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Upper Hutt Leader : July 13th 2011
50 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 13, 2011 Team vying for award Nominated again: The present team at Thorners are, from left, Emma Rouse, Sheryl Rooderkirk, Maxine Whiting, Maree Thorner, Peter West and Denis Thorner. Thorners Financial Services is an independently owned insurance brokerage and financial services provider with Wellington and Hawke's Bay offices servicing clients around New Zealand wide and Kiwi expats around the world. The team at Thorners were the proud winners of best trade/service business at the Upper Hutt Business Awards in 2009. They have received nominations for this year's award, including best employer. Maree Hammersley-Myers, who is a director at Thorners, recalls coming a long way since their victory. ''During the last two years we have continued to grow, with fully qualified advisers and expansion with another company, Thorner Investments Limited, which special- ises in investments including Kiwisaver, pension transfers, etc,'' says Mrs Hammersley-Myers. ''We have also expanded the business into the Hawke's Bay region, giving us a wider scope of coverage,'' she says. ''We continue to be the local one- stop insurance shop in Upper Hutt offering the full range of insurance and financial services to the com- munity.'' She does not hesitate in paying respect to the community for their support. ''Thorners would like to thank the local Upper Hutt community for their continued support upon receiving the [best trade/service business] award, which was a fantastic achievement,'' Mrs Hammersley-Myers says. ''We look forward to servicing and growing our client relationships in the future.'' MaoribankSchool -- a great place to be Maoribank School is not just a school, it is a special place dedicated to providing its children with the best education possible. The school was the winner of the education business award at Upper Hutt's last business excellence awards in 2009. ''The school is a community that not only comprises our staff but also families, a number of parents and others in the community who have committed themselves to supporting their children's place of learning in a variety of ways,'' says principal Kay Wilson. ''There are many factors that contribute toward what makes a school effective. When we ask ourselves the question: 'Why are we here?', the answer for us is always: 'the children'. ''We ask because, along with the skills of reading, written and oral language and numeracy, one of the most special gifts we can give our children for their future is the ability to find out, to inquire. ''As educators we are not in the business of simply filling empty vessels but rather in the business of developing the whole child. ''At Maoribank we are focused on doing this, not only through best practice in teaching, but also by providing our children with a balanced programme and range of experiences that expose them to academic, cultural and physical activities, some of which they might not otherwise be fortunate enough to have. ''Maoribank is lucky to have people in the team who have expertise in teaching special needs and abilities, and who have great strengths in the arts. ''The school has also become involved in a number of initiatives such as Sunsmart, State Kiwi Swim [and] HEHA health and well-being, to name a few. ''All of the above, and more, is what makes Maoribank School excellent. ''To have been chosen as the winner of the Upper Hutt education business award is an accolade that recognises everyone at the school's passion for teaching and learning.'' In our last ERO report it said: ''The culture of the school is friendly and strong home/school partnership is encouraged. ''Parents are made to feel welcome and are given many opportunities to be involved in their children's learning, such as through tutoring a reading programme. ''Teachers interact positively with students who, in turn, express respect for their teachers. ''Students are provided with a wide range of cultural and physical activities including choir, arts, drama production, a tree-planting project, outdoor education experiences and kapa haka performances. ''Teachers use some high-quality practices to engage students in literacy learning and accelerate their progress and achievement. ''As a result, routines are well established, classes are settled and there are high expectations for learning, behaviour and workbook presentation,'' Ms Wilson said. Organisers hard at work to ensure top night The Excellence in Business Awards of Upper Hutt are made possible by a driving committee of members from the board of Experience Upper Hutt, the Upper Hutt Leader, and the Upper Hutt City Council. Organisers are working closely with the staff at Silverstream Retreat to ensure everyone has a night to remember. ''While we can dream these things, they can only bear fruit if you have a vision, a passion, and the drive to push through adversity,'' says Experience Upper Hutt director Hellen Swales. ''This evening was only made possible by the wonderful support of all our sponsors. They recognise the importance of acknowledging achievements that drive our economy and our community to be a vibrant and prosperous place where businesses can flourish. ''These awards are a way of acknowledging and thanking those businesses and individuals that have made a difference to our commun- ity.'' Tickets are on sale now at Express- ions. The cost per person is $65 or a table of 10 for $600. This year there are only 210 tickets available. 3839227AA WEDNESDAY 10TH AUGUST -- AT SILVERSTREAM RETREAT 2011 Business Excellence Awards 3839218AC 2011 Business Excellence Awards BEST PERSONAL BUSINESS Sponsored By: Experience Upper Hutt BEST PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS/ SERVICE Sponsored By: Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre BEST TRADE Sponsored By: Central Community Newspapers On Line www.upperhuttleader.co.nz BEST EDUCATION BUSINESS Sponsored By: Upper Hutt Cossie Club RETAILER OF THE YEAR Sponsored By: Experience Upper Hutt EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR Sponsored By: Upper Hutt City Council EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR Sponsored By: Upper Hutt City Council BEST BARS/ CLUBS & PUBS Sponsored By: Metro Productions Ltd BEST CAFÉ/ RESTAURANT Sponsored By: Experience Upper Hutt SUPREME PRIZE Sponsored by:
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