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EIT Hawkes Bay welcomes new Head of School Nursing.


EIT’s new Head of School Nursing, Associate Professor Thomas Harding equates his role to that of a kaitiaki – a caretaker co-creating a nurturing environment where inclusive and collaborative values allow staff and students to flourish.  

Originally from Christchurch, Thomas has had extensive experience in the nursing and tertiary sectors working in New Zealand, the Australian outback, Norway – where he continues in a part-time role as Professor at Buskerud University College – Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.

A nurse since 1982, he has been based in Sydney for the last five years. Until recently, as Associate Professor and State Head of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at Australian Catholic University in New South Wales, he was responsible for 2000 students across two campuses as part of the national school.

Although he has only been on campus for a short time, he says he has been impressed by the “incredibly talented” staff at EIT’s School of Nursing.

“With its many postgraduate students, staff with PhDs and research outputs, EIT would be the envy of many schools of nursing, including those at a number of universities.”  

Such an enriching learning environment provides a great springboard for students wanting to develop careers in a field that can provide them with extraordinary opportunities.

Originally planning to teach geography to high school students, Thomas experienced “a moment of epiphany”, realising he wanted a job that allowed him to travel and where felt he could make a difference in people’s lives.

Having already gained a Master of Science, he went on to complete a Bachelor of Nursing and a PhD (Auckland).

Positions he has filled include Bachelor of Nursing programme director at Unitec and programme manager of Nursing and Health at NorthTec. Work has also taken him to Cambodia and frequently to the Philippines.

“I’ve had a life that’s rich and exciting and I’m a far better person for it,” he says of his vocational rethink. “How could I not be working with people on the margins and vulnerable? I’ve had the opportunity to work in developing nations and to understand how lucky we can be coming from a country like New Zealand where we have so many opportunities available to us.”

Thomas has returned to New Zealand sooner than he imagined in his career. Identifying as a white Pacific Islander, he says he missed the feeling of being part of the Pacific living in downtown Sydney.

“I want to be wanted to be part of nature again.”

He is looking forward to familiarising himself the vineyards that have burgeoned here since he visited in his youth and also to exploring the region’s network of cycle trails. “I cycle recreationally,” he says, “and I like drinking wine.”

He and his partner are scouting for a property that offers sustainability, opportunities for growing organically and going off-grid.  

Young Hawkes Bay songwriters feature in the Play It Strange album release.


Play It Strange are delighted to announce the release of the 2014 Play It Strange Lion Foundation CD, Vol 11. Over the past year, secondary school students from 13 to 18 years of age from New Zealand and Samoa have written 44 songs to make up this the album.

The album includes the Top 39 songwriters from the annual Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition and winners from the Wero Songwriting Competition, the Peace Song Awards, Play It Strange Samoa and The Calling song competition.

All songs have been recorded in professional recording studios throughout the country and then mastered by Chris Chetland at Roundhead Studios for a run of 3,000 CDs.

"We think this year’s album shows an emerging sophistication in performance and arrangement and an evocative recording excellence - each song tells a different story", said Mike Chunn, CEO of the Play It Strange Trust.

The arrival of the album coincided with the Play It Strange annual awards at Backbeat Bar in Karangahape Road where the following awards were handed out at an intimate gathering. The evening also involved performances from Emma Cooper-Williams, James Donaldson and Band, Micheala Clark, Mereana and Mangere Teka and the 13 year old winner Talia Dalton.

The Peace Song Competition Auckland Region Award: Emma Cooper-Williams, Rangitoto College with ‘Put Our Swords Down’

National Award (excl Auckland):Jessica Adams, Mackenzie College with ‘Under The Same Sky’

The Wero Songwriting Competition Primary and Secondary School Division - Grace Wijohn and Doreen Auga from Rongomai School with their song ‘Never Turn Back’.

Secondary School Division - James Donaldson from Mt Albert Grammar School with his song ‘Try’

The EMC and Rockshop Album of the Year Award Company S.E.T. 2014 fromHavelock NorthHigh School for their album: 'Sleeping Giant’.

The Who Loves Who Competition Michaela Clark from Manurewa High School with her version of Shihad’s ‘Pacifier’

The Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition First Place Award to Talia Dalton, from Otumoetai College with her song 'Ice Cube In A Coffee'

Junior Maioha Award - best song in Te Reo Māori, Mereana Teka from Opotiki College for the song ‘Tirairaka’.

