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The ice is coming

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It was gumboots, gloves and warm jackets for the children at Onehunga Playcentre on Monday June 22nd as they awaited the delivery of a couple of tonnes of ice. Part of their winter programme, the playcentre brings in a truckload of ice every winter for the children to play with and it is always an eagerly awaited event. 

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High school joins UN

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Negotiations, protests and walkouts were all part of the programme for the annual Model United Nations Assembly held at Auckland Girls Grammar on the 22nd and 23rd of May. Organised by Rotary New Zealand the event has run for 18 years and brings together 300 pupils from high schools all over the top of the North Island to spend two days debating the issues that the real UN assembly faces every day. 

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Woollaston: 1931 – 1996

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The Wallace Arts Trust is soon to celebrate the opening of a very special exhibition, Woollaston: The Wallace Arts Trust Collection, 1931 – 1996. Born in rural Taranaki in 1910, knighted in 1979 for services to the arts, Toss Woollaston was the veteran of a long, tough battle for recognition against the resistance of an ambivalent Kiwi public. From the early 1930s he led the struggle to gain acceptance for modern art in New Zealand, and through his life and work inspired generations of new artists to follow his example. 

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Land protest

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The proposal to build almost 500 new homes on the 32 hectare Wallace block beside Oruarangi Road, Mangere has raised the hackles of local residents. The block adjacent to the historic Otuataua Stonefields has been designated a Special Housing Area by the Government and Fletcher Residential is proposing to squeeze 480 dwellings into the land. Because it is an SHA, Fletcher’s will be able to avoid resource consent hearings, preventing Mangere residents from lodging formal objections to the scheme.

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Engage with the east west connection

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In October 2014, public engagement was held on the options developed to improve connections into and out of Onehunga-Penrose and public transport between Māngere, Ōtāhuhu and Sylvia Park.  Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the options.

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Young orator wins national competition

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Alfred Samuela Lesa of Marcellin College is the winner of the Senior Oratory section of a recent Catholic Schools Speech and Scripture competition.Alfred attributes his success to the nurturing environment of the English and Arts Departments at Marcellin College.

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