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CHRISTMAS CHEER: Zoe Williams, Newlands, who turns three today, was at Old St Paul’s in Thorndon last Thursday helping mum Rahel put up decorations for the church’s inaugural International Christmas Festival. The festival opened on Sunday and runs until December 15, with events and activities every day. Decorations and fresh flowers in the church were designed by Suzanne Szusterman, who has helped out with the church’s flower festivals in the past. Manager Silke Bieda says the event is a fundraiser to help fix the leaky roof. A Christmas shop will also operate from the church Photo: Kate Bleasdale / CCN021210KBoldstpauls. during the festival. General admission $10 and children free. To view the events, visit oldstpauls.co.nz.

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in Johnsonville, and its closing will leave a gap, says head teacher Gerard Tully. ‘‘It’s really sad when we had 16 people at various stages this year and for them it’s been a positive experience. ‘‘What about the next 16? Will they just continue to fall through the cracks?’’ On Wednesday last week a prizegiving was held for students at the school and after that the doors were closed. The school year finished with eight students, all who had schools or courses to continue on to, Mr Tully says. They worked hard to stay positive towards the end of the year, although he admits the prizegiving ‘‘was tinged with a

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A local alternative education school has closed its doors permanently as it lacks the funding to continue operating. Johnsonville-based Challenge 2000 leader Kitty McKinley says the school has run for 10 years, taking in students who have been excluded from mainstream education. ‘‘We have to close it because the funding’s not enough.’’ Each year $100,000 is raised to keep Challenge College

open, and $80,000 comes from the Government, but Ms McKinley says that funding hasn’t increased to meet rising costs. It’s a battle that’s been ongoing for the past six or so years, which has been exacerbated by the recession. Referrals to Challenge 2000, which provides a range of services to young people and helps them into employment, have risen this year, says Ms McKinley. ‘‘We’ve had something like 74 more referrals than the previous years so we’ve had a long waiting list.’’ Students from around the Wellington region and Porirua were referred to the school, which operated out of a house

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Community Day

The first Northern Wellington Community Day. On at the Newlands Community Centre on Batchelor St, Saturday, December 11, 9am-3pm. Hosting an array of attractions and activities, performances and food from various regions and faiths. More info: 477 3724.

Nordic Walking

Beginner classes are held every Saturday at 9am at Karori Park. Classes will only be held if there are bookings for three or more participants. Bookings are essential. More info: 0212070664 or sabine@nordicacademy.co.nz.

Hill St Farmers Market

A farmers’ market right in the heart of Wellington. Providing fresh vegetables, fruit, handmade cheese, breads, olive oil, preserves, wine and cider, fresh fish and freerange meat and eggs. Every Saturday, 9am-1pm, Wellington Cathedral car park, Hill St, Thorndon. More info: hillstfarmersmarket.org.nz.

ABLAZE: A deliberately-lit fire in dry scrub around the water tank on Wright’s Hill spread quickly on a recent afternoon. Karori resident Jenni Morris saw this view from her home at around 3.30pm on Wednesday, November 24, and rang the fire service before whipping out the camera. Luckily the blaze was extinguished before it reached the water tower, with surrounding gorse and flax bushes Photo: Supplied / CCN301110SPLfire left singed.

Zumba Gold

Holding a special Christmas class on Monday, December 13, at the Newlands Community Centre on Batchelor St. 1-2pm. More info: 477 3724.

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Local astronomer Frank Andrews presents Carter Observatory’s Christmas Lecture for 2010. Bookings essential. On at the Carter Observatory in Kelburn, Wednesday, December 15, 6.30pm. Adults $10, concession $8, children $5, Star Pass holders free. To book: 910 3140 or info@carterobservatory.org.

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As more New Zealanders rely on online auction sites for frequent purchases, the number of deals gone sour increases. Johnsonville Citizens’ Advice Bureau manager Ken Gurney says people started coming to them almost two years ago with complaints about online purchases gone wrong. The number of online auction-related complaints has steadily risen since then, prompting the Ministry of Consumer Affairs to hold special training courses for CAB volunteers to learn more about the rights surrounding internet purchases. The trend has risen so

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quickly that the Ministry of Consumer Affairs is yet to lay down any concrete laws on consumer rights around online auctions. ‘‘There’s no easy answer to trading on the internet,’’ Mr Gurney says. Currently when someone purchases an item on a site like TradeMe, most commonly it is with a private seller, which means neither the Fair Trading Act or the Consumer Guarantees Act applies. In some instances, the purchase may be covered under the Contractual Remedies Act, but even then there’s no guarantee that the consumer has any rights under it. And this is only for New Zealand-purchased products. ‘‘The main problem that we’ve been having is that if a site is based overseas it’s not covered by New Zealand law,’’ Mr Gurney says. These include popular United

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States sites such as Amazon and eBay. ‘‘The US consumer law does not apply here, that’s one that we really have to be aware of.’’ Another problem CAB volunteers have encountered, especially when it comes to buying clothing online, is when the product doesn’t resemble the image on the website. ‘‘You’re buying in a digital process and that can be a bit of a trap,’’ Mr Gurney says. The eMarketing Standards Authority has been set up by the Advertising Standards Authority and the NZ Marketing Association. The organisation takes complaints from consumers about advertising carried out on websites or the service provided. ■ There is also further information on the CAB website: cab.org.nz, or drop in to the Johnsonville CAB in the community centre on Frankmoore Ave.

Before buying online look out for: ■ Adequate contact details (not just a PO Box number); ■ What currency the purchase price is in; ■ Every cost that would be incurred to purchase a particular item; ■ Security for online payments; ■ Their return, exchange or refund policies; ■ How you can lodge a complaint; ■ The legal jurisdiction that will apply to the transaction; ■ Any restrictions or conditions that may apply to the purchase; ■ Their privacy policy; ■ Offers that are too good to be true; ■ Retailers who are evasive and won’t provide contact numbers or addresses; and ■ Don’t give details of your bank account to any businesses.

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Receive a head and shoulder massage from Terumi in return for a donation at the Newlands Community Centre on Monday, December 13, 10am-2pm. More info: 477 3724.

Carols in the Park

Held by the joint Wadestown churches on Tuesday, December 14, starting with a sausage sizzle at 5.30pm, and musical acts following. Taking place in the park on Wadestown Road next to the Plunket Rooms.

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Every Wednesday at 10.30am at Zealandia. no need to book. Meet at the admission desk on Level 1. Cost is $10 (includes admission). Under-fives and members free. More info: visitzealandia.com.

Aqua Zumba

The popular fitness sensation takes to the water, with classes offered in Keith Spry Pool, Johnsonville, every Wednesday, 8pm. Cost: $10.30 casual, $5.20 with Leisure Card. More info: 478 9237.

