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PASSION: Gary Chongnee (front) and other members of the Streets Ahead 237 youth committee, perform a haka in front of an audience at the Cannons Creek shopping centre, part of the celebration of Streets Ahead 237’s one-year anniversary as a charitable trust. Streets Ahead is a Porirua-based youth aid programme to steer youth away from gangs and foster strong families. More pictures, story, page 5.
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Creekfest ready to go Andrew Bonallack
said she did not anticipate problems with securing funding from Capital and Coast District Health Board and Porirua City Council. Pharmac, a funder last year, was ‘‘on board’’, she says. Last year, Capital and Coast seemed unwilling to help fund Creekfest 2011 via Healthlinks, an organisation whom Capital and Coast and ceased funding in 2010. They later confirmed their financial support of Creekfest. Ms Kelly, who is also deputy mayor of Porirua city, says the
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festival will continue the messages of the two previous events, about being prepared for disasters. Regional Public Health’s Cassius Kuresa says there will be a ‘Healthy Kai’ award this year. ‘‘The stall that makes the most creative and healthy food on the day.’’ As before, stallholders will have to attend food workshops, run by Porirua City Council, to learn about healthy and safe food preparation, and how to make an
application to run a food stall. The traditional tag competition for youngsters will be run again, but the possibility of two demonstration sports, archery and fencing, was put up for discussion. Last year’s popular secondary stage returns for impromptu acts by anyone, although the meeting suggested a ‘Porirua Idol’ competition should be tried. It was left to entertainment organiser Benna Seveali’i-Siolo to announce the headline act. ‘‘I’m talking with Russell Harrison,’’ adding that he was ‘‘a bit expensive’’. Previous acts have included Scribe, Che Fu, Spacifix and J Williams — who pulled out last year owing to his partner giving birth. Two youth acts, Young Sid and Peter T, have also been signed, and cultural acts, including the 40-strong Tongan Brass Band, will feature.
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It began with ‘‘Are You Ready’’; it continued with ‘‘It’s got to be done’’, and now it’s ‘‘Let’s Do it’’ for Creekfest 2012. Creekfest has been announced for Saturday March 10, with organisers looking to repeat last year’s success with a smoother funding ride. The annual event is a healthy living, healthy eating festival of up to 150 stalls advocating health messages and selling healthy food in Cannons Creek Park. Creekfest, whose main stage showcases cultural talent and a headline act, attracts thousands from Porirua and the wider Wellington region. The Porirua Healthlinks Trust, existing mainly as a funding conduit for Creekfest, will organise the festival. At a Creekfest meeting at the Cannons Creek Fanau Centre last week, trust director Liz Kelly
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February 5, 8am to 11am at the Porirua Kennel Club, Prosser St. Get a bargain and support your local Rotary Club. Also running February 12, 19, 26. Selling spaces $10 ($20 for larger spaces), contact Allan Nichols on 2348415. Gazebos not provided but may be brought along.
February 11, 9am to 10.30am is enrolment date for the Tawa Music Centre. Tutors available to discuss the most suitable instruments. Lessons begin the following Saturday.
NICE SHOT: Beth Cambourn, Whitby (left) and Shirley Gay, Pukerua Bay, during a golf croquet session at a ‘Have a Go’ Day at the Plimmerton Croquet Club on Wellington Anniversary Day. Ms Gay, came out to try croquet after being encouraged by friends ‘‘and because it was a lovely day’’. She says golf croquet seems more fun and more ‘‘cerebral than bowls’’. See page 12 for the rest of the story.
The Ranui Community Twilight Festival, Feb 25, 4pm to 7pm, at Mungavin Park to celebrate the official recognition of Ranui as a new suburb , plus highlight plans to revamp Mungavin Park and shopping area.
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An exploration of the world through the imagery of banknotes. Pataka, starting Feb 25.
