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Higher qualifications suggested for teachers

Auckland People wanting to become teachers would need to get a post-graduate qualification, under a change floated by the Education Council in a bid to raise the status of teaching. The change would cover all teachers early childhood, primary and secondary and has the backing of universities. This goes back to the core purpose of the Education Council to raise the status...

Chelsea holds off Manchester City

London Chelsea ticked off three more points in their Premier League title quest with a 2-1 victory over Manchester City today but Tottenham Hotspur's Houdini-like 3-1 win at Swansea means the race is far from over. With Chelsea leading fourth-placed City at an edgy Stamford Bridge courtesy of Eden Hazard's first-half brace and Tottenham, who kicked off 15 minutes earlier, trailing...

Freak accident has Masters favourite in doubt

Augusta Masters favourite Dustin Johnson took a serious fall on a staircase today and injured his lower back, and his manager said it was uncertain whether the world's No 1 golfer would be able to play. It was a stunning development on an otherwise quiet day at Augusta National, where the course was shut down because of storms. The real calamity...

Former judges to oversee spooks

Wellington Two former senior judges have been appointed Commissioners of Intelligence Warrants. Prime Minister Bill English announced the appointment of former Court of Appeal Judge Sir Bruce Robertson and former High Court Judge Warwick Gendall. Under the new laws covering the agencies, surveillance warrants are issued under a "triple lock" system. They must be approved by the Attorney-General and a commissioner of intelligence...

Big darts wins

Hokitika and Grey White scored wins in the latest round of the Westland Darts Association competition. Results: Hokitika 10, The Leftovers 5; Grey White 14, Grey Valley 1. High scores: George Holley (2), Ali Brown, Tyler Lee (2), Morgan Barrett, Mytchel Kirby (4), Kevin Rasmussen (4), Les Hoskings (3), Wayne Climo 140. The draw for Monday is. Grey White v The Leftovers; Grey...

Craig in new defamation case

Wellington Former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig is involved in another defamation case. This time he is suing a former employee for $240,000. His claim alleges a defamatory publication was posted by Jacqueline Stiekema on a Facebook page and that she made other defamatory publications to a third person. It will be heard in the District Court rather than the High Court,...

Peter Snell donates memorabilia

Olympic legend Sir Peter Snell is donating 14 of his most prized possessions to Te Papa Museum, including two Olympic gold medals. As well as medals, Snell is also donating his handmade right shoe he wore to win gold at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games. The shoe was made by running coach Arthur Lydiard. The donation comes nearly a year after a...

Man dies suddenly

Wellington The unexplained death of a man at a house in Te Awamutu has sparked an investigation, police say. An ambulance was called to a home on Hazelmere Crescent about 6.30am today. A 45-year-old man died at the scene, and police are speaking with those who were in the house at the time. NZN

Role model visits Blaketown School

Duffys Books assemblies role model presenter Diana Queenin with Blaketown School pupils Alyssa Jones holding a fossil of an American horse shoe crab Kobe Hewinson, Madison Armstrong-Clemett and Jai Thompson, with stingray barbs. Ms Queenin has just returned from Uganda where she visited the source of the Nile River, and is now on a speaking tour about her involvement...

Crash sentence dismays victim

Auckland A television journalist is disappointed the man who injured her in a crash was not given a harsher sentence. Peng Wang, a 29-year-old Chinese national, was yesterday sentenced to 80 hours community work and ordered to pay $25,000 after being found guilty last week of careless driving causing injury. Newshub journalist Karen Rutherford was hit by Wang's car while riding her...
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