Kerre McIvor: Teachers want ‘poor’ draft curriculum rewritten

The United Kingdom’s Hull University made headlines this week, after it proclaimed that marking students down for poor spelling, punctuation and grammar could be seen as “homogenous, North European, white, male, and elite”. Lecturers have been told that good written English discriminates against ethnic minorities and those who attended underperforming schools. The decision-makers at Hull University have clearly never studied […]

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Body found in Whangārei stream

A body has been found in a stream in central Whangārei. A member of the public called police just before 2pm today to report a body floating face-down in Raumanga Stream, close to the point where it flows into the Hātea River. Police and St John Ambulance were at the scene within minutes. With low tide at 4.20pm it is […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Two new cases in MIQ, no new cases in community

There are no new Covid-19 community cases to report today and two new Covid-19 border-related cases to report in managed isolation. The two new cases both arrived on separate flights from India, via the United Arab Emirates, on March 28 and 29 respectively. The first arrival returned a positive test on day one of routine testing, and the second on […]

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“Big burden” put on schools trying to give kids internet access

When the coronavirus pandemic shut down schools, educators had to figure out how to get kids online. Fast. In a patchwork approach born of desperation, they scrounged wireless hot spots, struck deals with cable companies and even created networks of their own. With federal relief money and assistance from state governments and philanthropists, they have helped millions of students get […]

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Earthquake swarm, North Island tsunami warning after magnitude 8 shake

QUAKE LATEST* Swarm of earthquakes off NZ coast spark Civil Defence warnings – including magnitude 8 quake* Tsunami warning for large parts of North Island coast – residents told to move immediately* 7.4 magnitude shake strikes at 6.41am off Raoul Island, the largest of the Kermadec Islands* A 7.3 magnitude quake struck earlier, at 2.27am, off the East Coast of […]

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Covid-19 coronavirus: PM Jacinda Ardern to front press conference after new community cases

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will at 7pm reveal more information about any possible alert level changes in Auckland following confirmation earlier today of three new community cases in the city. Ardern and Director general of health Ashley Bloomfield will front a 7pm press conference, which will be streamed here. Please keep refreshing this file for all the latest news. Cabinet […]

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