Our German interns
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.