Wednesday April 4. 2018
inbrief news Public input into education sought Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is asking children, young people and their parents to share their vision for education and help shape its future, as part of a major review of the entire sector. The national Education Conversation Kōrero Mātauranga, has been launched with an online public survey, the initial step in the first major review of education for 30 years. The survey precedes two national Education Summits, in Christchurch on May 5-6 and Auckland on May 12-13. It is available in English, te reo Māori and Pacific languages. The Ministry of Education is working to find possible summit participants. Education Minister Chris Hipkins will consider nominations from stakeholders and send out invitations. To access the survey, go to www.conversation.education.govt.nz
Town Hall work beginning Earthquake strengthening on the 114-year-old building town hall will start in the next two weeks. The first stage will secure the unreinforced brick parapets and facades before the main refurbishment starts later in the year. The building has been closed since 2013 and is due to be reopened in 2021 as a joint facility between Wellington City Council, Victoria University’s New Zealand School of Music and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Sugary drinks tax a no-brainer
BOOKS FROM LOCAL AUTHORS
High levels of interest in thriller from Ngaio author By Glenise Dreaver
Michael Munro of Ngaio is coming to terms with the interest being shown in his new self-published environmental thriller Eye of the Songbird. It’s been published both electronically for Kindle and in hard copy – printing is costly, but he loves to hold a book himself. This self-described reclusive clearly finds the positive reviews on sites like Amazon a huge endorsement - and a huge relief. Paper Plus have come down in full support of this local author with all branches stocking the book including Paper Plus Johnsonville. He sold 51 copies on the night of the book’s
launch through Paper Plus Porirua, with copies also selling well in their shop. Unity Books in Willis Street have also shown early interest, making Eye of the Songbird available in their shop. He describes his work, eight years in the writing, as “New Zealand-centric” exploring deep concerns around environmental decay, amoral commercial endeavour and government disillusionment in an increasingly globalized world. “I want it to snatch people’s hearts with challenging ideas, hopefully leaving readers feeling better. Guys in fast cars brandishing guns, that sort of staple thriller imagery, doesn’t really do it for me.”
Or not. Now 58, he attended Karori Primary School and Wellington College, but says wryly: “I didn’t do well at school.” Michael says he started the guts of the novel while living in London as a professional musician, making a good living as a “dep”, filling in for regulars. His first experience came within days. “Can you be in Mombasa next week?” That wasn’t a one-off. “The travel was most compelling.” He also worked on luxury cruise ships, hosting tables with the very rich and/or very famous. There is another book “brewing” from that, as well as a sequel to Eye of the Songbird.
Michael Munro. His self published novel is moving quickly off the shelves. PHOTO provided
Eye of the Songbird starts immediately with a crevasse accident in Antarctica. Michael’s offshore experience of life clearly informs how the characters reveal themselves.
One girl’s extraordinary journey By Glenise Dreaver
“It was more difficult than I thought!” Former policewoman and
Khandallah image consultant Sheryn Adamson is describing the journey she has taken to publishing her life experiences. Life Wide Open: One Girl’s
Local writer Sheryn Adamson with MP Greg O’Connor, also a former police officer.
On April 1 2018, the United Kingdom introduced a sugary drinks tax. Researchers at the University of Otago (Wellington) believe that should also be happening in New Zealand. The UK is joining many other countries that now have some variety of a sugary drinks tax, a tax that has been shown to work and have positive spill-over effects. A sweetened sugary beverage (SSB) tax is rapidly gaining traction as a public health measure amongst countries concerned about their growing rates of obesity and diabetes.
Extraordinary Journey takes in her twelve years as a police officer as well as more than a decade of struggling with infertility and IVF. She kept journals during those times and they provided a rich source of information about the many issues she encountered. Sheryn, from a strong Salvation Army background, says her book also details her journey to align her belief in a good God with the awful things she has seen. Now the mother of “two beautiful girls aged almost 12, and 10”, she left the police when her first child was born but husband Bradley still works at police national headquarters. It was when she was bedridden for a long time after a hysterectomy in 2015 that she decided to do something with
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the journals. She was lucky to fall into the hands of an expert who worked with her on issues of spelling, grammar and structure. “That was a grand tidying up. She turned it into a book,” says Sheryn. (And that’s the bit she admits was more difficult than she thought.) Life Wide Open was launched at a function in the Khandallah Town Hall on March 25, with friends and family and those who had helped her along the way. To her amazement, some 130 plus people turned up. She was very gratified that local MP Greg O’Connor, with his strong connections and long career with the New Zealand police spoke at the launch, though she had not known him personally until then. “He made a great speech.”
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