David Richwhite Lyric Award - Mereana Teka from Opotiki College for the song ‘Tirairaka’

de Frere Lyric Award (Hawkes Bay Region) - Teia Drysdale,NapierGirl's High School, 'Armani's Song'

Cheese On Toast Award - best alternative song,‘Outside’ written by Paige Pomana, Halecia Gardiner-Pomare and Jasmin Dos Santos from Gisborne Girls’ High School PwC School of the Year Award - to the school with the most songs in the Top 40, Gisborne Girls’ High School

"The great songs, performances and recordings of NZ secondary school students that surface in the Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition are truly extraordinary."

"Melodically, lyrically - there is a force to be reckoned with in the imaginative pursuits of young NZers. Our Award Show at the Backbeat venue celebrated those who took top honours in our various songwriting programmes. Each year the standard gets better and better", said Chunn, who masterfully MC’d the night.

Head to to stream or download the 2014 album free of charge.

For all information on Play It Strange, go to

Hastings couple set to graduate with Masters in History.


A new bowel cancer treatment, the effect of diverse grass varieties on sheep production, the challenges of teaching languages, and Māori history written in Te Reo Māori are among research topics by 36 doctoral candidates to be capped during three ceremonies at Massey University's November graduation on Friday.

A total of 424 students will graduate this Friday, including 102 with masterates and 36 with doctoral degrees.

Research from among the 19 PhDs from the College of Sciences includes a thesis by Iman Kavianinia, who has investigated the use of an oral tablet designed to target the colon as an effective drug delivery vehicle. Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers in New Zealand and the second highest cause of cancer deaths.

Lydia Cranston, who completed her research at Massey's International Sheep Research Centre, explored the use of alternative drought-resistant herb and legume grass mixes for grazing sheep. She found that using new combinations of plants could lead to a longer growing season and bigger profits for farmers.

Among the 16 PhD theses from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is a study of how men cope with cancer diagnosis, by clinical psychology doctoral candidate Heather Heron-Speirs. Adele Scott, a former Japanese language teacher at New Plymouth Boys' High School who has been active in developing language strategies for the New Zealand secondary school curriculum, examined language teachers' perceptions of their roles and the challenges they face in her PhD.

Also in education, Samoan teacher Faguele Suaalii explored methods for teaching science at senior level in several Samoan high schools in his doctoral thesis, with a view to developing new strategies for making science more meaningful and relevant to students in Samoa.

Petina Winiata wrote her doctoral thesis on activities and strategies to ensure the survival and prosperity of Ngāti Pareraukawa (a hapu in the Horowhenua of which she is a descendant) entirely in Te Reo Māori. She is one of 35 Māori students to graduate in humanities, business, education, design, sciences, health and Māori visual arts disciplines, including one PhD and nine masterates.

Bachelor of Arts (Māori Studies) student Apirana Peiwhairangi, who has just returned from a five-year contract playing professional rugby league for Sydney's Parramatta Eels to join Auckland's Vodafone Warriors, says studying for his degree by distance brought balance to his life and helped keep him connected to his Māori roots.

Graduating with a Masters in English, Christchurch secondary school drama teacher Robert Gilbert wrote a play as part of his thesis to challenge derogatory perceptions of transgendered people.

And Hastings couple David MacIntosh and Kerry Conlon are both graduating with Masters in History, which they completed while running their Kiwi Wool insulation business. They have researched different topics related to local Māori history.

Posthumous degrees will be awarded to the families of three students. Family members of Robert (Rob) Ayley, who died in the Malaysian MH17 air crash in Ukraine this year, will receive a Certificate in Science and Technology and a Diploma in Science and Technology on Robert's behalf.

Andrew Crozier's family will receive a Diploma in Science and Technology and a Certificate in Arts for Andrew, who was studying towards a Bachelor of Health Sciences. The family of Erica Hume, who was majoring in psychology, will receive her Bachelor of Arts degree.

Guest speakers are:

Ceremony One (College of Sciences)

Dr Helen Anderson, Massey University Council member and Company Director

Ceremony Two (College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and College of Health)

Glenis Philip-Barbara, Associate Deputy Chief Executive - Child, Youth and Family

Ceremony Three - (Massey Business School, Professional and Continuing Education (PACE), College of Creative Arts)

His Excellency Mr Noppadon Theppitak, Ambassador - Royal Thai Embass

New decile rating slashes more than $100,000 from Hastings Intermediate's funding.


