Author Archives: Jenine Abarbanel

August Club Night, Monday the 29th with Monty Blevins

Monty Bevins

August Club Night is going to be a ripper with soul-folk singer songwriter Monty Blevins doing the honours as our second half guest musician. Monty Bevins is a New Zealand based singer-songwriter known as a touching, spirited
performer, whose soul-folk songs ask the big questions while telling the small stories. With a
warm rich voice and articulate guitar grooves, Monty digs out and distills themes of
tenderness, personal revolution and adventure. Monty is touring in support of his debut album release, “Time to Bide.”

Usual club night format with floor singers welcome to play two songs (or for a maximum of 8 minutes, whichever they prefer) in the first half. Hot drink and a bikkie at intermission included with your $15 door charge.
Email jenine@torkington.com to request a first half spot!

July Club Night, Monday, 25 July, 7pm. $10

Whangateau Folk Radio Hour

It’s time for club night! Next Monday, July 25th is our monthly club meeting. We will have floor singers in the first half, and we’ve already had a few goodies sign up, so I’m excited about that. If you would like to perform in the first half, reply to this message or email jenine@torkington.com and I’ll get you on the list.

In the second half, Nat and I will be hosting the Whangateau Folk Radio Hour, an old-time variety hour featuring two musicians with interesting stories to tell. This month we have two young artists who will talk about their song writing and performing styles, and will give you a few examples of their work. We’ll also perform a few songs with them. Our featured artists are Sam Rhodes (age 19) of Rhode Works and You, Me, Everybody, and Aura Torkington (age 20) who is, yes, our daughter and has been performing on stage since the age of 7 and is now writing and performing their own material with over 100,000 followers on TikTok and almost 25,000 on Instagram.

Doors open at 6:45 for a 7pm start! $10, door sales only, no prebookings.

Covid-y stuff: we’d love it if you wore a mask but it isn’t required. If you have ANY cold or flu symptoms, please stay home! Covid cases are up, protect yourself, protect your community.

We will be livestreaming the audio from the show to Facebook and hopefully YouTube.

T-Bone at Whangateau Hall tonight: SHOW SOLD OUT!

This is amazing and exciting and very surprising, but we are fully sold out for the show tonight, Whangateau Hall will be full to the rafters for the first time since before the Pandemic.

Sorry if you were planning on coming and buying tickets at the door. Please do join us for folk club night on July 25th for an equally enchanting evening of music and community!

Events and Public Spaces at Orange

Unite Against Covid19

As we are starting up events at Whangateau Hall again, here are the current guidelines we are operating to. The full guide can be found here: https://covid19.govt.nz/traffic-lights/life-at-orange/events-and-public-facilities-at-orange/

Key points

  • Controlled-access events can go ahead.
  • Public facilities can open.
  • There are no limits to how many people can attend an event or public facility.
  • You must wear a face mask indoors at public facilities, except swimming pools.
  • You do not need to wear a face mask at an event, either indoors or outdoors.

We will be asking that everyone attending events at Whangateau Sign in either with the tracer app, or on the sheet we will have there, just in case the worst happens and we do have Covid spread as a result of our events.

If you have any flu or cold like symptoms we ask that you stay home. You are not required to wear a mask, but keep in mind that wearing a mask and washing our hands are the best ways to help protect others. Let’s all do our part to keep our community healthy.

Matariki Celebrations at the Hall

Midwinter festivities at the hall on Friday, the 24th of June. The day begins with a community car boot sale and market from 9am to 2pm. All vendors welcome for a donation to the hall. Starting at noon there will be a sponsored sausage sizzle for everyone.

The hall committee held a competition for the design of a Whangateau Flag to grace our flag pole in front of the hall. The results are in and the flag will have its official unveiling tomorrow at 1:30pm.

All are welcome!

T-Bone coming to Whangateau Hall

T-Bone – Good ‘n Greasy Tour

July 2, 2022

T-Bone Band
T-Bone have brought their influences of zydeco, old-time, blues, bluegrass and folk to this debut album, which although has strong Americana flavours, also has a distinct Kiwi folk feel. The close vocal harmonies and fiery instrumentals on guitars, mandolin, banjo and fiddles will have your toes
tapping and you’ll find yourself harmonising as you listen.

