Northern News : August 8th 2012
7 NORTHERN NEWS, AUGUST 8, 2012 NEWS 4334551AG WOMEN'S HEALTH CONCERNS? There is a full time private clinic in Whangarei run by women for women's health problems: RIVERSIDE WOMEN'S HEALTHCARE Now Based at c/o Vigour Clinic 10 Islington St, Kensington Whangarei 0112 | 09 459 1739 Look for 'Riverside Women's Healthcare' in www.healthpoint.co.nz Such as troublesome bleeding; bladder leakage; menopause concerns; prolapse; abnormal smears; pelvic pain; and fertility issues. Many of the common problems can be treated with simple minor procedures done either at the clinic or at Kensington Hospital. The emphasis at the clinic is on making sure women have as much information as possible about their own health on which to base their decisions as to the type of treatment that is best for them. Dr. Rachel Moss, the specialist gynaecologist, can see you to make a thorough gynaecological assessment and discuss options for treatment. A GP referral can be helpful but is not essential. • Tyres & Mags • Wheel Alignment • Balancing & Batteries Next to Vehicle Testing Station at end of Mill Lane phone Dean, Scott or Rick on: 09 407 7773 4174650AA 4771270AA 30-50%OFF 66c Kerikeri Road (opp the BNZ Bank Kerikeri) Phone: 09 407 7763 WINTER FABRIC NorthTec scholarships There are a number of scholarships available to school leavers, provided by NorthTec -- Tai Tokerau Wananga. NorthTec school leaver scholarships are available for three degree-level programmes offered by the polytechnic -- the Bachelor of Applied Manage- ment, Bachelor of Applied Arts and Bachelor of Applied Social Services. There are also NorthTec scholarships available in the Sport and Recreation and Applied Environmental Sciences areas. NorthTec chooses applicants who can demonstrate sound academic abil- ity, are passionate about further study, are willing to communicate their future aspirations with their peers, and want to achieve their career goals through further education and training. Northland based year 13 students have until October 31 to apply for the NorthTec School Leavers Scholar- ships. Students are required to apply online and their application needs to include a short essay outlining why they feel they are the deserving recipi- ent, what they hope to achieve from their study programme, and what their career goals are. Scholarship applicants will be notified on the status of their application. Go to northtec.ac.nz and enter "scholarships" into the search bar. Wellington artist takes work north Shelter: Lise Strathdee looks at her mother's work in Village Arts in Kohukohu on Saturday. By HAMISH MacLEAN There is a sense of whimsy in Barbara Strathdee's descrip- tion of houses as lollipops dotting the landscape in New Zealand. The bright colours that she sees differentiating Kiwi houses from those in older European towns, and from their natural environment, is a theme that she has explored for some time. She has shown her work internationally, and she has had a show in Rawene, but her Kohukohu show is a first for the Wellington artist. The fact that her daughter has chosen it as a place to call home does factor in the show's presence at Village Arts in Kohukohu. "Shelter" is marked by a progression through photo- graphic studies to installa- tions that incorporate brightly coloured wooden houses backed by abstract landscapes. Lise Strathdee was born in London and grew up in Trieste, Italy, after her mother remarried a physicist. Her house in Kohukohu was to be a place of retire- ment, but it soon became her home. Lise explains that the pho- tos that are hung alongside the installations are a series that prompted the current work. She sees her mother's photographic study of the colourful New Zealand houses in the old European town as a juxtaposition that speaks to "the freedom that we have in New Zealand to paint our houses, the way we treat our houses as our own playground". It speaks too to her about one culture coming to a new land and setting up shop, without the centuries of context. She says that while the new work is an acknowledge- ment of New Zealand's his- tory it is not a critique. While the photographs could come across as whimsi- cal, a collection of sticks formed into a miniature, tem- porary dwelling on a beach, they don't. They appear to be more likely a part of an anthropological study. "Yes, I think I meant it in that kind of way," Ms Strath- dee says from her home in Wellington. "Going back in time, if you don't have very much, what do you do for shelter?" She says that in her youth she did a lot of tramp- ing in the bush around Wel- lington. She learnt as a teen- ager how to make a basic shelter of ponga fronds lean- ing in on each other. One photograph of a very rudi- mentary sand castle on a beach came from a more recent thought of why people might seek shelter. Her thoughts of the United States bombing campaign in Iraq led her to think of other basic shelters, she says. The study moves to colour- ful toy houses placed in an ancient village in Italy's northeast border. For an exhibition there, years ago, she took the little wooden houses from New Zealand and painted them in the colourful fashion that New Zealanders do. "I just did [the photos] to amuse myself at the end of the exhibition," she says. "For the installation they were sited on cushions on cushions at ground level and then hid- den places that people had to discover, but then on the last day, I just placed them in the village itself and took these photos -- and they turned out well." When she returned home she says she wanted to place her Kiwi houses in a Kiwi setting. "And thinking of settlers, going from basic shelters through to making houses and the burning off of the bush." The houses now sit in front of abstract landscapes that evoke either fire or water. "I wanted to suggest that our houses don't suit the landscape, or at least these ones don't, the brightly col- oured ones." It's not a criti- cism, it's just the way it is, she says. Ms Strathdee is a well- known New Zealand and international painter who has been working with installation art since the 1980s. Her show Shelter is featured at Village Arts in Kohukohu until August 30. With her daughter now in Kohukohu, she visits the Hokianga town regularly. Designer dial-a-dress has got your number New threads: The 2012 Trash to Fashion show filled the Kaikohe Memorial Hall on Saturday night. Go to northernnews.co.nz for an extra page of pictures and a video. Hundreds applauded as fashion and art were celebrated in the creations of local designers, artists and youngsters. The theme of recycled, reVAMPed and art to wear'' clothing saw a mix of every- thing: wedding wear and op shop fashion through to mon- strous costumes and a dress made from rejected business cards. There were laughs along with the oohs'' and aahs'' -- and there was fashion at the bien- nial event.
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