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The Heritage Gardeners at the historic Halfway House in Glenside have been recognised as an Accredited Award provider for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, and also a Butterfly Habitat Garden by the Moths & Butterflies of New Zealand Trust.

Heritage Gardeners leader, Claire Bibby says that 14-to-24-years-olds can now learn gardening under the skills category for their Duke of Edinburgh award. “We are Wellington’s first Accredited Award provider for the skill of gardening and look forward to teaching young people,” she says. Continued on page 2.

The Heritage Gardeners at Glenside’s historic Halfway House have received national and international recognition for their efforts. They are from left Pam Brown, Paul Bicknell, Lorna Webb, Pat Lakeman, Claire McDonald (in front) and Claire Bibby.

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Heritage Gardeners recognised for their dedication Continued from page 1. Heritage gardener, Lorna Webb has encouraged the development of a moth and butterfly-friendly garden. “A lot of the flowers in the garden are great for pollinating “We have a lot of shapes and colours which works for the bees and also the butterflies and moths. “It’s good to keep the profile of the garden up. “It’s open for anyone to walk through at any time. “We (the gardeners) are just toilers but it is great to have an area like it in our community.” Lorna says the gardeners have also focussed on having water available for the bees, butterflies and other insects as they use the space. “We do this in the hope that it will bring more people into the garden,” Lorna says. The Heritage Gardeners are community volunteers, mostly local, developing the grounds of the historic Halfway House in the style of the era in which it was built. They do this by using plants and features that would have been typical of an 1840-1900 rural settlement, to achieve a country look and feel. William Brockelsby was called upon to look over the garden. He is a Masters student at Massey University studying the large endemic flax weevil which was reintroduced to Mana

The Halfway House garden has been recognised as a Butterfly Habitat Garden by the Moths & Butterflies of NZ Trust.

Island as part of the ecological restoration of the island. He is also a keen member of Wellington’s Pepeke, an entomology club, and helps to run the 100 Year Moth Project, a partnership between the club,

flowers in bloom on a calm day,” he says. The Moths & Butterflies Trust NZ will present a certificate to the Heritage Gardeners during Heritage Week, at a public event on 31 October.

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There has been some very good I recently hosted a meeting which included news for Ohāriu’s Northern local property developers and Suburbs thisfrom week. Firstly, the representatives the City and Regional local COVID case which had us all Councils. The background for the meeting was the needlocking to ensure down, all people masking involved in anxiously providing housingand in our vaccinating electorate, up, and more testing whether it be those building them or those inregulating large and numbers, appears not permitting that building, tounderstand have spread, and govern so we the issues which the can join New Zealand abilitynon-Auckland to build the houses everyone agrees need. Level Two. It’s not quite inweDelta the Level Two we have enjoyed There are essentially two types of previously, and is a concession to development; greenfields and brownfields. how incredibly this new Greenfields meanscontagious building on currently strain of COVID is. However it does undeveloped land, typically ex farmland on the edges where up allow us oftocurrent get urban the areas, economy infrastructure sewers, the water kids supply back and and runninglikeagain, essential services don’table exist are toother school, and to be to visit usually built by the developer. neighbours, relatives and friends. It Brownfields also provides a great impetus development means rebuilding existing sites, and there has only been thing toonget vaccinated, the considerable discussion in recent which will allow us to starttimes looking much intensification should be ataround our how options as a country. For allowed in existing suburbs, especially anyone out,tojust changingholding of height limits allowremember for more how many vaccinations we require apartments. to visit certain countries, and simply Both have their advantages look at this vaccine and as another disadvantages; to thehave Regional in requirement allCouncil our options particular see their role to prevent more open to us. We in New Zealand

