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Doing good with data By Jacob Page

Former Samuel Marsden Collegiate student Maria English has been named NZ Hi Tech Young Achiever of the Year. She is the CEO of Impact Lab, an analytics startup that connects decision-makers with the information they can act on so they can grow their social impact and do good, and use their philanthropic gestures to create the most good possible in the community. “It was a real surprise (to win) but I appreciated the opportunity to be involved and meet the other nominees who are amazing people doing great things. Continued on page 2. Former Marsden student Maria English has been named NZ Hi-Tech Young Achiever for 2021 with her efforts with her company Impact Lab.

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Maria English on a return visit to Marsden in 2016 where she was head girl and dux in 2009.

Maria’s data journey for a positive impact Continued from page 1. “It was also great sharing the recognition with the charities and funders that we have worked with over the past 18 months because they’ve been a big part of helping me learn,” she says. Maria says people want to know the impact their dollar has on the community. “Everyone wants to do good better and understand their impact and grow it and this is one tool-kit for it. “We want to help decision

makers.” Maria’s first job was at Boston Consultancy in Sydney where she was able to work in remote Western Australia where she worked with an indigenous social services provider. “That was an eye-opener for me to see that amazing people in communities who knew what actually worked. “It can be challenging for funders to connect their funding decisions to what will actually work for people.

“So that’s when I realised that data and technology can scale funding decisions to improve people’s lives.” Maria says her time at Marsden, where she was head girl and dux in 2009, was instrumental in shaping her thought process. “I had a lot of opportunities to try things, work on initiatives in the community, work on teams, problem solve and the teachers were supportive of me finding my own way of thinking about things.

“It fits the New Zealand mindset of giving things a go.” She says growing up on a farm with five brothers taught her a level of resilience and family ethos which is now paying off in her professional life. “It taught me to not take myself too seriously because with brothers, you can’t get away with that. “It’s been nice to have that close family support and my brothers do keep me honest,” she says.

Last week’s floods in the South I recently hosted a meeting which included Island were a good reminder, if we local property developers and ever needed from it, that New Zealand representatives the City and Regional is Councils. a country where mother nature The background for the meeting wasdeliver the need a to ensure involved in can showallofpeople force at any providingHere more housing in our electorate, time. in Ōhāriu, although whether it be those building them or those still vulnerable to the odd deluge regulating and permitting that building, and localised likethe that understand the issuesflood, which govern experienced inhouses Ngaio in theagrees 1970s, ability to build the everyone it we is need. earthquakes which are most likely to affect our area. That essentially two types of is There whyarethere is constantly work development; greenfields and brownfields. going on around us,onled by the Greenfields means building currently Wellington Group Chaired undeveloped Lifelines land, typically ex farmland on edges ofFran currentWilde, urban areas, where and bytheDame to plan infrastructure like sewers, water supply and prepare for a major event. The other essential don’t exist are City major egressservices from Wellington usually built by the developer. could be the back road between Johnsonville and Karori, work Brownfields development meansand rebuilding existing sites, and there been is on being undertaken tohas identify and considerable discussion in recent times strengthen potential weak spots much intensification should be onaround this how route. allowed in existing suburbs, especially This is the sort ofto infrastructure changing of height limits allow for more work, combined of course with the apartments. Three Waters (water, waste and Both have their advantages andtalk about storm-water) which we disadvantages; the Regional Council in when discussing infrastructure. particular see their role to prevent more Obviously transport is included

as well. When we talk about an runoff and other material ending up in our infrastructure deficit, it is the lack of harbours, especially the Porirua harbour in investment in all these the case of development north ofthings over many years are identifying, and Johnsonville andwe Newlands. The Wellington City Council are concerned why it is now urgentthat to the fixexisting them. infrastructure cannot handle the pressure As residents, unfortunately weitcan comes under when new housing areas are be disrupted by digging on roads developed. Existing infrastructure is aging and other places, and of as course and needs upgrading across our city, we endure some uncomfortable evidenced by recent pipe failures. An advantage of intensification existing areas rate rises to pay forof them, but it means more people, more is essential wetherefore be as prepared ratepayers to pay for those upgrades. as we can possibly be, not only for possible disaster, but aalso Developers of course need to make profit, to ensure grow our city and wish towe keepcan their compliance costs as to low as possible. Many believe the Resource retain, attract and accommodate Management Act we is too need cumbersome. We as it the people to keep government for our part have undertaken to vibrant. rewrite that act. We are fortunate intheŌhāriu that The feedback was good, but success will threats from the sea, whether be when there are sufficient affordable housesor to meet demand. is certainly tidal from seaThat level risingmy are goal as your but MP. disruption to the rest minimal, of our city will impact on us. That, and of course having a vibrant and For all these reasons, it is important functioning Johnsonville Shopping Centre we to patient when efforts to future canbe all be proud of. proof our suburbs and area cause There’s plenty toIt’s be getting with. than disruption. muchonbetter being surprised next time nature chooses to show us who is boss.

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Denise Guy’s passion for babies’ mental health By Jacob Page

Karori’s Dr Denise Guy admits not being able to tell her family she was being made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, was challenging. Denise was recognised for her 35-year career in infant mental health. “It feels pretty marvellous and I’m immensely proud to receive the honour and I’m hopeful the honour becomes less about me and ends up being more supportive of doing more for the emotional and social well-being of babies and young children,” she says. “Keeping it quiet was quite difficult but once I told my family, it became real. “I didn’t start this work for awards like this so it’s very nice.”

Karori’s Dr Denise Guy has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to infant mental health.

Denise is a consultant child psychiatrist, a pioneer in the field of infant mental health (IMH), the social and emotional wellbeing of babies and young children from zero to four years. Denise has supported the de-

velopment of the IMH workforce across organisations including Naku Enei Tamariki, WhƗnau Ɩwhina Plunket, and Perinatal and IMH services in District Health Boards. She supervises practitioners working with families and young children across areas including mental health, early intervention and early childhood education. She is founding Trustee of Incredible Families, which delivers programmes for parents and clinicians. From here she coordinates training in the ‘Watch, Wait and Wonder Intervention’, addressing problematic infant-parent relationships. Denise has been a founding member of the Infant Mental Health Association Aotearoa New Zealand since 2006. She says parents are realising

the emotional needs of children under-four. “I try to provide a real explanation of the term about how our relationships and emotional well-being is the bedrock for how our development goes and how we wire our brain. “Babies are communicating with their parents even before they are born but they are absolutely relational and communicating from birth. “It is hard for people to think of babies being distressed in an emotional way but they do and they are and there are things we can do to help. “If we don’t think about it, we don’t offer interventions when most parents would like something to help their children track well with their development and emotional health.”

Anne’s advocacy for disabled people recognised By Jacob Page

Broadmeadows resident Anne Hawker has been advocating for the rights of disabled people for more than 40 years. She was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours over the weekend. She had previously been awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for Community Service, for people with disabilities on the Queen’s Birthday in 1989. “Humbled is probably the word, to me it’s not just a recognition of my work but a recognition of the teams I work with across a number of areas,” she says. Anne was President of Rehabilitation International from 2008 to 2012 and chaired their Social Commission from 2000 to 2008.

Anne Hawker’s life-long advocacy to improve the lives of people with a disability has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Photo: Brian Sheppard.

