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Learn how to maximise export returns in Hawkes Bay.


The AERU at Lincoln University is leading a research programme called "Maximising Export Returns".

Funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, this aims to help producers increase their returns based on marketing the "credence attributes" (e.g. food safety, animal welfare, environmental sustainability) of New Zealand food and beverage exports valued by consumers in five key export markets (China, India, Indonesia, Singapore and the United Kingdom).

Professor Caroline Saunders will present results from the first year of the research, focusing on how consumers in different markets respond to different attributes and on how New Zealand producers can communicate with their overseas consumers.

Lincoln University is New Zealand's specialist land-based university. The AERU is a centre founded in 1962 to undertake agribusiness and economics research. Professor Saunders is the Director of the AERU with more than thirty years of experience in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Her research has been recognised with the presentation of the NZIER Economics Award in 2007 and Caroline was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year's Honours List of 2009.

This event is partnered with Business Hawke's Bay.

Invoices for this event will be sent out after you have registered online.

Date: Thursday 16 October 2014

Time: 10:30am to 12pm

Venue: Council Room (B Block), EIT, Taradale, Napier

Industry: Food & Beverage

Organised by: Amanda Liddle Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: 06 835 2528

Prices (per person): Members: FREE Non Members: $25 inc GST


BikeNZ 'Learn to Ride' School Hawkes Bay Holiday Program


A specialised one day program has been designed for 7-10 year olds to help develop their fundamental skills, confidence and enjoyment of cycling. This program is delivered by trained BikeNZ instructors in a safe off road environment at the HB Regional Sports Park, using the new Junior Cycle Track and Limestone Pathways.

To enroll your child go on to the website click on events, then click on Learn to Ride.
If you would like any futher information or have any questions please contact: Lyndal Johansson on 06 845 9336 ext 719 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: Tue 30 Sep 2014, 9:00am–2:30pm

Where: Sports Park Hawke's Bay, Percival Rd, Hastings

Restrictions: All Ages


Maori speech competition begins in Napier.


The National Ngā Manu Kōrero o Ngā Kura Tuarua o Aotearoa competition is due to begin today in Napier. Now into its 49th year, the competition gives young orators the chance to try their hand at public speaking. This is the first time the national speech competition has been held in Hawkes Bay since 1992.

The Ngā Manu Kōrero speech competitions are sponsored by the NZ Post Primary Teachers’ Association. The Ngā Manu Kōrero finals 2014 will be hosted by Te Matau a Māui Māori Teachers Incorporated. More information

Incorporating the Korimako and Sir Turi Carroll competitions for Māori pupils speaking in English and the Pei Te Hurinui Jones and Te Rāwhiti Ihaka competitions for all pupils speaking in Māori.

The date and venue for the 2014 National competition:

Date: Tuesday 23 - Thursday 25 September

Venue:Pettigrew Green Arena, 480 Gloucester Street, Taradale, Hawke's Bay

For the Competition Booklet please click HERE

Hawkes Bay schools benefit from the Kids and Teens Can Cook Kitchen.


The Kids and Teens Can Cook Kitchen has visited seven schools in the last seven days and we have been so impressed with the Mana, Respect, Courtesy and Give it go Attitude that we have found in the Bay of Plenty and East Cape regions. My Family has been travelling on the road for the last 14 months and we are going to take a well earned break to our favourite place - Haast - in the South Westland Region where there is no cell-phone coverage and lots of whitebait (we hope!).

You can see a snapshot of our last 14 months on the road at our Family Blog Click Here. We rented out the family home and have home-schooled our children while travelling around NZ teaching more the 35,000 Kids and Teens with our Kitchen programs.

Have a great School Holidays and we look forward to Term 4 and more adventures.

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Te Awa School - Napier

Nuhaka School - East Coast

Lindisfarne College and Frimley School - Hastings

Whakamaru School - Whakamaru

Ohuka School - Wairoa

Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae

Aorangi School - Rotorua

Give your kids breakfast and they will eat for a day, teach them how to cook and they will eat for a lifetime

Objective - "A Community of Kids feeding themselves."

Our thing is to inspire and motivate kids to cook for themselves

The Fortune Family Adventure

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The Haast Region of NZ - our place

During the School holidays the Fortune Family makes its annual trip down south where there is no cellphone or internet and we hang out with more

Te Awa School is growing very tasty kids

on the Kids Can Cook Cook Kitchen. This is a very busy school and their National Standards results speak for themselves: 83% of more

Nuhaka is simply the best

One of my favourite schools that I have visited this year, great teachers, hungry kids for knowledge all add up to a very tasty more

Lindisfarne College and Frimley Team up

for a busy day on the Kids Can Cook Kitchen. We made Italian food in the morning and French Food in the afternoon To see the photos and more

Whakamaru school is giving it a go

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Ohuka School may be small but it makes up for it..

