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Education concerns prompt marches
The public is being asked to back
frustrated teachers during a street
march this weekend.
Concerns over the future of the
public education system has led
educators to prepare for marches
nationwide tomorrow with the
Auckland procession set to stop
traffic on busy Queen St.
New Zealand Education Institute
Auckland branch president Amavi
Mey says the decision arose from
paid union meetings last month
that attracted about 5000 teachers
to three gatherings in the region.
Ms Mey says while the Novopay
debacle has been in the spotlight
other issues, of deep concern to tea-
chers, are slipping by unnoticed.
Novopay is a huge distraction. I
think people, especially the media,
have focused on Novopay. It is a
headache but it is not the only issue
that is affecting education and it is
certainly not the main concern that
Ms Mey says the quality of public
education is in danger of being
eroded by charter schools, National
Standards and the Global Edu-
cation Reform Movement.
She says the marches are inten-
ded to capture the attention of the
Ministry of Education.
We want to send a message to
the Government that we are stand-
ing up for kids and protecting our
schools. We are not happy with the
reforms and we are here, we are
visible and we are making noise,
Also worrying educators is the
stalling of contract negotiations and
the proposition of performance-
based pay, which is what pushed
them into meetings.
Tomorrow s march will begin in
Queen Elizabeth Square at Britom-
art and proceed up the Queen St to
rally at Aotea Square.
Ms Mey is encouraging the public
to join in and express their concerns
about the future of education.
It s not just educators who have
these concerns, parents are worried
about things like how National
Standards and charter schools are
affecting their children.
With National Standards it s
leading to a narrowing of the cur-
The Stand Up For Kids -- Protect
Our Schools march starts at 11am.
Go to standupforkids.org.nz.
Fairfax NZ News
Young beauty leads musical theatre cast a merry dance
By JESS ETHERIDGE
Young talent: Casey Radley is juggling
her choreography work for the North
Shore Musical Theatre while preparing
to compete in Miss World NZ.
Photo: ANDREW BIGNALL
Go to northharbournews.co.nz and
click Latest Edition to view
highlights from the North Shore
Musical Theatre's 2010 production
of A Chorus Line.
Lively bunch: The cast of North Shore Musical Theatre group rehearses The
Musical of Musicals which is being choreographed by Torbay's Casey Radley.
Casey Radley has a hectic sched-
Besides choreographing North
Shore Musical Theatre s new show
and studying at the University of
Auckland, the 20-year-old from
Torbay is preparing for Miss World
New Zealand on April 27.
Casey will compete against 12
other young women for the title,
held in West Auckland.
But she says she wouldn t have
her life any other way because
keeping busy motivates her.
In 2009, Casey won Miss Teen
NZ and travelled to the United
States to compete against inter-
national Miss Teen winners.
She returned with the Miss Con-
geniality sash and she says the
Sandra Bullock jokes were never-
After competing in Miss NZ
Queen of the World, she took a
break but rejoined the pageant
world six months ago.
For the talent section, Casey will
perform a contemporary dance
piece, a style which she says is her
I feel like it s a huge part of who
Atamira Dance Company s Jack
Gray will help her fine-tune the
piece. Casey has also choreo-
graphed North Shore Musical
Theatre s 50th anniversary pro-
duction The Musical of Musicals --
a mash-up of some of the world s
The cast, from ages 17 to late
30s, worked with Casey over three
weeks, experimenting with jazz,
musical theatre and contemporary
Phantom of the Opera and Okla-
homa! are two of the shows fea-
tured, making it a great introduc-
tion for those who have never seen
a musical, Casey says.
The story follows June, who is
struggling to pay rent while her
evil landlord looms over her.
North Shore Musical Theatre is
hosting an exclusive performance
of the show on April 24 to raise
money for Deaf Aotearoa.
The show runs from April 25 to
May 4 at 5 Recreation Dr, Birken-
head. Tickets are available from
A family friendly $5 charity car
wash will be held April 21 at ASB
Showgrounds. All funds go to Deaf
Go to facebook.com/MissNZBP to
vote for Casey.
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