She played a leading role in Rehabilitation International’s work towards the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). She was President of the Dis-

abled Persons Assembly New Zealand from 1993 to 1997, where she led and partnered a range of policy initiatives and championed all issues facing disabled people. She advocated for the New Zealand Disability Strategy, which then became New Zealand’s negotiating mandate for the UNCRPD. Anne was New Zealand representative to the International Federation of Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1988 to 1993. She was CEO of the Head Injury Society in 1995 and 1996. “While there is still more to be done, when I look back over (41 years) and see that disabled people couldn’t get out of their homes, there was no information, access to support was tough. “My generation, and I’m fast approaching 70, will face some challenges because disabled people

have never lived this long and we haven’t considered the challenges of aging with a disability “ She has been instrumental in establishing the ‘We Enable Us’ network, providing leadership on effective and inclusive employed of disabled people in the public sector and has been a driving force behind ‘The Accessibility Charter’. Anne says one of her driving forces has been to establish data on how disabled people live so the information can be used to improve people’s lives in the future. “We did not have a lot of that when I first started and that and we’ve had to fight for that over the years.” Anne says she is thrilled to have been recognised for her life of work and she remains as committed as ever to the cause.

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Deaf law student argues for accessibility to hearing technology Alison Winstanley is so grateful for the equal opportunities that her cochlear implants have given her that she is considering a career in medical law to advocate for equal accessibility for all those in need.

The 19-year-old law student is studying at Victoria University in Wellington, was diagnosed profoundly deaf when she was 14 months old. She received her first cochlear implant when she was

19 months old and her second before starting school. Invented by Professor Graeme Clark over 40 years ago, the multi-channel cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids that amplify sound, cochlear implants do the work of damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to the brain. The cochlear implant has its origins in Prof Clark’s close relationship with his deaf father and the pain he witnessed caused by hearing loss. Alison is contemplating specialising in medical law, to help other people with a disability have the same access as their peers, including eligibility for cochlear implants. The Government pledged in last month’s Budget announcement to allocate an additional $28m over the next four years for adult cochlear implants. “I would quite like to be able to advocate for others in some way. Had I not received cochlear implants my life would be very different. I would Alison Winstanley is so grateful for the equal opportunities that her cochlear implants have given her that she wants to advocate for equal accessibility for all those in need.

Update from your local city councillor Long Term Plan – more money for cycleways? At the end of May and following public consultation, Council debated the next 10-year plan. The proposed increase in water infrastructure and sludge treatment investment were publicly well supported. An increase in weekend parking charges was not well supported and the amount of the increase has been scaled back.

strongly encourage anyone considering getting one to do so,” she says. “I’ve found out so many things that I have access to that I didn’t realise I could. It can be hard when you don’t understand legal systems and processes, knowing what you have access to and how to navigate through it all. “ Alison is extremely grateful that they have enabled her to access sound, and to live a varied and fulfilling life that has included national public speaking, debating competitions and fundraising where her perfect enunciation is incredibly important. “I don’t know a life without sound. I am able to participate fully alongside my hearing peers. I am able to do pretty much everything they can. You’d never know I was profoundly deaf in both ears,” she says. “My life is certainly very different compared to what it might have been without cochlear implants and the access to sound they provide. “I am fully integrated into the hearing world. I engage daily with the hearing world in my studies at law

school. I live in a flat with friends, have a couple of part-time jobs, enjoy going to social events and engaging in University life. Cochlear implants have completely transformed my life, allowing me to enter the hearing world and participate fully with the world around me.” Alison’s parents first suspected her hearing was abnormal when they took her to a musical show and noticed she didn’t react to the loud crashing cymbals. “My father found it rather curious, and after setting off an alarm clock next to my head in an attempt to stir a reaction, decided my hearing should be checked,” she candidly reveals. Cochlear implants are surgicallyimplanted electronic devices that provide access to sound for people with severe or profound hearing loss. Alison had her right cochlear implant inserted and the processor fitted before she was two. Her left one was fitted just before she turned five. Intensive listening and spoken language therapy provided by The Hearing House taught her how to decipher sounds. This groundwork prepared her for school and independence alongside her hearing peers. Because her cochlear implants were fitted when she was so young, Alison regards them as totally normal, and rarely feels any different to anyone else. “I was at the same school from when I was five, until I was about 15. Because everyone knew [she had cochlear implants] they didn’t ask. When I changed schools, I realised people could see my implants. They were curious and tended to ask what they were.” “I have never liked being seen as different. I tend to wear my hair down, not because I’m embarrassed but more just that I don’t want to be treated differently. I feel fortunate to have cochlear implants. I would not be able to have the life that I do have if it wasn’t for them.”

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The Johnsonville Foodbank is in desperate need of donations as winter hits. Kim Edgecombe from the Johnsonville Community Centre, who helps coordinate the foodbank, says the need for food parcels is on the rise, not only from individuals but also families. “Our stocks are very low,” she says. “We are grateful to receive any donations but we prefer foodbank-friendly food, so that’s stock with a long shelf-life. “Tinned food, pasta, rice, cereal, tinned vegetables,” she says.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you have a family tradition for Queens Birthday weekend?

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“Not really the main thing for me is to keep off the busy roads.”

“No plans but to enjoy an extra day off.”

“No traditions just a chance to have a break from a busy week with the kids.”

“It is the last long weekend for a while so I make the most of the chance to get somethings done around the house.”

“It is usually the weekend each year we get a load of wood in and stacked for the winter.”

“Not really a traditional weekend for me just a chance to have some time off.”

Cops veto crime reports By Gerald Rillstone

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been performing an invaluable service for the Northern Suburbs community going down to the Johnsonville Police Station, getting the statistics for reported crime in the Northern Suburbs and sending this to the Independent Herald and community groups. The supply of these statistics has been erratic in recent times but in May, was

stopped completely on the orders from a sergeant. Now that this has been stopped, it’s affected the Neighbourhood Watch organisations that have been running for over 30 years, as well as the Community Patrol groups as they now don’t know what areas to focus on in their patrols, neighbourhood groups and resident associations as they

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Photography exhibition set for Johnsonville Library Ross, to photograph the ‘Words on Wheels’ tour of Otago and Southland. The purpose of these tours was to introduce school pupils and other members of the public to writers who would read from their work and answer questions, and a mini-photo essay embedded within the larger exhibition tells the story of the seven exhausting days spent giving readings in 19 different venues. The tour included a visit to Janet Frame’s old family home in Eden St, Oamaru, where the group was warned to expect spooky camera failures: the image ‘Unplanned Double Exposure’ was the result. Alan Knowles originally learned the craft of photography from his father in Queenstown in the 1950s, and vividly recalls the hours he spent in his dad’s darkroom, pushing his prints through the developing and fixing baths before washing and drying them on the glazer that gave them that high-gloss finish we still associate with the black-andwhite film stills of the era. Alan’s developed a documentary practice that often highlights his advocacy of social justice and his compassion for the less well-off. Other projects have included poverty in Palmerston North in 1982; the workers in the Campbell Tube factory in Thames and the Griffin’s Biscuit Factory in

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Waiwhetu; Poverty in Murupara, Minginui and Kaingaroa Forest; the homeless in Wellington; aged care workers in residential homes; and water allocation and misuse in Canterbury. The authors included in the exhibition range from household New Zealand names such as Margaret Mahy, Fiona Kidman and CK Stead, through international bestsellers such as novelist Frederick Forsythe, comedian Michael Palin, and iconoclast Richard Dawkins, to award-winning New Zelander Catherine Chidgey, author of the best-selling The Wish Child, and Canadian academic and environmental activist David Suzuki. Apart from the Words on Wheels series, almost all were photographed in

