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Upper Hutt Leader : September 14th 2011
38 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 EDUCATION 3716177AJ Need NCEA Maths or English help now? or Holiday help for NCEA Science? www.kipmcgrath.co.nz www.cellfield.com 528 7707 Does your child or teenager have reading, comprehension or spelling difficulties? Find out how Cellfield can help. For information about a research based, peer reviewed and proven intervention, visit www.cellfield.com Or Call Patrick on 528 7707 to find out if Cellfield can help your child. WelTec, NEC to collaborate WelTec s commercial arm is involved in a collaboration for research and development. NEC New Zealand Ltd and Wel- Tec Connect Ltd, the service and commercial arm of WelTec, have announced their collaboration for research and development of tech- nologies and their commercial applications. The deal, the first of its kind for NEC in the South Pacific, repres- ents a significant commitment of the leading global IT and net- works technology developer and provider to WelTec. The collaboration over three years will see research staff and students from WelTec work with technology experts from NEC, to co-develop new and innovative technologies and solutions on biometrics, human interactions, and visual solutions in the fields of energy, environment, public safety and health, and transform these ideas into relevant applications for the market. WelTec is part of a consortium of six institutes of technology and polytechnics in New Zealand and was the first ITP in New Zealand to be recognised by the New Zea- land Government to provide research and development exper- tise to business via a voucher scheme. NEC New Zealand is the local subsidiary of NEC Corporation in New Zealand, with offices in Wel- lington and Auckland to provide the latest technologies and total solutions to the New Zealand mar- ket. Its forte in biometric research and development has led NEC New Zealand to become one of the leading players in this field, pro- viding innovative applications of its biometrics solutions. As part of this collaboration, NEC New Zealand becomes a technology partner of Weltec, and will provide a sponsorship of $90,000 over three years, which will be used for the funding of fellowships, projects and student research allowances. WeITec will establish a new position for applied research titled NEC Applied Research Fellowship in recognition of NEC s funding contribution, which will focus pri- marily on projects related to NEC s technology. NEC also will take in engineer- ing, IT and/or creative technology students from WelTec as part of the cadetship programme. WelTec is thrilled with this investment by NEC which recog- nises our contribution to providing applied R&D and technology transfer services to industry, WelTec chief executive Dr Linda Sissons says. The collaboration will take innovation to new heights, says Leonard Dench, general manager at NEC New Zealand. NEC is excited to partner with WeITec, a leading research insti- tute in New Zealand to explore and bring to market new innovative technology solutions. Inspectors to visit farms Quad bike safety to be focused on Local farms can expect visits from health and safety inspectors during spring, to check on how quad bikes are being used on their farm. The Department of Labour s next round of farm visits follows a successful phase from April to mid-June, when 376 farms across the country were visited as part of the quad bike safety campaign. Of those farms visited, 117 received written warnings or improvement notices requiring them to take action to improve the way quad bikes were being used on their farm. From September to November we ll be back out talking to farmers in a bid to reduce the number of serious quad bike accidents on farms, says the Department s Wellington service man- ager Dave Hulston. The statistics say it all -- on average 850 people are injured each year while riding quad bikes on farms and five die. We must bring this toll down. We re challenging unsafe behaviour on quad bikes -- that means regularly get- ting out and ensuring farmers are taking the right safety steps. The department launched its quad bike safety campaign last year -- it has four key safety steps: Ensure riders are trained and experi- enced. Always wear a helmet. Never let kids ride adult quad bikes. Choose the right vehicle for the job. Farms are workplaces and farmers must remember that they have a respons- ibility to ensure the health and safety of their staff, says Mr Hulston. Where we find people working with quad bikes in a dangerous way we will take action. This can range from warnings or penalties, to stopping quad bikes being used until safety issues have been rectified. The department will consider pros- ecution where a worker has been seriously injured or killed at work because key safety steps have not been taken, Mr Hulston says.
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