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Art on the cards

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Ngaio’s Clark Roworth has set-off on an artistic mission of a different kind. Over the past seven months, Clark has produced a series of 54 oil portraits of Wellington locals, based around a deck of playing cards. Continued on page 2. Ngaio’s Clark Roworth has turned an idea with a pack of cards into his first solo exhibition.

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Clark shuffles deck for first solo exhibition Continued from page 1. In January, Clark had the idea for a series of portraits. Using a deck of cards, he would invite people to randomly select a card from a standard deck and pose holding it. The resulting oil portraits aimed to capture not just the person but who they are through their location, their pose and how they’re holding the card. The series aims to be a crosssection of the city of Wellington, with a particular focus on people from the creative industries including musicians, filmmakers, fellow artists, magicians and drag personalities. Clark will launch his exhibition at Te Auaha on Friday August 20. The 28-year-old says the most challenging thing about the series so far has been approaching people to take part. “Sometimes it’s people I know and admire, sometimes it’s random people on the street. “But everyone I’ve talked to has been so supportive and keen, “Think it says a lot about the people of Wellington and the culture here. “This has been such a huge undertaking for me and I honestly wasn’t sure if I could do it at the beginning. “I could have just worked on

Ngaio’s Clark Roworth has created 54 oil painting portraits of every day Wellingtonians over the past seven months.

one painting over seven months, so I’ve really had to learn when to stop with each painting and move onto the next. Clark says it’s been a great way to practice his art, with each piece taking between 10 and 12 hours on average. “Each card is unique just like every person. “The cards also represent luck and I feel we are lucky to live in Wellington.” Clark, is an upholsterer and

furniture maker and he had always enjoyed painting. “A couple of years ago I started really studying the techniques and portraits are challenging to try to get an accurate representation of somebody. “It hasn’t been difficult to find unique aspects of each person. “I wanted to get the likeness of the face and hands in particular. Clark still has seven more to do for his first solo exhibition. “It’s exciting and because I’ve

had so much community support with this, it hasn’t felt like I’ve been doing this alone. “I’ve really enjoyed interacting with people throughout this project. “It started with creative people and now I have a wide range of people. “I want people to come and experience it and I’ll be there curating it at times so if they want to come down and play cards, then that’d be great.”

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What it does mean is that the evidence many climate change Brownfields development means rebuilding on existing sites, there has beenis here sceptics are and demanding considerable in recent before ourdiscussion eyes. Even mytimes 88 year around how much intensification should be old mother who was evacuated allowed in existing suburbs, especially from their changingWestport of height limits toduring allow for more flood has become a believer! It’s apartments. politically easy to do nothing, Boththat have their and but justadvantages means more drastic disadvantages; the Regional Council in measures to reduce our carbon particular see their role to prevent more footprint later. Warming seas

means more moisture in the air, runoff and other material ending up in our thus more frequent rain events. harbours, especially the Porirua harbour in Our flood walls can get so the case of development northonly of Johnsonville and Newlands. The Wellington high, our drains so wide. City Council are concerned that the existing infrastructure handle the pressuremet it On other cannot matters, I have comes under when new housing areas are twice with Mall owners Stride developed. Existing infrastructure is aging recently to encourage cajole and needs upgrading across ourand city, as evidenced by recent pipe failures. An does them for action. There advantageto of intensification of existing areas appear be momentum. means more people, therefore more ratepayers to pay for those upgrades.

Finally, the public hearings on the resource consent application Developers of course need to make a profit, for the Johnsonville School and wish to keep their compliance costs as low as possible. Many believe the Resource Market are coming up in August Management Act is too We for as 2021. While it cumbersome. is too late government for our part have undertaken to submissions now, those of us rewrite that act. who requested heardwillin The feedback was good,to but be the success person willare be doing so, and be when there sufficient affordable houses toappreciate meet demand. That is certainly my would your support. as your MP. Itgoalreally is a great asset, and IThat, encourage those attending and of course having a vibrant and to obeyJohnsonville all traffic and Centre parking functioning Shopping we rules toproud reduce the impact on can all be of. locals who can get frustrated. plenty toand be getting on with. with IfThere’s possible, in keeping the sentiments at the beginning, walk where you can.

