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Wednesday June 7, 2017

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Artists wanted for non-profit exhibition By Julia Czerwonatis

Emma would like to make the discussion over mental health issues more accessible with her art exhibition. PHOTO: Supplied

Karori resident and music therapy graduate Emma Johnson is launching a not for profit art exhibition approaching the topic of mental health issues. “The idea is to get people together that create or have created some piece of art during episodes of mental disorders,” Emma explained. Emma is looking for contributors of all ages

and cultures, “so that we can have a more well-rounded view of work”, she said. The exhibits from people who have joined the project range from pottery, music, and paintings to graphic designs, short stories, and poetry. “Contributors are welcome to submit whatever they like; there are no regulations. People don’t have to consider themselves to be artists to join the project.” The 27-year-old explained that she wanted to create more

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awareness for mental health issues and inspire people to talk about it. “It affects everybody somewhere at some point,” Emma said. She wrote her Master sthesis about mental health issues and is currently working in the sector. The exhibition is set to open at the end of the month. A venue is yet to be confirmed.  If you are interested to contribute, email Emma at

For her Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Year 8 Remarkable Time project, Marsden student Grace Cinque has organised a rubbish collection competition designed to clean up Northland Bush. She has developed the entire project on her own and is being supported by the Wellington City Council and Zealandia. She is now inviting Northland residents to come along at the James Stellin Memorial Park, on Sunday, June 11 at 2pm to join her rubbish collection competition. The first prize is a family pass for Zealandia.

Raroa students shoot award-winning short film

Concert Arena supported Wellington’s plans for a major regional concert arena are moving ahead, following a unanimous vote of the region’s Mayors, Wellington Regional Strategy Committee chair Justin Lester said. Currently Wellington region ratepayers contribute to a regional stadium levy in excess of $2 million per annum which helped fund Westpac Stadium. The region’s councils will consider whether that money can instead be used in the future to support a new regional arena. 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.”

By Julia Czerwonatis

Students from Raroa Normal Intermediate School won the People’s Choice Award at the Roxy5 Short Film Competition with their short film production Home Sweet Home. The film a boy, played by student Artem Marksimov, walks home after a long and catches the elevator to his apartment. “My character is just exhausted and wants to get home. But he has to overcome a few crazy obstacles in the elevator to get there,” Artem said. “It’s about stuff in everyday life that causes anxieties and stops you from having fun.” Student Lily Cave who was also involved in the production said the team couldn’t have been a better one. “We started off with a brainstorm and had so many random ideas. We tried to include as many as we could but didn’t want to get too chaotic,” Lily said. The students had to fight some obstacles, too, as one of their main actors dropped out, the elevator broke down, and their school camera didn’t work. “We used an iPad instead.

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Sophie, Jack, Audree, Olivia, Grace Kelly, Abby, Lily Cave, Artem Marksimov, Lily, and Breon Scarlett (left to right). PHOTO: Supplied

For one scene we mounted it to a skateboard for a smoother motion,” Lily explained. Artem said they had to shoot a few difficult scenes including a scene with the principal’s dog Em and another scene “where we were five people on the elevator but in the movie you can only see three which was quite tricky”, Artem said. Roxy5 is an annual short film

competition for school students Years 7 to 13, presented by Capital E and Miramar Creative Ltd. Students from across the greater Wellington region are challenged to create their own five-minute-film. Twenty-six intermediates and colleges entered the competition this year. The Raroa production crew won a day-long guided tour with


The Churton Park Toastmaster Club will hold a free seminar teaching people what to do in cases of emergency. Lessons learned from earthquakes and tsunamis have shown that a community can be cut-off from outside help for up to three weeks. The presentation will explain how families and communities can prepare for disasters. The session will be held at the Churton Park Community Centre, Thursday June 15, from 7.30-9.30pm.

Academy Award winner Jamie Selkirk. The film editor who won the Oscar for Best Film Editing for Lord of the Rings will show the students the Miramar film facilities including Weta Workshop, Weta Digital, Stone Street Studios and Park Road Post Production.  To see Home Sweet Home and more go on




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