North Shore Times : December 21st 2010
8 NORTH SHORE TIMES, DECEMBER 21, 2010 NEWS Wholesaler's Clearance 36 Apollo Drive Mairangi Bay (beside Wet & Forget) OPEN 7 DAYS 10am - 4pm æ Children's Books from $3.00 æ Cook Books from $3.00 æ 2011 Diaries from $3.00 æ Christmas Cards from $4.00 æ Balloon Modelling Kits only $6.00 æ Gift Box: Magnificent Magic only $15.0 0 æ Gift Box: Classic Paper Planes only $15.0 0 æ Guinness Glasses only $2.00 æ Federation T-Shirts only $10.00 æ Cupcake & Cookie Creation Gift Sets only $10.0 0 Plus many more great gifts arriving daily Check out these Hot Prices! CHRISTMAS GIFTS The challenge of being soldiers By JODEAL CADACIO Physical challenge: Students from the Advance Training Centres in Albany test their physical and mental skills during the Victoria Cross Challenge Cup in Devonport. Photo: BEN WATSON The physical and mental fitness of young aspiring Kiwi soldiers were put to the test at this year's Victoria Cross Challenge Cup. The event on Decem- ber 9 saw students from the military preparatory school Advance Training Centres taking on North Head, Mt Victoria and Cheltenham Beach in Devonport in a battle of brains and brawn. The competition con- sisted of a series of men- tal and physical challenges that each of the six eight-member teams needed to com- plete while racing against each other. It started with a physi- cal training drill at North Head after which each team was given codes to crack and tasks to complete at various locations. Advanced Training Centres general man- ager Nick Hyde says the event aims to harness the students' physical endurance and code- breaking and team build- ing skills. Part of our pro- gramme is this challenge where students are to display the virtues that we teach -- commitment, determination, courage, leadership, strength, teamwork and pride,'' he says. A large percentage of our students go on to join the New Zealand De- fence Forces and this provides a practical ex- perience of what they can expect on their basic training.'' Mr Hyde says the com- petition also gives them the opportunity to spend the week teaching the background to the Vic- toria Cross and the acts of bravery leading to winning the highest mili- tary decoration. Twenty20 International Eden Park -- Boxing Day 2pm NZC/SNL/211210 THE ONLY INTERNATIONAL CRICKET TOUR FOR A VERY, VERY LONG TIME V PAKISTAN THE NATIONAL BANK SERIES New branding for Northcote centre Martin Lawes By JODEAL CADACIO Northcote Shopping Cen- tre is branding itself as Auckland's Centre of Culture. The new branding aims to highlight the centre as a multicultural melting pot, Northcote Mainstreet chairman Martin Lawes says. He says there has been initial work to incorpor- ate the branding into advertising, stationery and signs. But trying to become Auckland's Centre of Culture is more than just stating it on a logo and signage. It has to be what people experience when they come to Northcote -- a centre bustling with vibrancy, multiculturalism, cul- tural activities and retail offerings,'' he says. Mr Lawes says the centre has become one of the best places in Auck- land for Asian food and produce. Regular early morning t'ai chi and Chinese chess games around the elm tree are also unique to the town centre, he says. The centre has also been hosting major celebrations such as the recent Moon Festival and the Chinese and Korean Lunar New Year. Mr Lawes says North- cote Library, NorthART Community Arts Centre and the Multi Agency Migrants Resource Cen- tre in Norman King Building add value to the centre's uniqueness. He says the next major festival will be the Chinese and Korean New Year celebration on February 4-5.
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