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New atrium keeps rain away from graduation

Dec 18th, 2008 | By | Category: Latest News, News

PICTURE: New Education Minister Anne Tolley addresses graduands and supporters at Whitireia’s graduation.

RAIN was no deterrent to 2000 students and supporters who gathered under the inflated roof of Whitireia Community Polytechnic’s new atrium this week for the 2008 graduation ceremonies.

The morning graduation included performances by Whitireia music and performing arts students, and a number of guest speakers came to mark the occasion on which arts, communications and journalism, service industries and trades faculties graduates received their qualifications.

Guest speaker Jenny Brash, Mayor of Porirua, spoke of the importance of the polytechnic.

MP for Mana Luamanuvao Winnie Laban was a special guest at the ceremony, while local iwi Ngati Toa was represented by Pou Arahi Taku Parai.

“I thought it was a great a ceremony,” says National Certificate in Journalism graduate Kristina Keogh. “The performance was amazing and it’s really satisfying to get my certificate.”

Minister of Education and Tertiary Education Anne Tolley was the guest speaker at the afternoon ceremony for the health, education, social sciences and Te Wānanga Māori students.

Fourteen students graduated with a Diploma in Mental Health Support, the first students in New Zealand to receive this qualification.

Two special guests came to present those diplomas – Laurie Te Nahu (Kaiwhakahaera) and manager of the Mental Health Support Workers program Barbara Halliday from industry training organisation Careerforce.

The Porirua campus atrium was blessed last week, and at 3pm on Friday it will be officially opened by Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage and Attorney General Chris Finlayson.

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