Better funding, better learning

Education Minister Hekia Parata will not be let off easy before her retirement from politics, with teachers from our two main education unions joining together for the Better Funding, Better Learning campaign for a better education for our tamariki.

Better funding, better learningA nationwide roadshow to collect signatures and rally hundreds of people took place in October and November, driven by the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and Post-Primary Teachers Association (PPTA).

The campaign’s primary focus is on opposing the Government’s global funding plan and unfreezing operational grants to schools.
Global funding has been heralded as an unwelcome resurrection of failed bulk funding model and, along with the operational grant freeze, will undermine schools’ ability to resource themselves for their unique student and community needs.

Operational grants, which fund costs such as support staff wages, were frozen in May 2015. The petition, which you can sign at, aims to collect 25,000 signatures and is on track to be presented to Parliament in December.

The Better Funding, Better Learning campaign is ongoing and needs your support now. Supporting the campaign is simple and will back a challenge to the government to better fund schools for better learning.

Follow the conversation on Facebook or Twitter by searching the hashtag #betterfunding and check for updates at

Bulk postcards to be sent to the Minister can be ordered from – organise a bunch to be signed by your friends, family and colleagues!

By Ta’ase Vaoga