education

Almost a decade ago, our community came together to chart our way forward into our, then, economic future. In 2011, Shaping Our Future brought together our community - through a series of forums and workshops - to explore our aspirations...
A likeable, quick-witted, occasionally out-landish long-time local, spiky-haired Grant Stewart's best known for his former broad-casting career. He's also an experienced pilot who's returning to the air now his job's been disestablished. PHILIP CHANDLER looks at the 58-year-old's varied career  If anyone typifies...

Impact takes off

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Talk about girl power. In its inaugural year in Queenstown, Impact100 Wakatipu has raised $150,000 - $100,000 of which will be donated in one lump sum to a local charity or not-for-profit group this November, for which expressions...
In recent weeks we've been working on bringing together two taskforces aimed at assisting our recovery from Covid-19. The first is a short-term taskforce comprised of industry representatives, primarily aimed at attracting Kiwi travellers to sustain tourism jobs. The taskforce will...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's mayor says we need to be single-minded and take a united stand to ‘‘save our district’’. Of all the regions in New Zealand affected by Covid-19, the Queenstown Lakes will take the biggest hit, due to our...

Sister school ties

Queenstown students donning shorts during winter was a cultural marvel for a group of school principals visiting the resort's Chinese sister city. Last month, 11 principals from different Hangzhou schools and research centres spent two days in the resort, meeting...
The Government is pumping $27 million into Central Otago and Southland schools to help cater for growth. That includes $17 million for a new primary school near Queenstown. Minister of Education Chris Hipkins released the education growth plans for the Otago/Southland...
A High Court stoush is brewing over proposed changes to industry training organisations (ITO), as one provider warns the quality of Queenstown's tourism sector could suffer. The government's proposing major changes to tertiary education, including creating a New Zealand Institute...
A massive new education hub at Hanley's Farm is set to take pressure off Queenstown schools already bursting at the seams – but finding enough teachers to staff it may throw a spanner in the works. A long-discussed new primary...

Teacher denies assault

A Queenstown teacher has pleaded not guilty to a charge of assaulting a child. Defence counsel Nic Soper successfully argued for the male's interim name suppression order to be extended until his next appearance, on April 29. Judge John Brandts-Giesen said...
A new school is being planned for Ladies Mile in Queenstown, as a housing development boom puts pressure on school rolls. In its submission on the controversial Laurel Hills special housing area proposal, the Ministry of Education confirmed it would...

Teaching crisis hits home

The teaching crisis is hitting the Wakatipu, with more than a dozen roles up for grabs and concerns there won't be enough applicants to fill them. Shotover Primary School principal Ben Witheford's scathing about the situation, calling recent government moves...
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