in this issue: - Waiariki Institute of Technology

in this issue: - Waiariki Institute of Technology

Rotorua | Taupo | Tokoroa | Whakatane Issue 3 November 2007

in this issue:

Iwi news – p2 Creating pathways to success – p3

Top up your credits – p4 Students follow a shining STAR – p6

Regional news – p7 Waiariki hosts Uni Games 2008 – p9

WITSA 2008 calendar – p10 Inspiration drives marketing – p11

Miki Roderick

While planning for this edition, we realized just

how much is happening at Waiariki. It became

difficult to cull from the list of news, events and

plans – and great stories written by our staff. So

much of the information is timely and relevant,

and affects you and essentially everyone in our

rohe. At the risk of missing out on a great

opportunity to share the news with you, we felt it

was necessary to include more, even if it meant

fattening up an eight-page issue. We’re quite sure

there will always be stories to fill future issues,

so don’t be surprised if this 12-pager grows

again. Look out, The Daily Post!

You may have noticed in previous issues that the

main feature has been to focus on one of our

new directors and the school they operate. Last

year, Waiariki began a restructuring process in

order to become a better education provider

and a more productive business. Our goal is to

become the BEST tertiary institute in the country.

To that end, we created six new schools. These

schools need to impact on our community at an

individual level and at a regional level. We want

to make a difference to the community both

iwi news

An assumption that one shoe fits all and the priorities

for all Māori communities are the same

is frequently believed when making decisions

and plans for the future. However, this is a pitfall

Waiariki avoids when creating educational opportunities

in its curriculum, and changes in the way

we do business reflects this.

One of Waiariki’s key focuses over the past year

has been to collaborate with communities to

determine their vocational and educational

needs. We have had discussions with a number

of iwi organisations in order to identify needs

that are iwi-specific and that will enhance prosperity

across the rohe.

A number of economic and social priorities have

been identified by individual iwi and hapu which

can be placed in two categories:

1. The need to increase skills in the vocational

capacity for Māori people to allow greater

participation and contribution to mainstream

New Zealand economic and labour market.

2. The need to increase Māori-specific labour

skills that Māori organisations are now

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kia ora

Welcome to the third edition of Waiariki Today,

the newsletter of Waiariki Institute of Technology.

economically and socially. We’re proud to report

all six schools have had a great year thus far and

our region is a better place for it.

In this edition, we’ve featured the new director

of the School of Māori Development, Social

Sciences and Education who has brought with

her not only high achievements professionally

and educationally, but personally as well. Learn

about Dr Lyn Carter and the progress and

developments of her school on page 3.

We’ve introduced a new column in this issue

which you’ll find below. Iwi News will focus on

what’s happening in our rohe with respect to

Māori-related developments both at Waiariki and

out in the community. We are both a Māori and

a non-Māori organisation; diversity is important

to us. Read about some new initiatives that have

been identified and the means by which we’re

meeting those needs.

You’ll find updates on the building of our new

forestry centre, international initiatives, research

projects and our regional campuses. We’ve also

expanded our selection of tips and ideas.

Catering to community needs - by Miki Roderick

expecting all their employees to have, such

as Māori language and cultural practices and

preferences that can be applied to a labour

market setting.

Additionally, we’ve found there is an increasing

demand across all the communities, not just

Māori, for courses that provide a greater understanding

of Māori culture and customs.

Waiariki is making significant changes to our

courses and qualifications to meet vocational

demands as well as community expectations.

Just one example at Waiariki is found in the

School of Māori Development, Social Sciences

and Education. Māori language and cultural

courses have been developed for a wider range

of students to accommodate those with little or

no understanding of these subjects all the way

up to the degree level. In other words, people

can participate for personal interest or for career

options in Māori development, kaupapa Māori

research, resource management, indigenous

governance and cultural heritage.

Additionally, these courses have been designed

to meet a growing international labour market

Besides a recipe from the Waiariki kitchens, our

automotive staff have presented helpful travel

advice for the coming holiday season, gardening

tips have been harvested from the horticulture

team and fashion tutor Maria Ingram has provided

summer fashion advice.

So much more is inside this hefty edition that

you don’t want to miss, so start turning those

pages. Our next edition will be published in

mid-February, just before our 2008 Semester 1

commences. You can be sure of more updates,

news, tips and great stories.

Meanwhile, all of us at Waiariki wish you and

your whanau happy holidays and safe travels.

As always, if you want to learn more about

Waiariki and all we offer, please call in any week

day during business hours, or phone us on

0800 WAIARIKI (924 274). All campuses will be

closed from December 22 and re-open January 3.

Miki Roderick

Deputy Chief Executive-Māori

Te Pou Tu Mana Tuarua-Māori

need, particularly for indigenous peoples and

societies. Aligned to this is the ability that Waiariki

now has integrated courses of study that will

allow students to apply Māori knowledge across

all disciplines, whether it be nursing, social work,

forestry, commerce, trades and vice versa.

We are also catering to community-centred

needs by providing basic introduction to whaikorero,

waiata, marae protocol and etiquette,

weaving and art. All of these courses are directly

aligned to pathways that will enable students to

engage or participate in assessment-based qualifications.

We are currently trialling a number of

courses across the rohe.

Another significant focus is to increase successful

Māori participation in the tertiary sector. We

have therefore strengthened our Māori-centred

foundation courses that will provide students

with sustainable pathways that will lead to better

vocational options and careers that will enhance

their lifestyles.

Watch this space for initiatives that we will be

undertaking with communities and iwi to grow a

stronger community economically and socially.

new school director shares her passion

Dr Lyn Carter holds a PhD in Māori studies and political

science from the University of Auckland and is the new

director of Te Pākaro a Ihenga, School of Māori Development,

Social Sciences and Education at Waiariki.

Dr Lyn Carter and her son Sam Waymouth check out the

desert terrain in Arizona while on holiday in the U.S.

Lyn is Kāti Mamoe and Te Rapuwai from Motupāhue (Bluff)

in the deep south of Te Waipounamu. Her Kāi Tahu whakapapa

comes from intermarriage between her Te Rapuwai tupuna

and a Kāi Tahu/Kāti Mamoe tupuna from Puketeraki (Kāti

Huirapa), north of Dunedin. Dr Carter’s father was a Pākehā

from Christchurch. Lyn was born in Christchurch and still

owns a crib [read ‘bach’ for northern dialect] at Warrington

near Puketeraki. However, she spent 30 years living in

Auckland before moving south to Rotorua and Waiariki in late

November 2006.

Dr Carter is a second chance learner who began university

when her son was four years old. A 20-year break followed

before resuming her university career in the mid-1990s.

While still at secondary school, the headmistress of her

high school told her she was a no-hoper and would never

amount to anything.

“I believed that for a long time,” says Lyn, “until one day I

woke up to the stupidity of such a statement and thought

that’s not who I am! Everyone has the opportunity to learn

creating pathways to success

These days, in business, it’s all about providing options in order to

best serve customers and clients. That goal is no less significant in

the business of education. As Waiariki strives to provide options for

our community in the name of industry-driven and relevant training,

our six schools shoulder the responsibility of meeting the needs of

our students in a marketplace that is competitive, evolving and, well,

busy. Providing a variety of course delivery methods, as well as many

pathways to the same goal is necessary to serve today’s customers

who are busy and have myriad different life and career needs.

One pathway in the School of Māori Development, Social Sciences

and Education - Te Pākaro a Ihenga takes students through Māori and

indigenous development with a strong focus on te reo Māori. The

three-year Bachelor of Māori Studies is undergoing changes that will

allow a variety of learning pathways such as Māori and iwi development,

te reo Māori and tikanga, and music and performing arts. There

are also options to study at levels 3 and 4 that will prepare students

to exit at this level or to confidently work through to the degree. A

level 5 diploma in te reo Māori is embedded in year one of the degree

and allows students to exit at this point with a diploma, or to continue

on to level 7 and a degree major in te reo Māori.

