Southern View: May 28, 2019


6 Tuesday May 28 2019

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Walls go up at new school

• By Louis Day

THE FIRST walls of the new

Redcliffs School went up


Pupils watched on as the precast

concrete walls were placed

on May 17 .

Principal Rose McInerney

was delighted with the progress

being made.

“After a lot of uncertainty, it

is great to see that it is definitely

going to happen. There were so

many bridges that we had to

cross to get here, but it is great

knowing that we will have our

school return to the community

next year,” she said.

Pupils will move into

the new school on April 27 and

the official opening will be held

in June.

Prime Minister Jacinda

Ardern said she will “do

everything she can” to be at the

opening of the school in a letter

to pupils.

Ms McInerney is confident Ms

Ardern will be there.

“We are pretty sure that she

will be there. We are really

excited that she wants to come,

she knows that we have been on

the biggest journey to get here,”

she said.

After a community campaign

to keep the school open, then-

FRESH START: Pupils watch as the concrete walls are put in

place at the new Redcliffs School.

Education Minister Hekia Parata

reversed her decision to close it

in November 2016.

It was decided the school

would relocate to Redcliffs

Park, sparking a separate

unsuccessful campaign by the

Friends of Redcliffs Park to

rebuild the school at its Main Rd


The school has been operating

out of the van Asch Deaf

Education Centre since the 2011


Dancer stepping up

to world stage

• By Louis Day

SAM Richardson wants to

become one of the best dancers in

the world. Now, the 19-year-old

from Mt Pleasant has the chance

to get there.

He is one of three performer

from Team Cozy crew, which

has qualified for the World Hip

Hop Dance Championship in the

United States in August.

Richardson is set to dance

alongside Caleb Gopal, 18, and

Chloe Wright, 15, in Phoenix.

They finished second in the

mini-crew category at the Hip

Hop New Zealand Championship

in Auckland last month and were

one of just three teams from the

category to qualify for the world


Richardson balances full-time

work as a barber with weekly





Fire rages, homes at risk




(centre) leads

the charge

during Team

Cozy crew’s


at the Hip Hop

New Zealand


last month.

dance practices.

“I just dance as soon as I finish

work, it’s pretty busy, but I enjoy

both of them so it’s no stress,” he


The crew will have to showcase

three styles of hip-hop dancing

at the world champs. Richardson

feels confident ahead of the


“I think we can do it, we have

just got that chemistry. It would

mean everything if we got it.”

The styles include

breakdancing, house and new

school swag.

The team will pay for some

of the trip themselves, but are

looking for donations and


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Lay of the Land

Brent Forbes

Brent Forbes exhibits his latest work in a solo show

‘Lay of the Land’ at Little River Gallery which opens

Saturday June 1st.

Brent writes about his painting practice. “It’s like

driving somewhere. A shape, a curve in the road or a

certain piece of light comes to your attention then just

as quickly disappears in the rear-view mirror. Several

kilometres down the road the same thing happens

again, each new vista either forgotten or somehow

remembered, an accumulation of random memories.

Upon arrival you now have a loose set of images

in your mind – some can be tied to a certain

place, others cannot – but either way there has

been a conscious and unconscious engagement

with your surroundings.

Then you head into the studio and use these points

of reference to start working. But working is

something else. There is experimentation, conflict

and resolution. There is engagement and restraint.

There is a journey with its own rules.

Sometimes you end back up where you started, but

if you are lucky you can end up somewhere new –

discovered because you had an idea of where you

wanted to go but as you set off you threw the map

out the window.”

Lay of the Land

Brent Forbes

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