https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Work begins today at Wainuiomata High School to ensure buildings and teaching spaces are fit for purpose, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. The Minister joined principal Janette Melrose and board chair Lynda Koia to kick off demolition for the project, which is worth close to $40 million, as the site is prepared for construction. “This project is vital for the school and wider community, and it’s great to be able to mark the beginning of this important work alongside those it will impact most,” Chris Hipkins said. “It includes the delivery of 33 new and refurbished teaching spaces to support a roll of 605, comfortably accommodating the school’s current roll, and addresses weather-tightness and building condition issues.” Wainuiomata High School was identified as a school that needed significantly more funding than the original $14 million that was announced [by the National Government] in 2017. “This is a large and ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/FIRST-NATIONS-AT-FIRST-LIGHT–e1611683309617.jpg The Sydney Opera House shined bright with Aboriginal artwork and the Australian and Aboriginal flags were raised high above the Harbour Bridge as dawn broke over Sydney this morning, setting the tone for our national day. What followed was an inspirational and symbolic showcase of Aboriginal culture with the WugulOra Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo Reserve, where the Australian anthem was sung in both the local Eora language and English, with its new line: “We are one and free”. This significant event continues to remind us that Australia’s First Nations people are the foundation of our nation’s story and continue to maintain the world’s oldest living culture. Chair of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Ms Yvonne Weldon said “On Australia Day, cast back your thoughts to the impacts on the First Nations people. As you connect, learn and share today, tomorrow and beyond. Don’t lose sight of the important work that ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/248380/eight_col_3.jpg?1605141537 The Director-General of Health is confident that New Zealand will receive a Covid-19 vaccine by the end of March. Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone Dr Ashley Bloomfield said the country is still “on-track” to receive the Pfizer jab, despite rollout delays in the European Union (EU). The EU has warned vaccine producers they must deliver agreed supplies after AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech both said they cannot supply the expected numbers because of production problems. In response, the EU has warned it could restrict exports of vaccines outside the 27-nation bloc. Dr Bloomfield told Morning Report that Pfizer has assured him that New Zealand’s supply will not be delayed. “We will be ready to start vaccinating people as soon as a vaccine arrives, and at this time the first vaccine we’re expecting is Pfizer in this quarter,” he said. “We have seen those reports ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/36387/eight_col_large_1M1A7396.jpg?1497983085 Speciality dairy company Synlait Milk is lifting its milk payout forecast by nearly 13 percent following strong world prices. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King The company has increased its base milk price by 30 cents to $7.20 a kilo of milk solids from $6.40/kg. Synlait national milk supply manager David Williams said dairy prices had risen strongly in recent months and were expected to stay around current levels for the rest of the season. “Despite the wider global uncertainty, dairy commodity prices have remained robust and a higher forecast base milk price will be welcomed by our Synlait farmer suppliers.” The forecast is just below the $7.30/kg payout in 2018, and the third strongest since the record $8.31 in 2014. Synlait mainly produces milk with the A2 protein which it turns into infant formula mostly for A2 Milk, although it has been expanding into consumer dairy products and owns ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png A skilled and experienced group of people have been named as the newly established Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board by Children’s Minister Kelvin Davis today. The Board will provide independent advice and assurance to the Minister for Children across three key areas of Oranga Tamariki: relationships with families, whānau, and Māori; professional social work practices; and organisational culture. “The Government is committed to fixing the child care and protection system and ensuring that Oranga Tamariki becomes an enabler; the organisation that people trust and go to for help. This group will help us achieve that,” Kelvin Davis said. “Given the nature of Oranga Tamariki’s work, public trust and confidence are crucial for it to meet its core responsibilities and serve those children, young people, whānau and communities it comes into contact with. “Over time allegations, issues and concerns have been raised regarding Oranga Tamariki and its practice and culture; ...

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Further to the “Burgher Buggers” as we were all fondly “referred to” by our Sinhalese,Tamil, Muslim & Malay friends in “My Lovely Island Home” there was one “lot” who will always be remembered for their very famous “quotes”. These were spoken in what was termed “broken English”, not scratched, slivered, or “slightly-dented”, but severely broken English These good folk were known as “Batticaloa Burghers”, who did not necessarily come from Batticaloa alone, but anywhere in Lanka, where the Queens English did not mean very much to them. While we were growing up in Ceylon, broken-English was all around us and we did’nt take too much notice of these warm & wonderful quotes but now, as I sit here writing these memorable sayings of the B.B., I cannot help but feel a tinge of nostalgia steadily creeping up into my heart and a wry smile makes it way into a chuckle ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Ravichandran-Ashwin.jpg  If anyone thought that the recent un-cricketlike behaviour by the Aussies against India, would soon be swept under the carpet, I am afraid that they had another “think” coming. It’s a big World out there, and Cricket, the Gentleman’s game, would have to be one of the best known, popular games around the globe. Now, even the Baseball Capital of the World, America, is beginning to take an interest in the game that millions or perhaps even billions of Asians are literally wrapped up in, for many decades.           Getting back to the price that is paid, here’s hoping that Cricket Australia will peruse this article and take some definite action to stop what happened at the recent 4th Test match, and bring back the honour of the game of professional Cricket, a game that so many of us love to play, or at least, ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/114494/eight_col_043_dpa-pa_135767408.jpg?1607296186 The Ministry of Health has revealed that 15 close contacts of the Northland community case have returned negative test results, including a household contact of the case. Sixteen people were identified as potential close contacts. A total of 157 staff from the managed isolation facility at the Pullman Hotel have been tested, along with 192 guests currently in the facility. The Ministry of Health says of those, 30 still have test results to come, and all others have returned negative tests. For the latest Covid-19 updates: Source link ...

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