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CENTRE STAGE: All eyes were on Chris Clark, of Johnsonville, when he played The Last Post on ANZAC Day at the National War Memorial, live for the evening news.

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Proud to be capital’s ANZAC bugler Chris Clark had some very big shoes to fill on ANZAC Day when he played the Last Post at the National War Memorial. Clark, of Johnsonville, took the place of Warrant Officer Robert Gillies, who passed away earlier this year.

Warrant Officer Gillies had performed as bugler at commemorative events for more than 40 years and was the New Zealand Defence Force bugler for the return of the Unknown Warrior in 2004. ‘‘They were very, very big shoes to fill and a big honour for me,’’ says

Clark of taking on the role. ‘‘He had a huge role and trained the next generation about how to cope with TV cameras in your face. ‘‘I’m absolutely indebted to the support that he gave me, it’s rare to find someone so selfless.’’ Clark returned to New Zealand

after a three-year OE in February, and re-enlisted in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Before leaving the country, Clark had played with the Central Air Force Band.

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The end of indoor sports Board chairman Peter Reweti says the committee discussed the building’s future in private because they were deciding what to put in the letter to send out to squash club members. The club has suspended activities for 12 months and members have been subsidised to play at clubs in Tawa and Khandallah in the interim. Mr Blackler says they will meet again in March 2012 to discuss the future of the club. The building is now closed to all use and Mr Reweti says the property committee will look at what options are available for the facility’s future. ‘‘Whatever we do with it, it will end up costing some money somehow.’’ The projected cost to strengthen the building to bring

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it up to earthquake readiness standards would be $240,000. Mr Reweti says it’s unfortunate the building had to close, especially with the onset of winter, but if anything happened the liability would be on the board. Now there are no indoor sports facilities in the wider Newlands area, Mr Blacker says. ‘‘There’s a lot of people here and not a lot of facilities.’’ He has been in contact with northern ward councillor and community facilities portfolio leader Justin Lester to see if there is any scope for a facility in the future. ‘‘He said in the long term he’d like to see an indoor sports facility in Newlands. ‘‘If there’s any plan we’ll be more than happy to work with [Wellington City Council].’’

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ewlands has lost an indoor sports facility with the closure of the community recreation centre at Newlands College. Last week members of the Northern Squash Club received a letter from the college’s board of trustees, saying they will have to move their equipment from the building by May 23. The squash club hasn’t played in the building since December last year, after an ‘‘earthquake readiness’’ audit revealed the facility was not

compliant. The letter sent last week was the final nail in the coffin for the squash club. ‘‘It was expected but we hoped it not to be,’’ says Northern Squash Club president Tony Blackler. ‘‘We’re all very disappointed but we’ve accepted our fate and there’s not much we can do.’’ Mr Blackler attended the board’s meeting on May 3, because the building was on the agenda. However, he says when it came time to discuss the building, members of the public were asked to leave the meeting. ‘‘This has a strong impact on us and the community. ‘‘There’s potential that the community owns that facility so we should have some say in what’s going on.’’


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FAN ZONE Hurricanes players Aaron Cruden, Conrad Smith, and Victor Vito met some of their local fans at the new RYOS sportswear store on Lambton Quay the day before their game against the Reds. Community meeting A discussion organised by the Green Party about transport solutions for Johnsonville will be held at the Johnsonville Community Centre on Thursday, May 19, 7-8.30pm. Speakers will be Green Party transport spokesperson, Gareth Hughes, Greater Wellington Regional Councillor, Paul Bruce, and Brent Efford of Trans-Action. More info: greens.org.nz/events.

Public talk

WORTH THE WAIT: Hieran Goving (left), Kingston, and George Fyfe, Thorndon, happy meeting the players after a long wait in the queue. Photo: Agnes Ginestet / CCN290411AGhurricanes3

Otago Emeritus Professor Sir Alan Mark, is speaking about some of the highlights of his career in the free lecture ‘Mountain tops to Ocean Depths: involvement with a range of ecological/environmental issues, mainly in the south’ at Rutherford House Theatre 2 on Wednesday, May 25, at 6pm. More info: royalsociety.org.nz.

Travel Club

The next meeting of the Northern Suburbs Travel Club is on Wednesday, May 18, 7.30pm at the Johnsonville Community Centre. Ted Clayton will talk about his travels through the Middle East. More info: nsactivities.co.nz or Jim Collins on 478 9547.

Literacy classes

Literacy Aotearoa Wellington is partnering with Karori Community Centre to deliver free literary and numeracy skills for adults in the Karori community. Participants need to commit to 100 hours’ learning, be 18 years or older and a NZ resident or citizen. More info: Linley Leong, linley@literacywellington.org.nz.


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New constable on the beat ■

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he much-noticed absence of a constable in Karori has come to an end with the appointment of Scott Simpson. Mr Simpson began the job on April 28, after previous constable Dave Ross finished up in February. He admits there is a lot to learn about the wide area he now covers, which includes suburban, rural and coastal neighbourhoods. Speaking to the Independent Herald after a week on the job, Mr Simpson said people had already popped in to say hi. ‘‘Karori just seems to be a suburb that has a lot of people that are quite passionate about the area. I’m looking forward to getting my wheels out in the community.’’ Locals may have noticed the familiar four-wheel-drive police vehicle has been absent from outside the police base recently. Mr Simpson says they will get it back soon, it’s just on important police business in Christchurch at the moment. Mr Simpson himself will also head down to Christchurch soon for a two-week stint, helping with the earthquake recovery process. Although a few months have passed since ‘‘constable Dave’’ left his Karori post, Mr Simpson says they’ve kept in contact. ‘‘He’s been extremely helpful, his are big shoes to fill. ‘‘I want to keep up with the work that Dave was doing but with my own individual flair.’’ The strong community patrol and neighbourhood support groups in the area have already impressed Mr Simpson, and he

Make up evening

A mother and daughter make up evening will be held at the Wadestown Library on Moorhouse St on Thursday, May 19, 6-7.45pm. The evening is free of charge and light refreshments will be served. Call Louise Davies on 499 1825 or email louise.davies@wcc.govt.nz to book your spot.


