New scholarship awarded
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