Snow and flooding overnight has closed 7 schools and 2 early learning services in Otago and Southland, effecting 773 students and pre-schoolers.

The Ministry of Education is pleased to announce the development of a new purpose-built wharekura for tamariki in Years 1-13 in Te Awamutu.

Acting Secretary of Education Katrina Casey apologises to parents for Ministry's handling of the complaint about the use of seclusion at Miramar Central School