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
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
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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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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Tangiwai Doctor, tutor at Waiariki, presented a weaving
exhibition at ‘Creative Fibre: Brewed And Blended” held
at the Rotorua Convention Centre in September.
Department: Te Pākaro A Ihenga
Date started working at Waiariki: 2000
Qualifications: Certificate in Tertiary Teaching,
Māori Language, Diploma in Raranga
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
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
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.
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
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
• 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
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
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.
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
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 email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for a schedule
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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
Below is a checklist of items to consider, as
well as ways to enhance your fuel efficiency
while on the go.
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.
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
Air conditioning: While it may be necessary,
try to use it sparingly as this runs up your
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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
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.
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 www.waiariki.ac.nz/careerpathways.asp.
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,”
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
Tokoroa High School
student Aroha Ngatai
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.
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 |
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
• 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
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
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
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 CTC-Enquiries@waiariki.ac.nz.
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!
UNIVERSITY GAMES HISTORY
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
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.
WHAT CAN ROTORUA EXPECT OF UNIGAMES 2008?
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
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
(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 THE ROTORUA COMMUNITY GET BEHIND THE GAMES?
• 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?
• 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.
• 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
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
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
0800 924 274 |
Mouku: Asplenium bulbiferum
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
Adjust seasoning accordingly.
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
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
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
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
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
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:
- embraced all the knowledge that could assist mankind
- embraced the knowledge of memory, ritual and prayer
- embraced the knowledge of evil which was harmful
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
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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