Kōhanga reo volunteers will be paid the minimum wage by 2021 in a Budget boost seen as a first step towards resolving a Treaty of Waitangi claim lodged eight years ago.
National's education spokesperson Nikki Kaye has called for the Prime Minister and Finance Minister to step in and help Education Minister Chris Hipkins by providing "a circuit breaker" to resolve the teacher strikes.
Teacher representatives welcome the addition of to the new Regional Skill Shortage List (RSSL) with as much energy as they can muster, which is to say, not much.
While the education sector is pleased to see the teacher shortage acknowledged by Government, many are frustrated that the solutions announced do not address the underlying causes of the shortage.
The rejection of $700 million in pay increases is about "far more than just money", Tauranga principals say.
A national teachers' strike which had been pencilled in for April 3 has been postponed because of the Christchurch mosque attacks.