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to 1200 students have officially been declared
alienated. While the Ministry has the laudable
goal that these students should be in school
until they are sixteen, unless there is a major
redistribution of funding to the schools that
enrol them, this is an unrealistic goal.
Middle years By Claire Hague
There is strong evidence that the developmental Deputy Chief Exec.
needs of emerging adolescents are distinctly
different from both younger and older pupils.
EIT Hawke’s Bay
After infancy these are the most critical years for
social and cognitive development. It is also the
time that alienation begins and the consequent
disruptive behaviour begins to impact on their BayBuzz posed the question:
Should our educational system
peers. A national strategy that provides clarity
be more focused on equipping
of approach and that will encourage and reward
students with “practical”
our best teachers to work with this age group
skills to enter the workforce
will ensure higher levels of engagement. This
successfully, or on catering to
will directly impact on long term success for students’ broad intellectual development?
those who are currently failing.
Education is such an important and fascinating
NCEA aspect of our lives, and it’s an area about
While NCEA has many flaws (too much which everyone has an opinion, because
assessment at too many levels), it has successfully we’ve all been students of some sort, and/or
opened the door to academic success and parents of students, employees of educational
qualifications for many. The changes introduced institutions, employers of ex-students, the list
in 2008 have addressed most of the issues and goes on.
the current revision of standards will reduce any Like many others, I’ve been all those things,
By Mark Cleary glaring anomalies. but it’s probably my most recent three roles
Former Principal William Colenso College – as a secondary school Principal, a “mature”
Teaching thinking university student (don’t you hate that
As never before, our education system must description if you’re over 40?) and now Deputy
respond to our changed world. The information Chief Executive at EIT Hawke’s Bay – that have
Dear Anne, Rather than chase subject expertise, an revolution has brought knowledge to the helped me to develop a perspective on skills
emphasis must also go on a combination finger tips of virtually every New Zealander. training.
Congratulations on your appointment as
of intellectual and interpersonal qualities. Already there are clear signs that our traditional
Minister of Education. Another Colenso High There always seems to have been a supposed
These are the qualities that engage students, knowledge-based approach is being seen as
School and Napier success story! (I hope you “divide” between skills training and general
particularly in an age when access to irrelevant by some of our more savvy pupils
will be able to attend the school’s 50th Golden academic learning. People older than me
specialised knowledge is so readily available. whose information skills are such that they
Jubilee this Labour Weekend). remember when schools divided their students
A better strategy would be for the top ten access knowledge out of school time.
into “technical” and “professional” streams
Your Government was elected with the percent of first year university students To reclaim relevance, schools need to focus with all the connotations those terms or
message of ambition for all New Zealanders; being approached and, should they have the less on subject specific knowledge and more similar terms implied. Apparently one group
your portfolio is a critical one if this vision is necessary interpersonal skills, offered lucrative on developing and sharpening up the thinking could be considered “academic,” and the other
to be realised. scholarships if they agree to embark on a skills of our pupils. While thinking is one of best suited to being trained in a technical skill
With your family’s strong teaching background teaching career. the five ‘key competencies’ central to the new or qualification.
you will already have a rich understanding of
the complexities and challenges that face the
Better target funding curriculum, few practitioners (and certainly not Now that I’m working in the tertiary sector, I
the Ministry of Education) can clearly articulate note in people’s perceptions a similar supposed
The crude decile funding system is poorly
education sector. You will also be very aware understood and fails to address inequalities. It what it is that they are developing. Apart from a division between the offerings of polytechnics
of the power and entrenched positions of the has exaggerated socio-economic disparity and number of populist theories, there appears to be and institutes of technology versus universities
bureaucracy and the many interest groups. weakened the concept of neighbourhood and a real poverty of accessible in-depth research, let – the former apparently devoted to “practical
community schools. It needs to be replaced by alone practical handbooks for teachers to use in skills” training and the latter to general, fairly
If, unlike most of your predecessors, you are to
a more finely tuned regime that better targets teaching this most essential ability. There is an highbrow academic and research programmes.
effect real change in education, there are five
funding to schools based on the needs of their urgent need for a government-funded research
areas that must be priorities: What I have discovered, of course, is that just as
enrolled students. project that will lead to New Zealand teachers
schools offer both skills and generic learning,
1. Attract the best and brightest to the and pupils becoming world leaders in thinking.
This is essential to address the current chronic so do our tertiary institutions, whatever type
alienation of between five and ten percent In essence, if New Zealand is to be successful they may be. EIT for example offers nine
2. Target significant school-based resources our society must be underpinned by an degrees and undertakes a substantial research
of our school age population that has severe
for pupils who we know are failing. societal impact. Every teacher, school leader education system that refuses to let anyone fail. programme, just as Victoria University, where
and Ministry Student Support Advisor knows International studies show that for most (80%) I have just finished studying, offers a range of
3. Develop a successful middle years (years
the profile of these students. Every policeman, of our students our system is a world beater. For “applied” undergraduate and post-graduate
5-10) national strategy.
social worker and prison warden knows the another 10% we do just okay. But unfortunately, programmes, as well as its various generic
4. Keep NCEA. for 10% we do very badly. Your energy must Arts and Sciences and other degrees. The
long-term impact of school alienation. Over three Wananga also offer a range of skills and
the last ten years in Hawke’s Bay alone, close focus on ensuring that the quality is extended.
5. Fund high quality research into thinking “academic” programmes.
skills. Good luck!
Best & brightest
Contemporary research confirms the huge INSIDE THIS EDITION Introducing
impact the individual teacher has on pupil
On Learning: Mick Lester On Food:
success. Teacher recruitment should focus on
attracting the best university graduates. The Mark Cleary Louis Chambers Kent Baddeley
current TeachNZ approach, where scholarships Claire Hague Claire Vogtherr On Wine History:
are targeted to subject area shortage, places too Elizabeth Sisson Kym Hamilton Mark Sweet
much emphasis on specific knowledge and not Our new calendar
Anne Tolley Brendan Webb On Sustainability:
enough on the other much more important
Janet Takarangi Tim Gilbertson Mark Sweet of monthly events
elements that have been identified as being
Brooks Belford see back page
critical in the make up of a good teacher.
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FROM THE EDITOR Columnist
Welcome to the first 2009 edition of
BayBuzz Digest. Breaking new ground, we
schools, studied, developed and championed
education programs. They’ve worried
have devoted most of this issue to a single about mis-allocated resources, outmoded
theme – education. educational strategies, and shortages
of needed skills in the workplace. Each Here is the basic profile of education in higher school qualifications,” notes the
Why? Because various studies, reports Hawke’s Bay and NZ. Ministry of Social Development in its Social
was asked to address one or more of the
and media headlines call into question the Report 2008. “In 2007, only 49 percent of
questions BayBuzz posed to Education Currently, there are about 27,916 pupils in
priorities and performance of our education school leavers from deciles 1-3 schools (in the
Minister Anne Tolley. Hawke’s Bay attending 115 schools: 16,822
system. Consider: most disadvantaged communities) attained
I’m certain one or another of their articles pupils in the Bay’s primary schools; 10,140
• Approximately 1.1 million New qualifications at NCEA Level 2 or above,
will stir you up! Each of the articles also students in secondary schools; and 954 in
Zealanders (43% of adults aged 16 to 65) compared with 62 percent of those leaving
appears on the BayBuzz website (www. composite schools, such as the Hastings
have literacy skills below those needed to deciles 4-7 schools and 79 percent of those
baybuzz.co.nz), where you can easily Christian School. The total number of primary
participate fully in a knowledge society, leaving deciles 8-10 schools.”
comment publicly, print out articles, or and secondary students in Hawke’s Bay has
and 51% of adults have numeracy skills decreased by 546 from 2006 to 2008. “Students from socio-economically
forward them by email to your friends and
lower than those needed to meet the disadvantaged communities and Maori
colleagues. And of course you can always According to Statistics New Zealand’s 2006
complex demands of everyday life and students have relatively poor rates of school
send your thoughts to BayBuzz at national census, 36% of people age 15 years
work. participation and engagement and for some
firstname.lastname@example.org and older in Hawke’s Bay have a post-school
• The agriculture sector – our most groups it is continuing to worsen,” reports the
Another aspect of education is life-long qualification, compared with 40% of people
important industry – is only filling Ministry of Education in Education Counts,
learning. In this edition of BayBuzz throughout New Zealand. However, 31
around 65% of its advertised vacancies. the Ministry’s report on the state of education
Digest we begin a new feature, BrainFood, percent of people aged 15 years and over have
How can this situation be sustainable? in New Zealand in 2007.
sponsored by Clearview Winery & no formal qualifications, compared with 25
• 71% of businesses surveyed by Restaurant. On the back page, you’ll find percent for New Zealand as a whole. The Ministry also reports: “The proportion
BusinessNZ said the educational system listings of a wide range of lectures, courses, of school leavers with upper secondary school
The trend in Hawke’s Bay has been for more
is not meeting their needs. workshops, exhibitions and more, offering qualifications varies widely by ethnic group.
people to achieve education qualifications
nutritious “food for thought.” Of course it’s Asian students who left school in 2007 had
• Last year, more than 2,500 hard core at most levels and for fewer to have no
only a sampling because we can’t possibly the highest proportion with NCEA Level 2 or
truants under age 16 were absent for at qualifications. In 1996, for example, 4.7%
list everything. But, if you know of other above, followed by European school leavers,
least twenty days. of people age 15 years and over in Hawke’s
programmes we should include, please let then Pacific and Maori school leavers.”