The Save the Children Northern Suburbs group is holding a bridge/ mahjong/Scrabble luncheon on Friday, May 13, 10.30am-3pm, at the Wilton Bowling Club at 122 Wilton Road. Tickets are $22. More info: Jenny, 479 2638 or Margaret, 479 2128.

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NEWBIE: Karori’s new constable, Scott Simpson.

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Traditionally they were quite unapproachable and scary and have a lot of power in the community. We were breaking down the barriers.

says he looks forward to working with them. ‘‘They’re brilliant, they’ve shown their worth many times.’’ Prior to taking on the Karori role, Mr Simpson was based in the Chatham Islands for three months in a relief role. His 12-year policing career has also seen him work in

Tauranga, Kerikeri and Whangamata, as well as overseas in East Timor and the Solomon Islands. Mr Simpson was based in Suai, near the Indonesian border in East Timor, working with local police to teach them about community policing. ‘‘It was an interesting concept

for them to grasp,’’ he says of the experience. ‘‘Traditionally they were quite unapproachable and scary and have a lot of power in the community. We were breaking down the barriers.’’ Mr Simpson says the latest issue in Karori is people stealing spouting and pipes from old commercial buildings and churches. If anyone sees someone acting suspiciously or climbing up the sides of buildings, he says it’d pay to note down their vehicle registration number and contact police.

World food fair brings flavour to town per cent biodegradable. Kicking off in Karori on May 14, the fair will visit different parts of Wellington and the Hutt Valley over the next few months. Malaysian students are one in a number of international stalls that will appear at Saturday’s fair. The students will present a number of dishes, along with information about the food and ingredients.


A food fair with a difference is coming to Karori this weekend. The Flavours! World Food Fairs are a series of food events for those who love great food and want to experience some of the huge varieties of ingredients, techniques and presentations that different world cuisines have to offer. As well as tasty treats to sample and take home, all packaging at the fair will be 100

Other international flavours appearing will include Indonesian, French and some local kaimoana specials. All the fairs will use the Another Way of Paying card system for all purchases on the day. This Kiwi-invented system is simple and efficient — customers purchase a card with whatever level of credit they choose to put on it. They can spend as they want at any stall,

The Johnsonville Rotary and Life Education Trust Book Fair will be held at the Johnsonville Community Centre on Frankmoore Ave, May 21-22. Drop off points for books are Autostop, Main Road, Johnsonville, or Mitre 10, Crofton Downs. For pick-ups phone: 478 9125.

Meet and greet

Ohariu-based National List MP Katrina Shanks is holding a meet and greet evening at the Monteith’s Brewery Bar in Khandallah on Friday, May 13, from 6pm. More info: 461 7193 or katrinashanks.mp@parliament.govt.nz.

Craft expo

Scrapbooking/card making day on at the Newlands Community Centre on Batchelor St, Saturday, May 14, 10am-10pm. An opportunity for members of the public to come and see if either of these craft are for them! More info: Marie Thomson, fairynuff@xtra.co.nz.

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ow do you teach science in a bamboo school room to a class of 60 Burmese students in a refugee camp? Rob Julian, Johnsonville, talks about instructing future Burmese science teachers on the Thai border. There is no equipment that would be found in a New Zealand school laboratory, says Rob Julian. No Bunsen burners, metre rules, masses, ammeters, voltmeters, measuring cylinders, or chemicals. Nothing except a class of eager students sitting eagerly at desks. Consequently, science lessons are mainly ‘book learning’ and the teachers do what they call ‘dry experiments’. Which is to say, they talk about them. Mr Julian has recently returned from taking a five day workshop for teachers in the Burmese Refugee camps on the Thai Border, to encourage them to do practical activities with the resources they have. He was over on a voluntary basis at the invitation of The Curriculum Project (CP) which organises curriculum resources and training among teachers in the camps and in the migrant schools around the town of Mae Sot on the Thailand-Burma border. The workshops were organised by CP together with the Karen Refugee Committee Education Entity as well as with ZOA Refugee Care, a Dutch Humanitarian organisation. There are some 150,000 to 200,000 Burmese refugees in camps along the Thai border and they have an extensive network of schools providing education to all the children, up to senior levels. And education is very highly valued. Students walking past Mr Julian would be doubled up and when he asked why, was told that they always bow when passing a teacher. He says they might not have ‘science resources,’ but they do have lots of plastic drink bottles which can serve as measuring implements for volume and mass. A one-litre bottle can be divided with a felt pen for 100 millilitres or 100 grams measurements. They can make rulers by getting bamboo strips and marking off lots of three fingers — about five centimetres — to measure lengths and, using these, together with marbles, rubber bands and volley balls (the main sporting activity in

TOGETHER: Teachers at the Mae Sot schools. the camps), they can do a surprising amount of physics activities. They modelled an electric circuit by all the teachers walking around the inside of the classroom, over chairs that represented a resistance, and coming back to the ‘battery’ (the teacher) to get a sweet to replenish their energy. Similarly they used red cabbage juice for acid/base chemistry, vinegar and baking soda for chemical reactions, and studied a huge variety of insects, spiders and plant life in the camp. They even came across a scorpion industriously crossing the main road in the camp. At the end of the last session, Mr Julian was presented with a very handsome Karen ethnic robe and one of the teachers read out a poem she had made up: ‘‘I want to be the best teacher I can be to make my leader proud of me.’’ One issue is the high staff turnover, says Mr Julian. Burmese and Karen teachers who get experience and confidence, are invariably accepted by different countries for refugee status. Some go on to attend university in the host counties. Others have menial cleaning jobs or work in restaurants. ■ Rob Julian is a visiting lecturer at Victoria University’s College of Education, in Science and Professional Development, and was formerly deputy principal and head of science at Newlands College.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Responsible money lending

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he Financial Services Federation has released guidelines for responsible lending recently, as part of an effort to curb exploitative third-tier lending. The FSF represents the New Zealand financial sector — excluding banks — and provides lending opportunities to a quarter of New Zealanders. The guidelines, released on April 28, include ‘‘making inquiries into . . . a consumer’s financial situation, their needs and goals, and ability to make repayments’’.

