New schol­ar­ship awarded

The Hastings Mail - - FRONT PAGE - ME­GAN HUNT

EIT stu­dent An­drea Wil­liams is the in­au­gu­ral win­ner of a schol­ar­ship cre­ated to cel­e­brate the le­gacy of one of the lead­ers of New Zealand’s Play­cen­tre move­ment.

Wil­liams is com­plet­ing a Bach­e­lor of Teach­ing in early child­hood education and was pre­sented with the award in hon­our of Mary Pharazyn.

She was pre­sented with the schol­ar­ship by Mary’s brother Roger, his wife SuYen and Mary’s daugh­ter Rozel.

Mary trained as a New Zealand Nurs­ery Play­cen­tre As­so­ci­a­tion su­per­vi­sor be­tween 1957and 1961 and was ap­pointed East Coast li­ai­son of­fi­cer.

She helped es­tab­lish play­cen­tres in Raupunga, Omakere, Have­lock North and Hau­moana.

‘‘At the time, there was no widely avail­able pre-school education in New Zealand,’’ Rozel said.

‘‘The ini­tia­tive for start­ing the Play­cen­tre move­ment was the moth­ers, and it was al­ways vol­un­teers who took on the role.’’

The mother-of-six died in 1978 to at the age of 52 and when her hus­band Martin passed away in 2014 he made pro­vi­sion in his will to es­tab­lish the Pharazyn Schol­ar­ship.

It is aimed at sup­port­ing EIT’s early child­hood education stud­ies and awarded an­nu­ally to a fi­na­lyear de­gree stu­dent.

An­drea plans to put her $2000 award to­wards study costs, in­clud­ing a new lap­top or tablet to record class notes.

Born and raised in Ar­gentina, An­drea and her hus­band Mauri­cio came to New Zealand 23 years ago. Three home­less Napier men will move from Clive Square into a flat to­gether by the end of the month.

The trio will be part of a sup­ported-liv­ing project in a house su­per­vised and man­aged by What­ever It Takes Trust or WIT which cur­rently works with the men through an out­reach ser­vice.

Fol­low­ing a successful pi­lot pro­gramme last year cen­tral gov­ern­ment has al­lo­cated funding to WIT, en­abling it to of­fer the sup­ported-liv­ing model in Napier, with con­tri­bu­tions from the ten­ants.

The on­go­ing out­reach ser­vice as­sists those who are home­less to at­tend doc­tors’ ap­point­ments, for ex­am­ple, or seek ad­dic­tion ser­vices help on Mon­day, Wed­nes­day morn­ings.

Re­cently Napier City Coun­cil also launched the ‘‘Help­ing Hands’’ cam­paign which en­cour­ages res­i­dents to give to agen­cies such as WIT rather than di­rectly to those beg­ging on the street.

The coun­cil’s com­mu­nity strate­gies man­ager Natasha Car­swell said it was bet­ter for those strug­gling in the com­mu­nity to live in a real home, with real sup­port.

‘‘This model shows those who have pre­vi­ously been sleep­ing rough a new way of liv­ing, with tar­geted resources to help them deal with the range of is­sues that might have led them to where they have been.’’ and Fri­day

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