Category: News


The Careers Afternoon is postponed from 13 May and will now be held on 12 August.

Swim Coaching Course

Hilton Brown Swimming is based in Havelock North and are often looking for passionate instructors and coaches. There is no need to have had prior swimming experience and it can be a great part time job for students. They provide full training. On Tuesday next week, they are running a free coaching clinic run by Hilton Brown (3 times NZ Coach of the Year). The clinic will run through what it takes it to be a great coach and also just how rewarding it will be.

Tuesday 19 November 5.45pm-7.45pm

15 Donnelly St, Havelock North


Changes to Police Entry Fitness

If you want to join the New Zealand police, soon you will only have to pass one fitness test to get into police training college.

The physical competency test (PCT) – essentially an obstacle course – was ditched in October.

Before that, applicants had to pass the physical competency test, and a physical appraisal test (PAT).

The PCT involves scrambling over a 1.8m wall and a 2.2m fence, jumping through a window space, pushing a trailer, walking a balance beam and diving under a hurdle, all within a time frame. The PAT involves running, jumping and push-ups.

But the physical competency test has not completely gone.

“It’s still in once you get into the college,” Superintendent Melanie Aitken told Checkpoint.

She said the physical appraisal test is enough to show candidates are capable to enter police training and complete the physical competency test.

“In essence, the PAT – the physical appraisal test – is just as good a test of a person’s level of fitness as the PCT,” Aitken said.

From January 19 to October 1 this year, 925 applicants for police training went through the PCT. Of those, 873 passed and 52 failed.

Dropping the competency test is not lowering the bar to entry, Aitken said.

“Our recruits cannot leave college without having passed the PCT. But having it focused on at the college is in a really controlled environment.

“So if we’re thinking about an individual’s safety in performing those tasks – they’ve got the time, they’ve got the ability to put into training and the appropriate manner, at the college to be able to pass the PCT where we can test them there.”

Studylink: Introduction to Student Loans and Budgeting

Studylink are about to start their six-week series to students who have signed up for emails.

The series will talk about the costs of study, budgeting, trades training, fees-free study and how allowances and loans work.

Information will be tailored to the areas of interest students selected when they signed up.


Sign up here

Hands On Otago

Hands-On at Otago is designed to support and show interested students what researchers do, why they do these things and to encourage talented young New Zealanders to consider further study as a step in their career pathway.

Hands-On at Otago is held at the University of Otago, Dunedin, during the secondary school summer holidays.

For 2020 the opening session will be on the evening of Sunday January 12, and the programme continues daily from Monday through to Friday.

Available for students who will be in Year 12 or 13 in 2020. Applications open 22 July and close October 2019.

STAR may be able to assist with the course fee. Travel is at your own expense.

More information here