North Shore Times : November 4th 2010
3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 4, 2010 NEWS Customer Services (09) 442 2222 7.30am to 6pm, Mon to Fri Faults and emergencies (09) 442 2222 24 hours Dear Auckland Welcome to Watercare This is our rst week of delivering water and wastewater services directly to your homes and businesses. As you may be aware, your water accounts transferred automatically to Watercare on Monday, as part of the local government changes. You may be wondering how this will affect the services you receive. We can assure you that we are used to providing millions of litres of drinking water every day. It is what we have been doing since 1992, along with treating wastewater and managing pipe networks. What has changed is that we are now serving you directly. Future water and wastewater bills will come from Watercare. This change means there may be hiccups as we nd our feet. We can assure you though; our dedicated team will work hard to x these quickly. If you have any questions or feedback, please call. Our Customer Services team is available on (09) 442 2222 from 7.30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. If you have a fault or an emergency, we are available on (09) 442 2222; 24 hours, 365 days of the year. You can also visit us at www.watercare.co.nz. It is worth remembering that your account transferred automatically, so there is no action you need to take. We look forward to delivering you a great service, every minute of every day. From the team at Watercare Moods under microscope By SARAH CODDINGTON Setareh Mokhtari is investigating how moods determine the way we see reality. The Massey psy- chology researcher says feeling happy or sad not only affects the way we see the world but also the speed with which we process visual images. Ms Mokhtari, who is based at the Albany cam- pus, is also interested in how our mood interprets the way we see other people's facial expres- sions. She uses different pieces of music to induce a mood before testing the responses of participants to a series of different facial features and moods. Ms Mokhtari tested 57 participants to various facial expressions after they had listened to sad or happy music. She found those who listened to sad music were slower in piecing together visual infor- mation than those who had listened to more cheerful tunes. Results were pres- ented at a psychology conference in Melbourne. Ms Mokhtari needs participants to take part in a one-hour psychology laboratory study where they will listen to mood music and carry out computer-based tasks. Anyone interested in taking part in the study can email setareh.mok firstname.lastname@example.org. nz or cognition.study@ yahoo.com. Stateside gigs dream come true By FELICITY REID Rising rock star: Musician Kara Gordon is getting ready for his career to take off. Photo: BEN WATSON WHEN former Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Slash is singing your praises the music indus- try takes notice -- even if you are a relatively unknown guitarist from Birkenhead. Heavy rock sensation Kara Gordon has left behind his awkward and shy teenage years to take centre stage with some of the international legends of rock and roll. The 29-year-old's dis- tinctive sound helped him win a national guitarist competition in 2008. And that led to jam sessions with White Snake lead guitarist Doug Aldridge, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer from Kiss, Ozzy Osborne's lead guitarist Zakk Wylde and CC Deville, the lead guitarist from Poison at Wellington's Rock2Wgtn festival. And a cheeky conver- sation with Slash has given Kara the possi- bility of playing as a sup- port act for some of his musical idols. After lap- ping up Slash's praise of his quick-fingered elec- tric guitar playing skills, Kara jokingly asked: Are you going to give me a gig then?'' It turns out Slash, who released his own debut solo album this year, sees this Kiwi boy sup- porting Joe Satriani of British group Deep Purple. Kara has also been invited by Atlantic Records to tour the United States next year on the Hard Rock Cafe circuit where he will per- form his own tracks with the Kara Gordon Band as he tries to secure a record deal. This is what I have dreamt of all my life.'' Kara has been gigging since he was 12 years old and he wasn't discour- aged by high school teachers' suggestions he would be better off get- ting a real job''. A graduate of Boston's Berklee College of Music, he has a masters in guitar performance, jazz and contemporary guitar improvisation and com- position and arrange- ment in jazz and contem- porary orchestration. Kara has some idea what to expect of the American music scene. It's insane and in your face. But I can only be who I am.'' Kara has watched as band mates have fallen victim to their own ego and he doesn't want to follow that path. Musos are different to office workers. They go crazy and turn into jerks,'' Kara says. He reckons he keeps this in check by being an amateur boxer. Kara says his boxing hobby helps keep it real'' and it has also done wonders for his waist- line. He's dropped 30kg since being involved in the sport.
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