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A battle of minds

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Twenty-one Royal Oak Primary School children came back buzzing with excitement after pitting their minds against hundreds of others in a national competition in Wellington last month.

Tournament of Minds (TOM) is an international problem-solving programme for children in school Years 5 to 10. It encourages students to experiment with ideas and meet challenges through teamwork and creativity.

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Onehunga’s piano man

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There is a community piano in the Onehunga Community Library foyer, free for the public to enjoy. If you’ve ever been down there first thing in the morning, you may have had the pleasure of hearing talented local man, Tony Chen, play the piano. 

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Long-haul travel of the feathered kind

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Many people in New Zealand will be familiar with the long and uncomfortable plane ride across the world to the USA and Europe.  But spare a thought for the Bar-tailed Godwit, or Kuaka, which relies on its own wing power to fly 12,000 km non-stop from Alaska to New Zealand.

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Staying safe on the water

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With summer approaching, the Volunteer Coastguard has introduced a new phone app to help boaties stay safe on the water and keep track of important information.

Coastguard Communications Coordinator, Mike Buddle, describes the app as a “game-changer”. He says, “You won’t want to leave the dock without this in your pocket.”

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Working out for the Rescue Run

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Onehunga High School’s Services Academy is trying to raise $5,000 for Youthline through a series of sponsored events, culminating with a team of six students competing in the Cisco Rescue Run on the 8th of September.

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It’s rocket science

Kiwanis

An innovative charity that provides scientific kits to schools has received a funding boost, thanks to a grant of $2,300 from the Mount Roskill Kiwanis. The House of Science (HOS) charitable trust was founded in 2013 by CEO Chris Duggan, a biochemist and former secondary school science teacher. Her vision is simple - to raise scientific literacy and connect the scientific community.

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