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Project K gets a new name
Late last year, Project K resolved to establish the Foundation for Youth Development (FYD). FYD is an umbrella trust for established and proven child and youth development programmes.
"It makes absolute sense to form FYD and combine our energies and resources to continue to develop and deliver the very best opportunities we can to all the children and young people who we work with" said co-founder and Chairman of FYD, Graeme Dingle.
The Trust now includes the popular primary school programme Kiwi Can, as well as Project K and the Stars programme.
Kiwi Can, the programme designed for primary children, is the first and only full-time, privately operated needs-based, life skills and values-based programme implemented in decile 1-10 primary and intermediate schools throughout New Zealand.
Kiwi Can was established to develop the "I Can" theme as a positive part of a child’s life, their future and that of their community, enabling them to face and deal with challenges in everyday life. Kiwi Can challenges children in five ways: physically; mentally; creatively; through community projects; and pride in being a New Zealander.
To further focus the sector, FYD is holding a conference in Auckland from 31 August to 1 September with the purpose of uniting many of the private and public organisations working in the child and youth development area. The two-day conference will feature dinner with leading cartoonist and journalist Tom Scott and presentation of the More FM Project K Student Excellence Awards.
Thanks to Bryce Davey and Joelle Wales of Chapman Tripp for legal assistance in establishing Kiwi Can, FYD and the Stars Programme.
Wellington Marine Education Centre – a step closer
A dream for a marine education centre on Wellington’s south coast has moved a step closer with the resource consent applications lodged and an Independent Commissioner's hearing now in progress.
Over the past 10 years, Marine Education Centre founder-directors Judy Hutt and Dr Victor Anderlini have hosted thousands of children at their Marine Education Centre in Island Bay. However, the Centre’s lease expires in 2007 leaving its future uncertain.
In 1999 the Wellington Marine Conservation (Charitable) Trust was formed to create and operate a new Wellington Marine Education Centre. The centre is to be supported by a non-profit, but self supporting aquarium. The first priority for the aquarium is to raise awareness of the threats to our coastal area and our appreciation of the extraordinary beauty of the biodiversity in our coastal seas.
The aquarium complex will be located at Te Raekaihau Point on Wellington’s south coast. It will feature local species, including submarine fauna and flora of Cook Strait, Wellington’s coastline and harbour. The complex will include conference and education facilities, a café and shop.
Thanks to Catherine Hewitt and Shona Bradley of Chapman Tripp for assisting with the Trust’s case.
The power of sound
The Auckland Philharmonia is gearing up for The Trusts Secondary Composers Competition with two preparatory workshops at the Philharmonia Hall in Auckland on 6 April and 23 June.
The annual competition is open to all Year 10 to 13 (14 to 17-year-old) students with the theme for 2006 being "Hello and Goodbye". A great opportunity for all aspiring composers to write for a full symphony orchestra.
Eight pieces are chosen as finalists by Ross Harris, Composer-in-Residence, and leading conductor Marc Taddei. All those pieces are played and recorded by the Auckland Philharmonia on 2 September. Finalists receive a CD copy of their piece and the overall winner receives $500 and their piece is programmed as part of the Discovery concerts next year.
What’s on? Circa 2006 Theatre
The Brilliant Fassiah written by Tim Spite, James Ashcroft and Gabe McDonnell. Season 11 March – 15 April.
A new work from the multi-award winning SEEyD Theatre Company. This dramatic comedy couples spirituality with scepticism, the faithful with the fraudulent, and asks us where we stand in between.
Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller. Season 1 April – 6 May.
One man and his family caught up in the pressures and delusions of living the American Dream. Miller’s play is the story of a travelling salesman whose illusions of a picture-perfect business and family life cave in on him.