Kapi-Mana News : March 5th 2013
8 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MARCH 5, 2013 FEATURE WNZ13_BNM WWW.WHITIREIA.AC.NZ 0800 944 847 " e support system of the Bachelor of Nursing Māori will enable me to become a successful Māori nurse." -- Verna Koperu The Bachelor of Nursing Māori is designed speci cally for Māori students and focuses on the health needs of Māori and non-Māori in the New Zealand context. Bring your whānau and come along to our Information Evening for the Bachelor of Nursing Māori July intake 2013. Date: Monday 11 March Time: 5 -- 7pm Place: Room E105, Porirua Campus EnRol Now Get StARteD IN jULY Whitireia and WelTec have formed a strategic partnership to develop a network of tertiary learning throughout the greater Wellington out what subjects check out www.weltec.ac.nz Retired but no plans to relax Retired teacher and long-time Papakowhai resident Denys Latham says retirement isn't about relaxing, it's about making better choices on how to spend your time. The Porirua City councillor and newly-elected president of the Wellington Rugby Union has a cuppa with KRIS DANDO. DENYS LATHAM: I'm not against amalgamation or re-organisation but I want more evidence on why change is better. How was the feeling when you were elevated to the WRFU president's role? It was overwhelming, some- thing that came out of the blue. I'd been a vice-president for a time, nominated by Paremata- Plimmerton, but this is a step up. It's very humbling and there are some illustrious names who've come before me, so I've got my fingers crossed that I can carry on that legacy. Along with coaching Pori- rua College, you played and coached at Porirua (before the amalgamation with Titahi Bay), played at Tawa and were the coaching co-ordinator at Paremata-Plimmerton. Where do your allegiances lie once the club season starts? I'm all over the place, truth be told, and I spread myself around. I love spending time at the Old Timers' Day at each club, that's where you see all the old faces. Norths are great, I love what's happening at Tawa and Pare- Plim's senior side had a wonderful season last year. Geez, I wish they'd won that final [Senior 1, against Wellington]. I love club rugby, think it's very strong in Wellington right now. What was the highest level of rugby you played? I got to Manawatu Senior B, as a prop would you believe. I came to Wellington [from Taranaki] in 1968, to teach at Porirua College and played for Tawa's senior side. Why did you get into coach- ing? Just the thrill of helping people move from where they are to get somewhere. It was the same reason I became a coaching co- ordinator -- to help the dad' coa- ches do the right things by their players. I've been a selector in the Hurricanes region for NZ Secon- dary Schools for a while and it's great to see these young guys com- ing through. Who's the best player you've seen on a rugby field and ever coached? Ever seen? Christian Cullen, every time he touched the ball something was going to happen. Coached? There was a lad at Pori- rua in 1980/81 called Maa Koko, he was a No 8. We played Petone and they had All Black winger Mike Clamp -- he picked the ball up on the halfway line and went for the tryline but Maa chased him down and took him out. He was an 80-minute player, with relentless speed, but he didn't get selected [for Wellington] because in those days they never looked north of Ngaruanga Gorge. How will the Hurricanes go this season? They should improve on last year. [Prop] Jeff Toomaga-Allen could be an All Black and the Canes have plenty of talent, they're always exciting to watch. I've been a season ticketholder since 2000, I'm not a fairweather fan, so I'll be at all the home games. I've been in Wellington 45 years so that makes me a Lions and Canes fan. To politics -- will you be standing for Porirua City Council again? I said I wanted three terms and, if I get back in, this will be my third. We have our ducks in a row in terms of our long term plan, rates, infrastructure and the city centre revitalisation, so the next three years will be key. The har- bour is such a big issue and Grant Baker and Keith Calder are doing great things there. Do you want Porirua to be part of a super-city? Local government can be both exciting and frustrating, but I think there is a lot of water to go under the bridge yet. Ratepayers will have a say, absolutely. I'm not against amalgamation or re-organisation but I want more evidence on why change is better. You don't mind the meet- ings, all the reading and potential phone calls at all hours from Porirua rate- payers? Not a bit, I'm really enjoying it all, it's giving me an amazing insight into what is going on in the community. Although I'm an eastern ward councillor, we have a city-wide focus and you get a great under- standing of where our responsi- bilities lie and what the council can do to make it a better place to live, work and play. I enjoy going to public meetings, talking to peo- ple and working with my council colleagues. What else keeps you busy? Along with my rugby obliga- tions, I'm a volunteer at the Whitby police base, a volunteer at the New Zealand Cricket Museum and on the Derek Wootton Mem- orial and Mana Education Centre trusts. I don't see it as retirement but a change in direction, I'm in charge of my time. I'm going to Lords [Cricket Ground] in May for a test match and just got back from doing the Otago Central Rail Trail, which was just magnificent.
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