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Upper Hutt Leader : August 31st 2011
7 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 31, 2011 NEWS *Promo Code: To receive the flight discount when booking online you must enter the applicable promo code in the promo code box: SAVE50A. Final discount will be shown on the "Purchase Tickets" page when booking online. O er valid for new bookings only. Promo code may not be used in conjunction with any other promo code and may only be used once per booking. What you need to know: For credit or other card payments, a fee of $3.50 per person per one-way journey applies. O er available on selected domestic routes only. O er available on return domestic flights to Christchurch only. Flight & routing restrictions may apply. Fares must be purchased online at airnewzealand.co.nz. 2011 Travel Periods: 19 Sep--06 Nov. Deals end: Midnight 2 Sep 11. Cancellation/changes: Air New Zealand conditions of carriage, Flexisaver, Smartsaver and Grabaseat terms & conditions & AirpointsTM terms & conditions apply, visit airnewzealand.co.nz for full details. 2 for 1 Canterbury attractions: To receive the 2 for 1 deals from the listed attractions contact the attraction directly and quote or present your boarding pass when booking. For full details of Canterbury attractions go to airnewzealand.co.nz. ASH2548-20.99 $TAKE 50 OFF RETURN FLIGHTS TO CHRISTCHURCH* PROMO CODE: SAVE50A airnewzealand.co.nz · Breakfast at Christchurch Casino Café · International Antarctic Centre · Hassle Free City Sights Tour · Akaroa Harbour Cruises (Black Cat Cruises) · Quail Island Ferry (Black Cat Cruises) · Terrace Downs Golf · Willowbank Wildlife Reserve · Air Force Museum · Caterpillar Garden Tours · High Wire Obstacle Course (Adrenalin Forest) Simply present your boarding pass when booking, find out more at airnewzealand.co.nz AT THESE TOP CANTERBURY ATTRACTIONS PLUS DEALS 2FOR1 Alternative rockers seeking fame Standing tall: Velvet Regime, from left, Jason Reder, Stefan Poad, Nigel Martinez and Joel Alvarez, are in the national finals of Smokefree- rockquest, an event that in its 23-year history has proved to be a launch pad for the likes of OpShop, Ladyhawke, Phoenix Foundation and The Feelers. An Upper Hutt student is part of Velvet Regime that has made the national finals of the Smokefree- rockquest. Nigel Martinez lives in Tren- tham and attends Naenae College where he is in year 12. He is Velvet Regime s lead singer and plays electric guitar. The Philippine-born teenager lived in Las Vegas before moving to Upper Hutt about three years ago and starting at Naenae Col- lege. When he was about 10 he started learning the guitar, then writing his own songs. He met most of the band members through school. It is his second year in the rock- quest. Last year the band, with the same name but mostly different members, came second in the Wel- lington regionals. This year Velvet Regime, an alternative rock outfit with four year 12 students from Naenae College and Hutt Valley High School, say for the high-pressure concert in Hamilton on September 17 they will dress in semi-formal black outfits that add to their stage presence, and belt out the songs that first impressed judges. We ve been playing them for a long time now and they re way tighter, says Nigel. Not that the band suffers from any shortage of original material, with about 25 self-penned songs to chose from, but some of the new stuff isn t as tight, guitarist Stefan Poad says. The best two bands/performers from the 27 regional finals had to persuade judges they deserved a place at the national final by putting together a 15-minute DVD of their music. Velvet Regime, which also features Joel Alvarez on bass and Jason Reder on drums, was taking no chances. They spent a week of their school holidays preparing for a gig at Naenae College and, despite short notice, the concert drew an audience of 80. They roped in others to help with filming and recording it, and also used it as an opportunity to sell copies of the 4-song EP they have just released. The $500 Rockshop prize they won at the regional final has already been spent on an effects pedal they needed for playback. Stefan says they have heard they are up against a variety of musical styles at Hamilton, including a punk band and a solo artist. There is plenty at stake, includ- ing funding for recording a single in a professional studio, four hours of play on Edge radio, a music video and money. Whether they enter Smoke- freerockquest again in 2012 remains to be seen but the guys reckon their band will survive them all leaving school. They are enjoying performing together too much to drift apart. The band's Facebook page is facebook.com/thevelvetregime. The YouTube video of Velvet Regimes song There Is A Light (one of the songs sent in to Rockquest) is at youtube.com/watch?v=85oI--- UMwV0I
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