Wednesday June 6, 2018
Z not providing plastic bags
The Otari students lined up at the Roxy, where it was announced their film Bounce Back was the best junior school film at the recent Wellington-wide schools competition. PHOTO: Supplied
Otari school film takes top award Last week Otari School in Wilton won Best Film (Junior School) at the Roxy5 Short Film awards event. These young future filmmakers walked the red carpet at the Roxy cinema where the 10 films in the final were screened. The Otari students won with their film Bounce Back. That means they will enjoy a tour of the internationally renowned movie-making facilities in Wellington, including Weta Workshop, Weta Digital, Stone Street Studios, and the
Park Road Post Production facilities led by Oscar winner Jamie Selkirk. They have also won prize money for the school. Wellington College won Best Film (Senior School) with their team’s film #dreamLife. They won prize money for their school and the opportunity for them to remake their film with industry experts and mentors. That version will be screened later in the year and submitted to national and international film festivals.
The Tawa College film Journey was also in the top ten. Thirty-nine films were submitted for the competition, run by Capital E and Miramar Events Trust, the largest-ever number of entrants, co-producers Melissa Conway and Kristy Grant say. They are amazed at the quality. “It was a tough call for the judges to narrow it down to 10 films. They were so impressed by how engaging and professional the calibre of films was,”
said Kristy. “They took into account creativity, originality, the story, technical aspects, and the inclusion of the three key elements: the dialogue line “kia ora”, a star, and a piece of string. Among the entries are some future stars of the filmmaking industry,” she says. “We provide the children with guidance, and empower them to create, write, direct and make the film. We are so impressed with the outcome. The results are outstanding” says Melissa.
This week, Z Energy service stations have stopped providing single-use plastic bags to customers. Z has phased out the bags over the past six months, in response to a groundswell of support from Kiwis for ending New Zealand’s dependency on plastic bags. The firm is encouraging customers to bring their own reusable bags and won’t be replacing single-use bags with an alternative because many common replacements are potentially equally or more damaging to the environment. Other measures Z has taken to reduce waste to landfill include rolling out easier-to-use modular recycling bins at 120 Z forecourts so far, to separate recycling and prevent it being tainted and sent to landfill, introducing internationally certified, fully commercially compostable coffee cups and collection bins, returning milk containers used for coffee to the supplier for re-use and next on the agenda is removing plastic straws from Z service stations.
Independent Herald 06-06-18