International students: their lifestyle and experience at Wintec

Ninety years of providing the skills and knowledge to build a stronger community has seen Wintec  staff help create thousands of careers.

As well, in 2017 more than 6000 students studied Wintec courses off-shore in China, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mauritius, Thailand, South America, India, and the Solomon Islands.

From hating to loving the lifestyle of New Zealand Nabina Kharel

Josephine Makuden came to New Zealand as an international student from India, and she is majoring in communication studies.

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LHB – How three guys revived the heart of Raglan

An Italian, an Israeli and an Irishman walk into a bar, and together they create a business.

As equal partners in, as they call it ‘MYT Management’, they took over the Left Hand Break, a kitchen in the Raglan Club in the middle of the little beach community, and they are doing well. MYT is an acronym for the first letter of each of the trio’s name.

Let’s go in order and start with the “M”: Mauro Palazzani.

Mauro was born in the north of Italy as an only child. His mother ran a restaurant when he was little. At the age of seven, the 2nd grade of his primary school went on a school trip to visit a famous cooking school.

Mauro taking a break in the backyard of his restaurant. Photo Sarah S.

Qualifying as a chef became his goal, and his mum helped him to achieve that by moving closer to the cooking school.

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Virtual reality comes to the Tron


Virtual reality, also known as VR is making waves in the industry and it was only a matter of time before two keen Hamilton-based VR fans were going to share their passion and create a business out of it.

Husband and wife team, Frikkie and Gretta Rodriguez-Fleming had their first VR experience in Auckland last year, but Hamilton is the location they  believe is best suited for opening a VR arcade.

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Out of Date: The Importance of New Zealand Adoption Laws

There a few things in life that are important, family is one of them. For some, the meaning of family does not have to mean biological. In other circumstances, it means ensuring that a child is a part of a loving, safe, forever home.

This is what adoption is.

November 9th is World Adoption Day, a day to celebrate the power and beauty of family brought together through adoption. The day raises awareness of different stories from all walks of life.

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Hamilton heritage: A new view of the past

Rā Maumahara: Remembering Ngāti Wairere



Ngāti Wairere kuia Hekeiterangi Broadhurst in Rāhui Pōkeka (Huntly) surrounded by photographs of her Tupuna. Photo: Horiana Henderson

Rā Maumahara (Commemoration Day for the New Zealand Wars) was a day of remembrance for Ngāti Wairere kuia Hekeiterangi Broadhurst who attended Hamilton’s ceremony at Steele Park on October 28. She was interviewed in Rāhui Pōkeka (Huntly) on October 31.

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The Zero-Waste Movement

Raglan is setting the bar for zero-waste By Aasha Parle and Candice Gollan

Raglan, a small unassuming town, has been making big changes for the health of our planet. Xtreme Zero Waste is a community enterprise working on diverting waste from landfills.

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Fall in love with conservation

global warming is real - it is happening now

All through history the earth has warmed up and cooled on its own terms. But the past century has seen an unusual increase in temperature on the surface of the earth mainly due to the greenhouse gasses produced as people burn fossil fuels. The rate of temperature increase has nearly doubled in the last 50 years. And the graph is not likely to fall anytime soon. Continue reading