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Thursday April 14, 2016

inbrief news Earthquake strikes lower North Island A strong quake rattled the lower North Island early on Tuesday morning. On its website GeoNet described the magnitude 5.2 quake, which struck about 7.40am on Tuesday as strong. The quake was centred 15km west of Masterton, at a depth of 24km. More than 3,400 people reported feeling the quake on GeoNet’s website.

New space for local gallery By Nikki Papatsoumas

An exciting new move is on the cards for an iconic Island Bay art gallery. Early next month, Tapu te

Ranga Art Gallery will shift from its seaside location to Island Bay’s shopping village in the space formerly housed by So Vintage. The move is particularly spe-

Fundraiser for local nurse Local nurse Louise Forsyth is holding a garage sale this weekend to raise money for a trip to Kimbilio Hospice in Kenya. There will be a variety of quality used clothing, footwear and bric-a-brac at the garage sale as well as home baking and tea and coffee. The garage sale will take place this Saturday, April 16, at the Lyall Bay Bowling Club on Apu Crescent, in Lyall Bay.

John Fuller, Rahul Gopinathan, Jenny Hartley and Ian Logan will move into the new Tapu te Ranga Art Gallery early next month.

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cial for co-curator Ian Logan - in the mid 1990’s he used the space on The Parade for his gallery, ‘Ian Logan’s Island Bay Art Gallery’. Tapu te Ranga Art Gallery cocurator Rahul Gopinathan said the decision to move was made when he and Ian learnt their lease was up at their current space on The Esplanade. “People are really happy, I know there was a point where we thought will we keep on going – well we are going to keep on going and we are going to represent all the local artists here,” Rahul said. Two other local artists will now join Ian and Rahul at their new space, John Fuller and Jenny Hartley. John has made a name for himself with his vibrant easel sized paintings of Wellington. He is also responsible for the transport themed mural at the entrance to Miramar. Jenny works mostly in bronze and casts sculptures at home using the “lost wax” technique. Her works often have a hidden

message about ecology and the fragility of the natural world. “We both exhibit here, we have been doing so for quite a while,” Jenny said. “We were in the position to be able to come on board. It’s going to be fun, it’s a good community and it’s nice being back in the heart of the community.” Ian said having John and Jenny on board was exciting as the group’s skills complimented one another. “As artists we want to make sure we have more time for our own art as well,” Ian said. Rahul thanked the community for their ongoing support over the last three years. “We want to give gratitude and thanks to the people in the local community here in Island Bay who have supported us in the past,” he said.  Tapu te Ranga Art Gallery will move to its new space at 139 The Parade in early May. More details will be available closer to the time at www.

New pedestrian crossing for Lyall Bay By Nikki Papatsoumas

Lyall Bay locals are delighted that work is almost complete on a pedestrian crossing on one of the suburbs busiest roads. Contractors are currently working on installing a pedestrian crossing on Wha St at the intersection of Onepu Rd. A curb extension is also being developed at the crossing. Lyall Bay resident Joe Reich said he was pleased to see the council had listened to the community’s concerns. “I have tried to cross here a couple of times and

let’s just say you have to be mindful of cars when crossing the road. “This kind of response and community involvement, it’s been absolutely brilliant,” he said. Wellington City Councillor Sarah Free said as part of the council’s long term plan she requested an extra $200,000 be put aside for pedestrian improvements across the eastern suburbs. “It’s been in the pipeline for a while,” Ms Free said. “Lots and lots of kids do walk to Lyall Bay School. I am very pleased to see it, I know it is a major concern for parents and we do

want more kids walking to school. It’s good for their independence.” Ms Free said the council was also keen to install crossings outside the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, as well as a pedestrian refuge at the end of the Leonie Gill pathway to help people cross over Tirangi Rd. She said the council would also explore the option of further work around pedestrian improvements near Kilbirnie School. The crossing is due to be completed by the end of this week.

Joe Reich and Michelle and Elijah Lemon with Wellington City Councillor Sarah Free at the new pedestrian crossing on Wha St in Lyall Bay.

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