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The Star: April 06, 2017

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30 Thursday April 6 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The Star Foodie France with Chelsea Winter. Pop the cork for a sparkling encounter with Paris, a foodie frenzy of delicious cuisine, stunning Loire Valley, a healthy helping of Bordeaux, medieval cities, bustling village markets, Roman footprints left on the French landscape centuries ago, Burgundy’s gastronomic talents…. France 19 DAYS FROM NEW ZEALAND share twin. Departs 25 August 2017. One departure only. $ 10,990pp from Single Supplement additional $1840pp Includes: • Return economy class airfares from Auckland with Cathay Pacific • 1 night stopover and sightseeing Hong Kong • 15 day custom-made Trafalgar itinerary staying in hand-picked 4 star hotels in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities • Cooking Experience in Paris, local specialists in Paris (day 2), Arcachon, Pont du Gard, Carcassonne, Arles & Lyon • Buffet breakfast daily and 2 Regional lunches • 9 three course dinners in local restaurants and hotels including 2 special Be My Guest dinners The best holidays are created together. HOT.CO.NZ BARRINGTON 331 7182 I FERRYMEAD 376 4022 I HIGH ST LANES 339 3440 I HORNBY 344 3070 I MERIVALE 355 2200 NORTHLANDS 352 4578 I ON VICTORIA 365 7687 I RANGIORA 313 0288 I RICCARTON 341 3900 I SHIRLEY 385 0710 UPPER RICCARTON 343 0869 CONDITIONS: Valid for new bookings only from 25 March 2017 until sold out • Ticket taxes and surcharges are included in the advertised prices and are valid as at 25 March 2017 • A non-refundable deposit of $1000 pp is required upon booking confirmation and full payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure • Flights are based on economy class flying on Cathay Pacific AKL-HKG-PAR–HKG-AKL • Flight and routing restrictions apply • Advertised packages are per person share twin and include accommodation as specified • Limited number of singles available at advertised price • Departure is guaranteed subject to a minimum of 25 passengers • Min/max stays apply • Packages are based on consecutive night stays as specified • Prices are per person in NZ dollars based on payment by cash or cheque • Airfares are non-refundable, non-transferable and name changes are not permitted • Domestic flights are an additional cost • Cancellation Fees apply: 60+ days prior to departure $1000pp non-refundable, within 25-60 days 25% non-refundable, 8-21 days 30% non-refundable • 1-7 days 50% non-refundable • day of departure 100% non-refundable • Amendment fees apply • For full details please ask your House of Travel consultant

The Star Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday April 6 2017 31 Theatre/Arts Pet rats star in curious mystery tale • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding IT IS not uncommon to squirm when you think of rats. Commonly stereotyped for being infested with disease, destroying everything in their path and having long, unnerving hairless tails – Tim Earl was originally wary of the rodents. But that was before he starred in a show where the unsung creatures finally get to have their moment in the spotlight. Beloved pet rats Rata and Tui have been taking turns to star alongside Earl, 23, in his role as an autistic teenager in The Court Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Rata and Tui are alternatively playing the role of Toby, the treasured pet rat of character Christopher Boone, played by Earl. It is not the first time the Rolleston resident has played the role after he first performed with the Auckland Theatre Company last year. After discovering rats are “inquisitive”, “friendly” and even “cute”, Earl was delighted to have the opportunity to work with them for a second time. The rat chosen for the role on the night will appear on the stage in a cage before Earl shows it off to the audience. Unsurprisingly, the rat’s appearances on stage gain mixed reactions from audience members. Owner of the rats, Arina Riley-Biddle, 16, said it is hilarious to watch some audience members hide behind their hands until either Rata or Tui are taken off the stage. After offering her rats for the show, she now has the role of entertaining, feeding and caring for them backstage. Riley-Biddle, of Sydenham, said there has been the odd performance where the rats will get an energetic “awww” from audiences made up of teenagers. The two rats even managed to successfully win over the hearts of some of their more “wary” fellow cast members. “In a bit of time everyone sees they are really friendly and I think everyone loves them,” Earl said. However, the grey rat, Rata, appears to enjoy the spotlight more. “When we used Tui, first-off she wouldn’t come out of the cage. Then, when Earl got her out of the cage, she would kind of jump off him,” Riley- Biddle said. She describes both rats as friendly, curious and smart. “The grey one always escapes the cage and you find her out in the cupboard sniffing around . . . the black one loves to lick people, that is their way of showing their love,” she said. Having always had a love of all kinds of animals, the Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School student is interested in working with police dogs as a career. •The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night- Time will run at The Court Theatre through to April 22. To book tickets, go to TREASURED RATS: Tim Earl with rats Tui and Rata and their owner Arina Riley- Biddle. Earl and the rats star in The Court Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. featuring Woolston Brass and Woolston Concert Brass performing repertoire for the 2017 New Zealand Brass Band Championships Friday 14 April, 4.00pm Charles Luney Auditorium, 12 Winchester Street, Merivale, Christchurch Adult $20 Senior Citizen/Student/Unwaged $15 Child (Under 18) $5 Adult + 1 Child $20 Tickets available at Door sales available (Eftpos or Cash) style noun elegance and sophistication. synonyms: flair, grace, poise, polish, suaveness, urbanity, chic, finesse, taste, class, comfort, luxury, affluence, wealth, opulence, lavishness. Find it 24/7 Check out eResources online New Season STYLES FOR AUTUMN... Magazine & TV | magazine designer clothing Sizes 10 - 26 Windmill Centre, 188 Clarence Street Riccarton, Christchurch Phone 03 348 6929