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Take part in a Kaleidoscope of European Carols at the Botanic Gardens on Sunday, December 12, 7pm. Enjoy carols and dance with a European flavour. Free entry. Gold coin donation for candles and song sheets. More info: 499 1400.

The Blue Trail

Recover from your Christmas festivities! Join John Dawson at Otari-Wilton’s Bush along the Blue Trail to the 800-year-old rimu. This two-hour walk is steep with some steps. Wear sturdy shoes. Meet at Otari information centre at 2pm, Sunday, December 26. Cost: $3.

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Summer 2010 arrives with its promise for months of long, hot, sun-filled days. We feel happy and alive, and optimism is in the air. It’s time to plan your dream summer wardrobe. Branch out with colour and lots of it. Graphic prints; they’re taking over. Whether floral, striped, polka-dotted, abstract, bold or subdued; patterns on pants, skirts, dresses, tops and scarves are giving us new bold wardrobe options for the warmer months. Adding pattern to your wardrobe hasn’t been easier, and remember it can hide a multitude of sins! Fashion stays ladylike for summer 2010 with whimsical, floaty fabrics, such as chiffon in pastel shades, and lots of lace. Beautiful, feminine dresses, perfect for keeping cool in the hot months. Lightweight and flowing and very elegant. Peasant styles are also very strong; frayed edging, gathering, little ties and floaty fabrics. It’s almost hippy and vintage colliding. Western styles remain prominent. Tassels on handbags, cow boy boots and tie front waistcoats are in the shops. Denim is rugged and suede is the favourite fabric here. Sunhats should always be a summer accessory, but make sure yours has a big brim this season. Sun smart and stylish . . . take your pick from the straw, the bucket, or the boat styles. Choose one that flatters and wear it with confidence. Add your cats-eye sunglasses and voila — the styles are either subtle or extreme cat woman. Lipstick is making a statement this season. Bright, luscious lips are all you need. It’s your splash of colour to your outfit and it’s much faster than eye make up.

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DIG: Helpers break out the spades to start uncovering the hangi.

A hangi with a difference was buried in the grounds of Johnsonville School recently. On November 26, parents banded together to cook lunch for the whole school. Students were asked to bring potatoes and kumara, which they peeled in their classrooms the day before. Along with the veges, 49 chickens, which were all halal, went into the ground. The hangi was fired up at 4am on the Friday morning and brought up at 1pm, while the whole school watched and cheered as a plume of smoke lifted when the lasts sheets were pulled back. The chicken and vegetables were served up with salad, stuffing and gravy.

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STEAMY: The sheet is lifted off the food, and steam escapes from underneath.

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FILL A PLATE: A longer-than-usual wait for lunch paid off for the students, who enjoyed the meal in the sun.

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Fruits of hard labour stolen Kate Bleasdale

Some health-conscious crims were active in Wilton last month. Unfortunately Wilton Playcentre was the target of two thefts, in which they had fruit trees and strawberries stolen from their children’s garden. Jess O’Brien, whose son attends the playcentre, says they received funding last year from Healthy Eating, Healthy Action (HEHA) to create the garden, with the idea to teach the children how to grow their own fruit and have a healthy attitude towards food. ‘‘All the kids planted the stuff with us so they’ve been right in the process of the whole thing.’’ To create raised beds, the fruit trees were planted in a washing machine inner and large tractor tyre, both donated by the public. In the first burglary, one week after the October school holidays finished, the lemonade and apple trees in the washing machine inner disappeared, as well as the planter. Ms O’Brien says freeing the planter and taking it away would have been no small task. A couple of weeks later the strawberry vine inside the tractor tyre disappeared, along with the stakes and ties used to hold it up. In both instances the fruit was

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BAFFLED: Children at Wilton Playcentre cannot understand why plants were stolen from their Playcentre twice in one month. Photo: Supplied / CCN261110SPLtheft just about ripe enough to be eaten, Ms O’Brien says. ‘‘It’s so sad, it’s just so unfair.’’ She says the children are ‘‘baffled’’ with all the theft going on. ‘‘It’s upsetting for the kids.’’

While the police were contacted, Ms O’Brien says in this instance there’s not much they can do. On November 26, the playcentre closed for the year and remodelling work has begun

to earthquake strengthen the facility. Ms O’Brien says when they start up again in February 2011 she hopes they’ll try and get another garden going, and that this time it’ll stay put.

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TIME FOR CHIMES: Samuel Marsden Collegiate College year-10 pupils, from left, Emma Leech, Harriet Aburn and Leandera Fiennes, are among the college’s Handbells Group, who put on a performance at Wellington Regional Hospital last week. The group is lead by year-13 students Michaela Petrove and Chelsea Grant. Michaela made the offer to the Wellington Hospitals and Health Foundation to perform for visitors and patients in the hospital’s atrium. The foundation’s manager, Trish Lee, who came to watch, says it was the first time they

had had something like this, and says they were very happy to accept their offer. Deputy principal Anne Field says the Handbells Group is an ‘‘absolute tradition’’ at the college for nearly half a century, and it used to be the exclusive preserve of the girls who boarded. Today the college has both junior and senior groups, who practise weekly. This week they played at the carol service at St Paul’s Cathedral and attend many other events.

Violence is never pretty. I teach people how to recognise it and how to protect themselves from it. Whether it be for the reason that someone feels unsafe, they are about to go overseas, it’s an organisation that wants the volatility of an employee assessed, or a woman that wants to know what to do after asking a guy to leave her place three times during a date. I support those who want to better understand violence and learn how to deal with and protect themselves from it. The flipside is spreading the message about violence being unacceptable. Too many habitually justify their violence against others, in particular women and children, which is of course unjustifiable. November 25 was White Ribbon Day. White Ribbon Day was initiated by men for the safety of women, and the recognition of women’s rights. Wellington marked the occasion with the annual White Ribbon Race down Lambton Quay, finishing in Civic Square. This is a day where we can send a clear message to those who need to hear it: that violence is unacceptable, that we will not tolerate it and that help is there for those who recognise that they are violent and want to change. Attitudes can be changed through raising awareness and positive action. We want a violence free city with violence free homes for all. Violence is not a pretty subject to talk about, but because it thrives when we are silent, violence is something that we do need to talk about. I love being part of events like this and spreading the message. Come and join the White Ribbon Race next year. ■ Darcy Mellsop is a Protect Self Defence Instructor. He runs classes on Monday and Thursday nights in Wilton. darcy@protectselfdefence.co.nz, www.protectselfdefence.co.nz.

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know that we have a responsibility to help others. Given the tasks of writing a letter to the editor or picking up toys, writing the letter comes first. My oldest son Ozy, 6, is aware of the concept of democracy and we use the term often in our house. ‘‘Democracy will fall down around our ears’’ is a general warning he repeats if adult instructions to the children are not being followed. ‘‘Such are the pitfalls of democracy’’ he says woefully to his younger brothers.