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Reward for promoting arts Anita De Muth
His love of the arts, theatre, museums and festivals has led Bob Cater to spend decades working for the arts and the community. For his services to the community, he is to receive the Queen’s Service Medal. Mr Cater has been involved with the Porirua Arts Council since the 1960s. He also took part in establishing the Community Arts council in the 1970s, aimed to provide better arts facilities for the Porirua region. In the 1960s, he joined the local little theatre and the Porirua Historical Association where he went on to become president. In 1992, he co-founded the Waitangi Day Festival of the Elements and has chaired the organising committee every year since. Mr Cater says the festival came about after organising Waitangi Day celebrations at Waitangi while working for the Government. After increasing conflict at Waitangi in the 1990s, Mr Cater wanted to see a festival to celebrate the day. ‘‘We live in a real multicultural city that’s come about because of the Treaty of the Waitangi, this is something we should be celebrating. ‘‘We came up with this theme of elements. The elements of earth, air, fire and water are all important, no matter what people’s background is.’’ The Festival of the Elements is one of the biggest Waitangi celebrations in New
Zealand, drawing crowds up to 30,000. During his time with the Porirua Little Theatre, Mr Cater has been president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and was made a life member. He has directed 19 plays for the group and been involved in dozens of productions with local schools and drama youth groups. In the 1990s, he was made a life member of the New Zealand Theatre Federation. Mr Cater has also spent more than 40 years involved with the church as a church layer reader and mentor. He is also involved with the Wellington Archaeological Society Committee serving as secretary and newsletter editor and still serves as a member of the Titahi Bay Community Police Hub volunteer team. Mr Cater retired in 2002, serving eight years as Head of School of Arts at Whitireia Polytechnic. He has 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
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The first summer family outdoor movie at Te Rauparaha Park is Horton Hears a Who. Friday February 10, 6pm. Bring picnic, cushions or blanket and the kids.
A fun and relaxing evening for women on the first Wednesday of each month at The Mariner, Whitehouse Rd, Titahi Bay. All women welcome. Wednesday February 1, 7.30pm. Bring a pair of baby socks and learn how to make a sock monkey or just come along to relax with friends. $2 entry includes nibbles. For more information, phone Naomi 236 0559.
HONOURED: Bob Cater has been instrumental in promoting the arts to the community. He is now to be honoured with a Queen’s Service Medal for his services. Photo: Anita De Muth / CCN240112ADcater01
Police message as school begins
Police across the Wellington District have an increased presence in and around schools this week as thousands of students head back to school to begin term one. New school or intermediate students will be unfamiliar with the intensity of traffic outside the school and drivers may not realise the importance of the yellow lines
which allow students and school patrols to have a clear line of sight when crossing. Police ask motorists for patience and common sense and to be prepared for some congestion in and around schools. They want parents, caregivers and other road users to adhere to a 4km/h lower speed tolerance near schools, and say it is also important parents talk to their children about road safety and getting to school safely if they plan on cycling, skating or scootering to school.
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Following the success of Westfield’s Valentine’s Day campaign in 2011, this year’s ‘Truly, Madly, Hugely’ is giving romantics the chance to see their love message to their special someone displayed on a giant billboard. A dozen messages submitted via the Westfield website
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As the Year of the Dragon begins, Whitireia journalism student Talia Carlisle looks at what Wellington will be doing to celebrate what many consider the most important year of the 12-year Chinese cycle of zodiac animals — and what the year may bring us.
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hinese New Year is the most important day in the Chinese calendar, especially for those born in the year of the dragon, according to Dr Xiaohuan Zhao, senior lecturer of Chinese, Languages and Cultures at Otago University. ‘‘The dragon is the symbol of power and royalty, authority and strength,’’ he says. ‘‘Lots of people wish for their babies to be born in this year because those who are born in the year of the dragon are expected to be more powerful [and] more lucky.’’ There are many theories as to where the significance of the dragon came from originally. Archaeological excavations in northeast China have found totems of pigs and bears, totems of early tribes in China. The totem of China has since evolved into a dragon even though the pig is still important as it symbolises wealth. ‘‘A house that has pigs means the family are rich enough to afford meat,’’ Dr Zhao says. Many Chinese people believe themselves to be the ancestors of
dragon, a creature that Chinese believed could bring rain in droughts. ‘‘When there is a lack of rainfall, people make a kind of sacrificial offering and pray and worship the dragon.’’ Dr Zhao describes the dragon as ‘‘a pig, with a snake’s body and crocodile claws’’. He says the history of Chinese New Year can be traced back over 2000 years, starting with a ferocious beast that would come out once a year to scare the villagers. The monster, called Nian, was finally frightened away using fire crackers and red decorations, which have become traditions still observed today. The monster’s name, Nian sounds the same as the word ‘‘year’’, so people say ‘‘xin nian kuaile’’, meaning happy new year. Dr Zhao is a member of the Dunedin Chinese Presbyterian Church, the oldest Chinese church in New Zealand. They will celebrate this new year with Chinese dancing, Chinese drums and firecrackers, traditions that will be observed all over the world.
