Wairoa Public Library launches their summer reading programme.


Acclaimed Hawke's Bay children's writer and storyteller, Mary Kippenburger, opened the Wairoa Public Library's summer reading programme with visits to Kotemaori and Nuhaka schools last Thursday.

Ms Kippenburger is known as a riotous and vibrant performer and alongside her husband, Peter Charlton-Jones, they are an internationally renowned duo who wander the globe telling tall stories to small people. They conduct workshops, drama classes, music festivals, present plays and concerts and record music on their Otane property in Central Hawke's Bay.

Manager of the Wairoa Public Library, Sandra Hughes, says that having a person of Mary's calibre coming in to be with our children is quite exciting.

"Mary has a way as a storyteller that's really engaging for our children. It's interactive and you can see the imaginations of our children being ignited. Her storytelling is dynamic and colourful, and through the art of telling stories we're able to show that reading is fun, entertaining and enjoyable".

"Mary's visit was an excellent way for us to launch and to open our summer reading programme at the Library", says Ms Hughes.

As we head into the summer months and school holidays, our children tend not to engage in reading. Research has found that a slide in summer reading can account for a month of reading loss in children.

The Wairoa Public Library will once again offer two reading programmes this summer. "This is the 18th year we have run a summer reading programme and we feel it really makes a difference to the children of Wairoa."

"We have 140 places on the programme 'Summer – Camping – Reading : Te Raumati – Te Puni – Te Pânui' is for children from 2 to 13 years old. The programme 'READ X' is for teenagers 11 to 18 years old and we have 20 places available for teens. Places are limited and it is on a first come first serve basis. So get in quick and register."

To register, fill in the registration form, available from the Public Library, in this issue of the Wairoa Star or go tohttp://www.wairoadc.govt.nz/library/index.htm and submit the form online. Registration forms can be dropped into the library, faxed to 06 838 8547 or scanned and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"Our gratitude to the Eastern & Central Community Trust cannot be overstated. Their continued support allows us to offer a summer reading programme that we believe will benefit the children of Wairoa", says Ms Hughes.

Enjoy Conservation Week in Hawkes Bay


There's an amazing world right on your doorstep waiting to be explored. New Zealand is full of great places and hidden treasures.

DOC manages over 1,400 great places, each with its own special appeal.

This Conservation Week DOC is making it fun and easy to get out and explore the great outdoors, by hosting activities and events around the country.

Can't make it to an event? Why not challenge some mates to join you in an adventure, tell your friends about somewhere you love to go, or get your kids to get creative.

There is a range of things to do and see so head out to one of your local treasures with family and friends and explore the great outdoors – it's fun and easy!

Fun Events in Hawkes Bay

Explore Cape Sanctuary -

Come on a guided tour of the Cape Sanctuary and learn about the fanctastic conservation programme. Cape Sanctuary is the largest privately owned and funded wildlife restoration project of its kind in New Zealand. The landowners share a vision to restore the coastal communities of landbirds, seabirds, reptiles and invertebrates that would once have existed on the peninsula.

When Sunday 9 November 2014/9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Where Details will be supplied upon booking

Cost Free.

Booking To book please call the Department of Conservation Ahuriri/Napier office. Phone: +64 6 834 3111

Discover Coppermine Creek -

Meet a DOC ranger at the start of the Coppermine Creek Walk for an insight into the history of the area, before setting off independently on the 2 hr return walk to the old explosives magazine.

Read a Conservation blog post for more information about the walk.

When Saturday 8 November 2014. Meet the DOC ranger on site from 10:00 am to noon before he walks the track as well.

Buses available from Woodville i-site for $10 return.

Phone 0800 TARARUA for more information and to make a booking.

Where Coppermine Roadend.

Coppermine Road is located 10 km from Woodville. Travel northeast from Woodville along Pinfold Road for 9 km, then turn left into Coppermine Road.

Cost $10 return if using bus from Woodville i-site.

Booking Bus booking through Woodville i-site ph 0800 827 278.

Maraetara Farm Conservation Restoration Project -

Come and celebrate the sucess of this restoration project. Phillip Holt will guide around the farm and talk about what they have done and learnt along the way.

When Sunday 9 November 2014/10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where Address will be supplied upon booking,

Cost Free.

Booking To book please call the Department of Conservation Ahuriri/Napier Office Phone: +64 6 834 3111

Wild about Waikaremoana -

Stay overnight at Lake Waikaremoana Holiday Park, get up early and go bush with DOC rangers. Half price accommodation with barbecue dinner thrown in free.

When Saturday 8 November 2014

Where Waikaremoana Holiday Park 6249 Lake Road Lake Waikaremoana Te Urewera

Cost TBC.

Booking Secure your spot by phoning +64 6 837 3826 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kiwi Ranger programme - Ahuriri Estuary -

Come along to the Ahuriri Estuary for some fun and excitement. Explore what treasures can be found by completing the interactive programme suitable for all kids. Alternatively you can pick your booklets up early at the Ahuriri/Napier Department of Conservation Office at 59 Marine Parade, Napier.

When Saturday 8 November 2014 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where Humber Street carpark Ahuriri.

