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With the commotion around newly opened global chain stores here in NZ and more online stores at our fingertips than ever before, it’s increasingly important to question the integrity and ethics of the clothing brands that we purchase from. Be a part of the conversation. If you’re a local shopper, sign up to Conscious Consumers [ Goo.gl Link ] and let our growing list of accredited and insight...
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Our Programmes Manager Hamish Lindsay was in Honiara this morning when the quake struck. He told Stuff.co.nz that some villages along the coast near the epicentre are "very remote", and it will take time to assess the full extent of the damage.

Huge earthquake hits off Solomons

Congratulations to Distinguished Professor David Schiel, who has been awarded the University of Canterbury’s Research Medal. In 26 years at UC Science, Prof Schiel has worked on a wide range of topics in marine science, with internationally recognised contributions in aquaculture, fisheries, kelp forest ecology and the functioning of nearshore ecosystems.

David Schiel awarded UC Research Medal

Having had her first teaching placement at Cotswold School, Nina Vailu'u later starred in what turned out to be a prescient photoshoot there as part of a UC advertising campaign. Nina's now gone full circle, and next year she will take up her first job as a teacher at Cotswold.

Teaching graduate's photo predicts her future

It's starting to feel like Summer! Babies and children are very sensitive to the sun and their skin can burn very easily, so don’t forget to slip, slop, slap and wrap when outside with your kids this summer. Here are our top sunscreen tips for keeping kids safe in the sun:
1. Use SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen that meets safety standard AS/NZS 2604.
2. Check the expiry date.
3. Wipe it on...
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We’re putting our weight behind the New Zealand Dental Association’s (NZDA) release today of a consensus statement on sugary drinks.

Find out what we have to say about:

Heart Foundation supports sugar action

Yesterday evening we celebrated the Māori and Pasifika achievement in the institute! So much talent.

Read more here: [ Ara.ac.nz Link ]
Next week on 12 Dec the cpit wifi will be turned off. If you haven't switched to the ARA WIFI yet, you might want to do it now...

More info on how to connect: [ Ara.ac.nz Link ]
Shot! The new Spark Boroughs court opened in Avondale on Tuesday. Read more at #OurAKL
Some young Valerie Adams fans were asked to name one of our new tunneling machines. You won't believe what happened next. :D

Olympian Valerie Adams inspires tunnel machine naming

Did you know 73% of Aucklanders visited a Regional Park this year?
In February 2017, Birkenhead Transport will begin to roll out eight new double-decker buses to the Kaipātiki Local Board area for suburban routes heading into the CBD.

Double-decker buses hit North Shore suburban street routes for first time

Captain Wyanda Lublink of The MV Steve Irwin talks about life on-board with her dedicated crew and their work to stop the killing of protected wildlife in the Southern Ocean.
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Planning on having a party over Christmas and Summer holidays? We want you all to have the best summer and that means we want you to be safe. A great way to do this is to register your party at [ Goodone.org.nz Link ]
New Zealand National Party
4 hours 54 minutes ago. Facebook
We'll be live streaming the announcement of the next Prime Minister and new Leader of the National Party on Monday morning. The Caucus meeting will start at 11am and we'll be going live shortly thereafter.
We’ve extended the support package for quake-affected businesses in Kaikoura and also made it available to eligible businesses in Hanmer Springs and the Hurunui District.
Find out more here: [ National.org.nz Link ]
SPCA New Zealand
4 hours 37 minutes ago. Facebook
Annnnd relax. Have a great weekend everybody!
Storm wasn't allowed in the house, and he hadn't been taken for a walk since he was a puppy. But one night during thunder and lightning he panicked and ran, and got horribly lost.

Fortunately he found a lovely family that called the SPCA, who rescued Storm and gave him the love and care he needed.

Storm is one of the animals featured in the SPCA Learn-to-Read Storybook...
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