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Burnside inventors taste Carrot cake, letter from the Queen success at Bright Sparks all part of Muretta’s 100th engineering category. „„ By Julia Evans

Although he’d checked out TWO BURNSIDE High School the competition, Michael wasn’t students have succeeded at the expecting them to read out his ASB Bright Sparks awards. name. Year 11 student Felix Back“It was really cool . . . I had house came second in the Bright a working protoype, so I was Sparks engineering hoping that would be category for his invenenough,” he said. tion Birds iView. He attended the evenThe device is a ing with his father, a bit drone which monitors of an inventor himself. bird populations with The top prize came with a hyper spectral imagnew mobile phone and a ing. cheque for $400. Burnside year 13 Even though he was student Jack Breurkes absent at his school won the software catprize-giving, Michael egory with his Mobile Felix Backhouse was awarded $1000 by Physics Game, a tool Papanui High as well. He to help NCEA level said it was a good night two students study for all round, one he’d never physics exams. forget. Meanwhile, Michael ASB head of innovation Hann decided he’d and commercialisation skip the Papanui High Leigh Angus said the School senior prizecompany is proud to be giving last Tuesday. involved in a programme Flying up to Auckland that nurtures brilliant to attend the Bright young minds. Sparks awards evening Jack Breurkes “This is the second year was a better offer and ASB has been involved it was worth the trip. in the Bright Sparks and it Michael, 18, and his natural continues to be impressed at the disaster security device TEMS creative thinking that goes into won first place in the senior the entries,” Ms Angus said.

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„„ By Emily O’Connell YALDHURST pensioner Muretta Grimwood celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday with friends, family and a carrot cake. Mrs Grimwood was “just delighted” to receive her letter from the Queen. Each year, cards are sent on behalf of the Queen to those celebrating their 100th and 105th birthdays and every year thereafter. Mrs Grimwood went to Addington School and then went on to a technical college, where she learned typing for about three years. After finishing school, Mrs Grimwood worked as a wig maker at a shop on Colombo St until 1939 when World War 2 broke out. During the war, she worked in a factory and, in 1942, she married Ron Tolputt. Mr Tolputt was in the Air Force during the war, where he was stationed in Guadalcanal for one year. They had their first and only child, Lyn Wright, in 1947. Mrs Grimwood continued to

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make wigs at home. Mrs Grimwood and her sisters ran a weekly dance in Christchurch for many years. Mrs Wright said it was a popular event and no alcohol was allowed. Mrs Grimwood remarried in 1969 to Bruce Grimwood and became stepmother to his five children. Mrs Wright said she admires how capable her mother is. Mrs Grimwood stopped driving just three years ago, when her eyesight failed the test. She still doesn’t require a

walking frame or stick and is described by Mrs Wright as very independent. “She drives me crazy. She knows what she wants and (has a) very strong personality,” Mrs Wright said. Mrs Grimwood had an afternoon tea on Wednesday at Yaldhurst Courts where she lives. “The lovely people here put on an afternoon tea for her and she was so excited about that,” Mrs Wright said. She said they also had a family afternoon tea for her mother on Saturday.

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