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‘Psycho’, ‘nutter’, ‘mental’, ‘retard’. We’ve all been the target of this kind of language at some point, or seen it happen to someone we care about. And it hurts. Every day, these types of words are used to bully, and discriminate – it needs to stop, and YOU can help make that happen. Simply enter the Mental Health Foundation’s Words Hurt competition, with a short (30sec-1min) video that encourages young NZers to stop and think when they hear, or are about to use these words. There are some great prizes up for grabs, and our favourite clips will be featured in a NZ-wide media campaign. Speak to your school Media Studies teacher, or check out http://tinyurl.com/wordshurt2014 to get involved.
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Dang! The Mavericks have been hard at work so far this year! You might have seen them at gigs and events, taking photos, making films and doing interviews. Good news is, they now have spunky new TEARAWAY T-shirts, like the one modelled by Jess, below. Now you can easily recognise the Mavericks, so they won’t just seem like randoms coming up to you and asking for your opinions about stuff. If you spot a TEARAWAY Maverick T-shirt out and about, come and say hey! (To the person, not the T-shirt.) On that note, if you want to be in the whānau, applications are now open. If you’re a budding writer, photographer, film-maker or illustrator, or if you want to get experience in any aspect of magazine publication – from sales to proofreading – drop me a line. I love hearing from TEARAWAY readers.
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It’s My Life: Smokefree Summits
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Free Film-Making Workshops The Outlook for Someday is presenting its fourth series of FREE sustainability film-making workshops. They are open to young people from school years 7 to 13 as well as teachers and youth workers. Previous participants have gone on to take part in The Outlook for Someday film challenge, with winning films screening on TV, online and internationally. The film challenge itself asks young people aged up to 24 to make a short
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sustainability-related film of any genre, filmed with any camera and any length up to 5 minutes. Entries close September 12. Sign up for a free workshop here: theoutlookforsomeday.net/ workshops. Spaces are limited, so make sure you register early!
One Day Without Shoes TOMS is calling for Kiwis to go barefoot on April 29. Join the world for One Day Without Shoes and raise awareness for kids around the world who don't have any. Almost 40% of the world's population don't own a single pair of shoes. In many developing countries, children must walk barefoot on harsh terrain for miles to get to school, find clean water or seek medical help – risking cuts, infection and disease. Shoes can
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UNICEF NZ is inviting young people to attend its Youth Congress in Christchurch from July 11 to 13. If you are between 15 and 20 and have a strong interest in world issues and children’s rights, get your application
Where Are You Heading? Transitioning from school to the world of work can be a daunting time. What career path is right for you? Should you continue further study? Where will you live and how will you set yourself up with things like bank accounts and utilities?
Save Our Seeds also increase school attendance in these countries by 62%. Going barefoot certainly sparks a conversation about the issue; try it and see! For more info, head to toms.com/onedaywithoutshoes/l.
A large proportion of heritage fruit and vegetables on the planet have either passed into extinction or are rapidly headed that way. We live in an age where we’re quickly losing traditional knowledge. Many of the practical things our grandparents
in as soon as possible! This year’s congress will have an added local focus prompted by the general election due to take place in September. Check out unicef.org. nz/YouthCongress. Applications close on May 16.
The Careers Expo has all these answers and more. The Expo hits Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch during May and June – check out all the details at careersexpo.org.nz. You’ll get to meet some of the lovely TEARAWAY Mavericks as well; so come and say hi!
knew about the world have been lost. During May and June, Kay Baxter, director of Koanga Institute and world-renowned expert in seed-saving is talking nationwide to raise funds to save NZ’s heritage organic seeds. Visit www.koanga. org.nz/tour to purchase a ticket – or head to page 43 to win one!
Did you know that TEARAWAY is almost completely created by young Kiwis, just like you? Well, now you do. Here are the cats who are featured in this issue; there are loads more who have been toiling away like the absolute legends they are, creating content for our website and keeping our social media pages pumping. You can meet the whole gang by going to the About page of www.tearaway.co.nz and clicking on Who Are the Mavericks?
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Anna Henvest: 17-year-old secret ginger who has a radio show and a strong love for both up-and-coming bands and Caramello Koalas.
Jason Kim: A self-described ‘enigma’ whose grandiose sense of self-worth often leads to strange behaviour, such as writing a bio in the third person. Also likes sea otters and scrambled eggs.
Morgan Probert: A student living in Wellington; also an author of YA fiction and a keen cook. Passionate about languages, exercise, baking and making quality coffee.
Jerome Sears: Jerome loves music, a good festie and virtually everything pop culture. Guilty pleasures include reality TV and spending hours on YouTube.
Tierney Reardon: Despite having never been to school, Tierney can read, decipher algebra, open jam jars, navigate Facebook and avoid chocolate with nuts in; so she is prepared for anything.
Sharon McCoskrie: A Communications student at AUT. Loves life in general, but particularly sport, talk and having fun.
Patrick Campbell: A 17-year-old student who spends all his money on records, when he really shouldn’t.
Dylan “D-Dog” Gowan: A 20-year-old Communication student at Massey. Has an unhealthy obsession with Napoleon Dynamite; he can quote it word for word, but is still working on those dance moves. www.tearaway.co.nz | 5
Nina Nesbitt has been tipped as the next big thing over in the UK. The Scottish teenager already has five EPs, a Top 40 single and a new album under her belt. The album, Peroxide, includes the very catchy single Selfies. If you like up-beat British pop, get used to hearing the name Nina Nesbitt. By ANNA HENVEST.
You’ve just released Peroxide – congrats! Tell us a bit about what we can expect from the album. Thank you. There is a variety of sounds and genres. I’ve written lots about the difficulties of teenage life in the UK or anywhere in the world. I’ve been writing since I was 14 and I’m now 19, so it’s about going out, breaking out, falling in love and friendship. Can you tell us a bit about what inspired you to write the single Selfies? I was on tour in October and me and my sister had this idea of writing a modern day break-up song. You feel a bit low... you take pictures of yourself and put them online to show them what they’re missing and to say ‘look how much fun I’m having without you’. You performed Standing On One Leg to Ed Sheeran, which gave you a huge leg-up in your career. Would you say that was your most memorable performance thus far? Getting the chance to go on tour with Ed was amazing but it feels like quite a while ago now; you’re constantly experiencing amazing new experiences and each one tops the last. Playing at T in the Park was a dream of mine.... it was the first festival I’d played since Stay Out was in the Top 40 here. 10,000 people showed up. It was just the most amazing show I’ve ever played. Stay Out peaked at #21 in the UK charts; was there a moment where you just stood back and thought ‘wow!’? 8 | Tearaway TERM ONE & TWO 2014
Tweet Tweet! @HausOfLaurenn asked: How did you find the courage to play/ sing in front of people? Was it tough or did it come easily?
Just watching the audience grow from 80 to 1,000 was pretty special, and seeing the venues gradually getting fuller and fuller has been amazing. Is there somewhere your music has just taken off that you’ve been surprised at? My album went to #1 in Mongolia and Hong Kong on iTunes, so that was quite surprising and definitely pretty cool! With Peroxide, do you have any plans to come and visit us and tour New Zealand? Yeah I would love to, definitely. I’d love to visit New Zealand, Australia and hopefully Asia as well. Hopefully some point this year I’ll be down. If you could plan the perfect gig, where would it be and who would be your opening act? It’d be in Scotland, ‘cause that’s my home country, or on a Caribbean Island! My opening act would be Alanis Morissette. If you weren’t in music, what would you be doing?
It was really embarrassing at the start. I used to just have a little sheet of paper with words and a set list and look down at that the whole time. Going on tour with bigger artists helped me to learn and get more confidence. @swiftn5sos asked: Do you hope to ever collaborate with Taylor Swift? That would be pretty cool, obviously! I always think it’s good to collaborate with someone that’s different from you, and obviously it would be amazing but we’re so similar, I think it’s more interesting to collaborate with someone that has a completely different sound. doing crazy stuff, do you see yourself as a role model to younger people? I would never put myself out there as a role model, but a lot of my fans seem to be inspired and consider me a role model. It’s a pretty strange feeling and it’s a lot of pressure for someone my age. Who do you look up to? Female singer-songwriters Ellie Goulding, Sheryl Crow and Alanis Morissette are all inspiring.
I was thinking about studying psychology before, so I’d probably be at university doing that.
We’re a youth-focused magazine and I’m sure a lot of our readers would like to know, what advice would you give to any aspiring young musicians?
