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NAPIER MAIL, AUGUST 31, 2011
September Sports Events
Hawkes Bay U20 Rugby vs Taranaki, Napier
Hawkes Bay Marathon
Hastings Netball Centre Ron Giorgi Tournament
3-4 44th Blossom Festival Karting
HB Scholastics Sur ng Champs
Bowls Hawkes Bay Season Opening, Bowls Taradale
For more information, go to www.sporthb.net.nz
Golf, Clients ,Staプ, Fun, Health, ENJOY!
Sport Hawke's Bay invites businesses to give yourself a break and come
out on the golf course with a few clients or sta .
Join us on Friday the 23 September for the annual Biz Golf tournament in
support of the Heart Foundation, the charity that leads the ght against
Biz Golf 2011 is the perfect opportunity to reward key clients and sta ,
build your business network, pro le your company amongst key Hawkes
Bay organisations, win spot prizes, Push Play and, more importantly,
support a great cause.
BizGolf 2011 is an ambrose competition for teams of four people. Our
day begins at 11:00am with registration and an early bu et lunch before
a shotgun start launches the 30 teams into action. Once again the event
will be held on the beautiful Waiohiki Golf Course, where the course
fees have been kindly sponsored by the Napier Golf Club. In addition to
the ambrose tournament there are novelty holes and refreshment stops
situated around the course. The day concludes with prizegiving including
handicap winners, best gross, novelty hole winners and some great ra e
Proceeds from BizGolf 2011 contribute to the tremendous work undertaken
by the Heart Foundation So do something good for the heart in more
ways than one.
ENTER NOW - For more details, or to receive entry information contact
Kevin Murphy at Sport Hawke's Bay PH 06 845 9333, Email kevinm@
Entries close on September 8.
The tournament is proudly supported by Speights Ale House, Duke of
Gloucester, Wilson Golf, Classic Hits 89.5FM , Lion Beverages, Air NZ
Holidays Napier & Hastings and Westpac.
Take the opportunity to do some good for the heart of your
business and the Heart Foundation
Friday 23 September 2011
Napier Golf Club, Waiohiki Course
Register your team by Thursday 8th September 2011
to Sport Hawkes Bay - PO Box 7537, Taradale
Contact Kevin Murhpy at Sport Hawkes Bay on
845 9336 ext 761 or 027 297 0238
for movie times & information
CALL MOVIE HOT LINE
Napier: 831 0600 Hast: 0832 92808
or hit the web www.readingcinemas.co.nz
Billy T. James
Billy T: Te Movie. PG, 1hr 45min,
Showing at Reading Cinemas.
Reviewed by Jonathon Howe
Most people lucky enough to have seen Wil-
liam James Te Wehi Taitoko, aka Billy T James,
perform, have a favourite skit, song or unique
story connecting them to the entertainer.
He had an innate ability to draw people in,
whether they saw him play at the Te Puke Mem-
orial Hall or had him mooch a cigarette at a
Cutting his teeth in the days of all-round
entertainers like Howard Morrison and Prince
Tui Teka, Billy T was not just about jokes. He
could sing, dance, act, and play multiple
instruments -- all of which is shown in Billy T: Te
Director Ian Mune s documentary is an
unashamed celebration of Billy T s talent but it
is by no means framed through rose-tinted
From his early days as a whangai (adopted)
child to his painfully shy youth, Billy T was not
always the laughing clown people saw on the
screen. His loose way with money and his health
concerns are portrayed in an honest fashion,
while the fight between his immediate family
and iwi after his death make for tough viewing.
Mune uses archive footage to show Billy T s
performances, from The Maori Volcanics to
Radio Times and eventually his own comedy
shows. Many of these skits will be familiar but
his timing still draws laughs. Stock footage and
dramatisations are used to fill the gaps in Billy s
life, while many friends, colleagues and family
members are interviewed.
There are many myths about Billy T, and this
documentary is not out to debunk them. Instead
it relishes the opportunity to play with the folk-
lore. There are various tales about how his
trademark laugh came about but none is sold as
the definitive story. The relationship with his
wife, sister-in-law and daughter Cherie is also
left ambivalent, though a glaring omission is the
lack of a modern interview with Cherie.
It s interesting to watch his comedy routines,
which relied so much on racial stereotype. In
today s age of political correctness, it s hard to
imagine someone comparing an Asian accent to
constipation. But he had the charm to pull it off.
The documentary s handling of Billy T s death
from heart failure at the age of 42 is a poignant
moment. The camera lingers over each of the
interviewees as they silently remember him. It s
Billy T: Te Movie doesn t make any revelations
or seek to create scandal, but it doesn t need to.
The Billy T James of my childhood used to strut
his stuff on the stage in a black singlet, stubby
shorts and yellow towel, letting out his incom-
parable laugh. And that s how most people want
to remember him.
Vegas, a tribute to the golden years of Las Vegas
entertainment. HB Opera House, 7.30pm.
Ukulele Night, The Cabana from 7.30pm, $5.
Taniwha Daffodils and Sculpture in the Daffodils, Taniwha
Stn, SH2, Waipukurau. Daffodils $2.50 a bunch of 30,
proceeds to Plunket. Coffee available, picnics welcome.
9am till 5pm. Runs until Sept 30.
Alley Tricks with Blvd Nights, The Cabana, $10, doors
Arj Barker Live, Dave from Flight of the Conchords, HB
Opera House, 7.30pm.
The Hamma + Soul Senders, The Cabana, $5, doors open
Central Districts Brass Band Contest, HB Opera House, 1
till 5pm. Also Sept 4.
Choral Music by HB Composers, St John's Cathedral,
Napier, 2.30pm. Adult $25, child $10.
National Waiata Maori Music Awards, HB Opera House.
Also Sept 8. For details see waiatamaoriawards.co.nz.
Got an event coming up? Email
firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Wednesday the
week before publication date.
The Taradale RSA Concert Party is
performing its 43rd annual production at the
Taradale RSA this weekend.
Producers Peter and Helen Hill, with musi-
cal director Fayne Woodham, have put
together a show called Old Time Music Hall,
remembering the music halls of the early
days with songs, music, skits, jokes and solos.
Songs include Let's Go Down the Strand,
Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner and Any
The concert party has performed 18 shows
this year all over the North Island.
They have also played Hawke s Bay shows
at retirement villages and rest homes.
All proceeds from these shows are donated
Last year, they gave $1100 to the Christ-
church Earthquake Appeal.
Show times for this weekend are Saturday
evening, 8pm, Sunday at 1.30pm and Monday
Tickets are $10 per person.
The concert party are always on the
lookout for new members, phone Janet Rigby
on 844 1644 or if you would like to book a
show, phone Ivan Woodham on 845 1664.
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