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Evening classes ready to roll in Mahurangi


Community courses, which have been absent in Warkworth for three years due to lack of funding, will resume at Mahurangi College on February 11. The courses will run during school terms on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Although definite subjects are still being finalised, the timetable is likely to include interior design, edible gardening, photography, philosophy and Te Reo Maori. Mahurangi Community Lifelong Learning coordinator Adva Webber says Mahurangi has also partnered with English Language Partners North Shore and Literacy North Shore to run government-supported core courses in budgeting and financial skills, employment skills and English as a Second Language (ESOL). The college is providing the facilities and interest from tutors is continuing to grow. “The Warkworth library has been extremely supportive in accommodating us and assisting with a community survey late last year. The survey showed interest in various topics.”

Sail programme The Sandspit Yacht Club Centreboard Division is running a Learn to Sail Programme, starting in term 1 on February 9. The sailing programme runs Monday afternoons from 4.30pm to 7.30pm and Sunday mornings from 9am to 12 noon. Children need to be at least nine years old. Info: or phone 022 1712 550.

St John open day Warkworth St John will host an open day on January 19, from 2pm to 5pm. The day will be an opportunity for members of the public to look through the station, talk to paramedics and join as a supporter. There will also be demonstrations of how to correctly use a defibrillator.

Coastguard courses Adva says there are three main ways to find out about the courses – a booklet has been printed, online and at the Warkworth Public Library. Enrolments can be submitted directly to the tutors, whose details are available on online and in the booklet. Enrolments can be done

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Coastguard Northern Region is offering a school holiday education programme which will provide students with the opportunity to gain day skipper or marine radio VHF operator qualifications. The day skipper course, which will run from January 20 to 23, while the radio course will be held on January 27 and 28. Info:

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Taratahi courses upskill farm workers A 10-week agricultural programme has proved the perfect stepping stone for several students who are well on their way to careers in farming. A total of 21 Rodney Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre students graduated at the end of last year. Chelsea Hemana, 20, of Araparera, won the Top Fencer Award (Tauhoa). Tutor Tim O’Leary says anyone can be a fencer, but “you need the X factor to be a great fencer”. Chelsea has signed up for Taratahi’s one-year National Certificate in Agriculture Level 4 programme this year, alongside fellow student and award winner Ben Jones-Moki, who won the Taratahi Leadership and Top Student (Tauhoa) cups. Tim says he tries to instil a good work ethic into his students, and they certainly did him proud when they whipped the woolshed at Tauhoa into shape for graduation by cleaning windows, scrubbing floors and replacing wool bales with tables and chairs to ensure the 60 guests enjoyed a comfortable ceremony. Taratahi board chairman David Nelson, joined Taratahi Northland staff and tutors, to help celebrate the students’ success. Mr Nelson said 3000 new people entered the agriculture industry each

Taratahi board chair David Nelson acknowledges Chelsea Hemana’s hard work. Chelsea won the Taratahi Fencing Award (Tauhoa).

year. That number only represented people leaving the industry due to retirement and other reasons and didn’t take into account new growth, he said. Taratahi has been training students in agriculture since 1919 with 2500 students graduating from its campuses nationwide last year. In partnership with NorthTec, Taratahi delivers a range of courses throughout Northland – from its National Certificate in Agriculture (Level 2) programme, which offers an introduction to farming skills, through to its National Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4). The refreshed Massey Diploma in Agriculture is now offered through its Masterton and Taranaki campuses. Taratahi has based its Rodney training centre at Brian and Chere Innes’ beef

and sheep farm for the last three years and also works alongside Otakanini Topu staff on its 2750-hectare farm on the banks of the Kaipara Harbour. National Certificate in Fencing (Level 3), Certificate in General Farm Skills (Level 3), National Certificate in Agriculture General Skills (Level 2) and Youth Guarantee programmes will start next month. Tauhoa campus graduation awards: Most Improved and Honest Endeavour: Tukotahi Walker; Leadership Award: Ben Jones-Moki; Tutor Award: Daniel Cornelius; Fencing Award: Chelsea Hemana; Shearing Award: Jerome Unverricht; Cup for Top Student: Ben Jones-Moki; Top student National Certificate in Farming Skills, Work Ready (Level 3): Hayden Noyer.


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Kapahaka in the spotlight

Rodney College will host the Te Tai Tokerau Festival in April, which will draw participants from throughout the Ngati Whatua region. The event was last held at the college in 1981. Now in its 39th year, it is an opportunity for students of Ngati Whatua and Te Tai Tokerau, (schools of the northern region) to come together in a non-competitive celebration of Maori culture and art through the medium of kapahaka. The festival will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15 and 16.

