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The Prime Minister and Air New Zealand have apologised for failures that led to the plane crash.

In a special ceremony for families on the 40th anniversary of the flight, Jacinda Ardern issued a “wholehearted and wide-reaching” apology.

Neither the government nor Air New Zealand had made a full apology before.

The apology mark 40 years since the crash of Air New Zealand Flight TE901 on Mt Erebus in Antarctica in 1979, with the loss of 257 lives.

At the time of the crash, the airline was state-owned, today the government owns 54 percent.

It remains New Zealand’s worst airplane disaster. The plane was on a sightseeing trip to Antarctica.

The disaster was a shock for New Zealand. It affected almost everyone in the country and led to years of investigations.

Another round of Champions League football has arrived the past few days, but since there were more than 16 games, I will tell you about the best three. In third place, I think the 2-2 draw between Real Madrid and PSG was a great game, with PSG scoring two late goals to level and denying Real the win.

In second place, I liked the 4-2 win for Tottenham over Olympiacos, being Jose Mourinho’s second game in charge and a great win for Tottenham to secure a spot in the knockout stages.

And the best game of all, I loved Bayern’s 6-0 thrashing of Crvena Zvezda, Robert Lewandowski setting a record with his 4 goals in 14 minutes to help Bayern top their group. Did you watch any of these matches? If you did, what did you think about them?

Burglars have broken into one of Europe’s largest treasure collections in Germany and stolen three diamond jewellery sets.

The historic sets consist of 37 parts each, and there are fears the thieves may try to break them up.

A German newspaper has reported that the thieves had grabbed jewels worth €1bn ($NZ1.7 billion) from the Dresden Green Vault.

However, the items are priceless and cannot be sold on the art market legally, as they are too well known.

There is speculation a fire disabled the museum’s alarm system, and also put out some of the street lights.

People who tag or deface the Moeraki boulders may face imprisonment or a $100,000 fine.

This is the message coming from the Waitaki District Council and the local DOC after people have been tagging the boulders.

The Moeraki boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the  Otago coast of New Zealand. They have been protected in a scientific reserve. 

Over the six months, there has been an upsurge in people carving names and words into boulders and leaving behind their rubbish.

The boulders are on Department of Conservation (DOC) land and they are going to erect better signage.

The numbers of tourists visiting the site is expected to increase over the next few years with the boulders becoming a part of the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark.

DOC’s asking locals to take photos if they see boulders being vandalised, and report them.

Harry Kane has set a new Champions League record, becoming the quickest player ever to score 20 goals.

Kane scored twice in Tottenham’s 4-2 win against Olympiacos. It was the first win for new coach Jose Mourinho’s in the Champions League.

Kane’s latest two goals mean Kane hit the mark in his 24th game.

Kane’s first goal in the Champions League came in his fourth game, converting a penalty in a 2-1 away loss to Monaco in November 2016.

In the 2019-20 season, Kane has six goals in five appearances so far.

Empathy is the ability to understand how another is feeling and even share in that feeling.

Why is it important to have empathy?

Empathy is the key to making and keeping connections with people. It’s about linking two or more minds by recognising and respecting others’ feelings and attitudes. It’s likely to increase helping behaviours like sharing, comforting or showing concern. It can stop us from embarrassing ourselves – or others. Think how a three-legged race goes much better when you and your partner can sense and communicate how to move and which way to turn.

What does it look, sound or feel like when someone has empathy?

Someone showing empathy might be said to “put themselves in another person’s shoes”, “be in tune with them”, or “get inside their skin”. Empathy can take many forms. Sometimes we just feel it; sometimes we act on it. Here are some examples[H1] :

A toddler tries to comfort someone who is crying by offering them a favourite toy.

A pre-schooler sees a picture of her mother laughing or smiling and says “Mum is happy”.

We squish over to make room on a bench so someone doesn’t feel left out.

We feel happy when our friend wins a prize.

We understand how upset someone who is being bullied  might feel, so we don’t join in.

We don’t say loudly “Look – that lady is SO FAT” if we see a very large person on the street.

We know why our little sister is both nervous and excited about starting school.

We don’t make a loud noise when we know someone is tired or upset.

We understand why someone did something bad … or had to do it in a certain way.

A counsellor senses when a client’s ready to talk about a hard topic, and when they’re not.

We understand the feelings of a person in a song, book or film – even if we don’t like them.

Someone says “I know how you feel … I understand your frustration…” and really means it.

We smile or wave at someone … even if we don’t know them.

It’s easier –but not essential – to empathise if you’ve had a similar experience. Reading, different social contacts, or just taking time to think and talk about others helps us develop empathy. Empathetic people are often great negotiators, advisers, and listeners who show tact, compassion, kindness, consideration and good manners.

Can you think of some other examples of showing or feeling empathy?
In which jobs or situations might having empathy be particularly important


California Department of Education, 26 September 2016. “Foundation: Empathy”. Retrieved from: https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/itf09socemofdemp.asp 8 November 2017.

The Brain from Top to Bottom, Mc Gill University, nd. “Sharing Other People’s Pain”. Retrieved from: http://thebrain.mcgill.ca/flash/d/d_03/d_03_s/d_03_s_dou/d_03_s_dou.html  8 November 2017.

Is there a difference between empathy and sympathy?

They’re pretty similar and not all dictionaries or psychologists agree on how to define them. Sympathy most commonly means showing sadness or pity for someone because we know something bad has happened to them (like feeling sorry for flood victims) and/or wanting  to help them. It’s the tiny difference between being ‘with’ them in their feelings (pathos) as opposed to ‘in’ them.. In everday speech the difference is small and often lost. What’s important is that they’re both great emotions for us to use with people.

Can you think of some jobs or situations where empathy might be particularly important?

Frozen 2 has smashed Box Office records after being released on the 22nd November.

So far it’s raked in over $500m NZD in its opening weekend.

That’s way more than the first film did when it came out back in 2013!

The first Frozen is thought to have made $150m NZD its first five days.

If you haven’t already seen it, take a look at the trailer.

The Auckland Tuatara have started the 2019 season.

Last Thursday the Tuatara hosted their first game at QBE Stadium on the North Shore.

The game was a somber event with the club remembering player Ryan Costello who died only a few days before the start of the season.

The Tuatara players with the letters ‘RC’ emblazoned in bold white letters on the right side of their chests.

Perth were the victors on the night, claimed a 6-1 win in the first game of the season. The Tuatara hitters struggling to find the fence.