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A sickening act of vandalism was a sad way to end the year for one Napier school.


Staff at Taradale Primary School were left sickened by what they discovered when they arrived to investigate a break-in last Monday night.

An alarm was activated at around 11pm that night after vandals entered into one of the schools newest state of the art classrooms.

In what was discribed by principal Marty Hantz as an absolutely foul act the intruders proceeded to soil in the corner then threw it around the room spattering the walls and fittings.

The intruders had also used scissors to cut and shred a sports net that had only been in use for a month.

Although the classroom was professionally cleaned, staff and parents were left devastated by what had happened saying it was a sad and horrible way to end the school year.


Scholarship is the icing on the cake for Hawkes Bay student chef.


Winning the inaugural Noel Crawford Memorial Chef Scholarship is the icing on the cake for student chef John Bland.

Formerly in a desk job, the 32-year-old says he's the happiest he's ever been studying for his Diploma in Professional Chef Practice at EIT. He and wife Nicola moved from the UK six years ago and, having previously holidayed in Hawke's Bay, the couple chose to settle in Clive with their family of four.

The scholarship, which covers more than $6000 in fees, celebrates the contribution the late Hawke's Bay chef Noel Crawford made to the New Zealand food industry.

Dubbed 'the Saucerer', Noel founded the Aromatics gourmet food brand. He was a regular at the Hawke's Bay Farmers' Market and his sauces and condiments are sold throughout the country.

In August, friends and colleagues, including Raymond van Rijk of Raymond's BBQ Gourmet and Sam Orton of Orton Catering, organised a four-course dinner to celebrate his passion for big flavours and significant contribution to the food industry.

Well-known chefs taking part included David Griffiths of Mr D's, Pierre Vuilleumier of Pierre Sur La Quay fame, Terry Lowe from Black Barn and EIT tutor and Cape Kidnappers' pastry chef Korey Field. EIT students worked front of house and also helped EIT tutor chefs prepare dishes.

The organisers hope the fundraising event, which kickstarted the scholarship, will become an annual event on the Hawke's Bay calendar.

John says it's unbelievable that he is the scholarship's first winner.

"It was fantastic of them to do that with EIT and to support chefs coming through. It's such a good thing to do. Hopefully I'll do Noel proud and EIT as well."

Working at the Hawke's Bay Racing Centre for the summer season, John says that while the food industry means putting in long hours, it gives him great job satisfaction.

His former career was in business management, mainly in the leisure and tourism industries. For the past four years, he worked as a freelancer, helping small businesses with staff training, customer service, marketing and other issues.

However, he wanted to do something for himself and, with his father and uncle both chefs, he had the grounding in cooking if not the skill set.

"I had been contemplating chef training for two years and got the EIT prospectus three or four times. I spoke to Nicola about it and thought I will do it one day."

Hawkes Bay scholar set to tackle the commercial world


While most teenagers are thinking about PlayStation games, Nick Broome is focusing on how he can land a career in the commercial world.

"I think a rewarding career and a career that leaves a legacy is the essential goal for my future, and I know the University of Waikato can help me achieve that."

The former Lindisfarne College student will start a Bachelor of Business Analysis at the University of Waikato next year, and says the University of Waikato was a clear and easy choice.

"The Management School at the University of Waikato is by far the best in New Zealand. They're more specialised which means you're not just a number.

"After talking to a lot of businesses in the Hawke's Bay, they always employ Waikato grads so it was a clear choice for me."

Nick is one of 10 school leavers to have been awarded a University of Waikato Golden Jubilee Scholarship worth $10,000 a year for up to four years. The scholarships were offered as part of the university's 50th celebrationsin 2014 and have been awarded to students who demonstrate a high level of academic excellence, leadership potential and community citizenship.

"It was awesome to find out I had one the scholarship and I was really excited. Since winning the scholarship I've been so well taken care of by the university and everyone's been so helpful."

More than 200 students applied for the scholarship. Through the programme, scholars are given the opportunity to develop leadership skills through a tailored personal development programme and will have the opportunity to put these skills into practice.

