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A true story of dramatic events Continued from page 1. The play, about the first shipload of convicts to come to Australia, and their efforts to put on a play within the first year of arrival, has won the BBC’s Play of the Year award and has also been nominated for a Tony award. Jeff says that while there is plenty of the flogging and hanging that can be expected, it is also about how to create civilization in a violent society. “It’s about both hope and repression, and the decent, and yet sometimes very bad treatment of people on the edge. Very big themes.” Captain Phillip is portrayed very sympathetically. “He wanted to make a better world, despite many of his officers and the fact that no one wants to be there. The soldiers hate it and take that out on the
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“Plenty of the f logging and hanging…”
prisoners.” It’s a very modern version, with lots of fast-moving scenes said Jeff. Some songs and an original music score have been added. “And there is humour too,” though he admits there is more tragedy than comedy. Jeff says he started in drama in Dunedin and continued with the local club New Players when he and his late wife Kim arrived here about 15 years ago. He finds the drama scene in Wellington very strong, not least in the northern suburbs. “There’s an abundance of theatre companies here. I’ve never seen so many people keen to do drama,” he says. For Our Country’s Good started on Wednesday April 4 and runs until Saturday April 14 at the Gryphon Theatre in Wellington.
Additional te reo names proposed for Wards By Glenise Dreaver
Maori partnerships belong in Wellington Deputy Mayor Jill Day’s portfolio allocation. As the only Wellington city councillor with Maori heritage – Ngati Tuwharetoa in the central North Island - she takes that role seriously. Her portfolio means she is leading the council’s move to add te reo Maori names to the existing ward titles. “Wellington is ready to recognise its te reo history, and bring these special names to the future so our mokopuna can grow up with them, and with te reo.” The proposed Maori name to add to the Northern Ward is Takapu. It refers to a food source of great value to the early tribes, with chief Patukawenga declaring the area now known as the Northern Ward to be, “Ko taku takapu tenei” (This is my place
of food supply). Wharangi is suggested for the Onslow-Western Ward. That is the name of the scented coastal plant that produces an edible gum and also the traditional name of the local hill range. Thus naming the ward after the expansive hills was considered appropriate. The other three suggested names are Pukehinau for Lambton ward, Motukairangi for Eastern ward and Paekawakawa for Southern ward. Jill says the mana whenua (local people) suggested the names and she believes Wellingtonians are ready to have dual naming. “The Mayor (Justin Lester) is offering incredible support for this too.” Thanks to World War II, Jill says her family is less connected to its Maori heritage than they might have been. Her Maori great-grandfather,
Deputy Mayor Jill Day, in the Takapū valley that it is suggested should give its name to the Northern Ward. PHOTO supplied.
one of the well-known Grace family, was killed when her grandfather was only two and his mother went back to her pakeha family in Christchurch. “But our Maori family history was always talked about and we used to go back and visit family. “It is a challenge that many
urban Maori face. We don’t always know the names of the places around us. “This bilingual naming is an opportunity to revitalise these Maori names for future generations of Wellingtonians of all cultures and to remember our history.”
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