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Pegasus Post: September 12, 2017

Pegasus Post: September 12,

FREE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 12 2017 Pegasus Shop Win & Relax 379 7100 ON NOW! Post Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group FAMILY GETAWAY TO HANMER SPRINGS TO BE WON See inside for full details Linwood, Avonside, Richmond, Shirley, Burwood, Dallington, Wainoni, Bromley, Aranui, Avondale, Bexley, New Brighton, Northshore, Queenspark, Parklands, South Brighton Gideon’s big moment • By Sophie Cornish INFLUENCES SUCH as Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and Bruno Mars have helped Shirley Boys’ High School’s Gideon Valavala to top of the pops at Smokefreerockquest. The year 13 student was judged best vocal performance at the competition; an accolade he hopes could help springboard a career in music. Gideon’s Shirley BHS band Fuzhun also came up trumps at Rockquest, winning the Pacific Beats category best song award for their original track Champion Sound. Singer/songwriter Gideon, 17, has been passionate about singing since he first began singing at his church, Assemblies of God in Bromley, as a child. “I grew up in church and every chance I had when they would sing songs, I would sing along,” he said. The band was started when music teacher Brad Bates suggested the boys work together to gain music credits for NCEA. “They came up with the idea of bringing together a band and I thought okay I’ll join and have some fun and then people really started to like our sound,” said Mr Bates. When asked about the songwriting process, Gideon said it’s sometimes a group effort but a lot of the lyrics are written by himself. •Turn to page 11 •Band success, page 11 SOLD BIG FUTURE: Gideon Valavala performing at Smokefreerockquest. SOLD SOLD Blenheim 03 579 5353 West Coast 03 768 5528 Ashburton 03 307 8949 Halswell 03 322 4326 Fendalton 03 351 3535 Rangiora 03 310 7355 0800 333 606 Facebook page set up to prevent crime • By Sophie Cornish RESIDENTS HAVE set up a new Facebook page to help solve crime and prevent vandalism and other nuisance-type issues. The New Brighton Crime Watch page was created on September 5 and already has more than 350 members. Some posts on the page include photos and information about stolen vehicles, anti-social behaviour and rubbish dumping. Member Neil Langdon said it was created as a run-off page from the popular People’s Independent Republic of New Brighton page, which has more than 9500 members. Mr Langdon said the page was created to avoid conflict comments between users on the People’s Independent Republic of New Brighton page. Due to the size of the republic group growing so large, moderating and deleting comments can often become a full-time job, he said. “In a group, not everyone thinks the same, not everyone is on the same wavelength, it (the comments) start running away and sometimes people say things they don’t actually mean and it ends up getting nasty.” •Turn to page 4 •On the beat in Brighton, page 3 Don’t compromise on looks. Regain your hearing without worrying. House of Hearing offers a range of audiological services and technology that is nearly invisible and can help you with hearing loss. $1,001 off virtually invisible hearing aids * Hurry, offer limited to ten callers per clinic, use the code word $1,001 off to ensure you don’t miss out! T&C’s apply. *Offer limited to the first 10 customers per clinic, offer expires 30 th September 2017, valid at any House of Hearing clinic. House of Hearing