With a resume like Nick's, it's no wonder he was selected to receive the scholarship. He has achieved a lot during his high school years, including being a UN Youth High School Ambassador, was Founder and Chairman of the Lindisfarne College Academic Council, was the captain of three different sports teams, and won the Hawke's Bay Lions Club Young Achievers Award.

When he starts next year, he won't be alone. Several of his friends from Lindisfarne College will be studying at Waikato too. He's looking forward to beginning a new chapter, and hopes to move into postgrad studies later on.

"I'd like to do my masters to gain a competitive advantage in the workforce. I always put everything into what I do and I never do things just for the sake of it."

A Hawkes Bay homecoming for EIT's new deputy head.


Mark Oldershaw says it will feel like returning home when he moves to Hawke’s Bay to take up his new role as deputy chief executive at the Eastern Institute of Technology.

Chief executive of the Industry Training Federation for the last three years, Mark starts in his new position in mid-February.

Born and raised in Napier, the Napier Boys High School old boy says he has been keen to move back to the Bay for some time but only if the right opportunity presented itself.

“EIT’s national reputation was certainly a magnet for me. It’s a really well-respected institution and I see the deputy chief executive’s position as a big and challenging role.”

After gaining a BCA (Hons) in economics and an Executive Master of Administration from Victoria University, Mark returned to Napier to work for Oldershaw & Co Ltd where he qualified as a chartered accountant.

On a professional level, his particular interest is economic and business development. Before leading the Industry Training Federation through a significant period of change and repositioning, he was Director of Government Relations and Advocacy at the consultancy company Network Communications NZ, where he worked with several major corporate and industry clients.

Before that, he held a number of general manager and chief executive roles in industry, political and arts organisations, including the World of Wearable Arts when the annual art and fashion event was staged in Nelson.  

In his various roles, he has built up a significant network of business, industry, public agency and political relationships.

Personal interests include music and the arts. He has played the trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn, and while he says he could get back into that when the Hawke’s Bay lifestyle allows, he is now more focused on directing.

Retaining active links with the Hawke’s Bay’s music and arts scene, he was the musical director for the Napier Operatic Society’s production of Mamma Mia this year.  

Based in Wellington for the last 12 years, Mark will be moving to Hawke’s Bay with wife Alison and the couple’s two children – Hannah, 14, and Charlotte, 12.

EIT’s deputy chief executive for the past seven years, Claire Hague is to undertake further studies in te reo and community development. She plans to remain in Hawke’s Bay where she will continue in her governance role with Ako Aotearoa, the National Centre for Tertiary Excellence.

Chief executive Chris Collins says he is very pleased to have someone of Mark’s calibre to take on the role of deputy chief executive, particularly given the outstanding contribution Claire had made to EIT.

“Mark’s industry linkages and interest in business and economic development are significant given that EIT’s regions, Hawke’s Bay and Tairawhiti, are facing economic challenges and want to lift their games.”

Fresh Air Forests presents TimberNook Hawkes Bay.


Fresh Air Forests presents TimberNook New Zealand and is proud to announce the launch of TimberNook holiday camps, playgroups and school sessions in Hawke's Bay beginning January 2015.

TimberNook New Zealand is now a local provider of the US-based TimberNook LLC which offers children's nature programming with a special focus on engaging the senses and inspiring creativity in the great outdoors. Hawkes Bay will be the first international TimberNook location.

"We are thrilled to expand our outdoor camps to the children of New Zealand", said Angela Hanscom, TimberNook founder, CEO and pediatric occupational therapist. "New Zealand's beautiful landscape and rich environmental heritage combined with a rugged outdoor tradition makes this country an ideal location for our program".

Wendy Pirie, Director of TimberNook New Zealand, stated, "Ever since I learned about Angela's nature based child directed free play philosophy I felt it was a natural fit for us in our Fresh Air Forests business; we are excited to bring this unique movement experience to New Zealand children."

Three individual camps will be offered each with its own distinctive curriculum, outdoor challenges and creative activities. The Storybook camp, for ages 4-6, will bring stories to life in the woods through hut building and cooking over an open fire. For children ages 5-10 our Enchanted camp provides opportunities to explore the world of fairy tales while allowing creativity, child directed movement and FUN. Going Wild, for the oldest group 7 - 12, is all about using movement, play and nature to develop life skills.

