Western Leader : January 17th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 3 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 17, 2012 NEWS 4166935AF EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTRE 5 - 7 Montel Ave, Henderson (Beside Henderson Primary School) Ph: 836 3590 www.brighteyes-childcare.co.nz Limited Spaces Infant & Toddlers Centre Specials Available ± ±± ± To be eligible you must comply with all of the following: (1) Live within the Waitakere / Portage Trust boundaries (2) Apply before baby is 4 months old (3) Produce original Birth Certificate (4) Hospital Discharge papers or Well Child with Hospital sticker (5) Produce other documents confirming your physical address (6) Donate $30 to Plunket for administration fee Please contact your Plunket Car Seat Rental Scheme Area Office: Plunket House - Portage Plunket House - Waitakere 1a -161 Stoddard Rd 8a Woodford Ave Mt Roskill Henderson Ph: 620 5791 Ph: 837 1871 Mon-Sat & Fri 9.30am to 1.30pm Mon-Weds & Fri 9am to 2pm Thurs 9am to 4pm hey, look what i just got... ...a new car seat! & you could be eligible too 4042663AE Winners put up artwork An exhibition featuring four past winners of the Emerging Artist Awards opens at Upstairs Gal- lery on January 19. The annual awards are held in July every year and are organised by the Titirangi Com- munity Arts Council. Elise Ure, Linda Dixon, David Hilliam and the most recent win- ner, Kei Park, will be displaying their latest works at the gallery in a joint exhibition called Momentum until Febru- ary 12. Visit www.upstairs. org.nz for more information. Sione's unfinished business By HINERANGI VAIMOSO Back on screen: David Fane, Iaheto Ah Hi, Robbie Magasiva, Oscar Kightley and Shimpal Lelisi, the cast of Sione's 2: Unfinished Business. GIVEAWAY The Western Leader has a double pass to see Sione's 2: Unfinished Business to give away. To enter, email your name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org with Sione's 2 in the subject line. Or send it to The Editor, PO Box 21-167, Henderson, to arrive by 9am, January 24. Another one down: Oscar Kightley, who grew up in Te Atatu, plays the role of Albert. Bolo time: David Fane, who plays the mysterious character Paul, with partner Bronwyn Bradley at the premiere of Sione's 2. WHAT time do you call this Sefa?'' she says as he stumbles in the door at 6am. Bedtime?'' he says before she throws the alarm clock at his head. It's one of the most quoted lines of the first instalment of Sione's Wedding and it's more of these lines that audiences can expect to be in stitches over when Sione's 2: Unfin- ished Business opens in cinemas this week. Shimpal Lelisi returns to the big screen on January 19 as the loveable Sefa, the boyfriend-turned-fiance of the beautiful Leilani played by Te Atatu Peninsula's Teuila Blakely. It's five years on. He's still with Leilani, they've got two kids and they've had the longest engagement in the history of the world,'' he says. So we're left wondering why they're still not mar- ried.'' The Avondale-based actor, best known for his work with the Naked Samoans, Bro'- Town and television show Fresh, attended the star- studded premiere in Auck- land on Sunday evening. While the professionals were impressed again, Lelisi is eager to see what the pub- lic think. It's like with anything, you hope for the best. When we did the first movie we just felt lucky to have had the opportunity to make a movie like that,'' he says. We didn't expect that kind of reaction but it was awe- some. Now there's that expec- tation to be just as good as the last movie. Those nerves make you work harder.'' It's the familiarity of the characters that wins over audiences, he says. His character Sefa is in a long-term relationship. He holds down a job and lives away from home but hasn't really grown up. He'd rather drink with the boys. Michael, played by Robbie Magasiva, is the brown boy infamous for being sexually free with white girls. Albert, played by screen- writer and fellow west Auck- lander Oscar Kightley, is married and has a good job but still struggles to find true happiness. And then there's Stan, played by Iaheto Ah Hi, who's on the hunt for love and pur- pose so he's turned to God for guidance. Everyone knows these guys. Actually, I know heaps of people like these guys,'' Lelisi says. We've all had input into those characters as we've gone along and having Oscar there with us as well as being one of the writers made it easy for us to develop those characters well.'' The stars of the show head to Samoa today for a prem- iere with locals and family. Swim spots deemed unsafe after failed water quality tests By STEPHEN FORBES Swimming spots have been deemed unsafe after failing water quality tests last week. Auckland Council's Safe- swim monitoring programme has detected high levels of E. coli at Bethells, Piha and Piha North lagoons and Karekare Lagoon and carpark. Laingholm Beach will be re-tested after high levels of Enterococci were found. The authority is warning people to avoid swimming for 48 hours after heavy rain and stay away from high risk areas such as stormwater outfalls and stream mouths. Council spokesman Rob Hughes says the public will be advised if it is safe to swim at the monitored sites. If the tests indicate there is any potential public health risk, Auckland Coun- cil will promptly erect warn- ing signs in the relevant locations. These will only be removed once the water quality is assessed to be safe.'' Karekare resident Kubi Witten-Hannah believes pol- lution is caused by storm- water and wastewater run off from neighbouring properties. He says following heavy rain the waste makes its way into nearby streams and then into the lagoons. Former Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey says the area's stormwater network needs upgrading. The Waitakere City Council had a programme to ensure all the septic tanks in the valley were also kept up to a high standard. But I would doubt if that has been maintained under the supercity. So it's vital that the local community helps to police the issue and acts as the watch dogs.'' Council spokesman Glyn Walters says everything from runoff from roofs and roads, dead wildlife and rotting vegetation can raise bacteria levels. Go to www.western leader.co.nz to see a trailer for Sione's 2: Unfinished Business.
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