The House has adjourned, so only answers to Written Questions came in, covering: TEO investigations; student debt; Ministerial meetings with NZUSA and TEU; and science and innovation. The Gazette covered: Competenz’s ITO recognition being given to a new body (the Competenz Trust) from 1 Jan 2016 (it appears to be a change in form involving the same people); and some new CAA rules for aviation training.
Relevance: low relevance.
- There weren’t many interesting answers to Written Questions, other than the rarity of Steven Joyce’s meetings with NZUSA and the TEU.
- Competenz has shifted its activities from an incorporated society to a Trust, which gained approval as a charity in August 2015. The Gazette notice described below formally transfers ITO recognition to the new body.
- The House has adjourned and will next meet on 9 February 2016, so no select committees met and nor were there any Oral Questions.
David Cunliffe received answer from Steven Joyce about:
- TEO Investigations
- in light of his answer to question 11646, whether he will confirm that Te Wananga o Aotearoa is the tertiary provider that he refused to name in question 13520 that has been the subject of an investigation by NZQA due to significant educational delivery issues since 28 Sep 2014 (yes, as per the two answers mentioned, the investigation involving TWOA related to moderation issues and TWOA is currently working with the NZQA to resolve them).
- what papers he has received about TEC’s first pattern recognition review (two – May and Dec 2015);
- in light of his answer to question 12829, on what dates were 15 PTEs involuntarily deregistered and why (details provided in attached table);
- whether he agreed that tertiary fraud is bad (yes);
- Student Debt and Students
- whether he knows when will student debt reach $20b (at least a decade away);
- whether he is concerned about the impacts of students’ debt on their decisions about having children (no evidence about impact on childbearing trends);
- NZUSA and TEU
- when was the last time he met NZUSA or the TEU, and how often he meets with them (NZUSA in May 2013, TEU in Nov 2010);
- Science and Innovation
- whether he agreed with every statement in an OECD Ministers’ declaration on science, technology and innovation he signed in Oct 2015 (agreed with overall statement);
- how much the government has paid for conferences or forums relating to science, innovation, data or technology over the last 5 years (MBIE paid $350k over last 2 years, prior information hard to collate);
- how much Callaghan Innovation has paid for events that it has hosted since its establishment Feb 2013 ($626k);
- what is Callaghan Innovation doing to increase its regional footprint, as regional firms’ innovation is below 2009 levels (does not agree that regional firms’ innovation is below 2009 levels);
- Competenz Trust was recognised as an ITO, effective 1 Jan 2016, for the same industries as the New Zealand Engineering, Food and Manufacturing Industry Training Organisation Inc (t/a Competenz) was recognised in Nov 2014.
- the New Zealand Engineering, Food and Manufacturing Industry Training Organisation Inc (t/a Competenz) had its recognition as an ITO cancelled (p.129), effective from 1 Jan 2016.
- CAA rule amendments (p.135) are pending in relation to aviation training organisations (see here).