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Rotorua | Taupo | Tokoroa | Whakatane Issue 9 October 2009

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Who moved my cheese? This was the theme at a recent professional development event for Waiariki’s Directorate of Support Services. It’s based on a book of the same title that focuses on change and adaptation. It is quite relevant for the atmosphere at Waiariki lately, in terms of the good news and positive changes taking place now and planned for the future. As you’ll see in this issue of Waiariki Today, one of the institute’s key qualifications is under redevelopment, two departments are merging to create a stronger one, and a renewed focus on research has been initiated with the introduction of a new Director of Research. Other news is that Waiariki is collaborating with Te Arawa to

establish a wananga centred around Tangatarua Marae. This is very exciting as it will provide valuable support and education for today’s generations of Te Arawa who will be tomorrow’s leaders – and Waiariki is proud to support this initiative. Speaking of tomorrow’s leaders, a number of success stories fill this newsletter. Student athletes of Waiariki Academy of Sport are busy bringing home trophies, many with their eyes on the Summer Olympics 2012. Waiariki chef students earned silver and bronze in the prestigious Nestlé Toque d’Or, and two Waiariki entries won in the Rotorua Wearable Creations ’n Colour Awards. I hope you enjoy the stories about change, goal setting, competition and ‘finding the new cheese.’

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Front cover photo: Selina Lin, Jeena Njezhuvinkel and Yeon Hee Kim are the flowery models of “The ESOL Bunch,” an entry in the 2009 Rotorua Wearable Creations ’n Colour Awards (models Gillian Ma, Kris Lee and Suwanee Karam cannot be seen in the photo). The costume was created by Waiariki students and staff of the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) department and won Best Stage Presence at the event. The team said the costume was “inspired by the zing that flourishes when different nationalities study English together at Waiariki... and celebrates the vibrancy of each culture, along with the joys of spring.” See story on page 8. Photo by Gotya Photography, courtesy of Rotorua Creative Art Trust.

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Me mihi ano ki wo tatou mate i hingahinga atu i te marama kua taha ake nei. Kai konei ka tangi ma ratou i hoki atu ki a Hinenui-te-po. Na reira Ngati Whakaue, Tuhourangi, Ngati Wahiao, Ngati Pikiao, tae atu ki a Matatua whanui me Tainui waka. Waiho ratou kia haere. Ta taua hai tangi, hai haku, hai noho. Tatou te hunga ora, kia kaha ki a tatou. Who are we and what do we do? Te Arawa Lakes Trust was established under the Te Arawa Lakes Settlement Act 2006 and Deed of Settlement Act 2004. The Trust receives and manages the assets on behalf of and for the benefit of the present and future members of Te Arawa. Te Arawa Lakes Trust is representative of 62 hapu and iwi. The Act acknowledges Te Arawa ownership of 13 lakebeds. Management of the vision and strategy for the lakes of Rotorua district (2000) reflects this: At the cultural level, Te Arawa people have a traditional relationship with the lakes, rivers, streams and environs, thus

requires an understanding of the distinctive Maori world view of resource management and protection of the mauri of the lakes. In the next edition of Waiariki Today, I will comment on community concerns and the creation of an action plan, monitoring and reporting. The passing of Sir Howard Morrison When Sir Howard Morrison was alive and well, I suspect Te Arawa took it for granted that he would be with us for many more years to come. I also believe that we were comforted in the knowledge that he would continue to keep Te Arawa, Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty at the forefront of people’s minds. He showered us with pride and gave so much happiness to the lives of all who enjoyed the unique and exceptional quality of his melodic voice. Many an orator at his tangi couched their sentiment with the profound expression: Haere taku manu tioriori, taku manu rooreka o te ao Depart my songbird, my voice of sweet refrain, Join the multitude of songbirds who grace beyond the veil.

Waiariki is finalist in two categories of the Westpac Rotorua Business Excellence Awards 2009 Waiariki is very proud to have been selected as a finalist in two categories of the 2009 Westpac Rotorua Business Excellence Awards: the Newstalk ZB Community Organisation Business Award, and the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust Social Responsibility Business Award. Waiariki Chief Executive Dr Pim Borren said it was an honour to be placed within the top three Rotorua businesses for the community organisation award. As a community polytechnic, Waiariki is dedicated to creating work-ready graduates who receive the most upto-date skills and education. Waiariki listens to both the community and other stakeholders, and works closely with government and industry to create the best courses and qualifications for students. The institute also develops new qualifications to fill the gaps in the skills shortage list for the Rotorua region and beyond. A team of Waiariki staff had just 30 minutes to impress the business awards judges in September when they visited the campus for their presentation. It was a bit of a challenge showcasing the institute’s six schools, the combined support services units and the direction Waiariki is heading.

“Either way, we are already winners,” Pim said. “The reconnection with our community over the past three years has been fantastic, and so has their support of us through our amazing growth in student numbers. We were tracking at 70% growth in student enrolments since 2006, before we reached our cap last month and even though we are the only institute permitted to grow at all (10% per annum), we were still the first ITP [Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics] in New Zealand to close our doors on enrolments in August. Who would have believed that three years ago?” In just over a week’s time, Waiariki hopes to be recognised for its positive community relationships and business by accepting these prestigious awards. “Winning this award would be recognition of the progress we have made in turning around Waiariki’s performance and through outperforming all other polytechnics and universities in New Zealand in terms of student growth. Mostly, it would be an accolade to all Waiariki staff who have worked so hard for me over the past three years,” Pim said.

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A new era for M¯ aori development and humanities The ducks are all lining up for Keith Ikin, Waiariki Deputy Chief Executive Māori, who is focusing on additional responsibilities after the merger of his directorate and the School of Māori Development and Humanities. The merger will create a new entity within Waiariki. The institute and council are working on a new name and Keith said he’ll be working on improving and expanding the entity, something he is very passionate about. “I think the school has come a long way in the last two years,” Keith said, “but it has its own challenges. It offers parts of three degrees, so we’ll focus on growing those; we need to develop some critical mass in those.” For the past 20 years, Keith has been in the education sector in a variety of roles including teaching at the primary level through to universities. “Being part of this new development [at Waiariki] now gets me closer to teaching again, which is what I love. It gets me closer to the real world, where the tyres hit the road. I find that really exciting.” Keith has also held senior management roles, heading a wananga business school in Auckland, and heading a department at AIT (now Auckland University of Technology) that was the largest provider of Training Opportunities Programmes (TOP) and LINK programmes (now STAR). Before coming to Waiariki, Keith developed education programmes for polytechnics and wananga. He said he is ready for the challenges of his new responsibility. “I’ve taken on a school and all the courses become my responsibility, so my focus is on increasing enrolments, supporting staff to develop new courses and enhancing those we currently have,” Keith said. One of the projects already underway is the development of one of Waiariki’s cornerstone degrees, the Bachelor of Māori Development (see story on page 5). Discussions are taking place with Ngati Tuwharetoa to create maraebased delivery of the degree. Another large component is the modification of delivery methods. “There is a big focus on marae-based delivery and delivery that will enable more part-time learners to come into our courses,” Keith said. “It’s just an example of how we’re reducing the barriers to education to make it more accessible.” Social services courses are another key offering at Waiariki. These include two certificates and the board-certified Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Social Work).

