$3000 scholarship for New Plymouth student Belle

NPDC/Stuff Belle Evans, 18, of New Plymouth, has been awarded the George Mason Trust scholarship, worth $3,000. New Plymouth student Belle Evans has been awarded a $3000 scholarship to help her achieve her goal of a visual arts career. The 18-year-old is the recipient of the George Mason Trust scholarship, which is awarded by the … Read more

Covid-19: Hut in Fiordland National Park identified as a high-risk exposure site

A Department of Conservation hut in the South Island’s Fiordland National Park has been identified as a high-risk Covid-19 exposure site. Fiordland National Park. Photo: 123.rf Anyone who visited Green Lake Hut between 7pm on Saturday and 8am on Sunday is being urged to self-isolate, and test immediately and on day five after they were … Read more

‘Interim’ Report But Permanent Change Needed

Tuesday, 7 December 2021, 12:13 pmPress Release: Patient Voice Aotearoa Last week the interim report into Pharmac was released by the Pharmac Review Panel. Patient Voice Aotearoa welcomed this interim report. During the leaders’ debate, prior to the last election, Prime Minister Ardern promised an investigation into Pharmac stating “If it gives people faith in … Read more

Urus turns four, Lamborghini gets all the presents

Last weekend saw the fourth anniversary of Lamborghini launching the Urus “Super SUV”, a vehicle that has boosted the Italian supercar manufacturer incredibly in the years since its launch. Regardless of your attitude towards sports car and supercar makers building SUVs, it is an inarguable fact that they are the path to some serious profit, … Read more

Covid outbreak in Nelson: Second school staff member tests positive

Local trusted journalism matters – now more than ever As the Covid-19 pandemic brings the world into uncharted waters, Star Media journalists and photographers continue to report local stories that matter everyday – yours. For more than 152 years our journalists have provided Cantabrians with local news that can be trusted. It’s more important now … Read more

Midwife shortage at Invercargill Hospital an ‘extreme risk’ – DHB

Invercargill Hospital has just 17 percent of the midwives it needs, and is an “extreme risk,” Southern District Health Board chief executive Chris Fleming says. Photo: 2021 Getty Images In a brief report to the board, he outlined a crisis with the DHB’s midwifery service. Dunedin Hospital was also in difficulty, with only about half … Read more

Review, end of contract to alter bus services

More pupils from the Wakatipu area may need to take public bus services, instead of school buses, after a review. However, any transition would happen in a staged manner and after the Ministry of Education and Otago Regional Council had worked out an agreement for the region. Discussions were in the early stages. A report … Read more

Principals, teachers more stressed and exhausted than last year – ERO survey

The pandemic is taking an increasingly heavy toll on school teachers and children, a survey has found. A significant number of respondents to the ERO survey were worried about children’s behaviour and achievement. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller The Education Review Office said its study found many teachers believed their pupils’ behaviour had deteriorated and … Read more