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The footprint of the Nourish Trust’s work at Christmas time continues to expand across North Wellington and beyond. Nourish connects with primary schools in Tawa, Johnsonville and Newlands to provide the opportunity for families in need to receive a large hamper worth $150. They will distribute $180,000 worth of Christmas hampers to families in need in the coming weeks. Continued from page 1. Nourish Trust co-founders Claire Turner, left and Gabrielle Ralph have seen demand increase sharply for their Christmas hampers thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Nourish Trust sees demand for Christmas hampers soar Continued from page 1. The food hampers are a combination of fresh fruit, vegetables, and eggs, pantry staples and some Christmas treats for families. Each year the need has grown and over the last seven years we’ve provided over 2000 families with Christmas hampers, Last year, they provided 973 hampers of food to families in need. This year, they’ve seen a sharp

increase in requests and have been asked to support almost 1200 families in need. Providing hampers for almost 1,200 families means they need to fundraise over $180,000. Co-founders Gabrielle Ralph and Claire Turner have seen demand increase sharply thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. “Last year was double the demand of last year and this year we are up 35 percent again,” Gabrielle says.

“We anticipated it but it is a lot higher and this year it has been harder to get the fundraising dollar because of business uncertainty and the price of groceries has also increased,” she says. The effort is entirely done by volunteers ensuring all money raised goes back into the local Wellington area. “When we get the feedback from the schools or the families themselves about the impact

the hampers have, it’s really amazing,” Gabrielle says. “Both Claire and I have jobs and families of our own but doing this gives us perspective on our own lives. “We still have some money to raise so any support would be greatly appreciated,” Gabrielle says. People looking to donate can go to givealittle.co.nz/org/ nourish-trust or nourishtrust. org

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Joshua eager to use voice as Ohariu MP Newlands College Year 12 student Joshua Taefu may be in the midst of his NCEA exams but he has one eye on the future. The 17-year-old has been named Ohariu’s Youth MP and will accompany Greg O’Connor next year to get a taste of what parliamentary life is all about. Youth Parliament is held every three years, and is a unique opportunity for young New Zealanders to learn first-hand about democracy, influence government decision-making, and have their voices heard. The 10th New Zealand Youth Parliament will be held on 19 and 20 July next year. “I’ve been interested in politics for the past few years and just

this year I got on the Wellington Youth Council and I’ve really loved that experience,” he says. “I thought this would be a great opportunity to extend myself.” Josh describes himself as a bit of a “tech nerd” and he had an interest in data privacy and trying to prevent misinformation on social media. “I’m a bit of a programmer in my spare time. “One of my biggest motivations is to use this as a stepping stone to make a difference in the Newlands community that I’ve grown up in all my life.” Joshua says he found his interest in politics while reading news articles. “I’m a naturally curious indi-

Willis named National deputy Wellington MP Nicola Willis has been named the National Party’s new deputy leader. Willis will be working alongside new National leader Christopher Luxon after the duo was announced on Tuesday.

Karori Food Bank in need Karori Food Bank is in need of particular items ahead of the Christmas rush. They include teabags, breakfast spreads, pasta sauce, soups, baked beans, tinned fish, biscuits, Christmas cakes and desserts as well as salted nuts.

Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor with the electorate’s new youth MP, 16-year-old Joshua Taefu from Newlands College.

vidual so I enjoyed reading the articles I found and then I got involved in UN Youth and they run great events. “My interest has spiralled from

there,” he says. “I really enjoyed debating and I like to be able to use my voice to make a meaningful contribution and create change along the way.”

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Citizenship awards for North Wellington, Tawa students The citizenship qualities of North Wellington and Tawa primary school students were celebrated last week. Nine Tawa and 11 Wellington North primary school students received awards from Wellington mayor Andy Foster on successive evenings last week. Winners were chosen from each of Tawa’s six primary schools and Tawa Intermediate, and from each of nine primary schools in Johnsonville, Churton Park, Newlands and Paparangi, plus Newlands Intermediate. The winning students are selected by their own schools based on citizenship qualities which incorporates how well they have contributed to their school. “They might be involved in an environmental group, in raising funds for some worthy cause, helping run a sports team, in road patrol, or in the library,” says former Wellington City councillor

Malcolm Sparrow. “They might be a young leader in some way,” he says. Malcolm started the Tawa awards in 2011 and the Wellington North awards in 2015, and has bowed out after this year’s ceremonies. The winning students received a personalised trophy, a certificate, a $25 book voucher sponsored by Tawa Books and Post (Tawa awards) or sponsored by the Newlands Paparangi Progressive Association (Wellington North awards), along with having their name added to a wooden shield which stays in the school’s office block. It is a special occasion where the selfless contributions primary and intermediate children have made to their schools are celebrated. As the parent of one winning student stated, “It was lovely to hear a little story about all the children and


North Wellington primary school students were presented with citizenship awards by Wellington mayor Andy Foster for their contributions to their school and community.

the things that they do for their school. What an amazing bunch of children we have in our community.” Harry Wong won this award in 2014 as a Year 6 student at Redwood School. Seven years later in 2021, he has been head boy at Tawa College. Harry gave a talk at last week’s Tawa awards ceremony on what it

means to be a role model and an all-round good citizen. There is potential for any of these winning students to go a long way. The Tawa Community Board will be continuing the awards in Tawa, and the Rotary Club of Johnsonville will be taking over the awards in Wellington North from 2022.

