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Teachers unhappy with pay offer could go on strike

Industrial action looms as an option for primary school teachers unimpressed with the Ministry of Education’s offer of a pay increase on their final day of negotiating.

The ‘corporal punishment’ schools: Break down the walls, break down the ‘outdated’ system

Youth councillors Sam Smith and Shannon McLean say the idea of boys doing metal work and girls doing sewing is outdated.

Graduates with learning issues get better shot at a job

School leavers with learning difficulties now have a better chance at employment in the trades sector thanks to a South Auckland initiative. The Aspire2Trades campus in Manukau opened its doors last year, with courses in painting and decorating, welding, and forklift training.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins visits Hawke’s Bay in light of changing environment

Education providers and students had a chance to have their say on the rapidly changing shape of their industry yesterday with Minister Chris Hipkins.

‘My son doesn’t feel safe there’

Last week a 16-year old boy was badly bullied at a South Auckland high school. He was was rushed to Middlemore Hospital after he was tripped and punched during interval.

The school zone factor

A Neighbourly poll shows almost half of parents would leave their home for the ‘right’ school zone.

France plans to ban mobile phones at school

The new French law would ban phone use by pupils in school playgrounds, at break times and anywhere on school premises.

Tairāwhiti, Kahungunu nominees shine for 2018 Matariki Awards

Seven nominations from Te Tairāwhiti and Ngāti Kahungunu are in this year’s Māori Television Matariki Awards, awards that are designed to recognise and celebrate Māori achievement. See also: Committed to children’s education, community

Getting Bay kids earthquake & tsunami-savvy

All Hawke’s Bay children will be given a free copy of the award winning bi-lingual children’s book, Rūaumoko’s Walk/Te Hikoi a Rūaumoko based on Kahungunu legends and dialect telling the story of what to do in an earthquake with a subsequent tsunami threat.

Media releases

Teachers Need to Be Better Paid for the Tech Revolution

Make Lemonade: Teachers need to be better paid as they adjust to educating kids in the fastest growing sector in New Zealand, – technology, an award-winning Maori chief executive of a fast growing ed-tech company says.


Government is putting our universities at risk

NZ National Party: New Zealand’s universities risk slipping further down the international rankings if the Government doesn’t urgently address its misplaced spending priorities, National’s Tertiary Education Spokesperson Paula Bennett says.

Preschoolers (tamaiti) to induct Minister into digital world

Beehive: Pacific Peoples Minister, Aupito William Sio will be visiting Tino e Tasi Preschool in Dunedin today to try out the new Samoan language app that Tino e Tasi has produced in-house and with the direct participation of its own preschoolers.

Riverview School ‘Goes for Green-Gold’ with Powergenius

Power Genius: Kerikeri’s Riverview School has become the first school in New Zealand to utilise the PowerGenius energy management system, after installing a solar system earlier this year to help save money on its power and to educate children about power conservation.


Four hours a day in class

Finnish children start school when they are seven, only spend four hours a day in class and don’t get homework until they are teenagers, yet outstrip New Zealand in international test results.


Dazzled by Tech: Universities, Googlification and Microsoft

Dr. Binoy Kampmark: The shift to Google by universities as a storage and communication mechanism was something taken with a breezy obliviousness to its implications. For Google, it was a magical boon: mass concentration of staff and student data, cloud facilities, the magic of information.