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Wellington weaver rapt as Prince Louis now wrapped in her shawl Continued from page 1. After researching and sampling to respond to the brief to feature an aspect of New Zealand flora and fauna, her design depicting manuka was selected as part of the official gift. Christine, who had only taken up weaving seven years ago, admits she was surprised when asked to create a gift for such an important person. “Our business is based on research. My main motivation is to work with New Zealand wool, so I’m hoping it’s because they were looking for something made of wool,” she says. Christine also believes she was spe ci f ica l ly chosen due to it being easier for members of the department to interact with someone living in the same city, given the importance of having someone delivering exactly what they wanted. Christine originally attended university in the 1980s when she “learned how to think”. It was when

she returned to studying in 2011, this time design at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts, her intention was more vocational, even though she was by then in her late 40s. “The big thing that design taught me is that it has to have an audience,” she says. “With weaving I have found my niche - the place where I belong and can contribute from.” She has received much positive feedback since the public was first made aware of it last week. “People from my past have got in touch. I’ve had a lot of lovely support from my colleagues at Massey.” A spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Department says Christine was chosen due to her awareness of her environment. “Christine creates handcrafted, bespoke designs that reflect New Zealand’s environment, and the wool used can be traced back to its source.”

ABOVE: Christine Brimer weaving at her Melrose studio. RIGHT: The type of the blanket made by Christine that may now be wrapped around Prince Louis of Cambridge. PHOTOS: Russell Kleyn

Reading to replace defunct Paramount as NZ film festival venue Reading Cinemas Courtenay Place will host the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) in 2018, along with five other confirmed cinema venues in the wider Wellington region. The agreement was reached after the Paramount cinema closed in late 2017 leaving NZIFF and other community

groups without a medium-capacity cinema screen in the central city. The new arrangement will see NZIFF able to make use of several screens in the Reading Cinemas Courtenay Central complex during the 17 days of the film festival in Wellington. The ground floor ticket booth at Courtenay Central will be

dedicated exclusively to NZIFF ticket sales and will also serve as the advance counter (formerly located at the Paramount) before the festival opens. Reading Cinemas joins the line-up of local cinema venues hosting NZIFF in Wellington. The Embassy Theatre, Penthouse in Brooklyn, Roxy in Miramar, Light House Petone,

and Nga Taonga Sound & Vision will continue to screen NZIFF films this year. NZIFF is run by a charitable trust and encourages lively interactions between films, filmmakers and New Zealand audiences in 13 towns and cities around the country. It will screen in Wellington from July 27 to August 12.

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