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Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae was tasting great

Lots of helpers, lots of smiles as we cooked up lots of yummy food on the Kids Can Cook Kitchen .... great school and kids To see all of more

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Former Hawkes Bay student to head Massey University's College of Sciences


Massey University's College of Sciences is to be headed by internationally recognised veterinary and agricultural science specialist Professor Raymond Geor, the university Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey announced today.

Professor Geor will replace the current Pro Vice-Chancellor of the college, Professor Robert Anderson, who is retiring later this year.

Mr Maharey says he is delighted with the appointment for what is a vital role in the university's mission of defining New Zealand's future and taking what it does best to the rest of the world. "Massey University leads New Zealand - and is known internationally - for its expertise in agrifood, animal and land-based sciences and biosecurity, which are key to New Zealand's success globally."

The College of Sciences employs more than 670 full-time equivalent staff across two of the three Massey University campuses - Albany in Auckland and Manawatu in Palmerston North - educating just over 6000 of the university's 32,500 students, including more than 1000 international students. It undertakes teaching, research, consultancy and commercial activities across disciplines ranging from fundamental, applied, veterinary, natural and land-based sciences to engineering and advanced technology.

Professor Geor is a Massey Bachelor of Veterinary Science graduate (1983) who has worked in tertiary education in the United States and Canada for most of the past 30 years. He was raised in Havelock Northand attended St John's College in Hastings.

He has a Master of Veterinary Science from the University of Saskatchewan, a PhD in Physiology from Ohio State University and breadth of institutional experience in Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture as a leader/administrator, professor, clinical veterinarian, teacher and researcher.

That experience includes his current role as Chairman and Professor of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Michigan State University, Virginia Tech University, Kentucky Equine Research Incorporated, University of Minnesota, the University of Guelph and the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and as a practicing veterinarian in New Zealand.

"Professor Geor brings extensive research pedigree, together with proven and diverse experience as an academic and managerial leader, to the benefit of the college and the university," Mr Maharey says. He will join the university in March next year.

Havelock North Intermediate will celebrate its 40th birthday with a makeover.


Four schools have been selected to receive a $10,000 Treemendous school makeover in 2015 - a joint initiative between the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson Trust.

The Treemendous team will carry out the school makeovers in 2015 together with help from the local school communities, parents and students, and the local Mazda dealerships.

Havelock North Intermediate will be visited next year by the Treemendous team for a native tree planting working bee. The schools' outdoor areas will be transformed into a space for students to learn and explore.

"The standard of entries for the Treemendous School Makeovers were incredibly high this year, making it exceptionally difficult to choose the four winners," says Mazda Foundation chairman Andrew Clearwater.

"It was clear that a lot of thought and planning from both the staff and students went into the applications, resulting in a huge variety of creative and original ideas."

Havelock North Intermediate will celebrate its 40th birthday next year. A large disused area of the school grounds will be transformed into a place where children can learn about native flora and fauna. A new path will create a link between three local schools, allowing children to socialise with pupils from other schools in a shared community area. A waharoa (gateway), bird houses and feeders, beehives, and a substantial number of natives will also be included in the transformation.

More than 31 schools have now been awarded Treemendous Makeovers.

Project Crimson Trust chairman Devon McLean says it was wonderful to see so many schools passionate about the environment and eager to create their own educational outdoor area.

"Since the programme's inception in 2008, more than 27 schools have benefited from an outdoor transformation and we are looking forward to seeing even more creative environmental initiatives from around the country, when entries open in 2015."

"The quality of entries this year was outstanding and we're thrilled to see how much schools are embracing the importance of conservation and outdoor learning," says McLean."

All Primary and Intermediate Schools can apply for a Treemendous school makeover. Finalists will receive $500 for their school and the winning four schools will receive a $10,000 school makeover. Entries will open again in the first term of the New Year.

Young Viticulturist of the Year and EIT graduate gears up for more competition.


Winner of the prestigious New Zealand’s Young Viticulturist of the Year title, Paul Robinson is an outstanding success story for the Hawke’s Bay winegrowing industry.

After leaving school a decade ago, Paul moved from Taranaki in pursuit of a horticulture-based career. Studying at EIT and working part-time in a friend’s vineyard combined theory and practice, he says, which made him want to finish the Bachelor of Viticulture and Bachelor of Wine Science concurrent degree.

The 27-year-old is now the assistant vineyard manager of Villa Maria’s Joseph Soler and Te Awa blocks, west ofHastings.

