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Thursday May 31, 2018

Topical local film confronts youth suicide, racial stereotypes A new film set in Wellington’s eastern suburbs has taken guerrilla film-making to the extreme in its themes of selfharm and attempted suicide, as well as its smashing of racial stereotypes. Strathmore Park film maker Mike Murphy’s 25-minute film, Four Months 4 Seconds captures the pain of teen Harry and his parents, as their increasingly volatile marriage implodes. This is juxtaposed with Harry’s relationship with his two friends, both seemingly intent on aiding his destruction. Faced with unbearable challenges, Harry seeks a way out and it is up to his friend Sim to talk him out of it. Director, Mike Murphy was aware of the difficult subject matter; both he and the producer have experienced suicide in their lives. “Young people are faced with challenges that they often have

on their own.”. He says while ideally parents would always be involved in helping their teens, in reality that’s not the case. “Often it’s friends who know what’s going on, and in some cases they’re the ones offering the advice. We wanted to explore that.” Mike notes a five-year Victoria University study shows just under a third of secondary school students aged between 13 and 18 deliberately hurt themselves. “It’s very topical, and the series 13 Reasons Why has also shone a light on this subject matter.” Mike wrote, filmed and edited Four Months 4 Seconds, and even applied the special effects. “I just had a Handycam with internal camera sound.” As a result he accepts the sound and picture quality is “not perfect”, but it is the story Harry Bartle as Harry in a scene from the movie Four Months 4 Seconds.

that matters. “The crucial point is that this is a story about a young man struggling with real challenges, and I wanted to give the story, the characters, as much credence as possible.” Murphy, who is of Ngati Poru decent, also reverses racial stereotyping of young Maori in film. “The casting of Sim (played by Nick Ratapu) was deliberate. Not all young Maori come from loveless, poverty-stricken

circumstances.” Producer Susan Fogerty, who plays Harry’s mother, says the team has been “super surprised” by the number of views and comments on Vimeo since it was uploaded on May 20. “We’ve had a lot of feedback from people saying they really value the way this short has treated such sensitive subject matter.”  To view the film go to https://


Queens Birthday - OPEN DAY -

MONDAY JUNE 4TH 2018 – 10AM - 4PM

Visit the historic World War Two Wrights Hill Fortress in Karori. Self guided tours. Lots of fun for the family. Bush walks, panoramic views. From Karori Rd, turn left into Campbell St, to Wrights Hill Rd. Follow the signs. Plenty of free car parking. Bring a torch with you! Family Pass: $20 (2 adults+3 children under 15) Adults: $8 Children: $5 (Sorry, no EFTPOS) Enquiries: Mike Lee (04) 4768 593

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City social enterprises among award finalists Three social enterprises are among the finalists of the Wellington Gold Awards. Deputy Mayor Jill Day acknowledged Thankyou Payroll, Nisa Clothing, and Enspiral Dev Academy for their contribution to the capital, and they will be invited to attend the Wellington Gold Award winners’ event in July. In its third year, the Wellington City Council sponsored Socia l Enter pr ise Showcase has shone a light on numerous groups that have made a positive contribution to Wellington, says Jill. Enspiral Dev Academy is New Zealand’s only full-time intensive “boot camp” for software developers. It is keen to grow the tech industry and be an active part of Wellington’s vibrant code-creating community. Nisa Clothing is an ethical clothing label, whose

products include underwear made by women from refugee backgrounds. They have sewing skills from their home countries, which have been built on by training them to use the label’s specialist lingerie sewing machines. Thankyou Payroll is provides free payroll intermediary services to small/medium enterprises and charities nationwide. It uses an IRD subsidy to cover its costs and puts 25c per person per pay (up to $1.25 per client) into the Thankyou Charitable Trust, which distributes funds to the community. The Gold Awards are the Wellington region’s business awards that were established in 1999. Over 2000 Wellington businesses have actively participated to date.

At Rongotai College, we provide an educational environment which challenges boys to be the best they can be in all areas of school life. This is shown by continued success in our “core business” - the academic achievement of our students. NCEA results continue to improve, and are now are similar to or above higher decile local schools and well ahead of boys in similar decile schools and boys nationally. In 2017:

Mr Kevin Carter

• NCEA Level 1 – 82% • NCEA Level 2 – 93% • NCEA Level 3 – 69%


Tom Hughes Prefect 2017

Rian Lee Dux 2017, Prefect 2017

NZ Outstanding Scholarship in Biology NCEA Level 3 with Excellence Otago University Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship

NZ Scholarship in Biology NCEA Level 3 with Excellence including Excellence in 2 subjects University of Canterbury Dux Scholarship

Ollie Galvin

Charlie Symon

Prefect 2018

Year 11 Student 2017 NCEA Level 1 with Excellence, including Excellence in 4 subjects

NCEA Level 2 with Excellence including Excellence in 3 subjects


“Rongotai College encourages excellence in all things and is committed to helping every boy be the best he can be”

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