Western Leader : January 13th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 3 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 13, 2012 NEWS Introducing Dayna & Claire to Sturges Rd & Swanson 138 Sturges Rd Western Heights 705 Swanson Rd Swanson See You At Scissorhands: Ph: 833 7458 Ph: 836 0667 Introductory offer to all new clients who book with either Dayna or Claire before end of January 2012. Transform your look for 2012. Book now & don't be disappointed! ½ head foils + cut & blowwave $100 $150 Full head foils + cut & blowwave Walks on the wild side are better with an expert guide Ever walked the Kakamatua Inlet track? Here's your chance to try it. Guide Jim McCaughan will lead the two-hour walk along the track on January 25. Meet at 9.50am at the Kakamatua carpark in Huia and be ready to start walking at 10am. Most footwear will do but you will probably get your feet wet. There will be time for a picnic lunch at the end. There is also a series of night walks with nature planned this summer. On January 31 walkers can join botanist Jeff McCauley on a Cascade Kauri night plants walk, leaving from the carpark on Falls Rd. On February 2 there's a Cas- cade kauri spider and moth walk leaving from the Kakamatua Inlet carpark. Entomologist Peter Maddison will share his insect knowledge on Exhibition Drive walks on February 7 and 9, leaving from the Exhibition Drive carpark. Join freshwater fish expert Paul Woodard to spot water nightlife on February 14, meet at the Cascade Kauri carpark. Proceeds from the night walks go towards the Ark in the Park project, which aims to restore the ecology of the Waitakere Ranges. Arrive at 7.50pm for the walks which start at 8pm and last for around two hours. Organiser Kay Lindley says the walks aren't too challenging. We're stopping all the time to look at things so it's pretty much suitable for any fitness level.'' Call Ms Lindley on 827-6647 or 027-274-2280 to register for the Kakamatua Inlet walk or a night walk. They all cost $5. IN BRIEF Fish snaps Do you have a great photo of a fish that didn't get away this summer? The Western Leader is after pictures of fish caught off our beaches over the holidays. Send in your high resolution contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a few lines explaining the tale behind the catch, who is in the photo and where and when it was taken. We'll publish a selection of the best in an upcoming edition. Business boost Mayor Len Brown says Auckland Council plans to create 25 new business improvement districts (BIDs) across the region in the next 10 years. ''This signals we're serious about building our local townships and getting funding behind them, whether their business associations are just starting or wanting to grow,'' he says. The districts are funded through targeted rating of commercial properties within a set business area. The council collects the funds on behalf of the businesses and uses the money to improve the area's business environment and promote growth. ''We rightly focus a lot on having a successful city centre but we've got 187 villages and towns in the region and I'd like to see a BID programme operating in every one of them.'' There are currently 46 BIDs operating in Auckland including those in Glen Eden, Te Atatu Peninsula, New Lynn, Avondale, Rosebank and Blockhouse Bay. New name WONS is now called Well Women and Family Trust to encompass its focus on women's health, family and communities. Well Women and Family Trust has a van which travels around Auckland providing free cervical smears to women judged to be at high risk for the cancer. The van will be in west Auckland on January 17, at WINZ Henderson, 36-44 Sel Peacock Drive from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Show breaks barriers United in arts: From front left (kneeling): Karima Madut, Hana Mender, middle: Zoe Nicholson, Baraka Mender, Etta Bollinger, Fardowsa Mohammed, Mellissa Wells, back, Kelsi Smith, Ella Hooper and Maria Pallis Anzola are performing in Feel the Mix. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY Striking movement: Karima Madut tries some moves with a silk scarf while Maria Pallis Anzola plays a drum. Photo: WENDY PRESTON By NICOLA MURPHY ' It teaches you to keep an open mind and use inspiration and creativity as a fuel for something greater. ' Fardowsa Mohammed WANTED: An open-minded audience who enjoy watching young people excel in arts including dance and trapeze. Must be prepared to follow the performance around the venue. If this sounds like you, come along to the Corban Estate Arts Centre tomorrow to see a one-off promenade theatre show put on by the Mixit arts project. The 30 young people taking part are aged between 13 and 25, come from 10 different nationalities and many are refugees. The Fledgling Trust behind Mixit supports using arts to transcend barriers of communication, social and racial differences. It aims to promote diversity through performing arts including dance, drama, storytelling and aerial work. Mixit runs a weekly work- shop throughout the year and an intensive summer work- shop which culminates in a site-specific performance. This year's show, Feel the Mix, will be held at the project's new venue, Corban Estate Arts Centre. The theme is exploring new territory. Director Wendy Preston says the audience should expect the unexpec- ted. The performers will make use of the whole Cor- ban site and move the show to different areas. Fardowsa Mohammed, 16, participated in her first Mixit summer workshop last year after hearing about it from her older siblings. She was born in New Zea- land and her family is orig- inally from Somalia. Her brother Mohammed will also be performing. The Ranui resident loves being part of a project that promotes a huge range of arts including dance and trapeze. I wouldn't have the chance to do any of these if it weren't for Mixit,'' Fardowsa says. It's an inclusive environ- ment. It teaches you to keep an open mind and use inspi- ration and creativity as a fuel for something greater.'' Graciano Aganze, 17, came to New Zealand in 2010 from Uganda and was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I've learned leadership skills, cool dance moves and drama. Mixit is a really big part of my life.'' The Te Atatu resident is also a Mixit youth leader, a challenge that has boosted his confidence. This will be the best show we have done so far,'' he says. Ms Preston says while Mixit is mostly a refugee- based arts project, they invite along other young people to promote diversity and inter- cultural friendships. We encourage a mix between local residents, migrants and refugees. It's crossing those barriers of dif- ference that can create so much animosity in communi- ties.'' The project also gives young people confidence. Feel the Mix has been devised by Ms Preston, with a choreographer, a drama director and circus tutors. Entry is by donation and there will be a sausage sizzle. It starts at 7pm tomorrow at 426 Great North Rd, Hen- derson, access off Mt Lebanon Lane. Visit www.mixit.co.nz for more information.
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