Archive for the 'Education' Category

Mayor unveils new plan to strengthen and reopen Town Hall by 2021


News from WCC
Wellington’s Town Hall is on track to be restored and reopened, with a new plan for earthquake strengthening being presented to the City Council next week. Read more »

Smokefree Wellington policies have high support but low awareness

Press Release – University of Otago
Progress towards smokefree inner cities in New Zealand requires specific policies for places like building entrances, family areas, public seating, outdoor dining and for city events, say researchers. A project by the University of Otago, Wellington, used the capital city as a case study to explore the issues and options for progressing smokefree outdoor policies in urban public spaces. Read more »

Unique research project discovers rare whales in Cook Strait

News from NIWA
The sounds of whales and dolphins rarely seen in New Zealand waters have been recorded by a NIWA scientist in a pioneering underwater sound project. Read more »

Te Papa’s Mahuki seeking ideas

Press Release – Te Papa
Te Papa launches the 2017 programme for Mahuki, the museum’s innovation hub, on Monday 10 April. Read more »

Launch of Tea on the Terrace

Press Release – St Andrews on The Terrace
St Andrews on The Terrace presents – “Tea on The Terrace” for the International Trans Day of Visibility, Friday 31st March. Read more »

Victoria Spackman leaving Gibson Group for new post leading Te Auaha

News from WelTec and Whitireia
Recognised as one of New Zealand’s most influential business women and advocate for the creative arts sector, Victoria Spackman ONZM has been appointed to lead Te Auaha. Read more »

Maurice Clark to speak on preserving Wellington’s heritage buildings

Press Release – City Talks
Maurice Clark is recognised for his significant commitment and contribution to the architectural landscape of Wellington through his restoration projects of some of Wellington’s most notable heritage buildings. Read more »

WelTec expanding hospitality courses – you can train to be a chef, or a baker

Press Release – WelTec
WelTec’s internationally recognised School of Hospitality is expanding the range of programmes it offers following the success of a new Advanced Diploma in Cookery. Read more »

Unique and handmade at Berhampore School

Press Release – Berhampore Primary School Knack Market
If you in the mood for something a little bit different and interesting to brighten up the shortening days, drop by the Autumn Knack Market next weekend at Berhampore Primary School. Read more »

Ceremony (and blessing) starts $9m redevelopment of Thorndon School


Lunchtime at Thorndon School was different today – there was a ceremony to launch construction of the school’s $9 million redevelopment. Read more »

Innovation lab at VUW is part of $400m, five-year NZ investment by Huawei

BusinessDesk report by Paul McBeth
Chinese telecommunications group Huawei Technologies will spend $400 million over the next five years to help drive local research and development and support the construction of a cloud data centre. Read more »

MPs to be asked to increase support for early childhood education

Press Release – New Zealand Educational Institute
Hundreds of heartfelt messages from children all over New Zealand will be delivered to Parliament on Thursday, as MPs are asked to sign a pledge to restore quality and funding to Early Childhood Education. Read more »

Rebecca Priestley wins PM’s $100,000 Prize

Press Release – Te Punaha Matatini
Te Pūnaha Matatini investigator Dr Rebecca Priestley has been announced as the winner of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize. Read more »

Five-year Wellington research project targetting breast cancer vaccine

News from VUW
A vaccine for breast cancer is on the horizon, thanks to a new partnership between Victoria University of Wellington’s Ferrier Research Institute and the Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand (BCFNZ). Read more »

New cycle track for Naenae

Press Release – Hutt City Council
This Friday Rata Street School’s new bike track will be opened. Read more »

Queen Margaret College presents Beauty and the Beast

Press Release – Queen Margaret College
Prepare to be taken on an enchanted journey as Queen Margaret College brings the classic fairy tale Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to the stage next month. Read more »

Chris Bishop campaigning for student fares; $30 a day is “big barrier”

News from National Party
National List MP based in Hutt South Chris Bishop has launched a petition calling on Greater Wellington Regional Council to support fairer fares for tertiary students.

“I’m backing the campaign for fairer fares because it will really help Hutt Valley tertiary students,” says Mr Bishop.

“Last month I presented the case for fairer fares to the Wellington Regional Council with a group of Victoria University students.

“As I told the councillors, a student travelling from Wainuiomata to the Kelburn campus can pay nearly $20 per day in public transport costs, and that’s after Snapper card discounts.

“The cost of travel is a big barrier between students and further education. We can do better,” says Mr Bishop.

At present Wellington is an outlier within New Zealand and internationally, with most comparable cities providing very cheap or heavily discounted public transport fares to tertiary students. Tertiary discounts in Auckland are around 38-40%, Dunedin’s discount is 25%, and Christchurch has a very low flat fare structure that makes it affordable for students.

“This is the right thing to do for our students, who, after all, contribute around $2bn to the regional economy,” says Mr Bishop.

People backing the campaign can sign up at It will be passed on to the Greater Wellington Regional Council which is currently consulting on its annual plan and considering the issue of tertiary student fares.

Brutal by design, brutal by decision


by Diane Calvert
The irony is not lost. Karori Campus (the old Teachers College) is among the best examples of the “Brutalist” style of architecture in New Zealand. To some people this type of building may well seem austere and cold. To some of us it is just like the decisions now being made on its future. Read more »

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