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Paparangi cyclist Kate Horan becomes a Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Paralympic sport. Former Onslow College rugby players meet in first reunion in 30 years. St John’s Hall in Karori is being demolished after it was damaged in the earthquake. Zealandia records the 800th kaka in the capital.

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The Defence Force decides to demolish the earthquake-prone Defence House in Thorndon. Local writer Ashleigh Young wins the prestigious WindhamCampbell Literature Prize. Tawa’s Forest of Tane becomes part of the Outer Town Belt. Local student Thomasin McKenzie gets a role in USAmerican film production My Abandonment. Karori resident Molly Holmes celebrates her 106th birthday. APRIL

Karori Kids and Campbell Kindergarten, located next to the Karori Campus, are saved from closure. Greg O’Connor joins Labour in race for leadership in Ohariu. The much-loved principal of Samuel Marsden Collegiate, Jenny Williams, leaves after nine years in office. Wellingtonians celebrate the Chinese year of the Fire Rooster. Cigna Round the Bays sees a record number of 14,500 participants.

Johnsonville School commends its 150th anniversary. Thorndon School turns sod for a major revamp. City councillors hold their first ever meeting in Pipitea Marae to strengthen relationships with local iwi. Cyclone Debbie hits Wellington. Karori Scout Hall celebrates its 40th anniversary. Johnsonville couple Graeme and Margaret Petersen clink glasses for their 65th wedding anniversary.

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Raroa Intermediate receives a $1.1million boost from the Ministry of Education. Newlands Tamariki, Wilton and Johnsonville playcentres celebrate their revamped outdoor spaces.

Former secretary of the St Benedict’s Parish, Margaret Crook, receives the Benemerenti Medal, a papal honour. City council promises five new playgrounds for the city. Greg O’Connor and council

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Olympic Harrier and Athletics Club coach Amanda Goldsmith picks up Volunteer of the Year award. Paparangi Kindergarten takes on new name; Papararangi. Newlands College opens new artificial turf. Karori Bellyful receives the Runner Up Community Health Service Volunteer Award. St Andrew’s Church closes its doors. Johnsonville Rotarians celebrate their 50th anniversary.

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inbrief news Road closed in Thorndon Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, is down to one lane for an estimated two to three weeks to allow room for work on the demolition of Defence House. The building suffered significant damage during 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. The closure will allow contractors Fletchers to bring in a crane that is going to hold up a protective screen while the demolition crane pulls down the remaining floors. Traffic management procedures are in place. Please allow extra time when travelling through this area.

lege at the annual students’ debate. Peter Dunne steps down after 33 years as MP for Ohariu. Takahe couple Nio and Orbell move from Mana Island to Zealandia. SEPTEMBER

JULY

With plastic-free July, awareness for the pollution of our natural environment rises. A landslip in Ngauranga Gorge brings traffic to a standstill. Samuel Marsden students launch petition for plastic bag levy. Another big storm hits the city, seeing trampolines flying around the suburbs. Karori’s Cam Robinson wins the Oceania Area Champion-

ships in javelin. Johnsonville Community Policing Centre celebrates its 25th anniversary. AUGUST

Crofton Downs’ Harry Perkins returns home after finishing the amateur Tour de France. Locals launch It’s Not OK in Karori. Ngaio Gorge is blocked for two weeks after several landslips. Newlands beat Onslow Col-

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Wellingtonians spend a night outside to raise fund for homeless people in the capital. Northern ward councillor Jill Day takes on job as deputy mayor after Paul Eagle gets elected into Parliament. Johnsonville cheers to its aspiring youth at the Johnsonville Youth Grants ceremony.

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The northern community gathers for the annual Christmas parade in Johnsonville. Councillors recognise local pupils with North Primary Schools’ Citizenship Awards. Malvina Major Retirement Village opens brand-new facilities. Karori sports people get a new artificial turf. Ryman Healthcare purchases the Karori Campus. World’s first official kereru road safety signs are installed in Karori and Northland.

