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Thursday July 30, 2015

inbrief news Strange visitors A strange group of visitors will arrive in Courtenay Place in August. The Visitors is the latest exhibition to be installed in the Courtenay Place Park light boxes. British artist Des Hughes has created new work especially for the light boxes, transforming quasi-humanoid sculptures into photographic form. Des says he hopes the series of monolithic figures create a feeling of movement or animation along the street.

Grimm tales A solo exhibition featuring largescale painted works inspired by the Brothers Grimm is set to open at Toi Pōneke Gallery. Retold is part of artist Rebecca Holden’s larger artistic undertaking, The Grimm Project. As in the well-known fairy tales, themes of right and wrong, good and tyranny are woven into her artistic practice. Retold opens at Toi Poneke Gallery on Abel Smith Street on August 7.

Scholarships open Outward Bound is calling for people aged 27 and older who have experienced a mild physical injury to apply for a scholarship for their low impact course. The low impact course will take place from September 13 till 20 and scholarships are valued at $1980. Participants will need to pay $500 for the course.  For more information go to www. outwardbound.co.nz/aspire.

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Toys donated to children’s hospital By Emma Morgan and Sam Duff

During a stay at the Wellington Children’s Hospital a young boy noticed there were not that many toys available for the youngsters to play with. James Broome-Isa, 10, has been a frequent flyer in the children’s hospital, due to psoriasis complications, so when he noticed the lack of toys he decided to act. The Karori school boy approached the St Vincent de Paul Society who managed to collect toys from their eight shops. James says he came up with the idea of tracking down toys for the children’s hospital

after watching a video on YouTube. “A family went to help Children in Need and they donated Lego,” he says. “This really inspired me to make a change in the world.” After being inspected by James the toys were last week presented to the children’s hospital. “I am really flustered by the amount of toys we have received, I wasn’t expecting this amount of toys. “I really hope to extend this idea through New Zealand to other hospitals.” All of the toys that were collected are either wood or plastic so that they can easily be washed and remain safe for use.

KIND HEART: James Broome-Isa, 10, has organised a collection of toys to be donated to the Wellington Children’s Hospital in Newtown. PHOTO: Emma Morgan

Bay Road seats replaced with ‘traditional’ style Kilbirnie has taken a step back in time with the replacement of the suburb’s more ‘modern’ style of public seating with a more ‘traditional’ style. Wellington City Council earlier this week contracted Linked Earthworks Construction Ltd to remove the old seats on Bay Road and Coutts Street and replace them with new ones. Council urban designer Emily Alleway told locals in a letter that the new benches would be

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SWAP OVER: Public seating on Kilbirnie’s Bay Road and Coutts Street has been replaced with a more traditional style. PHOTO: Emma Morgan

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