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Sculptors gather for symposium
above: This Oamaru
Stone is in the initial
stages of being
transformed into a cloak
made to look as though
it were created by flax,
according to Whangarei
sculptural artist Aaron
Carving art, left:
Sculptor Trevor Nathan
from Rotorua says he is
keen to create a mixed
media art form from both
Oamaru stone and
Photos: ROSE STIRLING
By ROSE STIRLING
Pieces of wood and stone are being
brought to life in front of all with
the Whangarei Sculpture Sym-
The Town Basin s new Art Park is
the location for the biennial event
on now until Saturday.
The symposium aims to encour-
age outstanding sculpture in
Whangarei, Chart spokeswoman
Trish Clarke says.
More than 20 local and national
artists will be working in stone and
wood, contributing to a vision of
Whangarei s public
populated with art.
Sculptor Aaron Hoskin is one of
those artists. His previous work
sold at the end of the 2009 sym-
posium to former mayor Stan
Semenoff, and Mr Hoskin is
delighted the mayor purchased his
It was the first stone carving I d
Since then he has created 25
carvings all of which are on display
at various places around Northland
and some which are still for sale.
He encourages other artists to
consider taking part.
Definitely give it a go.
Mr Hoskin has a bachelor of vis-
ual arts from NorthTec and says he
really loves working with Oamaru
It s like a very soft marble so it s
easier to work with than marble.
It s really soft and enduring because
it stands the test of time and is used
in building houses down in the
It also doesn t require a lot of
tools -- even kids could carve into it
with a nail -- and the fact it s an all-
natural product is something to
admire, he says.
Mr Hoskin says he could think of
few other better places to carve.
This location is lovely, it s a
great environment for artists to
Over the next few days the artists
will finish creating pieces that
reflect local stories and the history
of Whangarei. Members of the pub-
lic are free to watch from 10am to
Saturday will conclude the event
with a day of entertainment and
food from 10am and the big auction
A panel of judges will select a
winning piece, with the artist being
The remaining pieces will be
auctioned off with the money going
to the artists.
Little Josephine Budgen from
Whangarei is $5000 richer
than she was a week ago.
Not bad for a nine-month-
Josephine is one of 150 lucky
babies randomly picked from
more than 13,500 entries in
Westpac s Gen W Competition
which celebrates the bank s
Winning babies came from
throughout the country.
The competition will see
each baby receive a $5000
Westpac Junior account plus
access to a Westpac family
money mentor to help guide
and support them and their
decisions until they turn 18.
Westpac Whangarei bank
manager Clint Wharfe says
he s rapt Northland is among
To be able to offer
Josephine a kick-start in life is
something really special.
He says competition winners
come from a wide variety of
families, with some in more
situations than others. All
share dreams for their chil-
Winners can also receive up
to an additional $5000 if the
original money is saved and no
withdrawals are made before
the baby turns 18.
Criteria included being born
between January 1 and
December 31, 2011.
Wet weapon: Tauraroa Area School student Amy Ogilvy has fun throwing a sponge in the Top House challenge.
Pupils compete for top house title
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Edition to see a special photo
spread with more pictures from
the top house competition.
Fun competitions and team
challenges have helped teams to
bond at Tauraroa Area School.
Students from years 4 to 13 took
part in the school's annual Top
House competition on February 4.
The competition involves a wide
range of relay-style events, with the
teams dressing up in their house
colours, principal Grant Burns says.
''Top House is a traditional part of
our start-of-year events,'' he says.
''With more than 70 new students
starting at the school this term, it
was a chance for them to get to know
some of their new peers.
''The event is a great way of getting
students working together in problem
solving and physical activity across a
wide range of year levels.''
The four school houses Arawa,
Tainui, Aotea and Takitimu will be
involved in sporting, academic and
cultural challenges throughout the
year. Arawa has an early lead in the
points race, taking out the honours in
A helicopter had to be used to help find
an electricity fault in the rugged
Oakura area last week.
Northpower is thanking locals for
their patience, after the power outages
began intermittently last Saturday.
More than 700 customers in the Hel-
ena Bay, Oakura and Bland Bay areas
were affected, with the power cutting
out early last Tuesday morning.
Network Division general manager
Graham Dawson says that due to the
difficult terrain and the length of line,
a helicopter was brought in to assist
with the fault location.
One of Northpower s more experi-
enced linesmen aboard the helicopter
located the fault which would have
been extremely difficult to spot quickly
from the ground, Mr Dawson says.
Damage found on insulator and con-
ductor indicates that it may possibly
have been hit with a bullet. The
location was near the road on the
boundary of a forestry block.
I appreciate that an outage like this
is an inconvenience for people but I
want to reassure those affected that
we have had crews trying to locate the
fault all weekend, Mr Dawson says.
Power was restored by noon on
Intermittent faults involving
insulators are often very hard to
locate, he says.
Each year Northpower spends
around $20 million on maintenance
and asset replacement, compared with
$1.25m spent on fault response.
We put a huge effort into keeping
faults to a minimum, he says.
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