Thursday July 22, 2021

Wild weather leaves northern suburbs drenched By Jacob Page

Wellington’s wild weather wreaked havoc in the northern suburbs over the weekend with more than 70mm of rain falling in less than 12 hours on Saturday. Residents and businesses are now starting the clean up. The Newlands Volunteer Fire Brigade had its busiest day in more than five years on Saturday, with 22 call outs between 2:15pm and 8:30pm. Station Officer, Chad O’Hara says it was a team effort for more than six hours with extra personnel brought in to replace crews who were saturated and needed to get dry. “We just didn’t stop “This is the second biggest weather event I’ve dealt with in my time.” Chad praised the efforts of the community to help each other during the trying time. “People we’re having delays of three hours before we could get there because the jobs were prioritised for us. “There were people out on Newlands Road with buckets doing what they could.” Chad says his team had a debrief earlier this week to talk about how the day went and where improvements could be made. “We were glad to be out there helping people who needed our help. “It’s a team job and we have to thank the career guys from Johnsonville and the Central Station in Wellington as well.” Some residents on Ladbrooke Drive in Newlands left their homes after the slip which was reported about 2.15pm on Saturday. Large landslips were reported in Glenmore Street, Erlestoke Crescent in Churton Park and a number of other roads. One footbridge was reported washed away by the Kaiwharawhara Stream in Trelissick Park in the Ngaio Gorge.


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Johnsonville Christmas Parade The Johnsonville Charitable Trust Lions Christmas Parade will be back for another year on Saturday December 4 The organising committee are already meeting in an effort to plan for the event. Gardens Magic 2022 call for performers Applications to perform at next year’s Gardens Magic 2022 are now open, Help Wellington City Council fill the January nights with the sounds of Aotearoa’s best and brightest – find out more and apply at wellington. govt.nz/gardens-magic. Applications close Wednesday September 1.

There were streets flooded in Newlands.

The Debris Arrestor at Richmond Hill on Middleton Road burst open with the water force. The Arrestor is there to prevent debris washing downstream to Tawa and Porirua, taking out stream banks, bridges, and other infrastructure. Photo: Glenside Progressive Association.

The greens of the Khandallah Bowling Club in Woodmancote Road were flooded after the stream in Khandallah Park burst its banks. Debris also entered the Khandallah pool. Takarau Gorge Road between Johnsonville and Makara Beach was severely affected by flooding and has been closed this week as damage was being assessed by the Wellington City Council. Slips and trees blocking roads were reported

in Brooklyn, Wadestown, Johnsonville, Churton Park and Wilton. The Ohariu Stream flooded Takarau Gorge, submerging whole fence posts around 80cm high. Newlands resident Cheryl Styles praised the efforts of firefighters who came to pump water away from her property which had seen its courtyard and garage threatened by water. More photos on page 13.

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Capital and Coast and Hutt Valley District Health Boards continue to see increasing numbers of people presenting with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and respiratory-type illnesses. Hutt Hospital currently has 13 children with RSV or respiratory-type illness. The Hutt District Health Board says while RSV primarily affects children, it is also common for adults to display symptoms of RSV and other respiratory-type illnesses. Adults generally tend to get milder symptoms, although it can cause more severe illness in adults with underlying lung disease or weakened immune systems. RSV symptoms include a runny nose, decrease in appetite, coughing, sneezing, fever (often mild) and/ or wheeze. In some cases, it can cause more serious illness such as bronchiolitis (narrowing

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Karori Town Centre upgrades to be discussed Wellington City Council will host two drop-in sessions at Karori Library to discuss the Karori Town Centre Upgrades. The Karori Town Centre project design is complete and council staff will share the plans for the upgrade to Karori’s Library Square and the connection to the Community Centre. The drop-in session will be displaying a series of project concept boards that illustrate what is proposed for the upgrade.

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“I reckon I might have got it A cautious Greg O’Connor,tonight.” MP for Ohariu, didn’t make Labour until a little over halfway to that call his night total of 19,580 electorate election votes. Son Isaac overheard the comment that he thought he might just have beginnings of a smile on the seen the old man’s face. “Possibly.” He was one of at least a dozen members of the close O’Connor clan, gathered from all over the country. Continued on page 2.


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Barbara Wilson “Yes it is a real concern there just seems to be heavier rain falls more often.”

Lousie Mckenzie “I am not worried but it does seem as if winter has been slightly warmer.”