Te Papa and Zealandia. He was very impressed with the gardens at Halfway House. “The place is a wonderful adult Lepidoptera habitat, evidenced by several monarchs we saw on the various

had the luxury of going through runoff and other material ending up in our our normal approval process to harbours, especially the Porirua harbour in test theofvaccine, unlike many other the case development north of countries which, because of the Johnsonville and Newlands. The Wellington City Councilbeing are concerned thatby thethe existing carnage caused virus, infrastructure cannot handle the pressure it had to use emergency approval. comes under when new housing areas are This delay meant we were behind developed. Existing infrastructure is aging those hard hit countries vaccinating, and needs upgrading across our city, as but we are rapidly evidenced by recent pipeovertaking failures. An many advantage of intensification of existing areas of them. meanssecond more people, therefore more news is The piece of good ratepayers to pay for those upgrades. that the Johnsonville Sunday Fruit and Vegieofmarket hastobeen Developers course need make agranted profit, aand resource consent to continue wish to keep their compliance costs as to low as possible. Resource operate. OfMany thebelieve 78 the submissions Management is too We as from localsActto thecumbersome. council hearing government for favour, our part have to to 76 were in so undertaken well done rewrite that act. those whowas submitted. vibrant The feedback good, but theThis success will and extremely cosmopolitan be when there are sufficient affordable houses to meetplace demand.isThat is certainly my gathering worth a visit, goal as your please MP. although be considerate of neighbours when parking, or even That, and of course having a vibrant and avoid bringing the Shopping car if possible. functioning Johnsonville Centre we And otherof.way to be considerate can allthe be proud to each other is to mask up, There’s plentyand to betest getting with. as any vaccinate, ason soon symptom that might be COVID-19 appears.

Following the Government’s Alert Level 2 announcement Metlink has confirmed that all payment methods including cash will be reinstated and a new NZ Bus timetable will be introduced as it transitions back to full bus, train and ferry services. General Manager of Metlink Scott Gallacher says the NZ Bus changes,

delayed by Alert Levels 3 and 4, will start to benefit passengers from Alert Level 2 onwards but signalled that passengers will see some disruption and capacity issues across the network. “As we transition to our full services, it will take a few days for our technology, operators, and frontline teams to adjust.

“We expect many people will, in accordance with Government guidance, still be working from home but we will see an increased demand for services. “My request to passengers that can’t work from home is to have patience with us and our staff as we get back up to speed,” says Scott Gallacher.

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Johnsonville Market gets consent to continue operating An independent commissioner has given resource consent to Johnsonville Market to formalise the operation. This decision is subject to an appeal period of 15 working days before it can be confirmed. The Sunday produce market has been operating on the site since 2012, but applied retrospectively for resource consent after the market was closed following a complaint from a member of the public. The complaints received by Wellington City Council related to matters including traffic congestion, parking issues and early morning truck noise. An independent commissioner was appointed and a publicly notified process began which involved submissions, a hearing, and a site visit. Council had given the market permission to keep operating while the resource consent was processed. It has been closed due to COVID-19 guidelines,

inbrief news WOAP back at level 2 Wellington On a Plate is serving up a second helping and restarting culinary festivities at Level 2 - albeit with mandatory scanning, masks and distanced dining, for the time being. Festival events, Garage Burger Wellington and Cocktail Wellington have recommenced from yesterday. Ticketed Festival events are in the process of planning new dates, where possible, with event organisers and iTICKET contacting ticket holders with updates, shortly. Festival ratings will also return at Level 2, with diners able to rate the burgers and cocktails they’ve tried on the Festival website.

Free rides to vaccinations The Sunday Johnsonville market has been granted resource consent to continue trading when Covid-19 alert levels allow.

but it will now be able to reopen officially when safety protocols allow subject to meeting the conditions imposed by the independent commissioner and outside of the appeal period. The consent is granted to continue to operate a Sunday produce market subject to some conditions including hours of set up restricted to 7am-3.30pm, set noise emis-

sion levels not to be exceeded, and a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) to mitigate traffic and parking issues on Morgan Street and surrounding streets must be submitted to Council. The consent is limited under Section 123(b) to a period of 3 years from the date of this decision. The market, located on Johnson-

ville School premises on Ohariu Road, helps support funding for the school and unsold produce is given to Kiwi Community Assistance to support local food banks, school lunch programmes, local families in need and the Women’s Refuge. Markets in the CBD and those operating in commercial areas don’t require resource consent.

