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Check out Browns Bay

Check out Browns Bay

Some of our very clever staff have recently created an interactive map of Browns Bay.  It shows you exactly what kinds of cafes, parks and other facilities are located within easy walking distance of our school.  Click on the map below and take a look around Browns Bay.
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New Get Ready for Work in NZ Elective programme

New Get Ready for Work in NZ Elective programme

At Unique New Zealand we have made some changes to the way that we help our students gain the English skills required to work in a New Zealand work place.  We have introduced our Get Ready for Work in New Zealand electives.  We have had a Work Skills elective for a long time but following on from this we have added a Customer Service elective followed by a Business English...
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Game on English Golf

Game on English Golf

Unique New Zealand has been fortunate enough to be the English language provider for the Education New Zealand Game on English - Golf programme.  On 5th January we welcomed 3 top Korean golfers to our school.  These students won a fantastic 4 week scholarship to New Zealand to work on their English plus their golf.  They are studying English in the mornings and then spending...
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Merry Christmas and Thanks for a great 2015

Everyone at Unique New Zealand would like to wish all of our current students, ex-students, agents, homestays and anyone involved with us a very Merry Christmas.  2015 has been a great year for us and we'd like to thank everyone that's helped make it such a successful year.  We are all looking forward to welcoming more students in 2016 and January 2016 promises to be a great...
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Unique students help with Browns Bay Cleanup project

Unique students help with Browns Bay Cleanup project

Earlier this month Jane and Eri and a group of students participated in a clean up of the Browns Bay area as part of the Kaipatiki Project. They joined other members of the local community to help tidy up our local area.  The students were provided with rubbish bags and gloves and they walked around the Browns Bay area collecting rubbish.  It was a fantastic project for our...
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Fundraising event for the Red Cross Nepal Earthquake fund

Fundraising event for the Red Cross Nepal Earthquake fund

Some of the Japanese adult students recently decided that they wanted to do something to help the victims of the Nepal Earthquake that occurred earlier this year.  They also wanted to celebrate the end of term, so decided to combine these two things by holding a special party at one of the local bars - Blue Bay.  The students organised the event and sold tickets and ran the event on...
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After school activities - Table Tennis Tournament

After school activities - Table Tennis Tournament

On Tuesday afternoon this week some of the teen and adult students participated in a super competitive table tennis tournament.  It was a great success with both players and spectators having a great time.  The table tennis table is always really popular at lunch times and after school and is a great way for different students to practise their English!
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Volunteer Tree Planting at Waiake

Volunteer Tree Planting at Waiake

On 20th June, a group of Unique New Zealand students and Jane, our Job Connect Coordinator, participated in a community volunteer event.  There was a community tree planting day held in Waiake where our students helped to plant trees in a local beachside reserve.  These events are held regularly and they are a great chance for our students to mix with the local community as well as...
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Welcome to all our new English Plus Activities students

Welcome to all our new English Plus Activities students

Our 2015 Winter English Plus Activities season has started already.  So far we have welcomed students from Tahiti, New Caledonia, Vietnam and Taiwan and we look forward to welcoming many more in the coming weeks.  Alistair has found some new venues and activities to try which we hope everyone will enjoy.  We are fully booked for most weeks in July yet again and we hope everyone...
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Students "Escape the Room"

Students "Escape the Room"

Last Friday night Alistair and Mariam took a group of students to try a new activity - Escape Masters.  Students are put in a room and have to solve games and puzzles to escape.  The students had a great time and it was so popular that Alistair is planning another trip soon.
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English Plus Activities March/April

English Plus Activities March/April

March and April bring us the Autumn English Plus Activities season at Unique. This means that this month we have students doing our English Plus Activities programme from Japan, Thailand, New Caledonia and Tahiti.  We have also welcomed several tour groups from Thailand over the last few weeks.  This year we are enjoying a very warm Autumn so the students are having a great time with...
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Unique NZ excited to be involved in Education New Zealand Game On English!

While on a recent visit to South Korea, Prime Minister John Key announced four scholarships for the Game On English programme for four young golfers to come to New Zealand and receive training from New Zealand's Institute of Golf and also study English here at Unique.  We will all be looking forward to welcoming these talented young students.
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Summer English Plus Activities

Summer English Plus Activities

The Summer English Plus Activities season is in full swing with students from Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Japan, Korea, Colombia and Taiwan all enjoying the summer sun.  We are enjoying some beautiful summer weather here in Auckland this month which is making all the Activities extra fun.  Check out some of the pictures below.
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Happy New Year to Everyone from Unique New Zealand

