Nelson Leader : March 28th 2013
31 THE NELSON LEADER, MARCH 28, 2013 NEWS Whakatu Group Riding for the Disabled Thanks to the team at They made this ad possible HUGE THANK YOU TO ROTARY MEMBERS Whakatu Group would like to thank the Rotary Club members that assisted us with collecting our hay to feed our horses over the winter. Thank you so much Donna for organising this for us, it made a huge job flow very easily. Thanks to Donna and Gary Chalmers, Jan Aberhart, Lloyd Heslop, Glenn Roberts, Rodger Sanson, Joe Wheeler and Thomas Schulz. Also thank you to the committee for supplying eats and drinks after the stacking of the hay into our hay shed. The day was very hot, so this was appreciated by all. School Holidays: These are nearly upon us already. Our Holiday programme is the week of 22nd to the 26th April. Pony rides and half day pony care sessions are available. If you have children interested, it pays to ring and make bookings, as some sessions are already filling up fast. Whakatu Group R DA Tantragee Rd, The Brook Phone: 03 546 6366 firstname.lastname@example.org Rotary Members after the job was finished. RDA horse 'Gem' and Emma at the Appaloosa Nationals Christchurch, Winner of the Costume class. Enquiries and donations to: 5078921AF 5264399AA The Leader and The Motueka Golden Bay News are playing the fool this April. THE OFFER One fool page in fool colour in The Nelson City Leader for a foolish $595.00 + GST or in either the Richmond Waimea Leader or Motueka Golden Bay News for $550 + GST. That's right for a foolishly low price, you can advertise in either the Nelson City Leader, the Richmond Waimea Leader or the Motueka Golden Bay News, or all 3 if you like, on the Thursday of your choice (14th, 18th and 25th April 2013). So take fool advantage and contact your advertising consultant or phone 546 2835 SECURE YOUR SPACE - Limited Number Of Pages Per Edition april * Nielsen Media 2yr Regional Readership - Dec 11 Delivered FREE to homes in the region every Thursday from French Pass through to Murchison & Golden Bay with a circulation of 41,603 and readership of 59,000 (aged 15yrs+)* No Other Local Media Publication Can Offer You This Type Of Coverage Q-Youth publicise their experience Cover stars: Nayland Alliance of Gays and Straights group leaders Connor McLeod and Kitty Walter recreate the picture on the front of Q-Youth's new zine, ''The Youthful Q'' at a group meeting. Photo: SARAH DUNN / FAIRFAX NZ By SARAH DUNN The Q-Youth queer-straight alliance group has released a colourful zine'' to help readers understand what it's like growing up queer in small-town New Zealand. Zines are self-published, boutique magazines that are often handmade by their producers. Q-Youth's zine The Youthful Q was the brainchild of former co- ordinator Tobi Eder, who got the group working on their submis- sions in January. Her replacement Clare Fairb- rother inherited the project when she took over during the same month. Clare contributed two pieces of her own creative writing as well as helping her collection of young people stick'' the zine together. Doing something like this is completely out of my comfort zone, so it was great to get help from Speedy Print, and all the loads of submissions,'' she said. She explained the idea behind making a zine was that anybody reading it could make one of their own using only a photocopier and their imagination. The group has connections to queer-straight alliances in high schools around Nelson, including Nelson Colege for Girls Alliance of Lesbians and Straights; the Nayland Alliance of Gays and Straights and Waimea College's Waimea Alliance of Gays and Straights. Clare used her professional con- tacts to send The Youthful Q'' to youth groups in Brighton and London as well as around New Zealand. I don't know of any other proj- ect quite like this,'' she said. The zine was named by the group's youngest member, who is 15, and contains submissions from 11 members. Nelson College for Girls student Abi Stephens, 17, contributed a poem named Dancers and a short essay about the way people define their sexuality. Abi said she submitted to the zine because she liked writing, but she also wanted to express her frustration that homophobia is alive and well in Nelson. Dancers was written after a boy she knew at Nelson College nar- rowly escaped being deliberately run down by a car because he was queer. Abi said a close friend had her history project ripped up by bullies, and other queer friends were occasionally taunted and teased. Most people are a lot more accepting, but that's only my own experience because I tend to pass for straight,'' she said. Abi said she came out to her parents just a few months ago and she was happy with the way they and others reacted. Q-Youth meets at 50 Halifax St, Nelson, from 4.30pm till 6.30pm on Tuesdays and 4pm till 6pm on Wednesdays. An extract from Spencer Sharpe's Litany for Sad Queers: Sometimes, the hollow in your chest is all you've got. That's ok. Keep it that way. Do what you want. Kiss boys . . . or none at all. Pretend you don't care what other people think. Why should I care about you? But I do. I do. Just enough for me to want to save you, but not enough to make me think I can. Please, if you can -- stay here. Stay lucky, stay beautiful, stay out of trouble. And stay proud. Above all, stay proud.
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