Whangarei Community Spirit: Waste warriors wanted


If you're enthusiastic about the environment and enjoy going to local events than CBEC EcoSolutions wants you!

They are looking for people who would like be part of the "Green Team" of trained volunteers who act as recycling ambassadors at events around the Northland region. CBEC EcoSolutions manager Monique Portegys says: "We are really grateful to our volunteers and we look after them, feed them, provide transport and make sure they have a good time."

CBEC EcoSolutions manage the waste and recycling operations at the national Waitangi Day celebrations. This year the Waitangi Trust has committed to the event being run as a zero-waste event which means all the vendors must use food and drink packaging that is compostable. This has the potential to halve the amount of waste that the event creates.

"This is the first year that it's been done so recycling ambassadors will be a key part of the success of this new venture.

If you would like to be part of the Green Team contact CBEC EcoSolutions on (09) 438-8710 or just pop into the office at 3 Bank Street, Whangarei.

Join picnic fun Take a picnic, rug, sunhats and everything else you need to be comfy when you join in the family fun during the free Pohutukawa Christmas @ the Regent picnic on December 9. On offer: food stalls, the St Francis Xavier Nativity play, community carol singing, and entertainment from the Whangarei Brass Band, Irrisitibells, Rock'n'Roll Live Nthld, Kapa Haka and many others. Pohutukawa Christmas @ the Regent will be held from 3-7pm at the Anglican Church grounds, Deveron S on Sunday.

Play auditionsAuditions for the next Whangarei Theatre Company production, the musical play Mum's Choir by Alison Quigan, will be held on December 16 from 1 to 5pm at The Riverbank Centre, Reyburn House Lane, Whangarei. If you would prefer to be behind the scenes then you are also welcome to come along.

The story: Mum has passed away and the five adult O'Reilly children gather at the family home. Mum sang her whole life and the family want to give her the send-off she deserves, but there's a twist.

Mum's last wish is for her musical family to master Faure's Requiem - a challenging request causing escalating stress which then leads to comic chaos as the family deal with the demands of organising the funeral.

The characters:

Cathy - eldest sister, 40s/50s. Preferably a mezzo-soprano.

Noel - elder brother, 40s. Hopefully sings bass and plays a musical instrument.

Jean - middle sister, late 30s/40s. Soprano.

Kev - younger brother. Preferably sings tenor.

Terri - youngest sister, pregnant. Preferably sings alto.

Aunty Nola - Mum's sister, 60s/70s.

Matt - son of Cathy, 20s, sings tenor.

No appointments necessary. Bring a piece of music to sing, or a backing track. You will also be asked to read some of the script and move on stage. If unable to attend please contact production manager, Alison Thomson, on mobile: 021 435 323 to make alternative arrangements. Show dates: April 19-May 4, 2013. Visit www.whangareitheatrecompany.org.nz for more information.

Final meetingThe final meeting of Community Networkers will be held on December 11 from 9.30am in the Brenda Gardner Lounge, Old Town Hall, 71 Bank St. The meeting will include morning tea, and a speaker (to be confirmed).

The meetings are a good opportunity for those in the community sector, and allies, to come together to learn about, support and acknowledge work being done to improve our communities and the district/region.

For more information and a copy of the last meeting's minutes contact Tim Howard email: the-farm@ihug.co.nz.

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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