By John Freer Following the recent announcement that Hillary Outdoors is establishing a marine and conservation education training facility at Port Charles, CEO Hillary Campbell details the project. Open the link below to hear our interview.

By John Freer As the country’s leading provider of youth outdoor education experiences, Hillary Outdoors is coming to the Coromandel Peninsula. From term one next year a marine and conservation centre will be provided at Port Charles, this confirmed yesterday with the purchase of the Tangiaro Kiwi Retreat property. Until now all programmes have been […]

By John Freer Cell phones in schools are a distraction and the catalyst for poor behaviour, this being the general agreement among our school leaders. Mercury Bay Area School has advised its community that from the start of next term, there will be a total ban on mobile phones at the school. With the coming […]

By John Freer A total ban on cell phone usage is being applied to all Mercury Bay Area School students from the start of the next term. This follows work across the school during the current term enabling the implementation of the ban. Principal Ross Dunn has advised all school families of the decision which […]

By John Freer Reducing absenteeism at Mercury Bay Area School today took on a new approach. Students returning from the school holiday break have been introduced to new rules aimed at keeping them in class and engaged with learning. The change involves not just the school community, but also the wider business and retail community. […]

By John Freer Paeroa’s Christian School had someone come and steal its playground boundary fence. It was noticed on the first Monday of the current school holidays. The fence was missing for a week – but now it has been returned. A very relieved principal of the 50-student school, Royce McMurtrie, confirmed the story to […]

Playcentre Messy Play Week is a free event for families with babies and pre-school age children being held from Monday 22 August to Friday 26 August at Playcentres across Aotearoa. Centres in our region include Coromandel, Whangamata, Whitianga, Tairua, Thames-Parawai, Ngatea, Turua, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Waihi and Waihi Beach. Playcentre Messy Play Week is a […]

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