North Shore Times : November 25th 2010
9 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 NEWS Official Book Launch & Signing WHI_2003_NSTM Whitcoulls Westfield Albany This Saturday, 27 November, 11am - 12.30pm A Perfect Christmas Gift Idea Only $29.99 MEET THE SILVER FERNS! EXCLUSIVE to Whitcoulls & Borders Purchase your copy on the day and have it personalised by Silver Ferns Irene van Dyk, Temepara George, Maria Tutaia, Grace Rasmussen and legends Dame Lois Muir, Anna Stanley, Y vonne Willering and Lyn Gunson. Glassification: Glass sculptor Nejat Kavvas is also the honorary consul general for the Republic of Turkey. A lustrous career change LISTINGS: Gallery in the Gardem by Jacquie Jarry, 37 Lysander Cres, Beach Haven, November 27, 1pm- 4pm Lake House Arts Centre, Gitte Anderson, November 30 to December 8 Northart Gallery, Northart members 12 x 12 Show, December 13-17 Retiring and becoming a glass sculptor was like falling in love all over again for Nejat Kavvas. The Turkish-born art- ist had a career as an industrial chemist and he was also a highly suc- cessful businessman. But later in life he decided on a change. The Torbay resident always had a fascination with glass so it seemed only natural that he would become a glass artist. For the past two years, he has focused on glass making and has studied at some of the world s top schools in Seattle, Cali- fornia, Istanbul and the Netherlands. He is holding a solo show at the Flagstaff Gallery in Devonport. Mr Kavvas says glass is a beautiful medium to work with. His designs are orig- inal and innovative. They are a reflection of the things he has seen and experienced over the years. I like to be individual and tell my own story, he says. Next year Mr Kavva s work will turn up around the com- munity when his designs are used in public toilets in Mairangi Bay and Torbay. He was approached earlier this year by the North Shore City Coun- cil to create some artistic panels that will add light to new and refurbished blocks. Mr Kavvas says toilet blocks should be a fun place and not be military style. There s a much more pleasant way of present- ing them, he says. The North Shore is a beautiful place and it lends itself to art, he says. Mr Kavvas is also honorary consul general for Turkey. Glassification is on at the Flagstaff Gallery in Devonport until Decem- ber 7. Visit www.kavvas glass.com for more information. Ride on cycle path leads to questions It s been a few years since I ve been on a bike, but six weeks ago I decided to build cycling into my fitness routine as summer approaches. Nothing major, but I ve been getting out on my old mountain bike around the North Shore roads every weekend. The tragic spate of recent biking fatalities makes you think twice and has highlighted the narrow margin of safety for cyclists. You realise how vulnerable you are on a bike, and how reliant you are on the vigilance and concen- tration of other road users. On the positive side, cycling as a mode of transport is not only environmentally friend- ly, but as a recreation it is an enjoyable way to get some exercise and free your mind from your daily concerns. Secondly, it gives you a detailed view of the nooks and crannies of an area that a car just doesn t afford you. As an MP, it s amazing the insights I get into my electorate from the bike saddle, not to mention the people I see along the way. The extent of the cycle lane network across the Shore has come as a pleasant surprise. The pathways are not con- tinuous but it s great that you can cycle to Takapuna and beyond from Northcote, travers- ing some very busy terri- tory, (think Akoranga Drive up Esmonde Rd to Lake Rd). However, I ve been struck by how relatively few cyclists are on these cycle paths at the weekends. Cycling from Northcote Point to Taka- puna beach I seldom see another bike. There weren t a lot on the route to and from Devonport last weekend either. The question for me is why aren t more people cycling? In terms of recreation, is it a lack of awareness of the paths that are available? Is it perceived danger? Is it just not that popu- lar? Some will beg to differ and say it s different dur- ing commuter times -- I m just telling you what I ve seen. Of course cycle lanes have been controversial (Lake Rd), and the motor vehicle continues to be crucial for Aucklanders. However, if we re going to accommodate a predicted growth in Auckland s population from 1.4 to nearly 2 million over the next 20 years transport is going tobeevenmoreofa serious challenge. Potentially part of the solution for dealing with Auckland s transport woes could be encourage- ment of active transport- cycling and walking. However, there are issues associated with cycling and walking infrastructure that require rational analysis of costs and benefits. It seems to me that cycling has the potential to move people off our roads, although it will obviously not be viable for everyone. The question is, would building more infrastruc- ture increase uptake, or given what I ve seen on my rides, does the carrot not really work for the majority when it comes to active transport? Will people only get on their bikes once the viability of motoring passes a personal tipping point for them (for what- ever reason)? Email me on jonathan.coleman@ parliament.govt.nz and let me know what you think. Classical singer's show of good Will In support: Will Martin's second album will help support the Breast Health Foundation. By LISA HONEYBONE Classical crossover singer Will Martin is home after recording his second album which will help support the Breast Health Foundation. The 26-year-old has returned from London and Prague where he recorded Inspirations featuring the Prague Philharmonic Orches- tra. The album was released on Monday and he is donating $1 from the sale of every album pre-Christmas to Allison Roe s Breast Health Foundation. It is a collection of 12 songs from artists who have inspired Will including U2, Elton John and Phil Collins. Will says Allison is a friend and supporter and he jumped at the chance to be an ambassador of her foundation. He felt he should go one step further and support the foundation financially. Allison says she is rapt to have such a high profile name working alongside her, especially one prepared to show such altruism. The Breast Health Foundation is a Chari- table Society estab- lished this year with the objective of educat- ing and empowering women and men about breast health. Will is the youngest tenor ever to top the UK Classical charts. He grew up on the Shore. Visit www.breast healthfoundation.org and www.willmartin. co.nz for information.
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