Howick and Pakuranga Times
Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thurs December 10 2015
■■ By Marianne Kelly Anew café and adjoining garden, right on the water at Howick Beach, popped up from nowhere last week. Called The Sea Store, the café and mini-dairy carried all the essentials for lazy seaside living, including organic food and a commercial coffee machine, to easy chairs and a community notice board. But it was set for a short life as one of the New Zealand locations for the 3D sci-fi, action- adventure movie, The Wonder. The movie is about two teenage girls who travel in a rainbow from New Zealand to China, and is the first New Zealand/China co- production. It was filmed in both countries and features landscapes and people from both places. When the Times visited last Friday, a crew of about 60 were working on the set at the Howick Sailing Club building, preparing for a flashback scene between a young girl and her mother. British film director Norman Stone was full of admiration for Howick village and its beachside setting. He was under no illusion that once people saw the movie, they would be flocking to find the The Sea Store at Howick Beach looking for a flat white. “ This movie will show in 37,000 cinemas in China. People will flock here. I love New Zealand, and I will be coming back to edit the movie,” he said. The set was a nostalgic find for production designer Iain Aitken who first came to the Howick Sailing Club in the ‘70s to sail in the Junior Cherub national championships. “ The café was scripted by the sea and had a garden attached to it,” he said. “ We had to find ways of dealing with the double set. “ When I came here, I could see we didn’t have to do the cheat. “ We looked at Maraetai, but it didn’t have the charm of this, set in its own park, not close to the road so there is no need for stop/go traffic. “ With the pohutukawa trees, the site lent itself. “It fitted the brief, and the fact that the sailing club was incredibly generous in making it available was the big plus.” Howick Sailing Club’s Stuart Mudford said the club was extremely excited to be hosting the movie, “and having something like this in Howick.” “Other than clear out our stuff, everything has been done by the production crew. “ We’ve had to put off some of the Waterwise sailing courses during the week, and sailing is off this weekend. “But we were quite prepared to work in losing a few sailing days,” he said. The club was also grateful for the substantial fee it would receive for lending its building for the movie set, he said. “For a small club like this, the funds are substantial and will be put into coaching for junior sailing. “ We are trying to rebuild at the moment and donothavealottocomeandgoonasweare mostly voluntary.” He was gobsmacked to discover the building’s interior transformed into a funky café. Asked whether the next club committee meeting was likely to consider maintaining the building as a café, he agreed that the facility “looks great as a café, especially when the tide is in”. “But it’s not really in our scope at the moment.” No date is yet set for The Wonder to be released in cinemas, but it is expected to be at least a year away. www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, December 10, 2015 — 11 RHM8070 Highlands Pakuranga VILLAGE CALL US TODAY HIGHLANDS 49 Aberfeldy Avenue Highland Park PAKURANGA VILLAGE 14 Edgewater Drive Pakuranga Call Adelina on 09 533 0610 metlifecare.co.nz Enjoy TRUE FREEDOM with a helping hand when it’s needed Hear our stories online. residents talk to Jude Dobson about village life. metlifecare.co.nz/truestories Enjoy affordable assisted living. Even for the most able retiree, there comes a time when help is needed with the basics of day-to-day living. For those who want to stay independent, but need that extra support, serviced apartments in our lovely retirement villages provide the perfect answer. Bring government funded care with you. If you currently receive government funded care, you can move into a serviced apartment and continue to receive it. Or we can tailor make a care plan to suit your needs. The choice is yours. Enjoy the entire village lifestyle. Both villages have a host of social activities and clubs that encourage genuine companionship and camaraderie. Discover the best in RETIREMENT LIVING RHM8070 OCT15 HLD-PAK Botany and Ormiston Times 26x5 v1.indd 1 20/10/15 10:41 am KC11330-v2 Stuart Mudford, of Howick Sailing Club, left, and The Wonder production designer Iain Aitken outside The Sea Store at Howick Beach. Times photo Wayne Martin Movie location Howick heads for the big screen coMMunity notices Selwyn Seniors Make new friends on Fridays from 9.15am to 12 noon at Selwyn Seniors! St Paul’s in the Park, The Church Hall, 141 Chapel Road, Flat Bush. Enjoy light exercises, discussions and varied fun activities. The $3 entry includes morning tea. If you have a few hours to spare on a Friday, join us or become a volunteer! If you have any questions, contact Dawn on 536-7128, with your name and phone number. Closed for two weeks at Christmas, back on Friday, January 8, 2016. Christmas carols old and new The Thursdays @ Seven Spring series of concerts will end in the traditional way. Carols and Christmas music will be presented by the Pakuranga Evening Class Madrigal Choir and the All Saints Choir, directed by Neil Guyan. The programme will include a mix of familiar and new music, with the opportunity to join in the well-known carols. The Thursdays @ Seven series Christmas carols concert is at 7 to 8pm on December 10, at All Saints Church, Selwyn Road, Howick. Admission is by donation.
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