Everyone will need post-school qualifications

The students are back! As someone who came to Palmerston North to study, this is the time of year I reflect on my time in the city – 19 years now – and on how much has changed for students since I first arrived.

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Kids' Education Shouldn't Depend On Parents' Wealth

I chose my parents wisely. They kept me well fed. They kept me safe and healthy. They didn’t have to move very often so they gave me a stable home to grow up in. They taught me the value of hard work.

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What Happened To Free Education?

It always seems to be a shock when February arrives. Wasn’t it only yesterday we were celebrating New Year? By the time February rolls around most kids are back at school, hopefully ready and eager to learn, after a refreshing summer break with their family.

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Investing In Young People

Earlier this year Deputy Prime Minister Bill English came to the Manawatu and said that “a lot of the Kiwis that are meant to be available [for work] are pretty damned hopeless.”

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Roberts Line Safety

Residents of Kelvin Grove will be meeting on Friday to discuss ongoing road safety issues with the Roberts Line/Napier Road intersection at the entrance to Palmerston North City.

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The real cost of a low wage economy

This week the government announced that the minimum wage is to go up 50 cents, to $15.25 an hour from the 1st April. How much of a difference will that make to low paid workers? 

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