Northern News : November 25th 2015
Bay of Islands gets a clean-up P5 Your Place, Your Paper Kaikohe Hospice shop re-opens P12 Northern News Wednesday, November 25, 2015 THE STREET WORD ON SativaTe Rangi, 18,Kaikohe It’d be cool but it depends on how much it costs. They should teach real world skills so you could get a job straight out of there. Dr Peter Harwood and Haupuru Harwood present their grand idea at a community meeting. Education to save town SARAH HARRIS An esteemed professor is spearheading the idea to set up a tertiary education centre in Kaikohe after noticing problems around the town. Dr Peter Harwood says opportunites in Kaikohe appear to be limited. ‘‘There are challenges such as a young population, low income, low education and a high crime rate.’’ He says two Arizona towns were competing for a prison in the 1950s. The town that lost built a tertiary institute. The prison town has now closed while the university town is prospering. ‘‘Tertiary education not only helps the individual, it helps with ‘‘Tertiary education not only helps the individual, it helps with economic opportunities’’ Dr Peter Harwood economic opportunities too.’’ Questions from the crowd at a community meeting on November 10 centered around how the institute would engage with youth, what job opportunities would be available to students and how the centre would be structured. Harwood says it’s up to the community to decide what sort of education centre they would like. His suggestion is a centre that would coordinate programmes from other providers with a focus on Ngapuhitanga such as a Te Whare Waananga o Ngapuhi. He says it should teach te reo, tikanga and local history to strengthen Ngapuhi identity. His written proposal outlines an indicative budget of $20 million over five years, with half for infrastructure and half for staffing. Harwood suggests funding could come from future treaty settlements, a government establishment grant and independent philanthropists. Harwood says the institute could get up to 2000 full-time students in the long run. ‘‘Ideally the number of students should be greater than the number of clients at nearby Ngawha prison.’’ Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Kai- kohe principal Marea Timoko says creating an educational institute should involve the children of Kaikohe as they’re the ones that will be using it. ‘‘I just want to make sure what- ever is out there is good enough for our brilliant kids. We can talk and talk but if you don’t go to our kids you won’t know what they want.’’ A working party of around 10 members has been established. Member, councillor John Vujcich, says the next step will be to discuss what form the centre should take, how it fits into the community and what needs to be done to get there. Ellen Latu, 61,Kaikohe Tertiary education would be good but I think weneed to focus on our youth first. They don’t even have a youth centre to come into townand hang out in. There’s almost nothing for youth to do but there are heaps of courses for those who have finished school. DanBusby, 42,Kaikohe It would benefitKaikohe heaps. At the momentwehave to travel to Kerikeri for the polytechnic. The more diverse range of courses the more it’ll benefit the people, especially if it’s under the Ngapuhi umbrella. Kerikeri’s Latest Showhome Come and see what we can build for you Far North Office: (09) 407 3441 0800 42 45 46 www.gjgardner.co.nz GJ-SH-76-FN0215-2MCL SHOWHOME Corner of Ranui Ave and Martha Clarke Lane, Ranui Gardens OPEN Monday–Friday 11.00am–5.00pm Saturday 9.00am–12.00pm Come and visit the team at our showhome today. To find out more about this great showhome phone Katie Aukett (021) 373 773 or Dave Smith (021) 272 2982 G.J. Gardner Homes are acknowledged for their innovative design concepts. Our designers are continually coming up with fresh ideas and creative living plans. Here’s your chance to view our latest ideas incorporated into our stunning new designer showhome. 3 2 2 2 Floor Area 215m2 Design innovation is just one more reason why more people choose to build with G.J. Gardner Homes every year than any other builder.
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