School's reeling from decile funding cut's have been offered assistance from the Government to tide them over.

Education Minister Hekia Parata announced the Government has granted an 18 month transition period and $8.6 million to assist schools as they adjust to the changes.

Hastings Intermediate is one of the many schools throughout the country who have had their decile rating increase.

The school went from a decile 2 a decile 3 school which resulted in their funding being slashed by more than $100,000.

Principal Andrew Shortcliffe said the drop in income was about 40 per cent of its decile funding and about 12 per cent of the school's operating income.

He said the effects will be devastating as it was the equivalent of two or three teachers, or about 40 per cent of the school's total curriculum budget for its 550 students.

The recent changes have resulted in a raft of criticism towards the Government but Mrs Parata said the decile system was a well-intentioned but blunt instrument.


Hawkes Bay art students push their boundaries.


Eclectic is the word for the end-of-year exhibition of studio work by final-year visual arts and design degree students at EIT’s ideaschool.

Art produced by 33 students and showcased in the EIT IS3 exhibition encompasses a wide range of disciplines including embroidery, ceramics, cast glass, graphic design, painting, printing, spatial design, product design, assemblage of found objects, installation work, sculpture, woodwork and leatherwork.

Materials are also varied. Some of the more unusual materials and objects used in the artworks are birds’ nests, pumice, wax, a stair banister, a metal trowel, animal gut, fused glass, magnets and rubber.

Programme coordinator Nigel Roberts says the exhibition’s eclecticism demonstrates the freedom ideaschool’s Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design students have to explore their creativity. All second-semester students from the class of 2014 passed, achieving a 100 percent pass rate.

Top Overall Student Morag Shaw taps into mythological and folklore themes in her hand-printed woodblocks and stand-up and hung plywood cut-outs depicting menacing wolves, an eagle, goats and a satyr.

Quirky but practical examples of student art include a gun rest designed by Shaun Simpson and personal writing cases crafted by Carol Goodier.

A keen hunter, Shaun was finding it difficult positioning his gun when taking aim. His portable gun rest, small enough to carry in a jacket pocket, can be readily opened and secured to a tree trunk or branch to provide a stable platform for shooting – a particularly useful device in rough terrain.

Carol has used pliable leather and maplewood to create portable writing cases. Their retro-styling, will remind baby boomers of their satchel-carrying school days. Reinforcing the sense of an earlier age, her display includes a letter from her father, handwritten in 1998, and a schoolgirl’s panama hat.

Top Arts Student Susan Mabin’s powerful sculptures express an artistic interest in domestic disharmony.   Jenni Coulson and Michelle Hellyer shared the Top Design Student Award and Kaye McGarva and Morag Shaw the Top Theory Award.

The exhibition opened on Friday night and continues on campus from 11am-4pm on Sunday, 30 November. Many of the works are for sale.

(Written and released by Mary Shanahan for EIT Marketing Director Brenda Chapman, ph (06) 974 8000 ext 6028, mobile 0275 107 632.)

Hawkes Bay teens named National Champs at the 13th Blue Light PCT competition


A group of teens from Hawkes Bay were named National Champions in the 13th Annual Blue Light PCT competition held at the New Zealand Police College in Wellington, November 14 - 16. Competing against 27 other teams from around New Zealand they beat stiff competition in a range of challenges both physical and mental including the Police Competency Test (PCT), used to train new police recruits, as well as finger printing challenges giving them a taste of CSI.

“The Blue Light PCT competition is a real challenge for young people and the National final held at the Police Training College provides an amazing opportunity for young people to stay at the college and experience life as a Police person for the weekend”, said Warren Sloss, Blue Light Programs Manager. “The National Final also provides an important opportunity for the Police College to connect back into the community and for Police recruits to interact with young people”.

The Blue Light PCT competition is aimed at year 7 and 8 students and starts with regional events throughout New Zealand run by local Blue Light branches in partnership with community Police Officers. Teams are made up of two girls and two boys and top teams from each region travel to Wellington to stay at the NZ Police College and compete to be crowned Blue Light PCT Champions.

Teams compete in five events. The main event is the Police Competency Test (PCT), finger printing (giving students a taste of CSI), a swim challenge, mental problem solving exercises as well as a police car push.