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Help sought for history of tennis club model Members of the Newlands-Paparangi tennis club made a recent discovery at the club’s 90th annual general meeting, which they are hoping the community can shed some light on. Before the AGM someone had a quick clean out of an area of the clubhouse and found an old model of the club no one knew existed. Committee member Bridget Tunnicliffe says the craftmanship is amazing. “The detail is exquisite, right down to the court markings and the features of the bank behind the clubhouse. “No one recognised it, not even members who had been at the club for over 40 years. The club has long since been painted white so it could be decades old. “It just got us thinking you know, who made it? Was it a junior member at the time? What is the story behind it? “Someone must have really cared about the club to go to such effort.” Committee members are hoping someone in the community might recognise the

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model from years ago and would love to hear from anyone who knows anything about it. The club is steeped in history, first emerging in 1931 and was first incorporated in 1954. It used to be a thriving club during the halcyon days of the 70s, 80s and early 90s, when sports clubs were a real hub of activity in New Zealand. Back in its heyday the club had over 70 senior members. However, like most local sports clubs, the Newlands-Paparangi tennis club has suffered from dwindling numbers and hit a bit of a crossroads earlier this year. But at a special general meeting the members voted to continue. A new-look committee is focussing on driving up the membership base and Bridget Tunnicliffe says the early signs are promising. “And we now have the model on display in the clubrooms - we’re hoping it will still be there in 10 years for the club’s 100th AGM.” If you have any information or want to know more about the Newlands-Paparangi tennis club - contact bridget.tunnicliffe@rnz.co.nz

A model of the Newlands-Paparangi Tennis Club has been discovered during the club’s 90th AGM and they would like to know more about where it came from and who may have constructed it. Pictures are the model and what the club looks like today.

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Council starts implementing Orange Traffic Light System across the city Following the Government’s announcement on Monday, Wellington City Council is preparing to run the new COVID Traffic Light System across all its facilities and services from Friday 3 December – in the meantime, it’s recommended everyone get a COVID Vaccine Passport (CVP). Central Government announced on Monday that Wellington will be shifting to Orange in the Traffic Light and COVID Vaccination Passport Systems on 11.59pm on Thursday 2 December 2021. Orange allows significant freedoms in the city, but COVID Vaccine Passports are a key part of the plan to help protect communities, businesses, and the health system from facing undue pressures. The Council is currently consulting with staff on a draft COVID-19 Vaccination policy, before making a decision by Thursday morning as to which roles and sites will require mandatory vaccinations. Health and safety risk assessments have been undertaken on all of the Council’s roles, services and facilities. It will be legally required to provide a COVID Vaccine Pass to enter places that have vaccination requirements in place. The draft policy currently recommends

Council facilities including libraries, gyms, pools, recreation centres, community centres, service centre and some sports facilities require a COVID Vaccination Passport for entry. Wellington City Council’s CEO Barbara McKerrow says the Government has given us the tools to support this shift and we now need to perform our duty of care and use them. “It is no longer about elimination; we need to prepare to live with COVID-19 in our community and do what we can to minimise its impact and spread. Vaccinations are a big part of how we make that happen, alongside other safety measures set out in the framework.” Wellington City Council will confirm the status of its services and facilities on its website, social media channels and by media on Thursday 2 December ahead of the introduction of the Traffic Light System at 11.59pm. According to the Ministry of Health: At Orange, there will be community transmission, with pressure on our health system. The whole of the health system is focussing its resources, but can manage primary care, public health, and hospitals. There may also be an increasing

risk for at-risk people. How we stay safe at Orange: Record keeping and scanning are required. Face coverings are mandatory on flights, public transport, in taxis, retail, public venues, and public facilities. Where we can go at Orange: Public facilities are open with capacity limits based on 1-metre distancing. This means the maximum number of people who could occupy the space if each person was 1 metre apart. People do not need to stand 1 metre apart. Retail, including farmers markets, is open with capacity limits based on 1-metre distancing. ECEs, schools, kura and tertiary providers are open, with public health measures in place. Getting your Covid Vaccine Pass: Please request your Covid Vaccine Pass now, so you are ready to visit our Council sites from Friday 3 December. To get your Covid Vaccine Pass visit www.mycovidrecord.health. nz or call the Ministry of Health on 0800 222 478 between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week. Have your NHI (National Health Index) handy. For support accessing and printing your CVP Wellington City Librar-

Wellington City Council is looking at ways to implement their facilities with the orange traffic light setting for Covid-19.

ies is offering support and free printing, Smart Newtown is also providing support, as is Citizen’s Advice Bureau, SeniorNet, Age Concern, and some pharmacies. Visiting Council sites: Keep track of where you go - scan in and show your Covid Vaccine Pass to staff when visiting Wellington City Council’s indoor sites You still need to also scan your COVID Tracer app or use an alternatively provided sign-in process, as the Covid Vaccine Pass is not a substitute for contact tracing. Leave a little earlier for classes or events to avoid any queues during peak times. Please follow the directions of our staff so we can check everyone in as quickly as possible.