Cost Free.

Contact DOC Phone: +64 6 834 3111



Hastings City Art Gallery are finalists in the Massey University Maori Book Awards.

Hastings City Art Gallery

Judges have announced finalists in five categories in Massey University's Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards 2014.

The awards have been held annually since being initiated in 2009 to formally recognise Māori literature.

Massey University director Māori Associate Professor Te Kani Kingi says six years on it is even more important for the awards to be held given the recent announcement about the future of the New Zealand Book Awards being under threat.

This year 16 books are finalists in the arts, biography and history, fiction, non-fiction, and te reo Māori categories. "It is heartening to see such a strong line-up of finalists and also a growth in the number of publishers," Dr Kingi says.

"Books by 12 publishers have been shortlisted this year including two universities, one in New Zealand - Otago - and one overseas, the University of Minnesota. Two of the books are self-published."

The shortlisted books are on Māori topics published between July 2013 and March 2014. Dr Kingi says the four-member judging panel has been impressed both with the number of books published and in the quality and scope of them. The panel is headed by Te-Pūtahi-a-Toi (School of Māori Art, Knowledge and Education) senior lecturer Dr Spencer Lilley and includes kaihautū Māori (Māori library services manager) Sheeanda Field, Te-Pūtahi-a-Toi lecturer Dr Darryn Joseph and an external judge, Alexander Turnbull Library chief librarian Chris Szekely.

The winners of each category will be announced next Thursday. Winning authors and publishes will be invited to an awards celebration event to be held at Te Papa in Wellington on November 13.

Two books by Massey staff feature in the non-fiction category shortlist in this year's Ngā Kupu Ora Awards. He Kōrero Anamata: Future Challenges for Māori edited by Massey Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori and Pasifika Dr Selwyn Katene and Massey Research Development Adviser Malcolm Mulholland. The spirit of Māori Leadership another book by Dr Katene is also a finalist. One book by Massey graduate Tina Dahlberg has been selected as a finalist in the fiction category.

Publishers in the finalists list this year are Aka & Associates, Anahera Press (two books), Common Ground Publishing, Fitzbeck Publishing, Hastings City Art Gallery, Huia Publishers (three books), MTG Hawkes Bay, Pearson, Pihopa Kingi, University of Minnesota, University of Otago Press and Vintage.

The short-lists in each category (with Massey student and staff denoted by an asterisk) are:

Te Mahi Toi - Arts

- E Kata te rakau - Phil Belcher (Hastings City Art Gallery)

- Fred Graham - Fred Graham and Maria de Jong (Huia Publishers)

- Kia Ronaki - edited by Rachael Ka'ai-Mahuta, Tania Ka'ai and John Moorfield (Pearson)

Te Haurongo me Te Hītori - Biography and History

- Inez Kingi - Pihopa Kingi (Pihopa Kingi)

- Te Paruhi a ngā Takuta - Nigel Beckford and Mike Fitzsimons (Fitzbeck Publishing)

- Ukaipo - Eria Migoto (MTG Hawkes Bay)

Te Pakimaero - Fiction

- Between the Kindling and the Blaze - Benjamin Brown (Anahera Press)

- Night Swimming - Kiri Piahana-Wong (Anahera Press)

- Where the Rekohu Bone Sings - Tina Makereti- (Vintage)

Te Kōrero Pono - Non-fiction

- Ara Mai he Tētēkura: Visioning our Futures - edited by Paul Whitinui, Marewa Glover and Dan Hikuroa (University of Otago Press)

- He Kōrero Anamata: Future Challenges for Māori - edited by Selwyn Katene- and Malcolm Mulholland- (Huia Publishers)

- Extinguishing Title - Stella Coram (Common Ground Publishing)

- Living by the moon - Wiremu Tawhai (Huia Publishers)

- The Fourth Eye - edited by Brendon Hokowhitu and Vijay Devadas (University of Minnesota)

- The spirit of Māori Leadership - Selwyn Katene- (Huia Publishers)

Te Reo Māori - Māori language

- He tuhi Marei-Kura - Pei Te Hurinui Jones (Aka & Associates)

Footprints from the past features at the Aquarium in Napier.

GNS Science geologist Greg Browne in sedimentary rock in northwest Nelson.

A display of paintings, and talks by fossil experts complement the Dinosaur Footprints: A Journey of Discovery exhibition opening at the National Aquarium of New Zealand this Friday, Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day (24 October).

The exhibition features replicas of the footprints discovered by GNS Science geologist Greg Browne in sedimentary rock in northwest Nelson.

The prints were made by the pillar-like legs of sauropods, a plant eating dinosaur and the largest animal that ever walked on Earth, in sedimentary rock in northwest Nelson. The footprints, estimated to be 70 million years old, were the first dinosaur footprints ever found in New Zealand, and the first evidence of dinosaurs found in the South Island.

Greg will be speaking at the Aquarium on 5 November, while Hamish Campbell, GNS Science geologist and palaeontologist, aka fossil expert, is planning a visit to the Aquarium in December. Hamish's visit in 2008 resulted in crowds of people coming to not only hear him speak, but to ask if he could help them identify fossils in their possession.

