Kaboom – this is what the judge is looking for!

By Jane Blaikie 18 February, 2016

Kaboom – this is what the judge is looking for! Artist and author Bob Kerr says what he’s looking for in the children’s art competition Creativity sits at the heart…

Read More

The play's the thing

By Anna Chin 29 April, 2014

Michele A’Court’s childhood repertoire included scenes from Shakespeare, Chekhov and a role as a little footman. The stand-up comedian and actress is more likely to be performing her own work…

Read More

Nothing Trivial about primary school

By Amanda Hanan 2 January, 2014

Actor Nicole Whippy is convinced her primary schooling is the reason for her success today. She talks to Amanda Hanan. Primary school was “extremely positive” for Nicole Whippy, one of…

Read More

Joy Cowley pays tribute to Kiwi teachers

By Jane Blaikie 7 January, 2013

Speaking to thousands of bibliophiles at the world’s biggest book fair, Joy Cowley praised the work of New Zealand teachers who “do not sacrifice creativity on the altar of conformity”.…

Read More

What Standards?

By Jane Blaikie 23 October, 2010

About twelve years ago, I was at Grand Rapids University, Michigan, talking to a professor of early education who wanted to visit New Zealand. He said he needed to know…

Read More


By Kirstin Marcon 19 July, 2010

Boy is the top-grossing New Zealand film of all time, the lightning in a bottle that is both a unique cinematic vision and a commercially successful movie. In June it…

Read More

Look out for the kids who are different

By Jane Blaikie 19 July, 2010

I was a shy little thing at school – a fact of which I am yet to be successful in convincing anyone these days – but it’s true. I was…

Read More

"I would have been declared a bit of a loser" Margaret Mahy

By Jane Blaikie 14 April, 2010

“I think you have to be very careful – partly because of my own experience as a child. When I was in primary school I was sometimes in very low…

Read More

Opinion: education, investment, productivity

By EA Staff 7 April, 2010

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a young boy who stumbled into the study of economics. He found his venture into the field far…

Read More