Western Leader : January 6th 2011
4 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 6, 2011 NEWS Find out more: phone 09 355 3553 or visit www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz Auckland Transport and NZ Police wish you a safe holiday season. As you plan parties to celebrate with friends and family, remember to: • serve alcohol responsibly or not at all • encourage your guests to stay in control • provide substantial food, not just snacks • provide low or non-alcoholic drinks • supervise young people if they are around alcohol • keep an eye on how much your guests are drinking • arrange safe transport for your guests or somewhere for them to stay. AT.10/1012 Have a safe holiday season Travel the South Island on our privately chartered train and see stunning scenery not viewed from the road. Rail travel includes the length of the Southern Main Trunk -- Bluff to Picton, the scenic West Coast line Westport to Greymouth through the Buller Gorge, TranzAlpine route through the Alps and Taieri Gorge Train. 15 days departs 27 April 2011 South Island Rail Tour Escorted Coach Tours South Island Coach Tour Discover the South Island's early heritage and see some of New Zealand's most stunning scenery. South Canterbury, Otago, Southland & Mt Cook. Includes return flights to Christchurch. Optional: Ellerslie Flower Show 11 days departs 28 February 2011 Explore the diversity of the Wild South with its rugged & wind swept coastlines of the Catlins to the pristine beauty of Stewart Island. Includes 2 nights in the Catlins & 3 nights on Stewart Island 9 days departs 22 March 2011 Stewart Island & Catlins Get off the beaten track, discover the East Cape & Pacific Coast with its rocky coastlines & sandy beaches. See the lighthouse on NZ's most easterly point. Includes Hicks Bay, Gisborne & Napier. 8 days departs 17 March 2011 East Cape & Pacific Coast For further information phone Shavourn Twilight Travel & Tours Phone 0800 999 887 or (09) 478 5424 www.twilighttravel.co.nz TAANZ Bonded Travel Agent A member of the Travel Managers Group Tours include pick up from home Contact Toby Beadle 09 835 1172, or 027 4456 568 Email: email@example.com 114 Mountain Road Henderson Valley Waitakere AUCKLAND MOTORCYCLE SERVICES Servicing all major brands: Onroad, Offroad, Scooters and ATVs Insurance work, parts, tyres and accessories SPECIAL!! Mention this ad and receive a basic service for only $60 plus oil and filter 3367455AD Weekly clinics held at our St Lukes Clinic For more information please call WONS, Nursing, Education & Health Promotion Services on 846 7886 ext 0. FREE Cervical Smear Clinics **No appointments necessary. Certain criteria applies** The WONS mobile cervical screening van will be onsite on the following dates and venues: Wednesday 12th & Friday 21st January Henderson Work & Income Offce (carpark) 36-44 Sel Peacock Drive, Henderson Van onsite from 9:30am - 3pm Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th January Glenmall Work & Income Offce (carpark) 20 Oates Road, Glen Eden Van onsite from 9:30am - 3pm Powering ahead with a passion for music Indie style: Powertool Records founder Andrew Maitai. Photo: STEPHEN FORBES By STEPHEN FORBES Powertool Records boss Andrew Maitai was playing drums with the group Joed Out nine years ago when he wanted to release some of the band s material. He was the owner of a powertool shop in New Lynn at the time and had been running the business for 17 years, but was looking for a change. So he decided to start his own record label -- Powertool Records. It really just started out as a vehicle to mar- ket Joed Out s music, he says. Powertool Records first release was a 2001 EP by the band Floorshow. Eventually, Andrew had to make a decision on whether to continue with his shop or focus on the record company. I found I just didn t have time for both, he says. He chose the music. Andrew describes the label s sound as indie alternative, which reflects some of his influences. He says New Zealand s own Flying Nun Records is a major inspiration to him. Started by Roger Shepherd in 1981, the independent label signed bands like The Clean, Straitjacket Fits, The Bats, Headless Chickens and JPS Experience. Through persistence and some old-fashioned hard work Flying Nun took the sound of Dunedin to the world. I ve always been passionate about music, Andrew says. And I thought by starting a label I could make things move. In 2003, Powertool Records released Here Come the Bullet Holes -- a compilation of different artists. That s when I decided I could do more with the label than just Joed Out, Andrew says. Seven years on, Powertool Records has just marked a major milestone -- its 100th release. Called PT 100: Powertool Records Retro- spective, the double album represents the best of the label s releases. Andrew staged a con- cert at the Kings Arms to celebrate the occasion with Bill Direen and The Bilders, Sandra Bell and his band Surf Friends. The group completed a 20-date tour of New Zea- land last year. These days the label has a wide range of artists on its books, including Bats frontman and Flying Nun stalwart Robert Scott, The Puddle, Bill Direen and The Bilders and Mat- thew Bannister from the Sneaky Feelings. The label s catalogue is now available as far afield as Germany and the United States. Andrew also hosts a Wednesday night show on Kiwi FM called Outer Space. I get guest artists on and invite them to choose a playlist of Kiwi music and discuss why they chose those tracks. He says the station is where a lot of bands and artists first get airplay and he loves its 100 percent Kiwi format. Big effort by students The generosity of Auck- land school kids will put smiles on the faces of their Canterbury coun- terparts affected by the Christchurch earth- quake. The Auckland Primary Principals Association gave the Canterbury Pri- mary Principals Associ- ation a cheque for $40,000 last month. It was the result of fundraising efforts by children at 70 schools across the region. APPA executive officer Alison Smith says she never dreamed the fund would go as high as it did. I was expecting about half of what was raised. But kids are like that. They have an inbuilt sense of what is right and wrong and what is fair when something happens to other kids. CPPA president Den- ise Torrey says Canter- bury principals were overwhelmed by the gen- erosity of the Auckland children, who held cake stalls and coin trails, as well as events. Children at one school even wore pyjamas all day -- perhaps in recog- nition of the timing of the earthquake. Decisions will be made in the new year about how the money will be distributed. Any more donations received will be passed on to the Pike River Miners fund.
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