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Schools out of pocket as ministry fails to fix issues
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still haven t fixed it.
The school has paid that person.
We have spent a huge amount of
time trying to sort out problems, and
are nervous because we haven t star-
ted the 2013 pay run yet.
We do not have confidence in the
Southbridge School principal Peter
Verstappen said he was feeling more
stressed about the issue than almost
any other in his career.
Yaldhurst Model School acting
principal Ann-Marie Garden said the
biggest issues have been waiting to
get answers to questions [sometimes
for weeks], relievers not getting paid
or paid incorrectly, sick pay
discrepancies, and people on the
other end of the line who don t seem
to know the answers .
Leeston Consolidated Primary
School principal Lynda Taylor said
her school s issues had been minor,
but the system meant more work.
It has been very time consuming
for my executive officer and I to pain-
stakingly check the data.
Most of the issues had been recti-
fied last week however.
A Ministry of Education spokes-
person said Novopay data was not
broken down by region, so it could
not provide specific information
about issues in Selwyn.
The Ministry and Talent2 -- the
payroll company that developed and
run the system -- are working to
resolve issues that are impacting on
school staff and are keeping schools
and the education sector informed of
She said in last week s pay run
92,000 employees received their nor-
mal fortnightly play.
Holiday pay was delayed for a
group of staff, but that has now
been resolved .
Schools are being contacted who
have sought assistance from the
Ministry and measures are in place
to ensure that all employees are paid
their due pay before Christmas [on
Food bank organiser can use
extra supplies for holidays
CHRISTMAS DONATIONS: Daniel Corry, of the Ellesmere Food Bank, in front of a pile of boxes of food.
DONATIONS OF food and festive
treats are being sought by the
Leeston-based Ellesmere Food Bank
as Christmas approaches and some
struggle in the region.
Daniel Corry, who runs the food
bank with wife Leonie, said there
was strong demand at the food bank
though it may appear the region did
not have the same need as other
areas, and money to buy supplies
I think people have to take their
blinkers off. There are needy in
There is vast wealth in Selwyn,
yet there are people at the other end
of the scale as well who struggle
every day, he said.
We don t have big companies out
here to donate us non-perishable
food, so any donations would be
greatly appreciated and any Christ-
mas treats would be wonderful.
He said the food bank covered a
wide area from the hills to the sea .
We have families, single people,
older people, even people working. It
is getting harder to put food on the
table, keep your house warm and
The food bank relies on donations
to do its work.
We only got $10,000 from the
Canterbury Community Trust this
year, so things are real tight.
However, he said there had been
some generous donations this year.
In October, the Templeton
Residents Association with the
Wigram Ward had a Get Together
Day which was amazing .
It resulted in around 20 boxes of
groceries and a $1000 Pak n Save
Our local Supervalue super-
market gives us help when they can.
We get plenty of support from Rolles-
ton, Broadfield and Prattleys egg
The food bank is also given lots of
vegetables. Oakleys gives potatoes,
John Everest gives pumpkins and
onions, and produce is donated from
Christchurch Men s Prison, Rolles-
ton Prison and Taumutu Gardens.
The Ellesmere Food Bank Trust has
been in operation for 16 years. From
192 parcels the first year, it is now
giving out thousands around the
province. All staff are volunteers.
Phone 324 3576 if you can help.
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