Wellington Water has advised there is still a ban on residential sprinklers and irrigation systems around the region. Summer water demand peaks in February and March so Wellingtonians will need to keep up the good work saving water to ensure we have enough to get through the rest of summer.

CBD trolleybus wire removals The removal of trolleybus power wires along the Golden Mile in central Wellington started last week. Some disruption for motorists and pedestrians can be expected. Contractors work Sunday-Thursday between the hours of 7pm-5am. There will be no removal work on Friday and Saturday evenings to allow for busy times – particularly in Courtenay Place. It is planned for the two crews to complete the removal of the overhead network by January 25. There will likely be temporary traffic disruptions or diversions at major intersections that serve as trolleybus route junctions including: Courtenay Place and Kent/Cambridge terraces, Courtenay Place and Taranaki Street, Manners Street and Willis Street, and Lambton Quay/Whitmore Street/ Bowen Street.

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Clifton Terrace Model School receives the Schoolgen Gold Award for their green energy programme. The Royal Air Force visits Newlands Intermediate with a NH90 helicopter. Tawa gets a brand new mural by artist Poi Ngawati. Council proposes to expand Kiwi Point Quarry. Greg O’Connor becomes the new MP for Ohariu. And Paparangi Primary School gets a new library.

Diwali brings light, dance and joy into the city. NOVEMBER Johnsonville Cricket Club’s scorer Cheryl Styles scores her 400th club match. Hundreds of children join the Kids’ Kaukau Challenge. The Onslow Community Association forms to represent residents of Khandallah, Broadmeadows and Kaiwharawhara. Jazz Up Johnsonville launches a Book Nook in the local Countdown. Mountain bikers from all over the country gather in Karori to race down K-Hole.

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inbrief news Motorists should slow down, NZTA says A new road safety advertising campaign is challenging speeding drivers to slow down and stop defending their perceived ‘right’ to speed. The joint NZ Transport Agency and Police campaign addresses the significant proportion of the driving population who still like to travel at speeds which are too fast for the conditions, on the open road and around town, posing a risk to themselves and to others who share the roads with them. “Every week, 11 people are seriously injured or killed in a speed-related crash on New Zealand roads, but a substantial portion of our society does not see the connection between speed and crashes,” Harry Wilson, NZTA director of safety and environment, says.

Respiratory Foundation seeks awardees The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is now calling for nominations for the Respiratory Achievers’ Awards 2018. The foundation is looking for inspiriting people with asthma or a respiratory illness, who should be acknowledged. Six achievers’ award winners will be flown to Wellington all expenses paid, to be presented an award on April 19. The award categories are: asthma five to 12 years old, asthma 13 to 18 years old; asthma adult, COPD, and other respiratory conditions (including cystic fibrosis, bronchiolitis and bronchiectasis). All nominations will also be eligible for the Cody Forbes Award for Courage. For more information or to download a nomination form, visit asthmaandrespiratory.org.nz. Nominations close on February 28.

Dreaming of kakapo in the backyard While we love reminiscing over at the year gone by, looking ahead and imagining the future it just as inspiring. Independent Herald reporter Julia Czerwonatis talked to a Johnsonville local whose job it is to be aspirational and make plans for our city’s future: the Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester. How often do you think about the future? Every day. It’s something that I have always done. Right from when I was a young person, I was always thinking five to 10 years ahead what I want to do. Did you mean you dream about the future or did you make actual plans? Not dreaming but having a strategy or a plan. I’d plan five years real and 10 years with ideas. With you being a mayor it’s part of your job to plan ahead. So what aspects do you have to consider when planning Wellington’s future? It’s five aspects; resilience, transport, housing, a decade of culture so celebrating Wel-

Mayor of Wellington, Justin Lester. PHOTO: Wellington Suburban Newspaper File

lington as an arts and culture destination, and sustainable economy, so making sure

Wellington’s selfless, optimistic and generous citizens were honoured for their service at the annual Kiwibank Local Hero Awards in December. As part of the awards, 39 Wellington locals received medals. “[The] recipients are selfless, loving and dedicated people who have all impacted the Wellington Region in unique ways,” Peeni Henare of the Minister for Community and Voluntary Sector, says. “The positive difference they have made to the lives of others cannot be overstated.