VIBRANT: James Roberts leads the Dragon Team from the Wellington Chinese Sports and Cultural Centre during a guest performance at Porirua’s Creekfest last year. Photo: Andrew Bonallack / FILE
ON SHOW: Two performers from the New Zealand Chinese Operatic Society. Photo: Neil McKenzie (Online Fotos) / CCN180112SPLcnewyear2
What’s On ■ Saturday, February 11 — The Xiamen Performing Arts Group will be performing at Te Papa in Soundings Theatre from 4pm to 5pm. From 7pm to 8.30pm New Clothes for the New Year Fashion & Dance Show will be at the TSB Bank Arena. At 9pm there will be Fireworks in Frank Kitts Park, organised by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations. ■ Sunday, February 12 — Festival day, with an Asian market, street parade and cultural entertainment at Frank Kitts Park. ■ Dragon dancing is an important part of Chinese New Year festivities and Wellington’s Chinese Sports and Cultural Centre (WCSCC)
has two groups, one for adults and one for children, both of which will feature extensively in this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations in Wellington. Vincent Sue leads the WCSCC Dragon dance troupe, and describes the art as ‘‘a 20m skipping rope or a snake that flies’’. There are nine people in the adult team, who two years ago attended the International World Dragon competition in Hong Kong and placed eighth. The children’s group will be making its debut performance in this year’s festival and both groups will perform in various shows over the Chinese New Year weekend. For more information on events, go to chinesenewyear.co.nz.
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Still Streets Ahead of the rest Andrew Bonallack
Streets Ahead 237 celebrated their anniversary year as a charitable trust with an unveiling of street murals and entertainment in the Cannons Creek Shopping Centre carpark last Thursday. Streets Ahead, founded by social worker Wayne Poutoa in 2006, is an initiative to encourage youth away from gangs, create stronger families, and foster neighbourhoods who talk and help each other. Local artists Chris Apisai and Joseph Poloie created the street murals as a set of panels with family themes, erected on Warspite Ave outside the carpark. Mr Poutoa says being a Porirua City councillor, and Streets Ahead becoming a charitable trust, has allowed him to take greater action on what families want changed. ‘‘I can present [their concerns] in general business in meetings,’’ he says. ‘‘We can get their voice heard. Council can interact with them. People feel more valued.’’ In 2006 Mr Poutoa devised a neighbourhood scheme to have neighbourhood barbecues, starting in his own Miranda St. More recently, his East Safe Side initiative offered safe houses in the area for youth to go to if they felt unsafe. ‘‘Today, we’ve got Neighbourhood Watch, we’ve got civil defence workshops, violence prevention, we’re addressing poverty.’’ He says he recently heard concerns about graffiti and tagging at a residents meeting. ‘‘You change that on one street, you make it unfashionable on one street, and sooner or later the message goes out. ‘‘If you can do that with graffiti, you can do that with other stuff.’’ Maori Party leader Tariana Turia, a guest at the ceremony, says Streets Ahead has shown what happens when the focus is on the potential in a community. ‘‘Rather than focusing on what you think is wrong. When you focus on the potential of young people, you give them the belief that they can do things themselves. ‘‘It strengthens their faith in who they are.’’ She says there is ‘‘more right than wrong’’ in communities like Cannons Creek. ‘‘I value communities like this.’’
OUR PLACE: Members of the Streets Ahead 237 youth committee, from left, Tarquinn Alatipi, Gary Chongee and Matiu Tehuia, listen to speeches
Photos: Andrew Bonallack / CCN250112ABstreetsahead02
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PRIDE: Founders of the Porirua youth-aid programme Streets Ahead 237, hushand and wife Jennifer and Wayne Poutoa, address the audience.
MOMENT: Members of the Cannons Creek Neighbourhood Police Team, Peer Nielson (front) and Rob Gregory, bow their heads for prayer
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You don’t have to turn over too many pages in the paper, or wait too long watching the news to view details of another serious attack on some innocent. The fact that many of these attacks are being referred to as ‘‘random’’, by some media, seriously troubles me. Attacks are not completely random: Attackers of course had a propensity to commit these crimes, which is plainly obvious. This propensity isn’t a fleeting and random thing. If you had seen the things that these attackers have done in their lives and more importantly, the continual increase in severity of these things, you too might have predicted these crimes happening. Indeed, perhaps some had. Because of this, many believe, as I do, that these attacks were literally inevitable — the fact that they were going to occur. Even the choosing of who might be the potential victim might feel random to us, but it isn’t to the attacker. The attacker will choose, and likely test, who they feel will be a suitable victim. So really, what aspect is left that make these attacks random? Perhaps just this — it feels random to the victim. None of us start the day knowing what will happen to us later in that day. I’ve raised a number of points which merit more discussion, but the main point is this: Do not think that there is nothing you can do to prevent these attacks because they are purely random. They are not. In future columns this year, I’ll discuss how we can change the balance of probability.