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Five burglaries were reported to us this week, three in Newlands, and one in Ngaio and Khandallah. A Nicholson Road garage in Khandallah was burgled on the night of November 25. The owner found the padlock had been forced off the garage door, but nothing stolen from inside. This is the second time that a garage in Nicholson Road has been targeted in the past fortnight. That same day, a house in Woodridge Drive was also broken into. A window on the balcony of the property was smashed to gain entry, and a messy search of the address was carried out by the offenders. Property stolen included three small Egyptian statues from a cabinet, and about 100 DVDs. Electronic items were also taken, consisting of a Panasonic 42inch LCD telly, Sanyo and Panasonic digital cameras, an Acer laptop computer and a Panasonic DVD player. Someone with a very sweet tooth broke into Bellevue School in Newlands on the night of 29 November, when the only things stolen were two large catering bags of lollies. These thieves are likely to have been youths, and they are probably still bouncing around on a huge sugar high. Also in Newlands, some brand new whiteware was taken from a house under construction in Spenmoor Street. The burglars struck around November 30, when they forced open a window to get in, then stole a Fisher and Paykel fridge and a

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has now been to Court for his previous bail breaches. This week we’re looking for a burglar who broke into a Karori house in late October. Amongst the

few punches, before running off on foot towards Johnsonville. Police located him a short time later in a nearby street and arrested him. This 34-year-old painter has been charged with Assault with a Weapon, and Threatening to Kill. The victim received minor injuries in the attack, and is known to his assailant.

property stolen were several money cards, which have subsequently been used at a number of different locations in Wellington (pictured). We your help to identify him. If you know who this male wearing a dark coloured Converse Allstar hoody is, pass his name on to us. ■ Anyone with information can contact the Wellington Police Intelligence Section on phone 381 2000.

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One vehicle has not been located after it was stolen from Kaiwharawhara Road at the bottom of the Ngaio Gorge on November 29. The car is a white 1991 Ford Laser stationwagon with the number plate CBP485. It was parked on the street that day, and just had four brand new tyres fitted. A kayak paddle was also in the car when it was stolen.

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These offenders continue to put theirs, and everybody else’s lives at risk by continuing to drive under the influence of alcohol. Quite frankly, they are a menace on the road, and several more of them were picked up this week in our northern suburbs, which is disturbing for our residents. These road criminals are now facing the consequences of their intolerant actions in the courts. They include a 34-year-old Whitby man who was picked up at 7am on November 27 who blew almost three times the limit on Ngaio Gorge Road, an 18-year-old student from Newlands who was twice the limit in Spenmoor St, Newlands on the same morning, and a 38-year-old Ngaio man who was more than twice the limit at 10pm on November 25 in Ngaio.

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There were smiles all around on Monday 29th November when the Minister of Labour the Honourable Kate Wilkinson cut the red ribbon at 7.30 am to officially open the new McDonald’s restaurant in Bunny Street. “We have created another 50 jobs,” says McDonald’s Franchisee and restaurant owner Rob Duncan. “The Minister was there to celebrate and talk about the new Department of Labour’s Job Seekers website for young people, as McDonald’s is one of New Zealand’s biggest first-time employers.” Following the initial negotiation of a site lease in 2007 and three years of subsequent planning, Rob is extremely proud of his new McDonald’s restaurant, which reflects the history of the city, as is situated opposite Wellington Railway Station. “We have a full McCafé here and a very contemporary CBD design. We have a history wall of the Railway Station with pictures of when it was being built in 1936 and pictures of the American army parading along Bunny

Street. There’s a night view of Wellington on one wall and Rugby Sevens images on another,” says Rob. Owning four franchises, including Manners Mall and Lambton Quay as well as two in Johnsonville, Rob employs approximately 250 staff. He opened his first McDonald’s in 1995 in Queenstown. “I love having the opportunity to grow the business,” says Wellington born Rob, who admits that the biggest issue in running such a large business is always staff. “A lot of my staff are students. They enjoy the flexibility of the work and the hours,” says Rob. “They also like the ability to train and get cross-credits to NCEA and first Diplomas through NZQA.” But it’s not just the young ones who seek work at McDonald’s. “Some of my staff have been with me for 20 years,” says Rob, who started his own training with McDonald’s mopping floors. “I suppose my job was easier then,” he admits. “But I don’t get as stressed as I used to because I’ve been around the tracks for a long time now and can

often prevent issues from arising.” If you haven’t been in a McDonald’s restaurant for a few years, the menus has changed somewhat. “We offer healthier meal choices now and have introduced salads and wraps, as well as partnering up with Weight Watchers to offer four different Weight Watchers Approved Meals,” explains Rob, who says the new restaurant will be open from 6am to 11pm each day. “We’ve changed our cooking oil to a sunflower/canola blend and we’ve reduced the sugar content in our buns. We’ve done a lot of things behind the scenes to improve our food… and that’s a big thing.” “This new McDonald’s restaurant is stunning,” admits Rob. “But our most popular order is still a Big Mac or a Cheeseburger. They love their old favourites.”

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A short film about road safety by a group of St Benedict’s School students has seen them place second in a nationwide competition. The competition was about safe school travel and run by the New Zealand Transport Agency. The Year 7 students decided to make a film educating their younger peers about getting to school safely. Written and directed by Lottie Twyford, the film involved showing fiveand six-year-old students how to safely navigate a pedestrian crossing, to wear a helmet when riding a scooter to school, to buckle up in the car and to cross the road when the Road Patrol monitor says it’s safe. After filming, Lottie spent a week

during morning breaks and lunch times editing the 90-second piece together. One of the hardest tasks was uploading the video on to YouTube, but after a few attempts they were successful. ‘‘It had to be in by November 12 and we got it in on that day, with about three hours to go,’’ Lottie says. Titled Safety First, the video placed second, along with 10 other schools around the country. When the Independent Herald checked out the film, it had almost 140 views. The group won $500 of Noel Leemings vouchers for the school. First place went to Renwick School in Marlborough and Snells Beach School near Warkworth. To see St Benedict’s School’s film, visit youtube.com and search under St Benedict’s Road Safety.

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These days it seems that everyone is intolerant to some type of foods. Most commonly it is gluten in grains, lactose in dairy products, seafood and various nuts. While I have no doubt that in the

and intolerances. A food allergy involves an immune response against food compounds while intolerance theoretically does not and is more of a digestive problem. If you or your family have or suspect any GI tract problems I recommend that you first see your doctor who can arrange a whole range of tests and may refer you to a specialist for further diagnosis. For minor or low grade GI problems such testing is often inconclusive but it is important to eliminate any serious problem. I have a granddaughter who often complained of sore tummies and a series of tests showed she was highly gluten intolerant. A change of diet and adding some supplements has resulted in a happy and contented child.

