Research, guides, information and policies published by PPTA Te Wehengarua

Education Update Amendment Bill SOP 250 (seclusion and restraint). Submission April 2017 PPTA have concerns about how broad the drafting of the SOP is, and believe that it will lead to unintended consequences that go beyond stopping the use of seclusion, and may inadvertently make some practices that are widely, and appropriately, used in schools illegal.
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May 16, 2017 16/05/17
Employment Relations (...contract out of Personal Grievance Provisions) Amendment Bill. Submission May 2017 (May 2017) The National Party want to change the law so that people employed on an individual agreement who earn over $150,000 can contract out of the protections / recourse to a personal grievance, for example:
• Unlawful or constructive dismissal;
• Discrimination;
• Racial / Sexual Harassment; and
• Unjustified disadvantage.
This is a dangerous precedent and the principles have the potential to be extended, either through this Bill or another, to other workers who earn less money or are employed on a collective agreement.
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May 10, 2017 10/05/17
Employment Relations Bill: Submission July 2013 PPTA is strongly opposed to the Employment Relations Amendment Bill and submits that the Committee recommend to the House that it not proceed. The Submission outlines PPTA's concerns about the bill creating further inequality, endangering teacher health and safety, and related issues.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Employment Standards Legislation Bill: Submission October 2015 This submission sets out PPTA’s submission on the Employment Standards Legislation Bill and is informed by members’ concerns about insecure work and commitment to extending paid parental leave (“PPL”). The Bill contains a mix of proposals that impact on vulnerable workers; some positive (in extending paid parental leave and enforcement of minimum enforcement standards) and some with an incredibly negative impact (in relation to zero hour contracts).
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Examination of the TPPA: Submission March 2016 PPTA Submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee
on the International Treaty Examination of the TPPA.
PPTA has expressed concern at elements of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement during the protracted negotiations that led to its development. Some of the concerns could have been allayed by a more transparent process. When we had the opportunity to meet with MFAT officials, we had some of the specific issues that we raised addressed and answered satisfactorily. It is our impression that more effort could have been made by the government to conduct these negotiations openly and enable interested parties to be briefed by officials.
PPTA supports the submission from the Council of Trade Unions, which represents the interests and concerns of New Zealand working people and union members.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Human Rights Amendment Bill: Submission December 2013 There has been an unjustified lack of consultation on the proposals in the Bill – which proposes to amend a constitutional document. It is deeply disappointing that key stakeholders were not given the opportunity to comment on the policy proposals. Submission outlines specific PPTA concerns.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
ICT Digital Literacy: Submission May 2012 Submission to the Education and Science Select Committee Investigation into 21st Century Learning Environments and Digital Literacy
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Inquiry into engaging parents in the education of their children: Submission November 2013 PPTA welcomes this inquiry and is pleased to be able to submit on this often under-emphasised area. The focus of PPTA members’ work is the learning that takes place in school, but we are well aware that students’ development and learning that takes place outside of school is essential for success in the realm that teachers have the greatest influence on.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Komiti Pasifika Education Plan: Submission May 2012 Contains Komiti Pasifika Submission on the Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017 and an extract from the March ERO report re impact and effect of the Plan 2009 - 2012
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December 19, 2016 19/12/16
Ministerial Inquiry into Novopay: Submission April 2013 Submission includes results of a PPTA survey into Novopay impacts on pay period 24, 2013.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
MoE Review on Technology Provision for Year 7 and 8 Students in Greater Christchurch: Submission March 2014 Endorses points made in the submission from the Canterbury Manual teachers, and adds some comments on the funding and staffing aspects of the proposal. One of things that was abundantly clear in the survey was how much the students enjoy their technology classes. Care should be taken about making changes that suit the agenda of the adults but put quality provision at risk for the students.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
NZSPC Tomorrows Schools review submission
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August 24, 2018 24/08/18
NZTC Policy-Comparison: Comment June-2013 Comments on proposed changes to the NZ Teachers' Council
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
NZTC Review - Dangerous waters ahead: Request for Submissions June-2013 Urges PPTA members and others to make submissions on proposed changes to the NZ Teachers' Council
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
NZTC Review - Proposals: Submission July 2013 Comments in depth on proposed changes to the NZ Teachers' Council
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Parental Leave and Employment Protection ... Bill: Submission November 2015 PPTA's submission to the Government Administration Committee on the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months Paid Leave and Work Contact Hours) Bill
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Policing (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill: Submission April 2015 In drafting this submission, we have reviewed the context and the policy-development process that the New Zealand Police (“Police”) went through for the proposals in the Bill.
PPTA strongly opposes the proposals in the Policing (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill (“the Bill”) to enable Police to recover costs for public services, and the specific proposal that Police vetting should be one of the services to be subject to a cost recovery regime.
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May 22, 2017 22/05/17
PPTA submission on MBIE consultation on immigration settings for international students PPTA made a submission on the consultation about changes to international student visas, as this will have an impact on secondary initial teacher education student numbers and the ability of these international graduates to stay and workin New Zealand
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August 9, 2018 09/08/18
PPTA submissions Submissions made by PPTA Te Wehengarua in response to discussion and consultation documents can be accessed here:
December 8, 2016 08/12/16
Productivity Commission Inquiry into More Effective Social Services: Submission December 2014 PPTA perspective on education in this inquiry
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Productivity Commission Social Services Report: Submission April 2015 PPTA response to the Draft Report of the Productivity Commission "Effective Social Services" 2015
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Productivity Commission: New Models of Tertiary Education: Response May 2016 Comments on the Productivity Commission's Issues Paper : New Models of Tertiary Education. PPTA is mainly concerned about what happens at the interface between secondary schools and tertiary education though we do have some general comments to make about the context and theoretical economic model that underpins the analysis.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Review of STAR and Gateway: Submission September 2013 PPTA has had a long-standing concern about the interface between school and employment, training and further education, in which these two programmes play a very significant part. We have completed a comprehensive report which will be presented at the PPTA Annual Conference in early October and it is suggested that it would be a very valuable consultative document to take into account when formulating recommendations arising from this review.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Review of Careers Information, Advice, Guidance and Education (CIAGE): Submission June 2015 Covers a number of matters addressed in the Review. More than 90% of eligible teachers choose to belong to the union, so it follows that 90% of careers advisers in secondary and area schools are likely to be PPTA members. Furthermore, careers advisers need to work with the full team of teachers in a school in order to provide effect.
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May 10, 2017 10/05/17
Secondary Teacher Workload Working Group - PPTA Submission August 2016 (August 2016) When secondary teachers raise issues about their workload they are not complaining about working hard, rather they are referring to excessive demands and unproductive tasks which form an increasingly larger component of their workload. They are frustrated at those factors which they see as either interfering with their ability to perform effectively the core teaching and leadership functions they value or which require them to work extensive hours in order to be able to maintain the same level of effectiveness in their core work with students.
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December 13, 2017 13/12/17