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Thursday November 26, 2015

Exercise areas get tails wagging By Nikki Papatsoumas

More exercise areas for dogs could be on the cards from next year. Today the Wellington City Council’s Environment Committee will discuss the scope for reviews of the council’s Animals Bylaw and Dog Policy. The policy and bylaw determine the requirements for keeping dogs and other animals. If approved by the committee, the reviews will scrutinise management of cats, dogs, pigeons and poultry. Environment Committee chair Iona Pannett said the main issues in terms of the dog policy review were adequacy of dog exercise areas, registration fees, dog faeces, and access to public places. The review will look at the adequacy of certain dog exercise areas and the existing rule that does not allow dog owners to ‘stop’ when walking a dog through the CBD. “From a dog owner’s perspective, the adequacy of dog exercise areas continues to be an issue. There are a number of excellent areas throughout the city, but there are still a number of gaps in the network. “We know some dog owners want to be able to take their dogs into the city but other people may feel it is not appropriate, so we will be asking the public what they think.” Hazel Harrison from Nose2Tail in Lyall Bay welcomed more facilities for dog owners. However, she said it was important owners were well educated when it came to off-leash dog behaviour. “I do have concerns about having more dog parks and the lack of education when it comes to safe off-leash dog play.” Hazel said an information board at dog parks identifying and highlighting fearful dog body language could help educate

owners. “There are so many new dog owners out there that are not really 100 per cent sure how their dogs should behave when they are playing in a big group… it can be really difficult.” Work on the reviews will start in the New Year – and a four week public consultation will follow in May. An updated Animals Bylaw and Dog Policy would then be debated, adopted and in force by September 2016.  For more information head to Do you think there should be more exercise areas for dogs? Send us an email –

Hazel Harrison from Nose2Tail in Lyall Bay and a handful of her canine friends.

Twelfth Night comes to Bats Theatre Isabel Corfiatis plays Antonio. PHOTO CREDIT: Deborah Eve Rea. By Nikki Papatsoumas

An Island Bay teen is part of a group that will bring one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays to life at Bats Theatre this week. Isabel Corfiatis, 17, is a member of the Wellington Young Actors group which is made up of actors and actresses between the ages of 12 and 17. The theatre group’s current project is Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and after months of hard work and rehearsal the group will perform at Bats Theatre this week. As well as acting, the young company is encouraged to take on all production roles such as costume design, publicity and management. The group is run by Deborah Eve Rea who recently accepted an invitation to spend a month at The Globe in London to study Shakespeare. Isabel plays Antonio, a character who she describes as a “pirate sea captain”. “She saves Sebastian from drowning and she falls in love with him but he doesn’t love her back.” Isabel said she had performed Shakespeare before at school and was pleased to have the opportunity to bring another

of the famous playwright’s characters to life once again. “The language is so different, so it can be hard to understand what you are speaking. But it is a really good skill to have because it is at the height of acting. “Everyone strives to be able to perform Shakespeare and when you do it, it feels really good.” A highlight of the project had been the opportunity to have choreography training for her role from Peter Hassel, Isabel said. “He came in and choreographed a couple of fight scenes for us, we use fake knives and fake bricks.” She said she was excited to share these scenes with an audience on stage. Isabel said she has loved acting her whole life and sees a future on stage. “I love being able to pretend to be someone else and bring my imagination to life.”  Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, presented by Wellington Young Actors and directed by Deborah Eve Rea will run at Bats Theatre until November 28. For more information and to book tickets head to

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