Wear a face covering. Wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitiser. If you are unwell with any of these symptoms, please stay home and call your doctor: Fever Cough Shortness of breath Sneezing or a runny nose Sites and Technology There are 75 public facing Council sites including libraries, pools and recreation centres, the service centre and community centres likely to require CVP Visitors can scan their CVP when they arrive at each site Please allow extra time as there may be queues due to scanning requirements.

CCDHB reaches 90 Toi Three Sixty exhibition state of the art percent fully vaccinated The Toi Three Sixty annual residents’ exhibition is a chance for everyone to grab an art bargain with all works $360 or under – and support the local arts community at the same time. Start your own art collection or expand on your current one with affordable works by residents of Toi PǀQeke, with all money going directly to the artists at the cash and carry exhibition. Each artist will showcase a number of pieces in the exhibition, and one work online, and will be replaced by a pink dot once sold and taken away to its new home. City Art Collection Registrar and Toi PǀQeke studio artist Laura Woodward says the end of year show by the studio residents at Toi Pǀneke is a highlight of her year. “It doesn’t last long though – as soon as the doors open there’s a rush of visitors and the sales begin. “We make the low price point part of the theme to make it possible for more people to start their own unique art collection.

The Toi Three Sixty annual residents’ exhibition is a chance for everyone to grab an art bargain with all works $360 or under – and support the local arts community at the same time.

“The quality is high and the range is wide. The studios at Toi Pǀneke are used by painters, jewellers, object makers, ceramicists, photographers and textile artists. This exhibition gives an introduction or an insight into an artist’s practice, and it gives an insight into the

creative expression being cultivated in this vitally important facility.” The collection will be shown from 15 – 22 December at Toi PǀQeke Gallery. There will also be an online option with works available to view and purchase from Wednesday 1 December.

On Monday 29 November Capital & Coast DHB reached the milestone of vaccinating 90 percent of the eligible population against COVID-19, the second DHB in the country to do so. “We are delighted to have 90 percent of people in the Capital & Coast DHB region fully vaccinated. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of thousands of people across the region, as well as the incredible collaboration between Maori and Pacific providers, PHOs, the local pharmacy network and the DHB,” Chief Executive Fionnagh Dougan says. “From the beginning we have taken an approach of using familiar places and familiar faces to help ensure people who are most at risk or who may have difficulty accessing health services can get vaccinated in a way that makes them feel comfortable and safe. We are now seeing the dividends of this approach. “In saying that, our job is far from over. Our measure of success rests very much on reaching 90 per cent full coverage for all of our people across both CCDHB and Hutt Valley DHB, particularly Maori and Pacific communities, and people with disabilities. We are seeing encouraging progress in achieving these milestones but we know there are neighbourhoods that still have higher numbers of people who are unvaccinated. “Teams are working hard to reach them, not only taking the vaccines and vaccinators to the places where people

live and work, but also taking time to connect and open opportunities for ongoing conversations to help people feel more comfortable and confident in being vaccinated. “Every person vaccinated is something to celebrate and be proud of, so we would also like to thank everyone who has already played their part in protecting our communities and the region by being vaccinated.”


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Police praise Wellington drivers in Operation SafeStart Police are pleased with the behaviour of drivers in Wellington during a road policing operation on Friday night, but remind motorists not to get complacent. Operation SafeStart, held at the Plimmerton weigh station north of Wellington, saw approximately 1400 vehicles through checkpoints between 7:30pm and 11pm where every northbound vehicle was stopped. Of these, just three infringements were issued to drivers for driving

with excess breath alcohol. “I want to thank those motorists for, on the whole, driving safely and to the conditions,” says Superintendent Steve Greally, Director: National Road Policing Centre. While the results of last night’s operation were pleasing, Superintendent Greally says it’s important we keep up the hard work. “What we want is for no motorist to be driving impaired – whether that is from alcohol, drugs, or fatigue.

“Please remember – when getting behind the wheel, you have a responsibility to yourself, those in your vehicle, and other road users,” he says. As we head into the summer and party season, there will be more traffic on our roads and even more reason to ensure we take extra care. “We’re not about to stop you having a few drinks – but if you do drink alcohol, don’t drive. It’s as simple as that,” Superin-