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Wellington Police help disrupt drug importations Wellington Police and NZ Customs have disrupted further significant importations of the Class B controlled drug Gamma Butyrolactone (GBL), and class C controlled drug Eutylone, during ‘Phase Two’ of Operation Skipjack. Last November saw the termination of Skipjack ‘Phase One’- an investigation into

alleged offending by a local drug dealing syndicate importing and distributing controlled drugs known by the street names of G, liquid ecstasy, and rinse. “As the operation moved into ‘Phase Two’ this year, Police, along with our Customs partners, identified further alleged importations by the syndicate which had changed its

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“Accompanied with the ‘High Alert’ drug warning system that was activated in November identifying this issue, Operation Skipjack has significantly impacted this syndicates activity and the associated harm pedalled into our communities.” Led by Wellington Police District Drugs and Organised Crime Unit, over the past two weeks more than 70 Police and Customs staff have executed 22 search warrants in Wellington, Hutt Valley, Kapiti Mana, Horowhenua and Palmerston North. Eight men and three women, aged between 25 and 44 have been arrested in ‘Phase Two’. Four people were previously charged in relation to ‘Phase One’, taking the total number of arrests to 15. A total of 50 charges have been filed over the two phases including: Importation of Class A, B and C Controlled drugs (namely methamphetamine, Gammabutyrolactone and Eutylone Possession for supply and offering of Class A, B and C controlled Drugs Burglary During our searches we also located and seized: $60,000 cash Three Firearms including one loaded semi-automatic weapon with 70 rounds of ammunition A kilo of Methamphetamine

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New bike racks help meet growing demand Just over 50 new bike racks and six cycle repair stands are being installed around the central city and suburbs during the next few months to help meet growing demand. This work is part of improving facilities and infrastructure to make cycling easier and more convenient, encourage more people to make more trips by bike, and help reduce emissions from road transport. Wellington Mayor Andy Foster says the most significant thing we can personally do to make a difference is to change the way we move by reducing car trips and getting to more places on foot, by bike, bus or train. Fifty-two new bike racks, which will provide parking for double that number of bikes, is going in at 18 locations in Karori, Northland, Tawa, central city, Oriental Bay, Seatoun, Lyall Bay, Hataitai beach,

Island Bay, and Miramar. In some places the new racks will add to the bike parking that’s already there. Around the city and suburbs, the new parking will bring the number of racks to about 650, providing parking for about 1300 bikes. Six new ‘fix-it’ stands are being installed at key locations to add to the 17 stands already in use. The new stands will go in at Makara mountain bike park, Tawa, Khandallah, Lyall Bay, Strathmore and Happy Valley. The fix-it stands have tools and bike pumps so people can do running repairs or basic maintenance. From August we’ll also be installing several more ‘push channels’ on public stairways so bikes can be pushed rather than carried up the steps. More cycle-friendly sump grates are also going in around the city to replace more of the old grates which

can create a hazard for people on bikes (bike tyres get stuck in the grates). Councillor Tamatha Paul, Deputy Chair of P roro mua, the Council’s Planning and Environment Committee, says the changes are a small but important part of developing a citywide bike network, and making it easier and more convenient for people riding to stop and visit shops, cafes, businesses and facilities. Miramar is one of the areas where new bike racks will be installed. Locations have been chosen with assistance from Enterprise Miramar and Cycle Wellington, and most will be close to cafes, shops and businesses. Enterprise Miramar board member, and co-owner of Palmers Miramar, Phil Hughes says his business has seen more people arriving by bike than ever before over the past

New bike racks outside The Larder are part of 50 new ones around the city as demand climbs.

12 months. “Particularly at weekends, we’re seeing more families out biking. They come in to have something to eat, look around, and some buy plants and other things while they’re here,” he says. “If people aren’t able to take their purchases with them, they arrange to drop back later to pick them up or have them delivered. “We’re happy to see more bike parking going in and more people

biking, and know it’s something that is just going to continue and grow,” he says. “We’re a little village, where people often go to three or four places, so it’s got to be good for the shopping centre if we can make it easier for people who want to ride here or get around our neighbourhood by bike.” The improvements are part-funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

Johnsonville triples team makes national top four The Johnsonville men’s triples team of Rob Ashton, Ross Gillett and Wayne Coleman reached the semi-finals of the National Champion of Champions competition in Hastings over the weekend. The team lost the semi to Nigel Birkbeck, Jonty Horwell and Kelvin Buchanan of Dunedin 10-13.

The Victoria Team of Sarah Taukamo, Helen King, Robyn Rintoul took out the women’s triples title. RIGHT: The Johnsonville triples team of Ross Gillett, Rob Ashton and Wayne Coleman finished third at the National Champion of Champions event in Hastings over the weekend. Photo Alan Galbraith.

