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

Hawke's Bay EIT student nurse wins prestigious scholarship


EIT nursing student Kathy Kupenga was stunned to open an email telling her she was to receive the prestigious Te Apa Māreikura scholarship, one of only two made nationwide by the Ministry of Health.

"I never expected it, but it is humbling to be a recipient. I feel so honoured," Kathy says.

The student awards, each worth $10,000, are chosen from 11 health categories. Established under the ministry’s Hauora Māori programme, they recognise the recipients’ involvement in community health, proven leadership and effective community networks as well as academic excellence.

A second-year Bachelor of Nursing student, Kathy will travel to Wellington in November for the awards presentation. Daughter Te Rina, Kathy’s parents, who live in Ruatoria, and family from all over the country are expected to join the celebration.

Ngāti Porou from the east coast, Kathy moved to Hastings from Wellington because Te Rina is also Ngāti Kahungunu on her father’s side.

"I want my daughter to have a strong iwi identity and be well connected to her people. I believe the only way to achieve that is to live amongst them, hence we are here," she says.

With a strong clinical background, Kathy served as a medic in the New Zealand Army, a paramedic in the Wellington Free and St John Ambulance services, a Māori advisor in smoking cessation for The Quit Group in Wellington and a health promoter and asthma educator for Turanga Health in Gisborne.

In 2011, she took up a regional role with the Ministry of Justice, developing a specialist service aimed at minimising the impact of the judicial process on victims of sexual violence.

Her wide-ranging experiences have put her at the coal face with Māori.

"For as long as I can remember," she says, "I have always been at the forefront, helping people and trying to make a difference."

Representing EIT as a student union delegate on the New Zealand Nurses Organisation and the national chair for Te Rūnanga Tauira - the ‘Treaty’ arm to the National Student Unit - Kathy says she is really enjoying the political side of nursing and advocating for students. She also serves as secretary for Te Roopu Whaioranga, a Māori Bachelor of Nursing student-led support group at EIT.

In her late 40s - she is shy about her age, she laughs - she is enjoying studying at EIT. In May, she won an exemplar competition at a national hui for Māori nursing students, drawing on her practicum experience working in mental health.

Coming from a family of academic achievers, Kathy says learning as a mature student is so much easier, "but at the end of the day, I just want to get out there and do the mahi (work)."

Ideally, she would like to work in acute care - "I’m an adrenalin junkie, plus I think better under pressure."

Her diverse background has made her intimately aware of all the types of people in the world, she says, and one of the biggest things she has learnt to accept is that sometimes you can’t save everyone or ‘fix’ every social problem or circumstance.

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.

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