Iconic Kiwiana number plates up for grabs These one of a kind iconic UBUTEY plates are now up for Auction on Trademe with all funds raised going to support the only free ambulance service in New Zealand. Kay was motivated to donate the plates to support Wellington Free Ambulance for two reasons – to raise as much as possible to keep our emergency services free of charge, and so someone new could enjoy them as much as her late husband Daniel had. Originally a Christmas gift from Kay to Daniel in 2000, they spent many years cruising the streets on his Toyota Celica, until he was forced to move to a more accessible vehicle due to some mobility issues. Sadly, Daniel died a few years ago but Kay thinks it will mean a lot to her late husband too, “I know Daniel will be delighted, he will be smiling over us wherever he may be.” A regular donor to Wellington Free, Kay was thinking of ways she could give more than her usual donation and suddenly thought maybe a new owner for UBUTEY would share Daniel’s passion for the plates and for Wellington Free Ambulance. She hopes they will sell for at least double what she paid for them back in October

tendent. Greally says. Ensuring you don’t drive impaired, drive at safe speeds, wear your seatbelt, and put away your cellphone, will help ensure you make it through summer unharmed. Present at last night’s operation were not only Police staff, but representatives of Waka Kotahi and the Ministry of Transport, and the Minister of Police Hon. Poto Williams.

Minister Williams says she enjoyed the experience. “I was impressed with the efficient and professional operation, which I hope will serve as a timely reminder for motorists to continue to drive safely as we head into the Christmas holiday period.” Police will have a presence on our roads right throughout the summer across the country, to help ensure everyone gets to their destination safely.

Johnsonville Probus visit National War Memorial Park Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington is the place For New Zealanders to remember and reflect on the country’s experience of war, military conflict and peacekeeping. Created in 2015 the Park is also a place for memorials from countries with which New Zealand has a shared military heritage. Members of the recently established Probus Club

of Johnsonville recently visited the Park and can be seen standing under the UK memorial tree which comprises the trunks of an English Royal Oak and a New Zealand Pohutukawa which intertwine to form one single canopy. A silhouette of a single soldier can be seen between the branches representing the union of two countries which have stood side by side in times of conflict and peace.

Wellington Free Ambulance’s Rachel Evans, left Kay who motivated to auction the plates to support Wellington Free Ambulance.

2000 ($449) and is excited to see how the auction goes. “I so admire what Wellington Free Ambulance does, every day I see staff helping people and I’ve been helped too. How lucky we are, to have the only free ambulance service in New Zealand.” You can bid on this auction and help Kay exceed her goal on Trademe from today until next Wednesday 8th November. www.trademe.co.nz search Wellington Free Ambulance or click here https://www.trademe. co.nz/a/motors/car-parts-accessories/ personalised-plates/listing/33674311 63?bof=MyddfgxS

Members of the recently established Probus Club of Johnsonville visited the National War Memorial Park.

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Gardening & HOME LIVING Onslow Gardeners still blooming over the years Fiona Eadie, head gardener of Larnach Castle, entertained and educated the Onslow *DUGHQ &OXE DW WKHLU ¿ QDO PHHWLQJ IRU last week. Despite the trials of Covid, at the end of its second year the Club has 75 members. This year, as well as sessions

on orchids, propagating, composting and lavender the Club visited gardens, enjoyed a movie and shared plants and horticultural bonhomie. Club contributions to the community included two working bees at Khandallah Park and sponsorship of a gardener

Deck the Halls - get set for Christmas with Twigland! Christmas is coming up fast! Now’s the time to dress up the home and garden for Christmas and the summer! Loads of new colourful annuals, perennials, shrubs and houseplants are landing this month, so there are plenty of fresh plants to get your place looking festive! Hydrangeas, Fuchsias, Gaura, Dahlias, Pelargoniums, Tropical Impatiens, Petunias and Salvias, are the favourites this month, all loving the warmth that summer brings! Gifts for Gardeners! Pop down to Twigland and pick up gifts

for the whole family! We have an awesome array of giftware and garden decor - and of course, gorgeous Houseplants. With so much selection, there is bound to be something for everyone! However, if you can’t decide on a special present, but know someone who loves to garden - why not treat them with a Twigland Gift Voucher. We look forward to seeing you in store over the next couple of weeks to complete your Christmas shopping - and to make life easy, don’t forget to ask about our free gift wrapping service!

Groundplanz - time to prepare for summer living With the days getting longer it’s time to start thinking about BBQs and outdoor entertainment areas – courtyards, decks, paving, seating, pergolas and anything that requires earthworks – like retaining walls and drainage. It’s also an ideal time to plant trees and shrubs, anytime from now until early summer while the ground is moist. Seek our advice on what’s best for your location and needs, we have a very wide knowledge

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Wellington Christmas Tree Festival for a cause The harsh realities of life with cystic fibrosis (CF) can be especially tough on a child at Christmas. People with CF endure a life-long, demanding and time-consuming daily regime of lung clearance and medication, together with regular medical check-ups, increasingly frequent hospitalisations, and in some cases lung transplantation. The fact is that CF won’t take a break this Christmas. That’s why nearly 50 businesses, community groups, and organisations have joined together in the CF Christmas Tree Festival at Wellington Airport to raise funds for vital, practical support for CF families throughout the Christmas period. CF is a serious and ultimately terminal genetic condition which affects more than 540 people in New Zealand. Only half of those with CF reach 31 years of age. Lisa Burns, Chief Executive at Cystic Fibrosis NZ said: “The support of businesses and organisations is really crucial, because CF affects families in so many ways – often causing severe financial stress. I’m so

Nearly 50 businesses, community groups, and organisations have joined together in the Cystic Fibrosis Christmas Tree Festival at Wellington Airport to raise funds for vital, practical support for CF families throughout the Christmas period. Photo: Mark Tantrum.

