North Shore Times : April 28th 2016
6 NORTH SHORE TIMES, APRIL 28, 2016 City envious of our native bush Tom Cotter, Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre volunteer, Beach Haven Howlong have you lived here and where are you from? I amoriginally from Putaruru in the Waikato, and have lived in Beach Haven for 53 years. Before that I lived in Epsom andMt Eden for seven years, and on Richmond Rd for four. Describe your neighbourhood. Avery peaceful, quiet spot. It looks absolutely wonderful at this time of the year, looking over Lancaster Point to Greenhithe. What is your earliest memoryof the Shore? Eskdale Rd was a dirt road, Rangatira and Birkdale roads mainly had farms on them growing vegetables and raising some cattle. I remember looking across to Stott Ave and seeing cows in the fields. What are the greatest advantages to living here? Weare lucky to have many hectares of native bush here, the envy of other parts of Auckland. I amproud to have a connection, through Kaipatiki Project, to the bush. Maybe because I come from a timber town I have always felt at home around trees. Tom Cotter LOOK WHO’S TALKING ‘‘ I have always felt at home around trees.’’ Where is your favourite North Shore beach and why? Soldiers Bay. It was so convenient to walk there when our children were small. Whois the person you admire the most and why? Mylate father Constable Thomas James Cotter, a deeply religious man – firm but fair. What do you like least about the Shore and howcanwefix it? Traffic congestion,we need another harbour crossing, a tunnel with traffic and rail facilities. Where is the best place to have ameal? Birkenhead RSA. You can eat well there for about $15. What are you doing this weekend? I will be spending time withmy family and if the weather isOKI like to work in the garden. I used to be a volunteer fireman somy activities with theNewZealand Ex-Firefighters’ Association can also keepmebusy at weekends. stuff.co.nz PRO VICE-CHANCELLOR’S PERSPECTIVE ONE-OF-A-KIND AUT STUDY GOES INTERNATIONAL N ew funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment will see a long running AUT study take its place on the international stage. Thanks to a government grant from the $4.75 million Catalyst Fund, researchers from AUT’s Pacific Islands Families Study are set to join forces with four other world-class research groups – all working in the field of child development. Established in 2000, the Pacific Islands Families Study is the world’s largest study of Pacific youth and their families. With researchers and participants working collectively, the study has been instrumental in exploring the needs, aspirations, and experiences of young Pacific people – and in developing new measures to support them. In the lead-up to a recent AUT research symposium discussing the study’s latest findings, Dr El-Shadan Tautolo, Pacific Islands Families Study Director, predicted a productive road ahead. “We aim to continue providing relevant data and analysis to help improve the health and wellbeing of Pacific children and families, and address the social disparities they face in New Zealand,” he says. “Only by working together collectively in this space, can we ensure a successful future for young Pacific people.” Now, thanks to the $429,000 Catalyst grant, the study team will join international O ver a quarter of New Zealanders are first-generation migrants, and Auckland’s proportion is much higher. New Zealand is more diverse than it was a decade ago. Migrants face a variety of challenges: most rise to these challenges and contribute to the growth and development of our communities, making New Zealand more interesting, vibrant and globally connected. researchers to determine how and why child development environments change, and which kinds do – or do not – support positive child development. The collaboration comprises Massey University’s Te Hoe Nuku Roa – Māori Families Longitudinal Study (research leader), plus a triad of ‘Growing Up’ studies – The University of Auckland’s GuINZ, ScotCen Social Research and the Economic and Social Research Institute in Scotland, and Scotland and Trinity College, Dublin. “The ‘Growing Up’ studies in Ireland and Scotland are crucial to planning and policy setting in these nations, and closely working with them to investigate what has worked and what hasn’t worked, will enable us to translate their international findings into a New Zealand context,” explains Dr Tautolo. “The Pacific Islands Families Study is a landmark study in its own right,” he adds, “and we are looking forward to being able to compare our findings and learnings to those in similar studies internationally.” Migrants are important for a variety of reasons, including provision of the future workforce. However, there are costs alongside the benefits, including the potential to strain local infrastructure and services, matters requiring careful consideration and balance. “ AUT North Campus needs to be done right now to help people in desperate need. It is time to consider increasing our annual intake of refugees As a young population, Pacific first and subsequent generation migrants will have an increasingly important role in our future. The AUT Pacific Islands Families Study, involving over 1,000 children and their parents, assists in fostering the development and contribution of these young Pacific New Zealanders. At a global level, refugees and forcibly displaced people currently number over 60 million. With continuing climate change and rising sea levels it is likely that parts of the world will be drowned or unliveable; for our Pacific neighbours this may include entire countries. Greater effort is required to stem and prevent major human conflicts, war and global warming. At the same time more AUT provides the education programme that refugees engage in during their first six weeks in New Zealand and is closely involved in research with refugee organisations and communities. In its bid to secure Security Council membership, the government made much of New Zealand’s record as a global citizen. While we have a good reputation for our refugee resettlement work, the number we take is very low by international standards. „ Combining quota refugees, asylum seekers and family reunifications, the annual number has halved in the past 25 years. In the late 1980s, around one in ten new settlers were refugees; last year it was less than one in sixty. It is time to consider increasing our annual intake and doing more to support the developing countries where the majority of refugees have sought to live.
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