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VUW mathematician wins top science award

Report from RNZ
New Zealand’s top science award, the 2018 Rutherford Medal, worth $100,000, has gone to Professor Rod Downey, a mathematician at Victoria University of Wellington. Read more »

Sexual abuse: police investigating former priest who taught at St Pat’s Silverstream

Report from RNZ
An ex-Catholic priest living in Asia who was nicknamed “the Phantom Feeler” by boys at a leading Wellington Catholic school is being investigated by police. Read more »

Warning to Wellington parents about suspicious posts on social media

News from NZ Police
Police are advising parents to keep a close eye on their children’s social media activity after a series of suspicious posts were made on community pages in Wellington and Auckland. Read more »

Wellington East student wins $500 Katherine Mansfield writing award


News from Katherine Mansfield House & Garden
The finalists of this year’s Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award gathered at the Alexander Turnbull Library on Wednesday night for the annual Award ceremony. The Award is open to Year 12 and 13 students from schools in the Wellington region. This year’s competition attracted more than 40 entries from some of the region’s top English students. Read more »

Bug resistant to antibiotics found in five Hutt Valley patients

News from Hutt Valley DHB
Hutt Valley DHB has identified five carriers of Carbapenam Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) – a family of bacteria resistant to nearly all antibiotics. Read more »

Heritage Week – for a second year

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington Heritage Week is back for its second year starting on Monday, showcasing the history of the city with events, tours, exhibitions, and peeks behind the scenes of some hidden treasures. Read more »

Teachers voting this week on strike action

News from NZEI
Primary teachers and principals are to begin voting today on whether to undertake a week of strike action in November. Read more »

Jon Toogood’s band headlining Artisan Awards

Press Release – Massey University
Musician Jon Toogood’s The Adults are the headline act for the VNZMA Artisan Awards to be hosted next month at Massey University’s School of Music and Creative Media Production on the Wellington campus. Read more »

Historians to discuss the impact of war on NZ society

Press Release – Featherston Booktown
Featherston Booktown has announced an event to mark the centenary of the Armistice on 11 November, titled ‘In the Shadow of War’ which explores eminent historian Paul Ham’s writings that “The victory of 1918 destroyed our civilisation. Nothing can make that worthwhile.”. Read more »

Six student political groups combine to oppose name change for VUW

A joint letter opposing a name change for Victoria University has today been sent to Education Minister Chris Hipkins. It is signed by representatives of the branches of six political parties at the university – VicLabour, VicNats, New Zealand First Victoria University, ACT on Campus, Greens at Vic and the Internet Party. Read more »

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