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By KARINA ABADIA
Under pressure from their
communities, shopowners are
removing synthetic cannabis
from their shelves before a bill
to regulate their sale comes
into effect in July.
Police visiting Auckland
dairies to encourage owners to
withdraw stock have met a
positive response, senior
sergeant Graeme Porter of Mt
Wellington police says.
It comes down to a strong
message from the community
and friendly police advice, he
The community doesn't
want it. Some members of the
public have chosen to boycott
stores selling these products
and the backlash isn't worth it
economically for owners.''
A temporary ban prohibit-
ing two substances found in
the K2 brand took effect on
May 9. Associate health min-
ister Peter Dunne hopes to
push the psychoactive sub-
stances bill through Parlia-
ment and have the legislation
in place in July.
What we are looking to do
is make the legal highs indus-
try prove their products are
safe and make sure they bear
the cost of the testing process,
not the taxpayer,'' he says.
Mr Porter hopes this will
reduce the harmful side
effects of the synthetic drugs.
We have been seeing an
increase in mental health
issues and young people who
become addicted and resort to
crime to feed the habit.''
Choir delivers a rich journey
By CATHERINE HEALY
On song: Ronnie Karadjov is a music teacher and director of the Auckland Youth
Photo: CATHERINE HEALY
Go to eastandbayscourier.co.nz
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a video of the choir in action.
The Auckland Youth Choir has
been Ronnie Karadjov's joy, love
and family'' for four years now.
She teaches music at Marist Col-
lege in Mt Albert but spends every
spare minute working on the choir.
The 30-member group of young
singers aged 17 to 26 share a
strong bond. Many have been with
the group for five years or more.
It's like a social club where every-
one is united by their love of
music,'' Mrs Karadjov says.
The group is preparing for a con-
cert on June 8 at St Matthew-in-
the-City. It aims to take the audi-
ence on an intrepid musical journey
-- the choristers have learnt songs
from around the world and will
sing in 10 different languages.
I am amazed at the cultural
diversity of Auckland,'' the Remu-
era woman says. There are all
these different people, all preserv-
ing their culture. It doesn't matter
that you are uprooted, you can still
continue your cultural traditions.
I would like to reflect that -- that
we can all live together with all our
differences. Each culture has
beauty, stories and legends worth
Mrs Karadjov is Bulgarian and
lived in Swaziland for 12 years
before coming to New Zealand in
Part of her training at Bulgaria's
National Academy of Music was in
choir conducting and it is still her
first love. She also adores folk
While living in Africa she would
seek out the traditional music. A
friend once gave her a pile of old
records that were destined for
They had no covers, were dirty,
scratched and warped, but Mrs
Karadjov managed to salvage some
I started writing out the
melodies, but I couldn't write out
Eventually she discovered that
the recordings were in an old Swa-
hili dialect and got the help she
needed to translate them.
Three songs from those old
records will be performed at the
concert on June 8.
Mrs Karadjov carefully con-
structs each concert programme so
that the songs tell a story.
Between each bracket there is
an introduction. People come away
saying it was more than a concert --
it's like a theatre production.''
Mrs Karadjov says the Auckland
Youth Choir is always looking for
members, particularly young men
who can read music.
She says the choir is good clean
fun and an excellent alternative to
sitting in front of television or the
computer. She says nothing can
beat the natural high the young
singers get from planning, rehears-
ing and giving a good performance.
It's fun, it's beautiful. They're
engaged and it feeds into their
intelligence,'' she says.
The choir rehearses on Monday
evenings at Diocesan school in
The concert is on June 8, 5.30pm
at St Matthew-in-the-City. Tickets
from eventfinder.co.nz or $25 adults
at the door. Search for Auckland
Youth Choir on Facebook for more
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