will receive $23.6 million to ensure urgent work will continue for the processing and removal of woody debris across the region.

This brings the Government’s total funding to $232 million for the clean-up of sediment and debris across Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.

Mitchell apparently announced this yesterday, but did not post the news on the Beehive website.

Nor did Education Minister Erica Stanford post the news that she had congratulated the New Zealand Scholarship recipients from 2023.

“Receiving a New Zealand Scholarship is a fantastic achievement and is a testament to the hard work and dedication the recipients have put in throughout the year,” says Ms Stanford.

“New Zealand Scholarship tests not only students’ advanced depth of understanding, but their ability to apply what they know.”

The Top Subject Scholars scored the highest mark in their respective subjects. Two students received the highest score in two subjects each.

The names and schools of Top Subject Scholars and Outstanding Scholar Award winners are available on NZQA’s website.

Point of Order invites readers to check out the names of the 10 Premier Award winners.

Those names suggest four of them are of Asian ethnicity.

None are obviously Māori names.

There will be an explanation for this, no doubt.

Something to do with the devastating impact of colonisation, perhaps, and the need to interpret The Treaty in ways that apply positively discriminatory remedies to undo the mischief done.

Point of Order is a blog focused on politics and the economy run by veteran newspaper reporters Bob Edlin and Ian Templeton


Tom Logan said...

Well surely a number of Maori names, more than proportional, should be put on the list immediately. Places are already reserved in Law and Med school for those with Maori names with far lower academic results than others. Academia has to be consistent, I'm sure they are all for co governance and tribal rule. How on earth have they slipped up so badly here ?

Anonymous said...

Maybe the wise ones with Maori DNA use their colonial names to avoid being treated as sycophants of the so called Maori elite.