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Porirua launch for iconic book Bernie Griffin
Porirua has been chosen for the launch of the te reo version of the widely popular New Zealand book, The House That Jack Built. The illustrated book by Gavin Bishop is based on the centuriesold nursery rhyme and was given high acclaim after its first publication in 1999. Now it has been given new life with a reprint and te reo translation. Julia Marshall of Gecko Press describes the book as a story of our modern history which ranks among some of the best in New Zealand literature. ‘‘Gecko Press is delighted to be reprinting this story which has long been out of print. We are also publishing a te reo edition for the first time. I believe it is one of the most significant books published in New Zealand.’’ She says the te reo version is an exciting development and has been made possible through the scholarship of translator Piripi Walker. ‘‘The key to the success of this whole endeavour — the reprint and the te reo edition — is underlined by the creative abilities of two gifted authors. The concept is great.’’ In typical House That Jack Built style, the book relates contemporary New Zealand history with a Maori point of view. It tells the story of Jack Bull from England who settled in New Zealand in 1798. The choice of Porirua for the launch is also significant, taking place at the annual Festival of the Elements at Te Rauparaha Park on February 6. The Porirua festival, now in its 21st year, is
MODERN HISTORY: Pages from The House that Jack Built, illustrated by Gavin Bishop.
It speaks of the things I care about — identity, family, turangawaewae.
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claimed to be New Zealand’s largest Waitangi Day celebration and highlights the country’s diversity of cultures, flair and talents. Gavin Bishop’s illustrations also mark the historical meeting of cultures and have been highly praised throughout the country. An exhibition of the original art along with its te reo translation by Piripi Walker has toured
nationally for many years and is one of the most popular touring shows for the Dowse Art Museum. ‘‘This book is an important one for me,’’ Gavin Bishop says. ‘‘It speaks of the things I care about — identity, family, turangawaewae.’’ Julia Marshall says the reprint and the te reo version has already drawn comment internationally.
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‘‘We have received interest in the venture from overseas and we have been talking to other publishers. But it’s early days yet.’’ Both Gavin Bishop, who lives in Christchurch, and Piripi Walker are scheduled to attend the launch in Porirua where they will give talks and workshops at the festival. Piripi Walker, from Upper Hutt, has strong family connections with Porirua. His great, great grandfather James Walker came to the region in 1841 from St. Andrews in Scotland. The Walker family lived around Plimmerton and farmed in the
area until recent times. On Piripi’s Ma¯ori side he is Nga¯ti Raukawa, and his ancestress Te ¯ kau was married to Te A Rauparaha. Piripi descends from her first marriage. The family have connections to Kapiti Island, Tokamapuna (Aeroplane) Island off Kapiti Island and nearby Tahoramaurea Island. Festival of the Elements organisers have plans to build an on-site House That Jack Built although at this stage the type of construction has not been finalised. But it could be a work in progress throughout the Waitangi Day celebration.
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Bay boy returns with his big band
JOANNA LANGFORD – Using materials from the environment Langford creates extraordinary imaginary landscapes and cityscapes from the simplest of material
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Rodger Fox grew up in Titahi Bay. He learnt his music at Mana College, not necessarily an easy thing back then. ‘‘It helped that my father and mother were music teachers there,’’ he says. ‘‘The day I started college, my father handed me a trombone so there was no question about what instrument I would be learning.’’ Till then he had been blowing a tune or two on a trumpet. Now his trombone has taken him everywhere and helped turn him into a big band leader of international renown. He’s regarded as New Zealand’s finest jazz trombonist and ranks among the elite world-wide. ‘‘It all began here in the Bay. In fact, I started my first big band while still at school and have been messing about with big bands and jazz ever since.’’ But why big bands and why jazz? ‘‘Well, my father played the violin, but he loved bands — he started the Porirua Brass Band back in the 70s, so you could say it was in my blood. And jazz . . . well, again, that’s something that also gets into your blood. But to be good at jazz I believe you have to have a good background in all music. And, of course, you’ve got to enjoy it.’’ He says there are still a lot of people playing the trombone although fewer than used to be. But it’s far from extinct. His big band sound comes right out of the classic big bands. ‘‘There are more jazz bands in schools around the country than any other and these days it is such a wide genre. It’s not easy to define jazz; it’s what you think it is. It’s improvisational.’’ Rodger Fox has been leading big bands for nearly 40 years now and he is also big
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when it comes to teaching. In 2003 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music and in 2005 he was conferred an Honory Doctorate of Music by Massey University. He has a busy teaching schedule but loves taking time with his big band to play at various functions and venues, such as Porirua’s Festival of the Elements on Waitangi Day. ‘‘It’s a coming home for me and I’m looking forward to it.’’. Festival organiser Margaret Armour says Rodger Fox and his band are capable of attracting large audiences just by themselves and the festival crowds will be in for a treat. ‘‘It’s great to think he’s going to be at Te Rauparaha Park on February 6 — he’s a big part of what this festival is all about.’’
TO 6 FEBRUARY
GRAHAME SYDNEY: DOWN SOUTH – Recent Paintings 2001 – 2011. This exhibition presents 26 major landscape paintings including a recent series of winter paintings of Central Otago and his paintings of Antarctica.
