Green School funding ‘technically impossible’ to withdraw, Taranaki teachers told

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.

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Greens co-leader James Shaw meets with Taranaki teachers over Green School funding blunder | 1 NEWS

Taranaki teachers were hoping to hear the Green Party’s James Shaw withdraw a controversial grant of almost $12 million to a privately-run Green School at a series of behind-closed door meetings around the province.

Green Party co-leaders Marama Davidson and James Shaw at Normanby School South Taranaki.
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By Robin Martin for rnz.co.nz

Instead, they had to settle for a sympathetic ear, yet more apologies and a vague assurance that the funding will be turned into a commercial loan.

The Green Party co-leaders James Shaw and Marama Davidson went back to school yesterday to make good on a promise to listen to the teachers, many of who are angry about the Green School debacle and the contrast with other school communities putting up with shonky school infrastructure.

The Green Party top brass travelled around Taranaki visiting schools in Stratford, Normanby and Ōpunake before fronting a meeting in New Plymouth.

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