Growth in both staff and students continued at Whitireia in 1993, a year which also saw the birth of full-time creative writing and publishing programmes
Continuing with education at Whitireia Community Polytechnic this year can involve study on a wide range of short part-time courses or the possibility of full or part-time study towards a longer nationally recognised certificate.
For 1993 the programme of short courses specifically for women has been expanded (appropriately for Women's Suffrage Year). Looking Ahead is a course for women thinking about their future. The course includes assessing skills, organising time, setting goals, improving study skills, becoming familiar with computers, further education and voluntary work. Other courses for women include Creativity and Challenge, a course combining art and outdoor pursuits with Plimmerton artist Val Griffith-Jones; Videotaping Skills for Women, with filmmaker Gaylene Preston; Women's Lives, a writing/reading course with Frances Cherry; as well as other alternatives such as Computer Confidence for Women.
New full-time study opportunities this year include the museum/gallery foundation course focusing on the care and presentation of local taonga or artefacts; and a publishing course in conjunction with Daphne Brasell Press Associates.
Back in Ireland in the weeks preceding St Patrick's Day, sculptor Marian O'Donnell would have been roped in to help design and build the floats that are a feature of every village parade. Artist in residence at Porirua's Whitireia Community Polytechnic, Ms O'Donnell has been engaged in a very different work, a Ceide Beag (small place of assembly), an earthwork construction modelled on ancient field systems discovered in her home county Mayo.
The basic image of the Whitireia quadrangle piece is of a 2000-year-old type of Celtic jewellery. The structure is pierced together with hard Plimmerton stone. To unite with the surroundings, the sloping circumference will be sown in the lawn; the design of bronze pieces above facing steps will reflect the culture of the local polytechnic students.
A man who describes himself as one of Ireland's major artists has arrived at Porirua's Whitireia Community Polytechnic. Hugh McCormick, 49, is one of two Irish artists in residence who will be at the community polytechnic this year.
McCormick will look at the possibility of affiliation between the polytechnic and the Galway Regional Technical Colleges. Arts programme manager Anne Philbin said this could result in student exchanges by 1994. This would allow students of Celtic origins to study close to Connemara, where Gaelic is the first language.
McCormick and artist Marian O'Donnell, who arrives next month, have been brought to Whitireia to assist the School of Arts' Origins programme. Ms Philbin said the programme focused on authentic Māori, Samoan and Gaelic language studies.
Culinary skills tested and proven
Kapi Mana 12.10.1993
The taste of victory at the Montana Culinary Arts Festival is still sweet for three Whitireia Community Polytechnic students. It was the first time the local polytechnic had entered the festival's student team of the year competition and only a couple of points separated the locals from Hutt Valley Polytech's winning team. Whitireia programme manager Selwyn Thomson said he knew Tim Sisarich, Barton Bromley and James Rangihaeata would do well and was thrilled with the end result.
There were 26 Whitireia students taking part in different festival events. Whitireia, which sent a smaller team to last year's event, won a total of 22 medals through team and individual efforts.