Impact of child poverty to be discussed in Hastings


Children are living in poverty throughout New Zealand, including in Hawkes Bay.

The impact of child poverty and how communities can help will be discussed by Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills at the Hastings Library on Thursday 7 May at 7pm.

Dr Wills, a pediatrician at Hawkes Bay DHB and a child protection advocate has been invited by the Friends of Hastings District Libraries to speak on the topic "Community Solutions to Child Poverty - what can I do to help?"

Friends spokesperson, Richard Peach, says "Dr Wills is a great speaker and has an important message to share. Poverty is an issue that affects children right here where we live. Dr Wills will outline how living in poverty impacts on children and how communities, businesses, local government and NGOs can work together to improve the lives of those children".

Dr. Wills has been the Children's Commissioner since 2011. As a paediatrician his clinical interests include general paeddiatrics, child protection and children with severe behaviour disturbance. He has contributed to national guidelines and projects on autism, family violence, child abuse and medical aspects of children in Child, Youth and Family care. He is married with two sons.

Tickets to this Hastings District Friends of the Libraries fundraiser are $10.00 each and available from Hastings District Libraries.

Kuia honoured by EIT Hawke's Bay


Shortly after receiving the prestigious Tuakiri EIT medal of distinction at EIT Hawke’s Bay’s graduation ceremony last week (Thursday/Friday, 28-29 March), Pauline Tangiora was encouraging her three-year-old mokopuna Te Tairāwhiti Eady to further his own education at EIT.

Viewing the presentation on a screen set up outside Napier’s Municipal Theatre, the lively toddler joined in the celebratory haka and waiata performed by EIT’s Te Ūranga Waka students. And Te Tairāwhiti has promised his nanny, a Mahia resident, that he will be going on to tertiary study at the institute she has served for so many years.

The capacity audience attending graduation saw the medal blessed by EIT kaumatua Matiu Eru and presented to Pauline by EIT Council chairman David Pearson.

The award was established two years ago to honour those who have made an outstanding contribution to EIT and the wider community and to mark the coming together of EIT Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti Polytechnic to establish EIT as the leading educator for the East Coast and Hawke’s Bay.

EIT chief executive Chris Collins pointed out that the Māori word tuakiri refers to a sense of identity, the essence of a person, something that was very deep within.

“The essence of the medal is captured in a proverb/whakatauki, Mate atu he tētē kura, ara mai rā he tētē kura,” he said. “As one chief passes, another lives on to lead.”

Of Rongomaiwahine descent and affiliated to Ngai Tāmānuhiri, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Ngati Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Whakatōhea and Te Uri o Waikaremoana, Pauline has been associated with EIT since its earliest years.

Her responsibilities have included tutoring in the Māori areas of nursing and health, serving on its council for three years and chairing its Māori consultative committee. For the past 30 years, she has also been EIT’s kuia.

At the time of EIT’s first incarnation as the Hawke’s Bay Community College, the then volunteer social worker was involved with her late husband John Tangiora, Heitia Hiha, Hiria Tumoana and other volunteers in supporting the community in the Napier suburb of Maraenui.

“Before he passed, John asked me not to forget that we hadn’t finished our work in Maraenui. The young people there, they needed an education, and there weren’t the opportunities for them.”

Working with Tuahine Joe Northover, Canon Wi Huata, the dean of the Māori studies faculty Dr Joseph Te Rito and others who have since passed, the couple supported the institute’s first principal, Dr John Harré, in encouraging Māori to enrol on educational programmes.

Deeply involved in progressing environmental, health and spiritual causes in the Māori and Pakeha worlds and in advising at many community and international events, Pauline has received many awards.

These include membership of the Māori Women’s Welfare League in 1986, the Queen’s Service Medal for community service in 1988, the New Zealand Commemoration Medal in 1990 and the Queen’s Service Order in 2001.

In accepting the Tuakiri medal, Pauline said the efforts of many people were continuing to bear fruit in the intergenerational success stories and EIT’s growing numbers of graduates.

In urging the young Te Tairāwhiti to look to his own education, she surmised: “That’s the age you catch them. If you encourage children in the early years they will later seek further knowledge in whatever field of endeavour they choose for themselves. ”

Hastings Kura Kaupapa next inline to receive Future Investment Funding


Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye say next month’s Budget will provide $244 million of funding for new schools, additional classrooms and expansions to existing schools.

The money will come from the remaining proceeds of the government’s share offer programme - channelled through the Future Investment Fund.

Ms Parata says the funding, spread over four years, demonstrates the government’s commitment to ensuring all kids can do their very best at school. It will be used to build seven new schools, expand four existing schools and add another 241 classrooms across the country.

The investment includes the first phase of the government’s August 2014 commitment to invest $350 million in Auckland schools. It is on top of nearly $400 million spent over the past six years building 24 new schools around the country and the $1.1 billion budgeted for the rebuild and repair of schools in greater Christchurch.