Wellington, giving the portraits a distinct local edge. Featuring as it does such a wide-ranging set of writers, the exhibition is perfectly suited to its venue and will provide library staff the opportunity to showcase their work. ‘Authors – Photographs by Alan Knowles’ is presented by Photography Aotearoa and curated by John Williams and Mark Beehre. Photography Aotearoa is a charitable trust set up to ‘encourage, enrich and inspire photography in Aotearoa New Zealand’, and this show follows on from their long-running and immensely popular ‘A Walk Down Johnsonville Rd’, documentary-style images from the 1960s by John B Turner that captured a streetscape and a way of life that has now

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A new photography exhibition will open on Saturday at the Waitohi Community Hub and Library in Johnsonville. ‘Authors – Photographs by Alan Knowles’ is presented by the Photography Aotearoa Charitable Trust and features more than seventy New Zealand and overseas novelists, poets, non-fiction writers, and other authors. The exhibition has its origins as a personal project in the 1990s when photographer Alan Knowles, who was a regular attendee at events hosted by the New Zealand Book Council (now ReadNZ Te Pou Muramura), offered to make a series of pro bono portraits for the Council’s archives. Some of those original silver-gelatin prints are reproduced in this exhibition, which also pays homage to the administrators and booksellers responsible for touring and promoting the authors’ work. After visiting Europe in 2000, Alan became the principal representative in New Zealand of the Paris-based Agence Opale, a photographic agency specialising in author portraits, and in this role he covered many Writers and Readers Week events: some of those photographs also feature in the show. In February 2004 he was invited by the NZ Book Council executive director, Karen


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Karori West Brownies do their bit for the community Karori West Brownies have shown their support for two key community organisations. Girl Guiding New Zealand encourages girls to take action for a better world. Part of the Guide Law is to help other people and to care for the environment. This is what the Brownies from Karori West Brownies have done. As part of the Money Wise Badge Karori West Brownies decided to do a sponsored bike/ scooter/run around Karori Park to raise funds for the local community. Girls were sponsored by their whanau for each lap of the park that they completed. Some girls managed to cycle/scoot an impressive 15km in just over an hour!

Karori West Brownies raised $622 and decided to donate half of the money ($311) to Bellyful Karori and half of the money ($311) to Predator Free Karori. Last week, they presented the money to the two charities. Predator Free Karori says they value the community-minded effort. “We were so impressed with the knowledge that the Karori West Brownies had around predator free movement and it was particularly rewarding to see how many of the girls had traps in their backyards. “Things are looking bright for the future with this generation who will view trapping like putting out your recycling bin, it is just what you do. “We look forward to working

with Hannah and the girls in the near future to put their fundraising efforts towards the betterment of our native species.” Bellyful Karori says the efforts are much appreciated. “It was such a pleasure to meet with Hannah and the Karori West Brownies on Thursday evening. “The girls had such an interest in what Bellyful Karori is all about and asked wonderful questions that showed they were really thinking about the need for families to have support when there is a new baby or sickness in the family. “We really appreciate the huge effort the went to in their wheelathon and are delighted they wanted to support Bellyful.”

Karori West Brownies raised $622 and decided to donate half of the money ($311) to Bellyful Karori and half of the money ($311) to Predator Free Karori.

Come and join the mid-winter dance

On Saturday June 19, Ngaio Union will throw its doors wide open and welcome in anyone who’s keen for an evening of dance.

With mid-winter approaching, and the Matariki stars dawning in the sky, the weather is turning chiller. “But what better way to stay warm in the depths of winter, than to join the dance!” says Ngaio Union Minister, Sue Brown. On Saturday June 19, Ngaio Union will throw its doors wide open and welcome in anyone who’s keen for an evening of dance, music and family fun - with food and drink thrown in. “It’s family friendly and non-alco-

holic” adds Sue. “You’ll be walked through all the dances by expert ‘callers’, and no previous experience is needed. “And if you just want to sit, watch the dancers and listen to the music, that’s fine too.” The live music comes courtesy of Celtic Plus, a celtic band well known in Ngaio.” The fun gets underway at 7pm and entry is free, but a koha is welcomed for the Ngaio Community Assistance Fund. And bring along a small plate of food to share for supper.



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“The mid-winter dance is part of our Matariki celebrations for 2021” says Sue. “So look out for other events for all the family” You’ll find Ngaio Union at the corner of Crofton Road and Kenya Street. “You can’t miss us” she adds. “It’s the building with the giant mural painted on the outside wall, the lights will be twinkling for Matariki, and there’ll be music drifting down the street.”

Discover Scots Junior School Years 1-6 9am – 2.30pm Senior Girls Experience Afternoon Years 11-13, 2022 12pm – 3.30pm

Thursday June 10, 2021


Troy It’s been over a decade but I can say I have returned to where it all started for me. It’s humbling, nerve racking and exciting all in one. My journey as a Personal Trainer started at this very spot in Johnsonville at 8 Broderick Road. At that time, many of the gyms were


very expensive, with limited opening hours, 9pm being the latest closing time. These barriers didn’t work for a lot of my clients or for my friends and family. I knew, in order for them to benefit from exercise, they were going to need something that would take those barriers away, and so I came up with the concept of 24/7 fitness, a gym with low memberships and 24/7 access and opened our first site in Porirua. The principle of removing barriers to great health and fitness became our core foundation in how we operated. With this in mind, we made sure our memberships also had NO FIXEDTERM CONTRACTS and NO JOINING FEES to make it as easy as possible to join the gym. The rest from there is history. As we have grown we’ve enjoyed being able to serve more people and are looking forward to serving the Johnsonville community.

We’ve also continued to introduce more services to give more opportunities to provide good health and fitness for everyone. These are Free Monday, Youth Sponsorship and 10kg Promise. Our Free Mondays, is as its says. It’s free to all, no strings attached. Come into any of our facilities during staffed hours and start the week off on the right foot. I know for myself when you train on Monday, you feel motivated and you start the week off on the right note. So I want everyone to have that same opportunity. The second one being our youth sponsorship. I believe we have a lot of talented youth in our communities and not all of them can access a fitness facility. We offer the youth sponsorship to give them the opportunity to train for a year in our facility. Most of those sponsorships we continue for years after. I believe that no one should be restricted in developing their


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talent because they can’t get into a fitness facility. Our last one is our 10kg promise. I thought, ‘Why do members not get rewarded when they achieve and succeed?’ A lot of members come to us for weight loss and we would like to reward them for their hard work. So now we have our 10kg promise where if you loose 10kg with us in a year, you get 3 months free membership on us. I hope you can feel from all the benefits and services that we offer that we truly care about those that enter our space. We honestly want you to succeed and we want you to do well. We want you to do that in an environment where you feel comfortable, where you don’t feel pressured to be any type or shape or size and that you can just come, train and enjoy the benefits of what fitness can bring to your life. I’ve experienced them and I know you can as well.


