Marlborough Mid-Week : September 16th 2015
stuff.co.nz SEPTEMBER 16, 2015, MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK 11 Recognising thevalue of adult learning RACHEL MCFADDEN Twelve learners, tutors and providers received awards for their outstanding contributions and achievements last Friday during Adults Learners Week. The awards were given out by REAP House community education organiser Ailsa Carey and Marlborough Mayor Alistair Snowman at Marlborough Community College to recognise the value of adult education. Long-term adult educator Nancy Sherwood was recognised for her contribution to the community as a youth mentoring coordinator responsible for training youth mentors for the past 15 years, while Margaret Bond was recognised for contributing to the revival of Maori art through her weaving classes taught through Te Wananga o Aotearoa. Training providers for com- puters in homes and community law programme also received awards for training adults to be legally and technology savvy. Marlborough Community College was recognised as this year’s most outstanding provider category. ‘‘Through all the changes in government education and training programmes over the years they have remained constant in providing an alternative educational facility for young people who don’t suit the mainstream system,’’ Ailsa told the packed Marlborough Community College cafe. Learners Brad Renner, Isobel Smith and Katrina Healy were recognised as outstanding learners. Katrina Healy travelled to Nelson three to four times a week to complete a degree in Applied Social Science while raising two children. Katrina who has dyslexia says, ‘‘if you want something enough you find a way’’. Isobel Smith went out to prove that you are never too old to start learning. At the age of 80, Isobel enrolled in Te Reo Maori and Te Arataki Manu Korero courses. Liz Collyns says Isobel is a witty and enthusiast learner who always speaks from the heart. ‘‘She is an absolute inspiration,’’ Liz says. Graduating from the course at 83, Isobel was thrilled to be recognised as the most outstanding learner. ‘‘Learning satisfies my curi- osity and gives mea great sense of pride,’’ she says. ‘‘You are never too old to learn,’’ she says. Recipients of this year’s most outstanding learners, trainers and providers award at Marlborough Community College. PHOTO: SUPPLIED just briefly RURAL THEFTS Blenheim police are reminding rural residents to secure farm equipment after a spate of thefts from homes. Chainsaws, electric fences and shearing handsets had been on the recent ‘must have’ list for thieves in Marlborough’s rural areas, Blenheim rural policeman Constable Beau Webster said. Webster said thieves had targeted farmequipment such as chainsaws and shearing equipment from locked sheds and garages in Seddon. ‘‘Up to five chainsaws, shearing gear and firearmshave been stolen from locked premises in the townin the past 10days to two weeks,’’ he said. One of the victimswas a manin his 80’s who had recently suffered a stroke, he said. NZSO INTOWN Music for all ages to enjoy will be performedby the NewZealand Symphony Orchestra in Blenheim on Sunday. The ‘‘Classical Hits’’ concert in Children collect rubbish at a beach cleanup in Picton earlier this year. PHOTO: FILE Community effort for an outdoors spring clean RACHEL MCFADDEN Spring is traditionally the time to do a big tidy up, but some unscrupulous spring cleans have simply moved their rubbish out of their homes and into nature. Sisters Hannah, 12 and Sydney, 9, say they stumbled across some rubbish on their bike ride at the Onamalutu reserve and decided to pick it up. This resulted in them collecting up bags full of other people’s rubbish. Plastic Bag Free Picton foun- der Linda Thompson says she was dismayed went she visited a small bay near the town and found polystyrene, rubber hoses, an oar, an old hatch cover and plastic bottles that had washed up into the shrubs on a high tide. ‘‘It just goes to show that just because a bay looks pristine this is not always the case,’’ she says. Linda and her fellow Plastic Bag Free Picton members are organising a spring clean on Sunday at 9am, ending with a barbecue at Mikeys Bar. She’s found good support from Picton businesses, Marlborough Girl Guides, Conservation Kids New Zealand, Boating Marlborough and Marlborough Geocaching, who have all signed up to help. However, Linda is hoping to get even more volunteers and is encouraging the community to turn out and support the clean up. The purpose is to get together as a community and instil a sense of pride in our town, she says. The rubbish sisters Hannah, 12, and Sydney, 9, collected at Onamalutu reserve. PHOTO: SUPPLIED the Floor Pride Civic Theatre is one of nine the orchestra is performing around the country under the baton of NZSO music director emeritus James Judd. He is confident a diverse audience will enjoy the programme’s eight works. Each can be associated to productions the original composers never imagined, like Johann Strauss II’s BlueDanube Waltz used for the film, 2001:A Space Odyssey, orWagner’s Ride of the Valkyries that featured in the 1979 film, Apocalypse Now, and Rossini’sWilliam Tell Overture finale, with its long associated with The Lone Ranger. ‘‘They [the musical scores] are a lot of fun for me,’’ says Judd, speaking on the telephone from Wellington. ‘‘They are fun for the musicians and, I think, for the audience, too. There’s a lot of variety; a lot of music that people will have heard on film or as background music on TV.
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