A consultation document proposing the reorganisation of educational facilities in the Tararua District was released by the Bush Education Plan working group in July 2009. Amongst its recommendations was the closure of several schools in the district, such as Hillcrest School, and for their rolls to be merged into other schools such as Pahiatua School.  The plan was scrapped a month later when the working group was dissolved after a vitriolic response from local residents and a statement from the Minister of Education that she had no plans to close any schools in the region against the wishes of the local community. 
For another year in a row, Match Day arrived in Louisiana amid looming uncertainty about the state's ability to provide the funding necessary to operate University Medical Center, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the state and the training ground for approximately 1,000 medical residents annually from both LSU Health New Orleans and Tulane's School of Medicine. The impasse over how to close a $700 million budget gap has even forced LCMC, the operator of UMC, to consider walking away from operating the facility starting on July 1, if the state isn't able to resolve the funding crisis. If this happens, the hospital would revert to state control.