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Thursday November 12, 2015

Student organises fashion show for her peers By Nikki Papatsoumas

An energetic and enthusiastic design student has organised a fashion show for her peers. Holly Dodson, 21, is studying towards a Bachelor of Design majoring in fashion. She also has experience in event management and works as event coordinator for the Massey at Wellington Students’ Association. Holly, a third year student, said she was inspired to put together a fashion show after seeing how hard her peers had been working throughout the year. She said when her class was given

its second semester project, students were asked to focus on what wellbeing meant to them. Holly said because she is passionate about organising events and fashion she asked her tutors if she could design a show to highlight the year’s work. This Sunday, Holly’s hard work will pay off and The EVOKE, Third year fashion show will take place. Holly said the show was entirely student run and organised and was held independent to the university. The catwalk show will give 31 third year students a chance to showcase two pieces each.

“Everyone is really really excited who is partaking in it. Third year students don’t usually get a show so they’re more excited. “It has been a whirlwind I feel like it has been a whole lot or organising pushed into three weeks.” This Sunday’s show will be held at the St James Theatre, on the first floor gallery, from 4pm.  For more information, or to register to attend, head to www.mawsa. org.nz Holly Dodson is the brains behind the EVOKE, Third year fashion show.

Public meeting A public meeting will be held in Island Bay tonight regarding medium density housing and a town centre plan for the coastal community. The three key questions for the meeting are: What do you like most about your town centre? What are the most important issues for your town centre? Are there any improvements you would like to see in your town centre? Residents are asked to have a think about these questions before heading along to tonight's meeting. The meeting will be held from 7pm, at the Wellington South Baptist Church, 284 The Parade.

Revitalising Civic Square Wellingtonians will be invited to have their say early in the New Year on proposed design plans to revitalise the Civic Square precinct and strengthen the Town Hall. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said there was strong public support to carry out the work, which was written into the council’s Long Term Plan. “The pieces of this complicated but exciting jigsaw puzzle are starting to fall into place. “Work has been progressing steadily on plans with city councillors and some stakeholders holding a series of workshops to discuss the proposals being developed. “A whole lot of great ideas for the precinct are taking shape and we want to share them with the community.” Ms Wade-Brown said Civic Square was surrounded by buildings that “don’t exactly put on a friendly face for people in the Square”. “One of the things we’ll be asking Wellingtonians is whether there should be more commercial activity in the Square – and what kind? “Should we, for example,

make available more groundfloor building space for hospitality or retail that opens out into the square?” Ms Wade-Brown said the one certainty in terms of the precinct options was that the Town Hall would definitely be strengthened. “The Town Hall has been assessed as earthquake prone and has been closed to the public since early 2014. “The deadline for it being strengthened is 2019. We want this building back in action as soon as reasonably possible.” Council officers were also working with the NZSO and Victoria University to test the feasibility of a music hub or school of music that could be located in in the Town Hall. Athfield Architects was also working with council engineers, the University and NZSO on the design implications of various options involving the use of the auditorium, other parts of the building, and possibly adjoining buildings. Up to $100 million could be invested in the Civic precinct over the next decade, depending on how various plans pan out.

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