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Wednesday November 1, 2017


Healthy heroes learn to cook on Chefs Day By Julia Czerwonatis

Pupils at West Park School transformed to healthy heroes last week for a special cooking workshop celebrating International Chefs Day. Chetan Pangam, executive chef at One80° Restaurant and president of the Wellington Chefs Association, visited the year 3 pupils with his bags full of carrots, broccoli and celery to show the children how to chop, peel, slice and blend fruit and vegetables. “On International Chefs Day, we celebrate our chefs and what we’re doing for a living,” Chetan explains to the pupils. “Our theme for this year is Food for healthy Heroes.” The theme is a hit and Brutus the Banana quickly becomes everybody’s favourite hero. When Chetan asks the children who liked healthy food, everyone cheers up and raises their hands. Chetan’s helping hand Frank Prskawetz, chef tutor at WelTec, says the interactive workshop made children try new things. “Some kids might have never

tried broccoli before. It’s about helping to taste something new,” Frank says. While decorating her hero chef’s hat, pupil Lucas explains that her dad used to be a head chef and that she really likes bananas because of their colour and their healthy looks. Pupil Jayden says that he preferred apples over bananas. “I used to love bananas but I guess, I ate too many when I was younger and now I don’t like them anymore.” Rhyan’s favourite healthy food are broccoli, cauliflower and tomato, he explains, and Quinn adds he loves “all the berries”. At the end of their cook workshop, the children get to enjoy fruit smoothies, vegetable sticks with hummus, and broccoli and cheddar power puffs. “I have been doing this for the past couple of years because my son goes to school here,” Chetan explains. “We [the Wellington Chefs Association] are trying to get more schools involved in the future, especially lower decile schools.”

Kids’ recipe: Broccoli & Cheddar Power Puffs

Healthy hero the broccoli, also known as Agent Fibre, recommends the power puffs because broccoli contains fibre that helps the tummy with digestion. Four portions Ingredients

• 500g fresh broccoli • 15ml butter (melted) • 2 eggs • 30g flour • 30ml milk (skimmed) • 10g cheddar cheese • 15ml vegetable oil • 1 pinch ground nutmeg Method

• Grease small muffin tin or muffin cups. • Mix eggs, milk, butter and flour in a large bowl and stir until smooth. • Add chopped broccoli and grated cheddar. • Stir and then spoon into muffin tin until they are 2/3 full. • Bake in pre-heated oven at 180 °C for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Recipe by Conrelia Volino, Worldchefs secretary general

International Chefs Day is a global event where the New Zealand Chef Association, along with Nestlé NZ aim to turn children onto healthy cooking during specially planned chef-led workshops. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

Le Moana presents this year’s Measina Festival New Zealand’s arts and culture capital is set for the annual Measina Festival coming up in December. The festival is a platform for some of Aotearoa’s most exciting contemporary Pacific artists, presenting live theatre, dance and music and will run from Thursday 7th December until Saturday 9th December. Measina was the birth child of Wellington based emerging companies Le Moana and Jandals Inc in 2014, with the aim of providing a space for Wellington’s growing community of Pacific Artists, to showcase their latest creations. Over the course of three years, the festival has grown immensely, with the inclusion of world renowned artists such as Julia Gray and Tupua Tigāfua. The Measina Festival continues to attract more communities from all over the Wellington region excited to see some of Aotearoa’s most outstanding live performances. This year with the support of Pātaka Art + Museum, Le Moana continue to carry the torch for the festival and have designed yet another dynamic and exciting programme to entertain the whole family.

Le Moana are excited to announce that they will be presenting “Watercress Tuna and the Children of Champion Street” by Patricia Grace and Robyn Kahukiwa at this year’s festival. It will be featuring the amazing students from Cannons Creek School and Porirua r’n’b singing sensations Le ART. For two nights only (8th & 9th December from 6.15pm), witness this iconic Kiwi children’s book brought to life by New Zealand’s most talented young artists. Another treat will be one of Auckland’s most successful, emerging dance companies, Trip The Light Dance Collective who will be presenting their latest work “Mixtape”. Mixtape is a dynamic series of six original contemporary works from choreographers Perri Exeter and Joash Fahitua. It’s inspired by the stories and different experiences in their youth, culture, communities and forever changing environments. Mixtape is an absolute must see and highlight of the Measina Festival 2017, and will showcase on Thursday 7th December at 7.30pm and on Friday 8th December at 1pm. For the very first time in Measina,

Le Moana are thrilled to present an all-female choreography showcase by local artists Sophia Uele, Selina Alefosio and Jasmine Leota, titled “Tama’ita’I”. Through the personal stories of five teenage girls, Tamaita’i explores the journey of finding inner strength during life’s trials and tribulations. Influenced by their mothers, grandmothers, sisters and aunties, these young ladies express the importance of the maternal voice, sisterhood and kinship in helping them pull through some of their toughest times. Artist Selina Alefosio will present her newest piece, “Lavelua”, at Measina Festival. Selina created Lavelua in honour of her Grandpa Isitolo and his Tokelauan and Wallisian heritage. Lavelua (Wallisian for “king”) explores Tokelau and Wallisian song and dance, for instance Hiva Hahaka, a traditional Tokelau dance, Tawhoe, a paddle dance, Uvea Hiva Eke, a Wallisian stick dance, and Whatele, a Tokelau action song. Lavelua is Selina’s Aotearoa born interpretation of his life and how his value system was expressed and infused into the lives of my kaiga (family). Her vision is to express the “male persona” through dance to explore his perspective on fatherhood, duties of a husband, brother, son, and his progression towards earning a Toeaina (elder) status within their community. Lovers of contemporary theatre will enjoy “Le Mau-Not Stuck” by Jasmine Leota. The Siva Samoa theatre piece was inspired by the Mau Movement that was led by Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III in the 1920’s. The play is accompanied by live musicianship that fuses traditional song with modern Pacifica movement. Le Mau-Not Stuck is a show of resilience and faith that resonates and ties all cultures together. It runs for one night only on Thursday 7th December at 6.15pm, so do not miss out on the opportunity to witness an evolution of Pacific heritage dance. PBA  Event prices range between $0$20. For more information please visit

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