North Shore Times : February 11th 2014
www.northshoretimes.co.nz One man’s waste, another’s furniture By SIMON MAUDE Birkenhead artisan Mark Mortimer wants people to know there’s a ‘‘wonderful resource’’ right in their backyards – bamboo. Mr Mortimer has been working with the giant grass for 17 years, crafting everything from lampshades to coffee tables. He even provided props for the New Zealand-filmed Tom Cruise movie, The Last Samurai. Thanks to a plentiful supply of garden owners wanting the plant removed, Mr Mortimer won’t run out of supplies very soon. But the awardwinning designer, who got his start in Buenos Aires, says people should make use of the versatile, non-native species. ‘‘Instead of moaning about it, use it,’’ he says. Mr Mortimer is Bespoke bamboo: Birkenhead designer Mark Mortimer makes made to order items out of hardy, versatile bamboo. taking part in a demonstration at the NZ Bamboo Society annual meeting, showing people how to manage and make the most of bamboo. With more than 100-plus species of the plant growing in Auckland, ‘‘there’s a bamboo for every aspect of your garden,’’ he says. The event is at 9.30am, February 22, Western Hall, 38 Portage Road, New Lynn. Gold coin donation. ❚ Go to ecoevents.org.nz/event/ working-bamboo-talk. NEWS NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 11, 2014 11 Coming together: Eden Park Trust chief executive David Kennedy says the planning has been worth it. Nines event planned down to last detail Fans filling the stands at Eden Park this week will be unaware of the flurry of activity taking place below them. The NRL Auckland Study Health and Social Services in 2014 The knowledge I have gained at WelTec has been invaluable. It has enabled me to work in a field that I am passionate about. SHARON GOODIER BACHELOR OF COUNSELLING GRADUATE STUDY AT OUR AUCKLAND CBD CAMPUS WelTec’s programmes are designed to give you the right mix of theory and practical experience so you can make a real difference in your community. Choose from our range of specialist degree qualifications tailored to meet community needs: § Bachelor of Addictions Studies § Bachelor of Counselling § Bachelor of Youth Development § Community Support COURSES START MARCH 2014 For more information visit www.weltec.ac.nz or our Auckland CBD Campus, 3 Wakefield St. 0800 WELTEC www.weltec.ac.nz Nines is the first non-All Black test match to sell out the park since the 1992 Cricket World Cup, prompting organisers to increase the stadium’s capacity with temporary seats. As of last week fewer than 1000 tickets remained. The event has been two years in the making with the last six months dedicated to logistics alone. But the boardroom hours have paid off, Eden Park Trust chief executive David Kennedy says. ‘‘It’s been quite a coup to pull this off. ‘‘Eden Park is really good fun when it’s full, the atmosphere and buzz will be great.’’ The biggest challenge has been finding room for the 16 teams and almost 500 NRL personnel, he says. While two teams are playing, two more will be warming up for the next More than 250 players, 46,000 fans and 1500 staff will descend on Eden Park for the inaugural NRL Auckland Nines tournament this week. Reporter Lauren Priestley went behind the scenes to see what plans are in place to make the two-day spectacle run like clockwork. game, two gearing up for the game after, two cooling down and eight teams resting in a dedicated lounge. players’ ‘‘Having 16 NRL teams in one city at the same time has never been done before. It’s provided us with some new things to deal with,’’he says. ‘‘At peak times there will obviously be small queues but we’re a stadium that’s designed to accommodate that many people. We’ve had this place full before and we know how to manage it.’’ Duco Events director David Higgins says the process has involved some hard graft but is worth it. The company had the idea in early 2012 and fought to get Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and the NRL on board. ‘‘Ideas are actually the easy bit. The hard part is making it reality. ‘‘I think it will really sink in when I’m standing on the terraces at Eden Park watching the players coming out.’’ ATEED general man- ager Rachael Carroll says the event ticked all the right boxes. Selling out in its first year has blown organisers away, she says. ‘‘We need to quite aggressively reposition Auckland in their [Australia’s] eyes and we saw this as an ideal product that would play right into that. ‘‘An event is great for an event’s sake but look ➤TEAMUP Here’s a chance to see all of your rugby league heroes in one place at the same time. All 16 NRL teams will take centre stage in Aotea Square on February 14 at noon before competing at Eden Park over the following two days. The free event will include giveaways, competitions and performances from Auckland-based dance group The Royal Family – gold medallists at the 2013 World HipHop Dance Championship. at all the other things this can achieve for our city.’’ Health study on Pasifika children Disabled Pasifika children, youth and their families are invited to take part in a study to share any issues, concerns and challenges they face. The study is called The Talanga Project and is a New Zealand-first. It comes after the Faiva Ora Pasifika Disability Plan found further research of Pasifika disabled children and youth was needed. It will be carried out for the Ministry of Health by Auckland University’s Pacific Health and Health Systems departments. The university’s head of Pacific Health, Teuila Percival, says the number of Pasifika children is growing rapidly. ‘‘Despite the increase, there is little knowledge, information or research available on children and youth,’’ she says. 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