The inaugural Great Northern Quiz took place on Saturday night. I’m pleased to report that the East Coast Bays came out victorious over Hon. Maggie Barry’s North Shore crew, with a win to my Young Nats team. It was a close race! Nice to blow off some steam after a couple of big weeks. 🏆
Exciting times! I've lodged my very first Private Member's Bill, which is now in the ballot for today's draw. My bill would remove the decile funding system, which unfairly stigmatises schools and is a poor indicator of the actual need of students. The bill offers an alternative that more accurately targets funding to those schools with students at risk of not achieving.
As an Opposition MP, I’m focused on coming up with constructive solutions. This bill will make a real difference to the educational outcomes of disadvantaged young people. You can read more here: bit.ly/EricasBill
The state of Glenvar Road is a disgrace and the intersection with East Coast Rd is the most dangerous in the Bays. Auckland Transport have for far too long put off this project, risking the safety of our local road users and pedestrians. Together with Local Board chair Julia Parfitt, I'm holding a public meeting to get this project prioritised by AT.
Last week I defended Vanguard Military School and the other charter schools that Labour's vindictive repeal bill will shut down.
Labour's signature education policy is fixing something that's not broken – and taking away the futures of over 1,000 vulnerable young people.
A great write up about charter schools.
Bill English has dedicated his working life to serving New Zealanders at the highest levels of government, including as Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Leader of the Opposition. He is a man of massive integrity and intelligence, and I am proud to have served under his leadership. All the very best for the future, Bill.
Today I stood alongside my fellow National Party MPs and the students of Vanguard Military School in my electorate in protest. We marched to send a message to the Government. Young people who aren’t achieving in mainstream schools deserve a future. Parents deserve a choice. And charter schools deserve to be treated fairly by the Minister.
Today I couldn’t have been more proud of all of the Vanguard current and past students who showed up, in the rain, on a Sunday, in their uniforms to protest against the closure of their school. Students spoke to the crowd, sharing their personal stories and then performed the most powerful and emotional haka I have ever seen.
Once again, charter schools like Vanguard had to find out via the media that they are all to be closed by the end of the year. Despite all the fluffy rhetoric about how much they care, the reality is that this Government is vindictively throwing away the futures of young people to appease the union.
There is a rally planned for today. I know it’s wet but bring an umbrella and come along to show this Government that young people who don’t achieve in the mainstream system deserve a future. #SaveVanguard
See you there.
I was honoured to attend my first 100th birthday party on Friday night at the Browns Bay RSA. Local ECB resident Norman Batterham was born in Portsmouth on Feb 2nd 1918.
He served in the Royal Navy during World War II aboard HMS Hood which was sunk by the German Battleship Bismarck with the loss of 1415 men. Norman was ashore that day and carried on to serve on the HMS Bluebell doing convoy escort duties in the North Atlantic. Winston Churchill described these convoys as th...e worst journey in the world.
Norman transferred to the Royal NZ Navy in 1948 and served on the HMNZS Pukaki and later became a wharfie in Auckland.
Norman was surrounded by his very proud children, grand children and great grand children on Friday night. Although this year he didn’t get up and dance, I had it on good authority that he danced at his 99th party last year. What a legend. Happy Birthday Norman!!