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Wednesday January 10, 2018

New Year Honours celebrate local identities Several local residents have been honoured for the commitment to their community. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet announced the New Year Honours for 2018 and lists several Wellingtonians who stand out for their dedication to their work. Douglas White, QC, of Thorndon, to be a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, is being recognised for his services to the judiciary as a judge of the Court of Appeal. Professor Kabini Fa’ari Sanga of Newlands and Lloyd Owen Scott of Khandallah are to become a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Professor Sanga receives the honour for services to education and the Pacific community, while Mr Scott has stood out with his services to broadcasting, theatre and television

The Honourable Peter Dunne of Khandallah and David Smol of Kelburn are to become a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the State Sepal Channa Ranasinghe of Churton Park will receive the Queen’s Service Medal for services to the Sri Lankan community. And Penelope (Penny) Mudford of Northland, Donald Best of Khandallah and Archdeacon William Tutepuaki (Wiremu) Kaua, JP, of Churton Park, are to be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the primary industries sector, to music, and for services to Maori, education and the State. The Independent Herald will introduce some of the local New Year Honours recipients in the coming issues.

Concert aims to bring back youth music scene Aro Creative is hosting a music event at Aro Valley Community Centre on January 20 with aims to rekindle an all-ages music scene in Wellington. Local musicians including electronic producers, indie rockers, psych-funk sages and and hip hop trappers will converge upon Aro Valley to get down on a night of musical prodigy, zest and sensation. This is the first of a series of events by Aro Creative, including a stage performance at Frank Kitts Park on Wel-

The Honourable Peter Dunne of Khandallah is to become a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services as a Member of Parliament. PHOTO: Independent Herald File

Summer Star Trek returns for its final season Andre Smith of Heavy Chest, one of the bands playing at Aro Creative’s all-ages gig. PHOTO: Supplied

Max Nunes-Cesar, Phillip Mtambo, James Bayliss, Sarah Dobie, Brenton Hodgson, Jonathan Ensor, Chris Gibbons, and Jamie Fenton. PHOTO: Supplied

After five years, the talented team behind the award winning Summer Star Trek are approaching the end of their five-year-mission. The show, a tongue-and-cheek riff on the famous Summer Shakespeare, is exactly what it says on the bottle: a live, outdoor theatrical performance of a Star Trek: The Original Series episode. Dedicated cast and crew have been performing to packed audiences at Aro Valley Park for four summers now, with each new iteration becoming bigger and better than the last. The final chapter in the five-yearmission is the fan-favourite The Trouble with Tribbles. “Enterprise Entertainment set out on a five-year-mission to bring Star Trek to the people of Wel-

lington and to have as much fun as possible,” Chanel Furborough, production manager, says. “The Trouble with Tribbles brings us to the end of this mission and we can’t think of a funnier episode to end with.” To protect a space station with a vital grain shipment, Kirk and the crew of the SS Enterprise must navigate Federation bureaucrats, a Klingon battle cruiser and a peddler who sells furry, purring, hungry little creatures as pets. Featuring laughs-a-plenty, the best western/sci-fi bar brawl this side of Firefly and of course all your favourite faces, Tribbles is classic Star Trek fare. This year’s show sees some familiar Trekkies returning, including James Bayliss as Kirk, Jono Ensor

as Spock and Brenton Hodgson as resident Doctor, Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy. The breathtaking Space Babes, led by Dianne Tanento are back too and taking the helm for the second year in a row is director Devon Nuku, who must wrangle all the action onstage and off. “I really enjoy the work that we do, there are many challenges that the team encounters but through teamwork we overcome most things…or make it work regardless,” Devon says.  The Trouble with Tribbles will be showing at Aro Park on January 17-20 and 24-27 at 6.30pm, with pre-show entertainment from 6pm. Entry is koha. Fine out more on

lington Anniversary Day and another at Kilbirnie Festival on March 11. Organiser Josh Denize says the intention is to work with the same artists to create a “symbiosis” between Wellington’s creative people. Delivering music to an all-ages audience and inviting young people to participate in a musical culture tangible to them is pivotal in encouraging an artistic society of musicians, listeners and dancers, he says. “When I arrived in Wellington to study commercial music, I was 17 and had been organising, playing, and regularly attending all-ages shows in Auckland. “My first homework assignment from university was to review a local gig,” Josh says. “Being underage, my best efforts to sit in on Wellington’s music scene were stymied and I returned to classes uninspired.” Josh says organising all-ages music is about making certain that passionate and creative people have access to an avenue of self expression and to New Zealand’s unique music culture. Tickets to the all-ages concert, which begins at 8pm, are $10. The event is free of alcohol and glass.


Independent Herald 10-01-18  

Independent Herald 10-01-18

Independent Herald 10-01-18  

Independent Herald 10-01-18