A recent addition to the school’s portfolio is the six-week

Certificate in Indigenous Development that will be available in the

summer semester 2008. This qualification is designed for people

working with iwi or other indigenous organisations who require

a better understanding of ways to engage with indigenous communities,

government departments and agencies. The certificate

covers areas in public policy, governance, indigenous knowledge

frameworks and more.

The changing face of knowledge acquisition has meant that more

BlendEd learning options are being incorporated in te reo Māori

and tikanga providing a mixture of face-to-face, online and video

conference delivery methods. The course, Marae Studies, is a

fully interactive DVD which leads students through a pohiri, Māori

origin stories, Polynesian voyaging to Aotearoa, and guides

students through the structure and symbolism of a whare tupuna

(ancestral house). The course is based on a recently published

book, Te Ao Māori, by Dr Rapata Wiri, a copy of which is included

in the course fee.

Two other courses offer students the opportunity to learn basic

phrases and greetings in te reo Māori: Te Kete Tuatahi is for beginners,

and Te Kete Tuarua is for those who have some knowledge of te

reo Māori, and there are plans to expand this type of learning to meet

the needs of a changing student base.

Dr Carter says, “Our rangatahi spend 18% of their time in front of a

computer – this offers us a great venue for assisting students with

their learning. The Māori language commissioner, Erima Henare, is

ensuring an increase in the development and promotion of online

learning in te reo Māori which indicates to us that the school is on the

right track with this form of delivery.” The school’s BlendEd strategy

follows Waiariki’s overall BlendEd strategy which aims to increase the

study options for students and make learning more flexible and fun.

Social sciences are another pathway in Te Pākaro a Ihenga with the

key degree being the three-year Bachelor in Applied Social Sciences

(Social Work). Other qualifications include the Certificate in Community

Social Work, which allows entrance into the bachelor’s degree, and

the popular Certificate in Human Services, which is taught through

self-directed learning and video-conference sessions with the tutor

once a week, allowing students already employed to continue learning

and increasing their qualifications.

The social sciences portfolio also offers foundation learning qualifications

that allow school leavers and second chance learners the option

to increase skills in various areas that will allow them to move into

higher qualifications. The school also offers entry level foundation

courses such as the Certificate in Work and Life Skills Level 1 and the

National Certificate in Employment Skills Level 2.

The education arm of the school has as its main qualification the

Diploma in Teaching - Early Childhood Education. This has recently

undergone improvements to bring it into line with comparable

degrees and diplomas at other institutions. It is now a high quality

but people learn in different ways at different stages of

their lives and shouldn’t think they are too old, or listen when

people tell them they can’t succeed in education.”

Lyn is passionate about education and giving everyone the

best possible pathway to achieving their education goals.

Hence, the shift from the University of Auckland to Waiariki

where there is more opportunity for students to explore and

create multiple pathways to achieve their goals. Lyn sees

Waiariki as a community college that meets the needs and

aspirations of the region. “We are currently undergoing extensive

consultation with iwi and other community members to

find out what they want in education. This is the only way a

community college can work effectively for its community – if

we do not give them what they are wanting, then they will

turn to another out-of-region provider or, worse still, give up

on education.”

With this in mind, Te Pākaro a Ihenga is one site within the

college that allows students to follow learning options and,

more importantly, to learn how to apply what they learn.

New staff and their whanau gather for a pohiri at Waiariki’s marae. The School of Māori Development, Social Sciences and Education welcomed four new staff members this year: Dr. Pushpa Wood, Karl Johnstone, John Merito and Waitiahoaho Emery.

diploma providing students with the best possible tools and skill

base to work in the early childhood teaching environment. The

education arm also houses the English language qualifications

designed for our international students. Dr Carter says that there

are plans to introduce other languages with the possibility of sign

language included at a future time. “With sign language, English and

Māori, we would have all three of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s official

languages being taught at Waiariki.”

An underlying philosophy for the school is that the bicultural nature

of Waiairki allows for both Māori and non-Māori students to engage

at all levels in both cultures. The school, being one of six at Waiariki,

has built-in learning strategies that allow students to expand their

learning across Waiairki – for example into business, tourism, trades

or forestry – but with a firm foundation in Māori tikanga, language,

history and knowledge. Students can take electives that allow them

to experience how their newly acquired knowledge can be applied

in a variety of contexts, for example, how to engage effectively

and meaningfully with Māori and non-Māori clients in a social work

context, or knowing what to do if working on a building site and

discovering human bones, indicating a burial site may have been

located there.

Qualified Staff Ensures Success

One necessary ingredient of good education pathways is finding

excellent, dedicated and qualified staff to guide students through

their learning. Te Pākaro a Ihenga is fortunate to have such people

who are qualified in multiple ways – some are tertiary qualified and

some are qualified through their own work or life experiences, some

are both. All of our staff members have professional development

goals and pathways to ensure that they are up-to-date with current

thinking and teaching.

With a great team in place and the aspirations of the community

being transferred into the courses, Te Pākaro a Ihenga is set to help

lead and assist the communities in Waiariki’s region with the skills

required to reach the potential in development and growth.

0800 924 274 |


staff profile

Tangiwai Doctor, tutor at Waiariki, presented a weaving

exhibition at ‘Creative Fibre: Brewed And Blended” held

at the Rotorua Convention Centre in September.

Tangiwai Doctor

Position: Tutor

Department: Te Pākaro A Ihenga

Date started working at Waiariki: 2000

Campus: Mokoia

Qualifications: Certificate in Tertiary Teaching,

Māori Language, Diploma in Raranga

(flax weaving)

Why did you decide to work at Waiariki?

My passion to teach Māori language and

raranga (flax weaving) to adult students at

Waiariki was another waka where I am able

to share my experiences and challenges

utilising these skills.

What do you like about working at Waiariki?

I enjoy the opportunities to meet and work

with different people from different types of

work and nationalities.

Waiariki is a place to learn new ideas and to

put them into practice like creating different

courses with a Māori world view and being

able to encourage non-Māori students to participate

in these courses, e.g., whaikorero,

korowai, raranga and many others.

What do you like about the qualification you

teach specifically?

I love the development of the student from

someone who had no idea where he or she

was from and they hold their heads low. By

the end of the course they are able to stand

proud and believe that they are important

and come from an awesome family and have

a heritage to be proud of no matter where

it is, especially from a Māori and bicultural

view. This, I believe, is what language and

culture will do for you.

Anything else you’d like to share?

In the last year I realise that my creative

juices have been working really well. I am

proud to announce that I have completed a

traditional korowai (Māori cloak). This has

taken me exactly one year and has been an

awesome experience. On the completion I

felt the presence of my tupuna (ancestors)

including my mother and daughter and felt

the wairua of the aroha and manaaki from

them all.

I also look forward to the new ventures that

will be happening within our school and wish

everybody within our school the very best

for the future.

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top up your credits!

Attention Year 11, 12 and 13 students:

now you can top up your NCEA credits through

Summer School at Waiariki.

Although everyone is welcome to attend Summer School

at Waiariki, this new initiative was created specifically for

secondary school students who want to catch up on their NCEA

credits, earn extra credits, or to experience and get a taste of

their local tertiary provider. Best of all, Free Fees applies.*

Students who enrol can earn NZQA units at Levels 1-3, equating

up to 15 credits per course, that could be completed in the

three-week period prior to Christmas.

international news

Update on Indian education co-operation project

Waiariki has signed three agreements in India – Chandigarh, Udaipur

and Jaipur – in June this year with highly reputed institutes. Indian

institutes launched their marketing and recruitment campaign in July.

The response was very good and students have started enrolling in

partnership programmes. The students have shown more interest in

tourism, hospitality and computing.

Paramdip Singh, director of special projects at Waiariki, went to

India again in September to support the recruitment drive by holding

seminars in all the major cities. Some of these students will transfer

to Waiariki in February 2008 and some in July.

Waiariki has also launched a separate initiative in India regarding

agriculture. Students are studying a three-month preparatory course

in India and then transferring to Waiariki to complete the National

Certificate in Agriculture Level 4.

forestry centre update

As part of Waiariki’s initiative to further provide for

the forestry sector, we are proud to announce the

scheduled opening of the Waiariki National Centre

of Excellence in Wood Manufacturing.

