Kapi-Mana News : January 10th 2012
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Visit specsavers.co.nz to find out more. 4266555AA NZ should come first TOUCH OF GREY KILIAN DE LACY By the time this goes to print, the long awaited warmth of summer will, hopefully, be with us and we can look forward to keeping the children occupied outside rather than causing chaos in the house during the school holidays. The pohutukawa trees will be bright with blossom and the pros- pect of a better new year will be on the horizon. Our newly-elected government will be on the verge of settling down to another year of law- making, question times, and spending our hard-earned cash to fulfil its election promises. Just how many of those promises come to fruition remains to be seen. Probably most of us ordinary citizens view the promises with a large degree of cynicism or even scepticism, given the propensity of governments generally to be unable to carry out their pre- election wish lists. If there is one thing I could wish for this new parliament, though, it is that the members, regardless of party affiliation, work together for the good of the country. I have no doubt that all new members of parliament enter poli- tics for good motives but it seems not to take very long before they settle into their party grooves and stay there. After that, thinking for oneself appears to take a back seat. It is all according to the party line, or else! Wouldn t it be nice if, instead of persistently opposing everything the current ruling party is trying to do, a compromise could be reached whereby all parties work constructively together to bring about the best for the citizens who pay their wages and are expected to fund all their programmes? Being in opposition surely does not mean being against , just for the hang of it. It means being there to oppose really bad things a government might do -- in the interests of the people, not the politicians. And would it be so dreadful if credit were sometimes given where credit is due? Surely not everything any government does is bad. Some of their policies actu- ally work! What would be wrong with other parties acknowledging this fact? I realise that to keep political parties in general and governing parties in particular, honest, some degree of objective assessment and criticism is necessary. How else would we be able to avoid thoroughly bad law from making its way into the statute books? My second wish for the new gov- ernment for the new year is that behaviour in parliament become a little more gentlemanly , for want of a better way to describe it. Per- sonally, I cannot bear listening to parliament. The general lack of order and respect for other people s opinions is disheartening. If our senior students in college carried on the way some of our elected representatives do, they would be dismissed from school. Maybe this second wish is an outcome of the first. If all members of parliament were focussed on working for the good of the country, there would be more listening and less vitriol in the halls of power. So there you are, my short wish list for the Beehive for the new year. If it seems more wish than possibility, what s new? Whatever, one can only hope that the term of government this time will be a little less plagued by disasters of various kinds than the last one. As the school holidays are still in full swing, we do not have a meeting this month, but we look forward to seeing you at our 2012 inaugural meeting in February. In the meantime, enjoy the weather -- we hope. Scholarships not all based on academic record CITIZENS' ADVICE ' By SANDRA ANDREWS While you are thinking about your study options, you will also want to know all about the financial support you may be able to get. StudyLink can, in most cases, finance your studies. However, have you thought about apply- ing for a scholarship or grant? They are open to a wide range of students. Not all scholarships depend on your previous academic achievements. For example, there are scholarships that take into account your academic abilities, your study history, subject area and future plans. So where can you start look- ing? Sometimes education pro- viders offer scholarships -- visit careers.govt.nz. The New Zea- land scholarship database may also be an option to check out -- fis.org.nz. There is a cost involved with accessing the latter database but it can be accessed free at the Citizens Advice Bureau Porirua or the Porirua Library. If you have a Porirua Library card you can access the database online from your com- puter -- if you are unsure how to do this, check with the library -- 237 1533. So before you start tertiary study, have a look around as there could be a scholarship or a grant that suits you. Citizens Advice Bureau Porirua is open Monday to Friday, 9am till 4.20pm and open till 7pm on a Thursday, Pember House, level 2, 16 Hagley Street, Porirua. Please call us on 04 237 8846 or freephone 0800 367 222, email us on cab.porirua@ xtra.co.nz or visit our website cab.org.nz. Our service is free and confidential.
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