The Eye : July 30th 2015
Rightwhales making comeback P5 Christmas in July feels slightly strange P7 Thursday, July 30, 2015 Families needed Southlanders wanting an international experience are being encouraged to take in a teenager to help ease a host family shortage. AFS New Zealand, a charity organisation offering international exchange programmes for high school students, is desperate for volunteers willing to welcome a visitor into their family and help them experience New Zealand culture. The organisation was almost forced to turn away international students planning to study inNew Zealand this month, because of a shortage of host families. AFS New Zealand communi- Jesse Hawken, 15, from Southland Boys High school, trains at Elite Boxing Gym in Invercargill. PHOTO: ROBYN EDIE/FAIRFAX NZ 631186863 Junior boxers excited by local Parker bout JOANNA GRIFFITHS Southland’s young boxing fans are counting the days until Joseph Parker and Tongan-born Bowie Tupou hit the ring at the ILT Stadium Southland. Young boxers at Elite Boxing Southland were buzzing with excitement about the fight on Saturday. Brandon Pile, 14, was lucky enough to be going. ‘‘I can’t believe I get to go.’’ He was one of about five students from Verdon College given tickets by Venture Southland. They would also get the chance tomeet Parker. ‘‘It’s so cool, he is a legend,’’ Brandon said. Although his sparring partner Jesse Hawken, 15, was not lucky enough to score tickets to the fight, Hawken said he was excited that a boxer of Parker’s calibre was competing in Invercargill. People often overlooked boxing when picking a sport, he said. ‘‘This is good awareness, people will see what boxing is all about.’’ Elite Boxing Southland coach John Pile said Parker’s visit was a milestone for boxing in Southland. ‘‘This is the biggest thing to happen for boxing in Invercargill.’’ Parker was a great role model for the young boxers, he said. ‘‘He is a great guy and his achievements talk for themselves.’’ Boxing could be a hard sport to keep teenagers interested in, because many gave up before they really started, Pile said. He hoped Parker’s visit would be the push Southland Boxing Association needed to encourage more teenagers to get involved. Southland Boxing Association secretary Tom O’Conner said 2015 was a big year for boxing in Southland. As well as the Parker fight at the weekend, Invercargill would also host the Southland Championships on August 29 and the National Championships in midOctober. ‘‘It really is a fantastic time to be involved in boxing in Southland.’’ Limited tickets remain for the fight that also features other rising stars Australian Jeff Horn, Ukrainian Viktor Plotnykov, Polish boxer Izu Ugonoh and Kiwi Bowyn Morgan, from Canterbury. Visit ticketdirect.co.nz for tickets. 4A Windsor Street Invercargill | Ph 217 8190 Final Days of Sale 6812562AA 50% OFF to70% cations manager Susan Fogarty said that although all the students were eventually paired with a family, it had been a ‘‘real challenge’’. She said modern families were busier than they were in the past, and the AFS model now also had to competewith more commercial models, where households were paid to take in international students. AFS believed there were many Southlanders who would be interested in hosting but were unaware they could, Fogarty said. Families without children, or with children in primary school, could host an AFS student, as could same-sex couples, she said. There were many benefits of welcoming an exchange student into aKiwi home, she said. ‘‘This person really does become part of your family. You learn about another culture, which opens your eyes to how other people live.’’ It could also enrich the entire community, offering an exchange of language and culture, Fogarty said. AFS New Zealand began offer- ing exchanges in 1947, and now welcomes 200 international students a year. For more information about hosting a student, go to afs.org.nz. Mon - Fri 9.30am - 5pm. | Sat 10am - 12.30pm Present voucher for a further 10% off sale price. Valid until 31st July 2015 Sorry no credit cards, holds, or laybys.
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