Thursday November 9, 2017
Pupils star in promo film for Local initiative sees Miramar shopping crowdfunding campaign
area finally get name
By Jamie Adams
The red carpet was rolled out at Ngaio School on Thursday evening for the premiere of a short film with a good cause. Cast, crew and family members were there to witness the official launch of a charity drive for the MYbody project, a simulation video game targeting child obesity. MYbody is a charitable trust founded by Belgian-born Wellingtonian Inge Mautz-Cooreman who has a background in education, research and promotions and who has a keen interest in food and health. The trust was set up to develop a fun and interactive online tool – the MYbody game - that empowers children with the knowledge of how food can either nourish or deplete their bodies. Inge’s motivation stems from her continuously hearing about the childhood obesity crisis. “I took the bull by the horns and decided to make a difference in 2014,” she says. “Telling children that foods are bad for them has no impact unless they understand how their stomach, liver, blood, small intestine, large intestine deal with those foods.” The game would show the short and long-term effects of the food choices on the body, with the aim of changing children’s thinking and behaviour around food. With Inge’s campaign requiring
By Jamie Adams
Some of the young actors of the short film for MYbody Josh Chambers, Sophia Xu, Tommy Paramo and Rowan Smith with MYbody founder Inge Mautz-Coomerman and director Horacio Ramirez. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
$230,000 to get the project off the ground, extra publicity was needed. She turned to Film For Change Aotearoa, a volunteer-based organisation that produces collaborative short films for charities and social causes. One of its volunteers, Horacio Ramirez, got on board as director after a brainstorming session came up with the idea of a classroom scene of bored children becoming inspired when a woman (actress Afton Hindley) appears in an iPad to explain the concept. Pupils and teachers from Ngaio School were used to star in the
film. “I believe if you talk to kids in their own language it will really help them to get things much easier,” Horacio says. Inge and Horacio encourage viewers to spread the word on social media, as well as donate to the crowdfunding cause. “Every little push in the right direction will help,” Inge says.
A cluster of shops south of central Miramar have never had a proper identity - until now. Hobart Crossroads is the new name to represent a commercial area centred on Hobart Street at its intersection with Devonshire Road and Caledonia Street. The initiative is the brainchild of Paul Prestidge, pastor of the Miramar Uniting Church which is located on one of the corners. Paul says the idea originated 18 months ago when it was realised that the shopping area never had an official name. “It had never been called anything,” Paul says. “So we went through an extensive democratic process to decide on a name.” Once “Hobart Crossroads” was agreed on, it was then a matter of the business owners pooling their resources to realise the vision. An apprentice at the No
Glory tattoo shop designed and painted the fonts and on the two wooden frames provided by Paul. Grant Gastmeier of Grant’s Mowers then got on his ladder, with the help of Paul, to affix them above awnings on shops at opposing corners. According to Google Maps, the suburb of Miramar extends all the way to Broadway and includes several shopping areas. “It’s the second biggest suburb in Wellington, after Karori,” Paul says. “The [western] part of Broadway which intersects with Hobart Street where shops are was known as The Junction. Trams used to stop there. “This area might well be known as Miramar South, but it’s not official.” Paul and the shop owners hope the “Hobart Crossroads” signage will enhance business as new customers will likely be less confused as to whereabouts in Miramar the shops are.
To view the MYbody video go to Youtube and type in “Film For Change MYbody”. To donate to the cause visit https://givealittle.co.nz/org/mybodytrust
Eco-friendly surfboard maker wins $10,000 scholarship By Jamie Adams
A local surfboard maker plans to maximise his business potential after being given a major financial boost from an insurance company. Jack Candlish has been awarded a $10,000 national scholarship from AMP to help him achieve his dream of developing environmentally-friendly surfboards. Jack’s Berhampore-based business Organic Dynamic makes custom surfboards from locally sourced environmentally friendly materials such as 100 percent recycled polystyrene, New Zealandgrown paulownia and entropy bioresin to glass the boards, which he says has half the environmental impact of other epoxies. The 29-year-old Hataitai resident says his inspiration came when he was driving to work one day. “I saw a poster on the back of the bus saying “dreams wanted – apply now for an AMP scholarship”. “I quit my job to pursue a passion of mine to make surfboards. “So I got online to apply for the scholarship, where they had 1550 applicants.” After receiving a phone call from AMP a month later, Jack was asked to see the judges in Auckland where they asked how
Jack Candlish with one of his eco-friendly surfboards. PHOTO: Supplied
I would run the business. “It is hard to sell surfboards online as customers tend to want to feel the item before purchasing it, so Jack considered two options: Put them into retail stores where they would be competing against Thai-made boards – “a risky option” – or go directly to the customers.”
The latter would involve going on nationwide road trips in a 1970s Triumph where Jack and support staff would give demonstrations and upload videos of them. Jack was heading to Dunedin to do just that when contacted on Wednesday. He plans to do other demos as he travels up the North Island to Ahipara later this month.
Pastor Paul Prestidge (fourth from right) stands alongside dairy owner Urmida Patel, Ivan Wong of Hobart Takeaways, Susan Vekula of miopshop, Tim and Maria of No Glory Tattoo Shop, Grant Gastmeier of Grant’s Mowers, Dev Thompson of Classic Desks and Tom Matter of Kiwi Cabs underneath the new sign that finally identifies their business area. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
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