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Milk on hold
Free milk is going into schools this year but Hawke's
Bay pupils, along with most of the country, have to
wait another 12 months.
Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings announced
the programme last year.
''For some New Zealanders this initiative will bring
back memories of the Government programme which
operated in New Zealand primary schools between
1937 and 1967. We'll ensure this time that the milk is
cold and tastes great.
''We know milk offers a unique combination of
nutrients which are essential for children's growth
To test the programme, Fonterra will launch a pilot
in Northland, covering 110 schools, during the first
term, before rolling the initiative across New Zealand
The 10-year anniversary of the Enviroschools
Foundation is a milestone worth celebrating, says
Associate Education Minister and Maori Party co-
leader Pita Sharples.
Speaking at a function in Hamilton last week, Dr
Sharples congratulated the foundation, and all its
support partners, for carrying on their work.
Nineteen schools in Napier and Hastings are part of
the enviroschool network.
''The idea that our relationships with the natural
environment guide our attitudes and behaviour, and
frame the way we educate our children, is a very
Maori perspective -- one we share with indigenous
peoples around the world,'' said Dr Sharples.
He said a Maori world view means ''environmental
consciousness influences everything we do''.
''So the environment is not 'out there', an 'issue'
that we can choose to engage in or not. It is part of
us, and part of our families, and we are part of the
Dr Sharples said he saw the philosophy of
enviroschools aligning closely with that of kura
kaupapa Maori, and the two supporting each other
''And as co-leader of the Maori Party, I can say we
have strongly supported enviroschools.
''We had some rather heavy and, I am pleased to
say, successful negotiations over the Emissions
Trading Scheme and the Budget with our partners in
the last government.
''The result is that we were able to restore funding
Dr Sharples said the Maori Party's support was
carried over into its election policy, and confirmed in
the new confidence and supply agreement with the
Science education push
New graduate qualifications offered by
distance learning at the Open
Polytechnic will give primary school
teachers the skills to inspire children to
engage in the world of science.
The graduate certificate in primary
science teaching (curriculum) and the
graduate diploma in primary science
teaching are now open for enrolment
for trimester 1, 2012, for practising
The graduate certificate in primary
teaching (leadership) will open for
enrolment in trimester 2 later this year.
Open Polytechnic chief executive
Caroline Seelig says the new
qualifications will help the Government
achieve their goal of increasing
engagement in the sciences in the
''The younger we can engage and
inspire children to investigate the
world of science, the more likely we are
to see more New Zealanders choosing
science as their future careers,'' says Dr
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First steps in tourism career
Career girl: EIT travel course
graduate Gemma-Lee Garbutt.
In her early teens, Gemma-Lee
Garbutt dreamed about owning a
Holidaying with her family, she
imagined creating something
different for guests when she
stayed at hotels that operated in
much the same way throughout
With that as her vision, it
probably is not surprising that she
should choose to study for EIT's
Diploma in Tourism and Travel.
Gemma-Lee's decision was rooted
in reality, however, rather than any
fantasy about a glamorous Paris
She singled out the Eastern
Institute of Technology's diploma
programme because she wanted a
qualification that was nationally
recognised. Another plus was the
nearness of EIT to her Hastings
After leaving Karamu High
School, Gemma-Lee started at EIT
in July 2009.
It was her choice of study
programme that helped her secure
a part-time job as an information
centre the next
become a full-
time job, and
says Gemma-Lee's training
prepared her well for her role at
the Hastings i-SITE.
This year, Gemma-Lee will be on
the committee organising the
annual Hastings Blossom Festival
gaining insight into event
In a few years she would like to
travel widely, Paris, French fashion
and the Eiffel Tower are at the top
of her must-see list.
Ultimately, she would like to be
an event manager -- a goal that
again squares well with her choice
of study programme and tertiary
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