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New teachers for Ohakune


our new teachers have joined the Ohakune Primary School staff in 2019, one at the start of the school year and the others more recently. Sophie Turney is the new teacher in Room 11 at Ohakune Primary School. She is in her second year of teaching and has moved to Ohakune from Lower Hutt, Wellington, where she had lived for the last five years. She moved to Ohakune with her partner Hadlee who is originally from Ohakune. “My family live in and around Taihape, so it is awesome to be closer to them,” said Ms Turney. Liva Ozola is the school’s new hard material technology teacher for the 2019 school year. She is from Latvia, a “very small but very beautiful country” in northern Europe, and arrived in New Zea-

land three years ago as a traveller. She has lived all over the country, but after spending last winter in Ohakune she and her partner decided to settle down and stay here for good. “I’m very excited and happy to become a part of the Ohakune community and especially happy in my role at Ohakune Primary School,” said Ms Ozola. Morvern Duncan was born and grew up in Tawa, Wellington. She graduated from Wellington College of Education with a Certificate in Teaching People with Disabilities. From there she moved to Dunedin, gaining a Bachelor of Education and Diploma in Teaching and worked for ‘Stand for Children’ in Roxburgh before moving to London to relief teach for nine and a half years. She returned to New Zealand in 2017 to teach in Lower Hutt.

White Ribbon art features the River Celebrated for his colourful giant murals dotted around Whanganui, artist Dan Mills has turned to canvas for an artwork with special significance. Mills’ striking depiction of the Whanganui River as a white ribbon flowing through the region reflects his support for the White Ribbon campaign to end domestic violence. The artwork was painted on 23 November – White Ribbon Day – when Mills set up his canvas in the Whanganui Hospital foyer and got to work. The piece will be officially unveiled in a ceremony on Friday 17 May, when it will take pride of place along the hospital’s main entrance corridor. Mills, who has donated the painting to the hospital, will be in attendance – along with Whanganui District Health Board members and hospital staff – when it is blessed by kaumatua.

The artist’s connection to the White Ribbon campaign came about by chance when he was living in the Far North and doing painting work for a trust in Ruakaka. “As payment, they offered me a van – a Toyota – which had the White Ribbon logo over it as that was something the trust was involved in. “It was a pretty good van and I got associated with the campaign. I ended up handing out fliers and giving out contact numbers and advice. “I developed a great respect for the White Ribbon cause and the people who work for it.” Fortunately for Whanganui, the van lasted long enough to help move Mills down to the River City. For more on the White Ribbon campaign, go to

Ohakune Primary School’s new staff, from left, Sophie Turney, Emma Soffe, Liva Ozola and Morven Duncan.

“I enjoy bush walking, tramping and horse riding, as well as reading, knitting and embroidery,” said Ms Duncan. “I also volunteered for Riding for the Disabled for 21 years and I am looking forward to living and working Ohakune.” Emma Soffe said she is “very excited” to join the Ohakune Primary School community. She graduated with a postgraduate qualification in teaching in 2012 and has been teaching for seven years, in schools in Hamilton and National Park. Prior to becoming a teacher, she

graduated with a Bachelor of Management studies and lived in Auckland for a few years, where she worked in advertising and then as a retail buyer. She and her partner are both avid snowboarders and during the winter season both work as instructors for RAL.

“We try to spend as much time on the mountain as possible and have chased winter to the Northern Hemisphere in the past,” says Miss Soffe. “I also enjoy photography and I am currently taking classes to continue developing my skills.”


WED 15 MAY 2019 8.00AM (0800) TO 5.00PM (1700)

Artist Dan Mills at Whanganui Hospital with his painting that features the Whanganui River as a white ribbon.

Ruapehu Civil Defence and Emergency Management advise that a multi-organisation training exercise will be held on Wednesday 15 May 2019 between 8.00am (0800) and 5.00pm (1700). The exercise will involve all usual response agencies inc. Ruapehu District Council, Fire, St John Ambulance, Police, Army, DOC and other supporting organisations inc. iwi, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts and local media. The exercise is part of routine training designed to test and enhance the readiness and capacity to respond to a real life event.

Winter shearing is coming up! Give Rudy and Viv a call on 06 388 0182 or 027 449 0782

Serving our community with: Shearing • Fencing • Casual Work

organisations as per usual if needed. Ruapehu District Council services will be available as usual however please note that as the lead agency many Council staff are involved in the training exercise. If you have non-urgent Council business and are able to defer it to a day other than Wed 15 May this would be much appreciated. For any queries about the exercise please contact Ruapehu Emergency Management Officer Nick Watson on 021 247 7340.

People in Whakapapa Village will hear the eruption warning siren as part of the training exercise and should not be alarmed by this. Normal emergency response services (Fire, Ambulance, Police) will not be affected by the exercise and people should contact these RUAPEHU BULLETIN 15 May 2019 • 5

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