It’s all very well to say there’s financial literacy education out there, but it’s not so much about it being out there, it’s about getting it to the right people.

FSF Chair Girol Karacoaglu says both borrowers and lenders need to be clear on what their rights and obligations are. ‘‘What’s important is that the lending process is fair and transparent.’’ New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services chief executive, Raewyn Fox, says although she welcomes the guidelines they do not guarantee consumer safety.

The FSF represents ‘‘the more responsible second- and thirdtier lenders, and it’s the irresponsible ones that we have more problems with’’. Family Budgeting Services wants to see a nationwide campaign promoting financial literacy, she says. ‘‘It’s all very well to say there’s financial literacy education out there, but it’s not so much about it being out there,

it’s about getting it to the right people.’’ Many lenders refuse to let prospective clients take their contracts away to read and receive advice on. ‘‘It is a person’s right to seek legal advice before signing a contract,’’ Mrs Fox says, ‘‘and it is important that people are not embarrassed to get help with their finances.’’ Labour MP Carol Beaumont, a supporter of credit reform, says financial literacy education is a key part of solving the big-picture issue of irresponsible lending. ‘‘Labour will continue to push for legislation requiring lenders to thoroughly check their clients’ ability to pay back loans.’’

See beyond the details

Learning a new language — with their hands

In my last column I talked about the unsolicited promise and how they are one of the most reliable signals because it is nearly always of questionable motive. In this column we look at fogging used as a manipulation strategy. Remember, manipulations strategies are subtle forms of violence that often lead to physical violence. Manipulation strategies are not always used for sinister intent, but either way, you need to recognise them so you can look through them, and often, you’ll be pleased that you did. Fogging is where someone uses an extraordinary amount of detail to either distract you or to make their story sound more believable. When people are telling the truth, they don’t feel doubted, so they don’t feel the need for additional support in the form of details. When people lie, however, even if what they say sounds credible to you, it doesn’t sound credible to them, so they keep talking. The defence is to remain consciously aware of the context in which details are offered. A good exercise is to occasionally remind yourself of where you are and what your relationship is to the people around you. With a date who stays beyond his welcome, for example, no matter how jokey or charming he may be, a woman can keep herself focused on the context simply by thinking, ‘‘I have asked him to leave twice.’’ The defence for too many details is simple: Bring the context into conscious thought. Over the next columns I’ll expose three further manipulation strategies. Some of the above are excerpts from: Every Woman’s Guide to Being Safe . . . For Life by Phil Thompson of Protect Self Defence.

SAY WHAT?: Newlands Primary School Year 6 students Trinity Clarke (left) and Madison Bowron make the sign for ‘teacher’ during a sign language taster class at Newlands Community Centre on May 2, held as part of New Zealand Sign Language Week. During the class, the students also learned how to ask how someone is and how to spell their name using the New Zealand Sign Language alphabet.

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Family violence — breaking the silence ‘

As parents we hear about these cases and wonder what type of person could inflict such horrific abuse on a child.

The Bill is about breaking the code of silence in our families towards abuse. Twelve people and two small babies lived in the Kahui house prior to the twin’s death. That’s twelve people that could have spoken up and perhaps even saved these children from their fate. It will no longer be an excuse for people to say they were not involved in the abuse. People who stand by and do nothing about abuse will be held accountable for their lack of action where our most vulnerable are involved. The Crimes Amendment Bill (2) will be referred to the Social Services Select Committee, which I chair. I look forward to considering this issue further and hearing public submissions on the Bill, and I look forward to New Zealanders being more aware of this horrendously prevalent issue and doing what they can to stop this abuse.

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ast week the Crimes Amendment Bill (2) began its first reading in Parliament. This Bill creates a new offence of failure to protect children and vulnerable adults from the risk of harm, doubles the maximum penalty for cruelty to a child from five years to 10 years’ imprisonment, and extends a legal duty on parents and caregivers to protect a child or vulnerable adult from injury. Child abuse and neglect should not be tolerated. It is an issue that we all should feel strongly about. None of us will ever forget the Kahui twins, who suffered massive brain damage, among other injuries. The common denominator in this case and sadly many others is neglect and abuse. Last year, 125,000 reports were made to authorities by people concerned about the safety or wellbeing of a child. As parents we hear about these cases and wonder what type of person could inflict such horrific abuse on a child. Child neglect and abuse is absolutely unacceptable and the National-led Government is committed to closing worrying gaps in the law to ensure our children are safe and protected. That’s why we’ve introduced this Bill.




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POLICE REPORT or had property stolen from them last week. On a couple of occasions, owners had left their vehicles unlocked, and several others neglected to remove valuable items from their cars overnight. Failure to adhere to these simple crime prevention tips will increase your chances of becoming a victim. On the night of May 3, three cars were broken into on Salford Street in Newlands. Windows were broken on all cars, with some bags and cash taken from two of the cars, whilst the third vehicle’s alarm system activated and scared away the thieves. The previous day, someone opened the door of an unlocked caravan parked outside a Johnsonville residence, and stole a portable Panasonic DVD player from inside. Two cars parked on Tarawera Road in Johnsonville were broken into during the early hours of May 2. A JVC car stereo and Clarion subwoofer and amplifier were taken from one of these vehicles, along with the owner’s wallet and bank cards. From the second unlocked car, a black ostrich leather wallet and its contents were stolen. Another unlocked car was targeted on Bassett Road in Johnsonville in the early hours of May 5. Clothing was stolen from the vehicle, including a woman’s pair of cream coloured boots along with some ug boots, and a lady’s Max brand blazer. Finally, two cars had their number plates stolen during the week. The stolen plates to look out for are ON6494 and TR3890. These thefts took place from Hindmarsh Street and Woodland




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At the end of the school holidays, two Porirua youths aged 14 and 16-years came to our attention again, despite them having conditions not to come south of Tawa. On May 2, they were arrested following the burglary of a Johnsonville kindergarten in Wanaka Street. At about 7.30am a staff member arrived to open up and noticed food items were strewn around the outside of the premises. She then spotted some youths in a back shed, and rang Police whilst watching them. The two ringleaders and their group of friends were located a short distance away, resulting in the two Porirua boys and a 15-year-old Newlands girl charged with burglary. The shed they’d broken in to was used to store emergency food items for the kindy kids, in the event of a disaster. This group has also been responsible for the increased scribbles that have appeared on many Johnsonville business premises. In certain countries, these two young villains probably would’ve had their fingers chopped off by now.