Keith said the he and staff will be working with more social services organisations to create options for their staff to upskill on a part-time basis. This will be invaluable if registration becomes compulsory for social workers to practise in New Zealand. Waiariki’s qualifications are developed with input from experienced industry experts. Frequently, these and other professionals are invited as guest lecturers to share their experience and knowledge with students. Keith plans to develop an adjunct faculty for similar purposes and to come in to support staff in the delivery of the courses. “You’ve got that calibre of people with that experience who are keen to support the courses,” Keith said. “It’s really exciting for us and it provides a lot of off shoots. Potential students can see our staff being supported by industry, keeping our course materials relevant and up to date. “The adjuncts will provide a strong foundation of knowledge and experience. The quality of the courses will be significantly enhanced.” Keith believes one of the things Waiariki does best for its students is provide real skills. “I think we have great staff who have really good industry experiences and care about our students. The students gain from that, but we’ve also got a really strong support for learners to do well. We need to continue to build that, from the lecturers to Manaakitanga.” Manaakitanga is a Māori concept which means “caring and support.” Manaakitanga kaitautoko (support staff ) on Mokoia Campus provide support and guidance for students. “Waiariki has put a huge focus not just on growth, but also on success. I think that’s what we do well as an institute. “I think there are particular opportunities around the relationship Waiariki has with iwi, and the way that Waiariki supports Māori learner success. You go into classrooms and these young Māori learners are doing really well with their courses – you see that in all of our schools and that’s what’s exciting. We are providing them with real opportunities for the future.” Although Keith has a lot on his plate, he is not deterred. He has a lot of personal interests that provide respite, including four children ages 6 to 12. He also plays touch rugby, squash and practises Tai Kwon Do. The former gold-winning waka racer (World Championships, Australia, 1999) has paddled throughout the world but now enjoys the home waters and a milder pace.

Keith Ikin, Deputy Chief Executive M¯ aori, and daughter Mereraiha competed in the K-Swiss Rotorua Ekiden relay.

As if that is not enough, Keith, who is Ngati Maniapoto, his wife Miriana, and some of the children can frequently be seen shearing sheep or making hay out on the family farm in King Country. “I just think I’m a really lucky person with a

great life doing something I love doing. I’ve got a great family, I’m working with great people, working in education and doing what I love to do. I can’t think of anything I’d want to change, to be honest.”

Merger leads to stronger relationships with iwi One of six Waiariki schools, the School of Māori Development and Humanities, and Waiariki’s Māori directorate have merged, with the aim of creating a stronger entity with deeper relationships outside the institute. Waiariki’s commitment to biculturalism is holistic, focusing on internal practises through to forging relationships with external groups and organisations that support the institute’s vision. This is one of the Māori directorate’s main concerns in its daily operations. “The merger will strengthen Waiariki’s commitment to biculturalism and it will provide further support to the establishment of relationships Waiariki is developing

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with iwi,” said Keith Ikin, Deputy Chief Executive Māori. A key focus, he explained, will be to support the establishment of the Te Arawa Wananga (see story on page 5), the partnership in Turangi with Te Whare Aronui o Tuwharetoa, and potentially create relationships with other iwi within the Waiariki region. The school houses many courses making up parts of important Waiariki qualifications including Māori studies and the new Bachelor of Māori Development, the Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Social Work) and additional social science qualifications, and teaching qualifications such as the Diploma of

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Teaching (Early Childhood Education). Increasing literacy and numeracy in the region is another focus of Waiariki’s. These foundation skills are important for success in tertiary study and on the job. The Certificate in Tertiary Learning Skills is a Level 2 qualification that develops writing, numeracy, basic computing and more. It is aimed at students who need preparation prior to commencing tertiary study. The Certificate in Smart Study (Level 4) is for learners who need to gain a higher level of skills and education in order to be more successful and confident in diploma- or degree-level study.

“In addition to focusing on biculturalism and relationships with iwi,” Keith said, “we will grow the workplace foundation learning delivery in local businesses to more than 400 employees in 2009 and 2010 and deliver foundation learning programmes that will provide good pathways for school leavers with little or no qualifications on to Waiariki courses.” The merging of the two Waiariki departments will create a seamless business unit that makes sense for all involved, with two departments whose aims complement the other’s, and with a community that will surely benefit from the deal.

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Moving On student discovers a new passion for education Nearly a year has passed since Moving On was piloted at Waiariki’s Whakatane campus. Since then, 36 early school leavers have been given a second chance at higher education. One such student, Phillip Nohokau, left school when he was just 15.

Academic journal a first An academic journal billed the first of its kind in New Zealand was launched on October 23 at Waiariki’s Tangatarua Marae. Waiariki, in collaboration with Tairawhiti Polytechnic, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiarangi, and Northland Polytechnic (NorthTec), has established the “Journal of Best Practice in Applied and Māori/ Indigenous Vocational Education” to address issues around Māori and indigenous vocational education. It fills a void within present literature, relating directly to applied research into vocational education and training from an indigenous perspective. “It will also provide an avenue for established and emerging indigenous researchers to publish,” said Keith Ikin, Waiariki Deputy Chief Executive Māori. Mereheeni Hooker, project manager at Waiariki, said, “There are disparities in education, as indeed there are in health, for indigenous people all over the world. The journal will discuss issues that need to be addressed in closing the gap. It will allow debate on issues regarding vocational education of Māori and indigenous people.” Funded by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), the journal will be published annually and focus on best practice, collaborative research in vocational education and work-based training. It will also showcase applied research carried out in the workplace. The editorial board of the inaugural edition includes a wide cross-section from the education sector as well as the business community. Contributions have been received from well respected academics such as Russell Bishop (Professor of Māori Education, The University of Waikato), and Professor Mason Durie (Massey University). “To have this calibre of people involved in the inaugural edition is a real coup,” Mereheeni said. “It’s important that Waiariki builds on its bicultural strategy,” Mereheeni said. “Publishing this journal is about enhancing what we do, given our demographic. I think everything we do from an indigenous perspective is to enhance. We’re not being radical in what we do here; we’re enhancing what we do as an education provider.” To obtain your copy contact Mereheeni Hooker on 07 346 8658 or email

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The now 18-year-old enrolled in Moving On after recommendation from a friend who had completed the Certificate in Smart Study, a Level 4 bridging qualification taught at Waiariki. “The thing was,” Phillip said, “I didn’t have NCEA Level 1, and I decided I needed to study and do something with my life, and I thought the Moving On class was a good place to start.” Moving On is a bridging programme developed with funding from the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) to raise literacy and numeracy levels. The free, one-semester programme aims to capture youth in the 15- to 19-year age group who left secondary school early and, as a result, have low NCEA credits and some learning gaps. Moving On strives to help them earn more of these credits which are needed to enrol on tertiary study or to enter an apprenticeship.

one of his favourite subjects. “I was not the best at math. I wasn’t really interested at school, I just wasn’t into it then. I never thought I could learn what I am now. Now I have a different outlook, and I’m much brighter now,” he said. Waiariki lecturer Susie Steens worked with Rosemary to develop and implement Moving On. “We work on enhancing the students’ numeracy and literacy skills, as well as increasing self esteem and personal development,” Susie said. “The students are assessed against NCEA Levels 1 and 2.” Susie has been teaching the classes since their inception and has witnessed first-hand the positive results. “These are not necessarily

students who would previously have engaged in education at the tertiary level,” she said. “So, now they are gaining an interest in something, gaining the skills they need at this level, and they’re also feeling really good about themselves. That’s going to have a positive flow-on effect in the community.” Prior to this semester, Phillip said he had no sense of direction for his future. Now he is optimistic and focused, has plans to study architecture, and sees himself setting a good example for his young brother. “I’ll tell him, ‘Stay [in school] mate, don’t leave, ’cause you’ll get a lot farther in life, instead of mucking around like me.’”

