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The Magazine of the

SIT2LRN Distance Students August 2018 Issue 27

Student Profile


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About SIT The Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) is one of 16 government polytechnics and institutes of technology offering tertiary education throughout New Zealand. SIT programmes are accredited and approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority up to master's level. SIT has a proud history of vocational education and training. For over 40 years we have been providing students with quality education across a range of subject areas and at a variety of levels including postgraduate study. This variety enables you to enter your training at the level that suits you and to progress as you are ready. Many of SIT2LRN programmes link to higher level qualifications at SIT and other institutions in New Zealand and throughout the world. We are constantly developing these relationships to ensure that our graduates have maximum mobility.

Government Fees Free Policy If you are a student in your first year of tertiary studies you may be eligible for the Government Fees Free Policy. You can check your eligibility at Students residing in Invercargill may also wish to enquire about the Mayor Tim Shadbolt Accommodation Bursaries. Eligibility criteria for the bursaries reflects that of the Government Fees Free policy.

The Zero Fee Scheme If you are not eligible for the Government Fees Free Policy you may be eligible for the SIT Zero Fees Scheme. Our Zero Fee 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 – over a three- year degree, our students can save between $7,000 -$14,000 on tuition fees.

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ou probably haven’t heard of American writer Napoleon Hill. He led an interesting life, operating dodgy businesses and shifty schemes in the early 1900s before writing one of the best-selling self-help books Think and Grow Rich.

Now you’re probably wondering how this relates to your study with SIT2LRN but bear with us. You see, he once surmised that “education comes from within – you get it by struggle and effort and thought”. That belief is relevant to our purpose because, not surprisingly, it’s a common theme expressed by many SIT2LRN students interviewed for this magazine. SIT2LRN provides the opportunity for anyone to obtain an education in a field of their choosing. However, students know it’s not always easy to undertake distance learning and juggle their normal lives as well. But they also know that with some struggle, effort and thought, they not only gain an education but also learn more about themselves and what they are capable of. And that can be incredibly powerful. In this issue you’ll find plenty of inspiring examples of those who are living Napoleon Hill’s words. Take Anna Chapman for example. The mother of two teenagers has not only completed a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, but also worked full-time at building a comprehensive health and safety programme for the engineering business she and her husband own. And she’s not finished studying – a graduate diploma is now in her sights. Former teacher Bridget Paddon is enjoying the fruits of her education. Among her varying qualifications is a Diploma in Professional Coaching from SIT2LRN that has enabled her to set up her own coaching business to help clients achieve their goals. When Evan Jenkins was ‘encouraged’ to leave school as a 15-year-old, little did he think that he would go on to seek tertiary education in later years. Yet with dogged determination, the realisation that education had significant value, and with the support of SIT2LRN he’s not only achieving at high levels in his field of civil construction but is embarking on further education. As he puts it, that’s “not bad for a guy with no education”. One student is not just using SIT2LRN to learn more about horticulture for himself, but is in turn paying it forward. Gary Bradshaw has the challenge of a new job in a foreign country to deal with and is also studying horticulture with SIT2LRN and finding ways to pass on some of that knowledge at the international school he works at in Beijing. There aren’t just inspiring student stories in this edition. You’ll also find profiles on some of our awesome facilitators – Lynne Warden, Robin Atherton, and Karen Wightman – as well as information about the increasingly popular courses on organic primary production, and the Southern Institute of Technology’s Queenstown campus that sits beneath the stunning Remarkables mountain range. What’s stopping you from embracing distance learning with SIT2LRN? Remember what Napoleon Hill said … with bit of “struggle and effort and thought”, your goals can be achieved. Good luck.




SIT2LRN Programme Profiles

Student Profiles

Industry Profiles

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22 Ag Challenge 24 Airport Authority Cook

New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 3) New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 4) (Crop and Livestock)


-Diploma in Digital Photography graduate

14 Gary Bradshaw -New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) student

15 Evan Jenkins -Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety student

16 Bridget Paddon

Study Tips

-Diploma in Professional Coaching graduate

Successful Concentration Tips

18 Heather Milne

07 On-site Programme Queenstown Campus profile

09 Facilitator Profiles 9 Robin Atherton -New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production facilitator

-Diploma in Digital Photography student


25 Bookshop Frequently Asked Questions

26 Programme Manager Profile Warren Smith

19 Jennifer Currie Contact Details

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(Level 3) and (Level 4-Crop Production or Livestock Production) A “tremendous passion” for organics is the common thread that drives students on SIT2LRN's organic production courses. With the general population showing an ever-increasing interest in food quality, food security and a clean healthy living philosophy, SIT2LRN is well placed by offering two papers in organic production (at Levels 3 and 4), which attract a wide range of learners. Programme manager Warren Smith said it wasn’t possible to paint a specific demographic picture of the people who undertake study on the courses. “They range from school leavers to those enjoying their retirement, as well as a down-the-middle gender divide. We do have a handful more learners who study part-time versus full-time, but again it is close to an even split. “The one common thread that you can attribute to our learners is passion. Every one enrolled in the programmes demonstrates a tremendous passion for organics,” Warren said. “Some of our students are already in the industry working in greenhouses, nurseries, vineyards, or employed as farm assistants and are looking to broaden their knowledge, acquire a qualification or climb the employment ladder. “These learners want to gain a recognised qualification in their current field or may be looking for a job promotion,” he said.


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Some students are disenfranchised with their current jobs and are looking to turn their passion into a new career and work in local nurseries, greenhouses or organic farms. Other students took the course because they had purchased a lifestyle block and wanted to gain more information about organics and primary production. “We also always have learners who are hobbyists and are keen to learn more about how to apply organic and primary production principles in their own gardens. “SIT2LRN is able to provide all our learners with access to relevant information, as well as provide guidance from our experienced facilitators.” While it might seem strange to teach organic primary production via distance learning, one of the key benefits of the course is that students are able to apply the knowledge they’re gaining to their specific locations. Be it Gore, Taranaki or China, primary production students need to be on their land he said. It was extremely beneficial for students to be able to apply what they learnt through the course directly to either their own operation or in the business they were employed in, all without having to attend regular classes. “Students can acquire the new knowledge and then apply that straight away – that’s a great way to learn. It’s proved really popular with students throughout the country.” Those who might not have access to a lifestyle block were encouraged to seek out garden centres or local farms to undertake volunteer work in order to aid the learning process, Warren said.




