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Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Sallies launch cyclone appeal

SHOOTING: Vidar Olsson, left, and Crystal D’Mello from Kapiti College shooting on location at Nikau Reserve. PHOTO: KAP120218SPLFILM

Project unites two cultures

Film students from Kapiti College had an early start to the year collaborating on a project with students from Film och Musik Gymnasiet in Norrko¨ping, Sweden. Nine students and three teachers arrived in Kapiti on January 21, following online collaboration and planning sessions to begin shooting two short films with their Kapiti College counterparts. The visitors adapted quickly to the change from a Swedish winter to a Kapiti summer and the groups took on the challenge of developing scripts and filming within a tight timeframe. “The two groups bonded quickly and it was great to see the buzz of creativity happening,” Kapiti College film teacher Alouis Woodhouse said. The exchange is two way, with the Kapiti group travelling to Sweden in early April to complete and screen their films. Swedish film teacher Hendrik Dahnsjo¨ said his group had loved their New Zealand experience and were looking forward to hosting the Kapiti students and seeing the final results. The film will also be screened in Kapiti after the students return

Sharing our culture and our love of singing with others is going to be very rewarding.

Bridget O’Shanassy

home in April. A 16 strong Kapiti College choir will also be visiting Sweden in April, performing at On Stage Verona, a choral event in Italy on the way. On Stage Verona involves performances in public spaces, workshops with other choirs and a concert. “Sharing our culture and our love of singing with others is going to be very rewarding,” choral director and teacher Bridget O’Shanassy said. “Experiences like this can change young people’s lives forever.”



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The Salvation Army is launching an appeal for New Zealanders to support the people of Tonga, Fiji and Samoa, following Cyclone Gita. Salvation Army churches have been providing shelter to Tongans driven from their homes during and after the storm. Staff and church members in Tonga are hard at work providing shelter and emergency support and assisting with the clean-up, regional commander for Tonga Captain Sila Siufanga said. “We have opened our buildings to those that need shelter, we are doing what we can to help people clean up and we are speaking with the government about what more assistance we can provide to best help in the immediate clean up and for the future.” The Salvation Army is also working with the governments of Fiji and Samoa to assess what help will be needed now and in the future. The Salvation Army has been at work in Tonga for 33 years and in Fiji for more than 50 years — including being one of the main providers of assistance to Fijians after Cyclone Winston in 2016. It is in the process of establishing work in Samoa. With its long-term links in the Pacific Islands, the army is committed to supporting the people of Tonga, Fiji and Samoa through the emergency, and help them come back stronger and more resilient.

The storm has come and the clean-up will be hard, but we know in the islands after the storm the clouds will clear and the sun will come back and we’re working to help that happen.

Captain Sila Siufanga

“The storm has come and the cleanup will be hard, but we know in the islands after the storm the clouds will clear and the sun will come back and we’re working to help that happen,” Captain Siufanga said. Donations in support of those affected by Cyclone Gita can be made to The Salvation Army Pacific Emergency Fund. One off donations can be made online (specify ‘Cyclone Gita’ and/or the region you’d like to support in the comments section), or go to pacificemergencyfund to see other ways you can support The Salvation Army’s work to help those affected by this disaster.

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