“In this part of the community, we have a large number of students who don’t want to stay in secondary school for various reasons,” said Rosemary Johnson, Regional Development Manager, Whakatane campus. “They’ve got some barriers against continuing with secondary school and therefore struggle getting into tertiary study because they don’t have enough NCEA credits. Moving On gives them a second chance.” Phillip said that since starting Moving On, he’s discovered an interest in algebra and now it’s

FINDING THE VALUE OF X: Phillip Nohokau enjoys working out algebra problems during class.

Free lecture series shines spotlight on literacy and numeracy Māori participation and success in vocational education takes centre stage with key guest speakers. Top-class speakers with backgrounds in education are presenting monthly to large audiences from across the Rotorua community. The annual Malcolm Murchie and Hikooterangi Hohepa Lecture Series hosted by Waiariki has enjoyed unprecedented success. It seems higher and better education is on the minds of many in the region. “This year’s theme is literacy and numeracy and Māori success in tertiary education,” said Keith Ikin, Waiariki Deputy Chief Executive Māori. “These issues are fundamental challenges facing the whole of the nation and the whole tertiary sector, so our speakers will be able to reflect on how the sector is responding. “The purpose of the lecture series is to take education to our community which, as a community college, is one of the reasons we exist. There are education challenges that we face as a community so the lecture series is about Waiariki talking with the community through people who are acknowledged experts in their field.” Of the five lectures, two remain in November. They are free to attend and Waiariki invites anyone among the public who is interested in the future of education throughout New Zealand, raising literacy and numeracy levels, and improving the success of Māori students. So far, audiences have been very responsive. Two more lectures are lined up for November. Dr Russell Bishop is foundation professor for Māori Education at The University of Waikato, and the project director of Te Kotahitanga, a New Zealand Ministry of Education funded research project that seeks to improve the

educational achievement of Māori students in mainstream classrooms. His lecture on November 5 will focus on the Kotahitanga programme and how this approach could apply to the tertiary sector. Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith is a published author and current chairperson of Māori Health Council and New Zealand Association for Research in Education. She will speak on November 17, focusing on facilitating Māori student success. “These lectures are important,” Keith said, “because they seek to bring the community together and stimulate our thinking and debate on issues critical to us as a community. We are seeking to create a network throughout the community that is thinking about and debating these issues within the Waiariki regional context.”

Malcolm Murchie and Hikooterangi Hohepa Lecture Series Where: Distinction Rotorua Hotel When: November 5 and 17, 5.30-6.30pm To register: The lectures are free to the public, but registration is essential. Call Dianne Hancox on 07 346 8987 or email her at

Sir Paul Reeves captivated and enlightened an audience of 150 who attended the Malcolm Murchie and Hikooterangi Hohepa Lecture Series in October.

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Updated degree in M¯ aori development leads to more flexibility, variety and relevance for students

Members of Waiariki’s Council and Te Mana Matauranga (TMM) gather to celebrate the new degree: Pihopa Kingi (Waiariki council and TMM), Aubrey Kohunui (TMM deputy chair), Ron McGough (TMM), Mihipeka Sisley (TMM), John Merito (Waiariki), Rawiri Te Whare (TMM), Eru George (TMM), and Keith Ikin (Waiariki Deputy Chief Executive M¯ aori).

In September Waiariki launched the new Bachelor of Māori Development, a qualification which is now more up to date and relevant for anyone who wants to work with Māori organisations.

especially as management of resources and business are key areas of focus following the Central North Island settlement awarded to Affiliate Te Arawa iwi and hapū this year.

The new degree replaces the Bachelor of Māori Studies, one of Waiariki’s cornerstone qualifications. The degree has been updated to provide more contemporary skills and knowledge, and additional options and flexibility have also been created. Students will be able to choose from a variety of electives and majors, allowing for a more individualised programme of study.

Keith Ikin, Deputy Chief Executive Māori, said, “There is a huge need for graduates who can work with, and for, Māori organisations and businesses that have a good understanding of Māori culture, as well as knowledge of business and environmental management, entrepreneurship and cultural heritage.”

Majors in Business Enterprise, Communications, Cultural Heritage, and Resource Management are very important components,

The degree, which can be completed in three years of full-time study, will commence in 2010, pending approval from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

Pride of place: Student-made pake gifted to Waiariki Thanks to three talented weavers, Waiariki now has a beautiful Māori pake (cloak) to wear during formal events. While not in use, it is proudly displayed among other original artwork in the main reception area of the School of Computing, Technology and Communications. The creative team behind the pake were Dave Pont, Jill Fleming, and Noel Johnson, students in a raranga (weaving) class taught by Diana Anderson at Waiariki. The course in Rotorua was free to the students, Diana explained, on the condition that a garment would be made and used as koha to the institute. This is not the first time Waiariki has been so generously gifted; two large woven whariki, also student-made, hang in the forestry centre. “(We) designed and constructed a garment, under guidance of our lecturer, for presentation to Waiariki,” Dave said. “As the exact end use was not certain, we created a garment which we imagined would be a wall hanging but look equally well worn as a cape.” The students, who are experienced weavers, created a contemporary garment using traditional methods. “They’ve used traditional piupiu methods but also in making the garment,

incorporated synthetic dye to colour it,” Diana explained. Also in the traditional sense, it was sized to fit a young girl to wear as a skirt, but then as she grows older, is worn as a oneshouldered cape.

