My values are Labour values.

I want to help build a stronger, more caring society. I am passionate about Dunedin, and I bring considerable energy and wide experience to the task of representing this electorate.

My diverse work background has given me an understanding of the economic and social levers that can be pulled to achieve meaningful change.

Please read some of the discussions included here. I welcome your comments.

- David Clark

An eye to our future

The early years are the most important for a child’s brain development.

Dunedin’s early childhood education (ECE) centres know this.  They have led New Zealand in the provision of quality childhood education. And because they are more advanced than others, the government’s funding cuts will hurt Dunedin the most.

Each of Dunedin’s ten quality non-profit ECE centres – run at the University, the Hospital and through the Dunedin Community Childcare Association – will on average lose $50,000 dollars every year as a result of the National Government’s cuts.

You wouldn’t expect them in your primary and secondary schools, so why would you expect unqualified teachers in ECE?

But staff in the Dunedin centres say that they will be forced to do exactly what the Government is asking. They will do this by cutting the quality of their teaching staff, and substantially increasing fees to parents next year.

Cuts can be directly attributed to the 2010 Budget, when the National government announced cuts to the tune of $400 million. (Less than 2% of that amount was put into five specific Maori & Pacific Island centres – a token-gesture typical of the Key government).

The Government’s cuts don’t even make economic sense. John Key’s own advisors tell him so. They are short-sighted.  One estimate is that for every $1 spent on ECE, $13 is saved in later years.

Providing more quality ECE is a smart thing for any government to do. Until the National Government’s cuts, New Zealand was moving towards 20 hours free childhood education by 100% qualified teachers.  Invest at the start of a child’s life – and that child, their family and the country reaps rewards over a lifetime.

It is time for a government with an eye to our future – A Labour Government.


4 comments on ‘An eye to our future’

  1. 20 August, 2010

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  2. 24 August, 2010

    Touche Dr Clark. However, although there is evidence that investments in early childhood education will reap benefits in the longer term, do we have any politicians that are prepared to selflessly pursue such long term policies?

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