“It’s important communities take time to reflect and acknowledge the special place these people hold in our lives.” Recipients for Wellington included: Colleen Johnston (Berhampore); Catherine Raizis (Hataitai); Wallace Patrick Haumaha (Johnsonville); Patricia Thompson (Kelburn); Barbara Halliwell (Miramar); Donna Kennedy (Northland); Mark Dunajtschik (Oriental Bay); Alex Hannant (Te Aro); Raewyn McLaren (Wellington); Ian McLaren (Wellington); Lloyd Scott (Wellington);

Farida Sultana (Wellington); Laurie Foon (Wellington); and Heather Henare (Wellington). Mark Stephen, Kiwibank acting chief executive officer says many of the medal winners are unsung heroes, whose selflessness has had a profound effect on the lives of so many in the community. “Those acts of charity, optimism and commitment are what make New Zealand such a special place to live in. We think it’s important for us to give thanks to these people and that’s why we sponsor the awards.”

Laurie Foon is one of 39 Kiwibank Local Hero awardees from Wellington. PHOTO: Wellington Suburban Newspaper File

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There will be a big statue outside Parliament of our best ever prime minister, Jacinda Ardern. There will be lots of high rises. The CBD population will probably be a round 200,000 and people will walk because that’s how everyone gets around. You will be able to get the light rail from the eastern suburbs in Hataitai into the city. You will be able to cycle along separated cycleways, and people will be able to take a tunnel from Mount Victoria all the way through to the other side of the Terrace without driving through the city. There’ll be not rats, not stoats, no weasels. We will be pest free and there’ll be native birds all over the show like there are now, just a lot more. And there will be kiwi and kakapo in the backyards of people.

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there’re lots of jobs for people living and moving here. That’s our five focus areas, but we’re doing lots of things outside of that. Are there certainties when you plan or is this all uncertain? No, we can plan for the certainties and for what we’re doing. We can’t plan for what might happen externally, for example, we can’t plan for an earthquake. But we can plan for what we do to prepare for the earthquake. Is it exciting for you to plan ahead? Absolutely. It’s nice to deliver what you said you’d do. It gives you a sense of achievement. I want to live in a great city, I want Wellingtonians to be proud of the city and other New Zealanders as well, and I think we’re doing that. If we looked further ahead, say 100 years. What would your utopian Wellington look like?

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Wellington least sunny major city in 2017 Last year was New Zealand’s fifth warmest ever, with a nationwide average temperature of 13.2 degrees, which was 0.5 degrees above a 30-year-average. The years 2016, 2013, 1999, and 1998 were hotter. NIWA says the last quarter of the year was marked by easterly flow anomalies over the country

and progressively increasing temperature anomalies, ending with the second warmest December on record. From November into December, a “marine heatwave” was observed across the Tasman Sea and in New Zealand coastal waters when sea surface temperatures were two to four degrees

The city council send their New Year’s wishes to all readers Nga mihi o te Tau Hou – Happy New Year. On behalf of Wellington City Council we would like to wish you all the best for 2018. Summer has been spectacular so far, with the sunny weather bringing out our red pohutukawa flowers in force. Wellingtonians love the sunshine and our city is buzzing at the moment. To help us make the most of it, the council has once again organised a summer calendar bursting with events for all ages. The popular Gardens Magic concerts and light show begins this week, there are festivals, fairs and markets coming up and our beaches will be patrolled to help keep you and your family safe as you enjoy a day out – you can find out more at wcc.govt.nz. However, please also remember that hot, sunny weather puts pressure on our water supply so follow the water conservation rules. Noho ora mai, Mayor Justin Lester and Deputy Mayor Jill Day

above average, the result of the emergence of a La Nina weather pattern. For rainfall, 2017 was a year of two halves. The year started off on a rather wet and stormy and during March and April the “Tasman Tempest”, ex-tropical cyclones Debbie, and Cook contributed to record or near-record amounts

of rain and flooding for some areas. By the end of September 2017, all six main centres had already recorded their normal annual rainfall. However, a drier than normal end to the year meant that only a handful of locations saw record or near-record rainfall for the year as a whole.

