Eastern Courier : January 2nd 2013
www.easterncourier.co.nz 6 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 2, 2013 NEWS 91 Picton Street, Howick Village Howick Village Business Association www.howickvillage.co.nz - Ph 534 4505 Find it Fresh, Find it First HOWICK VILLAGE MARKET Open every Saturday 8.30am to 12.30pm Around the Howick Information Service Open right through the Holiday Season HOWICK VILLAGE MARKET FRESH 4715321AI breaK-aWaY holiday programme Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-in basis. Registration essential. Ph 09 368 5611 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org Enrolment forms available from www.watersafe.org.nz 11-17 year olds Monday 14 - Thursday 1 Monday 21 - Thursday 2 January 2013 Lagoon Leisure and Fitness, Panmure & Cameron Pool, Mt Roskill 9am - 3pm daily FREE Includes lunch 17 24 Students take action to stamp out a weed By ROSE CAWLEY Weedbusters: Richard Henty and keen environmental students from Botany Downs Secondary College, from left: Geetanjali Lamba, 15, Aimee Lowe, 17, and Olia Wan Year, 15. Deceptive bloom: The moth plant is a vine that wreaks havoc on native flora and fauna. Stranglehold: The moth plant wraps itself around branches, strangling them. Go to easterncourier. co.nz and click on Latest Edition to go to the STAMP facebook page. The moth plant is a supreme contortionist with a deathly hold and a penchant for propagat- ing. But weedbuster Rich- ard Henty is on the job. The Botany Downs Secondary College tea- cher started taking down the moth plant about nine years ago when he was volunteering on Motuihe Island. When you come back to the mainland and see it around everywhere you drive, you become very frustrated,'' he says. And then it just became an obsession.'' Now Mr Henty has a contingent of keen environmental students under his wing and is armed with a Google Earth map to help in the war against weeds. When he sees a cluster of moth plants he flags it on the map and then the team can return to the area later and remove the weeds. The group has been organising its weedbust- ing excursions through the Facebook group Society Totally Against Moth Plant (STAMP). Mr Henty says the group is open to anyone and as it's flowering time for the moth plant every set of hands is appreci- ated. You know some peo- ple referee soccer, some people help out at retire- ment homes and I pull out weeds,'' he says. It's not the most pop- ular of activities but to me it's a very worthwhile service to the community and environment.'' He says people need to look in their own back- yard for the vine and catch it before it flowers, forms pods and spreads its seeds even further. In every street around Howick there would be a moth plant lurking somewhere, it might only be small but if you let them keep going, by the end of the year it will be at the top of the tree.'' And then it will start to pod, every time I see a pod in someone's back- yard I think there goes another seven years'.'' Aimee Lowe, 17, has been out on the 15 trips Mr Henty has run through the school. She says his enthusi- asm has rubbed off. Before he came along most of the students had no idea what the moth plant was or what it was doing to the native bush. We have even been going in to people's back- yards and asking if we canpullitout--itisjust everywhere.'' Bard's comic ravings in Hamlet By JO BELWORTHY Mad fun: Michael Hurst lets loose in the ''absurdly schizophrenic and blank verse'' stage show. His only props are an old chair, a bottle of whiskey and a packet of smokes. Photo: ROBERT CATTO His enthusiasm and energy emanate down the phone. And if even a smidgen of that unbridled passion transfers to the stage, theatre lovers are in for a real treat when actor Michael Hurst brings his solo show No Holds Bard to town. Described as absurdly schizophrenic and blank verse'' the show is the actor's first as a solo art- ist, and he's loving it, despite the challenges. There's no room to hide, or no-one else to blame, it's all you from go to whoa,'' he says. But it's very exciting -- it's quite physical and I love it and get such a buzz out of it.'' He says the play is a combination of going to a Shakespeare comedy while simultaneously spying on someone's drunken 4am ravings, all pieced together with some grand acting. Michael had been sit- ting on the play idea for a while and it started coming together when he spotted playwrights Natalie Medlock and Dan Musgrove at a func- tion. I like their work, they're zany and creative and all the things I relate to,'' he says. They spent five days with his improvised madness'' taking notes, ending up with 60 pages of mostly crap''. Then we picked all the good stuff.'' Michael kicked off the play at Wellington's Downstage Theatre in February and reckons he's done about 40 shows since. And while presenting a solo show can be chal- lenging, he says remem- bering the lines is not an issue. I've never forgotten lines. It's like running a race -- you just jump into it and don't think about it until you're finished. I have one of those brains, I still remember my Hamlet lines and television jingles from the 1960s.'' As soon as he puts on his specially-designed tights and Elizabethan costume he becomes the tormented Shakespear- ian character Hamlet, an insomniac who returns home to discover a script documenting the end of his life and thus begins some serious late-night soul searching. It's a crazy night with an irreverent comic edge, darting between classical poetry and banter. The characters Oth- ello, Macbeth and King Lear not only invade his room, but also his mind. He's quite attached to his Bard character and is keen to keep the play on the road, including plans to take it to the Edin- burgh Festival. In fact he thinks Ham- let and his mind-mates could be in his head for quite some time. It's something I've got fortherestofmylife--as long as I can do the acro- batics.''
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