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THE TRIBUNE, JANUARY 18, 2012
Project Tuakana brings
old and young together
Mana enhancing: Grayson Gray, 13, and his tuakana Tawhiti Henare are part of
Ma te tuakana ka totika te teina, ma
te teina ka totika te tuakana is the
philosophy of Project Tuakana, which
is seeking more male mentors.
The English transition is from the
older sibling the younger one learns
the right way to do things, and from
the younger sibling the older one
learns to be tolerant.
The tuakana/teina (older sibling
supporting younger sibling) pro-
gramme uses a Maori method of
teaching and learning. It is run by
It started matching tuakana with
teina in May providing opportunities
for teenage boys to engage positively
in social, sporting and cultural activi-
ties under the guidance of a tuakana.
Co-ordinator Dale Anderson said
there is no shortage of rangatahi
wanting to be part of Project
Tuakana, but more tuakana
(mentors) are needed.
Tuakana are expected to meet regu-
larly, ideally weekly, for a couple of
hours with the teina.
Training is provided over two
sessions, covering roles and responsi-
bilities, expectations and accountabil-
ity. There are guest speakers on areas
such as rangatahi contemporary
issues, and an experienced tuakana
speaks of his experience.
Project Tuakana has seven
tuakana/teina matches and Ms
Anderson hopes over the next 12
months there will be up to 20
However, this is only possible if we
get tane (Maori men) to come forward
to be involved with the programme.
Later this month Project Tuakana
will run a MasterChef Kai compe-
tition where tuakana and teina will
cook their signature dish for the
They include Wharerata chef Sean
Kereama and police Maori liaison
officer Darren Paki. Kia Ora FM staff
will host the evening.
This is an exciting event for both
tuakana and teina and an oppor-
tunity for their relationship to be
built on while increasing the confi-
dence and capacity of the teina, Ms
The mentors have regular learning
sessions where they develop ideas
such as MasterChef and other mana
enhancing opportunities at our local
river, camping and surviving in the
wilderness tane style .
To become a tuakana ring 354 0670
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Untidy city reserves
Palmerston North City Council is
being extremely reticent in mowing
various reserves around the city, to
the detriment of those who enjoy
using these facilities.
Wet feet and clothing, doggy doos
trapped in the long grass and weeds,
rubbish strewn around, glass bottles
hidden from view.
It is sad and frustrating to see our
top-class soft-recreational areas being
ignored in this way.
There have been no families
playing ball games for many weeks
now (irrespective of the fickle
People with small dogs are avoiding
the reserves, or no longer walking.
While PNCC has no sympathy for
dog owners, I feel very sorry for the
elderly with small dogs.
They regularly used the reserves
for daily exercise and to meet others
The social implications of not
mowing cannot be measured but
should not be treated lightly.
As regards glass bottles -- what
happens to these when the reserves
are finally mown?
I dread to think!
Come on PNCC -- get out there and
do it -- regularly!
for Saddle Rd
The time has come and the time is
now -- some decisions must be made
on the Manawatu Gorge s future and
the future of Saddle Rd.
The bus accident that happened
last week was a warning.
It was very lucky the bus only tilted
over into the ditch; it could have been
so much worse.
Despite the money being spent on
trying to maintain Saddle Rd, it will
never be a number one highway.
And millions will continue to be
spent patching it up.
There must be a strong, consistent,
continual and combined approach by
all mayors and councils on this side
and on the other side of the gorge to
Government seeking a long term
answer to this ongoing problem.
but not for its
G, 2hrs 20mins
Reviewed by Shirley Shapleski
A beautifully shot film by a
master director it might be, but a
riveting kids' film it isn't.
Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) is an
He s taken in by his uncle who lives
at a train station in Paris as the
maintenance man of all the various
When his drunkard uncle disap-
pears, Hugo continues working on the
He decides that as long as the
clocks run, no-one will know the
orphan has been abandoned,
children off to
Hugo inherited an automaton
The robot is missing parts like cogs
and springs as well as a heart-shaped
At the station is a toy shop which
has an abundance of parts Hugo
Only the owner Georges Meilies
(Ben Kinglsey) is fed up with Hugo
stealing from him and in a rage, he
takes a notebook with drawings of the
automaton off Hugo.
Hugo follows the old man home
pleading for him to give him the note-
However, George shuts the door on
When he spies a girl reading, Hugo
entices her outside and he discovers
she is Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz),
George s god-daughter.
She promises to try and get the
The two children work together to
try to solve how to make the automa-
ton work and they ultimately find out
what the machine means to George.
In usual Scorsese fashion, this film
is beautifully shot.
The lighting, composition, and
costumes are gorgeous to look at.
The acting is so-so.
The two children are a mixed bag.
Asa doesn t seem to have much
This ends up being over compen-
sated for by Chloe who is too bouncy
Sacha Baron Cohen s whiny inspec-
tor just comes across as weird.
Ben Kinglsey as
the sad and angry
toy maker is, how-
ever, a good fit.
Based on a book
by Brian Selznick,
Master 10 said
the movie reminded him of the
That was another elaborate movie
that never really hit the right spot.
And he thought maybe they should
stop trying to make movies based on
This movie is a drama.
Instead of the fun adventure it was
advertised as, it is more than a two-
It had Miss 8 sighing and playing
with her glasses.
Master 10, who adores films, came
A beautifully shot film by a master
director it might be, but a riveting
kids film it isn t.
The four star The Adventures of
Tintin is the much better bet if you
haven t already seen it.
Peek-a-boo: The Pohangina River taken from Fern Track. Feilding photographer Mary Lewis says it is a lovely family walk.
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