OECD report a timely reminder about ICTs in Schools

LaurenceZwimpferLawrence Zwimpfer, Contracts Director
2020 Trust

The recent OECD Report on Students, Computers and Learning[1], raised some alarm bells for countries like New Zealand that have been investing heavily in ICT for education.  The OECD’s education director, Andreas Schleicher singles out countries including New Zealand and Australia which have high levels of computer and internet use in schools, but have experienced “significant declines” in reading performance as measured by PISA tests in 2012[2]. The report reaches a similar conclusion for declines in mathematics performance in New Zealand and Australia.[3] Read more »

World Arthritis Day: Diagnosis, then isolation!

Press Release – Arthritis New Zealand

Remember those with arthritis! is Arthritis New Zealand Acting Chief Executive Rob Mitchells message for World Arthritis Day. Read more »

A decade of government pre-seed investment : report

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 8 (BusinessDesk) – More publicly-funded science is being commercialised after a decade of government ‘pre-see’d investment, according to an independent review released today. Read more »

Soar and CCL join forces to expand

Press Release – Soar Printing

Leading Auckland print companies Soar Printing and CCL Communications Group today announce that they are joining forces, creating a partnership to strengthen and diversify their combined offering in the print services market. Read more »

Speech: Adult Illiteracy Costs Us

Speech – New Zealand First Party

It is a genuine pleasure to join the Adult Literacy Practitioners Association at your 2015 Forum, here, in the beautiful and sometimes winterless North Read more »

World Homeless Day in Auckland

Press Release – Auckland City Mission

Statistics New Zealand defines homelessness as people living without shelter, people in temporary accommodation, people sharing accommodation and people in uninhabitable housing. Rough sleeping is the term used to describe the most challenging … Read more »

Auckland Council Fails to put Children First

Press Release – Manurewa Local Board

Manurewa Local Board Deputy Chair Simeon Brown says Auckland Council is failing to deliver on the Auckland Plan’s number one priority to ‘put children and young people first’ with the new “Empowering Communities Approach” introduced last week. Read more »

Hastings sailor with courage by the boatload

Press Release – Attitude Trust

Otis Horne (19), a sailor from Hastings, is a finalist in the Courage in Sport category in the 2015 Attitude Awards. The national awards celebrate the excellence and achievements of Kiwis with a disability. Read more »

KiwiHarvest is Countdown’s newest Food Rescue partner

Press Release – Countdown Supermarket

7 October 2015: Countdowns Food Rescue programme is expanding further with the announcement of the newest charity partner, KiwiHarvest. This latest partnership focuses on the collection of fresh produce in the Auckland region. KiwiHarvest, a … Read more »

Rod Oram – Hoping to Set Passion for Change Ablaze

Press Release – Christian World Service

The 7.3 billion people on our planet are intensely, intimately connected in ways previous generations could never have conceived, says business journalist Rod Oram. If a community fails, its country suffers. If a country fails, our world … Read more »

Time to be proactive about preventing suicide

Press Release – Samaritans of Wellington

Samaritans urge New Zealanders to be proactive about preventing suicide after provisional suicide statistics released yesterday confirm 564 lives were lost by suicide in 2014/15. Read more »