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EAST & BAYS COURIER, APRIL 27, 2012
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Playland & Cafe
Did you read our story
about Dr Libby
Weaver on April 18?
Here's an opportun-
ity to hear her speak
while raising money
for a good cause.
The New Zealand
Breast Cancer Foun-
dation is hosting a
breakfast to kickstart
its Pink Ribbon
The fundraiser will
be at Auckland
event centre on May 6.
cludes Dr Libby, cele-
brity chef Al Brown
and the star of Jersey
Boys Vince Harder as
well as Kerre Wood-
ham as MC.
Kiwis are invited to
hold their own fund-
The foundation pro-
vides funding to
organisations such as
Sweet Louise, YWCA
Encore, Pink Pilates
and Dragon Boats.
Talented actor finds his niche
By CATHERINE HEALY
Fresh talent: Josh McKenzie is making his Auckland Theatre Company debut in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
SOME people are good at sport,
some can act, sing or play a musical
Every now and then you meet one
of those people who can do the lot.
In his 21 years Josh McKenzie
has mastered rugby, Aussie rules,
mixed martial arts, the guitar,
piano, harmonica and the ukulele.
The former Auckland Grammar
student can also sing and act. Little
wonder it's taken him a while to
figure out what he wants to do with
Last year he spent a few months
living in Los Angeles, going to aud-
itions and trying to get a feel for
whether the acting bug is a perma-
He spent a year at Toi Whakaari,
the national drama school in Wel-
lington, before deciding it wasn't
quite right for him. I learnt more in
that three months in LA than I did
in a year at Toi.''
He's decided that making films is
his calling. He landed a starring
role in the 2010 New Zealand film
The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza
Snell and has now started a pro-
duction company with two others.
The ultimate goal is to churn out
festival-length films and do the fes-
tival circuit. We're working on
writing some things at the
moment,'' he says.
It was after landing a film role
that his agent pointed out he might
want to preserve his looks and stop
playing such violent sports.
He's accepted a different chal-
lenge for now -- performing Shake-
speare with the Auckland Theatre
Company. He plays Lysander, one
of the four star-crossed lovers in
A Midsummer Night's Dream.
I like Lysander. There's a lot you
can do with him, a lot that hasn't
been done. I find the idea of playing
a traditional lover quite boring but
you have the fact that he is drugged
and winds up falling in love with
the wrong girl.''
It's a contemporary production
full of well-known faces including
Raymond Hawthorne, Stuart
Devenie, Alison Bruce, Rima Te
Wiata and Brooke Williams.
It's pretty awesome to have the
opportunity to try theatre at such a
high level,'' Josh says.
A Midsummer Night's Dream runs
May 5 to 26 at the Maidment
Theatre. Phone 308 2383 or go to
atc.co.nz to book.
Appeals delay decision on Orakei Pt plans
By AMY McGILLIVRAY
The controversial Orakei Pt plan
change is still not settled.
A number of appeals were lodged
with the Environment Court last
year after Auckland Council voted
to approve the rezoning.
The change would rezone the pen-
insula to a mixture of site-specific,
mixed-use and open space. A devel-
opment with 700 apartments plus
retail and office space with a gross
floor area of about 84,000 square
metres is proposed.
Ports of Auckland, Kings Plant
Barn, KiwiRail and the developers,
submitting as the Orakei Point
Trust, all appealed parts of the rul-
ing in May last year.
Ports of Auckland communi-
cations adviser Anne-Marie
Petersen says the council's original
decision recognised the strategic
importance of the railway line run-
ning through Orakei Pt and the
need to protect its operation.
The developers appealed in an
attempt to reduce the protection
given to the railway line and the
appeals by KiwiRail and Ports of
Auckland were lodged in response.
Repeated requests for extensions
mean the issue is still not resolved.
Most recently the Environment
Court set an April 18 deadline for
documentation to be submitted by
all parties but Auckland Council
has requested an extension.
Ms Petersen says a settlement
between the parties has been
drafted and the company is not
opposed to the extension as progress
is being made.
A council spokesperson says a
case management report was sub-
mitted to the Environment Court on
April 5 and permission to submit a
further report in six weeks' time
The reason for the further report
date is that more time is needed to
discuss matters with Orakei Pt
Trust and their new lawyers.''
The proposed development will be
built over the North Island Main
Trunk Line. Diesel-powered freight
trains ship goods to and from the
port using the line and the fre-
quency of the trains is likely to
increase over the coming years.
Ms Petersen says Ports of Auck-
land is seeking policies to minimise
the effects of noise, vibration and
fumes on the people living and
working above the tracks.
Remuera resident Coralie Van
Camp made her concerns known
during the appeals process and is
frustrated by the time it is taking.
Her major concern is the stability
of the land at 246 Orakei Rd.
Underground car parking is
planned for the site and Ms Van
Camp is pushing for a geotechnical
report to determine if the hill will
withstand the necessary excavation.
She says she has heard nothing
since a site meeting in September
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