The new facility, to be built on Mokoia Campus in Rotorua, is

scheduled to open date in February 2008. The centre will be

outfitted with a specialist computer suite used to run state-of-theart

computer simulation software relating to forest mapping, forest

operations, saw doctoring, machining and other related timber

applications. This type of facility will support all the forestry and

wood manufacturing courses provided by Waiariki’s School of

Forestry, Wood Processing and Biotechnology, including the

National Diploma in Forestry and the National Diploma in

Wood Manufacturing.

The building of the centre is the result of a partnership between

Waiariki, Forest Industry Training and Education Consortium (FITEC)

and University of Auckland. Its aim is to develop technical expertise

and research capabilities to equip students with the necessary

The following courses will provide NZQA units:

• Employment Skills 1 and 2

• Basic Forest Knowledge, and Forest Operations Safety and

Chainsaw Use

• Contexts of Health Care

• National Certificate in Computing units including Computer

Power – Getting to know your computer; Word Power – word

processing and desktop publishing; Electric Talk – FrontPage,

Message Exchange and Emails; Figure Work – Spreadsheet

and database skills

• Carpentry

Call 0800 924 274 today for more information, or to enrol.

International student support

Waiariki has 49 students from India studying various courses,

diplomas and degrees. In order to make them feel at home, Waiariki

celebrated India’s 60th Independence Day. The celebration, attended

by Rotorua Mayor Kevin Winters, started with a flag raising

ceremony displaying the Indian flag alongside the New Zealand flag

on the Rotorua campus. The Indian students sang their national

anthem and this was followed by morning tea for which Indian

students who are studying professional cookery course prepared

ladoos, onion bhaji and masala tea.

In the evening, a cultural programme followed by dinner was

organized in the wharakei on campus. Besides our Indian students,

many members of the local Indian community also took part and

presented cultural items. Waiariki staff participated by dressing in

Indian costume.

Artist's rendering of the new forestry centre.

*Some conditions apply.

skills to transform the wood processing industry from its current

commodity orientation to one that focuses on high value-added

products for export. Course emphasis is placed upon innovation

and the development of products and processes, and upon

developing industry leaders that are able to manage the change

and transformation processes.

waiariki staff

show their art

on their sleeves

A recent display in the Waiariki art gallery Te Whare Ta

Whakahua showcased 25 pieces of work from tutors,

support staff and even the building supervisor. Niru Makan

has exhibited in two staff shows now and has a certain

je ne sais quoi with pieces of metal.

One of the larger and most striking pieces of work was painted

by Marlene Herewini, Ngai Tai and Ngati Porou, and entitled Te

Whakapapa O Tia. It traces the genealogy of her daughter Tia

from her mother’s Māori side and her father’s Tokelau side.

Marelene is a student support officer with the School of Māori

Development, Social Sciences and Education but prior to this

was a student advisor for the arts area. “Working with those art

tutors finally rubbed off on me,” she says of her first painting.

And, like all good artists, Marlene has suffered for her work. “My

art teachers used to make fun of me at school,” she laments.

A friend encouraged her to give art a go as a form of stress

relief and she chose her daughter’s whakapapa as she knew

this was a subject she would finish.

The other pieces in the staff art exhibit ranged from a tiny

porcelain figurine to fabric wall hangings, and jewelry, to a

row of fence palings presented like you have never seen

them before.

Staff art exhibitions are held annually at Waiariki as an

opportunity for staff to show their creative side and add to

the work-life balance. The exhibit is hosted by the School of

Computing, Technology and Communications. Marlene with her first painting.

research and business engagement at waiariki

Calling all foodies

In 2006 a scoping activity was completed by Waiariki. The

aim was to consider what additional nutritional action could

be taken to meet the Healthy Eating, Healthy Action outcomes

within the Rotorua district. We discovered that

individuals want skills to grow or purchase healthy affordable

food which they feel confident to prepare for their families.

Individuals want training that is practically based and completed

within the context and culture of their daily lives and

within their communities. The thrust of any training programme

should be to empower people and communities.

As a result of these findings, Waiariki, together with representatives

from the Rotorua Primary Health Organisation,

considered a project which has been running in Australia

for several years which seems to meet the identified need

in Rotorua. This project, known as Community Foodies, is

based on a “train the trainer” concept where local people

support local communities to make healthy food choices.

Community Foodies aims to build community networks and

to improve the nutritional status particularly for those who do

not traditionally access existing health or nutrition services or


If you are interested in improving both your own health and

the health of others, and are interested in food and nutrition,

contact us for more information. The course will be offered

over six weeks and will include nutritional information, cooking

skills and teaching / presentation skills.

Email for more information.

Uniqueness of nursing care in a surgical ward

Queen Elizabeth Hospital was opened in 1942 as a rehabilitation

hospital for returned servicemen. Now called QE

Health, the private hospital combines rehabilitation services

with surgical treatment for people with arthritis and other

musculoskeletal conditions. QE Health is well recognised for

providing a holistic approach to health care.

Research of nursing care in a surgical ward is being undertaken

by Waiariki and QE Health to identify the unique characteristics

of the care as defined by the nurses at QE Health, to

then strategise how those characteristics can be intertwined

into the organisation’s philosophy.

Front line management training

In today’s tight labour market, organizations and businesses

have to ensure their front line managers receive all the management

training needed to allow staff to flourish and excel

in dealing with customers.

Is there local employer support for such a programme? Will

an online delivery mode suit the learning needs of managers

and supervisors? When is the most suitable time for front line

management training?

Waiariki’s School of Business and Tourism has developed an

online survey questionnaire to gauge the business community’s

interest in the area of front line management training.

Email if you’d like to see a

training programme come to our region.

Increasing readiness for new registered nurses

Providing intravenous therapy to patients is a routine aspect

of nursing care. Currently, nurses are not trained in IV administration

until after they become registered and have begun

working in the health care sector, upon which time additional

credentialing is undertaken. This training system frequently

leads to problems when there is a shortage of IV-trained

nurses and a new graduate nurse may be placed in a position

of not having co-workers who can administer IV therapy for

him or her.

A collaborative project between Bay of Plenty District Health

Board and Waiariki hopes to alleviate this problem. Research

has begun to determine whether students are better prepared

for IV certification if they begin their IV credentialing while still

in the nursing degree programme at Waiariki.

Maureen Kelly, director of the School of Nursing and Health

Studies at Waiariki, says preparing students with the

theoretical component of IV therapy during their study at

the institute will give nurses a head-start. “If we prepare

students theoretically, then they’ll be ready for the practical

training once they begin working, and be better prepared

for IV certification.”

Excellence in hospitality

Every month the hospitality staff at Waiariki, in conjunction

with the Restaurant Association of Rotorua and Chef’s

Association of Rotorua, opens the doors for the public to join

us for presentations which involve experts preparing meals

and discussing current hospitality issues.

Experts hosted over the past few months have included:

• Charles Royal, master Māori chef

• Damon McGinnis, New Zealand Beef and Lamb ambassador

• Andrea Bidois, registered nutritionist, Heart Foundation

• Silvio Sakrzewski, sugar artist

Email for a schedule

of activities.

0800 924 274 |


travel tips

The Christmas holidays are just around the

corner. For a lot of people, this means

traveling to see family and friends or the

beautiful sights of New Zealand.

Besides making preparations for your pet’s

care, a house sitter, and mail retrieval in your

absence, don’t forget about your car. The last

thing you want to go through is a mechanical

problem that could cause delay, hassles and

extra money, especially when it could have

been easily prevented with some basic checks

and servicing.

Below is a checklist of items to consider, as

well as ways to enhance your fuel efficiency

while on the go.

Mechanical Maintenance

Schedule a tune-up about a week before your

trip. This should allow enough time for repairs

to be made (especially important if new parts

are needed) without delaying your departure.

