NZ Outdoors Party Policy on Education

Our Vision: We want to create a country where we are admired by the world not just because of our wonderful natural environment, but because of the way we live. A way of life that protects and enhances that environment.

This policy and associated papers are copyright. NZ Outdoors Party. 23rd April 2020.

Our mission is to provide a holistic, inclusive and empowering education system where every person will thrive and learn how to make conscious, responsible and informed choices about their future. 

Our goal is to create a unique educational framework that recognises the important place of the outdoors environment and our community for our social, cultural and economic well-being and reflects our unique NZ way of life.   

Why is the NZ Outdoors Party focusing on Education?

We believe that the Outdoors is at the heart of the NZ way of life and that education should involve an appreciation of this. We want to create an education system that teaches learners about their own unique community and outdoor environment so that they can develop a strong sense of belonging and connection to it.

We want to see a future where children grow up to become lifelong learners who are confident in, connected to and actively involved in the outdoors so they are inspired to engage in and contribute to an ecologically sustainable future.

How is the Outdoors Party Education Policy different to other parties?

Our policy recognises the importance of the Outdoors as a strong factor in our past, present and future and links to our other policies that have a strong theme of community and localism.

Tramping trips and outdoor education is very important for developing teens

We will strongly advocate for recognition of our NZ heritage and history and we will promote and fund outdoor education initiatives such as conservation and restoration projects, recreation activities, programmes such as Garden to Table and Enviroschools, as well as other nature based and local initiatives that foster sustainability and community well-being.
We also want to ensure that regenerative agriculture and organic horticulture are implemented as key modules of learning in the secondary and tertiary sector for the benefit of New Zealand’s future economy and environment.

Many teachers are feeling undervalued and overworked across the system. How will your party change this?

Kids playing and learning in rockpool

We will invest heavily into education because we recognise that our people, their skills and knowledge are our greatest assets for the future. We will implement transformative change to our education system as recommended in the Tomorrow Schools Review to establish quality leadership models and support structures to ensure teachers workloads are manageable and teachers are valued. We want to ensure that teachers are well trained, supported and valued to provide the best practice and the best educational experience for all learners.

How will your party address pay parity between the ECE and Primary and Secondary sectors?

Our strategy will be to work collaboratively to ensure that pay parity can be achieved as soon as possible. 

How will your party address the teacher/child ratios in ECE and in teacher/student ratios in classrooms?

Our investment in education will ensure that we will provide adequate funding for better ratios that are based on best practice. This will help to ensure that quality care is provided to all learners through individualised teaching and learning.

What is the Outdoors Party policy on technology and online learning?

We believe that technology has its place in education and we will promote safe technology use in homes and education facilities. We will advocate for high-speed fibre optic wired-in connections. We will promote safe technology as a useful tool for innovation that helps learners to think critically and creatively.

Copyright and credits

This policy and associated papers are copyright. April 2020. NZ Outdoors Party.

This policy is the work or a number of people and specialist in the team namely: Jenni Brown, Calli Kennedy, Darlene Morgan, Brad Flutey.

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Alan Simmons

Alan Simmons

President & Co-Leader Alan has dedicated a lifetime of involvement in outdoors political issues. He’s sat on a number of national body executives, boards, NGO and management groups, including the NZ Professional Hunting Guides Association, Electricorp Environmental Management Board, NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers and the NZ Professional Fishing Guides Association. Many will know him through his website, the hugely popular New Zealand FishnHunt forum.

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