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Thursday May 19, 2016


Settling into new location By Nikki Papatsoumas

A group of local artists are settling into their new home in the heart of the community. Earlier this month, Tapu te Ranga Art Gallery shifted from its seaside location to Island Bay’s shopping village in the space formerly housed by So Vintage. Four local artists have their works on display at the gallery, Ian Logan and Rahul Gopinathan, as well as John Fuller and Jenny Hartley. Co-curator of the gallery Rahul said they kicked things off with an opening night party on Saturday, May 7. He said he was blown away with the number of people who attended and it was great to have the support of the community

behind them. “We had around 80 people through. It was really great there were so many people in here they actually spilled out onto the side walk. “It made me realise how much of a supportive and ‘arty’ community we come from. It’s been excellent people just love coming in here.” The four artists said they were now keen to spread the word that the doors were open to their new space and invited members of the community, and other artists, to pop in and see what they were working on.  Tapu te Ranga Gallery is located at 139 The Parade. For more information head to www.

John Fuller, Rahul Gopinathan and Ian Logan from Tapu te Ranga Gallery in their new space on The Parade.

One down, one to go for food bank appeal

Branch chief of South Wellington Seido Karate Tony Gaeta, chair of the Wellington Hospitals Foundation, Bill Day, grants, administration and major partnerships manager for the Wellington Hospitals Foundation, Shona Brunton, secretary of South Wellington Seido Karate, Ange Gaeta and Grant Nisbett.

The St Vincent de Paul Society completed the first of two food bank appeals this weekend. The first appeal took place Saturday, May 14 at Pak’n Save in Kilbirnie and the next will be held at Countdown in Johnsonville this Saturday. The food collected from Kilbirnie residents on Saturday helped to fill the cupboards of the society, which operates a food bank in Newtown.

The food bank is dedicated to providing supplemental, healthy food parcels to those in need in Wellington. The appeals are essential to continuing this service, and the society relies on the generosity of the community. Any members of the community, who missed the appeal, were welcome to stop by the food bank, above the society’s Vinnies shop in Newtown, to donate.

Sherry Hughes participating in the St Vincent de Paul Society food bank appeal.

Generous Donation By Nikki Papatsoumas

A local dojo is continuing to punch above its weight when it comes to serving its local community. South Wellington Seido Karate has recently donated an impressive $17,000 to the Wellington Hospitals Foundation. Branch chief Tony Gaeta says since the club opened its doors in November 2007, it has donated to numerous needy charities, including the Ronald McDonald House, Wellington Free Ambulance and the Mary Potter Hospice. Money raised through raffles this year as well as the dojos annual quiz night, will go towards supporting the hospital’s AYA – Adolescent Young Adult Cancer Service. The service provides support to those between the ages of 12 and 24, who are suffering from cancer. Grants, administration and major partnerships manager for the Wellington Hospitals Foundation, Shona Brunton, said in particular, the money would go

towards commissioning a handbook, for young patients to record their journey. It would also be spent on a purpose built trolley, with a television, PlayStation and DVD player built in for those in isolation and more chair beds for family or partners who may visit loved ones in hospital. Tony said a “huge amount” of people were to thank for the club’s generous donation. “There are a huge amount of people to thank from the students to the parents to the wider community that support us. “We are more than just kicks and punches, a real karate club is all about what you’re doing for others, not just about yourself… we are here to help the wider community.”  South Wellington Seido hold beginners’ classes from its Berhampore dojo on Mondays and Thursdays starting at 6pm and Saturdays starting at 10am. For more information, head to www.

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