If you’re not mechanically inclined, tell your

mechanic you’re doing some traveling and

need help with the following list:

Check all fluid levels and top up if necessary:

engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid,

antifreeze, power steering fluid, water level in

battery, and windshield washer solvent.

Check tyres: Be sure the pressure is at

manufacturer’s recommendations for all tyres,

including your spare. Are your tyre jack and

wheel brace accessible?

Check belts and hoses: With the engine off,

inspect belts and hoses for cracks or missing

chunks. Then, turn engine on and listen. If

belts squeal have them checked.

Fuel: Start your trip with a full tank and try not

to let the tank get below the ¼ mark during

your trip as often there are long distances

between petrol stations.

Saving Petrol

Refueling: Only fill to the first click. Overfilling

can lead to spillage or loss through the

overflow pipe when going around corners.

Aim for smooth driving: Traveling during nonpeak

traffic times will preserve fuel and your

brakes, and will help prevent irregular driving

(speeding up and slowing down).

Drive in the right gear: Inappropriate low or

high gear driving causes over-consumption of

fuel. Change into the most appropriate gear

as quickly as possible without accelerating

any more than necessary.

Keep to the speed limits: Just in case you

need another reason to stick to within the

speed limits, higher speeds result in higher

fuel consumption.

Air conditioning: While it may be necessary,

try to use it sparingly as this runs up your

fuel usage.

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students follow a shining STAR

by Helen van Toor, manager, Secondary Tertiary Pathways

Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake o Tawhiuau students enjoyed their introduction to cultural tourism at the museum with Pat Casey and Sandra Prebble.

Students explore career pathways

“Tū kotahi ana ngā maunga whakahī, rere kotahi ana ngā awa

whakahā” Koinei te whakaaro i puta ake ai i waenganui i a Te Waiariki

me Ngāti Manawa i ngā marama kua pahure tata ake nei. Ana, mō

te aha take? Arā, ko wā tātau tamariki mokopuna tonu.

I takea mai ai te hononga nei i tētahi “rā whakaaturanga” i te marama o

Mei. I whakatūhia tēnei rā e Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake o Tāwhiuau nō

roto o Murupara, hai rā rapu ara mā wā rātau tamariki mokopuna. Nā

runga i te tino pārekareka o taua rā ka toko ake te whakaaro kia haere

mai rātau ki Te Waiariki kia rongo a taringa, kia kite a karu i te reka o

ngā akoranga i konei. Ko te hua i puta ko tētahi hōtaka roroa e kite ai

rātau i te Mahi Tūruhi, Mahi Whakatikatika Waka, Mahi Manaaki Manuhiri,

Mahi Whakapaipai Makawe me te Mahi Hanga Whare. Ma te tirotiro

haere i wēnei akoranga e rima, e mōhio ai rātau kai hea te ara hai whai

atu mā rātau ka mutu ana i te kura.

Timata mai ai rātau i te Mahi Tūruhi, i te taha o Pat Casey (Kaiako

Tūruhi) me tana tīma. Hihiko ana nga whakaaro, pupū ake ana te

hiahia ki roto i ngā tauira i te tino pārekapreka o wēnei mahi. Ana,

ko ngā mahi kua oti i ā rātau ko te tūtakitaki manuhiri, te arahi

tūruhi me te eke paihikara. Hai te wiki e kake mai nei ka hūnuku

rātau ki Te Kura Mahi-a-Rehe, ki reira tirohia atu ai ngā mahi o te

Whakatikatika Waka.

Heoi anō nau mai, piki mai Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake o Tāwhiuau

ki waenganui i a mātau. Ko te tumanko, kia pai rā tō koutou noho.

Mauri ora!

In recent months Waiariki has worked hard to rekindle our relationship

with Ngati Manawa and the Murupara whanau. We have worked

closely on a number of initiatives with a common goal in mind: the

advancement of both our communities.

Waiariki’s attendance at Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake o Tawhiuau

Careers Day in May was so successful that a follow-up meeting

was initiated by Tawhiuau’s principal Pem Bird. He asked for a

number of “taster” courses that would see Tawhiuau students get

an introduction to tourism, auto engineering, hospitality, hair dressing

and carpentry, with a view to enroll in full STAR (Secondary

Tertiary Alignment Resource) courses in 2008.

In August 12 senior students were formally welcomed on to Tanagatarua

Marae with a full pohiri. Most of our schools were represented

by their directors or a representative who reinforced the

importance of this particular project.

The School of Business and Tourism ensured the programme started

with a hiss and a roar, introducing the Tawhiuau students to tourism,

tour guiding and adventure tourism. Thanks to the exceptional tourism

staff, Tawhiuau students enjoyed an exciting programme, wonderful

hospitality and a truly positive experience of what Waiariki is all

about, “your journey to success!” Next they moved on to automotive

engineering where the momentum continued.

STAR courses such as this are a very effective way to familiarise

students with the tertiary environment, strengthen their understanding

of particular industries, extend upon the secondary

curriculum and can enhance individual learning plans. By matching

student interest areas and individual strengths with clear and

logical study and career pathways, students are better able to

identify their tertiary study options.

Waiariki offers many specific industry courses, including Taster

Days, online courses and unit standard courses, details of which

are published in Waiariki Pathways to Success - A Guide to STAR

/ Gateway and Partnerships 2007-2008. The book is available to

download from

Waiariki and the secondary schools

that we work with have a common and vital

purpose – the success of our students.

Adventure tourism students used all their tour guiding skills with

Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake o Tawhiuau students. They enjoyed a

BBQ lunch, a quick introduction to mountain biking and then off

into the Redwood Forest.

egional campus news

trades training centre opens in taupo

Waiariki celebrated the opening of the new Taupo Trades

Training Centre at the Taupo campus in August. The newly

refurbished workshop in Runanga Street now provides a

quality training centre for students in Carpentry Level 4 which

started at the end of July.

After their first month of in-house training, the students were

placed with local industry for work experience. Tutor Mike

Fogarty is pleased with the performance of the students.

“They have shown commitment to their learning and really

want to get out on the construction site. They’ve been

received well by industry,” he said.

All over New Zealand and globally, quality trades people are

in demand. People wanting a career in the building and

construction industry can start with this new exciting pretrades

course. The 37-week qualification blends theory with

practical experience in the local industry, giving students

the knowledge and skills base needed to begin working in a

career as a registered builder.

Mike, who joined the Taupo staff this year, hails from Lower

Hutt. He spent the past 27 years in the building industry

in Palmerston North. A trade qualified carpenter, he began

top hairdresser in tokoroa

Three Tokoroa Waiariki hairdressing students attended the Bay of

Plenty Hairdressing competition recently with 19 year-old Cheyenne

Solomon-Ahipu gaining a first place award.

Cheyenne won the avant garde section of the competition, held in Tauranga,

with a Pacific-style weaved creation infusing modern colour with

traditional weave. She said the section was about “funky, out-rageous

hair-dos” and was judged on the model’s costume and hair.

Cheyenne said she was inspired in her design by the flax weave dress

worn by her model and so tried to replicate the design with the model’s

hair. “Her costume was made of flax-mat and so I thought of transferring

the flax-mat theme to her hair.”

Cheyenne said she only had one practice attempt at the hair style and

took roughly three hours to complete it in Tokoroa the morning before

the competition and then a few touch ups were made at the competition.

She said she felt overwhelmed by her win. “I was surprised! I didn’t think

I would win and when they said my name I still didn’t think it was me until

my model said ‘It’s us, we’ve won!’”

This was the first competition Cheyenne has attended, and said she just

wanted to “give it a try and see what happened.” Cheyenne started her

hairdressing career by participating in the 2006 Gateway programme

while at high school. Deciding that this was her chosen career she

enrolled at the Waiariki Institute of Technology Tokoroa hair salon in

Roseberry Street and is currently completing her first year of training.

course promotes independence

At a very young age, Aaron Lowe was in a motor vehicle accident

and sustained head injuries. As a result, Aaron needs repetitive

learning so that information will stay with him. Aaron gets the

personalized extra attention he needs through Waiariki’s Work and

Life Skills programme on the Whakatane campus. Under a government

initiative called Pathways to Inclusion, Work and Life Skills

was set up to help people with disabilities to learn skills enabling

them to become more independent and socially included.

