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					6                                                                                   Porirua News                                                                                          Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Porirua tops
                                                                               Whitireia scholarships a
                                                                               welcome help to lucky 13
Porirua City residents have one                     Andrew
of the lowest stress levels in New                  Bonallack
Zealand. The city was placed in
the top 10 places to live in New
Zealand. The findings are the           Direct Dial: 587-1675
result of analysis carried out by
ASB Bank. Porirua’s also ranked
                                       Whitireia Community Polytechnic
in the top 10 as the country’s
                                     has eased the first tertiary year for
healthiest city, best city commu-
                                     13 former high school students with
nity, best places for families and
                                     scholarships of up to $4000 each.
most affluent places.
                                       The polytechnic offers a regular
                                     scholarship each year for a set num-
Hands on                             ber of high school students who
approach                             want to study at Whitireia.
Hands On Career exhibition will        The students, all from colleges in
be held at the Te Rauparaha          Porirua, Tawa and Kapiti last year,
Recreation Centre, designed to       were welcomed by chief executive
give Year 10, 11 and 12 students     Don Campbell during a formal pre-
a “hands on” exposure to a range     sentation last week.
of industries.                         “I’m delighted that we can sup-
    The expo is March 19, 9am        port you, and I hope it smooths the
to 3pm.                              way so you can concentrate on your
                                     studies and be successful.”
                                       The scholarship is especially wel-
Desserts                             come for Jamecia Stewart, Titahi
competition                          Bay, who completed her high school, a Porirua-based       studies at He Hurahi Tamariki, the
on-line service directory, is run-   school for teenage mothers.
ning a dessert competition for         She has just started a NZ Diploma
restaurants, cafes and bars in       in Business.
Porirua. The winning treat will        Although having a baby meant              ON TRACK: From left, Jamecia Stewart, He Huarahi Tamariki; Allanah Barr, Kapiti College; Moreroa Onosai, Mana College; Georgina Nawrocki,
be judged on Mar 16 at North         some changes, Jamecia says she              Paraparaumu College; Janelle Smith, Aotea College; Hannah Butcher, Paraparaumu College; Brittany Morgan, Tawa College; Anna Fisk, Tawa College;
City Shopping Centre by Porirua      never thought she should not study          Amberley Kurtz, Tawa College; Amy Jarret, Aotea College; Lisa Aliva, Aotea College; Maureenterria Pelman, Porirua College; and Ahdar Taefu, Porirua
Mayor Jenny Brash, deputy            and achieve success.                        College.                                                                                               Photo: Andrew Bonallack / PW Scholarships 01 050308
Mayor Litea Ah Hoi and More            “Over the last few years my cous-
FM’s Justin Ray.                     in and I have had ideas for our busi-     after this.                                         homes to make sure it was what                         plying for a scholarship towards a
   For more information and          ness, but I needed to know how the           “I just want to learn the skills, and            they wanted, and say they are look-                    certificate in electrical engineering.
entry forms see www.miup-            business sector worked.”                  then boom.”                                         ing forward to their professional                        “I want to study hard and put my                             She says she has always been a             Two former Tawa College stu-                     studies.                                               best efforts into qualifying and suc-
                                     geek when it came to study, and           dents, Amberley Kurtz and Anna                        The only man on the scholar-                         ceeding,” he says.
                                     nothing slows her down.                   Fisk, have both started the nursing                 ship list, Ahdar Taefu from Porirua
                                       “I’ve always wanted to go to uni-       degree.                                             College, also got work experience
                                     versity, to travel one day,” she says.       Both worked as caregivers in rest                with a local electrician before ap-
                                       “I’m thinking of doing a bachelors

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