Watch: 'They came out crying' – students left in tears after unexpectedly tough NCEA maths exam

Some students have been reduced to tears after sitting an NCEA mathematics exam which they say was impossibly hard, including material they hadn't been told to revise for.

The Level 1 Mathematics examination was sat by students around the country yesterday. 1 NEWS talked to students today who opened up about how they felt about the examination.

"I was just shocked, it's not really what I revised, I didn't expect it," Jessica Green from Kristin High School said of her geometry exam.

She said it wasn't just her who found the exam stressful, with others in her year reduced to tears.

"The ones who attempted it, they were in the same boat, they came out crying and they couldn't believe it after spending so long studying for it.

"It was just such a waste of time," Jessica said.

Two female students from Albany Senior High agreed with Jessica, with one stating the teachers were also disbelieving of how hard the exam was and found the test confusing.

However in a statement released today NZQA have backed the examination, saying it "met the specifications available to schools in advance of the school year."

"The Level 1 Mathematics examination was set by a team of experienced mathematics teachers, for the right curriculum level and is consistent with the specifications for the standard," deputy chief executive for assessment Kristine Kilkelly said.

The statement goes on to say the examination was featured in workshops for maths teachers earlier in the year.

Many students said the questions were not what they had revised for and that teachers agreed test was too hard. Source: 1 NEWS

'We can do better' - New plan for Christchurch sports facility after $75m budget blowout

The Government has announced a new plan for a long-delayed Christchurch sports facility, after it was revealed the current approach will see the project exceed its budget by $75 million.

The Metro Sports Facility anchor project was put in place by the previous National Government and the plan was for a design and build contract, with an early contractor identified.

The cost of the Metro Sports Facility has blown out, and could now be built in a new location. Source: 1 NEWS

The Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Megan Woods, says the budget blowout was partially due to a new increased price by the preferred supplier and an increased risk allocation to cover the project.

The facility was on course to open in the final quarter of 2020, a delay which Ms Woods is also not happy about.

"As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing.

"That is an undue burden on taxpayers and ratepayers for a project that is already significantly delayed – in fact the facility was due to be opened by now, yet construction has not even begun. We can do better," Ms Woods says in a statement today.

She says the design work will be completed by Otakaro in readiness for a new build-only contract which will see the facility open for business in the first quarter of 2021.

"The people of Canterbury were promised a high quality sporting facility. It's clear that the plan agreed under the previous government was not going to be able to deliver that without unacceptable extra costs.

"Today's announcement is about setting out a clear roadmap to deliver a fit for purpose facility that Cantabrians deserve," Ms Woods said.

The Metro Sports Facility anchor project was put in place by the previous Government and has seen delays push back its opening. Source: 1 NEWS


Man dies at Taupo thermal pool

A man has died following an incident at a thermal pool at Spa Park in Taupo, police say. 

Police were called to the scene at 12.30pm.

The man has been identified and police are working with Interpol to contact next of kin, a spokesperson told 1 NEWS. 

The matter will be referred to the Coroner.

Arrangements are underway to have local iwi bless the site, the spokesperson said.  

Police are working with Interpol to contact the man's next of kin. Source: 1 NEWS