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Live music night at Johnsonville Scottish Country Dance Club

Scottish country dancing is a fun way to exercise and make new friends, with the bonus of toe-tapping Celtic music. Everyone is welcome at Johnsonville Scottish Country Dance Club’s beginner classes in February. We are a friendly bunch of all ages and backgrounds, who meet at 7.30pm on Monday nights at Johnsonville School Hall for dance, music and a good laugh together. Our Kiwi dancers are joined by Scottish country dancing enthusiasts from Scotland,

China, England, Fiji, Japan, and Malaysia. Qualified dance tutor Rod Downey will introduce the steps over 4 weeks of beginner classes, and you’ll be up and dancing from day one. Come alone or with a friend - this is social dancing, we all dance together and help one other. All you need are soft shoes, comfortable clothing, and a few weeks to find out if it’s for you. For more information, visit johnsonvillescd.org.nz or contact Elaine 027 272 5637 / Rod or Kristin 478 4948.

Dreaming of a stress-free 2018? Don’t miss popular international presenter Ashirvad, who is offering a free introductory weekend meditation course over February 24-25. Ashirvad has taught meditation glob-

ally for over two decades and will cover many aspects of learning meditation, share personal stories and insights and cover the essentials of developing an effective practice. On the Feb 25th Sunday evening, the “Meetings with Remarkable People” talk series brings two women achievers to the Wharewaka Function Centre on the waterfront. Guest speakers will be Kiwi multi-day runner Harita Davies, who recently finished history’s longest certified footrace, the 3100 mile race and the only NZ women to ever attempt and complete this epic! Accompanying her will be Czech swimmer Abhejali Bernardova, one of only a handful to ever swim the ‘Oceans-7’ great ocean challenges – including Ireland to Scotland, Robben Island to Capetown, the Gibraltar Strait, the English Channel and Hawaii’s Molokai and Catalina channels. The pair will share their inspirational stories, nutrition and training tips, and insights into our limitless potential when mind/body/spirit can work together. Admission is free, however registration will ensure seating. Further details: www.wellingtonmeditation.org or text to: 0278719690.

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Scottish Country Dancing JOHNSONVILLE  No partner required  Toe-tapping Celtic music BEGINNERS’ CLASSES Monday 5, 12, 19 & 26 February, 7.30 pm Johnsonville School Hall Morgan Street, Johnsonville Low cost: $4 per class or $12 for all four Monday club nights run from 5 March to end of November For more information contact Elaine 027 272-5637 johnsonvillescdc@gmail.com Rod/Kristin 478-4948 rod.downey@gmail.com www.johnsonvillescd.org.nz

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What are your plans for the New Year?

Michaela McNabb, Johnsonville “Being fit.”

Gabrielle McNabb, Johnsonville “Same for me, being fit. And also joining the Polaroid Challenge where you take one photo each day.”

Analena McNabb, Johnsonville “Watching TV shows at home and playing with my toys, and going to the mall.”

Mayoral mentoring programme Mayor Justin Lester and deputy mayor Jill Day are now accepting letters of interest from Wellington rangatahi (young people) aged 18-25 years to be part of the mayoral mentoring programme and be their Tuia representative for 2018. This will be the eighth year Wellington

City Council has participated in this leadership development programme and the first time that we will have two Tuia Rangatahi. For more information, visit mayorstaskforceforjobs.co.nz/home/our-work/ tuia-and-mtfj-rangatahi.

Sheila Ford, Khandallah “I don’t have a resolution, I’ll be just carrying on and have a good year.”

Katharine Taylor, Crofton Downs “To look after myself because I often look more after others than myself. And to spend more time with my family.”

Ella Taylor, Crofton Downs “Being more organised.”