"This government has made the biggest investment ever in education, including the $359 million in Budget 2014 to raise educational achievement by lifting the quality of teaching and leadership in our schools," says Ms Parata.

"We’ve seen kids starting earlier, staying longer and leaving better qualified in the past six years. I am determined that all kids get the best education possible including those who have not fared so well in the past - Maori, Pasifika and kids from poorer homes.

"This further funding will help meet roll growth as well as deliver school environments that meet the needs of kids in the 21st century," says Ms Parata.

The seven new schools are:

- two primary schools in Auckland at Kumeu and Scott Point

- Rototuna Senior High in Hamilton

- a primary school at Rolleston, near Christchurch

- three kura kaupapa Maori schools in Whakatane, Gisborne and Hastings.

Ms Kaye says the new schools will provide space for nearly 4,000 students and the first of them is due to open in 2017.

"We’re addressing growth in many parts of New Zealand, but I’m particularly pleased that this investment means we’ll be able to implement the first phase of the accelerated Auckland growth package that the government announced last August.

"The rate of Auckland’s population growth means it’s crucial we get ahead of demand and ensure there’s sufficient school capacity in our biggest city.

"We’re also announcing significant expansions at Hingaia Peninsula School in Auckland, Papamoa College and Golden Sands School in Papamoa, and Shotover Primary School in Queenstown.

"This investment is in addition to the more than $700 million already being invested providing schools with ultra-fast broadband, via the N4L Managed Network.

"We’re ensuring young New Zealanders get the right resources and investment so they can succeed in today’s fast-changing world," says Ms Kaye.

Trucking runs in Hawke's Bay graduates blood


EIT valedictorian Nicola Heasley believes there’s a lot of hype around leaving Hawke’s Bay to study at university.

“A lot think it’s better,” the Bachelor of Business Studies graduand says of a university as compared to a polytechnic education, “but I disagree with that. It’s a perception, and now that I’ve completed my degree I disagree with it.

“There’s nothing essentially different about the quality of degrees offered, you learn the same information.”

During her final year at Hastings’ Girls High School, Nikky “chopped and changed” about where to pursue tertiary studies. Finally she felt she had made up her mind.  Arriving on the university campus to study for a Bachelor of Management Studies, however, she found herself surrounded by a sea of people.

“I felt quite overwhelmed by the hundreds of people in the lecture theatre.”

Three weeks later, she moved back to Hawke’s Bay. And although she had worried people would see that as giving up too soon, she was applauded by many for making her decision so early.

“I had made friends and was really enjoying the social aspect of that experience. But education is such a massive investment and I felt I would have more support at EIT.

“I knew it was the right decision after my first lecture at EIT. The lecturers offered a lot of support.  They know your strengths and weaknesses and help you along the way.”

Although the academic year was underway, Nikky was offered a Year 13 degree student grant.

Her studies also provided opportunities to gain practical experience by working in local businesses and she found many of these companies prefer to employ EIT graduates like herself.

“Hawke’s Bay has such a great social scene, and we have a lot of entrepreneurs who are creating wonderful opportunities.”

Halfway through her degree, she started working part-time for Tomoana Warehousing Ltd. As a final semester project, she introduced a Government-funded EECA initiative to enable the local transport and logistics company’s truck drivers to become more fuel efficient.

When she completed her degree, Nikky was offered a full-time position as project support coordinator.

It’s busy, she says, particularly as the business has grown significantly over the last couple of years. The company now operates 45 trucks.

“My job involves a lot of variety, which is exactly what I wanted. I knew from a young age that I wanted to get into road transport.”

Nikky’s family has a strong background in the transport industry. Her grandfather Dick Heasley, who managed a local transport company, along with father Geoff Heasley and boyfriend Sam Howell, both truck drivers, were among those attending the capping ceremony held at Napier’s Municipal Theatre.

While she felt a little nervous about delivering a speech on behalf of fellow graduates, Nikky enjoyed reflecting on her study experience.

“From day one, you want it to be over and living the dream job. But the time, right through to the last exam, it just goes so quickly.

“And you learn so much, including about yourself. Studying at degree level tests so many different aspects including your motivation, stress levels and determination,” she says.

Hawke's Bay Professor returns to Massey as head of sciences.


Thirty-two years after graduating as a veterinarian, Professor Raymond Geor has returned to Massey University to lead its largest faculty, the College of Sciences.

What he initially planned as a three-year experience became a 30-year legacy of teaching and research in various universities in North America, culminating in a professorship and academic leadership position at Michigan State University. In recent years, his research focussed on equine metabolic syndrome and laminitis - a painful and crippling condition of the foot.

Professor Geor was raised in Hawke’s Bay and grew up with horses, which spurred his interest in veterinary science. He graduated as a veterinarian in 1983 before completing a large animal internship at Murdoch University in Perth. He then practiced as a veterinarian in New Zealand and Canada, followed by a residency and masters degree in 1988 at the University of Saskatchewan and a doctoral degree at Ohio State University in 1999.

