Eastern Courier : November 12th 2010
5 EASTERN COURIER, NOVEMBER 12, 2010 NEWS Customer Services (09) 442 2222 7.30am to 6pm, Mon to Fri Faults and emergencies (09) 442 2222 24 hours Dear Auckland Welcome to Watercare This is our second week of delivering water and wastewater services directly to your homes and businesses. As you may be aware, your water accounts transferred automatically to Watercare last week, as part of the local government changes. You may be wondering how this will affect the services you receive. We can assure you that we are used to providing millions of litres of drinking water every day. It is what we have been doing since 1992, along with treating wastewater and managing pipe networks. What has changed is that we are now serving you directly. Future water and wastewater bills will come from Watercare. This change means there may be hiccups as we nd our feet. We can assure you though; our dedicated team will work hard to x these quickly. If you have any questions or feedback, please call. 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ENROL NOW To enrol now or for more information, contact: 0800 10 10 60 | www.manukau.ac.nz Eight classrooms conveniently located around Auckland. HOWICK I MANGERE I MANUKAU I MEADOWBANK OTARA I PAPAKURA I PUKEKOHE I THREE KINGS DAYTIME I EVENINGS I WEEKENDS 7499 00084 C 10 years of teachers Ten years of teachers is being celebrated by Manukau Insti- tute of Technology. It's been a decade since Auckland University's bach- elor of education degree was first delivered at MIT. The first batch of just 16 education students was enrolled in the Manukau pro- gramme in 2000. That number's grown steadily and now MIT boasts 300 graduates teaching in more than 80 schools, mostly in south and east Auckland. To mark the 10th anniver- sary MIT threw a party with guests including graduates, current students and past and current teaching staff. One of the current crop of MIT students celebrating the anniversary is Kara Mar- sters. She has overcome per- sonal tragedy to study and is nowwellonthewaytoa teaching career. After leaving school at 17, she worked in a warehouse, as a car groomer and swim- ming instructor before returning to study for her bachelor of education at MIT. Tragically, her fiance died after a stroke and Kara took a year out before continuing her studies. Now in her third year of studying, Kara plans to become a high school teacher and school counsellor. Workshops offer inspiration By AMY McGILLIVRAY Spellbound. Somerville Intermediate students, from left: Elaine Ryan, Alida Newman and Kelly Gradon, all 12, get some tips from poet Paula Green. Speed dating with a twist saw authors and intermedi- ate students from across Auckland spend a day to- gether recently. The New Zealand Book Council organised six New Zealand authors to take time out from writing to run short speed dating style workshops with small groups of stu- dents. Half way through the day Robert Keam from Remuera Intermediate was bright-eyed and ready for more. It's pretty interesting,'' he says. I'm really looking for- ward to them all.'' The sessions with authors left him thinking about the importance of suspense. It's the key to interesting writing,'' he says. Somerville Intermediate's Elaine Ryan enjoyed the ses- sion with illustrator, script- writer and oral storyteller Lyn Kriegler. She has puppets and everything,'' Elaine says. It's nice to know that other people talk to their soft toys as well.'' Fellow Somerville student Kelly Gradon learnt a lot from each author but particu- larly enjoyed Ms Kriegler's session which focused more on illustration. Lyn said that your imagin- ation can bring things to life.'' Poet Paula Green says the day was about encouraging the kids to get out there and give it a go. I just start with the idea that poetry is like music so we just jam around with words,'' she says. It's just playing around and using their ears.'' Poet Selina Tusitala Marsh and children's writers Jenni- fer Beck, Brian Falkner and John Parker also dished out their best writing advice. Book council chief execu- tive Noel Murphy says the event is an extension of the Writers in Schools pro- gramme that sees authors visit schools to talk to and work with students. We're hoping that they're getting to meet some interes- ting writers and get good insights into how working writers do it,'' he says.
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