Thanks for the Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments

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A ROYAL VISIT

Dur­ing a 1981 royal re­cep­tion for the Queen and Prince Phillip at Gov­ern­ment House in Welling­ton I ac­ci­den­tally bumped into Prince Phillip.

We were qui­etly sip­ping sherry in a cor­ner watch­ing, with some amuse­ment, a very short prime min­is­ter es­cort­ing a very tall royal prince around the ball­room when a royal es­cort ap­proached and asked if I would like to meet Her Majesty the Queen. To­tally stunned I stepped for­ward pass­ing my sherry glass to my hus­band as the royal hand came for­ward to be shaken.

My hus­band bowed with both hands be­hind his back, hold­ing our sherry glasses.

‘‘I un­der­stand you work with chil­dren, Mrs Hud­son’’, Her Majesty an­nounced as we were in­tro­duced. I was speech­less.

My hus­band an­swered for me, both hands still be­hind his back. Her Majesty was keen to know about ed­u­ca­tion in Porirua, and the Ti­tahi Bay In­ter­me­di­ate School stu­dents I was teach­ing.

As the roy­als moved on Prince Phillip ac­ci­den­tally brushed against my left shoul­der. He moved aside, gra­ciously apol­o­gis­ing, and un­wit­tingly sweep­ing me off my feet. A royal charmer.

The next day at school stu­dents and staff, some of whom were out­spo­ken repub­li­cans, shook my royal right hand and rubbed against my royal left shoul­der on and off all day. Ev­ery­one seemed to want to have a sec­ond hand con­nec­tion with Prince Phillip, the bloke who helped their Queen do her job.

36 years later she is still do­ing the job, and Prince Phillip is still there to give her a hand when needed.

He is fa­mous for oc­ca­sion­ally rubbing peo­ple up the wrong way ... I know from ex­pe­ri­ence that he can also do a bit of rubbing up the right way from time to time.

Rose Hud­son

Welling­ton

THANKS FOR THE FES­TI­VAL

As some­one who has at­tended and en­joyed ev­ery one of our com­mu­nity based Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments held ev­ery Wai­tangi Day for the last 25 years I want to pay trib­ute to the or­gan­is­ers. Porirua Com­mu­nity Arts Coun­cil with their amaz­ing co­or­di­na­tor Marg Ar­mour, chair­woman Judy McCoy, Bob Cater, Rose Hud­son, the Poin­tons and the dozens of vol­un­teers over the 25 years as well as Gary McCor­mack as our faith­fulMC­for many years.

It was re­ally sad to read that this year’s Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments would be the last. It is the end of an era and will re­ally be missed by the 30 thou­sand peo­ple who at­tended each year. The va­ri­ety of per­for­mances and events in Te Rau­paraha Arena and the park stage and in Pataka were truly amaz­ing and catered for all ages and all cul­tures.

Porirua tal­ent, par­tic­u­larly our chil­dren were given a chance to shine! It was a real com­mu­nity fam­ily event. Who can for­get the re­cy­cling and ice sculp­tures! My sin­cere thanks to the Porirua Com­mu­nity Arts Coun­cil and all in­volved in­clud­ing the as­sis­tance from Porirua City Coun­cil staff and coun­cil.

Jenny Brash

Plim­mer­ton

RATES GRATE

I was al­ways un­der the im­pres­sion that rates went off the value of prop­er­ties, yet the last val­u­a­tion when values dropped dra­mat­i­cally rates went up. Now with the new values have gone up so much rates are due to rise yet again. I sup­pose that’s one way to cover all the an­nual pay rises from the mayor down. How nice to get an in­crease. Es­pe­cially as some big com­pa­nies in Porirua pay barely above min­i­mum wage. Cer­tainly not enough to cover in­creases in rates, food, petrol.

Mind you Porirua now has a pretty carpark. All the bet­ter to look at the empty shops. Maybe we should all get jobs with the coun­cil and get a liv­able wage.

Kathy Whit­taker

Els­don

WRITE TO US

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DEAN KOZANIC

The Duke of Ed­in­burgh, Prince Philip, in Christchurch.

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