Club puts cards on the table The Warkworth Bridge Club is holding a 10-week course of bridge lessons from Tuesday, February 25. Club captain Jenny Robinson says it’ll be an opportunity to introduce new people to the game and encourage former players to refresh their skills. The club meets twice weekly at its clubrooms in Alnwick Street – on Tuesday from 1pm and Wednesday from 7pm. “Bridge is a game for all ages because it develops number and strategy skills,” Jenny says. “We’d particularly like to encourage younger members of our community to consider giving it a try.” Jenny says it’s also a way to meet new friends and acquaintances. The club has more than 90 members and has been operating for more than 40 years. Info: Phone Jenny on 425 8909 or Nadine on 425 8205.

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Business champions back internship scheme A new Youth Connections Scheme in Warkworth is giving young people the opportunity to gain NCEA credits in Levels 1 and 2 within a local business context. Business Linked Internship Scheme (BLIS) was launched late last year and is based on the highly-effective Otorohanga Model. Warkworth BLIS coordinator Kirsty Christison says that alongside local businesses, BLIS has already engaged with Mahurangi College careers advisory staff, Auckland Council and the Rodney Local Board, Ministry of Education youth guarantee senior advisor, Futureworks and the Helensville Womens and Family Centre. Kirsty says under the scheme, local business champions will mentor young people while providing them with opportunities to develop and demonstrate skill, talent and knowledge. Industries involved so far include building and construction, printing, hairdressing and barbering, floristry office administration & information management, retail and real estate. Offers of support have also been received from HR consultants, a communications and marketing consultant, and financial services advisors.

Initial funding for the scheme was secured by MP Tracey Martin.

“Training providers are key to the success of BLIS as they’re the NZQA approved accreditors across all sectors of employment,” Kirsty says. “The initiative is currently funded through the office of NZ First deputy leader Tracey Martin but a proposal to secure on-going funding is being finalised.” BLIS will report quarterly against key performance indicators and develop a mechanism to acknowledge and celebrate the successful participation or positive contribution made by all stakeholders. “Our aim is to engage the 40 to

70 percent of young people in the Warkworth area not directly supported through other community programmes or initiatives. “To that end, BLIS will not be in competition with other existing local providers. At this time, no-one else is focused on delivering this initiative or model from the start of the 2014 school year.” Kirsty says she would be happy to collaborate with anyone from Wellsford who is managing or looking at establishing similar programmes. See ad below for contact details.

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410 Mahurangi East Rd, Snells Beach | 09 425 6878 | Brendon Williams is one of the students learning practical building skills, which he can utilise on his own home or use to start an apprenticeship.


‘Try before you buy’ careers Decision time for parents Northland-based training organisation NorthTec is giving potential painters and builders the opportunity to ‘try before they buy’. The school is offering the Certificate in Elementary Construction (Level 2) and the Certificate in Painting (Trades – Level 2) at Kaiwaka. A spokesperson says students will learn the basic skills required to work on their own place including practical experience on small building projects, plus how to safely operate fixed machinery and power tools. “If you know building is for you, our courses can prepare you for an apprenticeship with a building company,” he says. “You will cover all the theory units needed for your apprenticeship, plus you get the required hands-on experience with a builder. “The practical experience will help reinforce what’s taught in the

classroom. Students learn the language of building, get into good work habits, and equip themselves with the skills employers are looking for. This is a great way to get an understanding of what it takes to be a builder.” NorthTec manages an apprenticeship scheme which assesses a student’s practical skills against the practical units in the National Certificate in Carpentry, with regular site visits throughout the term of the apprenticeship. The courses provide a qualification that is recognised by the construction industry. The spokesperson says both young men and women are signing on for the courses. “More and more women are taking our courses and making use of the skills in their own homes – or going on to apprenticeships.” Info:




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It is decision time again for many parents as they consider schooling options for 2014. Thankfully, Rodney is fortunate to have a number of great schooling options including quality integrated schools which are not zoned allowing free choice regardless of where a student lives. Local principal Helen Pearson, believes that one of the additional perks of many integrated schools is the significantly higher personal attention students receive because of smaller class sizes. Helen’s school, Mahurangi Christian School in Snells Beach maximises the benefit of these smaller classes by taking individual learner’s needs and talents seriously in planning for progressing achievement of each student. “Every child is different and our school believes that there are many different ways to be awesome. It is a joy for staff to see children blossom in a loving environment that challenges children to grow in character and confidence in their learning, and sets them up well to move into college in Year 9.” And for Mahurangi Christian School the students' recent results certainly back up this belief. The 2013 National Standards results exceeded the 2012 NZ average in all learning areas. “Our learners have a positive, happy and comfortable learning environment, and the introduction of iPads and other technology for every child means that our learners are engaged and making great progress,” says Mrs Pearson. Consider an integrated school, like Mahurangi Christian School, where the costs could be as little as $20 per week. Investment in these fundamental years provides a strong start that prepares children all the way to the move to college at year 9. Mahurangi Christian School is a small and growing integrated school, open for enquiries via their website Visits to the school and enrolment interviews are welcome by appointment any time from Wednesday 29th January onwards. Phone: 09 425 6878 Email: Helen Pearson – Principal, Mahurangi Christian School

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