Any mystery surrounding the whereabouts of two cannons that were historically on display in Johnsonville has vanished. After mounting a serious search for the cannons a couple of years ago, Glenside Progressive Association president Claire Bibby located them recently at the Trentham Military Camp in Upper Hutt. ‘‘I went out to Trentham and spoke to someone who said they could be there and invited me to have a look and they were both there,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s great to discover them.’’ Ms Bibby says the find fulfils a promise she made to long-time Johnsonville resident Murray Henderson to find them. Mr Henderson passed away

FOUND: Sergeant Jo Healey at Trentham Military Camp with one of two cannons with significant links to the Photo: Supplied / CCN011210SPLcannons northern suburbs. in 2008. ‘‘I knew the story 10 years ago and have been interested in it but didn’t do active searching until about two years ago, after Murray died. Then I made a real effort.’’ The cannons ended up in the old recreation ground in Johnsonville (now Alex Moore Park) after they rolled off a wagon in Glenside some time in the mid-1800s. Ms Bibby says they were being transported from the Paremata Barracks but were lost as the wagon travelled up the steep Russell’s Folly track,

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ENLIVEN WORKER AN AWARD-WINNER Wellington Enliven Community Support worker Lanny Johnston has received one of this year’s Rotary Club Pride in Workmanship awards. Lanny was given the award, which celebrates unsung heroes in our communities, at a lunch at the Wellington Football Clubrooms in Hataitai last week. 2010 awards organiser Francis Fanning says Lanny was one of the more outstanding nominees at this year’s event. “She was nominated by the daughter of her client, who wrote us a lovely letter beginning ‘Lanny Johnston is an angel’ – it’s hard to ignore something like that,” he says. “Our awards go to people who do important work in the community, but for whatever reason, they don’t get a lot of recognition for it. Lanny fits that description perfectly.” Anne Noble, who nominated Lanny for the award, says her mother Lysbeth could not continue to live on her own without the support Enliven provides. “Lanny gives 100 percent, takes huge pride in her work … My mother looks forward to her arrival and remembers the last jokes they shared together,” she says. “The work that people such as Lanny do largely goes unnoticed.”

Enliven Community Support workers like Lanny have been working with New Zealanders from Taranaki to Island Bay for the past 15 years. Enliven works with a wide range of people, including older people, people with disabilities and people recovering from surgery or injury, providing services tailored to suit their individual needs. This may include nursing care, rehabilitation, personal care, housework – even shopping. Enliven Community Support staff aim to help clients maintain or increase their independence. If they’re recovering from a medical event, surgery or injury, coordinators can work to develop a step-by-step independence plan. Enliven’s Community Support team includes support workers, community nurses, a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist.

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Christmas is just around the corner and Penny Farthing in Courtney Place couldn’t be happier. “Bikes and biking accessories are popular gifts at Christmas and we cater for all ages,” explains owner Michelle Peter. “We cater for children, not long after they’ve started walking, with runner bikes. They don’t have pedals and the child uses their feet to run along. Those are great because they teach the child to balance. For adults these days however, the most popular purchase is a road bike.” With road bikes at Penny Farthing ranging in price from around $1,000 to $12,000, Michelle points out that as the dollar price rises, so the strength, the stability and the lightness of the bike increases.

But it’s not just equipment that you will find at Penny Farthing. Sign onto one of their courses and you’ll learn more than you bargained for. “Our most popular course is Bike Maintenance, followed very quickly by Bike Handling and Awareness.” In fact, information on all courses offered can be viewed on their website at www.pennyfarthing.co.nz. Singing the virtues of the staff who work at the Courtney Place store, Michelle Peter says that all 13 of the employees have an extensive knowledge of bikes, are club members and regularly take part in rides. “Every staff member rides a bike. They’re on a bike every day and they love riding,” says Michelle. “We have some very experienced cyclists.”

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“A lot of men and women use bikes for commuting these days but the vast majority of people are using bikes recreationally for getting themselves fit,” explains Michelle. “They start off thinking they need a healthier lifestyle and they think a bike is going to be an easier option. Actually, you can exercise very vigorously on a bike.” Stocking a complete range of gifts for the Christmas purchaser, Michelle points out that

Penny Farthing offer a variety of accessories, including lights, tools, shoes, clothing, cycling computer, and of course bags. “We have bags that are tiny enough to just squeeze a tool and an inner tyre into, to something that you could pack all your goodies in to travel the world,” says Michelle who also stocks Oakley sunglasses, Garmin GPS enabled cycle computers and a range of Louis Garneau cycle clothing.

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‘Mean’ man takes boy’s ball ■

Kate Bleasdale

Ryan Davern would like his ball back. The 11-year-old Johnsonville School student was playing with the ball with some friends on the school’s field at lunchtime on Tuesday last week when the ball

was accidentally kicked over the fence. Ryan’s mum Dianne contacted the Independent Herald to say a man on the other side of the fence picked the ball up and when Ryan asked for him to throw it back, the man got in his car and drove off with it.

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She says Ryan would like the ‘‘mean man’’ to give the ball back. Unfortunately the children didn’t catch the car’s number plate but Ryan says the man was wearing a pink shirt and looked like he was in his 20s. He then drove off in a grey car.

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Newlands College has been recognised for going the extra mile for staff with disabilities. At the Mainstream Awards, held on November 23, Disabilities Issues Minister Tariana Turia announced Newlands College as Employer of the Year in recognition of their success in providing a high quality supported environment.

How long have you had neck pain? Quite often people attribute neck pain to stress and take drugs to mask the symptoms. While this response may relieve some of the pain, it does nothing for the underlying cause of the problem. For some people, their neck pain becomes more frequent until it is there all the time. During this time it often becomes more stiff until it is very difficult to move, and every now and again it may lock up. Sound familiar?

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Some people who have neck pain may be able to recall having a whiplash injury or a scrum ‘incident’, however many people only have vague recollection of when it started, often with no specific incident to cause the problem.

Two locals were among the Rotary Club of South Wellington presentations of a ‘‘Pride of Workmanship’’ Award, which recognises their sense of responsibility in doing well. (Left) Lanny Johnston, Ngaio, is a caregiver with Enliven Services. (Right) Dougal Ongley, Wadestown, is employed at Scots College.