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Matariki ki Poneke Festival – watch this space Matariki ki Pǀneke Festival 2021 will be a time to celebrate, remember and honour our diversity, culture and combined history with a two-week festival of live and digital events, exhibitions, workshops and online activities. Wellington City Council has released its full programme and there’s something for everyone, everywhere, on land sea and air. Ahi KƗ kicks-off the festival with a weekend of ahi (fire), kai (food), whƗnau (family), storytelling and entertainment, then a fortnight of events and activities ending with Aotearoa’s largest annual fireworks display, the Matariki fireworks on Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington Harbour. Mayor Andy Foster says the MƗori new year is a significant time for all New Zealanders, as a time to come together, look back, and face forward. “Matariki ki Pǀneke 2021 will bring a welcome vibrancy to our beautiful winter waterfront which is the perfect place to celebrate the wonder of the natural world and reflect on Wellington’s remarkable environmental restoration journey the results of which, nourish our sense of wellbeing,” said Mayor Foster. The Matariki festival will also showcase some of the best MƗori talent in the country, providing a platform for talented storytellers, artists and performers to share and embrace tikanga MƗori in a free and whƗnau friendly environment. Councillor Jill Day (NgƗti Tnjwharetoa) agrees Matariki is particularly significant this year, as 2021 has seen huge improvement for MƗori in the decision-making processes and input in areas of local government. “This year we are proud to have introduced mana whenua representation with voting rights and remuneration, and more recently a MƗori

Wellington City Council has released its full Matariki programme and there’s something for everyone, everywhere, on land sea and air.

Ward in Wellington which will come into effect for the 2022 local elections. “Both these milestones are a step towards honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and making a better future for Pǀneke and our tamariki – which is definitely cause for celebration.” Matariki ki Pǀneke Festival 2021 | Key events Ahi KƗ Fri 2 – Sat 3 July | 5pm–8.30pm. Wellington Waterfront. Learn about the MƗori New Year with a celebration of Ahi (fire), kai (food) and whƗnau (family) Tnjrama Fri 2 – Sat 3 July evening. Tnjrama will shine skyward from Taranaki Wharf at Ahi KƗ. Sun 4 – Weds 7 July evening. Tnjrama travels to the suburbs – check out Council’s social media channels for locations. Mana Moana Tue 6 – Sat 10 July | 6pm–10pm. Water screen display at Whairepo Lagoon Matariki Fireworks Sat 10 July | 6.30pm. Wellington Harbour. Postponement date Sun 11 July For more information, please visit www.wcc. govt.nz/matariki

William Docherty – Marsden’s Artist in Residence Mix a professional creative artist with impressionable students eager to learn and the results can be quite transformative – the ultimate outcome of the Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Artist in Residence programme. Marsden School established the Artist in Residence Programme in 1999 and continues each year to build a legacy of strong associations with professional practicing artists and designers. This year’s Marsden Artist in Residence is artist and educator William Docherty. William began his 6- weeks at the school on 31 May, creating his own body of work and inspiring students along the way. William has been an art educator for over 40 years and is a practicing artist, painter and sculptor. His work has featured in numerous exhibitions. During his residency at Marsden, William is collaborating with art students to create works inspired by the land, sea and sky around them as well as the changing seasons. “I tend to see things from a captured moment - like a view through a window. The multiplicity of the environment is what I’m after. In order to do that I’m referencing the ideas of the cubists and how they give you more than one view at one time. That idea, combined with my design background, allows me to see how things can be structured, organised and put together in a particular way.” The programme also extends to Primary schools in the local community, whose students, each

year, are invited to attend a workshop run by Marsden’s Artist in Residence. William’s creative outcomes, along with works of some of the students he has mentored, will be on display and for sale at his Exhibition entitled Multiplicity, held at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, 1 Queen’s Wharf, Wellington, 24 June to 11 July 2021. “It is always fabulous to have such high calibre artists engaging with our students in the Artist in Residence Programme. “That has been extra special this year, with William’s extensive background in art, as well as teaching. “The in-depth conversations, skills and the excitement that our artists in residence bring to the classroom is invaluable” says Marsden Art teacher and teacher in charge of the school’s Artist in Residence Programme, Kaz Bartsch. William was born in Glasgow and studied at Leicester University. Following his graduation with a BAHons, he moved to Birmingham to study Post Graduate Education at the School of Art. He taught in Birmingham for a year then moved to New Zealand, to a teaching position with Palmerston North Boys’ High School, initially as a solo arts teacher. This position led to Head of Visual Arts, responsible for all aspects of the Art curriculum at all year levels, growing the department, and overseeing a purpose built Art facility, known as the Visual Arts and Creative Industry Department.

Buying a Home? YIP! It is always an honour serving this community in real estate, as we are very fortunate to have a broad range of properties for sale and guiding first-time sellers and buyers is always a pleasure. Here are a few tips that may help you get into your own home: 1. Time is the most important resource – So many first home buyers spend months and months finding that perfect home, only to miss out and repeat this long process. If you currently do not own a property, you are sadly at the mercy of any market changes. Ie; if you are renting now and the market goes up $100k, you will be left behind. If you are struggling to get home, lower your expectations, get into a property so your investment can relatively move with the market. 2. Your first home is not your forever home – Some of the most financially successful first home buyers we’ve dealt with, are those who approached their first home purchase as a financial stepping stone that will catapult them into their second home with strong equity and value. Make sure your first home has opportunity for value adding (such as profitable renovations opportunities) and has a positive outlook for capital gain (good location). By making good investment decisions quickly, you will be in a better position later to afford your dream home. 3. Purchase to your means – Find yourself a good mortgage broker / manager and talk through your options. In almost all cases, you will find that by purchasing a property at a price where your total deposit is 20% or more, you will be able to access better interest rates, cash back deals, not having to pay for valuations, and even better you may also be able to offer with no conditions in some cases (which as you know will allow you to be

much more competitive). All which will save you money! 4. You can always sell the house – In most cases, the property you have purchased will not immediately depreciate, and following historic market trend, it is likely to go up! Property has been typically described as a ‘brick and mortar’ investment for their longterm stability. Especially in New Zealand, where we haven’t seen any significant drops in this area going back to 1993. In terms of capital gains tax, there are some grounds for exemptions for your main home. Also remember, it isn’t how much you pay for the house, it is how much you sell it for. If you would like to discuss any of these points in more detail or would like to have a chat about your real estate needs, just get in touch. Love to hear from you!

Written by William YIP Your friend in Real Estate 021 106 9997 William.YIP@CollectiveFN.co.nz

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Artist in Residence 2021, William Docherty, inspires Marsden’s Year 11 students.

Council resets, in name and spirit Wellington City Council has held its first committee meeting today as recommended in the Winder Report on Council governance. The inaugural meeting of PnjUoro Rangaranga - Social, Cultural and Economic Committee marks the establishment of the new committee structure that supersedes the previous portfolio system. “The new committee structure will streamline Council’s way of working and empower the Council to address Wellington’s most pressing needs,” says Mayor Andy Foster Five ‘Committees of the Whole’ consisting of all elected members and two mana whenua representatives, and four ‘Committees of the Part’, have been established to maximise process and decision making. “The introduction of the new committee

structure coincides with the establishment of mana whenua seats. This is an exciting step for Wellington, and we look forward to working with mana whenua on the new committees,” says Councillor Jill Day, Chair of 3njroro Rangaranga - Social, Cultural and Economic Committee. The naming of the committees has been inspired by the legend of Kupe’s pursuit of Te Wheke a Muturangi (an Octopus). For this metaphor we have used the nine brains of the octopus, with the main central brain (Council) controlling the overall octopus, and each other interdependent brain controlling each of the eight kƗwai (tentacles). “Our vision is that the committees will work in both name and spirit and that their identity is also reflected in Te Reo MƗori,” adds Mayor Foster.

Thursday June 10, 2021


Next Generation Real Estate.