"I have a curiosity for science and biology and I liked the career possibilities in academia," he says. "I have greatly enjoyed being in a position where I have the opportunity to ask questions and conduct research. In some cases, findings from that research translate into changes in how we manage animals, to their benefit."

His role as college pro vice-chancellor will allow him to take on bigger leadership opportunities and help drive Massey University forward, he says.

"I’m really looking forward to the role. Initially I’m looking to learn more about what the college does. It’s big, it’s complex, and it has lots of different elements. I want to make sure I’m as aware as possible of all of what we do because it’s from that basis that I can best enable opportunities going forward."

Professor Geor has met with the heads of institute and will spend the coming weeks getting to know staff informally - "a learning and listening opportunity".

Big initiatives the college has under way include the redevelopment of the vet tower, expansion of the Wildbase hospital, and the review and potential restructure of the Bachelor of Science degree.

"We’ll be continuing to plan and strategise how the College goes forward under the framework of Massey's overall [Road to 2025] strategy."

The College of Sciences has more than 700 full-time staff, 350 of whom are academic staff as well as more than 7,600 students.

Hastings holiday fun!


What’s on for the school holidays at the Hastings District Council libraries and swimming pools and art gallery

Flaxmere Library

Friday 10 April - 10.30am

Celebration of International Pillow Fight Day

Make a mini pillow for a target game and try pillow jousting (pillows provided).

Thursday 16 April - 10.30am

Great Wardini Magic Show

Our friend Wardini will thrill you with his magic tricks!

Friday17 April - 10.30am

Military Academy Join us for a fun fitness boot camp session with Letitaia Sanerivi from FlaXrock Gym.

Hastings Library

Thursday 9 April - 10:30am

Interviewing Grandad: A Wartime Childhood Experience

Hear what it was like to be a child growing up in New Zealand during the time of World War Two. Think of some questions that you might like to ask.

Tuesday 14 April - 10am

Boot Camp for Kids

Join us for a boot camp style exercise circuit for kids. In Civic Square if the weather is nice. Otherwise we will be in the activities area of the library.

Wednesday 15 April - 1:30pm

Letter to a Soldier

Write a letter to a soldier currently serving in the New Zealand armed forces and hear about how New Zealand soldiers have been involved in different wars.

Thursday 16 April - 10.30am

ANZAC Storytime

Join us for a special ANZAC Storytime. Plant a poppy and see a real donkey.

Havelock North Library

Friday 10 April - 10.30am

Enjoy More Eggs!

Join us for stories about egg adventures. Make your own creation from egg cartons and recycling. Please bring an egg carton if you can.

Tuesday 14 April - 10.30am

Boot Camp for Kids Join us for a fun fitness boot camp session with Ietitaia Sanerivi from FlaXrock Gym. All welcome, but more suited to school aged children.

Friday 17 April - 10.30am

ANZAC Storytime

Join us to remember our ANZACS with a special story time. Make a poppy and a group wreath in remembrance of our brave soldiers.

All welcome. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

The library may take photographs or video recordings during events and programmes which may be used in our promotional material.

Head to the swimming pool

All Aquatic Hastings pools (except Splash Planet) are open for the school holidays (go to www.hdc.govt.nz/pools for opening times).

The giant bouncy inflatable will be ready for play at Clive Pool on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday midday to 2.30pm (except Easter Monday). At Waterworld Pool the inflatable will be available Tuesday to Thursday 7-9 April (1pm-3pm) and Monday to Wednesday 13-15 April (1pm-3pm).

The Bay’s only climbing wall, at the Flaxmere Community Centre, is open for adventure from Tuesday 11am-9pm, Wednesday 11-4pm, Thursday 11-8pm, and Saturday 11am-4pm during both weeks of the school holidays.

Hastings City Art Gallery

Saturday 11 April

Sarah Horn portrait photography workshop 10.30am-12.30pm

$20, all ages welcome, ph 871 5095 to register

Thursday 16 April

Kids workshop - landscape painting with glue and salt

10.30am-12.30pm children of all ages $10 fee

The current exhibitions are open to the public 10am-4.30pm daily:

Kupe Sites, Landmarks of a great voyager - black and white photographs of physical landmarks associated with Kupe’s voyage to Aotearoa

Brian Brake photography exhibition: Lens on China and Japan

Adam Portraiture Award: Opening 11 April this exhibition shows the best of contemporary portrait paintings from artists throughout New Zealand.

Other activities

Wednesday 8 April 2pm-4pm

Autumn clean up Maraetotara Falls

Meet at the middle car park

If you love Maraetotara Falls and you have some time free please head down and help with an autumn clean up. This annual Keep Hastings Beautiful project provides some useful fun for youngsters and families in the school holidays and draws attention to the need to stop littering the landscape.

Pickup sticks, gloves, bangs and hand santizer will be provided. Please meet the organisers at the middle car park.

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