Waiheke Marketplace : November 17th 2010
4 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, NOVEMBER 17, 2010 NEWS Kaye flicks switch on solar project Sunny moment: MP Nikki Kaye activates the off-grid solar power project on Motutapu Island. Pictured with DOC Auckland area manager Brett Butland. New Zealand s largest off-grid solar power system has been activated in the Hauraki Gulf. MP for Auckland Central Nikki Kaye flicked the switch on the $715,000 solar project on Motutapu Island on Friday afternoon. It is the ninth Conservation Department-managed island to have renewable energy solutions installed as part of an ongoing sustainability programme that aims to boost renewable energy use and halve its off-grid diesel fuel bills. The project is expected to gener- ate at least 65,000kWh per year, providing up to 70 percent of the island s energy requirements and saving 800 litres of diesel a week. Power generated on the island supplies a number of Conservation Department houses where staff and contractors live while carrying out conservation work. It also supplies the Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp, which hosts 12,000 guests each year, and the Motutapu Farm. Ms Kaye says it was a pleasure to flick the switch and see Motutapu join other islands such as Tiritiri Matangi, Hauturu and Motuihe in using renewable energy. After decades of noisy diesel- powered generators, the silence was golden. It is just one example of how DOC is walking the talk in its com- mitment to sustainable business practices and is demonstrating lead- ership through its contributions to sustainability policy and practice, Ms Kaye says. Conservation Minister Kate Wil- kinson is thrilled with the environmentally sustainable method of producing power. It is a fantastic example of what can be achieved and will make a significant contribution to the environment. As the department moves to renewable energy generation on other islands, money previously spent on diesel, and the hours spent maintaining and running gene- rators, will now go directly on con- servation work, Ms Wilkinson says. Rangitoto and Motutapu are well on their way to becoming the largest pest-free sanctuaries in the Hau- raki Gulf Marine Park and it is great that power generation on the islands now has little environ- mental cost, she says. The power and water distribution networks on Motutapu will also be upgraded. Cost savings associated with replacing the current system are estimated to be $188,000 a year. Solar project plans are also being planned for Great Barrier, Kapiti and Matiu/Somes islands. Students bid fond farewell to high school Too many to mention: Lauren Murray with her collection of prizes and awards. Dux Litterarum: Ella Reilly is acknowledged as the top scholar of 2010. Lining up: Year 13 student Connie Gee collects her certificate. By GILL ALCOCK Whaia te pae tawhiti. Pursue your goals to the further horizons, was the advice from board of trustees chairwoman Jane Scorey to departing high school students. Her stirring words at the open- ing of Waiheke High School s prizegiving were followed by those of principal Neil Watson: Tonight we celebrate the past year and we celebrate the future our students have earned through their effort and achievement. The teaching staff, all wearing graduation robes, were praised for their hard work and dedication by head prefects Huia Pocklington and Mat Jacomb. Mat described the school as having dignity and integrity with a school community that punches well above its weight . He admitted it was hard to say goodbye and his comment that he wished there was a year 14 raised a sympathetic laugh from the other leaving students. Head girl Huia agreed saying: It s hard to believe tonight is the grand finale of 13 years. Her emotional speech touched many, as did her advice that the students would have to outgrow their pack-like existence and learn to live singular lives but she softened the blow, saying: We have loved too much to forget . The audience also enjoyed two performances from the school s female choir Canto Isola, and a waiata tautoko and ka pioioi performed by the Piringakau students. The celebration signifies the end of the formal tuition period of the term before three weeks of exter- nal examinations complete the school year. Wishing them well for the sum- mer holidays Ms Scorey urged the students to take care of each other and be sensible, be respon- sible but have lots of fun. To those leaving she said: You ve been an awesome group, showing excellent leadership. All the very, very best. Whatever you are going to do next year, and for your future, good luck. This sentiment was echoed by Mr Watson who said he was look- ing forward to hearing of your future endeavours, watching you excel and admiring your leader- ship . WAIHEKE HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS The premier award of the evening, the Dux Litterarum of Waiheke High school went to Ella Reilly. The award for second student overall in year 13, or Proxime Accessit, went to Lauren Mur- ray. The Dux Ludorum for most senior sportsman went to Alex Branch. Tertiary awards Maggie Meiklejohn received $1000 from the oldest Masonic Lodge in New Zealand for future study in Fine Art. The Waiheke Winegrowers Association awarded a $1600 scholarship for the Eastern Institute of Technology viticulture course to Annie Sainsbury-Canham. The University of Auckland Jubilee Award of $2500 per year of study, academic mentoring for one year and all fees paid for the first three years of an undergraduate degree went to Justyne De Guzman. The AUT Significant Student Scholarship which equates to $30,000 worth of full-time tuition for three years was awarded to Thomas Moroney. The Hazel Hudson cup went to Patrick Gib- bons, and MaryJane Pulham received the sportmanship cup. The Whanau Cup was won by Rangitoto. The Waiheke Volunteer Coastguard Sea Sports Academy Award went to Jordan Smith The winner of the Solomon Trophy was For- rest Denize. The winner of the International Students' Special Award was Sena Matsukawa. The Anne Audain Award went to Harry Bond. The Piringakau awards went to Mystyque Nathan from Nga Puhi, MaryJane Pulham from Nga Puhi, Matt Wilson from Ngai Tahu and, for her leadership skills, Huia Pock- lington from Nga Puhi. Michael Barnett, Elaine De Guzman, Justyne De Guzman, Patrick Gibbons, Katy Guildford, Mat Jacomb, Thomas Moroney, Lauren Murray, Huia Pocklington and Ella Reilly were all presented with school leaders awards. The staff award for service to the school went to Katy Guildford. Sports Awards Lauren Murray took Sports Girl of the Year. The Upchurch Cup for Sports Boy of the Year was won by Mat Jacomb. Basketball: Most Improved Player -- Samuel Blok. Player of the Year -- Ku Nakagawa. Cricket: Most Improved Player -- Azariah Zillig-Taylor. Most Valuable Player -- Ryan Walton. Cross Country: Girl Winner -- Jessie Callaghan. Boy Winner -- Alexander Branch. Netball: Most Improved Player -- Rose Treadwell. Player of the Year -- Miriam Robson. Girls' Soccer: Most Improved Player -- Kimi Webster. Player of the Year -- Ella Reilly. Rugby: Most Consistent Player -- Patrick Gibbons. Rugby Cup, Most Valuable Player -- Christopher Rhodes. Swimming: Zachary Timmins-Edmonds won the Grace Greer cup, the first time it has been awarded since 1992.
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