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Wednesday June 13, 2018

School celebrates harmony, neighbourliness


inbrief news Students prepare for Camelot Onslow College students are deep into rehearsal mode for what director Sarah Delahunty describes as a “slightly different take” on the traditional story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.  Camelot will run from Wednesday June 20 to Saturday June 23, with performances starting at 7.30pm at Onslow College. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students and bookings can be made by ringing 478 8189.

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These St Brigid children were all finalists in the naming of Haumaru, the Housing New Zealand apartments being built next to their school. Here they are seen with HNZ representative Renee Martin and teacher Mike Schultz. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver By Glenise Dreaver

St Brigid’s school children, years five and six, have played a key part in the naming of the Housing New Zealand apartments being completed next to their school. On Thursday last week HNZ came to the Johnsonville school to announce the winning name - Haumaru -(meaning harmony) and treated the children to a wonderful afternoon tea after a small ceremony acknowledging the finalists and announcing the winner. Principal Linda Birch told the children there had been many wonderful ideas in the work they had done to help design a logo and a motto. Staff had forwarded the top 10 to HNZ and drawn together the children’s ideas in their

own contribution as well. “So that made 11 entries,” she said. She reminded them of St Brigid’s prayer for harmony which includes the words: “You were a woman of peace. You brought harmony where there was conflict.” Staff could see many of the children’s contributions echoed those sentiments and their suggestion was the Maori word for harmony – Haumaru. HNZ felt that word summed up all the contributions, deciding to give that name to their 20-unit development on the corner of Phillip Street and Frankmoore Avenue. And they have also designed a postcard which includes many of the children’s designs and ideas. It will be distributed to some 200 homes in the area, explaining the new name and the reason for the choice.

Park and Ride carparks are to be more strongly monitored. The Greater Wellington Regional Council will develop a mandate to clamp or remove offending vehicles with a fine of up to $350. However, during an educational period, all offenders will receive a warning unless the vehicle is parked dangerously or blocking other users. A GWRC spokesperson says a ticket with no consequences is the best way to get a behaviour change. “However, if people are grossly inconsiderate, or ignore the warning … we will be forced to escalate to clamping or towing.” The carparks will be strictly restricted to people using Metlink bus or rail services on the day of parking.

Matariki celebration

Haumaru, a place of harmony. The new name of this Housing New Zealand development has been drawn from contributions of children and staff at St Brigid’s school, next door.

Spokesperson Renee Martin says it is an exciting way to keep the community truly informed and to initiate and

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create a sense of neighbourliness. “And the school has really embraced this.”

On Friday June 29, from 6 - 10pm, Wellington City Council is staging its first ever Ahi Kā, a festival of fire and light, celebrating renewal and belonging. The Nga Wai Pīata (Streams of Light) opening procession will feature children from seven regional schools, bearing hand-made light sculptures of creatures from land and sea. There will be poi workshops, toasted marshmallows around the fires, and storytelling and waiata near the symbolic Ahi Kā bonfire sculpture.   Whairepo Lagoon will become a fiery reflection of the Seven Sisters Matariki constellation, known as Pleiades, while Te Papa will feature Oneone, a work of living art, featuring digital cinema and a lone dancer on the water.

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