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A Glen Innes school
is getting a major
later this year.
Ministry has agreed
to fund the building
of a new secondary
school for Te Kura
Kaupapa Maori O
Puau Te Moananui
The school, which
teaches most of its
classes in the Maori
a kindergarten, pri-
It is based at the
former Glen Innes
Paenga says the
school can no longer
house the 131
students in the new
buildings, so it is
having to make use
of the remaining
We will hope-
fully only have to
spend one cold win-
ter there, he says.
Mr Paenga is ex-
pecting to get the
all-clear from the
council in the next
couple of weeks and
then plans will be
He says the old
buildings should be
demolished by term
three so construc-
tion can begin.
There are 36
at the school this
year and the roll is
expected to grow as
the students con-
tinue to excel.
Mr Paenga began
to phase in NCEA
in 2007 and the
school had its first
level 3 students
entrance last year.
Leading light: Louise Tu'u is bringing her play Providence back to the stage for the New
Performance Festival this month.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
By CATHERINE HEALY
She s a scriptwriter, director, pro-
ducer, actor, trumpet player and
She lived in Milan for a year and
went to New York in 2007 when her
play Le Tauvaga became the first
Samoan/New Zealand work pres-
ented at the World Indigenous
Theatre Reading Series.
It s difficult to sum up Louise
Tu u s talents, but you could say
she s a cross-disciplinary artist who
happens to be focusing on theatre.
The 33-year-old is bringing back
her play Providence for the New Per-
formance Festival this month. it got
excellent reviews when it premiered
The play is about homelessness --
something the Grafton resident
acknowledges she has never experi-
enced and has no desire to.
To write the play she delved into
Auckland s homeless community,
staying overnight in a shelter and
checking out what life is like on the
It s an ethical thing. What right
do I have to write about
homelessness? How can I write about
something I m not part of? So I
talked to the homeless, I went to the
I learned a lot about my
prejudices and I learned that s the
way I like to work -- to write about
something I know nothing about, but
that I m interested in.
Before her theatre career, the for-
mer Auckland Girls Grammar
student was studying German and
Italian at Auckland University when
the chance came up to go to Milan for
a year as an exchange student.
That was how I got into it acting.
They were doing Midsummer Night s
Dream in Italian and they asked me
to be in it. They gave me the smallest
part and they changed the play to
accommodate me. I was a fairy who
could only speak English.
Since then she has made a living
in film and television, often as an
In 2002 she was part of the Duffy
Books in Homes travelling theatre,
where she met actor Regan Taylor.
I played an octopus and a mer-
maid. He was Duffy -- he was the
Ten years later, Mr Taylor stars in
Providence alongside actress Lara
Fischel of Pt Chevalier.
They re great actors and I have to
raise the game for them. They keep
giving back and I try to keep chal-
lenging them. I don t operate like a
Providence is at the Aotea Centre
on February 24 and 25. Tickets $25.
See www.npfestival.co.nz for details.
See www.weshouldpractice.com for
more information on Louise's work.
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