Students get a taste of things to come
Waiheke High School student Sahara Adams spent a day with TV3 sports reporter Ashlee Tulloch last week, interviewing Chiefs’ captain Liam Messam.
Sahara was one of the many senior school students who got out of the classroom to explore possible future careers.
Year 12 and 13 students could choose from a large selection of workplace options, participating in activities ranging from fixing a car and making a coffee to learning about journalism at Gulf News and engaging with children at the Waiheke Kindergarten.
The successful Career Tasters days were instigated by the school, with the help of Aotearoa Insurance’s Nicola Hambly, under the guidelines of Career Education Benchmarks, a set of tools to help secondary schools better prepare students for the world of work.
Waiheke High School teacher Tanique Deacon says many young people find it hard to identify their career aspirations.
A vote for Siobhan will help South Pacific animals
Dancing with the Stars fans have the chance to support an animal charity with a local connection.
By voting for Outrageous Fortune actor Siobhan Marshall and her partner Charlie Billington, they will also be supporting South Pacific Animal Welfare (SPAW), and the work of Waiheke resident Bryan Gartrell and his wife Gael.
Bryan and Gael have recently returned from Niue Island where they participated in their second desexing clinic for the charity.
A totally voluntary organisation, SPAW’s main focus is on the islands of Tonga, Samoa and Niue, where it works collaboratively with islanders to foster positive change for animals and the environments in which they live.
Loyal friend, dedicated volunteer, good sort
Judith Amie Phillips 1939 - 2015
Julianne Evans pays tribute to longtime islander Judith Phillips, who died suddenly on 25 May.
Loyal friend, stalwart volunteer, devotee of cats, stamp collecting and jigsaw puzzles; Surfdale resident Judith Phillips will leave a gap in many lives and island organisations.
Judith’s friends and family gathered to share memories of her at Day Cottage at the Waiheke Museum last Wednesday, and as someone observed, the only thing Judith wouldn’t have liked about it was the fact that she wasn’t there.
Judith was the museum’s regular Wednesday afternoon attendant as well as being its accession person, and as a result, was immensely knowledgeable about its collection.
Waiheke Historical Society president Ann Anderson said one of Judith’s roles was to catalogue donations and enter them into the society’s database.
“She knew all there was to know about the collection and was absolutely invaluable; we’re going to miss her very much.”
Sunny offer from solar power company
For those wondering about the scaffolding around the library building, Waiheke Library has just had 80 solar panels installed on its roof.
The panels are expected to reduce the building’s carbon emmissions by 92 tonnes; the equivalent of planting 2840 urban trees.
The new 20.8kW solar system has been installed by solarcity, a solar power company that is launching a new service on Waiheke this week.
The solarZero offer involves the company paying for and installing solar panels on island houses, after which homeowners then pay a fixed monthly fee for their solar power.
Solarcity is offering two months of free solar power to all homeowners who sign up for the solarZero offer by the end of July 2015.
The offer is designed to make it more affordable for Waiheke homeowners to generate their own clean energy, says the company’s CEO and co-founder Andrew Booth.