City Mission thanks Wellington for being stars

Hutt River toxic algae gone On Monday, Greater Wellington Regional Council informed that Hutt River is safe for swimming and walking your dog again after last week’s rain flushed the toxic algae

away. A no-swim warning remains in place at Richard Prouse Park in Wainuiomata, where Hutt City Council are investigating high levels of E-coli.

Volunteers from Spark helping sort gifts. PHOTO: Facebook

The Wellington City Mission thanks the community after “being blown away by Greater Wellington’s response to their Christmas Star Appeal”. Last Christmas has seen a record number of people get involved in their Christmas Walk of Fame, with close to 270 stars displayed on the waterfront near Te Papa. Local businesses, groups, families and individuals have purchased the naming rights to these stars, and each one represents families being supported by the mission this Christmas and beyond. People and businesses throughout the community have also got behind the appeal by filling 420 Christmas Star Boxes with food and gifts, taking part in the 25th anniversary of the iconic ‘Pack the Bus’, buying tickets to the Christmas raffle, and volunteering their time to sort and repack Christmas goods. Generous private and business donors have also contributed financially online. The money enables the Mission to continue offering their programmes and services both now and into 2018. “We have been absolutely amazed by the support for our Christmas Star Appeal

this year,” Michelle Branney, Wellington City Mission chief executive officer, says. “We’re so thankful to everyone who has got involved – whether you gave food or gift donations, donated financially, bought a star on the Walk of Fame, or helped in one of the many other ways. This generous support is certainly making an incredible difference for many during the Christmas season and will continue to do so well into the New Year.” The mission has given out close to 1200 Christmas food parcels – that’s food for more than 3000 people in total. This is on top of the 350 regular food parcels which they also distributed during November and December. Approximately 1700 children from throughout Greater Wellington have also received new gifts this Christmas. Recipients of the food and gifts are City Mission clients, as well as those of 38 other community service agencies the mission collaborates with such as Red Cross Refugee Services, Newtown Union Health, Te Waka Whaiora, Lower Hutt Family Centre, Kahungunu Whanau Service and Birthright.


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New Year Honours celebrate local identities Several local residents have been honoured for the commitment to their community. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet announced the New Year Honours for 2018 and lists several Wellingtonians who stand out for their dedication to their work. Douglas White, QC, of Thorndon, to be a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, is being recognised for his services to the judiciary as a judge of the Court of Appeal. Professor Kabini Fa’ari Sanga of Newlands and Lloyd Owen Scott of Khandallah are to become a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Professor Sanga receives the honour for services to education and the Pacific community, while Mr Scott has stood out with his services to broadcasting, theatre and television

The Honourable Peter Dunne of Khandallah and David Smol of Kelburn are to become a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the State Sepal Channa Ranasinghe of Churton Park will receive the Queen’s Service Medal for services to the Sri Lankan community. And Penelope (Penny) Mudford of Northland, Donald Best of Khandallah and Archdeacon William Tutepuaki (Wiremu) Kaua, JP, of Churton Park, are to be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the primary industries sector, to music, and for services to Maori, education and the State. The Independent Herald will introduce some of the local New Year Honours recipients in the coming issues.

Concert aims to bring back youth music scene Aro Creative is hosting a music event at Aro Valley Community Centre on January 20 with aims to rekindle an all-ages music scene in Wellington. Local musicians including electronic producers, indie rockers, psych-funk sages and and hip hop trappers will converge upon Aro Valley to get down on a night of musical prodigy, zest and sensation. This is the first of a series of events by Aro Creative, including a stage performance at Frank Kitts Park on Wel-

The Honourable Peter Dunne of Khandallah is to become a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services as a Member of Parliament. PHOTO: Independent Herald File

Summer Star Trek returns for its final season Andre Smith of Heavy Chest, one of the bands playing at Aro Creative’s all-ages gig. PHOTO: Supplied

Max Nunes-Cesar, Phillip Mtambo, James Bayliss, Sarah Dobie, Brenton Hodgson, Jonathan Ensor, Chris Gibbons, and Jamie Fenton. PHOTO: Supplied

