[7 December/ Radio NZ]

Taihape Area School Principal, Richard McMillan said he would not be able to relax over summer because he has been unable to fill key positions for high school teachers at his school. Mr McMillan explained that positions for an English teacher, maths teacher, and a science teacher were advertised months ago, but he has had to re-advertise them. Piopio College would be starting the new school year two teachers down if no one could be found in time. Piopio College Principal, Johan van Deventer said potential applicants were put off by the isolation. Mr Deventer explained that you really had to be an outdoors person and an adventurous person to live in rural spots.