Keith Ikin, Waiariki Deputy Chief Executive Māori, said, “The pilot is looking to support the next generation of leadership within Te Arawa in terms of their cultural knowledge, their history and genealogy, and it will also support them to be able to gain knowledge, language and culture that is specific to Te Arawa. “This is a challenge for all iwi, that the next generation of leadership needs to be able to speak on the marae, and needs to have a good, solid, cultural knowledge base.” Establishing a wananga has been discussed within Te Arawa for some years and it was during a recent public meeting that Waiariki Chief Executive Dr Pim Borren used the opportunity to make it clear that Waiariki wanted to establish a partnership to help create it. The wananga will be centred around Tangatarua Marae on Waiariki’s Mokoia Campus. “It is a privilege for Waiariki to be able to support them to do this,” Keith said. The first of the wananga, which is open to Te Arawa descendants of any age, will be delivered by Te Arawa experts and will focus

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Director of Research If you live in a friendly neighbourhood and see a silver sedan rolling slowly by, do not worry, do not call the police. It’s just James Chal, a newcomer to Rotorua looking for his future new home. Waiariki welcomed James in August. He relocated from Wellington to fill the new post of Director of Research. James brings several years of experience, having worked as head of research and knowledge services at New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) in Wellington for the last two and a half years, and before that a similar position with Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) in Wellington, and with University of Auckland for more than five years, managing the medical and health sciences research area. His experience across these organisations has given him insight into what funders are looking for in research, he said.

James feels that throughout the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITP) sector, there is not enough research, but the environment is changing, he said, and more people are seeing the value of doing research.

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Te Arawa Wananga finds home at Waiariki Waiariki is proud to support a new Te Arawa initiative that will see a pilot project to lead, develop and teach education programmes that are meaningful to Te Arawa.

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He came to Waiariki and back into the education sector to work more closely with those involved in research, namely, the teaching staff. “I want to make a difference to the lives of the teaching staff, as well as to the organisation, in terms of funded research. We will achieve this by the research team adding value to the research being done by the teaching staff and by developing collaborative relationships with both external funders and other research institutions,” James said.

Waiariki’s Kaumatua Ken Kennedy blessed the cloak and said that he hoped that it will be worn at ceremonies at Waiariki. Waiariki’s Chief Executive Dr Pim Borren attended the blessing ceremony. “It’s quite a beautiful piece and it will be treasured,” he said. “We are keen to keep it as a permanent treasure.”

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on genealogy (whakapapa), traditional song (waiata), and the language within Te Arawa. The wananga will not be Tertiary Education Committee (TEC) funded, nor accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). It is a tribal wananga developed to support their own goals for leadership development. “The fact that knowledge has been lost from one generation to the next, and mainstream education institutes have not been able to facilitate the passing on of traditional knowledge, is why Te Arawa wants to drive it themselves,” Keith said. “Waiariki is a bicultural institute, and it is consistent with biculturalism in that all cultures within our institute are all valued and supported. What we are developing here with Te Arawa is consistent with that and with what we’re trying to accomplish in our institute. Tribal cultures are the ones that particularly need encouragement and support.” Waiariki’s Tangatarua Marae is the best place for this encouragement and support. Waiariki itself was built on land gifted by Te Arawa and Mokoia Campus is situated in the heart – geographically, and perhaps symbolically – of the Te Arawa tribal region.

“The teaching staff at Waiariki are absolutely fantastic, they are really keen and have lots of innovative and practical ideas for research. We will provide the support and the environment conducive to doing good research.” “I’m here to provide direction, support and encouragement to all staff at Waiariki; to be a catalyst in order to encourage more research to be done across the institute. I will be working in partnership with the teaching staff and the external funders, whether that be with government, iwi or local councils, community groups, businesses or industry – anyone – whoever is prepared to fund research or come up with an idea for research.” James was born in India and grew up in England. He went to university in Wales and moved to New Zealand 15 years ago for the quality of life. “I was told New Zealand is like England was in the ’60s,” he said. James and wife Kelly have three sons and a daughter, aged 18 to 28. The oldest son is a lawyer in Wellington, while the younger three are studying at universities in Auckland and Wellington. Kelly is still in Wellington for now and is looking at moving to Rotorua near the end of the year. When he’s not at work getting to grips with his new role at Waiariki, in his spare time James is getting his bearings here in Rotorua, driving around different suburbs to get to know the place. He’d like to take up golf and put to use the new clubs from Kelly that have been collecting dust for the past five years. He also plans to do more reading for pleasure, take more walks in the Redwoods and around the lakes, and enrol in Te Reo M¯aori classes.

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Waiariki hosts first student wild foods competition One evening in September, Waiariki’s cookery students went absolutely wild – and were judged on how well they performed. Damien Bosworth, a student of the Certificate in Professional Patisserie, came up the winner in Waiariki’s first wild foods cooking competition. He out-cooked nearly 40 fellow cookery students. The event tested the talents and creativity of Waiariki’s student chefsin-training. They were each asked to prepare two mains portions with vegetables in an hour using their own ingenuity and a mystery box of ingredients. The surprise main ingredient was hind leg of wallaby.

Visitors to Mokoia Campus can now see significant changes as the Waiariki Community Recreation Centre – Te Putahi Hakinakina o Waiariki grows daily. The project is due for completion mid-February 2010. Be sure to ENROL TODAY to ensure your place in class next year. Enrolments are expected to be higher and courses to fill earlier than ever. Pick up your copy of Waiariki’s 2010 Prospectus, or come in to see our helpful, friendly staff. Don’t forget to enter the competition to win a Lenovo S10e Notebook. See page 10 for details. Fortnightly on Mondays, check out the “Sports Mad” column in the Rotorua Daily Post written by Jane Borren, manager of Waiariki Academy of Sport. Jane provides news, advice and commentary on all things sporty. For the third year in a row, Waiariki staff members participated in the K-Swiss Rotorua Ekiden relay on October 10. Fifteen teams of six joined hundreds of others who ran or walked around Lake Rotorua on a cold and very windy day. Way to "Push Play," everyone. Waiariki is a sponsor and host of the New Zealand Aria, one of Australasia’s most prestigious singing competitions. Come support the region’s young aspiring opera stars on Sunday, November 1, at Tangatarua Marae on Mokoia Campus, Rotorua. Admission is free! Thanks go to all who attended the Waiariki Interior Design Lecture Series in June and donated used curtains and cash. More than $1,100 and about a dozen sets of curtains were given to Rotorua’s Curtain Bank for people in need of thermal curtains for warmer homes. Important Waiariki dates: Semester 2 (2009) wraps up on November 20. Semester 1 (2010) commences Monday, February 22. All Waiariki campuses and satellite locations will close during the Christmas holidays on December 23 and reopen on January 5. Have a fun and safe holiday! Look for the next edition of Waiariki Today in your Rotorua Daily Post in February. Waiariki’s School of Nursing and Health Studies is proud to introduce a group of positive role models: all 16 nursing students are non-smokers.

The event was organised by Waiariki chef lecturer, Reg Hawthorne, to promote Conservation Week with the Department of Conservation (DOC). The competitors were judged by Waiariki cookery lecturers Bryon Dorrian, Alex Burge, Dave Collier-Baker, David Schofield and Johnny Chemis. “The students did extremely well considering the fact that they’ve never had to work with this type of food before,” said Bart Vosse, a Waiariki cookery lecturer, who also participated in the event. “The event provided a great opportunity for them to cook with a new product and to be creative within their own styles, which is really important in becoming a top chef. We very much consider ourselves food artists.” Waiariki cookery students typically work with more mainstream ingredients, but it’s likely students will see wallaby, wild deer and boar again in the future, Bart said. “We’re hoping for a bigger, better, wilder do next year.” The chefs and students got involved after being approached by DOC who said they were keen to partner with the institute to create more public awareness about Conservation Week in a fun and creative, hands-on way. Guests of the event enjoyed two cooking demonstrations called ‘From the Forest to the Table’ that featured Bart and one of DOC’s rangers, former butcher Simon Alefosio-Tuck, butchering and cooking wild venison. One of the purposes of the event was to “share information about how feral game affects us, and how it can be eaten, not just killed and dumped in a hole,” Bart said. Both Bart and Reg hope for a repeat event next year. “As far as student participation, it was a massive success,” said Reg. “From our end, it was a success in terms of marketing our department. I will certainly put my hand up to run it again next year.”

