Eastern Courier : July 8th 2011
4 EASTERN COURIER, JULY 8, 2011 NEWS Advance your career » 0800 10 95 10 » www.medicalimaging.unitec.ac.nz A postgraduate medical imaging quali cation can help you move into a more senior role or a specialty area in the health sector. Unitec s postgraduate programmes are unique in New Zealand, and will help you generate innovative approaches to problems within professional practice. You can choose from a range of specialisations and study part-time while you work. Enrol now. Starts 1 August. UNNI100 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Transparency It has been interesting reading the debate surrounding Thurston Place College and the viewpoint of those in the community. Trevor King's letter about opposition brought a different and thoughtful perspective (Eastern Courier, June 29). I don't live in the local community and will not be affected by any decision but I do support the notion of transparency in decision making. It seems to me if the minister of education had taken the time to work with the community in the process of development, that it may well have been a different scenario. What the community is asking for is communication, information and involvement in any decisions. When night schools (adult education) were virtually wiped out with no consultation with local communities, 200,000 learners and thousands of accessible learning opportunities were lost. A major concern was that Education Minister Anne Tolley announced she had been up and down the country talking to principals and co- ordinators. In fact it took us eight weeks to get a meeting with the minister and she gave us 20 minutes. She told us at that meeting that she did not have to consult. Good on this community for wanting transparency and accountability. The minister works for us and needs to be accountable for such actions. Linda Melrose Community Learning Through Schools Association CLASS president Libraries going high-tech with wi-fi By MATT BOWEN Lucy Schwaner's wish has come true. The Auckland Council is set to roll out wireless inter- net access to Howick, High- land Park, Pakuranga and Botany libraries in time for the Rugby World Cup. Miss Schwaner, who is the Howick Local Board's libraries portfolio leader, is glad they're finally doing it''. She says it was put to the old Manukau City Council but nothing happened. Now we've got this new structure and all the libraries are merged together it's great that ours are getting the services that others have. I know Botany library is crying out for it.'' Wi-fi internet access is not available in libraries that were part of the former Manukau or Waitakere city council networks. Auckland Council digital services libraries and infor- mation manager Corin Haines says the goal is to have implemented wi-fi in all sites in time for the world cup but this is dependent on other information services priorities at this time''. We recognise the demand from our communities for this valuable resource and the local board's desire to have it available.'' Wi-fi gives people another way to access information on their own electronic devices such as laptops and smart- phones easing pressure on computers. It also means libraries can expand their internet offer without the space constraint of providing extra computers within the library itself. Businesses make it through to the final round of awards Right message: Botany-based International Travel College of New Zealand is in the running for both the Excellence in Marketing Award and Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality categories. MIT's Jo Tuck presents Claire Huxley, left, with a finalist's plaque. The right stuff: Pam McNickle of Howick-based Crumbles is presented with the finalist's plaque for the Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Award by Counties Manukau Pacific Trust chief executive Richard Jeffery. Manufacturing success: Kim Hughes presented Bruce Coubray, left, and Wayne Rowe of Howick Ltd with the finalist's plaque for the Excellence in Manufacturing Award. Howick Ltd were also finalists in the Excellence in Exporting Award. East Auckland companies stepped up to the mark in the Westpac Auckland South Business Awards 2011. Three local companies survived the judging process to reach the last hurdle. The annual awards honour local businesses, their people and their extraordinary achievements in New Zea- land business. Overall winners will be announced at a black-tie gala dinner at the Pacific Events Centre on August 12. Visit www.em.org.nz, phone 262-2244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings.
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