Central Leader : November 12th 2010
www.centralleader.co.nz Friday, November 12, 2010 $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ MASSIVE KIWI CAMPING $1,000,000 SUPPLIER SALE!! TENTS • SLEEPING BAGS • AIR BEDS • CAMPING CHAIRS AND TABLES COOKING EQUIPMENT • PLUS MUCH MORE!! OVER 500 TENTS TO CLEAR!! SAVE UP TO 50%!! TOP QUALITY EXCESS STOCK!! EVERYTHING MUST GO!! BULK WAREHOUSE PRINCES ST MOTORWAY BEACHCROFT RD WHARANGI HILL ST GROVE WAR EHOUS E 3 DAYS ONLY FRI, SAT, SUN 12, 13, 14 NOVEMBER 9AM - 5PM SALE ITEMS ONLY AVAILABLE FROM OUR BULK WAREHOUSE 21 PRINCES ST ONEHUNGA PH. 636 7169 Thief swipes gold By RHIANNON HORRELL AN ANTIQUES dealer has been left thousands of dollars out of pocket after a jewellery snatch-and-grab on Monday. A tray of gold necklaces was swiped from Antique Alley on Dominion Rd when the counter was momentarily unattended. Manager Gareth Brettell says a shop assistant was on duty at 1.40pm when she went next door to unlock another part of the store. The offender reached over and pulled out one of the trays,'' he says. As she walked back in, he walked straight past her. I came in about 20 seconds later and just looked down and saw that all the chains had gone. He was an opportunist -- he saw them and thought he would grab them.'' Mr Brettell estimates about 15 to 20 gold chains were taken. He was not thinking and obviously didn't realise we have CCTV. You can see him drop the tray into his bag. He's pretty distinctive looking. He's such an obvious looking guy -- someone will know who he is.'' Mr Brettell says the theft unfolded so quickly that the shop assistant did not realise what had happened. It's just being more aware of who's in the shop. The opportunity presented itself and it was too good to miss.'' Store security is being beefed up as a result of the theft and locks have been fit- ted to all jewellery counters. Mr Brettell says the inci- dent follows an armed rob- bery of the store last Sept- ember in which offenders also made off with a significant amount of jewellery. The man being sought is described as a Pakeha in his mid-40s who was wearing a black hooded jumper. Security footage shows the hoodie has the words Jim Beam across the front in white lettering. The man was carrying a grey shoulder bag and has a tall thin build with grey hair and a scruffy goatee. Police say he was last seen running north on Dominion Rd. Phone Auckland police on 302-6400 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111 if you are able to help identify the man. New show is fusion of martial art and theatre By CARLY TAWHIAO Yin and yang: Wushu martial artists Xu Han and Mitchell Kwan are shaping up to propel the ancient martial art form wushu into the Auckland arena. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Willie Ying may make wushu look effortless, especially when he's attached to wires and pulleys, but it's some- thing he does not take lightly. Wu means military and shu means skill. There are so many kinds of martial arts but this is the mother of them,'' he says. The 35-year-old Mt Roskill resident is on a mission to share his passion for wushu by providing a free and enter- taining one-off theatre show called China Genesis. We want people to know what is behind wushu and what they can do with it, by showcasing what we can do,'' he says. The story is based on the traditional Chinese philos- ophy yin and yang and involves wushu martial arts, stunts, drama and wire works. It physically expresses out how yin and yang formed at the beginning of the time in China. The most important goal is to entertain the audience in a different way. My other goal is to innovate a new look for the martial arts industry as well as the drama and act- ing industry in New Zea- land,'' Mr Ying says. I love it. It's like art to me and I'm working hard to let people know about it. It's something I want to do for the rest of my life.'' The producer and director has enlisted Xu Han and Mit- chell Kwan from his wushu team, Dragon Origin, to be lead characters in the show. Mr Han has been studying martial arts for more than half his life and is a graduate of Beijing Sports University. It's very good for your health and character,'' the 21-year-old says. It also helped to teach me the philosophy behind Chinese culture. I hope more people get to know about wushu and its culture.'' The 18-year-old Mr Kwan perfects his weaponry skills in wushu when he is not studying at Auckland Univer- sity. For me, it's more of an art form than a sport. I like its emphasis on acro- batics and the beautiful flu- idity of movement,'' he says. This is the first of its kind. It's a fusion of martial arts theatre and storytelling so there will be something for everyone.'' Dragon Origin will perform China Genesis this Sunday at the Freemans Bay Com- munity Centre, 52 Hepburn St, Freemans Bay. The two-hour show starts at 6.30pm. Visit www.dragonorigin. co.nz or call 021-1069- 566 for more information.
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