It’s daft it when bureaucratic bullshit gets in the way of helping people.
I’ve had the Special Education spokesperson role for just on two weeks now and I arranged an informal visit with a loose collection of parents in Kaitaia who have children with special needs.
A senior MoE person has instructed his staff not to attend any gatherings if I’m going to be there.
How dumb is that?
How am I supposed to find out what has to be done for this vulnerable sector of society if I’m blocked from talking to a group of people who work with them on the ground?
Is Anne Tolley so paranoid she thinks the government will crumble if I have a conversation with a speech language therapist in Kaitaia?
These people up north are so de-centralised I can guarantee no “state secrets” will be revealed. It’s not like I’m trying to meet with some policy writer in Wellington.
Supporting these children to achieve beyond their potential alongside their families is more important than petty politics.
Anne Tolley needs to loosen up.