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Thursday January 21 2016

inbrief news Sight and Scent Artist Lee Jensen’s latest Toi Poneke exhibition ‘Soliflore’ features a series of exquisitely detailed, large scale photographs of white roses and oriental white lilies. With a background in graphic art and design, Soliflore: White Rose/White Lily is somewhat of a departure for Jensen, who has become increasingly fascinated with fragrance. Jensen will also be hosting a perfume workshop to share some of the knowledge he has acquired throughout his research. The exhibition will run from January 15 until February 5.

Nervous wait over for college students By Nikki Papatsoumas

Singapore Airlines set to land in Wellington Singapore Airlines is expected to announce their jets will soon be parking up at the Wellington Airport’s international terminal. It is said the airline will have four A330 wide-bodied jets visit Wellington airport each week expanding the new service it is offering from Singapore to Canberra. The service would add around 1000 seats per week to Wellington’s flight schedules. The new route is expected to spark debate on whether Wellington Airports’ runway should be extended by 300 metres. Should the extension go ahead, long haul flights direct from Asia to Wellington could be on the cards. The new jets could also show potential for other international routes to be mapped out.

Brooklyn resident Clare Lewis said her 2015 NCEA results were just as she expected.

After a nail-biting wait, students across the country were able to check their NCEA results online last week. Local teenager Clare Lewis was among the 170,000 students to nervously log-in and check their results last Wednesday. The 18-year-old Brooklyn resident said she was pleased with her results, as they were just what she expected. Clare, who completed classics, history, English, music and religious studies for her final year at St Catherine’s College in Kilbirnie, said she had already passed her courses with an endorsement before heading into exams. An endorsement provides recognition for a student who has performed exceptionally well in an individual course. This year is the final time Clare will check her NCEA results, an experience she described as both “overwhelming and underwhelming”. “You feel relieved to have everything done. But it leaves you wondering if university will be a similar system to NCEA.” Next month, Clare will leave the nest and head to Otago University in Dunedin, where she will work towards a degree in Law and Performing Arts. “I’m really nervous about moving away from

home, but excited to be able to rely on myself a bit more without my parents. “I really wanted to do teaching for a long time… but I wanted to learn a bit more about other stuff first.” Following the release of NCEA results last week Clare said she was on the phone to friends to check in on how they fared. “There have been highs and lows. Everyone is just really proud of each other which I think is the nicest thing.” Marked NCEA exam papers will be returned to students from late January. After receiving marked papers, students are able to apply for reviews and reconsiderations of their results. Those students who sat New Zealand Scholarship exams will be able to view their results online from Tuesday February 9, and apply for reviews and reconsiderations until early March. National achievement statistics will be made available on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website as soon as they are prepared at the end of March.  Do you have a son or daughter, or grandchildren, who were pleased with their 2015 NCEA results? Send us an email – news@

Wellington city proves popular A recent survey shows inner-city living is becoming more popular, and Wellington City Council is on the right track with planning and investment as it focuses on growth in the area. In the council-led survey of central city residents, 85 per cent are happy living in the capital, while 90 per cent would

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facilities and planning with an eye on now and the future,” she said. The survey on the council’s website also shows more people are living in the central city for longer. A 2008 survey showed 26 per cent of residents had lived in Wellington for more than four years, this number increased to 34 per cent in 2015.


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