School started again this week, but not all students will have their regular full-time teachers back.
A survey of Auckland's primary schools paints a grim picture of severe teacher shortages - and it is right across Auckland city, at every decile level.
Principals are pointing the finger at the high cost of housing and living, and teachers are being driven out of the city - in some cases into other jobs - and leaving behind desperate schools.
Story went to Elm Park School who need teachers right now and cannot afford to wait till next year.
Despite heavy advertising and many applications in the past, there has been no interest and no applicants.
Schools are looking for a silver bullet or at the very least, meaty solutions - because it is only getting progressively worse for those who can't staff their schools.
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