Manukau Courier : February 17th 2011
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Thursday, February 17, 2011 extra content, extra early, extra special! online editions Essential local news available now, wherever you are...and it's FREE! Just click on "Latest Edition" at www.manukaucourier.co.nz Manukau Courier online editions have exciting extras for all our readers -- including video and back issues. Get online now for a total multi media experience with the latest local news -- anywhere, anytime. Healthy futures Chosen: From left: Tracy Pato, Johnny Faletagoai and Alisi Maasi are part of Otahuhu College's first batch of health academy students. Photo: TROELS SOMMERVILLE By TROELS SOMMERVILLE PIPETTES and petrie dishes will be playing a big part in the lives of some Pacific Island students from now on. Otahuhu College has launched a health science academy targeted at helping Pacific Island students work towards a future career in health. The 25 year 11 students chosen will be monitored closely and given the oppor- tunity to go on holiday work experience. They'll also take part in career shadowing prog- rammes in which they will follow around those already working in the health field. Otahuhu College principal Gil Laurenson says he and the Pasifika Medical Associ- ation have been working on the programme for more than 12 months. It's pretty critical, he says. It's not just about our kids --- it's about our community too.'' The programme aims to equip students coming out of the school with qualifications in a sector where Pacific Islanders are now under- represented. Otahuhu College was chosen because of its high percentage of Pacific stu- dents, association spokes- woman Melissa Fidow says. We hope that the pro- gramme will inspire the Pacific students to move into health science,'' she says. Fourteen-year-old Alisi Maasi, one of the students chosen, says the academy will open up new opportunities. It gives us more pathways toward what we want to do. You feel more determined to achieve more and learn more.'' Alisi's hoping it will help her on her way to becoming a paediatrician. The programme is looking to build to 75 students over three years with 25 new students taken on board each year. The school will follow the progress of students after they leave, Mr Laurenson says. We will be watching the first group very closely because we will be using them as role models for the younger students. A mentoring programme run by the association through tertiary institutions across the country will be available to the students once they leave high school. Similar academies have also been started at Tangaroa College and James Cook Col- lege. Deputy prime minister Bill English attended the launch at Otahuhu College. IN BRIEF Support in court The family of a man charged with murdering his step-uncle shouted words of support when he appeared in the Manukau District Court on Monday. Patrick Young's family sat in the front row of the courtroom and waved at him as he was led into the dock. When he was led out again Young called: ''Love you, my family, love you''. Young disappeared after his stepmother Arunee Jenkanying, 57, and her brother Aran Jenkanying, 56, were bashed at an Otara house last month. Mr Jenkanying later died from head injuries. His funeral was held in west Auckland on February 3. Ms Jenkanying is still in hospital. Forty-two-year-old Young was arrested after 10 days on the run. He is charged with murdering Mr Jenkanying and wounding Arunee Jenkanying with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. His girlfriend Ana Edmonds, 28, has been charged with being an accessory after the fact of murder. Young was remanded in custody and will appear in court again on February 23. Maori board meets The Auckland Council has no grounds to slash the funding of the Maori Statutory Board, its chairman says. The board met on Tuesday to formulate its next move after the council decided on Monday to cut its budget for this financial year from $2 million to $950,000. Next year's budget was also cut from $3.4m to $1.9m. Chairman David Taipari says the board hopes to have the matter resolved in court as soon as possible. ''The court is the most appropriate place to determine the law. That's the budget we've proposed and we've received no rationale from council as to why they don't support that.'' Mr Taipari doesn't think the dispute has soured the relationship between the independent board and the council. ''I think it's about clarification, not confrontation. This is a question that needs to be answered.''
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