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This course is designed for students to gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to working or further training in the organic primary production sector, to provide a base for learners to move to more advanced studies, and to provide a programme of study that will enhance the knowledge base of organic production growing systems and environments for those working, or intending to work in the sector. A range of topics are covered across the course including how societal, environmental, and cultural factors influence organic production, biotic interactions within organic ecosystems, management for successful organic primary production, holistic integration of organic principles for primary production, soil and ground preparation, the establishment, care and protection of crops or pasture in organic production, and the control of weeds, animal pests and disease.

Graduates of the Level 3 qualification are likely to be employed as workers or assistants on organic operations including orchards, vineyards, greenhouses, nurseries or farms.


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Graduates will be able to apply knowledge of organic principles to the implementation and monitoring of an organic primary production plan and organic standard’s compliance requirements. Among the topics covered are factors influencing the development of organic horticulture in New Zealand, biotic and abiotic interactions within organic ecosystems, the characteristics of successful organic primary production, how to integrate organic principles in primary production, the development and maintenance of production and operation records, soil and soil nutrient management, composting, and crop or pasture protection.

Graduates of the Level 4 qualification are likely to be employed in more managerial or supervisory roles in organic operations such as orchard/ vineyard supervisor or leading hand, crop supervisor or team leader, crop monitor, nursery specialist, or a farm production manager.

The Zero Fees Scheme applies to both of the courses, so there are no tuition fees as long as you are a New Zealand citizen, resident/permanent resident (residing in NZ). Check out the SIT website for more information.



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CONCENTRATION • is a skill that you can develop.


• you are in control, and with some effort and discipline you can improve it

• what time of day do you work best? - to find out, experiment • schedule work and important tasks during this time




GET A RUNNING START • the first 10 minutes are crucial for getting you into an effective study mode

• the more you practise, the easier it gets

• if you get into work quickly, distractions are easier to handle

• make study a habit

03 PREPARATION • setting yourself up for success • find a place to study where you work best • eliminate clutter • minimise distractions • get comfy - but not too comfy!

04 WHEN YOUR MIND WANDERSREFOCUS • get back on track as fast as possible • refocus by reviewing what you have covered • studies show that people concentrate better and remember more if they work in 30-40 minute periods



05 BREAK IT DOWN • plan your workload by breaking tasks down into smaller chunks • work on one chunk at a time • at the start of each session, review what you need to achieve



Framed by the stunning backdrop of the Remarkables mountain range, the Southern Institute of Technology’s (SIT) Queenstown campus has developed impressively over the past decade and offers a range of part-time and full-time study options to fit around your lifestyle. Established in 2009, the campus is situated in the Remarkables Town Centre in Frankton and provides an exceptional teaching environment: purpose-built spaces, plenty of natural light, magnificent views, ample parking, and is easily accessible by public transport. Queenstown itself barely needs an introduction. It is an adventure and sporting mecca, with skiing and snowboarding during the winter and everything from world class golf courses to mountain biking during the summer. Bungy jumping has its spiritual home in Queenstown and the region is blessed with outstanding wineries and other luxury tourism destinations. Senior administrator Karen Collin has been involved with the Queenstown campus since 2011 and is well-placed to share the changes the campus has undergone over the years. “When I first started here, we had three classrooms and that was about it. Now we’ve got three classrooms, an IT suite, and a cookery suite.” The student base has also grown and changed. “We had about two international students when I started and

around 50 domestic students and now we have about 200 students and most of those are international students.” The addition of a well-appointed cookery suite last year is a point of pride for the Queenstown campus. Opened in March 2017, the space was officially blessed and classes began for the first students in the 17-week New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3). This course offers professional training for those who aspire to become chefs within the hospitality industry. Students’ knowledge and culinary skills are developed, as well as the necessary flair and creativity needed within the culinary arts. The Level 3 course leads into the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4), which is 41 weeks in length. On completion of this programme, graduating students will be competent, professional employees for the hospitality sector, who are able to work as chefs in junior positions producing basic dishes in a commercial kitchen.




We are a small campus, so we get to know all the students and everyone looks after one another, which is great. Karen Collin

Queenstown campus senior administrator Queenstown campus accommodation The cooking suite is not the only addition which has contributed significantly to campus life. “About three years ago we had some student accommodation built which is literally 100 metres from campus. There are nine units with three ensuite bedrooms in each unit so we can accommodate quite a few students. We also have an International Support Officer who looks after the student accommodation, arranges international orientation and offers pastoral care should there be any issues.” “We are a small campus, so we get to know all the students and everyone looks after one another, which is great,” Karen said. SIT’s Queenstown campus offers a range of subjects for a modern world. As well as the Level 3 and 4 cookery courses, there are also IT courses which focus on Web Development and Design (Level 5) and Software Development (Level 6). There are English language and Te Reo Maori options and a New Zealand Certificate in Construction that currently includes the building of a three-bedroom house in a nearby industrial area. Not surprisingly for a campus on the doorstep of New Zealand’s adventure capital, the campus also offers courses in Travel and Tourism at Levels 5 and 6, and Hotel Management at Level 7. In the past the campus has also offered Beauty Therapy study and a New Zealand Diploma in Business, which Karen hopes will return next year. There’s no shortage of opportunities for students to put their new-found skills into practice, both during their studies and after graduation. “Our students from Travel and Tourism and Hotel Management volunteer for events in Queenstown such as the recent Luma Festival and Queenstown Winter Festival.



