Northern News : January 18th 2012
6 NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 18, 2012 NEWS 4263949AB B 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 Schools celebrate success in Computers in Homes project Tec savvy: Eighteen families graduated from Kaikohe Intermediate's Computers in Homes programme. Bytes and bites: Northland College Computers in Homes graduates enjoyed a celebratory lunch in the school The Hub restaurant. By EMMA TRACEY Northland College and Kaikohe Intermediate took part in Com- puters in Homes in term 4 last year. It was a tight squeeze to get the 20 hours of training done because it was only an eight-week term. The schools were keen to get things under way and they were allocated 20 whanau places each. Kaikohe Intermediate was the first to get under way having its launch at the end of term 3 on October 7. Several excited families came along and Jon Smith the tutor -- also a teacher at the school -- was there and very organised. Graduation day came for Kai- kohe Intermediate on December 16. There was a fantastic turnout and Jon and the whanau did a great job getting everything organised from decorating PCs to arranging beautiful food. The graduates had created their own certificates in one of their classes which were randomly given to another member of the class. This was great to see what they had learnt and also gave everyone a bit of a giggle at what some of the graduates had come up with. After a few short speeches and handing out the certificates we then enjoyed the kai. Unfortunately the online surveys were not done during the classes so I asked if the graduates could stay behind to complete these, all but one were able to do so. A huge thanks to all of you for making time to do this. 18 families successfully graduated from Kaikohe Inter- mediate -- what a great group of people. Northland College combined their launch with their first class on October 26. Twelve families graduated from this school. They did a fantastic job through their training, even coming back for more when they had already finished their 20 hours require- ment. These whanau graduated on December 15. We gathered in the schools restaurant, The Hub. There we found that everything had been beautifully arranged with flowers. A huge thank you to Kushla who arranged everything, even with two sprained ankles. She was absolutely wonderful to work with. These families were so pleased to finally be taking their PCs home. Thank you to the graduates for their commitment to the pro- gramme. -- Emma Tracey is co-ordinator of Computers in Homes Prisoners step up for toy library Well loved but worn out children's toys from Kerikeri's Toy Library are going to receive some tender loving care from an unlikely source. Prisoners at Northland Regional Corrections Facility have been tasked with refurbishing over 50 toys, including wooden ride-ons, go- karts and dolls' furniture. Corrections inmate employ- ment area operations manager Don Robertson says the prisoners are grateful for the challenge which uses their capa- bilities and complements the qualifications they train for. We train more than 100 men each year to various levels of national qualification in build- ing and allied trades, auto- motive engineering, forestry, horticulture and painting through courses provided in partnership with NorthTec. We find that once prisoners become involved in working and learn- ing, they get a sense of owner- ship and pride. In turn, they're less likely to reoffend.'' Louise from Kerikeri Toy Library says the project is good for the library as a charity and for the community's kids. Some of the toys are from as far back as the 1960s so they seriously need a going-over,'' she says. Many are beautiful and even hand-made, but they're broken and have been left out in the rain and that sort of thing. Local businesses have donated paint for the prisoners to use and we are hoping they'll use a bit of creative licence and see the work as an opportunity to grow themselves.''
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