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Jetts Fitness terms and conditions apply, available at www.jetts.co.nz. 0800 JETTS 247 / www.jetts.co.nz & 124260-v2 Age no barrier to study By CHRIS HARROWELL JUST when Jane Luton thinks she’s at the peak of her abili- ties, she reaches deep down and does something that surprises herself. The Howickian is studying toward a PhD in education at the University of Auckland’s critical research unit in applied theatre. She’s researching how key theorists in the feld of drama in education reconcile the so-called “battles” and “barricades” in their chosen subject. Mrs Luton delivered a 12-minute theatrical performance as part of her studies alongside other doc- toral candidates at the university’s variety showcase competition. The showcase is held as part of the Exposure Postgraduate Research Exposition, organised by the school of graduate studies and the postgraduate students’ association. It allows postgraduate students to deliver their research in front of an audience and was held at Mus- grove Studio in Central Auckland on October 17. Mrs Luton, the former head of drama at Botany Downs Second- ary College, hasn’t performed on stage for a several years. Her victory earned her a certif- cate and a cheque for $2000. “It was the frst time they’ve had this kind of research presented using drama,” Mrs Luton told the Times. “I was incredibly nervous, but I had to do it. “It allowed me to work at Mus- grove Studio and forced me to stop saying ‘I can’t’ and start saying ‘I can’. “I was originally going to get four school drama teachers to act it out and I would direct it, but then I realised I wasn’t willing to give it to anyone else. “The night after the perform- ances I went to the prize-giving and found I’d won.” Mrs Luton hopes to complete her PhD studies by December next year. Her thesis is entitled Embodied refections on the battles and bar- ricades in drama education. She chose to research the role of drama in New Zealand secondary schools for one key reason. “I’m fed up with drama teachers running around doing school pro- ductions, but they don’t have the status in schools that they should, even though drama is on the curriculum.” Mrs Luton says it felt great to win and the prize money will come in handy. “I was very excited,” she says. “It tells me that what I’m doing is valuable. “The money is nice, as I haven’t got a scholarship. “I’m paying for the PhD myself.” Mrs Luton appreciates the advice and support she’s received from her two university doctoral supervisors, assistant professor Peter O’Connor and Dr Adrienne Sansom. “I want to feel I’ve achieved the most I can and stretched my brain,” says Mrs Luton. “I said to myself I can’t learn lines anymore, but suddenly I have to do it. “It’s about achieving the best you can in your chosen feld. “I don’t know what door will open from this, but it’s given me confdence. “It shows you can do it when you’re older.” OVERCOMING OBSTACLES: Howickian Jane Luton received a prize from the University of Auckland for a theatrical performance staged as part of her PhD studies in education. Times photo Wayne Martin New council committees A NEW committee structure and chairs have been established for the Auckland Council’s second term. Among the changes is a new standalone committee led by Mayor Len Brown, who will take responsibility for heading the council’s budget and planning process. The CCO (council-controlled organisa- tions) committee has been strengthened and will also be responsible for fnancial and performance monitoring of CCOs. The council’s governing body – Mr Brown and councillors – will oversee implementation of the Auckland Plan, set the direction for major strategic priori- ties/projects and ensure it is refected in the work programmes of the committees. It also retains responsibility for fnal approval of the Unitary Plan; electoral mat- ters, including a review of representation arrangements; governance documents, including standing orders, code of con- duct and committee terms of reference. Four committees with full governing body membership are the Long-Term (LTP) and Annual Plan (AP), Urban and Rural Development, Regional Strategy and Policy, and Finance and Organisa- tional Performance. A number of standing committees will address specifc areas of council business: CCO Governance and Monitoring; Hear- ings, Regulatory and Bylaws; Audit and Risk; and Civil Defence and Emergency Management. Long-term and annual plan: Chair Mayor Len Brown, deputy-chair Penny Webster (Rodney). A reporting committee, LTP/AP hearing committee will report to the LT/AP body, chair Ms Webster. Urban and rural development: Chair Penny Hulse (Deputy Mayor and Wait- akere). Two reporting committees include the Unitary Plan, chair Alf Filipaina (Manukau); physical infrastructure, chair Mike Lee (Waitemata and Gulf). Regional strategy and policy: Chair George Wood (North Shore). Finance and organisational perform- ance: Chair Ms Webster.
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