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Glen Innes illuminated through art

Bradley Lane Illuminated 2019 is just around the corner and Aucklanders are invited to come and enjoy this unique andBrendan Kitto Bradley Lane Illuminated 2019 is just around the corner and Aucklanders are invited to come and enjoy this unique and free community celebration of arts and culture thriving in Tamaki.

Bradley Lane Illuminated event is now in its fourth year and is fast becoming a highlight on the Auckland arts calendar.For one incredible night, the Glen Innes town centre gets illuminated with activities, live painting, music and dance performances, all against the backdrop of colourful street art murals.More than 30 outdoor murals adorn the Glen Innes Town Centre, painted by some New Zealand’s best street artists.”Bradley Lane Illuminated is a raw and dynamic arts and culture event,” says Gary Silipa, local artist and curator of the Bradely Lane Illuminated programme.”It was created within the community to showcase our artists and for our community and wider audience to come and enjoy this unique experience.”This year, Bradley Lane Illuminated includes a show along the main promenade followed by a programme showcasing a strong line-up of cultural and urban artists.

Highlights include breakdancing from Te Oro Breaking Crew Friends, beatboxing master King Homeboy, DMC Scratch Champion DJ Wil.K The Baddist, kapa haka group Te Āmiorangi from Ruapotaka Marae, dance meets comedy with Jandel J the Funky Friends and more.On the night, Te Oro will be exhibiting a visual art exhibition not to be missed and visitors will be invited to take a free guided tour of the street art to learn more about the artists and stories behind the murals.“Maungakiekie Tāmaki Local Board really cherishes our relationship with The Good The Bad Charitable Trust and the work that they do helping to improve and beautify our communities,” explains Chris Makoare Chair of Maungkiekie Tāmaki Local Board.

“It’s great to be able to help enable local artist opportunities and events such as the Bradley Lane Illuminate is an awesome showcase of what is being achieved.”Bradley Lane Illuminated event will run from 5.30pm until 9pm on Saturday 13 April at Te Oro Community Centre, Bradley Lane and the Glen Innes town centre.Book yourself into a street tour at bradleylane.nzBradley Lane Illuminated is presented by The Good The Bad Charitable Trust and proudly supported by Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board, Tāmaki Regeneration Company, Creative New Zealand, Te Oro and Glen Innes Business Association.Find out moreSee more about this event on the OurAuckland event listing.

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New Zealand strengthens border security with new travel requirements

New Zealand has announced new travel requirements to better screen those visiting the country. NZ’s immigration bureau will implement a new tourism entry approval process that involves an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) form as well as a new tax named the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).
According to the New Zealand Immigration website, ETA aims to “improve the way travellers are assessed before they arrive in New Zealand.” The new regulation also aims to hasten border clearance and strengthen border security.
Meanwhile, the IVL is “a way for travellers to contribute directly to the tourism infrastructure they use and to help protect and enhance the natural environment they will enjoy during their stay in New Zealand,” according to the website.The following types of visitors must now request an ETA before traveling to New Zealand:Those visiting or in transit from a visa waiver country — that is, a country whose passport holders do not need to get a visa before they arrive in New Zealand If you’re traveling on a passport from a visa waiver country or a transit visa waiver country and you will be in transit through Auckland International Airport Cruise ship passengers, regardless of your nationality Permanent residents of Australia.However, there are people that no longer need to apply for this type of visa, which are:

Travellers who already hold a valid New Zealand visa,Those who are New Zealand citizens traveling on a New Zealand passport, or a foreign passport with an endorsement — for example, to say you are a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand Australian citizens traveling on an Australian passport.This new requirements take effect on October 1. The government recommends requesting an ETA well in advance of a trip to New Zealand, as it can take up to 72 hours to approve applications.

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Darren’s fast-food revolution

At the age most people start thinking about saving for retirement, Darren Love-ll changed countries and careers.He talked to Tracey Roxburgh ahead of opening his restaurant, which is full of love,New Kiwi couple off to compete for NZ New Kiwi couple off to compete for NZ Awarded Kiwi citizenship only last week, a Queens town couple are heading overseas to play ice hockey for their new country.Peak to Peak changes hands Peak to Peak changes hands After 25 years, iconic Queens town multi sport race Peak to Peak has had a baton handover.

