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Prayers for families
A special prayer: St Michael's School teacher Louise Campbell accompanies student Max Nicholls, 8, as he places
a candle during the ceremony.
Prayers for all those connected to
the Pike River miners accomp-
anied seven candles lit at a special
service last week.
The 200 children and staff from
St Michael's Catholic School in
Remuera gathered in their parish
church to pray for the Greymouth
community following the tragedy
in which 29 miners lost their lives.
A seven-branch candlestick, or
menorah, was placed beside
photographs of the men. The
children said seven prayers, and
after each one a candle was car-
ried forward and placed in the
They prayed for the miners and
the children of Greymouth,
especially those whose fathers or
brothers had died. Other prayers
were for the miners' parents and
for their wives. The children also
prayed for the police and mine
managers who had to explain
what happened and the priests
and ministers who supported the
community. They prayed that the
teachers in Greymouth schools
would continue to encourage and
lead the children.
St Michael's parish priest mon-
signor Brian Arahill referred to
the old quotation: It is better to
light a candle than to curse the
All regular What's On notices
need to be resubmitted for
inclusion in the new year.
Email event details to
email@example.com or write to
What's On, East & Bays
Courier, Private Bag 92815,
Penrose, Auckland 1642.
Preference will be given to
local, free, community and
charity events. Contact us at
least two weeks before your
event is due to take place.
Turua St meeting, anyone who wants
the art deco houses on Turua St to be
preserved should come to a public
meeting on Sunday, 2.30pm-3.30pm at
the Tamaki Ex-Services Hall, corner of
Turua and Polygon streets. Phone
Lynne 575-4873 or email
Flying Solo parenting group, gathering
for solo Dads on Saturday, 10.30am-
11.30am at Okahu Bay playground.
Bring yourselves, your kids and some
morning tea, and share ideas and
experiences around solo parenting. Call
or text Dave Finn 021-154-5332.
Christmas market, Friday to Sunday,
from 10am at Marist Old Boys Rugby
Club, 101 Michaels Ave. Fresh food,
facepainting, kids' clothes, jewellery,
toys, candles and heaps more.
Rise Dance Showcase, a show filled
with top Kiwi talent including the young
songwriter of the year, ceroc and salsa
champions, hip hop and burlesque
choreographers and more. Sunday,
7pm at Avondale College Theatre.
Auckland Dance has teamed up with
CanTeen to support young people living
with cancer. Tickets are $25 at
www.iticket.co.nz or $30 at door.
Parnell Christmas Market, alongside
the farmers market on Saturday, 8am-
1pm, in the Jubilee Hall. Phone Leanne
Magical Musical Moments, Selwyn
Community Arts Theatre presents an
evening of show-stopping songs and
dazzling dancers, with supper tables or
single seats available, on December 16
and 17, 8pm at Selwyn Theatre, 245
Kohimarama Rd. Tickets $15 for adults
and $10 for concessions. Phone
Grafton heritage walk, on December
19. To book phone Parnell Trust
379-2095 ext 9704.
Community weight loss challenge,
starts in the new year in Ellerslie. Join
the 12-week class for $49, of which
$25 is paid back to the three biggest
losers. Phone Karen 021-929-859.
Panmure Historic Stone Cottage,
opens on the second Sunday each
month, 11am-3pm on the corner of
Kings and Queens roads. $2 entry.
Zumba fitness and dance
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1.30pm-
2.30pm at the Tamaki Recreation
Centre. $5. Phone Sonya 575-5726.
Mondays and Fridays, 6pm at
Tamaki Recreation Centre, for 13 years-
plus. $5. Phone 521-6438.
Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm at the
Orakei Community Centre. Adults $10,
students $5. Phone 528-3431.
Mondays, 7.30pm-8.30pm at
Dunkirk Rd Activity Centre, Panmure.
Tuesdays, 7pm-8pm at the
Meadowbank Community Centre.
Thursdays, 5.30pm-6.30pm at the
Orakei Community Centre. Adults $10,
students $5. Phone Anastasia
After-school care, CYF approved
programme with a walking school bus
from Panmure Bridge School, 3pm-
5.30pm, $3 per child per day. Phone
Tracey or Jeannie 570-5539.