Cars broken into

Nine vehicles were broken into,

Road in Johnsonville.

Crazy driving incidents

A 14-year-old girl who took a couple of her friends for a joyride in her mum’s car on April 30, had a lucky escape after losing control of the car and sending it flying 20 metres down a bank in Newlands. The girl and one passenger were fortunate to receive only bruised ribs as a result of this crash, and the car — which was written off — was recovered with a crane. This crash could easily have had far more serious consequences. Just a few hours later, there was another close call in Newlands. Shortly after 3am on Sunday, a suspected drunk male driver slammed his car into a parked car whilst trying to check a message on his cellphone. He now awaits the result of blood tests to see what his blood-alcohol reading was, whilst his passenger has to wait a couple of months for both of his ankles to heal after they were trapped and broken in the crash.

Mug of the week

Cameron MacKenzie is a 29-year-old who is on the run from Court. He currently has 13 warrants out for his arrest, relating to charges of fraud, theft and burglary. He’s been arrested in Wellington recently, and although the photo has him with a beard, he often is clean shaven. He’s 170cm tall and of thin build. If you have any knowledge of his whereabouts, please contact us in confidence. ■ Anyone with information can

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hen Peter Hicks’ two-year-old cat Millie went missing last month he thought there was ‘‘something fishy going on’’. He contacted the Independent Herald about his missing pedigree Tonkinese cat following articles appearing in April about Karori resident Janet Boutel’s missing Burmese cats. Ms Boutel believed her cats had been stolen to order, and Mr Hicks thinks the same has happened with Millie. ‘‘We’ve had previous cats that were run over on Bowen Street and I’ve found them.

STOLEN? Thorndon resident Peter Hicks believes his two-year-old pedigree Tonkinese Millie was stolen to order.

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She’s not a hunter or a gatherer so she’s stuck around the house, so it’s out of character for her to go off and disappear.

But her breed, she’s not a hunter or a gatherer so she’s stuck around the house, so it’s out of character for her to go off and disappear,’’ he says. ‘‘Nobody has seen her, which is unusual.’’ Millie wasn’t microchipped but had a collar with her name and the Hicks’ phone number of it. ‘‘If she’d wandered then generally people would have rung and let us know,’’ Mr Hicks says. As well as contacting the SPCA, Mr Hicks has looked around the neighbourhood, circulated flyers, listed Millie as missing online and contacted local vets. Mr Hicks says it cost $200 to buy Millie as a kitten, and now she’s older she would be worth a lot more than that. Neither Mr Hicks nor Ms Boutel have involved the police in searching for their missing cats. SPCA spokeswoman Vanessa Hetherington says it would pay to contact them if theft is suspected. ‘‘They should go to the police if they have been stolen, because it’s theft of property.’’ She says if a cat is reported as missing to the SPCA, there is no way they can tell if it’s been stolen or just wandered off. She says it reiterates the importance of microchipping cats. When microchipped cats are brought to the SPCA, they can be returned to their owner quickly.

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Living up to the hype ■ Shawn McAvinue ■ Massey Journalism Student


Following my own advice I thought for a change we would look at what I do to maintain my health. Some readers will know that I spent many years with a range of health issues including CFS and chronic respiratory (bronchiectasis) problems and a range of inflammatory problems. I am now 56 and am probably in the best health of my life. What I have learned is that the body has a remarkable ability to heal if you give it the nutrients that govern our complex healing processes. So what do I do? The basics of health are of course the food we eat and the way we exercise our bodies. Food variety is very important and especially my lunches and evening meals include a wide variety of ingredients. I try to do some form of exercise each day and this could be anything from power walking, cycling, kayaking or chores like my 1 hour lawns. My morning routine is before breakfast to take a unique Co Q10 formula plus a specific anti-inflammatory supplement washed down with a vitamin C drink with about 1000mg combined ascorbates. For breakfast perhaps yoghurt followed by either poached eggs or good wholegrain toast or wholegrain oat porridge in winter. After breakfast I take 3000mg of high grade Omega 3 Fish oil then a combined multi-antioxidant, multi-mineral and multi vitamin. For morning tea I usually have raw almonds, some fruit and a psyllium and flax seed soluble fibre drink. For lunch it can be anything from salmon/avocado salad to home made soups or last evening leftovers. My evening meals have a huge variety and are always based on fresh vegetables mostly from my garden. My cooking/dressing oils are mostly good olive and avocado oil. Like most people I do like treats and my favourite is dark chocolate (60+% cocoa). After dinner I repeat the morning Omega 3 Fish Oil and multinutritional product. Few things we do have a neutral affect on our health. Our food, exercise and supplement choices will either tend to move us towards or away from disease. If you are unwell it is important to ensure you are giving your body everything it needs to encourage the healing process.

