Whitireia Digital Repository project
Edited Transcription: Interview
Interviewee: Dan Phillips, Educational Technologist, Online Learning Centre
Interviewer: Beth Braddock, Instructional Designer, Online Learning Centre
Interview date: 18 November 2010
Duration: 5 mins 14 secs
Eight years old at
when in Form 1
Student ID from 1991
Beth: Hi. It’s the 18 th of November 2010 and this is Beth Braddock speaking
to Dan Phillips. Um, Dan we’re talking about your memories of Whitireia.
So, what’s your first memory?
Dan: My first memory of Whitireia was probably when the polytechnic was
first opened in 1986. It was big news around Porirua and I’m from Titahi
Bay. So it was big news that Porirua was having a new college opening
down here. I think, since working here, I’ve learned that the first name was
Parumoana College and I remember coming down during the opening and
having a look around at the prefabs that they’d set up. It was pretty much
D block — the nursing area, that was the first buildings — and they were
opening those prefabs to the public to have a look around. That was my
first memory. I’d have been eight.
Beth: Eight years old. And, so when did you first come here Dan? To work?
Dan: I first came to work here early in 2000.
Beth: Early 2000. And you were a student before that?
Dan: I was a student in 1987. That was after college but, actually, earlier, I
was a student when I was in Form 1.
Beth: How was that?
Dan: My mother was working here—she started working in about 1989, I
think ... and she ran a whole lot of STAR courses and I came along too. I
joined up on a basic Macintosh computing course.
Beth: So you were learning computing.
Dan: Learning computers when I was about 11 at Whitireia
Beth: That’s fantastic. So it’s been your life, really.
Dan: Yeah, so ‘91 was my first enrolment here at Whitireia and I’ve still got
that student ID today, [quotes number].
Beth: Right, so you’re still using that number today?
Dan: I’m still using that number today.
Beth: So, what’s your fondest memory? You must have seen a lot of things
going on — or your funniest.
Dan: Fondest memory ... something that really does stick in my mind is — I
mean I’ve done heaps of things here. Probably, getting the chance to jump
into a helicopter and fly over Titahi Bay and around Pauatahanui and
around to Porirua East and then back to Whitireia. We used to run — I’m
Kissing Winnie Laban,
MP for Porirua
not sure if we’re still running it now — but we had a partnership
arrangement with Helipro and they bought the helicopters in one day and I
put my hand up to go on a ride. I was lucky enough to get picked and we
flew around Porirua.
Beth: Oh, hundreds of dollars that you didn’t have to pay. Wonderful.
Dan: [Laughs] Yes, so that’s probably my fondest memory.
Beth: Oh yes, that’s wonderful.
Beth: Great, and just to finish up with: you have seen a lot of changes at
Whitireia then, if you have been associated with the place since you were
eight years old. What sticks in your mind about the changes that you’ve
seen? Anything in particular?
Dan: Probably more so while I’ve been working here, and seeing the new
buildings — the more permanent buildings being built and erected, like Te
Kete Wānanga. I remember that quite vividly. We had Helen Clark come in
and open the building for us. And some of the Opposition ministers at the
time; I think John Key, came as well. Oh, no, it was Bill English actually —he
was Opposition leader at the time — and seeing that move to other areas
as well; that opened up the new areas: Wikitoria.
Beth: Wikitoria Katene
Dan: Yes, the G Block. So, just seeing how things are progressing here at
Whitireia. So I’d say, you know, this building, Te Kete Wānanga, Wikitoria,
and E block.
Beth: So it’s the buildings.
Dan: The big buildings, the more permanent buildings coming in, as being
most significant for me.
Beth: Right, so giving, sort of, the very solid look and feel to the polytech.
Beth: Yes, I guess — consolidating your job.
Dan: So E block was really the first building, and I remember ...; I think they
do it quite well here — they open buildings really well here. I remember
giving Winnie Laban a kiss on the cheek. I must be one of hundreds that
she had to kiss.
Beth: Ahh, the politician’s lot.
Dan : Yes [Laughs].
Beth: Thanks, Dan. [Ends 5:14]