MAUNGATUROTOCHRISTMAS PARADE UPDATE
It is interesting at the response I have had from mylast report in the Matters. Many people have asked“are you a little bit upset/angry?”, well I am not an-gry as much as I am disappointed, I was hoping afew more people might put their hand up, but a hugethanks to those few who have, it’s great to havesome new faces involved.Now down to business.The parade is on Saturday the 9
of December, theparade will be going through town at 6.00pm afterthe grand opening of our new park. The parade willthen finish at the Country Club where we will behaving the community concert again. One change tothe day is that we will be holding the market areadown at the Country Club in the evening on therugby field, we are hoping to have organised activi-ties for all the family to participate in as well as greatentertainment. We are in the process of organisingthese events so if you have a talent to show case, astall to run , a float to enter or you just want to helpon the day just give me a call.Come on Maungaturoto get involved, it’s your town;let’s show the world how great we can be!!!!!!
Terri Donaldson 4318 599
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Get to know . . .
Will the real Dennise Brownlie please stand up!Talented actress and Otamatea Repertory Theatre’s presidentDennise plays various roles both on stage and in her every-day life. She was a stroppy old dame in OTR’s
The Geriat- rics
then Big Lil in
Murder in the Music Hall.
She was suchan outstanding mad chook in
that a newaward - The Best Actress in a Comedy Award - was createdfor her at last year’s Norfolk Island Theatre Festival.
placed third equal with ORT’s other play,
A Dog’s Life
in the festival that attracted 12 theatre groups from New Zea-land and Australia.In her day job at The Kauri Museum where she cataloguesdonated items she dresses in a corporate outfit that features astylish merino and possum cardigan. On open days Dennisesports shabby, grubby pioneer gum digger garb. It was theoutfit she favoured when the Prime Minister opened theboarding house. Dennise loves her work at the Kauri Mu-seum as she’s fascinated by history – including her own. Her stonemason grandfather, five greats back, helped buildKerikeri’s stone store and she’s a member of the Edmondsfamily from the Bay of Islands.Dennise has been at the Kauri Museum for four years. Beforethan she had a colourful career - she gave up dental nursingafter just seven months and has been a kumara picker, acleaner, an office worker and more.She’s also an artist who was discouraged from going to Elam Art School because only hippies went there.She married Robert, a school teacher, and had two daugh-ters, Amber and Topaz.When Robert got a job at Matakohe School in 1982 they likedthe place and the people and made it home. Dennise re-turned to painting when some local women started the Hu-katere Art Group, and discovered a talent for realistic bushpaintings. “I have a feel for the bush thanks to my parentswho always used to take us to the bush and point out all thedifferent trees.” For a while she had a gallery at Matakoheand a few years ago she spent 200 hours over three monthspainting a 15m mural at The Kauri Museum. At about the time Dennise returned to art she went to an OTRperformance in Maungaturoto and thought “what a magnifi-cent place – out in the middle of nowhere”.She helped backstage in
Her first major role wasQueenie
performed at Forum North. She wasencouraged by schoolboy Hayden Tee who today has an act-ing career overseas. ORT puts on about four performances ayear - the Christmas pantomime is coming up - and holdsworkshops for youth. Dennise also directs and, as the ORTpresident, is involved in a project to renovate the theatre. Shehas a natural flair for comedy.“I’ve always been outgoing and boisterous and out there,”says Dennise who attributes some of those qualities to beinga middle child who had to fight to get noticed. “My firstteacher told me I was her little bulldozer.”“I can ad lib and give cheek,” she says. “I think people lookforward to seeing what I’m going to do next and so do myfamily.”
Everyone is welcome to the Annual GeneralMeeting for Gymnastics Otamatea,to be held on November 6th, 7.30pmat the Kaiwaka Sports Association.For enquiries, please phoneStephanie Brown (09) 4312 022