Kapi-Mana News : February 12th 2013
30 KAPI-MANA NEWS, FEBRUARY 12, 2013 EDUCATION OPEN HOME: Sunday 12:00 - 12:40pm, 78 The Track PLIMMERTON DEADLINE SALE - BEO $745,000 Jason Clark M E NEW LISTING Kelly Clark M E Ref: www.remax.co.nz/52038 OPEN HOME: Sunday 3:00 - 3:40pm, 15A Elizabeth Street PUKERUA BAY DEADLINE SALE - BEO $490,000 Jason Clark M E Kelly Clark M E Ref: www.remax.co.nz/52008 Trades courses starting to fill up A second wave of Pacific trades trainees will join courses at WelTec and Whitireia Polytechnic in March. Last year, in a unique partner- ship between tertiary education organisations (TEOs) and Pacific churches, some 320 Pacific people around the country joined introductory courses to learn trades in sectors where skills shortages have been made worse by the Christchurch rebuild. The Government put aside $6 million for the Pacific Trades Training Initiative, which covers the course fees of those accepted for the scheme. In the Wellington region, 80 of these scholarships were available for those studying carpentry, brick and block laying and paint- ing at WelTec and Whitireia. A similar number of places are available at the two local poly- technics this year. On January 30, Tertiary Edu- cation, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Pacific Island Affairs Minister Hekia Parata attended a function for the 67 local graduates. The event was hosted by the Fellowship of Samoan Ministers Wellington Region, a group that WelTec and Whitireia have acknowledged as being key to the success of last year s training. The initiative was developed to reach Pacific students who may not normally consider entering into trades such as carpentry, joinery and plumbing. It s fantastic to see Pacific students succeeding as a result of its introduction, Mr Joyce said last week. Ms Parata thanked Pacific church ministers who have taken a lead role. They worked closely with ter- tiary education organisations (TEOs) to mobilise large numbers of Pacific peoples, to get them involved and raise the profile of trades as a viable career option. Their on-going support and mentoring of students has also been a key ingredient in the suc- cess of the initiative. This year Pasifika scholarships are available for introductory car- pentry courses run by WelTec and Whitireia at Petone, Porirua and Otaki. Both institutions are also offering plumbing training. WelTec is also offering block and bricklaying, mechanical engineering and painting while Whitireia is offering civil construction and electrical engineering. Courses start in March and places are filling fast. Visit the WelTec or Whitireia web sites and click on the Pacific buttons. Hearts of gold: Cannons Creek School pupils Mariah Chadwick, 10, Lydia Ward, 8, Alyssa Schwalger, 8, and Nixon Tautai, 9, celebrate the school's second Heart Foundation Gold Healthy Heart award last week. Healthy pupils hearty By ANDREA O'NEIL Cannons Creek School pupils have hearts of gold according to the Heart Foundation, which has awarded the school its second Gold Healthy Heart award. The school was honoured last Tuesday for its commitment to healthy eating and exercise. Only one other school in the lower North Island has two gold awards, Glenview School, also in Cannons Creek. Just 12 schools in the region have a single gold award. Cannons Creek School pupils eat fruit, yoghurt and muesli bars for snacks, bring sandwiches for lunch, and there are no fizzy drinks, lollies or choc- olate on the school s lunch menu. Every student takes part in PE classes and the whole school signs up to annual Jump Rope for Heart and Jump Jam fitness challenges. Staff are trained in nutrition and include healthy eating in their curriculum. It s become part of their school culture, says Sian Bliss, the Heart Foundation s health pro- motion co-ordinator. Heart disease is New Zealand s number one cause of death. At last Tuesday s assembly dozens of the school s pupils said a family member had been affected by heart disease. Healthy diet, exercise and not smoking are the best ways to avoid heart disease. Heart Foundation volunteers will conduct a street appeal for Heart Week in Porirua this Friday and Saturday.
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