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Fiordland College was paid a
visit by a small team of German
education agents last week who
were familiarising themselves with
schools that take on overseas
Statistics show the number of
German students choosing New
Zealand for their educational
exchange has almost doubled
since 2003. Germany was the
sixth largest market for New
Zealand last year with 3603
students studying here. Well over
half of those attended secondary
German exchangees are fee-
paying students who usually only
stay at an overseas school for
between one and four terms.
The trip, coordinated by Education
New Zealand and sponsored by Air
New Zealand, brought four agents
and two media representatives to
New Zealand who then split into
two groups for their site visits.
While at Fiordland College the
representatives got to meet
with German exchange student
Johanna (Jo-Jo) Hashagen who,
coincidentally, had just finished
preparing a speech for her English
class about her experiences.
She shared that with the group
who were hungry to learn
everything from how she dealt with
homesickness to her perceived
benefits and disadvantages of
living in a small community.
Jo-Jo is due to return to Germany
next month and said she would be
as sad to leave here as she had
been when she first left home. It
had been an amazing experience
and one that she would thoroughly
recommend to others.
Fiordland College principal Linda
Miller said the college was able
to cater for up to 10 international
students at any one time, with
many in the community willing to
host young visitors from overseas.
Treff International Education
agent Bernhard Kuerbiss said
it had been great to see the
schools first-hand so they could
give would-be students informed
information about what might best
suit their needs.
It had also bee a good opportunity
to familiarise themselves with the
"We learned what a lifestyle block
German education agents visit Te Anau
German exchange student Johanna (Jo-Jo) Hashagen talks with visiting German education agents on Thursday about
her experiences at Fiordland College. Pictured (from left) are Annike Henrix who was covering the trip for German
magazine Itchy Feet which promotes international education exchanges, Fiordland College principal Linda Miller,
Manuela Wulf, language travel product manager for Carl Duisberg International Training and Education, Bernard
Kuerbiss from Treff International Education and Education New Zealand communications specialist Michelle Waitzman.
The Fiordland Arts Society is
encouraging local artists to get
creative over winter in time to
show work at its annual Labour
This year's mixed media exhibition
will be held at the Real Journeys
Fiordland Community Events
Centre and is open to all artists in
the wider Fiordland area -- from
Blackmount to Milford and The
Key to the coast.
Spokeswoman Glenda Bell said it
would be good to get expressions
of interest from local artists now
so that organisers could have an
idea of the number and variety of
works they might expect.
Those interested should contact
Noeleen on (03) 249-8222,
Glenda (03) 249-8548 or Jan (03)
249-4303 or write to P O Box 32,
"Forestry could be interested, but
it depends on the extent of the
operation and whether they've
even got the trucks that could
"It's not just forestry... we're
seeing a dramatic increase in
activity from dairying. We've got
tankers on the roading network
now that weren't there before."
However, approval for any heavy
truck applications was at the
discretion of territorial authorities,
Gore district roading manager
Murray Hasler said the two new
permits, allowing heavier trucks
to cart coal to Fonterra, would
reduce the number of annual
truck trips by 700, or 20 percent.
"The reduction in the number of
truck trips will also have benefits
to other motorists because it will
reduce the inconvenience."
Council did have
to Southland in terms of future
heavy load applications and was
mindful of the costs to ratepayers.
"We will be thinking very carefully
about allowing permits on any
other roads... we also have a
number of bridges that are not up
to the appropriate strength."
The council would be closely
monitoring the Goodwin and
Waimumu roads to determine
what, if any, effect the heavy loads
have. The permit was for a year,
Under the new regulations trucks
are permitted to carry loads of
up to 53 tonnes on specified
routes, while some types of
trucks, including logging rigs and
vehicle carriers, are now allowed
to extend to 22m "as of right"
instead of by permit.
Some buses will be allowed to be
13.5m long, up from the current
12.6m and farm machinery will be
allowed on roads at all hours, as
long as they occupy no more than
Up to 5000 trucks nationwide are
now eligible to carry heavier loads
on public highways.
The nine-tonne increase on the
standard limit of 44 tonnes is
the equivalent to the weight of
nine small cars.
Big trucks test maximum load (Continued from Page 1)
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