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• Visual Arts & Design • Digital Design & Photography
• Music • Interior Design • Writing for Creative Industries
e government has increased its Youth
Guarantee spend on the West Coast.
From 2014 there will be four new free
opportunities for young people to receive
training in Agriculture (Dairy), Service
Sector, Commercial Driving, and Business
Administration & Computing.
Karoro Learning is excited to be o ering
these free programmes for those aged
16-19 (or 15 with a school exemption).
" ese are practical courses that are really
relevant to our community", says Karoro
Learning Director, Russell Nimmo. "We
are particularly excited about the new
Agriculture programme that will be very
hands-on and will suit young people who
want practical quali cations that can launch
them in to local work", said Mr Nimmo.
e new courses are scheduled to start
from February 2014, and they all lead to
National Certi cate Quali cations.
"ProServe", delivers the NCEA L2 Service
Sector vocational pathway in just six months.
e course is delivered in a very practical
context, and involves students making and
serving baking and co ee to the public, along
with other practical project work.
e "ProO ce" Business Admin &
Computing course is available to people
who can t make it to the Karoro Learning
Greymouth Campus every day. Students
can study at home using an on loan laptop
and come in to scheduled classes where
they engage with the wider group. " is is
especially to support young people who live
in areas such as Blackball, Ree on, Hokitika,
Ross, and Westport," says Mr Nimmo.
Other courses are named AGStart and DrivePro.
More information about these courses can be
found on Karoro Learning s website:
Karoro Learning expands youth
Situated in picturesque Ngatimoti, artist
Anne Bannock has made a studio retreat
that caters to her creativity and to the public.
"My studio is a converted cow shed which
serves as my studio and gallery, and is open
to the public in the summer."
As an artistic and cra y person, Anne had
always had a passion for making. So when
she hit retirement age, she decided it was
time to put her energy into doing things that
she really loved to do. She explored a variety
of creative disciplines including etching,
weaving, doll making, screen-printing, pastel
drawing, stained glass and painting. She has
also had a bundle of successful moments,
with nine garments appearing in NZ
wearable art shows and entries in nals for
the Telecom directory awards.
When a friend recommended Jonathan
Milne s book Go! e Art of Change to
Anne, she looked into studying at e
Learning Connexion --- the school of art
and creativity, based in Wellington which
Jonathan founded and directs. She realised
that its study-from-home part-time option
suited her down to a tee.
"My life-long ambition was to go to an art
school and to be part of the creative energy
that goes with it."
Anne s work is vivid in colour and varies
in style and materials. Currently her work
is semi-abstract. Reoccurring subject
matter includes washing lines, people,
and umbrellas. "Most of my paintings are
brightly coloured, show movement and I
have been told make people smile ."
e Advanced Diploma programme has
been the best programme of study for Anne
to follow, allowing her to discover new
techniques and skills to add to her extensive
creative repertoire. "Everyone I have met
has been helpful, especially the tutors. I have
met some students when I attended a block
class and now I follow their progress via the
magic of the workroom."
She would now like to illustrate a
children s book, while growing her art
practice and learning new ways to reveal her
If you d like to inquire about studying at
e Learning Connexion School of Art and
Creativity, call us on 0800 278 769, or e-mail
us at email@example.com.
Parallel parking and U-turns will become a thing of the past
if this revolutionary car makes its way onto our roads.
Pre-health and science a
foundation for many careers
When TPP rst launched its pre-health
and science programme in 2009 it attracted
students keen on becoming nurses and
Now ve years on pre-health and science
graduates are working and training in areas
as diverse as social work, physiotherapy,
physical education, radiography, massage
and alternative health.
Greymouth woman Emma McMurtrie
graduated with her Certi cate in Pre-health
and Science in 2011 and is now studying
full time for a degree in applied science at
CPIT in Christchurch.
"It is really surprising how many di erent
ways you could go a er doing pre-health.
Most of my year have gone on to do
completely di erent things. It gives you
a really good grounding and the time to
decide what area you want to move into
next," she says.
