PM discounts Bridges’ take on Polytechnics

Jane Patterson The National Party was looking to gazump the Prime Minister’s first big speech of the year by making public what it says are the government’s plans for the vocational training sector. As Jacinda Ardern was outlining the problems facing polytechnics and institutes of technology and flagging what she called “far-reaching” changes, National leader Simon Bridges was briefing reporters…

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Researcher calls for robust Suicide Prevention strategies

Supplied Content ‘One-size-fits all’ approach to suicide prevention will not work and new strategies tailored to the older people are needed a University of Auckland Researcher has said. Dr Gary Cheung of the University’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, led a study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal that reveals a distinctly different pattern of stressors and behaviours…

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Staff shortage hits New Zealand schools

School Principals are expecting disruptions because of a shortage of staff when most schools went back this week. It is estimated that 650 more teachers are needed this year; that is after 200 have been recruited from overseas. Principals under pressure Principals’ Federation President Whetu Cormick said that Principals will be under extreme pressure preparing for the new school year.…

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Consensus imperative for civic education

John Hall Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) recently commented on the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Review conducted as part of the national Education Conversation | Korero Matauranga. TINZ advocated an important attribute of any transparent and accountable society is that its citizens have the literacy to actively participate in routine social and democratic activities. Divergent understandings However, a…

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Education System failing Maori says academic

RNZ, Hamilton –  New Zealand’s education system is failing Māori students by continuing to marginalise their culture, Waikato University Professor Mere Berryman, a 2017 New Zealander of the Year finalist, has said. “The Treaty of Waitangi promised both Māori and non-Māori equal shares of all the benefits that the colonial government was going to provide, yet what we’ve found that education…

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Police job tops Careers List in 2018

Police job tops Careers List in 2018

Sourced Content The most popular career last year was Police Officer, according to the most searched for jobs on careers.govt.nz in 2018. Tertiary Education Commission Chief Executive Tim Fowler said that searches for information on jobs such as Police Officers, Teachers, Nurses and GPs show that people aspire to careers where they can make a difference. Buoyant Market “Job trends from 2018 also…

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Hart donates $10 million for Auckland Dental School

RNZ (Auckland) A $10 million donation to the University of Otago by New Zealand’s richest man will help the institution open a new $28.2 million dental teaching facility in South Auckland. The University confirmed the donation by businessman and philanthropist Graeme Hart and wife Robyn in an announcement on December 7, 2018. Single largest donation It represented the biggest single…

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