Northern News : January 26th 2010
2 NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 26, 2011 NEWS Editor M lcolm McMill n h 09 40 2743 m il: north rn itor@snl co nz Northern Regional Manager Lynn oph m h 09 40 2744 K ikoh h 09 407 0361 K rik ri m il: lynn .poph firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Al n uru h 09 40 2749 m il: l n puru@snl co nz Classifieds Fr ph 0800 022 812 Fr f x 0800 022 81 m il: north.cl email@example.com or 09 40 2040 m il: north rn ccounts@snl co nz 12,202 Audited Circulation ABC D c m r 09) Up to 12,300 Copies Delivered ch n s y) to K ikoh , Ok ih u, Oh w i, Mo r w , outh n North Hoki ng n K it i . Rural areas include: Aw nui D 1. K ikoh D 1, 2, 3. K it i D 1, 2, 3 p rt), 4. K w k w D 1, 2, 3. Kohukohu D 1. Bro woo D 2. Kohukohu D 2. Ok ih u D 1, 2. uss ll D. Kaikohe Office: 60 Bro w y, K ikoh . .O. Box 1, K ikoh . h 09 40 2040 F x 09 401 2129 Kerikeri Office: 93 K rik ri , K rik ri. .O. 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Call now for an appointment Troubled school is back on right track By RICHARD EDMONDSON Troubled Whangaroa College is on the right track to becom- ing a safe learning environ- ment, a statutory manager at the Kaeo secondary school says. Education Review Office reports of student violence and weak governance prompted the education secretary to ask former secondary school prin- cipal Alison Collett to inter- vene in the running of the decile two school in 2009. Mrs Collett says governance has improved significantly. A new board of trustees led by former Far North District councillor Sue Shepherd and elected last May has a three- year strategic plan for improv- ing the school. I think there s a stronger board now than when I came in, Mrs Collett says. The board is reviewing disciplinary procedures and stepping up positive behaviour incentives, including a suc- cessful point system. In the past, the board has been more reactive to student behaviour rather than pro- active. Trustees also understand the importance of appointing the right person to replace principal Nicolette Pako who resigned last year. One of the big issues for the school was that there had been a breakdown in communi- cation with the community, so the board is seeking a person who can bridge that gap. Convincing the community the school is safe is vital if it is to boost its roll of 100 students and remain open. It s probably safer than some people think, but it s the perception that s important. Mrs Collett is also confident the school will benefit from the experience of former Hutt Val- ley High School principal Syl- via Burch who will be interim principal for two terms. She ran the Extending High Standards Across Schools programme that sponsored innovative pro- grammes in schools across the country. New learning and rec- reation opportunities likely to result from the appointment of a new head of PE and sport are also exciting. We re really pleased to be getting a new person to start up a sports academy. There was a lacking in sport before. An ERO report due out soon recommends that Mrs Collett remains at the school as a lim- ited statutory manager. I m only there until the end of this month, but I will know in a week or two whether I get another six-month contract. She is willing to continue in the role to ease the transition between principals. I m more positive this year about the school than I was, but it will take time and con- sistent effort. Battle to be fun day The Kororareka Marae Society is planning a fun Battle of Kororareka Festival on March 11 and 12. The celebrations will start with a karakia at 7am on Friday, March 11 followed by guest speakers and raising of the flag. On Saturday, March 12, the festival opens at Haratu on the Russell waterfront at 9.45am. There s a festival par- ade at 10am, followed by best -ressed bikes and local schools kapa haka groups. These include Russell and Waikare schools. Then there s a Hone Heke run, treasure hunt, a junior talent quest -- and at 2pm, the inaugural Kororareka Fashion Design Awards. There s also a junior fishing competition, stalls, raffles and more -- a fun day for all. Kawiti will supply the live music. All inquiries call Kaye on (09) 403 7212 or visit http:// marae.kororarekanz.com. Meet the Blues at domain Blues fans are in for a treat with a chance to meet the squad at the Kerikeri Domain from 4.30pm to 6pm on the eve of the Blues v Hurricanes game on Friday, February 4, at 5pm. Game organisers say the Blues will sign autographs, and there will be prize giveaways, and merchandise and tickets will be for sale at the grounds during Thursday s meet and greet. Flags and posters will be given to children attending the game and there will be another chance to get autographs after the match. Hurricanes fans will have an opportunity to see the team when the squad takes a walk around the Domain at 11.45am before Friday s Super 15 clash. Council operations manager Sue Hodge says a strong contin- gent of current and former All Blacks will be among the teams on the day with up to 25 current and former All Blacks in the two squads. The match provides a great chance for rugby enthusiasts to see their favourite stars in action and meet some of them as well, she says. We are really pleased to be able to offer this rare oppor- tunity in the Far North and there will be a live webcast of the game for those who can t make it in person. Ms Hodge says preparations for the game are progressing well. The permanent grandstand outside the squash clubrooms is complete and will be used to meet Blues hospitality needs, and components for the 3500-seat public grandstand have arrived ready for an immediate start to construction. Game sponsorship has been secured from Barfoot and Thompson as match day sponsors and Placemakers as silver sponsor. Volunteers from the Kerikeri Leadership programme and cadet unit are ready to assist with ushering and other duties on the day. Both programmes provide leadership experiences for young people and focus on opportunities and outcomes of benefit to the whole community. Tickets are available from council service centres and i-SITES at $30 for seated, num- bered grandstand, $10 adult general admission and $5 child general admission. Ten corpor- ate tables for 10 are available with more than half already sold. For further information, phone the Council on 0800-920-029, go to www.fndc.govt.nz/rugby or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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