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Pacific Education funds prove popular – second round of funding opens

The Ministry of Education’s Pacific Education funds are now open for a second round of applications, to support Pacific learners’ education success and wellbeing during COVID-19.

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Entries open for 2021 NZ Sport and Recreation Awards

Entries are now open for the annual New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards, with two new categories for 2021. Every year, individuals and organisations throughout Aotearoa New Zealand are making outstanding contributions to enhance people’s lives through physical activity. 

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Auckland to Alert Level 2, and the rest of New Zealand to Alert Level 1 at 6am Sunday 7 March

Cabinet has decided to move Auckland to Alert Level 2, and the rest of New Zealand to Alert Level 1 at 6am Sunday 7 March. Alert Level 2 may feel more like normal life, but it’s not yet business as usual. Everyone needs to:

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Water Skills for Life is the essential beginning for lifelong water safety

Water Skills For Life was developed for children in Years 1 – 8 to learn water safety. It establishes broad fundamental competencies for life-long water safety.

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National Warning: Tsunami Threat. Immediate evacuation required.

National Warning: Tsunami Threat. Immediate evacuation required in the following areas under threat. Friday 5 Mar – last updated 8:45 am *** THIS IS THE THIRD EARTHQUAKE THIS MORNING *** A Tsunami Warning has been issued following the M8.0 earthquake north-east of New Zealand near KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION.

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Upcoming Webinar: Raising the bar in coaching youth sport

Join Sport NZ and the New Zealand coaching whānau for our first webinar in 2021, focused on raising the bar when it comes to coaching youth sport. WEDNESDAY 17 MARCH, 7-8PM NZST

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Alert Level 3 in Auckland and Alert Level 2 for rest of country

These Alert Levels came into effect from 6am on Sunday 28 February and will be in place for the next 7 days.

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Advice for those travelling in, out and through Auckland to return home

With Auckland now at Alert Level 3, here is some advice for those needing to travel in, out and through Auckland to return home.

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Practical tools to get tamariki talking

A new early learning resource launched today will provide teachers with practical tools and advice to support the oral language development of tamariki.

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Two new positive community cases – household members of most recent case

The Ministry of Health was this afternoon notified that two siblings of today’s positive case from Papatoetoe High School have also tested positive for COVID-19.

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