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Celebrating World Teachers’ Day

Media release

3 October 2014

Celebrating World Teachers’ Day

The huge part that teachers play in the lives of every New Zealander is being acknowledged this weekend as World Teachers’ Day is celebrated.

The Secretary for Education, Peter Hughes, says teachers do an incredible job to help children and young people be the very best they can be in life.

“We’ve all got stories to tell about the teacher or teachers that made a life-long difference for us, and this is a good time to remember them.

“For me it’s a big thanks to a teacher at Brooklyn School. We were all a bit scared of Mr Williams, but it was he who made the difference for me when I was struggling. He worked out how to get me going and was a big part of me starting to achieve at school.”
Mr Hughes says others can tell their stories about great teachers too by going to and posting a message on a virtual postcard.

“There have been contributions from people all over the country, and they’ve recognised some of the amazing work done by teachers over many years.

“I want to personally thank teachers in schools across New Zealand for their professionalism and dedication, and for helping kids to get the best out of their education to set them up for success in life.”

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