“This raises the awareness of what the campus has to offer. They also go on field trips such as visiting Skyline Queenstown or a trip on the Earnslaw tourist boat to Walter Peak. “We’ve also just started getting the local high school more involved as well. We run trades academy courses, such as Hairdressing, Salon Skills and Construction, so students can get a taster of what we have on offer, with a view to them possibly enrolling when they leave school. We also run STAR courses in Construction and Barista training." The Queenstown campus is also taking advantage of having potential employers within easy reach. “We held a cooking event at the end of July where we had Level 4 students cooking canapés and we invited along some head chefs and HR people from some of the big hotels so they could get an idea of what our students can actually do,” Karen said. It’s no surprise that the Queenstown campus attracts students from all over the world, keen to be part of a dynamic and beautiful environment. “We have students from Russia, China, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. At one point the majority of our students were from India, but that’s changing over time and we are getting lots of different nationalities coming through,” Karen said. She added that the sense of community which has developed on the Queenstown campus is pretty special. “Especially if they stay in the student accommodation, they get to know each other really well. We’ve had them organising different events for each other. When it was Diwali a group of students brought food in to share. Many students tend to go flatting together in Queenstown once they leave the student accommodation.” “A lot of the international students are getting work visas and staying on in the area, which is absolutely great. I just had someone in today who was with us three years ago and now he’s living and working in the area and is wanting to come back and do further study.”



New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production facilitator

When Dr Robin Atherton phoned the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) to inquire about horticultural courses, she wasn't expecting to be offered a job. But somehow her inquiry about whether she might be able to deliver SIT courses at a planned teaching garden in Motueka turned into an opportunity to develop a SIT2LRN course and take on a facilitator role.

Eighteen months ago the South Island called and, with her son, Robin moved to Motueka, where she planned to set up an organic market garden which would also serve as a teaching garden.

“I've just finished an online Level 4 Te Reo Course so I know online learning can be hard sometimes - success takes motivation, selfdiscipline, good routine and organisation.''

Robin facilitates the New Zealand Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Level 4) (Crop Production or Livestock Production) and says the flexibility of online facilitating fits in well with her lifestyle.

"I was ringing around some of the polytechnics asking if they had any courses I could list, so I just rang SIT2LRN and said, `You've got a really cool programme, can I teach it face-to-face up here?', and the person on reception thought I meant I wanted to be an online facilitator. So it was quite accidental!''

Her advice to students new to distance learning is to make sure they have a quiet space without distractions, choose their study time and manage it well, print off their schedule and get to know it, and keep in touch with their facilitator and other students.

"I want to educate my son at home, and I work much better in the evenings, so I needed a job that allows me that flexibility. I also want to travel, and I can facilitate while I'm travelling. Originally from the United Kingdom, Robin moved to New Zealand in 2008 to do her PhD at Massey University - a genetic study of the karaka tree submitting it in 2013. "The day I passed my PhD I was offered a job teaching Level 2 and Level 4 general horticulture for Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology in Tauranga, which I did for three years.''

In September last year Robin began developing the eight-paper SIT2LRN course, and took on her facilitator role in January. Robin is no stranger to the role of tutor, with 20 years of horticulture and science teaching in the UK. She also tutors for 14 hours per week at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, so has gained an understanding of the differences between face-to-face tutoring and on-line facilitating.

Robin isn't finished with her own studies either, with plans in place to develop her photography skills by enrolling in a 12-month part-time online course. Robin says that a personal challenge for her is “knowing when to switch off, especially when I am working in the evenings.” However, she is thrilled about the shift towards organics in New Zealand - "I'm really excited that people want to learn about it”

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New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture facilitator

LYNNE WARDEN is sharing her love of plants and landscaping with SIT2LRN students. Lynne is a facilitator for the online New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Landscape Construction Strand) (Level 3) programmes. Currently living in Bannockburn, Central Otago, Lynne was born and grew up in Invercargill. “Initially I studied physical education at Otago University at the School of Physical Education and then travelled overseas for a while. On my return I realised that a career in PE wasn't for me, so I took up a position at a garden centre. “From there I realised how much I loved plants and landscaping. It was very rewarding work.” She said the most enjoyable part of the job was gaining landscaping skills and putting them into practice. Helping customers achieve a pleasing and sometimes exciting garden design was hugely satisfying, she said, as well as being able to pass on knowledge about plant species. “I began teaching horticulture parttime at SIT after several years, and it has slowly morphed into where I am today - some 15 years later!” During this time she has seen many changes in the horticulture sector and in the delivery of horticulture and landscape design. "We started delivering horticulture and landscape courses onsite at SIT after many years of delivering the course at a rural site on the outskirts of Invercargill. While it was a great course with unlimited access to the Invercargill parks nursery and the Crops for Southland nursery, student numbers were falling.


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“SIT took the initiative and began delivering horticulture courses through SIT2LRN. We began with National Certificates with unit standards embedded and now we are delivering New Zealand Certificates which are recognised throughout the appropriate sectors and are more valuable to both the student and employer. “I believe the distance learning programme initiated by SIT2LRN was a huge turning point as it enabled many people from all over the country to study something they were truly interested in, and in their own time. It seems to suit so many people of all ages and backgrounds, from young mothers to retired pensioners. Gaining some knowledge about

organics, landscaping or general horticulture is very popular.” Lynne said it was immensely satisfying to get feedback from students who had completed the qualification and enjoyed papers and courses. “Some have used their skills to help their businesses, while others have gained valuable insight into growing their own vegetable or herb gardens and landscaping their own properties. “One student was living in French Polynesia and used her new knowledge to help the local ladies grow vegetables using mulch and companion planting. There were some very interesting stories!”


New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management facilitator

KAREN WIGHTMAN A love of primary production and a desire to teach more people about a topic she’s passionate about are important drivers for facilitator Karen Wightman. The Waikatobased woman has been involved in teaching and education since completing her own studies – a Masters with first class honours in languages and management at the University of Waikato. After graduating she returned as a tutor and then lecturer in marketing and international management for four years. Karen and her husband have also farmed together for over 30 years, having progressed through all levels of the dairy industry. They own a small farm west of Huntly, where they milk Jersey cows and use the milk to rear 300 beef calves and large white pigs, and also have a handful of breeding ewes. “Once we had children I did part-time research supervision at Waikato University and some part-time tutoring for Wintec [Waikato Institute of Technology] in their business school.” When her youngest child was 10 she returned to full-time work providing administrative support for a large farm management company in the King Country, before a five year stint as a training adviser for Primary ITO, working with farmers and their staff.

