Manukau Courier : January 31st 2014
www.manukaucourier.co.nz NEWS MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 31, 2014 Lions welcome Year of the Horse By ANNA LOREN Lions will be roaming the streets of Papatoetoe this weekend. Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year and the Hunters Corner and Old Papatoetoe town centres are celebrating for the first time. Stores have been decorated, red lanterns have been hung from lamp posts and 6000 free fortune cookies are on offer. Business owners Albert and Jess Lim have been hard at work organising the festivities and say it’s a chance to bring the whole community together. ‘‘We want to wish everyone a prosperous and healthy year,’’ Mr Lim says. Chinese New Year is usually celebrated with a meal of fish and pork which symbolises happiness, Mrs Lim says. Some families also exchange gifts of money in red paper envelopes. ‘‘Red is a very, very powerful colour,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s supposed to be able to drive the evil spirits away.’’ This lunar year is the Year of the Horse and will run until February 18, 2015. Babies who are born in the Year of the Horse are traditionally assumed to be strong, energetic and outgoing. Horse years are also expected to bring good health and fortune to those who work hard, Mr Lim says. Hunters Corner and Old Papatoetoe town centre manager there’s more online Go to manukaucourier.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see a traditional lion dance. ‘ We want to wish everyone a prosperous and healthy year Jess Lim business owner ’ Donna Lee says she’s expecting a great turnout at the Chinese New Year celebrations. It’s all part of an ongoing effort to build up Papatoetoe’s events calendar, she says. ‘‘We’d like to be the events capital of South Auckland.’’ ❚ Traditional lion dances to celebrate Chinese New Year will be held tomorrow at 12.45pm on Great South Rd, Hunters Corner and next Saturday at 11.30am on St George St, Old Papatoetoe. IN BRIEF Head1 5 Navajo art on show Artworks by a Navajo ‘‘agent of change’’ are on display at Nathan Homestead until February 23. Melanie Yazzie is a printmaker based in Colorado in the United States. Her art aims to encourage others to learn about the lives of native peoples. The exhibition is accompanied by NOW – works from local artists that examine the relationship between the Crown and Maori. Nathan Homestead at 70 Hill Rd, Manurewa is open 9am5pm weekdays and 1pm-4pm weekends. Entry is free. Asthma achievers Nominations are now open for the Asthma Foundation Achievers’ Award, celebrating Kiwis who achieve despite the challenges their condition brings. Nominations close on February 7 with the awards presented at Government House in Wellington on March 13. Go to asthmafoundation.org.nz to download a nomination form or phone 027 443 3905 for details. Celebrate the grape Lantern laughs: Papatoetoe town centre manager Donna Lee, centre, and business owners Jess and Albert Lim are painting the town red for Chinese NewYear. Photo:ANNALOREN Ever wanted to pick grapes or see how wine is made? Both activities will be among those on offer during the Waiheke Island Vintage Festival from March 29 to April 6. Opera and jazz performances will also take place at 17 participating vineyards where grape crushing and technical wine-making tours are expected to prove popular with visitors. Go to waihekewine.co.nz for more information. /studynzma nzma.ac.nz Build a future for your family The boom in construction is happening right now, so get your career happening too! Our building qualification can allow you to leap into an apprenticeship or first job with the skills you need to move up Get a career you can be proud of. Our team make it easy to get started, just call us on 0800 222 792 CALL 0800 222 792 to enrol today!
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