Northern News : December 21st 2011
7 NORTHERN NEWS, DECEMBER 21, 2011 NEWS HERMANAS HAIR SALON Wishing you a safe and happy Christmas! We look forward to seeing you in 2012 407 8561 Opposite the Warehouse in Waipapa Open: Tuesday - Saturday, Late Nights Tuesday & Thursday www.hermanas.co.nz One of the best shows this year ABOUT THE ARTS WITH MIKE NETTMANN Tribute: Mike Riwai, Kahurangi Davison and Reihana Davison. A merry Christmas to every- body! A happy New Year to all the world! Charles Dick- ensNat King Cole, Billy Hol- iday Tribute at Turner Centre Mike Riwai and Kahurangi Davison gave one of the most memorable concerts this year at The Turner Centre with a selection of songs from the heart. Kahurangi s magnificent, passionate, sensitive inter- pretation of Billie Holiday songs was truly sublime and certainly had me firmly captivated with her voice, charisma and charm. I could never tire of listening to her. Mike s Nat King Cole voice and infectious wit is always irresistible. What a memor- able a cappella rendition of Mona Lisa. Mike and Kahurangi s duets were intimate and endearing with well balanced voices. All accompaniment was provided by band-in-a-box with live guitar and bass by Kahurangi s son Reihana Davison, and although this is not always the most suitable backing I nevertheless loved theshow--oneofmy favourites this year. NZ Symphony at The Turner Centre How exciting to have our national orchestra in Kerikeri. Christmas Pops was a happy celebration of festive songs and music exquisitely performed with feeling and dedication. It is so important for students of music to see and hear professional musicians and thanks to the Turner Centre we are now getting just that. From the effervescent Mar- riage of Figaro Overture, through the sweet melan- choly of Two Elegiac Melodies by Grieg to the vibrant, glistening strings of Res- pighi s Trittico Botticeliano with the lurching dynamics and rapid tempo of Mendels- sohn s A Midsummer Night s Dream and the ever popular Vaughan Williams arrange- ment of Greensleeves all interspersed with favorite Christmas carols and Frankie Steven s humour. This was a night to remember. Other events The final lunchtime concert at the Turner Centre was The Sunday Ensemble with a selection of chamber music. There were a few major pitch problems but overall a good show with confident, sym- pathetic accompaniment by pianist Michael Anderson. Rawene Art Gallery hosted a superb show of exceptional art by NorthTec Rawene dip- loma graduate, applied arts students. Michelle Morunga s wall installation using pohutukawa leaves with col- lage, graphite, ink, acrylic, acetate, resin, thread and maku -- stunning! After its huge success at the Turner Centre this year MAD performed last month at the Corelli School in Auck- land. This would not have been possible without the support of sponsors: Black Olive, Kerikeri; Waipapa Auto Repairs; DRC Fencing; PMC Pump and Machinery and Far North Fuels. Farewell to all at Origin, Kerikeri -- thank you for 30 wonderful years in the com- munity. Over the holidays do pop into Art at Wharepuke s new International Open Print Show; The Gallery, Kerikeri Road with Shirley Morris oil paintings and Keith Mahey glass works; Kaan Zamaan Kerikeri Road with Advent Showcase ; Art Upstairs, Mill Lane Kerikeri and Loft in Kerikeri and Paihia and if you have not yet visited the new Whangarei museum this is a must see; Lady Chatter- ley s Lover--as u i t eo f drawings by Jan Nigro, opens December 28 Have a happy, safe festive season. Making sweet music together In sync: Hata Maria music club rehearses Count on Me. By JENNI KERR They play rhythm, they play music. Whether strumming 10 guitars, fluttering a purerehua in the sunshine, or beating a rawhide drum made at Te Kura o Hata Maria, tamariki in Pawarenga from eight years up are eagerly improving their musical abilities two afternoons a week with co- tutors Don Rutherford and Jenni Kerr. Budding musicians write lyrics, experiment with mel- ody and improvise instruments. For percussion, great gongs and cymbals can be made from recycled metal hub caps, pipes, pans, and kitchen sinks. A Peruvian rain-gourd, ruby-red baby accordion, glockenspiel, and Irish tin whistles offer variety for having a go . Ten-year-old Awatea s first bamboo koauau notes have inspired others to craft their own. Brothers Hunia and Kaharau finished an instru- ment dubbed the five-string gourdy thing, using a half- gourd, plumber s off-cut, brilliant colours, whittled pegs and eeling string. Matua Don, a contempor- ary guitarist, has talents from jazz to jug bands and steel guitar, too. He s been re- jigging guitars to suit small and left hands. He can dem- onstrate any chord or finger- ing, and is a dab hand at improvising ideas. Whaea Jen grew up sam- pling instruments and composing in voice, keys and woodwind. Music club is about play . Music is natural language, she says. Tamariki love sing- ing and dancing. It s fun to discover patterns, communi- cate, make music together. Their eyes light up. The school is grateful for funds from Internal Affairs, ASB and COGS for the pro- gramme. Pawarenga tamariki recently held their first concert, sharing music club fun with whanau, friends and funders. You are my Sunshine sounded the keynote of gratitude for all their wonderful support. Plan for Christmas ahead of time It s easy to get carried away at Christmas. With so many gifts to buy, parties to go to and holidays to enjoy, you can end up spending a lot more than you expected. So plan in advance to decide what you really want to give, eat and do, so that you can enjoy the holidays with less of a financial hangover. Plan your presents Decide how presents are going to work this year. There are lots of ways of taking the pressure off -- like only buy- ing for one family member each, Secret Santa arrange- ments, or spending caps on gifts for each other. Even with children you can tell them gifts are going to be smaller or fewer this year. Also have a think about what sort of gifts you want to give. There are plenty of alternatives to buying some- thing expensive that will never be used. Popular options are making some- thing -- from jam, to sweets, to little herb gardens; giving gifts of time -- babysitting, garden work, helping to clear out a shed; and re-gifting -- perfect for surprise guests. Plan your menu Have you noticed that every time you go to the supermarket you come back with a lot more than you need? Write a really good list before you go and do a big shop once. Then you can take advantage of your supermar- ket Christmas club or higher petrol discount offers. Budget for it Even if you are planning to put some of your Christmas shopping on your credit card, having a budget will keep the spending in control. As well as presents and food, add in any costs for travelling, entertaining and special activities. Don t forget you also have all the usual costs of rent, power and food. If you spend less at Christmas, you ll start the year in a much better position. You can find out how to make a budget at sorted. org.nz, or you can get personalised advice from a budget adviser on 0508 BUDGETLINE (0508-283-438).
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