I saw in an interview you said you don’t like to comment too much on your personal life and you try and keep your private and work life separate. Because you’re not constantly in the public eye
I think the key is just to post online as much as you can. If you’re not from a big city or where opportunities are on your doorstep, posting videos online is a great way to get your name out there.
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s d n o c e 5 S ummer of S Fresh off a sold-out UK tour, one half of 5 Seconds of Summer sat down in their record company’s London offices to talk to Maverick PATRICK CAMPBELL about their new EP, working with One Direction, and black skinny jeans. To call the past year and a half a ‘whirlwind’ for the band would be one of the biggest understatements ever. From opening for One Direction’s world tour and hitting number one in the British charts, to breaking ticket websites all over Australia when they announced their No Place Like Home tour, it’s been insane to say the least.
is something you’ve learnt from them?
These four young Australians are taking the world by storm. This is why I jumped at the chance to speak to Michael Clifford and Ashton Irwin from 5 Seconds of Summer, before the release of their latest EP, She Looks So Perfect.
You’ve worked with Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low. What was that like?
With the help of some fans from Twitter and Facebook, I put some questions to the boys. I discovered that even after a swift climb to the top over the past year, they are still down-to-earth. How does it feel knowing the music you make can be so successful that it reaches number one in places like the UK? Ashton: We didn’t know if it was going to be this successful. It was just so good to finally release something, because we haven’t released any new music for nearly two years. What was your first impression of the boys in One Direction, and what
A: They’re the coolest, nicest guys. They really helped teach us how to deal with the lifestyle. Michael: They taught us how to deal with all the stress that comes with this lifestyle. They’re masters at that.
M: That was weird; we got the chance to write and it was the first time I’ve been properly starstruck. Like, I know every word to every song and now somehow we are friends.
Quickfire Pizza or Vegemite? A: Vegemite M: Pizza Cats or dogs? A: Dogs M: Dogs Will the next 5SOS release be an EP or album? A: It’s a secret! M: Secret!
M: Without them we wouldn’t be here. This year… we just want to release an album and stay true to ourselves. What is the 5SOS recording process like? A: Always different. M: We usually have a rough demo and start with the vocals from there, and just tweak from then on.
Sneans (sneakers and jeans): Yes or no? A: Only on Tuesday M: What he said
Who is the biggest prankster in the band?
Jay-Z or Beyoncé’s concert? A: Beyoncé M: Definitely Beyoncé.
A: Definitely Calum – he’s very cheeky!
You guys are constantly updating fans on Twitter and Instagram. Why, when so many artists are pulling away from that, do you continue to do it?
What is your routine before you hit the stage?
M: We’ve always been super close with our fans.
M: We always brush our teeth before a show.
A: Social media is a good way of keeping them all updated. I guess it’s worth the small amounts of hate, because of that connection.
A: A good smile means a good show.
Can anyone in the band bake?
Collectively as a band how many pairs of black skinny jeans do you own?
Being from Australia, what does it mean to you to be able to travel around the world, selling out shows so early into your career – and what is the band’s goal for 2014?
A: At least 20 [laughs]. We have quite a few.
A: It’s all the fans that have gotten us here. We can’t thank them enough.
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A: I once baked banana bread! M: I can’t cook or bake anything. What is it like knowing that through Twitter – and your shows – fans have made new friendships with people all over the world, and that’s all thanks to you? A: It’s amazing. We also meet so many people. M: We call it our family because everyone supports each other; it’s so special for us. We have made friends all over the world too.
FOR A LAUGH
THE HAPPY CAMPER’ S GUIDE TO
Being a Fangirl
How obsessed is too obsessed? Maverick TIERNEY REARDON breaks it down in this handy eight-point guide.
#1 First of all, you need to know that opting out is not that easy. Once you have read that first chapter, seen that first episode or collected that first fluorescent fridge magnet, the trouble begins. If you enter a fandom, chances are you’ll stay there for a while. By following this concise guide to being a fangirl, you will learn how to either a) extract yourself gently from the fandom or b) continue fangirling while preserving your sanity as much as possible. Hopefully.
#2 Try to determine what exactly your fandom is. By pinning down the exact category and details of your obsession, you can attempt to only introduce yourself to material in that precise category. If you love The Lord of the Rings, please don’t install a Tolkien ‘translate English into Elvish!’ app on your phone. Your fandom will suddenly expand and things will swiftly get worse. With all the video games, costumes, memorabilia and jewellery out there, there’s enough to fuel your obsession for life. There is a chance that you will begin to speak like Gollum, or name your first child Frodo. In summary: try to isolate the flames, so the fire doesn’t spread. Read the books. Finish the books. Breathe. (Then watch all the movies. And read The Hobbit. And memorise a passage or two.)
#3 Don’t be offended when your friends avoid you. You have brought this upon yourself, young Padawan. If you walk around, repeating whatever your friends say in your best Darth Vader voice, things are bound to go badly. It’s okay to let your mates know that you have watched all the Star Wars movies – and a good friend will accept that. However, chances are that your pals don’t want to talk about it every hour of every day. They may “have places to go” when you begin speaking, as they anticipate your new rant about the lack of female characters in Star Wars. If your best friend refuses to dress up as Jar Jar Binks for Halloween, don’t get upset. He or she is only human. Also, if that costume was your idea, you probably need to read all of this article and follow the advice as best as you can. (Jar Jar Binks...seriously?)
#4 Eat. Also sleep. Yes, yes, the fandom needs you. However, you need your sleep. It’s not necessary to watch a whole season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians in one night. The box set will still be there when you wake up the next morning – and by that I don’t mean the crack of dawn.
#5 Avoid fan-fiction and fan-art. Just trust me. Some of the character pairings will burn your eyes and make you scream – especially the Harry Potter stuff. While this could potentially put you off the fandom forever, it’s just not worth the risk. Just. Don’t. (Harry and Hermione? That is so wrong!)
#6 Don’t be too defensive. If your sister prefers Twilight to The Hunger Games, well, that’s her choice. Violence is not the answer. However, if she begins to talk about Team Edward vs Team Jacob, violence is acceptable in moderation. Just kidding. (But still.) Same thing goes for Internet etiquette; you know how awful it looks when haters start ranting. You don’t want to be one of those, especially if you’re attacking people for liking things that are different. Even if it is Twilight. (But still.)
#7 It’s okay to give up on your fandom. Even though you said you’d sink with that specific ship, you might end up losing interest. This is probably a good thing, especially if you’ve been showing some of the symptoms of an extreme fangirl, as detailed in the above paragraphs. Don’t worry, you’ll find something else. Take down your posters, put away your Gryffindor scarf, sell your Harry Potter necklace on TradeMe. Your family and friends will be glad to have you back.
#8 Then freak out because BBC’s Sherlock: Series Three is out on DVD in New Zealand. Buy a celebratory Sherlock coffee cup! Yessss!
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r JUST IMAGINE r Reaching Your Potential What to you want to achieve? Your dreams of peaceful world domination could be closer than you think. By Maverick JASON KIM.
In Imagine: Using Mental Imagery to Reach Your Full Potential Dr. Lydia Ievleva lays out a few key concepts through which we can start to improve our performance, happiness and wellbeing. As an experienced psychologist, the author is able to apply her knowledge to an everyday context, and uses academic research to support her claims. According to Dr. Ievleva, research suggests that the human brain cannot always tell the difference between a “real” experience and an “imagined” one. With this in mind, she suggests that visualising positive experiences can “trick” our brain into learning how to act when those situations arise in real life. The author takes us on a fascinating journey, where she explains the benefits of things such as faith, learning to feel grateful, optimism, goal-setting and savouring happy experiences. “It’s all about taking control over what is within control, letting go of what isn’t, and knowing where to draw the line,” explains Dr. Ievleva. “It’s a skill that may not always be as easy as it sounds, as it means that we have to take on a greater responsibility for our own wellbeing, rather than blaming our circumstances.” The big take-home point from this book is that we all have the ability to
do really great things. We all have the ability to achieve goals which we may not at first believe are within reach. Focus on the Positive An interesting example of these theories in action is to do with our natural tendency to focus on those things that we don’t want. Throughout Dr. Ievleva’s studies, she has found that if you tell a golfer not to hit the ball in the bunker, then that’s actually what ends up happening. The more constructive way to go about it is to think: “Hit the ball onto the green,” because then your focus will no longer be on the bunker. This is perhaps why some of the most embarrassing moments we have (“OK, I CANNOT fart in this assembly”) happen to us when we are trying so hard to not do them! “It takes a bit more conscious thought and mental preparation prior to such events, which will then give you more control during the event,” says Dr. Ievleva. “But too often, we leave such encounters to chance, rather than programming how we would prefer an event to unfold.” This is just one of several examples of ways that your mindset can influence your behaviour, wellbeing, performance and even health. In fact, skills like mindfulness and meditation (both explained in great detail in the book) – as well as mental
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Testing the Theory
The big take-home point from this book is that we all have the ability to do really great things. We all have the ability to achieve goals which we may not at first believe are within reach.
imagery and visualisation – have now been adopted in school curriculums across Australia, where Dr. Ievleva is based.
