Waiheke Marketplace : June 22nd 2011
9 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JUNE 22, 2011 NEWS Young player aims high On his way: Javan Marsh, 12, wants to be an All Black. By LYNDAL JEFFERIES Twelve-year-old Javan Marsh has gained a place in the prestigious Walter Dickson Auckland Primary Schools Rugby Union Squad. The team is named after former All Black Walter Dickson and is the creme de la creme of primary rugby players, Javan s mother Dr Selina Tusitala- Marsh says. More than 200 young rugby players competed for the 15 places on the team which rep- resents central Auckland. Javan says he was sur- prised to be selected but had a feeling he might be in after scoring three tries in the last trial. The team will play in a tournament against the west and south Auckland teams and from that pool, the mini- All Blacks are selected for training and development. Now with the Walter Dickson squad, Javan will be off-island for training and games six days out of seven. He s fully focused and committed to his goal, as are we, Dr Tusitala-Marsh says. When one of our adult friends was told he laughed jokingly and said to Javan Ha! Our next All Black, eh? , she says. Javan looked him soberly and squarely in the eye and said yes . Waiheke Primary School principal Lyn Price says Javan has grown in a school environment with an unwavering belief in his abil- ities and an unlimited defi- nition of his capabilities. He will wear his first day Waiheke Primary pin on his rep jacket during formalities and represents Waiheke Pri- mary proudly, she says. Javan is a well-balanced all rounder with great aca- demic achievements. He was also the recipient of a bronze medal in the Auck- land International Open Judo competition at North Shore Events centre this year. Organist performs in concert Organist Richard Hore will be in concert this Saturday courtesy of the Waiheke Organ and Keyboard Club. The concert at Palm Beach Hall begins at 2pm. Richard Hore has been blind since birth and began piano lessons at age eight. He continued his study until he was 17. He first started playing the organ at age 14. He had performed in con- certs both in Christchurch and beyond by the time he left school. From then on music became his profession and as an organist he had several residencies in restaurants and hotels. He had a moment of glory when he won television s Opportunity Knocks in 1975. He began teaching in 1988 after a fall-off in residency opportunities. He has performed regularly in concerts across the country and Australia and has a reg- ular music programme on a Christchurch radio station. Mr Hore was recently awarded the Queen s Service Medal for services to music. Entry to the concert costs $10 and will include after- noon tea. Phone 372-6663 if you need transport to the Palm Beach concert. Blues line-up best yet A Blues Brothers tribute band will be the star act at the Waiheke Winter Blues Festival. The Lazyboyz will per- form a one-off show on August 27 as the headline act of the festival which runs over two days. Festival director Delyth Morgan-Coghlan says the line-up for the third annual event is the best ever yet . Having the Blues Brothers Tribute show as a special Saturday night event is a fantastic way to bring lots of fun and energy as we try to shake off the winter blues. The 1980s Blues Brothers movie starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi gained cult status. It included songs like Minnie The Moocher featuring Cab Calloway, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, and Think, featuring Aretha Franklin. The two-day festival also features Mahia Blackmore, Heart Attack Alley, Billy TK Senior, The Darcy Perry Band, The Flaming Mud- cats, and Waiheke musi- cians Katy Soljak, Aaron Carpenter, Al Reeve and Kriston Batistich. Go to www.waihekeblues. co.nz for tickets details and the festival programme. LETTERS GUIDELINES Letters of 150 words or less can be emailed to email@example.com or sent to Editor, Waiheke Marketplace, PO Box 185, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1840, by Monday morning, 9am. Full name, address and phone number should be given. Only the name and suburb will be published. The editor reserves the right to abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Saddened My wife and I spend six months on Waiheke during the summer months and have done so for the past five years. It s a very special place to us and we thank whatever god it was that serendipitously led us to the island. We were, however, saddened that the council chose to restrict cars from using the Esplanade. We have often used this route both on foot and in the car and, more often than not, have found ourselves to be alone on the road. We are both keen walkers and would not generally advocate the use of vehicles where they could be restricted. However, the traffic volumes along the Esplanade surely are so low that they would never really represent an infringement to the enjoyment of those on foot. I believe that the closure is for a trial period. We both therefore hope that this decision will be rescinded after the trial period and we will once again be able to enjoy this scenic corner of the island both on foot and in our car. John Sidgwick Onetangi Art controversy In the best international traditions controversy about art has always been alive and well on Waiheke. A current one regarding the future of the headland sculpture has the danger of being more like the War of the Roses than the old style debates amongst art lovers. That medieval and very bloody English war had two sets of powerful ruling families fighting over the spoils of the kingdom. The local peasants watched, uncaring which lot won or lost as their fate would remain the same. The participants in the present affray could perhaps usefully recall that those in the earlier event were nearly successful at eliminating each other and their interests completely. Basil Holmes Surfdale Correction Regarding our story about the late Harry Nicklin last week, close friend of the family Anne Woodley would like to clarify: Harry was diagnosed with a split artery in his neck, not a blood clot, when he went to hospital. The coroner is investigating his death. Films with spirituality How to: Have a conversation with God -- Neal Donald Walsh explains. This month s Spiritual Cin- ema kicks off at 7.30pm on June 29 with the first of four films which explore char- acters taking risks. The creative, fun-loving young woman of the short film My Life as a Trailer takes a chance in expressing what she discovers deep in her heart. In the short film CUBEd, a frustrated artist feels stuck in a nine-to-five, cubicle exist- ence. The third movie is an in- depth interview with Neale Donald Walsch who explores how to have a conversation with God. In the evening s feature film of the evening, the caretakers of a gifted young student must suspend belief as The Godchild shows them a world beyond time and space. Proceeds from this month's Spiritual Cinema will go towards supporting Friends of the Street. School disco to raise funds The island s Living Without Violence group is putting on a disco to raise funds. The school disco takes place on Saturday, July 2, at Te Huruhi School Hall from 7.30pm to midnight. Organiser Linda Savage promises a great night with raffle prizes and competitions for the best dressed and best dancer. There will also be music with a live covers band On The Rocks plus sounds by DJ Jais. MC for the evening will be Philip Symonds. Look out for the fabulous Otherworld Productions dancers, Ms Savage says. Tickets cost $20 and are available from Shop the Rock in Oneroa. University information evening With more students than ever going on from Waiheke High School to tertiary study, the school is hosting its inaugural university information evening for parents. The event is aimed squarely at the parents of year 12 and 13 students with the purpose of demystifying the transition from secondary to tertiary study. The date is set for July 1, at 7pm. Students are welcome to accompany their parents to the event. Principal Neil Watson says: There will be representatives from Auckland University, Massey University, Unitec and AUT alongside parents who have already been through the process of helping their offspring navigate the minefield of application forms, student loans and course deadlines. The evening will begin with presentations from each of the institutions to give an overview of their enrolment procedures. Following this the university representatives will come together to receive questions from the audience. There will be wine and cheese to finish. Contact Eva Cornforth on cornforthe@waihekehigh .school.nz for more information.
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