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Lecturer incredibly excited to be heading new Hawke's Bay programme


Michelle Horwood could hardly believe her luck when she saw the programme coordinator position advertised for Te Ara Pourewa Graduate Diploma in Heritage and Museum Studies.

The position seemed perfect for her museum and heritage experience, and even before she officially started, she has been part of the process of creating the new programme.

“It directly applies to my professional skills.”

Horwood is in the last stages of her PhD in Museum and Heritage Studies at Victoria University, and has 25 years’ experience in the industry, principally at Whanganui Regional Museum.

While there, Horwood worked with communities to develop innovative ways to care for, access and interpret the region’s heritage collections, and the museum was leading New Zealand museums’ practice in initiating governance changes to embody biculturalism and embed the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi into its constitution.

But now she has switched her allegiance to the East Coast,.

“The conceptual framework is the point of difference here,” she says. “Other similar courses are not in the wāanga learning style, which is just so appropriate for this programme and location.”

She knows the first six months of her tenure will be “quite intense development and then bedding in the programme”.

“I am incredibly excited to be part of this,” says Horwood. “This has my complete attention.”

Advice pours in for Napier student Anela Pritchard.


Napier student Anela Pritchard has been stood down by her school for a speech criticising her school. She has received both support and criticism in the media and on Facebook.

Here’s a response from John Cowan, creative producer of The Parenting Place:

“If you say anything with anger – even if you are saying the right things – people do not hear your words, they just feel your heat and react against it. Most teachers, students and parents would readily concede that much of Anela’s frustration is justified but the whole message is distorted because of her abusive tone. Speaking that way may get cheering from the sidelines, but it seldom evokes anything positive from the target of the communication.

Anela’s teacher and her school would have been insulted, not by Anela’s disaffection with school, but by her personalised attack on teachers. The thing is: she is an adolescent and this is what teenagers do. They feel strongly and they react strongly. When adolescent passion translates straight in to passionate action, the results are often not as good as they intended. Adults who deal with teenagers – parents and teachers – have a responsibility to help kids take those strong feelings and handle them in positive, productive ways. With a bit of coaching, Anela would be an even more eloquent advocate of education, able to deliver messages where people take notice and not just offence. Back up, Anela, and have another go at it. Step up, Mr Pritchard and Napier Girls, and equip her top class mind with the skills to create more than just a train wreck.”


Become a daring diver and party with the penguins at the Aquarium in Hawke's Bay


The school holidays are on their way so why not check out the exciting programmes National Aquarium of New Zealand has these school holidays

Week One: Daring Divers!
July 7, 8 and 9

Learn diver’s sign language, play deep sea themed games, explore real scuba gear and find out what divers encounter under the sea! (No actual diving or swimming involved)

6 -12 years old
$29.00 per child

Week Two: Penguin Party!
July 14, 15 and 16

Meet Dora, our littlest Little Penguin! See her up close and hear the story of her rescue. Play games and learn about penguins of the world.

6 - 12 years old
$29.00 per child

Click here to book 

Hawke's Bay student studies for his Diploma on the way to silver fern glory.


When you’re a top-ranked sportsman with Olympic aspirations, it’s a huge help to have the backing of your tertiary study provider.

Tayler Reid, who has a hat-trick of New Zealand under 19 triathlon titles to his name, is studying the New Zealand Diploma in Business at EIT Tairāwhiti.

It’s a big juggle for the 18-year-old, whose training schedule is enough to keep most people in full-time work –he trains, sometimes starting at 5am, at least twice a day, seven days a week. That includes spending at least seven hours on a bike, swimming around 30 kilometres and running up to 70 kilometres.

“I had both the national champs and a test the same week, and they gave me an extension so I could focus on my race and then my test –that was a really big help,” says Reid, who is on a Prime Minister’s Scholarship at EIT.

He is studying part-time and figures the diploma will probably take four years to complete.

“Everyone tells me you can’t do sport forever,” says the teen who is on the New Zealand talent squad for tri, which feeds into the high performance programme. “If I get a career-ending injury tomorrow, I need to do something else.” And while he’s not quite sure what that “something else” will be, he figures the Diploma in Business offers a good foundation that could be put to use across a lot of fields.

“I thought this would give me options,” says Reid, who, while not heading offshore as much this year, will still travel to Japan for two races, the Gold Coast for training, to Canada to race and then to the World Champs in Chicago.

