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17km Fun Run & Walk
SATURDAY 12 November 2011
The event starts at Wellington Kart Club track, Kaitoke (9km north of
Upper Hutt) and finishes at Cross Creek (near Lake Waira rapa). New
Zealand's unique scenic and historic route, over the old Upper Hutt to
Featherston Fell Railway line through the Rimutaka Ranges.
It's an ea sy gradient that can be negotiated by any reasonably fit
runner or walker. Descent not suitable for buggies, and no dogs
allowed as track goes through private fa rm land. Bus transport is
available to the sta rt and back after the event -- details on entry form.
Walkers start 8.00am • Runners start 10.00am
Entry fee up to 4 November: $30.00
Entry fee from 5 November: $35.00
Entry forms available from Upper Hutt Visitor Information Centre, H2O Xtream,
local gyms Online entry via http://trenthamunited.co.nz
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PO Box 40.357 Upper Hutt
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By REBECCA THOMSON
Recalling the 1981 tour On tour:
is excited about
Clark in The
Ralph McGubbin-Howell is
kindly jogging John Key's
memory about where he was
during the 1981 Springbok tour.
The Wellingtonian has written Bats
play The Engine Room, which looks at
where Key might have been during
that time. The play started this week.
In 2006 Key told a radio presenter he
did not remember whether he was for
or against the Springbok tour.
He repeated the comments during a
televised election debate in 2008.
McGubbin-Howell said it was baf-
fling that someone Key's age could not
remember where they were during one
of the most significant times in New
Zealand history, but it was great fodder
for a script.
I guess the question came up very
early on in his leadership of the
National Party and he was wary of
declaring himself on one side or the
I don't think he wanted to attract
scrutiny, so he dodged the question. It
was a stuff-up.''
McGubbin-Howell said the 1981
Springbox tour had always fascinated
him, especially after seeing his parents'
copy of the book Batons and Barbed
A year ago he started to write a play
about the tour, but he said the plot took
shape after he was reminded about
The Engine Room was part fact, but
largely fiction, he said.
I have done a lot of research, but
there isn't much on Key's early years.
I make no apology for the fact that
I've stretched the
truth. In fact, it's
been interesting to
see how far we can
Alex Greig plays
He said he spent
interviews in preparation for the role.
Key certainly doesn't have the
power of Helen Clark and he isn't as
intense as Bill English,'' Greig said.
It's a lot of fun playing him, playing
that quirky Prime Minister type.
I'm enjoying pushing it as far as I
Former Prime Minister Helen Clark
does not escape McGubbin-Howell's
pen either. The Engine Room poses
questions about her whereabouts dur-
ing the tour.
Harriette Cowan, who plays Clark,
said she was excited about the role.
But I do feel a big responsibility,
because she's one of those women a lot
of people have great respect for. I have
great respect for her.''
She said reading Absolute Power:
The Helen Clark Years, a biography of
Clark, was an eye-opener.
Before reading her book I just saw
her as this political figure on TV and
really didn't think about how she got to
be Prime Minister. But she worked
incredibly hard, she didn't just arrive
at that position out of the blue.''
McGubbin-Howell said the Spring-
bok tour was the perfect subject for
producing exciting theatre.
It's got political intrigue, sport, viol-
ence, whispers of police brutality, and
there are startling images of riot police
and flour bombs falling. It's perfect for
The Engine Room, Bats, until Octo-
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