Toastmasters, develop skills in
communication, public speaking and
Harrison Rd Toastmasters meets
fortnightly, 5.45pm-7.45pm at St
Peter's Church Hall, 7 Harrison Rd, Mt
Wellington. Phone Barbara 834-9960 or
Broadway club meets fortnightly on
Mondays, 6pm, at the Parnell
Community Centre, 545 Parnell Rd.
Phone Neil 355-3725.
Conversation, for new migrants. Learn
about your new country and practise
English conversation on Fridays, 10am-
11.30am at Somervell Open Church,
497 Remuera Rd. Phone 524-5379.
On Thursdays, 10am-noon at the
Community of St Luke, Remuera, not
the first Thursday of the month.
Beginners welcome. Phone 520-0740.
On Mondays and Wednesdays,
1pm-4pm at Eastern Suburbs
Community Arts Centre. For Monday
phone 521-3862, Wednesday
Lotus mah-jong club on Tuesday
mornings, Hanene St, St Heliers.
Phone Robin 521-5789.
Glendowie Tennis Club, ladies tennis
with creche on Thursdays, 9am-11am,
veterans on Wednesdays and Fridays,
12.30pm-3pm, club nights
Wednesdays, 7pm, 18 Forfar Rd. Phone
Eastern Table Tennis Club,on
Mondays, 7.30pm at RSA hall, cnr
Polygon Rd and Turua St, St Heliers. All
ages, levels. Phone 575-5767.
Akarana zone Scout groups, vacancies
for Keas, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and
volunteer adult leaders. Phone
St Heliers Garden Club, meets on the
fourth Wednesday each month, 1.30pm
at the RSA hall, Turua St. Phone
Mt Wellington-Panmure RSA, regular
dancing and indoor bowls, with a band
every Friday, 11 Pleasant View Rd,
Panmure. Phone 570-5913.
Pump and aerobics classes, casual
fitness classes at Ellerslie Eagles
Rugby League Club, Main Rd, Ellerslie.
5.45pm on Mondays and Wednesdays,
$9, and 9.15am on Wednesdays and
Fun and friendship for older people,
come along on Tuesdays, 9.30am-
11.30am for activities at St Chad's
Church and Community Centre, 38 St
Johns Rd, Meadowbank. Phone Kirsten
Churchill Park Club, meets on the
second Wednesday each month, 10am
at St Heliers Presbyterian Church, 100
St Heliers Bay Rd. Phone Phyllis
Mt Hobson club, meets on the first
Thursday each month, 10am at St
Marks Church, 95 Remuera Rd. Phone
Peppered with flavour
By RAKESH KRISHNAN
Why does virtually every
suburb in New Zealand
have an Indian res-
taurant? And why does
chicken tikka outsell fish
and chips in Britain? The
reason is spice.
Anyone can make
meat edible with a little
grilling or pan frying.
But it takes encyclo-
paedic knowledge --
which every Indian
woman seems to have in
her DNA -- of spices to
make vegetables just as
delicious, if not tastier.
The world over, India
is known for its excellent
cuisine and unique
regions of cooking. So it
was inevitable that the
recent week-long Indian
Spice Food Festival in
Auckland turned out to
be a spectacular hit.
Organised jointly by
the Spices Board of
India, Indian High Com-
mission and Stamford
Plaza Hotel, the festival
was designed to generate
curiosity, interest and
taste for spices and spice
Celebrity chef Jose
showcased and inter-
acted with the audience
while plying his trade.
Jose explodes the
myth that spicy food' is
hot food. Spices add
colour and flavour to
food, making it more pal-
atable,'' he says. It is
mostly chilli powder that
makes food hot.''
Indeed, the role of
spices is to enhance the
natural flavours of food
not overpower them. A
good chef will not create
food that has smoke
coming out of your ears.
Spices also have sev-
eral medicinal proper-
ties, which may explain
the low incidence of can-
cer among Indians.
So next time you are
served an Indian dish,
take your hands off the
table just long enough to
applaud the role of spices
in your food.
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