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Kiwi kids get set to join in global ‘Hour of Code’ campaign

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:06:45 +1300 | Microsoft New Zealand

• Microsoft and offering educators a Minecraft-inspired coding tutorial for the classroom as part of Computer Science Education Week, 7-13 December • Local computer education groups OMGTech!, Code Club and High Tech Youth Network offering ...More >>

Ministry dedicated to the kaupapa of positive development

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:42:25 +1300 | Ara Taiohi

In response to the change of direction at the Ministry of Youth Development which was announced by Minister Kaye last Tuesday, Anya Satyanand, Executive Officer at Ara Taiohi, had the following to say:More >>

Academic freedom under attack

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:43:21 +1300 | Quality Public Education Coalition - QPEC

The police constraints on Dr Jarrod Gilbert's research on gangs are an example of widespread and long-lasting restrictions on academic research contracts that are funded by government departments. More >>

Turakina closure a mistake

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 16:13:01 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

The Ministry of Education has failed Maori by allowing years of debt to rack up then closing the iconic Turakina Maori Girls’ College at Christmas, says Labour’s Te Tai Hauauru MP Adrian Rurawhe. “The timing has been completely inconsiderate ...More >>

New visa to grow more value from international students

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:59:16 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse have announced a new student visa designed to make New Zealand more competitive for retaining and attracting top international students.More >>

Blenheim schools congratulated

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:14:03 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata today congratulated Blenheim’s 18 primary schools, one intermediate and two high schools on becoming the first Community of Learning to agree on the achievement challenges that will drive collaboration between the ...More >>

Marlborough colleges to co-locate

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:30:12 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Marlborough Boys’ and Girls’ Colleges are to be co-located on a new site in a development costing up to $63 million that will equip them with state-of-the-art buildings and technology, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.More >>

Unitec's 'Think. Do Experiment'

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:12:00 +1300 | UNITECH

26 November 2015 - Unitec continues to challenge traditional tertiary education norms. On Friday 27 November, Unitec will launch at Auckland’s Britomart an innovative ‘Think. Do Experiment,’ an immersive, virtual reality demonstration of learning.More >>

Cancel Comet Language Strategy

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:45:02 +1300 | Affordable Auckland

CANCEL COMET LANGUAGE STRATEGY Affordable Auckland Mayoral and Albany candidate Stephen Berry says CCO COMET should be disbanded. “The Auckland Council’s foray into education costs ratepayers $580,000 annually and goes well outside the basic ...More >>

Huge opportunities in tertiary Partnership School sponsorship

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:09:34 +1300 | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed the introduction of the Education Legislation Bill, which will allow tertiary institutions to apply to sponsor Partnership Schools.More >>

Wide-ranging education changes shouldn’t be rushed

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:07:57 +1300 | New Zealand Educational Institute

The announcement of wide-ranging changes via a new education Bill signals a potential shift in the structure of schooling. More >>

Strengthen public education, don’t undermine it

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:29:56 +1300 | Green Party

The Government’s new Education bill appears to continue its moves to privatise New Zealand’s public education system, the Green Party says. More >>

Minister Turns The Lights Out On Turakina

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:23:33 +1300 | New Zealand First Party

The closure of Turakina Māori Girls’ College, in Marton, by Education Minister Hekia Parata is a devastating blow to students, staff and alumni who stood in the rain at Parliament in September, begging the government to save their school, says ...More >>

Education Legislation Bill 2015 introduced

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:12:03 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata says the Education Legislation Bill 2015 introduced today will amend eight statutes to improve administrative and governance arrangements for educational entities and funding organisations across the education sector. Ms ...More >>

Charter School Funding: The (Updated) Facts

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:58:46 +1300 | Save Our Schools NZ

This time last year the Ministry of Education published a shamefully misleading publication, ironically called “State and Partnership Schools: The Facts”. More >>

“Fear of missing out” linked to alcohol harm in students

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:38:07 +1300 | University of Otago

University students who have a greater “fear of missing out” (FoMO) are much more likely to experience negative consequences from drinking alcohol, new University of Otago psychology research suggests. FoMO refers to the uneasy and often all-consuming ...More >>

Turakina Māori Girls’ College to close

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:48:29 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hon Hekia Parata has announced that Turakina Māori Girls’ College will close on 27 January 2016. More >>

Redcliffs School Closing Ignores Wishes of Community

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:32:17 +1300 | New Zealand First Party

Once again Minister of Education Hekia Parata has ridden roughshod over the wishes of a community, this time by closing Redcliffs School in Christchurch, says New Zealand First Education Spokesperson Tracey Martin.More >>

Blowing fresh air into atmospheric research

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:26:29 +1300 | Participatory Science Platform

Five Early Childhood Education (ECE) centres in South Auckland are leading the way with STEM for our next generation. The ECE cluster has one of the six community science projects funded in the Participatory Science Platform (PSP): South Auckland pilot, ...More >>

Hutt Valley primary school to engage kids in science

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:42:07 +1300 | New Zealand National Party

Chris Bishop National List MP based in the Hutt Valley 25 November 2015 Hutt Valley primary school to engage kids in science and tech Students at Koraunui Primary School in Stokes Valley will be the beneficiaries of new funding which aims to engage more ...More >>


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