Education overhaul includes new Support Agency

Education overhaul includes new Support Agency

Schools lose right to manage zonal system John Gerritsen Wellington, November 12, 2019  The government is creating a new division in the Education Ministry in an overhaul that will strip schools of the right to manage their enrolment zones and their property. There will also be minimum standards for prospective principals and possible compulsory training for school trustees. Education Minister…

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Priorities set for growth and accountability

Priorities set for growth and accountability

Auckland, November 12, 2019 Ensuring that Auckland’s infrastructure keeps pace with the growth in our population so that we can tackle traffic congestion, housing shortages and unaffordability and environmental pressures is on top of my list of priorities for the coming term of the Auckland Council. Following that, reducing carbon emissions to meet our obligations around climate change and making…

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University of Auckland tops in student accommodation

University of Auckland tops in student accommodation

Supplied Content Auckland, November 12, 2019 University of Auckland is set to open its new Hostel (Waiparuru) in time for the 2020 academic year, bringing the total number of beds available for students to 4500. The addition will make the University the largest provider of student accommodation. Strategic decision Michael Rengers, Associate Director of Accommodation, said that only 10 years…

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Middlemore nurses sick of bullying but too scared to complain

Middlemore nurses sick of bullying but too scared to complain

Phil Pennington Auckland, November 12, 2019   Bullying of highly trained nurses has been going on for years at one of the country’s busiest neonatal units for premature babies, newly released documents show. Staff have called into question the safety of care in a toxic environment at the unit at South Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital. RNZ has learned of investigations that…

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House of Lords marks Ayurveda Day in London

Supplied Content London, November 10, 2019 The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Indian Traditional Sciences celebrated Ayurveda Day 2019 at a packed meeting in Houses of Lords on November 5, 2019. Among those present were Baroness Uddin, Sri Lankan High Commissioner Manisha Gunasekera, Indian High Commission Coordination Minister Manmeet Singh Minister and Counsellor Yamuna S V. Baroness Uddin exalted the…

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Punjab Government honours Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Bhav Dhillon

Punjab Government honours Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Bhav Dhillon

Tribune News Service Kapurthala, November 10, 2019   The Punjab Government honoured, among 381 others, National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi and Hon Consul of India in Auckland Bhav Dhillon, with a special award to commemorate the 550th Parkash Purb Celebrations of Guru Nanak yesterday (November 10, 2019). The ceremony was held in ten phases at the Guru Nanak Auditorium of…

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Government should not allow further overreach from Court

Government should not allow further overreach from Court

The Opposition just rolled out the usual tough-on-crime rhetoric disconnected from evidenced-based solutions, announcing that it is “time to smash the gangs” and decrying the benefits paid to gang members. Oh, sorry, that was Labour’s police spokesman Stuart Nash in 2017. The similarly-disconnected 2019 update is that “National hates gangs” and wants to stop gang members receiving benefits, which Police…

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Pushpa Wood receives Zonta Centenary Award

Pushpa Wood receives Zonta Centenary Award

Venkat Raman Auckland, November 10, 2019 Dr Pushpa Wood, one of the most respected women in our midst, has been honoured with the Zonta International Award. The Illinois (Oak Brook), USA based Zonta International is a leading global organisation of professionals established 100 years ago to empower women through service and advocacy. It envisions a world in which women’s rights…

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