Thursday July 12, 2018
Sea-themed portals for Rongotai to Miramar subway Sea creatures and ships – real and imagined – will soon transform the subway linking Rongotai and Miramar. Students from nearby Rongotai College, who are big users of the walking and biking tunnel beneath the airport runway, have worked with artist Sheyne Tuffery, Weta Workshop, Wellington City Council, and Wellington Airport over the past few months to help design murals for the concrete tunnel entrances. Sheyne, an award-winning Wellington artist, began painting the mural last week, and weather permitting it will take about a month to complete. Students will assist with some aspects of the work. The new artworks are part of an upgrade of the subway which also includes better lighting, new security cameras and a cleaner, brighter interior. An electronic counter has also been installed, which will provide ongoing information on the numbers using this route. The project has been supported by the Miramar Business Improvement
A design of the planned mural at the entrance to the Rongotai subway by Sheyne Tuffery, Weta Workshop and Year 12 art students from Rongotai College. IMAGE: supplied
District, which played an important role in helping to bring the different parties together. Mayor Justin Lester says the new sea-themed public artworks will significantly enhance the important walking and biking connection and neighbourhood. “More importantly, they will bring life and meaning to the
Landfill ‘safari’ to reveal plastic from the 1970s Following a positive public response for the inaugural roll-out in 2017, Wellington City Council’s ‘Bags in the Wild’ landfill tour is back again for this year’s Plastic Free July. Managers of the city’s Southern Landfill are inviting the public to book a tour of their Happy Valley premises to see the effects of discarded plastics. Waste minimisation manager Meagan Miller promises the experience will be “suitably frightening”. “In essence, it’s a safari, but instead of animals in the wild, you’ll get to see plastics that have sat amongst surrounding native bush since the 1970s.” Systems are in place to try to contain flying litter, but Meagan says that the combination of lightweight single-use plastic bags and other plastics, combined with Wellington’s iconic winds, means it is difficult to stop all plastics escaping the landfill. When they get into the surrounding environment they can threaten native birds such as pukeko and kereru, as well as polluting nearby streams. “We are fairly confident that no Wellingtonian would be happy knowing this is what is happening as a result
of their everyday purchases and life choices. We hope these tours will help to educate and influence future life choices,” adds Meagan. Currently, 34,449 tonnes of plastics enter the region’s three landfills, which equates to about 69kg of unrecyclable plastics per person every year. New Zealanders use approximately 1.6 billion plastic bags a year, and it’s estimated that each one is used for an average of 12 minutes before entering the waste stream. Last year, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester led a campaign where the country’s mayors called on the government to impose a levy on single-use plastic bags in an attempt to reduce their use. “Retailers are now coming on board and getting rid of single-use plastic bags, but the meaningful effort will come from people deciding to reduce their own use of them,” says the Mayor. The ‘Bags in the Wild’ tour is suitable for adults and supervised children, including school groups and community groups. Tours can be booked by emailing waste.education@ wcc.govt.nz or calling 04 383 4442.
names of the suburbs on each side, and help highlight the area’s history,” he says. Rongotai College art teacher Esmee McAuley says the project has provided an enormous opportunity for the students to learn more about digital and community art, work with practising artists, and to see and be part of
a design process. “The overall impact it will have on the community I think will only become apparent to the students involved after it is finished and people start using it.” The murals have a similar searelated theme at each end, but the Rongotai side will be more about the real, while the Miramar side
will be more about the myths, the fantastical, humorous and other-worldly. Sheyne, who is of Samoan descent and grew up in Newlands, has designed and painted murals in Coutts Street, Strathmore Community Centre, and in Mt Cook, Newtown and Johnsonville.
Greek ladies put on high tea for charity
From left: Ketty Lecatsas, Pela Arathimos, Melpo Kaldelis, Gail McEwen, Stella Bares, Dorianne Page and Chrisoula Kappatos next to a floral wall at the high tea event. PHOTO: Supplied
A recent cold, wet and windy Sunday Wellington afternoon was the perfect day to host and attend a high tea. The Greek Ladies Auxiliary of the Filoptochos held a High Tea and Bubbles event, at the Copthorne Hotel in Oriental Bay, to raise funds for the Neonatal Trust’s Wellington office. President Stella Bares says the Neonatal Trust does amazing work supporting over a thousand Wellington families of premature and sick babies a year, as they progress
through neonatal care to wellness and going home. “No matter what ethnicity, religion or socio-economic background we are, families of sick babies need the support of organizations such as this.” The Filoptochos is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Community and Church. The literal translation of Filoptochos is friends of the poor. Helping the sick and needy is not their only role; they also tend to the
needs of women and the elderly. They are a recently-elected committee who work very hard to raise funds to meet their philanthropic objectives. Vice President Melpo Kaldelis, who championed the event, says everyone had a great time at the sold-out function. “We wish to thank all the businesses and individuals who supplied the many raffle and auction prizes and a huge thank you to everyone who came to support us and the Neonatal Trust of NZ.”
Public submissions open for Whanau Ora Review The public is invited to make an online submission on the Independent Review of Whanau Ora. Public submissions can be made online at tpk.nz/whanauorareview from July 11 to August 15. The submission questions are available in English, Te Reo Maori, Samoan, Tongan and Cook Islands Maori but can be completed in
any language. “There is a great opportunity for anyone who has an interest in Whanau Ora to share their experiences, understandings and insights of Whanau Ora that relate to the purposes of the review,” chairperson of the Whanau Ora Review Panel, Caren Rangi, says.
“It’s important for people to know that while the Independent review progresses, the delivery of a Whanau Ora approach by the commissioning agencies and Te Puni Kōkiri continues as normal.” For more information about the Whanau Ora Review and the submission process, go to tpk.nz/ whanauorareview
Cook Strait News 12-07-18