TO 6 FEBRUARY
JUBILEE/HAPU - Celebrating 25 years of Whitireia – A small selection of work by some of the past students who have continued on with their artistic careers.
TO 12 FEBRUARY
ITI BITY – Over 1000 miniature ﬁgures including farm, circus, zoo, cowboy & Indian themed ﬁgurines and dozens of different types of toy soldiers. Collected by Mr J G Penman and bequeathed to the Porirua Museum by his wife Mrs Dinah Penman in 1981. This is the ﬁrst time they have been shown en-mass at Pataka.
TO 19 FEBRUARY
SAMOA & GERMANY: OLD TIES AND NEW RELATIONSHIPS – The relationship between these countries from 1900 - 1914 and its lasting legacy.
TO 19 FEBRUARY
SIAMANI SAMOA: MICHEL TUFFERY – Paintings, sculpture and multi-media installations tell the story of Germany’s brief history in Samoa.
11 FEB TO 13 MAY
PIETO HUGO: NOLLYWOOD – South African photographer Pieter Hugo’s Nollywood series goes beyond simple documentary photography to explore the multi-layered reality of the Nigerian ﬁlm industry in a series of other-worldly portraits of the bizarre characters that typify Nollywood productions.
25 FEB TO 23 JUNE
MONEY TALKS – An exploration of the world through the imagery of banknotes. Selected banknotes tell the stories of the people and places depicted on them using large back-lit graphics, text, photographs and objects. This exhibition will also look at some of the most beautiful banknote designs and discuss the inﬂuences that contributed to their design.
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PORIRUA 5KM RUN & WALK SERIES – Wednesday evenings. Hosted by Aurora Harrier Club. Start 6pm from The Mill, Kenepuru Drive. $5. Contact Peter on firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUSIC & POETRY AT THE METROPOLITAN BAR & CAFE – Aotea Cornelius and Sigrid Woolloff, two local singer/songwriters and Lewis Scott, an African American jazz poet will perform. 1st hour open microphone. All performances welcome. Lydney Pl. 4pm-7pm. Contact Teu on 021 0375913. Gold coin.
FESTIVAL OF THE ELEMENTS – A jam-packed day of music, poetry, art, kids activities, food, skate competition and more. 11am - 7.30pm. Pataka, Te Rauparaha Arena and Te Rauparaha Park.
OUTDOOR MOVIE - HORTON HEARS A WHO – Classic Dr Suess. 6pm. Te Rauparaha Park. Free.
MAYORAL WALK SERIES – Onepoto Carpark. Walk to top of hill, down and around waterfront and back to boatsheds. 5.30pm start.
MAYORAL WALK SERIES – Pukerua Bay School. Walk to Wairaka Point and back. 5.30pm start.
RANUI TWILIGHT FESTIVAL – Celebrate Ranui and help revamp Mungavin Park and shopping area. Entertainment and food. 4pm-7pm. Mungavin Park.
CANCER SOCIETY’S RELAY FOR LIFE – Raise funds overnight beginning 4pm Saturday. Register with ZechariahR@cancersoc.org.nz or phone 389 8421.
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Tracey Odell School of Modern Dance The Tracey Odell School of Modern Dance is looking forward to the new year after a very successful 2011 in which 16 nominations for the NZAMD Scholarships were achieved with Ariel Middlemiss placing third in the Ballet Final. Both the Junior and Senior competition groups were placed ﬁrst in every Wellington Regional competition they entered. The groups were also placed ﬁrst at the Palmerston North Annual Dance Festival. The school participated for the ﬁrst time in the Wellington Cancer Relay for Life fundraiser. This was a rewarding team building exercise enabling the students to gain a greater awareness of the effects of cancer in the community. The students’ families have also been very supportive towards our annual fundraising activity which beneﬁts Ronald McDonald House. Tracey is very proud of her students in 2011 for their commitment and hard work throughout the year, and their willingness to share their enthusiasm for dance with each other and members of the community.
