Northern News : February 16th 2011
8 NORTHERN NEWS, FEBRUARY 16, 2011 NEWS 3152186AC PROPERTY LAW Richard Ayton Lawyer • Commercial Property • Residential Property • Company & Business Law The Meridian 93 Kerikeri Road Kerikeri Ph 09 407 7099 www.lawnorth.co.nz Redwoods Dental Centre, 1536 State Highway 10, Kerikeri (1 km north of the Kerikeri Crossroads Roundabout) Ph 09 407 4240 Michael (left), Denise (centre) & Matthew (right) Your experienced team Denise Mariu Dental Hygienist Michael Bain Dentist Matthew Bristow Dentist 2629318AA Take your place@NorthTec Whakatangata ia koe@NorthTec Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. NorthTec has campuses in Whangarei and Kerikeri, and Learning Centres in Kaitaia, Rawene, Silverdale and Kaikohe. Freephone 0800 162 100 For more detailed information visit: www.northtec.info Study close to home Do you want to study but need to combine your learning with working part-time or looking after children? Then study close to home at one of our friendly regional campuses or learning centres in R wene, Kaikohe, Kerikeri or Kaitaia. Be near to whanau and get all the support you need to succeed. You can learn from tutors who are leaders in their fields and embark on a new career or create employment opportunities for yourself without leaving the north. ENROL NOW HORTICULTURE NorthTec graduate Shelley Cooke has realised her dream of turning her studies into employment with a full-time job at a Kerikeri nursery. Shelley completed Horticulture level 2 at NorthTec and enrolled on the level 4 Horticulture programme last year. While on the NorthTec programme Shelley's class visited local business Kerikeri Plant Production. Two months later she found herself working at the nursery as its newest employee. Shelley is one of a team of four workers at the business. "It's brilliant! It's feeling really good being employed," said Shelley. "Natives are my passion and this is a really nice working environment." Shelley says that her studies this year are proving very helpful. "I'm really glad that I did the horticulture level 4 qualification. It's helped me to formalise the knowledge that I already had." With her own four children now grown up Shelley is looking to the future. "I've enjoyed my studies immensely and now I have a new job. I really feel like my life has turned around." Shelley's advice to anyone contemplating study in 2011 is simple. "Just do it!" New principal on a mission By RICHARD EDMONDSON Under new management: Rosina Wikaira is the new principal at Te Ti School. Tiny Te Tii School near Kerikeri is bounc- ing back from the brink of closure. A year ago, the pri- mary school on the Purerua Peninsula was in debt, its student roll was falling and relations between the board of trustees and the princi- pal had broken down. But a commissioner who replaced a limited statutory manager be- cause there were no nominees for trustee elections, is confident that new principal Rosina Wikaira will boost student numbers. The problems in the school were reflected in the school roll which had fallen to a seriously low number,'' Chris Saunders says. Mr Saunders says Mrs Wikaira was picked from a large field of applicants that included two exception- ally good candidates. We were looking for a principal who could rebuild the confidence of the community in the school.'' Mrs Wikaira has taught for 10 years and held a senior manage- ment role at Homai Pri- mary School in Manu- rewa, Auckland, for three years. We were also look- ing for someone with a successful record in the classroom and proven performance at senior management level.'' He is optimistic that she will gain the sup- port and respect of new trustees and work effectively with them. There is no board of trustees at the moment. Putting a board in place as soon as possible is one of my top priorities.'' He is also confident that other problems identified by the Education Review Office have been resolved. The school's financial situation has been suc- cessfully addressed and is no longer a barrier to progress.'' Mrs Wikaira says she is pleased to have come home to the north. She was born at Opononi and a student and teacher at Opononi Area School. My family are from the four corners of Ngapuhi.'' She will teach the 13 children who have enrolled this term and headhunt good teachers to join her when the roll increases. There were three teachers last year, but they were cut back due to the falling roll.'' She plans to introduce teaching programmes to boost student achieve- ment, but is already impressed by the main- stream school's 13 year 1-8 students who are all Maori. I've got some very clever, young children,'' she says. She is also keen to build strong links with the people of Te Tii and is living at the school. It's important that I live in the community and let them know that I'm here to awhi them and people who belong to the school.'' Six-year-old daughter Kohineroa and husband Clayton, who has wha- nau at Whirinaki and is a health promotion worker in Kaikohe, will join her soon. I'm here for as long as it takes the community to get what it wants from me for this school.'' Argentinian ants march on in north Highly invasive Argen- tine ants have been found at Taputaputa Campground in the Far North. Department of Conser- vation staff in Kaitaia carried out a control operation after finding the ants in a small area adjacent to the stream. DOC's Jon Maxwell says the affected area was closed off last week and a control operation started. Argentine ants are one of the biggest threats we have to native plants and animals. They form super colonies and will eat anything in their path; plants, baby birds, lizards, snails, basically nothing is safe,'' Mr Max- well says. The eradication treat- ment carried out last week will be followed up with another one in mid- April.
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