“Call us”, Yeah right

Every few weeks I try contacting IRD to deal with an estate. Every few weeks I give up. On their website “This can take 10 weeks.”… 

I have been trying for 6  months. Time for an OIA request on responsiveness metrics, at least they have legal obligations to respond to these. Can I request an OIA request to get an answer to my letters? No doubt delays will be blamed on the new computer system.


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Python in New Zealand


Interesting little publication that found its way to my desk at school. Not surprising given Python is now taught in many secondary schools, and from 2019 I started teaching it at Year 10. Most students prefer Python to Scratch even if using a text-based programming language can be a challenge. As a consequence of reading this publication, I have signed up to the NZ Python Users Group (NZPUG). NZPUG is an organisation that aims to support and promote the use of the Python programming language in the country. I am hoping this mission statement extends to supporting the education sector – there are plenty of teachers that need help especially ay Years 12 and 13 teaching programming using Python…

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My collection of Student ID cards

The stationery list for computer science students includes earphones. Out of 25 students, 9 did not bring them (36%). I allocate them providing I have a student ID card or Snapper card or even an EFTPOS card in one case. This is worse than BYOD attendance rate (23%).

Unfortunately, students cannot access the learning resources without earphones and in some cases their own devices. (I use a computer suite so no device is no issue.) This will become interesting when students cannot access digital assessments and exams, currently being implemented… I wait for the legitimate cries of “this is not free education”…

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Why do you want my DoB?

On several occasions when asked for details of my name, address, dob, etc… I have asked why? Employees reaction is typical “Because we have to collect this information”. I get the impression that staff think I am being rude, difficult or obnoxious.

And unless provided you cannot get the required service. I realize that staff are only doing as their jobs, so there is no point in engaging in any further discussion. But I do reserve the right to ask: Why? Take it or leave it is ultimately the decision.

Sometimes I use false information – if they don’t want to see an ID it hardly matters. In light of yet another data breach (aka Culture and Heritage), I am even more reluctant to give away my personal information.

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Student reports on line – like the census not very effective

As I struggled with yet another digital alarm clock, I reflected on the fact that using digital technologies can be a challenge, including accessing information locked behind a URL, usernames, passwords and in many cases a crappy user interface. Many parents I see at parent/teacher interviews have not read their daughters reports. Like many schools we have a parent portal to KAMAR that gives parents access to reports, we do not send them by NZ Post anymore… The end result is that they are not accessed and therefore not read in a timely way. Not sure what the answer is but I resent writing reports that are not read!

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13 reasons why – Year 9 students

Out of 26 Year 9 students (age 13)… 25 knew about the program. Ten had watched either S1 or S2. Six had discussed with parents. Actually not as bad as I thought. I wonder if any of them will be watching Season 3 at school? (Netflix is accessible at lunchtime)


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Victoria Uni logo… Enough said

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