Hooked on Fisher? YIP! 15 Fisher Street, Johnsonville 3



Fisher Street is in a fantastic Johnsonville location, close to both Onslow College and Raroa Intermediate and just a short walk to Alex Moore Park. It is a very solid 1940s weatherboard home that has just benefitted from a tasteful renovation to offer the very best of new and old, located minutes away from central Johnsonville. The property bathes in the morning and afternoon sun which floods the property, giving it an airy and welcoming atmosphere. The light and modern kitchen and open plan living complement the polished wooden floors. This is a fabulous,


contemporary home where you can easily imagine yourself having dinner and putting your feet up after a hard days work. RV $550,000 Tender 3:00pm Thursday 24th June 2021

Linda & Lexi, Team YIP 027 586 6046

Anita Corlett & William YIP 021 0225 6795

A Fine Prospect? YIP! 25A Prospect Terrace, Johnsonville 2



Perfect fit for singles and young couples entering the market. Enjoying amazing views overlooking Johnsonville - a perfect place to unwind after the hustle and bustle of work. Flanked by trees, you will have the sense of being tucked away but still conveniently located in central Johnsonville - only 400 meters from the library/swimming pool and a little further to Johnsonville School and the Mall. It really is hard to beat for convenience. There is space for two cars in the dedicated parking spaces and it has a


compact and easy to maintain section. Built in the 90's but renovated with modern kitchen and bathroom with new carpets throughout, this fabulous home has had all the hard work done - the lucky new owners just have to move in and enjoy all the benefits of the Northern Suburbs. RV $560,000 Tender 3:00pm Thursday 24th June 2021

Janik Perera 027 339 9444

Anita Corlett & William YIP 021 0225 6795


Thursday June 10, 2021

Next Generation Real Estate.

Miles Ahead? YIP! 19 Miles Crescent, Newlands 3



Modern, warm and low-maintenance, this superb near-new home has been specifically designed for Wellingtonians who have better things to do than spend weekends maintaining gardens. This bright and airy, contemporary home benefits from modern construction, double-glazing and open-plan living spaces - just the thing for couples and small families. With a private, sun-drenched front courtyard, a perfect place for summer breakfasts or parties, there is all the outdoor space you need but not too much and no lawns to mow! Inside, the compact kitchen has modern appliances and


stone bench top and overlooks the adjoining open-plan living space. There is a heatpump to keep things cosy and also a toilet downstairs. RV $740,000 Tender 3:00pm Thursday 24th June 2021

Scott Maclean 027 592 8386

Anita Corlett & William YIP 021 0225 6795

This One Will Bowl You Over 6 Davies Street, Tawa 2


It is not often that we can offer such a 'super starter' or the perfect downsize in such a prime position. This immaculately presented and spacious 2 bedroom unit is handy to absolutely everything and the location is hard to beat. A short flat walk to the shops, the local schools, and the rail station or bus. You can pop down the road for a daily swim at the Pool, or for a roll up at the local bowling club across the road.


This lovely home has been meticulously maintained and cared for by our owners for over 18 years and they are now offering it to a new family or down-sizers to love and enjoy. RV $425,000

Deadline Sale 3.00pm Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Jane Mather 021 339 623

Thursday June 10, 2021


Next Generation Real Estate.

Kinapori Perfection? YIP! 24 Kinapori Terrace, Newlands 3



Fabulous, elevated family home with quality, sympathetic modernization that has truly transformed this 1950s, solid home into something perfectly suited to contemporary living. Before you even enter, you will appreciate the beautifully manicured garden and steps, with quality features and lighting that hint at what's inside. All the hard work has been done to create fantastic open plan living areas that are flooded with light from the north-facing windows. The modern, spacious


kitchen has a movable 'island' and is the beating heart of this terrific home. Doors from the kitchen flow to the immaculate rear garden, a real haven off the patio to the rear - a gorgeous space for al-fresco parties, children and pets. RV $660,000 Tender 12:00pm Friday 25th June 2021

Shannon Crawford, Team YIP 027 665 2501

Anita Corlett & William YIP 021 0225 6795

Wow Factor - Contemporary & Stylish Family Living 8A Olivia Crescent, Tawa 4



Looking for something near new! Homes in Tawa as lovely as this do not come along often. Built in 2017 this stunning low maintenance four bedroom home has been built with quality in mind. Orientated to embrace loads of light and sunshine, this entertainment friendly home is stylish and contemporary. The open plan kitchen living areas are the


hub of this exuberant home with its designer kitchen and walk in pantry. The living areas open onto to a safe, private courtyard, and garden that is sheltered from the prevailing wind. This level also features a spacious bedroom with ensuite, additional guest WC, and double internal access garaging. Upstairs sees a further 3 bedrooms, an open office or additional living space and family bathroom. RV $740,000

Deadline Sale 2:00pm Thursday 24th June 2021

Jane Mather 021 339 623


Thursday June 10, 2021

Next Generation Real Estate.

Corner of Paradise? YIP! 26 Colchester Crescent, Newlands 3



This beautiful three-bedroom weatherboard home offers you everything you could want and more. The living spaces are all on one level, with an internally accessed garage and huge man-cave/ workshop below. This represents convenient and spacious living - with plenty of room for hobbies, teenage retreats or even a home gym! The modern kitchen with open plan dining flows to a fabulous deck, where you can soak in the spa pool after a long day and appreciate the well-established garden.


Having been fully insulated and double-glazed you will certainly be warm and cozy over the winter months. The wood burner adds further warmth and character whilst the heat transfer system ensures that the bedrooms also benefit on those cold nights. RV $550,000 Tender 12:00pm Friday 25th June 2021

Shannon Crawford, Team YIP 027 665 2501

Anita Corlett & William YIP 021 0225 6795

25 Seatoun Heights Road, Seatoun 4



Deadline Sale


Sunday 13 June 2021

Midday Friday 18th June 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm


15 Fisher Street

11:00am - 12:00pm


42 Prospect Terrace

11:00am - 12:00pm

Churton Park

71/232 Middleton Road

16A Whangaimoana Beach Road, Cape Palliser

11:00am - 12:00pm


42 Prospect Terrace

11:00am - 11:45am

Grenada Village

13 Antigua Way


11:00am - 12:00pm


18 Kimberley Way

12:00pm - 1:00pm


6 Davies Street

12:00pm - 12:30pm


57 Meadowcroft Grove

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Churton Park

190 Westchester Drive

12:15pm - 12:45pm


5C Ngatoto Street

12:30pm - 1:00pm


16A Lenox Grove

12:45pm - 1:30pm


1/8 Mangaroa Hill Road

Deadline Sale

1:00pm - 2:00pm


59 Raroa Terrace

3:00pm Wednesday 16th June 2021

1:00pm - 2:00pm


26 Colchester Crescent

1:15pm - 1:45pm


11/2 Hindmarsh Street

1:30pm - 2:30pm


8A Olivia Crescent

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Titahi Bay

42 Pikarere Street

2:00pm - 2:30pm


15 Link Road

2:30pm - 3:30pm


24 Kinapori Terrace

2:30pm - 3:15pm


25 Seatoun Heights Road

3:00pm - 4:00pm


19 Miles Crescent

Contact Gillian Cross on 021 457 782



$599,000 Contact Liz Ryniker on 027 446 8908

13 Antigua Way, Grenada Village 4



Contact Gillian Cross on 021 457 782

18 Kimberley Way, Khandallah 3



For Sale by Tender 3:00pm Thursday 17th June 2021 Contact Shannon Crawford, Team YIP on 027 665 2501