Happy New Year to Everyone from Unique New Zealand

We would like to wish all our students, ex-students, partners, staff and their families a very Happy New Year.  2014 has been a fantastic year in which we celebrated our 25th Anniversary.  We had a great time celebrating this with everyone.  We are looking forward to a busy January when we will welcome students from many countries including Chile, Paraguay, Brazil, Japan, New...
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Unique is expecting a bumper English Plus Activities season

During December/January/February we are looking forward to welcoming lots of students from all around the world again.  However, we've had such a great response that we are now fully booked from January 5th-January 25th 2015. We have a few spaces left during the short two weeks over Christmas and New Year but these spaces are only available for students not requiring a Unique New...
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Unique 25th Anniversary celebrations

Unique 25th Anniversary celebrations

On Saturday 8th November 2014, Unique New Zealand celebrated its 25th anniversary with a fantastic festival event. Everything happening in Campus 1 at 1 Clyde Road.  We enjoyed performances from students and ex-students who demonstrated parts of their own cultures.  We had a flute performance and a K-pop dance from Korea, a traditional Thai dance, music on an ancient style Chinese...
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Unique is now an IELTS Testing Centre

Unique is now an IELTS Testing Centre

Students can now sit their IELTS test at Unique New Zealand thanks to a partnership with Massey University.  Unique New Zealand is now hosting IELTS tests administered by Massey University.  There is one remaining date this year (December 4th) when we will hold the Academic exam only.  The dates and exams for 2015 are: 12th February 2015 - Academic only 30th April 2015 -...
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Weekend Activity - Volunteer Planting Day at Rothesay Bay

Weekend Activity - Volunteer Planting Day at Rothesay Bay

Jane, our Job Connect Coordinator, arranged and accompanied a group of our adult students to a volunteer planting day at Rothesay Bay reserve.  This planting day was organised by Auckland Council who needed volunteers to come and plant trees at a local park in Rothesay Bay.  Several of our students took the opportunity to do some great volunteer work in the community and also had a...
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Winter English Plus Activities season comes to an end

Winter English Plus Activities season comes to an end

Last week marked the end of our winter English Plus Activities season.  We had a great June, July and August this year with many students from many countries.  We were lucky enough to have students from Tahiti, Taiwan, China, Russia, Germany, Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia and so on.  We hope they all enjoyed their time at the School on the Beach and hope they come back and see us...
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Iftar for students and our homestay families

Iftar for students and our homestay families

July 2014 is the holy month of Ramadan for our muslim students.  This means that our muslim students are fasting between sunrise and sunset.  The breaking of the fast after sunset is called Iftar.  Every week our students have a special Iftar together but this week was an extra special Iftar when they had the opportunity to invite their friends from other countries and their...
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Kiwiana Cooking Fun

Kiwiana Cooking Fun

As part of our after school activities, Unique New Zealand regularly runs Kiwiana sessions for our students.  These give our students the chance to learn more about various parts of New Zealand, or Kiwi, culture.  This week was the Kiwi Kai session.  Kai means food in Maori and is always one of the more popular sessions.  This week students learned how to make the delicious...
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World Cup fever at Unique New Zealand

World Cup fever at Unique New Zealand

Students from all over the world have been enjoying the football World Cup.  Despite the time difference between New Zealand and Brazil many staff and students have been able to enjoy the games.  We have screened some of the games on one of our smartboards which allows the students to watch their national teams on a large screen. Hopefully this will continue as some of our student's...
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Unique New Zealand is fully booked for July

Unique New Zealand is fully booked for July

Here at Unique New Zealand we are looking forward to a fantastic tour season.  Our English Plus Activities season has got off to a great start with students arriving from Tahiti and Russia. However, we are now fully booked during July. We still have space from the week starting Monday August 4th but unfortunately we have no more room during July. Thanks to everyone who has enrolled...
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Super Fun Quiz night for Homestay Families

Super Fun Quiz night for Homestay Families

On Tuesday 27th May we held our regular Homestay Family meeting.  However, this time it was a bit different! Anne-Marie and Juliane organised a Super Fun Quiz night. Homestay families and staff were mixed and organised into teams to compete for prizes. The quiz questions covered a variety of topics including Homestay and questions about some of the cultures Unique New Zealand students come...
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Korean Party

Korean Party

Some of our current and ex-Korean students and their families got together for a party at their advisor's house last Saturday.  They all had a great time and enjoyed the delicious Korean food.  Thanks so much to Wendy for hosting a great party for everyone.  
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Farewell to all our English Plus Activities and April tour groups

