Play offers insights into war
A play opening on Anzac Day aims to expose the horrors of war and encourage people to question the reasons for wars.
Gentler than a Rifle Butt is a challenging work with a strong anti-war message, say director Carol Winstanley and producer Renee Casserly.
“It makes us think about what and who we fight for, on a political level and an individual level,” says Renee, who also stars as a nurse in the play.
New Zealanders were fighting against a nation “they didn’t even know” at Gallipoli, says Renee.
Anzac commemorations on Waiheke
Anzac Day services this year will mark 100 years since the Gallipoli landings on 25 April, 1915, and are expected to draw large crowds.
Belgium Street and parts of Ostend Road will be closed to traffic from about 5am to 12pm on Saturday 25 April to accommodate two parades.
The dawn parade will proceed to the Ostend cenotaph at 5.45am and the civic service parade from 10.30am.
The parade will include a speech by Waitemata and Gulf councillor Mike Lee, a navy guard and the playing of the Last Post.
Commemorations, refreshments and entertainment will continue inside the Waiheke RSA throughout the day.
Veteran New Zealand playwright Dean Parker’s play, Gentler Than a Rifle Butt, will be performed at Ostend Memorial Hall at 4pm on Anzac Day, and again on 26 April.
Gallipoli, a multi-media Song Cycle will make its debut at Waiheke High School Hall on Saturday 25 April at 7.30pm.
Based on letters written by soldiers at Gallipoli, it was created as an original work by Waiheke-based pianist and composer John Mackay, with creative assistance from designer Bruce Woods.
Further performances of Gentler Than a Rifle Butt will be staged at Artworks Theatre in Oneroa on 1, 2 and 3 May, Rocky Bay Hall on 8 May and Rakino Community Hall on 9 May. •
Hair today, gone tomorrow for worthy cause
Waiheke’s Kim Campbell is “stoked” with the $1414 she has raised through Shave for a Cure.
The 50-year-old sacrificed her hair last month to raise money for Leukemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.
Mrs Campbell began with a realistic fundraising goal of $500, then lifted her goal to $1000 – only to have her expectations exceeded.
She is among about 1000 people shaving their heads to raise money for leukemia research and care for patients and their families.
Chilean trip chance to become ‘global citizens’
Bathing in thermal pools in the Andes Mountains, making pottery in a rural village and a tour of Chile’s National Congress were just some of the experiences a group of Waiheke High School students had during their recent exchange trip to Chile.
The group of 16 students and two teachers, Catherine Attwood and Bill Godbout, have just returned from the school’s biennial exchange trip to South America with lots of stories and good memories.
Based in Chile’s capital city, Santiago, students had the chance to experience Chilean life by staying with their host brother or sister’s family, as well as attending lessons at Trewhela’s School, the high school’s sister school in Chile, which hosted the travelling group.