While attending Trident High School Special Education Unit in

Whakatane, Aaron began transitioning into the Work and Life

Skills course at Waiariki in 2005, attending Waiariki three days a

week and Trident High two days. Then in 2006 Aaron registered

and attended Waiariki full time. Aaron’s tutors say he has great

general knowledge and gives the rest of the class a run for their

money when doing their daily morning quizzes.

Aaron’s confidence levels have reached an all-time high, he is

happy to give anything a go and has become very social with his

classmates. “I like doing the book work, making friends and I

like it here because there are no bullies, it’s a safe environment,”

Aaron says.

This year Aaron transitioned into work, starting with 15 hours a

week at Pak ‘N Save in the produce section. He’s making friends

among his co-workers and enjoys his independence having

responsibilities. He still attends the Work and Life Skills course

three days a week and often shares his new work stories with

his classmates. Working on the computers is his favourite activity

in class, he says.

teaching at Universal Collage of Learning (UCOL) Palmerston

North four years ago. When asked why Taupo, Mike replied,

this is a new, exciting challenge, setting up the trades training

in Taupo.” He and his wife Chris have enjoyed the change in

lifestyle and making the most of all that Taupo has to offer.

One of Mike’s goals is to catch the biggest trout!

Chris Dolman, Regional Development Manager at the Taupo

campus, says, “The demands from local industry, and recent

research identifying skills gaps in trades training, prompted

the launch of the new centre. We are in the process of getting

a much needed hospitality training centre for courses in

food safety, barista, café operations and a bar manager’s

certificate. We hope to have these operational by the time

this goes to print.”

Automotive Training Levels 2 and 3 will be starting in February

2008 on the Taupo campus, and electrical technician training

has been identified for future development.

Enquiries for the trades can phone the Taupo campus on

07 376 0030, Mike on 021 531 1454 or call in to the

administration office on the corner of Kaimanawa and Heu

Heu streets.

Tokoroa High School

student Aroha Ngatai

modelled Cheyenne’s

hair design.

Winning stylist Cheyenne Soloman-Ahipu.

Aaron’s parents are happy with his progress and the fact that

each step can be transitioned for their son. This has been one

of the most positive moves for his future, his parents say. Aaron,

with his positive outlook and confidence, now has new goals and

ambitions to look forward to reaching in the future. “I want to

work more hours at Pak ‘N Save,” he says proudly.

Work and Life Skills courses are taught on all Waiariki campuses.

Our tutors have the education and work experiences which qualifies

them to work with students who have special needs. They care

about seeing their students succeed and progress, becoming more

independent and positive along the way.

student profile

Landyn Edwards

His idol is Tiger Woods, his passion is golf, he is 16 years old

and he has just nailed his first academic qualification.

Up until now the lure of the golf course has proved too strong

for one of the Bay of Plenty’s rising stars but over the past

year Landyn Edwards has found a balance between sport and

study and is succeeding at both.

Of Ngati Manawa descent, Landyn was born in the UK where

his parents were living at the time. They brought young Landyn

back to New Zealand and he went to live with golf-loving relatives

in Murupara. By the age of 10 he was playing in competitions

and now plays off scratch.

But as the handicap came down, so did Landyn’s attention to

study. He went to Rotorua Boys’ High School and joined the

golfing academy but admits he would rather “wag and hit a

golf ball all day” than attend classes.

At the start of this year Landyn was one of five young people

who won three-year scholarships to join the Waiariki Academy

of Sport. Now the academy team of Jane Borren and Jared

Meehan work with him to balance sport and study time.

“It’s helping my golf studying as well, it is better for me not to

be on the course all day. I have a good balance now,” he says.

In semester one he achieved a Certificate in Computing

Level 3, his first academic achievement ever and he says

“it felt pretty good.”

Landyn admits last semester he had to sacrifice some tournaments

for his studies and the scales have tipped a little the

other way at the start of this semester studying at level four,

but he sees the value of qualifications to back up his golfing

career. He wants to turn professional one day.

A lot of whanau and tutorial support has gotten him this far.

His parents take him to Tauranga once a fortnight for lessons

with his coach Mikki Strong and at Waiariki his tutors say while

it’s clear he would rather be golfing than studying he is growing

into his studies as he gains confidence.

His most recent big tournament was the New Zealand Under-

19 championships at Golf Pacifica, Katikati, in September.

Landyn placed 5th in his age group and 15th overall

out of 150 players. As a member of the Rotorua Golf Club,

Landyn has a reputation among members for a being a “very

nice, smiley young man.”

The Waiariki Academy of Sport and his computing tutors look

forward to supporting him and helping him grow even more

over the next two years of his scholarship.

0800 924 274 |


gardening tips

From the horticulture team

This is an excellent time of the year in the

garden, plants are looking fresh and green,

flowers are abundant and your vegetable

garden will be starting to flourish.

Now that the frost risk has gone (hopefully!) it

is a good time to get more vegetable seedlings

in to the ground and get solid growth on them

before the full heat of summer. Your sweet corn,

tomatoes, zucchinis and the like will do well

at this time of year. Make sure you add plenty

of compost and a small amount of balanced

fertiliser to the soil to keep them moving along.

This is great time to consider mulching your

garden. Mulching is easy, useful and can really

help your plants succeed. Mulches have many

benefits, including:

• Reducing water loss from the soil

• Adding nutrients

• Keeping the root temperature stable

• Protecting the soil

• Keeping weed growth to a minimum

A huge range of mulch options exist, from

compost and bark to stones, newspapers

and plastic. You can mulch around shrubs, on

vegetable gardens, in flower beds and around

fruit trees.

What you choose is up to you (beauty is in the

eye of the beholder – or the budget) but make

sure any mulch you use is:

• Free of weed seeds

• Easy for water to get through

• Allows the soil to breathe

• Has no chemicals in it

(such as treated wood chip)

Make sure your mulch is applied deep enough

to reduce the weeds. You want to smother

them so they give up! This will be between four

and 10 cm deep, depending on what you use.

If you use bark or wood chips try adding some

blood and bone or sheep pellets at the same

time. This helps to balance out the high carbon

(and lack of nitrogen) in these products.

For the same reason, use no more than two

or three layers of newspaper under mulch (in

fact, if you have a good depth of mulch the

newspaper is not needed). Remember that if

the soil has started to dry out, water it well

before putting the mulch down. One other point

to consider is to avoid mounding the mulch

very far up the base of plants as some plants

may be damaged if they get partly buried.

The horticulture students trialled a range of

organic mulches including coloured bark (see

photo above) to test which ones looked the

best over a period of time and which ones

kept the weeds down while helping the plants

to grow. So far, the compost is wining overall

but some of the team liked the look of the

coloured bark more. Time will tell.

Enjoy your gardening!

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aiming for IT literate communities

by Annabel Schuler, director, School of Computing, Technology and Communications

To become the most IT literate region in New Zealand sounds quite ambitious. To take out a

Guinness Book of Records entry for IT literacy sounds right up there, too, but it is an achievement

Waiariki is well on the way to making happen.

The School of Computing, Technology and Communications wants

to see the Waiariki region as IT literate as it possibly can be, and

has implemented a three-year campaign to upksill as many residents

as possible.

Do not worry, we are not asking people to come back to the classroom.

We are making the learning as easy as possible by putting

all the classes online, sending students a workbook to support

them, and the students can also call into our regional campuses

for help.

The entry level-qualification on offer for those who are keen to

learn basic computing skills is the National Certificate in Computing

Level 2. This is equivalent to sixth form secondary study. It gives

students foundation skills in everything from email to Internet,

Excel to databases.

The other good thing about the courses is, for those of us who are

self-taught computer users, the learning will correct all those lazy

errors and fill in the gaps.

The 40-credit certificate runs for a year but students can

libraries are changing

Libraries are changing and Waiariki’s

Te Wairere Library Learning Centre aims

to be at the forefront of that change.

