Troupe waits for ver­dict

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL and KRIS DANDO

what’s in the book, ask­ing ques­tions. Read­ing should be a shared ac­tiv­ity at home.’’ Stu­dent li­brar­ian Quizel Framhein plans to read ‘‘ at least seven’’ books dur­ing her sum­mer break.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant lit­tle kids do a lot of read­ing. With­out read­ing, you can’t get a good ed­u­ca­tion,’’ she said. A dis­cus­sion about Porirua Lit­tle The­atre’s fu­ture was held be­hind closed doors at Porirua City Coun­cil, caus­ing anx­i­ety among the­atre mem­bers.

The troupe was evicted from its White­house Rd build­ing on Au­gust 17 be­cause of se­vere water dam­age. The troupe has moved tem­po­rar­ily to 4 Lyd­ney Pl and hopes to re­main there into 2013, while the the­atre’s fu­ture is de­ter­mined.

The pub­lic gallery was packed for the first part of the Novem­ber 22 com­mit­tee meet­ing and Lit­tle The­atre pres­i­dent Sandy Brewer ap­pealed to coun­cil­lors not to write off the troupe’s Ti­tahi Bay head­quar­ters.

‘‘We un­der­stand there will be dis­cus­sion in pub­lic- ex­cluded busi­ness so we can’t re­spond about the fu­ture of our build­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘Even with­out knowl­edge of the new report to coun­cil, we want you to un­der­stand that we are com­mit­ted to the build­ing in Ti­tahi Bay. It is in dis­re­pair but we are yet to see what ex­plora- tory work is be­ing done to re­pair it. We do not agree with the report in Au­gust to have the struc­ture de­mol­ished. We be­lieve this would be im­pru­dent.’’

Ms Brewer said the group could con­tinue with­out the build­ing but they had used it since the 1970s and con­sid­ered it their home.

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Simp­son would say only that ‘‘ tech­ni­cal ad­vice’’ was be­ing de­liv­ered to coun­cil­lors, re­quir­ing the item to be pre­sented as non-pub­lic busi­ness.

Sum­mer read­ing: Corinna School stu­dents Wil­liam Suailua and Aria Jury with a favourite ti­tle they plan to read over their sum­mer hol­i­days.

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