By Frank and Muriel Newman
The Government's admission that it will carve an extra $63m out of the education budget to fund employer contributions to retirement schemes will put children's education at risk, says Labour's Education spokesperson, Sue Moroney.
Civil court and tribunal fees will be adjusted for inflation from 1 July 2011. Fee increases will be a maximum of 18.2% reflecting the rate of inflation since most fees were last adjusted. Some fees have been adjusted since 2004 and they will see a smaller increase.
Gisborne District Council approved a prudent budget when the 2011/2012 Annual Plan was adopted at its meeting today. "It is going to be very tight for managers to work with," says chief executive Lindsay McKenzie.
The education sector union NZEI Te Riu Roa is warning parents may face more fee increases with many early childhood services effectively taking another hit from this year's Budget.
Anyone visiting your province can see that this is an export powerhouse. Dairy farms and cows. Thousands of cows. Cows as far as the eye can see. Taranaki is one of the great farming provinces of New Zealand.
The loss of a crucial breakfast-in-schools programme raises serious questions about the government's priorities for education and social spending, says the education sector union NZEI Te Riu Roa.
Labour Leader Phil Goff's statement that the Emissions Trading Scheme forces people to subsidise polluters shows that Labour, like the Greens, is confused about the real effects of the scheme and that they are clearly not ready to govern, ACT New Zealand Parliamentary Leader Hon John Boscawen sai
The community sector is deeply concerned that today's budget announcements have failed to address the widening inequality gap in New Zealand, which will have long term fiscal and social impacts.