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Thursday October 19, 2017 W R I G H T S H I L L F O RT R E S S

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Visit the historic World War Two Wrights Hill Fortress in Karori. Self guided tours. Lots of fun for the family. Bush walks, panoramic views. From Karori Rd, turn left into Campbell St, to Wrights Hill Rd. Follow the signs. Plenty of free car parking. Bring a torch with you! Family Pass: $20 (2 adults+3 children under 15) Adults: $8 Children: $5 (Sorry, no EFTPOS) Enquiries: Mike Lee (04) 4768 593

Fleur flies Labour flag as ward candidate By Jamie Adams

A focus on community facilities, especially those catering for children, will be the priority for Fleur Fitzsimons if she becomes Wellington’s latest city councillor. The Labour Party has selected the employment lawyer, mother of three and Island Bay resident as its candidate to replace Paul Eagle as the councillor for the city’s Southern Ward. Fleur is an advocate for parents, having established a successful campaign to save the indoor play space at Capital E and developed the coalition for 26 weeks paid parent leave. “Having a family has made me appreciative of children’s facilities,” she says. “I have an interest in the development of Berhampore playground at Wakefield Park. “The council plays such an important role in children’s experiences in Wellington.” The 38-year-old is very familiar with the area, having lived in Island Bay for 20 years, and a member of in the Island Bay School Board of Trustees. “I believe Justin Lester and the new council are moving in the right direction. I support his focus on better transport,

Southern ward candidate Fleur Fitzsimons at Shorland Park, one of the children’s parks she will focus on if elected. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

affordable housing and stronger and safer communities,” she says. “I am also very committed to rental WoFs and I really want to do what I can to get it implemented.” Fleur has some experience in politics, having been President of the Victoria University Students’ Union and New Zealand University Students’ Associa-

tion in the early 2000s. “This is a further extension of being politically active. She believes issues like the cycleway is proof the council has to do a much better job of listening to the community. “People should know what to expect.” The uncertain future of the Workingmen’s Bowling Club in Newtown is another example

of Fleur wanting to stick up for people who serve their community. “It’s such an important venue. There must be a solution.” Nominations for the Southern Ward by-election close on Thursday 26 October. A byelection will be conducted by postal vote from Thursday 30 November and close on Friday 22 December.

Theatre show sheds a spotlight on prosthetics Stagecraft’s season of the New Zealand premiere of Mr Foote’s Other Leg by Ian Kelly is kneedeep in humour, as it tells the scandalous but true tale of the famous one-legged comedian Samuel Foote. Set in the 1700s, this hilarious comedy portrays Foote’s rise to fame and dramatic fall, including the one from a horse, that necessitates his leg being amputated.

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This accident does not stop him and Foote goes on to become even more successful, creating humour from his own situation of being an amputee. However, his increased fame, and increasingly reckless behaviour, earns him powerful enemies who want to cut him down to size. During the rehearsal process the cast of Mr Foote had the opportunity to learn about the re-

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