Nor West News : January 26th 2012
Singer/songwriter walks the talk Musical gathering: Muriwai singer/songwriter Nat Rose looks forward to performing in her community's first Waitangi Day Festival. Photo: ION QUIGLEY NAT ROSE'S BACKGROUND Raised in Invercargill of Ngati Tuwharetoa/Tainui/Ngati Uepohatu descent, she comes from a musical family She first performed seriously in Japan at 18 before she went on tour with the Upper Hut Posse Completed a diploma of music at MAINZ Music College in Auckland in 2000 Formed the popular band Lennox Ave, alongside Leon Davies of Katchafire and Tyna Keelan of Recloose, Dubious Bros. Fresh off the stage from the Rhythm & Vines concert, Nat Rose will weave her own home brand of soul-Aotearoa magic at the first Muriwai Waitangi Day Festival on February 6. The singer/songwriter is helping organise the event at Houghton s Bush Camp which features Majic Paora, Anika Moa, Ardijah, Maisey Rika and others. My musical inspiration is from Aotearoa and te ao Maori [Maori world], Nat says. A good love song to me has its own wairua [soul], but apart from that, my being Maori means I carry subtle represen- tations of my heritage into the mix. It might be the lyrics, taonga puoro [singing treasure] or te reo Maori or even just me. In a tribute to the festival theme -- Every Day is Waitangi Day -- she will perform Mana Wahine, a Maori language track from her days with Sugarlicks. Offstage she has also made her mark since living in Muriwai for the past five years. She has organised three Matariki events involving concerts and weav- ing workshops along with helping out at the annual Muriwai Music Festival. Nat is also the Maori convener and facilitator of Te Akoranga Playcentre Association, providing support to 11 playcentres in west Auckland which seek to promote and enhance te reo Maori and tikanga. The treaty has been acknowledged by the NZ Playcentre Federation so now the Maori caucus works side by side with the governing body. That s a huge change. At a flax-roots level, Nat says all parents attend a three-day treaty workshop. It generally helps to blow away the ignorance that gives rise to statements like: Why isn t there a special Chinese or Indian day ? People get it after going through one of these wananga, she says. For me, the upshot is playcentre is now a more comfortable place to be Maori. Parents are taught that it s not done to sit on tables, that manaakitanga [hospitality] is important. Waimauku Playcentre has totally embraced it -- newcomers are welcomed, given a cup of tea -- there s karakia and reo being used. It s awesome. She is now in her third year for a diploma in early childhood training and credits playcentre with helping her understand her child s learning. She sees her current role as a way to help both Maori and Pakeha chil- dren. Further goals include releas- ing a CD by and for kids to support their Maori language learning. I see my roles as a musician and a facilitator as different but com- plementary. Playcentre is about my son and his development. Music is about me -- it s personal but it s uni- versal at the same time. Waimauku Playcentre hosts a special tamariki centre at the festi- val for under-fives featuring games, face painting and stories -- with a strong bicultural focus. Come along for an audience with the King A massive tribute to one of music s most enigmatic artists is set to rock the Auckland Botanic Gar- dens in Manurewa on February 26. Elvis in the Gardens will have fam- ily, friends and fans singing and swooning in their jandals to a full cast of Elvis Presley tribute artists. In two years the event has out- grown previous venues at Puke- kohe and Bombay. Proof that people still love the King s music. The free event will include New Zealand s top professional Elvis performers Che Orton, Andy Stan- kovich, Steve Fitter, Kerryn Winn, Brendon Chase and Melissa Per- kins as well as Australia s Paul Fenech. It promises to be a fun day for everybody with classic cars, compe- titions, music and plenty of enter- tainment for the kids. There ll be a bucket collection on the day with money raised going to Surf Life Saving New Zealand. The recipients of the two previous events were Franklin Hospice and the SPCA. Go to www.elvisinthe gardens.co.nz for more infor- mation. Sculpture stand-outs Visitors to a new exhibition in Kaipara are invited to record their experiences for a book. Those viewing the exhibition at the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gar- dens can draw a picture, write some prose or take a photograph to record their experience of the sculpture gardens. Selected entries will be featured in a book about the exhibition. Those who are published will receive a free annual pass to the sculpture gardens. Hand your entries to staff at the gardens or email them to sculp firstname.lastname@example.org. Sailing away Check out a model boat show this Anniversary weekend on Sunday and Monday hosted by the Scale Marine Modellers Inc. The display from 10am to 4pm ranges from tugs, barges and yachts to sailing ships, submarines, steam- boats and novelty craft. The public can have a go with the club s U-Drive model boats on the pond. The railway club will also run trains on Sunday. The event is in the club rooms of ASME in the Petersons Reserve, Peterson Rd, Mt Wellington, by the Panmure Basin. Admission by gold coin.
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