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Thursday July 12, 2018

Breaking barriers to participating in arts Opportunity Arts is a new arts organisation that is celebrating its launch with an exhibition this week at Thistle Hall Gallery until July 15. Opportunity Arts advocates, empowers and provides practical support for artists of diverse backgrounds who face barriers

to participation in the arts; to develop individual, sustainable arts practices. It works with talented and dedicated emerging artists, who for reasons such as disability require additional support to access opportunities that can increase their audience, profile, income, sense of

pride and purpose. Its organisers believe that with this mahi (work) they can encourage social change and diversify the New Zealand contemporary art scene. It is giving a voice and platform to those who are often unheard and unseen within this com-

munity and wider society, says curator and Opportunity Arts founder Eryn Gribble. Opportunity launches this July with a group exhibition at Thistle Hall and a series of public events. “This show features over 10 talented artists working in different mediums from the Wellington

region,” Eryn says. “It is an inclusive show featuring artists with disabilities alongside their contemporaries without [them]. This puts the focus on ability rather than disability, and lets the work speak for itself.” The exhibition runs daily from 9am to 6pm.

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Ahoy! Ready for some adventure? Then heave to me hearties, hoist the Jolly Roger and plunder that treasure! Join Jim Hawkins aboard the good ship Hispaniola for a swashbuckling tale of high drama, low cunning and villainous skullduggery that’s packed with jokes and mayhem as Treasure Island comes to Wellington for the school holiday season. According to writer/director Amanda Stone, there will be plenty of audience participation, singing and dancing in this “perfectly piratical pantomime”, which is adapted from the classic children’s story by Robert Louis Stephenson. Amanda’s company The Pantoloons have held a number of recent productions, reviews of which have been positive - audience members have noted the clever humour that caters to both young and old. Amanda runs Amanda Stone Productions – providing musicals to schools in Australia and New Zealand. She is a New Zealand Theatre Federation Merit Award holder and a Musical Theatre New Zealand Merit Award holder.  Treasure Island will run at The Hannah Playhouse, 12 Cambridge Terrace, at 10am and 11.45am on July 18 – 20. Go to to Jenelle Pollock as Long Joan Silver and Jacey McGrath as Sophia the squire’s daughter in the upcoming play Treasure Island. PHOTO: Supplied book tickets.

Local rescue chopper benefits from region’s generosity The Westpac Chopper Appeal has raised $80,950.20 for the Life Flight Trust in Wellington, Wairarapa, Kapiti and Marlborough while donations from throughout the country added to the $1.22

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The Westpac Rescue Helicopter in action. PHOTO: Supplied

million raised this year. All donations from the Westpac Chopper Appeal are distributed back to the 16 rescue helicopter services across the country and the money raised locally stays

local. Westpac General Manager Consumer Bank and Wealth, Simon Power says the total raised is due to the hard work and dedication of Westpac staff, the volunteers and

everyone who has given so generously again this year. “This year’s chopper appeal has been focussed on the concept of ‘Chopper Country’ and keeping people safe as they go out and live their lives to the fullest in New Zealand’s great outdoors – whether they’re at work or out exploring, as Kiwis do,” says Simon. Life Flight’s Chief Executive, Ian Pirie describes this year’s Chopper Appeal as “fantastic”. “Life Flight is grateful for the outstanding support we receive from the Wellington, Wairarapa, Kapiti, and Marlborough community – including our dedicated sponsors such as Westpac and our terrific volunteers who go out on the street to shake buckets and run events to raise funds to help keep us flying,” Ian says. “This incredible generosity of time and money enables Life Flight to rescue people in extraordinary circumstances, every hour of the day and every day of the year.” Donations a re welcome throughout the year and can be made at www.chopperappeal. or any Westpac branch.

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