Home' Auckland City Harbour News : April 12th 2013 Contents www.aucklandcityharbournews.co.nz
8 AUCKLAND CITY HARBOUR NEWS, APRIL 12, 2013
Show a Samoan side to Anzac Day
Salute: Samson Chan-Boon, left,
and Leki Jackson Bourke get into
character for Goodbye My Feleni.
Photo: ADRIAN EVANS
Leki Jackson Bourke
By ADRIAN EVANS
Anzac Day has taken on a whole
new meaning for two young actors.
South Auckland-raised Leki Jack-
son Bourke and Samson Chan-Boon
admit they knew very little about
the national day of remembrance.
But their roles in Goodbye My
Feleni, a play about Pasifika
soldiers who served with the 28th
(Maori) Battalion in World War II,
have changed that.
I was completely oblivious,'' says
Samson, who plays Semi Bishop, a
Cook Island man about to go for
Just being a part of this project
makes me realise that our fore-
fathers fought for this country so it
makes you want to pay homage and
that brings respect to the piece.''
Goodbye My Feleni is set in 1942
and takes place at Trentham Army
Camp in Wellington where the men
are being put through their paces.
In D Ngati Walkabout'' Company
the youthful confidence of three
young Pasifika soldiers is shaken by
the last-minute replacement of their
The thing I like about this play is
it gets really personal with the
characters so you get to know what
they're like,'' Jackson Bourke says.
The characters are only 18 to 20
years old, their lives have just
begun and it's their last day in New
Zealand before they go to war so it's
quite emotional and you get to see
the other side of being a soldier, not
just the big staunch guy.''
Samoan playwright David
Mamea says he wrote the play after
listening to a Maori Battalion CD.
I heard someone talking in
Samoan introducing two Samoan
songs. Something pulled right away
at my heart, that 70 years earlier
and halfway around the world, four
young Pasifika men sang of their
homelands and their fears, and
risked their lives for the world we
have today. I knew I had to write
something about that.''
And paying tribute to the for-
gotten faces is what it's all about,
Jackson Bourke says.
The involvement of Polynesian
men isn't talked about or celebrated
as widely but I think it's a big thing.
Anzac Day means more to me
now. It means a lot to heaps of peo-
ple but the fact that we have one
day to remember them is huge.''
Goodbye My Feleni is on from April
16 to 25 at the Basement Theatre in
central Auckland. Tickets $20 to $25
Auckland men are being
sought to take part in a
study into heart dis-
The Albany campus is
conducting a study to
determine if olive leaf
extract helps prevent
heart disease. Partici-
pants of any ethnicity
must be aged between
18 and 65. They must
not be taking any blood
pressure or cholesterol-
olive or contact Stacey
Lockyer at s.lockyer@
414 0800 ext 41183.
It's April Falls month
Physiotherapy New Zea-
land is welcoming a
national focus on falls
prevention by the Health
Quality and Safety Com-
The commission is
health boards and others
to highlight falls preven-
tion in a month-long pro-
motion called April
Falls. Falls are the lead-
ing cause of hospitalis-
ation, and one of the top
three leading causes of
death by injury in New
New Zealand president
Gill Stotter says physios
are an essential part of
fall prevention and
treatment after a fall.
Those over 65 have a
higher risk of falling,
decreased balance and
strength, poor eyesight
or even the medicines
they're taking. A physio
can work with them to
improve strength and
Go to physiotherapy.
Have your say about
stormwater and the
This is your chance to assist Auckland Council to identify priorities for stormwater
www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/haveyoursay or read the documentation located at one of our
30 April 2013.
Find out more: phone 09 301 0101
or visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
Links Archive April 10th 2013 April 17th 2013 Navigation Previous Page Next Page