Kapi-Mana News : March 5th 2013
15 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MARCH 5, 2013 NEWS Latest building a hit on polytech campus Medical marvel: Whitireia's new $17 million health building has impressed students and staff alike, say paramedic degree leader Gary Strong and building project manager Kelvin Irvine. By ANDREA O'NEIL Whitireia health faculty students are walking taller and dressing better to keep in step with their new state-of-the-art building on campus. The $17 million health faculty building has brought together the polytech s 1700 nursing, para- medic and health sciences students under the same roof. Hi-tech simulation laboratories mimic hospital and home environ- ments making training more realistic. This includes new medi- cal mannequins that can talk and be operated by tutors observing students remotely from another room. Classrooms have glass walls open to view, letting in light and opening the learning process up to passersby. The building is also eco- friendly, using solar panels for hot water, and rainwater for flushing toilets. It has been built in 12 months supervised by project manager Kelvin Irvine, who said students were dressing well out of pride in their new surroundings. The students agree it is You walked in the first day and it completely blew your mind, third-year nursing student Char- lotte Boyadijan said. Second-year paramedic student Jake Carlson said students train- ing had improved because having tutors observe exercises remotely made simulations more real. Paramedic degree programme leader Gary Strong is equally imp- ressed with the facilities. I think this sets a new stan- dard. This is as good as any I ve seen in New Zealand or overseas. Whitireia chief executive Don Campbell is delighted with the building and said staff and students were settling in well. It s really taking our health department into a new dimen- sion. The next building to receive a makeover on campus will house the arts and service industries faculties. Eco-signs for drains Glue a clue: A student from Tawa School glues one of the distinctive signs in place. Photo: SUPPLIED More than 200 drains in Tawa and Churton Park now carry awareness messages on what is being flushed into streams and ultimately Porirua Harbour, thanks to Wellington City Council, Rotarians and Tawa school students. The educational campaign Only rain down the drain , is costing the council $2000. Small signs are placed near drains, reminding people that chemicals, such as paint, washed into the stormwater system can pollute Porirua Stream and Harbour. Cr Ngaire Best, leader of the council s three waters and waste portfolio, and a trustee of Porirua Harbour and Catch- ment Community Trust, joined Rotarians, Tawa students and regional councillor Jenny Brash in gluing the signs on street kerbs on February 23. If anyone washes their car on the road or a driveway -- or pours paint or any other chemi- cals into a roadside drain -- then it will cause tremendous dam- age to the environment down- stream, Cr Best said. It s the same with every- thing from doggie doo to ciga- rette butts -- if you leave it on footpaths then it s going to get into waterways and you ll end up swimming in the resulting contamination. The labels were part of the Porirua Harbour Strategy, which aims to restore the health of the harbour. Cr Best said there were about 1200 street drains in the Pori- rua Stream catchment, 800 of which were in Tawa. It is intended to install more labels in the catchment and on more of the 12,000 drains in Wellington.
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