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Honourable start to the new year

SOUTHERN Institute of Techno› logy (SIT) chief executive Penny Simmonds has been made a Com› panion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education, sport and the community. In 2000 she was instrumental in setting up SIT’s zero fee scheme, which allows all domestic students to attend the polytechnic free of charge. It had proved to be an...

Staying connected with SeniorNet

EVEN in their 90s, Charlie Ham› mond and Mary Matthews are still learning — exploring the world of computers through the voluntary organisation SeniorNet. Mr Hammond (91) remembers using a slate to write on at school. Eight›plus decades later he is thoroughly enjoying learning using the latest technology. The retired JP, qualified char› tered secretary and former Eden› dale town clerk has...

Recognition for Southlanders

SOUTHLANDERS of all ages and walks of life were honoured in ceremonies in the lead›up to Christmas. As part of the 2016 New Zea› lander of the Year Awards, nine Southland Kiwibank Local Heroes were presented with specially made medals. Southland District Mayor Gary Tong presented the medals and congratulated the recipients. ‘‘These fine people embody the qualities that have long held...

Growth plans for trades academy

THE Southern Institute of Techno› logy (SIT) plans to grow a new trades academy which will offer entry›level trades training to secondary school pupils. Government funding was announced last month for the Murihiku Trades Academy, with 40 places funded in the first year for pupils from Invercargill schools. ‘‘This year will be like a pilot. We have to stick to what...
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