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Infielder Jackson Taurarii is the latest talented youngster to be given a spot in the Auckland Tuatara Pathways program for 2022-23. The 19-year-old attended St Pats and is now studying to become a personal trainer. He helped Counties finish third at the Baseball New Zealand National Championships earlier this year, after being drafted in for the tournament. A talented hitter and polished defender, Taurarii can play shortstop, third base or in the outfield. Tall and lanky with a lot of athleticism; Taurarii harbours an ambition to go to college in the United States. “Being part of the Tuatara Pathways program will really help my development

and will really benefit me whether I go to college or stay here in New Zealand,” Taurarii said. “I’m really excited to be part of it and thank the Auckland Tuatara for the opportunity.” Taurarii is the third player from Wellington included in the program, following Ayden Hammond and Tane Mumu’s inclusion. “Jackson is a really talented kid and he can go a long way in the sport,” Baseball New Zealand coaching development manager Kris Richards said. “He is very athletic and will get better and better with the more baseball he plays.” More players are due to be added to the program in the coming weeks.

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Thursday December 2, 2021


Next Generation Real Estate.

New Year, New Home? YIP! 41 Brindle Way, Newlands 3



The new development in Brindle Way has matured and offers the very best of the Northern Suburbs - fantastic location, great amenities and a stylish modern home that meets contemporary tastes. 41 Brindle Way is tucked away but benefits from all day sun throughout, private location and still under warranty. With a separate garage and low maintenance section, this modern home benefits from efficient design and ease of living. The ground floor comprises a large, open plan living space with kitchen -


connected by sliding doors to a sunny patio/front garden. With a toilet/laundry to the rear and a small clothes line area, this area is out of sight and mind. Upstairs are three bedrooms, the master with en-suite, plus a family bathroom. Tender 3:00pm Thursday 16th December 2021

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4 Montserrat Place, Grenada Village 4



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the Bay and harbour and the Town Green Belt is through the gate above

with teens or for those with hobbies needing a bit more space. The large open

the private sun drenched garden. Many original features in the home have

plan lounge/dining/family room/kitchen opens to a peaceful garden and lawn

been faithfully preserved, with tasteful renovations and a stunning open

to enjoy the morning sun, and there’s an awesome rumpus room opening to a

plan living room incorporating the sparkling new kitchen. 4 Bdrms, en-suite,

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Thursday December 2, 2021

Next Generation Real Estate.

Elegant and Elevated? YIP! 7 Hislop Way, Johnsonville 4



Modern, well designed and with space to spare, this fantastic family home has everything you need and then some. With a light and airy atmosphere, enhanced by open-plan design and large windows, the modern kitchen is at the heart of this home! There is a bedroom and full bathroom downstairs - perfect for elderly parents or a welcome seperation if you have teenagers. The 'Master suite' with walk-in wardrobe and en-suite are located on the upper level, whilst there are two other spacious bedrooms, family bathroom and second


living area too. There are fantastic views over Johnsonville and towards Wellington harbour, additionally the private deck is the perfect retreat after a busy day! Tender 3:00pm Wednesday 15th December 2021

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Thursday December 2, 2021


Next Generation Real Estate.

Sizzle For Summer? YIP! 7 Ruskin Road, Newlands 3



With Harbour views so good you can look towards the airport and see the comings and goings of our Capital City, Ruskin Road gets the best of Wellington - all-day sun and views. This modern family home is overflowing with charm and style and has been beautifully presented by our owners. With a garage below and the living accommodation on split levels above, you will love the unique yet practical design of this three-bedroom classic family home. In great condition and with modern decor it has excellent separation of the living


and sleeping areas, whilst cathedral ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows in the living and dining area add character and ensure excellent light. Off this area is the charming kitchen with picturesque views over the flat back lawn, which gets lots of sun, is fully-fenced and perfect for young children and pets. Tender 3:00pm Thursday 16th December 2021

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outlook over towards the Hutt hills. Sun drenched and offering 3 light and

exudes character and is crisply and freshly renovated inside and out. Easy

bright bedrooms, a modern kitchen, this low maintenance home is kept

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Thursday December 2, 2021

Next Generation Real Estate.

