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Trades academy job pathways


uapehu’s booming construction sector is providing opportunities for students in the Taumarunui High School (THS) Trades Academy to take on real projects and gain real-life work experience. Council’s property team was struggling to find any spare capacity within its normal commercial contractors to reinstall playground equipment that was saved from the 106-year-old Kakahi Primary School when it closed in April 2016. Property team leader Rebecca Van Orden said the Kakahi Community Group salvaged the equipment and Ruapehu District Council approved developing a new playground on a road reserve area. “That was over a year ago and although we had the funding available local commercial builders were too busy to start the project anytime soon. “The situation has however provided a great opportunity for Council to support the students in the THS Trades Academy with a real job,” she said. Trades Academy carpentry tutor Steve Kernot said that having a real project for students provides them

with invaluable experience that cannot be replicated in a classroom. “In addition to developing practical skills and on-thejob decision making ability it is a great way for the kids to get their name out there and show to prospective employers that they are good workers and are reliable,” said Mr Kernot. “We want to get the kids to know what it is like to work on a real job, under a real boss, with the goal of them ultimately getting permanent employment.” Ruapehu’s mayor Don Cameron said developing skills in youth “is critical and something all organisations should be thinking about”. “Despite there being worker shortages in many areas young people often have difficulty in gaining employment because of an incompatibility between skills and requirements,” said Mr Cameron. He said Council, as part of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs, is committed to helping provide pathways for students to connect from education to employment wherever they can.

Trades Academy carpentry tutor Steve Kernot helps the students in how to think about solving an on-site problem.

Bridge to Nowhere deceased named Police released the name of the woman who died while cycling the Mangapurua Track, which is part of the Mountains to Sea cycle trail, on Friday 17 March 2019. She was Margaret Joan Lilley, 71, of West Melton, Selwyn District. Police extended their sympathies to her family and friends. Mrs Lilley was cycling near the Bridge to Nowhere on a section of the track that includes Battleship Bluff, when the incident occurred at about 2.30pm. The trail is Grade 3 – moderate – at that section. At the time, police said Lilley had fallen off a bluff. A rescue helicopter was called at 2.50pm, but she died before it arrived. Department of Conservation Central North Island director Damian Coutts


said staff expressed sympathy for her bereaved family and were providing support where possible. “DoC takes public safety seriously,” he said. “It is important to understand whether there is anything that can be learned from this tragedy to prevent a similar incident from occurring.” There are multiple investigations into the accident including by DoC and WorkSafe, and the Coroner. Cyclists are warned the section of track should only be attempted by fit and experienced off-road cyclists, who should dismount and push their bikes past some of the bluffs. Mrs Lilley is survived by her husband Max as well as a number of children and their partners, and grandchildren.








7 Opening date for Ruapehu Alpine Lifts’ new gondola, the ‘Sky Waka’, has been pushed back to coincide with the opening of the upper slopes, towards the end of June. The target date for opening the new lift was to be 1 June, to provide sightseeing rides to the Knoll Ridge Café. Despite the delay, RAL says ‘rapid progress’ is being made with the lift company Leitner installing drive station componentry. Another update was promised this week. Photo: RAL.

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ACROSS 5. Unable to move (5) 8. Drug (8) 9. Judicial hearing (5) 10. Come to an end (8) 11. Domesticated bird (5) 14. Curve (3) 16. Savage, violent (6) 17. Dangerous (6) 18. For each (3) 20. Intelligent (5) 24. Most southerly NZ island (8) 25. Demon (5) 26. Smart clothes (colloq) (4,4) 27. First letter of Greek alphabet (5)

DOWN 1. Light meal (5) 2/3. Bowler who in 2017 became the sixth New Zealander to take 200 wickets (5,5) 4. Discoverer (6) 6. Animal in an Aesop fable (8) 7. Categorise (8) 12. Town at junction of Clutha and Kawarau rivers (8) 13. Sea creature, pekapeka or papatangaroa in Maori (8) 14. Mountain (3) 15. Mongrel (3) 19. Make possible (6) 21. Card suit (5) 22. Legitimate (5) 23. 1987-1990 NZ soap opera (5)

SOLUTION 1734 Across: 7. Myopic, 8. Te Puke, 10. Rhubarb, 11. Piano, 12. Veal, 13. Horse, 17. Kauri, 18. Plot, 22. Hoiho, 23. No-trump, 24. Centre, 25. Recede. Down: 1. Improve, 2. Jocular, 3. Rival, 4. Despise, 5/6. Susan Devoy, 9. Abhorrent, 14. Masonry, 15. Albumen, 16. Stopper, 19. Shock, 20. Giant, 21. Strew.

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Sky Waka opening delayed

appreciated the hard work done to fix the initial fault, but were frustrated at the poor communication around the second fault, which seemed to be an easy fix, albeit after several hours. This second fault affected several businesses, as well as closing the school, for no apparent reason. Anne Beex said it was helpful for TLC if people lodge faults with their 24-hour faults line, 0800-367-328, rather than contact staff direct. She said multiple calls can help crews to narrow down where a fault has occurred. “If you have no power at all, only partial power available, the power supply is fluctuating, or there is a

Waimarino weather

The temperatures and rainfall since the last published data as measured at the Ruapehu College Weather Station.

Date 6/5 7/5 8/5 9/5 10/5 11/5 12/5 13/5 Max °C 16.9 16.5 16.9 17.0 16.8 14.7 16.9 Min °C 2.1 0.5 3.0 4.4 10.1 7.9 7.4 7.5 Grass °C 1.1 -0.3 2.9 1.4 8.0 6.0 4.6 7.5 Rain 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 1.0 0.0 23.8 -

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noise from your meter board, a fault may have occurred,” states TLC on their website. “If your property is the only one affected, check the fuses or circuit breakers in your fuse box, and check the mains switch. Otherwise, contact our faults team.” Anne Beex said TLC was investigating the communications issues and that TLC apologises for any inconvenience caused.

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