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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Tooth decay remains a major problem among children

Lucy Wyndham Around 40% of five-year-old children who had dental check-ups in 2017 had tooth decay, according to data compiled by New Zealand’s Ministry of Health. However, in poorer areas such as Tairāwhiti and Northland, children are faring worse – with about half having cavities. In areas like Northland, around 56% of children showed some signs of dental decay. Dental Service Manager…

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Wellington Conference to address Journalists’ challenges

Venkat Raman The challenges faced by journalists in a fast-changing world, their response to disruption in mainstream media and the ‘creative tension’ that exists in newsrooms will be among the topics that will be discussed at a Conference later this week. Organised by the Journalism Education Association of New Zealand (JEANZ) on December 13 and December 14, 2018 at Te…

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Mindfulness Apps need time to give benefits

Supplied Content Auckland, December 3, 2018 Mindfulness-based therapies have shown promise in reducing stress and improving psychological wellbeing. Using a novel approach to mindfulness training, Doctor of Clinical Psychology graduate Dr Amy Granberg investigated the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based phone app for students. “I was interested in the active components of mindfulness underlying clinical benefits observed in the literature. Most…

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Killing the cult of Consumption

Kieran Madden “Our Gross National Product…measures everything, except that which makes life worthwhile.”  Bobby Kennedy’s famous 1968 speech decried how measures like GDP count the locks on our doors and a nation’s weapons of mass destruction, while ignoring the “health of our children,” the “strength of our marriages,” or “the intelligence of the public debate.” What we measure reflects what…

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