The author also notes that “the beauty of mental imagery is that it is applicable across the board, and the developing brain is most receptive and plastic.” That is, while these concepts may be a bit difficult to grasp at first, positive psychology and mental imagery are highly relevant to high school life. In fact, they are most effective when our brains are young and most easily moldable. “Young people tend to also be more imaginative than adults, which is becoming an increasingly recognised attribute in business these days, but is too often overlooked... in school environments,” explains Dr Ievleva. “Also, adolescence is a time of establishing identity – i.e. self-image – so mental imagery can provide the most desirable blueprint.”
I work part time in a role that requires me to meet a weekly sales target. My friend and I were on the second consecutive week of falling just short. Between joking about looking for a new job and complaining about the stingey old people who refused to make our jobs easier, I casually let mention that I was reading a book about using mental imagery to unlock success. The next time we were at work, my friend smashed his weekly target in a single day. Impressed and more than a little jealous, I asked him what changed for him. “I did that visualising thing you talked about,” he said. “I was having a super long shower before work today and visualised – step by step – getting our target.” Are the skills taught in Imagine really that potent that one 15-minute session can be so effective? Was it total coincidence? Or was it some combination of the two? To be completely honest, despite reading the book cover to cover and chatting with Dr. Ievleva herself, I still can’t say for sure. Mental imagery is an abstract topic which can be at times confusing to wrap your head around. Just how well it can work for you will depend on a combination of commitment and aptitude, but one thing’s for sure: You won’t know until you try it.
YOUR WORLD The Power is in YOU
s to d r o W
e r i p s In
– Henry Ford
I am the greatest,
I said that even before I knew I was. – Muhammad Ali
Thoughts become things ... choose the good ones – Mike Dooley
If you have a dream,
don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality – Roopleen
The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking – Robert H. Schuller
We are responsible for what we are and whatever we wish ourselves to be.
We have the power to make ourselves – Swami Vivekananda
All things are difficult before they are easy – Thomas Fuller
We all have times when we wish we had reacted differently. Often we don’t know why we behave the way we do, and sometimes our own reactions make us feel bad. The good news is that we all have the power to change our own behaviour. Freeing yourself from old habits and replacing them with better ways of being can make you – and everyone around you – feel a whole lot better! The reason old habits die hard is because they’ve become hardwired in our brains. They’ve become automatic, making them hard to control or change. This is a good thing for habits we want to keep, but it’s not so convenient when the habit is bad for us. Neuroscientists reckon that we only have one-eighth of a second to catch the moment before the habit kicks in. That’s pretty quick! This is when mental imagery can be most useful; it gives you the opportunity to practise catching the moment. Then you can work on responding better, rather than just going into autopilot when a similar situation arises. Despite lots of practice, chances are you’ll still miss the actual instant of opportunity to make a change. This is normal and natural, considering how hard-wired your brain has become. What it generally takes to get better at this is catching the moment as soon as you can afterwards, and imagining winding back the clock. Review the situation, this time noting the opportunity, slowing down the replay, and getting it right. The more you can do this – and the sooner – the better you’ll be at catching the moment IN the moment. Research has found that “rescripting” after an event – within
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right
Is there some aspect of your behaviour that you would like to change? Perhaps you always snap at your mum when she asks you about your day. Maybe you find that you react negatively when your teacher gives you some critical feedback on your work.
We have five copies of Imagine to give away. Check out the LOOT on page 39.
The reason old habits die hard is because they’ve become hardwired in our brains. They’ve become automatic, making them hard to control or change. This is a good thing for habits we want to keep, but it’s not so convenient when the habit is bad for us.
half an hour – can change your perception and memory of the event; in effect, rewiring your brain! This takes a lot of practice until it becomes a new habit. Ultimately, though, it saves lots of valuable time and energy, relieving you of those bad vibes you get after a situation has not gone well. In Imagine, Dr. Ievleva walks you through, in great detail, mental imagery practices that you can use to start to make the changes you’d like to make. You can even get hold of the recordings of “guided imagery scripts” that Dr. Ievleva uses. Try one for yourself! Go to Amazon and search “Imagine Ievleva mp3”.
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Onward, Upward, Outward! Maverick MORGAN PROBERT attended a 21-day Outward Bound course in December – and had the time of his life.
I created a couple of personal objectives before starting the course: A) to give everything a go and develop a ‘jump in’ mentality; B) to develop leadership abilities that I could use back in the ‘real world’. Day 5 A highlight of my OB experience was the High Ropes Course. The aim was not to finish the course necessarily, but to push ourselves out of our comfort zones and challenge ourselves. We all supported each other all the way; that showed me the value of team support.
I also learnt the joy of pushing myself to do crazy-as things that I would never have thought I would – or could – do. Days 10 to 12 Thom led us out into the forest in the middle of the night, leaving us to fend for ourselves for the next 36 hours. I was absolutely alone. It was a jarring change. I remember distinctly that the first few moments of silence after Thom disappeared was probably one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. I spent a lot of time pondering my life and where I felt I was going, which was a very rewarding experience. When I rejoined the group, I had filled my notebook with several pages of such observations, which I continue to reflect on. Day 19 One of the key lessons I learned today is that, as far as feedback is concerned,
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Day 1 Around 150 participants were met with a welcoming powhiri. I was allocated to Batten Watch 588, and I was well aware that I would get to know the 13 other participants and 2 instructors very well over the next 3 weeks.
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you always have to be open to the possibility that there’s truth in what someone is telling you. As Cherie cryptically said: “If four people are telling you that you have a tail, you better stop and take a look”. Day 21 The instructors left us with some final words and thoughts, and one of them told us the secret of life. Complete a course in the future and you might just find out what it is! We boarded the ferry and found ourselves ‘outward bound’ from Anakiwa. One of the greatest things
0800 OUTWARD (0800 688 927) that I learned was that leaders don’t necessarily lead; I don’t have to always be the first in line to take on new challenges, instead I can show leadership by supporting others in their attempts to challenge themselves. I was part of an amazing alliance, feeling a sense of camaraderie the likes of which I’ve rarely experienced. I knew I’d changed on a deeply personal level, and that I was coming home a different person. Outward Bound was life-changing like that, and it’s the greatest experience of my life.
How YES changed my life A few years ago Meg Bartle hated school and thought University was not for her. Here she tells her story of how the Young Enterprise Scheme changed things: “I have been saying it ever since I took part in YES, and I say it to anybody who will listen. Before I took part in the Young Enterprise Scheme, I was lost. I didn’t know what I wanted to do or what I saw myself doing for a career. I did know that University was not for me. It sounds so silly now because now that I’m at University I can’t imagine doing anything else. I hated school. I remember sitting there in assembly one day and saw all the people doing YES on stage, who loved it and talked about it and they were so happy. I thought there really must be something to this. So I sat down with Dad, and we actually argued about it. He wanted me to take sciences and accounting and economics, and here I was fighting for something I didn’t even know anything about. Dad had this theory that I was going to be a physician, or some sort of civil engineer, and that once I took the subject I would love it. We came to a compromise with physics and the Young Enterprise Scheme. So there I was in the YES class, and straight away I’m loving it. It was practical and I was making decisions and making mistakes having been thrown into a place that forced me to think. All of a sudden, I was excited to go to school and I was excited to go to
young enterprise scheme class. I was constantly thinking of the business and how to make it better, because I had a real investment in the company and what could happen and the outcome. I was surrounded by really cool people who were so alike but at the same time so different from who I am, and we all shared this love for what we were doing and what we had created. My team’s product was a collaborative CD of short stories. While I was thinking about how to do the marketing was the time where I really sat back, and realised ‘whoa, ya know, this is what I really want to do’. And so the next year, I actually stepped down from my CEO position and decided to focus on marketing. So many things about it, how do we get people interested and how will they even know about it and what sorts of things attract what kind of customers all of these things resulted in a student who knew what she wanted to do with her life. The biggest thing I gained from the Young Enterprise Scheme, and I genuinely believe this applies to a lot of other YES students, is perspective. I learned to think in a whole new way and I saw about a thousand doors open all at once. The experience really taught me that it doesn’t matter what you think you know, there is always going to be something else out there enticing you, and getting stuck inside your head.