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GARDENING THIS WEEK Roses in June: By Wally Richards Roses, as we all know, are a deciduous plant and in winter they shed their leaves and have a nice rest till the advent of spring. With the weather being so mild to date, our friends the roses are still in leaf with some flowers on a few plants. The longer this situation continues reduces the rest period before next spring and can affect their potential in the coming season. Wet, cold weather along with a few hard frosts does wonders in cleaning up problems of pests and diseases that the previous season saw. The question arises, ‘What should we do with our roses at this time?’ We could just leave them and hope that winter will do the job for us sometime before we need to prune in July/August. Alternatively we can help force them into having a rest now by cutting all the canes of our bush and standard roses back to half. At the same time we might as well remove any dead, diseased or spindly canes. Then we can do one of two things; spray the reduced canes with lime sulphur to burn off any remaining foliage and assist in wiping out any disease spores or pests harboring on the canes. (In other words we are doing what a few hard frosts would do.) This would be a good spray to use if you have had a fair bit of disease through the season. The alternative for those who have not had too much in the way of problems, is to spray the canes with Wallys Liquid Copper. We all want to have the best-look-

ing roses, free of diseases and pests and if we do the right thing by working with the natural forces of nature it becomes a relatively simple task. Insect pests such as aphids and scale prefer nitrogen-rich sappy growth so avoid using rose fertilisers and Nitrophoska and your pest problems will lessen. Instead use natural products such as blood and bone, compost, dolomite and sheep manure pellets. Not using these manmade fertilisers will also greatly reduce your disease problems. Aphids will still appear on your roses in the spring but a simple natural spray of Super Pyrethrum and Wallys Super Neem Tree Oil will give you safe control. Diseases that may have been on your roses this past season will have released spores which are harboring in the soil waiting for spring. To help eradicate these spores spray the roses and soil underneath with potassium permanganate (Condys Crystals) To aid the soil life action you can drench the soil a couple of times over the next few months with a combination of Mycorrcin and Magic Botanical Liquid.(MBL) These two products feed the soil life and clean up harmful residues in the soil. If you would like to add more beneficial microbes to your soil then drench the soil with either Micro-Life or Bio-Mangus Fish fertiliser, using non chlorinated water. Now having achieved a healthier soil do not ruin it by applying rose fertiliser or Nitrophoska as these

products are acidic and harm both worms and soil life. The more worms you have in your soil the healthier the soil and plants will be. If you have low or no worm populations you have a problem that needs to be rectified. After your final pruning at winter’s end you can further enhance the health of your roses by applying all the minerals that they would like in their diet. The once a year application of Ocean Solids and Wallys Unlocking your Soil will achieve this. In spring the new growths on our roses are very healthy and we should do all that we can to maintain this healthy aspect. A 2 to 4 weekly spray over the foliage and soil of MBL and Mycorrcin will greatly assist. The reason that the foliage is so healthy is because the soil food web has been able to grow and expand and we need to protect this fragile life. The avoidance of chemicals is a must and also one needs to consider what is coming out of your tap. Chlorine is used to kill microbes in our drinking water and it will also knock back the beneficial soil life. During winter and spring with ample rainfall we have no need to water and everything is healthier as a result. I came to realise this a few years ago so to overcome the problem I placed suitable filters on my outside taps to remove the chlorine. This made a big difference to all my plants and gardens. In fact the water was just about as good as rain.

(Not quite, as rain has other benefits lost to tap water). New Season Roses are now starting to come into garden centres and many will pick out a few new specimens to add to their existing collection. If you buy a rose that is potted up in a bag in a mix to keep the roots moist then you only have to ensure that the mix is kept moist till you plant out. Bare-rooted roses should be ‘heeled in’ till you are ready to plant out. (Heeled in means digging a hole and temporarily planting them in a group) The most important aspect in planting new roses is to place them in a spot where they are going to get plenty of sunlight. The less sun, the poorer the flowering and the more scraggly the rose. The first season should be devoted to obtaining as much foliage as possible without being concerned with the number or size of the flowers. The reason is, the more leaves, the quicker the establishment. To obtain ample leaves make some liquid animal manure and give the roses a drink of this every 2-3 weeks diluted down 1:10. Chicken manure is best but any other manure will also do. If you are planing a rose in a new bed or in a new spot away from existing roses here is another little tip. Place half to a full spade of dirt from an existing rose bed into the base of the planting hole. The soil will have the right beneficial fungi that works in conjunction with roses

to assist their ability to feed and gather moisture. You have taken away the delay period that would happen for the beneficial fungi and the new rose to establish a relationship. Planting in an existing rose bed already has the right fungi in action. (If you haven’t killed it with chemicals). In the first season, two other points should be remembered. Roses need ample water to establish and the soil should never be allowed to dry out, but don’t overwater. Secondly if cutting any flowers off a new rose do not take much or any of the stem that has leaves on it. Leaves means energy from the sun for faster and better establishment. If you have any roses that you wish to move, now is the time to do it; cut the canes back to half, then lift and move. One last tip, do not cut or prune your roses on a cool/cold, moist day as silver leaf disease can enter the wounds. Always wait for a sunny drier day.

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Use stylish metal fencing and avoid the timber shortage If you’re looking to build or renew your fencing you’d be making a wise choice to invest in metal fencing. That’s because right now New Zealand is facing a serious shortage in the supply of many grades of tanalised timber. Besides, metal is durable, looks smart and is easy to construct as it comes in panels and is very simple to assemble. Metalcraft Fencing offers an attractive and high quality, yet cost effective fencing solution. Metalcraft fencing is suitable for domestic, rural and industrial applications. Metalcraft Fencing panels are manufactured from locally sourced steel from New Zealand Steel in COLORSTEEL® ENDURA®. The

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Things To Do This Winter

Wellington Sewing Centre

Get your house in order this winter with everything you need from firewood for warm cosy nights or take the opportunity to get creative and tackle those sewing projects that have been put to the side or it might be time for a new oven to cook comfort dishes in for cold winter days.

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WELLINGTON SEWING CENTRE has a great selection of knitting and sewing supplies, including on-trend dress fabrics and patterns. We host a busy schedule of affordable adult classes

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Johnsonville’s Rayner makes North v South showdown Johnsonville’s Dale Rayner will be amongst some of the biggest names in bowls in New Zealand has been confirmed in the North (Te Ika-M-Ɨui) and South (Te Waipounamu) Island teams for the new inter-island challenge in September. The North v South Challenge will be contested at the Hopes Dunedin Indoor Stadium, from September 3 to 5 in a Ryder Cup type format with 18 players announced including some of the legends of the game. Both teams have a mix of experience and youth and are dominated by national and overseas medal winners. Jo Edwards and Val Smith are included in the South team up against rivals such as Selina Smith (nee Goddard) from the North who is 26-years-old and has already won

a Commonwealth Games medal. Seamus Curtin from Wellington is just 21-years-old but has the experienced Michael Galloway from Auckland in his team as well as Chris Le Lievre who is bowling out of Queensland at the present. One of the female team members for the North is Debbie White from Hamilton who can’t wait for the tournament to start. “I am absolutely super excited. It’s such an exciting event to be named in a team for.. I think the whole team thing is going to be epic. Dunedin is a happy hunting ground for me, Bev (Corbett) and I actually won a pairs title there. It’s going to be interesting over the winter, we’re in our off season now.” But will the North take out the title? “Dam straight. Of course we are, absolutely, go