Prize winners for 2011 were: Jazz Pre Grade 1 Pre Grade 3 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Elementary Intermediate Advanced Most Promising Most Improved Medals
Kayla Johnson Natalie Jensen Yolanda Latu Michelle Lee, Sammy Park Courtney Nicols Megan Cross Brianne Carmine Laura Kelly Hayley Hart Natasha Ellis, Kristi Dahm Emmerson Toomaga Rachel Holden Claire Murray, Lorelei Bernard, Hannah Campbell
Hip Hop Boys Hip Hop Hip Hop 1 Hip Hop 2 Hip Hop 3 hip Hop 4 Hip Hop 5 Hip Hop 6 Most Promising Most Improved Medals
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Daniel Hughes, Arthur Werner Shirley Harding Courtney Nicols, Amber Wairau Ezekiel Fiso Joshua Nightingale Natasha Ellis Adrienne Tucker Rosa Pavan Rosa Black Charm Tuapawa, Ashley Darbyshire, Katelyn McStay, Michelle Lee Caitlin Cherry Kate Bennett Caitlin Ellis Laura Kelly Kristi Dahm, Natasha Ellis, Ariel Middlemiss Soﬁa Udovenko, Rachel Cross Emma Parkinson Suvin Park Archie Moran, Elizabeth Werner Caitlin Ellis Brianne Carmine Karen Tutton, Helen Carter Adrienne Tucker Jessica White Jessica Hughes Matt Chapman Estelle Best, Caitlin Wong, Ruby Lovell Monique Parkin Sophie Thomas Sarah Tutton
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Dancing — a great way to get in good health Whether you are into classical training, or the ‘‘fusions’’ of jazzercise or Zumba, there’s no doubt dancing will get you fit. Fitness is a given with dance classes and schools, where professional teachers expect their students to enjoy themselves but give back the commitment and hard work. The same could be said of any serious athletic or sports training. It’s been suggested dance should be part of a specialised physical education for teenage girls, who get turned off by standard PE at school for fear of looking silly in front on boys. A recent Australian study recommended young girls be given different sorts of exercise, such as Zumba, pilates or yoga, because they were less active than boys and enjoyed sports and physical education less. A survey of more than 8000 primary and secondary students in New South Wales found 22.8 per cent were overweight, or obese. More than half the boys reached the recommended level of physical activity, compared with 41 per cent of girls. In a recent interview with fitness instructors, it was suggested adolescent girls often felt uncomfortable with their bodies, making it hard for them to want to exercise. With the emphasis on the Hollywood-type body image, teenage girls consequently had body image problems, so would not participate in sports unless it was something they were good at. Boys, with higher muscle mass, had it easier and the pick of outdoor sports to pursue. Which is why gyms and classes are there for ‘‘fusion’’ dance exercise, such as the international concept Jazzercise, combining jazz dance, resistance training, pilates, yoga and kickboxing — all set up to increase
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Are you fascinated by butterﬂies? If you love butterﬂies there is a way you can help the Kapiti Monarch Butterﬂy Trust Inc
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WELL DONE: Adrina Venayagam, 14, was one of 19 students from around New Zealand selected for the Genesis Realise the Dream event for her outstanding research. From left; Genesis Energy general manager corporate affairs, Mr Malcolm Alexander, Adrina Venayagam with GovernorPhoto: CCN250112SLPadrina01 General Sir Jerry Mateparae.
For $5.00 a year (child) or $20 a year (adult) you can become a member of the Trust In return you will receive information about the beautiful Monarch Butterﬂy and other butterﬂies in New Zealand to help them develop in our gardens and parks.
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found in the same zone. Genesis Realise the Dream is organised by the Royal Society of New Zealand. The event is for selected students who have undertaken outstanding scientific research. The group took part in research day visits to the Liggins Institute, Genesis Energy in Tokaanu, Dairy NZ in Hamilton and Massey University in Palmerston North. The week ended with an awards evening at Government House in Wellington. Venayagam says her highlight of her trip was visiting Dairy NZ, seeing the different sciences involved in making milk and scientific testing of the cows health. At the 2011 NIWA Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair, Venayagam’s research also won awards from the Cancer Society of New Zealand, and the Wellington Medical Research Foundation.
After watching anti-smoking campaigns on television, Tawa College’s Adrina Venayagam decided to do her own research into the effects of smoking. Her research, named Breath of Life, lead her to win several awards including a place as a participant in the prestigious week-long Genesis Realise the Dream event. Miss Venayagam’s research included 20 smokers and 20 non-smokers and took over one school term to complete. She found major differences in the lung capacities between the two groups. She used predicted peak flow rates and asthma care pamphlet information to measure her statistics. Her findings showed 10 per cent of smokers to be in a danger zone, in comparison to 0 per cent of non-smokers. 45 per cent of smokers were in the red zone, only 20 per cent of non-smokers were
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HARE KRISHNA FESTIVAL Come and join the fun! Bring the kids, family and friends. In fact, everybody is welcome!
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11 Feb 2012 11am-6pm Odlins Plaza 21 Cable St, Wellington
GOOD FUN: Plimmerton Croquet Club members coach newcomers in golf croquet during a ‘Have Photos: Andrew Bonallack / CCN230112ABcroquet02 a Go’ Day on Wellington Anniversary Day.
