Rodney Times : November 11th 2010
8 RODNEY TIMES, NOVEMBER 11, 2010 NEWS A movie all about water Marine hero: Leigh scientist Bill Ballantine and the Leigh Marine Reserve feature in Water Whisperers -- Tangaroa. Wet set: Snells Beach under- water cameraman Steve Hathaway shot footage at the Poor Knights and Leigh. By DELWYN DICKEY The Leigh Marine Reserve and Bill Ballantine, the mar- ine scientist who pushed for legislation making it possible, are in a documentary movie screening at the Matakana Cinemas next week. With opening night on November 17, Water Whisperers -- Tangaroa by fil- mmaker Kathleen Gallagher looks set to pique the interest of freshwater and marine enthusiasts and nature lovers generally. The film follows water s journey through the New Zealand landscape from the warm ocean currents around the Poor Knights marine res- erve off the Northland coast to the Hurunui and Rakaia Rivers in Canterbury, formed by the melting snows in the Southern Alps. The journey takes in 10 communities along the way and their efforts to improve and protect water and its plant and ani- mal life, including the Leigh Marine Reserve. Perry Watts from local iwi Ngati Manuhiri also appears in the film with Snells Beach underwater cameraman Steve Hathaway shooting all the underwater marine foot- age at Leigh and the Poor Knights. Bill Ballantine and Perry Watts, along with marine scientist Roger Grace and others, will be on hand for questions on opening night. The film runs until Novem- ber 24 at the cinemas, along with a photography exhi- bition by local award-winning photographers including Dar- ryl Torkler and Roger Grace, of images taken around Whangateau Harbour. The pudding that creams all others Christmas treat: That's how Heather Nicholson and her friends regard the charity fundraising puddings she buys each year from Orewa Rotary Club. Retired schoolteacher Heather Nicholson of Maygrove Retirement Vil- lage always enjoys Christmas puddings from the Orewa Rotary Club. So do many of her neighbours. And that s good news for strangers around the world as well as throughout New Zealand. In the past few years the 800gm plum puddings, sold for $20 by New Zealand Rotary clubs, have raised more than $1.6 million for charities. It s good to know that this money is going to such good causes without a cent being deducted for admin- istration, Heather says. And, what s more, the friends who ve been sharing mine for three years now agree that they re absolutely deli- cious. The Orewa club sold well over 450 last Christmas and, as their popularity continues to grow, we confidently expect to raise a fair bit more this Christmas, sales co-ordinator Doug Parker says. More and more people, including companies, are now regarding them as ideal presents. The puddings are on sale now with proceeds going to Rotary projects. Call Doug Parker on (09) 427-0456.
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