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By Julia Czerwonatis

How can I represent my country? That was the question for Martine Cantin-Buckley from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School and Shine Wu from Newlands College at the Model United Nations last weekend. MUN is a political debating event that simulates real-life UN conferences. Students become delegates for various nations representing the countries’ interests. The topic for this year was rights of minority groups. Continued on page 2. Shine and Martine could have a successful political career ahead of them. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

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Hello from Julia Hi everyone, my name is Julia and I’m the new journalist for the Independent Herald. I have spent the last few years travelling around the globe: from the remote wilderness in Iceland, to the vibrant bazaars and magnificent mosques in

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If students shaped our world - Model UN-conference held in Wellington Continued from page 1. Martine, delegate for Papua New Guinea, is passionate about human rights. “I want to work in the field later,” Martine said. It was her first MUN. “It’s exciting to represent such a unique country. People speak over 480 languages in Papua New Guinea,” she said. Martine is member of the debating club in her school which helped a lot,

she said. The 120 delegates discussed the chances and rights for women, young people, ethnical and other marginal groups world-wide. Countries were encouraged to propose resolutions or amendments that were disputed by either the whole MUN-delegation or in smaller panel groups. The students followed the same

protocol their adult counterparts would at a UN conference. Shine has been to MUN before. This year he was the representative for Saudi Arabia. “I’m basically against human rights – especially for women. From eight resolutions benefiting minority rights, we struck down five,” Shine said. “It’s so interesting to take such a different role. I get to say


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things, that I usually wouldn’t,” he explained. In order to prepare for the event Shine read everything he could find about Saudi Arabia. The UN Youth website provided material for the young delegates to prepare for their role. The non-profit organisation ran events in various countries around the world. Students from Victoria University managed MUN in Wellington. Nathan Hotter, one of the volunteers, said it was important to “equip students with the skills, knowledge and voice to make informed decisions, and to participate in civic discussion.” Especially with this year’s election in mind, the MUN offered a fantastic extracurricular learning experience, Nathan said. “The young generation is a lot smarter than we give it credit for. The students deal better with most topics than a lot of politicians would,” added Evangeline Maffey, law and international relations student at Victoria University. Martine and Shine agreed that negotiating is the most important thing they have learned. “It’s about compromises. If you don’t get what is in your country’s interest, you have to move towards others,” said Martine.

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Support staff protest against funding freeze By Julia Czerwonatis

Support staff in schools in Wellington and nationwide have campaigned against their precarious financial situation. In last year’s budget, the government decided to freeze the funding that covers the cost of librarians, office administrators, and teacher aids for primary and secondary schools. The New Zealand Educational Institute has organised union meetings around the country, giving those affected an opportunity to exchange their experience. “A few years ago our school needed to cut support staff hours drastically and that was quite traumatic for everyone involved,” said Jan Loader, librarian from the Redwood School Tawa, at the NZEI meeting in Newlands. According to NZEI schools would not function without a sufficient amount of support staff. “It’s not only the employees but also the children that are affected,” said Khandallah School’s Principal Louise Green. “Our most vulnerable learners need support.” Teacher aids look after children that struggle in school and that need adult guidance. That includes students that have issues to concentrate in

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class and children with special needs. “Schools like me mine need to make budget decisions constantly. If we are under a lot of financial pressure, we need to make cuts,” Louise said. NZEI members were requesting a two per cent pay increase in line with teachers. Nikki Kaye, Associate Minister of Education, disagrees with the union claims.

“There has been a massive increase in education funding each year,” said Ms Kaye. “We started various building adoption projects, ensuring that children with special needs are well looked after.” According to the minister, the education budget has been growing every since National is in office. Other than teachers, who get paid for 52 weeks annu-

ally, most support staff only receives payment for 40 weeks per year. Some support staff is employed on a six-termcontract, meaning after every three years they are standing a chance of losing their job. “We need to create awareness amongst teachers and parents for our situation. We are in a vulnerable position, so we need to work together on this,” Jan said.

Voices of the birds and the beasts By Julia Czerwonatis

The Northern Chorale has prepared for a beastly Easter concert in Khandallah town hall this year. The community choir will sing pieces, praising various animals including lambs, tigers, dragonflies and even a camelopard. “I’m always trying to introduce new songs to my choir and our audience. For our Easter concert we will be singing about different animals,” said

music director Monika Smith. “I also want the audience to be able to participate. So this concert will be a lot of fun.” About 30 choralists from all over the northern suburbs sing in the Northern Chorale. Since they established themselves in 1983, the choir has performed in local churches, rest homes, at funerals and various community functions. Northern Choral wasn’t mainly about auditioning, though, said chairwoman Mary Munro.

