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Talented Hawke's Bay students spruce up old "Happy Tav" site.


Talented Havelock North school students will be able to admire their own handiwork in a very public space for the next two years.

Today panels of art by Havelock North students were installed on the fence of the old "Happy Tav" site in Havelock North.

Groups from Hereworth, Havelock North Intermediate and Havelock North High schools took up the offer to produce work for the site being redeveloped by Low mac Properties Ltd .

The students submitted ideas for the panels which had to reflect the local landscape, history or culture. Each of the works chosen then had to be painted onto three panels, which have now been attached to the perimeter fence.

Hastings District Council environment enhancement officer Wendy Beeke, said the construction company had come up with the idea as a way to combat potential graffiti attacks on the fence that will surround the site during its estimated two-year redevelopment and to enhance the building site.

"Evidence shows that murals are a great way to prevent graffiti."

American students learn from Hawke's Bay environmental leaders.


Thirty-seven intrepid university students from across the United States have rounded off a six week expedition and internship programme which saw them do everything from bungy-jumping and sky-diving to testing the sugar content of apples and tracking kiwi.

Students from 14 universities including Michigan State, George Washington University and University of Illinois visited New Zealand as part of a new six week study abroad programme organised by Massey University’s Institute of Agriculture and Environment and Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE).

Beginning the study tour portion of the trip in Queenstown with an overnight trip the historic 100,000 acre high-country sheep station on Mount Nicholas, the students made their way up the country covering the Franz Josef glacier, the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki, vineyards in the Marlborough Sounds, Tongariro National Park, dairy farms in the Waikato, geothermal areas in Taupo and Rotorua.

Erin Gumpper from Michigan State jumps into her New Zealand experience with a bungy jump in Taupo.

They then began their internships with agrifood industry and environmental leaders in the Hawke’s Bay including the free-range chicken farm Bostock Organic, the Department of Conservation, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, premium global food manufactures GreenMount Foods and Fish and Game New Zealand.

The trip concluded this week with an intensive block course at Massey University in Palmerston North where they could earn university credits by writing up a series of case studies from the wool, wine and dairy industries they encountered along their trip.

University of Tennessee Zoology student Hannah Hazelwinkel said the internship gave her "real-world" experience. "It was amazing to get to do conservation work and see what that was like" she said. "The highlight for me was tracking kiwi and pateke [brown teal]."

Sarah Slack from Colorado State tracking pateke for her internship with the Department of Conservation.

Programme co-ordinator Christina Baldarelli says the trip is a lot of fun but also a great learning experience.

"Students gain an understanding of the intricate relationships between agricultural and environmental issues in New Zealand and how these shape the everyday lives of Kiwis and the country as a whole."

"From Massey’s perspective, it’s a great way for to engage with the business community in the Hawke’s Bay."

She says developments are underway to expand the programme in 2016 to include agribusiness, emergency management and communications.

Jesse Whitfield from Michigan State preparing for her internship (with Boutique Horse Treks in Clive,Hawke's Bay) while she was on the South Island.

Hawke's Bay police embrace Maori Language Week.


Hawke's Bay Inspector Hirone Waretini and Constable Phillipa Smith have been visiting local schools to promote Maori Language Week - Hawke's Bay Police style.

Every day of this working week one of Hawke's Bay's finest will post a video message with Te Kupu o Te Ra or the "word of the day" that can be used in your every day conversations.

No reira, karanga mai, whakatau mai, nau mai haere mai ki te Wiki o Te Reo Maori o nga Pirihimana o te rohe o te Kahungunu Whanui! Tihei mauri ora!

Here is a link to the Hawke's Bay police Facebook page where you can view Monday's clip featuring Room 13 at Nelson Park Primary School. CLICK HERE.


EIT Hawke's Bay showcases Māori language week.


EIT is to be a showcase for the Māori language next week, with daily activities celebrating and promoting te reo.

EIT’s Maori and Pasifika liaison advisor Lee Kershaw-Karaitiana says the school for Maori studies, Te Uranga Waka, will be “a vibrant hub” for Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori, with staff and students mobilising to manage the planned Maori Language Week events.

The on-campus activities, workshops and films screenings, developed in collaboration with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori (the Maori Language Commission), are free and open to all.

