Manukau Courier : December 7th 2010
6 MANUKAU COURIER, DECEMBER 7, 2010 NEWS Namaste and Happy Diwali Everyone On Friday the 5th of November Topcare Early Childhood Centre at 14 Evelyn Street Papatoetoe celebrated Diwali with a bang!!! Diwali is one of the biggest festivals of Indian culture and signifies the triumph of good over the evil. The children of Topcare have been very enthusiastic about the Diwali festival. The children made candles, lanterns, rangoli patterns, clay divas and Indian sweets with the teachers. There was a great party at Topcare where all the children came dressed in their most beautiful Indian outfits. The teacher put make up on children to add more glamour to the occasion. The girls had Indian (bindi) put on their forehead and were draped in beautiful Indian sarees. The children looked absolutely gorgeous in their Indian attire. The teachers also put mehendi on children's hand which looked absolutely stunning. The children and staff also boogied to some Indian music. The party was a great success and everyone enjoyed the Indian food. A big thank you to all our wonderful parents who bought yummy food for us to share and made this party a great success. Shukriya By :Poonam Kala Head Teacher Topcare Early Childhood Centre 3287951AA For safety tips and info go to www.maritimenz.govt.nz or 0508 22 55 22 Look after your family, look after yourself MISSIONHALL MAR832 To find out more about the audition process, contact: email@example.com www.manukau.ac.nz/performingarts 0800 62 62 52 *pending approval 7631 000128 Leap into a career as an actor, singer or dancer. Manukau Institute of Technology is holding auditions for the new Diploma in Performing Arts* which covers acting, singing and dancing, for television, theatre and much more. Auditions are being held at the MIT Faculty of Creative Arts, 60 Lovegrove Crescent, Otara 10am - 5pm Wednesday 8 December 10am - 5pm Saturday 18 December Youth project pairs teens with art mentors Piece of mind: From left: Teenagers Jade Andrews and Timani Ngungutau alongside film-maker Tanu Gago took part in The Sole Project, an exhibition produced after mentors and youngsters worked together on different types of art. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK By MELISSA KINEALY Teenager Timani Ngu- ngutau is feeling like a movie star after recording a music video with his own rap lyrics. The 15-year-old is one of 16 youngsters paired with an artist mentor for The Sole Project: The Exhibition. The exhibition is on now at the Mangere Arts Centre -- Nga Tohu o Uenuku. It's a youth project by Nga Rangatahi Toa Cre- ative Arts Initiative run by Still Water Rising Trust for students in Manukau's AimHi alternative education. In the week-long proj- ect, 14 and 15 year olds got the chance to work alongside professional mentors who specialise in areas such as graffitti art, painting, photogra- phy and filmmaking. In his music video Timani raps about his life in Mangere. The clip also features a collection of images he's taken of his neighbourhood and his work has been guided by filmmaker Tanu Gago. Timani was excluded from mainstream school in year 9 and says he didn't think he was cre- ative. I didn't know I could do this until I met Tanu. It has made me see things differently and I can see a better path for myself now.'' Mr Gago says it was a team effort and Timani worked like a profes- sional and he appreci- ated the commitment. I wanted to match the effort and contribution.'' The project is based on a one-to-one mentoring model of New York's famous 52nd Street Proj- ect which matches inner- city kids with profes- sional theatre artists to create original theatre. Nga Rangatahi Toa Creative Arts Initiative producer Sarah Longbot- tom says the project's all about giving kids other ways of expressing them- selves. The mentors brought the absolute best out of the kids, she says. Funding through the former Manukau City Council and Lions Foun- dation paid for the mentors and helped make the project poss- ible. The Sole Project: The Exhibition is on until December 24 at the Mangere Arts Centre -- Nga Tohu o Uenuku, cor- ner Bader Drive and Orly Ave. Entry is free.
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