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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, NOVEMBER 24, 2012
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our new senior stylist, Sarah Forshaw!
Call us now to book your
Voco Hairdressing is open Monday to
Friday with 3 late nights now available
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Hosting International Students
in 2012 and 2013
• Do you enjoy spending time with teenagers?
• Are you interested in other cultures?
• Do you want to share your home and your local
area with High School students?
Rangiora High School hosts up to 50 international
students at any one time.These students are from
Japan, Thailand and other Asian countries and prefer to
live in Rangiora town. We also have a number of German
and South American students who would like to reside
on a country property that has horses they would be
permitted to ride. We prefer our host families to be within
a 15km radius of Rangiora.
If you are interested in finding out more about
international hosting, please ring Julia Arden on
312 8667, or email Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org
Rangiora High School
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Ph 313 7427
Sunday, 2 December
1.30pm -- 4pm
In recognition of the support
of the local community
Rossburn Receptions and Museum
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Quirky cover band beats the blues
NEXT WEEKEND New
and roll cover band is
coming to North
Salole is the fifth
member of the
Ukulele Orchestra, and
credits Christchurch as
his creative roots.
ABBIE NAPIER caught
up with him.
THE BAND: The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, ex-Cantabrian Francis Salole front left.
PAINTER, PSYCHIATRIC nurse
and dab-hand musician Francis
Salole cuts a striking figure in his
green suit and hat, yellow ukulele
The 49-year-old has had a piece
of many musical pies, but none so
soul-affirming and quirky as the
ukulele orchestra -- a rock and roll
cover band (believe it or not).
Started by Flight of the
Conchords star Bret McKenzie in
2005, the orchestra began as four,
and has now tripled, playing
mainstream gigs and delighting
fans with off-beat YouTube videos.
Working as a dishwasher in
Wellington at the time, Francis
became the fifth band member,
despite having never picked up a
ukulele in his life.
Bret thought it would be hilari-
ous to do a rock and roll cover
band with ukuleles, and he was
right on the money.
I went out and bought a
ukulele just to join the band.''
While it takes a lot of work to
get to international orchestra
level, strumming out a basic tune
on the tiny guitar is relatively
One of the things that makes
the ukulele popular is that it's
very manageable,'' he said.
People are picking it up in
Francis has plenty of experience
with stringed instruments, having
played everything from bass to
He started his musical career in
Christchurch as a teenager at
Christchurch Polytechnic, eventu-
ally becoming a founding member
of the Haemogoblins.
I think that was the only band
I was in that was ever heard of
outside the rehearsal room,'' he
Being in a band really kicked
me off into music.''
While working as a psychiatric
nurse, Francis has used the
ukulele to cheer up patients in his
It's a very disarming instru-
ment, and I definitely use it at
Francis' mother still lives in
Christchurch and his regular trips
down here have brought the
embattled city even closer to his
I was in Christchurch for
the December quake last
year, and it was the first one
I had been there for,'' he
said. It was such an eye
Next weekend, Mud House
Winery in Waipara will be
the group's first stop on a
summer concert tour
He hoped the cheerful
tunes of the orchestra would
be a nice break for his home
on the Green winery tour,
adayonthegreen.co.nz. Get a sneak
peak of the group's work by looking up Wellington International Ukulele
Orchestra on youtube.com.
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