2010 was a record year for enrolments at Whitireia with domestic enrolments having to be curtailed from July in order to meet the Tertiary Education Commission's imposed cap
Fifteen Whitireia Community Polytechnic Bachelor of Applied Arts (Visual Art) students - 13 of whom are in their first year of study will display their designs in the big finale of a fashion show at Pataka this Saturday. The event is being held by the Rotary Club of Sundown to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation and includes designer fashions from Tutina Pasene, Robyn Mathieson and Alexandra Owen.
Whitireia Visual Arts tutor Deb Donnelly says she had no reservations about signing the first years up to the show after they received the invitation to take part. "There have been a few intensive sessions to get everything up and running, and it's a steep learning curve, but this is a great opportunity and these guys have got the talent. It is a big ask but other parts of the polytech - like the music to go along with what we're doing, and the filming - have been really supportive, it's been great."
Whitireia New Zealand has placed in the top third of polytechnics for student course completion rates, according to a Tertiary Education Commission report released last week. The commission undertook a comparative study on the performance of New Zealand polytechnics, evaluating the success of students.
"There have been consistent high success rates at Whitireia over many years," said chief executive Don Campbell. "Our success is built on long term connections to industry and employers." He says Whitireia successfully gets many students into "real careers."
Whitireia is also a national leader in post-graduate health specialist courses. Meanwhile, an independent review of Whitireia in the national external evaluation has found the effectiveness of teaching and the outcomes for learners and key stakeholders like industry and employers to be excellent.
Kiwi music identities Karl Steven and Warren Maxwell will join Whitireia School of Music students at Wellington Town Hall next week. Each year Whitireia music students put together a live show. This year's event, Whitireia Up Front, will be a full-fledged rock concert and won't be lacking for star power. Karl Steven enjoyed success as the lanky, energetic frontman for Supergroove, and Warren Maxwell is known for his work with Trinity Roots, Fat Freddy's Drop and Little Bushman.
Stevens said it was a privilege to have the opportunity to work with young talent and help shape their music performance. Warren said the future of music in Aotearoa lies with these young musicians. "We're going to have some fun both on and off the stage."
Breaking bone tradition
Kapiti Observer 22.11.2010, by Tasha Black
Jewellery made by Whitireia students went under the hammer on Thursday night - auctioned off by National Radio presenter Kim Hill. The fifth annual auction included pieces by contemporary designers Peter Deckers, Matthew McIntyre Wilson, Mel Young and Owen Mapp, as well as original works by students. Held at Wellington's Mighty Mighty bar, the auction was run by Whitireia Bachelor of Applied Arts students and showcased contemporary original jewellery.
Sam Kelly, 24, from Paekakariki, had one piece on auction and it sold for $270. Kelly makes jewellery from bone but said she wants to move away from the cultural and historical uses of bone and push the ways in which it can be used rather than carving it. Kelly has won a place at Talente, an international exhibition held in Germany in March. "My tutor likens it to the Oscars of jewellery... it's pretty mindblowing." At just 24 years old, Kelly says she is the baby of the exhibition and was one of five New Zealand designers chosen.
Fashion label local affair
Kapi-Mana News 23.11.2010, by Kris Dando
A new fashion label involving the talents of Whitireia Community Polytechnic arts students, the labours of Porirua businesses and celebrity models Irene van Dyk and Frankie Stevens had its unveiling last week. For more than a year, Sharon Woodhouse, sales and account manager for local business Classic Embroidery, wanted to see a contemporary fashion label established in the city. Collaborating with her mentor Cathy Roa, Whitireia arts tutor Deb Donnelly and her Bachelor of Applied Arts students, has seen the concept materialise.
Though starting up the venture has had its share of hard work and headaches, Ms Woodhouse said it was all worth it to see the prototype designs modelled by van Dyk for a photoshoot at Whitireia last week. "After [Irene and Frankie] came on board, they came to Whitireia and the students found out their likes and dislikes and what they wanted in clothes that they would wear. We had to keep away from sports, as someone like Irene has contracts with big companies to wear their gear, so we're mostly talking about casual clothing, evening wear, that sort of thing."
Ms Donnelly says the students were able to bring their own flair and inspiration to the table but had "the wants of the clients" in their minds at all times. Eight students were involved and did the work as part of the textiles section of their studies. More types of clothing and more celebrity models are being lined up before the fashion label is officially named and launched next year.