According to The Northern Advocate, there will be a heavy metal workshop in Whangarei on February 16 for young people ages 10 to 16. The workshop is the idea of Niel de Jon, who created it as his project in the landmark education self-expression and leadership programme. The workshop will cover a variety of subjects, including stage craft, history, setting up equipment and the performance itself. “It may seem an unusual choice … but having spent my teenage years as a ‘misunderstood’ metal head, I can fully appreciate the influence that metal and hard rock can have on boys,” says de Jon. Those interested can text him at 02183188.