Panora­mas of Grey Lynn pay trib­ute to a lost ne­ice

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

An ex­hi­bi­tion to help cre­ate a schol­ar­ship at Auck­land Girls Gram­mar School is bring­ing back a flood of mem­o­ries for the artist.

June Sparkle’s photography dis­play, en­ti­tled Li­bran Love Rat, has been 10 years in the mak­ing and the show’s open­ing on Mon­day marked the sec­ond an­niver­sary of her niece Mar­garet Nive Si­p­ley­death.

Mar­garet was 16 when she died sud­denly from a rare type of brain hem­or­rhage.

“She was bub­bly, full of life and full of en­ergy and a great role model for her two younger broth­ers,” Ms Sparkle says.

“She was pas­sion­ate about school and ex­cited about her fu­ture.”

The doc­u­men­tary maker, who al­ways car­ries a loaded cam­era wher­ever she goes, shares her niece’s pas­sion for ed­u­ca­tion.

“It’s been a dream of mine for more than a decade to start a schol­ar­ship award at my old high school,” she says.

“This is my first step to re­al­is­ing this and I want it to grow each year.”

The 100 panoramic im­ages dis­played in the show come from a vast col­lec­tion and cap­ture the neigh­bour­hood she raised her 16-yearold son in.

“They’re all of the Grey Lynn com­mu­nity, but they’re just so var­ied. Its cu­ra­tion is a work in progress,” she says.

Mar­garet’s mother Siale Si­p­ley says hav­ing a fundrais­ing ex­hi­bi­tion that pays trib­ute to her daugh­ter is more than ap­pro­pri­ate.

“For June to take up the ini­tia­tive with all the time and ef­fort she is putting in to this and in recog­ni­tion of Mar­garet, I think it’s a re­ally neat idea,” Ms Si­p­ley says.

“Mar­garet was a stu­dent who re­ally loved learn­ing. She took all the op­por­tu­ni­ties that were thrown at her and would’ve wanted to help other girls have ac­cess to those op­por­tu­ni­ties as well.

“She would not have wanted any­one to miss out or let the fi­nan­cial side be a bar­rier to learn­ing.”

A Mar­garet Si­p­ley Memo­rial Tro­phy was gifted to Auck­land Girls Gram­mar’s Novem­ber prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony by last year’s pre­fects.

It is awarded to a year 13 re­cip­i­ent who shares Mar­garet’s at­tributes of be­ing an all-round friendly, re­spect­ful, pos­i­tive and dili­gent stu­dent.

Prin­ci­pal Liz Thom­son says the con­tin­u­a­tion of Mar­garet’s legacy from a tro­phy through to a schol­ar­ship for stu­dents in need of ex­tra sup­port is a won­der­ful ges­ture.

“It’s lovely that June is do­nat­ing her money to this and it shows the re­spect peo­ple had for Mar­garet. She epit­o­mised what we see as a true AGGS girl.”

Li­bran Love Rat is on at the Car­lina Goffe Gallery, 598 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, un­til Oc­to­ber 5.

For more in­for­ma­tion phone 376-1362.

Memo­rial trib­ute: An Auck­land Girls Gram­mar School schol­ar­ship will ac­knowl­edge the life of Mar­garet Nive Si­p­ley-Pate­le­sio.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Lo­cal tal­ent: Doc­u­men­tary maker June Sparkle is us­ing her photography skills to fund a schol­ar­ship at Auck­land Girls Gram­mar School.

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