She now teaches various courses at several organisations, including SIT2LRN – after being encouraged by a friend who also facilitates.

I like seeing the learning journey that my students take - especially seeing students who may be new to study or haven’t studied for some time surprise themselves and achieve well. I’m also blown away by the quality of work that students are capable of producing. I really believe that education can help people better their lives. Karen facilitates five papers in the SIT2LRN Diploma in Agribusiness Management and a marketing paper for the Bachelor of Applied Management.

Karen is also “a proud grandmother”, spending as much time as she can with her granddaughter. She also likes to support her adult daughters’ netball team, helps manage an U14 high school rugby team which her husband coaches, and volunteers with the Rural Support Trust. “My friends joke that I am like Sir John Kirwan: ‘an active relaxer’.” She spends about three days per week helping SIT2LRN distance learning students and relies on good time management to juggle these responsibilities with their farm and other interests. “I really love the role. There is lots of support as a facilitator from my programme managers, administrators and the wonderful content managers.” She finds her facilitation work fascinating because students use their properties or businesses as the basis for their assessments. “I’ve been surprised just how well you get to know some of your students even though they are not in a classroom with you.” “I like seeing the learning journey that my students take - especially seeing students who may be new to study or haven’t studied for some time surprise themselves and achieve well. I’m also blown away by the quality of work that students are capable of producing. I really believe that education can help people better their lives.”

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DIVERDUDFIELD Diploma in Digital Photography graduate

This award-winning author whose passion for photography saw her complete a Diploma in Digital Photography with SIT2LRN.


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STUDENT PROFILE Marolyn Diver-Dudfield has made a name for herself with words and photographs. An award-wining author of both nonfiction history books and sci-fi and horror, she has recently turned her focus to photography and capturing images of Southland’s music scene. Growing up in Alexandra, Marolyn started writing when she was about 10 years old, and later studied anthropology at the University of Otago. Her passion for photography surfaced when she was a field assistant for her husband’s archaeological business in Dunedin, taking photographs of old abandoned buildings and excavation sites. Marolyn moved to Invercargill in 2008 and continued to write, publishing non-fiction history books under the name Marolyn Diver. “As my children got older and started school, I decided to get back into fiction, mainly sci-fi and horror and published three books in 2016-2017, under the name Mouse DiverDudfield.” One of her books was shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Award in 2017. “I’ve had my nickname, Mouse, since I was a baby. It is pretty much the only name I’ve ever had. I still look behind me when people call me

Marolyn! I chose it as my non-fiction name because it was gender neutral and people are sometimes put off by female horror and sci-fi authors - plus I thought it was different and would stand out a bit.” Joining a writer’s group saw Marolyn explore other forms of writing, and last year two of her stories were placed winner and runner-up in the Dan Davin short story competition. If Marolyn isn’t working with words, she’s taking pictures, under the name Marolyn Dudfield. “My husband has always been a musician and, once our children were a little older, I was able to go along with him to some gigs.” With a hand-me-down Canon 20D she focused on her husband’s band, but when she took good photos of others she would offer them her images. After receiving encouraging feedback, she started a Facebook page and Instagram account for her photographs. “It went really well and I started to get a great online presence.” It was this work that led Marolyn to SIT2LRN. “I always knew I could take an okay picture, but since I was self-taught (and a lot YouTube taught) I felt I needed more guidance to up my skill levels in order to get the pictures I really wanted.

With SIT2LRN’s guidance I had built up the confidence to see I really had something worth getting out there.

“Regardless of whether it was going to turn into a profession, I needed to know if I could reach my full potential, or if just taking ‘okay’ pictures was as far as I would ever go.” Although she lives in Invercargill, raising a young family and wanting to continue her writing meant Marolyn needed the flexibility of distance learning so she enrolled full-time with SIT2LRN. “I thought I would rock on into the course with a ‘yeah, I’m already awesome at this, so just give me my piece of paper’ attitude. But I was taken down a few notches which was just what I needed. Being told I was doing some things wrong was really eye-opening.” That knowledge, coupled with upgraded equipment, saw Marolyn finally able to get the shots she wanted, graduating with her Diploma in Digital Photography in June.

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“And with SIT2LRN’s guidance I had built up the confidence to see I really had something worth getting out there.”




GARY BRADSHAW New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) student

Studying horticulture through SIT2LRN has provided Gary Bradshaw with the tools to pass on his love of gardening to his students in China. PHOTO MIKE PSYLLIDES

Gary, who has been working in China for the past 12 years and is the new Head of School at an international school in Beijing, is halfway through the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3). “I've always had a passion for plants and gardening. I created an organic raised-bed garden in my parent’s home in Tasmania from scratch, and also two organic school gardens here in China, although I still I feel have much to learn,” he said. “Horticulture has always been something that has excited and interested me. I've used this passion in the classroom and also in after school activities over the years where, along with the children, I have developed raised bed gardens, no-dig gardens and taught the importance of organics and sustainability. "There's nothing greater than seeing the excitement on the faces of young children when they come back on Monday morning to see how much a bean has grown over the weekend, or after weeks of waiting finally seeing a cucumber forming on the vine.” These lessons are especially important in China, where pollution is


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becoming a serious and concerning problem.

Educational Leadership online while living in China.

“Food scares in China have become commonplace and educating young children on where our food comes from, how it is grown and the impact we have upon the land has become a priority,” Gary said.

Although he considers himself an amateur when it comes to plants and growing, it's his desire to learn more about plant growth and production that led him to study horticulture through online learning.

“Plants, gardening and the nurturing of life is knowledge that is slowly becoming lost as academic rigourous, testing and educational competition takes children away from the dirt, the trees and the butterflies that have fascinated children for generations.

“Studying with SIT2LRN offers me the freedom and the flexibility I need as I try to balance the commitment required for leading a school, with a home and social life. Studying online with clear deadlines also helps me to manage my time effectively. This, along with an understanding facilitator only an email away, has enabled me to maintain this balance.”

