Kapi-Mana News : October 25th 2011
5 KAPI-MANA NEWS, OCTOBER 25, 2011 NEWS Hot Back to School Deals this week and many more in store All offers are subject to availability or while stocks last. We reserve the right to limit quantities. Trade strictly not supplied. Check out our Facebook page and enter our competition to win an Apple iPad!* *Terms and conditions apply. Offers available from Tuesday 25 Oct - Sunday 30 Oct 2011 Bakery Deli Coldshelf Produce Round Rolls 12 Pack Fat Free Shaved Ham Yoplait Yoghurt 12 Pack each per 100g each $1.88 74c $4.98 Bobby Bananas 2 for $3.88 Join My PAKnSAVE at paknsave.co.nz College names its new head By KAROLINE TUCKEY A new principal has been announced for Aotea College, and she s back in familiar territory. A former deputy principal of Porirua College, Kate Gainsford will take up the position at Aotea in January next year. Ms Gainsford replaces Tim Davies-Colley, who resigned in June to pursue other roles where he can follow his passion for the use of IT in education , Mark Young, chairman of the board of trustees says. We are very excited to have appointed Kate Gainsford to the role of principal of Aotea College, he says. We are very confident that Kate s successful track record in education, and good knowledge of our local community, will provide us with the strong leadership to help us achieve our vision of pursuing all aspects of excellence in a diverse New Zealand school. Ms Gainsford has almost 30 years experience in teaching and management roles, Mr Young says. She is currently deputy principal of Wellington East Girls College and is a past president of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers Association. 25 years in the community By KAROLINE TUCKEY Quarter century: Whitireia staff are planning a community celebration for the polytechnic's 25th year, including cake, live music and sport. From left, Kiri Bishop, international team leader; Jo Prestwood, events co-ordinator; Annique Davis, advertising co-ordinator, and Mina Wikohika, student services. Whitireia Community Polytechnic has come a long way in 25 years and has built itself up on solid foundations, its current chief executive says. The tertiary training provider, a mainstay in the Porirua comm- unity, currently has about 9000 students -- or 4600 Equivalent to Full Time Students -- and has expanded to Auckland, Para- paraumu and Wellington, as well as offering some online courses. A proposal is currently on the tertiary education minister s desk for an operational partnership with Petone-based WelTec. If it is approved, it could see the polytech s influence expand to Lower Hutt. A $35 million building project is also on the cards for next year. Chief executive Don Campbell says the polytech s continuing role is to be a strong independent institution which continues to lead and illuminate its community through education, and it is fortunate to have strong community support. Whitireia opened in 1986 after a community campaign of lobby- ing to the government for a tertiary training institute to cater for local needs, he says. What people were saying is we need people in our communities who are trained in the kind of skills which polytechs provide, which is vocational education and training. The minister of education at the time, Russell Marshall, was a strong believer in the benefits of polytech education and he approved the funding for it, and he s been a strong supporter ever since. The new polytech was built on swampy, reclaimed, land at the edge of the harbour, and staff sometimes used to resort to gumboots to walk between classrooms, Mr Campbell says. People are blown away by what s been achieved, when they think back to what this campus here was . . . to see it transformed into a modern teaching institute which is providing grass roots education for our community. They never would have believed what s been achieved in such a short period. It s not very long if you stand back and think about it, he says. The first Whitireia satellite campus was opened just outside Paraparaumu in 1996 -- though some classes had been offered in Kapiti for two years previously. The intention always was that this was the polytechnic for Porirua and Kapiti, Mr Campbell says. There were regional bound- aries set [by the ministry], and Kapiti was the responsibility of Whitireia. The Kapiti area now has one of the fastest-growing communities, Mr Campbell says, with Whitireia Kapiti just completing a relo- cation to a more central site on Kapiti Rd. A Wellington campus was opened in 2000, first on Lambton Quay, then relocated to Cuba St, and in 2008 a performing arts facility on Vivian St was acquired. The boom in international student numbers in the early 2000s persuaded Whitireia to launch an Auckland campus targeted at them in 2002. This weathered a nationwide severe drop in international student numbers two years later and has been developed into an important niche for the institution. International students are now an important revenue stream, Mr Campbell says, currently generat- ing the polytech about $15m each year. While the tertiary education landscape continues to change dramatically, Whitireia is well prepared for what lies ahead, Mr Campbell says. We are now quite a compre- hensive and sophisticated tertiary education provider. Our strengths are in health, we have had a nursing pro- gramme here since the start and that s very strong and well recognised, we are very strong in trades, business and the fine arts. Whitireia will mark its 25th anniversary with a Fun Day at the Porirua Campus on Saturday from 2pm until 6pm. Entertainment includes live music, performances, a comedian, sports games, children s activities and a giant birthday cake.
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