Having won the national title on his fourth attempt, Paul is feeling "over the moon". He outperformed more than 45 budding viticulturists who entered from wine regions nationwide~and he is the third successive EIT graduate to have claimed the national title.

Paul was one of five to make it through to the finals, held as part of the recent Bragato Conference in Blenheim. Two others, Brenton O’Riley and Jeffery Farrell, were also EIT degree graduates and Brenton placed third.

Paul says he worked hard for his win.

"It’s been a while coming," he laughs. "The extra work I put into the event paid off. I refreshed in my mind the things I do on the vineyard with trellising, wire work and tractor maintenance as well as viticulture work. That definitely helped."

A huge benefit of taking part in previous competitions was the confidence and knowledge he had gained in delivering a speech and preparing for the judges’ interview.

"With the past experience, I feel I performed better."

Pointing out that EIT graduates have won the title for the last three years, he says that’s good news for the tertiary educator. "It shows the quality of the graduates as well as lecturers and the things EIT has in place."

Paul’s prize package is a $5000 travel voucher, a week-long trip to visit established New Zealand industry leaders, $2000 in cash, wine glasses and a year-long lease of an SUV.

Representing the viticulture industry in November’s New Zealand Young Horticulturist of the Year competition, he appreciates the enormity of the challenge ahead. For the multi-faceted event, finalists have to come up with a market innovation and shape a presentation around that.

"It keeps your brain ticking over," says Paul, who is delaying any decisions around travel until he knows the outcome of the competition.

"There are a lot of European wine regions I haven’t seen yet and in particular I’m keen to see Bordeaux. I’ve never been to Australia’s wine regions either and that is somewhere I’d like to go. They are, after all, our next door neighbours."

After leaving school, Paul moved to Hawke’s Bay, he says, because he wanted to do something horticulture-based.

"I thought I’d give EIT a go and, at the same time I got a job on a friend’s vineyard. Villa Maria took him on as a cadet in the third year of his degree studies and from there he worked his way up the ranks.

"They’re a good company to work for," says Paul, who regularly updates his knowledge and experience of safe, responsible and effective use of agrichemicals by attending Growsafe courses at EIT.

- Two EIT students made wines that won bronze in the Bragato Wine Awards. Bachelor of Viticulture and Bachelor of Wine Science concurrent degree student Jascha Oldham-Selak made JOS Vintages Syrah 2014 from grapes grown by Danny van Zelm while Bachelor of Wine Science student Manuele Peretti used Delegat’s grapes to make H.Ave Wines Chardonnay 2014.

The wines were judged alongside commercial wines entered in the competition.

Marae cookery course a Hawke's Bay first


Learning cookery skills on their home marae is the icing on the cake for a group of students from Omahu.

Just weeks into the four-month marae cookery programme, EIT tutor chef Kat Sheridan is finding her students a "fun bunch" who are enjoying their learning.

One of the group, Mike Wati endorses that.

"I love it, it’s awesome," he enthuses. "It gives us all a chance to learn a whole lot of skills for the future and what we learn we can pass onto the younger ones as well," says the father of two.

Mike and his classmates are enrolled in the National Certificate in Hospitality (Basic Cookery), which EIT is also offering as a first on Pukemokimoki marae in Napier, Te Pahou marae at Manutuke in Tairāwhiti (Gisborne) as well as a group from Flaxmere on its campus in Hawke’s Bay.

Over 18 weeks, students are learning the basics of cookery, budgeting and how to work out portions in catering for large numbers of people.

Dicing steak for scotch broth, Mike says he and his fellow students have already learnt how to make sauces, velouté and mayonnaise - "now we’re getting into the serious recipes."

Doreen Nuku also loves the learning, particularly about health, safety and hygiene.

"It opens up another opportunity for me. It’s a ticket for what I really want to do - prepare food on the marae and to do it a lot better."

Betty Hanara thinks it’s important to learn new cookery skills such as handling knives. "And we’re teaching Kat some new tricks too," she laughs.

Coming from the same community, the students know one another well and often work together preparing food on the marae.

Kat, who did her initial training as a chef at EIT, likes the real-life working environment of the marae kitchen.

"It’s nice that they are working in their community," she says of the students. "I think that’s the best part of it, that they are demonstrating tautoko - support for one another."

Iwi are collaborating with EIT in offering the marae cookery programme as a national qualification. Each marae has assigned a kaumātua to guide students on the protocol for serving food on a marae - tikanga which includes welcoming manuhiri (visitors) and the order of service.

A Level 3 qualification, the National Certificate in Hospitality provides a pathway to Level 4 professional chef practice programmes at EIT Hawke’s Bay