Meeting for a catchup

By: Tamati Coffey

Tamati Coffey
Labour MP

Firstly, let me mihi to the outstanding efforts of Lee Lucas, Carlo Koppe and the team behind the Tauranga Moana Pride Picnic.

While I was unable to be there, Labour wahine toa Louisa Wall, Angie Warren-Clark and Jan Tinetti were, and have told me what an amazing afternoon it was. Just the kind of inclusive event we need more of in Tauranga!

Speaking of more inclusive, this government’s plan to rebuild our education system for New Zealanders looks 30 years ahead, not just three.

Next Tuesday, the government is holding a regional hui in Tauranga, where I’m inviting all kids, parents, teachers, employers and whanau to come and have your say.

The Waiariki saw first-hand how outdated policies and severe underfunding by the previous government had teachers stepping away from teaching and parents choosing between paying school fees or putting food on the table.

It wasn’t good enough.

This government is committed to doing things differently. Our independent review of Tomorrow’s Schools is focused on fresh-thinking that will deliver a more inclusive system.

Thousands of New Zealanders have already filled out the quick, five-minute online survey below - but we need even more new voices, especially from Maori, the disabled and those whose needs are not met by the current education system.

Help us make Aotearoa a world-leader in educating our kids once again. Come to the hui at Tauranga Boys’ High School on March 19 at 7pm, or share your views online at:

Together, we’ve got this.