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Slow down around schools. With children now heading back to school,
Auckland Transport is reminding drivers to slow down around schools.
On average, 107 Auckland children are hospitalised each year as a result
of incidents involving excessive speed near schools. Research has shown
that speeds of 40km/h or less significantly lower the severity of injury if
a child is struck by a vehicle.
A child hit at 45km/h has a 50 per cent chance of survival. This reduces
to a 10 per cent survival rate at 50km/h.
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Fresh face of comedy a major talent
Rose Matafeo was a fresh faced 15-year-old when
she stepped on stage to do her first comedy routine.
Six years on and she's a Billy T nominee for the
second time. The rising star shares her story with
reporter Danielle Street.
Funny side: Rose Matafeo was one of the youngest pro-comedians to join the circuit when she started performing stand-
up at age 15.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
Playing with her hands while talk-
ing about her life as a stand-up com-
edian Rose Matafeo is charmingly
Despite saying she has no idea
how to put together a routine'' the
21-year-old has earned a reputation
of tickling audiences' funny bones
with an adorable mix of pop culture
references and poking fun at her-
Miss Matafeo kicked off her
career while still attending high
school when she took part in a two-
week comedy bootcamp'' run by
Class Comedians, an organisation
where teenagers can learn the
tricks of the trade from professional
quipsters like Dai Henwood and Te
The course culminates in each
fledgling funny-person performing a
five-minute stand up routine in a
showcase that is tied in with the NZ
International Comedy Festival.
That was my introduction to the
whole business,'' Miss Matafeo
I was really meek throughout
the whole process and then at the
last show I managed to pull it out of
the bag and I got the Nailed It On
The Night award. It was a true
From there she quickly graduated
to getting booked for shows at
Queen St comedy club The Classic.
I was a 15-year-old doing open
mic nights. It was a big leap, but it
was pretty good.''
Fast-forward to today and she is
earning a crust as a television pres-
enter for TVNZ's U live programme,
as well as carving out a name for
herself in New Zealand's comedy
Miss Matafeo has been nomi-
nated for a Billy T Award for two
The modest performer says the
nomination means a lot and not just
because it's a recognition of her suc-
The four other nominees are
good friends of mine and it's all
really exciting because it's a reflec-
tion of a new wave of comedy in
New Zealand -- a fresher look on
comedy,'' she says.
That's what excites me the most
about it. It means more to me than
Being the only female nominee,
Miss Matafeo is the minority among
Not only that, but her age and
Samoan heritage mean she is some-
thing of an anomaly on the comedy
It's a whammy of minorities. It
really is. But I've never found any of
those aspects make it harder for
me,'' she says.
But I do wish more girls were
doing stand up. It sucks that the
amount of female pro-comedians in
New Zealand you could count on one
The talented gagster says its hard
to pin down how she develops a rou-
tine, but imperative to the process
is to write, write, write.
Having a room full of people
laugh at a joke that you wrote is
probably the most amazing feeling
you can get. It's a weird natural
Rose Matafeo will be performing
The Rose Matafeo Variety Hour as
part of the Comedy Festival on May
14 to 18. Tickets, iticket.co.nz.
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