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Study discovers what makes Kiwis awesome


…a landmark study into how New Zealanders are faring on a personal and social level, has revealed new insights into what makes Kiwis ‘awesome’ (those in the community with extremely high levels of wellbeing) and you might be surprised who tops the list.

I’ll give you a clue – it doesn’t have Martin Martyn near the top.  Nor the world’s greatest sysop.  Nor Russel Norman, oddly enough.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: John Key Facebook

Photo: John Key Facebook

The Loved Ones Left Behind

 Widows of fallen heroes make emotional trip to Anzac Cove to remember the men they lost.

 John Key and Tony Abbott met with Prince Charles and Prince Harry after the dawn service and spent time with Australian World War One widows who even had gifts for the Princes.

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Revealed: Diana and Charles’ secret love child

This is what happens when Cam leaves me to fill some gaps when there is no real news around.

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Impossible?   Not according to these people:   Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  Roger Price

Credit: Roger Price

Amnesty International needs to stop whining about our refugee quota

The head of Amnesty International New Zealand is disappointed the Prime Minister has said there are no plans to increase the country’s refugee quota.

John Key made the comment at the Istanbul Peace Summit on Friday.

New Zealand has an annual limit of 750 places for refugees on UN waiting lists.

Amnesty New Zealand head Grant Bayldon said it was especially important on Anzac Day not to forget that civilians suffer much of the horror of war and conflict.

“There’s a way that New Zealand really can play its part on the international stage, by doing its fair share and taking refugees,” he said.

We can hardly house our own people while we let in tens of thousands of immigrants.  And refugees get the star treatment, with accommodation and monetary assistamce.  750 is hardly a small number.   Read more »

Reader content: Suck it up Miss Bailey

As a child I was sexually abused by a close family member.

I spoke out about when I was 13 and was rushed to a mental institution in the middle of the night. I quickly figured out it was best to claim I ‘made it up’ so my stay was short, and doctors declared me a ‘troubled teenager’ suffering from depression.

Boarding School was the solution to these ‘problems’ in my childhood, where larger problems emerged. My determination to escape was fuelled by my hatred of any form of authority. I managed to disappear in the night, change my name, dye my hair, and begin a new life.

I worked as a barmaid supporting myself at 14, pregnant at 15, and married at 16. I realize today I did this all so young to secure love in my life. I regret none of it.

As a mature woman today I sometimes think about how different my life would have been without the sexual abuse in my childhood. I must say that the abuse was minor compared to the shock and hurt of the offender’s betrayal. Read more »

Charter Schools Perception Series: The Advocates Part One UPDATED



WHAT is your background in education Alwyn?

I started teaching in 1991. I taught at Tauranga Boys, which is a good school, then did a little time at Hamilton Boys and then taught at Saint Cuthbert’s college. During that time I worked really hard in the background doing some study looking at some other countries. In the end the questions were, what is really good about the New Zealand education system and what could change?

The bottom line is that for the vast majority of children in New Zealand if you place them in year eleven in good shape they will do fine.

Alwyn Poole has a BBS, MEd (Hons), Dip Tchg and a PG Dip Sport Mgt. He is a Principal and Academic Manager.

WHY is there a need for a new Middle School model?

I think one place that we are incredibly remiss in New Zealand is that we don’t ask our Primary School applicants to have a minimum NCEA level of two or three in Maths and a Science therefore we have got a whole heap of Primary teachers who are unable to be strong in those areas.

Children are coming to year seven quite often without a good background in those subjects.

So where do we fall down? The answer is in years seven, eight, nine and ten.

I think for many people Intermediate schooling has done its dash. And the first two years of secondary schooling are under valued and under resourced. You have got bigger classes and you put your less able teachers and you don’t put as much emphasis on it because the Schools are judged on year eleven, twelve and thirteen.

So at that year nine and ten time when the kids really need help developmentally and intellectually to be catered for at their best, is when in our New Zealand education system we choose to give them the least.

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See if you can guess

You might have seen this story already, in which case you’re not allowed to play the game.   Pick a country, one country, where you think that the government is considering acting against having strippers at funerals?

Pick a country, then read on.   Read more »


Hubble is 25

YouTube my be 10, and no doubt has changed the world, but above us floats an amazing piece of equipment, and it’s been silently staring into space for us for 25 years.


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