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Tamaki Intermediate School closes its doors for good next month after 55 years teaching the kids from the predominantly state housing area, nowadays nearly all Pacifica and Maori children. From term one next year, all seven contributing primary schools in the area will keep their eleven and twelve-years-old, until they're ready for high school. (10′29″)
An on-line education programme developed to accelerate kids' learning in some of Auckland's poorest suburbs is claiming runaway success. The ManaiaKalani programme provides every child over nine with a laptop, and soon the whole area of Glen Innes, Point England and Panmure will be covered by free WiFi. (11′38″)
For the past three decades the Monte Cecilia Trust in Auckland has been providing emergency housing to families in need. To mark this anniversary, the Trust returns to where it all began - the Pah Homestead, which was home to the Trust for its first twenty years. (12′03″)
A trial programme developed by police to help young teenagers deal with their fledgling drug and alcohol problems in East Auckland will hopefully be extended, particularly to the South. (10′31″)
The Auckland Botanical Society is marking its 75th Jubilee, and to celebrate, a new book's been published called 'Auckland's Remarkable Urban Forest'. (9′47″)
The Education Trust COMET says as many as 400,000 Aucklanders don't have good budgeting skills. It's developing what it calls a new financial literacy framework nicknamed "GEM", to help them. (11′29″)
One of the last remaining links to Auckland's historic wooden boat building industry is to get a new life. The old Percy Vos boatshed and slipway at the Wynyard Quarter will become the centre for classic yacht repairs. (10′06″)
Auckland's elm population is under threat once more, after 50 trees succumbed to the fast-spreading Dutch elm disease in the suburb of Whitford. While the disease faded from the headlines since its initial discovery in a central Auckland park in 1989, arborists say it remains a risk to all estimated 17,000 elm trees in Auckland and those throughout New Zealand. Lisa Thompson met up with two men who are helping to try and stop the disease spreading south of the Bombays. (12′25″)
A small group for the Deaf in South Auckland is developing sign language in Maori. (9′36″)
It's 100 years since the death of Sir John Logan Campbell, considered to be one of the 'fathers' of Auckland. This year's Auckland Heritage Festival is highlighting his contribution. (11′37″)
A non-profit organisation, Youthtown was formed in 1932 in Auckland with a focus on youth development through sport, arts, dance and technology. It has helped shape the lives of hundreds of thousands of young New Zealanders over the decades and as part of their "80 Years Young" celebrations, Youthtown is searching for its old boys and girls to be part of a new association - Youthtown Alumni. (11′45″)
There's a call for New Zealand business leaders to take action to reduce child poverty in this country. It comes from Pam Tregonning, the head of South Auckland's Middlemore Foundation for Health Innovation. (10′34″)
One of the fastest planes of World War II will fly again this month in Auckland. She's a legendary wooden-framed Mosquito and she's taken eight years to restore. (11′17″)
Four enterprising young women from a Papatoetoe college plan to educate 800 South Auckland primary children on how to have a healthy lunch for less than two dollars. (9′23″)
One of Auckland's historic homes is getting $1.5 million revamp for its 150th birthday. To celebrate, David Steemson goes to high tea at Highwic. (11′10″)
Lisa Thompson took a tour through the Symonds Street Cemetery to get a better understanding of why we ought to be preserving this important link to our city's history. (11′43″)
Classes teaching the Hindi language are proving a hit for Auckland's Papatoetote High School. It's a New Zealand first for the school. (9′57″)
One of the country's first societies to create a secure sanctuary for native fauna is ten years old. Auckland's Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society first built a $600,000 predator-proof fence… now it's planting trees. (11′17″)
Auckland's waterfront Ferry Building is getting a face lift for its 100th birthday. The National Maritime Museum almost next door to it, is marking the anniversary with a digital exhibition. (8′51″)
"Be Prepared". So say the boy scouts, and also a big group of scientists studying the likelihood of a volcano erupting in Auckland and its economic effect. (11′14″)
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