Kia ora everyone!
While it was with sadness that we farewelled Tonga’s King Goerge Tupou V last week, the funeral was a wonderful celebration of his life where thousands of mourners turned out to pay their respects. Takoto marie e te Kingai – Rest in Peace.
Well the days are becoming shorter, nights are longer and on some days the temperature drops down to single digits – wrap up winter is nigh!!
It has been another busy month and in this issue I will cover what’s been happening in the Mana electorate, and in Parliament, and out and about around the country.
Congratulations and a big welcome home to John Price our new Kapiti Mana police area commander. Area commander Price was a resident and a police officer in the Mana electorate for 22 years before moving to Christchurch in 2004. I had the pleasure to meet John at the opening of Creekfest.
Officially opening Creekfest 2012 With area commander John Price
Creekfest 2012 was another successful and entertaining event celebrating our Pacific cultures! The weather was just fabulous and brought the people out in droves – well done to all the organisers!
With Bernadine MacKenzie of Child Youth & Family and local pirate and fairy
Celebrating Children’s Day –the theme for this year's event
was "treasure our children". It was wonderful to see so many pirate and
fairy “treasures” taking part in this event. Thanks to the Porirua
City Council and local groups for organising.
At the Annual Graduation for Health, Arts & Business degree, post grads and diploma level at Whitireia Porirua. It was wonderful to see so many graduating from their programmes of study and having an opportunity to celebrate their success.
Left: With Dr Kathy Holloway, Dean of the Health Faculty, Dr Jane O”Malley, Chief Nurse, Ministry of Health
Right: At the Pacific Business Trust Unlimited Seminar
It was great to speak and share some of my own business experience at the Pacific Business Trust Unlimited Pasifika Seminar in Porirua.
Along with other ministerial events I am continuing to travel around the country meeting with schools, boards of trustees, parents, business leaders, and community groups. This month I have visited Christchurch, Whangarei, Taupō and Gisborne.
NEW YORK!! NEW YORK!!
I attended the International Summit on the Teaching Profession in New York which proved very beneficial and affirmed the Government is taking the right steps to help NZ teachers deliver 21st century learning skills.
Education is recognised as the driver of economic growth and social gain, and we know that it is high quality teaching that delivers students the best possible opportunities to acquire skills and meaningful qualifications.
We are fortunate that New Zealand has invested in a highly competent teaching profession and that we have in place a number of initiatives to ensure our teachers are well equipped to help learners succeed in the 21st century.
It was clear from the Summit that collaboration across the sector is vital to raising student achievement – that means teachers, principals, unions, parents, communities, business, academia and government agencies working together, taking responsibility and sharing ideas so that successful teaching practice becomes common practice.
For more information on my visit please go to my website www.hekia.parata.co.nz or check out my facebook page www.facebook.com/hekia.parata
I attended the Breakfast to celebrate International Women’s Day hosted by Hon Jo Goodhew where I also had the opportunity to sit and chat with students from the Wellington region.
It was a delight to host a visit by Rt Hon Helen Clark and Michael Sidibe, the Executive Director of UNAIDS.
I had great pleasure in meeting and speaking to the Pacific Advisory Group, Pasifika Principals Network for Learning and Pasifika Education Research Priorities Working Group.
Ultra-Fast Broadband –17 schools in Mana, including Adventure School, Paremata School and Titahi Bay School, will have access to ultra-fast broadband, by the middle of next year. Faster internet will help prepare students for living and working in the 21st century. National is spending $1.65 billion on ultra-fast broadband. By July next year, more than 410,000 students at nearly 1500 schools around the country will be connected. For more information go to http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/ufb-be-rolled-out-hundreds-more-schools
Building a Bluegreen Future launched - National launched Building a Bluegreen Future, an environment policy paper reporting on the progress of the National-led Government over the past three years and setting out the next steps to be taken in this term. Building a Bluegreen Future, is available online here: http://www.national.org.nz/bluegreens/Bluegreen_Future.pdf
Free flu immunisation - The Government is urging New Zealanders most at risk from serious influenza complications to get their free immunisation. The flu vaccine is offered free every year to New Zealanders over the age of 65, pregnant women and people with ongoing health conditions such as asthma or heart problems. Last year almost one million doses of flu vaccine were given. People who are not eligible for the programme can purchase the vaccine from their general practitioner.
Better local government reforms announced - The ‘Better Local Government’ reforms will provide clarity around the role of councils, stronger governance, improved efficiency and more responsible financial management. For more information go to http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/better-local-government-reforms-announced
Govt sharpens focus on public sector results - Prime Minister
John Key has outlined the next steps in the Government's programme to
create a public sector that is more innovative, efficient and focused on
delivering what New Zealanders want and expect. For more information go
End of school term Thursday 5th April.
ANZAC DAY 25th April
For Anzac Services in Porirua and Kapiti regions visit:
Porirua Mayoral Business Expo – Saturday 28th April 10am – 4pm Te Rauparaha Arena
The main stadium will feature the Business Expo with up to 160 stalls, with the rest a kids market, bouncy castles, interactive displays, crafts, food and more! This is an event that caters for everyone!
For more events within the Mana electorate visit websites:
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Have a happy and safe Easter!