Eastern Courier : November 3
www.easterncourier.co.nz Wednesday, November 3, 2010 Members take up key roles By MATT BOWEN Key supercity appoint- ments have come to Howick. Mayor Len Brown says councillors selected for leadership roles share his values of fair- ness, inclusion, pru- dence and getting things done''. Sharon Stewart chairs the audit and risk stand- ing committee and the tenders and procure- ment panel leadership goes to Jami-Lee Ross. He says the nuts and bolts'' of the role haven't been worked out yet. In a broad sense the panel's role will be to assess tender documents and make decisions on contracts between the council and external con- tractors. I'm quite interested in seeing the council operates efficiently and effectively.'' Mr Ross' experience on Manukau City Council's tenders panel will certainly come in handy''. Mrs Stewart says she is happy with her pos- ition but it is too early to say what the issues will be.Mr Brown has arranged the council's decision-making struc- ture into five compo- nents -- council, council committees, subcom- mittees/forums, stand- ing committees and advisory and statutory panels. The Auckland Council was sworn in on Monday night and the Howick Local Board members do the same tomorrow night. Residents are welcome to attend from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Te Tuhi Cen- tre for the Arts audi- torium in Pakuranga. Hollywood bound By KRISTINA RAPLEY Star quality: Gemma-Jayde Naidoo, 14, is off to Hollywood on a dance scholarship next year. Photo: JASON DORDAY WATCH this space -- this girl's going places. Gemma-Jayde Naidoo has scored a full dance scholarship to work in Hollywood next year with some of the world's top choreographers. The 14-year-old Mission Heights Jun- ior College student shone when she performed at the Costume Gallery Holly- wood dance competition in Tauranga last month. She came second in the senior category for her contemporary dance which she choreographed herself but the biggest shock was winning the scholarship. It hasn't really hit home yet,'' she says. I was so shocked. I've wanted this for so long.'' The competition is held in different countries around the world with one jun- ior and one senior dancer chosen to go to Hollywood. The two-week scholarship involves sessions with choreographers who work with the stars and the opportunity to audition for Hollywood's prestigious McDonald Selznick Agency. It ends with a Carnival Ball where dancers showcase their talent in front of casting agents and pop stars looking for someone for their next world tour. Past appearances at the carnival include Missy Elliott, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx, Janet Jackson and Britney Spears. Gemma is also a talented singer and has her sights set on being a singer, dancer and actress. Contemporary is her favourite dance style but she also does hip hop, jazz, Broadway, lyrical and African contem- porary. Signing with the McDonald Selznick Agency would be best-case scenario but Gemma says just getting the chance to go to Hollywood is amazing in itself. I can be myself on stage and as far as I'm concerned I can't do anything wrong as long as I'm moving with the music. You can tell complete strangers your deepest, darkest secrets with how you are moving. It's like writing in a diary and people can read it if they choose to.'' Gemma and her parents moved here from South Africa almost two years ago for a safer lifestyle. Her mum Priscilla Naidoo says they are overwhelmed with how well she has done. She has been working at her dream for as long as I can remember and we will support her however we can.''
November 5th 2010