Bay held university degrees, but by 2006 that
• All colleges of education have shown us know. We’ll be updating the BrainFood had increased to 9%, or about 8,000 people. Upgrading skills
a decline in enrolments over the past five calendar each month. Those with post-school certificates had also Research undertaken in 2006 found that
years, in the face of a “baby bulge” now in risen, while the number of people with no approximately 1.1 million New Zealanders
Finally, lest you suffer from “education
its third year. qualifications had decreased from 40,791 in (43% of adults aged 16 to 65) have literacy
overload,” we’ve prepared a few additional
• 31% of people age 15 years and over in articles to entertain and edify you. Mark 1996 to 31,347 in 2006. skills below those needed to participate fully
Hawke’s Bay have no formal educational Sweet begins two multi-part series in this in a knowledge society and 51% of adults
In 2007, EIT had about 8700 enrolled students,
qualifications. edition. One will guide you through the have numeracy skills lower than those needed
fully 69% of whom were 26 years old or older
history of wine in Hawke’s Bay. Mark’s story to meet the complex demands of everyday life
• Principals representing a quarter of (31% were age 46 or older).
begins this month with the voyage of the and work.
the country’s secondary schools recently Delphine, which left Le Havre on Christmas Deciles and performance About 29% of Pakeha students leave school
requested a meeting with the Education eve, 1836. His other series will take a look at According to Te Kete Ipurangi, The Online
Minister over the new school curriculum. with less than a NCEA Level 2 qualification,
changing perceptions of our region’s most Learning Centre, another of the Ministry of
Many of them apparently believe it will compared to 56% of Maori and 44% of
precious natural asset, our land and soil. Education’s websites, there are 115 primary-
“dumb down” the education system. Pacific Islanders. On the other hand, 52%
secondary schools in Hawke’s Bay. Of these
Kent Baddeley continues to write about of school leavers go directly into some
• Meantime, the high school teachers union eighteen are decile 1, fifteen are decile 2,
food, this month taking us inside his kitchen form of tertiary education. Latest figures
wants to cut the number of high school nineteen are decile 3, and eight are decile 10,
for a close-up look at a day in the life of a indicate 440,000 students enrolled in tertiary
exams because they consider the system with 54 schools rated deciles 4 to 9.
chef. institutions, representing 13.3% of the
too demanding. To demonstrate the connection between decile population over age 15.
And finally, some BayBuzz updates on rating and overall socio-economic status, the
Since these issues touch all of us as students, important issues before our Councils – By comparison, about 176,000 individuals
parents, life-long learners, professionals in six schools in Flaxmere are all ranked decile 1.
chemical risks at Whakatu, legal proceedings were involved in some kind of formal
the field, taxpayers and so forth, we thought Of the five schools in Havelock North, two are
on the regional sports park, and plans to industry training program in 2006.
the subject well-worth a BayBuzz special decile 10, two are decile 9 and one is decile 5.
preserve the public domain at Waimarama. Upgrading New Zealanders’ skills is the focus
edition. The fact is that a greater proportion of pupils
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New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, and
less likely than other young people to attain
the Industry Training Federation to work
in partnership to implement a unified Skills
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Doing & Thinking
who can solve problems and articulate ideas
confidently. As most good leaders know, it’s the
by Claire Hague (cont) staff at the front line who know what’s going
Anne Tolley, Minister of Education So I suspect the great divide in terms of skills on and what’s coming up. We would all do
versus intellectual education offerings is well to listen to them and equip them to help
probably more imagined than real, but let’s us to shape up ourselves and our businesses for
look at another aspect of the issue – that of the future challenges.
link between education and employment. In my view then, we need to start to challenge
As a High School Principal, I overheard many the idea that skills training and general
conversations between parents of students academic learning are two distinct and
and school staff over the purpose of particular mutually exclusive things. During 2006 and
subjects. Parents would ask would it get their 2007, I had the luxury of studying again – a
daughter a job? If so, did that particular Master of Public Management programme
profession have a future? These were excellent at Victoria University. I discovered that while
questions, but I suspect that even while they I might have enrolled in a “practical” or
were being asked, the worlds of education “applied” programme looking at the leadership
and employment were shifting on their axes, and management skills required to work in the
pushed off their formerly stable paths by the public sector, it was a given that the very acts of
tremendous technological changes that have studying, of thinking, of discussing ideas with
occurred over the last twenty years or so. fellow students and lecturers and friends, all
constituted the “intellectual development” in
If you have time to explore a version of the question BayBuzz has posed.
Karl Fisch’s fascinating presentation, “Shift
Happens”, which can be found on the YouTube At the same time that I was learning about the
site, you may find as I did a rather mind- legal and management processes of the public
boggling summary of the ramifications sector and government, for example, I was also
1) As the new Minister of Education, what is the next three years as we fulfill our promise of those changes on both education and addressing matters of philosophy that related
your top priority for improving education in to build five trade academies, encourage employment. For example, today’s young to how we “serve” the public as public servants.
New Zealand? businesses and tertiary institutions to people will change jobs many times in their We debated how and who should determine
collaborate with schools to offer trades training lives, and many jobs that they will take up the “public good” and what that might look
The National Government campaigned on haven’t been invented yet. like. And for me, there was nothing more
raising the literacy and numeracy achievement opportunities for our students, and work on
ways to solve the technology teacher shortage. exciting than this great mix of skills and ideas,
of our young New Zealanders. We see this as Responding to change and doing and thinking. I know that I grew as a
the top priority for our Government because 5) Arguably, the “best and brightest” students How should the education sector therefore person, as a practitioner, and as a thinker in an
students who struggle with these key skills of Hawke’s Bay will pursue university respond to such a scenario? With great “intellectual” sense because of that wonderful
will struggle in all facets of life. Our education education and must leave the region to do so. flexibility I would think, and by harnessing combination of both skills for the job, and
system currently sees too many primary school Is this a problem for our region or not? its most strategic thinkers to look at some general intellectual pursuits.
children move to secondary school without scenarios. We also need to develop excellent
these skills. That’s why our National Standards I believe that the Hawke’s Bay region is well So that is what I believe all areas of the
teachers who can respond to those possible
policy will ensure that teachers can identify served by EIT, which offers a range of degree education and employment sectors should
futures in partnership with employers and the
and lift the performance of primary students level courses, and a variety of private training be offering their students and staff – both
who are struggling with these key skills. establishments. I believe that many of the skills and ideas, and opportunities for doing
best and brightest Hawke’s Bay students are In the emerging world of work, my view is that and thinking. That combination, I believe,
2) Some say the new curriculum being gaining very valuable qualifications from these neither skills training nor purely academic will firstly produce an inspired and inspiring
introduced in NZ schools will “dumb down” institutions. For those that do leave Hawke’s education will equip us to deal with the workforce, and will secondly equip our society
the educational system. Do you believe Bay to undertake study, I’m confident that complexities of 21st century life and commerce to respond quickly and flexibly to the rapid
the education curriculum is sufficiently the economic performance and potential of – both will be needed. As changes demand new technological and other changes that are now
demanding of students? the region means that many of these students and different types of skills, people will need part of our daily lives.
I think it is important to stress that the will continue to return to the Bay to enjoy the to have the ability not only to quickly learn
employment and lifestyle opportunities that Education, business and the wider community
curriculum only provides the broad new skills and adapt to new technologies, but
the area offers. need to work together to ensure that no matter
framework for teachers to teach within. The also to be able to think clearly about the overall
how far the world’s axis shifts, we hang in
new curriculum still means that teachers and context and purpose for their work, whatever
6) Which is the weakest link in NZ’s there, make the most of change, and indeed
schools can put in place programmes of study it may be.
education system – teachers, parents, or the flourish and develop further as human beings
that challenge our brightest students to achieve bureaucracy? We need people in the workforce who have and as societies in this exciting century that we
even more. I’m confident that our teachers and leadership and managerial qualities, no matter all inhabit.
lecturers are up to this challenge. I believe that the only way to get better
what their place in the hierarchy, and those
education outcomes in New Zealand is for all
3) What about “life-long” education? parts of the sector to lift their performance.
Here in Hawke’s Bay, are there adequate Parents need to continue to provide good,
opportunities for those out of school, at any supportive learning environments for their
age, to “feed their brains”? children. Teachers need to continue the good
I believe that Hawke’s Bay is well served by work they do, but also strive to constantly
its tertiary institutions such as the Eastern improve themselves and their teaching
Institute of Technology and other community practices to lift the performance of their
education providers. I encourage people of all students. Finally government education
ages to make use of these courses, as it is never agencies need to let high performing schools
too late to pick up new skills and disciplines, flourish, need to find ways to help ensure
whether it is for work or play. best educational practice is being carried out
across the sector, and need to intervene early
4) Should our educational system focus to prevent poor student outcomes in under-
more on equipping students with “practical” performing schools.
skills to enter the workforce successfully, or
on catering to students’ broad intellectual 7) Some would say that NZ faces a shocking
development? shortage of students training to run the
country’s main economic engine – its
I think the focus should be on providing a agricultural sector. There are gaps in
course of study that meets the needs and every capacity from dairy managers to soil
interests of individual students. Many students scientists. Do you agree?
thrive in the classroom environment, while
for some students learning practical skills is a It is impossible not to acknowledge the huge
course of study that will keep them engaged in influence that the agricultural sector has
education and will provide them with a set of on our nation’s economic performance. It’s
skills that will give them a lifelong career. important that this sector of our economy
has the people to help it continue to be the
I believe that equipping our students with backbone of our economy. I think part of
“practical” skills is something that has been the solution is having a government that
neglected under the previous administration. recognises this and publicly stresses the
That’s why this government has pledged to importance of working in this area. I’m
put trades training back in schools. You will committed to doing this with my colleague, the
be hearing more from me on this subject over Minister of Agriculture, David Carter.
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Providing a mass education system does not environments.
Janet guarantee success, but it does provide equal
We can all remember “good” and “bad”
Takarangi access for all New Zealand citizens and that
might be all it does. Whilst some families can
teachers from our past, those who cared
and those who didn’t. In that respect, John
General Manager, Hawkes Bay Inc try to enhance learning by the environment
Hattie’s findings do not really hold any new
they create at home, by paying to send their
discoveries. But what will the new Government
children to private schools, and even by what
Learning, or Mass
do to demand that “mass education” systems
food they feed their children, others cannot
are not always the best in providing learning
or will not and believe that it is the school’s
environments? Learning environments include
job to educate their kids… even if they are not
schools, but are not just schools. But then we
have not had a real debate about that yet, have
So where does this leave Hawke’s Bay students? we?
How do we measure which Hawke’s Bay
Maybe we should.
schools and other state-funded providers of
education are performing well?
