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inbrief news Holiday show Capital E’s new show, Odd One Out, uses live performance and humour to tell its young audiences about the importance of acceptance and inclusivity. Launching its nationwide tour in Wellington during the April school holidays, Odd One Out will talk openly with children aged two to seven about being different and feeling left out. It’s a story of acceptance, welcoming new people, being kind, and inclusive. Capital E spokesperson Dr Sarah Rusholme hopes that the young audience learns important lessons about inclusivity but also have fun along the way.

Health initiative being reviewed The government has announced an independent panel to undertake the review of Whānau Ora, the indigenous health initiative which is driven by Māori cultural values. The review will look at how a whānaucentred approach can be applied across government, particularly in the social sector. The review will also assess the ability of the Whānau Ora commissioning model to make sustainable changes in the wellbeing and development potential of whānau.

Hospice appeal Mary Potter Hospice is holding its annual street appeal on May 18 and 19. Volunteers are needed to help with the collection.   “The amount of money we raise is directly related to the number of volunteers who help us,” says Director of Fundraising Philippa Sellens. “Last year 900 collectors helped raise around $90,000.  We’d love to increase that amount this year.”  If anyone has an hour or two to spare to help they can email street.appeal@ marypotter.org.nz or go to marypotter.org.nz.

Sound the trumpets, beat the drums By Glenise Dreaver

James Sutherland of Churton Park is, at just 30, the longestserving member of the Wellington Brass Band which has just returned from Melbourne with the prized Fireman’s Helmet. The band won all sections of the Australian National Championships. It’s a triumph for a band that has been through some difficult times since James joined the junior band in 1996 at the age of eight, playing the euphonium. “That was the biggest available instrument.” He progressed to the tuba some years later. About ten years ago, adult membership fell right off and the junior band members stepped up, he said. Before that happened, they were close to closing down. That’s all behind them now, with the band winning six of the last seven national competitions they’ve attended. “We’ve had a new beginning, a new hall, and we’ve slowly

grown again,” said James. “And we’re always taking new youth players.” He enjoyed the competition, and the street march with its Homage To Cricket was a highlight. There is one corner where bands stop and do a demonstration piece. At that stage, several band members came forward and the Wellington band didn’t just go with their prepared underarm bowling theme, they added a rubbing the ball segment with yellow paper while the rest of the band played on. James said they debated about whether to continue with any of it given the level of feeling over ball tampering, but in the event the Australians loved it. “They were really good sports.” It was a stellar performance from the band, with the judges confirming all their placings were unanimous. This year’s competition saw over 70 bands and 3000 attendees compete throughout

Tuba player James Sutherland with the prized Fireman’s Helmet brought back by the Wellington Brass Band after the Australian National Championships. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver

five main events. Competition is fierce with quality bands such as the 2017 winner of the New Zealand championship Brisbane Excelsior attending, with others from as far afield as South Korea also in the mix. Because Brisbane Excelsior had unseated Wellington

last year, spokesperson Mark Davey admitted it was a bit of a “grudge match”. “But it was all good natured.” (The band was, until 1994, known as the Onslow Brass Band and its roots are still firmly in the northern suburbs with their new hall at the Ngaio railway station.)

Ward changes proposed Wellington City Council Deputy Mayor Jill Day, who is leading the consultation on additional (Maori) names for Wellington’s five city council wards, also has Governance as another – and key - portfolio area. Under the Local Electoral Act, the council has to review its electoral arrangements at least every six years. Wellington’s previous review was in 2012. As with the proposal to add Maori names to ward titles, there have been initial discussions on the electoral arrangements with mana whenua (local people) and research on the current arrangements. Jill says five changes to ward

boundaries are proposed. One sees a reduction in the area covered by the OhariuMakara Community Board. It currently takes in some rural areas in Brooklyn that are not physically connected to the rest of the community board, she says “The board has been consulted and they are totally comfortable.” Another area of change is in the Northern ward where council proposes to “tidy up” the boundaries where the land backs on to Mt Kaukau through to Makara. “That’s very much a technicality, in an uninhabited area with no houses.” Adjustments to the Southern and Eastern Ward boundaries

are intended, she says, to iron out discrepancies between wards in terms of population and representation. “Each seat should represent a similar number of people. Our proposal leaves a couple of wards outside the Act’s rules for fair representation, but it was not possible to be completely compliant because of our desire to protect communities of interest. “It is a sensible proposal which fixes what it can. But I am looking forward to seeing what Wellingtonians think.” “This is now your chance to have a say in how council members are elected, how elections are run and what types of wards or community boards we

have,” she says. The Representation Review proposal is available on the council’s website, from the service centre and will be available at city libraries later this week. There is also a public meeting at the Brooklyn Community Hall on Monday April 16 where councillors and officials will be present to answer questions. The consultation closes on May 4. Oral submissions will be heard between May 7-25 and the Council will make a final decision at its meeting on May 30. The decision will be publicly notified on June 13 and there is a period from then until July 30 for appeals and objections.

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Independent Herald 11-04-18  

Independent Herald 11-04-18

Independent Herald 11-04-18  

Independent Herald 11-04-18