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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.

Hawkes Bay student receives The Golden Jubilee School Leaver scholarship.


Ten secondary school students are being awarded nearly $40,000 each to study at the University of Waikato.

The award is part of the Golden Jubilee School Leavers Scholarship, which was established to commemorate the University’s 50th anniversary.

More than 200 students from across New Zealand applied for the scholarship. Applicants had to demonstrate a high level of academic excellence, leadership potential and community citizenship.

Read more: Hawkes Bay student receives The Golden Jubilee School Leaver scholarship.

A Trio of Tale Tellers brings three acclaimed writers to Hawkes Bay.

A Trio of Tale Tellers

Award winning American author Cheryl Pearl Sucher will be joined by New Zealand authors Rachael King and Tim Wilson at East Pier Hotel on Saturday 8 November at 5pm.

Sheryl Reed, chairperson of the Writers in Wineries Charitable Trust says the evening of literary pleasure called A Trio of Tale Tellers provides Hawke's Bay readers the opportunity to hear and meet three acclaimed writers in a relaxed environment.

"Our creed is "Words, Wine and Food" and this event combines these perfectly; great writers in a local foodie venue with iconic views looking out to both the sea and hills."

"Many people will recognise Tim Wilson as a member of the Seven Sharp news team and Racheal King as being an acclaimed NZ author and current Director of the Christchurch Writers Festival."

Rachael King, a former Hastings Rudolph Steiner school student, is the author of two adult novels: The Sound of Butterflies, which won Best First Book (Fiction) at the 2007 Montana New Zealand Book Awards, and Magpie Hall (2009). Red Rocks, her latest novel for children was a finalist in 2013 NZ Post Children's Book Awards. Rachael's work has been translated into nine languages.

Tim Wilson has written for the Guardian,, the New York Times, Women's Weekly, and New Idea. His novel about the rapture, Their Faces Were Shining, was published in 2010. A collection of short stories, The Desolation Angel, appeared the following year. His latest novel is News Pigs.

Cheryl Pearl Sucher, a freelance writer and book reviewer for The Listener and The Sunday Star-Times is an award-winning American author who lives between Brooklyn, New York and Hawke's Bay. Her first novel, The Rescue of Memory, was successfully published in the United States and in German translation.

Tickets for the event are $20.00 and available online at Eventfinder or from NapierLibraries, Beattie and Forbes Napier, Hastings District Libraries and CreativeHastings.

New boat safety education for Hawke's Bay schools


A new boat safety education programme is being offered to Hawke's Bay primary and intermediate schools in early summer by the Harbourmaster.

The programme has been funded by a grant from the recreational boating fund through Maritime New Zealand.

It is a first for Hawke's Bay schools. Harbourmaster Phil Norman has been keen to run a free programme to schools to reinforce the successful lifejacket awareness campaigns he has run over the last two summers.

The programme will be rolled out to schools over two years with schools in Central Hawke's Bay, Napier and Wairoa being offered the programme from 17 November to 12 December this year.

A university student and surf lifesaver, Rhys Harman, will work as an HBRC educator and visit the schools to teach students about safety in and around boats.

"We want our children to be safe around boats, and understand the importance of wearing lifejackets and other boat safety skills. Some schools have signed up to have the boating safety educator there for a whole day to work with all their classes, which is a great response," says HBRC's Harbourmaster Phil Norman.

Students will learn from a fun, interactive presentation on boating safety, a lifejacket demonstration and an optional extra of climbing aboard a boat, loaned by Firmans Marine, to learn about keeping safe while in and around boats.

"I'd particularly like to hear from schools near the sea or a river in Central Hawke's Bay and Wairoa sign up for this, so that parents know their children have a solid understanding of boat safety," says Captain Norman.

He is particularly thankful to Firmans' Marine for the loan of a boat for the duration of the programme.

Wairoa, CHB or Napier Schools who would like to register for the boating safety programme can still contact HBRC's Harbourmaster on 06 833 4525. Hastingsschools and others will be offered the programme the following summer.

The education programme reinforces HBRC's bylaw change requiring everyone in a boat under 6 metres or paddle craft to wear a personal flotation device at all times.

Safer Boating Week runs next week (17-24 October) with a spotlight on "prepping your boat, checking your gear and knowing the rules" before getting out on the water this Labour Weekend.

EIT Hawkes Bay donate nursing books to the Cook Islands

Nursing books for Cook Island students

Student nurses in the Cook Islands have lots of extra reading to look forward to, with staff from EIT’s School of Nursing donating textbooks to support their three-year training programme.

Spearheading the book-donation drive, EIT’s Assistant Head of School Nursing Jennifer Roberts asked her colleagues for textbooks they were no longer using.   In the four weeks since, they have been piling up in her office so that now, she says, there are 112 to send away.

The campaign was prompted by a recent holiday to the island group and ongoing communication with the principal of the Cook Island’s School of Nursing, New Zealander Mary MacManus.

“They have also asked EIT’s School of Nursing to review their new curriculum, introduced this year for their Diploma in Nursing programme, so that has been on my to-do list too.”

Jennifer says Mary was pleased to accept the offer of books, which are needed to build up a library for use by the student nurses and health professionals working in the Cook Islands. While the island group has an 80-bed hospital on Rarotonga and a 20-bed hospital on Aitutaki, most nurses work in primary health care out in the community.

The Cooks have a population of 11,000 people living on 15 islands scattered over two million square kilometres of ocean.

“Often nurses are working on their own, running a clinic where the challenge is to be a Jack of all trades, dealing with whatever problems come in the door.”

Student nurses start practicums in their first year of training, undertaking 1900 clinical hours to complete their diplomas compared to the 1100 hours required for New Zealand’s Bachelor of Nursing.

Jennifer says she wasn’t expecting so many donations – “and they’re not small books”. Hefty tomes covering areas such as anatomy and physiology won’t date. Also useful will be those on maternal and child health, which make up a big component of nurse training and practice in the Cooks.

“They provide a foundation of knowledge – you always need a textbook.”

Offering a regular service to Rarotonga, Pacific Freight Management Ltd has offered to ship the books free of charge.

“I only have to figure out how to get them to Auckland now,” says Jennifer. “They may be able to hitch a ride or we could arrange for a courier.”

EIT’s School of Nursing is attracting more Pacific Island students, and this year it formalised project coordinator Pacific Maryanne Marsters’ role as a mentor for those enrolled in its nursing studies programme.