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“We are a very social choir. We all enjoy rehearsing and getting together once a week,” she explained. Mary said they were lucky to have a very enthusiastic conductor who never let the choir down. Music director Monika did not know how to conduct when she took on the job a couple of years back. Now she stands confidently in front of her singers, encouraging them to challenge themselves.

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Sapphire Anniversary – couple married for 65 years By Julia Czerwonatis

“She was just another girl in the office,” began Graeme Petersen telling the story of him and his wife, Margaret. The Johnsonville couple celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on March 22. Graeme was working as a community clerk at the Wellington City Council when 16-year-old Margaret got a job as a typewriter

there. Graeme was not keen on meeting girls since he was an enthusiastic sportsman. One day, however, Graeme received an invite to a friend’s party. He had to bring along a partner, and so he asked Margaret out. “That’s when it all started,” remembered Graeme. The couple got married at St Andrew’s Church on The Terrace with about 100 people on the

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guest list. The wedding had to be held early because Graeme’s cricket team had a match later that day. “It all doesn’t seem that long ago,“ said Margaret. For £30 the newlyweds flew to the Marlborough Sounds for their 10-day-honeymoon. “Those were the days,” said Graeme. With little money in their pockets, the Petersens moved in their first house in Stokes Valley and started to build their life there. “We were pioneers there,” said Graeme. They had gravel roads, no drainage, the post came on horseback, and the community wasn’t as thriving as it is today. Graeme and Margaret founded Stokes Valley Tennis Club, joined the golf and the athletics club. The couple moved to Island Bay where they lived with their three children for 17 years. Johnsonville finally became their home in 1974. “We will be carried out here with our feet first,” said Graeme with a grin. After working for the council

for 40 years, Graeme retired and joined the Greater Wellington Regional Council. Margaret, who had worked as the senior typewriter for two Wellington mayors, eventually took on a job at the Johnsonville School being the secretary for 17 years. Both were active members of the Johnsonville Bowling Club for a long time. “We had a good life up here,” said Margaret. The couple now has six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. “We had fun and sad times, anxieties and a lot of happiness. “It has been a big experience. We have a few moans and groans now; the mechanics don’t work that well anymore.” Margaret and Graeme are still busy. Margaret loves gardening and Graeme is a pancakespecialist making pancake breakfasts for the whole family every Christmas. “We just can’t be bothered to argue,” explained Graeme the secret of being married successfully for 65 years. “We give and take a lot. Well, I give and she takes.”

Students staging a tale as old as time By Julia Czerwonatis

A singing teapot, a grumpy candelabra, and a feisty French lady – the story of Belle and how she falls in love with a beast is, even after 25 years since Disney first brought it to our cinemas, still popular. The extraordinary story has inspired the Thorndon’s Queen Margaret College staff and students to bring the tale to their stage. Student Drew Welsby will star as beautiful Belle who only loves

one thing more than reading fairytales: her dad. So when the old inventor is captured in a castle deep in woods, Belle sets off to rescue him. Belle finds the castle to be full of enchanted creatures and eventually meets the mysterious host. “This story was a very big part of my childhood so remaking it on stage makes me very happy and excited,” Drew said. “Beauty and the Beast is not just about love. “It’s about not judging a book

by its cover and finding happiness within your own quirks and differences,” stated the Year 13 student. Ottilie Bleackley, also a year 13 student, will play the talking teapot Mrs Potts. She said the most challenging aspect of the production has been choreographing the 60 plus cast on stage for each of the musical numbers. “Both the cast and crew have been putting a lot of time and effort into this production to give our audience the best perfor-

mance – it is hugely rewarding to see it all coming together.” The cast also includes students from Scots College, Wellington College, and St Patrick’s College. Patrick Davies, award-winning director and international improviser, directed the production. Tim Jenkin assisted as musical director and Leila Morad was choreographing the crew. Year 11 student Eleanor Burns from Queen Margaret College will play Cogsworth, the loveable enchanted clock. She


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Wellington’s oldest school MECHANICAL REPAIRS set to get upgrade An official turning of the sod ceremony at Thorndon School last week marked the beginning of a long awaited $9 million redevelopment. Associate Minister of Education Nikki Kaye was at the school last Thursday to dig up the first patch of land that will see new learning environments, a refurbished library and a new administration block. “It’s a wonderful day for the community,” Ms Kaye said as she addressed an eager crowd. The redevelopment of Thorndon School comes as part of the Government’s promise to spend $117 million renovating schools across the country. “This is an important school

