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NAPIER MAIL, AUGUST 31, 2011
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Boutique cinema in Ahuriri
A boutique movie theatre, Globe Thea-
trette, is opening in Ahuriri on Friday,
Launched by the Crown Hotel, the
39-seat theatre will have weekly sched-
uled screenings featuring art-house
movies, including world and New Zea-
land cinema, festival favourites, niche
and historical movies.
With a modern and vibrant interior,
this unique and opulent theatre is a won-
derful addition for our guests and locals
to enjoy, Globe Theatrette manager
Lisa-Jane Hay says.
The decor throughout the theatre
creates an atmosphere of modern sophis-
tication with a twist of art deco
The new theatre, which is part
of the Crown Hotel, is situated next to
Milk & Honey Restaurant on Hardinge
It is open from Wednesday to Sunday
from 11am to 12am. For more information
phone 833 6011 or email
Seeing an advertising feature for the
Taradale Softball Club s 50th Jubilee in the
Napier Mail on August 17 brought back
many happy memories for Napier man Ken
As a teacher, Mr Riggs coached the game
for many years in both Napier and Hastings,
and says in the 1950s, softball was intro-
duced to Taradale Primary School as an
organised sport, rather than being part of the
school s physical education programme.
The game, which was brought to New Zea-
land by the United States Marines during the
war years, soon took on among the pupils, he
House teams were organised and games
were keenly contested, particularly in the
Forms 1 and 2 areas.
Lunchtime games were keenly contested
and the standard improved so well that we
were able, at one stage, to challenge the local
intermediate school with some success.
A highlight each year was the game
between pupils and school staff, where the
youngsters delighted in putting us to the
During the 1960s the game was popular in
local schools and children participated in a
summer competition held on the Wycliffe
Intermediate field every Saturday morning.
Returned Royal New Zealand Air Force
men, who had been exposed to the game
while training in Canada, also played a part
in promoting the game in the country, as they
took on teaching careers.
Softball was a great game for both boys
and girls in our schools, Mr Riggs says. Our
boys at Taradale Primary also played cricket
and the two games complemented each other.
Some international cricketers, such as
Australian Neil Harvey, also played softball
with success. The beauty of softball is that
the players are in the game all the time -- no
languishing on the boundary or waiting,
padded up, for the bat that may not eventu-
ate. Three up three down is the aim.
The game has given me a lot of pleasure
and I would like to wish the Taradale Softball
Club well for an enjoyable jubilee, and hope
that the game remains strong in the local
schools during future years.
Taking a break
Special visitor: When Matt and Rachel Ericksen took their dogs for a morning walk at Bay View beach recently, they came across this
seal snoozing on the shingle. Thankfully, the public seems to have heeded Department of Conservation pleas to leave resting seals alone
and despite there being fishermen and a few dog walkers about, everyone gave the animal a wide berth. Local residents kept an eye
on the seal until it decided to head back to sea in the evening.
Photo: RACHEL ERICKSEN
Kids go mad on bikes
Future biker: One-year-old Jayde
Christensen prepares to ''ramp it up''
at Sk8 Zone.
Preschool children are taking over
Sk8 Zone. Every Thursday morning,
between 10am and noon, the rink
becomes a riot of colour and laugh-
ter, as the kids race around on their
scooters, bikes, and plastic
motorbikes -- often borrowing each
others -- while their parents enjoy
helping them to gain confidence on
the gentle ramps.
Sk8 Zone manager Pat McIvor
says the mornings are so popular, he
could probably open every day just
for the littlies , and that it s great
for them to be able to gain confidence
without older children around to
The preschooler mornings are free,
although equipment can be hired
from Sk8 Zone for a small fee.
On parade: Impressions of Napier, by Patricia Dick
One of the charming six sisters Victorian build-
ings on Napier s Marine Parade is home to the
Arts on Parade gallery, a co-operative formed 17
years ago by local artists to showcase their work.
The gallery is constantly evolving and produces
an array of original paintings, fabric art, silk and
weaving, furniture, jewellery, crystals, painted
porcelain, handcrafted souvenirs and unique col-
lection of pottery and garden ornaments.
Throughout September, Napier artist Patrica
Dick is holding an exhibition of her work,
Impressions of Napier in Colour. Arts on Parade is
open seven days, 9am to 5pm, at 185 Marine Pde.
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