Most people can carry on with their activities of daily living for quite some time. Slowly the restriction gets worse and affects their ability to back the car down the driveway, or other movements. It’s often at this stage that they visit a Chiropractor. As a chiropractor we have a functional approach to the spine, therefore it is important to determine how your spine is moving or functioning, how it got to that state and then plan the best way to get it moving again. The more degeneration in your spine the more difficult it is to get your spine moving. To think about it another way, the earlier you address functional problems in your spine the more you are likely to keep a healthy functioning spine, without degeneration. We can’t cure osteoarthritis, but we can slow its progression by keeping your spine moving. Chiropractors perform a thorough examination of the spine, often taking x-rays. In far too many patients we will find some degree of osteoarthritis. This degeneration of the spine is more likely to occur where there has been a functional problem over a period of time. More times than not the level of degeneration indicates that the problem has existed for longer than the patient has been aware of it. In the February Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics journal, a study by New Zealand and Canadian researchers suggested spinal manipulation of the neck can relax muscles in the arms and may be useful in relaxation of the whole body. The conclusion was that anything causing tightness in the neck joints also might cause muscle pain in the arms or elsewhere. Chiropractors use manipulation for neck problems and would therefore be the natural choice of health practitioner to improve neck and back function and mobility. Get your spine checked today. Call us for an appointment.

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IDENTITY: Lisa Woodley started the Yummy Mummy Club to help mums regain a sense of identity and learn new skills after having kids.

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Helping women regain their identity and make time for themselves is the purpose of the Yummy Mummy Club, created by Johnsonville woman Lisa Woodley. What started off with organising a What Not to Wear night with a bunch of her friends in 2007 has grown to a club spanning the Wellington region with over 260 members. Ms Woodley says the idea came out of wanting to do different things after having kids. ‘‘I thought surely we’re still women, we still want to go and experience new stuff.’’ Currently most of the membership is based around the Karori to Tawa area, but Ms Woodley says there are some mums in the Hutt and Wainuiomata who have joined up. ‘‘Our mums are widespread and we want to cater to all of them.’’ Members are from all walks of life, and they even have a few grandmothers who have joined up. So far activities have included pole dancing, pistol shooting, hair and make up workshops, movie nights, gardening workshops, Sort Your Clutter and Colour with Style workshops. ‘‘It’s got a life of its own and there’s something new each week,’’ Ms Woodley says.

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By Kate Spencer Joy Clarke almost refuses to admit that she’s an artist and designer. But that’s exactly what she is… as well as being a very astute woman who has been in business for the past 34 years. Now running the successful Souvenir Factory Shop in Miramar, Joy and her husband have overcome a variety of challenges since moving their design and screen printing business from their home in Maupuia in the Eastern suburbs of Wellington some 14 years ago. “I would design tee shirts and we would screen print them,” says Joy of their move to 32 Tauhinu Road, Miramar. “This was a big factory space when we moved in. There was no ceiling and we used to design, print and sell tee shirts.” Unfortunately, Joy’s first challenge came when regulations

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One of the most successful activities was a glamour photo shoot held recently at the Museum Hotel. ‘‘The glamour shoot was great,’’ says Ms Woodley. ‘‘It’s about bringing out your inner beauty. ‘‘One of our girls came in quiet and shy and left feeling empowered and beautiful. ‘‘It’s huge for mums’ confidence.’’ Next year Ms Woodley hopes to organise a babysitters club to help mums who don’t have family close-by. Also in the pipeline is chocolate tasting and Bollywood themed events. Ms Woodley would also like to set up a website for the club, currently they have a page on Facebook, and is looking for sponsorship to get that underway. The club is run as a not-for-profit organisation and Ms Woodley organises the activities on a volunteer basis. ‘‘I do it as an interest to me and because I love to see the smiles on mums’ faces,’’ she says.

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“Since as long as I can remember I’ve just had to draw,” says Joy who proudly produces a catalogue of her designs.

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What’s On At Karori Community Centre Arka Dhyana Meditation & Yoga/Pilates: inquiries phone 476 4625. Alcoholics Anonymous: Tuesdays 7.30pm. AA Helpline 0800 229 675 Community Lunch: Each Monday at 12 Noon [$3.50 per person]. Drop-in Centre: Every Thursday and Friday from 11.00am until 2.00pm. Phone Margaret 476 0615 or Faye 476 4970. First Friday Group: 1st Friday of each Month from 10.30am. Phone Tom on 476 7004. Food Bank: Collection point for donations at Karori Community Centre. Food parcel requests please phone 476 3455. Karori Community Bus: regular Monday trip to Johnsonville Mall. Can include a stop at Crofton Downs, Ngaio, Malvina Major Retirement Village]. Book through the Community Centre on 476 4968. Karori Justices of the Peace: every Thursday from 1.00pm until 2.00pm. Free service—No appointment necessary. Karate Class - St Johns Hall: Thursdays 6.30 – 7.30pm. Phone Julian 976 8144. Kiwi Chess: Thursdays 7.15pm. Phone Scott 461 7079. Feldenkrais: (regain balance) Exercise: Wednesdays 10.30 -11.30am in Room 3. Phone Robyn 04 905 3029 Tuesdays 11.00 - 12.00pm in St Johns Hall. Phone Alan 476 6532. Indoor Bowls (all year): Mondays 1.00 - 4.00pm. Phone Joyce 976 9556. Mahjong: Tuesdays 10.00am. Phone Mary 476 7686. Mishfitness Exercise Classes: Tuesdays 7.30 – 9.00pm. Phone Mish 027 5514 147. Pilates, St Johns Hall: Tues 7.15pm,& 8.15pm Katie 976 0581. Pilates to You, St Johns Hall: various morning and evening classes. Phone Sue 972 4982.. Pilates/Yoga, St Johns: Wed 9.15 – 10.15am; Thurs 6.30 – 7.30pm in Room 3 Karori Community Centre. Phone PC 479 7600. Podiatrist Monday afternoons 1.30 – 5.00pm: Shevon from Avalon Podiatry Ltd. Bookings phone 476 4968. Senior Aerobics, Low Impact, Resistance Exercise & fun: Tuesdays 10.00-11.00am. Phone Chris 021 738 955. Spanish: Tuesdays 6.00 – 7.30pm. Phone Dalila 021 0273 0756. Tai Chi, St Johns Hall: Sat 11.00—12.30pm. Phone Ray 938 6082. Taekwon-Do, St Johns Hall: Fri 6.00 – 7.30pm.Phone Simon 027 4930625. Zumba-(fitness dance class) St Johns Hall: Mon 9.15-10.15am; 10.3011.30am Gold Classes. Phone Ani 476 4822. ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (ESOL): Thursdays: English Conversation 12.30 – 2.30pm. Practise speaking English, learn about New Zealand culture & customs. All welcome CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES: Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop: - boys, girls, adults. Beginners to advanced levels. Phone Jennifer 476 2821.or 027 6350 191. Brownies: Mondays 6.00 – 7.30pm. Phone Heather 476 3210.. Kids 4 Drama: Wednesdays 3.30 – 4.30pm. Phone 0800 227 827. Moving 2-the-Beat – Kids’ Music: Tuesdays 1.30pm & 3.20pm. Ph Jo 970 5814. Drama Club - - Dramatically Confident Kids Tuesdays 2.30 – 6.30pm,Thursdays 2.30 – 6.30pm Phone Bridie 977 1747 021 054 2593. www.dramaclub.co.nz bridie@dramaclub.co.nz

