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Thursday July 27, 2017


Skip Ahead and make your mark online Musikgarten classes give children the gift of active music making

The Candle Wasters were funded last year. PHOTO: Supplied.

Locals with a passion for being the next big thing on the web are being encouraged to apply for Skip Ahead funding. Aspiring storytellers from Wellington can apply for a share of a new joint $300,000 Skip Ahead fund to help develop and launch original web series. Google and NZ On Air have teamed up to provide $150,000 each to create the fund, with applications opening last week. In addition to receiving funding, the successful applicants would attend skills development workshops to help them create high quality, narrative driven web series. Local web series developers, The

Candle Wasters were recipients of the funding last year and were now using it to create their latest series, Happy Playland. The Candle Wasters found success with their web series based on William Shakespeare plays- Nothing Much to Do, Lovely Little Losers and Bright Summer Night. Member of The Candle Wasters, Robbie Nicol, said their latest series due in August would be a musical based in a children’s Playland with themes around queerness and mental illness. “The Skip Ahead funding was great because it meant we were able to bring in local musicians and create a musical. “We’ve been able to make these awesome original songs too.

“It’s been great having creative freedom, there are only so many options when you are creating something normally,” he said. Robbie said he had been a children’s entertainer himself in the past. “I’ve been a child book warmer before and sometimes it’s great because you are doing your craft… but sometimes it’s kids vomiting. “The show has great juxtaposition of this kind of American comedy with deadpan British comedy where people are working in an environment that’s not always great to work in,” he said.  For more information about the Skip Ahead funding, visit the NZ On Air website. Applications are open until August 10.

or 60 minutes, depending on the curriculum, using carricula especially designed for each age group. The Musikgarten experience is broad based and is not performance oriented. Our focus is not to make concert pianists or opera singers, but to help children learn to enjoy music. Musikgarten classes are fun, giving children the gift of active music making and holistic development.

Be In Quick! Term 3 starts 24 July For more information and to book your FREE Introductory Class go to

We’re making southern cycling connections easy We’re starting work with the Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook communities on options for safer biking routes, as part of a southern connection between Island Bay and the central city. Go to Visit our kiosk: Saturday 29 July, 8am–12 noon Newtown Farmers Market Mein Street, Newtown


By Emma McAuliffe

Internationally renowned early childhood music educator Lorna Lutz Heyge, Ph.D. and Audrey Sillick, Montessori pioneer, created Musikgarten to provide the highest quality music education programmes possible for children and their families. Lorna has been developing music programmes for over 40 years, and her works are used by thousands of teachers in the United States, Canada, Western Europe and Asia. Her philosophy is based on the belief that every child has a musical talent and the birthright to learn to use it. She has stated: “While educational leaders turn to early childhood music because it promotes brain development, they will stay with music because of the joy and stimulation experienced in actual music making. Music learning requires total involvement; that is why it appeals so much to young children!” The preschool Musikgarten classes meet weekly for 30, 45

Drop-in session: Tuesday 1 August, 4pm–7pm St Anne’s Church Hall Daniell Street, Newtown

Cook Strait News 27-07-17  

Cook Strait News 27-07-17

Cook Strait News 27-07-17  

Cook Strait News 27-07-17