Rotorua Weekender : 2020-07-03

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6 Rotorua Weekender Jul 3, 2020 | Memorial music fund opens for first time Available to musicians aged between 8 and 18 Y oung and local musicians are being called to apply for the Michael Pilaar Memorial Music Fund that has opened for applicatio­ns for the first time. Musicians aged between 8 and 18 years within the Rotorua and Taupo¯ districts can apply for the grant managed by the Geyser Community Foundation. Geyser’s chairman Kieran Irvine says it is “very exciting” to announce the opening of the very special Fund, which was establishe­d in 2017 by the Pilaar family. Michael Pilaar, a talented musician died from Melanoma in June 2017, aged 19. His family created the fund in honour of Michael and to support the developmen­t of young people’s musical skills. His mother, Elizabeth Pilaar, says Michael was a great communicat­or who was able to reach people through music. “He had a great sense of fun, passion and enjoyment, and wanted to make a positive difference in people’s lives. “The family would like to foster this spirit in other young musicians by providing financial assistance to help with instrument costs, a music camp, tuition, exam fees, etc.” She says there can be considerab­le Photo / Supplied Winter a perfect time to refine boating safety skills Recreation­al boating is widely popular in the Bay of Plenty yet only around 5 per cent of boaties have a Coastguard membership. According to Water Safety Bay of Plenty, 29 per cent of preventabl­e drownings in the Bay of Plenty in the past 10 years involved recreation­al boating. They are encouragin­g boaties to become members of Coastguard and also enrol in a Coastguard Boating Education course. Regional Water Safety Strategy manager Dave White says Coastguard Boating Education has some fantastic courses for not only beginners, but also experience­d skippers. “A lot of boaties don’t realise you can also complete these short courses online and, when it comes to staying safe on the water, they’re well worth the investment.” The message comes amid increasing boat and jetski sales in the Bay of Plenty — highlighti­ng the importance of boating and water safety knowledge. “With more boats on the water, there’s more risk. Coastguard Boating Education courses and Coastguard membership­s are a small price to pay to keep you and your family safe while you’re out on the water,” Dave says. More informatio­n about the Coastguard Boating Education courses are at www. boatingedu­ and Coastguard NZ membership­s at www. Photo / File costs associated with learning music and there is not a lot of support for young musicians in the area. “We want to encourage the making of classical music by our young people.” Four scholarshi­ps with a value of $500 each are available this year with applicatio­ns open July 1 through to August 14. Go to ■ Study culinary arts If you’re looking to start your career in culinary arts or take your culinary skills to the next level, we have courses available right here in Rotorua. You’ll learn from industry experts and train in our commercial kitchens. • • New Zealand Certificat­e in Cookery (Level 4) New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) Courses start Monday, 20 July. Come in and see us and we’ll help you get started. If it’s your first time studying, you may be eligible for fees-free study. Visit for more informatio­n. Apply now Learn by doing 0800 86 46 46 ·

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