"Instant gratification from technology and the internet is slowly pulling children and adults from the joy that can be found outside in growing and tending the land and being at one with nature.” Studying online is nothing new for Gary, who has lived overseas since he was two, including growing up in Zambia, Indonesia, Australia and Papua New Guinea. He completed his fifth form year by correspondence while living in Papua New Guinea and his Master in

Having started a new position this year, Gary had put his studies on hold, but is looking forward to completing the final two papers. “I guess this is one of the benefits of online learning, and with an understanding school that recognises the demands of life. I'm excited to continue my learning and am already thinking ahead to the course topics and to the assignments.”



Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (Level 6) student

It might come as a surprise to those who knew Evan Jenkins at school on the West Coast in the 1970s that he’s now highly qualified in his field and has embarked on further education thanks to SIT2LRN. Evan grew up in Franz Josef and went to a primary school with only two classrooms, before heading to a co-ed boarding school in Greymouth. He’s quick to admit he wasn’t the most wellbehaved student. “I spent more time out of the classroom than in it,” he said. “I had no idea of what path I was going to take when I was told to leave school in 1979, at the age of 15. “I worked part time on a farm for six months then thought ‘this is not for me’ before moving to Balclutha to stay with an aunty, getting a job at the local freezing works and many off seasons working for a local shearing contractor, engineering firm and forestry contractor. “I was 22 when I thought ‘this is no good’, so got a job on the local council emptying rubbish bins, sweeping gutters and cleaning toilets. “After a while I moved my way up the ranks on to machines, mainly excavators, and also started driving trucks and heavy truck and transporters, moving very large forestry equipment around the South Island for about 27 years.” Evan came to realise the value of education as he put himself through several civil construction and infrastructure national certificates to upskill and increase his knowledge and value, and eventually moved into an operations manager role.

“Not too bad for a guy who started with no education at all,” he said. He’s now working for SouthRoads as the Otago Health and Safety Coordinator/Trainer, and is also a civil construction assessor for training organisation Connexis. “I help mentor and assist up and coming team members through their journey in the civil construction industry [up to 125 in his section so far]. The safety culture has changed so much - you just can’t do what we used to do back in the day.” He is adamant that education is key to much more than personal growth and development, which is why he is part way through a study in Occupational Health and Safety with SIT2LRN.


“The knowledge that I have learnt and achieved through this course has really helped me extend my skills in setting out papers and documents, looking at things from a different angle and so much more. “Looking back, I wish I wasn’t such a non-school child back in the ’70s!” He admits the diploma study and full time work has been a real challenge but he’s found the information provided of a high quality, while the facilitators have been “very approachable”. “The whole experience of distance studying through SIT2LRN has really improved my academic and social outlook as an older learner. I endorse this course to anyone in the health and safety industry because the civil construction industry is changing all the time. “

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Diploma in Professional Coaching graduate

SIT2LRN’s Diploma in Professional Coaching was the catalyst for Bridget Paddon to establish her own business – Goal Diggers NZ – and two years later be able to focus on it full-time.


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Growing up on a Southland sheep and beef farm, Bridget now calls Invercargill home, always returning to the city between travels throughout New Zealand and overseas. She studied education at the University of Otago for four years, before teaching full-time for two years, and then moving into relief teaching for two to three years while she was studying and starting her own business. “I always continued with more study after university. I’m passionate about personal growth and development and there is just so much to learn out there - I’m always hungry to learn more.

Go for it! If a SIT2LRN course has captured your attention, there’s a reason for that. Follow your intuition and dive right on in - you’ll end up gaining valuable new knowledge and a qualification!

“I completed the Certificate in Sports Training and Development through SIT2LRN back in 2012 as I have a huge passion for holistic health and that was a stepping stone for me to learn more about physical health. I loved having something for me outside of my job at the time.” Bridget also completed a National Certificate in Māori. The next course that popped up on her radar was the Diploma in Professional Coaching through distance learning with SIT2LRN. “After completing four practical papers where I practised with real life coaching clients I was absolutely buzzing! The last paper was around creating your own coaching business and that is where the idea for Goal Diggers NZ started. “I went on to start an Instagram and played around creating content with that for a couple of months, then I went through an identity and branding process. It wasn’t long before I had my very own clients to support, guide and coach on their own growth and fulfilment journeys.” Bridget works with people of all ages from New Zealand, Australia and Fiji. “Some clients come to me with a dream, idea or goal that they’re wanting to turn into reality. Others come to me without a specific focus but know that they want to make some positive changes to create a more fulfilling and purposeful life. I focus on holistic health with all of my clients, ensuring they have positive and healthy daily routines and rituals in place that allow the rest of their goals to flow easily.” Bridget has supported a number of clients to start their own businesses – including a personal trainer, wedding celebrant, make-up artist, radio producer and photographer. “Other goals my clients have achieved are triathlons, facing a fear of heights, gaining confidence, working on the Mission Impossible film set with Tom Cruise, and creating and maintaining positive and healthy daily routines.” Bridget’s advice to anyone considering studying through SIT2LRN is clear. “Go for it! If a SIT2LRN course has captured your attention, there’s a reason for that. Follow your intuition and dive right on in - you’ll end up gaining valuable new knowledge and a qualification!” Website: Instagram: @goaldiggersnz Facebook: Goal Diggers NZ SITUATION August 2018



HEATHER MILNE Diploma in Digital Photography student

Photography has helped Heather Milne find the beauty in post-quake Christchurch and she has loved being able to capture Christchurch’s awakening following the devastation it has been through. “My sister, an artist, gifted me a second-hand camera and encouraged me to do something with it. I think she knew how much I'd connect with it. Heather’s love for details and patterns, something she had suppressed during her adulthood, was given an outlet. “Photography became an obsession with me, and I'm always chasing after the buzz of getting the 'perfect' photo,” Heather said. She started the Diploma in Digital Photography studies in 2016 with SIT2LRN.

