Consultants worthwhile

Hello everyone.

Hekia here again. There’s been a lot of talk today about the extra $25 million the Ministry of Education is spending on outside consulting in recent years.

Now, apart from welcoming the additional expertise being offered at market rates by people previously employed on much lower public sector rates by the ministry, it’s great to walk in our HQ in Thorndon and see so many familiar faces.

I, for one, accept there will be many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, questions from a range of different people.

In order to answer some of those questions I will be disclosing, in full, all of the different spending decisions I and my public servants at the ministry have made in recent times.

           $14,000     Educational Realignment
          $210,000     Policy Development
          $540,000     Change Engineers (pedagogical)
        $1,450,000     Change Engineers (trousers)
          $760,000     Retrograde Amnesification (Key-esque)
          $359,000     Random Acts of Unkindness
           $17,000     Beautification Consultants (flowers)
       $21,650,000     Damage Control (Hooton / Crosby Textor)

TOTAL: $25,000,000

I hope that clears up any confusion over the slight uplift in consultancy fees paid out by the ministry.

Hekia x

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