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A new Covid-19 test has been developed that gives results in minutes.

The new tests for Covid-19 will give on-the-spot results in 15 to 30 minutes with the test to be rolled out around the world.

To start with, 120 million tests from two companies will be supplied to low/middle income countries for $5 each or even less.

The testing kits were developed by the WHO, the European Commission, the Gates Foundation and the French government.

The tests displays two blue lines for a positive result and need to be carried out by a health worker. The test has received emergency approval from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Wealthy countries that have signed up to the Access to Covid tools initiative will also be able to order the tests.

At Matamata Intermediate we were focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals. These goals are the guidelines set by the United Nations to make our planet more sustainable. We decided to focus on goal 8, which is the goal to have decent work and economic growth. Our teachers showed us the SDGs and helped us to follow the inquiry process. We went to workshops that were topics about different SDGs such as No poverty, Zero hunger and Gender equality, we went to different classes for the workshops and the teachers there did different tasks so we could see what was happening around the world. This is what sparked our minds to start this inquiry. 

We are wanting to inform Kiwi Kids that modern slavery is still going on around the world and thousands of people are effected by it. With the help of our classmates (Indie & Carter), we created this ad in the hope to tell the world about the effects of slavery. 

Everybody should try and help raise awareness about this and come up with a plan, try not to buy products that were produced under free labour. But what if you dont know what slavery is, begin a learning pathway as to why slavery is bad and why we should eradicate it from the earth. As a whanau come up with solutions and see what you can think of.

We are the next generation that is why we should make our time count. We can solve modern slavery which can then get us on the road of world peace. If we get rid of it, it can help us abolish poverty. NZ has made a lot of great accomplishments over the years and now it’s our turn as a new generation to achieve a goal. Get out there kiwi kids make us proud!

A rat has been awarded a prestigious gold medal for his work detecting land mines.

The African giant pouched named Magawa has sniffed out 39 landmines and 28 unexploded munitions in his career.

There are thought to be up to six million landmines in the southeast Asian country.

The gold medal is inscribed with the words “For animal gallantry or devotion to duty”. There have been 30 animal recipients of this award. However, Magawa is the first rat.

The seven-year-old rat was trained by the Belgium-registered charity Apopo. this group has been raising rats – known as HeroRATs – to detect landmines since the 1990s.

Magawa was born and raised in Tanzania. He weighs 1.2kg and is 70cm long. While that is far larger than many other rat species, Magawa is still small enough and light enough that he does not trigger mines if he walks over them.

The rats are trained to detect a chemical compound within the explosives, meaning they ignore scrap metal and can search for mines more quickly.

Magawa is capable of searching a field the size of a tennis court in just 20 minutes – something Apopo says would take a person with a metal detector between one and four days.

A museum totally foccussed on happiness has opened in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Happiness Research Institute opened the museum in July 2020.

The mission statement of the museum is to:

“inform decision-makers of the causes and effects of human happiness, make subjective well-being part of the public policy debate, and improve [the] overall quality of life for citizens across the world.”

The museum has pieces from all over the world which inspire happiness.

It also looks at how what ‘happiness’ has changed throughout history and how people from different culture define happiness.

What makes you happy? We want you to tell us in the comments below!

The Great Red Spot on Jupiter has shrunk.

The area was once big enough to hold three Earths, however, the latest imagery from NASA shows it only has room for one.

The Great Red Spot is currently a rich red color, with its core and outermost band appearing deeper red. But it has been shrinking for the last 100 years.

In other news, an enormous new storm has appeared on Jupiter, wider than the gas giant’s infamous Great Red Spot.

The bright white plume appeared on August 18, astronomers say, and they’ve managed to get a crisp picture of it using the Hubble Space Telescope. 

The new storm, which appears in two distinct parts, is travelling around the planet at 560km/h.

The Auckland Harbour Bridge has been broken after strong winds tipped over a truck.

Last week, high winds caused the truck to tip and hit a key structure.

Only the outside lanes on both sides of the bridge are currently open to traffic after the incident which occurred on Friday.

Experts said that one of the centre struts was damaged and it could take more than a month to replace it.

The accident has led to huge delays for motorists. 

Ask any Kiwi where their favourite beach is, and they’ll all have a different answer. From north to south, our coastlines make up some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. But they are more than just pretty to look at, these coastlines are all unique and interesting in their own way.

