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Wednesday December 6, 2017

A Consort Christmas promises old and new songs The Tudor Consort conclude their 2017 Subscription Series with a festive concert next Saturday. With A Consort Christmas the choral group will sing Christmas music old and new, well-known classics and new gems to discover. “This will be a wonderful way to get in the Christmas spirit,” Tudor Consort music director Michael Stewart says.

A Consort Christmas will be presented with witty readings for the festive season courtesy of Robert Easting and RNZ’s Brian Crump, and sprinkled with some good old fashioned sing-along favourites. The evening is featuring Tallis’ opulent seven-part Missa Puer natus est nobis alongside music by Sweelinck, Poulenc, Howells and Byrd.

“We are really looking forward to ending our year with a more informal concert featuring some beautiful Christmas music,” Michael says. “This will be a great opportunity for you all to lend your voices with us in some favourite Christmas carols, such as God rest ye merry, gentlemen and Good King Wenceslas. “It’ll be worthwhile to come

along and enjoy A Consort Christmas, a fine antidote to Snoopy’s version.”  The Tudor Consort will sing on Saturday, December 16, at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. A pre-concert talk will start at 7pm at the concert at7.30pm. Tickets are $25/20. Door sales and online bookings at tudor-consort. org.nz.

‘I’m not a victim, I’m a survivor’ By Julia Czerwonatis

Brenda Ng is one to challenge herself, driven by ambition, courage and with the support of her loved ones. When the Johnsonville athlete suffered a ruptured aneurysm followed by a stroke in 2013, Brenda decided she wouldn’t yield to her impediments she carried away from the stroke. “I’ve decided that nothing is going to stop me from doing things I enjoy,” Brenda explains. Brenda used to be a sports coordinator enjoying the buzz of working with young adults and a true adventurer who hiked in the Himalayas and cycled around Lake Taupo. After spending four months in hospital following her stroke, however, Brenda returned home but with only the use of her left arm and minimal use of her right leg. Brenda explains it was essential to her to set goals and then work as hard as possible to achieve them – and so she did. Only a year later, Brenda climbed Mount Kaukau, and a further six months later she hopped on a UK-bound plane to visit her brother. In September this year, the Johnsonville local joined a special trip with adventure company Outward Bound which

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inbrief news Festival Singers The Festival Singers Choir of Wellington will be presenting Come Celebrate Christmas this coming Sunday December, starting 7pm at St Barnabas Anglican Church, 35 Box Hill, Khandallah. It will be a variety of festive music, directed by Jonathan Berkhan. It’s $10 entry, children free. Donations to Downtown Community Ministries would be appreciated.

Karori Campus Sale Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) advises that the open market sale process for the main campus is still underway. “Tenders have now been received and are being considered,” Steph Forrest, associate director for facilities management, says. “These are being assessed against community outcomes as well as commercial arrangements and there will then be a period to complete contracts.” The sale of a parcel of land to the Wellington City Council to provide additional car parking adjacent to the Karori swimming pool is confirmed, after completion of all required legal documentation. Police continue to use two buildings on the campus for training.

Reserve fishing fine Brenda Ng braves the heights on her Outward Bound journey in September. PHOTO: Supplied

“really empowered” Brenda. “I was blown away by the Outward journey,” she says. It was a week full of exciting challenges in Marlborough where Brenda and her Outward Bound fellows sailed and swam through the sounds, rummaged the native bush and faced their fear of heights. “We didn’t know what the Outward Bound had planned for us, so every day was a surprise,” Brenda explains. Despite not always having access to a shower or a toilet

for that matter, Brenda says she “absolutely loved the trip” and recommends it to anyone. “You learn so much about yourself; about your strengths and weaknesses. “I realised how grateful I am for my family and what a tight unit we are. They take up with all the stupid things I do.” For January, Brenda plans to join the Round the Bays run, hopefully with a recumbent bike which she has been fundraising for. The following year, Brenda

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wants to hit the Otago Central Rail Trail with her bike. And while she keeps fit and healthy, Brenda shares her confidence with patients who are adapting to life after a stroke at the stroke ward of Kenepuru Community Hospital in Porirua. “I’m a different person now, but I’m pragmatic about it. This happened to me, and it’s about getting on with life now. I don’t want my disability to ruin my life. “I’m not a victim, I’m a survivor.”

A public tip-off has led to the conviction of a man who illegally fished in Wellington’s Taputeranga Marine Reserve. Xiaobin Sun pleaded guilty to taking 29 fish from the marine reserve while fishing from a small boat in May. He was fined $1000, plus $130 in court costs, when he appeared in the Wellington District Court on Friday. Department of Conservation Kapiti Wellington operations manager Jack Mace says DOC has a “no tolerance” policy for people who break the law by fishing in a marine reserve. The maximum sentence for taking marine life from a reserve is three months in prison, a fine of up to $10,000 or both. 

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