Issue No. 566 - 12 April 2012
Wanganui teens off to Boston, USA, for Computer Clubhouse summit
Three members of the Awa City Computer Clubhouse have been selected to attend the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network 2012 Teen Summit in July.
Joseph Wilson, Roland Mead and David Lockett will be accompanied by Clubhouse Coordinator Masina Kenworthy on the week long trip to the USA, where they will meet young people from other Computer Clubhouses from around the world.
There are more than 100 clubhouses in 20 different countries and Wanganui is one of five centres in New Zealand to have a clubhouse. The Computer Clubhouse provides a creative and safe after-school learning environment where young people aged 10 to 18 years work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology. The Clubhouse has 15 computers with design software and a recording studio. Youth are producing projects including writing and recording their own songs, music videos, photoshop, Animations, stop motion clips and video games.
The Intel Computer Clubhouse Network supports community-based clubhouses around the world and organises a biennial Teen Summit and funds up to three members and a chaperone to attend the summit. The summit is an expo of new technologies, presentations and demonstrations by industry professionals of the power of technology as a tool for creativity. There will be time to work together on collaborative design projects including music, videos and animation. The members will also have the opportunity to use technology tools to capture images and document the Teen Summit and their experiences in Boston.
"The goals of the Teen Summit experience are to enable clubhouse youth to share experiences, knowledge and resources with other youth from around the world and expose them to new ideas and opportunities that they can then share back home," says Cr Jack Bullock, member of the Digicom governance group which oversees the Clubhouse.
"To have the chance to travel overseas and mix with young people from around the world is an unforgettable experience and will give our youth an appreciation of different cultures. They will have access to the best and latest in new technologies and this amazing opportunity will benefit them in their personal development and future career paths."
The theme of the 2012 Teen Summit is focused on the changes that clubhouse youth can make in their neighbourhoods and communities. At the Teen Summit members have the opportunity to discuss global concerns with their peers and decide how they should impact that issue through a creative and collaborative technology project in their own community when they return home.
Want to know more about the Awa City Computer Clubhouse?
The Computer Clubhouse is at 7 Park Place, in the Youth Services Trust building. There are currently more than 400 members.
Membership is free and open to young people aged 10 to 18 years.
The Clubhouse runs from 3.00pm to 7.00pm during school term-times as well as running special holiday workshops.
School holiday activities
With the school holidays well under way check out some of these fun events to keep the children busy.
Slinky Malinky Tales - daily storytime
Sarjeant Gallery - Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective Exhibition
Parks and reserves
Mountains to Sea hikoi
A three-day cycle journey travelling the entire length of the Mountains to Sea section of the National Cycle Trail will take place on April 26-28.
The Mountains to Sea section was officially opened in July 2010 at Ohakune Old Coach Road and is a regional initiative involving Wanganui District Council, Ruapehu District Council, iwi, community groups and Department of Conservation (DoC). The ride traverses two iconic national parks with outstanding scenery and a rich cultural, historic and natural heritage, and also brings visitors to the urban area of Wanganui. More information is available here.
As only parts of the Mountains to Sea have been officially opened, the hikoi will allow the cycle trail partners, iwi and the local communities to showcase their sections of track and the benefits to local businesses and the local and regional economy.
The third and final day of the hikoi starts at Pipiriki and finishes at the North Mole, Castlecliff, with a closing ceremony.
The public are invited to join the hikoi and be part of this historic journey. For more information about the route and details of where to join the hikoi click here.
More information about the Wanganui section of the hikoi will be available soon.
Supporting cultural initiatives in Wanganui
Creative Communities New Zealand
Te Mahi Taha Toi Me Te Mahi Whakangahau Mo Tenei Wahi
Mo Nga Ropu Kei Te Pirangi Moni Awhinatia Mo Te Mahi Taha Toi Me Te Mahi Whakangahau
Funding is available for local community based arts activities from the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS). The Scheme aims to increase participation in the arts at a local level, and increase the range and diversity of arts available to communities.
Applications are called for from arts and cultural groups, organisations and individuals, based in the Wanganui District Council area.
Application forms and guidelines are available from:
Wanganui District Council, Municipal Building, 101 Guyton Street
There will be two free Creative Communities funding workshops held on:
Workshops will take place at the Gonville Café Library Community Room, 44 Abbot Street, Gonville.
Applicants are invited to attend a workshop.
For further information contact Debbie Kapohe, Arts Facilitator, Wanganui District Council, email, or phone 349 0001, ext. 8415.
Applications close at 5.00 pm on Friday, 25 May 2012. Results will be announced on Monday 11 June 2012.
Carlton School’s class treaty signed in Chambers
Year Six students from Carlton School’s Room 5 recently joined Cr Jack Bullock in the Council Chambers to sign a special treaty.
The class spent the last school term studying topics relating to the Treaty of Waitangi and the making of laws and rules. The culmination of their work included a class treaty which all students signed and the Council Chamber was chosen as the venue for this special event. Cr Bullock witnessed the treaty signing and congratulated the students on their hard work.
Positive Ageing Forum highlights
Wanganui District Council 10-Year Plan
May Day 2012 Disability Expo
Whanganui District Health Board
People are encouraged to submit to the Regional Women’s Health proposal and write and/or speak to the DHB as part of that process
Presentation: Dr Cheryll Smith, Coordinator of Wanganui Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust
For further information about Positive Ageing in Wanganui click here.
Sarjeant Gallery events
Artist talk - Adrian Jackman
Painter Adrian Jackman is the new Tylee Cottage artist-in-residence.
Adrian arrived in Wanganui in March and is resident until the end of May. Adrian’s work explores the tension between representation and abstraction.
While in Wanganui he aims to create a new body of work which draws inspiration from the architectural, historical and geographical significance of the region. Part of the project will include the making of a hardcover book that will act as a journal of ideas and processes.
Adrian will give an illustrated talk about his work on Wednesday, April 18 at 7.30pm at the Sarjeant Gallery. Admission is free, gold coin donation welcome.
Collection Focus – Photography
E-books at Wanganui Library
Did you know that e-books are available to Wanganui District Library members?
The Library is part of a consortium of libraries around the lower North Island offering e-books to members through the Overdrive digital library. All you need to access e-books is your library card and a computer connected to the internet.
For more information about e-books visit the library website at www.wanganuilibrary.com or call the library on 349 1000.
We welcome members of the public to attend our meetings.
Council (Extraordinary meeting) – April 12 (2.30pm, Council Chamber)
Community and Environment – April 12 (4.00pm, Council Chamber)
Strategy and Finance – April 17 (2.00pm, Council Chamber)
Hearings and Regulatory – April 20 (10.00am, Council Chamber)
Council – April 30 (2.00pm, Council Chamber)
Agendas are available at the Customer Services Counter, Municipal Office Building, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui and the Wanganui District Library two working days prior to the meeting.