Kapiti Observer : July 18th 2011
4 KAPITI OBSERVER, JULY 18, 2011 Wu Tao Dance Balance for Body and Soul Classes starting in August Wu Tao (pronounced woo dow) is a dance based therapy that balances and harmonises the ow of QI (life-force energy in the body). It has its foundations in Oriental Medicine, and is a system of healing, with a holistic philosophy and practice, that restores balance to the person on all levels. The main form of Wu Tao is a series of dances that balance the QI. Each dance is based on the Chinese elements of air, water, wood, re and earth. This is achieved by activating and stretching the channels (called meridians), these are the pathways through which the QI energy ows. Each dance works on balancing two meridians, which belong to a particular element. For example - the air element governs the lung and large intestine meridians. The end result is an experience of harmony and balance, physically and mentally, during and after performing the dances. Relaxing music meditations are also used at the end of each element to bring the mind to a place free of chatter. Combining together dance, music and meditation, Wu Tao gives you an enjoyable experience that has enormous health bene ts. Wu Tao is suitable for all ages, and best of all, no previous dance experience is necessary. PARAPARAUMU RAUMATI SOUTH Monday 1st August, 6pm Wednesday 17th August, 6pm Mazengarb Sports Complex Memorial Hall, Tennis Court Road $90 - 6 week course $90 - 6 week course For more information contact Licensed Wu Tao Instructor, Tonia Wright on 0274 724 727 or 04 298 3194 www.wutaodance.co.nz Wu Tao Dance 6 week Beginners Course - No experience necessary - 2 COURSES, 2 VENUES PARAPARAUMU Monday 1st August, 6pm Mazengarb Sports Compl $90 - 6 week course RAUMATI SOUTH Wednesday 17th August, 6pm Memorial Hall $90 - 6 week course Contact Tonia 0274 724 727 to book your place or email firstname.lastname@example.org Wu Tao, balance for body and soul A Moment with our Mayor Who do you know who deserves recognition? Most people who give back by way of volunteering or other means don't usually do it for public accolade. They do it because they have an innate sense of empathy, generosity and community. We must, however, recognise these people and the organisations they work for, to encourage them and to celebrate their contributions. Coming up are two very apt ways to do this - Council's Civic Awards for individuals, and the wider Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards for community groups. See the advertisement in this Kapiti Observer issue. These awards allow Council and the wider community to acknowledge the leadership and immense hard work that individuals and groups do for the beneft of others. Many have full time jobs, busy families, and often personal challenges, and yet they are utterly there for others. The contribution community groups and individuals make to our community is outstanding. We've all seen the fgures. Kiwis contribute around 270 million volunteer hours each year with a dollar value of almost $3.31 billion. The human value is immeasurable. It can be hard for community groups to know they're on the right track sometimes, especially when they're under-resourced and stretching their own skills and time to the limit. To be recognised is to take a break, celebrate, and say, 'yes, we're doing well'. Who do you know in our community that is worthy of an award? I strongly urge you to not hold back, and nominate them. Once we receive your nomination and information, we'll make our selection and contact them so they can accept. We've never had anyone say no! People can of course nominate themselves, and organisations can nominate themselves for the regional awards. We just need to look at past winners to realise what treasures we have within our District. Last year in the Civic awards we honoured, amongst others, Patricia McDonald of Paekākāriki, Trevor Daniell of Paraparaumu, Roy Opie of Otaihanga, Wickham Pack of Waikanae, and Gloria Simpson of Ōtaki. Applications for both the 2011 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards and Civic Awards can be made by 19 August through Council. Enter 'awards' in the search box on Council's website www.kapiticoast.govt.nz, or contact customer services on 04 296 4700. On another note, I hope you're all aware of the free school holiday activities that Kāpiti libraries will be running. During week one, Harriet the Clown will entertain the kids, and week two there's a paper plane competition. Check the libraries website www.kapiticoastlibraries.govt.nz for session times, or phone customer services. Till next time, Jenny HOLIDAY PROGRAMME BOREDOM BUSTERS Sick of spending the holidays with little kids? Join the 'Kapiti Kruzer' bus for a great day out 10-13 years old only Activities such as ... Paintball, Lazer Force, Go-Karts, Aquatic Enquiries to: email@example.com Phone: 04 297 0229 www.kapitikruzer.co.nz Steady progress: The Kapiti Aquatic Centre peat excavation continued last week with earthmoving equipment working on the site between Kapiti Rd and Ngahina St. The work is expected to take about 12 weeks, and includes the excavation of 11,000 cubic metres of unsuitable peaty material and the import of some 30,000 cubic metres of sand, which will be compacted to form the building platform. Earthworks are due to be completed by early September. Council to relocate Council meetings will move to Waikanae while Kapiti s civic centre is being upgraded -- forc- ing out community groups from their regular venue. Kapiti Coast District Council announced in a media release it will hold meetings in the Waikanae Senior Citizens Hall during the upgrade. Four community groups will be forced out of the venue during planned meeting times, which run on Thursdays. The release stated the hall was identified as the venue after a thorough review of all avail- able options. The council purchased the hall from the Waikanae Senior Citizens Association in Decem- ber 2008 at the request of the association. At that time the council undertook to guarantee access to some existing user groups on certain days for a five year period. While none of the four groups which meet in the Senior Citizens Hall on a Thursday are covered by that guarantee, coun- cil has offered to find them alternative meeting space dur- ing the year. The council plans to spend $3.7 million next year on refurbishing the civic centre and council chambers. It will need the Waikanae hall for its full council and various committee meetings. Council workshops, generally held on a Tuesday, are less well attended by the public and will be held in the Emergency Operations Centre meeting room in Fytfield Pl, Parapara- umu, the release states. The upgrade will likely run for 12 months with the council poss- ibly needing to relocate its meetings as early as December 2011. Capital E warms up winter holidays Capital E is turning winter upside down and back to front in the July school holidays and families can step into the sea- side haven of a Summer Scorcher . Capital E publicist Lucy Bryant said that, on entry to Wellington s Civic Square tech- nology and performance centre, families would receive a scorecard to record their skills in classic seaside games like Wheel of Fortune, Hook-a-Duck and Beanbag Bull s-Eye. A flying deckchair will be the vehicle for a virtual zoom over Wellington harbour and Deckchair Cinema will play on the hour with Capital E and the New Zealand Children s Film Foundation offerings. On Saturday, July 30, Capital E s bingo master will be calling numbers for summer bingo and families can make up a party for bingo games and spot prizes.
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