Holistic support provides ‘tools’ for students success When it comes to supporting students, Waiariki is a one-stop shop, providing services and assistance to ensure its students are successful from day one until graduation. While studying at Waiariki students can expect to hear about the many services available – all of them free – if they run into any sort of difficulty that might impede on their learning. Piloted this year on Mokoia Campus, Manaakitanga is a Māori concept which can be defined as “caring and support.” Five staff members, or “kaitautoko,” work with students to resolve any issues they might have that is affecting their ability to study. “We like to say that it’s like a mini citizen’s advice bureau,” said Manaakitanga coordinator Leonie Nicholls. “We want all of our students to be successful, so if anyone encounters ‘speed bumps’ along the way, if they are looking for assistance in anything, whether it has to do with their studies or personal life, we can introduce them to someone who can help.” For personal issues a student might be referred to campus counsellor Annette Twyman. For academic issues, Leonie and her team would introduce the student to one of Waiariki’s learning advisors. Leonie said Manaakitanga is about providing the tools needed to succeed. “We don’t want them to become dependent. It’s about empowering them with information so they can be independent, successful learners,” she said.

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Seung Jin Seo, Certificate in Professional Cookery and Patisserie student, prepares his wallaby creation for the judges.

Maintaining good health is important to avoid illness, fatigue, burn out, or anything else that might interfere with a student or staff ’s concentration and motivation. Carole Morgan, a registered nurse in Waiariki’s Health Centre, is on Mokoia Campus daily to assist with health-related issues. She stays very busy, seeing students and staff for issues such

as health counselling, injury and wound management, health screening and monitoring, disabilities, sexual health, smoking cessation, cervical screening (available to the community as well), illness assessment and advice, and ergonomic assessments and advice for workplace stations. After 20 years at Waiariki, Carole still loves her job. “I enjoy supporting students to achieve their study goals, and I enjoy the diverse role of nursing from day to day.” Carole’s services are free, and so are the doctors’ who hold clinics twice weekly, by appointment. Learning advisors are available if students need assistance on any issues regarding study, time management, writing an essay, and more. Onny Holdaway, Norene Pakinga, Joe Brown and Janne Fairbrother make up the team. “I like to think of it as a tool box,” Janne said. “When you have a job, you have to have certain tools to do the job. So, it’s our job to support the students in their acquisition of the tools they need to get their job done here. It’s about information sharing and support, and really walking alongside the student and supporting them in the way they feel best fills their needs.” Janne enjoys the rewards of her job. “It’s such a privilege when you’re working in education to actually meet somebody at their point of need, as opposed to working as a lecturer across a wider band. I feel very privileged in my work. It’s the time and space to get someone to where they want to go.” The team is very busy as more students are following the team’s motto, “Just ask.” Janne believes it’s much more acceptable now to ask for help. “It’s common knowledge that there is such a variety of skills needed today, and students recognise this and don’t hesitate to see us when they need help.”

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Imagination is the arena: New coordinator for creative arts

Maureen Kelly, Director, School of Nursing and Health Studies

Waiariki’s loss is New Zealand nurses’ gain With a mixture of sadness and pride, Waiariki staff and students said farewell to one of its colleagues this month. Maureen Kelly, Director, School of Nursing and Health Studies, has accepted a senior position with the Nursing Council of New Zealand in Wellington. While at Waiariki, Maureen has spent her time as a lecturer, programme leader, and head of the nursing school. In 2006, during an institute restructuring process, Maureen was promoted to school director. Don Overbeay, coordinator of creative arts, works with students throughout the creative arts department, including those studying fashion.

Waiariki’s School of Computing, Technology and Communication (CTC) has a fresh injection of multicultural creativity into its creative art department. Don Overbeay joined the CTC team in August and has already jumped head-first into his role as coordinator of creative arts. The new guy at Waiariki is also a relative newcomer to New Zealand, having moved here in early June with his wife, Cherie, and now sevenmonth-old daughter, Destin, from the state of Georgia in the US. During a visit to New Zealand 18 months ago, Don and Cherie made the decision to settle here. “I thought it was a beautiful country, the people were friendly and laidback,” he said. Cherie is a New Zealander. The couple, who each hold a Master of Fine Arts (MFA), met when they worked together in the art

department at Georgia Southern University. Don is no stranger to travel and making a home in foreign countries. His passport is full of stamps from Malaysia, Cambodia, Italy, Spain, Great Britain and Myanmar, to name a few. Most of his travels have been work-related, teaching art and learning about different cultures. Visits to Taiwan and Thailand, for example, were the result of being a Fulbright-Hays Scholar, a US government funded programme in which participants serve as informal cultural ambassadors and engage in an exchange of knowledge and culture while overseas. At Waiariki Don will manage the creative arts department which includes courses leading into the Certificate in Creative Arts, Diploma in Art and Design, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Whitecliffe), as well as the Diploma in

Fashion Technology and Diploma in Interior Design. Although his new position covers a vast creative field, Don said he hopes to maintain a 50-50 balance between his teaching and management roles. He said although vocational training was an important aspect of Waiariki’s education, he emphasises the importance of teaching students how to think critically. “I think good artists are good problem solvers. The greatest reward should be the ability to think, the ability to problem solve,” he said. Don expects that while living in New Zealand, Māori culture will influence his artwork and Māori carving and weaving are two art forms he is interested in learning. However, he said he will have to learn more about the culture before integrating it into his pieces.

Before and after: The true collision repair story AMI puts Waiariki students to the test

Maureen will be responsible for all aspects of nurse education within the Nursing Council, provide leadership to education institutes throughout New Zealand, and act as a liaison in the area of professional education. “One of my first projects,” Maureen said, “will be a review of the undergraduate standards for nursing education. This will involve working closely with all the schools of nursing in New Zealand including Waiariki.

“I am really proud to have worked for Waiariki and to have worked with such a great team of people both within the school and the institute.

The students stripped, repaired and then put the car back together as part of the courses in the Certificate in Collision Repair (Level 2).

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“Maureen’s professional contribution to Waiariki has been significant at both a school and institutional level,” he said. “She is a highly respected senior manager who has worked tirelessly for Waiariki for over 11 years. In my own time here, the School of Nursing and Health Studies – and the Bachelor of Nursing qualification – has stood out as a flagship for quality and an example for our other schools to follow. We will miss Maureen’s leadership.”

