Kapi-Mana News : June 25th 2013
13 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 25, 2013 EDUCATION HARBOURSIDE; 16 PARUMOANA ST, PORIRUA 04 237 7313 www.prestonsmasterbutchers.co.nz SPECIAL ENDS 30-06-2013 RICH IN IRON!!! $6.49kg MINCE 5454831AB MISSING CAT MISSING! DOUGAL, a dark brown Burmese cat. Missing since 10 May from Halladale R Papakowha If sighted plea call 237 735 022 174 867 or 021 216 47 5455872AA Rd, ai. ase 54, 74 776. Getting to grips with teen brains By TALISA KUPENGA More than 150 people packed the Tawa College Hall last recently to hear a presentation about drug and alcohol impacts on the teenage brain. Neuroscientist and brain development researcher Nathan Mikaere-Wallis shared new research and strategies to help parents better understand their teens. He talked about realistic expectations of teenagers and ways parents could engage with them effectively. Tawa College principal Mur- ray Lucas was delighted with the turnout. Mr Mikaere-Wallis's work investigated how the brain grew, worked, developed and the poss- ible determinants for intelli- gence level, he said. Through new brain scanning technology we have been able to do 300 years worth of research in the past 10 or 20.'' The new brain research showed contradictions to com- mon past beliefs. Originally researchers believed brain development ceased at the age of 12, but new research showed that it hap- pened much later, he said. Male and female brains mature at different times. This is linked to brain maturity and the myelination process.'' Myelination, a process that electrically insulated the brain, connected pathways to allow the brain to perform tasks faster. The brain of an under 18-year- old was yet to be fully myelin- ated, therefore it lacked the resources needed to clear poisons from the body. The new research shows that in most instances consumption of drugs and alcohol while under 18 reduced the brains growth, particularly in the frontal-cortex and the hippocampus.'' The frontal cortex housed higher intellect and emotional control while the hippocampus stored memory, he said. By the age of 21, most peoples' brains would have developed to sustain the effects of normal alcohol and drug use, but the research indicated females were more susceptible to long-term damage. Mr Mikaere-Wallis believed this could also be linked to evol- utionary causes. Female brains mature much quicker to make them better nurturers and mothers. Males made better warriors while their brains were in a more immature state.'' The female brain matured between the ages of 18 and 24 while the male brain matured between the ages of 22 and 32. Mr Lucas acknowledged the Tawa College Parent Teacher Association, who organised the event. Community shaping Passionate: James Houkamau, Maori Academic Success Co-ordinator at Whitireia Polytechnic, talks of his aspirations for Porirua's young people at the recent Porirua education summit, Shine. Photo supplied Long journey ahead More than 200 community leaders attended the Shine education summit recently, with the theme of building unity'' coming through strong. The numbers attending the event at Te Rauparaha Arena, far exceeded the expectations of the organising group. The fact that so many people turned up to shape what it takes for a whole community to raise suc- cessful children gives us a strong mandate to carry on this work,'' said Liz Eley, chairwoman of the Mana Education Trust and one of Shine's organ- isers. We know that no child, no family and no school acting alone can provide everything a child of Pori- rua needs to reach their potential. The whole Porirua basin is a well-defined com- munity where lots of things are already happening to help children. What we don't always know is how effective these activities are and whether they could be better.'' Other initiatives suggested for Porirua include creating events to showcase what children can do, the concept of the whole city being a single campus for learning, and innovative learning spaces with great digital infrastructure to support all learners, whatever their age. Never underestimate the value of people coming together to talk about the things they have in com- mon,'' said Mike Webster, principal of Mana Col- lege. Within 15 minutes of the summit starting, I'd found a guy who could help me with an IT problem I've been grappling with for three long years. I'll be in touch with him over the next few days so we can help all our schools.'' Ms Eley said they will analyse data collected at Shine to set up the next steps. It'll be a long journey to achieve our goals [but] we have been blown away by the support shown so far.'' See ShinePorirua on Facebook.
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