Wellington City Council are working with Age Concern Wellington Region to offer free transport to seniors needing to get their COVID vaccination. If you live in the Wellington city area (up to Tawa/Linden in the north), are over 65, have booked your vaccine, and you have no one else to help you get to the vaccination centre, call Ann on 04 499 6648 and she’ll arrange a free ride for you.

Education meets electronic learning during lockdown By Jacob Page

Schools have found a way to adapt to teaching during the second Covid-19 lockdown. St Mark’s Church School principal Kent Favel says everyone is doing their bit in an unprecedented situation. “The transition was smoother because we did it last year and we had learnt a lot from it. “Everybody knew what to expect this time and that created a lot more comfort around. Kent says having students work ing remotely and do e-learning was part of school life but it had been ramped-up

St Mark’s School principal Kent Favel says his students and staff have adapted well to education in a lockdown.

for the lockdowns. “The teachers, staff and parents have been ok with the digital platforms and we’ve just had to tailor it to our needs for education. “Everyone had adapted and had a positive mindset about how to get through this,” Kent says. Kent says his school has still done mass assemblies online and ensured different year groups have had fun together even if it has been from a distance. “Teachers have checked in with kids at the end of the day to ensure they are progressing and if they need help they can get it. “Kids need to be engaged with

their teachers, that is key.” Kent says he and his staff are aware that students lose the ability to interact amongst themselves and they were eager to ensure interactions were maintained. “We’ve had dances and art event and a bunch of fun activities, videos and challenges that can be done as a group to try to ensure they still spend time together and lift their spirits while creating those connections. Kent praised everyone involved from his teachers, staff, students and parents for making the process so seamless. “Everyone is doing the best they can in the situation.”

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NZSO announce awards for aspiring young musicians Two young aspiring professional musicians from Wellington are the recipients of the 2021 Alex Lindsay Award and the Giese Flute Grant. The Alex Lindsay Award is administered by NZSO players to support young musicians studying with the aim of pursuing an orchestral career. The award trustees also administer the Giese Flute Grant and Michael Monaghan Award. “There was a very high standard of applicants for our awards this year, the final decisions weren’t easy,” says Alex Lindsay Award Trust chairperson and NZSO Principal Flautist Bridget Douglas. “These fine young musicians have already made a big contribution to musical life in New

Zealand and we’re glad to be able to support them to continue their studies on their instruments. We hope that we’ll see them all back playing professionally in New Zealand one day.” Many previous recipients of the Alex Lindsay Award occupy positions in professional orchestras in New Zealand and overseas. Claudia, 23, is no stranger to awards and winning competitions. She previously won the Michael Monaghan Award twice (2017 and 2019), and the Te ki New Zealand School of Music Concerto Competition in 2018. Claudia gained a Bachelor of Music in violin and piano from Te Kki NZSM in 2018. In the same year she was Concertmaster of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra and was also

a member of the NYO violin section for many years. She has held contracts with the NZSO and was a NZSO Fellowship student in 2017. Recently Claudia completed her Master of Arts with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is Concertmaster of the London Philharmonic Future Firsts Scheme. Her Calathea String Quartet is currently in the semifinals of the ROSL Ensemble Prize. She will put her $1200 Alex Lindsay Award towards study for a Professional Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music in London beginning this month. The Giese Flute Grant, an award for a promising young NZ flautist, was established in 2015 in memory of former NZSO

Principal Flute, Richard Giese. Isabella, 21, will use the $1200 towards an audition trip of the United States, where she intends to study for a MMus in 2022. Isabella is currently working towards a MMus from Te Ki NZSM and completed a BMus (Hons) last year. In 2020 she won the Te  NZSM Concerto Competition and third place at the Gisborne International Music Competition. In 2019 she was second in the National Concerto Competition. Isabella has been a NYO member since 2016 and Principal Flute for the past four years. She was a member of 2020 NZSO Fellowship Programme and is a regular casual player with the NZSO, Orchestra Wellington and CSO.

