14 October 1999
FEDERATED FARMERS GIVES QUALIFIED SUPPORT TO RURAL SCHOOLS ISOLATION INDEX
Federated Farmers of New Zealand gave their qualified support to the new Isolation Index for rural schools announced by
the Government today.
Federated Farmers understands that the Isolation Index has been designed to measure the geographic isolation of schools
so that appropriate funding can be allocated to compensate for the resulting extra costs.
"Like all new initiatives, we will have to wait and see if the Isolation Index does prove an effective indicator of
need," said Roger Barton, Federated Farmers education spokesperson. "However, it is encouraging to see the Government
address this problem."
"Many rural schools face additional costs because they are so isolated. Rural schools have to pay more for services that
urban schools take for granted. For example, it costs a fortune to get tradespeople out to some rural schools just to
carry out routine maintenance."
"Federated Farmers has been raising this issue with the Government for several years, and it is good that the Government
has moved towards a fairer system," concluded Mr Barton.
ENDS For further information:
Roger Barton 06-304-9495 or 025-415-268
Emma O'Sullivan 0800-327-646