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Last updated 05:00 30/01/2014
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LEARN TAEKWONDO: Olympian Robin Cheong, in red, is teaching the sport to Waitoki School children.

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Taekwondo athlete Robin Cheong has represented New Zealand twice at the Olympic Games.

Now she is teaching taekwondo at Waitoki School.

She is teaching children as young as six in the hope of bringing through the country's next generation of international competitors.

A New Zealander is yet to win a medal at the Olympics in taekwondo, so the chance to make history is there for the taking.

A team from Waitoki School will be competing at the upcoming New Zealand Open in early May, many of whom have only just started learning the sport.

Robin's lessons are open to the public, including adults, as well as Waitoki School pupils on Mondays and Fridays.

Contact Robin on 0211 242 340 for information.

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Thousands of students risk not getting their student loan or allowance by their study start date because they didn't apply for it by the December 16 deadline.

As of mid-January, 60,000 students had yet to apply.

Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows says that with such large volumes to process it can take eight weeks or more to finalise an application, particularly for complex applications requiring additional information such as parents' income.

Students can find out more about the application process from studylink.govt.nz and can also track the progress of their application online using their MyStudyLink account.

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Schools opened for the year from January 27, although some are not back until February 7.

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