Issue No. 342 - 20 December 2007
The Americans are riding in town on Boxing Day
When the Marlboro Series was the 'be all and end all' of two wheeled motor sport in New Zealand, two American stars shone on Wanganui's Cemetery Circuit.
Randy Mamola and Pat Hennen won races here then went on to win 500cc Grand Prix titles on the European circuit. Pat Hennen called Wanganui his 'favourite track' and became a regular between 1974 and 1977. Tragically, he crashed badly at the Isle of Man in 1978 and never raced again.
Now the Yanks are back!
Brothers David and Matthew Sadowski are in the country for the Castrol New Zealand Road Race Championships, along with competing at Wanganui on Boxing Day and at Paeroa in February. Pat Hennen's brother Chip, who was Pat's road manager for much of his GP career as well as his trips to New Zealand, suggested to David Sadowski Sr that to tackle the New Zealand Championships, and especially the likes of Wanganui, would sharpen the young brothers' skills for their future tilt at the world stage.
Fresh out of successful AMA seasons, the Sadowski brothers are sure to make a big impression on this year's Cemetery Circuit spectators.
Scholarships on offer for sports course
Up to four scholarships will be offered to students enrolling in Whanganui UCOL's Certificate in Exercise and Sport Performance.
Administered by the Council's Sport and Recreation Committee, the scholarships will be supported by a range of Wanganui businesses including the YMCA and the Kingsgate Hotel and Conference Centre.
The Certificate in Exercise and Sport Performance is a practically-based course which introduces students to aspects of sport science, exercise science (fitness) and sport coaching. This course has been running successfully at UCOL in Palmerston North for the past five years and Whanganui UCOL is proposing to run this full-time, one year, level four course in 2008.
The fees for this programme are $4,423.15 plus student association fees of $135.00.
The Certificate in Exercise and Sport Performance is NZQA Accredited as a Level 4 qualification. This means it is an applied, hands-on, qualification that provides foundation knowledge and skills in this area. Graduates with the CESP qualification are well suited to work as gym instructors, athletic trainers, coaches, sport co-ordinators or sports administrators. This course also opens the opportunity for students to progress onto higher study, such as the Bachelor of Human Performance degree in Palmerston North.
Delivery of the CESP Programme
The CESP programme will be delivered in 2008 using a blended delivery model. This means that a variety of teaching methods (such as practicals, labs, online support, tutorials, practicum placements) will be used to maximise both student learning and its application to the sport and fitness industries. An important part of this course is the industry placements, and the ability for students to apply what they learn within this setting. In addition, throughout the course student learning is monitored and staff delivering the course will also be involved in mentoring the students to ensure they continue to progress towards a successful completion.
Within the course students study a range of papers focused on both sport and fitness:
To be eligible to apply for a scholarship students will need to register their 'intent' to enrol in 2008 by January 31.
Graffiti hotline 349 0500
Want to report graffiti? Graffiti can now be reported through a central phone number provided by the Council. The number is 349 0500. This number is for reporting graffiti only.
Liquor Ban on New Year's Eve at Mowhanau Beach
There will be a liquor ban in force this New Year's Eve at Mowhanau Beach.
The ban will be in place between 3.00pm on 31 December 2007 and 3.00am on 1 January 2008.
The general ban area includes the roads, domain and foreshore area within the Mowhanau Village starting outside the Mowhanau Community Hall.
More specifically it is the area bounded by the low water mark to the south-west; the Kai Iwi Stream to the north-west; the Mowhanau Stream to the south-east, including SO14957, SO18911, and Sec 71 of the Mowhanau Domain, including roadways and public thoroughfares of Sunset Parade, Waitangi Parade, Broadview Heights, Tangi Street and Mowhanau Drive up to a point adjacent to the entrance to the Mowhanau Hall.
The public is advised that the sprinkler restrictions are as follows:
For sprinklers – even numbered houses can water on even numbered days and odd numbered houses can water on odd numbered days between 6pm and 10pm.
Hand-held hosing is allowed at any time.
Establishment of a Maori Committee
To comply with the requirements of the Local Government Act 2002, the Council will establish a Maori Committee. This committee will not replace the Tupoho and TamaUpoko Link working parties. The establishment of the Maori Committee provides a forum for all Maori residing within the Wanganui District Council's district.
The Council seeks wide representation from persons in the Maori community or people who reside within the Council's district who can represent Maori community groups. It is important for Council that the views of all Maori on issues affecting them are fully represented to Council.
Tangata whenua will be represented on the committee; however, the Council wants wide Maori community representation so that all views are considered.
For further information about serving on the Maori Committee contact Councillor Rangi Wills, phone (06) 348 8338.
Please register your interest by letter together with your CV, including two nominated referees, to:
Governance Services Manager
Expressions of Interest close Friday, 8 February 2008.
Details about the following vacancies are available on this page:
Resource Management Planner
Assistant English Teacher to Wanganui's Sister City, Nagaizumi-cho, Japan
Nagaizumi, Wanganui's Japanese Sister City, is a thriving town situated close to Mt Fujiyama and three hours by train from Tokyo. It enjoys a mild climate and abundance of natural beauty, and its main industries include agriculture, medicine and paper manufacturing. Nagaizumi is special to Wanganui due to its enduring Sister City relationship of 20 years.
The period of the appointment will be for one year from 1 April 2008. By mutual agreement the term may be extended for a further 12 months. Preference will be given to applicants with a university degree and teaching experience. However, other interested persons with university qualifications are also invited to apply. A cheerful, outgoing personality and interest in Japanese culture will be important qualities in intending applicants. Single accommodation is available.
Persons wishing to obtain a copy of the Conditions of Appointment should contact Customer Services, Wanganui District Council, telephone (06) 349 0001.
Interviews for the Assistant Language Teacher will be held during the week commencing 14 January 2008.
Written applications, together with curriculum vitae and contact details for three referees, should be addressed to:
Governance Services Manager
Applications close at noon on Friday, 11 January 2008.