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Back to School for Samuel Marsden Collegiate Samuel Marsden Collegiate School students at all year levels have had a positive remote learning experience, but sure are looking forward to seeing each other again face to face. Marsden wnau expressed their positive feedback and experience of their remote learning programme, which was seamlessly implemented. “We had remote learning timetables ready to go for our Year 7 to 13 students, and academic, and wellbeing programmes planned at all year levels in case we had to enter another lockdown at short notice”, said Principal Narelle Umbers. “Our staff were exceptional, they pivoted to remote learning quickly, so that we were able to start Period 1 of the first day of lockdown”. A big focus at Marsden was on finding a balance between screen-based and non-screen based learning activities, and on keeping connections and relationships thriving through form time and student-led care groups. Teachers and students also enjoyed the new features of Google Meets which gave a lot of different possibilities

for interactive and creative online lessons. “Marsden senior students are integral in keeping the whole school connected when we are in lockdown”, said Ms Umbers. “Our Year 13s do a wonderful job of keeping students at all levels connected and engaged through their use of videos, challenges, social media, presenting at assemblies and Google Meets. It is not just the formally elected committee of Year 13 leaders who foster connection and belonging, it is also the wider Year 13 group and many Year 11s and 12s step outside their comfort zones to lead online ‘care groups’, consisting of students at different year levels.” “At Marsden there are two keys roles that student leaders play. They provide a voice for the students, and they connect the student body, and they play both these roles so well in the current unexpected circumstances, including being part of the discussion regarding their ideas for the school can reinvent some of our end of year events which have been impacted by the change to NCEA exam dates. The own-

Takeaways hot in Karori From the first morning of Lockdown 3 the phone has been ringing constantly at Corfu Seafoods on Karori Road. Owner Soty Pheng says people wanting takeaways couldn’t wait for their 11am opening. “The customers started calling us while we were getting ready. “The first day was so busy I had to order more stock and have more staff on to cope the next day,” Soty says. “People have got quite used to the concept of ‘phone and-collect’ and trade has continued to be brisk over the last few days.” He appreciates the big show of local support for their business.

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ership that they took of the problem was outstanding, as was the degree of consultation they had undertaken in coming up with their suggestions”, says Ms Umbers. A robust remote learning programme, including opportunities to express creativity, to problem-solve, to reflect and take care of one’s own mental and physical wellbeing, to ‘think out’ about how one can help others, and to work to a

more personal timetable aligned with those in your bubble, made for a productive lockdown time at Marsden. Nothing beats coming together again though, which the girls are very much looking forward to this week. Marsden will be open again for personal tours next week and, Alert level pending, looks forward to welcoming families considering a Marsden education to their Open Morning Wednesday on October 27.

Molly and Soty Pheng keep their distance as they operate at Level 3 from the front door of Corfu Seafoods in Karori.



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“I took an online art course doing a bit of drawing.”

“I had been meaning to do some scrapbooking so I got started on it.”

“I tried on online exercise class.”

“I didn’t try anything new. Just caught up on some things that needed doing.”

“I am keen on baking so I tried a few new recipies.”

“It sounds pretty boring but I tried knitting.”

Soup kitchen in high demand For a second year running, COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of the Compassion Soup Kitchen’s annual street appeal and exponentially escalated Wellington’s appetite for their service. The Compassion Soup Kitchen relies on donations to continue with their mission of supporting people in need to live with dignity in the community so the cancellation of their street appeal is ill-timed “our mahi is only made possible through the generosity of New Zealanders and we need their support more than ever.” “The street appeal is our biggest fundraiser

of the year - it ensures we can continue to provide food for Wellington, but we had to prioritise the health and safety of our volunteers and wider community.” says Compassion Chief Executive, Dr. Chris Gallavin. “We learned last year that lockdown brings with it an increased demand for our service, but we did not imagine we’d be serving this many meals daily,” Over the past twelve months the soup kitchen served 31,588 meals in the capital and set a record for number of meals served with 200 meals leaving the kitchen in one day. This year’s lockdown saw that record surpassed

immediately as they provided meals for individuals and other social service providers such as Wellington City Mission, Women’s Refuge, and Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust “Within the first few days of Level 4, we were providing 230 meals a day and now we are serving around 220 meals a day, seven days a week – quite possibly the most sustained demand we have seen in our 120 year history.” With record demand, Gallavin urges

New Zealanders to continue supporting the Compassion Soup Kitchen and is hopeful for their online alternative “as an essential service, we are committed to serving nourishing meals to those that need it most as we usually would so, we ask that the public show us the same generosity they usually would, albeit online.” You can donate to the Compassion Soup Kitchen’s annual appeal at: nz/donate/donate-money

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With a trip needed to get hearing aid batteries Jessie Webb took her two lads Leon and Maximus along with family dog Mandy on the journey from their home to the main street of Johnsonville. With the street relatively quite under level three restrictions the boys engaged in some street art with chalk on the pavement. Mandy says it was a great way to entertain the boys creative thinking while out running the errand and getting a little exercise.

