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Thursday November 9, 2017

Kindy thrilled with new Maori legends mural

inbrief news Desperate Hutt Wives Nextstage Theatre Artistic Director Geraldine Brophy aims to show off the Hutt at its best, with original theatre work made and set in the Valley by Nextstage. This year she brought top class NZ tours to the Hutt which she directed and acted in. Local actors, Tess Jamieson Karaha Hannah McKie Doornebosch, Jerome Chandrahasen and Tom Trevella are joined by Wellington’s Liz Kirkman, Sabrina Martin and Alex Greig for Desperate Hutt Wives, which also is being performed 11 times at the Hutt Old Boys Rugby Club.  The play is set in Upper Hutt (but shopping in Lower Hutt), the HuttWives hold BBQs on their decks and hang their dirty laundry out to dry in an unsuspecting cul de sac. Gleefully, they destroy their relationships with each other and demand the impossible of their confused spouses. They can be seen at four performances at Hannah Playhouse on December 13-16 at 7.30pm. Go to to book.

IT’S TAX TIME AGAIN! Count On Us to save you time and money. Artist Aidan Walbaekken and All Saints vicar Ben Arkus next to Matairangi Kindergarten’s new mural of Maori legends. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Matairangi Kindergarten has a new mural thanks to the efforts of two artists and the young families of Hataitai. All Saints Hataitai vicar Ben Arkus held a karakia and blessing with pupils and teachers on Tuesday to mark the establishment of the multi-coloured fence mural, which was painted by Wainuiomata artists Aidan Walbaekken and Louis Mikaere. The artists are students at the Learning Connexion who were

asked to paint the mural after teachers engaged with parents as to how to enhance the kindergarten, which forms part of the Hataitai Community House premises. “It’s a way to enrich youth; it’s an intersting way to teach kids about Maori legends,” Aidan says. The mural depicts the Maori legends of Ngake Whaitaitai, Ranginui and the Taniwha of Wellington Harbour. The kindergarten’s latest instalment comes after a new whare-

taakaro (children’s playhouse) was established in April, thanks to early childhood institute Childspace. Matairangi head teacher Lisa Baker says the mural was an initiative that was years in the making. “It was a combination of teachers past and present as well as whanau. A lot of families who come here would have had input,” Lisa says. “Our hope is that it honours past members of the community as well as current, and our children. “We are extremely grateful.”

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