Kiwi students scoop top awards in Iowa

New Zealand students have returned home victorious after scooping top awards at a major conference in the US.

Teams from schools across the country travelled to Iowa to compete in the World Future Problem Solving Conference, and nine came home with prizes.

Girls from St Margaret's College in Christchurch walked away with first prize in the junior presentation section for their ideas around what might happen if a human settlement was started in space.

Julie Rogers, coach of the St Margaret's College team, says it was an "amazing experience meeting gifted students from all around the world. They have represented St Margaret's and NZ in just the most magnificent way".

The girls were given a scenario where they had to set up a human settlement on Uranus. They had to identify what challenges that posed and carry out a dramatisation on how to fix them.

They were judged on their critical and creative thinking, as well as leadership skills.

Four of the nine NZ schools took home top the top prize in their respective divisions.

Auckland's Mission Heights Junior College excelled in Iowa taking out two awards. South Auckland's McAulay High School nabbed first in the senior education section.

Two thousand students from 54 schools worldwide competed in the conference.

New Zealand students have taken home prizes at the World Future Problem Solving Conference. Source: 1 NEWS


Centenarian celebrates birthday with Labour leader

One of the longest serving Labour Party members turned 100 today.

Stella Armstrong has been a dedicated Labour Party stalwart for 80 years and today her loyalty was recognised with a birthday bash at the boss's place.

Stella joined the Labour Party at the age of 20 not long after the party began.

"She's been part of the Labour Party for 80 years. Isn't that amazing?" says David Cunliffe.

"I don't know how much longer you know I'll be here, but while I am I'm still staying in the Labour Party," she told a crowd in her speech.

She's been a staunch member of the New Lynn electorate team in Auckland, for many years. Last winter she was promised a birthday party at Mr Cunliffe's place. And she is backing the boss in the forthcoming election.

"I want David to get in too right, I do. He's a good man, he's there for the workers," she says.

Stella was one of 1,000 who went without hot water for days after last weeks storm. Now she is feeling the warmth of a friend who's in plenty of hot water himself.

"It seems to be such a mess now doesn't it - parliament you know. It's a shocker what goes on, it's just rubbish sometimes," she says.

In this era of fickle loyalties a 100-year-old steadfast comrade is something special.

Stella Armstrong Source: 1 NEWS



Scammers warning for Telecom customers

Fraudsters claiming to be from Telecom are ringing customers in a scam that includes asking for personal banking information.

Telecom is warning its customers to hang up immediately if they receive one of the calls.

The fraudsters are reportedly telling customers their Telecom services are about to be cut off because of security issues and then asking them to go online to a fake Telecom webpage.

Customers are also being asked to give remote access to their computer and provide personal banking information.

Telecom says the calls are not from the company.

It advises anyone who has passed on information to contact their bank immediately.

Telecom building sign. Source: 1 NEWS