Thursday, 7 February 2013


Yet again another Novopay pay round has been labelled a shocker, as “the Ministry of Education fielded hundreds of calls from school staff either not paid or underpaid by Novopay yesterday.”

As you might have noticed, a ministerial inquiry is about to be established to inquire why the centrally-planned, centrally-governed, one-size-fits-all system failed. 

Perhaps the first question to be asked is ‘why is such a system is even necessary?’

Schools have their own pay administrators, who currently spend around half their time making up calculating pay and the other half trying to remedy stuff-ups by Novopay. Why on earth not have them simply pay the staff from the school’s bank account, without any need at all for a centrally-planned, centrally-governed, one-size-fits-all payroll system?

Why not?

Because perhaps the second point to contemplate is that the problem with Novopay is not specifically a software problem at all.  I suggest instead it’s exactly what you’re expect of a centrally-planned, centrally-governed, one-size-fits-all system.

Which, when you think about it, is exactly what you have with the government’s centrally-planned, centrally-governed, one-size-fits-all mis-education system.

It’s just that  the failures with Novopay are far more obvious than the failures of the mis-education system itself.


  1. No-pay was commissioned to replace another system that couldn't manage the myriad ways the government takes your money from you. The complexity of government theft is now such that computing power which can guide craft around the solar system, can't manage it.

    In other news, Jenny Shipley is now another in a long line of politicians that have run formerly successful companies into the ground. And these are the brainiacs who think they can run the country and our lives.


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