Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says the Government’s blows to regional and rural New Zealand keep coming.
“Today’s announcement of the Government’s proposed reform of vocational education through the centralisation of polytechs is another blow to the regions,” Mr Walker says.
“It is the people in Clutha-Southland who know Clutha-Southland best, not a long list of public servants in Wellington.”
“Local communities know their patches best and are the people best placed to make decisions for training in their regions.”
“It is these communities who will lose out yet again as the number of public servants in Wellington increases and more jobs are lost in the regions.”
“Telford’s long-term proposal was turned down because of this announcement which will now cause further damage to Clutha-Southland and its workforce.”
“If this proposal goes ahead jobs will be taken out of Telford and moved to Wellington.”
“Under this Government, it is communities like South Otago and Telford who are suffering.”
“Farmer industry groups are best placed to help make decisions in regards to Telford’s future, not bureaucrats sitting in Wellington.”
“In urban centres, it may make sense to centralise polytechs but for places like Clutha-Southland, a one size fits all approach will not work.”
“This proposal creates more uncertainty for staff and students at Telford and other polytechs.”
“It’s about time this so-called kind and compassionate Government started to take an interest outside major urban centres and realised the importance of polytechs to regional New Zealand.”