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The club’s secretary treasurer Norah Brown said the group also goes on day trips to venues across the city. “Once a month we go out – on the fourth Thursday of the month – on a bus trip. We go out for lunch and then we’ll do an activity like visit the museum, go to the cinema or go on a tour somewhere.” Norah said the club will also go on an annual trip. This year they will bus to Taupo and enjoy cafes, galleries, the Huka Falls, Huka Honey Hives and Aratiatia Rapids. “It’s really cool, [the group] always seems to enjoy it.” The friendship club also holds other events throughout the year and Nell and Nora invite locals to go along to the next meeting, enjoy lunch (the first one is free), and see what they are all about.  Yearly membership is $5 and meetings take place on the second Tuesday of every month at the Newlands Community Centre at 10.45am with the lunch being served at 12pm.

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High demand for guidance By Kateni Sau WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

School guidance counsellors are pushing for more in-school support to deal with the rape crisis in New Zealand. The New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) has called for action in schools following the recent protest that took place at Parliament on Monday, March 13 where hundreds of Wellington students gathered outside the Beehive to take a stand against rape culture in their schools.

NZAC spokesperson, Sarah Maindonald said they wanted programmes such as ‘Mates and Dates’ and ‘Love me not’ to be accessible in all New Zealand high schools. “T hey a re progra m mes around relationships. “There has to be a way to make these programmes available to students,” Sarah stated. Sarah said there is a real youth problem in this country with rape culture and suicide and hoped these programmes will help decrease the numbers. “Students should have a right to have that support.”

Victoria academic awarded for science communication By Julia Czerwonatis

For over 20 years Rebecca Priestley has been publishing science articles and now she has been rewarded for her work. Prime Minister Bill English awarded Ms Priestley the Prime Minister’s Science Communications Prize for her accomplishments as a science publisher. “I am delighted to win the prize and to be recognised for what I’m doing,” said Rebecca. In the last six years alone Rebecca published 200 science articles in the New Zealand Listener. She is a senior lecturer at Victoria University, teaching science communication and history of science. Celebrating science and attracting more young people into science careers were important, said Rebecca. She also pointed out that science communication played an important role for democracy. “To make decisions about their future, people need to be able to understand, discuss and ask informed questions about issues such as climate change, water quality and emerging technologies,” said the prize winner. “A lot of the science communication taking

place is not achieving that.” According to Rebecca academic research was showing, that giving people more facts about the dangers of not vaccinating their children does not change the minds of those opposed to vaccination, in fact it makes them more entrenched. Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith said the Prime Minister’s Science Prizes were celebrating scientific achievement. The award is supposed to highlight the impact that science has on New Zealanders’ lives, and aims to attract more young people into science careers. The prize was donated with $100.000. Rebecca will use some of her prize money to develop a so called massive online open course (MOOC) about science communication, launching in April. A previous MOOC, led by Rebecca, about Antarctic science has been a great success. Some of the money will also fund independent science journalism. “I think it is time for the science communication community to focus more on thinking about what we are doing, what we are trying to achieve and how we can do it better,” said Rebecca.


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She said the problem could have been addressed in 2013 if in-school guidance and pastoral care recommendations had been followed. T he review found t hat Kiwi youth from 49 secondary schools were desperate to have trusted adults to talk to and appropriate guidance programmes. “Guidance counsellors were named as the number one choice for students to talk to about sexual issues, family violence, peer and family relationships, and drugs and alcohol,” Sarah explained.

The current ratio at several large boys’ schools in Wellington and Manawatu is about one counsellor between 1400 and 1600 students. “We need one counsellor per 400 students in each school. “We’ve been trying to lobby for this since the [2013] Education Review Office report came out. Sarah said other options should be available for students to go to besides guidance counsellors. “Anything that looks at consent has to be helpful. “It won’t stop it but it will definitely help.” Sarah Maindonald, NZAC spokesperson


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Garage sale helped relieve strapped church By Julia Czerwonatis

The Wadestown Presbyterian Church started a garage sale last Saturday to relieve their empty coffers. A major renovation that cost the church about $80.0000 had put financial pressure on the community. The garage sale was considered a great success: “We had a large queue outside the church this morning,” reported John Boyd, an active member of the Presbyterian community. “It’s

amazing how many people came to support us.” The renovation took 18 months, which was a lot longer than expected. While strengthening the old walls against earthquakes, building contractors discovered asbestos in the foundation which needed to be removed. Since October last year the community is back in their church. Selling books, dinnerware, an old telescope and a lot of other treasures now helped the church to be out and about again.

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