Eastern Courier : January 11th 2013
North Auckland and Northland grid upgrade project www.transpower.co.nz TranspowerNZ 0800 655 463 EC 9112013 ( Expect traffic delays on Ti Rakau Drive From mid-January, Transpower will begin works along the east bound side of Ti Rakau Drive to install new underground electricity cables. Traffic will be restricted around our work sites and drivers are advised to expect delays, to consider using alternate routes and to plan ahead to reach their destination on time. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank drivers for their patience while traffic restrictions are in place. Friday, January 11, 2013 NETWORK Unbeatable coverage of readers 15+ 808,000 Auckland's most powerful media Ph 09 525 0666 Source: Nielsen CMI Q3 2011--Q2 2012 Get the kids reading By ROSE CAWLEY Education enthusiast: Wendy Pye, 69, has set herself a challenge for 2013. Photo: ROSE CAWLEY If you gave me the nation, I would make them a nation of readers. -- Wendy Pye NEW Zealand's newest dame has a dream. That is to see every new entrant child in New Zea- land reading by the end of their first year at school. And if anyone can make it reality it's Dame Wendy Pye. The 69-year-old was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2013 New Year honours for services to busi- ness and education. She's helped millions of children learn to read around the world but says it is time to look at New Zea- land. We have this company that is highly recognised internationally but why should I do it internationally whenIcandoitonmyown back doorstep? My challenge for 2013 in the New Zealand system is to make a difference here, to change these kids' lives.'' The Wendy Pye group of companies is one of the world's most successful edu- cational export companies. Her products comprise more than 1800 titles, including books, television shows and internet material with more than 218 million copies sold in more than 20 countries. Nothing is too big a chal- lenge for Dame Wendy. Wouldn't it be fabulous to begin a project now for March this year and make a commitment to every child in New Zealand that by the end of the year they will all be reading? With no excuses it is poss- ible, no second class, no minor problem down the road, just let's do it -- and we can do it, I believe we can.'' The Australian has lived in Whitford for 23 years and says for New Zealand edu- cation to become equitable the entire nation has to apply a different attitude towards learning. When we lost the world cup prior to the last one, what did we say? We said we are going to win the next world cup regardless, we are going to be the best, we are not going to be second'. Failure was not a word in the dictionary of the All Blacks, why can't failure not beawordinthecaseof reading?'' She hopes her title will enable better relations between business and education. What really needs to be said is what can private enterprise do and what can government do?' And what a powerful force simply working together would be.'' She is the only living woman to be inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame and says she has no time for fools or peo- ple who can't get things done''. If you gave me the nation, I would make them a nation of readers.'' Every politician should spend two days in a new entrant classroom before they criticise teachers, she says. They would then learn the challenges that teachers face every day. You have to remember that in many ways teachers are like social workers as well.'' There has been growing public interest around chil- dren going to school hungry with charities and busi- nesses stepping in to fill the gap. KidsCan charity feeds 4500 children a day at 220 schools across New Zealand. Dame Wendy says literacy is the first step to breaking the cycle of poverty and bridging the socio-economic gap. It is not good enough that we have children who have been at school for a year and are not reading fluently.'' She says every available resource should be used to aid education. Why are people afraid of me? The governments of the world aren't so why should the New Zealand Govern- ment be? Every other minis- ter in the world wants to meet me and yet New Zea- land's minister probably doesn't even know I exist.''
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