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A sunny day, a thriving membership and happy visitors — all concepts dear to any club captain’s heart. The Plimmerton Croquet Club’s good fortunes can also be attributed to a style of croquet that’s easier and more social to play. Golf croquet, unlike traditional association croquet, has simpler rules with each person only having one stroke in each turn. That contrasts to association croquet, where a successful player could continue for half an hour in a similar manner to snooker, while the opponent can only wait for a fail. While golf croquet is ideal to teach beginners, it is by no means a beginners game, with competitions throughout New Zealand and even world championships. Club captain Tom Berryman says Plimmerton Croquet Club is effectively Wellington’s representative in the annual Lower North Island Team Championships, despite the fact that there are nine other croquet clubs in the Wellington region. This year the team of four does have a ring-in, a member from Kelburn. They face teams from Taranaki,
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Whanganui, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu and Wairarapa. ‘‘Our club is quite enthusiastic,’’ he says. ‘‘This golf croquet competition has been running for three or four years, singles and doubles. ‘‘Historically, players have played the association game, but golf has begun to take over. ‘‘It’s easier to take up, it’s short, about 45 minutes to an hour, and they are all out there, they’re chattering, it’s quite social.’’ Changes in working life have suited an easier game, he says. ‘‘With people working longer hours, retiring later, people are coming to the game later than they used to. ‘‘You’re looking for something a little shorter, easier.’’ The club is approaching a membership of 90, he says. Golf croquet can be taught in half an hour, and he recommends people play it for a year. ■ The Plimmerton Croquet Club is located on Plimmerton Dr, off Ulric St, near the Palmers Garden Market in Plimmerton. See host.ourporirua.com/croquet/ or google search Plimmerton Croquet.
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Welcomes Pre & Post Performance Diners...
Strawberry Fare is centrally located and has a welcoming dining hall perfect for a bite before or after your performance shows. The perfect venue where you get to relax and enjoy the ambience combined with ﬁne food and wine or beer. The open space at Strawberry Fare is warm and creates a homely atmosphere you can ease into, located in the heart of the city and within walking distance of the stadium, cinemas, theatres and entertainment venues.
The brunch menu is available Saturday and Sunday only up till 3pm with a wide range of delicious meals. There is a great range of choices from Muesli, Fresh fruit through to favourites like Pancakes, Eggs Benedict, Sweet Corn Fritters or the Big Breakfast. They are probably ‘Wellingtons ﬁnest desert restaurant’ with a great range of desserts to choose from. Why not try the Devils Dream Cake best described as decadence on a plate. Imagine dark
chocolate laced with raspberries scoring 10 out of 10 on the richness scale. Or why not try the assortment of sorbets or the legendary sticky date pudding. Whether you want to brunch, dine for a main meal or dessert then get down to Strawberry Fare for an unforgettable dining experience!
BREAKFAST OR BRUNCH… (Not served after 3pm. No exceptions so please don’t ask.) Toasted Muesli Served with fruit and yoghurt. Fresh Fruit Bowl Fresh seasonal fruit served with your yoghurt.
There is an array of delicious dishes on the menu the attention to detail in terms of presentation, ﬂare, and food combination is second to none. All the food is freshly prepared. Mouth watering food and generous portion sizes that are able to satisfy the most ravenous appetites.
Here are some of our favourite meals why not try the Manuka Smoked Salmon served with gourmet potato, fennel, green apple and mayonnaise accompanied by a ﬁre capsicum sauce. Or try the Porterhouse Steak, cooked how you like it with thick cut fries, sauce bearnaise and a rocket salad. Combine your meals with a well matched wine from their extensive wine list to set off the evening meal.
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We are open for pre-performance dinners & light meals. All our meals are freshly prepared and some take more time than others do - PLEASE let us know if you have time constraints. We have a selection of sauces and vinaigrettes to take home in 375ml bottles for $10.00.
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Green Paper here to help
A recent Green Paper on Vulnerable Children needs public feedback to help develop a Children’s Action Plan. Last week Minister for Social Development Paula Bennett and Minister for Education Hekia Parata held a public meeting at Pataka to discuss the Green Paper, a consultation document intended to stimulate debate about vulnerable children. It was launched in July 2011, and submissions will close at the end of this month. Around 50 people attended including, Porirua City Mayor Nick Leggett and several councillors, local principals, and representatives from the Police, Cannon’s Creek Fanau Centre, Pacific Health Porirua and Parents Centre New Zealand. Issues raised included, when should Government intervene with families; responsibility for children — parents, communities and Government; targeted services for vulnerable children — how much and where should funding be shifted from, whether children should be monitored from birth, and mandatory reporting of child
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abuse. The Green Paper process will result in a Children’s Action Plan and Children’s Legislation which will put our children first in every way, says Ms Parata. ‘‘Submissions on the Green Paper close on Wednesday February 28 so I encourage you to have your say.’’ Grey Power have issued a statement saying they are ‘‘encouraged’’ by the concept of mandatory reporting of child abuse and sharing of private information between agencies. ‘‘For too long we have let child abuse occur and fester in our communities and the time is here to have the cycle broken,’’ said National President Roy Reid. ‘‘We cannot hope to have a healthy and prosperous country while we allow such atrocities to happen and it is essential that each and every one of us be vigilant around children and report any uncomfortable feelings we have as to a child’s care so it can be checked out.’’
