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PAPAKURA COURIER, JANUARY 19, 2011
2011 TERTIARY GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS
Applications are now open for registered tribal members who
are resident in New Zealand and who are studying at a tertiary
education institution in New Zealand.
Financial assistance is available for either full time or part-time
The closing date for all 2011 undergraduate, post graduate and
masters courses is 28 February 2011.
Applications for 2011 Waikato-Tainui Doctoral Scholarships can
be made at any time during the year.
Other grants available to registered tribal
members residing in New Zealand include:
Kaumaatua Medical, Maatauranga, Health & Wellbeing
Initiatives and Marae Development.
Applications under these criteria will be considered monthly.
For further information please contact:
Jackie Haggie: Grants Officer
Tribal Development Unit, Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Inc
451 Old Taupiri Road, Hopuhopu
Free phone: 0800 824 684 Ext 7619
For more information or to
buy online, visit our website at
Ph 09 524 6270
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Mayor will be regular rider
Travellers: Mayor Len Brown chats with
Veolia train manager Rashmi Jani while
riding to work from Papatoetoe to
Britomart on Monday morning. It's a trip
he plans to make regularly from now on
to encourage greater use of Auckland's
public transport.Photo: KAREN MANGNALL
By KAREN MANGNALL
RIDE a train from south Auckland
into Britomart any weekday morn-
ing and chances are you could be
sitting next to mayor Len Brown.
He's started taking the train to
work as part of a campaign to
double the number of Aucklanders
using public transport over the next
I'll be riding the train probably
once or twice a week,'' he says.
Until the Manukau rail link
opens the Flat Bush resident will be
catching the train from Papatoetoe.
It's a beautiful trip and a great
way to meet the people,'' Mr Brown
He took his first mayoral train
ride on Monday morning.
The 30-minute journey was very
comfortable'', Mr Brown says.
When I was working in town and
studying I was primarily using pub-
lic transport though mostly buses
because rail was embarrassingly
run down. Now it's a pleasant
experience and when we get electri-
fication of the rail network it will be
Mr Brown used his train ride to
announce a study by his office and
Auckland Transport into how to
boost annual trips on public trans-
port from 63 million now to 150
million by 2021.
Integrated ticketing, electric
trains and delivering the inner city
rail loop within five to seven years''
will all help, Mr Brown says.
So will continuing to upgrade
train stations, with Takanini an
obvious candidate out south.
Putting the ferry network within
reach of more Aucklanders'' will be
a focus for the study.
We are the city of sails, we have
three harbours and two great
coastlines. We shut down our ferries
to a great extent when we got the
The study will look at how to get
the council, government and private
operators together to improve ferry
Half Moon Bay and Beachlands-
Maraetai in the south, Hobsonville
out west and Mairangi Bay, Taka-
puna, Stanley Bay on the North
Shore all have significant poten-
tial'' for growth in ferry traffic, Mr
Getting a major lift'' in walking
and cycling as safe, effective
alternatives to private cars is also
part of the study.
Mr Brown also plans to signifi-
cantly increase'' the number of
Auckland schools with transport
plans to reduce peak traffic, and to
identify improvements to bus and
high occupancy vehicle lanes.
Fire was nearly a killer
By DAVID TAURANGA
A suspicious blaze that
destroyed a Red Hill
home at the weekend
could easily have
claimed a life, firefight-
The Fire Service
received reports that
three people were
trapped inside a small
cottage that was on fire
in Redcrest Ave at
around 11.30am on
But fire risk manage-
ment officer Phil Faid-
ley says when firefight-
ers entered the burning
house they found no
Thankfully the fam-
ily had been out and
returned to find their
destroyed by fire,'' he
It was fortunate
because conditions in
the house would have
made it extremely diffi-
cult, if not impossible,
for anyone to escape.''
Mr Faidley says
there were no smoke
alarms in the house
and had the family
been inside fatalities
would have been
One firefighter fell
through the floorboards
which had been weak-
ened by the flames. He
sustained minor burns
but did not need hos-
Mr Faidley says
around 90 percent of
the house's interior
was destroyed by the
blaze and it would
probably have to be
The fire has now
been referred to police.
We suspect the fire
was deliberately lit due
to distinctive patterns
That doesn't necess-
arily mean it was a
malicious act, only that
someone has lit a fire
Seeking the sun
The Papakura Art Gal-
lery has reopened for
2011 with Here Comes
the Sun, an exhibition
celebrating the positive
mood of summer.
It features work from
local artists expressing
what summer means to
The show includes
work from 26 local and
national artists and
varies in subject matter
from landscapes, studies
of flora and fauna to
people enjoying water
sports and fine weather.
Gallery assistant Kate
Hart was pivotal in dev-
eloping the exhibition
and is also taking free
art classes for children at
The exhibition has
been a joy to put
together. As artists
brought their work in I
could see how well the
activities of the exhi-
bition and children's art
classes would work
together,'' Ms Hart says.
Here Comes the Sun
runs until February 12.
Children's art classes
are filling quickly. There
are a few places in
Footsteps of Summer on
February 4 and 11, plus
Round like a Ball this
Friday and January 28
as well as February 4
Contact Ms Hart on
297-7510 or email kate.
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