Kapi-Mana News : September 6th 2011
7 KAPI-MANA NEWS, SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 NEWS 3 minutes walk to Kenepuru Station • Spraypainting •panelbeating WE ARE APPROVED REPAIRERS FOR THE MAJORITY OF INSURANCE COMPANIES PHONE 237 5898 www.autocrash.co.nz 45 KENEPURU DRIVE,PORIRUA 3559923AA IN BRIEF 'Loving' centenarian dies Waitangirua man Taiwung Yu Hoi, who celebrated his 107th birthday on August 26, passed away last Tuesday morning. Chinese-born Mr Yu Hoi, possibly the oldest man in the country, captured the hearts of the nation after the Kapi-Mana News reported that the centenarian still lived at home, had his original teeth and enjoyed KFC on a regular basis. Daughter Towhina Yu Hoi says Mr Yu Hoi was a hard-working man and an affectionate and loving father. He adored his family and remembered all the names of his 200 descendants. ''His love for us, I think that's why he lived so long,'' Ms Yu Hoi says. Daughter Lole Ernst says Mr Yu Hoi's children grew up surrounded by love and affection. ''We're very grateful with the life that we shared with him such a long time, we are fortunate to have him, and thank him for giving us this long. We're not sad that he's gone, because we know that he's in good hands,'' she says. Mr Yu Hoi's funeral was on Saturday morning and was attended by family from Samoa, Australia and all around New Zealand. Porirua sewer renewal After some discussion last week, Porirua City Council decided that chief executive Gary Simpson and his senior officers will have the authority to accept tenders for the city's $2.1 million sewer mains renewal project. The project will address areas with the greatest risk of mains failure in Porirua, starting with Waitangirua and Cannons Creek. Mayor Nick Leggett called the work of council officers to get things to this stage ''extremely positive'' for the city, and Mr Simpson noted that residents likely to be disrupted will receive plenty of notice. A playful take on Kiwiana By ANDREA O'NEIL Colonial comedy: Titahi Bay sculptor Mark Newnham sees the lighter side of Kiwiana, as shown in his controversial work Wailing Tiki, which references Edvard Munch's painting The Scream. It's Kiwiana, but not as you know it -- New Zealand icons are being given a subversive spin by a Titahi Bay man in an exhibition this week. Sculptor and The Hobbit lighting technician Mark Newnham is exhibiting three pieces in Unscripted, a showcase of art created by Wellington's film industry workers. Mr Newnham tends towards sculptures that play on New Zealand's colonial past, a subject he is fascinated with. The 45-year-old arrived in New Zea- land from London at age five with his £50 Pom'' parents. His first taste of Kiwiana was a green plastic tiki Air New Zealand gave to passengers at the time, and themes of Maoridom and colonialism have interested him ever since. Mr Four Square is one of his most popular hardwood sculptures, and he has copped flak for a large tiki sculpture which references Edvard Munch's paint- ing The Scream. Mr Newnham responded to critics who said he wasn't Kiwi enough'' to use Maori symbols by pointing out that he grew up among Maori in Ngaruawahia. If that isn't living amongst the cul- ture, what is?'' he says. We've all arrived here; [there's] just a bit of a time difference.'' Sports Bunny, a sculpture Mr Newham is showing in Unscripted, epitomises his irreverent attitude to colonialism. Rabbits were seen as cute, quintessentially English Peter Rabbit'' animals by early settlers, who imported them to make New Zealand feel like their homeland. The critters soon took over and are now the bane of farmers' lives. For his rabbit sculpture Sports Bunny, Mr Newnham used a natural eye in the wood to depict a bullet wound in the bunny's forehead. I just think that whole colonialism thing was very funny,'' he says. The Unscripted exhibition runs until September 9 at St James Theatre, Courtenay Pl, Wellington.
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