Gone are the days of rows and rows of dusty books in dimly-lit

areas, a strict ‘no noise’ policy and librarians who never come

out from behind the counter. Even though these images are

probably far from the reality of what any library ever was, they

still may reflect the perception that many people might have of

libraries. And if that’s the case for you, we invite you to visit us

and change your mind.

Te Wairere Library Learning Centre gets its name from the fact that

we are all about the traditional library services but with an additional

focus on empowering others to become self-sufficient learners.

Our staff are passionate about education and, with the explosion of

information available nowadays, equally passionate about assisting

others to locate and use quality material. ‘Te Wairere’ was given

to us by our institution’s kaumatua, Ken Kennedy, and reflects the

‘flow on’ support we provide in addition to that supplied by tutors,

schools and the wider institution.

We not only stock thousands of books, magazines, DVDs and

videos – we also provide a wealth of material online to all Waiariki

staff and students. With a Waiariki login you can access these

databases from any computer with internet access. This is a huge

advantage for students studying away from Mokoia Campus and/or

those who want to get information 24/7 (some do study at 3am!).

Another aspect of our work, which we are extremely proud of, is

the support, advice and expertise our staff offer. We aim to provide

a welcoming and friendly environment where there is no such

complete it more quickly; the learning is self-paced and can be as

interactive as students wish.

The hub of this qualification is Waiariki In Focus computing learning

lab in Rotorua’s CBD next to Starbucks. Here co-ordinator Julia

Cass ensures students are correctly enrolled, can log on, and the

assessments are all marked online.

Rotorua people can also call into In Focus for help from a tutorial

assistant or they can use the in-house computers if they do not

have a PC at home or work.

Since the campaign was launched in Tokoroa and Rotorua, many people

have enrolled. Whakatane and Taupo are next on the list for a launch.

We have been extremely lucky to have the support of Work and

Income Bay of Plenty-wide for the initiative, and all the mayors and

iwi leaders we have talked to are supportive as well.

If you would like to become IT literate and help the

Bay of Plenty become a winner call 0800 924 274

or email

by Anne-Marie Roux, manager, Libary Learning Centre

thing as a ‘silly question’. How to find the material you need, how

to put an essay together, where to access information on grants

and scholarships, using computer software, improving your English

and/or writing skills. These are just some of the areas we assist

students with everyday.

Uia Mai/Just Ask - and remember, smart students use the library!

According to the University of Chicago, the top five student worries

and anxieties are as follows:

1. I won’t pass the placement tests.

Waiariki doesn’t have these so there’s nothing to fail.

2. The workload will be too heavy or I’ll be too dumb to pass.

We aim for all students to pass. In fact, 15 of our Level 1 to 3

qualifications have specialist Foundation Learning Advisors in

class whose job it is to help learners to be able to do their work

on the spot. We also have General Learning Advisors you can see

outside class for help with assignments, 8 to 5, Monday to Friday.

3. I won’t be able to make friends.

This is your home town so you can keep all your old friends and

add some new ones as well.

4. My roommate will drive me crazy.

You don’t need to have a roommate, let alone a crazy one.

You can stay in your own home.

5. I will choose the wrong subject and change my mind later.

Every school at Waiariki has a Student Advisor you can call on

before you start or during your studies. And don’t forget to call

on those Learning Advisors for help.

waiariki hosts uni games 2008

by Jane Borren, manager, Waiariki Academy of Sport

By now you’ve probably heard that the 2008 New Zealand University

Games is coming to Rotorua in April. Not only will this be the first

time this great New Zealand sporting event will be hosted by a nonuniversity

city, but Waiariki Institute of Technology is proud to be the

official host institution.

As Waiariki will be the first non-university to host the UniGames, we

want to be sure to give community colleges and polytechnics a great

name. With this in mind, we need to make certain our team is both

big and competitive. Waiariki is committed to preparing a team able

to deliver results in sports that epitomise this region and Waiariki’s

Academy of Sport athletes will be leading the team charge.

Hosting the UniGames presents a fantastic opportunity for Rotorua

and the surrounding area. We will see an influx of more than 2,500

young people. We need your support to help showcase our city,

our region, and all the great areas that make this a rather special

in which to live. We need your help to make Rotorua come alive for

New Zealands’s tertiary students. Let’s ALL make it happen!

In announcing the win of Rotorua’s bid, University Sport NZ (USNZ)

president Jim Ellis described his enthusiasm:

“The board is excited at the prospect of an outstanding Games in

Rotorua which it believes will be a spectacular and exciting venue.

The compactness of the city, coupled with its excellent sports facilities

(including the new Rotorua Events Centre), wide range of accommodation,

scenic setting and touristic attractions have the potential

to make the 2008 Games a truly memorable event.”

Ellis also described the decision of awarding the Games to Rotorua

as “bold and historic.” On behalf of the Rotorua consortium group,

we look forward to delivering a bold, historic, and energising event!


The first University Games were hosted by the University of Canterbury

in 1902, and the coveted “Team Shield” competition began in

1923 (won by the University of Otago). This makes the UniGames not

only the second largest annual multi-sports event on the New Zealand

sporting calendar, but also the second oldest.

On the sporting field, the competition levels are superb. It has seen

many Olympians as competitors, including All Black captain Richie

McCaw and previous NZ women’s hockey captain Anna Lawrence.

These games precede the Beijing 2008 Olympics by only four

months. If preparations allow, we should see New Zealand’s

Olympians in action in Rotorua. It will provide a chance to view truly

international sporting legends in action.

Of course, the social side of the Games are huge. And legendary.

This may well be the only sporting event where Olympians compete

against tertiary students (whose primary aim is to notch up another

life experience).

The infamous Dunedin Riots of 1991 changed the face of the Games

forever. It was a land-mark year, as university students made headline

news for all the wrong reasons. The social part of the Games

over-ran the sport competition side.

Change was needed. USNZ plugged the sport competition focus,

and the previous 15 years have seen the return of the Games to

great sporting levels.


(1) Competition

The great set-up of sporting arenas in Rotorua means viewing

an array of sports will be easy for the public. There are several

competition clusters. For example, hockey, golf, ultimate Frisbee,

and rugby league venues are within 500m of each other in the

Springfield cluster.

There will also be events that showcase Rotorua’s natural sporting

wonders. An Xterra triathlon at Blue Lake, mountain biking on the

nationals course through the Redwoods, rowing and waka ama on

Lake Rotorua, and white water kayaking on the Kaituna River. For

those of you with an allegiance to one of these sports, as well as

those of you wondering what these sports are really like – get out

to these events.

(2) Opening and closing ceremonies

Opening ceremonies set the scene for any Games. And closing

ceremonies are the last chance for reflection, relaxation and

celebration. For UniGames 2008, both ceremonies will capture the

uniqueness of Rotorua, so the cultural influence will be huge. This is

Rotorua’s chance to provide a uniqueness never before experienced

in 105 years of competition.

For many of the 2,500-plus athletes, it will be their first true

experience of Māori culture, and both ceremonies will encompass

the strong and important Māoriheritage of this region. Opening

ceremony plans include delivering the team captains on the waka,

pohiri and rites of passage at the SoundShell, and hangi on Village

Green. Closing ceremony plans include a road race criteria around

the closed off city-central, with a finale at the Rotorua Energy

Events Centre.

(3) Social programme

For students, basics come first. That means eating, drinking, testing

iconic Rotorua tourist attractions, and somewhere to sleep and

shower. If Rotorua businesses get behind UniGames 08, we have the

opportunity to open the eyes of tertiary students beyond the basics.



• How can you support a particular team / all teams?

• How can you provide your service to students? They’re typically on

small budgets, but always find ways and means.

• Do you have a particular alignment to a university or polytechnic?

Support them!

• Be sure to welcome them to our city.


• The Rotorua consortium will work with schools to ensure each

university and polytechnic has a school supporter.

• It is a brilliant chance for the youth in our region to view high-level

sporting action – plan some school group visits.

Sports Clubs

• Primarily through tournament support, we need support with administration

at all sporting events.