Measures of success
I would suggest that most measurements come
from the mass education focus. How many
pass which exams? How many leave school to History of NZ Education
go to University? But from a “skills to function
in the world perspective,” what have students New Zealand’s Education Act was passed in
learnt? Do we measure how many students 1877 establishing a free national non-secular
go on to start their own businesses? Speak system for primary school education. Although
other languages that enable them to travel it was compulsory for children aged 7 to 14
widely? Do volunteer work? Are web literate; to attend school, many did not attend as they
have Facebook and Bebo sites? Have friends were needed for labouring jobs.
around the world? Are street savvy? Are good
communicators? And show other indicators of Free secondary school education was added in
being a fully-rounded, productive citizen? 1914 for those who could pass a proficiency
exam, and by 1917, 37% of the eligible
I would suggest that more comprehensive population went onto secondary school.
measures of success are being developed A growing economy demanded workers
by kura kaupapa and other models, where with skills and this was accommodated by
learning environments rather than mass the expanded role of secondary education.
education is the focus, where learning However, the curriculum was modelled on
Hastings Central School. experiences include a balance between the English Grammar curriculum suitable for
academic and non-academic activities, and those seeking a professional career; it did not
So much attention is given to the “education for a wide variety of unprofessional activities. where staff and pupils trust and respect each address others looking to meet the needs of
system” and attendance is a legal requirement other. Te Aute and Hukarere know this from the New Zealand economy.
Is this just the tip of the iceberg, or are
for all New Zealand children. So for an average over 100 years of experience. They know they
they small numbers receiving undue media This continued until the 1930’s, when
of 10+ years all New Zealand children attend are helping develop the citizens of the future
attention? Does the vast majority go along another attempt was made to develop a
schools throughout the country. The types of and in turn shaping our destiny as a country.
with the mass education system we have more equalitarian system designed to meet
schools vary from state, private, church and So many of the leaders of yesterday and today
inherited from our colonial past or do we want the needs of all. The Thomas report of 1944
home schooling, but everyone is formally were shaped by those two schools. If you don’t
more? More importantly, does our region introduced School Certificate and University
“enrolled” somewhere. It is interesting to believe me, go to their web sites and just have
and country need more from the investment Entrance. It set up a core curriculum for all
reflect on how this happened (see sidebar: a look at their illustrious students and the
we as taxpayers are making in educating our students to Form 4, mixing together a common
History of NZ Education). role they have played and continue to play in
citizens? We are investing substantial amounts curriculum for everyone, bringing together
In Hawke’s Bay we have some of the oldest of taxpayer funds regionally, and yet in the academic and practical strands. However
schools in New Zealand. Te Aute opened in Hawke’s Bay region, 4.5% of school leavers Shaping dreams not all schools and teachers agreed with this
1872 and Hukarere in 1875, both before the have little or no formal “attainment.” The How do we get inside the heads and hearts of approach, and so students were assessed using
passing of the compulsory education Act in national average is 4.9%. our kids in a way that we can help them shape IQ measures and streamed accordingly, and the
1877 and both still providing an education for (Source: www.educationcounts.govt.nz) their dreams and then support them to run core curriculum was changed to reflect these
students today. hard to make them happen? What about the different categories. This continued for nearly
Is this good enough? We know from the
kids who want to farm the land, but have to 40 years.
A quick count of schools in Hawke’s Bay shows briefing provided to the incoming Minister of
129 (2008) schools altogether, including 109 Education that almost 760,000 children and fight system perceptions that “only kids who Baby boomers all knew at school that even
State schools (primary, secondary, composite young people were enrolled in New Zealand can’t go to University” go on the land? Nothing though classes had colours, some colours were
and 2 special schools), 18 integrated schools schools on 1 July 2007. Around 83% of New could be further from the truth. better than others. Red was definitely the top
and 2 private schools. Bulk funding also covers Zealand schools are government-owned and For Hawke’s Bay, the primary sector is our class at my school. This streaming was most
funding for one teen parent unit and 2 activity fully state-funded, 13% are state integrated, main regional driver of the economy and yet prevalent at Intermediate Schools in my day
centres. and 4% are independent and privately owned. we know that the average age of the farmer is and continued into Secondary schools. If you
There are 68 Kura kaupapa schools providing about 55 years. Without young people on the were streamed into a class where there were
An overview Maori medium education. Between 2000 and land using all of their skills, this region is in low expectations of people’s ability, it was
Legally-mandated, free, non-secular education 2008, education expenditure increased by pretty hard to break out of the box unless
trouble. Places like Wairoa know this and are
is really mass education or education for the 4% per annum. Education is the third-largest you were excellent at sport and the athletics
working hard with schools and landowners
masses. What, if anything, does mass education area of government spending, with forecast team needed you to win races. Everyone was
to bridge the generation gap. Mass education
have to do with learning? It is this issue that we spending in 2008/09 of $10.7 billion. The bulk required to do practical training no matter
approaches are not sensitive to regional needs,
are grappling with today. grant for Hawke’s Bay Schools for 129 schools what class you were in – cooking and sewing
linking in learning environments in the region
It would seem in evaluating today’s key in 2008 was $45,082,000. (Note that this is the to what kids want to learn and need to learn. for girls, woodwork for boys, PE and music
questions nothing much has changed. We bulk grant only and excludes other funding including choir for everyone. And a note was
for projects and special initiatives.) Mass Regional programmes such as the Youth required from your parent to release you from
still have too many kids not equipped with
education and a huge machine to keep it going! Enterprise Scheme (YES) and the Enterprise this practical curriculum.
even the most basic of skills… literacy and
for Education programme (E4E) being run
numeracy, for example. The latest international
study on reading literacy showed that about
A better way in Hawke’s Bay are focusing on working with Further reforms in the 1980s focussed on how
John Hattie in his book Visible Learning, senior students to enable them to learn a wide schools should be administered, leading to
eight percent of New Zealand Year 5 students Boards of Trustees, and Tomorrows Schools
recently reviewed in the January 4th 2009 range of skills for getting into business and
did not reach the lowest reading benchmark. was born. Curriculum reforms completed in
edition of Sunday Star Times, presents results being successful as future citizens in the 21st
The international median, for the 19 OECD the 1990s updated what our young citizens are
from some 15 years of research. He argues that Century. They are still restricted by funding,
countries that took part in this study, was now being taught for the 21st Century.
the quality of teachers, the ability of students and are still run “over and above” the mass
four percent. (Source: Briefing for Incoming
and teachers to develop trust and to use that education curriculum. But it is a start, and Source: Compiled by Janet Takarangi, from
Minister of Education 12/2008)
trust to seek and give feedback, and the model these and other programmes are responding to www.wikipedia.org.nz
We have record numbers of truants. We have of learning and understanding that develops, the challenges of moving from mass education
schools introducing exam systems outside of is more important than class size, how many in a system, to a responsive environment
NZQA systems because of their fears about years a teacher has been teaching, frequent with teachers and students learning together.
global recognition, and the need to take pieces testing and homework. They link with local businesses and bridge
of paper with you around the world that mean the gap between mass education and learning
This shows that for students to actually
something. We have teachers being struck off
learn something, other factors are required.
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someone has to do the real work that will they’d like to undertake or the piece of clothing Finally, NCEA also introduced Unit Standards.
Mick provide the actual export income that we are so they’d like to design. And rather than being Unit Standards are separate assessments
Lester dependant on. Those who provide that export
income have to be enthused and exposed to the
told that there is a right and a wrong way of
doing things, students are encouraged to reach
which are often easier than the corresponding
Achievement Standard. However, the credits
Hastings District Councillor opportunities in industry, including our largest their own conclusions and develop their own gained by passing a Unit Standard are the same
industry, farming, from an early age. approaches. as those gained by passing an Achievement
Farming has greater challenges facing it now One of the main objections to the old system
than ever before. It is vital to our economic was that people were only marked relative to In some respects, this is valuable, as Unit
survival. Rather than being the non-existent their peers. Under NCEA, there is far more Standards provide a means of engaging with
part of our education system, it must be a vital emphasis on a skills-based benchmark for students who might otherwise be left out of the
part which informs and attracts the young each subject. While this means the percentage system. They can test very different skills which
to the broad spectrum of opportunities that of people passing year-to-year differs, it has an Achievement Standard may not.
are available industry-wide. The “hands on” the potential to allow the development of a
The problem is that many schools have all
man on the land is just the tip of the iceberg. consistent standard for all students, no matter
their students sit Unit Standards, giving some
“To be or not to be; that is the question.” The supporting industries are widespread and how strong or weak the other students in your
students the extra credits they need to pass,
challenging and provide wonderful career year are.
Shakespeare’s line could certainly not be and bumping up that school’s pass rates along
paths for intelligent and innovative minds.
applied to young people in our education Unfortunately, these broad benefits of NCEA the way. In the long run, as more and more
system who are interested in pursuing a career For this Government to take this subject have not always been realised. While the students and schools opt for the easier Unit
in the field of agriculture. Quite frankly, under seriously and apply resources to it would general principles behind it are sound, there Standards, students’ levels of achievement are
the current curriculum they have no chance “to have long-term benefits. It would benefit are still too many flaws in the system which likely to decrease as a result.
be or not to be” involved, as there is absolutely the Government, the Nation and, most have turned out to be far more than teething
You may well wonder why these problems
nothing they are taught that will light the fire importantly, the hundreds of our young, who, problems.
haven’t simply been ironed out along the way.
of interest. through exposure, would have another whole
In fact, by marking to broad principles, many In its early years, NZQA brushed off many
world of opportunity put before them.
