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Wednesday November 2, 2016

Local artist to have exhibition at Mix By Emma McAuliffe

A local man will be holding a special woodcarving exhibition next week. Tony Nobbs, a Wa i nu io mata artist, will be debuting some of his latest pop culture creations at Mix Gallery from Friday, November 4. Tony, who created replicas of well-known symbols and logos, said he had been creating the art for a couple of years. “It’s my way of eventually trying to make enough money to get off the benefit,” he said. Tony said he enjoyed creating the work because he saw it as being a more “relevant and modern” way of having wo o dca r v i ng work i n t he home. “I choose brands that repr e s ent p e ople’s choic e of lifestyle. For some people these brands are ways of life and nostalgia. “It’s affordable relevant art for the working class people who want art but don’t want to spend $600 to $700 on a piece

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of art from a gallery,” he said. Tony said the wood used had all been salvaged from places around Wainuiomata due to his “shoestring” budget in creating. He said he was grateful to the gallery for helping him in his creations, which would often see him ta k ing over c r e at ive spa c e w it h la rge pieces of wood. “I’d like to offer a big thank you to the staff here, especially Garry, because he cuts a nd ma kes su re a ll of my wood is fit to size,” Tony said.  Tony’s exhibition will take place at Mix Gallery, 212 Knights Road Lower Hutt, from Friday, November 4. Opening night will take place on November 4 from 5pm to 6pm. For more information on mix head to w w . For more information on Tony’s art head to www.


Tony Nobbs with some of his work that will be for sale. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

Housing hui to address issues in community By Emma McAuliffe

A local MP will be hosting a hui later this month to discuss housing issues in the community. Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP, Meka Whaitiri, will be hosting a Housing Hui on Monday, November 14 as an opportunity for people to share their experiences around rental housing in Wainuiomata. This follows a recent trip by Ms Whaitiri to Wainuiomata,

where she was able to speak to different social groups including schools and medical centres in the community. Ms Whaitiri said it was important to shine a light on the issue of housing as “homelessness and housing issues are not just an Auckland problem”. “Throughout my electorate of Ikaroa-Rawhiti, my offices are dealing with an increasing number of vulnerable people in desperate housing situations,” she said.


Ms Whaitiri said this was also prevalent in the Wainuiomata community. “Homelessness is increasing in Wainuiomata. Many ‘emergency housing’ motels no longer accept clients referred from Work and Income and there are limited Housing New Zealand and Council options. Private rentals are also in short supply. “We hope that holding a housing hui in Wainuiomata will shine a spotlight on the

issues this community is facing and paint a clearer picture of what is happening here, and ultimately find solutions that lead to safe, stable homes for our vulnerable.” As part of the hui there would be speakers from different areas in the community, she said.  The Housing Hui will take place at the Wainuiomata Community Hall at 6.30pm on Monday, November 14. All are welcome.

Aspiring writers will be able to visit the Wainuiomata library this month as part of Nanowrimo. Nanowrimo, National Novel Writing Month, is an annual event which takes place every November and sees aspiring novelists from around the world attempt to write a 50,000 word book. Wainuiomata Library is a Come Write in Space for Nanowrimo novelists. Residents will be able to write and measure how much they’ve written throughout November. For more information on Nanowrimo or to register head to

Rugby Awards Wainuiomata had a successful end to the rugby season last week with two nominations and a win at the Wellington Rugby Awards. Wainuiomata womens player, Acacia Te Iwimate took out Women’s Player of the Year at last week’s prestigious event. The Wainuiomata Women’s team were nominated for Club Team of the Year however lost to Tawa Premier. Peter Umaga-Jensen was nominated for most promising player however lost to fellow Lion’s player Asafo Aumua.



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