Reports one trapped after head-on crash near Gibbston Reports one trapped after head-on crash near Gibbston Police are racing to a head-on crash between two vehicles near Gibbston. Airport company cleared to acquire disputed land Airport company cleared to acquire disputed land Queens-town Airport Corporation has been cleared to acquire a contentious piece of land, known as Lot 6, which has tied up court time for more than eight years.Lobby group near end Lobby group near endA group set up to lobby on behalf of Queenstown’s town centre will likely be wound up within months.Overnight road closure at Victoria Bridge Overnight road closure at Victoria Bridge Strengthening work is about to begin at the Victoria Bridge, on the Queens town side of the Kawarau Gorge, which will require an overnight road closure.

Scale of land sale upsets opponents Scale of land sale upsets opponentsA Queenstown resident representing a group opposed to the development of a slice of woodland above the town says he does not think people realise the scale of what is proposed.Survey of workers elsewhereSurvey of workers elsewhereWhile a visitor levy is seen as a panacea to Queenstown’s many problems, there are moves afoot to create an economy that does not rely solely on the tourist dollar.Sharing grief but feeling support-sharing grief but feeling support.The tragedy of Christchurch’s terror attack has hit him harder than most, but Ashiv Khan still considers New Zealand his home.Airport activates emergency services Airport activates emergency services.Queenstown Airport emergency services were activated yesterday morning after the pilot of a light aircraft raised concerns on approach.

Footage sought of crash down bankFootage sought of crash down bankQueenstown police are appealing for CCTV footage as they investigate a serious crash in which a woman was trapped for several hours down a bank.Car crashes into tourism premisesCar crashes into tourism premisesQueenstown police have charged a man with dangerous driving, after he allegedly crashed a car into a town centre tourism premises.Thousands gather for vigils Thousands gather for vigils in Queenstown, Wanaka”As a country we are bewildered, we are in shock, and we are in disbelief.”Accused pair granted name suppression Accused pair granted name suppressionTwo Queenstown residents charged in relation to an assault in Cow Lane last week have been granted interim name suppression.

Allegedly assaulted by gang members Allegedly assaulted by gang members Gang members are alleged to have assaulted two men in separate incidents in Queens-town early on Sunday.Car smashes into segway tour operation Car smashes into segway tour operation Queenstown Police have charged a man with dangerous driving after he allegedly crashed into a town centre tourism premises.Builder put in voluntary liquidation Builder put in voluntary liquidation.A Queens town building company has been placed in voluntary liquidation, but the licenser says all homes being built will be reassigned to another contractor.Aussie stones window over restaurant service Aussie stones window over restaurant serviceAn Australian tourist unhappy with ”the service he received” at a Queens-town restaurant on Sunday night has been charged with willful damage.

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A change of culture in parliament needed – Ghahraman

Race Relations Day provides an opportunity to celebrate and experience many of New Zealand’s more than 200 ethnic communities. Green Party Human Rights spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman is pushing for change in the culture in parliament and MPs using it as a platform to launch racial attacks on immigrants.

Source –  Golriz Ghahraman arrived here a scared 9-year-old after fleeing the conflict of her home Iran in search of freedom and Friday, the 15th of March, was a stark reminder of those times and New Zealand’s darkest day.  However, some in Māoridom see it differently. Ghahraman is calling for a change in the culture of parliament and wants MPs to stop the hysteria and fanning the flames of division against immigrants. The theme for Race Relations Day 2019 is ‘Te Rā Whanaungatanga’ our people, our cultures, our languages. The spokesperson for the Greens on human rights Ghahraman says, “It did remind me as well that there were among the victims were people like me who actually fled persecution and in some cases really serious war.”I wanted us to all accept that it’s coming from across the whole house and for us to stop now and just don’t play that kinda Donald Trump politics of hate and division.

“My people feel it out on the street. Every time you blame migrants or refugees or Muslims for click-bait, our kids are going to school and consuming that hate.”Professor Tom Roa had this to say about past terror acts that have happened to Māori, “The Māori world remembers the theft and killings at Parihaka, and at Rangiaowhia, and onward to the land wars against colonial soldiers at Te Rata, and at Waerenga-a-Hika, and elsewhere around the country.”The events in Christchurch are distressing.

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