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[Karori Community Centre grounds and St Johns Hall] The Fair will have: • Food stalls in St Johns Hall • A family picnic on the lawn next to the Community Centre • Musical entertainment and performances • Craft and display stalls • Fund Raising jumble/garage stalls • Children’s activities and a rides area in the Community Centre car park • Primary school age talent contest “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Stars” If weather poor some activities will be cancelled or moved indoors. Cancellation details on 384 1998 from 7am on the day. Any queries phone Martin Wilson 021 641 998. ………………………………………………………………

CHRISTMAS SERVICES: Karori Anglican Churches – phone 476 8978 Karori Baptist Church Centre – phone 476 9697 St Anselm’s Union Church – phone Evelyn 476 7018 St Ninian’s Uniting Parish – phone 476 7137 St Teresa’s Catholic Church – phone 476 6131 OPENING TIMES FOR 2011: Karori Community Centre: Monday 17 January at 9.00am Karori Youth Centre: Monday 17 January at 1.00pm Citizens Advice Bureau: Monday 17 January at 10.00am St Johns Trust Op Shop: Tuesday 18 January at 10.00am The Management and staff of Karori Community Centre wish everyone a very happy Christmas and good wishes for the New Year. ……………………………………………………………… The Community Centre is open Monday to Friday 10.00am – 2.00pm and some afternoons. The Karori Community Centre is here to help community groups and individuals in whatever way needed. We would like to thank those whose support makes our work possible including: Wellington City Council, Lottery Grants Board, St Johns’ Trust Op Shop, Karori New World, DCL Computer Services, Karori Rotary Club, Karori Lions, Woolworths Karori, Telecom NZ, Lion Foundation, Terawhiti Charitable Trust, and Karori Brumby’s (sponsors of the Monday Community Lunch and Karori Youth Centre). …………………………………………………………… Karori Community Liaison Meetings: are held every 4th Tuesday at 12.00-1.00pm in the Community Centre. Group representatives and interested individuals are urged to attend, to find out what is happening, and to discuss issues arising in the suburb. ……………………………………………………………… After School in Karori: Karori Youth Centre Monday-Friday 3.00-6.00pm. Schnell or Josh 476 9071 karoriyouth@clear.net.nz The Smash Club St Mary’s Hall Monday-Friday. Ph 476 8978. Karori West OSCAR group Monday-Friday. Contact the School Office 476 9559.

Arthritis Exercise Class (gentle stretching exercises to music): Fridays 10.00 – 11.00am at Karori Recreation Centre. Arts & Crafts Centre: For information on classes and daily activities phone Annette 476 6817. Good Companions: 4th Tuesday of each month in St Ninian’s Hall at 10.45am – 12.45pm. Speakers, musical entertainment & lunch. Phone Mary 476 9129. Karori Bridge Club: Bridge Monday & Friday afternoons; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Phone Peter 476 6179 (MondayThursday mornings). Karori Historical Society: Meets 1st Tuesday of March, June, September & December at 7.45 in St Ninian’s Hall. All welcome. Phone Judith 476 4400. Karori Line Dancing: Tuesdays 7.30 – 9.15pm. Phone Rita 476 9352 or June 476 6089. Karori Lions Club: Meet 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month at the Quality Inn, Glenmore Street (Sharella Motor Inn) at 6.30pm. Visitors welcome. Phone Martin 938 9088. Karori Outdoor Bowls: Lewer Street: Club Days Saturdays. Phone 476 7369. Terawhiti Club (off Makara Road): Tues, Thurs, Sats, Suns. Ph Des 476 8287 Karori Red Cross: Meets 3rd Thurs of each month at 10.00am Karori Community Centre 476 4968. Karori RSA (476 4871): Meets every Friday night 7.30 - 10.30pm. Indoor bowls, pool or darts or just sit and chat. All welcome. Phone Pat 476 9952 or Bruce 977 6007 (evenings). Karori Table Tennis Club: Rec Centre on Mondays. Phone Danny 476 7338. Karori Toastmasters Club: Every 2nd Thursday 7.30pm at Beauchamp St Chapel. Ph Graeme 9718848 Karori Toy Library [in the Community Centre building]: Tuesdays 12.30 - 2.30pm; Wednesdays 7.30 - 9.00pm; Thursdays 9.30 - 11.30am; Saturdays 9.10am - 12.00pm. Contact 476 9355. Parents Alone – Single & bring up kids? 3rd Friday of every month 5.30 – 7.30pm. Karori Anglican Churches 476 8978. Skylight (parenting through separation): 1st & 2nd week of month Mondays 10.00 – 12.00 noon. Phone Gail 479 8094. Rotary Club of Karori: Meets weekly on Tuesdays 6.00pm - Marsden College, Contact John 475 3915. Tai Chi – Recreation Centre (for the less young and fit): Tuesdays & Thursdays 1.30 – 2.30pm. Phone Marie 472 1918. Walking Group – Karori Plunket: Meets on the last Friday of the month. Contact Katherine 971 1807.

Wellington Citizens Advice Bureau Inc Te Pokapū Whakahoki Pātai mai i te Iwi Whānui Wellington West Service is open: Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Phone 476 4595. Email: cab.karori@xtra.co.nz Website www.cab.org.nz The service is free, confidential & impartial – information & advice is given on a wide range of subjects. There is free Legal Advice on Tuesdays 6.00 – 7.00pm, and free Budgeting. Please phone for an appointment.

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STIR THE POT: Johnsonville School students Alex Thompson (centre) and Ashan Wanasinghe mix up the ingredients for nacho meat, with help from Motoko Aotearoa secretary Vania Szymkowiak.

