CINews donated wooden pallets used to freight printing materials to the programme. Te Uki Tumanava’s coordinator Edith Nicholas approached the company for assistance and was offered 10 pallets for the students to recycle into new products.
The nine students discussed plans to build pot plant containers and quickly got to work.
Nicholas said the course emphasised the importance of team work and what can be achieved when people “pull together,” particularly young people in need of some help and guidance.
“The best tonic for these students is learning new ways to form friendships, build confidence and team work.
“Building the plant containers fitted perfectly with the plan to encourage individual input and promote creativity.
“It took four days for the students to complete building their projects. Tutor Angaroa admitted that he was very impressed with the students’ contributions to ideas for the project and thought it was pretty smart coming from people who are new to the building programme.”
Nicholas says that apart from the building focus, the programme aimed to instil work and learning as core values.
“The health and fitness component encourages the physical side of living and being healthy. Fitness instructor Chris Denny, a great mentor to the students, has also been a great influence.”
Te Uki Tumanava outreach programme is for school leavers or anyone aged from 16 to 19 taking and takes students through theory and practical work for the Certificate in Building & Construction Level 2.
“It also prepares individuals to set career goals and work towards employment or further studies,” Nicholas said.
“There are 35 credits to achieve and the programme is NZQA-accredited.”
The presentation of the plant holders was the students’ way of showing appreciation to the staff and management of CINews for their support, she added.