Student’s documentary goes to air
A radio documentary produced by a Whitireia graduate has aired on Radio New Zealand.
Lize Immelman began work on the documentary as part of her final assessment for the diploma in radio journalism last year and the piece won the course award for best documentary. The documentary is about three New Zealanders who came to the country as refugees and how they have found the resettling process.
Immelman immigrated to New Zealand from South Africa in 2007.
Immelman said the Whitireia course had been a life-changing experience.
‘‘I want to make a difference in people’s lives, and in the world,’’ she said. ‘‘I want people to care about one another. If I can make the smallest difference, it would be thanks to Whitireia, for sure.’’
Programme tutor Sue Bergin had brought in Radio New Zealand producer Amelia Nurse as an assessor.
Nurse asked Immelman if she would like her help to get her story on air.
Tawa Rotary Club recently held a Nepal appeal night and raised $300 for the relief effort following the devastating earthquakes. The money from the appeal night, plus an additional $1200 from its charitable trust, was enough for Tawa Rotary to fund a shelter box to help the Nepalese people. Martin said the boxes provided emergency shelter for families, together with essential supplies such as blankets, tools and water purification. ‘‘The shelter box organisation also provides medical staff with emergency shelter where patients can be treated in privacy,’’ he said. Tawa Rotary president Martin Garcia with a shelter box
ready for delivery.