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Kel­ston Girls Col­lege is get­ting rid of fizzy drinks in school and pro­mot­ing wa­ter first this year. School nurse Pat Hutchin­son was suc­cess­ful in ne­go­ti­at­ing a change with their vend­ing ma­chine provider to in­crease the amount wa­ter in the ma­chines. They agreed to limit the num­ber of other drinks to only one row. Prior to the change, most drinks avail­able con­tained sugar.


The So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals is run­ning a free cat desexing and mi­crochip­ping cam­paign in Auck­land from March 5 to March 16 in 12 suburbs, in­clud­ing Avon­dale and Hen­der­son. The ser­vice is also be­ing con­ducted at Mt Roskill, Mt Welling­ton, New Lynn and One­hunga. Con­tact 09 256 7310 for more in­for­ma­tion.


A 10-year-old boy who reeled in a mon­ster 125 kilo­gram mar­lin now holds the na­tional record for big­gest mar­lin caught on a line no heav­ier than 15kg, in the small fry di­vi­sion for un­der 11s. Mar­shall Jack­son, who fea­tured in Western Leader’s Fe­bru­ary 15 edi­tion, spent nearly three hours haul­ing the fish in near Piha on Fe­bru­ary 5.


An of­fi­cial Chi­nese ver­sion of the MyAd­vice.Le­gal was launched in Oc­to­ber to meet de­mand from new mi­grants who could not speak English. Mai Chen, founder of MyAd­vice.Le­gal, said they wanted to re­spond to the coun­try’s grow­ing num­ber of Chi­nese new mi­grants. MyAd­vice.Le­gal was an on­line mar­ket­place that matched clients with le­gal prob­lems with lawyers that had ex­per­tise in rel­e­vant ar­eas of the law.


West Auck­land pri­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate schools can now ac­cess House of Sci­ence. Branch man­ager Jess Singh said they aimed to make sci­ence ac­ces­si­ble for all by pro­vid­ing teach­ers with equip­ment and knowl­edge to de­liver hands-on, ex­cit­ing sci­ence ex­pe­ri­ences for their classes. The sci­ence kits saved teach­ers prepa­ra­tion time and al­lowed them to ac­cess equip­ment not avail­able at their schools.

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