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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Thursday December 11 2014
www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, December 11, 2014 — 31 127262 64a TI RAKAU DR, PAKURANGA. Ph 576 5225 www.lawnheat.co.nz OPEN 7 DAYS 127880 ECHO GT22GES Line Trimmer - 21.2cc ECHO engine - 4.5kg - Bentshaft - ES Start $299 Only $5.21 per week! Conditions apply. See in store for details. RED SPOT POWER DEALS! Save $60! BBQs 10% OFF Student art Te Tuhi, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga Until tonight, open 9am-8.30pm THE Te Tuhi Student Art Exhibition is a visual showcase of works created by people attending classes at the award- winning public art gallery in Pakuranga’s Reeves Road. It features more than 100 original pieces in a range of styles and mediums and is held to publicly celebrate the students’ artistic achievements throughout the year. Viewers are welcome to vote for the work they feel is most deserving of the people’s choice award. Entry is free. Music concert All Saints Anglican Church, 17 Selwyn Road, Howick Tonight, at 7pm THE spring series of the Thursdays @ Seven classical music concerts ends tonight with a public performance entitled Dancing Day. Conductor Neil Guyan will lead a showcase featuring the Pakuranga Evening Class Madrigal Choir and All Saints’ Choir accompanied by harpist Yi Jin. The concert programme includes a range of traditional Christmas carols and music and audience members are welcome to sing along. Entry is by donation. Lithograph exhibition Uxbridge Creative Centre, 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick Friday-Saturday, from 9am-4.30pm and 10am-1.30pm THE annual Muka Youth Prints art exhibition and sale is staged at the public arts centre in Howick’s Uxbridge Road this Friday and Saturday. It’s designed to help young people get better acquainted with the practice of understanding and buying affordable contemporary art. A number of original lithograph artworks will be publicly displaying in the show and are available for purchase. Entry is free and open only to people aged 17 and under. Christmas production Picton Centre, 120 Picton Street, Howick Until Sunday, shows at 4pm and 6.50pm THE Great Christmas Show is publicly staged at the Picton Centre in Howick from tonight until Sunday. The production begins at 6.50pm on December 11, 12 and 13, and at 4pm on December 14. Organisers say people who go along will enter a “magical wonderland walk-through, enjoy a typical pantomime with Santa Claus and finally a Christian nativity scene”. Entry is free, but donations are appreciated and will go to the Christian charity Tear Fund. Michael Palin Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Central Auckland February 17, at 8pm BRITISH actor, writer, comedian and travel documentary presenter Michael Palin stages a one-man public show in Central Auckland next February. It’s held to celebrate the publication of the third volume of his new written work, entitled Diaries: Travelling to Work 1988- 1998. He will publicly discuss his travels, life story, and well-known work as a member of the iconic British comedy group Monty Python. Tickets cost $95-$195. To book, phone 0800-111 -999, or refer online to www.ticketmaster.co.nz, and they’re available at the door if not sold out. MiChaeL PaLin Photo supplied / John Swannell That’s with Chris Harrowell E NTERTAINME NT Looking back, 25 years ago... From the files of the Howick and Pakuranga Times, in 1989 Queues rile customers DECEMBER 4, 1989: Queues at Howick Post Office have reached such lengths that customers claim they’re now seeking service at Pakuranga rather than face the long wait. At times lines of customers stretch outside the Post Office door and some people face waits for service of more than 20 minutes. “It’s diabolic,” says Sandy Hillary. She uses the Post Office every day and has come to expect waits of at least an hour a week. “They should open the other Post Offices again – the Highland Park on Botany Road.” Russell Plews also finds the thought of a long wait for customer service daunting. “Sometimes it’s so long I go down to Pakuranga,” he says. Twice weekly visits by Judy Churchouse mean her lunch break is decimated. “It takes up to 10 minutes or more when I come here – I would love to have something done about it,” she says. Although Gabrielle Smith does not know if the long waits are the fault of the staff or not, she states “almost any other Post Office around would be better”. “Sometimes the queues stretch right out the door – queues always queues.” historic calendar DECEMBER 11: Residents in Whitford, Beachlands and Maraetai have the perfect present to send overseas relatives for Christmas. Maraetai-Beachlands Lions Club and the Beachlands Round Table have joined forces to produce a 1990 calendar featuring old photographs of the area. It has been printed in sepia to give it an authentic look. Some of the photos have been seen before in previous editions, but many have been published for the first time. Some also come from private collections owned by long-standing residents. Highlights of the calendar include photos of bullock teams being driven down the main road towards Maraetai and Whitford and Whites Aviation aerial pictures of Beachlands in the 1950s. new ventures DECEMBER 11: Youth leaders Sarah Vallings and Suzanne Thomson have the chance to put their talents to good use. The young women who lead a Rangers group in Pakuranga are going their own separate ways, with Suzanne travelling to Antarctica and Sarah to Uganda. Suzanne was selected by the National Girl Guiding Association to join a group of four youth leaders exploring Antarctica for a month. “We’ll be one of many New Zealand groups centred at Scott Base. The focus is on survival techniques, for example, we build igloos and also help with maintenance around the base.” Suzanne studies geography at Auckland University and looks forward to checking out the landforms of Antarctica. “It will be a great opportunity to see something hardly anyone else gets to see.” And if Suzanne likes what she sees it may be a chance to look at following a career in Antarctic research. Sarah will travel to Uganda to work in a nursery school. She travels “into the unknown” for two months on her own initiative. “I’ve done a bit of travelling before and saw an article in the paper about the nursery.” Sarah thought she would like to go to Uganda and sent a letter to the nursery school to see if her services would be useful. She’s training to be a doctor and feels the experience could be good contact for her career.
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