Week That Was: Supporting our schools

We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country. 


Setting up all schools for success

We want to make sure that all schools, parents and students get the support they need, when they need it. 

Our reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system will include:

  • Measures to make sure all schools and every child get a better chance to succeed
  • More frontline support and Education Ministry flexibility locally, where schools need it
  • More collaboration between schools through a stronger networked approach
  • More support and guidance for boards and principals
  • Local curriculum support for teachers

We're also setting up a new independent panel to resolve disputes for complaints on the serious end of the scale, for example, if parents and whānau feel that their child has been unfairly stood down or suspended.

It’s about striking a better balance between what should be provided and supported from the centre, what services should be provided locally and what is best delivered by local schools and their communities.


Investing in Salisbury School

The previous Government were set to close Salisbury School - we're investing in it instead.

With our funding for a much-needed redevelopment, the students of Salisbury School will soon be able to enjoy new, warm and modern facilities.

Nine years of neglect under National saw a lack of investment in education. We’re putting that right. It will take time to rebuild our education system, but we've made good progress.


Taking mental health seriously

The Prime Minister was in Palmerston North this week to announce an upgrade to Palmerston North Hospital's acute mental health facility.

For too long mental health and addiction has been neglected, but as a Government we’ve made improving services a priority since day one. Upgrading our hospitals and mental health facilities is a huge undertaking that will take time, but we’re making progress.


Better cancer care

The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme.

This week, MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to 60-74 year olds. Around 360,000 people are now covered by the programme.

Bowel cancer is the second highest cause of cancer death in New Zealand – but with early detection it can be successfully treated nine times out of ten. That’s why this programme is so important.

Since the National Bowel Screening Programme was launched in July 2017:

  • 189,000 people have been screened
  • More than 420 cancers have been detected
  • Hundreds of pre-cancerous polyps have been removed

Other key cancer initiatives include funding Pharmac for more cancer medicines and purchasing 12 new linear accelerators which deliver radiation treatment – including plans to out a machine in Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki and Northland for the first time.


Celebrating Breakfasts in Schools

On Friday morning the Prime Minister joined the volunteers and children of Fonterra's Breakfast in Schools programme for their 10 year anniversary. 

The ethos at the heart of the KickStart Breakfast in Schools programme is simple - that kids learn better on a full stomach. We completely agree - that's why we've launched our Lunches in Schools programme, providing nutritious lunches to all Year 1-8 students in up to 30 schools across the Hawke's Bay and Bay of Plenty, starting term one next year. Child poverty is one of the toughest long-term challenges we have to tackle, and fixing all the things that cause it will take time - but we're making progress, and ensuring kids get at least one decent meal a day.