A joint effort by two of our new Ministers, critics feel that there is not enough guidance criticisms, expecting that issues like marker
Anne Tolley in Education and David Carter in for markers, leading to more inconsistency, not subjectivity would simply disappear as the
Agriculture, could become one of the cheapest, less. The degree of inconsistency is contested system developed.
yet best, long term investments on behalf of Louis by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority,
Unfortunately for students, and for the rest
all New Zealanders, if they were to rectify this Chambers who administer NCEA, but it is certainly true
that with a more holistic (some say vague)
of us who depend upon a credible system of
situation. assessment, this has not always happened. If
University Student marking schedule, the opinions of the markers
NCEA wants to deal with the issues which
Despite the recent curriculum review often fill in the blanks.
undertaken by the last Government, to which remain, two things need to be done. Firstly,
many submissions were made making them Even the skills-based approach of NCEA has they should ensure that Unit Standards are
aware of the agricultural gap, nothing has been not always lived up to expectations. In NCEA only available where there is no corresponding
done. At present, our sanitised curriculum papers, students gain credits by meeting the Achievement Standard, or the Achievement
Pass or Fail?
would be just as appropriate for the children criteria for “Achieved”. They can also gain Standards for that subject are genuinely
of Hong Kong as for those in our rural-based higher grades of “Merit” or “Excellence” if they beyond a student. Secondly, they need to
country. It is perhaps little wonder that demonstrate higher level skills. introduce a system which explicitly recognises
this is the case when you look at a map of the extra effort and achievement which a Merit
However, there are no extra credits given to
New Zealand, with the Labour heart firmly or Excellence grade entails.
students who gain Merit or Excellence in a
ensconced in the main cities. With their voting With secondary school students having given paper. Consequently, many students only There are signs that NZQA are listening.
base being urban, there was no incentive to now received their 2008 exam results and a aim to gain Achieved grades, and they still pass Recently, they have introduced a certificate
think favourably of the rural sector. This is new school year fast approaching, it is likely the course with the same number of credits endorsed with Merit or Excellence for students
despite the fact that the urban dwellers rely to the National Certificate for Educational as if they had gained Merit or even Excellence who pass the year with a given number of
the extent of 65% of GDP on rural returns for Achievement (NCEA) will once again be grades in those papers. Merit or Excellence grades. This is a solid step
the backbone of our whole economy. subjected to the harsh criticisms and media towards recognising achievement in students,
outrage which have become almost inevitable Most worryingly, because many of the more
The successful maintenance of this large sector but it remains to be seen if it will be enough.
at this time of year. difficult and valuable skills are only tested at
of the country’s wealth-earning potential lies merit or excellence level, the rise in students In the meantime, students and parents can
in the hands of the future generations who And indeed, many of the concerns about the only aiming for Achieved grades undermines hold on to the fact that at least NCEA’s focus
are currently moving through our education ease of NCEA, the inconsistency of marking much of the supposed value of skills-based on skills should leave students a few steps
system. Without the continual infusion of and the lack of recognition for success are testing. ahead of the nearest computer.
new talent into the agricultural sector, we will valid. However, such concerns about the
see it left in the hands of an ever-aging and application of the system do not necessarily
diminishing population of farm owners and mean the system itself is flawed.
workers. This will inevitably lead to a lack In 2002, the biggest change introduced by
of enthusiasm and new ideas which are so NCEA was skills-based testing. Under School
essential if we are to continue to lead the rest Certificate, a pass mark was assigned if a
of the world in the efficient production of student gained more correct answers than
protein. half of the other students who sat that course.
There is a need for the children of today to be NCEA, on the other hand, assesses students on
made aware of the basics. It is not a need to get their ability to display certain essential skills in
them to Doctorate stage. Such simple things a given area.
as taking children to a farm to come into The benefit of this approach is that, rather
contact with animals would be a good start. than focussing on rote-learning information,
With the proper incentives and some simple students are encouraged to learn the core skills
organization, there are many people from the which underpin the subjects they are studying.
farming sector who would be proud and keen This skills-based learning is all the more
to help. important given that these days any nearby
If nothing else, it would make children aware computer can perform most simple memory
of where their milk actually comes from. It recall.
does come from a cow… and not either the The use of internal assessment – assessment
cardboard carton or the Fridge. You may laugh, carried out during the school year – also
but that is how far away from the rural picture aids NCEA’s skills-based approach. Because
many of our children have actually moved. research projects and practical tasks take
For many years the emphasis of education has weeks or even months to complete, they are far
been towards achieving a tertiary qualification. better managed in the classroom setting by the
I have no quarrel with that, if only a balance students’ teachers. The benefit of NCEA is that
had been maintained. However, the result has these assessments can be marked by teachers,
been the canceling of many apprenticeship with samples then checked on a national level
schemes, and we now have a major imbalance to ensure uniformity.
which has led to shortages in the next Both internal assessments and the focus on
generation of our trades sector. skills both aid the development of students’
It is all very well having an abundance of critical thinking abilities. They mean that
lawyers, accountants and money men, but students are able to choose the research project
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first century learning, on the other hand, at keeping students at school until they are (Source: Sir Paul Reeves, New NZ Vision)
Claire Vogtherr involves students learning from experience, eighteen (Schools Plus) when, if the Education
Compared to other OECD countries,
making their own mistakes and celebrating System was run by private enterprise and had
Education successes in learning that they drive themselves. the failure rate that our current system has, they
New Zealand is classified as having a
high quality education system delivering
Advocate I would like to thank the previous Minister
would be fired, not given a mandate to keep all low equity. The spread of achievement
students in some form of school-based learning for the education system in New
for the changes to the new curriculum that
for another 2-3 years! Zealand consistently shows that there
articulate the need for enterprise to be taught,
and the requirement that community and I do not believe that it is simply a matter of is a significant gap between those who
business be involved with student learning. funding the schools better and they will succeed. are achieving and those who are not
achieving. Maori are consistently over-
I believe that very real changes are needed
I have recently been involved with both represented in the latter.
in our school systems to engage all students
Secondary Futures and Education for Enterprise
in meaningful (to each student) learning, While television cameras will never
and have been impressed with the passion and
where success means that there are never any capture a child dying from lack of
vibrancy of the people involved. In conjunction
disruptive students standing outside the Head’s education, every year our tamariki
with the local Chamber of Commerce, we have
Dear Minister Tolley, office. and rangatahi are disadvantaged by
secured funding to introduce the Education for
injury from accidents, diseases, and
My daughters are 15 and 18. Enterprise programme in Hawke’s Bay over the Minister, please look at embracing 21st century
other conditions that might have been
While Neil and I never went to university and next three years. learning for all our schools. Let us build strong, prevented had their whanau had a chance
collaborative, understanding communities by
have managed well with the qualifications we
have, our eldest is leaving to attend Victoria
Education for enterprise having schools, pupils, teachers and Boards
to complete a quality basic education.
Instead, television cameras capture many
We have five schools interested in taking part. working together with community groups
to study Commerce and Administration of our rangatahi and whanau who are
Each will identify a project, and involve students and businesses to produce school leavers and
in February. After taking part in the Young affected through lack of quality education,
in working on completing this task with the people entering the work force who are resilient,
Enterprise programme, she suddenly loss of economic opportunity and social
help of local businesses or community groups. adaptable and environmentally aware, who have isolation.
understood what it was that she wanted from Learning is done on a project basis in time
life. She wants to own her own business. relationship and interpersonal skills, who show
blocks much longer that the standard 40 minute initiative and take responsibility for their own The 1996 International Adult Literacy
I am quite sure that most of her school lessons periods, allowing the students to really get decisions. Survey showed that the majority of
were seen as just things that had to be done. involved with their tasks. Schools who have been Maori are functioning below the level
But Young Enterprise engaged the students, teaching this way have found that students who Isn’t it funny how those qualities just listed, required to meet the demands of everyday
teaching them in a “whole of curriculum” way, control the direction their learning takes are those that I would be looking for in a potential life. With low income, early exit from
more enthusiastic and show better results than employee, are neither measured nor evaluated in formal education and Maori ethnicity
and you could see the light come on in their
the same students using conventional learning. current educational standards? combined as variables, the importance of
eyes. Suddenly these students understood why
While planning a community playground, for an equitable education is highlighted in
they needed to have adequate language skills Minister, my younger daughter is 15, and she the experiences of many low- or unskilled
to write reports, maths skills to understand a example, the students are completing study in needs these changes to take place in time for her Maori whanau living in poverty and
balance sheet, and interpersonal skills to succeed social studies (demographics of neighbourhood to benefit from them before she leaves secondary isolation.
as a team. to clarify who might use the facility), English school. I understand you have a lot on your
(writing reports), maths (quantifying the plate, but the new curriculum is written to Whereas BayBuzz asked whether the
I know there are those who will say, “That is survey results), economics (costing the weakest link in education is with parents,
all very well, but there are more important encourage and foster this type of learning. The
construction), and sociology (researching local mechanisms are in place to make these changes teachers or the bureaucracy, what we
things to teach than making profits.” But it was body regulations that pertain to the playground really need to consider is where the
the method of teaching, as much as what the that quickly if you think it is important enough.
installation). greatest change can occur in how our
students were learning, that was so relevant. Please Minister. children enjoy success in education.
Students need to be engaged in their learning, The challenge is for teachers to allow this
activity in their classrooms, to work with local Yours sincerely Russell Bishop, a professor of Maori
being taught how to think, not what to think,
problem solving, working as a team, adaptability businesses without feeling threatened, and to be education at Waikato University, in
able to measure and evaluate existing National addressing educators at a seminar in
when circumstances change and resilience when
Napier in 2005, commented that the
things go wrong. We also need to allow our
children to fail in a supportive environment.
Educational Standards against work undertaken
in this form.
Kym educational bureaucracy has changed
Dealing with failure and developing strategies Minister, with so many schools in New Zealand Hamilton very little in the last twenty to forty years;
and if we want this change to make a
to cope with the ramifications of that failure are
incredibly important to building the resilience
embracing this 21st century type learning, why Acting General difference for our children in class today
are the teacher training colleges not teaching we will be waiting a long time. For those
these future citizens are going to need in the our teachers how to do this? Why are we still Manager, Ngati teachers who bemoan as reasons for poor
working world. teaching in a subject-based way, when at least Kahungunu Iwi Inc. achievement the lack of family support for
education and the social issues many of
Current teaching generally involves sitting half of all our school leavers will not go to
students in class, facing the front and copying university? Why do so many school leavers leave our children suffer at home, the children
information down to be learnt by rote, to be with either little or no recognized qualifications? in front of them today will be damned;
Maori & Iwi
regurgitated later in exams. They are given Why was the previous government looking these social and economic changes also
information to learn and remember. Twenty- take time … and won’t happen by 9am
Education The real chance for our children to
achieve is through the craft of good
teaching and the passion of good teachers.
We need to look more closely at the
teachers that are in front of our children
and the institutions that are training
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other newspapers leave off to probe the big issues and tough questions facing our region population will be 749,000. That will represent of Education to ensure that the supply
a 28% growth since 2001 and at that time Maori side of education is delivering equitable
and shaping our future.
