Despite a small turnout of teachers and support staff
at pickets in protest against the Novopay debacle outside
National MP offices around Otago and Southland, the New
Zealand Educational Institute is pleased with the support it
About 20 people attended the picket outside National list MP
Michael Woodhouse's office in Dunedin yesterday, while 26
protested at Bill English's office in Gore. There were a
similar number at Eric Roy's office in Invercargill, but none
outside Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean's office in Oamaru.
NZEI Otago field officer Ainslie Butcher said it was a
''We have to be realistic about how many could attend.
''We weren't expecting a larger group, because the action at
7am stopped people with young families from coming along.
''And most teachers start work at about 7.30am.''
Mrs Butcher was pleased with the turnout and said the support
from the public was ''absolutely amazing''.
She said a letter had been written by NZEI and signed by
teachers and support staff in Dunedin schools, and would be
sent to the Minister responsible for Novopay, Steven Joyce.
The letter was also signed by about 80 members of the public
yesterday morning during the Dunedin picket, she said.