Don't stress out... plenty to distract you

Our pick of a few community events coming up.


AN independent film three years inproduction and made by an Auckland family, will have its first screening on Anzac Day in Auckland. The World War II feature, Journey of a Story, will screen at 11 cinemas around the country.

The film is produced by Kay Rayner, written by her daughter, Chantal Rayner-Burt, and directed by son-in-law Jonathon Rayner-Burt. It was shot over weekends and by volunteers in Auckland. It's based on the story of Kay's father, Private George Parrish, and follows his capture in Greece, his time in a POW camp in Graz Austria and eventual repatriation back to New Zealand.

A donation will be made to the RSA from the proceeds of the Auckland premiere and from DVD sales. The DVD is expected to be available in a few months.

WHAT Journey of a Story

WHEN Anzac Day

WHERE Academy Cinema, Lorne St, 8pm; Waiheke Community Theatre, 5pm; Bridgeway Theatre Northcote, 10am and 4.30pm; Monterey, Howick, 12.10pm



Global Health Clinics is running a "Say No To Stress" seminar on April 23, at the Pumphouse Theatre, Takapuna.

The seminar will look at managing 21st-century stress and will feature three key speakers, naturopaths Dr Eric Bakker and David Holden, and psychologist Amberley Meredith - all stress and lifestyle specialists.

It is estimated that 75-90 per cent of all visits to GPs are for stress-related problems and it is well recognised that stress creates health problems. But few people know what to do about stress, and that's what this seminar aims to achieve.

WHAT Say No to Stress

WHERE Pumphouse Theatre, Takapuna

WHEN April 23, 6.45pm-9.30pm


WEB or

MORE INFO John Coombs on 488 0208


Former detective Dale Kirk, now managing director of Methcon, is presenting a speech for the community on Methamphetamine and Drug Awareness.

It's being put on by the Waitakere Life Education Trust at the Waitakere College Hall.

WHAT Methamphetamine and Drug Awareness speech

WHEN Monday April 30, 7pm

WHERE Waitakere College Hall, 42 Rathgar Rd, Henderson

HOW MUCH Gold coin donation



Totara Hospice is launching its "Living Every Moment" photo competition from April 20.

The competition will run until May 25 and judging will take place on May 30, shortly after Hospice Awareness Week from May 14-20. The theme is about living life to the fullest and there are three categories - Child (0-12); Teen (13-19) and Adult 20-plus.

Photos entries should be emailed to and will be posted on Facebook and the Hospice website.

WHAT Living Every Moment photo competition

WHEN April 20-May 25



More than 100 Birman and Oriental short-haired cats from all over New Zealand will strut their stuff at Drury School next weekend. Local and international judges will look over each cat three times and give commentary.

There will be stalls and raffles and a "public choice" award for their favourite cat or kitten.

WHAT Birman/Tosca cat show

WHEN Saturday, April 28, 10am-3.30pm.

WHERE Drury School, Young Crescent, Drury

HOW MUCH Adults $5; children/seniors $2; family (2 adults/2 kids $12)



A multicultural festival at Manukau on Sunday April 22 will feature an appearance by Hong Kong TV stars Anderson Junior, Sharon Chan and Roger Kwok who have been brought here by and Radio 9 (104.2FM).

The event is at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre and aims to celebrate Auckland's cultural diversity with a family-friendly programme.

That includes performances by traditional and contemporary music groups and The Doggie Challenge, a competition to find the smartest and 'cutest' pet dogs.

Other highlights include Chinese dance performances by traditional Tibetan and Dai dancers, Japanese (Hokkaido Fisherman's song and dance), Korean (fan dance), Indian (belly dance), Russian (folk dance), French (traditional festival dance) and English (maypole dance).

There'll be Asian food and drinks on offer and children's entertainment and performances by the winners of the International Chinese New Talent Singing Championship which will be held a day earlier, on Saturday 21 April, at the same venue.

WHAT International Multicultural Festival

WHEN Sunday April 22 11am-5pm

WHERE TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre



Albee Ai was the inaugural winner of the Auckland Youth Orchestra Own Stars Concerto Competition, and her prize is to perform as a soloist with the orchestra.

Her winning Mozart bassoon concerto was part of 2012's opening concert that toured to Helensville, Warkworth and Whangarei, and the finale concert is on Saturday April 21 in the Auckland Town Hall.

She will perform on the same evening as Vaughan Williams (Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis) and Nikolas Rimsky-Korsakov (Scheherazade)

WHAT Auckland Youth Orchestra Concert

WHEN Saturday April 21

WHERE Auckland Town Hall

HOW MUCH Adult $20; Senior $15; Student $10; Child $5



- The Aucklander

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