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Upper Hutt Leader : July 13th 2011
51 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 13, 2011 To order your own copy of photos in this paper, or other CCN titles, check out: pix.ccn.co.nz Groom unleashed in WOW peacock garb Crafty lady: Cherryl Marriott has created World of WearableArt entries based on childhood memories, holidays, and family history -- these garments echo her Scottish ancestry. By ANDREA O'NEIL New Zealand men should shed their dull garb and embrace the peacock within, and Whitby woman Cherryl Marriott is about to show them how. A weddingwear designer and all-round creative virtuoso, Mrs Marriott has had a radical menswear design accepted into this year's World of WearableArt (WOW) awards. Her entry into WOW's Man Unleashed'' category, entitled Proud as a peacock, attempts to elevate men to the glamour of their preening, multicoloured ani- mal counterparts. Men's clothing is boring and dull, even for weddings,'' she says. All of the male creatures, cer- tainly the bird population, they're the ones with the plumage.'' While WOW rules forbid Mrs Marriott from describing her gar- ment before August's show, she says it is unlike any existing menswear. It's not a suit, it's not what you would normally see a man wear- ing by any means.'' The outfit took about 150 hours of work, she estimates, with a full week, days and evenings, worth of beadwork, and four days of embroidery. For Mrs Marriott, however, creating is a joy. To me sewing is pleasure, it's what I do. Other people find it a chore.'' This is Mrs Marriott's fifth and only successful attempt to get a garment into the WOW show. Previous entries include a children's tutu made of 10,000 0.22 bullet cartridges, a bizarre bra depicting a painful mam- mogram, and a gown inspired by Tahiti's lagoons. However, she has had more suc- cess in collaboration with her design lecturer daughter Tanya, who started entering WOW while at university in 2002. Both women are inspired by history, especially of their own family. Mrs Marriott's father was a Royal Air Force pilot who bombed Dresden during World War II before being captured in Sweden. Tanya has created several WOW garments inspired by her grandfather, including an ANZAC poppy outfit and a gown depicting the RAF's 1000 Lancaster bomber aeroplanes. For her part Mrs Marriott has submitted a pair of outfits combining Pacific and Scottish design elements celebrating her Scottish heritage. Textile art is second nature to Mrs Marriott, who was inspired both by her seamstress mother and her uncles in Devon mending willow crab pots. Her creativity has opened many career doors, from sewing some of the first waterproof skiwear in New Zea- land to working on The Lord of the Rings films, making Rohan armour and hairy hobbit skin, and even appearing briefly as a hobbit herself. World of WearableArt, TSB Arena, Aug 25 to Sept 10. Tickets $90. Porirua beggars in hibernation By MATTHEW DALLAS Just as the weather has cooled, deterring street beggars from the city centre, so too has the push for a bylaw to stamp out the annoying and sometimes intimidating activity. Earlier this year Hutt News sis- ter paper Kapi-Mana News reported the concerns of police and business owners that there was a perceived increase in people begging for money under the can- opies in central Porirua and in Cannons Creek. Police area commander John Spence was particularly dis- tressed by accounts of packs of young people lurking around ATM machines, and asking people for money in an intimidating fashion. He had raised the notion of a anti-begging bylaw with mayor Nick Leggett to give police more teeth'', but it seems other methods and a colder climate have alleviated the problem. It's quietened down. We've con- centrated on a couple of young people, and one or two have been charged and it's kept them out of the city centre,'' says Mr Spence. The heat has gone out of it. We'll look at it again over summer. If we manage to pick on the right people, we can nip it in the bud.'' He considers a bylaw to outlaw begging an end of the line'' option that would require a lot of work and red tape, whereas other, sim- pler methods could prove to do the job.Following the concerns raised in February, Mr Leggett says he convened a group of interested parties, which met twice and has also taken steps to reduce intimidating behaviour in the CBD. The Porirua Chamber of Com- merce has increased the amount of activity under the canopies, through events and promotions, and the council's recent renewal and upgrade of security cameras was a direct result of consultation on the begging issue. Scooter crashes rise By REBECCA THOMSON Scooter crashes have more than doubled in two years. Last year scooters were involved in 30 reported crashes in Wellington city, five of which resulted in serious injuries and 13 in minor injuries, according to NZ Transport Agency records. By comparison, 14 scooters were involved in crashes in 2008. Two of those resulted in serious injuries, seven in minor injuries. NZTA records show the number of scooters and motorcycles under 60cc registered in Wellington barely changed from 2339 in 2008 to 2358 last year. Brooklyn scooter-owner Brianne Kerr was not surprised to hear the number of scooter accidents had risen. I have to drive up Brooklyn Rd and Todman St every day. I can only go 40kmh up those hills and people in cars get really angsty.'' Wellington Police head of road- ing Senior Sergeant Richard Hocken said an increase in the number of small motorcycles and scooters was partly responsible for the crash rate rising. Nationally, scooter sales were up 23 per cent in April on the same month last year. Mr Hocken said a lack of skills on the part of scooter riders was also contributing to the crash statistics. He encouraged riders to take part in skills training courses offered by a number of councils in the region.
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