Offering lollies to primary pupils

Police were alerted after a man was seen offering lollies to pupils at Te Akau Ki Papamoa School on Friday. Headmaster Bruce Jepsen posted on the school's Facebook page that three of the school's older children were offered lollies by a man... Read More

Support staff seeking pay increase

Paid union meetings were held by NZEI support staff members today over issues of pay and proper recognition. NZEI support staff representative Barbara Turley says 68 members turned up to this morning's meeting at Otumoetai College. “The main... Read More

International students worth billions

New research shows the economic benefits of international education across New Zealand to be in the billions of dollars. As the country's fourth-largest export industry, international education is worth $4.28 billion to the New Zealand economy. Bay... Read More

The right ‘attitude’ for high schoolers

Talking to 400 or so high school students at a time might sound like a nightmare for some people, but for Christian Gallen it's, quite literally, all in a day's work. This week the Parenting Place are taking their ‘Attitude' programme... Read More

Local students poised for leadership

A group of local college students are well positioned to take on future leadership roles, thanks to a specific Bay of Plenty Education Trust programme. The group recently graduated from the Trust's Future Leadership Programme, following a course... Read More

Funding boost for TeenAg initiative

A new initiative aiming to get more young people interested in agricultural careers from an early age is set to receive $146,000 in funding. Youth Minister Nikki Kaye says this funding will allow 500 young people across the country to participate in... Read More

A ‘major shift’ in education

Eight Tauranga schools have united to form one of the largest Communities of Learning in the country. The Ministry of Education initiative seeks to build greater cooperation between local schools. Five such communities are planned for the Tauranga region,... Read More

Boy knocked off bike after school

Police say the driver who knocked a Maungatapu Primary School pupil off his bike after school today is not at fault. The child suffered scrapes and received treatment by St John Ambulance staff at the scene. The accident was at the intersection of Sunset... Read More

School roll surges with region’s growth

ACG Tauranga has experienced a substantive surge in its roll, with numbers up to 113 in 2017, from just 18 students two years ago. Principal Shawn Hutchinson says with no waiting lists, it has plenty of capacity to take more students. He believes it's... Read More

Meeting focusing on Sea Change plan

Anyone wanting to learn more about New Zealand's first marine spatial plan Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari is being invited to a public meeting taking place in Whangamata this month. The upcoming meeting has been organised by the Whangamata... Read More



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