“Suddenly a whole new world opened up to me, of lines and patterns and discipline and a hilarious interpretation of things. This coincided with the rebuild, so I started capturing all the cool stuff that people in Christchurch were creating, and it was interesting and different and detailed.” “I chose to do the diploma through SIT2LRN because I needed to have the flexibility of distance learning, but I also wanted recognised and reputable training. I've relished the methodical and strong technical focus of the course, and am going to be a bit sad when my final paper is finished.” “When my exhibition 'Movement of Art and Earth' was up at the Arts Centre, some of the team from Scape Public Art visited. Then they contracted me to photograph Scape 2017 artworks during the month-long festival, and other Scape functions and events since. That was an awesome experience and one of my highlights of 2017,” she said. Heather’s photo Earthquake Baby was included in the diploma portfolio paper completed in 2017, and was part of an exhibition installed at the Pumanawa Gallery in Christchurch’s newly restored Arts Centre in September. The image was actually a test shot for the exhibition, but Heather was



encouraged to include it in her portfolio by her facilitator Chris Parkin. It captures her daughter Elise, who was seven at the time, at the 185 Empty Chairs installation created by artist Pete Majendie that commemorates those who died in the February 2011 earthquake. "Elise was a baby at the time of the earthquakes, so the demolition and rebuild of Christchurch is all she knows,” Heather said. “Elise was going through a fluffy skirt stage, and we were wrapped up warm on a dismal Christchurch winter's day. Not the best light for taking photographs. “During the exhibition, I was onsite for the whole week and interpreted many of the photographs and their stories for people. Earthquake Baby was the one that seemed to evoke the most responses from people and resonated with local visitors and those from out of town.” She was delighted when Earthquake Baby was recognised at the DocEdge Festival that featured in Auckland and Wellington earlier this year. “I was quite surprised when I found out I was one of two main winners. Elise was chuffed too. The Earthquake Baby photo was featured on brochures, t-shirts and posters all over the place. It was pretty surreal seeing it on the platform at Britomart!”


JENNIFER CURRIE New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animals or Lifestyle Block Animals) (Level 3) student

What does an animal lover with almost 30 years of caring for – and teaching how to care for – our feathered, flippered or furred friends choose to study at SIT2LRN? Why the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3), of course. Earthquake Baby

I chose to do the diploma through SIT2LRN because I needed to have the flexibility of distance learning, but I also wanted recognised and reputable training. I've relished the methodical and strong technique focus of the course, and am going to be a bit sad when my final paper is finished.

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Originally from Napier, Jennifer Currie always had an interest in country life but her life-long love of animals really took off when she moved from the Hawke’s Bay to Brisbane in 1988 and got a job at the RSPCA, going on to complete a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing. “After a time I was asked to be a tutor at TAFE Queensland [provider of vocational education and training] with the Animal Science team – and 23 years later I am still here as a teacher and team manager. “I enjoy my job and teaching students who want to learn about what I know,” she said. Jennifer has gone on to complete further study in general animal studies, training and assessment, and a diploma in government; she also maintains currency in the industry by running her own grooming business and maintaining basic skills in veterinary nursing within a vet practice. Jennifer has found the course extremely relevant to what she is doing now and also for setting her up to achieve her goals. She has always thought about returning to New Zealand and has an interest in large animal husbandry, so completing a New Zealand qualification may open up options for her in the future. She decided to study with SIT2LRN for three main reasons – to remain up-to-date in the industry, and up-to-date for her role teaching a similar course. Then there was the

additional attraction of zero fees, and distance learning meant she could study while living in Australia. Although she has had a lifetime involved with animals, she’s still learning a considerable amount on the course. “Anatomy and physiology has always been an interest of mine so I have really enjoyed re-studying that unit again.” “The ruminant module is the most challenging for me - not having access to large animals at the moment means I have to research a lot more. My partner is a former dairy farmer so he has helped but it is way more advanced these days.” Jennifer’s work role managing 15 staff is busy, and she’s found planning her study time helps her to keep on top of the coursework. “I am time poor but I’m committed, even if it means I have to study in those wee hours of the morning. My partner and I have 13 grandchildren between us so on weekends we can be very busy at times.” “Studying in a comfortable environment is important. Home is fine but I sometimes find I am distracted and going to a local library or other public space works for me,” Jennifer said. “I’m loving the course and would like to go on and do a diploma with SIT2LRN.”

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ANNA CHAPMAN Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety graduate

From a “she’ll be right attitude” to becoming an award-winning business owner – Anna Chapman can reflect on an amazing journey thanks to SIT2LRN. Anna and her husband Jeremy own Christchurch-based engineering firm Mach3 Engineering. The 37-yearold has completed the National Diploma in Business (Level 5) the Occupational Health and Safety (Level 6) courses and has now started on the level 7 Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management. All this has been completed via correspondence, often in the early hours of the morning to fit around full-time work and raising two high school-aged boys. “We started Mach3 in 2007 and we had a mission – to deliver a quality product or service at a fair price,” she said. “Within six months we were employing staff and within three years we had moved workshops three times to accommodate the expanding business. Including Jeremy and I, we are usually a team of around 20.” Mach3 provides machinery guarding, architectural engineering, maintenance and diagnostics, structural engineering and building strengthening, transit services and a complete design and build service. The main focus over the past year has been machinery guarding and compliance, with a separate division creating guarding solutions. “I love working in this area as it ties in really well with my love of all things health and safety,” Anna said. 20

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Jeremy and Anna won the ACC Workplace Safety Award

“Like a lot of business owners, we didn’t fully understand our health and safety obligations when we went into business – we paid a lawyer and an accountant, we bought a health and safety manual and away we went. We carried out the basics, but there was so much that we didn’t know because we hadn’t investigated it properly.”

My study [through SIT2LRN] has meant I have been able to become a graduate member of NZISM (New Zealand Institute of Safety Management) and am registered on the soon to be released HASANZ register for health and safety professionals. Anna said the couple were forced to take stock following the September 2010 earthquake. “Jeremy and I talked about our responsibilities as business owners, and the need to ensure that we took responsibility for finding out the rules and regulations and adhering to them.

“In regards to health and safety I found it difficult to get all the information I needed in one spot. There are so many different facets and they are often unique to each business. I spoke with other business owners and quickly realised that while we had previously purchased a manual and engaged a health and safety professional to help us, this was not going to be enough. We realised that we needed to be the experts in health and safety within our own business, as ultimately Jeremy and I are going to be held accountable.” “My study [through SIT2LRN] has meant I have been able to become a graduate member of NZISM (New Zealand Institute of Safety Management) and am registered on the soon to be released HASANZ register for health and safety professionals,” Anna said. In 2016 Mach3 won the ACC Workplace Safety Award at the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce and the following year claimed the Site Safe Construction Safety Leadership Award. “My study has given me qualifications, raised the professionalism of our company, resulted in winning two awards, helped steer the direction of our company and created a revenue stream. " An amazing and worthwhile journey indeed!


Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) graduate

SUSIE McALLEY Encouragement from her husband led Susie McAlley to SIT2LRN – and now she wants others to embrace furthering their education by seizing the opportunity offered by distance learning.

As an adult student, Susie could be excused for finding it challenging to return to studying. But, with the support provided by SIT2LRN, she has taken to her study towards a certificate in horticulture with ease, she said. Originally from Gisborne, her working career began in customer service in the public sector but she also did a six-year stint as a driver with the NZ Army Reserves and “thoroughly enjoyed” that experience. “My interest in horticulture started in an orchard in the Hawke’s Bay as a picker. I quickly became interested in the physiology of apples and quality control. I undertook orchard quality control and soon after became a quality control supervisor.” After three years, Susie decided she wanted to learn quality control in post-harvest operations, an area she

quickly embraced. She did another season in that department before being appointed to a permanent role as Head of Quality Control for ENZApak International, now T&G Global. “My husband encouraged me to formalise my knowledge via distant learning so I chose SIT2LRN for the Zero Fees Scheme and the course content had everything I was interested in” she said. “Studying horticulture with SIT2LRN has given me a real appreciation of the workings in the business and the people involved in it." “If you know what really motivates you to succeed then let it be your reason to achieve your goal. My husband and grandparents are my motivation.” She was also full of praise for the SIT2LRN facilitators and support staff. “The support systems all around were fantastic: admin, IT and the library - everything a student could want. My facilitator – Lynne Warden – was the best because she knew every corner of her topic so well. Her style

of teaching worked for me and it was probably the reason why I enjoyed learning so much. “Lynne also asked if she could use one of my course papers as an exemplar for other students to aspire to, which was something really special. “SIT has it all, aim high and embrace learning.” Susie is continuing her education by studying toward a degree in AgriScience in Horticulture. “At SIT, diversity, and learning is a real 'culture fit' for everyone. 'Go There'!”

The support systems all around were fantastic: admin, IT and the library everything a student could want.

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AG CHALLENGE 7UDLQLQJSURYLGHU$J&KDOOHQJHHQFRXUDJHVVWD൵WRHQJDJHLQGLVWDQFH learning with SIT2LRN. Ag Challenge is an NZQA registered and accredited Private Training Establishment and is one of the Whanganui region’s leading providers of agriculture, trades and animal care technology education. Michelle Colson, from Ag Challenge marketing, said the provider was a popular option because the training was practical and hands-on, reflecting real-life experience. “Agriculture students get to work on our specialist training farms so they get a handle on everything from the basics all the way through to technology-based skills. “For those people interested in animal care there are a selection of courses that lead to work in a variety of occupations such as retail, racing, breeding, or working


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as a veterinary nurse assistant or rural animal technician. Ag Challenge has six management and administration staff who work varying hours and 13 tutors, with more being sought to fulfil demand. “All the Ag Challenge tutors have real world experience in their various sectors and are passionate about equipping people with the skills to build bright futures, supplying industry with capable, work-ready employees and helping to maintain industry standards as a whole.” Delma Dunham is one of Ag Challenge’s tutors using SIT2LRN to gain a qualification. Delma grew up on a sheep and wheat farm in Western Australia, before gaining an agriculture qualification.


Michelle said distance learning was a great option for their staff as they do not have to take time out of their busy schedules to attend classes... Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 4) through SIT2LRN. “My five year plan coming in to this position at Ag Challenge is to upskill personally and professionally, developing tutorial knowledge and then to become a head of department.” Ag Challenge has a staff professional development budget and all staff are encouraged to engage in study, whether it’s short courses or full certificate programmes, Michelle said.

She moved to New Zealand in 1991 and continued working in agriculture. “I worked on a family-owned sheep, beef and deer farm in Turakina Valley Road and was involved in a partnership running sheep and beef on 1700 acres at Kai Iwi. I’ve also had five years in dairy where I gained knowledge around soil, pasture, production, and animal health and relief milking too, of course. I also completed qualifications in this area.” While farming, Delma also worked as a relief teacher at primary and secondary schools, and for the last 18 months has combined her teaching and agriculture experience to tutor at Ag Challenge, while studying towards the New

“Ag Challenge is TEC funded and therefore any tutors teaching foundation programmes (Levels 1 to 3) are required to complete an adult literacy and numeracy qualification as well as unit standard 4098.” Michelle said distance learning was a great option for their staff as they do not have to take time out of their busy schedules to attend classes, and tutors are offered study time and full support from the Academic and Compliance Coordinator." “Accessing courses online provides flexibility for our staff and also an opportunity for them to come together in study groups and apply the learning to our organisation’s policies and procedures. This is great for our selfassessment and staff professional development, and improves outcomes for our students.” she said. Definitely a win/win situation for Ag Challenge.

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The AACI, on behalf of the Cook Islands government, is responsible for managing the only international airport in the country – Rarotonga International Airport – and also a domestic airport Nancy & Oscarlina in the outer island of Aitutaki. It employs about 128 personnel on the two islands. Quality Assurance (QA) is one of 10 divisions within the AACI, employing four staff. Primarily, the QA division is responsible for ensuring that AACI continues to be compliant with various Cook Islands Civil Aviation Rules. This is done through monitoring activities, including internal audits and inspections and documentation management. Quality Assurance division manager Oscarlina StoryTapoki said a training function was recently added to the QA portfolio, and Nancy Taraare was employed by QA for that purpose. Nancy is studying towards the New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Training (Level 4) through SIT2LRN.