I kind of found myself and really, the YES programme was the difference between me dropping out of high school, and finding a real passion. Now, I’m a hop, a skip and a jump away from finishing my degree. I have dreams, aspirations and a general direction that I want my life to head in. I directly attribute my decision to go to university to my participation in YES.” Meg Bartle did YES at New Plymouth Girls’ High School in 2009 and 2010. She is now a fourth year student at Victoria University studying a commerce degree with majors in Marketing, International Business and Economics. In 2013, Meg won a Prime Ministers Scholarship for Asia. To find out more about YES in your school ask your teacher.
Use Your Voice By making your voice heard in this year’s general election on September 20, you get to choose who will represent you in Parliament. It’s your best chance to influence the future of the nation. By Maverick JEROME SEARS.
In New Zealand, we live in a democracy, which means we’re entitled to have a say in how our country is run. There’s a general election this year, so if you are 18 or over, you get the chance to have your say on the issues that matter to you. On September 20, the nation will go to the polls to decide who will be in power for the next three years. You might think most of those big wigs in parliament are boring old farts who like to kick up a fuss. Ultimately though, they are there to represent the entire nation in making and influencing huge decisions that will affect the future of our country.
Want More? Check out our online video series, where Anna and Britney give you the lowdown on the election process. Head to tearaway.co.nz
The vote that you make actually has an impact. That’s a privilege, and something that is not the case for people in many other areas of the world. In fact, there are people fighting and dying right now just to have that opportunity to have a say in their own lives. Really, we should count ourselves lucky.
Your Vote Counts It’s all about what you believe and care about. The election gives you the opportunity to take a stand on the issues and policies that will affect our nation in the future. You might have some understanding of what’s going down politically, whether you’ve learnt that at school, online, on social media, on television or through discussions. You might have even clicked ‘like’ on a couple of important causes on Facebook. However despite all this information being at our fingertips, there is still a large proportion of Kiwi youth who have never voted.
In the 18 to 24 age group, just over 300,000 people are enrolled to vote, which equates to 30% of the estimated eligible voting population. This leaves over 130,000 youths not enrolled. Add this to the number of enrolled people who don’t vote and you’re left with a staggering figure big enough to change the outcome of the election.
It’s Too Easy
Now more than ever before, a new generation of young voters can have a real impact on the big issues. But in order for that to happen, you actually have to jump on board to enrol and turn up on election day to have your say.
Voting itself is a matter of two simple ticks: One for the candidate you want to represent your local area and one for the party you want to lead the nation.
Make sure you enrol to vote before election day. You can enrol online, by phone, by text or at your local post shop. It’s really easy. Remember: if you don’t enrol, you can’t vote.
How To Enrol Online: elections.org.nz Call: 0800 36 76 56 Text: Your name & address to 3676 In person: At your local post shop
Enrolling is just the first step. The most important thing is actually turning up on election day to cast your vote. There are loads of voting places across the nation and you can vote at any of them. If you can’t get to a voting place on election day, vote in advance.
Two ticks; too easy! If you don’t vote, your voice can’t be heard. If you’re having trouble making up your mind, there are loads of ways to get informed. Do your own research and find out which party is right for you. Scour the internet, ask your friends and whanau, or send your local MP a cheeky Tweet. There’s even an Internet app* that can help point you in the right direction, by lining up your values and beliefs with the different political parties. Ultimately, your vote is your personal decision to make. A vote this year isn’t just about what’s going to happen in the next three years, but also about defining the building blocks of what’s going to happen to NZ further into the future. This includes everything from the state of our environment to making sure we’ll be able to afford houses one day. Your decision this year will affect you later in life. This year is your year to make a choice about what matters to you. Make sure you have your say and spread the word. Every vote matters. *Confused? There’s a handy online app that can help you discover your personal political preference. Head to: onthefence.co.nz
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Can We Change Drinking Culture?
Be Smart Laws around alcohol are in place to try and protect you from harm. Alcohol impairs judgement, and can cause you to make choices you usually wouldn’t. This can put both you and others at risk.
We all know the stats: One in five New Zealand drinkers have “hazardous” drinking patterns – that’s around 532,000 people*. But it’s just part of our Kiwi culture, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be. There seems to be this national myth that the only way to have fun is to get completely smashed. We can be the ones to change that. By Maverick DYLAN GOWAN.
“You don’t go to a party not to drink,” says Brad. “[When drinking], you feel kind of relaxed; you don’t worry about anything. It’s quite a good time.” At 19, Brad is your ‘typical’ teenager. He likes to go out with his friends a couple of times a month to drink – always with the purpose of getting drunk. He reckons alcohol is a necessity at parties and doesn’t like it when people don’t drink. “It seems like there are way more sober people at parties, which is a bit of a down buzz. You’ve got to have the drunk factor.” Brad may typify the attitude that many of us have towards alcohol. We use it to escape, to have a good time. But is it really needed? Between 600 and 800 people in New Zealand die from alcohol-related causes each year.** One of these people could one day be your best friend, sibling, boyfriend or girlfriend. Then there are the potential emotional costs of mistakes we can make when under the influence. Do we really need alcohol to enjoy ourselves – especially when it causes so many problems?
The Good News Jamie, 18, is quite a different case to Brad. Although he enjoys a drink, he never aims to get drunk. “I tend to make a fool of myself when I’m drunk,” he says. “I prefer being able to remember. I don’t like getting heavily drunk.” Has this hampered Jamie’s social life? Apparently not. He’s an outgoing
e uch Ar king? M w o H e Drin
According to the Youth ’12 Survey, a study of high school teens conducted by the University of Auckland***:
of students have tried alcohol
of students currently use alcohol
of students drink on a weekly basis
of students report binge drinking
guy with great friends. Last year, he was even elected as a house captain. People must like him if he was elected house captain, right? “People don’t tend to mind when you don’t drink that much. If you hold the same bottle of beer for long enough they think you’ve moved on to the next one,” he says. “You can still have fun just hanging out. I don’t think alcohol is an essential part.” The good news is that Jamie is not alone; he is part of a growing trend. The number of 15 to 17 year-olds who drink dropped from 75% in 2006/2007 to 59% in 2011/2012.* While these stats are encouraging, many of us still believe that we need alcohol to help break the awkwardness that often crops up at parties. “I was at [a friend’s] flat and I [only] knew two people there,” says Brad. “Once you get a few beverages in to you, you’re A-OK.”
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We advise you not to drink alcohol at all if you are under 18. If you do choose to drink though, make sure you put your personal safety first. Help yourself handle alcohol better by using these tips.
Embrace Your Awkwardness Awkwardness. It’s part of the reason we feel the need to get drunk.
• Eat before you party and while you party. Eating slows the rate that alcohol gets absorbed into your body
When you think of famous awkward Kiwis, who springs to mind? For me, it’s Guy Williams.
• Kick-off partying with a nonalcoholic drink
It might surprise you to find out that Guy doesn’t drink. In fact, he hasn’t drunk a drop in his life.
• Pace yourself; spread your drinks over time. Drink both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, ideally one for one
So what does he do at parties? How does he conquer the awkwardness demon? He doesn’t; he embraces it. “A lot of people drink to make situations less awkward” he says. “What I decided a long time ago was that everyone is really awkward. As soon as I got my head around that, I thought I may as well just suck it up and not be so cool and not worry so much what people think of me. Since then I have basically been the most drunk person at every party without actually ever drinking.” Guy is an ambassador for an organisation called Hello Sunday Morning, which aims to change drinking culture. Guy got involved after being part of FebFast, a popular event where people pledge to stop drinking for a month and raise money for charity in the process. “I was so stoked that they wanted me to endorse something that I lied and pretended I was giving alcohol up for a month,” says Guy. “It was so awkward when I had to tell them that I made it up at the end of the month. They still ‘had’ me luckily, but, yeah, it was awkward. It’s funny how desperate I am just to be a wannabe New Zealand craplebrity.”
