Our Ger­man in­terns

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Porirua is a long way from Stuttgart, but for three young Ger­man women, it’s all about fur­ther­ing their uni­ver­sity ed­u­ca­tion.

Nadja Bas­tian, Silke Mack and Kathrin Man­gold are into their third year of study­ing pub­lic man­age­ment.

As part of their de­gree they must in­tern some­where out­side Ger­many, and, through a friend at Porirua City Coun­cil, they have come here for 10 weeks.

‘‘We wanted to go some­where that is English-speak­ing and so far we love it here in New Zealand, and Porirua,’’ Kathrin says.

The trio will be get­ting plenty of in­sight about how a coun­cil works, spend­ing time with staff re­spon­si­ble for sur­veys and walk­ways, reg­u­la­tory man­age­ment, strat­egy and plan­ning, and see­ing how ex­hi­bi­tions are set up at Pataka.

They helped out at Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments on Sun­day and will at­tend the coun­cil com­mit­tee meet­ings this Thurs­day.

Ger­man lo­cal coun­cils are sim­i­lar to what they have ex­pe­ri­enced in Porirua, al­though Kathrin says they lack an emer­gency man­age­ment pro­gramme at the lo­cal level in her coun­try.

Head of in­for­ma­tion and demo­cratic ser­vices for PCC, Mike Chap­man, was with the girls as they gave Adrenalin For­est a crack last week.

He says it is a good op­por­tu­nity for staff to be in­volved in a ‘‘cul­tural ex­change’’ like this, and it can only ben­e­fit both par­ties.

The Ger­man govern­ment and the girls them­selves are pay­ing for the in­tern­ship, so Porirua ratepay­ers face no cost.

They had a few weeks of travel be­fore ar­riv­ing in Porirua, and will do a lit­tle more af­ter­wards, but they will be back to their stud­ies in Stuttgart very soon.

Study­ing Porirua: Ger­man uni­ver­sity stu­dents, from left, Nadja Bas­tian, Kathrin Man­gold and Silke Mack, at Adrenalin For­est last week. Their in­tern­ship at Porirua City Coun­cil lasts un­til midMarch.

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