A North Shore principal has left "disappointment and initially anger" in his wake by moving on to a bigger school after just 18 months.
A countryside school where children play in the mud and climb trees is under threat of having its teaching resources halved.
Education Minister Nikki Kaye has confirmed that the voluntary bonding scheme will be extended to new teachers working in all Auckland schools.
The NZEI says the Government has been seemingly shy about promoting an existing bonding scheme, which could be an effective tool in easing shortages, particularly in Auckland.
John Laing's teaching career spanned almost 40 years, a lot of that spent as a rural primary teaching principal. Last year, after weathering so many changes in the education landscape, he decided he couldn't see a way to stay in the profession until retirement and maintain what work/life balance he'd managed to hold onto. In this article John reflects on some of the reasons that stacked up behind his decision to leave education.
"The most supportive family at Otumoetai College is the Braddocks," says the school principal.
The damage done to Auckland by house price inflation is starkly apparent when young couples start looking for work elsewhere once they contemplate having children.