North Harbour News : August 31st 2012
www.northharbournews.co.nz 3 NORTH HARBOUR NEWS, AUGUST 31, 2012 NEWS Funding support for local communities Find out more: phone 09 301 0101 or visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/funding Auckland Council provides grant funding to support community orientated projects and activities across the following areas: arts and culture environment and heritage events community development. If you can help council to make Auckland the worlds most liveable city, contact us today to nd out more. Detailed information about Auckland Council funding schemes, including closing dates and application forms, can be found on our website. OG_AC1225_N Passion pushes project Poster exhibition: Albany Senior High School student Changwe Chituta, front next to panel, is the face behind introducing the Seeds of Hope exhibition at her school. She is pictured with various guest speakers invited to the Education Forum on August 26. Launch day: Opening of the Seeds of Hope exhibition at Albany Senior High School on July 24. Environmental sustainability is not taken lightly by Albany Senior High School's Changwe Chituta as her Seeds of Hope exhibition proves. The exhibition is part of her Impact Project programme, an initiative let- ting students explore their passions while contributing to their community. Albany Senior High is the first school in Auckland to host the exhi- bition and first in New Zealand to have their poster travelling with others from overseas education institutes. Seeds of Hope is sponsored by the Soka Gakkai International of New Zealand, a grassroots Buddhist associ- ation promoting peace through indi- vidual transformation and contri- bution to society. A 1m x 2m panel showcasing Albany's involvement in various sus- tainable projects was designed by Changwe for an exhibition launch in late July. The year 12 student's poster showed various projects the school take on such as Wai Care Project and a project protecting New Zealand's native cop- per skinks. As a school, we found a sense of unity and purpose through the exhi- bition as we are creating a sustainable future,'' teacher Soh Chin Patten says. The poster was later exhibited at the Education Forum held at the SGI Buddhist Community Centre on August 26 which featured guest speak- ers -- foundation chairman of Peace and Conflict Studies professor Kevin Clements as well as Anglican minister, human rights and anti-nuclear activist George Armstrong. Changwe enlisted the help of com- mittee members Clarentia Mursalim, Eivonne Sampang, Callum Lee, Helen Yeung, Clarette Soh, Java Bentley, Brendon Finlay and Sean Lee in mak- ing the poster which will be exhibited at the Christchurch Polytechnic Insti- tute of Technology on September 10. Shore assets: Li Chunli, above,won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and Lydia Ko, above left, is the world's best amateur women golfer. Go to northharbour news.co.nz to see table tennis player Li Chunli compete in a qualification tournament for the London 2012 Olympic Games. WANTED: Asian All Black By MARYKE PENMAN SPORTS that don't attract Asians will suffer as the country's immigrant popu- lation continues to grow, an expert says. Massey University's Col- lege of Humanities and Social Sciences Professor Paul Spoonley says main- stream sports like rugby and netball must make more effort to attract Asians. I am waiting for that first generation of New Zealand- born Asians to be in our sports teams, for that first Asian All Black.'' He says many sports lead- ers do not understand how communities are changing and that is diminishing their pool of supporters and play- ers. A primary reason why immigrants come to New Zealand is to get a job, Prof Spoonley says. They work long hours to get ahead. They also come for their children to be academically successful and sport is not necessarily seen as a pri- ority.'' But he says sport plays an important role in the assimi- lation of immigrants into the Kiwi way of life. If you're not engaged in sport it's hard to claim you're fully integrated into New Zealand society.'' Popular Asian sports such as badminton, golf and table tennis have been boosted by the influx of immigrants, Prof Spoonley says. Up to 80 per cent of parti- cipants in badminton and table tennis in the Shore region are Asian. Manchester 2002 Com- monwealth Games gold med- allist Li Chunli is proof of how immigrants can enhance New Zealand sport, Prof Spoonley says. But it is the mainstream codes that are lagging behind, he says. Most of these sports are so new to these migrant com- munities. So how do you attract them into a sport that is so foreign to them,'' Mr Spoon- ley says. There are ways around what Asians might see as deterrents, like physical and weight stereotypes in rugby, he says. There are competitions in which size is not as import- ant and positions that suit players of a smaller stature.'' Understanding and acceptance is improving, Prof Spoonley says, thanks in part to the work of Har- bour Sport and it's ActivAsian programme. Using Asian role models, having appropriate dress codes and understanding the impact of cultural practices like Ramadan on athletes are some ways organisations can attract immigrants. Go to harboursport. co.nz for more information.
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