More than 11,000 students are unable to enter the country.
The travel ban will throw many students' plans into disarray.
They were later allowed to return to school.
More than 1500 schools have signed up to the programme, which pays schools in deciles 1 to 7 $150 per child if they don't ask for donations or for contributions to class trips.
The school says it was acting with the best intentions.
The annual report assesses how New Zealand is progressing socially.
The mother of a young disabled boy badly injured in an accident at a south Auckland kindergarten says there has been no justice for her son.
The pupils, who have recently returned from China, were told to stay home.
He asked the student if he wanted a smack in the face. The student said yes.
"The health of students and staff is a priority for all."
"The number of teachers is also up and so it's a lot easier market than it was the same time last year."
"We understand for some families, meeting back-to-school costs can be a struggle."
"If you pay attention to the local Chinese social media, you'll see the panic level is reaching to a new level."
The stress of new school uniforms is a reality for parents across the country.
The programme means that obesity can be addressed and kids can learn to sit together at a table, writes Duncan Garner.
The Government will be launching its $45 million school lunch programme over the coming weeks.
And it's better they experiment with vapes than booze or weed, researchers suggest.
The gender pay gap exists even amongst those who research things like pay gaps.
Almost half have come into conflict with friends and family over their excessive time online.
Since 2014, it has been an offence for in-default overseas-based borrowers to continue avoiding student loan repayments.