Issue No. 292 - 4 January 2007
Roller Sports National Championships to be in Wanganui
The 2007 New Zealand Roller Sports Championships will be a major Wanganui attraction from January 6–13 at Kowhai Park and Jubilee Stadium.
A total of 225 competitors, in both speed and artistic disciplines, are registered to take part in the week-long competition. Among them are a number of world champions, helping to make New Zealand the third highest ranking country in the world in roller sports.
Brothers Kalon and Shane Dobbin from Palmerston North will be here. Kalon is the current world champion in both the 300 and 500 metre time trials, and he won gold in the senior men's relay in Korea. Shane was another member of that gold winning relay team.
Scott Arlidge is coming down from Auckland to compete. He too was at Korea winning the 10 kilometre points elimination gold and he was the third member of the senior men's relay team.
Nicole Begg, awarded gold in Korea in the 10 kilometre points elimination, will be competing here as well as D.J. Nation (gold in junior men's relay) and Sam Wright from the same junior men's relay team.
Competition proper starts at 1pm on Monday, January 8, and the official opening ceremony will be at Jubilee Stadium, Tuesday, January 9, at 7pm. The championships will be formally opened by the President of NZ Roller Sports, Roger Boulcott, and by the Mayor of Wanganui, Michael Laws.
Spectators are invited to all events at both Kowhai Park and Jubilee Stadium. Entry is free.
The leadlight saga begins
The first stained glass panel of the planned 32 episode Wanganui Story is in place in the Wanganui Council Chamber. High above the arena of discussion and decision it glows in tones of golds and browns.
Designed and constructed by the combined talents of Julie Greig and Greg Hall, this first leadlight panel features a depiction of the tooth of a megalodon, a giant shark that once roamed here when Wanganui was deep under water. The tooth was found at Pipiriki and is now shown amongst geological strata to represent our region's prehistoric beginnings.
Eventually, there will be 32 such panels, each depicting an important episode in the history of our city and the district; each a mute illustration of milestones in the Wanganui Story and a proud demonstration of the skill and talent of two of our finest artists.
"BIRDS: The Art of New Zealand Birdlife"
This enchanting exhibition offers a sense of the species' fragility whilst flaunting their charm. Some of our greatest contemporary artists have engaged with the theme of bird life in Aotearoa. BIRDS comes to us from Pataka, curated by Helen Kedgley.
It is on at the Sarjeant Gallery until February 11.
Don Binney Frigate Bird, 1969 (top)
Michael Parekowhai Ed Brown, 2000 (bottom)
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Davis Central City Library
Mobile Branch Library
Alexander Heritage and Research Library, Queens Park
Cemetery Circuit Exhibition: The First 25 Years
Open 10.00am-6.00pm until Sunday, January 14.
Heritage Research Services
Normal opening hours of 10.30am-4.30pm Monday to Sunday and public holidays.
Royal Wanganui Opera House Booking Office
Normal hours of Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5.30pm, resume from Tuesday, January 23.
War Memorial Hall
For all booking enquiries contact Wanganui Inc, phone (06) 349 0380, fax (06) 348 8210
Whanganui Regional Museum
Normal opening hours of 10.00am-4.30pm Monday to Sunday and public holidays.
Whanganui Regional Museum Archives hours of operation are 10.00am-1.00pm, Monday to Friday. Archives are closed on weekends and public holidays.
After hours services are listed in the telephone directory under ‘Wanganui District Council’.
We welcome members of the public to attend our meetings
Wanganui Rural Community Board – Thursday, January 18
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at 4.00pm in Committee Room 2, 1st Floor, Municipal Office Building, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui.
Agendas are available at the Customer Services Counter, Municipal Office Building, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui, and the Wanganui District Library two working days prior to the meeting.