Kapi-Mana News : July 26th 2011
CITY FOCUS RESIDENT NEWSLETTER: PAGES 6 & 7 TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz INSIDE SPEAKING OUT Public has say on city services 2 BRUSHING UP Lend school kids a hand 3 DIGITAL CHOC Whittaker's sweet as website 4 CHEERS TO 'THE CROW' Bruce Crowley 26 INDEX Letters ................................ 8 Talking Politics ..................... 8 Kickin' Back ...................... 19 Cinemaddict ...................... 21 Weekly Workout ................. 22 Classified .......................... 30 Sport ................................ 37 ............................................ CALL US Phone 04 237 8118 Fax 04 237 8552 Address Ground Floor BNZ Tower, Hartham Pl, Porirua Email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com richard.gordon@ fairfaxnz.co.nz Courses not Hutt bound -- Sowry By KAROLINE TUCKEY Concerns Whitireia courses could be relocated to Petone if a proposed partnership with WelTec goes ahead are unfounded and student feedback about the arrangement has been exclusively positive, the Whitireia chairman says. Roger Sowry, who is chairman of the board of both Whitireia poly- technic and Petone-based WelTec, recently announced both tertiary providers have begun consultation on a strategic partnership'' that was likely to include a combined academic board and allow staff and resources to be shared. But a staff member at the Porirua campus, who asked not to be named, said management were not addressing practical concerns raised by staff, and students could find their classes relocated across the region. Courses shifted between Porirua and Petone would seriously disad- vantage students who had to travel between the two, since transport between the cities was problematic, he said. You can do the first year of the [IT] degree at two campuses, but after that . . . the implication is that you can do your first year degree at Whitireia, but you have to go to WelTec to do the second year. People [from Porirua] are not going to go over to Petone.'' Mr Sowry said staff and students were being fully consulted about the proposal and there were no plans to shift any courses between Porirua and Petone. No one has talked about that at all, and we can't put any more students on the Petone site, it's just full. You can't just move funding places from one institution to another -- it's impossible, we are not allowed to. We are much more interested in the staff movement between campuses and teaching on each other's campuses, so the students don't have to move. That makes more sense than moving whole classes of students.'' However, he alluded to the poten- tial for courses to be shifted to or from the Whitireia Wellington cam- pus, saying the partnership allowed the potential to strengthen and develop on Whitireia's Centres of Excellence -- sites which house courses of a similar focus, such as the strong group of health courses at Whitireia Porirua, creative arts and media subjects at Whitireia Wellington, and trades at WelTec. Courses such as WelTec's certifi- cate in special effects and makeup artistry could be shifted to the cre- ative Wellington site so they could benefit from staff and students housed at one centre to share ideas'', he said. Kapi-Mana News has been told of concerns among some students that fewer places will be available for Whitireia and WelTec students progressing to consecutive years of study in the same course. But Mr Sowry said no courses, or places on courses, would be lost as a direct result of the partnership. Students who attended meetings about the partnership have been very positive, he said. He was not aware of any concerns. Students had indicated a combined academic board, which would allow qualifications and achievements to be cross-credited between institutions, was import- ant to them, and were excited about having access to resources on other campuses such as libraries, com- puters and the ability to submit assignments, Mr Sowry said. Whitireia provided a discounted bus service between Petone and Porirua and the polytech was look- ing into ways to strengthen students' access to public transport, he said. Whitireia Independent Students' Association president Mahia Fui- maono said students had been posi- tive about having further access to resources, and she was not aware of any concerns. Submissions on the partnership close on July 31. Rail station artists to exhibit Bright eyes: Paintings by Plimmerton artist Xoe Hall will be on display at Pataka soon as part of Off the Wall, an exhibition of art by the muralists who contributed to the Porirua railway station makeover earlier this year. Off the Wall opens on Thursday and runs until August 14. By KAROLINE TUCKEY The vibrant colour and design of Porirua's new railway station murals will soon be on show at Pataka. The 11 artists who contributed murals to the station makeover early this year have been invited to take part in Off the Wall, an exhi- bition at Pataka showcasing a selec- tion of their other works. Plimmerton artist Xoe Hall says it's an exciting chance to get more of her painting displayed in her home town, and to show work that is a bit different to the murals. They are different to my murals because the things I paint in my own time's my own style. Murals are more simplistic, these pieces are really something else I think -- every time I paint something new emerges out of it.'' The railway station renovation was a rewarding project to be part of, she says, and has generated a lot of positive comment. Street art and murals are a good thing, a good feeling, and it gets a good response, it's better than blank, boring walls. This whole place [the station], with all these artists and all these designs, it's just good, a huge wow factor. People come through here and they are just like wow, this is amazing'. I feel proud. The council decided to put the murals up to give a little love and now they are getting it back -- you have got to give some to get some back. I think it was a really nice gift for the city.''
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