Eastern Courier : January 16th 2013
www.easterncourier.co.nz 5 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 16, 2013 NEWS +1-7SV-ALL-JAN This beautiful retirement village at No 7 St Vincent Avenue is neatly tucked away behind the vibrant main street of Auckland's finest suburb, Remuera. Set amongst magnificent lush gardens, it combines the grandeur of yesteryear with the latest services and amenities of today, the result being a very comfortable, relaxed and luxurious lifestyle. Beautiful apartments, with easy access to the superb common areas and leisure facilities, are now available from $653,000 to $893,000. Open to view Friday 18th & Saturday 19th January, 12pm - 4pm QUIETLY FIVE-STAR 7 St Vincent Avenue, Remuera 09 520 3123 www.7saintvincent.co.nz IN BRIEFH 1 Buskers back The International Buskers Festival returns to Auckland for the 13th time and is set to be the biggest and best yet. Audiences will be wowed by performers from all over the globe including Australia, Canada, United States, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Ireland and Brazil. The festival on Auckland Anniversary weekend is at Viaduct Harbour, Vulcan Lane, Westfield Downtown, Princes Wharf and Wynyard Quarter. Visit aucklandbuskers festival.co.nz for details. Best appeal yet It has been a cracker result for The Warehouse's support of KidsCan. The Warehouse stores sold 101,175 charity Christmas crackers during the annual appeal to support children living in poverty. The $202,350 generated from the $2 crackers sold in stores is the largest amount raised since the appeal started four years ago. The funds will be used to provide clothing and sunhats for disadvantaged children in the 237 schools receiving support from KidsCan Trust. Stores at Royal Oak, New Lynn, Dunedin, Albany, Petone, Te Rapa, Manukau and Hastings sold the most crackers across the country. Surprise winners step up By JESS ETHERIDGE Quick feet: Bayview's Olga Mayes and her dance partner Richard Peters of Pakuranga compete in the New Zealand National Open Ballroom Championships professional standard section which they won. Olga Mayes and Richard Peters have only been dan- cing together for 10 months but are already wiping the floor with the competition. Mr Peters of Pakuranga and Mrs Mayes from Bay- view won the New Zealand National Open Ballroom Championships professional standard section. The duo performed five dances -- waltz, tango, Vien- nese waltz, foxtrot and quickstep -- in just under 10 minutes, placing first in three. But a slip-up meant one judge's score had not been counted and more than two weeks later Mrs Mayes and Mr Peters were awarded first place. Mr Peters waited until Mrs Mayes turned up at the studio to tell her so he could witness her reaction. She kind of just jumped on me,'' he laughs. It was an awesome feeling, Mrs Mayes says, but she feels bad for the couple who were de-throned. I kind of feel sorry for the other couple. It's easier to not win it, then win it, than the other way around.'' They were awarded a tro- phy and prize money. Mrs Mayes has danced ballroom and latin since she was 5 years old and deve- loped a love for it. It's probably my biggest passion, it's everything for me. It's my life.'' They train at Tempo Dance Studio in Birkenhead where studio principals Mike and Trish Whitsome paired them up. Olga hadn't done ball- room in years and I hadn't done latin in years,'' Mr Peters says. So we had to swap codes. We both like to work hard, we both have similar styles, same likes . . . and both love what we do.''
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