“I have always been very interested in the work of the Nursing Council and their work in regulating nursing and in monitoring the quality of nursing education.

Collision repair students on Waiariki’s Rotorua campus did another bang-up job on a Toyota Vitz that needed some T.L.C. after an unfortunate meeting with a rather large obstacle. The wrecked car was donated to Waiariki through a partnership with AMI Insurance.

On the one-semester certificate, students learn practical skills and get lots of hands-on experience in a variety of areas from removing and replacing parts, to metal-finishing dents, to masking and priming a repair. The students also learn to fabricate panels using industrystandard MIG welding.

Waiariki Chief Executive Dr Pim Borren congratulated Maureen on being selected for her new role as education manager with the Nursing Council.

A Toyota Vitz received a much-needed facelift from collision repair students in Rotorua.

Post-makeover, the little car with its beauty and pride restored will be pulled, dragged or pushed over the auto mechanics workshop where students of the Levels 2 through 4 in automotive engineering will diagnose and repair the mechanical issues.

Waiariki Institute of Technology is the only tertiary institute in the region to have a fully functioning and Vehicle Testing New Zealand (VTNZ) accredited automotive workshop located on one of its campus.

“According to the State Finals exams, Waiariki had for many years some of the top Bachelor of Nursing students in New Zealand, and for the last two years achieved a 100% pass rate. This is testament to the hard work and professionalism of the team – lecturers and administrators alike. “The school is going from strength to strength and I am very proud to have played a part in its development to date.”

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Buses steer students towards a greener tomorrow

When it comes to fashion, Minis are sooo last year

Waiariki’s Cityride Rotorua travel scheme is changing the way the people commute from home or work to Mokoia Campus. Waiariki is dedicated to keeping Rotorua clean, green and beautiful. Sustainable green transport has been high on a list of “must do” initiatives for the past three years as the institute seeks ways to reduce traffic through town, alleviate parking issues on campus, and lower carbon emissions. With more than 10,000 people enrolling in Waiariki’s qualifications, Rotorua students will benefit from their student travel card which is incorporated into their student ID card and provides transportation on Cityride Rotorua routes seven days a week. Over the past three years the scheme has gone from a small pilot of 35 travellers between March and July 2007 to 15% of all Cityride travel recorded. The savings in petrol consumption, potential traffic accidents, and the move from private to public transport is significant for the city’s residents, who now enjoy more bus services across the city. Since 2007, petrol prices have increased and the economy has gone into recession. Belts have had to be tightened and travel patterns have changed. With the institute reaching its enrolment limit in August 2009 and with car parks full, the Cityride service is now an essential part of Waiariki’s workplace travel strategy, and a new bus stop at campus is about to be doubled in size to ensure it can accommodate the bus-wise students and staff of Mokoia Campus. The news gets even better. In July the Rotorua District Council awarded a $9,000 grant to Waiariki to enable external consultation in designing and analysing a survey to determine future travel needs for Waiariki’s students and 450 employees. The survey will help the institute create the best strategy for those who will use the campus from 2010. This time the projects will go beyond busing and take a wider look at how cycling, walking and car sharing can be integrated into the daily routine for Mokoia Campus users. This is all part of the institute’s initiatives in the new Waiariki National Centre of Excellence for Conservation, Energy and Environmental Sustainability to get even greener in travel habits as well as a move toward carbon emissions reduction, use of bio-fuels, sustainable business and resource management. The next step will then look at how this initiative can be implemented at Waiariki’s campuses in Taupo, Tokoroa and Whakatane – and really show New Zealand that Waiariki cares for the environment.

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The Love Bug (left) and Kuru Ngaituku were winners in the Rotorua Wearable Creations ’n Colour Awards.

For the past three years Waiariki has been proud to be part of Rotorua Wearable Creations ’n Colour Awards, not only as a sponsor, but also as competitors. As “Wearables” has grown and succeeded, so too has Waiariki’s participation: three Waiariki teams entered costumes this year, and one of the institute’s staff members, Ali Bourke, was selected to join the judging panel two years running. As a sponsor of the Wearables Youth category, Waiariki celebrates and promotes the creativity of our community’s youth, and invests in the confidence and self-esteem the experience instils in our future leaders. Waiariki congratulates Rotorua Lakes High

School student Katherine Hamilton for her winning Youth costume, Love Bug. It was an absolute hit with the audience as well as the judges and Katherine ‘drove’ home a perfect performance. The Youth category was the biggest in the event’s six-year history. Wearables chairperson, Barbara Cook, said this was perhaps due to the new costume creation workshops that were offered earlier in the year. The workshops were facilitated by people in the community who have skills in sewing and costume making and anyone wanting inspiration, advice and instruction was invited to attend. Waiariki entries this year were created by teams from throughout the institute. The School of Forestry, Wood Processing and

Biotechnology team created a kete-inspired “Kuru Ngaituku (Bird Woman),” which took third place in the Culture section. The School of Computing, Technology and Communications entered flouro-enhanced, wired up “Techie Chick.” “The ESOL Bunch” was a floral creation created by staff and international students of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). They were awarded Best Stage Presence. Barbara said this year it wasn’t just our neighbours from Rotorua who attended the Wearables Gala Night; they came from a variety of locations. No doubt with the direct Sydney-to-Rotorua flights starting in less than two months, Wearables is certainly on its way to becoming a trans-Tasman event.

Hospitality students win big at country's largest culinary contest If there was an Olympic event for culinary and food service students, the Nestlé Toque d’Or would be it and three Waiariki students would have made it proudly to the winners’ podium. Two student chefs, Kate Florence and Chanchal Ohri (Certificate in Professional Cookery and Patisserie), and one waiter, Jashan Bajwa (Diploma in Hospitality Management), worked hard cooking and serving six portions of a three-course meal within two and a half hours. Their efforts paid off as they brought home a bronze in the kitchen and silver in restaurant service. These are outstanding results for Waiariki’s students who competed against teams from a dozen New Zealand tertiary institutes and were judged by the country’s top chefs and culinary professionals in this annual three-day event. John Norton, Waiariki’s section manager of hospitality, is very pleased with the students’ success and how prepared they were for the big day. “The courses we teach are very realistic,” he said. “They are done to a high professional standard. Every day we’re comparing what we cook to see

what smells best, what tastes best, what looks best.” Waiariki is also proud of chef lecturer, David Schofield, who won gold in hot presented, cold entree and main; silver in Chef of the Year main and dessert; and then came second in the overall New Zealand Chef of the Year. David is finishing up his first year as a Waiariki lecturer and has been loving it. He said it’s been a long time since he woke up in the morning excited about the work day. Encouraging students to do their very best and to stay sharp by competing with others in the industry is part of his teaching philosophy. “As lecturers we expect students to go off and work to be the best. But as lecturers, we should be the ones who are out there doing all these things, too, competing and being out front promoting the industry and being a spokesperson for the industry.” Maybe there’s more gold in Waiariki’s future. The teamwork of student chefs Kate Florence (left) and Chanchal Ohri and hospitality student Jashan Bajwa (back) earned them a silver and bronze in the Nestlé Toque d’Or in August.

