But the Green School was the elephant in the room.
“Taranaki, New Zealand schools – many, many, many schools are underfunded. They don’t have great property, they have holes in their roofs, their carpet is a bit messy, and then when a school like the Green School still gets all this money all it can do is cause concern.
“It’s unjust and unfair.”
Bradley said Shaw offered his by-now familiar apology for the “error in judgement”, adding that if he had his time again he’d make a different decision.
Ahead of the New Plymouth meeting, the expectations of Taranaki Secondary Schools Principals’ Association chair Martin Chamberlain were clear.
“We’re hoping, bottomline, for a retraction,” Chamberlian said. “I know the machinery of Government is complicated but anything else is much much less than ideal.”
But he didn’t get what he wanted.
“Ah, no. We found out that technically that was impossible.