Up to 40% of decile one school students have poor vision

At Flaxmere Primary School in Hawke's Bay seeing is believing.

Optometrists visited the decile one school to see how many kids have hidden vision problems.

"That has a flow on effect to your school life, your home life, your social interaction, your sports," one of the optometrists told Seven Sharp.

However, the results from the students' tests were a worry.

"We've got 30 to 40 per cent of our kids who aren't seeing as well as they could be, and therefore not achieving as well as they could be," the school's principal Robyn Isaacson said.

While, one student said: "One time we were doing handwriting and I couldn't see the letters properly and I got in trouble."

The kids will have future vision testing for free.


The Essilor Vision Foundation is offering free screenings to children in low decile schools. Source: Seven Sharp



'An apology to NZ needs to come from the French president' - Kiwis pine for Rainbow Warrior

An apology from one of the French spies involved in the deadly sinking of the Rainbow Warrior has been accepted into the hearts of many New Zealanders, but others are still waiting for an apology from the French Government.

Colonel Jean Luc Kister, the man who led the dive team that sank the Greenpeace ship on July 10, 1985 in the port of Auckland, spoke exclusively to TVNZ's Sunday programme about the covert operation. 

The attack, which used two bombs and killed photographer Fernando Pereira, was designed to prevent the ship from protesting French nuclear testing at Mururoa atoll in French Polynesia.

However, for many ONE News readers Kister's apology for Mr Pereira's death came from the wrong voice.

"An apology to NZ needs to come from the French President," Graeme Walter Prestidge wrote on the ONE News Facebook page.

The French secret agent who admitted to planting the Rainbow Warrior bomb will not face extradition to New Zealand. Source: 1 NEWS

"He was a state funded terrorist. His personal apology means little without a personal apology from the French Govt to the people of New Zealand," Stephen Maire added.

Many, such as Dean Cook, considered the apology heartfelt.

"I thought he did well. It came from the heart and there are some folk in nz that should see it."

"It's an apology, and its never too late! And it wouldn't of been an easy thing to do...Good on you," Doreen Fa'avae said.

Racheal McGonigal articulately posted: "It was a personal apology from an individual directly involved. He did what he had to in the position he was in. He carried out an order from above. I don't think he agreed with it then or now. The French Government should have apologised but haven't. It is too late for the Government but I happily accept this man's apology."

But, many agreed with Michael May who said "it should be the French Government coming up with an apology to NZ".

"Sorry. Too little way too late. He's had 30 years to say sorry. Given the trail of evidence reached all the way to the top of French politics, shouldn't the President of France be doing the apologies?" Robert B Flennie said.

"This agent's apology seems to be very genuine. He was following instructions from [French President Francois Mitterrand] Miterand, who is now dead and gone; but the only apology that matters is the one we probably won't get; and that is one from the French Government for an act of war, on a country who gave up the lives of thousands of Kiwis for the freedom of France."

The Sunday programme has tracked down the French secret service agent who blew up the Rainbow Warrior, killing a crew member. Source: 1 NEWS


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'There're way worse things on the internet' - racy novel's ban puzzles teens

Some teenagers say they can't understand why a book aimed at them which features scenes of sex and drug-taking has been banned when they could access more explicit content on the internet if they wanted to.

Tim Wilson takes a look at kids’ freedom of expression versus social responsibility. Source: Seven Sharp

Auckland public libraries had asked the censor to lift restrictions on the award-winning Kiwi novel Into The River by Ted Dawe, provoking a Family First-sponsored review, and the interim banning of the book.

While the book's merits are now being debated by adults, some members of its target market - a group of teenagers at a senior secondary school in Auckland - told Seven Sharp what they think about the issue.

"There're way worse things on the internet, and you could find it in a second if that's the way you were inclined," a young man said.

A young woman took a similar stance, saying: "I'm not sure you can prevent teenagers from seeing this kind of stuff. So I'm not sure why would you prevent it from being in a book." 

"Especially if you're trying to encourage reading. I just find it funny if reading is meant to be the dying art form," another young woman added.

"It won an award. So you've got to think about what you're taking away from children when you're taking it off the shelves as well," another in the group said.

The young man thought the whole system of evaluating books could be the problem as Into The River is going through it's third assessment.

New Zealand is becoming a nanny state - Sam Hale in a Facebook post.

"It seems to have bounced around, right? If the third evaluation is coming out now, then I mean I almost feel that the problem isn't the book, but maybe we should work out how we're going to evaluate them before we put them on the shelves."

The teens' sentiments have been echoed by some followers of the ONE News Facebook page.

Sam Hale posted: "New Zealand is becoming a nanny state. They have google don't they?? I'm sure many aged 12- 16 had had a look at fifty shades of grey!"

And Carleen Campbell pointed out that Into The River is "available to download perfectly legally from Amazon. Only a matter of time before it hits torrent sites if it hasn't already. If someone really wants to read it they will find a way and now attention has been drawn to it I am guessing there will be many managing to get their hands on a copy".

But among those backing the ban, Michael Templar wrote: A well-deserved ban. Children shouldn't be reading this type of thing, which amounts to only a little less than porn."

And Liz Waterfall posted: As an English teacher, I wouldn't be comfortable with this book."