Thursday March 31, 2016
Miramar businesses pitch in for Fiji By Colin Engelbrecht WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT
Four Miramar businesses banded together to send aid to cyclone stricken Fiji last month. Peninsula Dental Centre, Lumino Dentists Miramar and Unichem Pharmacy Miramar donated toothbrushes, toothpaste, antibacterial wipes and water purifying tablets to Sigatoka, a village in Fiji. This comes after the small island was left devastated by Cyclone Winston earlier this year. Tori Maxwell from Helloworld travel in Miramar, flew to Fiji on February 27 and gave the supplies to the village herself, before returning earlier this month. Tori said Tourism Fiji financed most of the trip and the purpose was to showcase Fiji as a tourist destination, despite the recent storm. She said the resorts she stayed at had
just done an amazing job at picking everything back up after the storm came through. “Unless you’d watched the news you would never realise there had been a category five storm there,” she said. Tori said they visited the Mamanuca Islands, The Coral coast and the Denarau area of Fiji, but the village, which was their final destination and the furthest away, received the supplies. “The people were just lovely, they were very interested in where we had come from,” she said. Tori said initially she felt bad about being in Fiji because they had just had the storm, but because Fiji relies on tourism she felt proud she could support the industry. After seeing the majority of properties were in shape and the recovery effort, Tori said Fiji was stronger than ever and remained a safe tourism destination. “The Fijian spirit is just so amazing, I’m glad I went,” she said.
From left, actors Paul Waggott, Ralph McCubbin Howell and Abby Howells perform Beards! Beards! Beards!
Wellington theatre company takes show overseas By Bethany Tiddy MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT
Award-winning Wellington theatre company Trick of the Light have their final season of Beards! Beards! Beards! before embarking on a UK tour in May. The show is about a young girl with two dads and her efforts to grow a beard. “It’s a celebration of the gloriousness and ridiculousness of the beard,” said director Hannah Smith. Beards! Beards! Beards! premiered at the Capital E National Arts Festival for Children in March 2015 and will be performed at BATS Theatre from April 5 to 9. Trick of the Light will then take Beards! Beards! Beards! and award-winning show The Bookbinder to the UK with funding
from Creative New Zealand. They will perform at the Brighton Fringe Festival, Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, Imaginate Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival before returning to New Zealand in September. Trick of the Light was founded by Victoria University graduates Hannah Smith and Ralph McCubbin Howell. “Vic had an emphasis on creating your own work,” Hannah said. Hannah said the company was thrilled to have their last show in Wellington before taking it overseas. “I believe the best way to refine your creative work is to present it to a new audience,” she said. Beards! Beards! Beards! will be performed at BATS Theatre from April 5 to 9 at 6.30pm. Book at bats.co.nz
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Tori Maxwell hands out supplies to villagers in the Sigatoka Village. PHOTO SUPPLIED
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