Nelson Leader : September 12th 2013
2 THE NELSON LEADER, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 NEWS 5556256AA C C Ch h ho o oiiic c ce e e Picton NELSON CITY Stoke Richmond Wakefield Brightwater Nelson Lakes Murchison Karamea Westport Rai Valley Okiwi Bay French Pass D'Urville Island Mapua Collingwood Takaka Motueka Tapawera 5454562AA Having problems with your community paper delivery? email: email@example.com phone: 0800 800 515 and let us know. This means if you place your advert into both papers 56,000 people will be reading! No other local media can give you this sort of coverage! Nelson Leader Readership - 26,000 people per week Tasman Leader Readership - 30,000 people per week 56,000 Reach a whopping 74% of the Nelson Tasman Region! Abel Tasman National Park Atawhai Farewell Spit Contact us! Reporters: Nelson 03 546 2885 Richmond 03 543 9601 Motueka: 03 528-1263 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising: Nelson 03 546 2835 Richmond 03 543 9600 Motueka 03 528 1261 Classifieds 03 548 0119 fax 03 546 2705 email: email@example.com 5592217AA Authorised by Matt Lawrey, 31 Orsman Cres, Nelson Star going hungry to aid foundation Poverty challenge: Amelia Reid- Meredith who plays Bella Cooper in Shortland Street. Photo: SUPPLIED There is a saying that only the hungry man can understand the pain of hunger; so Shortland St star Amelia Reid-Meredith hopes her experience living on a minuscule food budget will give her some insight into the struggles of extreme poverty. Amelia, who grew up in Wakefield and attended Nelson College for Girls, is preparing to do the Live Below the Line pov- erty challenge from September 23 to 27. She is working 17-hour days combining her day job on the soap with directing the Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre. Young and Hungry gives up-and-coming young performers and production crews the chance to participate in a professionally mentored season of New Zealand plays. Ameila says that with her long hours of work and direct- ing, eating from the budget of only $2.25 a day for food will be a challenge. It will also give her a clearer understanding of what it is like to function on a less nutritious diet that she would normally have. I think I will really feel the effects of not eating my normal sort of routine. I think that will be great to really experience, because people still have to func- tion when they are eating that much. Ameila, who plays Bella Coo- per on Shortland Street, is spon- sored to do the challenge and is raising funds for the Fred Hol- lows Foundation, which works to help restore eyesight and improve eye health in impoveri- shed places around the world. Amelia said Sally Martin, who plays Nicole on the TV show, was helping with menu ideas. She s the foodie of our group so hopefully she will come up with some great recipes to get us through. Amelia said she did some work for Shortland St in Cambodia and seeing people liv- ing below the poverty line first hand had inspired her to see if she could do the challenge and to raise awareness about it and the Fred Hollows Foundation. I think it is awesome what they do. They are an amazing organisation. She said she was a healthy eater normally and she would also miss not being able to have the odd glass of wine. It is going to be quite difficult. For more information visit: livebelowtheline.com/nz (for The Fred Hollow Foundation hollows.org.nz/ ) from September 23 to 27. Kayan weavers' work on display FROM Page 1 Sadly, a recent racist incident in Nelson involving two of her senior weavers highlighted the need for greater understanding. The women were walking home from an English Language Partners literacy class when they were verbally abused by a woman near Pioneer Park. The attack shook the whole Kayan community. The incident was dealt with by Nelson police. But Kay feels strongly this kind of racism or prejudice should not happen in our community . The Kayans had no choice but to leave Myanmar because of the dictatorship of the ruling military junta there. They didn t want to leave their home. They d love to be with their family and friends. They had no choice but to become refugees in Thailand with a hope that they either one day return or be accepted by a third country. They don t deserve to be treated like that. New Zealand has offered the Kayans and other former refugees, a chance at a new life and it is important the community embraces them in a spirit of peace, love and hope. Despite what they have been through, the Kayans are a gentle, loving and dignified people. Weaving is an important way of preserving their culture and expressing themselves. They can t speak English very well and due to this diffi- culty, they may not find it easy to integrate into Nelson com- munity very well. But through weaving people can get to know the Kayan people. The Sukita Project sells the scarves the women make and has a profit-sharing system. To support the project in lieu of donations, people are encouraged to buy a scarf. They are available at the Suter Art Gallery, and Sweet As Cafe on upper Trafalgar St. Money is not the ultimate goal for this project; it s more about maintaining their culture and they are proud of them- selves that they are able to weave. I always tell people that these are beautiful people and they have brought colour into Nelson and make Nelson more colourful. The Kayan Weaving Exhi- bition will run from September 16 to 21 at the Elma Turner Library; with weaving demon- strations on Tuesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm, Thursday 10.30am to 2.30pm and Saturday 10.30am to 1pm. See facebook.com/Sukitaproject. The Children s Library is also taking part in the exhibition by holding a competition asking them to write or draw what peace means to them. Two scarves made by the youngest weaver in the group Mu Aye, 12, a student at Victory School, will be among the prizes. Entry forms are at each of the three libraries for children to pick up. Schools wanting to bring groups to the exhibition are asked to book ph 03 546 0419 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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