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THE HYPE: Andy Binns is ready to rave. words ‘‘hype rave’’ in Facebook, and ‘‘like’’ the rave, will have their name entered onto a guest list making them eligible for a discounted $8 ticket at the door. Support from local businesses means tickets are great value, Mr Binns says. ‘‘[Burger Fuel Johnsonville] have given us a whole lot of vouchers for free burgers which costs $11 so [ticket buyers] are

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getting back more than what they pay for the ticket.’’ Children will be safe at the three-hour event, Mr Binns says. ‘‘We’ll have at least five life guards on duty and youth police on site. All staff have first aid certificates and have been security checked.’’ The event will also be alcohol, smoke and Justin

Bieber-free. He knows what music kids want and it is not Justin Bieber, he says. Music will be played from groups like LMFAO to suit dance styles like shuffling. ‘‘Shuffling seems to be quite in; it’s crazy moves with the feet, an upgraded moonwalking. ‘‘We’ll start off with [LMFAO] and then some dubstep. It’s bassy and kids love bass and some upbeat music towards the end of the night to get them moving.’’ The Newlands Community Centre will be decked out with a sound system, LED and strobe lighting, lasers, mirrors and a smoke machine. There will be dance related competitions and giveaways. Ticket demand will dictate if the rave becomes a frequent event. ■ Hype : Rave is on at the Newlands Community Centre on Friday, May 13, 8-11pm. Check out the Hype : Rave Facebook page for more details.

Emotional performance an honour Continued from page 1 On ANZAC Day, Clark played the Last Post at 6pm, and was filmed live for the evening news. ‘‘There was a lot of pressure,’’ he says of the experience. ‘‘Fortunately I managed to get through all right. ‘‘It’s the sheer emotional aspect of it, that’s why it’s such a big honour, especially in a time with all the crises going on.’’ Clark spent his time overseas at

the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, completing his Masters in music. He says he benefited from ‘‘a lot of intense training from a lot of teachers.’’ Following his studies, Clark spent a few months in Europe, playing in famous places. ‘‘I played in Mozart’s opera house, a couple of metres from where he once stood. ‘‘It was really amazing: the

It’s the sheer emotional aspect of it, that’s why it’s such a big honour, especially in a time with all the crises going on.

people I met and the experiences I had.’’ He’s brought some of his experiences home, and has started a symphonic youth wind band for

secondary students in Wellington. ‘‘Teaching and passing on knowledge is one of my passions,’’ Clark explains. ‘‘I get a huge buzz out of it.’’

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Staff seeing red, red, red for chopper ■

GO RED: Westpac employees dying their hair red for the Westpac Chopper Appeal are, from left, Karori bank manager Jason Whitty; customer services Karori staff member Dagmara Harasim, area manager Darren Calder, Shaun Gillespie and Melissa Bruce, head office.

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ouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to repeat yourself? Westpac New Zealand Limited

I drive a red car, and an elderly couple asked me, is that [red hair] a requirement of the job?

DARREN CALDER Westpac area manager

ouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to repeat yourself?

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Members of the Wellington Westpac team dyed their hair red recently to help raise funds for Wellington’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter in this month’s national Chopper Appeal. The five redheads got together for a photo at Westpac Karori Branch last week. Head office employee Shaun Gillespie came up with the idea and was going to go it alone before other colleagues came on board. ‘‘I’ve done it blonde a couple of times but never red.’’ Area manager Darren Calder says his three-year-old gave him a suspicious look when he came home. ‘‘He was most concerned. ‘‘I certainly get comments in the street. ‘‘I drive a red car and an elderly couple asked me, is that a requirement of the job?’’ Customer liaison officer Melissa Bruce says she gets a lot of stares when she’s waiting to catch the train at Paremata. ‘‘It’s pretty extreme.’’ Dagmara Harasim says her fiance had hoped for a real redhead look but her hair has ended up very dark. All five have set up fundraising pages on www.fundraiseonline.co.nz under Loving red for chopper. Mr Calder thanks Penny Black Hairdressing, Karori; Hair International Ltd, Lambton Quay, and Belleza Hair Design, Mt Victoria, for donating their products and services. This is the seventh year Westpac has organised and supported the Westpac Chopper Appeal.

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The subjects Fergus Aitken aims to tackle in his stand-up show Altered Ego sound like serious stuff, but he says it’ll be a good laugh. In his mid-40s, Aitken is among the older comedians in this country and has experienced a few things. His 2011 NZ International Comedy Festival show looks at decisions people face in their 40s and conscious changes that are made, such as deciding marriage doesn’t work or to finally ‘grow up’. Aitken says the beauty of getting older is having the ability to laugh at yourself. ‘‘There is a misconception that in comedy there has to be a victim. The most powerful comedy is if you are the victim then you can all laugh at humanity.’’ There’s also the journey of ‘‘personal development’’ and how different people approach it. ‘‘Change is inevitable,’’ he says, ‘‘it’s just how you embrace it.’’ Although he’s looking at experiences of middle-age, Aitken says his show is accessible for all adults. ‘‘I get people in their early 20s enjoying it and people my age can come along and

CHANGE OF PACE: Wellington comedian Fergus Aitken looks at changes in life as you age in his upcoming show, Altered Ego.

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relate to some of it.’’ Instead of pulling together his existing jokes and material for Altered Ego, Aitken says he decided to look at what was meaningful to him and write a show around that. Parents might recognise Aitken as children’s entertainer Mr Fungus, but this show is definitely for adults only.

More info: ■ Altered Ego is on at Club Ivy, 13 Dixon St, May 18-21, 10pm. Tickets: Adults $18, Conc $15. To book: ticketek.co.nz.

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Work began this week to upgrade sewer pipes along Willis Street. Expected to take eight weeks, the project spans the street from Mercer Street to Willeston Street, along the New World Metro side. Capacity spokeswoman Kirsty Harkins says the work shouldn’t affect foot traffic but the road will be down to one lane. ‘‘Go Wellington and other bus services have been informed. ‘‘All the shop owners have been told and kept up to date with the project and most of them get that it has to be done and want it over as soon as possible,’’ Ms Harkins said. Due to the age of the existing pipes and increased demand in the area as

the number of apartment buildings grow, new pipes are necessary. The current earthenware pipes will be replaced with more resilient material, which would make it more resistant in an earthquake. ‘‘For the city as a whole, there’s a lot of old infrastructure under the ground and it’s in everybody’s interests for it to be renewed, especially in the wake of Christchurch,’’ says Capacity spokesman, Alex van Paassen. Hours of work will be from 8am to 4pm on weekdays, with possible night work. Contractors will work on short sections at a time and slowly make their way along the street to minimise disruption. The Grand Arcade bus stop will continue to operate during the works.


