Northern News : December 21st 2011
6 NORTHERN NEWS, DECEMBER 21, 2011 NEWS NZ DOUBTLESS BAY FISHING COMPETITION In association with Lions Clubs of the Far North -- Mangonui -- Kaitaia - Kaingaroa To be held at Taipa Point Reserve, Taipa Cash and prizes to the value of $45,000 Fundraising by the community for the community. Major Assistance to Far North Hospice Registraton and Entry forms available at: Riders Sports-------------------------------------Kaitaia McCoy & Thomas Huntng and Fishing----Kaitaia Coopers Beach Sports----------------Coopers Beach Real Roads--------------------------------Whatuwhiwhi Whatuwhiwhi Holiday Park----------Whatuwhiwhi Pukenui 4 Square--------------------------------Pukenui BP Fuel Kaeo--------------------------------------Kaeo Sea Bandit Fishing & Tackle----------------Moerewa McCoy & Thomas Huntng and Fishing----Kerikeri Taipa Sailing Club 4pm to 8pm Fri 27th January - 8am to 10am Sat 28th January. Anniversary Weekend 28th & 29th January 2012 Top technician gains diploma in surveying The first: Sam Hackett receives his national diploma in surveying. From left: Denis Thomson of Thomson Survey, Sam Hackett, Andrew Stirling of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors and InfraTrain assessor David Churchill, Churchill Land Development Services. Sam Hackett of Thomson Survey in Kerikeri has become the first person in the country to achieve InfraTrain New Zealand s national diploma in surveying level 6. InfraTrain is the industry train- ing organisation for the infra- structure industries. It is designed for survey technicians working in civil construction and land development, and combines theoretical knowledge with practi- cal work-based skills. The New Zealand Institute of Surveyors worked in partnership with InfraTrain to develop the national diploma. Sam joined Thomson Survey as a technician trainee in 2002 and is now the office manager. He is involved in a range of surveying work, including subdivision and construction surveys as well as GPS control surveys for Land Information New Zealand. He is also involved in running projects, managing planners, clients and jobs. I decided to work towards the national diploma to gain formal recognition of my skills and know- ledge, Sam says. It is achieved on the job, so I was able to com- bine work and study. I would like to acknowledge my employer, Denis Thomson, who gave his time and support to help me achieve the qualification. Denis Thomson says Sam is an exceptional young person. Supporting Sam to achieve the national diploma has definitely benefited our business. It s an excellent qualification and gives status to the skills and knowledge which Sam has gained. Online tool for first-time job seekers Ever considered that playing com- puter games, doing volunteer work for a community charity or even feeding the neighbour s cat could help you get a job? If not, it s time to think again. Careers New Zealand has launched a new online tool that helps all people -- but particularly young people looking to enter the workforce for the first time -- identify the various skills they pick up in their daily lives and suggests ways they can use these skills to find work. Know Your Skills is a self-help, interactive learning tool devel- oped by Careers New Zealand. Website content manager Bernie Burrell said the service had three million visits last year. We know young people are really struggling for work at the moment. The problem is, many of them think that if they don t have paid work experience, they don t have any skills. This simply isn t true, Ms Burrell says. Our new Know Your Skills online tool will show people how to identify their unique skills and then how to use these in their job hunting. Take babysitting. Something a lot of young people will do at some stage. Babysitting involves some key skills, like being on time, planning and organising, taking respons- ibility, problem-solving, decision- making and helping others. These skills can be readily transferred to real world jobs and are skills employers are looking for. People need to think about the skills they ve collected throughout their lives and match them to jobs that require that skill set. At the very least people need to under- stand they all have unique and varied skills -- even those with little or no work experience. Visit www.careers.govt.nz for more information on Careers New Zealand, ' Opo fishing contest on January 3 Planning is under way for the annual Opononi Fishing Compe- tition to be held on Tuesday, January 3 between the hours of 8am and 4pm. A $25 entry ticket is a great Christmas gift for mother, father, sister, brother or friend. It may result in a prize of $2012 for the mystery weight snapper. Prizes for other categories include cash, rods and a chilli bin. A barbecue will run all day and a sandcastle competition, lolly scramble and sprat catching com- petition will keep the young ones amused. For ticket information contact Harry Barlow, Opononi Holiday Park. Phone 405-8791.
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