Kapi-Mana News : July 31st 2012
4 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JULY 31, 2012 NEWS WHAT THE HECK! New Zealand schools are among the best in the world but Education Minister Hekia Parata is bulldozing through a raft of failed policies from overseas that will damage our great schools and our children s learning. Talk to your school or visit www.nzei. org.nz to nd out what the heck is happening in education. NZEI Te Riu Roa Mana Branch NB: New telephone numbers. .. t042332460 f042332449 m 027 233 2460 ddi 04 233 2179 Hi, Im Suzie Hunt. We are now installed in our smart new offces in Rubys courtyard, 99 Mana Esplanade. Please do pop in to visit if you have any questions about our property management ser vice. We would love to see you. Help your child to go far with Kip McGrath Our qualified teachers create individual tutoring programs for your child, using proven Kip McGrath methods of tuition. Tawa Centre 2326461 232 Main Road Tawa kipmcgrath.co.nz Call today for a FREE assessment ZMaths ZReading ZEnglish ZSpelling ZComprehension 4537641AA 4761406AA Bus not at fault A school bus crash at Aotea College that left 11 students injured was likely caused by driver error but alcohol was not a factor, Mana Coach Services chief executive Geoff Norman said. The bus crashed into a lamp post, a moving van and the school s sign. Students suffered injuries ranging from serious bruising to whiplash and chipped teeth. The driver s employment will be discussed when he returns to work in a few weeks, Mr Norman said. Police are not involved. The driver broke his thumb in the crash. Station's revamp on track Pukerua Bay Station is set to re-open next February following the installation of a new platform over the summer. The station has been closed since Novem- ber last year so construction could take place. The work was necessary to accommodate the fleet of new Matangi trains arriving in the latter half of the year. Wellington Region Rail Programme direc- tor David Gordon said the original island platform has been demolished and completely rebuilt. We ve worked hard so we can re-open the station with the new school year starting up again, he said. There is still tidy up work to do around the site but we wanted to get it open for passengers and back up and running again as soon as possible. The new platform is part of $1 million worth of improvements to the station. It is slightly higher than the original, bringing it into line with other stations on the network and has safety features such as yellow tactile strips plus electrical ducting in place to sup- port a real time passenger information sys- tem. Redwood Station in Tawa will also have both its platforms rebuilt, closing on Febru- ary 8 for up to four months to allow the work to take place. Game face: Creedence Rameka and Chozen Rameka lead the way as Mana College students practise their haka last week. Pacific festival gears up By KRIS DANDO Island unity will take pre- cedence over school colours at this Friday s Northern Region Polynesian Festival. Troupes from the Porirua basin colleges, plus Onslow and Newlands, will wow a capacity audience at Te Rauparaha Arena with their passion for Pacific culture. For the first time, students from Samuel Marsden Whitby and Te Kura Maori o Porirua will be taking part. The theme is Voyaging Pasefika , and in a departure from previous events, it will be done island by island, rather than school by school. Mana College will host this year s event. The 86 student participants have been working hard since April, says co-organiser Hana Tusa. This festival is an amazing chance to celebrate the ident- ity and culture of Pacific people in Porirua. These [Mana College] guys have been practising twice a week, at night and at the weekends sometimes. The commitment is fantas- tic and they are really looking forward to showing what they ve got. There will be a combined Tokelau group from all colleges and the Te Kura Maori o Porirua are fresh from kapa haka nationals, so will be in fine form, Ms Tusa says. Each item will last 10 or 15 minutes. Sasa, slap and poi dances, haka, and items traditional to the different Pacific islands will be performed. Northern Region Polynesian Festival, August 3, Te Rauparaha Arena. Tickets $10, doors open at 4pm.
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