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2008-10-08 15:00:31

By ANDERSON, Charles Two secondary schools in the Nelson region will have the opportunity to move their students into the workforce more quickly. Minister of Education Chris Carter announced last week that a further 56 schools in New Zealand will be offered the Youth Apprenticeships Scheme. Mr Carter said the scheme was an effective way to bridge the gap between school and industry so students could move into a career. "Young people told us they want better and more in-depth careers...

2008-10-06 15:00:15

By ANDERSON, Charles Some of New Zealand's 85,000 tonnes of electronic waste will find a safer home after a collection day in Nelson and Tasman tomorrow. eDay began in Wellington in 2006 in response to concerns that much of the electronic equipment which was thrown away could be safely recycled. The aim was to increase community awareness of the hazardous nature of electronic equipment and to make it clear that disposal in landfills was not a sustainable option. The collection will be...

2008-10-06 15:00:09

By HUNT, Tom LIGHT FANTASTIC Fibre-optic cables are strands of glass about the thickness of a human hair that light is sent through, rather than a metal cable that transmits electrical pulses. Central Nelson's fibre- optic cable is made up of 144 strands. While fibre-optic cable capacity is virtually limitless, in good conditions it offers data delivery about 20,000 times faster than the old dial-up service. --- ----------------- Golden Bay looks set to join the information super- highway...

2008-09-27 15:00:22

If the connection between birdsong, nuclear energy, rabbit- killing calicivirus and small- town recycling projects does not immediately strike you, there is no better chance to gain an education into the many hues of 21st century environmentalism than at a film festival opening in Nelson next week. The Reel Earth Aotearoa Environmental Film Festival, which runs from next Wednesday until October 10 at the Suter Cinema, offers a wide range of movie styles and subjects but all focus on an...

2008-09-20 15:00:30

When Don Brash made his landmark Orewa speech on race relations as National leader in 2004, it is safe to say he was unaware that he was starting a chain of events that would see him still mocked years later. Wellington researcher and writer Nicky Hager set out on the trail of what would become The Hollow Men, a book that exposed the depths National would plumb to win the election. Coincidentally, Wellington documentary maker Alister Barry was on the same trail, planning a movie that...

2008-09-12 15:00:19

By REICH, Josh Having your mum as your number one fan is hardly unusual, but how many mothers are prepared to put their money where their mouth is? Curtis Vowell's mother Terri is, that's for sure. Curtis will perform in the show Bare as part of the Nelson Arts Festival next month. Knowing it will be a hometown gig for the former Nelson College student, organisers roped in his mother as an ambassador for the show. Not content to simply tell friends and associates about Bare,...

2008-09-04 15:00:22

The programme for next year's Adam Chamber Music Festival has been released, with 42 events to be performed at various venues around the region over a 16-day period. The festival, which runs from January 23 to February 7, opens with the Czech Prazak String Quartet, which will fly directly to Nelson at the end of a 10-concert European tour. Other highlights include London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane, who will perform solo recitals and chamber works and, as will many of the...

2008-09-04 15:00:13

Nelson's groundbreaking Loop IT project has notched up yet another success. The fibre-optic network, started by the region's schools with the support of Network Tasman and the Ministry of Education, last week brushed aside significant players in the telecommunications industry to gain a Telecommunication Users Association of New Zealand innovation award. TUANZ recognised the Loop as New Zealand's next-generation fibre- optic network of the year. Judges said it "allowed the digital...

2008-08-29 15:00:30

The unflinching resolve of officialdom was never going to waver in the case of the Honest Lawyer's open fire. The $750 infringement notice issued by the Nelson City Council following the pub's act of defiance in breaching the ban on Friday night was inevitable. Never mind that 500 people signed a petition supporting an exemption, or that a majority in a Nelson Mail online poll that drew 940 responses voted the same way. Both these polls were completely unscientific, rules are rules and...

2008-08-21 15:00:57

By NEAL, Tracy Nelson schools say they have no plans to adopt the tougher methods of some North Island schools seeking to extract the annual voluntary donation from parents. Auckland schools are reported to be using "innovative" ways to get the money as pressure on family finances has seen more hold back from paying the donation, which in some primary schools is now up to several hundred dollars. Board members at one Auckland primary school were considering phoning parents to ask why...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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