Need for partner-specific paid parental leave

More than 34,000 parents took parental leave last year, but of that number only 447 - just a touch over one percent - were fathers. Morgan Avery took time off when his son was born in 2014, and said he and his wife had already decided at that point...... Read More

Spoof Coke ad shows the scale of ocean plastic

As Coca Cola launch their new ‘Holidays are coming’ Christmas TV advertisement, some of the brand’s fans have been viewing a version that’s a little more realistic. In an attempt to take advantage of Coke’s huge PR push...... Read More

Family of secluded child ’let down’

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released his Final Opinion on the seclusion of an autistic child at Ruru Specialist School, saying the child and his family were let down by the school and the Ministry of Education. Peter Boshier acknowledged the role...... Read More

Parents to hear more about childrens learning

Parents will have better information about their children's learning following Government assurances that schools will be required to report on the full curriculum - not just children's results in the three National Standards subjects, says NZEI...... Read More

$1m boost for university

A key part of the revitalisation of Tauranga’s CBD reached another milestone this week, with the first payment made from Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Regional Infrastructure Fund to the University of Waikato. The payment, of more than...... Read More

Initiative helps Kiwi kids in need

KidsCan has today announced a six-month pilot providing basic health, hygiene, household and clothing items into the homes of Kiwi kids living in severe hardship. The initiative will see KidsCan working in partnership with the Ministry for Vulnerable...... Read More

Rubbing shoulders with industry big-wigs

A Bay of Plenty building apprentice has given an outstanding performance at this years Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year. Ten national finalists took to their tools for a six-hour practical challenge where they were tasked...... Read More

New Bay of Plenty community centre sought

After 24 years, the old converted house on Kesteven Avenue that houses the Merivale Community Centre in Tauranga has had its day. But the work that goes on inside the centre is more important than ever, and that’s why plans for a new $3.5...... Read More

Auckland Council honoured for zero-waste

Auckland Council has once again been recognised for its commitment to delivering zero-waste, this time by the New Zealand waste management industry’s WasteMINZ Awards for Excellence. Auckland Council won the top honour for its impressive progress...... Read More

Students put away their phones as exam season starts

NCEA and Scholarship exams begin today, starting three-and-a-half weeks of swotting for more than 146,000 school students. The Qualifications Authority has printed 620,600 personalised examination booklets for the 119 exams. In addition, about 5140...... Read More