Holy Cow? YIP! 107 Gillespies Road, Birchville 3



Private and tucked away in Birchville, down a quiet and family-friendly road this beautifully renovated home is the perfect opportunity for you to get on the ladder! Just 100 meters from the Hutt River and walks to the bush, if privacy is a must then this will not disappoint. With loads of space for vehicles or your boat, this is a great retreat for outdoor types wanting one foot in the country but still within easy reach of State Highway 2 and Hutt City. Its also close to Birchville School and Rata Park. Inside, this 1980s home it has been fully renovated - with three bedrooms,


a galley-style kitchen and modern bathroom mean that all the hard work has been done and its just waiting for its lucky new owners. The open-plan living and dining area are supplemented by a sunny conservatory and there is plenty of storage space and off-street parking on offer. Tender 3:00pm Thursday 16th December 2021

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Tarrant Dance Studio - Cinderella A fairy tale of dreams, magic, families and fun. Cinderella is one of the best-loved of stories and in a year in which uncertainty and the unexpected have been the norm, a great ballet to finish the year. Wonderful young dancers who have managed to keep dancing through two very unusual and unsettled years take the stage to tell this famous story of wishes and dreams. Over 50 young dancers will be telling this story and both their audience and the dancers will be part of that currently threatened but very special magic that is performance. Directed and Choreographed by Deirdre Tarrant with Lighting by Wendy

Clease this will be a real dancing treat. Taking the roles of Cinderella and her Prince are Sylvie Smith and Jettson Watt. Both are young local dancers with outstanding talent. Sylvie recently was awarded the Johnsonville Youth Grant for tertiary music and dance studies. Ironically she leaves Onslow College this year and her school ball was to have been the same night as she dances Cinderella. Tarrant Dancers have also created their own social dance comment ‘The World We Will Live In.’ Individual dance statements inspired by being those who will take our world forward....Climate Change Calamity Disrup-

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Taranaki at its best - where the mountain meets the sea

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Cathy Box’s photo ‘Kereru’ was one of three winners in the Ngaio/Crofton Downs Residents Association photo competition.

Ngaio/Crofton Downs photo competition a success Ngaio/Crofton Downs Residents Association’s annual photo competition has proved to be a success once again. Last week at the Ngaio Crofton Downs Residents Association AGM, judge Colin McDiarmid gave a winner in each of three categories – Weather, Gardens, Pets/Wildlife. The weather category was won by Dick Johnson with his picture ‘A stop on the way to Crows’ Nest’. The Gardens category was won by Penny Moore for her photo ‘Ornithogalum’ and the Pet/Wildlife category was won by Cathy Box with ‘Kereru’. This competition is in its second year and Judge Colin says “the overall standard of the photos continues to rise. The competition celebrates living in the joint suburb of Ngaio Crofton Downs.

Anyone of any age can enter with pictures taken with any sort of camera but the shots must be taken in Ngaio or Crofton Downs. Ian Turk, Chairman of the Residents Association says the competition will return. “We’ll have another competition in 2022 and we hope for more entries as the event becomes more widely known.” “It may become an annual event – a feature of Ngaio Crofton Downs life.” The competition is announced in posters and social media about a month before the November AGM but photos can be taken at any time. Each winner earns a cash prize and every entrant receives a free year’s subscription to the Association. The pictures are available to view by first going to the NCDra site at http://ngaio.org.nz/wp2018.

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A network of safe biking routes free of traffic would be life changing for Wellington mum and Para-cyclist Liz Gasson. It would allow her to ride and potentially do some training by herself, bike more places with her husband, son and assistance dog Paddy, and make fewer short trips by car. With the safe route proposed between the city and Newtown and other connections, she might even be able to bike to some of her hospital appointments. Cycling has given Liz “wings” after her mobility and balance became seriously compromised by multiple sclerosis. Surprisingly, she found that while walking wasn’t easy – she could ride. She is currently a Para-cyclist with a Paralympic classification, which enables her to compete in both national and international cycling events. She competed in a C1 World Qualifiers in Cambridge in 2019, won two gold medals at the 2020 Elite and U19 Track Cycling National Championships, a silver this year at the Age Group Road Cycling National Championships, and has been awarded the Te Hiranga Parikaha Trophy for cycling

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excellence for women earlier this year. Liz is in the pathway programme for the Paralympics. Health permitting, she would love to earn the opportunity to compete at the Paris 2024 or Los Angeles Paralympics. But despite all this, the only way she can get out and ride safely in Wellington at the moment is with her coach and friend Steve Bale, who accompanies her on rides and helps keep her safe.


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Fire and Emergency is keeping communities safe Fire and Emergency is, and always will be, committed to keeping our communities safe. The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 required more than 13,300 of Fire and Emergency’s personnel to have their first vaccination by the end of today (29 November) and their second vaccination by the end of 14 January 2022, to carry out their roles. National Commander Kerry Gregory says no matter what, we will be here for our communities. “Every day around 1,800 career firefighters and 11,500 volunteers turn up to help our communities when they are in need,” he says. “Our firefighters care deeply about serving their communities and keeping people safe. They are dedicated and remarkable people. In times of emergency, they will be there to help.” “Our people work alongside health practitioners at incidents and go into schools when responding to emergencies and to provide fire safety education,” Kerry Gregory says. “They also work among some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable communities. By being vaccinated, and following our strict COVID protocols, they are doing their part