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Editor: Tom Belford to be 39 .8 years. So one gets the picture of a
various education projects over the past
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partnership can be improved and how into a taxi on the way home from town, only
cultural knowledge can be shared and to discover that the man driving me, who was
integrated into this partnership to give it about 50 years old, had a double major in
meaning and reciprocity. Geography and Anthropology. I’d hazard a guess
This project aligns to National Maori that his double major wasn’t doing a lot for his
education achievement projects, including pay.
Te Kotahitanga, Te Kauhua and Te Hiringa However, I’d also bet that that taxi driver would
I Te Mahara and the new Maori education
tell you that it was worth it. The life experience
strategy launched by the Ministry of
he gained, the times he had, the friends he made
Education last year, Ka Hikitia. The
– all of them are irreplaceable. For most people
Ministry strategy notes that culture
who do what they love, you can also add to this
counts, that there is a need for productive
partnerships and that there is Maori list the success they’ve had, the pleasure they’ve
potential not being realised. found, and the good they’ve done by doing
whatever inspires them.
There is no direct resourcing (no additional Often when I say this to people, they point Without people pursuing areas for their own
funding for schools) of Ka Hikitia and out that being able to study something you’re As student debt grows and the recession hits,
sake, society as a whole suffers. We lose that
I am in two minds on this. One is that passionate about is a luxury only available to a making certain money and landing a secure job
creative, innovative spirit which comes from
schools are already being resourced to few successful people who will excel no matter look a bit more seductive; the only difficulty will
people who are fascinated by an area and
deliver quality education for all children, what they do. It is true, of course, that there be persuading students of this.
continually seek to further their understanding
including ours! And the other is that we are students who choose a variety of different of it. Look back across history to many
need a national roll-out of projects like Te interest papers and come out the other end to seemingly great accomplishments, and it’s
Kotahitanga, Te Kauhui and our project, Te find a job in some completely unrelated area. amazing how often they were simply somebody
Pae Huarewa, if we are to make the change who loved to do something, and played around
in positioning and practice of our educators On the other hand, there are also plenty of
students who head into an area because of the with a few things until somehow, somewhere,
that will deliver the educational success our
job at the other end, only to realise that they they achieved something new.
children and families urgently need and
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Not the Job
these will be accepted into Medicine,
and a few more make it through by
doing Postgraduate. Once Dentistry
and Physiotherapy have taken more
of the top students, whoever’s left
usually pursues a Bachelor of Science
When people are asked that age-old (BSc).
question “What are you going to do when In doing so, the BSc option becomes
you grow up?” I always like to hear them the default option for quite a
reply, “I’ll do what I love, and take it from few students. Rather than being
there.” Unfortunately, replies like this seem something celebrated, many see it as
to be becoming scarcer as the cost of tertiary where students go when they didn’t
education skyrockets, carrying student loans make the “prestigious” courses. That
with it. this is occurring at a time when so
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“NO! That’s table 36. Check your dockets
Baddeley before you grab the dishes! Come on Kerran
Chef we need more speed on 53. Hustle!” The
machine clackers along unmercifully. “6
sashimi, 10 oysters natural, 6 tempura, 3 line
Notes from fish, toasted brioche.”
I will stand in my position for 12 hours today
and cook to order constantly, and prep when
the Kitchen I can to replenish quickly diminishing stocks.
Every now and then making sure everyone is
ok, and we are traveling well.
providers. Contact EIT for full program I really need the pizzas to be moving out
Brooks listing. faster. There’s a line of them waiting. The
Belford Yes, there’s Art Deco Weekend and Carreras
crockery is running out and I’m screaming
for pans. Suppliers ringing me and waiters
and all the other big name hooplas. But so
getting short tempered. “Would it be
much will be said about them elsewhere,
possible to do seafood surprise platters for a
we’re keeping mum… except for a few listings
table of 20 in the dining room?”
from the Art Deco Trust.
Responses of “Yes Chef!” are tinged with
The newly branded Hastings City Art
exhaustion and impatience as the machine
Gallery (formerly Hastings Exhibition
spits forth its never ending orders. But we
Center) officially launches Feb. 5 with Mind
are going ok. Putting out 90 dishes last hour,
Games, Surrealism in Aotearoa and related
moving at the right pace, the plates looking
events. Exploring the influence of Surrealism
good… and thank the lord they are eating the
– the flip side of the Deco tradition – on
The sun sparkles on the water and from my rare tuna today!
New Zealand art, Mind Games features a
panoply of artists. Among them you’ll find view in the kitchen I can see yachts slowly Suppliers with laden trolleys are streaming
Adele Younghusband, Edward Bulmore, Mary rising and falling. The restaurant’s outside in the back door and coming around for
McIntyre, Sylvia Siddell, Liz Maw, Seraphine deck is filling fast and I am getting ready to me to sign off their deliveries, expecting the
Pick and Richard Killeen. New Director go and go hard. Yes, I am a little nervous that general camaraderie that comes with the chef
Maree Mills has a background in education the fishing boats haven’t been out for two days vs. delivery guy routine. Boxes get rapidly
Close to 30,000 Hawke’s Bay kids head back but we managed to get 20 kilo of tuna from
and digital arts and is promising fresh opened and the fresh produce comes to
to school this month. What if your old school Wellington and although the couriers lost
directions for the arts in Hastings. my station just in the nick of time. We are
uniform no longer fits but you’d still like to some precious cargo along the way, we replaced running out of fish. I ring the supplier and
perk up the grey matter with something other Waimarama Maori Tourism, offers another the larder adequately. I hope the spinach gets the woman who answers the phone must be
than Sudoku? look at Maori history and culture that goes delivered. Why someone would have a side having a bad day!
way beyond the stereotypes. Launched salad for lunch is beyond me, but there it is, it
There’s lots on offer around town – both in
two years with Cultural Discovery Tours is on the menu. “Our trucks leave at 10 am, you can’t ring us
and out of the classroom: lectures, seminars,
at Hawke’s Bay Museum and Art Gallery, now!”
continuing education classes, professional I’m shouting last minute instructions to a staff
WMT now offers breathtaking encounters
development opportunities, art exhibitions, that look as anxious as I’m feeling and yet the “Do you have any fresh fish?”
with Maori heritage at Te Hakakino, a 15th
workshops, film festivals, concerts. But who waiters seem content to chat behind the bar “We can’t deliver it!”
century Maori fortress site, deep in the hills
can keep track of it all and remember what’s and fold napkins even though the front deck “Do you have any?”
of Waimarama. Descendents of the original
on where, when? And, to begin with, much of now looks completely full and tables are filling “We have some groper,”
inhabitants welcome you into their history.
it isn’t widely publicized. up inside as well. Happy groups of people and “Can I send a runner to grab it now?”
Their personal warmth, generosity and
families streaming through the doors and past “Ok.”
BayBuzz is stepping into the breach. Our new commitment give this tour a special power.
BrainFood calendar (see back page) offers a our wood fired ovens. Kerran looks at me. I tell him he can pick
Coming in early March (not a moment
tidy round up of local goings on that are likely Now there’s a waiter asking me to explain the up the fish on his break. We should be ok
too soon): a Regional Economic Summit
to be intelligent, provocative, informative, Fish of the Day dishes… again!… and I’m till five… the lunch is winding down. Kerran
organized by the regional office of the
hopefully inspiring, maybe entertaining, but getting scratchy. is busy writing down instructions. He will
Ministry of Social Development, Hawke’s Bay
mostly – one way or another – edifying. cover all the stations and the freezers and
Chamber of Commerce and Hawke’s Bay Inc. It’s day 50 of the season and I have had all fridges and start calling the suppliers to get us
So what’s on this month? Here are a few Principal speaker NZIER Chief Economist of three days off. We will feed 1500 people a through the next 24 hours. Finally I am on my
highlights. (See BrainFood calendar for more Jean-Pierre de Raad recently released the week in the high weeks of the season between own for a couple of hours and start the set up
details). Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion… not December and April and provide continuous for the evening. The owner swings by, “Had a
a lot of good news. The Summit is likely to food service for 10 hours a day, each and every
Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes great lunch, thanks, loved the sushi!”
be the first in a series to examine strategic day, with 4 flames and a semi-trained team of
get underway at many area high schools. And
responses to current regional economic me, my sous chef and 3 cooks. And the heavy I’m cursing that I let the kitchen hand go off
at EIT there’s a new batch of “short courses.”
conditions in the context of the global part of the season is still to come! early as I build a small landscape of pots and
We’ve listed some but there’s many more.
economy. Hawke’s Bay Opera House, Friday, pans and assorted kitchen battery items on
Go to your library for a complete list of ACE I love it!
March 6. the benches. I am hanging out for a coffee.
Also early next month, Hawke’s Bay I decide to ring the bell and get the waiters to A waiter walks past and asks me what I did
Museum and Art Gallery launches a collect orders, talking over their objections that for Christmas.
pair of small, intimate exhibitions of two the tables aren’t ready to order… the last thing
we need is 30 table orders all at once… and my What Christmas?
Hawke’s Bay artists, Ben Pearce and Michael
Hawksworth. According to the press release: pizza chef is asking me if she can have a break?
Kerran, my sous chef, just raises an eyebrow.
Pearce’s Utterances invites us into a world Xmas Quiz Winner
of childhood imagination where fantastic The kitchen order printout machine starts
creatures cohabit with the everyday, mundane to clack and I’m barking out the orders to Ta da… Jackie Telford of
and discarded objects of 21st century living. the staff. “Calling table 48, 2 classic pizza, 2 Havelock North!!
