Manukau Courier : December 17th 2010
7 MANUKAU COURIER, DECEMBER 17, 2010 NEWS Students help paint a brighter future Keeping it clean: Manurewa Intermediate School students and deputy principal Dianne MacDonald painted a mural to keep their local shops graffiti- free. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK By JESSIE COLQUHOUN Students at Manurewa Inter- mediate are playing their part in keeping Manukau beautiful. They have painted a large mural at the Russell Rd shops just around the corner from their school. Deputy principal Dianne MacDonald says the mural is part of an ongoing initiative to prevent tagging in Manu- rewa with a partnership between local schools, com- munity police and the Manu- kau Beautification Trust. Mrs MacDonald worked with more than 30 students to design and paint the mural. She says it's a tribute to the work of contemporary New Zealand artist Shane Hansen -- who grew up and attended school in Manu- rewa. In 2009 Mr Hansen worked with another group of students to create a large mural on school grounds. Talented artists soaring in homestead Local creatives: Artist Caroline Griffin alongside her work The Place of the Fallen Arch, left, and Shelter From the Rain on show in the Bird Flies High exhibition. Photo: SIMON WATTS By MELISSA KINEALY Artists are hard at work all around Manurewa and a new group exhibition is showing off their talents. A visual feast of art from photography to painting and sculpture features in Nathan Homestead's latest show Bird Flies High. Artist Caroline Griffin's landscapes are made with acrylic on building paper and explore ideas about how people react to their surroundings and society. I'm interested in captur- ing the idea of fleeting glances, changing light and lasting impressions,'' she says. Ms Griffin, who completed a visual arts degree at Manukau Institute of Tech- nology, wants viewers to take what they can from her art. Curator Gabrielle Belz says the exhibition gets its name because artists are like birds (manu) whose careers are soaring. The exhibition's a great chance to profile local artists, she says. Toni Mosley's work is a series of screenprinted images of birds that dangle beneath a hard cover as though a book has been unravelled mid-air. A series of lanterns by art- ist Debbie Siau called Yes- terday, Today, Tomorrow represent a combination of images of times before and after she migrated to New Zealand. Her lanterns combine oriental art with images that have caught her eye in New Zealand such as the koru, gannets and flax. Garments by designer Visesio Louis Thomsen, including his multi-award winning dress The Dream- catcher Bride, reflect his great attention to detail and landscape photography by Steve Foggo are just some of the varied range of artworks that are on show. The exhibition is on at Nathan Homestead, 70 Hill Rd, Manurewa, until Decem- ber 24. It re-opens from January 5-23. Entry is free. Firefighter advice for safe Xmas By DAVID TAURANGA Firefighters are hoping people will take time out to be fire safe as they enjoy the summer holiday season. Counties-Manukau fire risk management officer Phil Faidley says it would be dev- astating for anyone to end a happy holiday on a tragic note. A few simple things can mean the difference between you and your family enjoying the summer, or counting the cost in financial and human terms,'' he says. No Kiwi summer would be complete without a barbecue but before lighting one people should check that gas fittings and appliances are operating correctly and without leaks. Also remember not to drink and fry, especially when cooking outside, he says. Another tip is to check the smoke alarms in your bach and your boat are working and take spare batteries with you as you head away on hol- iday. And make sure you know how to get to safety wherever you are -- whether it's in a bach, a cabin, tent or a hotel know your escape route.'' Mr Faidley is also making a plea to motorists to not become one of this summer's statistics''. His advice is to drive to the conditions, be patient, plan regular rest stops on longer journeys -- and do not drink and drive. Overall make sure you get to where you are going and then you can safely enjoy your holiday with friends and family.'' St John words of wisdom to treat burns over summer As barbecues sizzle over the summer St John has a timely burns reminder. If someone is burnt ensure everyone is safe, St John medical director Tony Smith says. Then run cool -- not ice cold -- water over the burn for at least 20 minutes. Use a tap, a hose or a shower. If water is not available use any cool non-toxic fluid -- for example soft drinks or beer, Dr Smith says. Remove any jewellery from the burnt area. Do not remove clothing if it appears to be stuck to the skin and if possible wrap the problem area in cling film after cooling it for 20 minutes. Call 111 for an ambulance if the burn is larger than the patient's hand or if they are in severe pain. Go to www.stjohn.org.nz for more first aid tips and to enrol in a first aid course.
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