to reduce exposure and spread of COVID-19 in the community.” 90% of Fire and Emergency personnel covered by the Order are fully or partially vaccinated. This includes around 95% of staff and 89% of volunteers covered by the Order. The remaining people have either not yet provided their vaccination status, or have chosen to remain unvaccinated. “As an emergency response organisation we always have contingency plans in place so we can respond when we’re needed - it’s what we do. On any given day there could be multiple incidents that we need to attend occurring at the same time. We plan for that and that’s why we have contingency plans in place. “Right through the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve been planning for how we keep our communities safe and continue to respond if a brigade was impacted by COVID. Our contingency planning following the Health Order is an extension of that. “While the vast majority of our people are vaccinated, there are two smaller brigades that won’t be able to operate from midnight tonight (Monday 29 November). By law, if Fire and Emergency people covered by the Order have decided to remain unvaccinated or

have not provided their vaccination status, they can no longer continue in their role from midnight tonight. It has been a challenging time for everyone and some of our people have had to make difficult decisions.” “The brigades which do not have enough vaccinated volunteers to operate at full capacity are Inangahua on the West Coast and Matakana Island in the Bay of Plenty. We’re disappointed they will have to temporarily book their trucks off service, but we are determined to get them operational again. We’ll continue to work with them and their communities to do so. “In the meantime, these communities can be assured in an emergency, they should call 111 - we have made contingency arrangements for them and help will still be on the way. “Inangahua Volunteer Fire Brigade will get support from their neighbouring stations - Reefton and Westport. Inangahua has seven members and specialises in responding to vegetation fires as well as attending medical calls and motor vehicle crashes. On average, they attend six calls a year. “Fire and Emergency has a tactical response plan when responding to an emergency on Matakana

Fire and Emergency New Zealand remains committed to serving the community through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Island. This includes resources from across the region - this will not change. The nearest stations to Matakana Island are Tauranga and mokoroa - they will respond when needed. Other support will also be responded when required. The Matakana Island Volunteer Island Fire Brigade has 18 members and specialises in responding to vegetation fires on the Island. Last year they responded to two calls.” “As always, we ask the community to be extra vigilant with fire safety. Make sure your smoke alarms are working and you have an escape plan. Go to www.escapemyhouse.co.nz - it takes just three steps. If there is a fire, get

out and stay out. Don’t overload your multiboards. Don’t leave your cooking unattended. If you are going to light a fire, please be safe and make sure you follow the conditions of your fire permit. It’s important to pay attention to the particular requirements and safety recommendations of your permit. You find more safety tips for lighting fires at www.checkitsalright. nz. More tips to help you prevent a fire can be found at https:// fireandemergency.nz/at-home/.” “No matter what, Fire and Emergency is committed to serving our communities across Aotearoa. We will still be responding to emergencies right across the country.”

Houses sell over Xmas & Metlink to trial new fare New Years? YIP! structure from March Hey Everyone! We almost hit 20 degrees this week, I guess you can say… Summer is here! As most people gear up to go away on holiday, we at Team YIP are gearing up for a busy holiday season of Real Estate! If you are looking at selling, this holiday season presents selling conditions that work in your favour: s ,OWER 3UPPLY: The number of new houses for sale drops off significantly, because most agents recommend their clients to sell in the new year as they are going on holiday. This means there are a lot less houses for sale, so buyers have less choice and are more likely to emotionally commit to whatever is available on the market s -OTIVATED "UYERS: out of town buyers who have a new job contract in Wellington next year, utilise the dedicated holiday period to bring the whole family to look around and buy a home. Particularly with the locked-up demand from Auckland, we are expecting a higher concentration of Auckland buyers. Buyers from ‘more expensive cities’ come with a higher value perception for property. Also, the best buyer for your property is motivated, cashed up and must buy – these buyers do not stop looking, they need to buy. s .O TIME WASTERS: Not-serious buyers drop off from the market, so when you are selling, you are only getting the premium, motivated buyers coming to view your home. So, you are far less likely to tidy up for nosey neighbours and tyre kickers. s 2ISING 2ATES: With interest rates rising fast, we are expecting a big influx of houses for sale in 2022, due to homeowners no

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Metlink has announced it will be trialling a range of new fares in March next year, including free or heavily discounted fares on weekends. Details of the trial are yet to be fully developed but could include a range of discounted, bundled and even free fares on the region’s bus and train services. Scott Gallacher, General Manager for Metlink, says the trial will help provide valuable demand insight to help plan for growth and service design changes in the future as well as pave the way for new fare products as part of the introduction of integrated ticketing system. “We want to test the resilience of the Metlink network during this trial to see how demand for services are affected when different price packages are put together. This is part of our ongoing commitment to passengers to provide a reliable, attractive, and modern public transport service across the region that builds on lessons learned at home and overseas,” says Scott Gallacher This latest trial comes on the back of a number

Metlink will introduce new fares from March next year.

of exciting initiatives from Metlink, including: Early Bird Fares, Snapper on Rail for the Johnsonville line, Cashless Express Services, and On-Demand Services in Tawa. Scott Gallacher says that fares are likely to be only one component of the trial with other initiatives across the network likely to feature too. “We’ll be providing more detail on the trial in the New Year but like our growing electric fleet, the Hospital Express and our upcoming Airport Service next year the message to passengers is that we want to be at the forefront of change, we want to test what’s possible and

more importantly make people’s journeys better,” says Scott Gallacher. The trial was announced at Greater Wellington’s Transport Committee today, with committee chair Roger Blakeley calling it a potential game changer not only for how people use and view public transport but for climate action and decarbonisation too. “We’ll be providing data from this trial to our funding partners at Waka Kotahi so they can consider how public transport can be funded in the future to help our region and others encourage more people to take it up and leave cars behind,” says Cr Blakeley.