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Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust scholarships help residents with the cost of their journey to success What tertiary student can’t use $2,000 to help pay for their tuition fees, books, supplies or even living expenses while they’re studying? That question was answered quickly by Geoff Manahi when he found out he was one of the recipients of a scholarship from Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust. “That was a real buzz getting that, that was fantastic,” Geoff said. “Thank goodness for that. I really needed the financial assistance. I was quite chuffed that I’d actually been selected to receive one.”

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Although he has travelled and worked throughout New Zealand and Australia, Rotorua is Geoff ’s hometown. “My wife and I decided it was time to come home, we had been away too long.” Geoff, who is Te Arawa, Ngati Whakaue and Ngati Rangiwewehi and Ngati Pikiao iwi, moved his wife, Te Awhai, and their children back to Rotorua in 2007. But, that wasn’t the only change for the nearly 50-year-old. A year later Geoff resigned from his varied life in the justice system (police officer, third officer in a prison, and investigator in the justice department) and began studying toward the Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Social Work) at Waiariki. “I wanted to get into the other side, helping people instead of being on the other side all the time,” he said. Becoming a fulltime student meant the household income was reduced. It’s times like this when a scholarship can alleviate some of the pressure. “It helped me financially,” Geoff said. “Instead of worrying and stressing about where the money was coming from, it helped with purchasing what I needed for my course. It was a big help there. I’ve got a family to feed here and that took some of the pressure off.” Geoff is enjoying his experiences at Waiariki and speaks highly of his lecturers and the education he’s receiving. “The level of training, it’s not just the facts and figures. In tertiary education, it’s learning how to think in a different way – that’s extremely important, and also excellent grounding for the role itself. I’m getting a very good level of training. It’s not just all theory, but also application of theory.”

Geoff Manahi used a Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust scholarship this year to help cover the costs of course supplies.

Geoff plans to finish his degree at the end of 2010. He still needs to complete one more placement experience which he hopes may provide a more specific direction for his career. He knows he wants to work with iwi, and then perhaps one day would like to work toward a master’s in the social sciences.

How to apply: Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust, in association with Waiariki, offers up to 10 scholarships each year worth $2,000 each. Applicants must be Rotorua residents studying fulltime in Rotorua at Waiariki in 2009, and must be studying specific qualifications. Download the 2010 Application Form from Waiariki’s website: Applications close 4.30pm Friday, 20 November 2009.

Waiariki puts the I.T. into ‘Institute of Technology’ Waiariki is an institute of technology living up to its name, providing a more reliable network with wireless capabilities and subsidised or discounted PC notebooks for students and staff.

brought on board in 2007 to direct the IT project which is part of the institute’s strategy to attract more students, and reach very forward-thinking admissions and performance goals.

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“The goal really is to provide an innovative vibrant learning environment for students,” Mark said. “New students are tech savvy and have an expectation to be able to get online when and where they need to.”

Waiariki is the first tertiary institute in New Zealand to provide its Rotorua campus with the fastest, most up-to-date wireless network available. After installation of wireless access points with TelstraClear and Datacraft, and switching to N-band technology, the new wireless standard, connectivity is now up to five times faster than the common B- or G-band wireless. Now students and staff can take their PCs anywhere and enjoy a faster connection to the Waiariki network to work on lessons, research, grading or even social networking. In August 2007, a multimillion-dollar Waiariki-funded project began which will completely overhaul, from the bottom up, an IT system that is nearly a decade old and becoming run down. The upgrades, which could take up to five years to complete, will result in a more robust support system that is faster, more secure and reliable, and will have noticeably better performance for its end users.

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With the combination of the very best wireless service and easily accessible notebooks, students can access online information as required. A new mail system for all students called live@edu will be implemented this month, providing an online collaborative campus for students on all campuses. Mail, document sharing, address books, calendar functions, and instant messaging are some of the features provided by this new system. “It is expected to change the way students communicate with each other on and off campus,” Mark said.

As I gazed outside to Lake Rotorua to the lake that Hinemoa swam, my thoughts go back to what Ohinemutu looked like in days gone by. I was a teenager in that time, Ohinemutu being situated close to the Rotorua township. This day, the lake was calm, and the view towards Mokōia Island the home of Tūtanekai, was clear. This was a beautiful day, and Rotorua is a beautiful place. By the beauty of Rotorua, the many words came tumbling out.

Automotive team takes flight Waiariki’s automotive team will tell anyone it pays to be dedicated and work hard. Late last year, the team of nine was rewarded with one of three Waiariki Staff Excellence Awards, the Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The $5,000 prize was used by the team to travel to Brisbane, Australia, to attend the Automotive Transmissions Rebuilders Association (ATRA) conference last month. “This trip was a fantastic opportunity for the automotive team to have some time away from the chalk and upskill in a fantastic environment, not to mention 30 degrees,” said John Walls, section manager of engineering and automotive at Waiariki. ATRA is a highly regarded international event that shares information and expertise on automatic transmission diagnosis. Nearly 200 business owners, transmission experts and automotive lecturers learned the latest repair techniques and diagnostics testing from two industry experts from the US. New Zealand was represented with 19 attendees, nine of which were from Waiariki’s Rotorua campus. “The team bonding exercise well and truly gelled on Saturday night when we had dinner in an open air venue with approximately 300 Australians watching the All Blacks defeat the Wallabies,” John added. He said planning was underway for a similar trip next year for the team.

The tools for the job made affordable

Upgrading the network has also allowed newer software to be added to the benefit of distance learners and lecturers, and staff who hold video conferences. MeetingPlace integrates voice, video, and web conferencing capabilities to make remote meetings as natural and effective as face-to-face meetings – perfect for Waiariki’s courses that are taught via distance. Classes can even be recorded for playback for further use.

Through an agreement with Lenovo, students and staff have access to more affordable PC notebooks. A stylish Lenovo S10e notebook will be subsidised for students enrolling on the Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Social Work), Bachelor of Applied Management, Bachelor of Computing Systems, or the second year of the Diploma in Bicultural Journalism. Students and staff not studying these degrees are still able to purchase the notebooks through the Waiariki Lapshop website at a substantial discount.

“This is really going to create flexibility and mobility for our students,” said Waiariki’s IT manager, Mark Bloor. Mark was

The Lenovos are bundled with Microsoft Office Enterprise which includes all the latest programs needed for academic use.

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I ahau ka titiro ki waho ki Te Rotorua nui a Kahumatamōmoe. Nā Hinemoa te moana nei i kau ai hei tiheru wai mo Te Arawa, e kokōia e ara e. Ka hoki whakamuri ōku whakaāro ki te āhua o Ohinemutu i ngā rā o mua. E rangatahi ana ahau i taua wā. Ko Ohinemutu he pātata ki te tāone o Rotorua, kei ngā tahataha o Te Rotorua nui a Kahumatamōmoe. He marino te rā nei, a, he mārama te kitea atu o Mokōia, te kainga o Tūtanekai. Ae, he rā ataāhua tēnei he wāhi ataāhua hoki a Rotorua. Nā, i te pai o te wāhi nei, maringi noa mai ana ngā kupu.