Storm Ready? YIP! Hey Everyone! Wow… what a winter we are having. Non-stop rain, overcast, hail, cold snap and then the storm last week - You can’t beat Welly on a… I think we can pretty much scrap that line. I think the good days we have are just normal average NZ sunny days, and they appear better relative to all the bad weather we have had. After hearing all the stories and checking on our own houses, it seems that regardless of age / type of property, Mother Nature has a way of bashing her way into our homes. This week I want to share a few points of advice from the people we are working alongside to help clean up after the storm. 1. Remove Problem Trees – There were so many toppled trees that were previously leaning or were dead/rotten. Falling trees can cause serious damage! So check around your property for any trees that are not securely established or have died. 2. Secure Outdoor Items – I am always surprised how many trampolines STILL fly around after a storm. We live in Wellington! Ensure all outdoor items are secured down. Pack away / tie down your outdoor furniture when not in use. We had a bench get blown down the deck and into a window. 3. Regular Inspection – If you have been following my articles, you will know I’m a big fan of getting the house inspected every 1-2 years by a building inspector. Best to catch and address any minor issues early. In bad weather, issues will be amplified and create a lot more cost / damage. 4. Better Windows/Doors – One of the most common areas where things can leak from, are windows and doors. If you have old aluminium joinery, chances are the seals and joins are near the end of their economic

lifespan. High wind rated joinery will make a serious difference to the protection of your property – PLUS the double glazing will greatly reduce wind noise and make your house warmer! 5. Sort out the drains – If you had areas on your property that had water pooling or flooding, make sure you look into strategic draining or diversions there. Water has a magical way of seeping through the tiniest cracks – even brand-new homes aren’t always safe if water is flowing into the property, so reducing the water impact is important. At every site we visited, it was wonderful to see the community get together and help each other out. A lot of local businesses got impacted as well, even our office on the 2nd floor had issues. So after all the disruption of Covid and then this, I encourage you to shop at all our small, locally-owned businesses in this area - By doing so you are helping local families and our community and not funding some corporation‘s next luxury car / holiday home. If you would like to have a chat about your home, get in touch. Love to help!

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Finalists announced for Wellington Export Awards The finalists for the fourth annual ExportNZ ASB Wellington Export Awards have been announced and they include some of the very best exporters in the Wellington region. “The past year has been exceedingly challenging for business, especially for our export community,” says Simon Arcus, Chief Executive of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, which supports and delivers ExportNZ in the wider Wellington region. “With this in mind, this year it’s even more important than others to take time to celebrate business and acknowledge the critical contribution of export to the economy. “Even in the face of the ongoing challenges from Covid-19, our exporters continue to do well on the world stage, and it shows through in the quality of this year’s entries.” The finalists for each category are: The Southeast Asia Centre of AsiaPacific Excellence Best Emerging Business Award: Fix & Fogg, Lazulife, Mana Pacific, and Washbar. The CentrePort Wellington Best Established Business Award: ITL, Whittaker’s, and Woolyarns.

The Toitnj Envirocare Excellence in Sustainability Award: GIVE Packaging, and Method Recycling. The WellingtonNZ Excellence in Innovation Award: Ackama, InternNZ, Sanpro Industries, and Snapper Services. The winners of each category will contest the supreme ASB Exporter of the Year Award and will be invited to participate in the NZTE New Zealand International Business Awards. The Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington School of Business and Government Judge’s Choice Award will also be presented on the night, recognising special achievement in the eyes of the judges. The finalists represent exporters from across the wider Wellington and Central region - including the Hutt Valley, Wairarapa, Kapiti Coast, Porirua, Palmerston North, and Wellington City itself. Applicants for the awards go through a rigorous selection process, which includes site visits, and detailed analysis of the companies’ export performance. The judges for this year’s awards are Chair of Business Central Vaughan Renner, NZTE Wellington Customer Manager Ann Clifford, and ASB International Trade consultant Paul Gestro.

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and within easy walking distance of all Johnsonville has to offer - great

Rarely available in one of our most popular streets so come and see all the

school options, the Railway Station, Library and swimming pool and the

good things that 5 Cranwell Street has to offer including full sun, great

Johnsonville Shopping Centre; plus the No.1 Bus Route is 200m from

views and a superb location; with Churton Park School, Churton Park

the front door!

Kindergarten, John Walker Park and the bus stop just minutes away.