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Recent events show that anything could happen in politics, but what if Winston Peters won the general election? Upcoming Bats play Public Service Announcements, written by Wellington comedian James Nokise, looks at just that. Nokise says it’s a reaction to the perceived apathy of younger voters and how boring the country’s politicians can be. ‘‘A lot of people just don’t care, it’s whoever can balance the books. ‘‘So we thought, ‘what if we took it to the zenith and what would happen if Winston Peters came back and actually won?’ ‘‘It would just highlight the stupidity of New Zealand politics.’’ The concept came about before Peters announced his return to Parliament, and Nokise says following that, he really pushed


to get the play onstage. With the constantly changing nature of politics, Nokise says they had to do a re-write recently to include Don Brash rolling Rodney Hide for leadership of the ACT Party. The play is set on election night, with appearances from the ‘‘big hitters’’, including John Key and Bill English, Phil Goff, Brash and Hide, and Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples. And of course, there’s Peters, alone but visited by the apparition of an old political friend. So what’s the attraction about Peters? ‘‘He’s the smartest guy there because he knows what’s going on,’’ says Nokise. ‘‘He looks good in a suit and he’s got that smile and he talks sweetly.’’ Nokise says the production is a very Wellington play, and the season will run only

in the capital. ‘‘It’s for people who work in the public sector. Mum was a public servant for 20 years so I wanted to make something for them. ‘‘I want to have that feeling of people getting together and ripping the piss out of politicians.’’ An invite to the play has been sent to Simon Bridges, who won Peters’ electoral seat at the 2008 election. Nokise says he’d also like Peters to come along, and hopes he can take a bit of humour.

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ON THE JOB: Working on Victoria University’s ‘‘Kiwi Bach’’ at Frank Kitts Park are architecture graduate Lizzie Earl, Te Aro, left, and third-year architecture student Amanda Crosby, Mt Victoria.

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reaming about the perfect Kiwi bach? It might pay to visit Frank Kitts Park, where a team of Victoria University architecture students and graduates have constructed an eco-friendly bach for a United States-based environmental competition. The brainchild of graduates Ben Jagersma, Anna Farrow, Nick Officer and Eli Nuttall, the 60-square-metre, onebedroom bach will boast 28 roof solar panels, a massive skylight and triple-glazed windows. Dwellers can run appliances and hot showers on solar energy. The bach is the only southern hemisphere entry at the Solar Decathlon, a US Energy Department-sponsored competition in Washington DC in September. The bach was pre-fabricated in a shed in Lyall Bay, and delivered to Frank Kitts Park last month, where the student team — now 25 in number — completed the bach by Saturday May 7. Mr Officer says it will be open to the public until May 24, before being dismantled and shipped. ‘‘We’re taking a New Zealand house to an

international competition, so we wanted something really Kiwi,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s the values associated with a ‘head to the beach’ bach, connecting back with nature, and the idea that a bach was a really simple place. ‘‘We wanted to take those ideas, using really simple but cool products.’’ He says the entire student team will attend the competition in Washington DC. Third-year architecture student Amanda Crosby says the project was part of her second year. ‘‘The opportunity came up to become part of the team, and I was interested in getting a hands-on component to architectural education. ‘‘I jumped at the chance.’’ She says the design drawings had to be ‘‘incredibly thorough’’ to meet American and New Zealand standards. ‘‘It’s very rewarding to see it here now. I guess it’s seeing the tangible result, that’s the enjoyable side of it.’’

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ennifer Randle exudes a passion for science that is refreshing to see in a secondary school student. The Onslow College Year 13 student loves science and will be able to channel her passion at the London International Youth Science Forum in July. Over 300 students around New Zealand applied to attend the prestigious forum, and Jennifer was chosen, along with Palmerston North Girls’ High School student Hermaleigh Townsley. ‘‘I applied for three and I got the one I really wanted most,’’ Jennifer says with a grin. ‘‘I’m still at the not-believing-it stage. I’m really excited. It’s going to be the coolest thing.’’ The forum will be made up of lectures and discussion groups about all things science. The trip will also see them visit research facilities and museums in London. Jennifer has also opted to continue with some of the students to Paris and Geneva,

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Welcome to Karori Monthly •


What’s On At Karori Community Centre Alcoholics Anonymous: Tuesdays 7.30pm. AA Helpline 0800 229 675 Community Lunch: Each Monday at 12 Noon [$3.50 per person]. Dance with Marisol – Get-Up and Dance - Room 3 Thursdays 5.00 - 6.30pm. Phone Marisol 475 3054 / 022 6597 705. This Get-Up and Dance is a new listing, a course for everyone who loves to dance with a contemporary dance choreographer. Drop-in Centre: Every Thursday and Friday from 11.00am until 2.00pm. Phone Margaret 476 0615 or Faye 476 4970. First Friday Group: 1st Friday of each Month from 10.30am. Phone Tom on 476 7004. Food Bank: Collection point for donations at Karori Community Centre. Food parcel requests please phone 476 3455. Karori Community Bus: regular Monday trip to Johnsonville Mall. Can include a stop at Crofton Downs, Ngaio, Malvina Major Retirement Village]. Book through the Community Centre on 476 4968. Karori Justices of the Peace: every Thursday from 1.00pm until 2.00pm. Free service—No appointment necessary. Karate Class - St Johns Hall: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6.00 – 7.30pm. Phone Julian 976 8144. Kiwi Chess: Thursdays 7.15pm. Phone Scott 461 7079. Feldenkrais: (regain balance) Exercise: Wednesdays 10.30 -11.30am in Room 3. Phone Sue 499 7255 Tuesdays 11.00 - 12.00pm in St Johns Hall. Phone Alan 476 6532. Indoor Bowls (all year): Mondays 1.00 - 4.00pm. Phone Joyce 976 9556. Mahjong: Tuesdays 10.00am. Phone Mary 476 7686. Mishfitness Exercise Classes:

