Eastern Courier : April 22nd 2011
4 EASTERN COURIER, APRIL 22, 2011 NEWS See our range of ecco children's shoes on facebook Garden Lane, Botany Town Centre (Opposite Pumpkin Patch) Ph 265 0239 www.stompkidsshoes.co.nz 6 good reasons for choosing ecco® shoes Flexible as feet Soft as the skin they surround Natural foot-shaped fit Adjustable for individual fit Light for freedom of movement Breathable for perfect climate control Range for all ages up to size 7 (euro 40) Students blown away with landscape Transformed: Point View school principal Judy Parr is thrilled with the results of a working bee weekend led by Mark van Wijk. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS Go to www.easterncourier.co.nz to see a video of the project. By NICOLA WILLIAMS Students' faces said it all when they arrived at school after a work- ing bee. They were blown away by the transformation made by huge numbers of volunteers, donated materials and plenty of community spirit. For the seventh year, Botany Life Community Trust members volun- teered their time to complete a proj- ect at a local school. The lucky recipient this year was Point View School where landscaping work beautified and added learning areas to the school. It was the most amazing, aston- ishing weekend, the sense of com- munity was what was really special about it,'' principal Judy Parr says. About 250 volunteers from the church and school community con- tributed their time, along with some who had no association with either group. Orchards, native learning areas, compost bins, butterfly gardens, seating and walkways were on a long-term plan for the school. We thought it was going to be a five to 10-year project because of money and it's happened basically overnight so it's completely blown us away,'' Mrs Parr says. Botany Life Community Trust's Mark van Wijk says they got every- thing they planned, and more, accomplished over the weekend. We were really happy with what we achieved,'' he says. Mr van Wijk says the working bee was about getting many people involved in doing something posi- tive together that would have last- ing results. If they went back in 20 years they could still identify the tree they planted.'' He says volunteers were so motivated it became a challenge keeping them all busy. There was a really high work ethic.'' Mrs Parr says the results lived up to the vision they had when plans were originally drawn up for the school. On Monday morning I did some- thing I've never done before and I called a special assembly. We had photos and the children who participated talked about the weekend. The teachers have all taken their children for a walk through and it was an absolute buzz.'' She says the gardens will add huge learning value. Photographers get their big month Photography buffs have an image-rich June to look forward to. The programme for the eighth annual Auckland Festival of Photography has been announced and will feature more than 100 exhibitions and events. It's New Zealand's biggest photographic event with both a signa- ture and fringe pro- gramme. The sole annual public commission of photo- graphic art by a fine arts photographer in the country will also make its inaugural appear- ance. There is a rugby- themed photo blog run- ning throughout the month, Talking Culture Symposium present- ations and talks as well as the Nikon Photo Day, a single day when photographers are asked to capture a shot that reflects their Auckland. Mayor Len Brown says the Auckland Council is really pleased to be able to support such a great cultural event for the region''. The festival is a won- derful way to open up the art of photography to the public and also celebrate Auckland.'' Events will take place from Matakana to Puke- kohe. Festival director Julia Durkin says: As well as having free public access, there are professionally curated exhibitions and open talks to go to, so there is something for everyone. We want to celebrate the art of photography through our festival themes of culture, ident- ity, participation and art.'' The festival runs from June 3 to 26. Go to www.photogra phyfestival.org.nz for more information. WHAT'S ON AND WHERE Key exhibitions and events: The festival's annual commission -- Roberta Thornley, Aotea Gallery, June 10 to 24. Brian Brake: Lens on the World, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki from June 1. Mojave Desert: Guillaume Rivie ` re, Aotea Gallery, June 10 to 24. Gravity Festival Tuesday, June 7 -- an evening gallery circuit of exhibition openings between Mt Eden, Pon- sonby, Karangahape Rd, the CBD and Parnell. Talking Culture Symposium -- Conflict Photography, Aotea Centre, June 4. Nikon Auckland Photo Day, June 11 -- across the region. Demand brings upgrade to transport Surging demand for pub- lic transport has prompted a beef-up of some services. Mayor Len Brown has announced a variety of upgrades of bus and train services across Auckland. Mr Brown has been working with Auckland Transport on the issue in the wake of figures show- ing public transport patronage at its highest level in 60 years. When demand for pub- lic transport is increas- ingattherateitisatthe moment providing enough trains and buses is obviously an issue, Mr Brown says. I'm pleased with the speed at which Auckland Transport and the operators have resp- onded to the issue and I encourage people to con- tinue to let us know when they see potential issues.'' The latest figures show that between 1996 and February 2011 bus patronage has increased by 61.2 percent, ferry by 89.2 percent, train by 341.5 percent with an overall public transport patronage increase of 79.6 percent. Transport committee chairman Mike Lee says it's no longer correct to say people will only take their car to work. We need to cater for more people using buses and trains and that is why we need projects like the inner-city rail loop to increase services to the west and south, unclog roads and deliver economic growth.''
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