Kapi-Mana News : January 10th 2012
TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2012 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz INSIDE HONOURED Locals lap up titles 2 LOVE OF THE GAME 'Bags' Murray on cricket, history 4 FOOTWEAR FETISH Why women love shoes 10 OFF THE PAGE The staging ofTu 18 INDEX Talking Politics ..................... 7 Letters ................................ 8 Pet Tails ............................ 13 Touch of Grey..................... 16 Cinemaddict ...................... 19 Weekly Workout ................. 20 Classified .......................... 21 CALL US Phone 04 237 8118 Fax 04 237 8552 Address Ground floor BNZ Tower, Hartham Place, Porirua Email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com richard.gordon@ kmananews.co.nz Theatre in limbo By ANDREA O'NEIL Blame for the uncertain future of Porirua Performing Arts Theatre should be put on a new joint governing council for Whitireia and WelTec polytechnics, a fundraiser for the theatre says. Chris Kirk-Burnnand was chair- man of Whitireia s governing coun- cil from 1998 to 2004, and is now chairman of the Porirua Foun- dation, which secured more than $2 million in funding for the theatre. Since Whitireia and WelTec merged their councils last June, Whitireia s local identity and priorities have been lost, Mr Kirk- Burnnand says. I ve got no issue with Weltec and Whitireia working together, but I m very concerned that we re going to lose the Porirua identity. Have you heard one thing about them trying to improve Porirua? Whitireia pulled out of the project in December, withdrawing its offer of $3m for the construction of the theatre plus $100,000 a year in operating costs. Planning for the 400-seat theatre began in 2006, and it is to cost $13.2m. Porirua City Council and Ngati Toa each committed $3m, and the remaining $4.2m was to come from fundraising. The theatre was intended to house Whitireia s performing arts programme and attract theatre performances to the area, and was to be built on Whitireia s Porirua campus. The polytech temporarily moved its performing arts course to central Wellington in 2008, and has now decided it will stay there per- manently. We regret having to withdraw from the Porirua Performing Arts project, Whitireia and Weltec chairman Roger Sowry said. Budget issues were the reason the polytech withdrew, he said, and instead it would invest in a $20m building complex to replace the campus s prefabricated classrooms. The new buildings will make a major economic contribution to Porirua and our region. However, philanthropist Mr Kirk-Burnnand says the polytech s new buildings won t improve edu- cation, while the theatre would have, as it would have attracted Maori and Pacific Island students who might then go on to further study and improve their job prospects. It will be beneficial for middle and low-income people in Porirua, he says. Cultural identity and feel- ing a part of the community is the first step to getting people into edu- cation. If Whitireia insists on replacing its prefabs, Mr Kirk-Burnnand suggests that it commit $17m to that project and the remaining $3m to the theatre. Whitireia s withdrawal came as a surprise to the project s other partners, as there was no public consultation, he says. I ve seen no consultation with the community about it, nothing at all. I don t like that. Education is about involving people, it s about involving your students. He is optimistic that the project will go ahead. I m not giving up. I believe in this concept. There s a bit of a roadblock here, and it s a pity. A meeting of the Performing Arts Trust, the body organising the theatre project, will take place in late January but will not be open to the public, trustee and Porirua city councillor Euon Murrell says. It is likely that the city council will now withdraw its $3m and put the project on the back burner to free up its budget, he says. I m disappointed, because I thought it would be great for the city, but I also have to be realistic. Hot yoga gets the sweat flowing By KAROLINE TUCKEY Warmed up: Abundance studios yoga instructor Gabrielle Harris says Hot Yoga has many benefits for the body and mind, and while new to New Zealand, the style has become very popular overseas. CONTINUED Page 7 Several days after my first hot yoga class, I m still hearing all about it from my body -- and more unexpectedly, I still feel refreshed from it. The good aches remind me I ve stretched and worked my body in ways it feels it should be stretched and worked out. Hot yoga is a relatively recent American addition to the ancient practice of yoga and refers to the temperature it s practised in -- not the hotness of the practitioners. Though if this class was anything to judge by, hot yoga seems to be very good for the physique. Instructor Gabrielle Harris agrees, and says while her practice, at the Abundance studios at City- fitness in Porirua and Thorndon Quay, Wellington, is a natural pro- gression for people already attending the gym who are usually reasonably fit, the hot power vinyasa yoga she teaches is suitable for any age or level and particularly good for developing long lean limbs. It s quite active, it s quite a strong practice, and does include some long deep-held poses, but it s quite a safe practice, she says. The theory is that higher temperatures of up to 36 degrees stimulate the body to sweat and eliminate toxins, and help your joints to ease deeper into poses. Within 10 minutes of starting the 90-minute class, I can vouch for the amount of wet stuff being eliminated and running down my face. The ladies at the counter checked as I came in that I had water with me, and I am grateful that I do. I should disclose that I didn t make it all the way through the marathon class. Ms Harris says it s not uncom- mon for new students to feel they need to keep up with the rest of the class, and push themselves too far, but she encourages all students to work intelligently to their own limits. We encourage people to just work at their own pace and to make modifications if it suits their body, because it is a strenuous practice and they need their body to adjust to it -- everyone s just doing their own thing. The class works smoothly through sequences of asanas, or poses, called aloud by Ms Harris. Each pose requires concentrated effort to hold it, but not strain.
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