Western Leader : February 10th 2011
8 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 10, 2011 NEWS 3484663AE 0800 10 95 10 www.languages.unitec.ac.nz Whether youre planning to tr avel overseas, would like to improve your career options, or want to speak the language of your partner, family or friends short courses are a great way to learn a language or brush up your skills. We offer short courses from beginners to advanced level. Classes run on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Short courses start 8 March 2011 at our Mt Albert campus. Enrol now. Speak another language Dutch French German Italian Japanese Mandarin Samoan Spanish UNLAN147 A walk around country is over After 2300km and count- less blisters Kate Medlicott and her boyfriend Tim Geaney have completed their walk of the length of New Zealand. The couple were doing the walk to raise aware- ness of child sexual exploitation in New Zea- land. They started in Bluff in the far south in mid- November and finished in Cape Reinga last Friday. Miss Medlicott is orig- inally from Massey but is studying social work at Otago University. We think that if we have protected even one child from this awful abuse our efforts have been worthwhile, she says. It has been a long walk and tough at times but we will remember this forever. Big film studio still alive By STEPHEN FORBES The majority shareholder in Henderson s Auckland Film Studios has gone into receiv- ership but the Auckland Council says it won t affect the day-to-day running of the facilities. Tony Tay Film Ltd, which has a 55.6 percent sharehold- ing in the company, is in receivership. The other 44.4 percent stake is held by Auckland Council Invest- ments Ltd. The studios have filmed movies and television pro- grammes including Xena: Warrior Princess, Whale Rider and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Council investments chief executive Gary Swift says the Tony Tay Film shareholding in the studios will be sold. That s the receivers job to do that and they would have already started on that work, Mr Swift says. I would expect them to speaktoustoseeifweare interested in buying those shares, but we haven t made a decision on that at this stage. But it won t have any effect on the studios. Auckland Film Studios general manager Kieran Fitzsimmons says the receiv- ership is more of an acknow- ledgement that the shares are on the market for sale . It s business as usual for us, he says. Auckland Film Studios will continue to work with the international and local film industries. He says there are no major international films booked this year. We ve had future booking enquiries and we re working with some local and Aust- ralian productions. The Waitakere City Coun- cil announced in June 2006 that it was going to build the largest film studio and soun- dstage in New Zealand at the former ENZA coolstores site in Henderson Valley Rd. The project was a joint ven- ture with Tony Tay Film. Mr Tay is confident the facility will continue the stu- dio will keep produce films despite his company going into receivership. It won t affect the studios at all. Everything is independent of my companies. He has no plans to invest in the film industry again any time soon. The Tony Tay Group went into receivership in July last year and a number of its subsidiaries, including Jireh Hostels, Jireh Investment Trust and Jireh Huka, have been in liquidation since early last year. Wild westies: Kimi Bunting, An-ya Bunting, Jen Skelton, Toby Skelton, 2, Hayley Skelton, 3, and Michael Stewart are taking part in the Relay for Life on March 5 and 6. Photo: CATHERINE HEALY Sheriffs capture the cancer fundraiser By CATHERINE HEALY Jen Skelton lost her mother to cancer in August 2009. In the end I think it was lung cancer that killed her, but she went through the lot. Mrs Skelton and a group of family and friends from Massey and Mt Albert are walking the Relay for Life at the Millenium Institute in Mairangi Bay on March 5 and 6. It s a Cancer Society event that gives families the chance to remember loved ones they ve lost to cancer while fundraising for the society. This is the second year the group of 18, known as the Wild West Sheriffs, has taken part. The relay starts at 4pm on March 5 and the team has to keep their baton moving around the track until the finish at 10am on March 6. Family friends Kimi and An-ya Bunting of Mount Albert are getting stuck in to the fundraising. Grandad died of cancer about a year ago. We also lost a friend to cancer about four years ago, Kimi says. The event has a great atmosphere with everyone supporting each other because they ve been through the same thing, An-ya says. It s really fun and a great way to remember someone. The Wild West Sheriffs are running poker and movie nights along with a shave-off to raise their tar- get of $3000. Mrs Skelton s brother Michael Stewart has been growing his luxuriant ginger beard for 10 months and will shave it off on March 5. The money we raise will help to fund what the Can- cer Society does to support patients, such as providing meals and support workers. By fundraising we hope to make sure those services keep on going as well as raise awareness, An-ya says. See www.relayforlife.org.nz or email jendaneskelton@ gmail.com for more information or to make a donation.
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