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Thursday April 12, 2018

Mayor thrilled as Shelly Bay legal challenge dismissed Wellington Mayor Justin Lester welcomed Tuesday’s High Court decision to dismiss judicial review proceedings blocking the proposed multi-million dollar development of Shelly Bay. “This is an excellent result. This project aims to transform Shelly Bay for the better and it has my wholehearted support,” Justin says. “It’s an endorsement of the City Council’s planning processes for Shelly Bay, but, more importantly, it’s an endorsement of the proposal by iwi and The Wellington Company to turn a dilapidated site into something special and beneficial for Wellington. The mayor looks forward to working with local iwi in getting this project under way. “This rundown area has sat dormant for a long time and it’s exciting we will now be able to improve the area.” Acting City Council chief executive Kane Patena says the decision is a vindication of both the proposed development and of its planning process. “We were always confident the Council had followed good process in terms of its procedures and its interpretation of legislation.” The High Court accepted the Council’s submissions that both decisions were lawfully available and properly made. The court did not accept challenger Enterprise Miramar’s expert evidence suggesting the Council had misapplied its Code of Practice for Land Development. Overall, Enterprise Miramar’s position was found to be untenable.


Empowering Newtown youth through art

A mural created by participants of the previous Art Jam holiday programme. PHOTO: Gianina Schwanecke By Gianina Schwanecke JOURNALISM STUDENT

A new arts programme for teens is set to launch next term in Newtown following a successful holiday programme trial last year at the Mt Victoria Hub. Art Jam will run a holiday programme for intermediate students from April 16 to April 27 at the Newtown Hall, before launching officially at the start of Term 2. Classes will run Monday to Friday during school hours and students will learn mural and street art painting, song writing, drum playing and film making.

Art Jam is the brain-child of Josh Menheere and Jamen Moss who wanted to establish a creative workshop programme for intermediate students. Josh first became interested in street art as a teenager in Australia, later working towards a visual arts course. After studying Buddhism for six years, he began a “pop art therapy” holiday programme in the United States, working with children from a variety of faith backgrounds. The programme focuses on engaging students in conversation about the world around them, rather than colouring in butterflies.

Josh and Jamen met at their local yoga centre and bonded over a shared commitment to “service through art”. “We decided to team up and make art, music and film workshops,” Josh says. “Art Jam school is [about] art, music and film workshops around states of being. “There’s already a focus on doing and having, but we’re human beings.” Josh and Jamen draw inspiration from artist Keith Haring and musician Trevor Hall. A former student, Maya, says the open and caring environment makes students comfortable to be themselves. “The activities have a genu-

ine positive effect on people by allowing a creative outlet to release feelings and create solutions or closure,” she says. Their group’s projects include a short film about the journey of a plastic bag, from production to the mouth of an unfortunate dolphin. The pair recently worked with Cuba Dupa goers to create a mural on Abel Smith Street.  The Art Jam after-school programme will launch at the start of term 2. Sessions will run for 2 hours, Monday and Thursday nights, and will cost $25 per session. To book go to

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