Trust House CEO Allan Pollard, YETE graduate Cleveland Conaghan, and Copthorne Solway Park operations manager Leeann Campbell. PHOTO/EMILY IRELAND

Ready for work

Trust House CEO Allan Pollard, YETE graduate Cleveland Conaghan, and Copthorne Solway Park operations manager Leeann Campbell. PHOTO/EMILY IRELAND   EMILY IRELAND Pockets of young people around the region are becoming work-ready thanks to a youth employability... read more
St Matthews Collegiate Japanese class with their teacher Junko Bracefield. PHOTO/EMILY IRELAND

1000 paper cranes

EMILY IRELAND Making origami is no easy feat. But in the name of peace, one Wairarapa college made 1000 paper cranes by hand. The paper cranes, crafted by St Matthew’s Collegiate students, will be presented to Japan this month as a gift of peace. It was the brainchild... read more
Ezra Stobbart, 21, wants to share his mental health journey. PHOTO/EMILY IRELAND

Sharing a long journey

EMILY IRELAND Wairarapa youth Ezra Stobbart knows what it’s like to be down and out. Having dealt with mental health issues from the age of 10, the past decade has been a long healing journey for him. And now, the 21-year-old wants to share his journey with other... read more
Chester Thawley, 10, of Opaki School with his weta motel. PHOTO/EMILY IRELAND

From dump to reserve

EMILY IRELAND When Masterton’s Chester Thawley saw the state of one of his local reserves, he knew something had to be done about it. And so, the 10-year-old Opaki School student gathered the troops and got cleaning. It all started when he visited the Tirohanga Wilton... read more