Red Alert

Parata battening down the hatches

Posted by on November 11th, 2012

Hekia Parata now seems to be working on the premise that the less information she gives out, the less accountable she will have to be. After making such a hash of her proposals for school closures and mergers and Christchurch, Parata and her Ministry are now refusing to release the information and advice she received when making those decisions.

I understand officials presented the Minister with several alternative options, but requests for that advice to be released are being refused. That is wrong. In refusing to release that advice officials have argued it would compromise the consultation going on at the moment. How could releasing more, and extremely important, information undermine a supposedly ‘genuine’ consultation?

Similar requests directed to Ms Parata have not been actioned on the basis that she is too busy visiting schools in Christchurch to respond to them. That’s a bit rich coming from a Minister who has refused pleas from those very same schools to give them extra time to undertake consultation.

The Government should be approaching this process in an open, transparent and democratic way. Instead the Minister and her officials are promoting a culture of secrecy. In turn that cloak and dagger secrecy around the release of information is simply creating an atmosphere of distrust and suspicion.

That’s not a responsible way for the government to behave. I urge Hekia Parata to openly release all of the information and advice she has received regarding school reorganization in Christchurch. Any refusal to do so will leave people rightly asking what she is trying to hide.

5 Responses to “Parata battening down the hatches”

  1. Stephen Doyle says:

    She is also ducking for cover over the Novopay fiasco. Craig Foss now has the honour of defending that cockup.

  2. Jack Ramaka says:

    It is very difficult to sell a secret.

    However this appears to be the way Johnnie Shon Key and his band of merrymen operate.

    All smoke and mirrors merchant banking style Johnnie Shon key appears to have learnt a few tricks from Fay Richwhite.

  3. Dorothy says:

    congrats on posting so soon after getting back from the US – that’s really hitting the ground running!

  4. Richard says:

    Silly me. I thought it was David Shearer who was on hatch battening this week.

  5. Jack Ramaka says:

    Novopay looks like another Insyis the Police Computer System that cost taxpayers $60 million about 10 years ago.

    When will these clowns learn we are a country of only
    4.0 million people, why do we not buy a proven computer system from overseas which is robust and actually works.

    The KISS Principle actually works Keep It Simple Stupid.

    The problem is these people get into Government and they think they are just the Ducks N*ts however they do not actually know S**t from Clay and we as the taxpayers have to pick up the tab.

    Now we have the Skipper of the HMS Cabbage Boat telling us how to educate our children.