After five years, the talented team behind the award winning Summer Star Trek are approaching the end of their five-year-mission. The show, a tongue-and-cheek riff on the famous Summer Shakespeare, is exactly what it says on the bottle: a live, outdoor theatrical performance of a Star Trek: The Original Series episode. Dedicated cast and crew have been performing to packed audiences at Aro Valley Park for four summers now, with each new iteration becoming bigger and better than the last. The final chapter in the five-yearmission is the fan-favourite The Trouble with Tribbles. “Enterprise Entertainment set out on a five-year-mission to bring Star Trek to the people of Wel-

lington and to have as much fun as possible,” Chanel Furborough, production manager, says. “The Trouble with Tribbles brings us to the end of this mission and we can’t think of a funnier episode to end with.” To protect a space station with a vital grain shipment, Kirk and the crew of the SS Enterprise must navigate Federation bureaucrats, a Klingon battle cruiser and a peddler who sells furry, purring, hungry little creatures as pets. Featuring laughs-a-plenty, the best western/sci-fi bar brawl this side of Firefly and of course all your favourite faces, Tribbles is classic Star Trek fare. This year’s show sees some familiar Trekkies returning, including James Bayliss as Kirk, Jono Ensor

as Spock and Brenton Hodgson as resident Doctor, Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy. The breathtaking Space Babes, led by Dianne Tanento are back too and taking the helm for the second year in a row is director Devon Nuku, who must wrangle all the action onstage and off. “I really enjoy the work that we do, there are many challenges that the team encounters but through teamwork we overcome most things…or make it work regardless,” Devon says.  The Trouble with Tribbles will be showing at Aro Park on January 17-20 and 24-27 at 6.30pm, with pre-show entertainment from 6pm. Entry is koha. Fine out more on tinyurl.com/summerstartrek.

lington Anniversary Day and another at Kilbirnie Festival on March 11. Organiser Josh Denize says the intention is to work with the same artists to create a “symbiosis” between Wellington’s creative people. Delivering music to an all-ages audience and inviting young people to participate in a musical culture tangible to them is pivotal in encouraging an artistic society of musicians, listeners and dancers, he says. “When I arrived in Wellington to study commercial music, I was 17 and had been organising, playing, and regularly attending all-ages shows in Auckland. “My first homework assignment from university was to review a local gig,” Josh says. “Being underage, my best efforts to sit in on Wellington’s music scene were stymied and I returned to classes uninspired.” Josh says organising all-ages music is about making certain that passionate and creative people have access to an avenue of self expression and to New Zealand’s unique music culture. Tickets to the all-ages concert, which begins at 8pm, are $10. The event is free of alcohol and glass.

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Interpreters Needed We are recruiting now for our Introductory Interpreting course. Complete the course, pass the assessment and become a paid interpreter with us. The course runs over approx. 4 months: Monday evenings 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Course start date: 5 March 2018. You must be proficient in English and another language, and a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident. For more or to enrol, go to our website: www.interpret.org.nz/become-an-interpreter/ or call (04) 916 2462. Applications close: 2 February 2018.

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At the hospital in the morning, a social services agency at midday, then a lawyer’s office in the afternoon: the interpreter’s job is very varied. It’s also vital to make communication possible when clients don’t speak English. The job satisfaction is huge;

the contribution to the community is immense. If you are proficient in English and another language, why not train as an interpreter? See our advertisement and visit our website for more info: www.interpret.org.nz.

Guided School Holiday Tour Your children will learn about World War One while exploring The Great War Exhibition with our friendly guides. Be transported back in time to a walk through a Belgian village, find out how animals helped in the war, and follow the journey of our soldier, Will. Children will receive a complimentary adventure pack.

The tours depart daily at 10:45 a.m. between 8 January to Tuesday 6 February 2018 $5 per child and $15.00 per adult. Adults are required for children under 14. Maximum of three children per adult. Bookings can be made online or by phone (04) 978 2500.

