18 December 2012
Ombudsman’s findings show Ministry got it wrong over Christchurch
The Ministry of Education needs to start its consultation over Christchurch school closures again following the findings
of the Ombudsman.
NZEI Te Riu Roa National President Ian Leckie says he welcomes the Ombudsman’s report into the Ministry’s botched
handling of information requests about its planned school closures.
He says the findings vindicate the concerns of Christchurch parents and educators over the Ministry of Education’s
“We’ve been saying for months that the Ministry has not adequately consulted with the people of Christchurch and has
instead tried to ride roughshod over due process.
“This is why teachers have taken the unusual step of giving notice of strike action unless the Government stops and
listens to Christchurch.
“School communities will be particularly delighted that the Ombudsman is now planning an investigation into the wider
question of whether the Ministry’s processes were adequate to ensure effective and sufficient consultation around school
“It’s very clear that the Ministry of Education has got the process totally wrong. It has completely botched its
handling of Christchurch.
“NZEI believes that the Ministry and the Minister of Education should apologise to the people of Christchurch for the
way they’ve dealt with them over this issue.
“The Ministry would be arrogant to continue its current direction. It needs to stop paying lipservice to consultation
and this time consult properly. Most importantly it needs to listen and put Christchurch children ahead of pre-conceived
ideology and cost cutting.”
New Zealand Educational Institute
NZEI Te Riu Roa members work in every community in New Zealand, leading and advocating for quality public education.
We are the 50,000 principals, teachers and support staff who work in primary, area and secondary schools as well as
early childhood centres, special education and school advisory services. We come together as NZEI Te Riu Roa - New
Zealand's largest education union, a Treaty based organisation and a powerful advocate for quality public education.
We have the most important job in New Zealand - educating for the future.