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Teachers still unhappy with pay negotiations

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Continued from page 1. In Budget18, $20 million was assigned to increase teacher supply over four years including bringing New Zealand teachers home from overseas; $270 million was also set aside for children and young people who need extra learning support. However, Tute says so far there’s been nothing to address

the hours and work loads teachers face - or the ongoing support that some students need but aren’t getting. In Wainuiomata, Tute says there are many children with high or complex needs and that the numbers increases every year. “They need one-on-one support but we don’t have funding. Even though this offer is better,

the problem is that it doesn’t address the time, workload and needs,” Tute says. “We need to see this support in our schools,” she says. Tute explains the next step for NZEI teachers may potentially be a rolling strike around the country during term four, with members voting on the idea when school resumes.

The Ministry has urged teachers and principals to say no to further strikes and will continue to negotiate with New Zealand Educational Institute to avoid disruption for children and to reach a settlement. The Wainuiomata teacher hopes the offer is increased otherwise there will be nothing to talk about.

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It’s safe to say the bond between Lower Hutt and its sister cities is stronger than ever, and mayor Ray Wallace is hoping it stays that way. Ray is currently on a visit to Japan and has spent some time in Lower Hutt’s sister city, Minoh City. The Lower Hutt Mayor, along with staff from Lower Hutt high schools - including Wainuiomata High School’s Janette Melrose, had a productive meeting with the Minoh City counter par ts and the Director General of Education talking about inter national student exchanges. Another day saw the two cities connect via Skype, linking from Minoh Multicultural Centre to Lower Hutt War Memorial Library. The portal is apparently opening to the public every day, except Mondays, with a monthly Citizens Skype happening on the second Saturday of the month. During his visit, Ray has also met with professors from Osaka University who are coming to Lower Hutt in 2019 as part of a scientific


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study opportunity. Their previous work looked at depression in elderly and how Lower Hutt as a city could combat that.

Wainuiomata High School’s kapa haka group are also in Japan as part of a visit. Minoh City has a population of 120,000 and is situ-

ated 20km from the centre of Osaka, Japan. The formal relationship between Hutt City and Minoh City began in 1995.

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