128 days ago

WIN Tickets to the GABS FESTIVAL!

GABS Festival

Renowned as one of the world’s leading beer festivals, GABS (the Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular) brings together the best breweries from New Zealand and Australia for a whirlwind celebration of craft beer and cider, accompanied by some of the city’s favourite food trucks, all-day entertainment and all-around shenanigans.

Donuts, tea, gin, agave, chipotle chillies, rum-soaked muscatel grapes, Black Forest cake, prunes and even edible ants. These are just some of the more exotic ingredients found amongst the many ‘Festival Beers & Ciders’ brewed especially for the 2019 edition of GABS Beer, Cider & Food Festival presented by Liquorland and taking place at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds on 29 June.

Win Tickets
We are giving you the chance to win one of 10 double passes. LIKE or THANK this post to be in with a chance to WIN! T&Cs apply.

Competition period: Wednesday 19th June to Sunday 23rd June 2019. Ten (10) prizes available. Each prize consists of one double pass to experience the GABS Festival in Auckland. The winners will be contacted via email and/or phone on Monday 24th June 2019.

GABS Beer, Cider & Food Festival presented by Liquorland is proudly supported by Ariston, Auckland Major Events, Kegstar and Little Creatures.
Buy tickets now!

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Nicola Brennan-Tupara Reporter from Waikato Times

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But an aviation commentator believes it's not likely to happen, claiming that "Hamilton is not a destination".
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1 day ago

Hamilton Christian School Integration

Jamie Neighbourly Lead from Chartwell

I'm excited to let you know that state integration has been confirmed for Hamilton Christian School. This has been a long journey for the school, and will provide opportunity for lower fees, increased roll growth, and stronger support from the Ministry of Education.

The following message is from Principal Shaun Brooker:

Kia ora whānau. It is with great excitement that I let you know I received a phone call from our Labour MP Jamie Strange, to let me know the Minister of Education has now signed our integration deed.

This signals the realisation of Hamilton Christian School becoming an Integrated school from the beginning of 2020. This is the most important step in the school becoming integrated. There are now some finer details that we will work through with the Ministry of Education.

One of those details is the Attendance Dues that we will need to charge for the coming year. While we are very excited that the school will become much more affordable for families we are still required to fund two aspects of the school. One is the buildings as we can now begin some significant building projects for more classrooms and a gymnasium. The second aspect of the school which is not funded by the MoE is our special character. For each of these we need to collect funds from parents, however, in return for the MoE not paying for these the MoE allows us to support our special character as we chose.

To fund the above Hamilton Christian School will charge parents Attendance Dues and Special Character Donation. While we do not have the final amount for these the overall total for these is expected to be approximately one-third of the current costs. For your planning we expect this to be between $1800 and $2400.

Please understand that the benefits of integration go well beyond just the money side of things. We will now have access to more Ministry resources for our students including ESOL support, learning support and behaviour support. We will also be able to access a number of Ministry funded initiatives for our NCEA students particularly in areas of the trades and alternative education.

This is a fantastic day for Hamilton Christian School. Thank you for your prayers and patience through this process.

To God be the Glory.

Shaun

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