Kapi-Mana News : December 27th 2011
3 KAPI-MANA NEWS, DECEMBER 27, 2011 NEWS 3847163AA Wheeler s Guardian FUNERAL HOME NORTH CITY Loans for all reasons ADELPHI FINANCE Amounts $500 to $5000 KM112259 FAST Approval CASH NOW Level 3, Adelphi House, Hartham Place, Porirua PH: 237 4171 *All Loans Subject to Normal Lending Criteria Loans for all reasons Providing Cash Solutions 40 Years of Financial Service 20 Main Rd, Tawa • 04 232 8819 • Fu Structura Repair Centre • A Maj r Insurance C mpanies • C urtes Cars A ai ab e UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT 3630132 20 yEARS -- SAME loCATIoN -- SAME GREAT SERvICE Tawa music teacher takes a bow Pitch perfect: Whether it's piano accompaniment, orchestra music or choir, Shona Murray's service and commitment to music in Tawa is immense. By KRIS DANDO '' You can only do sport for so long but you can sing when you're 80. Shona Murray She may have entered retirement but Shona Murray insists there will always be something to do for someone so intrinsically involved in Tawa s music scene. Tawa College s head of music from 1984-2005 came full circle with her career by spending the last few years as an assistant music teacher at the school, pri- marily involved with the Dawn Chorus and school productions. She retired on November 30 with a well-attended farewell. Mrs Murray says it will feel strange come the start of term 1, next year. I think it will hit me in Febru- ary, when I don t have to go up to teach a class or go to choir. It s going to suddenly seem real, she says. The transition from teaching five year olds at Tawa Primary to music, English and home economics at Tawa College in 1977 was a shock to the system, but one she embraced. Under her stewardship, the choir flourished and music at the school earned a formidable repu- tation nationally and overseas. Modestly, Mrs Murray has a host of people to thank, from mentors to successive principals -- including her husband Bruce, from 1989 to 2002 -- and countless staff members during her tenure. The shows, festivals and awards gathered have been something of immense pride for her. I think we created an atmos- phere [at Tawa College] where everyone belonged and there is a strong philosophy around role modelling. There are so many success stories -- we had a former knife- wielding thug as a student and he came back 15 years later to say thank you for changing my life . Those are the things you work for. Mrs Murray says being involved in national examinations and competitions, and steering the New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir for 10 years, was valuable for her own development in music. I was based in Tawa but it always felt I had a wider scope, and that was especially because of the community involvement as well. I saw myself as like a village schoolmaster. With the advent of the hugely popular Big Sing event, Mrs Mur- ray says choruses have increased in size from 15 -- the number she attracted when starting the Dawn Chorus in 1982 -- to there being hundreds on stage. It was a huge change, but the school embraced it. She is happy to be leaving the college in good heart and con- siders it an honour to be replaced by an ex-student, Isaac Stone. You might think that s narrow or insular but everyone involved in teaching music at the college has an international profile. They re wonderful and cre- ative, she says. Mrs Murray will be available for relief teaching at the school and hopes to remain an accompanist for Trust Porirua City Brass band. There are no plans to take a permanent step back yet. Bruce pointed out recently that you can only do sport for so long but you can sing when you re 80, Mrs Murray says. That s probably me. Scheme gives backing for sports projects By KRIS DANDO As the drums for an astro turf in Porirua beat louder, the ratepayer-funded scheme to support sports projects and groups received a boost this month. The Shared Responsibility Scheme (SRS), which the council first adopted in 1991, provides funding for capital projects put forward by com- munity groups on council land. The $1.6 million hockey turf at Elsdon and Ngatitoa Domain cricket centre are two such ventures, with the coun- cil and the scheme partner each contributing 25 per cent, and the balance coming from an interest-free loan, repaid by the scheme partner over 15 years. Before the council is an SRS application for a $1.85m syn- thetic surface at Ascot Park, submitted by Porirua Vikings league club and Western Suburbs football under the Porirua Synthetic Sportsfield Community Trust banner. They hope to get a decision from PCC before February, when the clubs apply to Lotteries for a grant. It is also understood other applicants to the SRS will be the consortium looking to build a multipurpose venue at Ngatitoa Domain, a group wanting an artificial athletics track, and Mana Archery for an indoor range. As part of a review of SRS, the council has agreed to increase its annual funding to $150,000. At the December 8 meeting, Bernie Wood from the Vikings and Peter Gillespie from Wests said PCC s help was essential as they sought Lotteries funding. Councillors were supportive of an increase to the SRS funding, and the public would be able to weigh in during next year s long term plan- ning process. Mayor Nick Leggett said it was an oppor- tunity to be frugal, but doub- ling the SRS pool was a good idea. Deputy mayor Liz Kelly said the new artificial turf at Wakefield Park was used for 800 hours in July and August this year, while it was utilised for just 130 hours over five months in 2010. The council s Leisure Asset Management Plan recom- mends PCC invest in two arti- ficial turfs in 2013/14 and 2015/16, at a total cost of $3.6 million.
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