Wairarapa News : January 25th 2012
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For full terms and conditions see ww w.carpetcourt.co.nz. 61 Dixon Street, Masterton Ph 06 377 5600 • 0800 787 777 Ex xclusive to IN BRIEF Head injuries serious A 37-year-old Masterton man is in a serious condition in Wellington Hospital with head injuries following a gang-related incident at the weekend. The man was assaulted and left unconscious on the driveway of a Hessey St property about 5.50pm. He was taken by ambulance to Masterton Hospital and later airlifted to Wellington Hospital where he remains in a serious condition in the intensive care unit. At 3.20pm yesterday afternoon, a molotov cocktail was thrown through the window of a Hessey St flat. Police suspect this is related to the assault the previous day. Young cyclist fortunate A 10-year-old was hit by a car in Cameron Cres in Masterton on Sunday night. Police said the girl rode into the path of the vehicle which had no chance of avoiding the collision. The girl was taken to Wairarapa Hospital by ambulance and police said she was lucky to escape with minor injuries. The incident happened about 8.30pm. Burglary, drink driving A 38-year-old Masterton woman was arrested for burglary and drink driving after she allegedly broke into a house. Police said she kicked in the front door, smashed windows and took a blanket and some canned food. When she was found by police she was also processed for driving with excess breath alcohol after recording more than twice the legal limit. Troublesome tow A trailer on the back of a car tipped over on Lennie Rd north of Masterton around 5.30pm on Friday. An array of debris from the trailer spilled on the road. Great outdoors is a top-rate classroom ' The academy will give them an opportunity to work together with our local primary schools. This is an excellent way of strengthening our close relationship with the community and helps our students to develop respect and responsibility. ' Kuranui College principal Geoff Shepherd Innovative South Wairarapa secondary school Kuranui College has developed a groundbreaking programme aimed at getting secondary, primary and inter- national students to enjoy the great outdoors and develop good life skills. The Kuranui Outdoor Edu- cation Academy (KOEA) will be based in the foothills of the Tara- rua ranges at the Waiohine Valley Outdoor Centre. Easy access to the ranges allows the academy s staff to deliver a variety of activities, including bush craft, river safety, tramping, camping, kayaking and abseiling. With the Wairarapa coast less than an hour away, students will also be able to take part in beach safety, diving and surfing, with the wider region providing ideal opportunities for students to mountainbike, rock climb, experi- ence high and low ropes and get involved in conservation projects. Kuranui College principal Geoff Shepherd is keen for Kuranui students to gain experience in an integrated environment. Teaching the curriculum through integration allows students to learn through opportunities that are relevant to their lives, in a real-life context. In the last few years, the col- lege has successfully run NCEA Outdoor Education courses at levels 1 to 3, and now we will also be able to give every student from year 9 upwards the chance to take part in a wide range of outdoor activities. Students will be able to select an individual module that they are especially keen on, like mountainbiking. Each module will have a strong emphasis on the National Curriculum s key competencies such as relating to others, managing self and participating and contributing. We believe these skills are not only essential for the development of our young people, but will enable those youngsters to embrace leadership, ingenuity and the healthy can-do attitude that New Zealanders are world- famous for. The KOEA activities will also be available to year 7 and 8 students throughout the region. Each term, primary students will take part in a different activity, culminating in a camp at the Waiohine Valley Outdoor Cen- tre at the end of Term 4, bringing together all their new skills. Greytown School, Kahutara School, South Featherston School and St Teresa s School, Featherston have already signed up for 2012, Mr Shepherd says. As part of the NCEA level 3 course, our students have to demonstrate skills in both leader- ship and instruction. The academy will give them an opportunity to work together with our local primary schools. This is an excellent way of strengthening our close relationship with the community and helps our students to develop respect and responsibility. It also allows us to pool experience, knowledge and expertise amongst the staff. Glenn Beach, the teacher in charge of the academy, is passion- ate about getting young people to experience the outdoors. Outdoor Education pro- grammes produce some remark- able results for students of all ages and ability, including changes in attitude, increased self-esteem and improved social skills. It is these benefits, along with many others, that makes outdoor education a powerful tool in educating a broad cross-section of our community. I hope that the academy will help to forge closer links between the college and the wider Wairarapa. Former year 13 student Monique Graves agreed. Many lifelong skills have been learnt in Outdoor Education this year, from overcoming fears of height to getting to do something that many people may never get to do, taking people outside their own comfort zones, like snow caving, she said of her experience last year. Lots of new things have been learnt, not only about the subjects we have covered, but also about ourselves. For more details, contact Glenn Beach on 06 304 9116. Benefits study for shared services to be launched The shared services committee of the Carterton, Masterton and South Wairarapa district councils is seeking proposals from consul- tants for a study on future options for local government service deliv- ery in the Wairarapa. Each of the councils agreed to a study being undertaken at their December 2011 meetings. This study follows the public consultation undertaken in the Wairarapa last year on the Price Waterhouse Coopers report on Wellington Region Governance, the chairwoman of the shared services committee, Cr Lyn Patterson, says. This report looked at several scenarios including the formation of a Wellington super city incorporating the Wairarapa. The Wairarapa councils conclu- ded last August that more infor- mation should be sought as we did not have . . . an analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of any possible options for the Wairarapa, Cr Patterson says. The shared services committee expects to appoint a consultant for the study in late February with a target completion date of the end of April. The cost of the study is expected to be about $150,000. Banners missing: Rotary Martinborough Fair organisers are puzzled and annoyed by the disappearance of their promotional banners from various sites in the South Wairarapa. The banners promote Rotary Club of South Wairarapa's major charity event and organisers say there seems to be no reason for their disappearance. Fair convener Mary Mason says they are easily identifiable, have no commercial value and the thieves have taken the risk of trespassing on private property. Last year the flags flew for many weeks untouched. ''We'd like them back, please,'' Ms Mason says. Go to martinboroughfair.org.nz for more information about the fair.
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