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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Quirky garden art by Laura Mills


Daffodils for the Cancer Society in Greymouth.


The West Coast Messenger

rom the serious to the quirky, a latecomer to the art scene is making an impression. Cobden man Kevin Hayman started making rustic garden sculptures only a year ago, after an operation. Unable to go straight back to work, the digger driver started tinkering. Luckily he had welding skills from his days doing the stockcars and working on mine sites. Despite not being able to draw at school, he says the ideas started coming. “My brother in Christchurch sent a photo of what a man was selling at the Riccarton market.” He was intrigued, and before long had made his own set of ‘bullrush weeds’ using springs from a trampoline. PICTURES: Laura Mills He gets the metal from Dispatch, Liddells and scrap metal dealers.

A bird feeder.

Around his garden, weird and wonderful creatures and creations lurk in flowerbeds. He also does more serious work, including daffodils for the Cancer Society and edging for fire pits to protect the lawn. One piece recently went to Wellington. Ideas just come to him, and he scours websites like Pinterest. Mr Hayman can be seen at the polytechnic markets, the Shakespeare Street markets on Saturdays and on Facebook under Not Just Nuts.

Absolutely Fabulous fundraiser by Joan Fairhall IN an innovative and risque move the Kumara Residents Trust is putting the fun in FUNdraiser by inviting Coasters to ‘get their glam on and drag themselves out for a fabulous late night where anything can happen’. The Risque Bingo party, hosted by Aunty Pipi and Meryl Vale, promises ‘bingo as you’ve never played it before’, a couple of slightly naughty drama skits from the Savage Club, live music from the Cool Little Band, great bingo prizes to be won along with raffles and auctions and a mystery super prize drawn at the end of the evening for just turning up. Thanks to the generosity of tourism operators all along the cycleway, winners of the Wilderness Trail packages will enjoy the full experience — fourday electric bike hire, shuttle of guest and luggage over the fourday trail from Ross to Greymouth Aunty Pipi and Meryl Vale — not your average bingo callers! via Hokitika, Cowboy Paradise an opportunity for companies or families and Kumara, accommodation and food to have their names go down in history, along the trail. Other prizes include gold, having made a significant contribution restaurant meals, vouchers for popular to the placement of garden features and tourist attractions, food and beverage authentic Chinese hand-carved granite vouchers and more. furniture. Funds raised will support the next The fun evening will be held on Saturday, phase of Kumara’s Chinese Miners February 16 at the Seaview Hall, Hokitika, Memorial Reserve. An auction will give 7pm-11pm. No need to dress up, but

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glad rags and glitter would add to the ‘fabulosity’. Bingo books (10 games) $20. Licensed bar and platter food available. VIP tables available. E-mail: or contact Fiona: 027 641 2740. Transport options from Kumara and Greymouth, details at

Coasters Tickets available at $ 22.50 Adult (16+) $ 45.00 Family pass (2 A + 2 C under 16) $ 12.50 Child (5-15 years old) Under 5 years FREE

Volunteer and help children with cancer next month Child Cancer Foundation is calling for volunteers to lend a hand for its annual street collection, taking place on Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16, during Child Cancer Foundation appeal month. Dedicated volunteers are urgently needed to donate their time and help raise vital funds to support more than 1700 families’ nationwide in hospital, at home and in the community. Robyn Kiddle, chief executive at Child Cancer Foundation explains: “Child Cancer Foundation receives no direct funding from the government, and we rely on the generosity of New Zealanders to continue to support these children and their families in need.

“We are grateful to anyone who can spare a couple of hours to raise funds to help brave Kiwi kids and their families, facing their cancer battle. There are collection sites nationwide and just a couple of hours out of people’s days will make a huge difference.” Schools or businesses can also “adopt” a collection site in their local area for one or both days and involve staff, students and parents in this event. People interested in volunteering as collectors can register at or call 0800 424 453 to be connected with their local organiser.

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West Coast Messenger 6 February 2019  

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