Kiwi sum­mer carols


Kiwi Christ­mases have their own dis­tinc­tive sum­mery flavour, along with their own dis­tinc­tive sound.

‘Meh’ to snow, sleigh­bells and chest­nuts roast­ing on an open fire. How about beaches, baches, and burg­ers on the bar­bie. Carol Our Christ­mas: an up­side down Christ­mas is a col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary New Zealand carols. Next Wed­nes­day there’s a chance to sing them in a spe­cial carol ser­vice at Wes­ley Broad­way.

The ‘Kiwi Carols’ event fea­tures songs spe­cially com­posed for an An­tipodean Christ­mas.

Or­gan­is­ers, Gil­lian and John

JUST EAT IT: Just Zilch fundraiser from the Reel Earth Fes­ti­val, pop-up cin­ema, 50 Ge­orge St. 74mins. $5 koha. 8.30pm. Be early for seats or bring your own. Thorn­ley say due to pub­lic re­quest, the event has been re­vived af­ter a two year re­cess.

‘Peo­ple have been telling us they miss this spe­cial event,’ Gil­lian says.

‘It’s not just the tunes that are singable, but it’s the mes­sage in the words that re­late to New Zealand,’’ John adds. ‘‘There’s no kings, but the shep­herds are here. There’s no win­try weather, but hot sum­mers and hol­i­day time.’’

Some well-known names are in­cluded in the hym­n­writ­ers. Among the po­ets and com­posers con­tribut­ing to Carol Our Christ­mas ex­er­cise, Star Cen­tre Pool, 9.30 & 10.05am; Tues­day 4.30 & 5.05pm, $3 a ses­sion. Enquiries Anne 356 2476 to reg­is­ter. LEISURE MARCH­ING: Fun and fit­ness for se­nior marchers, Takaro School, Brighton Cres, 10am. Enquiries 357 2425 af­ter mid­day or txt 021 137 8996. RED CROSS CHRIST­MAS FAIR in The Square: Two-day, tra­di­tional har­bin­ger of Christ­mas, 10am – 4pm. Enquiries Roger Foster 356 2128. are the ‘‘Gil­bert and Sul­li­van’ of NZ hym­n­writ­ing – Shirley Er­ena Mur­ray (words) and Colin Gib­son (mu­sic).

Shirley has writ­ten the words to 17 of its 52 carols. Her theme of peace is rel­e­vant to a world torn by civil wars and ter­ror­ism.

Copies of Carol our Christ­mas and the com­ple­men­tary CD with 24 recorded carols, are on sale at dis­count prices. Those at­tend­ing the 7.30pm ser­vice next Wed­nes­day De­cem­ber 9 with ac­com­pa­nists Robert Cleaver and Myra Smith, are in­vited to make a do­na­tion to the aid agency, Chris­tian World Ser­vice.

DAN­NEVIRKE CHRIST­MAS PA­RADE: High St stalls, Dan­nevirke,12noon. Enquiries Tararua iSite 06 376 0217. PRE­NA­TAL PI­LATES: Breath­ing and re­lax­ation tech­niques, pelvic floor ex­er­cises, gen­tle ex­er­cises, 12.30 – 1.30pm, Anom­aly Dance Stu­dio, Level 1, 310 Ran­gi­tikei St. Reg­is­ter Paula move@flu­id­form fit­ or 356 3462.


John Thorn­ley is set to cel­e­brate the sea­son with a song­book of sum­mer Christ­mas songs and carols.

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