50 days ago

What's On: The RVMES 'Lifetime' Album Tour

Edwin from Waterview

The RVMES are returning to the The Butter Factory for their second stop of their North Island tour, celebrating and performing their new album ‘Lifetime’
The RVMES 'Lifetime' Album Tour
  • The Butter Factory
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4 hours ago

What's On: Seniors and Retirees Day Out

Kayleen from Orewa

Join us to visit gardens, museums and more. Meet at 10.30am and return by 2.30pm. Transport provided at just $10. Contact Kayleen 027 647 5000 or kayleen@xtra.co.nz
Seniors and Retirees Day Out
  • Salvation Army Hibiscus Coast
9 days ago

Face to Face Communication versus Tecnology

Alison Shrigley Reporter from Whangārei Leader

FROM A TEACHER: Yesterday, I shut down class about 5 minutes early and told my students I wanted them to just sit and talk to one another. Several of them immediately opened their laptops and began navigating to their favorite computer game.
I said, "No, no laptops. I want you to have face-to-face conversations right now."
After a collective groan went up, I observed something both wonderful and alarming. For the next few minutes, a couple of tables came alive with conversation. They looked at each other in the eyes and talked with great enthusiasm and interest. It was beautiful to watch and listen to.

However, many students were deflated. They did not know what to do without some sort of entertainment from a device. A couple of them put their heads down and avoided eye contact with anyone. I went around the room to those students and tried to engage with them. Some of them mustered a few words, but most didn't know what to do.

I share this story as a wakeup call for parents, grandparents, and guardians. It's tragic to me that a large percentage of today's youth do not know how to have real conversation, but it's not their fault. It is our responsibility as adults to lead by example and hold our kids accountable. Unplug every day, talk, and listen to your children. Getting lost in a device does not help them cope with and overcome the things they're going through mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. All it causes is isolation and depression. They need relationships; they need you.

I plan on doing it again today. #PleaseShare
This was written and supplied by Margaret Johnson in Kaikohe

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6 hours ago

Do you live near Whangārei Heads?

Denise Piper Reporter from Whangārei Leader

Police are advising people not be alarmed if they see armed police and hear bangs or sounds of smashing glass at Whangārei Heads on Wednesday. Police will be running a routine training exercise at a private property on Ocean Beach Rd from 9am to 3pm.

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