Manukau Courier : March 1st 2011
2 MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 1, 2011 LETTERS 19 Kenderdine Rd (Off Wyllie Rd) Papatoetoe Ph: 277 0994 2 Coronation Rd (Off Shirley Rd) Papatoetoe Ph: 278 8454 48 Tennessee Ave (Off Massey Rd & Chadwick Cr) Mangere East Ph: 258 5093 Web Page: www.kiwicarepreschool.co.nz Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Parents of babies to 6 year olds Do call our friendly staff today about your child's needs sudoku THE NUMBER PLACING GAME Fill the grid so that every column, every row and every 3x3 box contains the digits1-9 SOLUTION TO W241 The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) has just opened a brand new Airport Training Centre at its City Campus. The centre will be the second of its kind in the country, the first having opened at ITC's Botany Campus in 2009. ITC, a premium supplier in the airline, airport and travel and tourism industries, recently won the award for innovation at the New Zealand Tourism Awards. "We know our Airport Training Centre, where we run our Certificate in Aviation, was a real contributing factor in that, " says ITC's Marketing Director Claire Huxley. "We are always seeking innovative ways to provide our students with real-life experience, and the practical nature of the course, which focuses on careers with an airline, airport or ground-handling agent, means that our graduates ready to work in their chosen fields." The facilities are certainly something special -- ITC's huge airport training centres simulate real-world airports, including check in, customs, gate lounges, and even planes where students are trained in all aspects of in-flight ser vice. The Certificate in Aviation course also incorporates the CODECO online check in system, currently used by 52 airlines worldwide. Students are trained to handle the stages before and during check in, check in variations and irregularities, and gate handling. Other specialist units include dealing with dangerous goods, aviation security and baggage processing. "I am learning so much about the travel industry," student Alison Harris says. "This course is grooming me for a job at the airport." There is a real confidence when you speak to the Certificate of Aviation students -- they know this is the right place for them to be. Student Helen says that after a visit to the airport "and having the staff members of Menzies Aviation comment on how everything we are learning here is relevant to a future job at the airport, it made me feelproud to have chosen to do this course and know that we are learning the right things to gain our future dream jobs." Both ITC's Botany and City Campuses are taking 2011 enrolments now. Find out how you can launch your career in the airline, airport, and travel and tourism industries by phoning the ITC team on 0800 868747 or (09) 373 5510 for more information. www.itc.co.nz ADVERTORIAL Are you ready to fly high? 3527680AA WE WELCOME YOUR VIEWS Letters should not exceed 250 words and must have full name, residential address and phone number. Hard-copy letters must have a legible signature. Only your name and suburb are published. Initials, pen names or email attachments are not accepted. The editor reserves the right to edit, abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Mail: Manukau Courier, PO Box 76-400, Manukau; Email: email@example.com. Serious tattoo Sue Makoare (Manukau Courier, February 22) has failed to work out that Josh Saua and Rimoni Leota are proud young Kiwis with Samoan heritage links serving in the New Zealand military. Having the traditional Samoan tattoo or pe'a does not make anybody special or privileged in any way or form. True worth is measured in the completion of one's pe'a, knowing you the individual have been marked with the symbols of your ancestors. The pe'a in this case may not mean a lot to Josh or Rimoni's army colleagues but to the tattooed individual this is their cultural heritage, their right of passage from a young person to a young adult. The last two paragraphs of her letter hint at racism towards Polynesians in the New Zealand army. I wonder if she would be able to explain her stance to Private Kirifi Mila's family? He didn't make it back alive from serving in Afghanistan. Private Mila was Samoan-born soldier attached to the 1st Battalion of the Royal NZ Infantry Regiment. I am quite sure the few surviving members of the Maori Battalion would be very proud not only of Kirifi Mila but of both Josh and Rimoni for acknowledging their cultural heritage while serving as army officers under the New Zealand flag. JOE MALETINO Papatoetoe Abridged Unjustified I don't think the article on Josh Saua and Rimoni Leota that Sue Makoare writes about was trying to give the idea that their tattoos made their bonds with the New Zealand Army stronger. Rather, the process of getting and having the pe'a solidified and forged a stronger bond between them and their families. I don't think they were trying to set themselves apart from others in the army and I find it appalling that Ms Makoare remarks that they should remember this is the New Zealand Army, not the Samoan Army''. Her statement portrays her cultural insensitivity and borders on racism. Her whanau chose not to get ta moko. But these boys are not her whanau and they have decided to get a pe'a. At the end of the day her attack is on two men who are not too dissimilar from whanau now serving in the New Zealand Army, tattooed or not. KEVAN ANAMANI Manurewa Bylaws gone? I have just read What service? (Manukau Courier February 22) and thank goodness I am not alone. The lack of council service in south Auckland is not only a matter of uncut grass verges and such. I believe there is more to come when it comes to our communities being neglected. The people of Auckland were very much against the supercity but went along with it because we had no choice but to accept it. Submissions were submitted. We were told that it would not be as expensive to run or for the ratepayer. Those that were selected for the top jobs have none of the worries we do as community- minded people. Everything that Brian Schou says in his letter is a concern. We have become the forgotten pocket of super Auckland. Just look at the former Manukau Civic Centre and its huge carpark. The ratepayers paid for both of these but is anyone asking who is really utilising these facilities? Do we the people in communities know who to ring to clear animal carcasses, cats and dogs, on our road sides, especially around residential streets? Who do we ring to fix burst water pipes? Do we still have a bylaw to protect us from dogs or even noisy neighbours? It was illegal for window washers to operate in Manukau to prevent attacks on motorists but also for safety for road users -- but does that still apply? The bans on drinking in public places -- where have all these bylaws gone with the introduction of the Auckland Council? NOGI HEAD Manurewa Editor's note: You can call 301-0101 with all council-related queries. The Auckland Council call centre operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The council has five customer service centres in Auckland south -- Manukau, Flat Bush, Papakura, Pukekohe and Waiuku. The Manukau centre is on the ground floor of Kotuku House, 4 Osterley Way, Manukau and is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8.30am to 5pm and on Wednesdays 8.30am to 4pm. It can help with general information on council services, payments for dog registration, rates, parking fines and other services, copies of publications and reports, advice on building, planning, environmental health and licensing, and property information. Mystery over It may be of interest to your readers to know the name of the gentleman pictured with Keven Mealamu at the Otara Spinal Unit's annual Show Off Day (Manukau Courier, February 18). His name is Reuben Ngata. Of further interest to your readers, they might also like to know that he is a former Paralympian bronze medallist. He won his medal in Toronto for weightlifting. How do I know this? He is my uncle and he and I and I'm sure all his family were disappointed that you didn't ask him his name or what he knew about wheelchair rugby. ARIHIA RANKIN Papatoetoe Editor's note: Our staff weren't at the Otara Spinal Unit event. The photo was supplied to us without his name. Efforts to name him by deadline time failed. But rather than not use what we thought was a lovely picture we decided to run it without the name. We have apologised to Mr Ngata.
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