Eastern Courier : February 4th 2010
6 EASTERN COURIER, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 NEWS Mural makers looking for help Mural under way: Howick Intermediate students need volunteers to help them paint a mural under Mooney's Bridge in Pakuranga, from left: Caitlin Harrison, 12, Swaslyn Singh, 12, Anapapa Latu, 11, Nashreen Hassa, 12, and Meleane Tu'iono, 12. Photo: FIONA GOODALL By KRISTINA RAPLEY If you want to make a mark on your community this is your chance. Howick Intermediate's Pakuranga Stream Group needs help to paint a mural under Moony's Bridge. The year 8 girls strive to protect the Pakuranga Stream that runs under the bridge. They designed the mural and local artist Peter Li and adult daughter Ruby have been volunteering to put the design on to the 27 metre by 3 metre wall. The project is linked with Wai Care and the Estuary Artworks con- test organised by Uxb- ridge Creative Centre. The girls will give a presentation about their work during exhibition week at Uxbridge later this month. The mission of the mural is to protect biodiversity at Paku- ranga Stream and the girls are hoping it will become an educational tool for the public and other schools. Teacher Dorothy Giam says she's proud of her students' dedication. It's very exciting to see the mural evolving and it will be a great ref- erence point for outdoor science learning for both schools and the wider community.'' They are in urgent need of volunteers for their four public painting days on February 4, 5, 12 and 13. They would like artists who are skilled in paint- ing as well as people who don't have painting experience but can help with the background. Email moonysbridge firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dorothy Giam on 534-3922 for more infor- mation and to register to volunteer. Year of the Rabbit NEW YEAR EVENTS Auckland Libraries Chinese New Year 2011 events. Botany Library: Tea-tasting demonstration, February 13, 10.30am. Highland Park Library: Vegetarian cooking demonstration, February 10, 10.30am. Howick Library: Peipa -- Chinese guitar performance, February 12, 11.30am. Pakuranga Library: Lantern making demonstration, February 10, 3.30pm; Chinese calligraphy demonstration, February 13, 10.30am. The fierce Year of the Tiger is over and the peaceful rabbit's year is upon us. It's Chinese New Year and to celebrate Auck- land Libraries have a smorgasbord of activi- ties, events and learning opportunities scheduled from February 7 to 18. Libraries across the region will host Chinese- themed programmes with highlights such as lantern-making workshops, calligraphy demonstrations and Chinese cultural dance and song performances. Auckland Libraries is also adding a Chinese theme to its regular Wriggle and Rhyme and storytime sessions. Free workshops on how to make the best use of the Chinese digital community website will also be held. The resource show- cases the history of Chinese settlers in New Zealand and contains historical and contem- porary information about the Chinese community. Visit www.auckland libraries.govt.nz or pick up a programme from the library for infor- mation. Chinese historian to speak What's the Chinese New Year all about? Respected historian Helen Wong will answer that question when she delves into the import- ance of Chinese cel- ebration in a lunchtime talk at Central City Library this month. Ms Wong's discussion on February 16 is one of the events being held at Auckland libraries throughout the month. Chinese New Year is a lot more than astrol- ogy, lanterns and lion dancing but a very sig- nificant ceremonial occasion and time of year for Chinese families,'' Central City Library manager Kate Roberts says. Ms Wong will discuss the celebration's past and present and what it means in the 21st cen- tury. Entry is free but bookings are essential. Call 377-0209.
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