Farewell to all our English Plus Activities and April tour groups

Over the last week or so Unique New Zealand has said goodbye to the last of our April Thai tour groups.  In our March/April tour season we welcomed English Plus Activities students from Japan, French Polynesia and Thailand.  They all had a fantastic time with some of their favourite activities being Rainbows End, Laser Force and Ice Skating.  During April we welcomed tour...
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Wine Tasting fun

Wine Tasting fun

Last week we had a wine tasting for 36 of our adult students on Campus 1.  It was a great evening with lots of students enjoying Clive's informative presentations about New Zealand wine and cheese.  The wine was delicious too!  For more photos check our facebook page
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Halloween Party

Halloween Party

We had our annual Halloween party last night. There were lots of fantastic costumes and fun photos. Check out our album on Facebook and let us know which costume you like the best 
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Kathe and Nick visit Taiwan agencies

Kathe and Nick visit Taiwan agencies

Kathe and Nick are visiting agencies in Taiwan. Here they are with ECC/Eduworld. It's been fantastic meeting and talking to different agencies across the country. They are also eating lots of great street food and visiting night markets. We look forward to hosting and teaching all the new students from Taiwan.
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Saudi Arabian National Day

Saudi Arabian National Day

Last Monday was Saudi Arabian National Day. We had a celebration of Saudi Arabia Culture at Unique. After a day of studying English the Saudi Arabian students provided food, a presentation and dancing at Campus 1. Click here to see a short video of the event: Saudi Arabia Video and there are more pictures on our Facebook page
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Hello Japan - Party in Tokyo

Hello Japan - Party in Tokyo

Our former staff member Tomoaki is arranging an ex-student party near Tokyo this week. We hope everyone who attends has a great time. We will send some DVDs and pictures with Clive who will attend as Unique's representative. Have a great time everybody. 
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Friday afternoon table tennis fun!

Friday afternoon table tennis fun!

Last Friday both teens and adults got together for a table tennis tournament.  Matthew ran the tournament and everyone had a great time watching their friends compete.  
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Celebrating Ramadan with our Muslim students

Celebrating Ramadan with our Muslim students

During July and August our Muslim students are fasting for the month of Ramadan.  The fast is traditionally broken at the end of each day with a celebratory meal referred to as Iftar.  Our Muslim students like to get together at least once a week to have Iftar together.  However, on Wednesday 17th July they invited their homestay families and Unique staff as well.  The feast...
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New IT Teacher starts at Unique New Zealand

New IT Teacher starts at Unique New Zealand

Over the last few years technology for use in the English language classroom has become increasingly available.  Unique New Zealand has embraced this and now has several class sets of iPads, wi-fi throughout both buildings and 3 Interactive whiteboards.  With the increase in technology in the classroom we have decided to employ an IT specialist teacher.   Many of you will...
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Staff and Students at All Blacks Vs France

Staff and Students at All Blacks Vs France

On Saturday 8th June a group of staff and students went to the All Blacks Vs France rugby test match at Eden Park.  This was a great opportunity for students to attend a great rugby occasion.  Some of the staff and students supported France but most supported the All Blacks and the All Blacks won - 23-16!
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New Zealand is one of the friendliest countries in the world

New Zealand is one of the friendliest countries in the world

Along with Iceland, New Zealand has been called the Friendliest Country in the World by the World Economic Forum in its Travel and Tourism Competitiveness report. This is a wonderful achievement for New Zealand and one more great reason for people to come and study at Unique New Zealand.
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IELTS Evening Classes starting in April

IELTS Evening Classes starting in April

Unique New Zealand will be starting new evening classes focussed on IELTS preparation on Tuesday 9th April at 4.30pm.  The course is 8 weeks long and runs from 4.30pm-6.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. These classes are great for people who cannot study during the day or want some extra IELTS preparation.  This time we will be running the class at Upper-Intermediate/Advanced...
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Want to know more about Browns Bay?

Want to know more about Browns Bay?

This is a great article highlighting some of the great restaurants and cafes that Browns Bay has.  All of the cafes mentioned in the article are around 5-7 minutes walk from Unique New Zealand.  Staff and students are very lucky to have some many delicious places to eat right on our doorstep. http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/north-shore-times/8174791/Beach-on-the-menu
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Omani students

Omani students

Unique New Zealand recently had the pleasure of having 5 students from the Oman Ministry of Education.  All five men worked really hard on improving their English skills while they were here and were interesting people to have in our school.  Below is a letter of appreciation from one of them, Mahmood Alaghbari.  We wish them all the best of luck on their return to Oman and hope...
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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Everyone at Unique New Zealand would like to wish all of our students, homestays, agents and educational partners a very Merry Christmas.  2012 has been a great year and we are looking forward to an even better one in 2013.   Enjoy a safe and happy Christmas from everyone at Unique New Zealand.
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