49 days ago

What do you think of the changing laws around Māori wards?

Denise Piper Reporter from Northern News

Northland Regional Council is unlikely to run a binding poll on its controversial Māori ward proposal, after a new law will do away with the polls. The same law clashes with Whangārei District Council's www.stuff.co.nz...
|need to advertise a binding poll| on Māori wards, forcing the council to cancel the poll two days later. The petition-triggered polls consistently overturn proposals for Māori wards, and are considered fundamentally unfair, as no other wards or representation changes can be cancelled in this way. What do you think?

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3 days ago

Face to Face Communication versus Technology

Alison Shrigley Reporter from Northern News

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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19 hours ago

What's On: Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting

Lois from Kaitaia

If you want to drink that's your business. If you want to stop we can help. Friendly local meeting.
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting
  • Community House
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19 hours ago

What's On: Alcoholics Anonymous meeting weekly

Lois from Kaitaia

Is Alcohol costing you more than money? If that is your problem we can help. Friendly local meeting
Alcoholics Anonymous meeting weekly
  • St Andrews Church Hall