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Iconic slide decommissioned for safety reasons Wellington City Council has removed the large slide from Frank Kitts Park playground to err on the side of caution following a number of unfortunate incidents recently. All Wellington City Council play areas are maintained to the NZ Standard for Playground Equipment and Surfacing 2015, and while this applied to the slide, the potential risk of further injuries has led to this decision, says Council’s Play Spaces Specialist, Matthew Beres. “Unfortunately we’ve had reports of a few serious injuries to some very young children using the slide, and even with signage in place about the rules of use, we’ve decided this measure is the only way to there are no more incidents like these.” Councillor Jill Day, Chair of the Social,

Cultural and Economic committee says: “The Council unanimously agreed that a new playground is needed in Frank Kitts Park. The $6 million upgrade will begin in January, which will see an exciting refresh of the area and all new equipment appropriate for different ages and abilities, including a new slide. “A new playground will help create wonderful memories of growing up in Wellington for children now and well into the future. “The new slide will also be just as big and fun, but it will be a tube shape with a twist in the middle designed to reduce speed.” The Frank Kitts Park slide was one of the last of the bespoke slides, made specifically for the site and installed sometime around 1989.

NZDF boosts Wellington vaccination effort Ten New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) medical personnel have been putting their training into action at the Sky Stadium drivethrough vaccination centre last week as part of Op Protect. With an aim to vaccinate 1000 Wellington residents per day, staff from the NZDF, Capital and Coast District Health Board, T

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What will the market do? Hey Everyone! Welcome to Level 2! Super exciting to be able to get out and start having some more normality in our lives. With lockdown affecting so many parts of our community, it is important we get out and support locally owned businesses again. There is an age-old saying in real estate ‘Location, Location, Location’… Well it has become apparent that people are not just after a location with good schools, views and demographics – the value of a location is also dictated by the food delivery choices available. This week I want to share with you some of the key market variables that we should keep an eye on, so we can try to get a sense of what the market will do as we leave this lockdown. sBacked up supply/demand: Although we worked right through lockdown and sold all our listings there are people out there who took lockdown as an opportunity to pause and take some timeout. As a result we are expecting a short burst of increased market activity. This should contribute towards favourable selling conditions in the upcoming months. sInterest Rates: A house is only worth what someone is willing to pay. So, if interest rates go up, this will reduce the amount buyers can afford to pay and a broad reduction of all buyers’ affordability will affect the level of demand and sale prices long-term. This will be felt particularly in the first-home market and lower-priced markets where buyers are usually stretched already. Keep an eye on the OCR and bank forecasts. sOut of town demand: During the peak of the ‘Covid Market Boom’ a good portion of our premium sales were going to buyers outside of Wellington. These were mostly

people who have moved back to NZ and have a much higher value perception when they compared what their money could buy here versus overseas. This has slowed down compared to the periods after the lockdown last year and last Christmas / New Year. It will be interesting to see if more people move back, especially with Australia’s covid situation. sNew Build Benefits: There has been a lot done by local councils, Kiwisaver, banks, govt, etc – to encourage construction of new houses and buyers to purchase them. Yes, if you purchase a ‘new build’ there are better benefits than buying existing. With each benefit announced, we have seen an increase in demand for new builds and this is supporting a positive sales trend for new build prices for the moment. It is always impossible to predict the market, but by keeping an eye on variables and a pulse from the front line, we can respond in our clients’ best interests. One thing to remember, is if you are buying and selling in the same market, it doesn’t really matter what the market does, as your net-change should be relative. If you would like to discuss in more detail or have specific questions about your plans, then do get in touch – we’d love to help you reach your goals. Stay safe out there everyone!

