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Jack Kennedy started Southbrook
School on August 13
Tyler Wright turned 5 on August 6
and joined his big brother Jake at
Oxford Area School.
Joseph Saunders started Clarkville School
on August 6. He is pictured here with his
brother Jack and sister Annie.
Jonty Madden started Ashgrove
Primary on June 27. He is really
enjoying school and making new
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Glowing praise for
By CATE BROUGHTON
THE HURUNUI Youth Pro-
gramme has received the
thumbs up from an independent
review conducted to assess the
relevance and impact of the
group on Hurunui youth.
The assessors recommended
the Hurunui District Council
secure the programme for the
long term in its budget, due to
the high praise it received from
parents, young people, schools
and the wider community.
In a glowing conclusion,
reviewers Scope Review Project
said: It was a delight to receive
such comprehensive positive
feedback about the programme.
All those involved, and
especially Sam Mould (pro-
gramme co-ordinator), should
take a bow for delivering so well
on what it originally set out to
The programme was estab-
lished four years ago to address
the needs of young people in the
Youth worker Sam Mould has
been at the helm of the pro-
gramme from its inception and
was delighted with the report.
It was really good to see that
we were meeting what we set
out to achieve. To give kids more
reasons to stick around rather
than have to go to boarding
A recent Hurunui District
Council residents review had 92
per cent of respondents agree
that the programme was some-
thing the council should be
involved with, and this included
75 per cent who strongly agreed.
What came through strongly
was that it is really appreciated
and it is making a difference.''
A key recommendation was
for the programme to provide a
more relational model through
the provision of 24/7 youth work
in the district's schools.
Ms Mould said she would like
to see this happen.
It would be good if we could
have more youth workers on
board because one person can
only meet so many young people
-- but that's going to come down
to what can be afforded.''
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Oxford jeweller Areta
Wilkinson and curator Brian Hoult admire a bowl
by Hana Rakena at the Te Whai Ao exhibition,
which marks the re-opening of Rangiora's
THE CHAMBER Gallery is open
once more in Rangiora, offering
a moment of post-earthquake
respite in one of the town's few
historic buildings to survive the
past 18 months.
The gallery, alongside the
library building, which was
closed for strengthening in June
last year, reopened on Friday,
toasted by close to 100 guests.
With new reinforced concrete
north and south walls, it may
end up one of the few heritage
buildings the town is able to
retain, with its stunning dome
and friendly, contemplative dis-
The Chamber has been
relaunched with an exhibition
called Te Whai Ao, which was
blessed by Maori minister James
Robinson in recognition that
seven of the 10 artists on show
are of Ngai Tahu descent.
Oxford jeweller Areta Wilkin-
son says the idea for the exhi-
bition came about through want-
ing to bring artists together in
support of each other and the
We're whanau -- we need to
look after each other. Some of us
have lost homes, studios and our
artworks. It's been hard to settle
and find focus again. This is
each other and using
the exhibition as a
vehicle to uplift our-
selves and the com-
munity, and start to
She describes the
gallery as a lovely
space, opening off
the library and so
available to all.
For some of the
artists, the tie with
the building goes
even deeper, because
they share family
names with soldiers
listed on the honours
board in the adjacent
Among the artists
on display are
Rachael Rakema and
Brett Graham, who
showed at the Venice
Biennale, and Nath-
an Pohio, on a resi-
dency in Santa Fe.
Brian Hoult said: These are
Canterbury artists of some sig-
nificance and it is wonderful to
be able to show their works here.
The (Waimakariri District)
council has to be commended on
being far-sighted enough to
retain and restore the building.
It is a part of the community in
so many ways.''
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