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The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC)
has just opened a brand new Airport Training Centre
at its City Campus. The centre will be the second of its
kind in the country, the first having opened at ITC's
Botany Campus in 2009.
ITC, a premium supplier in the airline, airport and
travel and tourism industries, recently won the award
for innovation at the New Zealand Tourism Awards.
"We know our Airport Training Centre, where we
run our Certificate in Aviation, was a real contributing
factor in that,
" says ITC's Marketing Director Claire
Huxley. "We are always seeking innovative ways to
provide our students with real-life experience, and
the practical nature of the course, which focuses on
careers with an airline, airport or ground-handling
agent, means that our graduates ready to work in
their chosen fields."
The facilities are certainly something special -- ITC's
huge airport training centres simulate real-world
airports, including check in, customs, gate lounges,
and even planes where students are trained in all
aspects of in-flight ser vice.
The Certificate in Aviation course also incorporates
the CODECO online check in system, currently used
by 52 airlines worldwide. Students are trained to
handle the stages before and during check in, check in
variations and irregularities, and gate handling. Other
specialist units include dealing with dangerous goods,
aviation security and baggage processing.
"I am learning so much about the travel industry,"
student Alison Harris says. "This course is grooming
me for a job at the airport."
There is a real confidence when you speak to the
Certificate of Aviation students -- they know this is the
right place for them to be. Student Helen says that after
a visit to the airport "and having the staff members of
Menzies Aviation comment on how everything we are
learning here is relevant to a future job at the airport,
it made me feelproud to have chosen to do this course
and know that we are learning the right things to gain
our future dream jobs."
Both ITC's Botany and City Campuses are taking 2012
enrolments now. Find out how you can launch your
career in the airline, airport, and travel and tourism
industries by phoning the ITC team on 0800 868747
or (09) 373 5510 for more information.
Are you ready to fly high?
Summer gardens are ripe for harvest
Gardening guru: MIT head of horticulture and landscaping Dave
Bradshaw offers some useful advice to people getting into the
garden this month.
BENEFITS OF BASIL
Basil is a source of vitamin K, iron, calcium, vitamin A,
vitamin C and potassium. Basil relieves stomach cramps,
constipation, it is good for the heart because it helps to
prevent build up in the arteries and helps blood vessels to
relax which increases blood circulation. There is some
evidence that basil has a sedative effect and makes a very
good tea for stressful days, good for relaxation.
To make a cup of basil tea, cover one fresh sprig or one
teaspoon of dried basil with boiling water and steep for five
minutes. Strain and drink. Caution: When taking any herb
internally always check with your doctor first.
As the warm weather con-
tinues plenty of water is
needed to maintain growth.
Many vegetables and fruits
are maturing and summer
flowering plants are nearing
the end of their growing
It has been a great season
for bottling, preserving and
freezing vegetables and
Summer prune fruit trees
Baby cucumbers can be
used as pickling gherkins
Remove spent flowers from
hanging baskets to keep them
Add a sprig of lemon balm
while cooking rhubarb
Fast growing cold-tolerant
beetroot is a great choice for
If carrot seed is hard for you
to germinate when it's sown
directly into the ground, use
this technique: Germinate on
damp kitchen paper then
plant everything when the
seed has germinated
Check for fungal diseases.
Harvest potatoes when the
plants have finished flower-
ing. Store in a dry, dark
Sow directly into the soil:
Carrots, parsnips, beetroots
Feed and water leafy
vegetables like lettuce and
Water and mulch soil to
Make a late sowing of peas
only if they will not be
endangered by heavy frosts
Plant out leeks. Remember
they need plenty of moisture
if you want them to be sweet
Plant out broccoli and cauli-
flower in a lime-rich, moist,
well drained soil
Plant out coloured silver
beet in containers. It's highly
decorative and easy to grow.
Fertilise late flowering
Buy spring flowering bulbs
and keep in the refrigerator
for planting out later
Take cuttings of fuchsias
annuals such as stock, pan-
sies, cinerarias and nemesias
Check for black spot on
roses and spray if necessary
Lightly prune roses and cut
dead heads off to encourage
Chrysanthemums should be
debudded to encourage large
Repot cyclamens in fresh
Feed ferns with slow release
When repotting water the
plant at least an hour before-
hand. Carefully tease out any
matted roots, remove un-
healthy roots, trim healthy
roots and repot with new con-
tainer potting mix.
Eating by colours
What are the benefits of
eating white or brown fruit
They contain phytochemi-
cals which have been shown
to help with heart health.
Organosulphides may help to
prevent heart disease -- these
compounds are found in gar-
lic, onions and leeks.
Portobello mushrooms may
boost the immune system,
have anti-tumour effects and
also lower cholesterol levels.
Allicin is found in garlic
and the onion family and is
known to have an antiviral
and an antibacterial agent.
Pears and mushrooms con-
tain flavonoid antioxidants
that protect cell membranes.
Foods in this category are
ginger, bananas, potatoes,
onions, parsnips, brown
pears, cauliflowers, white
peaches, white nectarines,
peanuts and dates.
Next month we will dis-
cuss the importance of eating
-- Dave Bradshaw is
head of horticulture and
landscaping at MIT
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