What’s on:

  • Rahina (Monday), Wananga Ta Moko from 11.30am to 1pm. This tattoo workshop centred on traditional and contemporary tools will be led by Jahvan Apatu, a graduate of EIT’s Maori visual arts school Toihoukura, based on the Tairāwhiti campus.
  • Ratu (Tuesday), Pakirehua. Organised by third-year Bachelor of Arts (Maori) students, this quiz event will be hosted by Te Kura o Tawhiti at Te Uranga Waka from 11.30am to 1.30pm.
  • Raapa (Wednesday). Te kaikauhau taura Lee Smith from Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Maori will be delivering his discourse between 12.30-1.30pm in EIT’s Te Whare matoro. Traditional kai and waiata (food and music) will be available on EIT’s Oval Courtyard between midday and 1pm.
  • Rapare (Thursday). The sporting minded will be able to take part in and learn about hakinakina on Te Uranga Waka’s quad between 12pm and 1pm.
  • Ramere (Friday) features te wahanga kiriata poto (a short film session). The five films to be screened in EIT’s Lecture Theatre 1 between midday and 1pm feature Māori themes, characters and/or are the work of Maori producers.

Relive the 90's and live like a Popstar in Napier.


With just over a week 'til opening night the students from Napier Boys' High and Napier Girls' High have been busy preparing themselves to become musical sensations.

After researching favourite hits from the 90's by The Backstreet Boys, The Spice Girls, N'Sync, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey and MC Hammer the boys and girls are ready to put on a show.

The school's annual combined theatre production this year is "Popstars" and is sure to get everyone singing along.

"The local talent show is coming up, and this year there's a big surprise: The guest judge is big-time pop producer Simon Austin! He's offering a huge record deal to the winning act. Queen-bee, Shannon, hears about this and dumps her boyfriend, Mark, publicly for the chance at super-stardom. Mark gets together with his buddies - including Shannon's twin brother, Patrick - and forms his own band to get revenge and beat Shannon's Candy Girls. So it's boy band vs. girl band in this brand new 90's Juke Box Musical, but there's just one problem... The boys can't dance and the girls can't sing...

You won't be able to stop yourself from singing along to your favourite hits from the 90's, including artists such as , and many more!"

Cast List 
Mark: Oliver Cook 
Patrick: Tane Luscombe 
Vinnie: Hamish Smith 
Shane: Felix Landon 
Shannon: Elise Trow 
Charlie: Hannah Wilton 
Ella: Tayla Westman 
Steffi: Phoebe Murphy 
Tina: Brooke Behague 
Carrie: Iris Dunn 
Simon Austin: Sam Graham 
DJ Prince: Fergus Fry 
Chef Joey: Lola Stoodley 
X Force/SXS: Haeata Watson, Sam Tully, Sam Purdy, Keegan Sprott and Fergus Fry 
Girl Power: Teilah Fergusson, Tayla Westman, Alice Cameron, Kelsey Lee and Sesrina Wainright 
Ensemble:Taylor Hill, Tomairangi Henare, Rose Copplemans, Jack Landon, Beth Murfitt, Harry Champion, Rhiannon Forlong-Ford, Jacob Thomson, Sorel Drever, Anna Barker

Have you got your tickets? 

7pm on 29 - 31 July @ the Napier Boys' High School Hall. For bookings call 8335900 or 8351069. Tickets are $12 for students and $15 for adults.


MTG Hawke's Bay follows the epic journey of seven waka navigating the Pacific


In response to public demand, a second screening of the moving documentary of seven waka sailing across the Pacific Ocean will rescreen this weekend at MTG’s Century Theatre. Te Mana O Te Moana - The Pacific Voyagers follows the epic journey of seven waka, their sailors and navigators as they navigate the Pacific.

Peoples of the Pacific have a deep connection to the ocean, the environment and the land. The moana (sea) connects whanau (family) across the Pacific and for thousands of years one tradition has laid the foundation for the cultures and lives on the islands - ocean voyaging.

The vision to continue learning the ancient arts became a reality when seven new waka, or canoes called Vaka Moana (canoes of the ocean) were built in 2009 in Aotearoa (New Zealand). The aim of this voyage, known as Te Mana o te Moana (The Spirit of the Ocean) which the film takes its name from, was to reconnect with the traditions, with Pacific communities and with the ocean. This documentary is a must see for anyone wondering what the arrival of tangata whenua to New Zealand may have been like. Piripi Smith from Waka Experience will introduce the film.

What: Te Mana O Te Moana - The Pacific Voyagers

Where: MTG Century Theatre, Napier

When: Sunday 12 July 2pm

Tickets: $5.00

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