Kapiti Observer : January 17th 2013
8 KAPITI OBSERVER, JANUARY 17, 2013 • Round Posts • Round Stays • Deer Posts • Strainers • Poles • Round Deer Posts For the BEST in POLES, POSTS and DOMESTIC FENCING MITCHPINE PRODUCTS LIMITED Foxton Road, Levin Phone 06 368 5252 www.mitchpine.co.nz Battens • Fence Palings • Sawn Posts • Sleepers • Decking • Domeloc Fencing • KP102293X/FR 4429345AH COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL, TILT PANEL DESIGN, HOUSES, RURAL, LIFESTYLE ALL SUMMER STOCK NOW ½ PRICE! OFFER EXCLUDES ACCESSORIES COASTLANDS PARAPARAUMU 04 297 1180 NORTH CITY SHOPPING CENTRE 04 238 9996 5119852AA Computers a focus for Kapiti's new principal Settling in: Kapiti Primary School's new principal Lou Bray-Burns hopes to increase students' computer skills. By TALIA CARLISLE Teaching has taken Lou Bray- Burns to Japan and America, but becoming principal of Kapiti Primary School will be a new adventure, she says. After spending the last 21G2 years as principal of Hampton Hill School in Tawa, the Titahi Bay resident decided it was time to meet some new faces. I spent a little bit of time in one of the junior classes [at Kapiti Primary School] and the kids were just lovely. They'd come up and say are you really our new principal?' I think they thought principals had to be males.'' Ms Bray-Burns has been teaching for 25 years but it wasn't until after her children were born that she realised it was her passion. She has taught at seven Wel- lington schools and is particu- larly interested in developing students' reading and computer skills. At Hampton Hill School, each student has their own gmail account and access to email, calendars, and a drive for stor- ing documents. She plans to introduce the same idea at Kapiti Primary School. [Children] need to get out and experience life, have fun, learn how to play without hav- ing a computer in front of them. But in saying that . . . you're doing the kids a huge disservice if you don't allow them to have access to it. It's where this world is heading. Not only that, it's where kids are interested as well, and if you want kids learn- ing, you've got to engage them where they're interested.'' She hopes to develop a strong community within Kapiti Pri- mary School, and hold events for the students, parents and staff to discover their goals for the school. They're a neat bunch of peo- ple. They're really nice to work with and they're really keen to go, yep let's do this'. . .'' Tank thefts Kapiti police are inves- tigating the theft of pet- rol tanks from boats over the past three weeks. Detective Matt Campbell said 15 thefts had been reported, and a group of teenage boys had been seen breaking into a boat at a car yard on Kapiti Rd last week. It is a real problem. We want to hear from anyone with infor- mation or know the identity of the young kids matching the description,'' he said. The boys are described as skinny, caucasian and about 17 years old. Police are warning boat owners to remove fuel tanks and keep boats out of sight. Lifeguard saves five in an hour By RANDALL WALKER Saturday was a busy day for one Otaki surf lifesaver with three res- cues of five people in less than an hour. Jack Potaka, 15, first rescued a father and son who raised their hands after being dragged out of their depth by a rip. The pair were body boarding at about 2.30pm just north of the flags, said Otaki patrol captain Abe Growcott. They didn't have fins so they got caught in the undertow and taken out.'' Jack swam out to the pair and supported them with a rescue tube, until an inflatable rescue boat picked them up and took them back to shore. They were unharmed. While in the water another older man body boarding called for help and Jack swam to him and kept him comfortable with the tube until an IRB arrived. Because of the combination of conditions Jack stayed out there on that northern flank of the flags herding people back into the flags because they were drifting across in the rip,'' said Mr Growcott. He stayed in the water for quite a while, securing people as they needed help and then the IRB would come and get them.'' Shortly after he helped another pair of boys body boarding, who were also taken to shore on an IRB. None of the rescued required further assistance, he said. Mr Growcott said it was a busy day on the beach with nice weather, but the afternoon was plagued by strong rips, caused by big surf and an outgoing tide. Lifeguards moved the flags sev- eral times to try and avoid the worst of it. There had been many strong rips at the beach this season and Mr Growcott urged people to swim in the flags and wear the correct equipment'', such as fins in the case of bodyboarding.
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