The team: Will Robinson, Brett Jones, Scott Hearn, Greg Brimmer, Graham Savage, John Walls, Don Gorrie, John Shaw and Haedyn Borck

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Stepping Stones Working in partnership with secondary schools School Liaison Team: Rotorua Campus (includes Murupara, Reporoa) Neven Harland – 07 346 8858

Tokoroa Campus (South Waikato) Maree Kendrick – 07 885 0200

Taupo Campus (includes Turangi, Taumarunui) Chris Dolman – 07 376 0030

Whakatane Campus (Eastern Bay of Plenty) Rosemary Johnson – 07 306 0005

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Getting a taste for it: High school students enjoy hands-on experience at Waiariki One of the more fun and interesting ways secondary school students learn about Waiariki is by contacting our secondary school liaison, Neven Harland, and scheduling a taster course. Taster courses are set up to allow students to experience campus life at Waiariki and experience the kind of hands-on learning that takes place at an institute of technology. Recently, 25 high school students from Rotorua visited Waiariki for a taste of the journalism industry. They were shown different elements of the print, radio and television industries by current Waiariki journalism students and lecturers to get an idea of what it’s like to work in the media. Waiariki journalism student Miria Kaua took the students through the basics of writing a print news story. “We taught them that for news writing you have to put the most important information at the start of the story, whereas if you were writing a fictional novel you would reveal the climax in the last few pages,” she said. Another journalism student, Jordan Sayer, and radio lecturer Max Christoffersen showed the class some radio tricks then asked them to write a 60-word story to record a voice track. Jordan said most of

One big happy group: Waiariki journalism students shared their classrooms, equipment, knowledge and enthusiasm with visiting Rotorua high school students.

the students started out a bit shy about recording their voices, but “one of the students displayed amazing dramatic flair by presenting his story in the accent of Borat [Sacha Baron Cohen]. I think the students left with a sense of confidence in the potential of their voices.”

Journalism student Michelle Foote said, “I took the class for TV and they seemed to respond well to the content. They wrote a short news story and then presented it in front of the camera. There were quite a few red faces as the footage was played back to the students. They were surprised at how they

looked and sounded on TV,” she said. Waiariki journalism coordinator Jack Schoeman hopes that the students will consider studying at Waiariki in future. The Diploma in Bicultural Journalism is an 18-month qualification which starts in February every year.

Smells like teen spirit: Next generation visits campuses If the students at Waiariki’s Mokoia Campus appear to be looking younger than ever, that’s because they are! During the last three months of the year, Waiariki sees an influx of secondary and intermediate students touring the campuses to check out the courses and qualifications offered, and see the campus classrooms, marae, café , even the bare bones of the new recreation centre being built. Waiariki encourages school groups of all ages to arrange a visit to any of the institute’s five campus locations to become familiar with the campuses and get the students thinking about their future education options. “Waiariki is your local provider,” said Neven Harland, secondary school liaison at Waiariki. “It is the largest tertiary provider in the Waiariki rohe. The schools bring the students here so they know their options, the pathways they can follow, to give them a head-start on what they might want to be, no matter what age they are now. “The visits are also a good way to remind students that they can stay home to study, they

don’t have to go away, that we provide degrees and certificates right here.” Neven pointed out that incorporating a taster course is a great way for students to get hands-on experience in classrooms with Waiariki lecturers. This creates a fun, memorable experience for students, plus it might reinforce a particular career desire and the study pathway he or she would follow at Waiariki. Taster courses are generally desirable for students in Years 10-13.

Western Heights High School students are setting the pace for other high school students to enrol at Waiariki. When word got out in August this year that enrolments were capped at Waiariki for the remainder of the year, 19 Western Heights students enrolled for 2010 within the first two weeks of September. This is a wise move, considering Waiariki is expected to receive record enrolments for Semester 1, 2010, and very likely reach its governmentenforced cap early.

Campus tours can be tailored to suit the needs of the visitors. They can be scheduled for just a couple hours, or for the day. Generally, the visit starts with a presentation about Waiariki, the institute’s six schools, support services provided, and the Waiariki Academy of Sport. If desired, Waiariki Kaumatua, Ken Kennedy, will present the history of Tangatarua Marae on Mokoia Campus. From there, students can see the campus, join a classroom, and talk to lecturers about career options, study requirements, or any other questions they might have.

Students from Te Kura o Hirangi get hands-on cooking experience as pizza chefs.

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2009: The Year in Review



Former Waiariki physical conditioner Jared Meehan, Sam Sutton (TV and journalism student), Mike Dawson

Luuka Jones, business student

• Kayak team World Championship winners, Italy, July 2009

• Luuka had a fantastic 2009, being crowned New Zealand and Oceania K1 Women’s Champion • Her third European campaign was a big step up in 2009 – three semi-finals in world stage events





Pictured – Ben Guilford, business student; Tyler Lock, business student; Landyn Edwards, computing student

Pictured – Katie O’Neill, business student, and Samara Sheppard, public relations and mass communications student

Pictured – Ollie Shaw, Western Heights High School student and Tier 3 Academy athlete

Alex Anderson, nursing student

• Waiariki’s Golf Squad currently has five scratch-handicap golfers under direction of New Zealand Golf ’s High Performance Coach Dominic Sainsbury

• Seven New Zealand reps to MTB World Championships 2009 • One New Zealand rep to MTB 24-Hours Solo World Championships 2009

• New Zealand U19 men (Ollie Shaw), Junior Men (Carl Jones) and Junior Women's (Monique Avery) Champions 2009 • Monique and Ollie head to Xterra World Championships 2009 in Hawaii, late October

• Equestrian Sports New Zealand Squad member (Dressage) • BOP Champion Acculumulator Award 2009, Level 2 and Level 3 • Fibre Fresh Young Rider Awards, 4th in New Zealand

FUN IN THE SUN: Over the summer period, the Academy of Sport is driving three off-season training programmes for: • WHAKAREWAREWA NETBALL


• CANOE SLALOM – NZ Development Team paddlers

Applications for the Academy of Sport 2010 are now open! Secure your place: phone 0800 924 274 or visit for details 0800 924 274

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Bachelor of * Maori Development

FOR 2010! For more info call Marlene or Karoline on 0800 924 274

This degree offers a range of experienced presenters and lecturers, flexible study options and a choice of majors: • Cultural Heritage • Communications

• Resource Management • Business Enterprise

See our website for a list of 2010 grants and scholarships

*Pending approval

To start Your Journey To Success press any key Enrol on either the Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Social Work), Bachelor of Applied Management, Bachelor of Computing Systems, or the second year of the Diploma in Bicultural Journalism and Waiariki will subsidise your stylish Lenovo S10e Notebook!* FREE unlimited wireless internet is now available on Waiariki's Rotorua campus. Success in 2010 is made easy with Waiariki Institute of Technology!

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Waiariki’s three-times-per-year publication brings you the news, events and happenings of Waiariki Institute of Technology, its staff and st...

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