Over 400 people entered, there were only 10 places available and only one person managed to snag a place from Wellington; Ashna Basu, a Year 12 student at Queen Margaret College.


The measles outbreaks in Auckland and Waikato are mainly affecting unimmunised school children.

By 8 August, 175 measles cases had been reported this year, including 19 who needed hospital treatment.  Most cases were in the Auckland region, although 24 cases were reported in Hawke's Bay this year.  Most recently, 12 cases have been reported in the Waikato region, mainly around Te Awamutu.


New Zealand Qualifications Authority has completed its review of the University Entrance (UE) requirement.  From 2014 there will be a new UE requirement for entry in 2015.

The new UE requirement will continue to be the minimum requirement for entry to university.  "The new requirement, while not a radical change, does raise the bar for university entrance", Mr Haque said.

NZQA Deputy Chief Executive Qualifications, Bali Haque, said the review had recommended five proposed changes to the UE requirement.  The changes ad been made in consultation


Tertiary Education Minister, Steven Joyce, ha appointed former diplomat, Charles Finny, as the inaugural Chair of Education New Zealand - the new Crown agency established to support and encourage international education.

Education New Zealand will begin operating on 1 September.  Mr Joyce says he is pleased to have someone of Charles Finny's experience and standing to get this vital new agency up and running.

International education is New Zealand's fifth largest export earner, contributing more thatn $2 billion to the economy and upporting


This year's Aurecon Bridge Building competition finished on Friday with first time entrant, King's College in Auckland, beating high schools from across Australia and New Zealand with an astonishing 129kg load held by its bridge built from balsa sticks, glue, cardboard and string.