RV $700,000

RV $690,000

Deadline Sale 2:00pm Friday 6th August 2021

Deadline Sale 2:00pm Wednesday 18 August 2021

Team Churton

Team Churton

Gillian Cross

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021 457 782

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Aleisha Price

Aleisha Price

027 389 3311

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18 Awatea Street, Ranui 3



Deadline Sale 2:00pm Thursday 29th July 2021 Contact Aleisha Price, Team Churton on 027 389 3311

201A McLintock St North, Johnsonville 4



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5 Myers Grove, Churton Park




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Drive in to the double garage and take the internal access stairs and relax in the ambience of this gracious centrally heated family home, and

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RV $870,000 Deadline Sale 2:00pm Thursday 19th August 2021



Deadline Sale 3:00pm Wednesday 28th July 2021 Contact Gillian Cross, Team Churton on 021 457 782

Team Churton

2/11 Gordon Place, Newtown

Gillian Cross


021 457 782

Marie Joubert & Kevin Bai 021 0247 0636



Deadline Sale 1:00pm Thursday 29th July 2021 Contact Marie Joubert, Team Churton on 021 0247 0636


Thursday July 22, 2021

Next Generation Real Estate.

It's a Goodie? YIP! 75/232 Middleton Road, Churton Park



The busy life leaves little time to worry about home and garden maintenance - if this is you, this superb unit in Glenside has all the answers and so much more. With its own gym, swimming pool and tennis court the Monterey complex offers security and easy maintenance, allowing you the time to enjoy your life on things that are more important. Access to State Highway 1 is a breeze, whilst buses pass right outside to the Johnsonville town centre and beyond. There is even the excellent Thyme Café a


two-minute walk away. You could lock-up and leave when travelling abroad is feasible again, safe in the knowledge that all the maintenance will continue and your home and possessions are secure. RV $290,000 Tender 3:00pm Thursday 5th August 2021

Janik Perera 027 339 9444

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Thursday July 22, 2021


Next Generation Real Estate.

First Time On The Market? YIP! 40 Cambrian Street, Churton Park 3



First time on the market in over 40 years, here is a fantastic opportunity for you to own a slice of paradise in highly sought-after Churton Park. Calm and peaceful, this elevated family home is nestled down a private drive on a quiet cul de sac. Backing onto reserve land and enriched by its bush setting, you can enjoy the sound of Tuis with your morning coffee while appreciating the mature gardens in this full section.


Split over two levels, with bedrooms, family bathroom and laundry upstairs and kitchen, living and dining below, this spacious property has ample storage space and character features that make it a real home. RV $580,000 Price By Negotiation

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Thursday July 22, 2021

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For sale for the first time since it was bought off the plans, this modern, sunny, low-maintenance townhouse offers everything that busy professionals, investors, small families and first-time buyers could want within a few minutes' walk of shops and the train station. Offering : - Three bedrooms, two doubles and one single, with built-in wardrobes - Modern, light-filled open-plan living/dining with heat pump for year-round


warmth and comfort - Full bathroom and bonus of downstairs toilet - Handy to Porirua City, the waterfront, and within a short drive or train trip to Wellington's CBD RV $550,000 Deadline Sale 1:00pm Thursday 12th August 2021

Jo Eastlake 021 040 9864

Josh Tararo 021 025 46270

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Deadline Sale 3:00pm Thursday 5th August 2021



Deadline Sale 3:00pm Wednesday 28th July 2021 Contact Tony Afendoulis on 027 949 8669

Thursday July 22, 2021


Wild Wellington weather Wild weather impacted the northern suburbs along with much of the Wellington region. The clean-up is on from the once in a decade event.

Cheryl Styles was thrilled when the Newlands Volunteer Fire Brigade turned up to pump water away from her flooded Newlands property on Saturday. ABOVE: The Khandallah Pool was left in rough shape following the heavy rain and high winds on Saturday. Photo: Diane Calvert.

Tree down in Chorley Drive in Johnsonville on Saturday.

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Thursday July 22, 2021

So much to do in


International Award-winning Pianist in Waikanae Young Christchurch pianist Lixin Zhang was recently awarded the Silver Medal at the Gina Bachauer International Young Artist Piano Competition in the US, the first-ever NZ recipient of this prestigious award. Because of the pandemic, the competition this year was live-streamed, with the five finalists competing from their home bases in Germany, China, US and New Zealand. Lixin has already won all the major piano competitions in New Zealand and has performed in Europe, Asia and US. For his Waikanae Music Society concert on Sunday 1 August (2.30pm in the Waikanae Memorial Hall) he will play works by Mozart, Liszt and Chopin. Information at www.waikanaemusic.org.nz Lixin Zhang. Photo Supplied

