A meeting in Motueka heard too many children are "not achieving" in reading, writing and spelling, while a new report shows alarming numbers of children are starting school with very poor language skills. Experts are pointing to factors including busy lives and screen time. Where do you think the problem lies?
Canterbury has been named the fifth most welcoming region in the world in the Booking.com Traveller Review Awards, while Oamaru, Hokitika and Invercargill have been named the most welcoming towns in NZ. They were followed by Cambridge, Picton, Lake Tekapo, Kerikeri, Palmerston North, Paihia and Twizel.
We'd be really keen to hear your thoughts on this based on your own travels around New Zealand. Do you think Canterbury is NZ's most welcoming region? And are these our most welcoming towns?
Where in NZ have you been made to feel particularly welcome on your travels?
As usual, please put 'NFP' in your comment if you don't want it to be included in an article. Cheers.
Clayton Marr has been selling sunflowers outside his home at 27 Redwood Road, Appleby. He's saving for a gift for his parents - or a Darth Vader suit. Tomorrow is your last chance to pick up a $2 bloom.
In case you missed it Fenz has suspended most active fire permits in the Nelson Tasman district for 48 hours. Click below for details. (Photo: Martin de Ruyter.)