• Have lots of water while you’re drinking and as much as you can stomach before you go to sleep. If you are dancing you’ll dry out faster, so you’ll really need to keep up the water • Let a parent or caregiver know where you are when you’re drinking • If you do choose to drink, make it with people you know and trust • Make sure you organise a sober drive or someone who can collect you from the party • Agree on a code word with the person collecting you. If you’re stuck at a party and want to go home, but don’t want friends to know you want to leave, the code word will mean your ride home will come and get you straight away, no questions asked. • Remember: it’s okay to not drink at all. No one can make decisions for you, and true friends will respect the choices you make. Be a leader, not a follower (your mates will secretly be impressed!)
YOUR WORLD DID YOU KNOW
Your Safety is Paramount
that Kiwis spend $85 million a year on alcohol alone?*** (Interesting huh... Especially as we only have a population of 4 million!)
Did you know that alcohol is the one of the biggest factors in domestic violence, sexual assaults and A&E visits? Be smart about alcohol and driving. Drivers under 20 must have ZERO alcohol in their bloodstream. Don’t take ANY risks. If someone is passed out at a party, it is important to put them into the recovery position. This will keep them safe and stop them from choking on their own vomit.
The recovery position For more info, check www.a1firstaid.co.nz
Focus on the Positive
Hello Sunday Morning was founded by Australian Chris Raine. While working at an advertising agency, he realised that attempts to curb hazardous drinking weren’t working. He decided to stop drinking for a year and blog about his experiences. Since those early days, Hello Sunday Morning has grown to a worldwide community of more than 22,000 people who have decided to take a break from drinking and share their journeys online. “It’s going really well,” says Jazz Rowland of Hello Sunday Morning. “We’re very different to any other campaign around alcohol. We focus on the positive. [Hello Sunday Morning] is growing like wildfire, which is awesome.” The initiative hopes to achieve “global culture change” by encouraging people to reconsider their relationship with alcohol. “Our goal is [for people] to see that alcohol isn’t the most important thing. We want to give people the opportunity to realise that they don’t need alcohol for all the reasons they thought they did.” “We want everyone in the world to take three months off booze. In that time they learn that they don’t need it, which means they can go to a party sober and they will be just as much fun and have just as much fun as everyone else. “After the three months... they’ll have a different appreciation for alcohol and... what they thought it gave them.”
It Starts With Us We often hear how the government wants to introduce this law and that law, that bars should close earlier, that supermarkets shouldn’t sell alcohol so cheaply. These may all be good points, but none of them will make much of a difference unless our relationship with alcohol itself – our drinking culture – starts to change. If you do drink, taking a break from alcohol is one of the ways that you can help affect the change. By giving it up for awhile, not only do you get the chance to reflect on your own behaviour, but you will encourage your friends to evaluate theirs, too. So you could be doing someone else a huge favour. “Be confident and realise that everyone else is feeling the same awkwardness and pressures that you are,” advises Guy. “When you realise that... you can use it to overcome any anxieties that you have.”
What’s The Law? In December 2013, laws surrounding alcohol for under-18s changed. NZ has no minimum legal drinking age, but we do have a minimum legal purchase age, which is 18 years. If you are under 18, it is illegal for someone to supply you with alcohol unless they:
Think Ahead If you’re going to a party, a bit of forward planning will save you lots of time, money and hassle. • How are you going to get home? Is it safe? • Are you planning to drink, and if so, how much? • Can you afford it?
• are your parent or legal guardian and the alcohol is supplied in a responsible manner, or
• Do you have credit on your phone?
• have the express consent of your parent or legal guardian and the alcohol is supplied in a responsible manner.
• Who can you call in an emergency?
To find out more about the laws: Go to www.alcohol.org.nz Call YouthLaw on 0800 UTHLAW or email email@example.com
• How good do you need to feel in the morning?
For help or more info, contact Youthline: Call: 0800 37 6633 Free text: 234 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Source: Hazardous Drinking in 2011/2012: Findings from the New Zealand Health Survey ** Source: Berl 2009; Connor et al, 2013 (alcohol.org.nz) *** Source: The Health and Wellbeing of New Zealand Secondary School Students in 2012: Youth’12 Overview
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Against Bullying Nakita Turner is 15-year-old social activist who’s out to make the world a better place. By Maverick SHARON McCOSKRIE.
I couldn’t believe some of the big names that came on board. I was really shocked that they would want to help out with just a small project. I felt really supported!
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Which celebrity has been the most fun to work with?
Pretty cool huh?! This is what happens when you mix victim of bullying + incredible voice + bright idea + natural Kiwi awesomeness. In case you haven’t watched the video yet, let me explain. At 13, Nakita decided to start a project to address the issue of bullying. She interviewed 180 young people about their experiences. Then, with mentorship from the band The Dukes, she collated these experiences into a song. Nakita auditioned a youth choir, as well as approaching Massad and Restoration to feature. The song recording was gifted by a Christchurch studio, with the music video shot the same day as a collaboration between film pros and young people. Over 100 people were involved on shoot day. Finally, Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post came on board to edit and colourgrade the video.
Josh Koia, who does the rap in the song – he is the man! He’s practically part of the family now. Josh is one of the nicest, most down-to-earth guys you will ever meet.
Demi Lovato or Stan Walker. Demi is with an anti-bullying campaign over in the States and she’s really for stamping out bullying. I had the privilege of meeting Stan at Parachute Festival this year; he was part of an anti-bullying seminar that I was in. He would be an amazing person to come on board as he has such a massive influence in NZ and Aussie. Any embarrassing moments during filming?
I spoke to Nakita about her amazing achievement. Here’s what went down. Why did you decide to make a music video as a response to bullying?
Have you received any criticism for your project? If so, how did you deal with it?
Music is a massive influence in our culture and if you can thread a good message through a song, it will reach heaps of people.
People have been really supportive. The only thing some people have said is “how will this stop bullying?” or “this song won’t make a difference”. First off, I knew it wouldn’t stop bullying altogether. This song was a message to everyone to stand up and make a difference. Already I’ve had messages from people saying
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how it’s helped them and is making a difference in their schools and towns. I try not to think about the criticism, but concentrate on the people it’s helped. How can kids who are being bullied make a change? First off, you need to tell someone about what you are going through. From there, that person can help you stand up to the bully. That is where change starts to happen. Why do you think we have bullies?
If you could get any famous person on board with your cause, who would you choose and why?
Well, I’m quite short, so in the video I actually had to stand on this thing to make me taller [laughs]. Not that embarrassing, but we all had a laugh about it.
You got a lot of support from industry professionals for your video. Were you surprised at the support?
You can be part of this movement! Add your voice – whether it’s an experience, or some encouragement – at www.onevoicenz. tumblr.com/. Your message could be a big help to somebody else.
I believe the bullies are the ones hurting most. Often they are mean to kids because they are jealous. If everyone celebrated everyone’s talents and achievements, I can guarantee there wouldn’t be as much bullying around. Everyone has a talent. Can you tell us a bit about your personal bullying story? I seem to have always been a target, because of my music. It’s been a continuous problem my whole life. Having a good support base around me has definitely helped me through. Who are your role models? Who inspires you? Brooke Fraser; her lyrics just seem so relevant to me and the more I listen to her songs, the more I learn from them. Also, Chris de Jong from Parachute Music. She’s such an inspiring woman and has taught me so much in the short time I’ve known her. What are your dreams for the future? My wish is to go on a mission trip to help orphans in impoverished countries. It would be amazing to have a career in music but being a graphic or interior designer would be awesome too.
A Young Genius at Work } The team from Zeal doesn’t just mentor and support young musicians, they’re getting behind our emerging visual artists, too. By Honourary Maverick, GRACE KING.
When 18-year-old Wellington graffiti artist Chimp heard about Zeal Wellington from some friends, he knew he wanted to get involved. “Youth organisations like Zeal are so important so that new generations have an outlet,” he said. “They are important to support young people pursuing their dreams, just like they gave me the opportunity to follow mine.” After contacting Scott, Zeal’s Wellington manager, Chimp soon found a way that he could make his mark: The Zeal Graffiti Wall was born! Under the guidance of the Zeal team, Chimp designed his work around the Maori concept of Te Whare Tapa Whā; what people need in their lives to be healthy and whole. Each of the characters represents one of the different factors of Te Whare Tapa Whā; a baby chimpanzee for Family and Community (taha whānau), a sad girl for Emotional/Mental Health (taha hinengaro), a koi fish for Physical Health (taha tinana) and a lion for Spiritual Health (taha wairua). The design was done entirely by Chimp, with his own choice of colour – a pink base with brown highlights. Zeal Wellington provided the paint and the brief, but it was Chimp who was the genius behind it all. His work is “unique and creative,” said Scott, “with a style and approach unlike any other street art in Wellington.”
