Signatories to a recently launched petition are urging the Government to introduce civics education into schools nationwide.
Joni Tomsett, described by RNZ as a 28-year-old student from the Tasman region, launched the petition on the community campaign platform OurActionStation to make civics education a core subject in all secondary schools by 2026.
Tomsett also happens to be a member of the Motueka Community Board of Tasman District Council,
During civics lessons, students would be taught the basics of government, voting, and how the democratic process worked.
The idea is commendable.
Should it be adopted, Point of Order suggests Hutt City councillor Chris Milne contribute to the preparation of content for the local government component. He is especially enlightening on the numbing influence of the Labour Party on decision-making by councillors who have campaigned and been elected on the Labour ticket.
Latest political polling puts Labour at 60.9%, which – if carried through to the election – would give it 77 seats in the next Parliament. Is anyone (apart from the most fervent National supporter) surprised?
National’s campaign manager, Gerry Brownlee, dismisses the Newshub Reid Research sampling as a “rogue” poll. This begs the question whether he would have done so, if it had shown his own party a bit higher than 25.1%.
Other polls (even one suspects National’s own private polling) have had Labour above the 50% mark.
Even though the general election is seven months distant, this may be a week which offers a pointer to the mood in a critical element in Labour’s support base.
The cameras will be focused on PM Jacinda Ardern and daughter Neve at Waitangi Day celebrations. But will the message her government is delivering – transformational change for Maori – ring true with her audiences?
Two years ago she said at Waitangi she wanted to be held to account each year for the performance of her government.
A year ago she talked of how her government would reduce unemployment, strengthen education, and eliminate inequality between Maori and Pakeha.
The most recent National Party press statement to land in our email intray arrived last Friday, giving Opposition leader Simon Bridges a platform to say plummeting business confidence“should be sending shivers down the spines of Government ministers”.
Almost half of Auckland businesses surveyed by the Auckland Business Chamber believed the economy would deteriorate over the next six months, Bridges observed.
He blamed government policy (what else?):
“This ‘free fall’ in business confidence is a direct result of the poor decisions and uncertainty created by the Ardern-Peters Government which has done nothing to give businesses a boost.”