Home' The Wellingtonian : January 12th 2012 Contents 2 THE WELLINGTONIAN, JANUARY 12, 2012
This summer we're running on half our usual water storage
for Porirua, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Wellington, while we
upgrade our storage lakes. But if we all take measures to use a
little less water, it should see us through.
Save water around your home:
1 Only run full loads in the washing machine or
2 Turn the tap off while you brush your teeth
3 Save water with every flush by putting a 1-litre
plastic bottle (full of water and with the top on) in
your single-flush toilet cistern
Find more tips at gw.govt.nz/water
There's less water to
go around this summer
Use a bit less, make a big difference
Get out and
By JIM CHIPP
More than 230 people turned out
to walk Tane's track at Tunnel
Gully last Thursday, many with
babies and toddlers in buggies.
The event was the first of Wel-
lington Regional Council's buggy
walks, which are part of the Great
Outdoors events throughout
Organiser Amanda Cox said the
2.5km walk took about 45 minutes
Generally people are pretty
rosy-faced by the end.''
Other buggy walks coming up
are the Gums Loop walk from
Wainuiomata Recreation Area, off
Moores Valley Road, on January
19 and the Hutt River Trail from
Avalon Park on January 26. They
start at 10.30am.
Another activity is the Summer
Samplers, a series of short, easy
walks for people who want to
spend a couple of hours in a park
with a ranger and find out more
about a park they might visit
On January 14 the focus will be
Queen Elizabeth Park, MacKays
Crossing, at 10am, ending with a
Paws in the Park on January 15
is a dogs and owners event at
Tunnel Gully Recreation Area in
Te Marua, beginning at 11am.
A ranger will guide a tour of the
historic Battle Hill Reserve, with
a look at the planned Trans-
mission Gully route, on January
21, starting at 10am from the
campground off Paekakariki Hill
Rd.On January 22 the two walks
from Wainuiomata Recreation
Area are either the easy Gums
Loop route or the more challeng-
ing Tana Umaga Track, both
starting at 9am.
On January 26 a ranger will
guide an evening walk up
Korokoro Valley to Baked Beans
Bend track and beyond.
Those interested meet at the
Cornish Street entrance to Bel-
mont Regional Park at 6.30pm.
The final Summer Sampler on
January 28 takes in Lord of the
Rings locations and water-supply
Meet at the Waterworks Road
entrance to Kaitoke Regional
Park at 10am.
Other Great Outdoors events
include an 11km Wainuiomata
walking tour, a 4WD Sunset Tour,
an introduction to horse riding at
Queen Elizabeth Park, a gravel
grab from Otaki River, a Meet-at-
the-Top walk in Belmont Regional
Park, beginning either from
Takapu Rd or Stratton St, an
After-the-Fire walk in Whitireia
Park, pedalling in Queen Eliza-
beth Park and and eat, drink and
an be crafty walk at Battle Hill
Farm Forest Park.
For all events, bring a backpack
with a waterproof jacket, warm
clothes, tramping boots or strong
lace-up shoes, water and picnic
lunch or snacks. Always take a
sun hat and
Pitch perfect: Shona Murray's service and commitment to music in Tawa is immense.
Teacher takes a bow
By KRIS DANDO
Tawa College bid a nostalgic fare-
well at the end of 2011 to Shona
Murray, its head of music from
1984 to 2005.
Mrs Murray spent her last few
years as an assistant music
teacher at the school, primarily
involved with the Dawn Chorus
and school productions.
She said it would feel strange
come the start of the first term
It will hit me in February,
when I don't have to go up to
teach a class or go to choir,'' she
said. It's going to suddenly seem
The transition from teaching
five-year-olds at Tawa Primary to
music, English and home
economics at Tawa College in
1977 was a shock to the system,
but one she embraced.
Under her stewardship, the
choir flourished and music at the
school earned a formidable repu-
tation nationally and overseas.
Mrs Murray said she had a host
of people to thank, from mentors
to successive principals -- includ-
ing her husband, Bruce, from
1989 to 2002 -- and countless staff
The shows, festivals and awards
won had made her immensely
proud, she said.
We created an atmosphere
where everyone belonged and
there was a strong philosophy
around role modelling.
There are so many success
stories -- we had a former knife-
wielding thug as a student and he
came back 15 years later to say,
Thank you for changing my life'.
Those are the things you work
Mrs Murray said being involved
in national examinations and
competitions, and steering the
New Zealand Secondary Schools
Choir for 10 years, were valuable
for her development in music.
I was based in Tawa, but it
always felt I had a wider scope,
and that was especially because of
the community involvement.
I saw myself as [being] like a
Her family are sporty and musi-
cal. Her husband, Bruce, is per-
haps best known for having rep-
resented New Zealand at cricket.
Mrs Murray said her husband
had a strong singing voice and
was happy to don stars on his
head or hound-dog face masks in
front of 700 children and adults.
Since the advent of the hugely
popular Big Sing event, choruses
had increased in size from 15 --
the number she attracted when
starting the Dawn Chorus in 1982
-- to hundreds, Mrs Murray said.
She said she was happy to be
leaving the college in good heart
and considered it an honour to be
replaced by a former student,
She has no plans to take a per-
manent step back: You can sing
when you're 80.''
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