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She was previously employed as an airport security and training officer with the AACI’s Airport Security Service. She transferred to Quality Assurance in February in order to undergo specific development to become a training instructor, as part of the qualifications for an aviation security instructor. As Oscarlina noted “The benefits of distance learning include being able to achieve the required qualifications within a reasonable period of time and within a flexible schedule. Nancy is able to complete the learning tasks required by the course and meet workplace requirements.� Oscarlina says she is in a good position to be able to provide support to Nancy in this regard because she is also an instructor and went through similar development. The QA division included the cost of training and qualifications when preparing staff performance development plans. Study or training costs form part of the budget bidding process for an upcoming fiscal year, and were usually approved, especially for specific development purposes. Oscarlina said staff would normally be able to access courses locally, however that was not an option available for the qualifications required in this case, and she recommended other employers facing similar challenges to lookin to distance learning. “Distance learning is an option that enables the division to fast-track the development and qualifications of identified employees�


Bookshop Frequently Asked Questions How do I know if my papers require textbooks? Textbooks required for each paper are listed on the SIT bookshop website Campuses/Invercargill/Bookshop. Make sure you check to see if you require a textbook for your studies. If your paper isn’t listed, you don’t require a textbook.

When should I order my textbooks? You can order your textbooks at any time. However, we recommend that you only purchase the textbooks for the courses you are currently studying as editions and texts may change from intake to intake.

How long does it take to get the books? Please allow ten working days for delivery. You will often get your books much faster than this (especially if you phone or email your order), but at the start of semester/intake, delays can occur. If you have not received your books within ten working days, please contact the SIT Bookshop.

Studylink is giving me a student loan to pay for my textbooks - what do I have to do? First contact us for a written quote including freight. We will email this to you. Present or post the estimate to Studylink with your completed Studylink course-related costs form. Studylink will direct credit the money for your books into your bank account. You can then purchase the books you require from us.

Does the price include GST? Yes, the textbook lists are priced in New Zealand dollars, inclusive of GST (Goods and Services Tax), but excludes freight. If your order is to be delivered outside of New Zealand, you do not have to pay the GST portion of the price.

How do I order and pay for my textbooks? Phone 0800 748 266 with credit card details or internet banking. Bank account details: BNZ Invercargill SIT Bookshop 02 0924 0133516 05 If you pay by credit card, your statement will say that you bought your books from the SIT Bookshop. Please keep this information as a record of the books you have ordered.

Can I buy second-hand textbooks at the SIT Bookshop? No, the SIT Bookshop does not buy or sell second hand books or ebooks. Ebooks would need to be purchased online from the textbook publisher or other online sites.

Overseas students only

Where is the SIT Bookshop?

Students who are not resident in New Zealand do not have to pay GST (Goods and Services Tax) on their textbook purchases. However if your book is delivered within New Zealand, GST is payable. If you have any queries regarding this please check with the SIT Bookshop. Email: Phone: +64 3 211 2699 extn 8705 Prices are quoted on existing stock. New shipments of books may have a price increase.

We are located in the Student Services Centre, B Block, near SIT’s main administration building in Tay Street, Invercargill and open weekdays from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

Can I return my textbooks? Textbooks are sold on a firm sale basis. However, if the book is defective or damaged please contact the SIT Bookshop.

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WARREN SMITH When SIT2LRN programme manager Warren Smith comes home at night and his daughter asks him what he did during the day, it’s not always easy to come up with an answer. “There’s never a dull moment in the office,” Smith said. “From assessing my share of the 4800 applications so far in 2018, discussing new programmes with developers, meeting with advisory committee members or answering questions from potential students, each day brings a new set of challenges. That is what I love about the role – each day presents new opportunities and challenges.” Warren joined the Southern Institute of Technology’s Invercargill campus in April 2017. His experience working with international students initially led to him managing the onsite business programmes in Invercargill and Auckland, a role he has recently handed over and he now oversees distance learning programmes in Agriculture, Horticulture, Environmental Studies, Travel and Tourism, Health Sciences and Sports Coaching. Originally from Chatham, a small town in south-western Ontario, Canada, Warren comes from a family of educators. He played a range of sports growing up, but his main passion was volleyball and he played as a setter at Brock University while studying towards an Honours Bachelor in Physical Education.

Warren completed his Master in Human Kinetics, specialising in Sports Management at the University of Windsor, putting his studies to good use by helping run a Canadian Beach Volleyball tour that raised funds for the Windsor Hospital Outreach programme which was designed to help those with disabilities find employment. “Rather than going straight onto teachers college training in Canada, I decided to get some practical experience by teaching English as a second language in South Korea,” Warren said. “I ended up spending 12 years teaching in Korea. The majority of the time was spent delivering classes in English language to students from a wide variety of departments (dental hygiene, geography, engineering, physical education, outdoor recreation and leisure, business, and history). I met my wife, Julia, a fellow educator and dental technician, while in Korea. We have two children – Serina who is 8 and Noah who is 4.” Warren and Julia also ran their own after-school English language school for elementary school children for five years before moving to New Zealand. Having lived in different places throughout North America, Asia and Australasia, Warren is a firm believer in the power of travel to develop a greater appreciation of life. “When I was young I didn’t travel much. But as I’ve grown up, I realise how important travel is. It’s one thing to see a documentary on TV about Lombok, Indonesia. It’s another to actually swim and dive with the marine life. To have your children meet and interact with the locals who do their part to save the sea turtles from pollution and illegal fishing helps give them a much broader educational experience outside of books and TV.”


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There is never a dull moment in the office. From assessing my share of the 4800 applications so far in 2018, discussing new programmes with developers, meeting with advisory committee members or answering questions from potential students, each day brings a new set of challenges. That is what I love about the role – each day presents new opportunities and challenges.

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COMMENCING SOON: ª Graduate Diploma in Event Management – Starting 8th October and 17th December

ª Graduate Diploma in Hotel Management – Starting 8th October

ª NZ Diploma in Travel and Tourism – Starting 8th October and 17th December

ª NZ Certificate in Cookery (Level 4) – Starting 27th November

SHORT COURSES RUNNING UNTIL DECEMBER: ª Liquor Licence Controller Qualification (Two day course) – 11th & 13th September, 19th & 21st October and 7th & 9th December

ª Barista Training (Three day course) – 13th, 15th & 16th September, 18th, 20th & 22nd October and 10th, 11th & 12th December

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