School principals are leaving the profession in droves, with parents' expectations and a lack of support blamed.
Moves are afoot to strengthen Manawatu's international education scene.
Security alarms, self-defence classes and security checks are some some of the ideas put to tertiary students to help keep them safe.
Almost 4400 fewer students are enrolled in NZ universities this year after the entrance bar was raised.
Kitting out kids in school uniforms this year may set Manawatu families back hundreds of dollars.