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Celebrate spring and travel with Steam Incorporated from Wellington to Carterton by heritage excursion train to attend the annual Daffodil Festival. The train will be hauled by our our steam locomotive Ja1271 and we will be using our set of vintage carriages, some with open balcony ends. Located in the heart of the Wairarapa, Carterton’s popular Daffodil Festival offers an abundance of activities ranging from the famous Daffodil picking at Middlerun, markets along High and Holloway Streets, the Big Wai Art sale in the events Centre, Wairarapa Produce Tasting Area and loads more family fun. The market stalls will be set up in the town centre a short walk from

the railway station. Free shuttle buses will run from the town centre to the daffodil fields where you can pick your own daffodils for a donation to local charities. Two buses will be available at the station on our arrival for those wanting to head straight to the Daffodil picking. Adult return fare $105, Child $60. You can also board the train at Petone, Waterloo, or Upper Hutt. For the serious rail fan there is also the option of riding the train all the way to Masterton (but missing some of the daffodil festival time) Arrives Masterton at 11.15am, expected departure from Masterton 12.25pm. All seating is reserved. Prior booking essential and tickets will be mailed out two weeks before the trip.

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Thursday July 22, 2021

Keeping region safe from pest plants a team effort Dangerous pests Nassella tussock, Chilean needle grass, and Alligator weed have yet to take hold in our region, and Greater Wellington is urging the community to make use of its pest control services to help keep it that way. Greater Wellington Councillor and Environment Chair Penny Gaylor says keeping these species out of the region is especially important because of the threat they pose to te taiao (the natural environment), and our way of life. “These species in particular are a priority for us all year round, as they’re able to survive and spread throughout winter. We’re asking people to get familiar with what they look like, and keep an eye out when working or enjoying the outdoors. “Pest plants can be just as harmful to our environment as pest animals. They can outcompete or smother native plants, dry wetlands and rivers, reduce habitats for native animals, and grow rapidly in wa-

terways. “Some of these species are also harmful to agricultural land and livestock, affecting grazing land and productivity. They can be moved between farms on vehicles and equipment, so people working outdoors should be particularly vigilant,” says Cr Gaylor. Under the Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP), Greater Wellington hones in on a hit-list of pest plants dangerous to our region’s environment and primary industries. Species identified under the “Exclusion” control programme are those that do not currently exist in our region. Greater Wellington has a zero tolerance approach to these species and will control these pests at no cost to landowners. Senior Biosecurity Officer Christie Carswell is part of Greater Wellington’s Pest Plants team who responds to calls from the community about potential sightings. “We’re always on the lookout, but we can’t be everywhere at once, so

Greater Wellington is encouraging people to do their bit to limit the impact of pest plants on the community.

we rely on the community to alert us if they’ve spotted a suspicious plant. We’ll be able to confirm if the plant is indeed a pest, and if it’s Nassella tussock, Chilean needle grass, Alligator weed, or any other plant managed under a control programme in the RPMP, we’ll come over and remove it as well.

“If it turns out the pest is not listed under a control programme in the RPMP, we’ll still be able to give you advice on how you can best control it yourself. “We want people to know that their time is never wasted by giving us a call. We follow up on every query or suspected sightings we

receive. It’s simply too dangerous to let these plants grow undetected, and it takes all of us working together to make sure that doesn’t happen. “Thank you to everyone who has contacted us so far, and please keep the calls and emails coming!” says Christie.

GARDENING THIS WEEK Food inflation: By Wally Richards You will likely be aware from the news and visiting your local Supermarket that the prices of fruit and vegetables are increasing significantly which we are told is due to inflation. Normally with food such as fresh vegetables and fruit it is a seasonal thing that regulates prices or the weather which can affect growth rates. Commercially grown vegetables should be lower as we have had a fairly mild winter with adequate moisture, even if the other factor of daylight hours has been low hours due to winter (now increasing nicely). It is the other factors that are pushing commercially grown vegetables up, such as increased growing costs of man made fertilisers and chemical protections, transport fuel costs on and off the farm and of course the government interfence. The cost of your vegetables is going to increase and so there is no better time to starting growing your own. On June 21 we had the shortest number of day light hours since then the number of day light hours have been slowly increasing and soon the dormant plants in your gardens such as deciduous fruit trees and roses are going to start to move. Likewise vegetable seedlings planted now will respond to the increasing hours of light and grow faster. There is no better time of the year to plant vegetable seedlings and I would suggest ones that you can soon harvest such as silverbeet

