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Civic artscape renewal
Design professionals from around
the country have been invited to
come up with innovative ideas for
the redevelopment of Hastings
Hastings District Council has so
far spent $50,000 on investigations
and planning into the redevelop-
ment project for Civic Square to
become an arts, culture and
heritage hub of the future Hast-
ings city .
Eleven themes have been ident-
ified by council, include enhancing
the square s open space to make it
safe and attractive to the com-
munity, and strengthening the
existing services and experiences
offered by the Hastings Library
and Hastings City Art Gallery.
Similar open idea generation
competitions have been used by
other organisations to come up
with original design ideas for a
number of projects.
Concepts for the development of
the Napier waterfront area were
sourced through a student compe-
tition, while some national projects
have also used the initiative.
Deputy mayor Cynthia Bowers
said placing the themes and over-
all concept for Civic Square in
front of the country s design pro-
fessionals was an exciting way to
raise the profile of the project,
which could generate some
unique and pioneering ideas that
may not otherwise have been put
The designs will be assessed by
a panel of Hastings councillors,
design professionals and a mana
The competition runs to the end
The panel will recommend their
top three designs to council.
Those designs are likely to be
included for consideration as part
of council s public consultation on
the 2012-22 long-term plan, begin-
ning in March.
Design professionals can
download a copy of the competition
brief from the
Nature and art combined
Kereru locals are inviting the
public to share in their rural
paradise with Music in the Gar-
den -- a day out spent strolling
through a diverse selection of
country gardens west of
The garden walk showcases
eight stunning properties in the
Kereru district, each with its
own unique character. Gardens
range from traditional, well-
established grounds with historic
homesteads over 100 years old,
to modern and developing ones
with contemporary, eco-friendly
homes. The garden walk also
includes an impressive stand of
redwoods, douglas firs,
macrocarpas, and native trees.
The theme is Music in the
Garden , with live and recorded
music playing as visitors wander
through each property.
Most houses will feature a
room displaying a festive table
setting. Stalls will be set up
throughout the gardens and at
the local hall, selling a variety of
items including jewellery,
boutique clothing, home-baked
treats and refreshments, glass-
ware, plants, quality crafts, plus
original art and sculptures.
Music in the Garden:
Saturday, November 26 from
10am to 4pm (rain, hail or shine).
Tickets are $25 each and avail-
able from: Palmers (Napier),
Farmlands (Hastings and
Napier), The Garden Depot
(Hastings and Tamatea), PGG
Wrightsons (Hastings), Green
Door (Havelock North), Oderings
(Havelock North), The Chook n
Filly (Maraekakaho), Curtis
Fabrics (Waipukurau). Children
aged 12 and under are free.
For more information, contact
Briar Corson on 06 876 9557 or
Benji's personal story
Here's your chance to own an authorised biography of Kiwis rugby league
captain Benji Marshall.
Benji My Story is written by 26-year-old Sydney Morning Herald journalist
It outlines Marshall's meteoric rise through rugby league ranks to a
professional career kicked off by his NRL debut with the West Tigers in
Mail Newspapers have three copies of the book to give away.
To enter, write your name, address and daytime phone number on the
back of an envelope and send to ''Benji', PO Box 222, Napier, or drop into
our office at 102 Russell St, Hastings, or 74 Tennyson St, Napier.
Alternatively, email your details to email@example.com with Benji in
the subject line. Entries close at noon, Wednesday December 7. The
winners will be notified, one entry per person.
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Rugby league star Benji Marshall
says he s never been so scared in
his life as the day he appeared in
court on an assault charge.
In his biography, Benji: My Story
-- The Authorised Biography,
Marshall reflects on his arrest for
assault and the subsequent court
case, which was thrown out in
The incident happened in the
early hours of the morning after
the launch of the Benji Marshall
Foundation, a charity for children
with cancer which Marshall had set
up to honour a wish from his dying
Marshall wasn t drinking as he
had to speak and, at the end of a
long night, found himself with
some hungry friends at a
McDonald s in downtown Sydney at
3am. After leaving he heard some-
one make a racist remark and
I turned around and said: What
did you say?
He said the same thing: .... off
you black ....
I pushed him away to get him
out of my face. I didn t punch him.
The next morning the Kiwis cap-
tain was advised by West Tigers
management to hand himself in at
the police station.
I had been staying with
[girlfriend] Zoe, so I had to head up
the road to the Zanerobe clothing
warehouse at Mosman, where I
picked up a suit and shirt. I bought
shoes at a shop nearby.
At the police station he was
placed under arrest for assault.
I simply could not understand
why I had been arrested. I did not
believe I had done anything wrong.
It was around the time of Mardi
Gras in Sydney, so I had to wait for
people who were on drugs charges.
I was thinking to myself as I
waited: I haven t sold drugs, I
haven t punched anyone. What am
I doing here? .
The court appearance five
months later was exhausting and
frightening, Marshall wrote.
I was drained after the first day.
And listening to these blokes who
were accusing me, I found it diffi-
cult to bite my tongue. I knew I was
innocent, but with all the evidence
that the other blokes were giving,
denying that the bloke had made a
racist taunt against me . . . I was
I took the stand on the second
day. As I waited, my hands were
shaking. And my hands never
shake. They are usually so steady,
but I was looking down at them
and I could not stop them. I had to
put one hand on the other and
press them both on the table in
front of me.
He settled down after making an
inadvertently humorous comment
when the prosecutor, trying to
make out that league was violent
sport, asked what Marshall did on
What s your job? he asked me. I
was thinking to myself: Is this
bloke serious? Where are we going
with this? I said: Make the outside
backs look good . There were a few
giggles; it helped me relax a bit.
The case was dismissed and
Marshall said that chapter of his
life made him realise how difficult
it was to be a sporting celebrity.
The fact that I was out late at
night in the city suddenly became
an issue. If I cannot go to
McDonald s in the city, down the
road from the hotel I was staying
at, to get something to eat after a
function like that, there is a real
Is it a rule for footballers that
they should never be out after
three o clock in the morning?
Why? Oh, that s right. Because
we re not normal people. How are
we meant to be normal when there
is a different set of rules for us?
It made me not want to go out,
that s for sure.
Not going out is the only way to
ensure, for certain, that there is no
trouble. What else can I do?
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