Kapi-Mana News : August 23rd 2011
1 INSIDE MASTER KEY How the election is shaping up 2 BY THE BOOK Cracking teen troubles 3 THE WHITE STUFF Snow, snow and more snow 6 TRY MACHINE Hat-tricks nothing for this girl 29 INDEX Letters ................................ 8 Talking Politics ..................... 9 Toddler in Tow.................... 10 Cinemaddict ...................... 15 Weekly Workout ................. 16 Classified .......................... 23 Sport ................................ 28 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 TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz Whitirea merger must keep Porirua presence By ANDREA O'NEIL Whitireia polytechnic s presence in Porirua is threatened by its partial merger with Petone s WelTec, warns Porirua City Council. It is also concerned a decision on the merger will be made behind closed doors. The council has expressed strong concerns about the polytechnics proposed partnership in a sub- mission to Whitireia Community Polytechnic and WelTec. In June the two polytechs released a proposal to form a stra- tegic partnership , which will see them remain independent financially but merge some courses, services and administrative functions. The partial merger is a result of tertiary education minister Steven Joyce appointing four joint board members to the two institutions last year, including a shared chair- man, former National MP Roger Sowry. The partnership is estimated to save the polytechs $2 million per year. Porirua City Council would be greatly concerned if the partner- ship reduced courses in Porirua or moved them elsewhere, its sub- mission stated. The plans to consolidate the Whitireia site in Porirua may rep- resent plans to limit or reduce Whitireia s presence in our city. Whitireia s decision in 2009 to move its performing arts centre from Pataka to Vivian St in Wel- lington was given as a worst-case example of what could happen under the partnership. The programme was closely identified with Porirua and we think the profile loss has been to the detriment of the city. Local students, especially those on low incomes, would have serious access issues if courses relocated out of Porirua, the submission warned. The council supports a single governing body for the two polytechs but would like to see the retention of local identity, programmes and services for the respective communities . In a council meeting last Thursday, chief executive Gary Simpson said they are still in the dark about many details, including the timeframe of the partial merger. He said they have been told by Whitireia more information would not be forthcoming until the end of the year. Council senior economic develop- ment advisor Sakirin Sapeas, who prepared the submission, said the council was not offered the oppor- tunity to make an oral submission to the polytechs, and was worried a decision should not be made with- out proper public consultation. Kapi-Mana News tried to speak with Mr Sowry but was asked to send written questions to the Whitireia council. As we went to press, a response had not been received. Rugby heads: Quiz champions Tawa Trojans have used their rugby trivia knowledge to win seats to the Rugby World Cup final for the second time. From left are Mark ''Inanga'' Edgecombe, Mark ''Crazee'' Cryer, Barry ''Big B'' Nichols, and Matthew ''Bad Boy'' Berg. Rugby talent all in the head By ANDREA O'NEIL There were endless hours of train- ing, pre-match nerves and even dirty opposition tactics from rival teams. But this was a rugby competition with a difference -- the competitors were trivia experts, not sportsmen. Pub quiz team Tawa Trojans emerged victorious from a national Rugby World Cup quiz series with tickets to October s Rugby World Cup final at Eden Park their prize. Even more impressively, this is the team s second Heineken Trivia Series win. In 2007 they were flown to Paris for the cup final between England and South Africa. The Trojans beat 500 teams to take this year s title, which was fought between six finalists at an Auckland hotel in June. The Trojans belong to the Tawa Trojans cricket team, but say their rugby expertise came out of their formative years as Tawa College rugby players. As Tawa boys you grow up playing rugby, getting thrashed by Porirua every week, so at some point we decided we d turn to the trivia side rather than the rugby side, Mark Edgecombe says. The team took the competition seriously, training until midnight every night as the final drew nearer. Videos of old World Cup games were analysed, players birthdays memorised and stadiums catalogued obsessively. There s a lot of useless know- ledge contained in heads around this table, he says. World Cup years were divvied up between team members to study, and numbers whiz Barry Nichols drew 1999 and 2007, both All Black losing years. So basically I was depressed for a week, he says. While the team say there are tac- tics, such as mnemonics, to help memorise information, the key to trivia success is passion for the sub- ject. Still, they had their fair share of nerves before the quiz final, with team captain Matthew Berg getting a case of the shakes and Mr Edge- combe coming down with a migraine -- reminiscent of the All Blacks falling ill before the 1995 Cup final, the men point out. Being woken up at 4am the morn- ing of the final by a dastardly rival team banging on their hotel room doors didn t help, Mark Cryer says. About 20 per cent of the quiz questions were general knowledge, albeit relating to World Cup win- ning countries. One that stumped them was the difference between a dog and a dingo -- dingos don t bark, as it turns out. The men rave about their trip to Paris four years ago, but New Zea- land missing out on the final dampened their buzz. This cup final will be different, Mr Berg says. We re going to win this one.
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