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WCC’s South Coast Resiliency Plan near completion By Rosa Woods MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Work on rock retaining walls along the south coast is set to be complete by the end of this month and residents with concerns about sediment pollution have been assured there is no need to worry. Wellington City Council (WCC) has been reinforcing the western side of Lyall Bay around Dorrie Leslie Park with large boulders since May. Lyall Bay resident Yvonne Weeber was concerned that soil from the current earthworks and excavation could be washing into the sea, posing an environmental threat. “I do worry about the sediment pollution within the bay,” she said. She was also disappointed by the appearance of the area near the park. “It looks unpleasant at the moment but I hope it will look better soon.” WCC’s urban ecology team leader, Myfanwy Emeny, acknowledged Yvonne’s concerns, but felt there was no need for worry. “There may be a small amount of sediment entering the bay, but with the rock armouring this will be significantly less than before. “A large part of that coastline was being eroded away and washed into the sea with every storm. “The point of this work was to

Eastern Ward councillor Simon Marsh is pleased with the new rock armouring along Wellington’s south coast around Dorrie Leslie Park. PHOTO: Rosa Woods

stop that from happening,” she said. She also said the appearance of the park would improve with the planting set to commence later this month, after some final reinforcement is complete.

Council workers will put down some new soil and spread grass seed to get the areas looking the same as before work commenced. Council expect all work will be completed by the end of the month.

Globtrotting to explore politics By Julia Czerwonatis

Manraj Singh Rahi is one of 22 high school students from all over New Zealand set to leave for Europe coming January to explore world politics at its sources, The Global Development Tour 2018 is a trip organised by UN Youth New Zealand, and will take Manraj and the rest of the team to seven different countries to meet key figures, organisations and business who contribute to global policies. “It is my honour to be representing New Zealand at such a high level, especially after many years participating in UN Youth events regionally and nationally,” Manraj, a Year 13 student at Scots College, said. “I see this opportunity as a chance to grow personally and meet with leaders at the forefront of change in their community.” UN Youth is a charity organisation that is led by young people – everyone involved is under the age of 25. Their longstanding programme aims to involve students with politics practically to help them become global citizens. UN Youth participants will discuss and explore international

issues such as poverty and ineskills to Wellington quality, and try to figure out and New Zealand and who to make this world a transfer it to somebetter place. thing useful.” This year the students will also be represent If you want to ing New Zealand at the support Manraj’s Columbia Model United trip, visit givealitNations Conference and tle.co.nz/cause/ Exposition, a prestigious manrajgdt. annual event hosted by Columbia University in New York City. “I’ve seen older UN Youth members, who I used to look up to, go on t hat t r ip. They come back invigorated and with so many new ideas and p er sp e ct ives for life. “I hope t o b r i ng back new knowledge Manraj said he had a passion for debating and and learning about policies from a young age. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

Eastern Ward councillor Simon Marsh said the rock armouring was an important project for the area, as erosion had become a serious issue in recent years. Simon said in the aftermath of a storm last year there had been

sand and seawater over the road by Dorrie Leslie Park and he realised something had to be done. “It’s not just something that would be nice to have, this is really a must have in order to protect the road.”

Pre-war comedy with a scent of romance By Jamie Adams

Co-operative theatre group Drama Christi is gearing up to go back in time for its latest play. Parfumerie is a warm, gentle comedy about life in a perfume-cosmetic shop both set in 1937 Hungary. Written by Hungarian-born American Miklos Laszlo and directed by Chris Fisher, the play follows a tangled tale around two stories - the shop owner’s troubled marriage and the tale of two young romantics. It takes place in Mr Hammerschmidt’s Parfumerie in Budapest, Hungary, just before World War II. Newtown actor Daphne Pilaar, who plays Miss Molnar, said the title referred to the perfume shops that existed in Europe prior to them merging

with medicine dispensaries into the pharmacies we know today. D e sp it e t h e t i m e a n d place it is set in, the play is light-hearted and does not allude to Nazi Germany or the war that later plagued central Europe. While the play caters to a general audience, the setting may well appeal to those of a Hungarian background. Hungary’s ambassador to New Zealand, László Zsolt Szabó praised the choice, adding that he saw the play several times in his country.  The play will be held at Wesley Church, 75 Taranaki Street from Friday, August 18 to Sunday, August 27. Evening performances will be held on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays with 4pm shows on Sundays.

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