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mandatory to administer the Pfizer vaccine. Our NZDF doctors and nurses who have additional knowledge about Coronavirus and the Pfizer vaccine have also provided numerous amounts of in-house training.” Living and working together in one bubble, the team travelled from Trentham Military Camp in Upper Hutt to Sky Stadium in the city each day, ready for the drive-through centre to begin at 9am and its flat tack for the day until the final car leaves at around 5pm. “It has its advantages. We know each other’s level of experience as well as roles and capabilities. At the end of the day we get the chance to talk about how everyone’s day went, ask each other questions”, said LCPL Dessoulavy. Working together, the teams have already vaccinated more than 6,000 people across two floors of the Sky Stadium car park. NZDF and civilian staff have been part of the same teams, building strong relationships and sharing skills and experience. The drive-through clinic finishes today, Friday 3 September, by which time nearly 7,000 people will have received a dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

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Spring at Te Rakau Sanctuary – ideal for bird-watchers & cyclists

Located next to Aston Norwood Gardens and Cafe, in the foothills of the Remutaka ranges, our unique Garden Centre and nursery will awe and inspire you. More than 200m above sea level, experiencing -5° frosts, we are exceptionally positioned to grow hardy plants that will thrive in your back yard. We now have fruit tree stock, new

          new roses available. Our friendly staff have had 26 years’ experience working and designing self-maintaining gardens. We also have a focus on environmentally friendly and sustainable gardening practices. This means minimal spraying, reduced use of plastic, and most importantly

The birds are getting very active at Te Rakau Bird Sanctuary with warmer weather and longer days stimulating breeding behaviour. The call of the Shining Cuckoo can already be heard so the little grey warblers will be exceptionally busy if they end up rearing cuckoo chicks. Te Rakau Cabins & Bunkhouse provide a peaceful retreat 35 minutes from Martinborough or Featherston and close to Lake Onoke, Ocean Beach and the Remutaka Forest Park. letting nature do the hard work for you. Our hidden, one-of-a-kind, Garden Centre is meant for everyone to get inspired and get gardening, !       ( )  *++     " toke Bridge.

The Cabins and Bunkhouse are ideal family or group facilities within a wildlife haven with #       !   on the doorstep. Or just relax and talk to the friendly farm animals or feed the eels in the lake. The Cabins and the Bunkhouse can be booked together or individually and the tariff is the same for both.Te Rakau Birding is Wairarapa’s pre-eminent birding tour operator.

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See the Spring Equinox at Stonehenge In the ancient world the Spring Equinox was a time to celebrate. It was the time of the return of life on Earth following the harsh northern hemisphere winter, the restoration of food supplies. Around the world, for much of history, it marked the beginning of the year and, to this day it plays a major role in world religions. In this presentation we explore the stories from antiquity of how our ancestors explained the

nature of the universe, which in turn formed a foundation to world religions. Weather permitting the program will include viewing the Sun set over the Equinox Heel Stone. Thursday September 23rd 6pm at Stonehenge Aotearoa. Adults $20, Seniors $15, School students $5. Numbers are restricted so bookings are essential. Phone 06 377 1600.

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Museum of Sheep and Shearing is a must-see! If you want to know what’s made New Zealand a great agricultural country you can learn so much about by visiting the National Museum of Sheep and Shearing in Masterton. The complex is housed in two authentic old wool sheds trucked in from local farms, plus a newly constructed gallery building – full of sheep farm gear, including shearing and wool handling equipment.       !  " tory of sheep farming and its importance to

our nation. For many years NZ was said to “live off the sheep’s back.” Demonstrations are held about spinning and weaving on Wednesday mornings and by arrangement. See the history of spinning from ancient times and our collection of spinning wheels. See out shop with its wide range of wool garments, footwear, sheepskin rugs, lanolin cosmetics, gift items, kids’ stuff and souvenirs. We are a visitor attraction of international quality.

