India and New Zealand must convert paperwork into action

Existing and emerging potential need practical thrust Manoj Ladwa Through India Trade Alliance, New Zealand India and New Zealand share ties that go back centuries – as former British colonies and as important members of the Commonwealth. But unfortunately, the relationship has not yet achieved the potential that exists for closer cooperation on a range of issues – including strategic,…

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NCEA review to modernise school education system

Chris Hipkins Overassessment of students and teacher workload will be addressed as part of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) review starting early this year. The review’s Terms of Reference were released on December 14, 2017. The NCEA review is an opportunity to refine and strengthen our key national qualification for young people leaving school, and to ensure that…

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Students worry over Best Pacific Institute closure

Venkat Raman Hundreds of students of the Best Pacific Institute of Education are reportedly worried about their future as they struggle to find an alternate institution to pursue their study. The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has announced that the Best Pacific Institution has closed, following its decision not to fund the Institute in 2018. Among the concerns of the TEC…

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Digital Divide poses new challenges to New Zealanders

Clare Curran Communications Minister Clare Curran has released a report outlining the digital divide in New Zealand. The following is her Statement: In line with our commitment to open government, I have released the Report, ‘Digital New Zealanders: The Pulse of our Nation,’ which the previous government did not make public until after the election as it exposed the digital…

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Twelve Focus Groups report on online bullying

Julie Anne Genter A New Report shows how girls experience online harm differently than boys, and tailored prevention approaches are needed. The Report ‘Insights into digital harm: The online lives of New Zealand girls and boys,’ was launched on December 1, 2017. Focus Groups It covers young people’s experiences with digital harm and draws on insights from 12 focus groups from…

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Tertiary education students get allowance boost

Chris Hipkins The Government has taken a big first step towards making tertiary education and training more affordable for all New Zealanders. The Government’s first 100 Days Programme includes introducing $50 a week boost to both student allowances and loan entitlements for living costs and making the first year of tertiary education fees-free from January 1, 2018. Today we are…

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Our Public Health system needs a thorough check-up

Peter Dunne Politician and commentator Austin Mitchell once described the New Zealand education system as “a complex balance of groups, so nicely deadlocked as to make change impossible.” Undoubtedly accurate, it was a description of educational administration at the time. It was also a description that could be applied, just as accurately, to our current health system. Complex Balance The…

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