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Unions Manawatu and
Palmerston North City Council
Invite the people of Palmerston North to
remember the 29 workers killed last year
at Pike River Mine.
3.30pm Saturday 19 November.
Workers' Memorial, Memorial Park
(Fitzroy St Entrance).
Pike River Disaster
19 November 2010 to 19 November 2011
Welcome By Miki Anaru, Rangitaane
Opening by John Shennan, Convenor, Unions Manawatu
Commemoration at 3.44pm
Wayne Ruscoe, EPMU, The Miners' Union
Peter Cullinane, Bishop of Palmerston North
Iain Lees-Galloway, MP for Palmerston North
concluding remarks by Mayor Jono Naylor
Tertiarystudy reveals differences
By MATHEW GROCOTT
Is tertiary education a right? Or
should access to university courses
be tailored to the needs of the econ-
The leading candidates for Palm-
erston North voiced different views
on the purpose of tertiary study at
the Manawatu Standard-organised
candidates' debate last week.
Answering first, National candi-
date Leonie Hapeta said the country
needed a tertiary education system
that works for our economy''.
Mrs Hapeta said tertiary edu-
cation needed to offer people a
chance to get into a career.
She defended the National
Standards policy introduced by
National in 2009.
Too many students were leaving
school without the ability to read or
write, she said.
If they can't read or write in pri-
mary and secondary school they'll
never make it in tertiary.''
Labour incumbent Iain Lees-
Galloway said tertiary education
was a right for everyone'',
especially for those looking to work
in the modern economy''.
If participation in the workforce
is a right, surely tertiary education
is also a right.''
Tertiary education was much
more than just university study, he
said, and people needed to be
encouraged to enter some form of
study so they could get into the job
Mr Lees-Galloway said while
National had increased gov-
ernment funding for
universities, it had not gone
up by enough, leading to caps
The education question was
one of only a handful where
there was a strong difference
in the candidates' views.
They also differed on what
the Government could do to
help young people into mean-
ingful work or training.
Mr Lees-Galloway touted
his party's plan to encourage
unemployed youth into
apprenticeships by paying the ben-
efit money they would have received
to their new employer instead.
Mrs Hapeta pushed National's
plan to allow employers to pay 16 to
18-year-olds 80 per cent of the mini-
mum wage for the first six months
The National challenger said
there was not much the Govern-
ment could do to create jobs other
than to help the economy grow.
Governments don't produce jobs,
jobs are created by employers,'' Mrs
Mr Lees-Galloway responded
there were things governments
could do and cited a KiwiRail
decision to have new trains built
overseas, which cost a Dunedin firm
about 40 jobs.
The candidates predictably disag-
reed on National's planned asset
sales and Labour's proposed capital
They found common ground
though. Both encouraged Palmer-
ston North City Council and
Horizons Regional Council to work
together to clean up the Manawatu
River. They backed the retention of
Linton Military Camp, the repeal of
section 49 of the Crimes Act -- better
known as the anti-smacking bill,
and the right for same-sex couples
More election coverage P10, 13.
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