At the World Champs, he will line up for the third time to race the 750m swim, 20km bike and 5k run. “I was a bit disappointed with my last go at worlds, so hopefully, this will produce a really good result,” says Reid. “The sport is getting so much faster, it’s tough because some of the competitors are actually the fastest runners in their respective countries.”

But that doesn’t deter him at all from revolving his life around his training . . . and that means including study, thanks to plenty of help from his EIT Tairāwhiti lecturers.

New Wairoa school chosen as a 2015 World Architecture Festival finalist


The architectural design for the new facilities at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Ngati Kahungunu o Te Wairoa has been chosen as a finalist in the 2015 World Architecture Festival to be held in Singapore later this year.

 The festival received more than 700 entries from architects and designers across the world with projects from 47 countries making this year’s shortlist.

There is some tough competition in their Schools-Completed category so good luck and congratulations for being chosen as a finalist.

To view their entry CLICK HERE

Fascinating Hawke's Bay lecture focuses on the role of women who served overseas.


The role of Hawke’s Bay and East Coast women who served overseas in World War One is the focus of a fascinating public lecture at MTG Century Theatre on Sunday 5 July.

Professor Kay Morris Matthews will speak about her on-going research for regional museum exhibitions, such as MTG Hawke’s Bay’s current exhibition From the Uttermost Ends of the Earth:Hawke’s Bay at War 1914-18.

Her focus will be on the 64 Hawke’s Bay and East Coast women who served overseas in Egypt, France, Greece and England in WWI, and their lives before and after the war. Several later received New Zealand’s highest military awards.

Questions that will be addressed include; did any of the women from our region identify as Māori, did any of them die overseas, and were any of them told not to go but went ahead and did so anyway?

If you’d like to know the answers to these questions, you’ll have to come along.

What: What did you do in the war Gran: by Kay Morris Matthews

Where: MTG Century Theatre, Napier

When: 2pm Sunday 5 July

Entry: By gold coin donation

Biographical Profile

Professor Kay Morris Matthews was raised in Hawke’s Bay and during her career held academic positions at the University of Waikato, The University of Auckland and at Victoria University of Wellington, where she was Professor of Education. Kay returned to Hawke’s Bay in 2007. Widely published in the areas of women and higher education and Māori girls’ education, Kay’s recent and current projects focus on regional subjects, including Hawke’s Bay and East Coast women who served overseas in World War One. Her books include: In Their Own Right: Women and Higher Education in New Zealand before 1945 (2008); Who Cared? Childhoods within Hawke’s BayChildren’s Homes and Orphanages 1892-1988 (2013) and the forthcoming First to See the Light: EIT and 40 years of higher education on the East Coast (2015). Kay is Research Professor, Education and Social Sciences, at the Eastern Institute of Technology.

EIT Hawke's Bay appoints new head of Business school.


Having worked in the past at EIT, Rebekah Dinwoodie feels on familiar territory as she settles into her new position as head of the School of Business.

Rebekah worked in various roles at EIT over a period of ten years. Originally employed in 2002 as a programme coordinator for equine studies, she was seconded to the academic quality team and later was appointed programme leader in the School of Applied Science.

Leaving to take up the position of Hawke’s Bay manager for an agricultural training centre, she was soon made responsible for all the educator’s regional sites, from Northland to Southland.

She maintained her links with EIT, however, being based on EIT’s Hawke’s Bay campus and also continuing to chair EIT’s animal ethics committee.

Formerly a secondary school teacher, Rebekah lives with her partner and their two daughters on a 4ha block at Bridge Pa. Her interests include running, walking, horses and dogs.

At 36, she agrees she is young to be heading the business school but feels she has always had bold aspirations. She will complete her Master in Management degree this year, and says it is an interesting time to be heading a school of business.

"EIT’s business programmes will be very much affected by the NZQA review of qualifications, which will likely result in a new suite of business qualifications in the school. My responsibilities also include overseeing the business qualifications offered at EIT’s Tairawhiti campus in Gisborne and EIT’s Auckland campus, where all our students are internationals."

While she doesn’t believe in a pre-ordained destiny, Rebekah believes that working towards her goals has taken her to where she wants to be.

"When I left EIT all those years ago, I told staff I would be back," she says with a smile. "I was always hopeful that would be the case."

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