It’s the largest piece Chimp has done to date, and he’s pretty proud of what he’s done; the Lion and Fish on the left side are his favourite characters, and the way it all flows together across the canvas is pretty important to the piece. In having these opportunities available for youth, Zeal is making sure that young people have a voice, which is so important in our society. By providing a place to hang out, build confidence and start to think about about what they want to do in life, Zeal offers something unique to the next
Check out Chimp at facebook.com/chimpartist
generation of musicians, writers and artists. It’s a place to learn and grow, and it provides a way for youth to have a powerful, commanding voice around the country – a voice that can’t be ignored. These are just some of the factors that led Chimp to Zeal, and they are why he’s sticking around to make art and make a difference. Both Chimp and Scott have said they’d do a similar project again, so look out Wellington! Some more mean-as art might be coming your way soon.
Zeal is a youth organisation passionate about young people creating great stuff. If you’re based in West Auckland, Wellington or Hamilton, pop into one of our youth facilities and say hi. Visit us online at www.zeal.org.nz
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DON’T BE AN EGG! Things You’ll Wish You Knew, Later
What IS Healthy Eating,
Maverick JASON KIM is slowly working through every topic on Earth to bring you things you’ll wish you knew a few years down the track. Thanks, Jase. In this issue, he looks at the often confusing subject of how to eat healthily – and discovers it’s a lot more straightforward than he thought.
In my teenage years I could throw down like Takeru Kobayashi, with absolutely no consequences. (For those of you not in the know, Kobayashi is the professional eater of Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Competition fame). Midnight snacks were the norm, as were second and third lunches. But, now in my early 20s, I’ve started to notice some changes. Nowadays, a late night pizza comes with repercussions, including lethargy and the inability to complete physically demanding tasks without keeling over. So, what’s a food lover to do? Well, for slackers like me, in 2014 there’s an easy answer: Google. And so began my descent into a rabbit hole of “broscience” and “miracle diets”, in a quest to find out how best to eat healthily. With every new and exciting discovery however, came reservations: surely, it can’t be this easy to maintain a healthy body? What’s the catch? These concerns were magnified by the fact that every few months, there would be some groundbreaking study which would directly contradict the ground-breaking study which came before it. Against this backdrop, I decided to seek out the expertise of Sarah Hanrahan of the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation. Together, we waded through the deluge of information to try to separate fact from fiction.
Paleo Paleo was the first way of eating that really drew me into this world of fads and trends. As a meat lover, I’d forever ruled out healthy eating as being something that I’d be interested in. I mean, the food pyramid suggested I need to load up on carbs and veges at the expense of that sweet, juicy, bloody slab of heaven. But what’s that? All you eat is meat and fat? And it’s good for you? Of course, upon closer inspection, Paleo isn’t as simple as that. The basic premise is to eat like our caveman ancestors once did: meat, vegetables, nuts, some fruit, and no wheat, sugar or processed foods. Is any of this backed up by hard science? I put the question to Sarah, who says: “It’s never good to eliminate whole food groups. People need a variety of nutrients to live.” It’s certainly possible for people to survive by eating Paleo, but, as Sarah says, good health comes from eating a wide variety of food, and being mindful of “the energy density of the food that you eat.” In that respect, Paleo is helpful in avoiding energy-dense processed foods such as bacon, potato chips, or candy.
Intermittent Fasting Whereas the logic behind Paleo sounds fun and intuitive, another recent fad sounds, quite
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The most important piece of advice I took away from talking to Sarah was to make sure I fill my plate up with a lot of colourful vegetables. You know, the same thing my mum’s been telling me for going on 20 years.
frankly, unpleasant and even a little dangerous. Intermittent fasting is where you don’t eat anything for a certain period of time and eat as much as you want the rest of the time. The problem, according to Sarah, is that this way of eating is nigh on impossible. “When you [continue to eat normally] you’ll bounce back to where you were before,” she says.
What’s more, such a restrictive plan can lead to dangerous habits and eating disorders. Let’s file this one in the ‘Do Not Try This At Home’ pile until there’s a bit more scientific research done on the topic.
Veganism The biggest quiver in the arrow of anti-veganism from a nutritional standpoint is the fact that meat is a good source of protein and iron. Vegans – and vegetarians – need to ensure they eat a wide variety of foods such as lentils, chickpeas, nuts and seeds to ensure they get all the nutrients they need.
nutritionfoundation.org.nz From a practical point of view, it may be difficult to adhere to a strict vegan diet as a student; it’s time consuming and can seem quite costly to get all your nutrients. However, that’s not to say it’s impossible. For students who want to stick to plant-based eating, Sarah suggests loading up on frozen or tinned veges and legumes, which are cheap but essentially the same as regular, fresh produce. Stuff like frozen peas and canned tomatoes are cheap, nutritious and generally don’t involve killing any cute, fuzzy animals.
Information Overload? Despite what the mainstream media might tell you with every publication of a new trend, what I’ve found after talking to Sarah from the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation is that there’s really no substitute for a balanced diet. Being mindful of what you eat (eg. remembering to not have toast for every meal) is good, but try not to stress and obsess over food. Keep it simple: just enjoy a healthy balance. The most important piece of advice I took away from talking to Sarah was to make sure I fill my plate up with a lot of colourful vegetables. You know, the same thing my mum’s been telling me for going on 20 years.
MASSEY UNI IT’S MY LIFE:
Smoking is bad news, we know. The good news though, is that Massey University has been doing its part to help New Zealand get closer to achieving Smokefree 2025. Massey has hosted a series of Smokefree Summits across all three of its campuses, in Wellington, Manawatu and Albany. By Honourary Maverick JANAYA SOMA. It’s My Life is New Zealand’s first ever for-youth, by-youth smokefree campaign. It just makes sense really; who better to get the message across to youth, than youth themselves? But that’s not just what the project is about. It’s about celebrating a smokefree lifestyle and emphasising that smoking sucks and it’s actually really, really hard to quit once you start. I had the opportunity of helping to organise the Wellington Summit. We made it fun and as much as possible, took the focus away from
smoking itself. Instead we focused on the positive aspects of leading a smokefree lifestyle. A fun cover of The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army by local band The Blind went down a treat for me. Sitting at the Wellington Summit on a lime green bean bag in the sun, listening to that and watching my peers get involved was only one highlight. I can’t not mention the medley of songs that went down, including Beyonce’s Single Ladies that the girls from Infinite (who are world hip hop champions, by the way) got jiggy to. Honestly, when is Beyonce ever a bad idea? Never. A whole bunch of prizes – including a $5,000 College of Business scholarship – were awarded to the winners of the It’s My Life smokefree competition. There was so much talent, among such a bright bunch of young people. Two competition winners created fully functional, fun apps which help young smokers by offering support during the quitting process.
Infinite Hiphop Unite World Champs at Wellington Summit
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Email email@example.com to show your interest Being a part of the Wellington Summit was so much fun, and worth it in every way. I know I was playing a part in the solution of a wider issue that is really felt in New Zealand. I realised this midway through the Summit, when I asked a woman who had a smokefree stall how it was going and she reported that she had already administered two smokers with patches and another with further smokefree information. So in one way or another, I kind of contributed to saving someone’s life. In my humble opinion, I think that kind of rocks.
Janaya, 21, recently completed her Bachelor of Communication – with Honours – from Massey University.
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The greatest thing about this project is that you can do the same too. There is further funding available for school groups who want to set up their own by-youth smokefree group. You can perform a publicity stunt, get in the media and get some bands on board. Whatever you think could help to spread the crucial smokefree message.
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PATHWAY WITH TE WĀNANGA O AOTEAROA INTRODUCING: JEREMY SIULEPA / AGE: 24 / ETHNICITY: SAMOAN
Tell us about yourself…Background- Family, Interests, Music etc I was born and bred in Tokoroa. My Samoan background consisted of church and family. I am passionate about sports, and represented Waikato in rugby throughout intermediate and high school. I also took the opportunity to play rugby league in Australia. During high school, I played basketball, touch and volleyball. In addition, I was a leader of the Polynesian group during high school. I also have an interest in music and I am the father of a six year old son. I am a mentor in the youth programme held by Raukawa. I love being around friends and in good company. Being active is also an important part of my life and I aim to be physically active every day. What do you want to do in the future? In the future I want to be involoved with sports and people. I hope to share my knowledge of the sports I love with others. I enjoy working with people, and want to be in the health and fitness industry. What’s has been your favourite part about studying with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa? My favourite part would be the assessment we did which was to manage a sports event. My class chose to do a six week challenge. This challenge involved daily training sessions which were based on the trainings that we had done in class throughout the year. The challenge was open to the community, for anyone who was keen to try a different approach to training. Seeing the changes and results in people was really overwhelming and rewarding. From this event, I found a passion to help people transform their lives for the better. What skills and abilities have you developed since studying at Te Wānanga Aotearoa? Good communication skills, confidence, preparation, people skills, and organising. I also found myself more involved in the community with different events.
