Kapi-Mana News : June 25th 2013
12 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 25, 2013 WNZ13_BRAND2 WWW.WHITIREIA.AC.NZ 0800 944 847 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 d Automotive Engineering d Business d Café Services d Carpentry d Creative Writing d Electrical Engineering d English Language d Floristry d Film & Television Production d First Line Management d Foundation Studies d Hairdressing d Information Technology d Journalism d Legal studies d Management d Mastercraft d Music d Nursing Māori d O ce Administration & Computing d Plumbing, Drainlaying, Gas tting & Roo ng d Professional Cookery d Publishing d Photography d Postgraduate Nursing & Health Studies d Radio Broadcasting d Retail Management d Road Transport d Te Reo Māori d Trade Skills d Tourism d Youth Guarantee (fee free) PORIRUA / WELLINGTON / KAPITI Units getting quake fixes Strengthening work has begun on some of Porirua's 40 earthquake-prone state housing units. The flats are contained in nine two- storey blocks in Cannons Creek, Elsdon and Titahi Bay. Resource consent is still being sought for strengthening work on some of the buildings but all work should be completed by mid-2014. Flats will be re-tenanted this September at the ear- liest. Significant refurbishment of the flats will be done at the same time, the agen- cy's property services general manager, Marcus Bosch said. The end result will be stronger, safer buildings for our tenants. The other posi- tive is that we are taking the opportunity to refurbish them at the same time. This will include improved ventilation, upgraded bathrooms, new floor coverings and paintwork,'' Mr Bosch said. We are very keen to get the buildings back online as soon as possible so they can meet the demand for housing in the Wellington region.'' The strengthening work includes replacing existing internal wall linings with bracing sheets, installing frames where required, upgrading bolted con- nections between walls, floors and foun- dations and lowering non-reinforced chimneys to below roof level. Holmes Wellington Limited has won the repair contract. The project's cost is commercially sen- sitive, but Mr Bosch said Housing New Zealand's investment reflects the import- ance it places on tenant safety. More than 36 state housing buildings are being strengthened across Porirua, Lower Hutt and Wellington City, con- taining more than 141 units. Hewitt shares survival tips By KERRY MCBRIDE Helping hand: Lost at sea survivor Rob Hewitt running a sea survival course at Porirua Pool, Te Rauparaha Arena. Pictured, top right, with clockwise, Mareko Tuisea, Logan Afoa, Aiden Harley, Karez Tiumalu, and Cash Scott (centre). Hearing how ex-navy diver Rob Hewitt survived three days adrift at sea has brought home the importance of water safety to a group of Porirua teens. Eleven young men from col- leges around the region have been working with Water Safety New Zealand to brush up on boating, swimming and survival skills. The initiative has been intro- duced as part of the Kia Maanu Kia Ora (Stay Afloat Stay Alive) programme, which helps Maori youth improve their swimming abilities and water awareness. Mr Hewitt was presumed dead after going missing from his dive boat in February 2006, but was found alive after being carried up and down the Kapiti Coast by the currents for three days and nights. The number of Maori and Pacific Island people appearing in the drowning statistics in recent years was a real concern, he said. We have lost our connection to the god of the sea. New Zea- landers are all water people. Our ancestors all sailed here, whether that be Captain Cook or Kupe. But we've lost something there and need to regain it.'' The students in the pro- gramme were all interested in careers in the armed forces or police, making survival skills essential. We target these kids because they are going to grow up to be great adults and parents. We can't get out to the whole of New Zealand, but if we teach, inspire and move one person, then we can encourage them to pass those messages on and keep the learning going.'' Mana College student Cash- mere Scott, 18, intended to enlist with the army in August, and relished the chance to learn some new skills. It's been challenging, but I've learned heaps,'' he said. I've got a little sister and I want to teach her stuff like how to swim properly, along with my little cousins. You can pass this stuff on.''
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