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A new charitable foundation is helping local kids learn about healthy eating. Jacinta Saeki, Johnsonville, started the Motoko Aotearoa Education Foundation in September 2009, with an aim to get youngsters familiarised with cooking and the kitchen. This year Ms Saeki has kicked off a couple of programmes, which have been picked up by groups and schools. Her Seven Days, Seven Nights, Seven Sins programme, aimed at teenagers, teaches them about alternatives to fast food. This year students at Johnsonville School have been learning about cause and effect, and Ms Saeki thought that would be a good subject to teach cooking around. ‘‘We talk about what certain foods do,’’ she says. ‘‘The first one was pizza and we talked about the reaction of yeast and glutens. Then we did ice cream and talked about enzymes.’’ On November 24 the class finished off the programme by making pita bread and nacho meat filling. Previously working as a chef, Ms Saeki used to

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in the Cycle Challenge, and each had their own online fundraising page. Formerly a cross-country runner, Ms Atkinson admits she’d never done much cycling before getting involved in the event. ‘‘I thought if I did a bit of training I could do half.’’ She shared the 160-kilometre distance with her dad Paddy. ‘‘It was really hot, the tarmac was melting at one point but it was such a fun day,’’ Ms Atkinson says of the experience. ‘‘It made you feel so proud of what we were doing.’’ Everyone in the team was decked out in pink shirts, which Ms Atkinson says got a lot of comments on the day. She says the hardest part was riding up the very steep Hatepe Hill near the end of the course. ‘‘I didn’t think I’d make it to the top. ‘‘The people that go the whole way

Not only did Katy Atkinson take part in the recent Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, she and a group of friends raised over $25,000 for breast cancer research in the process. The 20-year-old Otago University PE student from Karori decided to raise funds for charity when she agreed to take part in the cycle event, which was held over the weekend of November 27. One of Ms Atkinson’s lecturers in Dunedin runs an exercise clinic for breast cancer patients, which spurred her on to read up about the Breast Cancer Research Trust. Thinking they looked ‘‘really cool’’, Ms Atkinson got in touch and told them about her plan. ‘‘They were just over the moon that we were willing to do it,’’ she says. Ms Atkinson managed to get 36 friends and family on board to take part

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CHALLENGERS: Just 18 of the group of 36 who took part in the recent Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge in an effort to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Trust, organised by 20-year-old Katy Atkinson of Karori.

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are just knackered by that point.’’ She says training on Wellington’s hills definitely helped with endurance for getting over the steeper parts. While 82km was enough for Ms Atkinson, family friend Chris O’Neale decided to complete the Enduro challenge; two times around the lake at a distance of 320km.

‘‘That was very impressive,’’ Ms Atkinson says. To finish off the mammoth effort, Mr O’Neale cycled the last 10km wearing a pink lycra onesie. When the Independent Herald spoke to Ms Atkinson last week, the total amount fundraised had just gone above $25,000.

‘‘The fact we’ve gone over $25,000 is phenomenal, it makes me feel so proud,’’ she says. ‘‘Hopefully it can help.’’

■ The fundraising pages of the Cycle for a Cure group are still live, visit them at fundraiseonline.co.nz and click on Cycle for a Cure Challenge.

Griffin pips Chin in cliffhanger The Karori Table Tennis Club celebrated a new club champion at the annual Karori Table Tennis Championships recently. Paul Griffin triumphed in a tightly fought match against last year’s finalist Vivan Chin in the Men’s singles final. Griffin then combined with

HARD WORK: Karori Table Tennis Club men’s finalists Peter Griffin (left) and Vivian Chin.

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Tim Hills to win the senior doubles title in a cliffhanger of a match against Darrin Carmichael and Edward Djknavorian. The Karori Table Tennis Club resumes action next season in early February at the Karori Recreation centre. New members, of all ages and skill levels, are welcome, with concessions for families and casual rates available. ■ More info: ttwellington.org.nz/ clubs.

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BRIDAL PHOTO SHOOT: One of the most unusual photos that can be seen at the‘‘Once upon a time in Asia’’ photo exhibition Photo: supplied / CCN251110SPLexhibition organised by Asia:NZ young leaders.

Once upon a time in Asia ■

By Agnes Ginestet

A photo exhibition currently on at St James Theatre has been fully organised by young New Zealanders interested in Asian culture. Called ‘‘Once upon a time in Asia’’, it features scenes captured by Asia: New Zealand Young Leaders when they travelled to China, Mongolia, India, Vietnam, Japan or Cambodia. Asia: NZ young leader Thomas Appleton, Karori, says what is interesting is to hear about the story behind the photos, how they changed the people who took them and affected them when they returned to New Zealand. ‘‘I think the exhibition is a good way to view Asia through the eyes

of young New Zealanders who travelled to Asia. It changes your identity once you’re exposed to different cultures. It affects people’s careers.’’ It also helps think about the relationship between New Zealand and Asia, and about the Asian part of New Zealand society, he says. Young leaders were recently going through training in leadership and how to improve relationships between New Zealand and Asia as part of the Young Leaders Network Forum 2010 in Wellington, and organising this exhibition was part of it. A marketing and creative team, curation team and launch team had to put together this exhibition previously shown in Christchurch. ‘‘We were given one week. We

Sugar damage It won’t be welcomed by sweet-toothed New Zealanders, but research has shown how a diet high in sugar can cause health damage even when a person is not overweight. Signs of impaired heart functioning were seen in mice that were fed a sugar-rich diet for just 12 weeks, as part of a study conducted at the University of Melbourne. The mice ate the equivalent of a high-sugar diet for humans, for example, a teenager fuelled by soft drinks and lollies, and the damage was seen to unfold even though they maintained a normal weight. PhD candidate Kimberley Mellor said the results pointed to commonly held misconceptions about healthy eating, and an ‘‘overlooked’’ potential driver in the steady rise of type 2 diabetes. ‘‘It has been overlooked but now it is increasingly moving to the forefront of this debate,’’ Ms Mellor said. ‘‘. . . Because we are recognising that it is not just fat that is bad for us, it is sugar as well. ‘‘And all of these foods that we think of as healthy because they are low fat

are actually not, because of their high sugar content.’’ The mice were fed food high in fructose — the substance that gives sugar its sweet taste — which is a common food additive, particularly in the form of high-fructose corn syrup. While the study looked for an impact on heart function, Ms Mellor said other research also pointed to a link between a high-fructose diet and the onset of diabetes. There had been a ‘‘dramatic shift’’ in the amount of fructose in the food supply over the past 30 years, she said, with average consumption thought to be up by about 30 per cent. ‘‘Fructose intake has increased so much over the last few decades and this has been in line with an increase in type 2 diabetes,’’ Ms Mellor said. ‘‘There has been a view that diabetes is involved with obesity, but actually we know that many diabetics are not obese and some are not even overweight.’’ ‘‘It really puts forward a case for restricting the amount of fructose that can go into foods, because at the moment there are no restrictions at all,’’ Ms Mellor also said.

had to decide how we wanted to present it. So we had to organise it in a very short time,’’ says Mr Appleton, who already had experience in organising a photographic exhibition with the Japanese Embassy. He found very interesting to work in a small amount of time, and having to show your leadership skills and ability to work co-operatively.

More info: ■ The exhibition will run until December 23 in the 1st Floor Gallery of the St James Theatre, 77-87 Courtenay Place. Entrance is free and visitors will have the chance to win a framed photo from the exhibition of their choice.

