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Wednesday July 11, 2018

Production shows off Pukeatua talent and importance of bees Last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Pukeatua Primary School had their first ever school production. There were flowers, bees, classroom scenes, and a school choir that provided entertainment for the many parents and members of the community who came and watched

Titled The Bee that lost its Boogie, it saw all students be part of the production, with children who didn’t want to be on stage helping with the promotion, tech and prop team. The idea came about through studying and being hands-on in the school’s Maara Kai where the children learned about the signifi-

cance of bees. The teachers also thought it was an important message to get into the Wainuiomata community and it turned into a fun school production. All families, kohanga and kindergartens who attended left with seeds to encourage more bees to boogie in Wainuiomata.

Amara-Lee Waitaiki and Therese-Amour Phillips helped narrate the production.

ABOVE: The Pukeatua production featured the flowers and the bees, with parts played by students. LEFT: Jamaica Awatere was the queen bee. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

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Forty young women from high schools throughout the Wellington region will be spending the first week of their school holidays getting inspired about careers in science, technology, engineering, maths, and manufacturing (STEMM). While there are many jobs in the sector, only 28 per cent of people working in these industries are women – the Innovative Young Minds (IYM) programme aims to address this under-representation. The participants in the programme, which will run from July 8 to 13 will visit science and technology businesses, research institutes and tertiary education providers, including learning about Antarctic ice cores, smart paint that can switch on lights, cutting edge virtual reality technologies and fabric forensics. They will also attend a reception at Parliament, where they will meet some of New Zealand’s leading scientists, innovators and politicians. It’s the second year the programme has run and more than 90 applications were received from 22 schools in the greater Wellington region. This year there were applicants from 25 different countries and ethnicities including Laos, Myanmar, Tuvalu and Samoa, says Dr Laura Sessions, STEMM sector development manager for Hutt City Council. “Research says that providing role models is very important. If people can gain confidence and see themselves in a career trajectory, they are more likely to work towards those career goals. We will have a

Young students exploring the Innovative Young Minds programme last year. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

lot of female speakers talking about the different career paths possible and that’s not just in straight science jobs but also science communications, administration for science organisations, data and bio-ethics,” Laura says. During the week-long residential programme, the students will hear from inspiring women working in the STEMM sector such as Amanda Santos, chief executive of Lower Hutt company Tekron - an industry leader in timing and network synchronization. “Many of the speakers have had challenges. For example Lucy Morris is a game developer in her 20s and is really passionate about creating a better working culture and working environment for women,” Laura says.

Lower Hutt’s STEMM enterprises contribute more than $380 million to New Zealand’s economy, employ more than 3500 people and support a Crown Research Institute, a government innovation precinct and four tertiary institutions and the Hutt City Council is keen to promote development of the sector. “Hutt City Council is proud to support the Innovative Young Minds programme, which is helping inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and technologists through its hands-on real world approach.” says Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace. “Young women are coming out of the programme more motivated than ever to pursue careers in the STEMM sector – it’s fantastic to see,”

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