Eastern Courier : March 25th 2011
5 EASTERN COURIER, MARCH 25, 2011 NEWS Ph: 534 9040 61 Picton Street, HOWICK Parking Wellington St Carpark opposite Howick Baptist Church SPD25 ASHTON ACOUSTIC STARTER PACK Biggest selling acoustic starter in NZ! Guitar includes a built-in tuner! 7 colours available Pack includes: • Acoustic guitar • Strap • Gig bag • Picks • Extra set of strings • Instrutio NOW $1095 NOW $2995 GS50B ASHTON GUITAR STAND A must for all guitarists. Was $29.90 UKE100 ASHTON UKULELE A super portable way to bring music to any occasion, beach or BBQ. Available in 7 different colours with matching bag. Was $42.95 Huge Stocktake Sale on now! HEAPS MORE SPECIALS INSTORE TILL 31.03.2011 or until sold out onal DVD NOW $199 NOW $2395 STARWORKS 5 PCE DRUM KIT 100% premium birch shells with 7 ply 7mm bass drums & 6 ply 6mm toms & snare drums. Yellow Chaos finish with black shell hardware, new suspended tom mount & newly designed lugs. *cymbals not included retail $3195 3606744AA Book launch for teen Creative mind: Meadowlands resident Rowina De Silva, 15, has published her first novel called Aria. Photo: FIONA GOODALL By KRISTINA RAPLEY What goes on inside a teenage girl s head can be a mystery. Meadowlands 15-year-old Rowina De Silva has opened up her wild imagination for all to see by publishing her first novel. Aria is a paranormal novel with demon fighting, mysterious worlds, and of course a bit of romance. She says she s always coming up with ideas for books and starts writing them but never finishes. I started writing this one because I was in the car with my laptop and my mum was taking ages in the shops. It s a really different story and I think it s got a cool plot. English is her least favourite subject at school but she says her marks have improved since writing and editing the book which has taken about two years to complete. She plans on studying medicine when she leaves high school but writing will always be a hobby and a passion. The book is not about making money, I just really want people to read it. She is having a book launch tomorrow from 11am to noon at Bot- any Library at Botany Town Centre. Awards for amateur authors Auckland writers with an interest in the mind, body and spirit genre have until the end of the month to enter unpublished work into the 2011 Ashton Wylie Chari- table Trust Unpublished Manuscript Award. The Ashton Wyle Chari- table Trust in association with the New Zealand Society of Authors will present $10,000 to a writer whose work offers insight into the mind, body, spirit category. Manuscripts must not have been published in any form or accepted for publishing and be between 20,000 and 100,000 words in length. There is also an award for published books with entries open until May 31. Both awards will be presented at a ceremony in August. Submission forms and entry details are available from The New Zealand Society of Authors national office, phone 379-4801, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or post to PO Box 7701, Wellesley St, Auckland 1141. Writers are also invited to register for the informative Publishing for Authors work- shop to run in conjunction with the Ashton Wylie Chari- table Trust Literature Awards on August 20 at the Hopetoun Alpha, Auckland. For reservations for the workshop e-mail: info@awct. org.nz or phone 817-1369. Visit www.awct.org.nz for more information. Briana puts safety first Signs out: Senior constable Adele White with Baverstock Oaks road patrol monitor Briana Baker. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS Ten-year-old Briana Baker has a very important job. She helps her fellow students get to school safely by being a road patrol moni- tor on Fridays at Baverstock Oaks School. Briana says she likes the responsibility because she feels she is making a contri- bution towards keeping others safe. Howick police and the Eastern Courier are sup- porting the Marching On campaign during March to get more children walking to school. Most children live within walking distance of their school but many are still being driven, senior con- stable Adele White says. Walking is better for the environment, reduces con- gestion outside the school gate, and provides children with exercise, independence and enhanced social devel- opment. Ms White says children who are too young to walk on their own can walk with older neighbours or join a walking bus. Road patrols have a proven safety record and should play a big part in reassuring parents children can walk safely to school. They have been running in New Zealand for 70 years and to my knowledge there has only been one fatality, she says. Children are trained to a high standard and are encouraged to commit to it for a 12-month period. Ms White says Briana was one of the standout students during training. She showed good judge- ment, a positive attitude and a commitment to ensuring the job was done to a high standard. Road patrol monitors get a certificate which helps students gain part-time work. It demonstrates their commitment and shown res- ponsibility, Ms White says.
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