the North,” said White. The South men contain big names such as Ali Forsyth, Gary Lawson, Shannon McIlroy and Mike Kernaghan who have won almost too many medals at national and international level to mention. There are five bowlers in total from Nelson in the South team while Gore is represented by the flamboyant Sheldon Bagrie-Howley who has made his mark in the Bowls3five competition over the past couple of years. South para bowler, Bruce Wakefield from Christchurch is adamant his team will win and loves the new format. “It’s absolutely brilliant to be named in the South Island team. There’s nothing like north v south rivalry. I’m a big fan of golf and the Ryder Cup format

has a sudden death-ness of it every game is crucial, a brilliant concept. I’ve played there before a few years ago, but it’s changed a bit since then. As long as it’s consistent and you can play your shots on it. It doesn’t really matter what the surface is, you can adapt to it.” Teams have eight male and eight female competitors as well as two para bowlers (male and female) for each team. Day one of the event will feature two men’s and two women’s fours. Day two is nine mixed pairs (including mixed para pairs) and the final day is a huge 18 singles (including para bowlers v para bowlers). In the past there have been North v South events but not in this new format and not always on a regular basis.

Johnsonville bowler Dale Rayner will be part of the North v South competition later this year. Photo: Allan Galbraith.

The 80s called and they’ve Johnsonville outclassed by Tawa given their magazine back By Jacob Page

Wellington City Libraries is bringing the past a legal threat to change the title as it violated the back to the future with the popular 1980s Wel- international Cosmopolitan Magazine tradelington City Magazine now accessible online. mark, and a failed appeal and injunction, saw Not only will it showcase the big hair, it change its title to Wellington City Magazine. shoulder pads and jazzercize of the era in the “The magazine had three editors; Lloyd capital, but also the cool cats, clubs and cafes, Jones, John Saker and Malcolm McSporran and feature articles and columns from many and attracted many talented writers and still well-known contributors. journalists who often had significant literary, Wellington City Magazine offers a fascinat- academic or business backgrounds – including ing insight into Wellington’s culture in the David Burton, Ian Wedde, Simon Morris, Lormid-1980s during a time of considerable so- raine Mexted, Tony Simpson and Bill Gosden. cietal and economic “The magazine change, says Welalso took on causes, lington City Librarand was one of the ies Local Historian first outlets to raise Gabor Toth. the profile of the St “Its first edition James Theatre when was printed at the it was threatened with demolition.” very end of Robert This was a labour Muldoon’s f ina l of love for Gabor, term as the National hand scanning every Government’s Prime page and photoshopMinister in 1984, and ping the gutter out came to an end after of the double page 27 issues following spreads, says Manthe share market ager of Libraries & crash in 1987. Community Spaces, “ P ubl i sh e d by Laurinda Thomas. Henry Newrick, the “Everyone, young magazine had an and old, is going to enormous variety of get a kick out of these feature articles and magazines – it’s like regular columns. Its a time machine, and advertising content everyone can just reflected a boom in Wellington City Libraries is bringing go online and get the local economy back the popular 1980s Wellington City transported there. as financial regulaMagazine now accessible online. “So many of the tory controls were restaurants, bars, dropped, the share market rose to new heights and a new gen- cafes, cinemas, galleries have been replaced eration of high-earning workers, investors with new ones, but some things that haven’t and entrepreneurs opened their wallets. The changed are the political, arts and cultural magazine was also highly innovative in its scene – and the Green Parrot!” graphic design, page layout and high-quality Go to wellington.recollect.co.nz and click on the ‘Collections’ button to see all 27 issues, photograph reproduction. “The first five issues were called Wellington and keep an eye on Wellington City Council Cosmo to reflect the fact that Wellington was and Libraries’ social media channels for some seen as being a particularly ‘cosmopolitan’ city, 1980s nostalgia to coincide with the launch.

Johnsonville rugby coach Jason Adamson has lamented his team’s lack of depth as they slumped to a 52-7 loss to Tawa in the Swindale Shield, on Saturday at Helston Park Jason says his team was able to produce a strong 25 to 30 minutes but injuries and a lack of depth is starting to impact his team. “I thought we started better and had some good moments but we lost key players and a couple of props and had to go to goldenoldies scrums. Johnsonville lost impressive young lock

Tayne Laird-Mahu to injury and he is likely to miss two to three weeks. Johnsonville did score a try to left winger Aaron Fawkes but were exposed by a welldrilled Tawa side. “I’m not happy about where we are sitting on the table,” Jason says. Johnsonville has two wins and seven losses. “The top eight is probably gone for us at this point but we have to prepare for what remains. Johnsonville will travel to William Jones Park to take on Wainuiomata on Saturday.

A quartet of Johnsonville rugby players have trialled for the Wellington Under-19 representative side. Aaron Fawkes, Knox Tuinasau, Eben Claassen and Mike Faamalo all took part in the trial on Monday at Petone Rec, with the squad to be named in the coming weeks.

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Osaka takes admirable stand for mental health Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open due to depression has been a long time coming in hindsight. When Osaka confirmed she would not fulfill her media commitments at Roland Garros, many felt the move by the multiple-time Grand Slam champion was a moment of diva attitude. It is anything but that. Osaka has battled to handle the media scrutiny of her success. She’s thrived on the court despite

battling her mental health issues off it. Here is an extremely talented player who has never enjoyed the media spotlight and is considered by many respected journalists as introverted and quiet. She has cried at press conferences, tested-up at trophy ceremonies and ended media commitments because it all became too much. Just because you are a talented sports person it does not mean you have the tools to handle the intense

scrutiny that comes with it. Osaka has dropped many hints about this issue and those in charge of the French Open have missed a lot of red flags. Yes, the media has a job to do and while they are an easy target for fans with a keyboard and a social media account, they continue to have a right to ask players questions post-match. Tennis officials must be more aware of the mental health of their players.

Tennis is better for having Osaka on the court, she gives the women’s game credibility and the hope for a brighter future. It’s also been nice to see current players come out in support of Osaka. Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were two notable names to express their feelings on the matter. Djokovic even gave a nod towards the media for the role they play. Williams, while known for her temper tantrums and diva qualities,

has long supported Osaka since Williams was beaten by her in a US Open final and was booed for it by the New York crowd. Williams consoled Osaka that night as the young star hung her head and moved her bat down to her eyes so no one could see her cry. There has never been more pressure on athletes than there is today and the 23-year-old Japanese star has taken a much-needed stand and should be applauded.

Four goal comeback for North Wellington By Grant Stephen

Riley Manuel plays the ball during North Wellington’s 4-4 draw against Napier City Rovers, on the weekend. Photo: Wareham Sports Media.

