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inbrief news Mayor supports concert arena plan Wellington’s plans for a major regional concert arena are moving ahead, following a unanimous vote of the region’s mayors, said Wellington Regional Strategy Committee chair Justin Lester. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said the need for such an arena was obvious.” Wellington might not have been able to afford a major new arena on our own, but with financial support from the rest of the region we’re much more likely to get this across the line. Wellington is the capital of culture in this country, but we hear frequently that a lack of a good-sized concert arena means we are missing out on major acts which are going elsewhere instead,” he said.

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Special morning tea held to raise charity awareness By Emma McAuliffe

important to care for others,” she said. As part of the Miramar morning tea children had their faces painted, played with pink playdough and ate fairy bread in the shape of a pink ribbon. “It helps children be aware of symbols. Every symbol brings awareness,” Marion explained. Pink Ribbon Breakfast Month is an annual campaign held in May by the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. Last year New Zealanders held over 3200 Pink Ribbon Breakfasts attended by 90,000 people and raised $1.7 million for the cause. Proceeds from this year’s Pink Ribbon Breakfasts would go towards breast cancer research, with a focus on support for clinical trials, immunotherapies, preventing the spread of cancer, improving clinical practice for better patient outcomes and treatments for advanced breast cancer.

Preschoolers had the chance to learn about the importance of charity last week with special events held at their playgroups. The Porse playgroup in Miramar hosted a Pink Ribbon Breakfast Morning Tea to raise money and awareness for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation last Friday. Another was held at the Porse Brooklyn group earlier in the week. Porse programme tutor Marion Taylor said the morning tea play date was an opportunity for the children to learn to care for others. “The main driver for this is for children to have an awareness of charity and have a possibility of being charitable. “It highlights for the children that there are some people in our community that do have hard times and it’s really

Marion Taylor and Amelia Sands play with the pink playdough. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

Graduates ready to perform Graduating actors at Toi Whakaari in Newtown are busy preparing for not one, but two, productions to be performed this month. Their term two productions are The Antigone Sound and Eli Kent’s Black Confetti by arrangement with Playmarket. The plays would feature graduating third year actors collaborating with staff, former staff and graduates of the school. The creative and production teams bring together skilled practitioners alongside current students. Black Confetti by Eli Kent was originally commissioned for Auckland Theatre Company and premiered at the Herald

Theatre in 2012. In this version, the piece has been expanded with additional material added by Leo Gene Peters, Leon Wadham and the cast. Black Confetti focuses on the question of youth and consequences. Situated within Wellington’s often alienating party scene, where hipsters desperately yearn for significance, trying to make meaning out of their disaffected world, the play celebrates the ridiculous lengths we go to in order to belong, to be cool, to be loved or even admired. The show would be directed by Toi Whakaari graduate, Leo Gene Peters, the award-winning

director of the company A Slightly Isolated Dog. Most recently he directed Don Juan which toured extensively in New Zealand. His other works include Jekyll & Hyde, Death and the Dreamlife of Elephants and Settling. The production would be designed by Rose Kirkup, also a graduate of Toi Whakaari, the artistic director of Everybody Cool Lives Here, a theatre company producing work that empowers the creative voices of marginalized people in Aotearoa. She is passionate about shaping our stories into challenging yet accessible shows for all. “It’s so nice to be around the

energy of the young people, their lust for life, and putting that into a playful way of making performance. Leon, Leo, Eli and I were all students in Wellington at a similar time and while we’ve been making this show – looking through the filter of the students in the rehearsals – I’ve felt quite nostalgic for those fun student days,” Rose said.  Black Confetti runs from Saturday, June 10 until Wednesday, June 21 at Toi Whakaari in Newtown. For more information and tickets head to www. toiwhakaari.ac.nz. Advisory: show contains adult themes, reference to drug use and nudity.

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