Central Leader : February 4th 2010
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Mr Waretini says it is likely the occupants of the house were away for the day or had gone on holiday. It's really good work that a caring neighbour called it in. The house had been broken into and those involved had just left,'' he says. One of the men was hobbling away and the caller followed him on foot.'' Mr Waretini says two men have been charged in relation to the inci- dent. A man appeared in the Auckland District Court on Wednesday and has been remanded in custody until Febru- ary 16. He has been charged with the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, burglary, unlawfully being in an enclosed yard, driving while disquali- fied, possession of instruments for bur- glary and resisting police. The second man charged is on bail and due to reappear in court on Febru- ary 22. He has been charged with unlawfully interfering with a motor vehicle and burglary. Workshops on alcohol The Maungakiekie- Tamaki Local Board is holding two workshops this month to encourage people to have their say on the Alcohol Reform Bill. The first workshop runs from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday at St Mary's Church in Glen Innes and at Onehunga Com- munity House at 83 Sel- wyn St on Wednesday. Submissions, due by 5pm on February 18 and can be posted to: Com- mittee secretariat, jus- tice and electoral com- mittee, Parliament buildings, Wellington, faxed to (04) 499-0486 or at www.parliament.nz. Moving forward: Craig Ellis uses bold colours and lines, coupled with puns and wit, to visualise his experience of recovering from an horrific road accident more than three years ago. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Crash survivor's art a journey to recovery By HANNAH SPYKSMA Giving up is not on the agenda for one Grey Lynn artist, who suffered a massive brain injury after a scooter accident in 2007. Craig Ellis is exhibiting a series of paintings called Give Up, No Way which recount his harrowing journey to recovery after being knocked off his scooter near Rich- mond Rd more than three years ago. I used to think that when I'd getbetterIwoulddomyart--I didn't realise it would be my life- line,'' he says. His paintings, a fusion of screenprinting and painting, are at The Digital Dark Room on Dominion Rd until next Friday. Screaming colours on bold back- grounds tell of the world he found himself trapped in after the acci- dent forced him into a life plagued by the problems of a brain trying to heal. Mr Ellis battles fatigue, depres- sion, light sensitivity and insom- nia as a result of the trauma. The school teacher dabbled in art before the accident, it wasn't until his counsellor suggested he paint to help explain his feelings and reactions, that things really started to take off. The first five or six paintings were purely for myself. And then I realised they were so strong, and I could use them as a tool to explain to others what it's like to go through a head injury. People may not understand why you act or feel a certain way recovering takes over your whole life.'' Mr Ellis hopes to reach out to others on canvas. The illustrations start off dark and angry, with splashes of bright colour hoping to represent the frustration he felt at completing everyday tasks. Later works in the collection reference the intersection where his accident took place, with messages of hope juxtaposed against street signs of despair and loneliness. More than 90 New Zealanders suffer a head injury each day and recovery is a timid journey. Brain Injury NZ spokeswoman Rebecca Hart says although not an essential part of healing, art is useful as an expressive tool and a therapeutic method to help deal with brain trauma. I think art is quite an individ- ual thing -- for Craig it really shows he's had a difficult journey and is learning to manage the best he can. But you don't need to have a brain injury or an illness to appreciate and take a message from his work,'' she says. For Mr Ellis, this exhibition is testament to the barriers he has overcome. Its play on words sums up the message he wants people to take from his work. However bad it gets, never give up. And dig deep -- hold on to all personal inner strength you can because it does get better.'' Visit www.brain-injury.org.nz for more information.
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