There’s no truth to the rumour that Harry Houdini played off the bench for North Wellington in their Central Football League match at home on Saturday against Napier City Rovers. Rovers are always a challenging team to play home or away and Norths have had a string of close encounters in recent times, often going down by a single goal differential. Their last encounter was a 5-4 victory to Rovers at Park Island way back in round 2 in April. This time things looked much worse for Norths as they were on the wrong end of a 4 nil hiding barely one hour into the match. Zac Madsen’s opening goal after 28 minutes was a quality effort with Liam Schofield’s long distance wonder strike simply demoralising for Norths after 33 minutes of elapsed time. After the break Cameron Emerson produced

two goals of his own within short succession to make it 4 for Napier and zip for Norths. They were not the winning lotto numbers but they were just as good for Norths who replied with four goals of their own in the 73rd (Ahmed Othman), 75th (Riley Manuel), 77th (Jesse Randall) and 92nd (Cam Mackenzie) minutes to lock up the match and ensure a 4 all draw. The goals were hard earned and well executed and were a defining moment for Norths. No doubt Norths were happy to take a point with the North Wellington faithful, and no doubt the team, feeling like they had scored a major victory. The teams had gone into the match with Rovers uncharacteristically in 7th position and Norths on 8th. That’s how round 10 of 18 concluded as well with no change at the bottom but movement at the top end. Lower Hutt remain comfortably in third spot on

22 points after a Friday night win at home 6-0 over Petone. Waterside Karori travelled to Wainuiomata for a 3-1 win and Wellington Olympic enjoyed their road trip to Masterton for a 6-1 over Wairarapa. Miramar could do no better than a nil all draw at home to Western Suburbs and as a consequence, have surrendered their top of the table dominance. Olympic are on 26 points and Miramar are 2 ahead of Lower Hutt on 24. There’s now a sizeable gap back to Wests on 15 points followed by Wairarapa and Karori on 14, Napier 11, North Wellington 9, Petone 6 and Wainuiomata have yet to get off the mark. It’s not over yet folks and there’s definitely more to come over the remaining 8 rounds. Queen’s Birthday Monday was not a day of rest for the local sides in round 2 of the Chatham Cup. North Wellington enjoyed an easier time of it

at home with a solid 4-0 win over Wainuiomata. Wellington Olympic prevailed 4-1 over Wellington United, Stop Out beat KCU 4-1 and Miramar Rangers were too strong for Havelock North winning 5-0. Napier travelled for the second time in the weekend and won 4-2 over Wairarapa United while Waterside Karori beat Tawa 3-2, Wests won 4-0 over Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt had their second 6-0 win of the weekend, this time against Island Bay. The winning teams now progress to the round of 16 matches and the going just gets tougher. In the Kate Sheppard Cup, women’s knock out competition, the local winners were Wellington United 3-2 over Waterside Karori, Victoria University 5-2 over Petone, Wairarapa United 14-0 over New Plymouth and Palmerston North Marist won 20-0 over Upper Hutt.

Rob’s passion powers Wellington College football By Jacob Page

Onslow’s Rob Greenfield’s ongoing passion for football at Wellington College has earned him a Queen’s Service Medal over the weekend. Rob has volunteered with the Wellington College Football Club committee since 2007 when his son Jamie first started attending. “I was very surprised to receive the news as many people are,” he says. “Whenever you do voluntary work in the community you get reward from just doing it and people being appreciative,” “However, to get an honour like this is a nice surprise. As club president in 2011, and as governance officer, Rob drove the creation of a set of protocols and processes ensuring the fair and orderly running of the club. When my son was four, I got

involved at the Onslow club and that’s where I really learnt a lot. “I have a governance background but also a love of sport as well.” He has made a significant contribution to the growth of the club into the largest college age football club in Wellington and cementing football as the most popular sport played at the College with over 500 players. He has regularly been a grade convenor, and has held roles as president, trial convenor, and grade selector for junior and youth. He helped establish a system to enable senior students to play football without official coaching and practices, to form teams with their mates and continue their engagement in sport. He also oversaw a student coaching scheme to support the size of the club and a parent mentoring programme.

“I really believe in the importance of extracurricular activities for young people, whether that be theatre, the arts or sport but equally you need members of the community to remain involved to support those.. “We also get the older boys involved in coaching some of the teams and being referees.” He has been Communications Officer for five years, writing and distributing two newsletters every week during winter, and coordinating the club’s website and social media. He has written a club history from establishment in 1946 to the present. He organised football matches for Wellington College’s 150th anniversary in 2018. “Even after my son left, I believed very strongly in the principles of the school and what they were trying to achieve in terms of a wider Wellington College culture and I felt it important to continue.

Onslow’s Rob Greenfield with three Wellington College student football coaches that he mentors. Rob has been awarded a Queen’s Service Medal over the weekend.

“I’m the son of a Wellington College old boy and I am the father of an old boy now so I feel that is important.

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Number 8 A-Frame Clothes Airer Non-rust plastic coated steel wire. Folds flat for easy storage. 12.3m drying space. 245465








3 heat settings. Adjustable thermostat. Overheat protection. Safety tilt switch. H: 385mm, W: 535mm, D: 200mm 297088


Nouveau Oil Column Heater 1kW 3 Heat Settings. Easy Carry Handle and Portability. Castor Wheels. Quiet Operation. H: 600mm, W: 290mm, D: 235mm.’ 279321



Paintable surface. Wall mounted. Easy installation. 2 Year Warranty. H: 600mm L: 600mm W: 30mm.

Paintable surface. Wall mounted. Easy installation. 2 Year Warranty. H: 600mm L: 600mm W: 30mm.




DampRid Hanging Dehumidifier 397g Pack of 3 Lavender vanilla scent. Pellets absorb excess moisture. 187782

Full range back in stock

Dimplex Micathermic Heater with Timer 2kW Silent operation. Integrated cord storage 5 Year Warranty. H: 605mm L: 250mm W:614mm.





Nouveau Hot Water Bottle 2 litre Assorted Keep warm this winter with a traditional hot water bottle. Available in various colour





Purchase a Masport, Woodsman or Metrofires Wood Fire and receive a

Overload protection. Reset Button.



Goldair Eco Panel Heater 425W, Two Pack


Number 8 Four Way Powerboard 10 amp White


Goldair Eco Panel Heater 425W












Number 8 Convector Heater 2kW



Tui Firewood 8kg Bag

Includes 20ml glass cleaner concentrate, spray bottle, 3x microfibre cloths, wide and narrow suction nozzles and charger. 240 Volt.




Karcher WV2 Premium Window Cleaning Kit ‘





Sheffield Steam Mop 1300 Watt White and Green Floor, powerful hand-held, carpet, window and garment steamer in one. Deep cleaning and disinfection. Lightweight and easy to maneuver.

3 core 1.0mm lead. 10 amp plug. Ordinary duty cable. Max load 2400 watts.





2 heat settings. Instant radiant heat. Great for Personal Heat. Safety Tip Over Switch. L: 500mm W: 240mm H: 570mm.

Suitable for use in indoor and outdoor fireplaces and braziers.




Number 8 Extension Lead 2m White


Highly efficient. Low emission. Renewable and sustainable. New Zealand made.


Goldair Radiant Heater 2.2kW


Natures Flame Wood Fire Pellets 15kg

WAS $ 77.98 NOW

Number 8 Flat Fan Heater 2kW 2 heat settings. Adjustable Thermostat. Lightweight. H: 110mm, W: 235mm, D: 250mm.



Free stand with heater

Instant Heater Outdoor Radiant Heater 4 power settings. Wall mountable (horizontal). Weather proof to rating IPX4. Timer settings. Motion sensor. Remote included. H: 130mm, W: 900mm, D: 90mm. 366269

369992 LOW PRICE



3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit Fits five 914mm x 1.5 metre indoor windows. Saves energy and reduces heating costs. Reduces condensation and prevents frost buildup. 173006

Earn them here, spend them here too

FREE Standard Flue and Shield Kit valued at up to $898

Earn Airpoints Dollars™ when you shop with Mitre 10. You can also spend your Airpoints Dollars™ by paying for purchases in part or in full when you spend $75 or more.

Get your insulation installed with us Just fill in the online form for a free no obligation assessment While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

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