In A Disaster Area, Michael Hawksworth focaccia to go, stand by mains, 3 paella, 3 fish Faithful readers will recall that our
creates an imagined reality where portraits of the day, 1 pork belly, 3 mesculun sides and 1 December edition of included our
emerge from an intricate landscape of book steamed greens!” first annual BayBuzz Christmas Quiz.
pages, drawing and collage. Both shows open Readers had to correctly answer ten
Order machine continues to spit out more questions, all based on content in the
March 6. Promo-speak aside, these two December Digest. From the correct
artists are doing some of the most interesting and more dockets. Seventy-five percent of the entries we drew the winner.
work in Hawke’s Bay. dishes are on my section. I fight for one of the
four flames and now I’m yelling that we have Diligent reader Jackie has won $25
Heads up: Creative Hastings Festival of gift vouchers from each of these
75 dishes on order and need to move. Dishes outstanding food, book and wine
Writers gets underway March 20-22. Tickets are coming up onto the pass – the dispatch purveyors: Poppies bookstore in
are on sale now through TicketDirect. See table – and the waiter’s bell is ringing, once, Havelock North, Opera Kitchen in
EVOLVE www.creativehastings.org.nz for more info. Hastings, Purple Carrot Good Food
and then it breaks, as it always does. The pass Store in Napier, and Clearview Winery
memories made Stay tuned! is covered now with dishes destined for tables, in Te Awanga.
to be treasured we have food gridlock and where are the
Congratulations Jackie! Enjoy your
food runners! My head is spinning looking at prizes.
everything and everyone, watching the dishes
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Imagine Hawke’s Bay without its grapes…
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much of our regional identity. Yet most of us
know only bits and pieces of how the wineries
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Mission Estate Winery as it is today.
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show, the story of the wineries is a fascinating
cuttings; and they were Pacific vines with more The first home of the vines in Hawke’s Bay was
history of Hawke’s Bay. This month’s article,
the first in a series, begins with the coming
chance of being re-established in the region to
which the missionaries travelled.
abandoned on 28 February 1858. As Doreen
Keogh explains in her history of St Mary’s
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of the grapes and the origins of what is now
Parish, Fruit of the Vine, ‘The Missioners
known as the Mission Estate Winery. Vines were first planted in Hawke’s Bay at
transferred all their belongings, equipment,
Pakowhai in 1851 by missionaries from the
The story of wine in Hawke’s Bay begins stock and harvests, including the Mission
Society of Mary, and it’s reasonable to assume
in Lyons, France, when Pope Gregory XV1 House cut into sections, by bullock dray across
these vines originally came from Pompallier’s
appointed the Society of Mary to be the the Tutaekuri River at Powdrell’s crossing to
plantings in Hokianga. Their journey,
Catholic missionaries in Western Oceania. their new property at Meeanee Flat.’
however, was not direct.
On Christmas Eve, 1836, newly appointed So a new chapter began in the story of wine in
The ship carrying the missionaries was
Bishop of the South Pacific, Jean-Baptist Hawke’s Bay.
blown off course by a sever southerly storm
Pompallier and nine Marist priests, set sail
and driven past Napier to Gisborne. There
from Le Harvre aboard the Delphine for
Father John Lampila, and Brothers Florentine
Oceania. They first landed in Valparaiso, Chile,
Francon and Basil Montchalin built a small
in late June 1837 to re-provision for their
shelter and planted crops, including vines.
journey across the Pacific, and on 8 November
When they received news they were in the
Father Pierre Chanel and Brother Nizier were
wrong place, they packed up their possessions
set ashore on Futuna Island, now part of
and made their way south on foot.
The settlement which was to be the first
The Delphine sailed on to Sydney, then to
home of the Mission Winery was established
Hokianga where Bishop Pompallier set up the
on seven acres of land beside the Ngaruroro
first mission, and planted vines. None of the
River near Pakowhai Pa, and was under the
vines survive today. They were killed off by
protection of Puhara Hawaikirangi, a Catholic
careless spraying of 2,4-D in the late 1970’s.
In his search for the origin of the Pompallier
Fr Lampila had been ordained at Hokianga in
vines, Dr Richard Smart, who headed the New
1842 and headed the Whakatane mission in
Zealand national viticultural programme in
1844. Vines flourished in both locations and it
the 1980’s, revealed a fascinating possibility.
seems likely it was he who bought the vines to
The vines planted by Pompallier, came not
from France, but from Chile.
Within a few years the Mission was self
In 1983 he visited Poi on Futuna Island. A
supporting and earning from its surplus. The
vine planted by Pierre Chanel still survived.
Brothers farmed sheep, cattle, pigs and poultry.
He named it the ‘saint’s vine,’ because Chanel
They grew maize, wheat, hay, vegetables and
was beheaded in 1840 after persisting in his
fruit. Butter, cheese, and honey were produced.
attempts to convert the son of a chief. He was
And ever increasing quantities of wine.
later canonised as Patron Saint of Oceania.
These was turbulent times in Hawke’s Bay,
Dr. Smart thought tracking down the origin
however, and in 1857 war broke out between
of the vine would be easy. It had distinct deep,
rival Maori over ownership and the sale
lyre shaped leaf lobes, red petioles and forked
of land. The conflict was ignited when Te
shoots, but no such vine could be found in old
Hapuka of Ngati Whatuiopiti from Whakatu
French vine amelography books. However his
asserted ownership over a small clump of bush
research assistant, Doris Zuur, found a variety
at Pakiaka. He was challenged by Tareha te
called Moschata Paradisa growing in Mudgee,
Moananui of Ngati Kahungunu. In his ‘History
New South Wales, which had the same
of the Plains’, M.B Boyd asserts that ‘Moananui
characteristics as the ‘saint’s vine’.
sought utu for an insult to his sister, Te
Most of the early vines in Mudgee came from Hapuku’s wife, whose feet were cut off because
James Busby’s collection, which after being her coffin was too short.’
assembled in Europe, were planted on a site
The conflict lasted seven months. Three battles
which is now the Sydney Botanic Gardens.
were fought, and in the last exchange of fire
Dr. Smart surmised that when Bishop Puhara Hawaikirangi, patron to the Mission
Pompallier visited Sydney on his way to New was killed.
Zealand, he still carried cuttings of the same
As The Hawke’s Bay Herald reported at the
vine that Pierre Chadin planted on Futuna,
time, ‘His death will be regretted by most of
and some were planted in Busby’s European
us for many reasons, but chiefly because of the
consequences which will entail, we fear, upon
In 1986 while lecturing on table grapes in the Catholic Mission who, upon the death of
Santiago, Chile, Dr Smart saw a vine with their principal adherent, will find themselves
the same characteristics as the ‘saint’s vine’. obliged to move from their present location
He picked leaves of the vine and they were in Pakowhai where a considerable amount of
identical to those growing on Futuna. His ‘fair industry and capital have been expended in
guess’ was that Pompallier took cuttings when forming the station whose hospitality to the
the Delphine landed in Santiago in June 1837. wayfarer and charity to all who needed it will
The vines were dormant, so the right time for never be forgotten.’
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invariably other teachers. So at least you know
you won’t be invited back.
It has always struck me that teachers and
Updates Environment Court will
hear Sports Park appeal
librarians are very similar. In fact, a librarian
is just a teacher who can’t be bothered with Whakatu Action Group The Environment Court has decided to
hear an appeal opposing the Regional
kids, but likes the books and trying to make engages Council and
Sports Park! An exchange of evidence will
people keep quiet. Both have a curious form industry now occur over the next few months. The
of agoraphobia, which literally means “fear of Court rejected arguments by the Hastings
Residents of the Whakatu community,
the marketplace.” Wikipedia says many people Council and the new Sports Park Trust who
organized as the Whakatu Action Group, have
with agoraphobia prefer seeing visitors in a challenged the right of citizens opposed to
raised a variety of environmental and health
defined space that they feel they can control – a the complex to make their legitimate appeal
concerns involving industry activities in the
Teachers should be top of the list when fairly good definition of a classroom, except for under the Resource Management Act.
area. In December, the Hastings Council
compiling a list of people for a dinner party. the “being in control” bit. It also says that such convened representatives of industries Council and Trust lawyers sought dismissal
Not because of their sparkling wit or even, people may live for years without leaving their operating in Whakatu to begin a process of the appeal, based on technical objections
sadly, for their general knowledge of politics, homes, which, considering the numbers of that should eventuate in three-way dialogue to the submission and appeal papers filed by
history or even fashion. weeks of leave teachers get each year, must be among concerned residents, businesses and the HB Land Protection Society. The legal
the Council (together with representatives of team also sought to strike BayBuzz’s Tom
Certainly not fashion. Male teachers tend to fall rather stultifying. the Regional Council and Fire Service). Belford as a supporting appellant to the
into two sartorial categories. Those who have When they’re not standing on roundabouts Land Protection Society (I filed as a so-called
To support the community in this process,
kept manufacturers of walkshorts and sandals holding ungrammatical signs about wanting “section 274 party” under the RMA). The
BayBuzz is researching potential health and
in business long beyond their commercial Court has asked me to further argue my
equal pay with some other branch of the environmental risks posed by chemicals used
lifespan, and those who had hair in the 1960s position.
teaching profession, they can be found in their by Whakatu industries, as well as discharges
and now look like roadies for the Doobie favourite watering hole, the staffroom. Few to air and water. We are also attempting to The Council would like to isolate the
Brothers. The most desperate try to dress like outsiders get to see the school staffroom which, determine the level and adequacy of local Land Protection Society, so they can more
their pupils, with predictably tragic results. body regulatory oversight and enforcement, easily disparage the motives for its appeal
for all I know, contains punching bags shaped and the adequacy of contingency plans … trying to paint its members as a tiny
Most of the teachers I know are secondary like pupils, a soundproof screaming cupboard, should accidents occur that threaten number of malcontents out of step with the
teachers who daily face classrooms of bored, and sauvignon blanc on tap. health and safety. Certain key roles and broad public. That characterisation is both
blank and sloppily dressed teens, crackling responsibilities fall to the Fire Service and to incorrect and unfair.
