Home' Auckland City Harbour News : September 9th 2011 Contents 6 AUCKLAND CITY HARBOUR NEWS, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011
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Issue 15 September 2011
EXPERIENCE NZ GREATNESS UP CLOSE
SAT. 17 SEPTEMBER 10.30 - 2.30
ACG SENIOR COLLEGE OPEN
New Zealand's greatest achievers share the common
trait of having a focus and determination to succeed.
Something we see every day in our students.
Catering only for Years 11 to 13, everything at ACG
Senior College is designed to stretch the students
beyond the limits of any ordinary education - to foster
self-reliance and help them redefine their own unique
key to a life of success and achievement.
How do we know our unique style of teaching works?
In 2010 ACG Senior College was awarded top CIE school
in New Zealand with 13 students gaining top in New
Zealand awards, while 6 Achieved Top in the World.
To gain an insight into how we achieved such
outstanding results visit our Open Day. Not all students
who come to ACG Senior College are brilliant. But by
the time they leave they have scored their best.
For full information about our Open Day visit our
Green fingers: Conservation Volunteers say the activity is a good way to learn about the
environment and meet like-minded people.
Getting down to earth
Five days of conservation will kick off
a new initiative to get Auckland green
and keep it that way.
Mt Eden charity Conservation
Volunteers is calling for people who
are passionate about parks to get
involved with restoration projects
between September 12 and 16.
The week of work aims to improve
parks and natural areas in central
It is a prelude to the organisation's
new public programme Connecting
People with Parks, which will operate
on weekends and in school holidays.
The initiative is a way to support
local conservation projects for people
who want to be involved in the com-
munity and contribute to their local
Programmes officer Clair Hobi says
it is also a unique way to gain an
insight into the heritage of Auckland.
There is so much to learn about
your local environment, ranging from
the history of the area through to eco-
logical systems and management
strategies,'' Mrs Hobi says.
Projects next week include restoring
Meola Creek which meets the harbour
at Pt Chevalier, where a rare species of
moss and a native fuchsia tree sapling
Volunteers can also work on the
wildlife corridor of Oakley Creek,
which runs from Manukau Harbour to
Waitemata, through Mt Albert.
Contact Conservation Volun-
teers on 0800-56-76-86 or email
co.nz for information on how to
Double bill: Tamsyn Matchett will be a part of the chorus for the NZ Opera spectacular Cav and Pag held at the Aotea Centre next week.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
By KELSEY FLETCHER
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see an opening night
of Cav and Pag.
An opera set to inspire will
take to the stage at Aotea
Centre next week for five
shows of emotive and
Cavalleria Rusticana and
Pagliacci, or Cav and Pag as
they are more commonly
known, are opera's most
Grey Lynn resident Tam-
syn Matchett has been named
to sing in the chorus support-
ing the international stars of
the show with her mezzo-
The music speaks for
itself. It's really beautiful and
all-consuming -- together it's
all the senses,'' she says.
The two short operas were
written more than 100 years
ago and are told through real-
life storylines with inter-
Cavalleria Rusticana fol-
lows ordinary people whose
lives are touched by love, jeal-
ousy and revenge, while Pag-
liacci displays desire, faith-
lessness and retribution.
Ms Matchett says both
stories are about love and the
things people do.
It's about betrayal and it's
raunchy. People think opera
is old people and singing on
stage but it ends in tragedy --
what's not to like?'' she says.
Ms Matchett has been
practising her role since July
and says the show is not one
to be missed.
It's an opportunity to see
two operas for one,'' she says.
And an orchestra and large
group of well-made opera
Ms Matchett began her
musical career early, being
brought up by her musically-
My grandfather was in the
Perkel Opera which was the
precursor to NZ Opera and
my grandmother taught
piano so I always had music
around me,'' she says.
She studied a conjoint
bachelor's degree in politics
and performance voice before
joining the Chapman Trip
Chorus in 2010.
My first opera was Car-
men at Otago, then I moved
back to Auckland and did
Macbeth and now this one,''
she says. But opera wasn't
her first choice. She orig-
inally considered musicals
doing Carmen at uni I was
doing musicals because I
didn't think I saw opera as
being very accessible but at
uni I found it so expressive
and accessible,'' she says.
Now, looking forward to
the Auckland show, Ms
Matchett can't wait to get out
There is nothing quite like
being on stage and
performing for an audience.''
Performances are on
September 15, 17, 21, 23 and
25. Phone 379-4068 or see
www.the-edge.co.nz to book.
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