Kapi-Mana News : January 31st 2012
18 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 31, 2012 NEWS Civil Construction You will gain a wide range of knowledge across the Civil Construction trades, including: › operating hand held construction equipment › prepare sites for road constructions › control tra c › drive heavy machinery and trucks (quali cation completion)* STUDENT SUCCESS POLYTECHNIC FOR ST *The Performance of Tertiary Education Organisations report. Whitireia were rated number one for quali cation completion in August 2011 by the Tertiary Education Commission. Get the skills used in jobs rebuilding Christchurch, constructing Transmission Gully and more! WNZ_CIVIL_2012 Civil construction workers are in-demand to build roads throughout New Zealand. is is a one year full-time programme o ered from the Whitireia Industry Training Centre in Porirua. Graduates of this programme are well prepared to start work in roading and major infrastructure projects such as the re-build of Christchurch and Transmission Gully. INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE enROl nOw STARTS FEBRUARY PORIRUA | WELLINGTON | KAPITI WWW.WHITIREIA.AC.NZ 0800 944 847 Organics market returns The Paremata market resumes this Saturday, a welcome return for people who are looking for organic fruit and vegetables. The market started in October at Dolly Varden Beach carpark, off Mana Esplanade, with residents and schools invited to sell or trade their home-grown produce. Market spokesperson Leanne Pelabon says it is a great way for the community to come together and, despite modest beginnings, is becoming more popular through word-of-mouth. The hope is to con- tinue the market all-year round. It petered out a bit in Decem- ber but I think there will be renewed interest as people have more stuff in their garden this time of year. There is some barter- ing and a really cool atmosphere down there; it's never going to be huge but a good chance for locals to come down and get some well- priced goods, all organic of course.'' An off-shoot of the market has been publicity for Te Rito Organics, a non-profit organis- ation -- and seasonal grower -- based at Porirua Hospital grounds. They offer horticulture training courses andan environ- ment where students canlearn the skills of growing organic food. The market runs 9am till noon. No ride is too far for his bro By EMMA BEER Man on a mission: David Visser, who will shortly ride the length of New Zealand to raise money for his sick brother. Photo: EMMA BEER Because he's my brother. That's David Visser's reason for motorcycling the length of the country on Waitangi weekend. The Tawa man, who has been riding for 30 years, will cover 2000 kilometres from Bluff to Cape Reinga on his 2007 Suzuki GSX 1400 to raise money to help his ailing brother. Wilf Visser, who lives in South Africa, was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2010. It's one of the worst [diseases] you can have. It attacks you physically,'' David Visser said. He said when he learned of his brother's illness, the first thing he did was return to South Africa, his former home country, which he had not visited in 12 years. For two and a half weeks [Wilf and I] reminisced. We'd caught up before on Skype but we knew this was different; we both knew that this would be it.'' He said he knew he wanted to help take care of his brother, even though he was in New Zealand. His wife's family has been fan- tastic, but he's my brother, so I had to visit and I help out every month with carer costs.'' Last June, while competing in the Brass Monkey motorcycle rally, he had the urge to do more. I thought, I can do something with riding and helping him'. I came home with this idea that maybe I could ride some- where. I went to some marketing people and said, I don't have a creative bone in my body but I can ride. All I want to do is help my brother.''' Before Visser knew it, he had posters and a promotional video. I worried -- What if no-one gets involved?' But it's been the opposite.'' His workplace, church and fam- ily had been fantastic, he said. I'm quite consumed with biking as it is, then this thing with my brother came up. My wife has been so supportive. She's my anchor. She knows I'm bike ber- serk. To me there's nothing more exciting than getting on a bike and knowing all I have to do today is ride.'' Visser has invited other riders to join him along the journey but for one man that wasn't enough. Tony Hunt, from Wairarapa, intends to accompany him the entire way on his 2003 V600 Cruiser. Most of the money Visser raises will go to his brother, but a third will be donated to the New Zea- land Motor Neuron Disease Association. And what does Wilf Visser think about his brother's escapades? He's got this saying sack of potatoes' and he's referring to the lump in his throat. [What I'm doing] just overwhelms him. He just says, Huge sack of potatoes'.'' Wilf Visser, who is now in a wheelchair, was a top cyclist and runner and twice represented South Africa at the Common- wealth Games. To follow the ride, visit facebook.com/for- theloveofmybrotherwilf. To donate, visit givealittle.co.nz/cause/ fortheloveofmyBrotherWilf.
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