2014 winners were: 1st Hastings Team 1 2nd Hamilton 3rd North Canterbury

Blue Light has a strong vision of Empowering Young people by providing opportunities for positive youth and police interactions. Blue Light runs programs, events and activities free from alcohol and drugs and aims to reduce the incidence of young people being an offender or victim of crime.

Hastings students get hands on career experience


Year 7 and 8 students will have the opportunity to discover what employment options await them, when the 'Futures for Tamariki' careers day comes to Heretaunga Intermediate.

'Futures for Tamariki' is organised by Youth Futures and follows on from the inaugural event that was held in Flaxmere in March this year. It is expected that 300 students from Heretaunga Intermediate, St Matthew's Primary School, Maraekakaho School and St Joseph's School will participate in this month's careers day.

Youth Futures Chairman Hamish Whyte says "Children are often asked "what are you going to do when you grow up?". 'Futures for Tamariki' is a chance for children to begin thinking about the sort of work they would like to do in the future and gather information that will help them make good decisions about the courses they will undertake when they enter secondary school."

Hamish Whyte says "22 different employers will attend the event and each of them will have an activity for the students to undertake. The students will have thought about the vocational pathways which interest them, and that will help them decide which employers they want to visit at the careers day to find out more about what is involved in their industry."

"Research shows that young people are especially attentive when it comes to the views of professionals they come into contact with in educational settings and those contacts can be extremely valuable in making decisions on future careers," Hamish Whyte says.

'Futures for Tamariki' will be held on Friday, 21 November 2014 at Heretaunga Intermediate School, Orchard Rd, Hastings from 10am - 12pm and from 12:30 - 2:30pm.


The Hawkes Bay Youth Futures Trust was set up at the beginning of 2013 as a Hawke's Bay response to youth unemployment. It has the vision of having 100% of our young people involved in education, training or employment. It is supported byHastings District Council and Napier City Council and has relationships with employers across the region.

The Youth Futures initiative aims to build connections between employers, young people and their whanau, schools, training providers, agencies and iwi. It also aims to identify gaps in delivery and facilitate development of the appropriate services.

Hawkes Bay student transforms rubbish into art.


One of 36 visual arts and design students to take part in a pop-up exhibition at EIT's ideaschool, Gabbie Milne-Rodrigues transformed herself into a living work of art.

For her static performance, the second-year degree student held a pose at the two-hour opening of the 36//48 exhibition while submersed in non-biodegradable materials collected from Napier's Marine Parade beach.

Passionate about the marine environment, Gabbie says local councils, organisations and clubs do a very good job in looking after Hawke's Bay's coastline.

"Most people care about the future of the sea and are careful that plastics, polystyrene and other toxic materials don't end up in the marine ecosystem. However, it has become apparent that the shift needs to happen at source."

Gabbie points to bans in Hawaii on plastic bottles and California on single-use plastic bags. There are safe alternatives to polystyrene and plastics, she says - "what is slow in coming is the will to use them".

The 36//48 exhibition ran for just two days on campus and Gabbie says the challenge for her was keeping totally still at the opening.

"I am obviously a bit of a talker. This performance was a silent one, but I am a doer as well as a talker."

Moving to Hawke's Bay after two years' degree studies in Auckland, Gabbie decided to check out EIT.

"I was impressed with ideaschool and what it had to offer. I'm interested in performance art and ideaschool staff were excited to hear about that."

Living on Napier Hill, she walks the beach most days - a far cry from her childhood experience of growing up in Avondale where, as a nine-year-old, she took photos of a river polluted by industrial chemicals and sent them to a newspaper.

The 36//48 exhibition was a package exercise for the second-year Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design students, who organised themselves into committees to organise all aspects of the event. While some designed and made invitations, others produced an audio visual promoting the event. Gabbie was in a group curating the exhibition.

Programme coordinator Nigel Roberts says the cohort, the first to enrol in ideaschool's project-based learning degree, benefited from a similar exercise in their first year.

"They're an on-to-it group," he says, "a very motivated group of students."

Across Ideaschool, students are gearing up for end-of-year events. The visual arts and design Graduate Exhibition and Music Performance are open entry events. All tickets are taken for the Fashion Show and the Film Screening was held on Monday, 17 November at MTG.

-Graduate Exhibition: 5.30pm, Friday, 21 November, ideaschool, EIT

-Fashion Show: 6pm, Wednesday, 26 November, Trades Building, EIT

-Music Performance: 8pm, Friday, 28 November, Shed 2, Napier.