Central Leader : February 9th 2011
3 CENTRAL LEADER, FEBRUARY 9, 2011 NEWS Call 0800 BLINDS 254637 www.homevisionblinds.co.nz Up to RRP OFF 60% BLINDS! BLINDS! BLINDS! Vertical • Venetian • Sunscreen • Wooden • Roller FOR FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 64a Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill, Ph 09 629 5140 Edukids Stoddard Rd Open Day Saturday Feb 19th, 10am to 12pm Come along & enjoy for free ✔ Guided tours of our new centre ✔ Meet our passionate teachers ✔ Fun activities for children ✔ Refreshments provided Kidicorp for happy, confident learners SPECIAL OFFERS ON THE DAY! FIND OUT MORE *Conditions apply Splore brings art to the city By HANNAH SPYKSMA Hanging the silks: Performer Eve Gordon is putting away her signature silk ties in favour of a performance in a glass box with three others for Splore City this weekend. Photo: JASON OXENHAM ' We know how to put on a good party and this one will be of the same calibre as all our other events. ' Amanda Wright Splore director AN EXPLOSION of art, colour and frivolity is set to overtake downtown Auckland this weekend as Splore migrates to the city. The event is here for two nights of what director Amanda Wright describes as lighting the concrete jungle gym with a kaleidoscope of colour and patterns''. The event is normally held at Tapapakanga on the west coast of the Firth of Thames, but organisers Splore Dy- namics have decided to diver- sify the biennial event. Ms Wright hopes bringing the party to the city on February 11 and 12 will help support her business, as holding an event once every two years is just not sustainable''. She says audiences should expect the same ethos and philosophy as the main three- day festival. Although a lot of people relate to the beach, we are bringing all the elements of Splore to the city and illumi- nating the urban environ- ment.'' The festival is known for its seaside location with campers and art installations colouring the regional park for three days, but the city version offers patrons a dif- ferent experience. A last-minute venue change means Aotea Square has been swapped for the Auckland Town Hall. Music, burlesque and tra- peze combine with graffiti art and multimedia projections to entertain the crowds from 7pm to 2am both nights. Ms Wright says the change will provide a more intimate experience, and help to define the urban and beach locations as separate events. For performer Eve Gordon, the move to the town hall is a blessing in disguise. Plans to scale the walls of the Aotea Centre for a trapeze perform- ance were exciting, but logistically complicated. Her new routine, Bur- lesque en Boite, featuring four artists suspended in see- through boxes above the audience, should be easier to pull off. Ms Gordon, who performed at Splore last year, says although she was a bit scepti- cal about an urban event, she was won over after she visi- ted the city destination and started coming up with ideas. She adds that although it's known for its links to coastal and natural environments, the concept can be adopted for a cityscape. Splore is about creating its own environment. What art we, the performers and artists, bring in creates the environment it is known for.'' But some festivalgoers are still doubtful about whether the show will work in such a different context. Talia Blewitt, a regular at Splore for the past few years, says she was tempted to go, but has decided not to because of the different location. I just don't feel totally motivated to go because when I think about Splore, it's by the beach, under the trees, in the sun. I'm sure they will trans- form the town hall into some- thing amazing, but I'm just not entirely convinced.'' However, Ms Wright says her company is experienced at organising festivals and there's no reason this one will be any different. They know we deliver at the beach, we know how to put on a good party and this one will be of the same calibre as all our other events.'' Visit www.splore.net for more information. Police suggest securing doors after teenager scares off man By RHIANNON HORRELL A 16-year-old Hillsborough teenager managed to frighten off a prospective burglar while his mother was out walking. His mum Treza Gallogly says the incident unfolded at around 8pm on February 3 after she went for a walk. She says her son Emmet went outside after hearing a noise and saw a man stand- ing in the driveway. The teenager went back inside to find a second man had come through an open door and was crouched in the corner. He was wearing a beanie, a hoodie, a long-sleeved top, gloves, jeans and heavy boots. And it was so hot and muggy. Emmet banged his fist on a door and yelled: Oi'. The man turned his head slightly and scarpered.'' She says the man ran out- side onto the deck and leaped over a small concrete wall. I got home 20 minutes later. Emmet had shut all the doors and windows,'' she says. We've never had any trouble before. There've been two other burglaries within two streets of here within a week and a half.'' Ms Gallogly has done a letterbox drop in the area and is warning people to take care. As a community that's what we owe people. Never hesitate to ring 111. It also helps police to note down car registration numbers if you see anyone unfamiliar at a neighbour's place.'' Avondale police patrol group commander Ross Endicott-Davies says people need to be security conscious during the summer months. In this high humidity, many leave their front doors open, and people on the street can take advantage of it. People need to take the appropriate precautions.'' Mr Endicott-Davies says a security screen door can be locked while still allowing a breeze through the house. He says police also dealt with a case in which a per- son left their front door open all night and then discovered property had been stolen when they woke in the morn- ing.
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