Eastern Courier : March 6th 2015
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Friday, March 6, 2015 Catch up: Make sure you areorganised for this weekend’s Ports of Auckland Round the Bays run. Get set: Bays run is on this weekend Promoting peace: Uxbridge Creative Centrecurator Balamohan Shingade andartist Cristina Beth areinviting everyonetoget involved in the Peace Poppy Project. Photo:ANNALOREN Poppy project takes off By ANNA LOREN POPPIES are blooming throughout the eastern suburbs in the lead-up to the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. Uxbridge Creative Centre and the Howick Returned Services Association are among 34 Auckland groups taking part in the Peace Poppy Project. It is the brainchild of Laingholm artist Cristina Beth and sees schools and groups using kitsets to sew red poppies out of felt. The bright blooms are then displayed throughout the region in the week leading up to Anzac Day. Beth, an Elam School of Weteach our children peaceful things and thenwe send them out into aworld with all this war. It’s about how wecan change that onapersonal level ❛ –Cristina Beth Fine Arts graduate, says the project has grown in leaps and bounds since she started Saturday 14 March Tuesday 24 March India v Zimbabwe Semi Final* it three years ago. There was only one display at the Titirangi roundabout in 2013 but this year she has sent out enough kitsets to make 30,000 poppies. Each flower takes about seven minutes to make, she says. ‘‘It’s very easy – anyone can do it. The hardest part is sewing on a button.’’ The project draws on the concept of the old ‘sewing circle’, where people would gather and discuss political ideas, she says. ‘‘The idea is to do it in groups and talk about your history – whether you have a grandfather or an uncle who served and how that affected your family.’’ Beth says it’s a chance to imagine a world without war as well as to remember those who served. ‘‘The men actually went to fight for peace and I think that gets forgotten about,’’ she says. ‘‘We teach our children peaceful things and then we send them out into a world with all this war. It’s about how we can change that on a personal level.’’ Uxbridge Creative Centre curator Balamohan Shingade says the gallery is aiming to make 2000 poppies this year. They will be displayed out- side the centre and inside the cafe. The Howick RSA is also SEE THE WORLD’S BEST IN YOUR BACKYARD AUCKLAND, EDEN PARK ALLOCATION FULL# * If New Zealand qualifies for a semi-final it will play in Auckland unless they play Australia in which case the team finishing higher in the pools has home advantage. # The current allocation is full. Register at cricketworldcup.com/register to receive updates if more tickets become available. Tickets still available at cricketworldcup.com ADULTS FROM$20, CHILDREN FROM$5* #cwc15 *Tickets subject to availability. Conditions apply. A one-off service/delivery fee per transaction and credit/debit card processing fee applies. planning an installation outside its clubrooms on Wellington St. Shingade says the project builds a link between different art galleries and community groups. ‘‘What this project does is put us in connection with everyone else who is celebrating at the same time.’’ ❚ Staff from the Uxbridge Creative Centre will be taking enough kitsets to make 500 poppies to the Tamaki River Festival on March 15. Everyone’s welcometocome and make one. The festival will be held at the Pakuranga Sailing Club, Bramley Drive, Farm Cove fromnoon-5pm. Don’t forget to put your running shoes and sunblock on this Sunday for the 2015 Ports of Auckland Round the Bays. You have until noon on Saturday to register for the eventat roundthebays.co.nz though a limited number of on-the-day registrations will be available at the Quay St startlinefrom 7am to 9am. Participants arein for atreat when they cross the finish lineat St Heliers with Anika Moa, Hollie Smith and Sola Rosa all performingat Vellenoweth Green. The first act is on stage at 11am and the show continues through until 2pm. The Finish Zone will also feature the DB Beer Garden,Pump MistingTent, food caravansand other entertainment.
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