https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/251673/eight_col_kid.jpg?1608106342 There are hopes the online learning the pandemic forced on schools this year will permanently change the way many teachers work. Deidre Shea says digital options make for far more interesting lessons than those of pre-internet days. Photo: supplied Hundreds of thousands of students and their teachers had to interact with one another and learn over the internet, often for the first time, during the national and Auckland lockdowns. Advocates of online education told RNZ schools should build on the experience instead of trying to put it behind them. The primary school e-principal of the Virtual Learning Network, Rachel Whalley, told RNZ teachers were a lot more confident about using the internet thanks to the pandemic, and she hoped they would not wait for another lockdown to use that knowledge. “I hope that schools will take the best of what they’ve learnt this year because it certainly has been ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Premier of Niue Dalton Tagelagi have announced next steps towards quarantine-free travel between the two countries. Negotiations on the text of an ‘Arrangement to Facilitate Quarantine-Free Travel between Niue and New Zealand’ have concluded and both Cabinets have agreed to its signature.  “We welcome progress towards the recommencement of two-way travel between Niue and New Zealand,” said Premier Tagelagi. The Arrangement outlines the health and border requirements for each country to meet in order to recommence quarantine-free travel, and annexes provide further detail on the implementation, including border and travel protocols. “Niue has successfully remained COVID-19 free throughout 2020, and this next step is a testament to all of our hard work to protect ourselves and the Pacific,” said Prime Minister Ardern. In recognition of Niue’s COVID-19 free status, Prime Minister Ardern and Premier Tagelagi have also agreed that ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/251682/eight_col_mask_christmas_1610.jpg?1608139400 The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged Europeans to wear masks during family gatherings at Christmas. A pedestrian wearing a face mask passes Christmas lights on a wooden fence at Alexanderplatz square in Berlin. Photo: AFP It said Europe was at “high risk” of a new wave of coronavirus infections in the early part of 2021, as transmission of Covid-19 remained high. Countries across the continent have been registering thousands of daily cases and hundreds of deaths. See RNZ’s full coverage of Covid-19 Germany was among countries tightening restrictions on Wednesday, closing schools and non-essential businesses. Meanwhile European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the first Covid vaccine would be authorised for use within a week. von der Leyen told the European Parliament the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine – developed in Germany – would be rolled out for the bloc immediately, more than a week earlier than originally envisaged. What ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/57762/eight_col_Cows_up_close_16x10.jpg?1453257393 Dairy prices have hit their highest level in 11 months in the global auction overnight. Photo: 123rf.com The average price at the auction rose 1.3 percent to $US3317 a tonne. It follows a 4.3 percent rise at the last auction two weeks ago. The price of whole milk powder increased 0.5 percent to $US3210 a tonne. Prices for other products sold were higher across the board, with strong rises for cheese and butter. ASB chief economist Nick Tuffley said the result reflected the fact that global demand was still holding up well, providing support for dairy prices. It was heartening to see the strong gains at last fortnight’s auction being held onto, he said. “We’re seeing in particular Chinese demand has been strong as their economy recovers from the pandemic.” Fonterra this month has narrowed and lifted the bottom end of its forecast farmgate milk price range to between ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Ministers David Parker and Damien O’Connor are considering a report and recommendations from the Southland Advisory Group on intensive winter grazing, released today. New intensive winter grazing regulations come into force in May 2021 as part of the Essential Freshwater package. That package was delivered to stop further degradation of waterways, make material improvement in freshwater quality within five years, and restore waterways to health within a generation. “Intensive winter grazing is a high risk activity with regards to freshwater health,” Environment Minister David Parker said. “In Southland, intensive winter grazing is widely used because of low rates of winter pasture growth and non-draining soils. “There has also been a sixfold increase in cow numbers and a large increase in winter cropping area over the past 20 years that has had a significant impact on the quality of our waterways.” Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said while most farmers had ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Noel-News-e1608131442717.jpg ] Leaders must be readers. We must learn from the experiences of others. We must be challenged. We must exercise our brains. We must prepare ourselves for the things we’ll only be able to experience once, by learning from the experiences of others. It’s not just the best way, it’s the only way.RYAN HOLIDAY Welcome to our last newsletter for 2020 – it’s hard to believe it’s less than two weeks to Christmas. I would like to start by thanking you all for the support you have given to my new book Retirement Made Simple which is going from strength to strength. It already sold 15,000 copies and 5000 more copies are coming off the presses next week. The good news is that we still have stock available. Orders are sent express post on the day of receipt, and are still arriving within 48 hours of your placing the order. So, don’t ...

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A most wonderful memory, for a certain Supply Assistant (E635), who served his Country in what was termed “The Senior Force”, firstly under a British Commodore, Paul Chavasse, and later, under Commodore Royce De Mel, who was then promoted to Rear Admiral in 1959.       This writer just happened to be the 635th recruit in the R.Cy.N., joining the Force in 1953, and actually accepted by the R.Cy.N., after my passing-out parade at H.M.Cy.S. Rangalla, in Diyatalawa, after what was easily the toughest training of nearly 4 months, training that turned young teenagers into men.        My career in the Navy could well fill an entire novel, but that is another story. Suffice to say that joining the R.Cy.N., was the best thing that I ever did. I was taught to adapt to any situation in life, and this is what I have done for 84+ ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/237956/eight_col_142952317_l.jpg?1596242130 There are four new cases of Covid-19, all in managed isolation, reported in New Zealand today. Photo: 123rf.com Two of the new cases are part of the same family who arrived in New Zealand on 9 December from the Czech Republic via Germany and Singapore, the Ministry of Health said in a statement. Both people tested positive on day three and are now in quarantine in a facility in Christchurch. The ministry said the other two cases travelled together and arrived on 10 December from the United States. Both people tested positive around day 3 and are being transferred to quarantine in a facility in Christchurch. There are no new cases in the community. Seventeen previously reported cases have now recovered, bringing the total number of active cases in New Zealand down to 43. The total number of confirmed cases is 1744. There were 1,352,462 Covid-19 tests processed yesterday. ...

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