Western Leader : February 25th 2011
6 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 NEWS The ultimate in permanent weather protection. Archgola West Auckland Lawrence: 0800 20 19 25 USE YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING AREAS ALL YEAR ROUND! www.archgola.co.nz 3451552AD Inspiration. Encouragement. Experience. Also at Mt Eden Pakuranga 09 638 9026 09 576 7108 www.davisfunerals.co.nz John Schipper Call John today for a free consultation or a friendly chat on the type of ser vice you would like. We believe in providing a funeral service that is special to you. We will guide and inspire you with sympathy and respect for your loved ones. Henderson 09 835 3557 3489228AH or Church back in service By NICOLA MURPHY Community asset: Duncan MacDonald from the Avondale Community Society is pleased St Ninian's is available for use again. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY It has taken the hard work of countless community groups and the Auckland Council but Avondale s oldest church is available for use again. St Ninian s on St Georges Rd was closed in 2007 due to to lead contamination. Work was supposed to be completed in November last year but this was delayed due to soil retesting and poor weather. Arts and culture com- munity development man- ager Louise Mason says the building is now completely restored and ready for use again. The work included re- pairing the roof and joinery, structural repairs to roof trusses, stripping back the lead-based paint both inside and out and replacement of topsoils in the garden. Ms Mason calls St Ninian s a listed heritage building of great historical importance to Avondale and of value to the local community . Avondale Community Society took over the lease in early February but it still needs to be signed off by the Whau Local Board as a formality. It is a restricted lease which means no children are allowed on the property as a safety precaution following the lead paint contamination. Society chairman Duncan MacDonald is pleased the 151-year-old church is open again. It s in beautiful condition now, he says. It s brilliant to have it in use again as a community asset. He says the drive has been a team effort by the Avondale Community Society, the Av- ondale-Waterview Historical Society and Avondale Senior Citizens among others. Mainstream media disappoints Listen to Willie Jackson on Monday at 10am on Radio Waatea 603AM Thanks to the main- stream media, most New Zealanders learned nothing much last week- end about Te Matatini, the four-day national kapa haka competition in Gisborne. Apart from the New Zealand Herald no major newspaper media outlet in the country bothered to turn up. If there had been a punch-up or drugs or booze and the cops had been called in, we would have had major coverage from the major news organisations. So too, if Hone Hara- wira had stopped by -- and said something. Or nothing. Either way the main- stream journos would ve made a big deal out of that. But the four days went smoothly, so our Pakeha journalists averted their gaze. And yet another chance went begging. A chance for what? Well a chance, especially for non-Maori, to get more of a grasp of what makes Maori tick -- because it s there to appreciate when you watch and listen to the best of the country s kapa haka teams show- ing what they re capable of.You might argue that there was no need for the big news outfits to pay much attention because there was wall-to-wall coverage on Maori TV. But that s like suggesting that those same big news outfits should ignore all the test rugby matches because you can watch them on the rugby channel. I don t buy that argu- ment at all. It makes sense for specialist channels to provide a thorough coverage of their specialty. But that doesn t mean the mainstream media is relieved of any respons- ibility to keep the gen- eral public informed. The pity of it is that Te Matatini was full of stories that a host of Kiwis, whatever their background, could easily warm to. There was Waka Huia, who had been nursed through to championship status by Nen and Bub Wehi -- and here they were still grieving in the wake of Nen s death a fortnight earlier. Then there was Pita Sharples, a Cabinet min- ister no less and under all sorts of political pres- sure, and yet still pre- pared to take the stage once again as he has been doing for 40 years or more. And what about Wetini Mitai whose group Te Matarae i Orehu won the compe- tition -- and then both Wetini and the group s woman leader Miriama Hare won the top leader awards. Wetini is one of Maoridom s great role models and the king of kapa haka. Miriama s win was especially poign- ant -- her mum, the late great Taini Morrison, was the previous winner of the award. The Western Leader covered Te Matatini in yesterday's paper. See www.westernleader.co.nz. 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