Kapi-Mana News : October 2nd 2012
4 KAPI-MANA NEWS, OCTOBER 2, 2012 NEWS BROOKFIELDS WELCOMES DANIEL BEKER We're always looking for great legal talent to look after our clients. So we are delighted to welcome Senior Associate Daniel Beker practising law in Porirua. He provides expert property and commercial law advice to corporate, public and private clients. Daniel widens our expertise in the Wellington region and is proud to assist Porirua residents and businesses with their legal issues. 04 212 4747 021 869 608 Level 9 Travel & Tourism House 79 Boulcott Street Wellington 4815695AF Love kids? Would you like to be a nanny? Wellington Nannies College Wellington Nannies College provides a hands-on, entry-level early childhood education course which equips learners with the knowledge, skills and experience needed to obtain a job as a nanny in New Zealand or overseas. • 22 week courses • next starts 28 January 2013 • no course fee • NZQA Nat. Cert. • Live-in or live-out option, board provided if needed. , , . Phone now for a FREE DVD about our course 0800 844-888 • www.wnc.co.nz 4900541AA PORIRUA CHECK OUT Pages 25-32 NOW OPEN 3/5 Marina View, Mana Ph 233 8028 4896250AA Back to the future wins prize By ANDREA O'NEIL Great minds: Seven Rangikura kids are fundraising to compete in an Asian-Australasian problem-solving contest in Perth, after winning a regional heat. Pictured are Wiremu Clifton-Williamson, 11, Silivelio Taliulu, 10, Jordyn Tapara, 10, Jessie Soudachanh, 9, Tesara-Rose Faleafaga, Kieren Clark. Not pictured: Rodah-Rose Rameka, 10. A group of Rangikura School kids saved the world last month -- well, in a prize-winning play they wrote, anyway. The seven year 5 and 6 students took top prize at a Tournament of Minds problem-solving compe- tition in Lower Hutt on Sept- ember 8, winning them a place in the Asian-Australasian finals in Perth on October 18. They need to raise $25,000 to get to Australia, however, and are seeking donations and sponsor- ship to be able to battle the best minds from Singapore to Gore. The team s challenge had been to write and perform a play about time-travel: to think of a reason to travel back to the present day from the year 2112, and choose some famous faces to make the journey. They had six weeks to prepare their entry, with no help from teachers or parents. The children imagined an oxygen-starved New Zealand in 2112, where all the trees have been cut down, a dome covers the whole country to allow people to breathe, and children are tutored by computers at home rather than going to school. The pupils sent economist Gareth Morgan, politician Hekia Parata and broadcaster John Campbell back to 2012 to try and change the future. Stephen Hawk- ing was drafted in to invent a time travelling machine. We needed to fix up the past, says Silivelio Taliulu, who played John Campbell. We told everyone it s not good to cut trees down, says Jordyn Tapara, who played John Camp- bell s sidekick Hilary Barry, and organised props for the perform- ance. The Rangikura team beat seven other schools from the lower North Island with their seven- minute performance, which included songs, dances and raps. Jordyn and Jessie Soudachanh collected the team s prize. Me and Jessie couldn t stop smiling, Jordyn says. We felt excited, Jessie says. If they get to Perth the team will face a mystery challenge, hav- ing just three hours to solve what- ever problem is thrown at them. It s a bit nerve-racking, Jor- dyn says and Jessie agrees. We ve versed people in New Zealand but we don t know what the Aussie teams are like, she says. Young achievers receive awards Young achievers: Hekia Parata with the 'Twin Turbos', Fa'aolatga Tau (left) and Mafutaga Tau, who have excelled in athletics. Photo: SUPPLIED The Porirua Youth Awards recognised the achievements of 11 young people last week, and gave them a cash boost to help develop their potential. Minister of Education and locally- based List MP Hekia Parata announced the recipients at a ceremony at Pataka on Wednesday. The awards were founded by Ms Parata in 2010 and aim to acknowledge talented young people, aged 12-19, who are excelling in art and culture, edu- cation, environment, community, and sport. The awards come with a cash bonus of up to $1500. Ms Parata said the 2012 crop were out- standing individuals. "I am absolutely delighted by the num- ber of outstanding youngsters we have in our region, she said. "We have received nearly twice as many applicants as we did last year and it means our youth are sending a clear message -- they are striv- ing for excellence and aiming for suc- cess. Recipients this year were Adair Houia- Ashwell, Nadine Houia-Ashwell and Ponesea Muna for education; Angus Dreaver for art and culture; Joanna Gibbs and Grant Hawthorne for environ- ment and community; Marama Elking- ton, Fa aolatga Tau, Eden Cruise, Mafutaga Tau and Mihi Banks for sport. Telecom, Partners Porirua and the Porirua Foundation were the awards principal sponsors.
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