New Zealand has 15,000 kilometres of coastline making it the 9th longest in the world. The coastline borders the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The northern and southernmost points of the coastline on the two main islands are Surville Cliffs and Slope Point respectively.

There are many interesting things to know about the coastlines around New Zealand and all the different types of beaches and sands they are made up of. In some beaches up north of New Zealand, the sand squeaks as you walk on it because it is so fine. Most of the sand that we think of is white sand, but in New Zealand we have many other colours. The well-known black sand beaches sweeping down the west coast of the North Island are the sites of New Zealand’s greatest known reserves of ironsand. There is even pink sand, located at Pink Beach – a remote destination on the east side of Shakespear Park, in Auckland. The park offers hours of hiking trails and has three popular beaches with beautiful pink sand. Wherever you are on the New Zealand coastline, you are never too far away from many unique and interesting types of coastlines – rugged looking beaches, unusually coloured sandy beaches, beaches with massive sand dunes to boogie board down and so much more.

You may have heard specifically of a few famous coastlines that make up the beaches of New Zealand. Ninety Mile Beach is on the western coast of the far north of the North Island of New Zealand. But truth be told, the beach is actually 88 kilometres long. Interestingly, this beach is officially a highway, but is really only suitable for 4WD vehicles and is safe to drive only at specific times of the tides. Or perhaps you’ve heard of the Moeraki Boulders, situated along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave-cut Otago coast of New Zealand. The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders scattered either as isolated or clusters of boulders within a stretch of beach where they have been protected in a scientific reserve. Moeraki boulders are a wonder of the world.

New Zealand’s coastlines are so beautiful and internationally renowned that many Hollywood movies are filmed there – such as Narnia: Prince Caspian, the Waterhorse, Mulan, Mission Impossible: Fallout, a Wrinkle in Time, Lord of the Rings, Falling in Love, The Piano and even Taylor Swift’s music video: Out of the Woods.

While it is beautiful to look at, there is no denying that the coast can be dangerous. Surf Life Saving New Zealand has revealed that the nation does have some particularly dangerous beaches, based on the number of rescues carried out in the past year. In particular, notorious West Auckland beaches Muriwai, Bethells and Piha, known for their dramatic black sand, rugged beauty and wild surf, had 82 rescues between them in the 2018/19 period. Thankfully, we have amazing surf-life savers across New Zealand who are always ready to help where needed, and keep an eye on things even when they are not.

What’s great to know, which is something all kiwis do, is that wherever you are in NZ you are never too far away from the beautiful coast and all the wonders it has to offer.

Critical Thinking Questions:

1. What is dangerous about the coast?

2. How can people tell that going swimming in the ocean will be dangerous that day? What signs are there to look out for?

3. Why do surf-life savers need to be on the lookout, even on a calm day?

Practical Thinking Questions:

1. What is your favourite thing about the coast?

2. What is your favourite beach in New Zealand, and why?

3. What is an interesting fact you can think of about the New Zealand coastlines in particular?

As of last Monday people living in the US haven’t been able to download TikTok.

This new rule follows an order from President Donald Trump.

He has ordered US app stores such as Apple and Google to remove TikTok and another app called WeChat.

However, TikTok users will still be able to continue to use the app if they have it installed already, but it will not be updated. Any existing users won’t be able to re-download it if they delete it.

TikTok has 100 million users in the US.

However, the app is owned by Chinese firm ByteDance and Donald Trump has described TikTok along with WeChat, which is also Chinese owned, as a ‘threat’.

Qantas, the airline of Australia, has announced a special ‘Trip to Nowhere’ flight.

The new flight that would see the plane take off from Sydney, fly for 7 hours, and then land back in Sydney.

The trip costs passengers $864NZD.

Qantas has announced that it is one of the fastest-selling flights they’ve ever put on.

Passengers have been promised great views of Australian icons like the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru, which are off limits to many people due to border closures.

There’s no need for baggage on the seven-hour flight with no stopovers, but passengers have been told they’ll also see Kata Tjuta, Byron Bay, Bondi Beach and Sydney Harbour.

Qantas says the plane will fly as low as 1300 metres at some parts of the flight to get passengers as close as possible to these landmarks.