James Shaw apologises for signing-off on funding for ‘green’ private school



James Shaw wearing a suit and tie


© RNZ / Dom Thomas


Green Party co-leader James Shaw has apologised to members for signing-off on funding for a private school.



James Shaw wearing a suit and tie: Green Party co-leader James Shaw


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Green Party co-leader James Shaw

James Shaw said he is working to find a solution. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas

The climate change Minister approved nearly $12 million for the ‘green’ school in Taranaki, despite his party’s stance not to fund private schools.

The money came from the government’s $3 billion ‘shovel ready’ projects fund.

Green School New Zealand, which opened in February, charges up to $24,000 a year for local students and up to $43,000 a year for international students.

The school has about 50 students, half of whom come from overseas. The funding is designed to expand the school’s capacity from 120 to 250 students.

Shaw apologised to members in a Zoom meeting last night, saying he would not make

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