Better funding, better learning- this is the message of the first "important and unprecedented" meeting being held this morning, to discuss the governments proposal for global funding.

Hawke's Bay's principals, teachers and support staff, have united this morning for one of 54 meetings organised by The PPTA and NZEI Te Rui Roa.

These meetings are the first on this scale to protest against the Government's wishes for schools to receive all resourcing in cash and credits for staffing.

This mornings meeting at Napier's Municipal Theatre was attended by representatives from Hukarere, Napier Boys' High School, Napier Girls' High School, Sacred Heart College (Napier), St Joseph's Maori Girls' College, Tamatea High School, Taradale High School, TKKM o Te Ara Hou and William Colenso College.

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Speakers from the PPTA, NZEI Te Riu Roa, and representatives for early childhood and support staff, are voicing their concerns on the governments proposal.

Jill Gray of the PPTA spoke of the implications of global bulk funding for schools.

After speeches, union members will be given a chance to discuss the proposal and ask questions.

They will then vote on the proposal.

A second meeting would be held at 1.30pm today in the Hastings Girls' High School hall.