Kapi-Mana News : March 13th 2012
22 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MARCH 13, 2012 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT A: 1 Serlby Place, Porirua P: 04 238 2495 F: 04 238 2496 E: firstname.lastname@example.org | 18 MACHINE GAMING ROOM | COURTESY VAN (when available) 4443509AA Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves Inc, presents A talk by Bruce Murray on The changing landscape of Tawa an historical perspective. Tawa Community Centre (Board Room) 5 Cambridge St, TAWA. Wednesday 14th March 2012 at 7.30 pm. Bruce has long had a love of history, and association with the Tawa area, being a long time resident of Tawa for 45 years, and for 13 years the principal of Tawa College. His knowledge of the Tawa area started in his student days when completing his masters thesis as he studied for his MA in Geography. Since retirement, for the past almost 10 years Bruce has been chairman of the Tawa Historical Society. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Tawa‛s roots, its failings, foibles and strengths and is a personable speaker on the subject. With the Tawa Historical Society he has authored a number of books about Tawa. Bruce upholds that we should have A wider appreciation of its past so as to build well for the future. And it‛s on this theme that Bruce was invited to speak to Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves.BeforeEuropeansettlementtheTawavalleyhillslopes where covered in dense lowland forest with towering emergent species and thick undergrowth that supported a chorus of birds and other indigenous life. Progressive development for farming and later urbanisation has seen these bush areas shrink to a shadow of their former glory. Development has also led to the introduction of numerous pest animals and weeds that, if left on their own, could see the demise of the little remaining native bush and animal life in urban areas. The talk will follow the brief formalities of an AGM. Volunteers needed! A wide range of opportunities, including: - replenishing our possum bait stations - caring for the reserves weeding, tree planting, track development and maintenance - serving on the committee, e.g. as Secretary - writing submissions to local body authorities - compiling and distributing a member‛s newsletter Contact email@example.com, or phone Wayne at 232-4676 4443422AA Dine on the RMS Titanic Come dine as a first class passenger to mark a century since the sinking of RMS Titanic. The Titanic Commemorative Din- ner, hosted by Coastguard Welling- ton, is on Saturday, April 14, at the James Cook Hotel. Hotel executive chef Charles de Villiers will replicate the menu that was presented to the first class passengers the night before the ship hit an iceberg early on April 15, 1912. Keynote guest speaker Trevor Montgomery is a veteran deep ocean explorer, having dived 3.81 kilometres to the Titanic. He has come over from Australia especially to share his experiences at this com- memoration. Mr Montgomery has also gifted items to Coastguard Wellington from his dive to the Titanic. These will be auctioned off during the evening and all proceeds from the night go towards the funding for a new special service craft for Coastguard Welling- ton. The dinner starts at 7pm in the Chancellor One Room. Reservations are $150. For enquiries and bookings, ring 479 1840 or email Titanic firstname.lastname@example.org. Singing his way from Scotland Kia ora: Tenor Nicky Spence takes in the sights and sounds of Wellington. By REBECCA THOMSON What s a Scotsman doing in an opera about a Maori chief? It sounds like the introduc- tion to a joke but it s not. Tenor Nicky Spence has trav- elled from Britain to star in Hohepa, a new opera by Wel- lington composer Jenny McLeod. The New Zealand Opera is premiering the piece this week at the International Arts Festi- val. Spence is to perform the role of colonial settler Thomas Mason, who befriends Maori chief Hohepa Te Umuroa during the Maori land wars. What a way to be educated in things New Zealand, he said. It s not a story that s told in Scotland. It s been so fascinat- ing to learn about it. Based in London, Spence trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio and has performed all over Europe. He said New Zealand was a long way to come but it was worth it for the role. Of all the offers I had at the time, this was the most interes- ting. I was the right look and sound for them. I look British -- a little bit overweight, pasty and a bit red in the face. Also, it s exciting to perform an opera that s never been performed and it s wonder- ful to be working with a living composer. McLeod s opera is sung in English and Maori, a language Spence had to learn. All the vowels are pretty pure, though, so it s a bit like Scottish. He has also learned a haka, although he does not have to do the haka in the opera. I love the rugby and the haka but to see that sort of thing up close, that s really something special. Jenny s even composed a white man s haka. It s quite lofty and cerebral, whereas the Maori haka is much more tribal. There s a point [in the production] where they are performed at the same time. It s quite something. Born in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, Spence always wanted to become a performer. I was always a noisy child and now I get paid for being noisy. What could be better? His first role, as a child, was King Fuzzywug in a school pro- duction of The Tinderbox. These days he preferred more chal- lenging pieces, he said. It would be amazing to sing Othello one day, if my voice ever gets that big. We re talking about a lot of years to go to get there. Meanwhile, Spence said he was enjoying working with the New Zealand Opera Company and being in New Zealand. He had gleaned information about the country from Hayley Westenra, whom he knows well. I ve toured with Hayley. She s told me quite a a bit about New Zealand. She said how friendly New Zealand is, and that s true. Although here for the opera, Spence said he had one other artistic endeavour in his sights. I do want to be in The Hobbit movie. I have size 12 feet, so hopefully that will give me a shoe -in. He is also looking forward to a fishing trip with the cast. The cast is going kidnap me, take me fishing somewhere. It s going to be my only manly activity of the week.
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