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.


The Ministry of Health has asked that we refer you to the attached letter from the Director of Public Health, Dr Mark Jacobs, concerning the measles outbreaks.

See letter here:


NZQA has completed its review of the University Entrance (UE) requirement.

From 2014 there will be a new university entrance (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 University Entrance requirement.

The changes had been made in consultation with representatives from schools and the tertiary sector including Universities New Zealand, universities, Ministry of Education, polytechnics, Industry Training Organisations, among others.


Simone Chivers of Queen Margaret College has won the SOUNZ-NZCF Composition Competition, for her piece Freedom;which was performed by the Queen Margaret Chorale at this year’s Regional Big Sing in Wellington.


Chilton Saint James School Seraphim Choir will begin a three week tour of Europe next month, including singing at mass in St Peter's Basilica in Rome.