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Big demand sees return of Wellington poetry book By Jamie Adams

A compilation of poetic thoughts about the capital city from some of New Zeala nd’s most well-known writers has proven so popular that the book has been republished 18 years after its first incarnation. Compiled by Gregory O’Brien and Louise St John, Big Weather is a described as “a celebration of Wellington and the creative life it inspires”. Both major and lesser-known New Zealand poets, along with visitors from offshore, have all been moved to record their responses to the steep

streets and myriad people, the food and political energy, the cable car and cenotaphs, the wharves and, as the title suggests, the big weather. Re-released on June 1, Big Weather comprises 100 poems and is organised into various sections with specific themes. It begins at the inner city and harbour, moving into the suburbs and parks, before heading to outer areas - and into the 21st century. Musings from late writers of the past come from the likes of James K. Baxter (famous for likening Wellington to a “sterile whore of a thousand bureaucrats”), Katherine Mansfield, Allen Curnow and Robin Hyde.

They are accompanied by the texts of many contemporary poets, from both New Zealand and abroad. They include well-known bard Sam Hunt, Victoria University Emeritus professor Bill Manhire and Dinah Hawken who describes the harbour as “hallucinating”. Even the author makes a contribution with Contents of a Breeze, Wellington, written in 1990. The book was first published in 2000 and reissued in an expanded form in 2010. It was originally co-edited by Louise St John, who died in 2009. Greg has dedicated the latest edition to her.

Big Weather is now in its third edition.

Newtown gets new board member, looking for one more The board of the Newtown Community & Cultural Centre (NCCC) Trust has appointed a new member, Ken Allen. Ken has joined the NCCC Trust’s team of volunteer board members, replacing Toni Carson who left some months ago. As well as the centre, on the corner of Rintoul and Colombo streets, the board manages Newtown Hall on Daniell Street and Network Newtown at 9-11 Constable Street. It also runs a number of projects and programmes aimed at benefiting the community, including the Wellington Timebank, Newtown Youth Programme, Smart Newtown, $2 exercise classes and more. Ken’s previous governance experience includes roles at Newtown Ethical Lending

New NCCC Trust board member Ken Allen. PHOTO: Supplied

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Trust and Kaibosh Food Rescue. “Newtown is a thriving and diverse community,” Ken says. “The work of the NCCC staff plays an important role in connecting our people and I am delighted to be able to offer my skills to the NCCC Trust Board and support them” The NCCC Trust is looking for one more skilled person to join the board. Members meet once every two months for an hour and there are occasionally extra meetings to attend. They are looking for someone who is passionate about Newtown and potentially someone who has finance and chair skills.  Those interested should contact Renee Rushton on (04) 389 4786 (office) or emailing info@newtowncommunity.org.nz.

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