Transcript - Whitireia Community Polytechnic

Transcript - Whitireia Community Polytechnic

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

polytechnic opening

in 1986


Basic computing

Polytechnic student

when in Form 1


Student ID from 1991


Fondest memory:

helicopter flight

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


Greatest change:

Permanent buildings


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.

Dan: Yes

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.

Dan: Yes.

Beth: Yes, I guess — consolidating your job.

Dan: Yes.

Beth: Yes

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]

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