Eastern Courier : November 19th 2010
www.easterncourier.co.nz Friday, November 19, 2010 Pupils MADE for TV By KRISTINA RAPLEY Supreme winners: Harriet Hitchings, 11, with the trophy for the Weta Workshop Supreme Award won at the national Movies and Digital Education awards. Photo: FIONA GOODALL FUTURE stars of film and tele- vision could be right here. Students from Bucklands Beach Intermediate scooped prizes at the national Movies and Digital Edu- cation awards in Tauranga. The MADE awards are sponsored by businesses and organised by a committee of principals from Bay of Plenty schools. The event is in its third year and its popularity is rising with more than 300 entries this year. Bucklands Beach won four of the five intermediate categories and the Weta Workshop Supreme Award chosen from the winners of all divisions in all age groups. Year 7 student Vincent Lark won his category for a static image titled Afternoon Walk, and year 8 pupil Saffron Huang won two awards for her image Red Rose and music video The Singularity is Near. A year 7 class won their category for a documentary titled Save Our Planet looking at the mangroves at Howick's Mangemangeroa Reserve. They also collected the supreme award, winning a camera and an iPad. The five-minute documentary is set in a news studio featuring a reporter live at the reserve with protesters fighting the removal of mangroves. Teacher Greg Chadderton was overwhelmed they won both awards. I'm extremely proud of the kids,'' he says. It just sums up the amount of work they put in and shows they can do something amazing when they put their minds to it.'' Judges say the documentary is highly informative and entertaining and features a wide range of media and technical elements. Harriet Hitchings, 11, who played the news presenter in the piece says going to the awards ceremony was fun and the students are all really proud. It was so exciting,'' she says. Go to www.easterncourier.co.nz to see the winning video or visit www.madeawards.com/gallery to view all MADE award category winners. Wong on leave while Botany waits By MATT BOWEN Gone to ground: Pansy Wong's Chapel Rd office is still operating but the gate is secured with a bicycle lock. Photo: MATT BOWEN Nearly 60,000 Botany resi- dents have lost their voice in government. And their embattled rep- resentative Pansy Wong is yet to explain the situation. The electorate's first MP resigned her ministerial port- folios last week and is now on leave. Mrs Wong was forced to quit Cabinet after it was revealed that in 2008 her hus- band used his taxpayer-funded spouse travel allowance to pur- sue private business interests in China. An inquiry into the matter is under way. It's unlikely Mrs Wong will make an appearance until the report is made public in the coming weeks. In her only statement regarding the affair Mrs Wong says: In the event that any of my or my husband's inter- national travel is found to be outside the rules, I will be making a full refund to Parlia- mentary Service.'' Prime Minister John Key refused to defend her or rule out her resignation from Par- liament this week. Her contract . . . is with the people of Botany. It's her decision whether she stays as a Member of Parliament or not,'' Mr Key says. Mrs Wong's electorate agent says he doesn't know where she is but is still taking calls from the public.
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