Greytown’s multi award-winning Butchery Established in 1873, Greytown Butchery is still operating in the same historic building. Artisan Butcher Gavin Green &    $!   % '   this iconic butchery into a gourmet, Europeanstyled butchery that prides itself on top quality cuts with exceptional service to match. By maintaining old traditions of butchering,



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Johnsonville Floral Art Club celebrates 65 years

Maintaining the current ward boundaries and increasing the total number of Councillors by one to 15 for future elections is being proposed for Wellington. “After considering a number of options, Council voted to recommend that the current ward structure is kept allowing us to add the new Mori ward councillor with minimal changes to the current system,” says Mayor Andy Foster. “Wellington has an ambitious work programme about to get underway with considerable engagement and discussion with residents. For that reason and because we are likely to review the boundaries again before 2025, the proposed option does not differ a lot from the structure we currently have.” Wellington City Council is recommending there are 14 general ward Councillors elected from the current five wards, and one Mori ward elected by people on the Qori roll across the city, and the Mayor elected by the whole city. Under the proposal, the current community board structure remains.

The Johnsonville Floral Art Club has celebrated their 65th birthday. To mark the special occasion, the club held a Designer of the Year competition where nine members created a design to celebrate Gold Card. This was followed by a delicious afternoon tea shared by life members, present past members, members of other floral art clubs and friends. We were then treated to an amazing demonstration by Sheryl Watkin of Your Wellington Florist at Plimmerton titled Working with Nature.

Wellington Mayor Andy Foster.

The proposal is part of Wellington’s representation review which considered governance arrangements for the city. The review included looking at community boards, whether Councillors should be elected by the whole city, and the boundaries, names, and Councillor numbers in wards. A public consultation process on the initial proposal starts tomorrow (Saturday 4 September). The consultation document outlines the other options looked at. The Local Electoral Act 2001 (the Act) requires councils to re-

view its electoral arrangements at least every six years. Wellington City last reviewed its arrangements in 2018 but due to the decision by Council to establish a Q  ward earlier this year, another review is required before the 2022 local elections. The outcome of this review will apply to the 2022 local elections. Council may conduct another representation review ahead of the 2025 election. The proposed name for the new Qori ward is Te Whanganui-aTara Ward. “The history of our city and the importance of Qori culture is shown by this name which derives from one of the earliest known names for Wellington Harbour back when Whatonga’s son Tara was sent down from the Mahia Peninsula by his father to explore southern lands for their people to settle. It literally means the great harbour of Tara,” says Mayor Foster. The Representation Review Initial Proposal is open for public submissions from Saturday 4 September – Monday 4 October.

Sheryl is well known for her funky designs and unusual containers and she certainly did not disappoint the attendees.The seven large designs she created with seemingly little effort were magnificent. The designs were auctioned at the end of the demonstration. The club is keen to attract new members. It meets 10 times a year at the Uniting church,18 Doctor Taylor Terrace on the third Wednesday of the month. No experience necessary. If you want further information ring Jill Merrick 2348693 or Debbie Nguon 4787636.

The Johnsonville Floral Art Club has celebrated a milestone birthday.

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BURNETT, John Henry, on 22 August 2021 at Wellington Hospital. Messages may be left here in John’s tribute book at or sent c/- 4 Moorefield Road, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037.A private service has been held. GUARDIAN FUNERAL HOME, Johnsonville VARCOE, Jeanette Anne: Passed away at the age of 76 on Tuesday, 24th August, 2021 at Wellington Hospital after suffering from a severe chest infection. Jeanette is remembered by her husband Neville, children Christina and Shane, and grandchildren Marlon, Ronin, George, Hugo and Isla. The family wish to thank the nurses of Ward 5 South and are grateful for their care of Jeanette in her last days. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wellington Free Ambulance - would be appreciated. In accordance with Level 3 restrictions, an intimate family ceremony took place on Friday, 3rd September 2021. Messages may be left at GUARDIAN FUNERAL HOME, Johnsonville

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Enrolment at Bellevue School is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from our website: The board has determined that up to three (3) places are likely to be available for out of zone students for the first enrolment period in 2022 (Thursday 16 December 2022 to Friday 8 July 2022). The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone. For students seeking enrolment within the second enrolment period of 2022, the deadline for receipt of applications for out of zone places is 9am, Friday 15 October 2021. If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot for out of zone places is required, this will be held on Friday 15 October 2021. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the ballot being held. Details of how applications from out of zone students are processed are available on the school website. Parents of students who live within the home zone and intend enrolling their child at any time during the next year should notify the school by Friday 15 October 2021 to assist the school to plan appropriately for next year. Students who live in the home zone are entitled to enrol at the school. Enrolment packs are available from the school office, phone 478 7037.


