Thursday November 2, 2017
inbrief news Celebratory exhibition Following on from its 125th birthday party, the Wellington Art Club is having a celebratory exhibition in the Rita Angus Village atrium. It commences on Friday, November 10 and closes at 4pm on Sunday, November 12. Paintings on exhibition will feature artists’ work at affordable prices. Go to wellingtonart.co.nz for further information on activities and the artists’ gallery.
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Ex-councillor Rob aims for another stint By Jamie Adams
After seven years in the political wilderness, Rob Goulden is aiming for a Wellington City Council comeback. The former eastern ward councillor, who served from 19982010, is one of eight candidates seeking election in the southern ward by-election. Rob, 60, has an exciting background – as well as previously working for the police and army he worked for four years in the Diplomatic Protection Squad when Rob Muldoon was Prime Minister, which included meeting Jimmy Carter when he visited New Zealand just after his presidency. In 1994-95 he did security work for United Nations VIP operations in Bosnia and later assisted in transporting food across Croatia. “I had a real interest in politics from army tours of India, Pakistan and the Middle East,” he says.
His motivation to stand again stems from the skyrocketing city debt of over $520 million, which is more than $200 million higher than when Celia Wade-Brown took over as mayor in 2010, he says. “It cost $46.8 million to build ASB Stadium. It costs $6.45 million a year to run it. “We have only 80,000 ratepayers and 5000 businesses who will be burdened by that.” “The next three years is particularly important with the planned capital projects, redevelopment of the port, building cycleways, social housing, road and transport issues.” Despite currently living in Miramar, the father-of-three doesn’t believe councillors have to live in the ward they represent. “Councillors in my view have a responsibility for the city as well as their wards. You are elected on a ward basis but represent for citywide issues such as water and roads.
Former Wellington City Councillor Rob Goulden is seeking reelection in the southern ward by-election. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
“My family have lived in Wellington more than 30 years. I am passionate about Wellington and the city needs experienced councillors.” As well as being independent, Rob considers himself a pragmatist; he believes the council is in a more cohesive state when there isn’t the ideological division that plagues national politics.
“I would like to think we have got a balance of views and a good chair and a really good team that work together for the benefit of the city.” He also believes there is a need for proper consultation on controversial issues like cycleways, for council to act openly and fairly, and for a more positive culture of teamwork.
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Pupils to give their take on Shakespeare play
Primary-age students from three Wellington school and WHEN (Wellington Home Educators Network) will be putting their fresh slant on Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand’s Primarily Playing With Shakespeare 2017 (PPWS) production of As You Like It. The groups have been rehearsing their scenes in their own school or space, with co-director and mentor Sarah Burton making a few visits as and if required. Key characters are identified in the scenes, which are performed sequentially, by a costume garment of the same colour across all the groups.
Ideally suited for the very young, As You Like It moves from the family feud over the rulership of the court of the recently deceased Sir Rowland de Bois into the Forest of Arden, where Rosalind, daughter of the banished Duke Senior, and Celia, daughter of reigning Duke Frederick, flee with Touchstone, the court jester. To ensure their safety, Rosalind dresses as a young man and takes the name Ganymede, while Celia dresses as a common shepherdess and calls herself Aliena. Orlando, younger son of Sir Rowland, returns home to the ma We nu sto ka ck cre me
court from the wrestling match, only to have his faithful servants, Alice and Adam, warn him about his older brother, Oliver’s plot against his life. Orlando also decides to leave for the safety of the Forest of Arden and confused relationships ensue. SGCNZ chief executive Dawn Sanders says the Globe Centre’s fourth annual production is proving to show an increase in the depth of talent and interpretation of Shakespeare at secondary school level. “However, there are still students who were only five when they first participated, who are
equally eager to continue their involvement.” The play’s actors are students of Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Karori West Normal School and Clifton Terrace School and it will include a smattering of music and dance. As You Like It will be performed at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Marsden Avenue, Karori, on Tuesday November 7 from 12.30 to 1.30pm. Tickets: Children $2.50, Adults $12, SGCNZ Friends $11. Bookings: www.Eventbrite. co.nz (Booking fee will apply).
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