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inbrief news ‘Victoria’ may be dropped from name Discussions continue about a proposal to simplify Victoria University of Wellington’s name by retiring the word ‘Victoria’, with a public meeting to be held on the matter. Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford says international analysis shows confusion about the university’s name, given several others around the world have “Victoria” in their names. Professor Guilford says if ‘Victoria’ were to be retired its heritage could be honoured by retaining the word in publications, clubs and halls of residence. “No matter what happens, graduation certificates from Victoria University of Wellington are official certificates and will remain so.” The meeting is at 6pm on Wednesday May 23 in Lecture Theatre 1, Rutherford House, Bunny St.

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Wellington’s winning junior crew Recruit, aged 8-12 years, who will head off to the World Hip Hop Dance Championship in Arizona in August. PHOTO: AT Photography.

Winning Wellington hip hop team off to world champs Locking in world competition qualifying spots at New Zealand’s premier national hip hop event in Auckland, Kilbirnie-based dance studio The Company NZ (TCNZ) will send two crews to the World Hip Hop Dance Championship (WHHDC) in Phoenix, Arizona in August 2018. With Wellington championship titles under their belt, TCNZ’s The Capital and Recruits (mega and junior crews) came in at top three in the national HHI competition in Auckland in April, securing

highly coveted places for a run at the world championship in Arizona, August 2018. The HHI national qualifying event fielded crews from the nation’s most experienced and acclaimed dance studios. Staged at Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau, on April 16-20, and with over 100 teams competing across four categories, The Capital and Recruits beat New Zealand’s toughest competition in three brutal and tightly contested knockout rounds. “The amount of hard work

and commitment that went into winning at the national competition is what every artistic director hopes to see, and has really paid off,” TCNZ artistic director and former world champion hip hop dancer, Ben Uili, says. “Competing at Worlds is a rare chance for any hip hop dancer – and in New Zealand, rarer because the standard is so high. I’m really proud of them.” T he Aug ust 5-11 world championship plays host to 45 countries and more than

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Enterprise Miramar has filed an appeal against a High Court judge’s decision, issued on April 9, to grant consent to The Wellington Company for a development in Shelly Bay. “The High Court case has far reaching implications for Shelly Bay, the Eastern Suburbs, and the whole of Wellington,” Enterprise Miramar Board Chair Thomas Wutzler says. It is also concerned about the “flow on effect” the decision will have on other Wellington City Council consenting decisions. “Enterprise Miramar has always said that Shelly Bay needs to be developed in an appropriate way, but we do not think that this proposal has been well thought through and tested.”

Matariki plans announced Wellington’s winter will light up with fire, fun and fireworks over three events for the first Matariki ki Pōneke festival. Wellington City Council will kick-off the festival with a ReCut show on Friday, June 15, a new event Ahi Kā on June 29 to celebrate fire, kai and whānau, and the Sky Show fireworks on July 7. Ahi Kā will feature some of New Zealand’s finest Māori performers and storytellers, food trucks, fire sculptures, and a light parade showcasing talent from the region’s schools.

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Cook Strait News 17-05-18  

Cook Strait News 17-05-18

Cook Strait News 17-05-18  

Cook Strait News 17-05-18