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Preparing youth for any situation By Kelly Hennessy COOK STRAIT NEWS INTERN

Strathmore Park Community Centre is using Ara Taiohi Youth Week to educate and empower local youth on important issues such as their rights and cyber bullying. These workshops, presented by Youthline Wellington, will address these salient issues at the Strathmore Park Community Centre from 4pm to 6pm on Friday, May 27. The first workshop tackles cyber bullying, using fun and interactive activities to teach young people protect both themselves and their mates against online hate. Lisa Matthews, community operations manager of the centre, believed these workshops were important as youth grow up in an increasingly digital world. “Youth these days are early adopters of social media, they’re absolutely online,

but many don’t have an understanding of the real world consequences, the dangers, of the online world,” she said. The centre will also host a workshop, presented by Community Law Wellington, on youth rights. The goal is to teach young people the ways in which the law can be used to protect yourself, and to educate them of their rights when dealing with the police or in school. “While obviously the police and school are very different situations, we’re making sure youth can enter any situation with the information and knowledge needed to be empowered,” Lisa said. Along with the knowledge imparted, the centre will have pizza and giveaways.  The workshops are at Strathmore Park Community Centre from 4pm to 6pm on Friday, May 27.

Lisa Matthews from the Strathmore Park Community Centre.

Yoga Classes A number of yoga classes for people of all experience levels take place at the Berhampore Centennial Community Centre each week. On Mondays classes take place for those of all levels from 7.30pm. Cost is $5. On Tuesday night from 7.30pm Iyengar based yoga stretch and release classes take place. For beginners to intermediate, Iyengar based yoga pays attention to body alignment, allowing time to move between postures and to focus on breathing

and body awareness. Please bring a blanket, water bottle and yoga mat, although spares are available. Entry is Free. On Thursday morning a yoga and chai class for beginners takes place from 11am. Cost is $5. A free men’s’ yoga class takes place on Thursday night from 6pm. Finally on Saturday morning a yoga class takes place for all experience levels from 10am. Cost is $5 or koha. The Berhampore Centennial Community Centre is located at 493 Adelaide Rd.

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Can you take the heat? The New Zealand Chilli Eating Champs are inviting you to test your nerves and your stomach this weekend at their chilli eating competition. On Saturday afternoon, Wellington residents are invited to head to Bebemos restaurant in Newtown to compete in the eighth heat of the national competition. Clint Meyer, the event’s organiser, explained how the competition worked. “We’ll start with a milder chilli, probably a jalapeno, and competitors have to chew it for thirty seconds. Then after a few minutes, we make it hotter.” There will be a mix of fresh and dried chilli, and some chilli sauces, getting hotter and hotter as competitors advance. Clint said, “It’s a last man standing event-if you leave the table, drink anything, or vomit then you are out.” It is $10 to enter, and the winner takes

all. The heat champion will also get a bar tab and a ticket to the first New Zealand Hot Sauce Festival on June 25 at Sweat Shop Brew Bar in Auckland. They will earn a place at the final table of the New Zealand Chilli Eating Champs and can compete against all other heat champions. This is the sixth year of competition, and, Clint noted, no one has won twice. Bebemos is hosting for the first time, with past contests thrown by Little Beer Quarter. The competition and the New Zealand Hot Sauce Festival are both organized by Fire Dragon Chillies, which is owned by Clint. Competitors must be over 18, and have no heart, bowel or intestinal problems.  For more information on this weekend’s competition, head to the ‘NZ Chilli Eating Champs’ Facebook page.

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