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THE WELLINGTONIAN, OCTOBER 6, 2011
For the full list of events, times and venues check out
WellingtonNZ2011.com, pick up an event guide or look
for the red information beacons around the CBD.
Wellington's Festival of Carnivale is proud to be part
of the nationwide REAL New Zealand Festival.
9 September--9 October
Thurs 6--Sun 9 October events
If you're heading into town during the quarter-finals
weekend make sure you get there early and have a
plan B in case your chosen venue is full.
Courtenay Live Site FANZONE
(Sat 8 and Sun 9 Oct only)
Two big screens will show the quarter-finals -- on the
Embassy Theatre and in Courtenay Park at the Taranaki Street
end. Music and dance acts will also entertain the crowds.
Sat 8 Oct: quarter-final 1 (6--7.30pm)
quarter-final 2 (8.30--10pm)
Sun 9 Oct: quarter-final 3 (6--7.30pm)
quarter-final 4 (8.30--10pm)
Rugby Village FANZONE
Quarter-finals will be shown live on the big screen and
entertainment will include: Jedi's Stage Show, Thomas
Oliver, Knives at Noon, Midnight Youth and The Nudge.
Civic Village (Town Hall and Civic Square)
The Town Hall is family-friendly and is also showing quarter-
finals matches live on the big screen. Entertainment will
include: South African Cultural Festival, Avi Diva, caricaturist
Gerard Gargouil and Sophie & the Unrealistic Expectations.
The Arena on Queens Wharf will be used as an overflow
screening venue or in the case of wet weather. This will
be unlicensed and family-friendly.
On the streets
Entertainment will include: Illuma lighting and projection
show, Wintergarden Ice Skating Rink and Wellington
Shapes of Light.
for this Month s Special Offer
Direct: 021 22 63 917
Phone: 475 9780
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Wellingtonians are being encour-
aged to get to know their
Wellington City Council has set
up the Community Preparedness
grants scheme, at a cost of
$100,000, so neighbourhoods can
run projects to get to know one
Projects must promote com-
munity resilience and contribute
to the neighbourhoods prepara-
tions for an emergency.
Activities could include com-
munity fairs, community gardens
or community arts and sports
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said it
was important to for Welling-
tonians to know their neighbours.
You ll never know when you
might need their assistance or
when they ll need yours, she said.
There are two grants rounds a
year, October and March.
Bright spark: Teagan Irwin, who has joined the Kilbirnie fire station.
Photo: EMMA BEER
By EMMA BEER
A passion for helping people
ignited Teagan Irwin s interest
in joining the fire service.
The 20-year-old is one of only
two female volunteer firefighters
at the Kilbirnie fire station, but
that hasn t dampened her
It s great fun, I love it. [I m
treated like] one of the team.
It s so exciting. There s no
best part. I love coming to train-
ings, love going to calls.
I love that we re there no
Since joining the service in
April, Ms Irwin has been to a
few callouts, including a burst
water pipe. She missed out on
the large house fire in the CBD
I didn t get to go to [Allenby
Tce]. That was one of my gutting
moments. I didn t have my gear
on and I didn t have my car.
Now I have all my gear on me
all the time, in the car, ready to
go, ready to be chucked on and
Ms Irwin said she became
interested in becoming a
firefighter through her partner s
brother and father, who are
They d go off to their calls
and I d say, I want to be there.
I want to be that girl that goes
off to the calls.
There s not a lot of girls doing
it, especially volunteers.
Ms Irwin has also just passed
the entrance exam for the police
My pop was a policeman and
he really inspired me to be a
I want to help the community
go out there and help the youth
that I can t help within the fire
People look up to fire brigade;
that s their heroes. I want to be
able to show that with the police
as well. I want to show them
that we re there to help them,
not judge them.
Ms Irwin said living in the
Hutt Valley there was a notice-
able difference in attitude when
people saw uniformed officers.
As soon as you walk down the
street, [a police officer] gets a
different look, whereas if you re
a fireman you kind of get a Hey
bro, how you doin ?
Although she recently bought
her first home in Stokes Valley,
Ms Irwin requested to stay at
the Kilbirnie fire station.
I love being part of this team.
We re like a big family.
Living so far away was not a
problem because she worked in
town, she said.
I can meet them at the call --
if it s a humongous one and if
they need me, I ll get into town.
I won t speed, of course.
It s not as exciting as getting
on the truck, but that s OK.
[Being on the truck] is the
coolest thing, with all the lights
Ms Irwin said she hoped to get
a call-up for the police force
early next year, and said there
was a chance she might have to
leave the Kilbirnie station.
I ll definitely keep volunteer-
ing. If they can keep me here
that d be good, but I want to be
based in Lower Hutt for the
But whatever, as long as I m
still doing it I ll be happy.
For information about
volunteering at a fire station, go
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