A band featuring two ACG Tauranga music teachers has won the Tui for best Worship Artist for 2017 at the recent NZ Vodafone Music Awards.

‘Curate Music’ features ACG Tauranga music teacher Kelly Hayward (songwriter and keys) and itinerant vocal and guitar teacher Antony Jeffares (songwriter, vocalist and instrumentalist), alongside eight other band members.

This week’s award is the second Tui for the band which formed in 2009, and marks the success of their third album ‘These Eyes’.


Changing tables have been installed at a Kerikeri public toilet thanks to two Springbank School students.

Max Stovell, 13, and Naaman Boxer, 14, were proud to see change tables installed in both the women's and men's Far North District Council toilets on Cobham Rd in November.

The work to get the facilities started in February as part of their Year 9 Enterprise class where the students were tasked with working on a project to benefit the community.

Max was inspired after seeing his mother Emma unable to change his two-year-old sister Lake at the public toilets.


Tech whizzes at Queen Margaret College have made the semi-finals of the EPro8 Challenge being held on Tuesday 21 November.

The EPro8 Challenge is a competition; an engineering and problem solving race. Teams between Year 5 and 10 can enter and compete against others in the same Year Group.

This year Queen Margaret College hosted the initial competition between primary and intermediate schools in the Wellington region. 


Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Year 10 Digital Technology students Leila Barber, Linda Zhang and Kellen Zeng have won the 2017 TechHub CREST Challenge (Wellington region). The challenge was for students to come up with a brief to address a need within their school and then research, design and develop a prototype digital application in response to the brief. The girls developed an App that students can use to follow their House points, find out about school events where they could show support and add to their House points by attending.


ACG Strathallan rower Scarlet Billingham has been named Rising Female Star of the Year at the Counties Manukau Sport and Papakura Local Board Sports Awards.

Scarlet was selected by a panel of judges that included former All Black and local gym owner Keven Mealamu.

“I was shocked when they called my name,” she said. “I couldn’t believe what I had just achieved, that I had just hit the next level in my rowing achievements. I hope for many more memories like that to come. ”