Kapi-Mana News : August 14th 2012
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Findusat: www.kapimananews.co.nz www.facebook.com/kapimananews ph: (04) 2378118 fax: (04) 2378552 Ground Floor, 14 Hartham Place North, PO BOX 50012, Porirua City 5240 Manager Richard Gordon email@example.com Editor Matthew Dallas firstname.lastname@example.org For News: Kris Dando email@example.com Andrea O'Neil firstname.lastname@example.org For Advertising: Senior Consultant Kylie Wihapi email@example.com Consultant Jessica Collins firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Support Angeline Humphreys email@example.com Classified Advertising Jeanette Pettit firstname.lastname@example.org 4789516AA PORIRUA $5 WEEK. PUT YOUR SPARE CHANGE TO WORK 4791594AA AHA says film horse care OK By MATTHEW DALLAS Safety improvements at a Pauatahanui farm were recommended and enacted following the death of horses used in The Hobbit film production, the American Humane Association announced on Fri- day. Its Film and TV Unit communications spokes- person, Jone Bouman, said the association invest- igated an allegation of animal deaths by a former contractor last year and recommended safety improvements to animal living areas. In a media statement, Ms Bouman said the pro- duction company, 3Foot7, was responsive to the recommendations, upgrading fences, improving farm housing, and educating farmhands to encour- age them to use the same high standard of care on the farm as on the set''. Last week Kapi-Mana News reported on a protest by former The Hobbit wrangler John Smythe, who claimed three horses died needlessly at the Gray's Rd farm due to poor management decisions. Mr Smythe said he did not make the complaint to the AHA last year, believing it was made by another wrangler who had left the production. He said he only recently contacted the AHA. Ms Bouman confirmed receiving an email from Mr Smythe but indicated to Kapi-Mana News there would be no additional investigation into his complaints. The farm where some of the animals were kept was not under our jurisdiction and our on-set veterinarian/safety representative was only made aware of any alleged problems at the farm long after the fact, so we have no first-hand knowledge or direct evidence confirming any of the allega- tions.'' Mr Smythe said he had contacted the SPCA last year but was told he needed hard proof'', such as photos, which he did not have. Mr Smythe's claims have been rubbished by the farm manager, Ross Berry, who has applauded the film crew's treatment of animals at the property. Mr Berry said he observed the wranglers almost daily and their treatment of animals was wonder- ful.He said horses used in The Hobbit had died at the farm, but these were not deaths due to mis- treatment or bad management''. He considered Mr Smythe a troublemaker with an axe to grind. Mr Smythe was fired from the production last year, claiming he lost his job after speaking out about the horse deaths. He believed it was in Mr Berry's best interest financially to defend the film crew. 3Foot7 has not commented on the claims beyond a statement expressing confidence in its animal team and the great care the company had taken to follow AHA guidelines. Solid principles: Eddie Uluilelata has secured the principal's job at Rangikura School after 15 years as a teacher and deputy principal. Cultural ideals and warm hearts welcome head By KRIS DANDO Eddie Uluilelata is getting used to the limelight. The long-serving Rangikura School teacher and deputy principal was officially handed the key to the big office a fortnight ago and is savouring the new challenge. He says his nerves were a bit frayed after the panel interview at the school. I thought I did well but you never know with these things. I had to wait all day and then I was asked to come back down to answer more ques- tions. I said Do I have to get into my suit again?' When I came back, they sat me down and said when can you start?''' Dozens of congratulatory texts, Facebook mes- sages and phone calls have followed, along with newspaper and television interviews. Mr Ulu- ilelata is getting used to having that smile fixed in place. Now the real work starts. He says it is a case of keeping the ship on the right course, adhering to the cultural ideals he helped instil as a teacher and senior school leader, along with continuing to raise the academic achievement. His philosophies and principles as a teacher and school leader are resolute. It's overwhelming at times but I'm surrounding by amazing people at this school and our com- munity. Our office staff are incredible. As a prin- cipal it's about having that collaborative approach, it comes down to how you lead.'' Previous principal Paul Nees was in the job more than 15 years and Mr Uluilelata says, all going to plan, he foresees a lengthy stint. While he may be desk-bound, with budgets and reports occupying much of his time, he wants to be involved with the students as much as he can. Sometimes you're buried in work and you look up and it's 3pm. I really miss the classroom environment, that's where the heart of any school is, so I want to set aside time to get into the classes and say hello to the kids.'' Rangikura School, with a roll of 345, is known for its inclusive environment, clear values and welcoming physical setting. Parents patrol the grounds regularly during the holidays and stu- dents were involved in murals placed around the grounds to give it more colour. We have big-hearted kids here and the parents are generous and warm-hearted. Our ideals like honesty and respect are important and students here know what is expected of them, inside and outside the school.''
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