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Thursday September 6, 2018


Bestselling author to entertain Wellington children

Donovan Bixley has published over 100 books. PHOTO: Supplied

Acclaimed author and illustrator Donovan Bixley will be entertaining children at The Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie this Saturday. Donovan, who has published over 100 books, is a household name for anyone with young children due to his distinctive style and engaging sense of fun. His Wellington visit is a celebration of his latest title - How Maui Fished Up the North Island (Upstart Press), which reinvents the legend of Maui for a whole new generation of Kiwi children. In this fresh retelling, Donovan applies his unique twists

and trademark humour to this much-treasured story. “Initially I turned down the offer to write and illustrate a book on Maui,” says Donovan. “He’s such an important part of Pacific culture and I felt I didn’t have the knowledge or the mana to take on this legendary figure. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to bring my own interpretation.” Maui is reimagined as a cheeky younger brother, on the type of hilarious fishing trip with the whanau that will be familiar to many Kiwi youngsters. Underneath the fun, is a real desire to honour the cultural

significance and importance of Maui. Donovan worked under the guidance of Dr Darryn Joseph, who also translated the te reo edition, along with Keri Opai. “Working with Darryn really opened my eyes to some of the deeper layers and meaning behind Maui’s story. Even though my version is aimed at young readers, there are a lot of other layers of Maui’s story woven in.” Donovan will be reading, drawing and signing books at this free event at 2pm at The Children’s Bookshop, Shop 26 Kilbirnie Plaza, on Saturday September 8.

One month until new animal welfare regulations New regulations to strengthen New Zealand’s animal welfare system will come into effect on October 1. Ministry for Primary Industries Director for Animal Health and Welfare, Dr Chris Rodwell, says the 45 new regulations cover a range of species and activities from stock transport and farm hus-

bandry procedures to companion and working animals like dogs and horses. “With under a month to go until these new regulations come into effect, we want to encourage people, who are responsible for any type of animal, to check they are up to date in how they are looking after them,” says Chris.

“Our team has been working with industry and sector groups to raise awareness of the regulations and ensure people understand and can meet their responsibilities. “The majority of the regulations reflect existing standards, but there are a few that do set new rules and requirements, such as prohibiting the tail docking of cows and dogs.

“Even if you already think you are doing the right thing, it’s best to check and make sure you are.” One of the main changes is that the new regulations will make it easier for MPI and the SPCA to take action against animal mistreatment. “These regulations will allow us to better respond to lower levels

of offending, and target specific behaviours that need to change,” Chris says. “For example, if people allow their animal’s horns to become ingrown, they can be fined $500.” In developing the regulations, current science, good practice, and the views of submitters were taken into consideration.

Te Papa highlights legacy of female suffrage An electronic breast pump used by Holly Walker while she was a Green MP, an exhibit which will highlight one of the complexities of balancing motherhood and paid employment. PHOTO: Supplied

On September 19, exactly 125 years since New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world to grant women the vote, Te Papa will open a pop-up exhibition and launch a new Te Papa Press publication to mark Suffrage 125. A team led by Dr Bronwyn Labrum, Te Papa’s Head of New Zealand and Pacific Cultures, is using stories from the last 125 years to reflect on gender rights today. “2018 provides us with an opportunity to look at the legacy of female suffrage – to celebrate the milestones that have been fought for and won, but to also acknowledge that the battle for equality is ongoing” Bronwyn says.

“I remember the centennial suffrage celebrations in 1993, and the reality is that not much has fundamentally changed in terms of advances in women’s rights in the last 25 years. There is still pay inequality, while sexism and sexual abuse are experienced at every level of society. “However, the tide certainly feels like it’s turning. There’s renewed energy, a braveness to ‘call it’ and momentum for change. I feel very hopeful about the changes we’ll be able to examine for Suffrage 150.” The exhibition, Te Tohe m ng Take W hine / Doing It for Themselves: Women Fight for Equality, will display contemporary items related to women’s rights.

Recent acquisitions include a breast pump from former Green MP and writer Holly Walker, the NopeSisters T-shirt which addresses sexual abuse, a menstrual cup from MyCup, a company committed to ending period poverty, a suit worn by Dame Jenny Shipley on her first day in office as New Zealand’s first-ever female Prime Minister, and Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban’s puletasi (formal S moan outfit) which she wore to give her maiden speech as New Zealand’s first Pacific Island female Member of Parliament. The exhibition will be located on level 3, Te Papa and will run until the end of February 2019.

Abby Howells participates in last year’s Improv Festival. PHOTO: Ali Little

Registrations open for Improv Festival workshops Registrations for the 10th New Zealand Improv Festival (NZIF) have opened. Organisers welcome anyone interested in the art of improvisation, storytelling or spontaneous thinking, movement or music to join them for a series of 32 workshops in Wellington during October 20-27. There will be beginner classes like Personal Storytelling for Stage by Merrilee McCoy or Physical Theatre & Mime by Fergus Aitken - the perfect first step for anyone wanting to give it a go for the first time. For intermediate or advanced improvisers, there will be workshopscovering everything from stage combat to stage romance and clowning to musicals such as

Chicago. From the 32 workshops, casts for 17 NZIF productions will be picked, where successful applicants are able to put their new knowledge to practical use. Workshop registrations are at a first-come-first-served basis and prices starts at $60 (one workshop), which also gets you access to NZIF artist pass deals, and a free ticket to attend the NZIF Gala opening event, October 20 at Hannah Playhouse - to $400 (for a maximum 11 workshops). First-tier allocations will be made Monday, October 1 based on availability and timeslot.  For the full list of workshops and to register go to

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