Matariki Celebrations 2016

Monday 4 July 2016

On Friday 1 July HLC celebrated rising stars from various courses at lunch attended by all students and tutors. The rising stars were each presented with a piece of greenstone by HLC CEO Jacqui Ferrel to mark their progress in moving forward in education and self-development. Congratulations to the following stars who have committed themselves to developing their knowledge, skills and attitudes to contribute to the world of employment.

Billy Poulima has constantly demonstrated courage, determination, adaptability and patience. He has attended course every day, and has a genuine happy disposition. His quality of work is of the highest level and is timely.Billy is a valued member of our class team and we have welcomed his sense of humour and pride. The Masonic Village staff,have really appreciated Billy’s hard work and collaboration and the residents have found him a “breath of fresh air” and very dedicated. As a result of this, Billy has gained employment. Billy is one of HLC’s stars of Matariki.

Rua Kingi is positive, a real team player, compassionate.  He really wants to be the best he can be. He has shown great dedication and his motivation for the course has been shown through his attendance and ability to complete task on time. Rua is a solo Dad and has made huge changes to his life since starting this course.  Rua has shown the quality needed to be a star not only academically but because he has the drive and self-belief needed to change his life and family situation.  He has obtained a supervisor role in Armourguard  (part-time) with the likelihood he will be employed fulltime after completing the course. Rua is one of HLC’s stars of Matariki and will be presented with his greenstone in Lower Hutt.

Shay (Shiaynne) Ward came to HLC as a WINZ client and was referred to our Train for Work programme, while here Shay saw the Hospitality students working in the Café Trainers Café and decided that it was something she would like to pursue. While working at a HLC High Tea event Shay was approached by a local restaurant owner who noticed how professional she carried herself and was offered a Part time waitressing job where she now works 3 days a week on top of her studies, Shay has now completed her NZ Certificate in Hospitality Level 2 and is looking forward to starting her Certificate in Computing with HLC in semester 2. Shay is one of HLC’s stars of Matariki. 

Tiana Stapp was a graduate from Youth Programme last  year. She did very well in the Train for Work course and excelled herself in contributing and participating in all class activities. Tiana pushed beyond her normal shyness to go through a rigorous process of preparation and interviews to get a contract administration job with the Horowhenua District Council. Tiana is a shining example of how a positive attitude can create a shining star. Tomatou whetu piata. Tiana is one of HLC’s stars of Matariki.

Zac Higgins was a late enrolment who had been out of school for a significant period of time due to massive health issues. He felt that HLC could offer him the opportunity to get back into study , gain some qualifications. Zac has caught up and completed, to a very good standard the National Certificate in Employment Skills. He is now working towards The National Certificate in Computing with the aim of pursuing a career in IT. Zac is one of HLC’s stars of Matariki.

Lucas Moeahu has had a goal to get into the Army and wanted to gain NCEA Level 1 in the hope that he could apply and one day gain entry. His cousin and the school  worked with the MOE to gain an exemption  from school for Lucas to join HLC. This was achieved in early 2016. Lucas has worked very hard including doing additional classes. Lucas is one of HLC’s stars of Matariki.

Janey Taurerewa of Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent is a young solo mother of 3 children. In February 2016 Janey commenced her studies at the UCOL campus in Whanganui. She particularly enjoys the practical learning but says that “Writing on paper and learning in class is a great insight into the theory but getting out there and actually doing it is awesome. We learn so much!” Janey also credits her studies in 2016 to improving her general literacy and numeracy skills and is pleased to have reconnected with “education”. She is looking forward to graduating with a Level 2 and Level 3 qualification in Security and has a future goal of securing employment with the Aviation Security Service. She will be presented with her greenstone in Whanganui and is one of HLC’s stars of Matariki.

Cameron Larsen is a self-directed and highly motivated student who has gone over and above to achieve academically his personal best. Cameron has a willingness to take on all extra tasks and  always steps outside his comfort zone.  He is a very enthusiastic student who takes advantage of every opportunity including mentoring other students in theory. He has found that through his hard work and dedication there are now many career opportunities available to him. Cameron is one of HLC’s stars of Matariki.

Well done to all the students!