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Source: New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI)

Media advisory: Politicians to go head to head on education issues in election debate

11 August 2020

NZEI Te Riu Roa is hosting a political debate to put parliamentary parties’ education policies to the test ahead of the General Election, with a focus on early childhood and primary education.

Confirmed candidates include Labour’s Chris Hipkins, National’s Nicola Willis, New Zealand First’s Tracey Martin and the Green Party’s Teanau Tuiono.

The debate will be hosted by NZEI Te Riu Roa President, Liam Rutherford, and moderated by NZEI Te Riu Roa member Tute Porter-Samuels.

Union members will put their questions to the candidates, covering policy issues across primary and early childhood education, support staff and learning support. 

7.30-8.30pm, Thursday 13 August. 

Te Marae, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

The debate will be livestreamed on Facebook at

Registration is required for this event. Media wishing to attend should contact the NZEI Te Riu Roa media team on or 04 382 2755 by 5pm Wednesday 12 August.