• Take your kids to the action.

• Watch, support, cheer – these events will be fun!


• As with any big event, volunteer support will be crucial to the

success of these Games.

• Whether through your business, school, or local sports club, we

need your support to make it happen.


• For those of you itching to participate – you can –as part of the

Team Waiariki. The history of the host team is that it is big and


• All you need to do is enrol in a Waiariki course, from short course

to degree.

fitness and recreation centre planned by Gorden Acres, project manager

Poor nutrition, high obesity rates and lack of fitness are trends

that continue to threaten the health of populations regionally,

nationally and globally. Waiariki is committed to providing a

balanced holistic educational experience for the 5,000-plus

students, staff and stakeholders visiting Mokoia Campus each

year. We realize as a major educational institution that it is vital

to have a health, fitness and recreation facility on campus to

ensure that we support development of both the body and mind

for life. An exciting major capital development is therefore being

planned for mid-2008. This is part of our overall strategy to

improve both the economic wellbeing and the lifestyles of our

students, staff and community.

Early discussions are underway with potential funding and

support organisations to ensure that we will be able to

provide excellent facilities which complement those already

in Rotorua, facilities which can be used by anyone on campus

and by the local community, at an affordable cost.

Photo by Jens Klatt

Our commitment to staff and students is to improve their lives not

only through providing an exciting educational experience but by

ensuring that they are learning in a healthy environment. We want

to encourage a balance between gaining vocational skills and

healthy living – successfully completing a programme and starting

habits that lead to a healthy work-life balance.

The location of the centre will be within arm’s reach of some of

the best mountain biking, walking and running tracks in Rotorua.

The centre will also advance the activities of the newly established

Waiariki Academy of Sport which already has top-class

sports science professionals, Jane Borren and Jared Meehan.

Research into building the most suitable type of facility has started

and some of the ideas that are being looked at are: health and

fitness group studios with a comprehensive range of equipment

and weight areas; a sports hall with sprung floor to be used for

netball, basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, squash, badminton

and gymnastics facilities and equipment; kitchen facilities with

café; changing facilities with lockers, shower and changing rooms

for sports teams; breakout rooms for meetings, community and

office spaces; physiotherapy and other clinic facilities, and gym


While our chief executive Pim Borren’s mantra, repeated often

to staff, is “family first,” Waiariki is also about promoting health

and fitness to staff and students alike. Recent activities have created

an increased following as office mates enter fitness-related

competitions and incentives. One such event, the Ekiden Relay,

inspired 18 teams of six individuals to race around Lake Rotorua

in October.

Email for more information.

0800 924 274 |


from the

waiariki kitchen

Pikopiko Pesto

Mouku: Asplenium bulbiferum

(Fiddlehead fern)

Preparation Time: ½ hour

Cooking Time: 1 hour

Makes: ½ litre

“This idea came from when I

was guest Chef at the Hokitika

Wildfoods Festival 2002. This is

when I first tasted watercress

pesto and then thought of blending

pikopiko with a subtle seed to

retain its earthy flavour.”


• ¼ cup sunflower oil

• 2 cloves garlic

• 100 gms sunflower seeds

• 500 gms pikopiko stems

• Pinch salt


Lightly fry sunflower seeds in sunflower oil

until golden brown.

Wash and clean pikopiko stalks, making

sure to remove all the brown speckles and

fern leaves from the stalk. This removes the


Place cleaned pikopiko into salted boiling

water for one hour.

Remove pikopiko and roughly cut into small


Place toasted sunflower seeds, oil and garlic

into blender and blend for one minute.

Add chopped pikopiko and blend again for

30 seconds.

Adjust seasoning accordingly.

Cooking Tip

Do not over blend the pesto–keep it chunky

for better flavour and appearance.

Serve as a kinaki or condiment with all food.

© All Rights Reserved Kinaki NZ 2007

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what can WITSA do for you?

Waiariki Institute of Technology

Students’ Association, aka WITSA,

is your friend on campus. WITSA

exists to ensure that students are

directly involved in shaping their

learning experience here at Waiariki.

While WITSA’s predominate function is

one of representation and advocacy, WITSA

is committed to encouraging a balanced

approach to life and study at Waiariki In

order to achieve this objective WITSA

works with various community groups,

organisations and businesses. The support

WITSA receives from our local community

is hugely appreciated. Without this support,

especially for our social events, our events

would not be the success that they are. In

return WITSA members enjoy giving back to

the community in any way possible.

Events and Activities

WITSA try to run events and activities that the

majority of members can participate in. Some

of these over this year have been:

Orientation – this is a permanent fixture

on every Students’ Association calendar

to kick off the tertiary year with a bang.

We hosted bands, games, competitions,

giveaways and more. This year Hell Pizza

provided yummy pies for the pizza eating

competition, National Bank provided great

prizes, local band Ward 4 rocked our socks,

Gold’s Gym had their Grinder on campus

testing muscle power, and we held the firstever

Ironman competition between Waiariki

staff and students. Staff members gave it

their all, but the students took it out! The

barrel of cash dive was a barrel of laughs

and a big thanks goes to Eddie Young from

The Edge who was our MC for the week

of fun.

WITSA’s Birthday Party – this year WITSA turned

20 and celebrated with a huge free buffet

fashion tips for summer

by Maria Ingram, fashion tutor

Colours and Fabrics

From acid brights to cool metallics, these

are the fun hues to look for this season.

Black and white, muted pastels and jewel

tones are also hot. Patterns in flowers and

spots will be everywhere, and romantic

ruffles and organzas are favourite features

and fabrics.

Accessories are the icing to your fashion

cake, the finishing touches that can make

or break your ensemble. Choosing classical,

well-made pieces keeps you out of a

fashion rut.

Accessories to see you through summer

The scarf - The ultimate accessory for

this season. Wearing a scarf knotted at

the neck in French artiste style is a chic

way to brighten up a dark ensemble.

Scarves can also double as bright, cheery

headbands. Look for fun retro-style patterns

and colours.

Sunglasses – It’s important to invest in

quality UV-protectant sunnies for year-round

protection, not just for summer. If you’re

torn between two pairs you love, buy both

and keep a pair on the ready in your car.

Spend a little extra on fun and funky storage

cases to help your sunnies last longer

and look good. They’re also easier to spot

lunch, balloons, streamers and party-goers.

Ethnic Day – our student community is

diverse and diversity is something WITSA

celebrates and encourages. WITSA supplied

the ingredients and international students

cooked traditional foods for everyone to


Make Over Day – between home life and

school life, there isn’t always a lot of time

to devote to yourself, so WITSA ran a Make

Over Day covering quick-fire tips on how

to look good without a lot of fuss. Waiariki

hairdressing students did hair, while Avon

covered flaws and highlighted assets.

New Zealand Music Month – WITSA proudly

supported New Zealand music month this

year by having local artists Mike Baker,

Jamie Agnew and Richard Cunningham on

campus jammin’ away in the cafe.

St Chad’s Cup – local community trust St

Chad’s ran the inaugural St Chad’s Cup

Race modeled on the Americas Cup. This

turned out to be a huge success and a

great day. Clients of St Chad’s made looka-like

Americas Cup boats which looked

fantastic. WITSA provided raffles, prizes

and a barbeque. Waiariki’s boat looked

so great, we bought it and have it proudly

displayed on campus!

Team Building – WITSA provides team

building exercises and activities and this

year’s classes were awesome.

Re-Orientation – Again on every Students’

Association calendar, we host re-orienting

activities for students entering second

semester. WITSA members enjoyed live

music, more free food every day, ICONZ

ran a Weet-Bix eating competition,

National Bank gave away more prizes, our

Adventure Tourism students ran lots of

games, Eddie Young from The Edge MC’d

for us again and laughter and good times

were had by all.

if they slide down between the car seats or

you leave them at a friend’s house.

Even though ‘Jackie O’ sunglasses are still

the rage, don’t fall victim to the “fashion

trap” of wearing them just because everyone

else is. These large-lensed glasses

simply do not work for everyone’s face

– looking like a visitor from outer space

is not a good look. Take a good look at

Jackie O’s face. Note her refined features.

