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Two senior National Party MPs and former cabinet ministers will visit the Coast this week.

On Tuesday morning, National’s spokesperson on Education and former Education Minister Hon Nikki Kaye will hold a public meeting at the Greymouth Fire Station on “The Future of Education”.

National List MP based in West Coast Tasman Maureen Pugh says this is one of forty public forums being held across New Zealand to discuss the implications of proposals in the Government’s Tomorrow’s Schools Task Force Review which was released late last year. “Nobody would dispute the fact that education is the single most important area that we all must focus on, and some of the ‘reforms’ including devolving power from school boards to clustered education hubs need to be fully understood and talked through by parents, teachers and the wider community.” “I urge people to take this opportunity for everyone to come along and have a say on what could turn out to be the biggest education reforms in 30 years” Mrs Pugh says. “Nikki Kaye, as a former Minister of Education is very well immersed in the implications of the changes proposed and she has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the education sector, which people will find interesting, to say the least.” The meeting starts at 11.30am on Tuesday.

Later on Tuesday Nikki Kaye and Maureen Pugh will meet with teachers, principals and school board members from around the region to discuss the Tomorrow’s Schools Task Force Review as it relates directly to classroom teaching and the running of schools.

On Wednesday, MP for Upper Harbour and National Party Deputy Leader Hon Paula Bennett will make a number of visits to  local organisations and businesses before officially opening Maureen Pugh’s new office at Hokitika Airport at lunchtime on Wednesday.

Paula Bennett is a former deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Police and Minister for Women and is currently National’s spokesperson for Drug Reform, Social Investment and Social Services and Women.

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