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Thursday June 15, 2017


St Catherine’s student chosen to represent New Zealand at memorial commemorations A St Catherine’s College pupil represented the youth of New Zealand overseas last week at the commemorations of a battle fought a century ago. Staff Sergeant Cadet Kiriahi McKee, 17, travelled to Belgium for the Battle of Messines centenary commemorations with the New Zealand Defence Force. As part of her first trip overseas she did a reading at the National Commemorative Service at Messines Ridge British Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. Several of Kiriahi’s relatives fought in the World War I, both at Gallipoli and on the Western Front, so the occasion held special significance for her. “I’m honoured to be able to

pay my respects to those who fought and died for us.” The year-12 student has set her sights on a career as a medical officer in the New Zealand Army and has a heavy schedule of science based subjects to cover off before she leaves school at the end of 2018. She joined the Wellington City Cadet unit in 2014 because she thought Cadet Forces would give her a taste of military life. “I got a phone call from my international exchange officer telling me I had been selected for this role. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m very excited to have been chosen,” Kiriahi said.

Kiriahi McKee has travelled to Belguim for the Battle of Messines centenary commemorations. PHOTO: Supplied.

Win at national competition for Rongotai boys By Emma McAuliffe

A group of Rongotai College students have come away with a win following the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Business Case Competition. Tom Hughes, Reuben HillSmith and Daniel Gibbs attended the event in Auckland at Queen’s Birthday Weekend after being selected for the

competition. Their teammate, Ryan Yee, was unable to attend the final event due to having surgery shortly beforehand. Tom said the competition sought to test the team’s skills in helping businesses with their management issues. “It looks at all the stuff a business would do when looking at their management.

“From there we look at one of the things they could do better or to make more money,” he explained. The four were selected as finalists to attend the Auckland competition following their video submission focussed on helping Asado Wood. “We saw issues with stocking and commodifying their brand because when you go to a CLOCKWISE: Reuben HillSmith, Tom Hughes, Daniel Gibbs and Ryan Yee were the team selected to head to Auckland. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

hardware store you see wood, not necessarily specific brands. “So we wanted to get their brand out there,” Tom said. When they got to the finals they were given the task of helping Desert Times with pushing their Camel’s Milk product. Tom, Reuben and Daniel were given four hours to look over the business, and then had 10 minutes to make a presentation to the judges followed by a 10 minute question and answer session. “The big issues for us with this was Desert Farms didn’t bring enough to the chain,” Tom said “We wanted to change that and give it more of a brand. “This would help build up the reputation of the supplier and grow the brand in general.” The boys said the team was shocked when they won. “They sent me a photo saying we got a certificate. “Then I looked at it and saw that it was first place and I thought- hang on,” Ryan said. The group is unsure where they will be headed next, or if this was the end of the road for them. One thing was for certain though- “I’m going to be there next time,” Ryan said.

More penguins killed by dogs Two penguins were killed by a dog in Houghton Bay at the weekend. The dog attack has highlighted the importance of careful supervision of dogs, even in off leash exercise areas. The attack closely follows the death of a little blue penguin on Wellington’s waterfront last month. Both attacks are a stark reminder of the need to keep all dogs on a leash where

required, and strictly monitored when not, Wellington City Councillor Peter Gilberd, who holds the council’s natural environment portfolio, said. “It is frustrating that the message isn’t getting through that people must maintain control over their dogs at all times – whether the dogs are on a leash or not,” Mr Gilberd said. “In this latest case, the person walking the dog acted

responsibly after the incident and contacted relevant parties. “But little blue penguins are protected by the Wildlife Act, which is administered by the Department of Conservation, and they do have the option to prosecute in cases similar to these latest attacks.” The key to protecting penguins is through education and information team leader urban ecology, Myfanwy

Emeny said. “Because many penguins in Wellington harbour have been banded we have lots of information about their movements,” she said. “We know that during the months of May and June, adult birds come ashore to prepare nests which can be up to 1.5 km inland. “Little penguins are found all around our coastline, and are vulnerable to dogs throughout the year.”


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