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Thursday April 27, 2017

inbrief news New mural Constable Street is looking brighter thanks to a new mural on the side of the Network Newtown building. The mural was installed between Tuesday and Thursday last week and was created by artist Rachel Silver and Alpha Art Studios, a studio and vocational space for adults with intellectual disabilities.

International Dance Day International Dance Day will be taking place this Sunday, April 30 at Te Papa. The day will involve free dance workshops between 10.45am and 4pm. The workshops will include Bollywood Dance, Hip Hop, Cuban Salsa and Samoan Sasa. Workshops for children will take place between 12pm and 2pm on Level Four of Te Papa.

Talented singers take part in national choir crash course By Emma McAuliffe

Talented teenaged singers from around New Zealand gathered in Wellington last week for the first rehearsal course of the 2017/2018 season of the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir. The rehearsal course, which saw the young people rehearse for eight hours a day every day for the first week of their school holidays. The course ended with an open rehearsal on Sunday at Wellington Girls College. Strathmore resident and head girl at Wellington East Girls, Greta Healy-Melhuish was one of the singers taking part in the course. Greta said she started singing when she was in year nine at school. This is her second season with the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir. “I didn’t really do too much singing before then,” she said. She said a highlight for her was being given the opportunity

Head Boy at St Patrick’s College Ren-C Tamayo, Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy and Head Girl at Wellington East Girls College Greta Healy-Melhuish. PHOTO: Supplied

to meet choir patron, Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy, who enjoyed morning tea with the students and listened to them sing last Thursday. “It was very cool that she came to watch us and took the time out of her day to come and see us,” Greta said. Executive officer for the choir Anna Bowron said she was

pleased with how the rehearsal course went for the new students. “The first course sets the tone – the students very quickly understand how hard they have to work, how much progress they can make and how easily they bond and make new friends. They [ended] the week exhausted but already excited for

the next course,” she explained. Anna said she was delighted to have Dame Patsy Reddy on board as patron to the choir. “The students were all very excited. It is fantastic to have the Governor General’s commitment as our patron. That relationship clearly demonstrates our national status and significance to our members.”

Have your say on the future of The Parade

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Residents of Island Bay are urged to have their say on the future of The Parade at drop-insessions which will take place early next month. Last year, members of the Island Bay Residents’ Association alongside representatives from the Wellington City Council and Cycle Aware Wellington formed the Love the Bay syndicate, in response to concerns surrounding the controversial Island Bay Cycleway and the look and feel of The Parade, the suburb’s arterial road. Following this a number of community workshops were held in an attempt to put the fate of the cycleway back into

the hands of the community. At these workshops, residents were able to share their preferences and thoughts on what The Parade should look like. The information has now been collated, and a number of design statements will be presented to the community at two drop-in-sessions in May. Island Bay Residents’ Association committee member Warren Hall said Tonkin and Taylor would provide design concepts for people to look over at the sessions. “All it takes is to pop in for 10 minutes, take a look around and make some comments about what you think works best.”

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After next month’s sessions, Tonkin and Taylor would develop high level designs to present to the council as part of its annual planning cycle. These designs would be based on feedback obtained through the sessions, past workshops, and other channels. The designs will then be further developed for consideration by councillors in July 2017. Community feedback and the outcomes of the Love the Bay process will be included for their consideration. Councillors will then make a decision on the design options that will be presented to the public for formal consultation, during which any interested

individuals or organisations can make formal written and oral submissions about the prospective designs. In the meantime, Warren said it was imperative members of the community attended one of the two drop-in-sessions to have their say. “We really want to encourage members of the Island Bay community to come to these so they can see what [last year’s] workshops have led to.”  Drop-in-sessions will take place on Wednesday, May 3, from 7pm to 9pm and Sunday, May 7, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. For more information, head to lovethebay.nz

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