Western Leader : December 7th 2010
18 WESTERN LEADER, DECEMBER 7, 2010 NEWS Kelston moves: Instructors June-Lorraine Devereux, Quintin Derham, and Josie Roberts showcase the art of t'ai chi at the Kelston Community Centre. Photo: TUREI MACKEY T'ai chi helps senior class find balance Nearly 90 senior citizens practiced t'ai chi as part of a fall pre- vention lesson at the Kelston community centre last week. The programme is its 10th year of being run in west Auckland. It was set up in 2000 in conjunction with Heal- thWest and ACC to improve older people's balance and prevent falls. Auckland manager Quintin Derham says the free course has grown in popularity each year with many continuing to learn t'ai chi after the pro- gramme has ended. It is a free 16-week programme and at the classes about half are doing the free pro- gramme while the other half are continu- ing after the four months has passed,'' he says. They do t'ai chi under their own steam to keep themselves healthy and flexible.'' The 37-year-old eighth degree blackbelt says although the main aim is to help participants with bet- ter balance, the martial art has also provided other benefits. People are finding better breathing and relaxation, and better ability to deal with stress, which is good for people who may have lost their part- ner because t'ai chi gives them internal strength.'' IN BRIEF Arts festival Tickets are now on sale for the 2011 Auckland Arts Festival. The biennial show starts in March and features over 75 separate events involving over 500 artists and performers. Glen Eden's Playhouse Theatre will host two shows during the festival -- Red Leap Theatre' s new work Paper Sky -- A Love Story and Who Are You, the new work from Black Grace's UrbanYOUTHMovement. This is the first major arts and cultural event run by the new Auckland Council but the festival has been running since 2003. Visit www.auckland festival.co.nz. Spar maker moves A company that makes masts for superyachts has moved into a dedicated factory in west Auckland, bringing 200 employees with it. Southern Spars has moved into the custom-designed factory on Rosebank Rd in Avondale, bringing together under one roof employees who previously worked in various locations around the city. The building includes a vast hall which has been built without any structural columns, allowing masts of up to 70m to be assembled and moved easily. Giant taniwha basks in the sun By CATHERINE HEALY Dragon's tail: Children at Green Bay School appreciate the new taniwha seat, built under the direction of sculptor Bruce Courtney. From left: Tane Whare, Hayden Lawrence, Devin Boyle, Milan Bonkovich, Bruce Courtney, Georgia McLean and Jacinda Vickers. Photo: CATHERINE HEALY At the edge of the native walkway at Green Bay Pri- mary and Intermediate School, a giant taniwha basks in the sun. Fortunately, he is friendly -- in fact he's happy to be climbed all over and sat upon. As part of their Enviro- schools work, Green Bay students helped sculptor Bruce Courtney create the taniwha from recycled materials. The bottom and back of the seat are made of old car tyres. There are metal stakes to hold them down. We filled them with plas- tic bags full of sand, covered them with chicken wire and then concreted over the top,'' Devin Boyle, 13, says. The taniwha sports shiny green and red scales, which are made of broken ceramic pots. Using recycled items reduced the cost of the materials to a few hundred dollars. Bruce gets satisfaction from working on environ- mental projects. If you'd made this com- pletely from concrete, it would have cost thousands,'' he says. Bruce says the older chil- dren worked hard on the con- struction. Hayden, Devin and Milan were real workhorses.'' The whole school was involved in creating tiles which decorate the back of the taniwha. Bruce says he hopes the children will come back to the school in years to come and still be able to spot the tile they made. It's a bit like a time cap- sule in that way,'' he says. Teacher Kathy Chandler says the children were encouraged to make a tile that would reflect what makes west Auckland special. They used flora and fauna mostly, you can see snails, geckos, birds and so on.''
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