and teh lettuce called ‘Drunken Woman’. With both these crops you can harvest the outer leaves and leave the plant growing and producing more leaves till it eventually goes to seed. This can mean within a few weeks of planting at this time of the year you will begin harvesting some really fresh produce. Here is how you can go about it on existing garden plots (which can include annual flower gardens). Remove weeds by slicing under the soil to cut their roots off which can be done with a sharp knife or a Dutch hoe. Leave the weeds to lie where they fall as they will supply food for your crops. Spread over them some garden lime, (Wallys Calcium and Health is a good choice) blood & bone, animal manure such as sheep manure pellets, some Wallys Ocean Solids and some Wallys Unlocking your Soil. The above will supply ample natural goodness to your crop plus up to 114 minerals and elements making the crops very healthy and tasty benefiting your health greatly. Now apply a good purchased compost over the area to about 4cm thick. I prefer Daltons Compost as it is herbicide free as they do not use Greenwaste in their compost. Now you are ready to purchase some seedlings from your garden shop and plant away. As with these two crops which you are going to harvest outside leaves it pays to plant a good number of them.

Containers/pots and polystyrene boxes are also great for growing in. If you have raised gardens then also do the above recommendations for re-planting. If you do not have garden plots to do the above then look at converting some lawn area in to a garden bed. Pick a sunny area that is well away from trees and shrubs as too close to them you will have their roots robbing the goodness of your garden. Dig the area over by either turning the lawn into the soil burying the grass foliage and exposing its roots to the air. Alternatively cut squares into the lawn the width of your spade and lift that 5cm of soil and grass and stack these somewhere; (grass down roots up and leave to com-

post. Now with a clear area of bare soil your can turn over to the depth of a spade leaving a trench around the perimeter which makes the new garden a bit higher than the surrounding soil. The trench will also assist in drainage of the bed. Break up the clods with your spade or hoe and then proceed to do what was previously suggested. Containers/pots and polystyrene boxes are also great for growing in. Partially fill with compost then put in the goodies as above and finish off with more compost. You may have seen plastic children’s pool/sand pit in the shape of a sea shell, blue in colour. They come as a pair in hardware shops

like Mitre10. I have used those in the past with some small drainage holes cut in the sides. Now if the price of vegetables is going to increase then quick growing crops are what you should seek which include the likes of mini cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. Pak Choy is also a good fast growing crop. Dwarf beans are also great source of food. To increase the goodness and speed the growth: every week spray the plants with Wallys Magic Botanic Liquid (MBL) and add about a teaspoon of molasses per litre of water and mixed together. The sugars will produce larger leaves and the MBL will also make for bigger healthier plants.

Thursday July 22, 2021




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Return of the giants “It’s great to see the return of these forest giants,” commented Daran Ponter, Chair of Greater Wellington, as he planted the first of 300 kahikatea on the Mataihuka block at Queen Elizabeth Park. “It has long been known that these wonderful trees, such an abundant mahinga kai for Maori, once dominated this landscape.” In the early 1950s, the government botanist, Neville Moar, closely examined the farmland between PaHNƗNƗULki and Paraparaumu, in advance of it becoming a recreation reserve to honour the young Queen’s coronation, and concluded that much of the area had earlier been covered by podocarp swamp forest, dominated by kahikatea. Moar collected many pollen samples from the area but for some reason they

weren’t analysed. Almost 70 years later when the regional council and the Maclean Trust began to plan the restoration of the gorse-infested paddocks at the north-eastern corner of the park, Moar’s samples were exhumed. Keen to ensure that they were accurately restoring the area to what it had once been, the council sent Moar’s pollen samples to Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research for analysis. This confirmed that the area had been largely covered with dense podocarp forest consisting of kahikatea, matai, miro and rimu, complemented by swamp maire, tawa, rewarewa and pukatea. In wetter areas flax, ferns, sedges and raupǀdominated, with scattered tƯNǀXND (cabbage trees), creating a distinctive swamp forest landscape.

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SPORTS TALK With Jacob Page

Back to the future with Shaun Johnson The Warriors have likely made a shrewd investment in regaining the services of Shaun Johnson. It’s taken me a few weeks to fully embrace the reunion, for both sides, but it appears the positives far outweigh the negatives. The now 30-year-old left the club in unhappy circumstances three years ago. He negotiated an early release from his lucrative contract when the club decided they wanted to

see more before offering him a new deal. Johnson is eager to come home with his young family. Who could blame him? The competition is keeping the competition afloat by moving 12 teams to Queensland. The Warriors will be getting a more mature Johnson at a much friendlier price, The Warriors should be back to playing games in New Zealand

