Wednesday March 14, 2018
inbrief news Relay for Life On March 17-18 the annual Cancer Society’s inspirational fundraiser, Relay for Life, will be held at Frank Kitts Park. The event runs from Saturday 3pm Sunday 9am. Relay For Life is a fun event for everyone of all ages and fitness levels, during which participants celebrate with survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer and come together as a community to fight back against cancer. Team members take turns walking or running relay style around a track while enjoying a carnival atmosphere of music, entertainment, food stalls and fantastic community spirit. This summer over 3000 people from around the greater Wellington region will pay $20 per person to come together to celebrate 16 years of Relay For Life and teams are being asked to commit to fundraise $200 per person to enable the Cancer Society to continue providing their services to the community.
Free bridge lessons As from April 30, the Karori Bridge club will be offering free lessons to run every Monday over 13 weeks. The course will include lots of card play and comprehensive course notes. They run four sessions in summer with an extra on Saturdays in winter. The 200-strong club is fifty years old next year. Members meet at 274 Karori Road, just west of the Karori Mall. Enquiries can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate Neighbours’ Day National Neighbours’ Day Aotearoa will be marked on March 24-25 this year. Wellington City Council is encouraging community groups, individuals and organisations to create programmes as part of their wider Growing Neighbourhoods project. As Parks’ Week is also in the same month and many of the outcomes and objectives are similar, the council combining them both. It is being suggested that neighbours use one of Wellington’s has to offer to celebrate neighbourliness in their communities. They sugest that the local business community is also a great neighbour, and could be invited along as well. The official Neighbours Day Aotearoa website has downloadable resources and you can register your event; neighboursday. org.nz.
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Rebuilding artistic legacy By Glenise Dreaver
After much planning, the family of artist Leonard Victor Mitchell has been able to secure the temporary use of a newlybuilt retail space at 15 Ganges Road in Khandallah Village for an exhibition which they hope will re-introduce Leonard to the local community – and to the history of New Zealand art. The exhibition is to be titled Leonard Victor Mitchell - A Fine Art Exhibition will run from March 17 to April 21, running Mondays to Saturdays from 9.30am to 4pm, with a public preview on March 16 between 4-8pm. Born in 1925, Leonard’s story
began as he grew up in Ngaio, Wellington. A dedicated artist, by the 1950s he was exhibiting at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and established as a wellsought-after portrait painter In 1954 he co-established the Lambton Galleries, Wellington’s largest commercial gallery. He also completed several commissions for public spaces, including murals at the-then newly built Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, and won the inaugural Kelliher prize for landscape painting. By 1959 he had been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London. And in 1960, encouraged by
a fellowship to the Netherlands and discouraged by the changing New Zealand art scene Leonard left for Europe, never to return. Settling in England he also enjoyed success on the Continent, particularly at the Paris Salon. His youngest brother Frank Mitchell was at Leonard’s side for most of his life, supporting him in many of his artistic endeavours. When Leonard passed away suddenly in 1980 Frank brought his widow Pat back to New Zealand where she survived partly on the sales of his artworks until her death in 2002. At that time Frank inherited the large number of remaining artworks.
Now in his 90th year, Frank and the rest of the Mitchell family are keen to reinstate Leonard in the history of New Zealand art. They will be helped in this endeavour by art historian Richard Wolfe, who is writing a book to be published later this year. Called Mitchell & Mitchell: A Father and Son Arts Legacy, it will cover the careers of both Leonard and his father, Leonard Cornwall Mitchell, a well-regarded commercial artist, illustrator and stamp designer. The book, to be produced by Peter Alsop, will be codesigned by Frank’s daughter Anna.
MP optimistic on mall redevelopment Stride Property Ltd’s new management team, including new CEO Philip Littlewood and GM Shopping Centres Roy Stansfield, have met Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor and indicated that the Johnsonville Shopping Centre redevelopment is a priority for the firm. “They have appointed two senior property developers who are making it a priority,” he says. The new CEO is Philip Littlewood and the GM Shopping Centres is Roy Stansfield. Greg said the meeting had given him cause for optimism that we were a step closer to seeing the bulldozers and builders move in. In January 2017, Wellington City Council had granted Stride a resource consent for a redevelopment, but more than a year on, construction is yet to begin. This 26,000sq m proposal would include space for a cinema, 120 retailers and 900 car parks, and would be one of Wellington’s largest shopping centres. Stride Property owns a 50 per
Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor. “Cause for optimism” PHOTO: Supplied
cent stake in, and manages, the Johnsonville Shopping Centre complex. “At a public meeting on the mall I hosted last year, the Johnsonville Community Centre was overflowing with locals who made it clear how important the mall redevelopment is to the
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“I made it clear to Stride Property last week that the Johnsonville community still wants to see a shopping centre that meets their needs and attracts people to the area. In the past the mall has been a magnet for shoppers from all over the region, and it can be again.”
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