Waiheke Marketplace : November 10th 2010
6 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, NOVEMBER 10, 2010 NEWS THE ROCKS 11 BELGIUM STREET, OSTEND, WAIHEKE ISLAND Graham Hooper & The Rocks present ON STAGE FOR 1.5 HOURS SATURDAY 20 NOVEMBER FROM 8PM A JAZZ ROCK REGGAE FUSION "MUSIC TO MOVE TO..." LIGHT SHOW BY ROB HANNAFORD THE "LIGHT WIZARD" FINGER FOOD FOR EARLY ARRIVALS TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM THE VENUE & SHOP THE ROCK - $20 (OR $10 DEPOSIT THIS WEEK - PAY BALANCE NEXT WEEK) SUPPORT ACT 'DJ CRUZ' FROM CHILE www.youtube.com/ vortextribe Ranger joins the park Whakenewha team: Ranger Dan Beauchamp with new ranger Beatty Wiggenhauser at Whakenewha Regional Park. By LYNDAL JEFFERIES Whakenewha Regional Park has a new park ranger. Switzerland-born Beatty Wiggenhauser has successfully gained the sought-after position, which attracted more than 40 applicants. Ms Wiggenhauser says her highly regarded pre- decessor Andy Spence will be a hard act to fol- low but her aim is to keep up the good work , and to build on what Andy has achieved in the last 15 years. She sees herself as part of a team. Her role is focused on conser- vation and the camp- ground which involves pest control, dotterel and bellbird monitoring as well as looking at the park s gecko population in an upcoming survey. The other half of the team is Beatty s fellow park ranger Dan Beauchamp who is involved in weed-control and track development and maintenance. The rangers also manage a dedicated team of volunteers who help with pest control, bird moni- toring, camp hosting and in the native nursery. Ms Wiggenhauser first travelled to New Zealand six years ago and has been a permanent resi- dent for the last three years. Originally trained as a medieval historian, she studied for a post- graduate degree in environmental manage- ment at Auckland Uni- versity when she emigrated. Further study of New Zealand Horticulture through the Southern Institute of Technology, several biodiversity courses through the Department of Conser- vation, and time spent as a volunteer and student ranger in the Hunua Ranges has given Ms Wiggenhauser a diverse range of experience. Last August she was contracted to cover Andy Spence s position after his departure until a new ranger was appointed. She was then given the role in October. The bellbirds and dot- terels are of particular interest as she has pre- viously written a paper on bird release and translocation. Dotterel protection is currently high on her agenda as the birds have started laying eggs and have also lost a few , she says. I hope to help improve the endangered bird populations in the park by continuing the good work that has been done already. Another focus is the popular Whakenewha Campground. The ran- gers are planning a series of summer cam- pground activities incl- uding educational walks, treasure hunts for chil- dren, nature art activi- ties, sporting activities and guided walks. We are a team and I look forward to working together with him, while being accountable for separate responsibilities within the park, Ms Wiggenhauser says about Mr Beauchamp. She is also looking for- ward to meeting and working with all the local individuals and groups who have a stake in the park , including visitors. Call for kids to donate gifts By GEORGE GARDNER Kids are being encour- aged to give something back at Christmas time. Carols by Candlelight organiser Jenness Reeve is calling on children to donate a gift to a child in need at the nativity- themed community event in December. The gifts will be be given to the Salvation Army. Mrs Reeve says last year the organisation distributed 2700 gifts to children in the Auckland region who would other- wise have received nothing. School children around the region donate gifts to the Salvation Army every festive season, she says. When I contacted them to say Waiheke school children would be invited to offer a gift they were so happy as they said they would be needing over 3000 gifts this year and it could make up the shortfall. She is encouraging children to think about offering up a gift for someone their own age. Kids are so generous -- and Christmas is all about giving as well as receiving. Children on the island won t miss out either, with prizes for the best dressed shepherds, kings and angels at the event which will feature sev- eral choirs. Carols by Candlelight will run between 6pm and 9pm on December 11 at Little Oneroa Beach. Artist and writer form dream team The Silliest Dream: Artist Ingrid Berzins and writer Mark Sommerset are launching their new book this Sunday. By LYNDAL JEFFERIES An author and artist have collaborated to create a children s book about a fantastical adventure in the dream world. The Silliest Dream by Mark Sommerset and Ingrid Berzins has developed from a poem into a series of paintings and into a book. Ingrid was intro- duced to Mark s writing when she bought A Cork in the Ocean to read to her daughter Mara. It was a favourite bookforbothofus--we loved the poetry and illustrations and reread it again and again. When Mark saw Ingrid s paintings, he says the poem for the Silliest Dream popped into his head. I instantly knew she would be the best per- son to do the illustrations. Ingrid says: I had really wanted to do a children s book for a long time, however, it had to be the right proj- ect. When Mark asked me I was delighted." The project took 18 months. Mark s partner Rowan designed the book and married the words and pictures together. The story takes the reader on a journey with young Millie who flies over frozen landscapes, visits Mars and watches mice turn into stars. The story also has a much deeper subtext about life, loss and the way children process their feelings in their imaginative lives. A self confessed ast- ral traveller , Ingrid often experiences flying dreams and in the book Millie s bed becomes a flying sleigh as she clutches on to her teddy and then floats above Mars. Mark says: Vali- dating a child s dream life and emotional world through artistic expression is key to the story and sets it apart as a book. I hope people will read the book again and again as we did with Cork in the Ocean , Ingrid says. And each time they read it a little more will be revealed to them. The Silliest Dream is being launched on Sunday from 10am to 4pm at Ingrid Berzins Gallery, alongside an exhibition of the orig- inal paintings repro- duced in the book. The gallery is located at 39 Palm Rd, next to the Palm Beach Store. Email studio@dream boatbooks.com for details.
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