Hadassah Wharawhara

Northland schoolgirl headed to parliament to join new Youth Advisory Group

Northland schoolgirl Hadassah Wharawhara was one of 12 young people selected to be a member of the new Ministry of Education Youth Advisory Group.

The group has been set up to enable young people to have their say and have more input on the education system and issues that affect them.

Topics the ministry expected the group to cover included the future of work, student well-being, education, mental health, perspectives on technology and the use of digital tools in learning and assessment.

The group will meet quarterly, in the third week of every term at the Ministry of Education in Wellington.

Hadassah is in Year 12 at Te Kāpehu Whetū partnership school in Whangarei.

“It’s really important for youth to have a say, a lot of the policies that are being created affect us firsthand so having a youth voice is key.”

She said her school had been very supportive, and she was excited to make a meaningful contribution.

“I’m the only student from the far North.

“I’m just doing this on behalf of my school and for Northland, and it’d be great for more Northland kids that want to do this, and proving that they can do it and anything else is possible.

“It’s really important for youth to have a say, a lot of the policies that are being created affect us firsthand so having a youth voice is key.”

Minister of Education Chris Hipkins said he will attend the orientation and the group meetings where possible.

When he couldn’t attend he said he would Skype in on the meeting.

An experienced youth facilitator selected by Ministry of Education officials will be present at each meeting.

Mr Hipkins expected the group to offer fresh perspectives and valuable insights about education.

“I want our young people to have a say in the way our education system works and the Youth Advisory Group provides an exciting opportunity for young New Zealanders to get involved in the decision-making.

“I am looking forward to working with this inspiring group of young people, hearing about their experiences of our education system, and how they think we can improve it.”

Insights from this group will be shared with the Ministry of Education and other education sector agencies.

 

 

Originally featured in the Northern Advocate, Monday, 23 November, 2017
by Charlotte Carter

Photo: Te Kapehu Whetu Partnership School student Hadassah Wharawhara has been selected for a Youth Advisory Group with the Ministry Of Education. Photo / John Stone

 

NZ Provincial Barbarians officially welcomed to Whangarei

Te Kapehu Whetu and Whangarei have welcomed the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians to Northland ahead of their clash with the British and Irish Lions.

The charter school performed a beautiful waiata and a rousing haka to the Barbarians side, with Whangarei Mayor Sheryl Mai welcoming them to town.

Barbarians and Northland loose forward Matt Matich said he had never experienced a welcoming quite like it.

“The first part of it was really quite intense, almost intimidating. There was a lot of passion showing and some beautiful voices in there,” he said.

“I don’t know if I’ve had a powhiri this powerful before, there was so much of energy behind it. The boys definitely enjoyed it.”

We have a helluva lot of young players wanting to become Super players who will announce themselves to the world on Saturday

Roger Randle

The Barbarians squad were training earlier in the day at Marist RFC Park in what was their third day together as a squad.

Matich said the squad is in great spirits ahead of the enormous fixture.

“We’re feeling pretty positive. Obviously we’ve identified the Lions have a strong scrum, but we’re definitely not going in like we are going to lose in that area,” he said.

“We’re trying to figure out how we can win the scrum. There’s a whole lot of positivity and that’s what we need if we want to go in and win this one.

“No one goes out there to lose obviously.

“As an individual it’s a huge opportunity especially for us guys who aren’t fully contracted.

“We’re just on three month contracts so it’s a huge opportunity to get exposure in New Zealand and overseas.”

Barbarians assistant coach Roger Randle concurred with Matich, saying they aren’t going into the match to make up numbers.

“We’re New Zealand rugby players, every New Zealand team has that winning mentality built in,” he said.

“We’re not going out there to come off second best but we’re well aware of the challenges we face with the calibre of players that are coming.

“We’ve got a great bunch of guys in our group. We have a couple of experienced guys who have been at the Super level and we have a helluva lot of young players wanting to become Super players who will announce themselves to the world on Saturday.”

Randle said the excitement was bubbling within the unit and they were wary of overplaying their hand.

“We’re just trying to throw a simple plan together, trying to not complicate things.

“There are challenges with not spending a heap of time together but we knew that going in so it’s not really something we’ve spoken about other than when we first came together.

“We’ll just try to keep things simple but throw in a bit innovation.

“It’s been a long time coming; we’ve been in preparation for months as a group.

“We’re massively excited.”

 

Originally featured in the Northern Advocate, Monday, 29 May, 2017
by Andrew Johnsen

Photo: Te Kapehu Whetu students perform an intimidating haka to welcome the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians to Whangarei. Photo/John Stone

 

Paetawhiti Sports Day

Years 7 and 8 had their winter sports day at Kensington Stadium yesterday (May 24). Awesome results. Basketball won all their games; soccer won three, drew one; netball won two, lost one; ripper rugby won all their games.

Original Puts Cousins into Final

Two Whangarei cousins may be the next Smokefreerockquest success story after taking out the solo/duo title at the Northland Rockquest heats on Saturday (21/05/2016).

Izaia Tilialo (17) a former Te Kāpehu Whetū student, and Huia Shortland (13) from Te Kāpehu Whetū’s Paetawhiti have been singing and playing guitar together for two years and their success at Forum North on Saturday has seen them go straight into the national final.

Go here for more.

Badging Ceremony

A special ceremony for youth known as the badging of new cadets into its Leadership Academy of A Company was held today in Whangarei.

Lehi Smith, Levi Tatana, Kiritopa Allen, Paora Allen, Cree Davis, Henare Herbert-Hemara, Hayden Yates, Heemi Rihari were badged as the newest recruits to the Leadership Academy.
It’s a celebration and introduction to the A Company.

 

 

E Tu Whanau – Huia-Izaia

Another entry in the E Tū Whānau song competition from the Kura. This is Huia Shortland (Paetawhiti) and Izaia Tilialo, a former ākonga. Go to the E Tū Whānau song competition Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/etuwhanausongcomp2016/app/403834839671843/) click on the vote button, search for their song (Who We Are) and vote. Share their video with whānau and friends and encourage them to vote too.

E Tū Whānau Song Competition

One of the Kura’s ākonga, Caleb Rawson, and his older brother Josh, himself a former student of TKW, have entered the E Tū Whānau song competition. This is their entry. Go to the E Tū Whānau song competition Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/etuwhanausongcomp2016/app/403834839671843/) click on the vote button, search for their song (For the People) and vote for these outstanding young men. Share their video with whānau and friends and encourage them to vote too.