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Thursday February 8, 2018


Student reps for NZ Festival selected The New Zealand Festival has selected 12 secondary school students throughout the greater Wellington region to be Student Ambassadors.

Each has a keen interest in the arts, whether in performing, writing, directing, journalism and sharing their story through social media.

Ambassadors begin their journey with training in mobile journalism, review writing, recording/editing vox pops and podcasting.

The student ambassadors selected for the New Zealand Festival, with lecturers. Watene Campbell (second from left), Maddie Brooks Gillespie (fourth from left), Ben Shea (fifth from left), Saffron Calman-O’Donnell, (seventh from left), Raihan Bismo (fifth from right), Kaira Scheck (fourth from right) and Hariata Moriarty (second from right) are students from schools representing Wellington’s south and east. PHOTO: Supplied

Town Hall resource consent application lodged A resource consent application has now been lodged as a next step to starting earthquake strengthening work on Wellington’s Town Hall. Mayor Justin Lester says the lodging of the consent application is another exciting milestone for the project. “Once it’s strengthened and refurbished the Town Hall will be a central point for civic functions and will also play an active part in Wellington’s

cultural life as the home of the New Zealand centre for music excellence.” Wellington City Council is collaborating with Victoria University’s New Zealand School of Music and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to develop the Town Hall as a centre for musical performance, culture and the arts in Wellington. Council will seek expressions of interest from contrac-

tors in February. Earthquake strengthening work is scheduled to start in late 2018, with completion scheduled for 2021. In June 2017, Council approved the Town Hall upgrade. The work will include re-piling and ‘base isolation’ - the building will rest on flexible pads that lessen shaking during an earthquake. The Town Hall will be strengthened and upgraded

What the redeveloped Wellington Town Hall what look like from Wakefield Street, with a new glass entrance. IMAGE: Supplied

over three years, with extra features to include a tiered Ilott Theatre, a rebuilt West Hall to provide access from Wakefield Street to Civic Square and a link to the adjacent building, a stronger floor in the main auditorium, and a new basement underneath it to provide public toilets and usable space. There will also be servicing storage and public facilities will be improved, including better loading facilities in the main auditorium with a second stage lift. The Town Hall pipe organ has already been restored and will be reinstalled. “Most of the work that’s done is internal and underneath,” Build Wellington manager Ian Pike says. The most significant change visually will be the demolition of the four-storey part of the exterior of the adjacent municipal building which will be converted to a three-stoey high glass atrium with a glazed connecting wall between it and the Town Hall. “The expectation will be that the northern side of the atrium will feature a wall made of anodised aluminium,” Ian says.

The ambassadors will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes, conduct interviews with the creatives/artists and see open dress rehearsals. They will attend performances and produce social media posts/video stories, interact with audiences recording vox pops and write theatre style reviews for potential publication. At the end of their New Zealand Festival journey, the ambassadors will collaborate to create a highlights reel and a recorded podcast.  The NZ Festival, an international arts festival covering theatre, dance, music, visual arts, writers, and technology, is on in Wellington from February 23 to March 18.


Saxophone Quartet Tango, classical, baroque, blues, swing and more. Breaker Bay Hall, 150 Breaker Bay Rd 6:00 - 7:30pm Sunday, February 11th Tickets $20 at the door. BYO

• Eye examinations • Wide range of fashion frames • Contact lenses • Saturday morning appointments

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on examinations and all spectacles

• Diabetic retinal screening • WINZ preferred supplier • Supergold discounts • Customer car parking available Jayesh Chouhan Optometrist and Contact Lens Practitioner. (B Optom, TPA Endorsed)


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