What did you think of your tutor? My tutor was awesome. He helped me with everything. Whenever I was stuck on something I didn’t understand he explained everything in detail and made it so I understood. I’m more of a practical learner, so he helped me to understand the theory side of things a lot better. He was able to come down to my level as well as approach me from a Kaiako (tutor) perspective. In five years what do you see yourself doing? In five years’ time I see myself working for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and drawing more people to our sports course. We have so much to offer here and I’m sure that we are creating something special within our community. Sports and helping people is my passion so doing both in one is straight mean! What has been the weirdest, funniest, craziest thing that’s happened to you so far since studying at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa? The craziest thing for me that’s happened since studying here is probably being the Tauira (student) one year and then being the Kaiako the next. What would you say to those that are thinking about studying at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa? I would encourage everyone to come and study here because it creates so many opportunities for you whether in sports or any other course that we offer. It prepares you for other courses so you can study at other tertiary institutes. Studying here was one of the best choices I’ve made. I am working here as a Kaiako for the Certificate in Sports, Fitness & Health Level 2, for Youth Guarantee and loving every minute of it. I am grateful and thankful to Te Wānanga o Aotearoa for allowing me this opportunity.
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LIVIN’ THE DREAM
Choosing the direction you are going to take the rest of your life in may seem like a daunting task. No one wants to wind up in a job they hate, doing something they’re not passionate about, barely making enough money to support themselves. Maverick PATRICK CAMPBELL helps you wade through the confusing mess known as planning your future. When you leave school you will find yourself with some choices to make. Are you going to take a gap year, go to university, start an apprenticeship, start your own business? If you are unsure, start by consulting a careers advisor or by using online resources such as Careers NZ. Most high schools have careers advisors, so make yourself an appointment. Your advisor will do his or her best to help you find out what your passion is – and what your options are. The careers advisor that helped me throughout my years at Westlake Boys High School in Auckland was Janice Renton. Without her advice and guidance I would still be sitting in a classroom, finishing my seventh form year, taking all three sciences and maths in the Cambridge pathway. However, I am not. Thanks to Mrs. Renton's input, I decided to move into the NCEA pathway, 28 | Tearaway TERM ONE & TWO 2014
took subjects I actually enjoyed and have now left school a year early to study Communications at AUT. I'm not advising that you leave high school early, but everybody is different, and an advisor can help you work out the best course of action for YOU. To get you started, I asked Mrs Renton for her ideas on what can make the daunting process of deciding what to do next, a lot easier. She says that the main issue with students – whether high school or university – is that they have not done any of their own research. She has many students “going into a course because it sounds cool, or their parents want them to, or their mates are going.” The difference between doing this at school and at university is that after uni you will most likely find yourself with a hefty student loan to deal with.
So, it pays to put some serious thought in before making any commitments. There comes a point where you can no longer live anyone else’s dreams, and you have to start doing what you want – and need. This is where research and a bit of soul searching comes into play. A huge amount of the research needs to come from within you, as Mrs. Renton says: “I have many students who haven’t thought about their skill sets and their values... What their personal values are, and their career values.” If you don’t know these, then how can you know what sort of a career you want? A good place to start is thinking about what you enjoy doing and what you are good at doing. More often than not, these will be the same or similar activities. Your careers advisor will be able to work through this with you and give you a list of potential directions to take.
The Takeaways Do your own research to find potential pathways that suit you
You cannot live anyone else’s dream. It is your future and you must put in the work to make yourself happy and fulfil your own goals
Taking a gap year is not a bad thing. It will often lead to greater clarity and loads of 'real life' learning
Taking it upon yourself to make contacts is the best road to a successful future
LIVIN’ THE DREAM We’ve Been There Many of the TEARAWAY Mavericks have done their time at high school and are now working or studying. Here’s some advice from them... Jasper Jay, 20. Freelance Videographer, Auckland. "Do what you want, say yes to everything, break the rules, step over the boundaries, make your passion your career."
Sometimes, even with research and planning, university or immediate further study may not feel right for you. “This is where I’m a big supporter of the gap year idea,” says Mrs. Renton. If you are not ready for university, whether it’s because of a lack of research, or it just doesn't feel like 'you', it may not be the right pathway for you at present. Taking a gap year allows you to work, travel, get life experience, do the research you need to – and it can help you find your passion. There is a lot to be said for the learning you will do out in the 'real world', and chances are you will begin to form a clear idea of what you want to study or do next. At the end of the day, you are never too old to go back to formal study.
It's Not Just WHAT You Know Another option is volunteering. Why not try something you’ve always enjoyed or been curious about? Volunteering can help give you further inspiration, and it is a great way to build networks. Networking is important for everyone; in or out of university. Establishing contacts within your chosen industry can be just as – if not more important than – a degree. “So many people do all the work and just expect to come out of the degree and be given a job,” says Mrs. Renton. “That won’t happen. You need to be establishing contacts, meeting people, creating a LinkedIn profile and doing internships.” If you are a practical sort of person and are ready to get straight into work, an apprenticeship could be ideal. Apprenticeships offer you the opportunity to learn on the job, and help you develop both the skills and the contacts to fast-track you into a career. Apprenticeships are available in everything
from trades to journalism; a great place to start is Competenz.
Sharon McCoskrie, 20.
No matter what you are doing, whether it is taking a gap year or studying, you need to establish contacts. You never know who you will meet and what opportunities will arise from the contacts you make. Working for free – volunteering – will often lead to paid work and other unexpected opportunities.
"Embrace every possible idea. Whatever it is, take time to think about it, ask about it and research it before discounting it."
Take Charge of Your Future
Creative Writer and Production Engineer for Mediaworks, Gisborne.
Making the choice between studying, working and travelling is just the beginning. If you are going to study, you’ll need to decide what you will study, where you will study it and much more. Don’t leave this to the last minute; if you plan to study next year, get the wheels in motion now and find out what the closing dates for your preferred courses are. If you are going to take a gap year, how will you spend it? Working, saving, travelling, volunteering... the choice is yours, but it will pay to set yourself some goals and plan steps to achieve them, so you don’t end up sitting at home on the couch every single day.
Studying a Bachelor of Communication Studies at AUT, Auckland.
Stephen Gallagher, 21.
"Take all the time you need. There’s absolutely no rush in picking a career that’s right for you. It’s your life so do what makes you happy. Work hard, build relationships and things will go your way." Bri Lee, 19. Currently having a gap year, working parttime and preparing to study Costume Design at Unitec, Auckland. "Simply don’t stress about what you think you’re meant to do. Do what you know is right for you." Thomas Stevenson, 19.
If you wish to travel, there are many organisations who can help you make plans for a cheaper rate than normal, such as STA Travel. For short trips, places like Contiki are well recognised. Check out CCUSA or Camp America, which can offer you the opportunity to work and travel in the USA.
Studying Geology and French at University of Otago; also a Tutor at NumberWorks, Dunedin:
It’s not easy being a young adult, coming into your own and having these life decisions forced upon you. To make the most of your youth and your freedom, trust yourself to know what is right for you, but don’t be afraid to ask for guidance at any point. This is an exciting time and the world truly is your oyster; go out there and make your dreams a reality!
Patrick Campbell, 17.
"Listen to your parents, then listen to your grandparents. If they agree, go for it."
Studying a Certificate of Communications at AUT, Auckland: "If you find you can’t get a job anywhere, go to McDonald’s. You can build a solid career there and they offer you heaps of chance for tertiary study if you didn’t get the credits for it from school."
I Need a Break!
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LIVIN’ THE DREAM
Got a Trade?
Got it Made!
Let's face it: Some people are not keen on university – and that is fine. If you are a practical sort of person and would prefer to earn while you learn, doing an apprenticeship could be the way to go. From carpentry to agriculture to manufacturing, there is something for everyone, across heaps of exciting industries.
We asked The Skills Organisation for some top tips on getting a job and nailing an interview. Here’s what they said.