PH 476 4968

EMAIL info@karoricommunitycentre.org.nz

KARORI COMMUNITY BUS Monday’s trip to Johnsonville via the back route can stop anywhere you wish: Crofton Downs: Mitre 10 shop & Garden Centre, the Shopping Mall Ngaio: Villa Café, the Library, Village Shops. Malvina Major Retirement Home to visit friends leaves Karori Park Store at 9.50am, Karori Mall at 10.00am. leaves from Johnsonville approx 12 noon. Koha invited. Please book at Karori Community Centre 476 4968 [before 2.00pm Fridays]

FLAVOURS! WORLD FOOD FAIR Saturday 14 May, 10.00am – 3.00pm St John’s Hall (cnr Karori Rd & Campbell St) Karori Flavours! World Food Fair is for those who love really great food, and want to experience some of the huge varieties of ingredients, techniques, and presentations the world’s cuisines have to offer. The stalls do not sell just food - they display and offer a stimulating visual and taste experience! Entry is free. Food is served in sample portions, and many foods can also be purchased in take-home sizes. All packaging is 100% biodegradable. 384-1998; www.flavours.org.nz

Tuesdays 7.30 – 9.00pm. Phone Mish 027 5514 147.

Karori Floral Design Club

Pilates, St Johns Hall: Tuesdays – various levels. Katie 976 0581. Sue Ruffell Pilates, St Johns Hall: various morning and evening classes. Phone Sue 972 4982.. Pilates/Yoga, St Johns: Wed 9.15 – 10.15am. Phone PC 479 7600. Podiatrist Monday afternoons 1.30 – 5.00pm: Melanie from Avalon Podiatry Ltd. Bookings phone 476 4968. Senior Aerobics, Low Impact, Resistance Exercise & fun: Tuesdays 10.00-11.00am. Phone Chris 021 738 955. Tai Chi, St Johns Hall: Sat 11.00—12.30pm. Phone Ray 938 6082. Taekwon-Do, St Johns Hall: Fri 6.00 – 7.30pm.Phone Simon

The Community Centre is open Monday to Friday

027 4930625. Zumba-(fitness dance class) St Johns Hall: Mon 9.15-10.15am; 10.30-11.30am Gold Classes. Phone Ani 476 4822. ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (ESOL): Thursdays: English Conversation 12.30 – 2.30pm. Practise speaking English, learn about New Zealand culture & customs. All welcome CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES: Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop: - boys, girls, adults. Beginners to advanced levels. Phone Jennifer 476 2821.or 027 6350 191. Brownies: Mondays 6.00 – 7.30pm. Phone Heather 476 3210.. Kids 4 Drama: Wednesdays 3.30 – 4.30pm. Phone 0800 227 827. Moving 2-the-Beat – Kids’ Music: Tuesdays 1.30pm & 3.20pm. Phone Jo 970 5814. DANCE WITH MARISOL – GET UP AND DANCE! THIS COURSE IS FOR EVERYONE WHO LOVES TO DANCE. (day/time see above)

meets on the second Wednesday of each month in St Ninian’s Hall at 7.30pm. You may have seen some of their beautiful floral designs in the shops of Marsden Village last month. If interested to learn more, please phone Jenn on 476 7059 or Lesley on 476 4060 – they would be delighted to hear from you.

10.00am – 2.00pm and some afternoons. The Karori Community Centre is here to help community groups and individuals in whatever way needed. We would like to thank those whose support makes our work possible including: Wellington City Council, Lottery Grants Board, St Johns’ Trust Op Shop, Karori New World, DCL Computer Services, Karori Rotary Club , Karori Lions, Woolworths Karori, Telecom NZ, Lion Foundation, Terawhiti Charitable Trust, and Karori Brumby’s (sponsors of the Monday Community Lunch and Karori Youth Centre).

Karori Community Notices

Arthritis Exercise Class (gentle stretching exercises to music):

Fridays 10.00 – 11.00am at Karori Recreation Centre. Arts & Crafts Centre: For information on classes and daily activities phone Annette 476 6817. Good Companions: 4th Tuesday of each month in St Ninian’s Hall at 10.45am – 12.45pm. Speakers, musical entertainment & lunch. Phone Mary 476 9129. Karori Bridge Club: Bridge Monday & Friday afternoons; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Phone Peter 476 6179 (Monday-Thursday mornings). Karori Floral Design Club: 2nd Wednesday of each month in St Ninian’s Hall at 7.30pm. Phone Jenn 476 7059 or Lesley 476 4060. Karori Historical Society: Meets 1st Tuesday of March, June, September & December at 7.45 in St Ninian’s Hall. All welcome. Phone Judith 476 4400. Karori Line Dancing: Tuesdays 7.30 – 9.15pm. Phone Rita 476 9352 or June 476 6089. Karori Lions Club: Meet 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month at the Quality Inn, Glenmore Street (Sharella Motor Inn) at 6.30pm. Visitors welcome. Phone Martin 938 9088. Karori Indoor Bowls: Mondays 1.00pm (all year) Karori Community Centre. Phone Joyce 976 9556. Tuesdays 7.30pm St Teresa’s Hall. Phone Bill 476 9304. Karori Mid-week Badminton Club in Karori Recreation Centre: Wednesdays 9.00 - 10.30am (4 May-5 October). Phone Alison 972 6712. Karori Red Cross: Meets 3rd Thurs of each month at 10.00am Karori Community Centre 476 4968. Karori RSA (476 4871): Meets every Friday night 7.30 - 10.30pm. Indoor bowls, pool or darts or just sit and chat. All welcome. Phone Pat 476 9952 or Bruce 977 6007 (evenings). Karori Table Tennis Club: Rec Centre on Mondays. Phone Danny 476 7338. Karori Toastmasters Club: Every 2nd Thursday 7.30pm at Beauchamp St Chapel. Saskia 027 4402 329 Karori Toy Library [in the Community Centre building]: Tuesdays 12.30 - 2.30pm; Wednesdays 7.30 - 9.00pm; Thursdays 9.30 11.30am; Saturdays 9.10am - 12.00pm. Contact 476 9355. Parents Alone – Single & bring up kids? 3rd Friday of every month 5.30 – 7.30pm. Karori Anglican Churches 476 8978. Rotary Club of Karori: Meets weekly on Tuesdays 6.00pm Marsden College, Contact John 475 3915. Tai Chi – Recreation Centre (for the less young and fit): Tuesdays & Thursdays 1.30 – 2.30pm. Phone Marie 472 1918. Walking Group – Karori Plunket:

Wellington Citizens Advice Bureau Inc Te Pokapu Whakahoki Patai mai i te Iwi Whanui Wellington West Service is open: Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Phone 476 4595. Email: cab.karori@xtra.co.nz Website www.cab.org.nz The service is free, confidential & impartial – information & advice is given on a wide range of subjects. There is free Legal Advice on Tuesdays 6.00 – 7.00pm, and free Budgeting. Please phone for an appointment.

