August 25, 2017
Auckland teacher incentives misdirected
Labour’s Tamaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare is unimpressed with National’s efforts to address the teacher shortage.
Education Minister Nikki Kaye says all Auckland schools can now tap into a voluntary bonding fund that was supposed to encourage new teachers to start their careers in decile one schools – a move that will make it harder for south Auckland schools to attract staff.
It is also proposing an international relocation fund to attract back teachers who have moved overseas.
"Sure there’s lots of whanau overseas but what we need is something more comprehensive that will keep whanau here in Tamaki Makaurau. There's not enough money put into personal development to allow teachers to grow, to allow teachers to earn more so they can afford to live here," Mr Henare says.
He says a lot of current teachers want to learn to speak and teach te reo Maori.
Labour launches its south Auckland campaign in Mangere tomorrow morning, after a visit to Otara Market by leader Jacinda Ardern.
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