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Thursday March 29, 2018

inbrief news Tech graduates capable in crisis: report Wellington graduates working in the city are well-positioned to navigate technology-driven upheavals, according to a new report by Victoria University of Wellington researchers. The It Takes a City to Raise a Graduate report is based on nearly 90 interviews with Wellington managers, human resource specialists and recent graduates, conducted by Victoria students. The capital is New Zealand’s strongest knowledge economy, says the report, with the youngest average population and highest level of qualifications. It has nearly 50 percent of workers in knowledge-based roles, compared with a national average of 35 percent.

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Spotlight Performing Arts is coming to All Saints Church, HATAITAI.

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Performing arts school for kids comes to Hataitai It’s never too early to get your children involved in performing arts, and for those living in the south and east it just got easier. Spotlight Performing Arts is a music and theatre school catering for children and youth

based in Johnsonville, with branches in Porirua and Lower Hutt. It has recently added another branch, with Thursday after-school lessons to be held at All Saints Church, in Hataitai. Director Sherene Clarke de-

Four to six-year-olds from Spotlight’s Johnsonville school perform Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf. PHOTO: Supplied

cided to open in Hataitai for the benefit of those living in the eastern suburbs, of which she has a connection; her husband grew up in Miramar and they visit often. “I also think it’s great for families that don’t want to go through the tunnel for after school activities at peak rush hour.” Spotlight takes students at all levels of dance, singing and drama and holds classes for two ages groups – four to six-yearolds and seven to 16-year-olds. “In terms one and two, students learn a variety of songs, dance styles and acting techniques,” Sherene says. “This can range from musical theatre to pop, from screen acting to improvisation. “Students learn new material every two to three weeks across all three disciplines so they are gaining a huge range of what

the performing arts is all about.” At the end of term three family and friends are invited to watch students perform some of their warm ups and exercises as well as rehearsed song, dance and drama pieces. The resulting musical is shown at the end of term four. Past musicals have included, Annie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, We Will Rock You, The Wizard of Oz, Scrooge, and Into The Woods. Sherene hopes plenty of families come along and let their young ones try it out. “At Spotlight we don’t want the students to feel judged on how good they are in dance, singing or drama, but instead encourage them to explore their talents and have fun.”  For more information and to register, go to

Disgust as two NZ Post agencies confirmed By Jamie Adams

NZ Post has confirmed two agencies will run postal services at pharmacies in Newtown, despite thousands of residents opposing the closure of their post office that’s led to their formation. From mid-June postal services will be available from Unichem in Newtown Mall and Ashleigh Court Pharmacy. The current Postshops in Newtown and Kilbirnie will then close, with Kiwibank reopening in Kilbirnie as a standalone branch. Postal services in Kilbirnie will move from 62 Bay Road to the Paper Plus shop next door. The PO Box lobby there will remain, and will be managed by

Paper Plus. New Zealand Post Head of Retail, Mark Yagmich, says the move means customers will be able to keep buying postage and sending parcels from two “convenient” locations. “While we understand this will be a change for our customers, we hope they will enjoy the convenience of having two locations to choose from, with longer opening hours,” Mark says. John Phipps, on behalf of the two pharmacies, says they are “really looking forward to providing postal services to the people of Newtown”. “Our staff will be undergoing training so they will be able to help our customers with their postal needs.” However, anti-closure cam-

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paigners have condemned the announcement. Warwick Taylor, a member of the Newtown Residents’ Association sub-group that organised a petition for a moratorium on Postshop closures, says he is “absolutely brassed off” with the ministerial inaction on the matter. “[State Owned Enterprises Minister] Winston Peters has either been stonewalling or he doesn’t want to know,” Warwick says. “Our petition was about all the Postshops because we thought the move was a breach of the [SOE Act] legislation. He said ‘capitalism needs a human face’.” Fellow sub-group member Amanda Barber is also “disgusted” by the minister’s lack of

response, describing it as a “slap in the face” given that more than 7000 people petitioned against the move. Association president Rhona Carson says while the agencies were expected, concern remained about the loss of additional services such as car relicensing, as well as accessibility issues. Rongotai MP Paul Eagle, whom they submitted the petition to earlier this month, says he is still waiting for someone from Winston Peters’ office to collect the boxes of signatures. On Monday the association submitted a new petition to Paul, with the intention of having their concerns heard by a select committee. Paul has agreed to present it during a sitting of Parliament.

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Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival April 10, 11 or 12 at 7pm

SGCNZ will hold its 24 Regional SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival 2018 nationwide from mid-March – mid-April. In accessible bites, NZ’s youth will perform 5- and 15-minute scenes from the Bard’s plays. In our Festivals’ 27 th year, Wellington’s Regional UOSWSF will take place on 10,11,12 April from 7pm at Wellington East Girls’ College Hall. Experience the exceptional creativity. See the website for details: M: 0272836016

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