A launch event will be held the evening of 4 January 2015 at Stoney Creek Ranch Maraekakaho at 6.00pm. Angela will be the featured speaker and will present on the origins and philosophy of TimberNook and there will be opportunity to view the TimberNook camp site.

About TimberNook
TimberNook LLC is an innovative nature-based developmental program for children that is designed to foster creativity, imagination, and independent play in the great outdoors.

TimberNook was founded by Angela Hanscom, pediatric occupational therapist, to educate families, teachers and the broader community about the critical links between play, nature and child development. The TimberNook curriculum weaves together the therapeutic benefits of nature with activities that inspire children to think creatively, to accept challenges, and even to learn from failure. TimberNook is now bringing this innovative and developmentally appropriate nature programming to children all over the world.

Specific dates and hours of camps as well as registration can be found Please visit for more information about our philosophy and camps. Let me play the TimberNook way!

Ministry introduces local school communities for Hawkes Bay.


The Ministry of Education have announced they will look at forming a community of schools who will work together to raise achievement levels through shared education goals.

Eleven communities have been chosen throughout the country and will include 83 schools from all decile groups and ages.

Two local communities of schools has been chosen for Hawkes Bay and will begin operating in the New Year.

The first is the Napier Community of Schools which includes William Colenso College, Hukarere College, Maraenui Bilingual School, Te Awa School, Marewa School, Richmond School and Henry Hill School.

The second is the Napier City Community of Schools and includes Sacred Heart College,Napier Girls' High School, Napier Boys' High School, Napier Intermediate, Eskdale School, Port Ahuriri School, Napier Central School, Nelson Park School and St Patrick's School.

The new initiative will receive additional funding for new leadership and teacher roles within the communities to enable sharing of knowledge while those teachers and leaders continue to lead and teach in their own schools.

The communities will work together and with parents to identify its achievement challenges across a range of areas including student attendance, engagement, achievement, transitions between different levels or types of schools, and student well-being.


Former Hawkes Bay teacher wins $150,000 prize.


A Wellington woman who once vowed she would never become a teacher has won the 2014 Prime Minister's Science Teacher Prize, worth $150,000.

Terry Burrell, who is the Learning Area Leader for Science at Onslow College, has been awarded the prize for what colleagues and the judges describe as an infectious love of learning which excites and stimulates both students and other teachers to perform at their best.

Terry's success makes Onslow the first secondary school in New Zealand to have been associated with two Prime Minister's Science Prizes—the inaugural Prime Minister's Future Scientist Prize, worth $50,000, was presented to Stanley Roach in 2009, for research he carried out while a Year 13 student at Onslow College.

Terry says she never saw herself as a teacher but "fell into" the profession after being inspired by colleagues during a stint working part time at the Correspondence School.

She taught at Havelock North High School in Hawke's Bay and Sacred Heart College in Lower Hutt before joining Onslow in 2009. During Terry's time at Onslow, the number of students studying science at NCEA level two has increased 31 percent while the numbers staying in science through to level three are up 32 percent. Onslow's NCEA achievement statistics consistently exceed those of comparable schools nationally.

"While that's important," says Terry, "it's not our only focus. Ultimately, the best outcome we can wish for our students it that they remain curious, see themselves as capable and stay in science longer."

Her recipe for achieving that is to tap into students' innate curiosity about the world and then work with them to shape study programmes that deliver the 'must cover' learning outcomes in ways that are relevant and interesting to the students.

One example is exploring cell processes such as respiration with senior biology students through sports sprints and endurance training. Another is an Earth Science unit for which Terry developed a self-guided do-it-yourself field trip that allows Year 11 students to learn about the geological processes that formed the areas across which they drive, bike or walk to school.

Terry believes in a collaborative style. "I see myself as working with my students—we are on a journey of discovery together with a focus on developing the ability to observe and think critically about evidence. Then they can make meaning from the data mountain."

Terry has undertaken a number of initiatives to extend and enrich students' learning including a socio-scientific unit based around the newly released Thin Ice video ( that took students to meet some of the scientists working at the front line of climate change and developing an annual biology workshop with Victoria University of Wellington for students intending to sit the biology scholarship exam.