BRIEFING: Education minister Hekia Parata, with Social Development minister Paula Bennett (right) talks to an audience of principals, police and councillors at Pataka on the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children. Photo: Supplied / CCN260112SPLgreenpaper
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Te Papa’s Unveiled exhibition, showcasing 200 years of bridal garments and accessories from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, is not only a great opportunity to see work by Christian Lacroix, John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood. Alongside wedding gowns worn by singer Gwen Stefani and burlesque artist Dita Von Teese are commissioned garments by Kiwi designers Lindah Lepou, Jane Yeh and World, all adding a local touch. The Visa Platinum Gallery is filled with historical and contemporary hautecouture wedding dresses, veils, shoes, hats, lingerie and bridegroom outfits from the early 1800s right through today. According to the exhibition curator from the Victoria and Albert Museum Edwina Ehrman, they reveal fascinating details about the lives of the wearers and offer an insight into their circumstances and fashion choices. Te Papa chief executive Michael Houlihan says having this collection from the Victoria and Albert Museum is a great chance for New Zealand audiences to look at history through different eyes. ‘‘We’re also excited to have three of this nation’s top designers adding original garments which bring a new and edgy local texture to this exhibition.’’
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■ Unveiled: 200 years of wedding dress from the Victoria and Albert Museum, until April 22 at Te Papa’s Visa Platinum Gallery. Admission charges apply. Tickets from the Te Papa website, the exhibition’s facebook page or at Te Papa.
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Camo & Krooked (Hospital Records) with MC Tali, Feb 2.
Kroon for your Kai featuring Jodie Gummer, Feb 1; Store House Blues, Feb 3; The Arvo Show featuring ‘‘Tunes of I’’, and Niko Nezna, Feb 4; Recovery Sessions featuring DJ Kenese, Feb 5.
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Other Hands with Orange Farm, Feb 1; The Wanted Sessions - A Tribute to Hank Williams, Feb 2; Araw, Absolute Boys and Rose Quartz DJs, Feb 3; Sunken Seas, Jon Lemon, Diving, Feb 4.
Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, Feb 1; Astro Empire, Feb 2; Badd
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The Datsuns with Street Chant and The Transistors, Feb 2; Scott Kelly (Neurosis) and John Baizely (Baroness) NZ Tour, Feb 3; Dan Deacon and Ensemble (USA) NZ Tour, Feb 4.
The Motor Camp, to Feb 18; Esencia del Flamenco, to Feb 5.
Crims, to Feb 4; Long weekend, to Feb 4.
Unveiled - 100 years of wedding fashion, to April 22.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Cast: Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson Director: Brad Peyton Running time: 94 mins Rating: PG (some scenes may scare very young children) Reviewed by Francesca Rudkin
An outlandish plot and location inspired by another Jules Verne novel are delivered in this follow-up to the 2008 action-packed Journey to the Center of the Earth. Though little rings true in this fantasy adventure, the barrage of impressive special effects and gratuitous use of 3D mean it’s a rollicking ride anyway. Much like its predecessor, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island combines 3D, CGI and live action to create a lighthearted Indiana Jones-style adventure in which its cast isn’t afraid to have fun. There’s an underlying theme about kids being abandoned by their fathers, but substance isn’t this film’s strong point. Josh Hutcherson returns as Sean Anderson, a teenager with an inherent adventurous streak who, with his stepfather Hank Parsons (Johnson), decodes a message from his grandfather (Michael Caine). The message gives them instructions for how to find Verne’s island, made famous in his 1874 novel. Believing his grandfather is in trouble, Sean and his father, with the help of dodgy helicopter pilot Gabato (Luis Guzman) and his hot daughter Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens), try to find the island. As it turns out finding the island is the easy part, the hard bit is getting off the exotic volcanic island filled with unusually sized animals. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is a race against time to survive, but the inclusion of new characters adds interest. Vanessa Hudgens is obviously a love interest for Sean and Luis Guzman is there to provide the laughs; but it’s Dwayne Johnson — taking over the lead role from Brendan Fraser — who is the most interesting addition. Capable of sparring successfully with the ever-charming Michael Caine, Johnson steals the show by firing berries off his flexing pecs. It’s a random scene, but a good example of how this film doesn’t take itself too seriously, and neither should we. ★★
Porirua News 01-02-12