Manukau Courier : February 11th 2011
6 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 NEWS Great reading this weekend. Don't miss this Sunday's SUNDAY MAGAZINE Your glossy Sunday treat. ESCAPE The best food, wellbeing and e ■ Top to bottom -- Marc Ellis ■ Love, actually -- celebs' to going on Valentine's Day a ■ Most Eligible -- We pick NZ's 40 most eligible bachelors ■ Second Honeymoon -- Finlay Macdonald takes his kids back to the beginning of a romance ■ First things first -- Ray McVinnie's enticing entrées SUBSCRIBE TO THE SUNDAY STAR-TIMES, Ph: 0800 SUNDAY (0800 786 32 Finlay Macdonald tak hi Second honeymoon In time for Valentine's Day, we pick the 40 most eligible New Ze alande r s FANTASY LEAGUE WIN Beintowinoneoftwo see Lionel Richie in Haw Aussie doco wants online dating Kiwis Kiwis engaging in a transtasman online love affair but who haven't yet met are being sought for an Australian TV documentary. The documentary Face to Face is offering to pay travel and accommo- dation costs to Australia in return for bringing couples together for the first time and filming the encoun- ter. Series producer Romy Page says with the use of social networking on the rise, ways of meeting a potential partner online are also increasing. In New Zealand, an estimated 1.8 million people now use social networking sites. The documentary is looking for couples who have met through online dating, chatrooms or social networking sites. Filming starts in two weeks. Email facetofaceaustralia@gmail. com to apply. Raucous applause says it all Team work: The Brewster Bangers perform at the final Break-Away concert. By the time the Brewster Bangers finished their act at the Moana- Nui-a-Kiwa Leisure Centre, the roar of applause could be heard across the Mangere Town Centre. In their bright yellow pants and black tops, the Papatoetoe team joined 30 performers at the final concert of the Break-Away School Holiday Programme delivered by Manukau Leisure. The cheers and yells were reward for a snappy choreo- graphed routine. They built from kapa haka to an irresistible rhythm, beaten out on plastic chairs and wastepaper bins. The applause clearly counted as a big vote of support for the whole programme. Break-Away is a nationwide initiative. It targets young people who would not normally have access to holiday programmes. It is supported by the Ministry of Social Development. Numbers taking part this sum- mer were well up on expectations and the Manukau programme has stood out as a success. It was delivered by Manukau Leisure's AMP'd team. Manager Peter Caccioppoli says they've been delivering successful after-school drop-in programmes for young people in parks all over south Auckland since early 2009. AMP'd helps connect talented sports people with sports clubs and takes people through team- building and leadership pro- grammes. Last year it catered for more than 18,000 young partici- pant visits. Mr Caccioppoli says AMP'd will keep on working with many of the young people who took part in the holiday programme. Record crowds at festival Getting creative: Prime Minister John Key tries his hand at painting at the 2011 LunarFest at the Pacific Events Centre. The Year of the Rabbit has got off to a bouncing good start in south Auckland. Thousands of people turned out to mark the start of the Chinese New Year at the 2011 LunarFest at the Pacific Events Centre. The Year of the Rabbit was ushered in with a 10-minute fire- works display, symbolising the expulsion of all the mishaps of 2010 and bringing in good luck. Organisers say there was a record-breaking crowd at both out- door and indoor stall areas. Visitors enjoyed Asian foods and last-minute New Year shopping. Entertainment included Tai- wanese native dance and rock'n'roll in traditional Chinese costume, performances by the Chinese Idol winners and New Zealand Chinese beauty queens, Irish dance, folk songs and classical music performers. Prime Minister John Key, Minis- ter for Ethnic Affairs Hekia Parata, and Auckland mayor Len Brown were all there to welcome in the new year. Mr Brown says the lunar new year celebrations introduced by Chinese migrants make Auckland a more vibrant and colourful city.
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