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Upper Hutt Leader : November 9th 2011
53 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 9, 2011 NEWS Celebrating our companion animals Brave boy: Kane Prince tries out a pet rat for size. Photos: PETER McDONALD Claws but cute: White devon rex cat Asa with breeder David Colley from Wainuiomata. Slower pace: Alister Good from Foxton with Rasta takes kids for rides. Copies of these and others can be viewed and prints ordered at pix.ccn.co.nz. Fur with a difference: April Cleverley, 8, from Lower Hutt, with her new hat. Eat up: Upper Hutt girl Eden Honan-Jamieson feeds a gosling. By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Trentham Racecourse proved such a great venue for the weekend's Pet Expo organisers are planning to return this time next year. Fiona Dunkley, director of Dunkleys Shows Ltd, said 10,000 people attended over the weekend, cre- ating a great atmosphere at the perfect venue''. Its semi-rural atmosphere and open spaces suited the mix of animals and Dunkleys hope to return this time next year, if they can find dates that do not clash with major dog and cat shows. Teens steal limelight Two young Upper Hutt performers will play leading roles in StarJam's All You Need Is Love show at St James Theatre this Friday. Mary Fisher, 18, and Rebecca Wake, 12, both have disabilities and attend StarJam's performance workshops. Mary, who is blind, will be the co-Master of Ceremonies for the show with ONE News reporter Arrun Soma. She said: It will be a really cool opportunity to take a leadership role and meet the other Wellington Jammers [young people with disabilities].'' Rebecca will be performing a duet with performer Ray Woolf. Her mother Katrina Wake says this is a huge step for Rebecca, who would not normally seek the limelight. Our formerly-shy Rebecca got up at the StarJam monthly get-together, put her CD on and did a FreeJam', performing in front of everybody,'' she says. And I thought Wow, that's not her -- that's great.' I was absolutely amazed, as before StarJam she just wouldn't have done that. It has really brought her confidence to the fore.'' All You Need Is Love features 70 Jammers'' from Wellington and celebrities, including Ben Lummis, Luke Thompson, and pre-recorded interviews with Tom Cruise, Danny De Vito, Julie Andrews and more. StarJam is a charity which provides performance opportunities for young people with disabilities. Tickets for the show on Friday, November 11, start from $10 and are available from Ticketek. The vital finishing touch Mixed feelings: Ryan Hadley hangs out in his kindergarten's whare with its brand new carved maihi. Children at Totara Park Kindergarten gasped as the carved maihi for the kindergarten's whare was unveiled last month. On October 29 parents, children and teachers gathered at the kindergaten at dawn to see the carving for the first time. The maihi was unveiled by mayor Wayne Guppy and a blessing was lead by kaumatua Jim Kara from Orongomai Marae. Local carver Dane Kingi explained the features of the maihi. It features koru rep- resenting the children, parents and teachers of the kindergarten, new life, growth, the three baskets of knowledge and new pathways of learning. The split tongue represents the dual languages of the kindergarten, Te Reo Maori and English, he says. The whare was designed and constructed by Richard Ashcroft and was funded by grants from the Rimutaka Trust and the Lion Foundation and fundraising done by famil- ies.
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