Although Emma always enjoyed science
and human biology at school she le
without quali cations. Doing pre-health
and science was a prerequisite to get into
the degree course and she is doing so well
she received an academic award for maths
"I am actually quite proud of myself. e
TPP tutors were awesome and they gave
me the study bug, now I feel I have to keep
doing it. Once I nish the degree I plan to
work as a lab technician then will do my
e 18-week Certi cate covers subjects
including biology, maths, chemistry and an
introduction to health and social services.
TPP tutor Shar Ransom says it readies
students for higher level study in a diverse
range of subjects
" e beauty of studying on the Coast
is students can test the waters and decide
what they really want to do. Pre-health is
a stepping stone to a wide variety of career
opportunities and to cope with the workload
and level of study. It is a blended programme
that includes online learning and class time
which means students can be exible and
manage their study time," she says.
The next intake for the Certificate in
Pre-Health Science is 10 February 2014
and finishes in June 2014.
For more information contact Tai Poutini
Polytechnic free phone 0800 800 411,
text 027 467 5574, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.tpp.ac.nz
Capable of driving sideways and turning
360 degrees, this is the brainchild of Dr
Ziming (Tom) Qi, Engineering Research
and Postgraduate Leader for the School of
Architecture, Building and Engineering
at Otago Polytechnic, and it s nearing
An ongoing collaboration with
Taiwan National University of Science
and Technology and China s Shenzhen
Polytechnic with Chinese Government
funding, the project is developing what has
been an elusive goal -- a commercially-viable
"We have been doing this project for ve
years now," Tom explains. "Traditional cars
are designed using a centralised engine
and steering, this model uses four in-wheel
motors as well as all-wheel steering. e
wheels can be controlled to move sideways
making parallel parking possible.
"But what really takes this car to the
next level are the programmed buttons,
which perform set manoeuvres. Having the
wheels fully electronically-controlled brings
a completely new direction to tasks like
making a U-turn. While the car s computer
controls the move, the driver still controls
e team designed and made the whole
car in China, with the aim of bringing the
prototype back to the Dunedin campus in
one piece. However, a series of technical
glitches made this impossible so they had to
disassemble it and send it to New Zealand.
With all of the parts arriving safely, they
were followed by an o cial visit by sta
members from the Universities in China.
e car was reassembled with help from the
Chinese technical sta ; a process which Tom
believes highly-bene ted his colleagues and
the engineering students.
"It was a great opportunity for sta and
students to learn about the actual process
that goes into it," he says. " is car is
currently at the top level in the world for
research as it is the only project which has
a unique research outcome."
e car has distinctive advantages: it s
simpler in design, and even if three of its
engines shuts down the last one will keep
the car running. e prototype will also pave
the way for cheaper cars in the future, Tom
And what is the next stage of the project?
"Right now, the car is not that di erent to
look at," says Tom, "but sta and students
from our School of Design will help us to
create a visually-unique model here in our
"From an engineering perspective, we
want to do away with the steering wheel.
We re not necessarily using it and we could
use a joystick or other method to drive or
control the car."
Further plans include adding advanced
speech recognition to make driving even
" is is an exciting opportunity for our
students," says John Findlay, Head of School
for Architecture, Building and Engineering.
"Our engineering degree is very hands-
on and solution-orientated, and this is a
great way for them to put their learning into
practice. Students will be working alongside
expert sta and specialist technicians to add
to the control system. In particular, they
will be working on the wheel units, nding
a way to make them more compact and
And what does Tom hope for the future?
"I would like to see this newly-designed car
running on the campus rst, and then on
public roads. I want this project to be more
visible to the world. at is my dream," he says.
Engineering -- you can start from anywhere!
With our range of engineering programmes,
from online foundation bridging options
through to our diplomas and degree, a
career in engineering is possible for anyone!
Give us a call to talk about which option
would suit you best 0800 762 786 or visit
www. op.ac.nz/tradesandtechnical for more
Dr Ziming (Tom) Qi with the electric car
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