Eastern Courier : February 4th 2010
www.easterncourier.co.nz Friday, February 4, 2011 Bright holds meetings as Botany byelection nears Public watchdog Penny Bright will hold a series of politically explos- ive'' public meetings in her run for next month's Botany byelection. The independent candidate has her eye on corruption. The first meeting discusses local government and privatisation, the second central government and the third delves into the justice system. Ms Bright describes herself as a classic Kiwi DIY activist''. If elected she says she will be a public watchdog from inside the House'' who will be in boots and all from the start asking the hard questions no one else is asking and keeping the public fully informed of the answers''. Meetings will be at 3pm on February 13 at Botany Downs Secondary College, February 20 at Tangaroa College and February 27 at a Howick venue that's still to be confirmed. Meanwhile, the Green Party is expected to announce its candidate for the byelection on Monday. Labour has already pinned its hopes on Michael Wood while Auck- land councillor Jami-Lee Ross is National's pick and Wayne Young is standing as an independent. Nominations are open until noon on Tuesday. On top of the world On top: Justin Koh, 14, from Botany has come top in the world for his Cambridge IGCSE mathematics exam and gained top marks in combined science. He attends ACG Strathallan College in Karaka. Photo: KRISTINA RAPLEY By KRISTINA RAPLEY JUSTIN KOH was literally on top of the world when he got his exam results. Maths and science exams are the stuff of nightmares for many students but that's not the case for the Botany 14-year-old. The ACG Strathallan student was top equal in the world for his Cambridge IGCSE mathematics exam and gained an A* grade for combined science -- the highest possible mark. The other student placed top in the world was from ACG Parnell College in central Auckland. The exams are usually for year 11 students but the former Point View Primary student sat them a year early. IGCSE mathematics is one of the largest Cambridge exams with about 35,000 students in 160 countries sitting it each year. Justin says the news hasn't really sunk in yet. I was quite shocked actually. When I sat the maths exam I finished it really early so I was worried that I had missed a whole page or something.'' Science teacher Amanda Shaw says Justin is an absolute pleasure'' to teach and a very well- rounded student. He plays the piano and flute as well as badminton and tennis. He's extremely hard working and his drive and determination to succeed is outstanding,'' Mrs Shaw says. I think he's naturally gifted but at the same time he doesn't shy away from hard work. I feel very lucky to have taught him.'' Justin is looking forward to finishing his time at college and wants to study medicine at univer- sity.
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