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“He's from their world,” says Merivale Primary School principal Jan Tinetti. “So he will fit in just beautifully.” ‘He' is a shorty, just 200mm tall, so he will stare most of the Merivale kids right in the kneecaps....

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Tauranga Intermediate is the largest in the country with more than 1200 boys and girls in 40 classrooms – but seven of the school's Mandarin language students found going to class in China a bit of a culture shock. Students Te Wairere Te Moana,...

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They may be small, but Kaisa and Bella have made big changes at Greerton Village School. Kaisa is a purebred maltese, while Bella is a shih-poo – a cross between a shih tzu and toy poodle. Children's behavioural problems have decreased by...

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Tauranga Moana school students are being challenged to come up with Māori names for gym equipment and commonly used fitness lingo. The wero has been issued by broadcasters Moana Radio who've teamed up with Bodyzone to run the competition in celebration...

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Tauranga City Council is looking at a new way of engaging with young people interested in local government. The Community Development Committee is recommending TCC adopt the Tauranga Moana Rangatahi Youth Engagement Plan, which sets the council to actively...

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Having Tauranga youngsters step into the shoes of a Syrian refugee is helping raise awareness says youth worker Daniel Belchamber. About 12 youngsters took part in World Vison's “One weekend one backpack challenge”. Participants live...

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The New Zealand Community Trust AIMS Games has gone on another record-breaking rampage with nearly 9300 intermediate-aged athletes signing up for this year's tournament. While last year's record of 8011 athletes was impressive, tournament...

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Time is running out for pupils wanting to take part in one of Tauranga's biggest middle school sporting events – the AIMS Games. New Zealand Football is encouraging footballers of intermediate age to register for the New Zealand Community...

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An entrepreneurial approach to education is proving highly sustainable for Papamoa teacher Kevin Powell. Kevin will be lecturing about his Teacher in the Paddock at the University of Waikato's Tauranga Education Careers Expo this Friday. Kevin teaching...

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A youth programme has been launched in the Bay to help Year-9 students take their first step into secondary school. The Wright Family Foundation announced it will support the Tauranga branch of the Graeme Dingle Foundation, formerly Foundation for Youth...

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