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Gardening & OUTDOOR LIVING Time to harvest the fruit of your labour January is one of the main fruit harvesting times for your garden as nectarines, passionfruit, berries, plums and other fruit are finally ripe. Be patient before you pick fruit; their taste will be a lot richer when allowed to fully ripen on the tree or plant. Unless you are prepared to be vigilant in keeping the soil moist over the summer months it’s not ideal to plant larger fruit trees in mid-summer. In dry periods keep berries, lemons, citrus, grapes and

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kiwifruit watered. Add a layer of mulch around the base of fruit trees. This will enable to soil to maintain moisture throughout the summer and keep the area weed free. As the mulch rots down it adds nutrients to the soil as well. New batches of strawberries can be planted. Remember, fruit requires a position in full sun. Shelter from prevailing winds is preferable Remove excess apples from apple trees in some cases apples produce too much fruit and if

left on the tree will limit the size and quality of ripening fruit. Thin multiple clusters down to two or three apples per group. Trim any long runners back to the centre of the strawberry plants, this will force the plant to produce more flowers which equals another batch of fruit. Taller growing berries such as boysenberries, blackberries and other scrambling berries will require staking or wires to grow along to keep fruit up off the ground. Source: Tuigarden.co.nz

Stop in at Kaitoke’s Gardens and Cafe, Function Centre The gardens at Aston Norwood on State Highway Two at Kaitoke are looking fabulous. Twenty-two years ago, our gardens started as bare paddocks with only a few

trees. Now, our gardens have come of age with a real sense of maturity. Loosely based on a Japanese garden theme, there are intriguing landscape and water features to admire as you stroll

through. Plan for your big event, or for that very special occasion, schedule your wedding in the beautiful suroundings. Stop in for a coffee on your way to the Wairarapa.

Summer Special Firewood – using our mini forklift Providing a broad range of quality gardening and hydroponics products. Tel 472 5265 www.hyalitehydroponics.com 62 Kaiwharawhara Rd, Ngaio

Handystacks is about making life easier for you. Our firewood is stacked, wrapped, clean, and guaranteed dry all season long, you simply re-order more when you need it. With our large warehouse full of firewood stacks, we can supply dry wood

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Bark Ltd – your tree specialists We believe, working in partnership with our clients, combined with a ‘can do’ attitude, delivers results that everyone can be proud of. The services our talented arborists offer are comprehensive. They can tackle anything for you; from aesthetic pruning and shaping to large tree removal.

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Gardening & OUTDOOR LIVING Keep your flowers blooming Summer means you get to enjoy beautiful blooms in your garden. Keep picking flowers and ‘dead heading’ spent or dying flowers to encourage new blooms on all flowering plants. First summer flowering bulbs like gladioli will be ready to flower. Check these plants and their flower heads for insects or disease and spray them if required.

Summer flowering annual and perennial plants can still be planted in gardens and pots, but will need to be watered regularly until established. Choose from our extensive range in store. Weed, mulch, liquid feed and slug bait regularly to keep the flower garden healthy and productive. To encourage your roses to

bloom, dead head them regularly. Keep vigilant for pest and disease, especially on the new growth and flower buds. Regular spraying with a combination fungicide/insecticide is recommended at this time. Remove any dead wood or badly affected growth to lower the risk of spreading unwanted problems. Source: palmers.co.nz

Fixing your mower, weedeater - and offering great service too Dan Griffiths started this business working out of his garage at home in his spare time and within just a year is now running a successful mower shop in Johnsonville. Dan’s passion

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Ace will keep your garden beautiful Ace Lawns is a locally owned and operated business based in Newlands and offers its services throughout the Wellington Region. “Relax and enjoy your weekends” is what owner Oliver Stent believes. Let the team at Ace Lawns take care of your lawn and garden maintenance. They offer tailored services to fit in with what is required from basic to comprehensive lawns and garden ser-

vices. Ace Lawns offers full lawn maintenance packages including regular lawn mowing and regular treatment of weeds in lawns and fertilizing. They also offer simple regular lawn mowing where they will mow the lawns, trim the edges and remove all clippings. Ace Lawns also offers Pre-Sale Grooms. They come in and blitz the property, tackling lawns, hedg-

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Memorable sport stories of 2017 Many Wellingtonians are not only keen to stay fit and healthy, some are also great achievers. There are a few stories of 2017 that stay in mind, and we have a closer look at them. At the start of the year, former Onslow College rugby players meet in first reunion in 30 years. In February, Johnsonville cricketers Scott Mudgway and Chris Leach celebrate their 200th and 100th games.

