Central Leader : Central Leader November 3
10 CENTRAL LEADER, NOVEMBER 3, 2010 NEWS As part of the Government's Youth Guarantee scheme, MIT has FREE spaces for young people to study for a tertiary qualification. It means you can get the skills and qualifications for great jobs in building and construction, hairdressing, business administration and computing, hospitality, horticulture and floristry, baking, travel and tourism, mechanical engineering and more. If that sounds like you, or like someone you know, get in touch with us right now. Call us right now on 0800 YOUTH G. That's 0800 96 88 44. There are limited FREE spaces available and special criteria apply so call now, visit www.manukau.ac.nz or call in to the information evening on Thursday 4 November between 3.30pm and 6.30pm for more details. 16 and 17 year olds have the chance to study for FREE at MIT. Which means saving thousands of dollars in course fees. YOUTH GUARANTEE Thursday November MIT Information Centre, JKL Block, Gate 1, Newbury Street, Otara. Call in any time between 3.30pm and 6.30pm. BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND COMPUTING HAIRDRESSING 7606 000112 Subs 4 INFORMATION EVENING Young Kiwis walk the talk on climate change By CARLY TAWHIAO Talk climate: Mechanical engineer Kirk Serpes will be representing New Zealand youth at the 16th annual international climate change conference but needs the support of young residents to get his message across. Photo: JASON OXENHAM A group of passionate young Kiwis will have the chance to influence international cli- mate talks. Mechanical engineer Kirk Serpes is one of 12 New Zea- landers selected to attend the 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, in Decem- ber. It will be the second time the 25-year-old Lynfield resi- dent has been part of New Zealand's youth delegation to the event. In 2009 he attended the conference which was held in Denmark. It was absolutely incred- ible. It was the biggest gath- ering of world leaders since World War Two which says a lot about how big an issue this is,'' he says. It's not a non-issue any more. There are a lot of hopes that following the summit there will be a lot of changes. It upskills people.'' In Mexico, the dozen delegates will be engaging with New Zealand leaders to encourage strong climate pol- icy.Mr Serpes says they will also be teaming up with other international youth dele- gations and non-govern- mental organisations to push for the creation of a fair, ambitious and binding inter- national deal on climate change. There's a lot going on out there with delegates from all these small countries and island states. We're part of a global com- munity trying to make things happen.'' As part of the campaign to engage youth, the delegation is creating a 10-metre by 12-metre silver fern banner complete with a dozen three- metre-long fronds. Youth groups throughout the country are being encour- aged to sign the fronds with messages about what they want from their world leaders at the climate change talks and what they're personally doing as responsible citizens. Putting messages on the frond about what young people want and what they're doing makes them take res- ponsibility as well,'' Mr Serpes says. It's about local action too, not just what the government is doing.'' The delegates will hold workshops about climate change with groups of young people between now and December in Auckland, Wel- lington, Dunedin, Christ- church and Nelson. The fronds will then be brought together on the ban- ner which will be displayed at the conference and presented to the New Zealand govern- ment. We want to attract as many youth groups as we can in our local regions to sign the fronds. Young people are most at risk of climate change and it's not too late to con- vince their parents and grandparents that they can do something about it,'' Mr Serpes says. They can sit there and deny it all they want but in actual fact it's happening. Essentially it's our respons- ibility to take action.'' Email nzyouthdelegation @gmail.com. or visit www. youthdelegation.org.nz for more information about the fern campaign or contribute to its fronds.
November 5th 2010