Western Leader : November 5th 2010
5 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 5, 2010 NEWS OPEN TO VIEW Thursday 11th and Friday 12th November, 10am to 4pm 38 Golf Road, Titirangi www.metlifecare.co.nz REV4732 Experience a rewarding retirement lifestyle. Visit us and see the tranquil living at Metlifecare Crestwood this Thursday and Friday. A friendly village community where everyone is welcome Picturesque bush setting creating a relaxed atmosphere Safe environment for peace-of-mind living Village transport to shopping and services at LynnMall A range of community facilities, such as heated indoor swimming pool, spa pool, library, bar and more, to enjoy at your leisure Need more info? Talk to one of our friendly team on 09 817 0464. *Offer available only to residential customers. The free Aqua-Cool water-cooler rental is conditional on a 12-month water supply contract and remains the property of Aqua-Cool Ltd. Offer not available in all areas. TC6846A_SUB Sick of being called FATTY? We're here to help if you're • Overweight • Type 2 diabetic • A kidney problem risk • Hooked on fizzy drinks or Cola You can help improve your health by placing a water-cooler in your home, and the rental is FREE!!* Apart from a one-off $40 establishment fee, you only pay for the water you drink, delivered to your door on a regular basis Aqua-Cool can supply Aqua-Fresh® (ultra filtered water), VitaBlast® (flavour enhanced with Vitamin C), and MineralX® (NZ spring water). www.aquacool.co.nz 0800 22 33 88 or text WATER to 4040 rental Stormy tale wins first prize By CATHERINE HEALY Winning writer: Becca Billinghurst of Henderson Intermediate school won her section of the Western Districts Short Story Competition. Photo: CATHERINE HEALY The fantasy tale of a girl named Storm who lives in a mythical land full of driving rain was awarded first place in the inter- mediate school section of the Western Districts Short Story competition last night. The author, 11-year-old Becca Billinghurst of Henderson Intermediate School, collected her $150 prize at a ceremony at Projectspace Corban Estate Art Centre in Henderson, as part of the Waitakere Trust Art Awards. Becca s vivid imagination and passion for writing made craft- ing the 1700-word story a pleasure. I love writing. I also like reading, science, art, music and computers, says Becca. The competition, which began in west Auckland 24 years ago, is supported by the Waitakere Licensing Trust. It has become a national competition and the open section receives around 400 entries from around the country. The winner of the open sec- tion was 48-year-old Sally Houtman of Wellington, who received $500 in prizemoney as well as her travel and accommo- dation costs to attend last night s prizegiving in Auckland. Sally moved to New Zealand from the United States with her Kiwi husband in 2005. She is legally blind and uses special adaptive equipment on her com- puter to magnify the text to the point that she can read it. She also has a voice programme that reads the text back to her. It makes proof reading a pain in the neck. But I hope it makes my writing more accu- rate, because I hear it all read back to me, she says. I have a writing group who help me with things like punctuation. Sally has counselled people with addictions which she says gives her an understanding of human behaviour that helps to give depth to her writing. She has published one non- fiction book and has been work- ing on short story writing for about three years. She is also working on a novel. Local organiser David Knight said he had no idea Sally was blind until after he told her she had won. Art in the garden Artists from all over New Zealand will be taking part in the Kumeu Art in the Garden festival this weekend. The event is spread over four Kumeu garden galleries with more than 1000 pieces of artwork from 80 Kiwi artists available for purchase. The two-day festival will feature several new initiatives including live music and poetry read- ings at all the gardens. Visit www.kumeuart inthegarden.co.nz or the Kumeu's Visitors Centre for information or to buy tickets. STORY CONTEST WINNERS Winners of cash prizes in the Western Districts Short Story competition sponsored by the Waitakere Licensing Trust: Open section First: Bread by Sally Houtman of Wellington Second: A Creek a River by Michael Lee of Hamilton Third: Beautiful Hands by Karen Peterson Butterworth of Otaki Secondary section First: A Childs Wish by Harry Warden-Vosen of Mt Albert Grammar School Second: Someone Paint- ed the Sun by Chelsea Lund of Kaukapakapa Third: Seeing the Sound by Jane Wang of Avondale College Intermediate section First: Rain by Becca Billinghurst of Henderson Intermediate Second: In your dreams by Tessa Hafoka of Mt Eden Third: City of Sand by Jayne Sinclair of Maidstone Intermediate of Upper Hutt.
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