Tickets: https://www.undertheradar.co.nz/ticket/16928/T-bone—Good-n-Greasy-Release-Tour.utr

The members of T-Bone are about as eclectic as the group’s influences; a mandolin playing ex-chef from the Far North, a fiddle playing wine importer from New Jersey, a Dublin-born spearfishing songwriter, a guitar slinging laboratory assistant from Taranaki and a gardening double bassist from Karori.

The band will be touring the North Island promoting their debut album Good ‘n Greasy which was recorded in September 2021 after seven years of meeting most Monday nights and eating, drinking, jamming and writing together.

Their debut album will be released on June 17th, two weeks prior to the band heading out on their North Island headline release tour. The seven date tour is set to be the perfect showcase of the magic and energy that comes when these five exceptional musicians are on stage together, performing!

Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 7:30PM
Pre-sales: $25
Door sales: $30

LINKS
facebook.com/tboneband
linktr.ee/tbonetheband

TAGS
acoustic/solo, country/folk, world

Tickets: https://www.undertheradar.co.nz/ticket/16928/T-bone—Good-n-Greasy-Release-Tour.utr?fbclid=IwAR3kyVyEeVyeRxHO6hm6162ViKVOMj8MdmHFybVi6N_Vy115OxJX_Dr_WYI

Toilet block renewal at Whangateau Hall

Our committee has been working with the council on a replacement and upgrade of the public toilets located in the hall car park. The plan is for the new block to be positioned on the same side of the car park as the existing block but moved to the rear. This will provide a better view of the hall from the road and improve pedestrian safety. We feel the proposed design fits in well with the aesthetics of the hall and reserve. If you have any comments please could these be provided before 31st January.

Community Facilities and Red/Yellow/Green guidance

Auckland Council has sent through the following guidance on reopening of community facilities. Your Whangateau Hall committee is a volunteer organisation, and we do our best to provide access to our lovely hall to the community, and keep the community safe. We appreciate your support and patience as we all move through this crisis.

Advice from council:

Will visitors to your centre need a vaccination certificate?

Council has also begun a piece of work on whether visitors to our facilities will require vaccination certificates. We are looking at multiple options as the COVID-19 Protection Framework does not require public facilities to check vaccination certificates for up to 100 people distancing one metre. We will provide the outcome of this work with you when it is available (no date yet). Individuals can get a vaccine pass from the Ministry of Health website.

The new COVID-19 Protection (traffic light) Framework.

This week we’ve had enquiries around council’s expectations when interpreting the new framework to enable a safe re-opening and ability to provide services for your customers. As mentioned, we are actively working on interpreting the Government guidance and will share decisions and guidance with you.

We support our partners to interpret their unique spaces and to make decisions in response to the framework on what programmes and activities can go ahead in your facility.

Advice from our Connected Communities Department is to ‘keep it simple’ because you are likely in the challenging position of trying to uphold new rules for entry and participation. Should you have doubt around how to engage your community, the kind of programmes you can provide and the size of audience you may expect, don’t complicate activity. Think about what is manageable for your team when developing and implementing your plans and adapt as you go

The New Zealand COVID-19 Protection Framework (Red/Orange/Yellow) link:

https://covid19.govt.nz/assets/COVID-19-Protection-Framework/COVID-19-Protection-Framework-22-October-2021.pdf

Summary of Red:

Action needed to protect health system – system facing unsustainable number of hospitalisations. Action needed to protect at-risk populations.

  • QR code scanning or registering on record sheet is mandatory
  • Masks are mandatory in public venues and recommended whenever leaving home
  • Public events and gatherings indoors/outdoors of up to 100 people based on 1 metre distancing with a vaccine certificate
  • If no vaccination certificate is used, gatherings indoors/outdoors cannot take place

Refresher on current Alert Level 3.2: As we are currently at Alert Level 3 Step 2 and Auckland Council’s network of public facilities including community centres, art galleries, libraries, and halls can reopen, the information we provided last week is still relevant.

Update on Covid Alert Levels for Auckland Council Facilities

Unite Against Covid19

The Government has announced “steps” that modify our current Level 3 restrictions, but we do not yet have guidance from the Council on how that affects our current rules. For the time being, Whangateau Hall is open to

  1. Groups of 10 or fewer only, for periods of 2 hours or less.
  2. Face coverings and contact tracing are mandatory.
  3. Maintain physical distancing of 2m for non-bubble members.
  4. Open as many windows and doors as possible when inside the hall to allow airflow, and use the back lawn rather than the interior for groups when possible.

At Level 2, our capacity will increase to 40 people, but all other rules will stay in place.