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Nunsense set to hit the stage Continued from page 1. Within weeks of developing the concept, their new cooperative Wing It, with its collaborative profit sharing model, was granted the Australasian rights to the off-Broadway hit comedy musical Nunsense. The project grew quickly after they approached two internationally known and respected Wellington professionals, director Lyndee-Jane Rutherford
and musical director Michael Nicholas Williams. These two mentors drew the cast together after Michael suggested Nunsense as a starting place for the company. Jane Keller, a tutor with a long history of international success in musical theatre, was soon on board too. The company’s name was Rochelle’s idea. “A Wing is a tap dancing step,” she said.
“And winging it is about improvising new ways to meet challenges,” said Tania. That has meant many weeks of administration, business planning and co-ordinating and developing their highly motivated team. One of the key principles is providing support and mentoring for the young performers and Wing It principals have already scheduled several
workshops as part of that. Other major projects are also in the pipeline. Nunsense rehearsals have begun, with opening night to be held on January 30, 2018 in the Gryphon Theatre. Tania said there was widespread interest in the project, with hundreds of “likes” on the website page wingit-productions.com within two days of going live.
Increased majority a relief to new MP First-time Labour MP Greg O’Connor has increased his election-night majority in Ohariu by 372, up from 679 to 1051 more than his National opponent Brett Hudson. The news came on Saturday when the 3000 special electorate votes were announced. Brett however, remains in Parliament as a list MP. Greg’s final count was 17,084 to Brett’s 16033, though the National electorate vote here was 45.2 per cent to Labour’s 35.4 per cent. Greg’s pleased with the size of his majority. “It’s a good buffer. I can get on with the job now,” he said. The original small margin meant he’d been on tenterhooks though his son, playing rugby in Ireland, asked him what he was worried about. “Any more than one vote is a wasted effort.” “But I have to say when it comes to his rugby it’s a different matter,” Greg added. He can now sort out his electorate office premises and staff. “We couldn’t do much until now.” He took a call of congratulations from party leader Jacinda Ardern soon after the final results came through at 2pm on Saturday, but wasn’t being drawn further about the conversation.
His two week induction has finished and he says of his experience of Parliament so far: “There’s a lot of good people there all wanting the same thing, which is to improve the country. “But surprise, surprise. There’s politics’s involved. Who would have thought?” As the former president of the New Zealand Police Association, he is a cousin of Damien O’Connor, Labour MP for West Coast-Tasman. Greg is married to Desley and they have three children. Their eldest son is in Ireland, their daughter is studying in Dunedin and their middle child is special needs and lives away from home. The third ranking candidate in Ohariu was Jessica Hammond of The Opportunity Party (TOP) led by Gareth Morgan; with 2898 votes. She pushed Greens candidate Tane Woodley into fourth place with 2522 votes. The United Future Party vote collapsed with Bale Nadakuitavuki on just 248, as compared to the 13,569 votes cast in 2014 for now-retired MP and former party leader Peter Dunne. There were 305 informal candidate votes cast and 84 informal party votes.
Labour MP Greg O’Connor at Sunday’s Johnsonville market with Herbie, his” bitzer” (part poodle, part Cairn Terrier). PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver
The Wellington Bahá’í community have a number of celebration events the public are invited to join. Sat 21st October Did you know that Wellington Sewing Centre in the Kilbirnie Plaza has a new owner (Jo Morris), expert and friendly staff, and much more…?
For all your sewing, knitting and craft needs, & machine repairs, we offer: • A wide range of sewing, knitting and other classes, for adults and kids. • A huge collection of knitting yarns. • Hundreds of lovely craft cottons. • A tasteful selection of dress fabrics. • Lots of interfacings, batting, muslin, etc.
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6.30am Dawn Ceremony. City to Sea Bridge, Civic Square 2.00pm – 4.00pm Children’s Festival. Crafts, games, food. Khandallah Town Hall. 2.30pm – 6.00pm Art Exhibition. St Andrew’s on the Terrace. Afternoon tea 3.30pm
Sun 22nd October
10am – 2.00pm Family friendly celebration, music, prayers, children’s fun, lunch provided, then a beach clean up. Breaker Bay Hall. 150 Breaker Bay Rd.
Bicentenary of BAHÁ’U’LLÁH Founder of the Bahá’í Faith “So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth’’ - Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’í community ph: 04 382 9803 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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