HERALD WEEKLY ISSUE 608: 21 March 2012

News Briefs

Tereora College Holiday Program
A school holiday program was held at Tereora College to help students in need of an extra twenty credits, in order to meet the requirements of NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) Level One. This program was created so that students who are struggling to obtain the necessary number of credits, which is a minimum of eighty, will be able to move on to NCEA Level Two, next year. This program is run over a period of three days, which will include a mixture of Unit Standard Courses, ranging from Numeracy, Literacy, Cook Islands Maori, Computing Skills, Physical Education and one-on-one interviews. Apart from obtaining extra credits, this is meant to help students better prepare themselves for the upcoming assignments of NCEA.
The number of attendees was surprisingly high, according to a member of the Tereora College Senior Management Team, Tania Morgan. There were a few students who found the tasks assigned to them easy to complete, while others required some assistance from their respective teachers. Although the program was meant for students who were in need of obtaining the twenty credits, students who wished to gain extra credits for their reports also attended the program. -Norma Ngatamariki

`E`eu`anga Toka
I te Ma`anākai i topa ake nei i te ra 21 o Tiurai 2012 i te ora ngauru, kua rave `ia ki Rarotonga nei tēta`i akono`anga no te `e`eu`anga i te toka o te metua tane ko Mitchell Tepo (Makuru) Vakatini.
E tamaiti aia (a Makuru) na Makea Vakatini Tepo Ariki rāua ko Roimata Manuela Fortes, `ē `e teina no Makea Vakatini Joseph Ariki.Kua `ānau `ia a Makuru ki Rarotonga nei i te ra 10 o Māti 1939 `ē kua `akaipoipo ki tāna va`ine ko Tepou Irệne kura i te ra Vakatini (nee Taripo), e tua`ine no Teanau Taripo.
E ono a Makuru rāua ko Tepou au tamariki, ko Douglas, ko Ruth, ko Teremoana, ko Maria, ko Helen `ē ko Papa Po (Dwayne). E no`o pouroa ana teia au tamariki ki te enua o Aotearoa.
Kua takake atu oki to rātou metua tāne a Makuru i te ra 19 o Tītema mataiti 2000. No te mea oki ē, i teia nei kua takake to rātou nga metua ravāi, te akakite nei a Ruth raua ko Teremoana e, kua manako rātou te `ānau, kia oki mai rātou i te akaoti i teia umuumu`anga na ratou e ta rātou au tamariki, no to rātou pāpā.
No reira kua aere mai ratou e taingauru-mā-toru mei Aotearoa mai, te au tamaine e `ā, e ono mokopuna, e tai `ina, e rua unōnga. Ko tētai pae kare i tae mai, no tēta`i au tā`ī`ī`anga.
Kua rave `ia atu teia `ākono`anga `e`eu toka, ki Ki`iki`i i te ngā`i tanumanga o Ngati Vakatini e kua tae mai te kopu tangata o nga tua e rua. I te oti nga kua rave `ia tēta`i katikati`anga ki ko i te are uipā`anga Osana i Maraerenga.
Kua akameitaki atu te ariki a Makea Vakatini Joseph Ariki e te kōpū-tangata i tēia au tamariki no ta rātou i rave ma te aka`āravei atu ia rātou ki te kōpū-tangata.
Te inangaro nei te anau a Makuru rāua ko Tepou i te akameitaki i te katoatoa, mei nga tu`anga e toru i runga i te enua no tei atoro mai ia rātou na roto i te aroa e pera katoa no te au tauturu tei `ora`ora ia mai. Meitaki, meitaki, meitaki ma`ata rava ki te katoatoa. E te mataora katoa nei ratou kua rave ratou i teia angaanga no to ratou pāpā e kua kite ta ratou au mokopuna Akangaroi ra e to matou metua tāne.

Let the holidays begin!

