Teacher Salary Figures ‘Misleading’
The Western Bay PPTA says figures released by the Ministry of Education that reveal the average salary of a teacher are misleading. According to the Ministry, a secondary school teacher earns on average 71 thousand dollars. But Regional Chairman Jason Smythe says they've taken into account school principal wages which on average is around 150 thousand dollars. He says it's annoying but unsurprising as they're having difficulties discussing anything with the key negotiators in Wellington.
Diet Concerns for Elderly
The elderly who aren't maintaining a healthy diet are at risk of becoming malnourished. Age Concern says inadequate oral care and poor cooking skills are some major issues - especially amongst single older men. Spokeswoman Lorraine Wilson says it's equally as important for younger people to maintain a good diet as it is for the elderly.
Win for Steamers
Bay of Plenty have rocketed up the ITM Cup ladder following a 40-30 win over Otago in Rotorua. The Bay rained in five tries to Otago's three and coach, Sean Horan, says it's pleasing to know they can score tries when they apply themselves. He says it was their focus to play attacking rugby and despite the conditions, they scored some very good tries. The Steamers now have a rest until their next game against Wellington
Gallery Pitches in for Save the Kiwi Programme
Harrisons Gallery says it's honoured to be selling a collaborative art piece by New Zealand's top artists. The artwork was created to mark the opening of ‘What it is to be Kiwi’ with proceeds going to the BNZ Save the Kiwi programme. Manager Durrelle Green says she asked several artists to paint a distinctive kiwi sheep on a canvas, then framed it collaboratively. The piece will be awarded to the highest tender in three weeks time.
Bay of Plenty Gardner of the Year Named
A 74 year old who helped make Tauranga a haven for butterflies has been named Bay of Plenty Gardner of the Year. Mary Parkinson is a volunteer at Te Puna Quarry Park where she's created a butterfly house to protect caterpillars from predatory insects.
Daylight Saving Prompts Sun Warning
As days lengthen SunSmart has issued a reminder for all New Zealanders. The arrival of daylight saving has prompted a warning from SunSmart, which says spring weather can be deceptive. Although temperatures can be quite low in some places, UV levels will already be high enough to cause sunburn. SunSmart says the likelihood of getting burnt in New Zealand is high, because of the clear atmosphere and our lifestyle. It suggests people don't bask in the sun for hours, as their skin won't be ready for it.