Ca­reers day a hit


Stu­dents at Te Kura Maori o Porirua got to learn about ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties dur­ing their first week back of school.

The two-day ca­reers event, co­or­di­nated by Part­ners Porirua and school staff, heard from Porirua mayor Mike Tana, a mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gist, a lawyer and a chief ex­ec­u­tive, among oth­ers, about their ex­pe­ri­ences and path­ways into work.

There were lots of peo­ple out there to help you get to where you wanted to be, said Part­ners Porirua’s ed­u­ca­tion part­ner­ship fa­cil­i­ta­tor Rachel Scott.

‘‘A re­sound­ing mes­sage from all the speak­ers was to find some­thing you are pas­sion­ate about, give it your all and your job will be a joy.

‘‘It was a won­der­ful pro­ject to be a part of, there is so much sup­port in the busi­ness com­mu­nity to share their knowl­edge.’’

Stu­dent Kamiria DeMuth said: ’’I re­ally en­joyed this ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause it gave me an idea of what I want to do’’.

On day one the speak­ers in­cluded BOC Gases chief ex­ec­u­tive Phillip Reidy, who set up the Pau­ata­hanui Light­house Cin­ema and owned and op­er­ated an ap­ple or­chard, Adri­enne Mur­ray, who ran a hu­man re­sources com­pany, Vai Leavaiseeta, a lawyer at Whi­tireia Com­mu­nity Law Cen­tre, and mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gist Alma Hig­gins.

Day two had talks from Tana, youth coach and drug and al­co­hol coun­sel­lor Jhial McGre­gor, city coun­cil­lor and qual­i­fied mo­tor­cy­cle en­gi­neer Dale Wil­liams, and Downer civil en­gi­neer cadet Michael Whin­ray.

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