Working isn’t every kid’s idea of a fun holiday, but I think it’s pretty cool. I write my little articles and then BOOM! Instantly paid. Well, not instantly. Having a job means that there’s always a time to get off your butt and actually DO something. It breaks the usual habit of sitting around and staring at the TV, waiting for something to happen. YOU have to look for that exciting adventure so that you won’t go complaining to your parents. Save them the pain of listening to your whining.
The moment I arrived at work, there was something to do. The Big Boss had something planned for my partner in crime, Dante and I so we were gonna be plenty busy for the next two weeks. There was no time for chilling out because we were multi-tasking, doing things for our awesome TV program as well as the Herald. I’ll admit that we had some bumpy starts, but other than that, we were managing. I’m camera shy, as you may have noticed if you watched TV on Monday night, but Dante was the one demanding the attention. lolz.
Now, because I had this school program going on (20 credits for just a few courses. Easy peasy!) it was kind of hard for me to balance the two, but with the strength from Dante, I had managed to get away with six credits and an introduction for our very own TV program. How cool am I? I have just proven that whizzing around and getting stuff done IS possible. So don’t think that just because you have a load on your shoulders, doesn’t mean that you can’t get through it. As I said before, YOU make it
all possible.
I personally think that I’m a camera phobic. When a camera is in my face, I freak out. In this case, I had no choice in the matter, but still... I’m not cut out for it. I’m more of a directing person than an actress. Dante, on the other hand, is completely mesmerised by the sight of a camera. It kind of suits her personality, too. You know, vain, camera - hogging etc. (Just kidding, Dante. You look wonderful on a camera!) But honestly, just saying one word gets me all worked up. But I guess I’ll have to work through that.
Dante and I stayed at the station until, like, after 8 pm. Dude, that’s like a full on days work. She was stuck on our editing (something about “exporting” stuff) but at least the program made it on air. I wasn’t really keen on watching myself on the TV so I closed my eyes while the program was playing. I was that embarrassed. I knew that I was going to be teased mercilessly the day after, so I kept a neutral face. I worried about the little things, like, how my hair looked on camera and the lighting, but Dante can work miracles with her editing software. All and all, that was a good days work. -Norma Ngatamariki

School holidays
IT’S THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS, and finally pulling yourself through a thirteen-week term makes you kind of want to set the sky on fire! (In a happy non-destructive kind of way) Because thirteen weeks is long, too long, and by the end of it, not only were the students completely and utterly fed up with the teachers but the teachers, were also on their last straw, probably wishing they could lock us up in a classroom together and leave us there, forever.
Driving out of the school parking lot at the end of school, knowing I wouldn’t have to park here in another two weeks was one awesome feeling! For years now, the longest term I can actually remember having was probably around nine or ten weeks, and now they decide to drop a thirteen-week bomb on us. (Kill me now) But it all turned out fine in the end.
Nobody killed anyone, the teachers didn’t strangle anybody and the principal didn’t go missing. (Because yes, some of our students are probably capable of kidnapping) but everyone left the school with bright happy faces with the teachers ecstatically waving at us goodbye.
But these holidays, I won’t be sleeping in till two in the afternoon, or lazing about at the beach till I’m sunburnt, no these school holidays I’ll be working. Probably like half of the other senior students. These holidays I’ll be skimming across the island, finding stories and news items, filming and writing and editing and presenting and more filming and more writing and more editing and, yeah you get my drift, for a full two weeks! It’s all about learning how things work, and getting the ropes on everything MEDIA! From being in front of the camera, to behind, from being up to date with events and scouring the island seeking out worthy stories. I’m so excited. (And a little bit exhausted) But it’s all helping me in creating the awesome portfolio that’s required into applying for the University I’ve now set my dreams on. (AUT University)
The first day of working at CITV and Cook Islands Herald, I’ve already had a few technical difficulties with an uncooperative MacBook, which resulted in me having one full blown stressed out moment, but its all worth it.
Ok, now most of my columns end with a little advise, otherwise their usually quite pointless, and they don’t help you in anyway, so todays advise is this.
“Until you spread your wings, you’ll have no idea how far you can fly”
It basically means, if you don’t try, you’ll never know. Simple as that, so these holidays I suggest you ‘spread your wings’ and tackle the things that you’ve never wanted to do because you were afraid. (Unless it’s something like breaking into a bank, because I’d advise you not to do that…) It could be anything from applying for a job, to trying out something new. Just try, and I guarantee that you could have one awesome holiday. -Dante Numa

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