Southlanders do it in style
Feature image: The Octagon, Dunedin - photo by Mark McGuire
From Dunedin and Invercargill, all the way to Stewart Island, Southland PPTA members took to the streets in style on May 29.
Around 600 turned up to a rally in Invercargill, where mayor Tim Shadbolt gave a very supportive speech.
“Children are precious. If we don't stand up for their rights, we deny them the future they deserve. Today's action isn't just about dollars and cents. It's recognising that teachers need the time, resources and support to offer our children the best education possible. Our community supports you, our parents support you. Today is unprecedented. It's New Zealand's largest ever education strike. Show central government that you simply cannot be ignored,” he said.
PPTA Southland regional chair Bill Claridge said both parents and teachers wanted the issues behind the strike fixed.
"Our children are suffering because it's so difficult to put trained and qualified teachers in the classroom."
Thousands of teachers and community members packed Dunedin’s Octagon. “What we want is for our students to have the educational opportunities that they need at deserve, with great well-trained and well-supported teachers to provide these opportunities,” PPTA Otago regional chair Pauline McNeill said.
Nearly 100 teachers and staff picketed Alexandra’s Centennial avenue in Central Otago, encouraging residents to Toot for Teachers, while teachers hit the tracks in Stewart Island with Bring out the Best banners on their packs.
For more images of strike action nation-wide, see the May 29 megastrike album on the NZPPTA Facebook page
Caption: As far south as Stewart Island, teachers are bringing out the best.