Students will soon have a safe way to virtually view and explore a working port.
Napier Port announced today that it has become the naming rights sponsor of MTG Hawke’s Bay’s (Museum Theatre Gallery) new Education Suite for the next 10 years.
The Napier Port Education Suite is a curriculum-based facility for primary and secondary pupils. Over 8,000 students use the suite every year.
"We’ve long had a wish to improve community access to Napier Port through some form of education facility," says its chairman Jim Scotland.
"The challenge has been how to overcome the Port’s safety-related access restrictions. The recent opening of MTG has provided us with the opportunity to do justice to the concept we’ve had in mind."
Special education programmes focusing on Napier Port will be developed over the summer and offered to schools from mid-2014. These programmes, for primary and secondary schools, will showcase the contribution the Napier Port makes to the regional economy, and its national significance.
"Technology will enable pupils to observe a busy working port from the safety of the Education Suite," says Napier Port chief executive Garth Cowie.
"Using video material as well as a direct link to the port’s extensive CCTV network, pupils will obtain a realistic view of life inside a port."
As the oldest continuously operating business in Hawke’s Bay, Napier Port has been closely associated with many of the region’s founding families and businesses.
Some of that history has been captured in a new shipping database which contains details of every vessel to have called into Napier Port since 1895.
"Students will also be able to track down information on their forebears using this shipping database sited in the Education Suite," says Cowie.
"It has a wealth of historic value which has not been publicly accessible until now".
"We believe the shipping database and Education Suite will help demonstrate the breadth of role Napier Port has made, and will continue to make, to our region. Through our sponsorship we are delighted to build on our 120+ year contribution to Hawke’s Bay."
A new programme is to be trialled in Hastings which will support local young people as they make the transition from school to employment.
Hastings District Council has partnered with the Youth Futures Trust to pilot Youth Link, an innovative programme which will support young people when they leave school. School leavers will be contacted on a regular basis to check on their progress into further study or employment and encourage them to make positive decisions on their future.
Hastings District Council approved $54,679 of Contestable Grants funding to establish Youth Link at their meeting on 19th November 2013 and this initiative builds on similar programmes which operate in Otorohanga, Nelson/Tasman and South Auckland.
Councillor Sandra Hazlehurst says "Hastings Girls and Karamu High Schools have agreed to take part in the trial and we are hopeful that Flaxmere College will also join. Youth Link will maintain contact with school leavers, supporting them with their employment or training choices and making referrals to potential employers where appropriate."
Sandra Hazlehurst says "Youth Link will also reinforce the message that the community cares about our young people and wants to support them to become active participants in our community."
"The programme will assist in making it as easy as possible for our youth to move from school into employment, by maintaining on-going contact. We don’t want any young person to be left without opportunities for participation in the workforce"
Deputy Mayor Cynthia Bowers says "Initially, Youth Link will maintain communication with young people from when they leave school until the age of 20, ensuring that no-one is left without guidance. The finish age of 20 will be reconsidered once the pilot begins and we have gathered information on whether our youths require longer term support."
Cynthia Bowers says "The project will require a part-time Youth Link staff member who has the ability to connect with young people and build connections within the district."
Youth Link will maintain contact with young people who are engaged in a tertiary training programme outside the district on an annual basis while those who are involved in tertiary training within the district will be contacted each quarter. Contact will also be maintained with school leavers who find employment which includes a training component while those who are unemployed will be contacted on a more regular basis to encourage activity toward employment or training.
Family history librarian for Auckland Libraries, Seonaid (Shona) Lewis, will share her knowledge and expertise during an evening on family history at the Hastings War Memorial Library on Thursday 16 January at 5.30pm.
Seonaid is based in the Central Auckland Research Centre and is responsible for an extensive international family history collection and a hugely busy outreach programme.
Her own family history research extends over 16 years and she joined librarianship 8 years ago in order to help others with their research. Seonaid also had a long career in design and print - which included 10 years as a Typographer Printer for the Hawke's Bay Herald-Tribune in the 1980s.
Local genealogist and heritage advisor Lily Baker says the free evening talks will cover both Family History at Auckland Libraries and Social Media for Family Historians.
"We heard Seonaid speak in Auckland and thought it would be valuable to have her present similar information in Hastings," Lily says.
"Anyone who is researching their family history will really benefit from this opportunity to hear about the wonderful resources held in the Central Auckland Research Centre, as well as learning how you can trace your ancestors through online research."
Auckland Libraries' holds many treasures of interest to the family historian - a large international family history collection and a richness of old colonist records that covers the old Auckland Province and beyond.
Ms Lewis also discusses how resources like chatrooms, message boards, and mailing lists have now expanded to include Facebook, Twitter, Blogger and websites like Flickr.
Seonaid Lewis says "Social media can be effective "cousin-bait" and is also valuable in sharing research with relatives, friends and strangers. Come and hear a few tips and tricks on how to get Social Media working for you."
Teena Boxer’s ambition is to be a diesel mechanic and to drive a Holden V8, so it would be fair to say she has a passion for motors and cars.
"I love everything about them, the speed, even the sound. I am a grease monkey." says the 18-year-old from Napier.
The Press Council has upheld a complaint from Taradale High School about The Dominion Post's reporting of NCEA results for year 13 level 3 students. The August 12 article, headlined Boys slip further in school's co-ed class, included a table listing the highest and lowest achieving schools in the paper's circulation area. The table gave pass rates for the highest achieving schools, but failure rates for the lowest achieving schools.
Taradale High School featured in the table under a section titled "Lowest AchievingHawke's Bay Schools", with the percentage figure of 36.2 per cent.
Principal Stephen Hensman complained to the council that this conveyed a misleading impression that only 36.2 per cent of its students had passed. In fact, 63.8 per cent had. It was misleading to use the ‘failure rate' and to represent it as the school's ‘pass rate', he said, and the article had brought the school's staff and students into disrepute.
A six-week “bootcamp” is kicking off an EIT and Youth Quest initiative aimed at helping at-risk Maori and Pacific Island youth into trades training and jobs.
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