A month later, the Johnsonville Premier One Men’s Softball team make history when they take out a Wellington competition for the first time in their club’s 80 year history. And in June, Ruby Muir of Karori completes the Wellington Women’s Half Marathon in record time. Later that month, javelin talent Cam Robinson enters the Oceania Area Championships in Fiji win-

Javelin newcomer Cam Robinson from Karori.

High jumper Imogen Skelton.

ning the U18 comfortably with a throw of 63.03 metres. That isn’t Cam’s only success, however. The 17-year-old Karori local also grabbed the National U18 title and the Athletics Wellington Throwers Award at the annual Athletics Wellington prizegiving. Another young athlete proves her skills overseas: Imogen Skelton heads to the Bahamas to represent New Zealand in the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games

in July. The high jumper, who visits Samuel Marsden Collegiate in Karori, takes out the third place with a 176 metres jump – a personal best. Shihan Peter Jennings of Johnsonville celebrates an outstanding achievement in his karate career that only a few Kiwis have managed. In August, he is inducted into both the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame and the World

Karate Union Hall of Fame which recognised his dedication to martial arts over the past 42 years. In October, John “Mystery” Morrison – a well-known and highly respected former international cricketer – is inducted as a life member at Onslow Cricket Club’s 86th Annual General Meeting. And at the end of the year, Karori sports people finally get their long-awaited artificial turf.

Councillor Simon Woolf referees the first football game on Karori’s new artificial turf.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Catch A Million dealt politically correct blow

ABOVE: Shihan Peter Jennings and karate students Alyssa Narayanan, Jonty Nguon and Liam Love. RIGHT: Karori athlete Ruby Muir wins the Wellington Women’s Half Marathon. PHOTOS: Independent Herald File

The changes to the ‘Catch A Million’ six - catching competition during New Zealand’s summer of cricket shows how political correctness is overriding common sense and fun. The competition sees $50,000 put up at each Black Caps short form fixture this year for anyone wearing a designated orange shirt who can take an unassisted one-handed catch. With Colin Munro blasting the hapless West Indies over the rope 10 times, it’s fair to say there were plenty of thrills and spills as people did what they could to take a catch. That included falling over unsuspecting people, including children. The promotion which was done several years ago has naturally proven wildly successful. However after what I will call ‘The Fun Police’ questioned the safety of people trying to take such crowd catches, the decision has been made to have designated catch zones and to ban any diving like we are all at a motel pool. I don’t want to see anyone hurt, let alone children but realistically if we try to remove all risk from the world, a lot of the fun goes with it. The best way to keep kids 100 percent safe is to not take them to any cricket matches. It’s simply PC madness. The competition adds colour and excitement to a six. I’ve clattered into kids in an attempt

to snare a lollipop at a lolly scramble imagine what I and many others will do for $50,000. Yes, there will be the odd person that cops a stray knee but the reality of serious injury is quite low. Despite the barrage of sixes over the summer already, there hasn’t been one injury. A hugely popular promotion which encourages people to get down to the ground and watch live sport has now had its brakes pumped because of those who live with a worse case scenario mindset. Life is about risk and managing it. The new rules make it much harder to get a winner for the prize and means people are being told where to sit if they want an outside chance at winning the cash. That’s what it is, make no mistake, it’s an outside chance at $50,000. To catch a cricket ball that has been hit with enough power it flies into the crowd is tough enough without having to do it with one hand. Herding all potential winners into a couple of spots on the ground means it’ll be like feeding time at a pig farm with everyone getting in each other’s way and preventing a catch being taken. This is another win for the politically correct pandas and another low point for those who want to have fun in the sun in this mixed up, muddled up world we live in.


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