Wednesday February 15, 2017
Festival explores our relationship with water
inbrief news Dowse Square Summer in Dowse Square continues this weekend with a performance by Petone musician Jhan Lindsay and her band. The band plays everything from country bluegrass to soulful jazz ballads. The free, family friendly, midday concert will take place on Saturday, February 18 at Dowse Square in Lower Hutt. For more information head to the “In The Hutt” Facebook page.
By Emma McAuliffe
The local community hub is getting behind a public art festival. The Common Ground: Hutt Public Art Festival is taking place in Lower Hutt from February 25 to March 4. The festival aims to explore the relationship between residents of the Hutt Valley and their water. A component will be taking place in Wainuiomata and will involve a puppet show, a trip to the water works and a pool day. All events and activities are free. The Wainuiomata Community Library will also act as a drop off point for ground water samples to make up part of the exhibition, “Citizen Water Map Lab,” by artist Julian Priest between February 25 and Thursday, March 2. Common Ground will kick off in Wainuiomata on Wednesday, February 22 with a special puppet show by Stringbeam Puppets at 3.45pm. The puppet show would be fol-
The Blues Brothers Hutt City Council’s Rhythm and Reels events continue this weekend with a showing of “The Blues Brothers” at William’s Park, Days Bay, Eastbourne. The Red Dog Saloon will play at 7.30pm on Saturday, February 18 before the film starts half an hour after sunset. Film is rated R16 and has a running time of 132 minutes. No dogs allowed. Locals are welcome to bring their own food and there will be food and drink for sale.
Switching days The Wainuiomata Community Library’s preschool story time now takes place on Tuesday mornings instead of Friday mornings. Sessions continue to take place at 10.30am. For more information on what’s on for young people at the Wainuiomata Community Library head to www.library.huttcity.govt.nz
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The Wainuiomata Summer Pool will have free entry between 12pm and 4pm on February 25.
lowed by workshops on Tuesday, February 28 and Thursday, March 2 from 3.30pm to 5pm to create puppets for a parade on March 4. The parade, named “Tuna and the Square”, will take place at Dowse Square. On Saturday, February 25
entry to the Wainuiomata Summer Pool will be free between 12pm and 4pm. As part of this local community board member, Margaret Willard, has organised for activities for younger ones and for locals to share what makes the Wainuiomata Summer Pool
special to them. “It’s important to collect stories so they’re accessible for everybody” she said. For more information and a complete list of activities head to www.commongroundfestival.org.nz/
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Locals with an interest in Chinese heritage are being encouraged to apply for a grant dedicated to Chinese New Zealand history. Applications for the current funding round of the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust close at the end of March. The trust funds activities that promote the preservation of Chinese New Zealand history and awareness of the contribu-
tions of early Chinese settlers. It also focuses on providing tangible support for Chinese New Zealanders’ history, language and culture. Trust chairman, Peter Chin, said he urged people who had ideas supporting the aims of the trust to make applications for proposals. Applicants do not have to be of Chinese descent or descended from early settlers.
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Wainuiomata News 15-02-17