Wednesday May 31, 2017
Standing up against bullying By Julia Czerwonatis
wear pink. Over 1000 schools, workplaces and community groups had registered for Pink Shirt Day in New Zealand this year, and organised discos and fun runs, morning teas and award ceremonies. Mental Health Foundation Chief Executive Shaun Robinson said the high registration numbers this Pink Shirt Day showed New Zealanders are saying no to bullying and yes to kindness. “New Zealand’s diversity should be celebrated. Everyone deserves to feel safe, valued and respected, but bullying is a significant problem in our country.”
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Kiwis around the country dressed up in pink last Friday to celebrate Pink Shirt Day and speak up against bullying. Students from Newlands College showed up with pink tutus, wigs, unicorn costumes and even teachers weren’t shy to show off pink glitter belts and shiny pink ties. “The Pink Shirt Day shows a lot of unity. Homophobia shouldn’t have a place in schools,” Charlotte Earle, Newlands student, said. “Things should not be gender biased anymore,” Janhavi Gosavi added. Newlands teacher Jerome Cargill
said bullying had to be addressed where it arises. “Bullying is probably happening everywhere, and we have to call it what it is. The schools’ responsibility is to enable their students to speak up.” Jerome explained that people needed to understand how harmful words and gestures can be – even the smallest comments. The Pink Shirt Day was initiated by two Canadian students in 2007. A Year 9 student showed up in a pink polo shirt on his first day at school and was harassed by classmates. David Shepherd and Travis Price took a stand against homophobic bullying and mobilised their entire school to
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BOUNDLESS – Printmaking beyond the Frame 20 May–13 August, Pataka Art + Museum
Charlotte Earle, Rachael Wilson, Janhavi Gosavi, Mitchell Laws, Dylan Jones, and Caylimm Radford are dressing up to raise awareness against homophobia and bullying. PHOTO: JULIA CZERWONATIS
Architect Award for Ngaio residential By Julia Czerwonatis
A range of successful architecture projects from regional designers were awarded at the annual Wellington Architecture Awards, held at Amokura Gallery in Te Papa Tongarewa, on May 17. Eight awards were given this year across three housing categories, with Thorndon based Foundation Architects Ltd winning for a Ngaio residential design. Foundation architect Arindam Sen said it was a privilege to receive the award and that he felt honoured to be recognised by their peers. The Awarua Street Residence
in Ngaio was a clever response to Wellington’s sometimes challenging topography. “The property is based on a slope, so we had either the choice to build the house on poles or dig into the slope. We decided to step up,” Arindam explained. Arindam said that their client approached them with a sketch for the house design planning an internal courtyard. “As we studied the ground we realised it wasn’t large enough for that however, we designed a courtyard element with three walls instead of four surrounding it.” Alistair Luke, was one of the Wellington awards jury con-
Printmaking is usually seen as work of two dimensions framed on a wall, but the works created for BOUNDLESS - printmaking beyond the frame blow this stereotype apart. Twenty-two members of the Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, plus four guest artists, have liberated their prints from 2D picture frames and created interdisciplinary sculptures and installations,
printing onto unexpected materials such as textiles, metals, ceramics, or glass. Iconic New Zealand printmaker Dr Carole Shepheard was invited by the Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ) to select the works for the exhibition from over forty entries by their members. Pataka Art + Museum in association with the Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand Peter Gibson Smith Shaman 2014 Pencil and encaustic on paper construction
venors, and commented on the Awarua Street Residence design: “Thoughtfully wrapped around a private outdoor court this compact infill home on a quintessential Wellington hillside site steps assuredly over three terraces tailored neatly to the underlying topography.” Alistair was joined on this year’s jury by Wellington architects Andrew Sexton and Anne Kelly, lay juror Helen Sutch, and visiting Auckland architect Nicola Herbst, awarding 24 projects in total. The winners are eligible for shortlisting in the New Zealand Architecture Awards, which will be announced in early November.
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Independent Herald 31-05-17