When I tell teachers that I would not want to certification and enforcement officers acting
with acne and twitching with hormonal join their profession unless capital punishment Early last year BayBuzz conducted a survey,
on behalf of ERMA (NZ’s Environmental
overload. It’s hard enough for anyone in the is re-introduced, they assume I mean corporal Risk Management Authority). delivered randomly to 5,000 Hastings
workforce to put together a combination of punishment. No, I don’t. District homes, in which 80% of respondents
clothes each day that makes them feel they look We wish we could paint a reassuring picture said they opposed the sports park … 68%
Having been corporally educated at Catholic of the situation. But our researcher, Louis opposed strongly. To say that only a handful
a bit different from yesterday. But knowing that
primary and secondary schools, my academic Chambers, is finding robust, clear and of “obstructionists” oppose the complex is
the only thing that will momentarily get the consistent information difficult to acquire patently false.
sneering attention of pupils is your clothing career was a triumph of faith, hope and lots of
from local business managers and officials.
must be soul-destroying. caning by priests. For example, we have developed individual That aside, the Land Protection Society has
chemical and effluent profiles of nearly every right – and the Environment Court
Of course that’s not an issue for the walkshorts Admittedly, the people who brought us the agrees – to legally pursue its objective –
Inquisition had modified their corporal twenty main businesses in Whakatu. We
and sandals brigade, who have stood astride have asked each company to confirm or protecting invaluable Heretaunga Plains
the peaks and troughs of fashion for a number punishment techniques considerably when I correct our profiles. But a typical response farming soils. That’s precisely why the RMA
of decades… although trying to decide first entered the world of the convent primer (if any) is a curt: “All chemicals are stored to exists. The Council has gotten the cart before
pupil. But when it came to the nuns who approved standards and local regulations.” the horse by beginning construction of the
between the fawn and slightly tan walkshorts sports complex before the legal process has
must make many of them late for school. taught us, old habits died hard, as it were. Or, after assuring us that their business is
fully in compliance and we have “neglible played out. Shame on the Council, not the
Dressed in black robes, pale faces framed in
The reason teachers are vital for any dinner understanding” of the matters at hand: “All Society.
white cardboard, a thick leather belt around
party is that when you’ve run out of topics of their waist and a crucifix jammed into it like a further communications will be directed As the appeal proceeds, BayBuzz will be
conversation, you can drop in the observation through the Community Industry Work courtside, one way or the other, cheering on
Roman broadsword, the good sisters wouldn’t
that NCEA is a total waste of time outside the Group.” Allan Baldock and the HB Land Protection
hesitate to rap five-year-old knuckles with a
classroom walls or suggest teachers get more Whatever environmental, health and safety Society.
than their fair share of holidays. Put away any issues might (or might not) exist in the
The last time I got caned, it was for rolling Whakatu industrial area, clearly there’s
sharp cutlery and just sit back and let them
an empty .303 brass shell up and down my a severe shortage of transparency and Waimarama Domain
hold forth for the next hour or two.
tilted desktop as the whole class sat in bored community relations skills! More good news! The Hastings Council
Once they’ve reached the stage of angrily and unproductive silence for some earlier Meantime, local body officers we talk to seems to be on an achievable mission to
pointing out that teachers are expected to misdemeanour by persons unknown. These seem only partially informed at best, and purchase land now owned by the Society
do the job of parents, you can extend the share some of the same misgivings, including of Mary (Marist) in order to preserve the
days, pupils in the United States carry live .308
entertainment but noting kids spend more complaints about secretive ERMA. Waimarama Domain. Assuming a price
rounds to school in semi-automatic rifles. will be agreed, the only potential sticking
time in classrooms with teachers than at home One positive finding is that the Fire Service point might be the Council’s expectation
– so it’s still the teachers’ fault. Those teachers who overcame their
has told us informally that they are aware of that owners of baches adjoining the domain
agoraphobia and escaped to another job with
Because teachers tend to huddle together the chemical hazards at industrial sites, and should be specially assessed to help finance
more pay and even better holidays include can respond appropriately. We’re now trying the transaction. Funding will also come
for mutual support, their dinner guests are Helen Clark, Michael Cullen, Phil Goff, Jim to get that assurance officially. from a district-wide rate charge and other
Anderton, Chris Carter, Trevor Mallard and possible sources.
BayBuzz will report fully on our progress in
Maryan Street. There seems to be a link
next month’s BayBuzz Digest.
between more teachers in politics and a
decrease in educational standards and public
The new Speaker of the House, Dr Lockwood
Smith, who moonlights as a farmer, was
famous in an earlier life as the schoolmaster-
like host of a children’s education quiz on
television. I suspect his decision to switch to
politics came in a memorable moment in front
of the cameras when a little girl was asked to
define a group of molecules that support some
form of life.
“Orgasm,” she responded brightly.
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manufacturing in favour of low-wage of food production world wide will mean
C OUNTERPOINT mass production in foreign countries, and
privatisation has resulted in ever increasing
prices for utilities as CEO’s gouge profits to
a greater emphasis on the protection
of productive land capacity, such as the
By Tim Gilbertson satisfy their shareholders and cream their own
“Hastings will be the premier land based
production region in the South Pacific,” is the
The Smart & The Good
“Our economy is badly weakened, a achievement being sought in their fifty year
consequence of greed and irresponsibility vision. We’ve been there before. When we were
on the part of some, but also our collective the “Fruit Bowl of New Zealand,” Hastings
failure to make hard choices and prepare the was a premier production region in the South
nation for a new age,” Barack Obama said Pacific.
in his inaugural speech. He was addressing
I was a kid growing up in Havelock at that
If it’s smart people you want, we’ve got a great poverty, deprivation, ignorance and the social the American people yet speaking for many
time. Te Mata Peak was our playground. And
education system. If you want good people, tolerance of vice. Yet both the past and present countries when he declared, “We will harness
from the heights we climbed to chase the goats
we’re not doing so well. administrations are committed to building the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our
and watch the falcons dive, we would often
more prisons. cars and run our factories.” Sustainability has
We’ve got cosmetic surgery, 3G cell phones, flat sit and marvel at the view of the Heretaunga
come of age. But what does it mean?
screen TV, the new Airbus 380B with reclining Alexander Pope maintained that an honest Plains. A patchwork of orchards, cropping
seats, and we’ve even got flavoured water man is the noblest work of God. A computer In 1983 the World Commission on fields, and pastoral runs stretched from Paki
with added vitamins. The education system is programmer is the noblest work of our present Environment and Development (WCED), Paki to the sea. The most prominent buildings,
was convened by the United Nations to whose shining roofs seemed as big as farms,
playing its part in producing people who can education system. At the moment, I’d prefer
address concerns about “the accelerating belonged to Watties canneries, the Apple
make things better, faster and more stylish. Alexander Pope over Anne Tolley as Minister
deterioration of the human environment and and Pear Board, and Tomoana and Whakatu
And the system is producing people who are of Education, and that’s despite the fact that natural resources and the consequences of freezing works. On cold spring mornings a
successfully persauding us that we need to go Pope has been been dead for over 200 years. that deterioration for economic and social blanket of smog would cover the Plains. Oil
faster, better, funkier. And as for travelling by rail in the Sudan, that’s development.” An aim of the Commission smudge pots saved the fruit from frost. We
another story. was: “To propose long-term environmental could hear the train but see only the puffs of
But if the function of education is to produce
balanced, thoughtful virtuous citizens in a just strategies for achieving sustainable smoke punching through the cloud. These
and honourable society, the education system, development to the year 2000 and beyond.” were the days when orchardists, fag hanging
along with the rest of the body politic, pulls up Mark Sweet Sustainability was defined as development
that “meets the needs of the present without
out the mouth, mixed organic phosphates by
hand, and sprayed without protection. Biking
a bit short.
Columnist compromising the ability of future generations to school we would sometimes have to dodge
People will argue till the cows come home to meet their own needs.” the sprayer as it turned the rows and covered
about how much should be spent on health, the road, and us, if we were too slow. We’ve
Twenty-five years later, and it takes peak oil
education and welfare. The answer is as much come a long way in changing agricultural
prices, bizarre weather changes, and a financial
as you’ve got, and then can borrow. Thus practices which are unsustainable, as the
meltdown to wake us up from the mesmerising
mountains of money are spent in Wellington growers, the manufacturers, and the exporters
seduction of two decades of unparalleled
on policy process and curriculum development fine-tune their skills. It’s a learning process.
prosperity, where growth in consumerism was
… all garnished with smart offices, smart perks considered more important than protection Whakatu and Tomoana proved unsustainable.
and lots of overseas conferences. Any one who of ecosystems. Obama seems serious. He’s Smudge pots have been replaced by wind
has dealt with the education hierarachy can created a new position of “sustainability czar” machines and helicopters. The apple industry
tell tales of monunmental waste, inefficiency who will act as White House coordinator of has been decimated; yet the most efficient and
and stupidity, comparable only to the social climate and energy policies. adaptive operators prosper. New crops have
welfare and health departments, councils and, been introduced with great success – kiwi fruit,
Hastings District Council is also serious about
the most useless organisation in the history of With this article, Mark Sweet introduces a new berries, olives, and especially grapes. There will
sustainable development. “The Council has
the world, the Sudan Railway Company. series on sustainability. be others in the future. The Heretaunga Plains
decided to take a sustainable development
have been the production base of Hastings
The result is that most children learn to “Sustainability” is the buzz word of the approach,” announces Mayor Lawrence Yule
district ever since the swamp was drained in
read and write, and from then on largely moment, and may define a transition in in the discussion document, What should
thinking and policy, as did “privatization” in Hastings look like? - Planning for a sustainable
educate themselves with a little help from
the 1980’s, “free markets” in the 1990’s, and this future. Sustaining the Plains productivity is at the core
the ministry. Curriculae change with fashion.
decade’s “globalization.” of Council’s new policy direction. Yet it is not
Maori and Mandarin replace Latin and Greek. the politicians and policy-makers who make
Media Studies replaces manual training, Recognition is growing that our way of life Our Land the lasting contributions. They are made by the
but essentially the proletariat is trained up on Planet Earth is threatened by climate The main target of Council’s sustainability
men and women on the ground who adapt,
sufficently to keep the economy rolling along. change and ever diminishing resources. The “vision” is our productive land, and their stated
and innovate, and respect the land which
The lattes will never go cold and the milk will failure of our economic system has revealed aim is to: “Focus on sustainable management
provides their livelihood.
be ever trim. flaws in the mantras of the past. Free markets of our abundance of natural resources and
in commodities and financial services have valued landscape,” and to “retain our strengths Next month, Mark Sweet talks to growers
But do we train people to think? in land-based production and manufacturing.” and processors about attaining a “sustainable
encouraged deceit and avarice. Globalisation
has destroyed the diversity of locally-based HDC recognizes: “The growing importance future.”