Your CV shows what you can do and why you’re a good fit for an employer. It needs to be short and sweet – two pages at the most – and include some basic information: • your name • how to get in touch with you (mobile, email) • your 'career objective' (what sort of job you want) • your skills • a list of your part time jobs • your school and your NCEA results • your interests and hobbies • referees (names of people who can tell an employer about you) Run the spellcheck over your CV and give it to a couple of different people to proofread. Choose an easy-to-read, professional looking font and make sure the wording is laid out evenly. Always send out a personalised cover letter with your CV, saying why you would like to work for the company you are applying to.
There is a wealth of opportunity for tradies in Christchurch. We need to rebuild a city – and for that we need more builders, painters, plumbers, welders, plasterers and electricians. Since the Christchurch earthquakes, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) has developed programmes just for youth. That means that if you’re between 15 and 19 years old, you are able to fast-track your career. There are also fee-free programmes specifically for Maori and Pacific Island students, as well as scholarships for women in trades. There are so many opportunities to get into training now and contribute to the future of Christchurch, while building a solid future for yourself at the same time.
B SCORE THAT JO
WRITING A WINNING CV
NAILING THAT INTERVIEW Make sure you have the correct date, time and location of the interview, and give yourself plenty of time to get there. Showing up late is not a good look. Make a list of all your skills relevant to the job and write down examples of how and when you have used these. You’ll probably be asked about this during your interview so if you already have answers ready to go, it’ll be a breeze. Research the company and the role. You may be asked questions about the company and why you want to work there. At the interview: • Wear clean, smart clothes • Take a deep breath, smile, look your interviewers in the eye and give a firm handshake • Do not rush through your answers. Breathe, take your time and give examples • Be prepared to ask your own questions. Ask about the industry or the people in the company. A good question is: “What is a typical day like?” • Thank the interviewers for their time
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CPIT has been training tradespeople for over 100 years. The institute is
now expanding its trades training facilities to take in an extra 400 to 500 students next year. That means that you can learn the skills you need in workshops that replicate industry conditions, so when you get out on the worksite, you know what to expect and what to do. Three new buildings are under way and the Trades Innovation Institute campus will be upgraded to reflect modern workplaces and the use of more technology in trades training. See www.cpit.ac.nz for more information about trades training in Christchurch.
WHERE'S ALL THE WORK? Sitting back and waiting for a job to come to you? Forget about it! Go out there and make it happen. Do your homework on the types of jobs you are after. Do you know what’s available in your region? What skills and qualifications do these jobs require? How well do they match your own? Go looking for work. Ask around; speak to family and friends, teachers or careers advisors about who they know that might be able to help you get your foot in the door. Speak to everyone you can. Target companies you’d like to work for. Visit businesses in your area and introduce yourself. Contact the
Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for your chosen career. Also, contact industry associations – this is an organisation that connects businesses in an industry group – they may know who is looking for new employees. Find out who the major companies are in your industry and check their websites regularly to see whether they are hiring. Do some research on industry expos – they are a great place to meet potential employers. It can get a bit confusing when you’re on the job hunt, so keep a list of jobs you have applied for, and the contact details you’ve used.
What Else Do I Need To Know? Maths and English are important for all trades and for running a business A driving licence is a benefit Expect alcohol and drug testing at interviews and on the job Take some time to find out about safety requirements for your chosen industry Business owners want motivated and hard-working employees
Keep a good attitude. Work hard and don’t give up; this is what it takes to be successful. Read any success story and it will always include staying positive and working hard Remember how much is related to having the right attitude when talking to employers and looking for work. Your personality will get you just as far as your qualifications
LIVIN’ THE DREAM HOW TO GET A BUILDING APPRENTICESHIP Breaking into the construction industry isn’t easy. You need to be on the ball and proactive about getting a job with an employer willing to train you.
START LEARNING YOUR TRADE AT SCHOOL There are jobs – and then there are great jobs. If you love being out on the land, working with animals or growing plants, New Zealand’s primary industries need you. The primary sector grows, harvests, extracts and processes our natural resources into food and products for home and overseas.
school, by combining NCEA with a National Certificate in Primary Sector at level 1 and Agriculture or Horticulture at level 2.
Live the good life and make a real difference! How? Introducing the Primary ITO Trade Academy.
This is practical, on-the-job training that lets you earn and learn at the same time, with the constant mentoring and support of a team of expert advisors.
This is a partnership between Primary ITO, secondary schools and employers. It is delivered in 21 schools throughout NZ. If you’re in Year 11 or Year 12, you can get started while you’re still at
If a Primary ITO Trade Academy isn’t at your school, there are other options available to you. Visit the website to find out more. www.primaryito.ac.nz/careers
The first step you can take towards getting a building apprenticeship is to register your interest at BCITO.org.nz/lookingforwork. The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) may be able to put you in contact with employers who are hiring. But don’t stop there! Here are some things that will make you appealing to construction bosses:
• If you’re in Year 11 or 12, you can learn more about the construction industry and gain relevant skills by doing a National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades Skills (Levels 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme. You can also look into doing a BCITO Gateway programme if it is offered by your school • Get yourself a good CV. Visit careers. govt.nz/how-to-get-a-job/cvsand-cover-letters for info and advice. If you are still at school, your careers advisor will be able to help
• Maintain a clean driver’s licence. Being able to drive and back up a trailer will earn you brownie points
• Actively look for work. Check out trademe.co.nz/jobs and seek.co.nz, as well as your local newspapers
• Get some work experience. Summer work or labouring (with references) shows an employer that you are motivated
• When you get an interview, make sure you tell them that you want a career in the industry and that you want to do an apprenticeship
• Try to get at least three years of secondary education. Subjects like design technology, English and maths really help
Once you have a job with an employer willing to train you, simply call the BCITO on 0800 422 486 and they can sign you into your apprenticeship.
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SOUTHERN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CHCH Rebuild SIT is at the forefront of the Christchurch rebuild thanks to government funding boosts aimed at increasing the number of trained tradespeople available for the rebuild. 130 EFTS places have been awarded to SIT to train students in carpentry, joinery, electrical, engineering, refrigeration, architecture, quantity surveying and horticulture. Each of these courses requires practical industry workplace experience, giving you the opportunity to meet and work for employers, gaining real world skills. The Canterbury earthquakes have had a huge effect on the region with subsequent repair work entering the billions of dollars. This has placed a huge demand on skilled workers in the region, guaranteeing jobs for at least the next decade. There is no better time than now to make the decision to complete a trade qualification at SIT. With the zero fees scheme, you’re saving on tuition fees with the only charge to students being for direct materials needed for the course. Zero fees Our Zero Fees Scheme means we pay your tuition fees, so all you have to pay for are the direct material costs for your course. This applies for all of our degree programmes and
most of our diplomas and certificates, including distance learning programmes. Many of our graduates are able to start their careers debt-free! This is not an exaggeration – on any given degree, our students save between $8,000 and $22,000 on tuition fees. For terms and conditions, see our Fees page. Invercargill also has the lowest living costs per
city in NZ meaning student life is even easier. A low unemployment rate means there are plenty of jobs available to support your study and SIT’s employment officer is able to help you with CV preparation and provide weekly job updates. Contact Southern Institute of Technology on 0800 4 0 FEES or visit the website at www.sit.ac.nz
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PROUD TONGAN OUT IN FORCE Halatoaongo Saulala - ‘Toa’ to his family and friends - hails from a small island in The Kingdom of Tonga. As an infant, he immigrated with his parents to New Zealand and spent his childhood in the bustling city of Auckland. In his early teens Toa returned to Tonga to strengthen his knowledge of his culture. It was important to his parents that he knew and lived amongst his people, and knew his heritage. Reflecting on his time back home, he sums up this period of his life, “I loved being home.”
Toa moved back to New Zealand in 2000, settling in Gisborne where his parents were living. It was here that he met the girl of his dreams – Iasinita. They eventually married and together have six children. His passion lies with sports, specifically, rugby and touch. There is nothing he finds more exhilarating than a good workout at the gym. The combination of his active lifestyle, and his desire to help others, is what directed Toa to look at entering the Police force. Through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa he found a supportive environment to make this dream come true. He enrolled on the Certificate in Career Preparation (Police), gaining the skills and confidence to sit the entry tests for Police College. “I gained a better understanding of English and mathematical equations,” he says, “I also lost a lot of weight that I probably could not have done by myself with the trainer on the course who was awesome.” Toa praises his kaiako (tutors), and he contributes his success to them. “They were a huge help in every aspect of the course. They were a big part in me passing.” He encourages others to look at the study options available through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. “If you really want a good helping hand, in a great environment, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is a very good study choice.”
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