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The education policies outlined by The Opportunities Party include free Early Childhood Education for all, a reduction in the amount of testing and administration performed by schools and creating a less competitive environment for schools to operate in.
This morning I spoke to The Opportunities Party deputy leader Geoff Simmons about their approach to education policy, but first I asked him about the party’s decision to have two deputy leaders.
For our week looking at education policy, India speaks to Virginia Oakley, NZEI's spokesperson for Early Childhood Education, who highlights a seven-year freeze in funding as the key issue facing the sector.
To look at primary school education, Mack spoke with NZEI National Executive Vice President Rikki Sheterline, who says there’s three core issues facing students, parents and teachers right now.
The first show in our election coverage focusing on education. This week Joel, Sam, and Jack, got an overview of New Zealand's current education system by talking to the general population on the streets, Derek Wenmoth from Core Education, and Cathy Wylie from the NZ Council of Education Research. Joel also spoke to the Green Party's Education Spokesperson Catherine Delahunty about education policy. On top of this we had the Southern Cross segment with the latest in Pacific news, and Sam did a report on the National Party's campaign music.
It is no secret that the National party has had many run ins with music copyright concerning their campaign music, most famously of course with Eminem during the last election. Reporter Sam Smith takes a look back at these episodes, the latest which concerns their new campaign song.
In the ramp up for the 2017 election, reporters Jack and Sam spoke with Derek Wenmoth the Director of e-Learning and Cathy Wylie from the New Zealand Council of Education Research. The two give us a rundown of the parties, policies and how we head forward after the election.
The chair of the Blue Greens Committee, Andrew Bayly, wraps up our week of election coverage interviews on the environmental issues facing New Zealand. Kelly asked Andrew about the freshwater policies National has announced to make a wider amount of New Zealand rivers and lakes swimmable again. They also chatted about climate change and National's commitment to the Paris agreement.
To celebrate National Poetry Day, reporter Amanda Robinson talked to Selina Marsh, the first Pacific Islander to Graduate with a PhD in English from the University of Auckland, about her latest collection of recently released poetry.
Kelly talks to Nicole Wedding from Radio Adelaide on the latest in Australian news. Another Melbourne council has voted to change the date of Australia Day as many believe it to be a culturally insensitive and outdated celebration. A study has revealed the baby boomers generation are the worst for alcohol and illicit drug misuse, and a natural healing doctor is facing scrutiny after helping some parents get around the 'no jab, no play' rule.