consistently from next year which I’m sure is also appealing. Johnson, who has played for the Cronulla Sharks since his Warriors time ended, will also offer a proven match-winner and a leader in Auckland, something which may be needed with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck moving to rugby. Some fans are not overly excited by the back to the future move but I believe it was the best option the Warriors could get to upgrade their

under-performing halves. No one has taken Johnson’s spot at Mt Smart since he left three years ago. The Warriors have a poor kicking game, their last tackle options are below par and unsustainable if the team wants to make the top eight. The Warriors had a need and they addressed it. Now, sure, there was dysfunction when the club initially said they had no interest in re-signing John-

son but at least they were not too proud to walk those words back for the benefit of the club. So, while it’s not Nathan Cleary, Brandon Smith, or Jerome Hughes, Johnson is the best option available for the money on offer. Johnson will hopefully run at the line more and use his much improved kicking game to ensure more tries, more points and more victories for the Warriors next year.

Johnsonville win two straight, down Rams By Jacob Page

Johnsonville booked a Hardham Cup semifinal against Petone on Saturday with a gritty 20-15 win over the Upper Hutt Rams at Maidstone Park. With wet and windy weather lashing the region, Johnsonville made the most of the wind advantage in the first half to race out to 20-0 before Upper Hutt made a strong comeback with conditions in their favour in the second half. Johnsonville coach Jason Adamson says conditions were tough but he wanted his team to acclimatise to it quickly. “We prepared out in the elements for about 30 minutes prior to kick-off and we were drenched but it was important to be able to work on our basics. “Upper Hutt warmed up indoors and who knows, maybe that made a difference for us.” Johnsonville played with controlled confidence in the first half and it paid dividends.

“Surface flooding was an issue but we also wanted to push the ball into the wider channels. “Our scrum had dominance and we used that to our advantage well. Johnsonville got first half tries from prop Tevita Falekalala, open side flanker Serge Hollis and right winger Aukuso Tuitama. A penalty and conversion from halfback Mark Sutton would prove vital. Johnsonville absorbed a lot of pressure in the second half which included an early yellow card to centre Paula Kinikinilau. Despite conceding three tries, Jason says he was pleased his side was capable of closing out the game under pressure. He says this Saturday’s contest was winnable if Johnsonville did the basics well and showed a desire to look after the ball and take the chances they create on attack. “I do think we can win this weekend,” Jason says. “At this point, we have nothing to lose.”

Johnsonville booked a Hardham Cup semifinal spot with a 20-15 triumph in the rain over the Upper Hutt Rams on Saturday. Photo: Natural Light Photography.

Weather plays havoc with football By Grant Stephen

North Wellington captain Zak Brown looks to maintain possession against Tawa on Saturday. Photo: Imray Snaps.

It was anything but business as usual after a torrid weekend of weather which saw the postponement or abandoning of a number of football games, including some in top echelons last Saturday. At Alex Moore Park, serious consideration was given to converting the artificial turf into a paddy field when surface water covered the entire artificial playing area for a considerable time. The drainage never failed but simply could not cope with the volume of rain that fell over a sustained period. In the men’s Premier League, North Wellington were exposed to a biting northerly wind which was just as unpleasant as the constant rainfall. Tawa AFC were the biggest threat overall though and ended up comfortable 5-0 winners over Norths with a relentless attacking style that could not be contained. The scheduled Central League match between North Wellington and Wainuiomata that was to follow the Premier League game never got off the ground with conditions deteriorating further and the pitch looked more suitable for Venice than Johnsonville.

The match has been rescheduled for late August so it will be some time yet before the dust settles on final placings with all games in the league to be concluded by 28 August. The other four games in the round did take place however. Western Suburbs travelled to Petone for a 3-1 win, Miramar Rangers enjoyed a 5-0 road trip over Wairarapa United and Wellington Olympic stayed at home for a 6-0 win over Waterside Karori. Lower Hutt City travelled to Napier and had a solid 5-1 over Napier City Rovers. At the end of round 14 of 18, Miramar remain on top with 36 points, Wellington Olympic have 35, lower Hutt City 31 and Western Suburbs 22. The bottom 4 sides all have a game in hand but Wainuiomata remain winless. Petone are on 6 points, North Wellington 12 and Waterside Karori 14. Napier City Rovers are mid-table on 17 points and Wairarapa United sit on 19 points. In the Women’s Premier League, North Wellington squeezed past Island Bay with a 2-1 win and after 11 of 14 matches, remain in top spot on 29 points. They are 3 points clear of Wellington United and 7 points in front of Kapiti Coast United who are on 22 points.


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