Thursday July 27, 2017
Gaining skills in the kitchen By Emma McAuliffe
Rex Hang and Tess Kiernan after Tess graduated. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
A partnership between Hell Pizza and Society for Intellectually Handicapped Children (IHC) has resulted in a young person gaining paid training in the kitchen at Hell Pizza Hataitai. Tess Kiernan has just finished her ‘Active in Hell’ stint at the parlour, which saw her measuring and rolling dough and spraying the pizza pans. She said she really enjoyed the six week experience. “It was really fun. My favourite part was just learning a lot
of new things, such as how to roll and weigh the dough, and the importance of being on time and keeping my uniform clean. “Hopefully this will help me get a permanent job. Working with older people is something I’d really like to do.” Hell Hataitai franchisee Rex Hang said training Tess was his first experience with the Active in HELL programme. “It was really positive - I enjoyed working with Tess. She was always on time and did what she needed to do,” he said.
“Being able to offer people an opportunity they wouldn’t normally have is also a really nice feeling. “Staff are already asking when we will get someone else in.” The ‘Active in Hell’ programme is a scheme to support youth and young adults with intellectual disabilities and enhance their job prospects. It was launched in 2013 as a joint initiative between Hell and IHC’s IDEA Services. Tess was one of 87 youths paid to train in a Hell kitchen since the programme began.
Memorial to recognise bonds of war The bond formed between Belgium and New Zealand during World War One was recognised on Friday with two special ceremonies at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Mt Cook. Outgoing Belgian Ambassador Jean-Luc Bodson broke the ground for a new Belgian Memorial to be built in the park and unveiled in October this year, and unveiled a model of the memorial to be on display until October at The Great War Exhibition. Mr Bodson said he was pleased to acknowledge the close ties between Belgium and New Zealand. “The battlefields of World War One created lasting bonds between Belgium and New Zealand and commemorations like these help reinforce this friendship,” he said. “The Belgian people will forever be grateful for the inconceivable sacrifices that were made by the New Zea-
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landers, here and on the battle front. “Let me assure you that these sacrifices are not and will not be forgotten. “This travelling exhibition gives an insight into the landscape, the history and the ceremonies in Belgium and shows how the Great War is remembered in Belgium today.” Ministry of Culture and Heritage manager heritage projects Brodie Stubbs said New Zealand had strong and warm relations with a number of communities in Belgium. “World War One brought New Zealand and Belgian soldiers and communities together for a common cause,” Brodie said. “This memorial recognises the shared losses. Its presence at Pukeahu is a symbol of that loss but also the ongoing relationship with Belgium.” The Belgian memorial would be one of six in Pukeahu.
What the model is set to look like. PHOTO: Supplied.
The Australian and Turkish memorials have already been installed, the United Kingdom memorial was unveiled on Monday and memorials for France, Canada and the United States are also to be created. The Belgian memorial was designed by well-known Belgian
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Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand will be presenting its annual National Shakespeare Schools Production for 2017 in Strathmore Park in the first week of October. The production is a week-long theatre intensive work shop especially devised for Shakespearean devotees enabling students from all 24 regions to learn more about the bard and his works; familiarise themselves with the ins and outs of the theatre; hone their theatre and film and gain lifelong lessons. Among these skills are public speaking, teamwork, self-confidence, time-management and independence. This will be the 22nd National Shakespeare Schools Production, which was established in 1996, five years after the organisation itself. Each year 48 students attend, most of which were selected from the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, held earlier in the year. From this group of 24 will be picked to travel to Shakespeare’s Globe in London, an opportunity that has been
available through the organisation since Sam Wanamaker reconstructed the theatre near its original 17th Century site on the River Thames in 1997. National Shakespeare School’s Production will be held at Scots College in Strathmore Park and the performances would take place in early October. Performances are open to the public on both Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8. Audiences could expect to see both the classics and plays performed less often as all three directors have chosen different plays to stage. Peter Hambleton would be directing The Comedy of Errors, Robin Payne, The Winter’s Tale, and Eleanor Bishop, The Taming of the Shrew. Student Flynn Mehlhopt said he was excited for the opportunity. “I am so excited about the opportunity and can’t wait to get down there and work. “I had a blast performing in Wellington and met so many awesome people. It has been an absolute highlight [of] my last year at school.”
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