Horowhenua Mail : May 19th 2011
5 THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011 3600035AA Fo o o 2 N P B i i g e by P a e P i a M ay F i ay 10.00 a 3.00 P MANA MP P 4 3 4 E . l tor t p rli t.govt. MP f Ma a K FAAFOI 2 Book your free in-home consultation today by phoning 0800 400 510 or Grant 027 487 5005 email@example.com or by popping into our showroom at 84 Amohia Street, Paraparaumu Pridex Kitchens and Wardrobes Kapiti Arts money goes back By KARA LOK Money allocated to the Horowhenua District Council to boost the region s arts scene will be returned to Cre- ative New Zealand if applicants fail to meet the Creative Communities Schemes criteria. The council reopened the scheme to applicants earlier this month to distribute the remaining $4385 left over from the $22,000 allocated to the district in the February and August funding rounds. If the four applicants fail to meet Creative New Zealand s criteria then the money will be returned at the end of the financial year next month. The scheme provides funding to art-focused groups and activities which include the broader community, projects which support diverse arts and cultural traditions and a project which encourages and allows young people to participate in art. The council s special project officer Dennis Cole said the criteria changed last July, limiting the amount of art organisations eligible. He said Creative New Zea- land had also removed the guarantee against loss clause. This had enabled theatre groups to claim a loss on income if they failed to sell enough tickets to cover their production. Mr Cole said in the latest funding round, which closed last Friday, applicants had requested funding for a CD and illustrated book of children s stories and songs, a talent show in Foxton as part of the Spring Fling, a watercolour workshop at the Horowhenua Arts Society and a contribution towards a stamp exhibition. He said the biggest problem was that organisations sub- mitted funding requests at the last minute. All applicants are treated the same and I can t go back after it s closed and chase them up about information. If they submit an appli- cation just on 5pm and I find it is missing information, it could jeopardise whether their grant is accepted. Liquor problems need to be recognised A controlled purchase operation carried out across New Zealand on Friday and Saturday night was nothing out of the ordinary for Levin Police who say they conduct similar operations every weekend. Operation Unite, a joint ven- ture between Australia and New Zealand, has been set up to raise public awareness about the binge drinking culture in both countries. Over the weekend, police officers from Otaki, Levin, Foxton and Feilding, assisted by under-18s, targeted Horowhe- nua liquor outlets to see if staff sold alcohol to minors. They also conducted random check points to catch drink drivers. Levin s Senior Sergeant Willie Roy said although it helped having six extra men on the front line, Operation Unite was nothing different to what we do every weekend anyway . . . it s just giving it some publicity. He said alcohol is a huge prob- lem in the district -- a factor in more than 85 per cent of the crimes committed -- and local businesses need to understand the devastating affects alcohol has. British painter coming to NZ By KARA LOK Over the moon: Levin's Katy Harding has organised famous British watercolour painter Anne Blockley to visit the Horowhenua Arts Society in November. A Levin artist is delighted a leading British watercolour painter Ann Blockley has accepted her invitation to run a workshop at Horowhenua s Art Society in November. Katy Harding invited Block- ley to Levin after her friend Lynne Neutroski told her the artist was visiting New Zea- land for a two week holiday after holding workshops in Brisbane in Australia. I jumped on her website and sure enough it said she is coming to New Zealand for two weeks so I emailed her and cheekily asked her if she would consider coming to Levin to see our custom-built studio. She said the Gloucestershire artist was initially hesitant, but with promises of free accommodation at Mrs Neu- troski s bed and breakfast and an explanation that Levin is on route to Mt Ruapehu she agreed. Harding, who used to paint in oils but switched to watercolours after she devel- oped an allergy to turpentine, said Blockley s nature-filled paintings are inspiring. I would love to see how she works, her paintings are so free and full of life. Blockley is one of Britain s leading flower painters and has written several books on painting including Learn To Paint Country Flowers in Watercolour and Watercolour Textures. She also runs reg- ular watercolour demonstrations throughout Britain and abroad. Horowhenua Art Society treasurer and secretary Lynette Attwell said Blockley would hold a demonstration for 10 members, including Harding and Mrs Neutroski in early November, who would then go on to show the other members what they learned. The society has applied for funding for the workshop from the Horowhenua District Council s creative communi- ties scheme.
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