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Wilton bowler Bill Ramsay recently accomplished his objective to play ‘80 Games in 80 Days’ with time to spare. Ramsay, who turns 80 in September, set out from Wellington on February 4 aiming to raise awareness for heart disease after having a triple bypass nearly 20 years ago. He eventually completed his goal in 75 days having visited an estimated 66 different clubs throughout the nation including several in the Far North. The quest to drive the length of New Zealand — and sticking to the general theme — via a figure eight route in his ‘‘little’’ Suzuki Alto began with a crossing of the Cook Strait to start his bowling tour of duty at a Picton club on February 5. From there, he drove down the east coast to Bluff — playing at clubs (in roughly geographic order) in Blenheim, Riverside, Kaikoura, Red Cliffs, Heathcote, Timuka, Waimate, Oamaru, Hampden, James MacPherson (’’the only club with a person’s name I know of,’’ he said), Waihopai and Invercargill amongst others — before heading north towards the West Coast. Ramsay played at clubs in Wanaka, Hawea, Blaketown (including a night game), Hokitika, Cobden, Murchison, Stoke, Riwaka and Motueka, and returned across the Cook Strait to drive up the east coast of the North Island in late March. There were more games at Dannevirke, Havelock North,

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LOOK NORTH YOUNG MAN: Wellington bowler Bill Ramsay in the Far North while trying to play 80 Games in 80 Days. Shown in Kaitaia and in action at Houhora, the northernmost club he visited on his quest. about him for over 50,’’ he quipped), and being invited to take part in a tree-planting ceremony at Cape Reinga.

■ More information about the cause Ramsay was fundraising for can be found at www.heartracer.org.nz/ 80games80days.

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HARD SLOG: Mary Curry of Thorndon, front, paces it out during race two of the Wellington XTERRA series, held in the Akatarawas on May 1. More than 300 people competed in the race, with many of them travelling north from Wellington to participate. The next race in the series will be held on May 22 at the Orongorongo River. Picture: Brandon Skilton / CCN030511SPLxterra

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Libraries embrace music month O n your visit to the library this month, you may just come across some live music. Wellington libraries will turn into temporary concert venues showcasing young local talent, to help celebrate New Zealand Music Month. Held every May, this month up-andcoming artists will perform free afternoon gigs at Wellington Central Library, as well as in Kilbirnie, Newtown, Johnsonville and Karori. There will also be evening performances at ZEAL and The Jimmy Bar at the St James Theatre. The month kicked off with a concert at Parliament and Play It Strange chief executive officer Mike Chunn has helped foster young musical talent to perform gigs. ‘‘It is a privilege to work with young artists and support them to develop their musical talents,’’ he says. As well as live performances, free workshops for independent musicians will be held at Toi Poneke Arts Centre on May 30 and 31. The workshops will cover breaking into the Australian music market and the launch of the Independent Musician’s Publicity Toolkit. Artists for the library performance were yet to be announced last week, but check out the NZ Music Month in Wellington Facebook event page to find out more closer to the dates.

May 16: Ruth Gotlieb Library, Kilbirnie, 4-5pm May 17: Newtown Library, 4-5pm May 18: Johnsonville Library, 4-5pm May 19: Karori Library, 4-5pm May 20: Central Library, 4-5pm.

MUSIC MAKER: Play It Strange chief executive officer Mike Chunn is bringing fresh talent to Wellington libraries to perform for New Zealand Music Month. Photo: Archive / A_HBT080207-01


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Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Emma Roberts Director: Wes Craven Writer: Kevin Williamson Rated: R16 contains violence, offensive language and horror scenes Reviewed by Jamie Adams at Reading Cinemas Courtenay Place If ever there was an indication that Hollywood was creatively, let alone morally bankrupt, this sorry excuse for a revision of a tired horror franchise would be it. Far from being a triumphant return to form, Craven and Williamson have gone way overboard with the satirical nature of the Scream series, producing a farce that’s completely bereft of what little credibility the previous movie had. Williamson’s script may be a commentary on the idea that cinematic horror serials (eg Saw) can be taken too seriously by teen movie buffs, yet he seems to forget that the Scream trilogy inspired real-life ‘‘Ghostface’’ murders. The ageing Neve Campbell, Courtney ‘‘Cougar’’ Cox and David Arquette reprise their roles as Sidney, Gale and Dewey as they struggle to reel in the Woodsboro’s latest Ghostface killer. A new generation of teenagers (played by adult actors, of course) are the murder victims, with Craven not sparing the gore with each stabbing. Now the murders are being recorded live to the internet as the perpetrator tries to make a real-life version of Stab. But they’re also motivated by jealousy, given Sidney’s success as an author of her survival stories. With its constant references to ‘‘movies-within-movies’’ and the ‘‘rules of horror’’, the film embodies a comedic element despite the gruesome violence. Unfortunately the comedy isn’t funny, just cringeinducing. The acting by everyone (especially Roberts) is atrocious and while the climax has a twist, the horribly cliche´d direction proves that Craven should have retired years ago. While the acting alone should make it worthy for several Razzie Awards, its reasonable box-office success means Craven and Williamson may subject us to two more painfully woeful instalments. I certainly won’t be cravin’ for’em. ★











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