Hardly. Logic and reason catapulted the
western world from the tyranny and bondage
of feudalism and superstition to our present
position of privilege and material comfort. The
pen is mightier than the sword, and when the
sword is allowed precedence, as in Zimbabawe
and Israel, the result is a swift return to chaos
Our forebears taught the classics not because
they thought it was essential to know
Greek and Latin and history and political
science. They taught these subjects because
they believed it was essential that we could
think. And people who can think produce a
society, generally based on sound democratic
principles, which produces the greatest
opportunity for the greatest happiness for the
A poignant example of our failure to rationally
debate important issues is the decision to build
two more prisons. There is widely researched
and irrefutable evidence that apart from a tiny
minority of mad psyschopaths, imprisonment
fails to benefit anyone – innocent or guilty
– and is a completely non-productive waste
of time and money. Criminals should be
punished and rehabilitated, but prison is
not the way to do it. People who believe that
locking up criminals and throwing away the
key are basically idiots. The causes of crime are
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Conversational Italian Thurs 7–9 pm. Starts Feb 12; 8 weeks. $38
Clearview Estate Winery. Contact: Caroline Graham 974 8000 x 5009 Thurs 7-9pm. Starts Feb 26; 8 weeks. $50
Email: CGraham@eit.ac.nz Tutor: Rafaella Turner Guitar for Complete Beginners
Mon 7-9 pm. Starts Feb 9; 9 weeks. $45
ART DECO TRUST Japanese Language Tutor: Sue McMullan
ENVIRONMENT CENTER HAWKE’S BAY Beginners & intermediate.
Deco Centre, 163 Tennyson Street, Napier Tues 7-9pm. Starts Feb. 17; two terms. $50 Maori Language
835-0022 www.artdeco.napier.com 220 Russell St., Hastings Tutor: Chieko Dietz Intro to Maori language and culture.
Quake Tour 870-4942 Wed 7-9pm. Starts Feb 11; 8 weeks. $35
Historian Michael Fowler guides tour of Hastings Tutor: Mere Martin
Intro. to Permaculture Design
CBD highlighting quake stories and Art Deco & Sustainable approach to home, garden, farm & HAWKE’S BAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Medicine & Health Through the Ages
Spanish Mission architecture. community design. Comparative history of medical ideas &
205 Queen St., Hastings 876-5938
Feb 17, 18, 1 pm. Feb 19, 20, 1pm & 3pm. Feb 21, Mon 7-9pm. Starts Feb 16; 8 weeks. $60 knowledge from Easter and Western cultures.
10am & 1pm. $17 William Colenso College, Napier. Tutor: Zoe Lee Thurs 7-9pm. Starts Feb 12; 8 weeks. $38
Meet outside Hastings I-site, Russell Street. Also Tues 7-9pm. Starts Feb 17; 8 weeks. $60 Lecture: Employee Management in Economic Tutor: Desmond Johnston
Book through Art Deco Trust. CHB College, Waipukurau. Tutor: Louise Phillips Slowdown
How to fairly manage staff reductions in Book Club
Learned Lecture w/ Dave Brunsdon Sustainable Living Monthly get-together for lovers of fiction.
economic downturn. Presented by Human
The Royal Society presents lessons learned from Covers energy saving, alternatives to Tutor: Shirley Simmons
Resources Consultant Andrea Stevenson and
1931 Quake and impact on today’s engineering. chemicals,ethical shopping, reducing water use Employment Lawyer Jim Ferguson.
Feb 19, 7:30pm. Century Theater. Gold Coin. and waste, efficient transportation, and eco- Feb12, 5:30–6:45 pm. 206 Queen St., Hastings
Red Hot and Cole renovations. WAIMARAMA MAORI TOURISM
Mon 7-9pm. Starts Feb 16; 8 weeks. $45 Business & Marketing Planning
Sizzling celebration of life and music of Cole P 879-9302 M 021 057-0935
Havelock North High School. Tutor: Zoe Lee Learn how this kind of planning can make
Porter, directed by Megan Peacock (The Vagina www.waimaramamaori.com
your business more profitable.
Monologues). Edible Gardens – Sustainable Backyards Feb 10, 17; 9am-1pm. Napier, Prebenson Drive.
Feb 20, 7pm. Feb 21, 3pm & 8pm. HB Opera Hands-on course to help you design and establish Arch of the Ancestors Tour - Te Hakakino,
House. Pre-entertainment in Plaza. $38 adults, organic veggie garden in your own patch. Regional Economic Summit Waimarama
$35 seniors. Book through Art Deco Trust Weds 7-9pm. Starts Feb 18; 8 weeks. $50 NZIER Chief Economist Jean-Pierre de Raad and Eye-opening guided tours of ancient Maori
CHB College, Waipukurau. Tutor: Louise Phillips others will discuss impact of economic trends fortress site.
Also: Sat 9am-12pm. Starts Feb 21; 8 weeks. $50 on HB. March 6. Hawke’s Bay Opera House. Feb 7, 14, 21, 28. Tours depart Waimarama
CREATIVE HASTINGS William Colenso College, Napier. Store, 10 am. $35
Hastings Community Art Center Tutor: Zoe Lee
HAWKE’S BAY MUSEUM & ART GALLERY
106 Russell St South, Hastings WILLIAM COLENSO COLLEGE
878-9447 www.creativehastings.org.nz 9 Herschell St., Napier
HASTINGS CITY ART GALLERY 835-7782 www.hbmag.co.nz Adult Continuing Education
Summer in the Park – Hawke’s Bay Orchestra Arnold St., Napier 833-6751
Includes Bach’s oboe/violin Concerto, 201 Eastbourne Street East Felix Kelly – A Kiwi at Brideshead
Hastings 4156 www.colenso.school.nz
Ravel’s Bolero, an Astor Piazzolla tango and more. Through April 26
Feb 15, 3–5 pm. Hastings Opera House. Free. Tel: (06) 871-5095 Vegetarian Cooking
Art Deco Weekend Learned Lecture How to cook low fat, healthy, vegetarian
Summer in the Park – Hastings Citizens’ Band Mind Games, Surrealism in Aotearoa Curator Don Bassett presents entertaining talk
Exhibition opens to public Feb 7 food & reduce your food bill.
Great concert from the band & guests. about Felix Kelly and exhibition. Mon 7-9pm. Starts Feb16; 8 weeks. $35
Feb 22, 3–5 pm. Cornwall Park. Free. After Five with the Director Feb. 21, 10:30am. $7 Tutor: Janice Carter
Summer in the Park Piano and Song Maree Mills discusses Mind Games exhibition Somebody’s Darling
and how selected works might “fit” with Beginner German
Featuring piano and song with Frances Burch Through June 21 Thurs 7-9pm. Starts Feb19; 8 weeks. $35
& selected top vocalists. surrealism genre.
Feb 11, 5:15–6:15pm. Cemetery Guided Walks Tutor: Alison O’Kane
March 1, 3–5 pm. Cornwall Park. Free.
Feb 15, March 1; 2 pm. Adults $5, children free. Intro to Te Reo Maori
Surrealism Slide Presentation & Floor Talk Purchase tix at HBMAG before day of walk.
Patrick Tyman, artist and teacher, discusses For beginners w/ little or no prior knowledge.
EASTERN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY history of Surrealism within European art Utterance - Ben Pearce Mon 7-9pm. Starts Feb16; 8 weeks. $40
history. Kicks off HCAG’s education program for 7 March – 17 May 2009 Tutor: Arthur Savage
501 Gloucester St, Taradale, Napier
school students. Feb 14, 3–4:30pm. Exhibition Opening March 5, 5:30pm De-Colonisation - Te Tiriti o Waitangi
(All courses are held at main Taradale campus A Disaster Area - Michael Hawksworth Explore origins of colonization and its
unless otherwise noted.) Exhibition Opening impact on Iwi, hapu and whanau.
HAVELOCK NORTH HIGH SCHOOL March 5, 5:30pm Tues 7-9pm. Starts Feb17; 8 weeks. $40
Barista Tutor: Mereana Pitman
Learn the history of coffee and how to operate Community Education
espresso machines. Hands-on training for all Te Mata Rd., Havelock North Photography Basic Techniques
coffee styles. 877-8129 (day); 877-8230 (evenings) KEIRUNGA GARDENS ARTS & CRAFTS Emphasis on creating exciting photos
Feb 9, 16; 6pm-8pm. $75 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org SOCIETY, INC. w/ any type of camera.
Contact: Rachel Eriksen 974 8000 x 5033 Pufflet Road, P.O. Box 8265, Havelock North Thurs 7-9. Starts Feb 19; 8 weeks. $50
Email: email@example.com www.keirunga.org.nz Tutor: Leigh Patterson
Introductory class for absolute beginners
Introduction to Photoshop and those wanting to learn more. Beginners Class: intro to drawing,
Learn some of the most practical features of Weds 7-9pm. Starts Feb11; 8 weeks. $40 colour and painting.
this powerful image-editing software. Tutor: Jill-Marie Johnston: 835-4755 or 835-5553 Mon 7-9pm; Feb 2–March 23.
Thurs 6-8:30pm; Feb 26–April 9. $115 Drums & Percussion Tutor: Sandy Densen 875-8383
Contact: Adele Mareikura 974 8000 x 5019 Exploring African, Latin American, European Intermediate Class: experimental &
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and other rhythms. No experience required. mixed media techniques.
Report Writing Mon 7-8:30pm. Starts Feb 9; 10 weeks. $40 Weds 7-9pm; Feb 4–March 2.
Build confidence and skill in structuring and Tutor: Rinie Coppelmans, 835-0083
Beginning pottery with Alison Earl
organising your reports for maximum impact. NZ Sign Language (Introductory) Wed 7-9pm; weekly; terms 1, 2, 4
Feb19, 26; 1pm-4:30 pm. $245 Weds 7-9pm. Starts Feb 25; 16 weeks. $30 Keirunga Potters Studio
Contact: Ambah Southon 974 8000 x 5038 Tutor: Linda Allen fax 878-5482 Tutor: Alison Earl 877-8576
Guitar for Beginners Pot making with John Gisborne
Mon 7-9pm. Starts Feb 9; 8 weeks. $40 Culminating in woodfiring at Waiohiki.
Feb 7, 15. Contact: John 021 1444821
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