Hospital to sell houses The Wellington Hospitals & Health Foundation is selling Gingerbread House Kits as a fundraiser for their annual Wellington Children’s Hospital Christmas Appeal. The kits contain locally baked gingerbread pieces that can be assembled to build a house. Supporters can then decorate their house and enter a photograph of it into the Gingerbread House Challenge online at www.primehotels.co.nz/ kidscharity for prizes that include an iPad and toy vouchers. The Gingerbread House Kits can be purchased from Moore Wilsons, Wellington Hospital gift shop, Abel Tasman Hotel and Central City Hotel. Both children and adults are encouraged to participate in the Gingerbread House Challenge 2010. The three categories are, Best Decorated Christmas House; Most ‘‘Wellington’’ Decorated Christmas House, and Best decorated ‘‘Kiwiana’’ House. ■ Entries close Monday January 17, 2011.


Powertool retrospective ■

Craig Stephen

New Zealand record labels are the spine holding the whole damn scene together. Without them we’d probably be limited in the amount of great, hard-working bands we could see, and instead be reliant on an endless stream of corporate moronic from the United States, Britain and Australia. They survive on a shoestring budget, usually one man operating out of his bedroom and, unlike labels in the UK, for example, don’t have private PR companies doing all the marketing and promotion for them. This is why it is so great to be granted a copy of Powertool Records’ double retrospective to celebrate 100 releases in almost a decade of its existence. This twin-disk extravaganza features familiar(ish) names like Robert Scott (pictured), Wellington artist Vorn, Surf Friends, The Puddle and Bilders, but many of the 40 tracks are by acts that may have had one or two singles and then disappeared. A word of warning: while the name indicates some sort of hardcore metal output, Powertool’s roster is predominated by indie pop, alt rock and what might be described as the Dunedin Sound. Recently, I caught up with owner Andrew Matai and asked how he got by in such challenging times for record labels. ‘‘Dogged determination, ignorance . . . sometimes stupidity. I’ve never been

ON THE LABEL: Robert Scott is one of the artists to feature on Powertool Records’ double retrospective.

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motivated by money so I give 100 per cent all the time. Powertool comes first, my needs are irrelevant. I have done a variety of part-time casual jobs and do a bit of wheeling and dealing to get by. It ain’t easy but, somehow, I’m still here.’’ Matai was the drummer for Joed Out, which kicks off the retrospective. He began the label as a vehicle for his band, and

Feyodor, who had links with Joed Out, but when other acts were signed, the ball began to roll pretty fast. Someone in Germany heard these sounds and soon Thomas Keitsch was providing an outlet for the records throughout Europe. But more importantly, he has provided the advice and encouragement that has kept Matai motivated. I can only imagine the amount of work he has to undertake, and the level of patience and hard work needed to deal with so many people, who have their own ideas and mannerisms. ‘‘I don’t have a lot of time for people with large egos,’’ he says. ‘‘It is amazing that in this modern world of sophisticated technology human beings still struggle to communicate well. I have learned a lot about people and it’s important to work with people you get on well with. For me, it’s people with the right attitude, who are totally committed and willing to do whatever it takes to succeed.’’ Powertool has plenty of activity lined up for the next few months including an Azalia Snail national tour, a push to get Surf Friends known beyond Kaitaia and a Bulletholes 4 compilation for the autumn.

More info: ■ The retrospective is packed with great tracks and for only $20 for a double is amazing value. Available at www.powertoolrecords.co.nz

ENTERTAINMENT LISTINGS Sandwiches

Dec 10, The Gashrave Sessions Part 6 - Bare Noize & Ajapai; Dec 11, Krafty Kuts; Dec 18, Bass Frontiers Xmas Special Featuring Cyantific.

Mighty Mighty Dec 9, Nevernudes, Sidewalk Meese, Hussies & No Aloha; Dec 10, The Orchestra of Spheres & The Golden Awesome; Dec 11, The Glass

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Owls, Great North & City on Sigh; Dec 15, Stuart O’Connor.

San Francisco Bathhouse Dec 8, Lost Boys & Slur-Tones; Dec 9, Lawrence Arabia & The Prime Ministers; Dec 12, Dai Henwood; Dec 18, Hollie Smith & Guests.

City Gallery Roundabout, Tony Albert: PAY

ATTENTION, Karl Fritsch: Scenes From the Munich Diamond Disaster, all to Jan 16, 2011.

Circa Theatre Roger Hall’s Robin Hood, The Pantomime, to Dec 23; The Second Test, to Dec 23. Downstage Apollo 13: Mission Control, to Dec 18

Bats Minge: A Celebration and Interrogation of Womanhood in New Zealand, to Dec 11; Christ Almighty!, to Dec 18.

Paramount A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop, Rare Exports: A Christmas Story, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Farewell, Lebanon, After The Waterfall, Winter’s Bone, Exit Through The Gift Shop.

The American

Starring: George Clooney, Paolo Bonacelli, Violante Placido, Bruce Altman, Thekla Reuten. Screenplay: Rowan Joffe Director: Anton Corbjin Rated: R16 contains violence, offensive language and sex scenes Reviewed at Reading Cinemas Courtenay Place If you thought George Clooney was only cut out for good-guy roles due to his smouldering good looks, think again. Although more complex than a straight-out crime thriller, this adaptation of a novel by Martin Booth shows Clooney in arguably his darkest guise ever, as an expert hitman and craftsman by the name of Jack. After a close shave (with some ‘‘collateral damage’’) during a job in Sweden, Jack tells his boss (Altman) that he intends to give it away after one more assignment, this time in Italy. While making a firearm rather than using one makes the task less demanding, his friendship with a local priest (Bonacelli) along with a relationship with a prostitute called Clara (Placido), that becomes more than professional, pressures Jack into reneging on his promises and putting his life in danger accordingly. The rawness of the execution-style violence in the opening scene gives a chilling insight of the mentality required for contract killing. But while Jack is as merciless with a gun as he is accurate, he does carry a sense of compassion, making him appear vulnerable despite his ruthless demeanour. His affair with Clara adds to this. Director Anton Corbjin gives plenty of weight to Jack’s professionalism too, with extensive scenes of his meticulous machinating. This inevitably slows the pace, but it’s not totally unwelcome, particularly given the tranquil setting and necessary padding out of Jack’s tryst with Clara. The score is limited and the cold, realistic nature of the sporadic deaths reaffirms the film’s grim tone, the most gruesome example being where a woman targeting Jack blows half her face off due to Jack’s deliberate misproduction of the gun. To top it off, the use of a butterfly as a metaphor during the tragic ending is as poignant as it is effective. As suspense flicks go, it’s a satisfying watch. ★★★ ★


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