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Free Metlink services for Christmas Eve, Day and New Years’ Eve travellers Metlink is offering free travel to all passengers travelling on all bus and train services on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Bus passengers can tag on and off with their Snapper at no cost. Those visiting or without a Snapper card simply need to let the driver know where they’re going and will be given a $0 ticket. Those travelling on the Johnsonville line as part of the Snapper on Rail trial can also tag on and off without being charged. Train passengers travelling on any other line can simply board and ride for free. Both Christmas Eve train and bus services will run to their usual weekday timetables. On Christmas Day, bus services will run to a standard Sunday timetable in Wellington City, Hutt Valley, Porirua and K piti, and the Route 200 in the Wairarapa to a special timetable. On New Year’s Eve bus services will run to a standard Saturday timetable in Wellington City, Hutt Valley, Porirua and K piti and to a special timetable in the Wairarapa. On Christmas Day train services on the Johnsonville and Hutt Valley lines will run to standard Sunday timetables. There will be no Melling or Wairarapa Line services. The

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SPORTS TALK With Jacob Page

Foster faces summer on the hot seat It is now a summer of discontent for fans of the All Blacks. Back-to-back defeats to Ireland and France as well as a loss to the Springboks meant the worst season since 2009. Unacceptable by All Blacks’ standards even though the 80 percent winning record was the best from a top-tier nation.

Calls for Ian Foster to lose his job are logical. It’s not so much what he’s done with the team, it’s the fact he’s done so little to instil confidence in his coaching ability from his many doubters. Make no mistake, there’s no way the New Zealand Rugby Union will sack him before the 2023 World Cup, it’s just not how they operate.

However, only the most ardent Foster supporter would be of the belief the team is in good shape, two years out from the big tournament. Many asked when we would see Foster’s best XV picked. The answer seems to be that Foster doesn’t know what that looks like. Numbers 6, 7, 10, 12 and 13 all still look to be up for grabs and that seems

less than ideal this far into the Rugby World Cup cycle. Questions must be asked about Sam Cane’s durability, the same questions people had after he was named captain in 2019. Is the sky falling in? No, it’s not, even though it may feel like it. The thing that is irritating many grassroots fans, is they predicted

the level of mediocrity and now it is playing out. The team, much like in the semifinal against England two years ago, seems to be lacking a plan B and C when Plan A fails. It will be an uncomfortable summer for Foster as the pressure mounts and he can do nothing more than grin and bear it.

Johnsonville stumble to win over Onslow By Jacob Page

Johnsonville did their best to throw away a victory in the premier one-day cricket competition before some lower-order stability saw them hold their nerve. Johnsonville beat Onslow by four wickets at Alex Moore Park but made hard work of chasing their target of 114 on a good pitch. Johnsonville we’re reduced to 57 for six before Josh Mann (47) and Jeremy Benton combined for an unbeaten stand of 57 to see them home. Earlier the bowlers had done an excel-

lent job at ensuring Onslow gained no momentum with the bat. Zac Ringrose and Max Petrie each took three wickets while Scott Edgecombe chipped-in with two. Despite the issues with the bat, Johnsonville earned a bonus point for their quick run chase after they completed it with more than 20 overs to spare. Johnsonville captain Raki Weerasundara says with the departure of Hareen Silva from the middle-order, the batsmen were still searching for rhythm. “I was sitting there and was pretty nervous at times,” Raki says.

“We just need our guys to step-up and take responsibility for chasing a target like that. “There was nothing wrong with the pitch, I think we were a bit complacent chasing the target. “I thought our bowlers were great,” he says. “We kept the pressure on and didn’t let them settle.” In other games, Karori beat Upper Hutt by 53 runs and Taita beat Eastern Suburbs by two wickets. Johnsonville will travel to play Karori on Saturday.

Johnsonville cricket captain Raki Weerasundara.

Johnsonville thrive at Wellington Open Pairs Johnsonville lawn bowlers made their presence felt at the Wellington Open Pairs event on Monday at Stokes Valley. Johnsonville’s Lil George and June Wairau won the women’s pairs final over Christine Robson and Sheryl Young from Petone Central. It was Lil’s first centre title. They overcame fellow Johnsonville duo Lui Hare and Hilda Abraham in a tense semifinal 19-18. Fellow Johnsonville bowlers Dave Carr and Wayne Coleman were runners-up in the men’s pairs after being beaten in the final by the Naenae duo of Robbie Yemm and Sar Alefosio 20-9. LEFT: Johnsonville’s Lil George left and June Wairau won the women’s open pairs final over Christine Robson and Sheryl Young from Petone Central. Photo: Allan Galbraith.


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