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After winning a national drawing competition at her high school, a Branxholme school leaver says she found her inspiration to pursue a career in animation.

Former James Hargest College student Bethany Hayes says earlier in the year she never had the intention to study animation at the Southern Institute of Technology, but applied for the course after winning a drawing competition.


Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s (TPP) Music and Audio Institute of NZ (MAINZ) will transfer to the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) early next year, as TPP continues on its journey towards ensuring quality, sustainable local tertiary vocational training for the West Coast.


Southland's 2017 graduates threw their hats in the air as they celebrated marking a milestone at the Southern Institute of Technology Graduation on Friday.

About 500 graduating students converged on the Civic Theatre to attend graduation ceremonies and procession through the city streets.

Guest speaker, Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt, said the day was about celebrating success and achievements of the students.


Invercargill's Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) has been attracting students south for years, thanks to a popular 'Zero Fees' scheme.

That success is now under threat from the Government's new free-fees policy - but SIT has come up with another gift for students.

Over the past 17 years, tens of thousands have graduated from courses ranging from hairdressing to IT, all with the help of SIT's Zero Fees scheme.


Top students from every field were honoured at the annual Southern Institute of Technology award ceremony on Tuesday night.

Winners shared in more than $100,000 worth of awards, with 135 prizes being handed out.


Southern Institute of Technology student Nina Lee-Simpson will be the first from the institute to intern with Mechanic Animation in Wellington.

Lee-Simpson was awarded the internship and $500 towards travel and accommodation at the Southsure Insurance Emerging Artist Awards on Thursday.

The bachelor of screen arts in animation student said the prospect of working with the company, which has worked on international projects including Marvel's Spiderman, Avengers Assemble and Guardians of the Galaxy TV series', was daunting but exciting.


As delegates from around the world discuss strategies to address climate change, Southern Institute of Technology environmental management tutor Anna Palliser will be amongst the action.


Being able to work outdoors in the spectacular Catlins environment, where she grew up, beats a 9 to 5 office job any day, Cara Meyer reckons.

Mrs Meyer established her horse-trekking business, now known as Catlins Horse Riding, in December 2002.

She grew up on Te Taunga, a coastal South Otago farm farmed by her parents Bruce and Denise McGill, with its vistas of farmland, native forest and rugged coastline.


Roma Marae chairman John Paitai admitted that he had been a little surprised when photographer Kirsty Saxon approached the committee to explain that she wanted to portray the community's wairua.

"It was a big kaupapa, difficult to capture with a camera," he said on Monday evening as he prepared to open the resulting exhibition at Te Ahu.


The renovation of the teaching facilities at SIT's Queenstown campus was always going to be job requiring perfect on-site coordination. Despite tight timeframes and difficult site access a quick turnaround from the project team proved a class act.


Hey! My name is Troy Kendall, I am an eighteen-year-old student studying environmental management and renewable energy at the Southern Institute of Technology in Invercargill. I have always been extremely passionate about the outdoors doing activities such as tramping, camping, and surfing but had always wanted to do much more adventurous activities like mountaineering and climbing.


Growing up in Malaysia and struggling as a child meant Southern Institute of Technology student Stella Rozario wanted to use her passion to give back to needy families in the community.

Rozario, along with 13 other classmates who are studying the New Zealand certificate in cookery Level 4, baked and decorated gingerbread houses.

Nine students decided to donate their finished houses to charities or organisations in Southland.


Zespri are pleased to announce that their scholarship programme is once again open for applications.

Each year, they offer two $15,000 grants to encourage New Zealand's top students to pursue a career in the country's fast-growing kiwifruit industry.  Recipients will also be supported and mentored throughout their studies as well as being given opportunities to network with industry leaders.


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