Eastern Courier : July 1st 2011
www.easterncourier.co.nz Friday, July 1, 2011 When you read a book with your child, you open a wonderful world full of fun characters that your child can interact with and learn from. In the first five years of life, children absorb more information than at any other time. Experiencing books from any early age increases brain function and is important for childhood literacy and development. So why not read with your child today? Novice a natural By PIP BOURKE Miniscule musician: Five-year-old Liam Lithgow has won his first award for playing the accordion after just three weeks' practice. Photo: FIONA GOODALL Go to www.eastern courier.co.nz to see Liam playing. LIAM Lithgow is a musical genius atfive--oratleastheisinhis grandmother's eyes. Liam has won his first award for playing the accordion after just three weeks' practice. The Monte Cecilia School pupil aced his performance during the New Zealand Accordion Associ- ation Championships at Epsom Girls Grammar School. He won the five years and under category. I practised really hard too,'' the five-year-old says. Liam was introduced to the accordion by his grandmother Wenona Stevens who has been playing for about five years. It seemed like something he would enjoy,'' she says. He plays the piano but his fingers can reach all the keys on an accordion a lot easier.'' The pair both play in the East- ern Accordion Ensemble led by Shirley Yelovich from Pakuranga. The group has a junior and senior section. The entire ensemble won numer- ous prizes over the competition weekend although Ms Yelovich says Liam's performance was impressive. He really was the star of the show,'' she says. The competition is marked on points so he has to do really well to get first place.'' Liam has lessons with Ms Yelovich every Saturday. After his tutorial the youngster practises in public. He quite often accompanies his grandmother to cafes sporting a sign saying the youngest accordion player in the southern hemisphere''. I like busking,'' he says. The Eastern Accordion Ensem- ble plays all over east and south Auckland and Ms Yelovich believes the instrument is making a come- back. It was popular back in the 80s and there are even more people learning to play it these days. It also comes in a smaller ver- sion for younger people.'' The ensemble meets weekly at Ms Yelovich's Pakuranga home. The junior group will next per- form in the Pakuranga Plaza on July 15 for Red Nose Day as a fundraiser for Starship Hospital. Business award finalists named Finalists in the prestigious Westpac Auckland South Business Awards will vie for the honours at the Pacific Events Centre on August 12. Their names were announced during a function at Villa Maria Estate last night. This year's awards feature expanded categories and eligibility areas to recognise businesses from start-ups with a handful of staff through to major organis- ations. Mayor Len Brown says it's an important initiative to help businesses succeed and drive economic growth for the south Auckland region. I congratulate all the finalists,'' he says. All the entrants have made a considerable invest- ment of time and effort in entering. And I am sure that they have found the process ben- eficial for their businesses. The judges are highly suc- cessful, credible business people, so to have them look at their businesses and critique them is invaluable.'' Mr Brown says the awards play an important role in pro- moting businesses and help- ing them succeed. Westpac's northern region- al manager Steve Jurkovich is pleased to see such a range of trade and business sizes achieving great success'' in today's economic climate. While celebrating the finalists these awards are also about nurturing and celebrating local south Auck- land businesses and business people,'' he says. Winners will be announced at a black-tie gala dinner at the Pacific Events Centre on August 12. Visit em.org.nz or phone 262-2244 for tickets. THE FINALISTS ARE: Employer of choice -- East Tamaki Healthcare, HMS Host NZ, Town & Country Veterinary Services and Recovery Solutions Group Excellence in exporting award -- Howick Ltd, Astron Plastics and GMP Pharmaceuticals Excellence in manufac- turing -- Howick Ltd, GMP Pharmaceuticals, Astron Plastics Ltd Excellence in innovation and strategy -- GMP Pharmaceuticals Ltd, East Tamaki Healthcare, HTC Specialised Tooling and Recovery Solutions Group Excellence in service delivery -- East Tamaki Healthcare, Recovery Solutions, HMS Host NZ, HTC Specialised Tooling and Town & Country Veterinary Services Excellence in emerging business -- Ormiston Hospital, Te Whangai Trust, NZ New Paradise Excellence in environmental award -- Astron Plastics, Te Whangai Trust Excellence in tourism and hospitality -- International Travel College of NZ, HMS Host NZ and Crumbles Ltd Excellence in marketing -- International Travel College of NZ and Town & Country Veterinary Services Excellence in workplace safety award -- Agility Logistics Business contribution to the community -- Cardinal Logistics, Chester Grey Chartered Accountants and Auckland Women's Correctional Facility Young business person of the year -- Marguerite Howlett, Charlie George and Kamal Merai.
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