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NZ Paralympians done disservice by TV coverage The New Zealand Paralympic Team has been let down by the poor coverage their campaign has received. On the surface, converting TVNZ Duke into a non-stop Paralympic channel was a good move, certainly an improvement at first glance on previous campaign coverage. However, as the days have come and gone, it’s been clear TVNZ’s efforts have been half-baked at best. Duke has shown the International

Paralympic Committee feed for much of the past fortnight, meaning they had no control over what sports were being shown and when. Yes, they have a couple of people in studio chatting amongst themselves with no real polish, but too many Kiwi athletes have not had their big moments shown on television and that is unacceptable. Now, I have a mild form of cerebral palsy, but I’m no champion of the disabled, at least not as much as I should be.

Growing up in the 1990s, I was told never to make a big deal about my disability and get on with life, advice, which has served me well for the most part. However, these Kiwi Paralympic athletes should not be treated as second-class sporting citizens anymore. They don’t need 12 dedicated channels like the Olympics had last month but they deserve to have every medal winning opportunity played live in their

own country. How else are other disabled people meant to be inspired to strive for more in their lives? If TVNZ cannot provide live coverage of key Kiwi moments, then they should not bid for the rights to broadcast the event in Paris in three years time. The fact no one could watch Lisa Adams in the discus final on Saturday night was a disgrace. Paralympians need to stand up and demand better and Olympians

should do the same. A dedicated channel covering medal winning moments of New Zealanders is not too much to ask in 2021 and should not be too much to ask in 2024. I feel sorry for many of the athletes whose achievements may have been recognised but not truly appreciated due to the outdated efforts of TVNZ. The national broadcaster must push to be better next time or stay out of the way.

Community rugby to return at level 2 New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has confirmed the Bunnings Warehouse NPC, Farah Palmer Cup (FPC) and Heartland Championship, outside of Auckland, will recommence from Friday 17 September. Confirmation of the re-start date for New Zealand’s three national domestic rugby competitions comes following the Government’s announcement on Monday that all of New Zealand apart from Auckland, will move down to COVID Alert Level 2 from tomorrow (Wednesday, 8 September). At Alert Level 2, teams at all levels of rugby can safely return to training from tomorrow, but NZR has stipulated that matches will not resume until Friday 17 September, to ensure players have sufficient time to safely prepare for a return to play. NZR is making plans for Auckland, North Harbour and Counties Manukau NPC teams to play catch-up matches lat-

er in the season, subject to them moving to Alert Level 2. The Auckland region remains at COVID Alert Level 4 until at least 11.59PM Tuesday 14 September. NZR will release a revised draw for the Bunnings Warehouse NPC, FPC and Heartland Championship in due course. NZR General Manager Community Rugby Steve Lancaster said it is great to be able to provide some certainty for players, fans and stakeholders. “We know it’s a tough situation for everyone in Auckland, but we are taking a positive view that the Alert Levels will go down and we are making contingency plans for Auckland, North Harbour and Counties Manukau to re-join the competitions with minimal disruption when they are able. We thank all three of our Auckland-based unions for their understanding and support in resuming these competitions while they remain at Alert Level 4.”

Club rugby will return at level 2 under strict guidelines. Photo: Natural Light Photography.

Karori goalie makes NZSS team Waterside Karori goalkeeper Grainger Scott has been selected in the New Zealand secondary schools’ team for this year. Due to the latest COVID-19 outbreaks Australia Secondary Schools will no longer travel to New Zealand in January 2022 as planned and holding an Auckland camp in October is looking increasingly unlikely for the team. A camp for the team is likely to be held on January 17 to 19 in Auckland. At this camp, players will have the opportunity to play the New Zealand Maori team and hopefully another game.



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