Dinosaur bones have been found at only three locations in New Zealand so far – the Chatham Islands, Port Waikato, and northern Hawke's Bay, the latter by Hawke's Bay's own fossil hunter, Joan Wiffen.

Artist Geoffrey Cox, who exhibited 12 dinosaur themed paintings alongside the exhibition in its last outing in Rotorua, has kindly allowed his work to travel with the exhibition as it tours around the country. The paintings include a depiction of a theropod and pterosaur at Mangahouanga Beach, where Joan first found dinosaur bones.

The exhibition runs until 11 January and has been sponsored by New Zealand Oil and Gas.

Maori students excel on Hawkes Bay building trade course.


A joint initiative launched this year by EIT and iwi is proving an unqualified success in providing Māori trades training on local marae.

The first phase in the scheme - a 19-week, full-time, Level 2 construction programme which was based on Hastings’ Waipatu marae - achieved a 100 percent pass rate.

Eleven of the 15 students who took part have progressed to EIT’s Certificate in Carpentry, a 33-week full-time pre-trades programme which started a month ago on the Waimarama marae. Of the others who completed the original programme, one secured an apprenticeship, another a job and two have moved into other areas of study.

Six Waimarama students have also joined the Level 3 pre-trades programme which sees them undertaking a range of practical projects on the marae.

After making their own sawhorses, the students will construct new timber steps for entrances to kaumatua housing, replace substandard windows, build covered shelters over marae seating, upgrade the kitchen and extend the hauora (health) facility.

"We aim to make the learning as close to real life as possible," says tutor Jack Pritchard, who enrolled at EIT as a mature student and was named Top Pre Trades Carpentry Student in the 2011 Greenmeadows Rotary and EIT Hawke’s Bay Apprentice Awards.

As well as covering aspects of construction such as tools, building legislation, sustainability and durability, the marae-based classes encompass literacy and numeracy.

Jack says students are making great headway. One student, a 16-year-old, progressed from Level 1 to Level 5 numeracy and literacy on the earlier Certificate in Foundations Studies - Construction programme.

"We are slowly seeing their language skills improve," Jack says of the students. "They are upgrading the recorded message they leave on their phones, for example, and all this helps make up a better bigger picture as they look to future employment."

At Waimarama, tikanga is celebrated in karakia, sung at the start of classes, morning and afternoon. A pōwhiri was held to launch the course and a hangi is planned at a later date.

With all the students aiming to secure apprenticeships, Jack says EIT is already knocking on the doors of potential employers.

Head of School Trades Todd Rogers says the programmes are also helping EIT expand its relationship with iwi as part of the preparations underway for Te Matatini, the national kapahaka competition which is expected to attract 20,000 people to Hawke’s Bay in 2017.

Hawkes Bay student pitches film ideas.


While her classmates were enjoying their study break, EIT student Rhiannon Edwards was in Auckland pitching script ideas at the New Zealand Writers Guild 2014 Showcase.

Rhiannon was selected to represent EIT’s ideaschool at the prestigious event, held in tandem with the New Zealand Script Writer Awards.

Like her classmates, the second-year Diploma in Screen Production student is a member of the New Zealand Writers Guild (NZWG), which organised the Writer Showcase to encourage new writer-driven webs, film and television projects.

Rhiannon had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Sean Carley, an Auckland-based director, writer and editor for film and television, and Alex Cole Baker, the film producer responsible for the New Zealand feature film The Most Fun You Can Have Dying.

"Sean Carley was great and he really loved my ideas," she says. "We’re both fans of time travel stuff like Dr Who so I didn’t feel too intimidated at all. He was really encouraging. Alex, the producer, asked me lots of questions about my future plans."

As a participant in Writer Showcase, Rhiannon now has an online ‘showcase’ with a photo, writer profile and outline of her projects on the NZWG website.

In Auckland, she also caught up with NZWG executive director Steve Gannaway.

"I had to pitch my short film idea to Steve back in April at EIT so I felt comfortable that I knew what I had to do."

Louise Edwards, who accompanied her daughter to Auckland, says: "The trip was a great opportunity for Rhiannon and we are really proud of what she has achieved over the last two years."

Rhiannon was sold on the Diploma in Screen Production programme after attending an EIT careers expo with her father in 2012. There she met some of the diploma’s successful graduates including 48-Hour Film Festival winning team member Blair Berg.

She applied and, after an interview, was accepted into the programme.

"I did photography at HastingsGirls’ High School with Mrs Dickerson and had done a bit of designing and animating on computer. I loved creative writing and pretty much always have a story plot in my head and I had done a bit of acting at the National Youth Drama School."

Rhiannon, whose work at ideaschool includes a television commercial featuring a vampire tired of drinking blood and craving fizzy drink, says she has loved learning about writing scripts.

"I was brought up watching British comedies like The Two Ronnies and Dad’s Army so I love to slip humour into my writing.

As a participant in the Writer Showcase 2014 Rhiannon now has an online Showcase with a photo and writer profile and outline of her projects on the NZWG website.

Rhiannon is submitting her short film into a film festival competition next year where she hopes it will be accepted and have its premiere public screening.

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