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The back down of centralising Board of Trustees and having education hubs proves locals know best, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says.

“The back down by this Government of having education hubs and centralising the Board of Trustees show that the locals are best placed to make decisions and should be left to do so,” Mr Walker says.

“This Government needs to do the same with the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT).”

“This Government knows that it is local people who best know local communities and has backed down on centralisation and they should do the same with polytechnics being centralised.”

“National will return decision making to the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics.”

“Rather than undermining the expertise of the regions, we should be building confidence and trust in them to deliver.”

“One of SIT’s competitive advantages is having the ability to make decisions locally and move quickly depending on market demands.”

“All we have to do is look at how successful SIT is to know this works.”

“This Government has backed down on one attempt of centralisation and it needs to do the same for polytechs for the sake of our regions.”

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