If your face is not shaped similarly to

hers, chances are ‘Jackie Os’ are not for

you. Choose a style and size to flatter

your face shape. Bring a friend to help you

try and choose.

Handbags – It’s convenient to have an assortment

of handbags to suit different occasions

from special nights out to everyday use. However,

if your budget is limited, you want to

aim for something that’s a bit more versatile

and will work with almost any ensemble.

Black, brown and greys are neutral and

can work with most things. Or, you can “go

European” with burgundy, a colour that has

almost has no boundaries, or my favourite, a

pale sage green.

Keep the size realistic. Bags that are too

big can really get out of hand: you’ll have a

tendency to over-fill them, creating a burden

on your shoulder and back when you’re

out and about. If you’re petite, a large bag

can be overpowering and cause you to look

Campaigns – WITSA supports a variety

of national and international campaigns,

the biggest of which is Thursdays in Black,

demanding a world without rape and


WITSA Free Pre-Xmas Celebrations – More

fun is coming up with a free buffet, prizes

and more.

WITSA Website – Get hot gossip, news and

information on competitions and campus

activities at the click of the mouse.

WITSA TXT Club – WITSA runs a TXT Club for

members who want to be first in the know, win

prizes and attend exclusive gigs.

With 2007 almost over the anticipation for

what is coming up in 2008 is already building.

2008 WITSA events

• Orientation Week

– 25th through to 29th February

• Uni Games

– combining sport and fun

• WITSA’s 21st Birthday Party

• The Waiariki Amazing Race

– student teams will race through

Tauranga, Whakatane, Taupo,

Tokoroa and Rotorua

• New Zealand Music Month

– supporting local talent

• Māori Language Week

– encouraging the use te reo Māori

Waiariki’s Biggest Loser

– win by losing

• WITSA Free Pre-Xmas Celebrations

• Win a Student Car

dowdy. Invest in leather for a classy look

which will far outlast PVC.

A huge variety of decorative and useful

features are available. Be sure to look

carefully at embellishments such as jewels,

studs, snaps and zippers. Check that they

are all secure and that they won’t create

additional wear when you’re carrying them

against your clothing. Be sure zippers zip

freely and easily. If you insist on carrying a

handbag with a wide, easy-access opening,

carry it in front of your body so you have

an eye on it at all times.

“Who said that clothes make a statement?

What an understatement

that was. Clothes never shut up.”

- Susan Brownmiller, author

inspiration drives marketing

by Lyn Maner, marketing coordinator

As a marketing team, it’s always inspiring when we can get involved in fun activities that not only

promote our business to the community, but support a worthy cause at the same time. Such was

the case with our participation in the Rotorua Wearable Creations ‘n Colour Awards 2007.

This was the first time Waiariki sponsored a category in

the event and the first time our marketing team entered the

competition. In fact, Waiariki had two entries. Our marketing

department, celebrating the institute’s bicultural focus,

entered the Cultural category. The second entry came

from staff in the School of Forestry, Wood Processing and

Biotechnology who entered a stunning costume, “Guardian

of the Forest,” in the Corporate category.

“Wearables” as our team affectionately nicknamed it, was

started in 2003, so the event is still young. But from our

perspective, as a sponsor and a competitor, it seems to

have rapidly gained momentum in Rotorua. From the buzz of

entrants getting into their full gear and makeup on pre-judging

night, to the public turn-out at the final Gala, Wearables is

well on its way to establishing itself as the Rotorua event at

which to see and be seen. I think the atmosphere and positive

energy created by the folks of wee “Rotovegas” in the new

Energy Events Centre topped any glitzy New York fashion

show on any day! However, as a magpie gets sidetracked by

all things bright-and-shiny, I digress…

Rotorua Creative Art Trust organizes the event to showcase the

talent of many of the young people in our community. It helps

them improve self esteem and build confidence. Could there

be a more worthwhile cause than to create a self-confident

future generation? This goal resonates strongly with Waiariki,

as our focus is on improving the lives of individuals which, in

turn, will domino into improving the lives and wellbeing of our


Apparently, the Wearables costume designed by the marketing

team resonated well with the four event judges – we

took first place in our category! Our model, Maria Hermans,

proudly accepted her dressmaker’s mannequin-shaped

golden trophy before taking a celebratory dance, absolutely

beaming down the catwalk in her giant graduate’s cap and

flowing flax gown.

Maria, a former Waiariki employee and now Waiariki art

student, helped design and create the costume. She and

our marketing team – Alison Thomson, Jamie Faiers, Kristin

O’Driscoll, Sue Gunn and myself – took inspiration from the

Māori legend “The Three Baskets of Knowledge,” Nga Kete

Matauranga e Toru:

According to the legend of those who came before us, Tane

climbed to the heavens to seek the three baskets of knowl-

edge to share with his people. However, this made his

brother Whiro angry so he beset upon Tane many obstacles

to try to stop his progress.

The baskets or kete were:

• Kete-aronui

- embraced all the knowledge that could assist mankind

• Kete-tuauri

- embraced the knowledge of memory, ritual and prayer

• Kete-tuatea

- embraced the knowledge of evil which was harmful

to mankind

Once we learned about the legend, our team found it to be so

relevant to Waiariki’s role, to our life and culture, and even to

our marketing perspective, that designing the costume seemed

almost second nature. Waiariki endeavours to impart knowledge

that will take our students further in the world. Yet, we recognize

the myriad things in today’s world that can interfere with their

goals to earn an education and so we encourage and assist our

students to persevere just as Tane did.

Maria’s costume also incorporated two stones hung around

her neck, symbolising those that Tane acquired which added

mana and a power to the teaching of knowledge.

It is true that we as a marketing team in a way “used” the

Rotorua Wearable Creations ‘n Colour Awards as a vehicle to

promote our business. But when that business works solely

for the betterment of our rohe – and the “Tanes” in our

community – and the mission of Waiariki marries so well with

that of Rotorua Creative Art Trust, who can find fault when

everyone benefits? Certainly the judges didn’t.

Without a doubt, Wearables will be held again next year.

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating and supporting our

community’s youth and creativity.

Waiariki proudly sponsored the Youth

category at the Rotorua Wearable

Creations ‘n Colour Awards 2007.

The winner of this category, pictured here, was 16-yearold

Katie Dowthwaite who created and modelled “The

Clip.” Katie, a Year 11 student at Rotorua Lakes High

School, was a joy to watch at the awards Gala, sashaying

efficiently along the catwalk, looking oh-so-smart like the

stereotypical, straight-backed, ever-smiling secretary

with “brainiac” reading glasses and hair pulled back in

no-nonsense fashion.

Katie says the idea for her costume came to her while

waiting on her father, a lawyer, and sitting at the desk of

one of his office administrators. She was fumbling with

a paperclip and noticed how its shiny surface reflected

light. From there, she “just built on it,” she says.

Her entry, she told the judges, was inspired by the clip

being a tribute to all office administrators who, like the

humble and perfectly crafted paper clip are central

to business success. “The Clip” was constructed with

1,345 paper clips, 70 ring binders, 1,122 Post-it Notes,

typewriter ribbon, building paper and reinforcing steel.

Waiariki’s School of Forestry, Wood

Processing and Biotechnology entered

the Corporate category

In just about four or five weeks’, a team of six staff

members created a stunning costume called “Guardian

of the Forest.”

Designers Jackie Gainsford, Lee Andrews, John Kelly,

Chris Ellery, Craig Matthews and Kim Murphy wanted

to portray a creature who grew from the forest, one of

our region’s most valuable assets. This creature first

appeared on stage wrapped in a wooded, ivy-covered

cloak, but then morphed into a representative of the

forestry industry, shedding his outer layer to reveal

his armour made of steel and saw blades. The various

blades were incorporated into the costume to represent

the different aspects of forestry: practical logging, saw

doctoring and timber machining.

“The Guardian” was modelled by Anton Moore, a 25-yearold

landscape gardener from Rotorua.

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