Peter Leggat, the Principal of Onslow College, says Terry is an outstanding leader. "She has had a huge influence on the quality of science teaching and learning available at Onslow. She leads by example and constantly encourages her team to review their practice and follow what they are interested in and what they are best at."

Outside the classroom, Terry has been seconded to a number of expert panels and national science groups, including being a member of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Group and working as teacher advisor with the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, one of New Zealand's Centres of Research Excellence, to develop school resources based on the Centre's science.

She was also a lead writer for the senior science teaching and learning guidelines to support the implementation of a revised science curriculum and worked on the project to realign the NCEA achievement standards with the New Zealand curriculum.

Terry says she is honoured to win the prize and have her approach to science education endorsed. "I'm a great believer in being able to say something is good enough, you don't have to be a perfectionist. I don't know all the answers and never will. The day I stop learning is the day I stop teaching."

Being awarded the Prime Minister's Science Teacher Prize sees Terry receive $50,000 and Onslow College $100,000. Peter Leggat says the money will be used to build capacity in the science learning area including purchasing equipment and releasing Terry from some teaching responsibilities so she can work alongside other teachers.

The 2014 Prime Minister's Science Prizes were presented to winners on Tuesday 2 December at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington.

To find out more about the Prime Minister's Science Prizes visit:

Turkish viticulturist helps with Hawke's Bay research


An associate professor of viticulture from a country with one of the world's longest records of winemaking, Dr Elman Bahar recently worked with EIT scientists on several major industry research projects.

From Namik Kemal University in Turkey, Dr Bahar primarily worked with EIT researchers on a study aimed at establishing whether the use of an anti-transpirant spray may be a viable alternative to removing foliage on grapevines - a practice aimed at achieving optimum berry ripeness and wine quality.

Dr Bahar is the first international researcher to be based at EIT on sabbatical. During his three-month stint, he worked with School of Viticulture and Wine Science researchers Dr Petra King and Associate Professor Carmo Saunders-Vasconcelos.

As the growing season got underway, the research team mainly focused on setting up the second year of the study, which is being extended to include Sauvignon Blanc as well as Merlot. Dr Bahar also assisted in developing and training members of EIT's wine sensory panel, a project established by Dr Vasconcelos.

Dr Bahar has maintained contact with EIT since meeting an international marketing team in Turkey five years ago. Having read about New Zealand's wine industry in specialist publications, he was interested in seeing it for himself.

While his experience was largely limited to Hawke's Bay, he says the two countries are very different in terms of their viticulture.

Turkey, he says has a hot climate and the industry encompasses traditional and new methods for making wine.

"New Zealand has cool climate conditions and attracts a lot of rain. You don't have the same diseases we have in Turkey. Your wines are completely different - they are more aromatic and fruity and floral. In Turkey the wines are more tannic."

Turkey was among the first countries in the world to domesticate the wild Eurasian grapevine and wine is believed to have been made there for at least 7000 years. It is the world's fifth biggest grape growing region, harvesting more than four million tonnes of fruit a year.

Most of the production, however, is for table grapes and raisins. Turkey produces less wine than New Zealand and only a small proportion of that is destined for export. It is ranked 35th in the world for wine production and New Zealand 18th.

By comparison, however, New Zealand is ranked 37th in the world for its vineyard area.

Turkey grows classical French varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec and also some Italian and German varieties. However, 1400 local varieties provide irreplaceable genetic diversity. Many of these varieties are grown for making wine, largely for local consumption.

As a variety, Kalecik karasi may be more than 1000 years old. Other reds include Papazkarasi, Bagazkere, Horoz Karasi and Karalahna. The best red local red, says Dr Bahar, is Okuzgoyzu, a very tannic and aromatic wine. Whites include Beylerce, Hasandede, Narince and Emir.

Throughout Turkey, most vines are grown in the traditional bush form and are not trellised.

The area in vineyard decreased from 517,000 acres in 2012 to 468,000 acres last year as vines made way for olive and fruit trees. But while there was a 20 percent decrease in the vineyard area between 1988 and 2013, there was a 20 percent increase in yield.

Some 27,000 students attend Namik Kemal University in Tekirdag province on the European side of Turkey. Dr Bahar supervises students working on master's and doctorate degrees in viticulture.