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Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the city is planning to expand the tsunami blue lines project started in Island Bay in 2010 around most low-lying areas on the south coast and around Wellington Harbour. Last week contractors spray-painted lines in Owhiro Bay’s Bata Place, Severn St and Happy Valley Rd and Houghton Valley’s Cave Rd, Hungerford Rd and Houghton Valley Rd. Both communities had been working on the Blue Lines Project with the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) this year. Ms Wade-Brown visited Owhiro Bay School and Kindergarten where she was welcomed by the children singing a blue line song. She later helped the contractors paint a blue line at Bata Place. She says the blue lines are a daily reminder about what to do if there is a tsunami. ‘‘The blue lines in Island Bay have certainly raised awareness about the very real tsunami risk in the area. More people in Island Bay now know that if there’s a strong undersea earthquake just off our coast then people may have only 10 minutes or less to get well inland or get to high ground before the first waves come ashore. ‘‘If there’s a quake that’s long about a minute or more — or strong, making it hard to stand up, then people should move immediately inland, past the blue lines. ‘‘The basic message of the blue lines is simple. If there’s a big shake, it’s better to ■ Continued Page 7

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INSPIRED BY NATURAL MATERIALS: Kingston artist Ronal Villalobos gives New Zealand driftwood a second life with these sculpted human bodies. See the story on page 13.

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Historical society Wellington Southern Bays Historical Society will hold its Monday evening meeting tonight (November 26), 7.30pm at St Frances de Sales Church hall, corner Clyde & Mersey streets, Island Bay. Guest speaker is Erick Brenstrum on past extreme weather events and their effect on our South Coast. Koha expected: Up to $5. Historical display. www.southernbayshistory.net.nz

Countdown to opening SUPER PROJECT: The new Countdown supermarket on Newtown’s John St is set to open on December 5. ‘‘We’re in the final stages of construction on our new Newtown store, and looking forward to opening our doors,’’ says Countdown’s general manager for property Adrian Walker. ‘‘The new store will include a full-service bakery, expansive produce section, butchery, deli and seafood Photo: Agnes Ginestet / CCN201112AGcountdown departments, and we’re excited to reveal all soon.’’

Hobbit premiere The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey premiere, on November 28. Parade of stars and VIP guests on Courtenay Place with a live feed from the red carpet to big screens at Waitangi Park, Hobbitinspired artisan market and free screenings of The Lord of the Rings trilogy at Waitangi Park.

U3A talk Come for a Journey around the globe with Bob Stevens, the missioner to seafarers, at 1.30pm on Thursday November 29 at the Island Bay Community Centre, 137 The Parade.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Rethink for Miramar’s bus stops and public toilet ■

Agnes Ginestet

The Miramar public toilets will not be moved to Stone St/ Miramar Avenue, and neither will the bus stop. Eastern ward councillor Simon Marsh says Greater Wellington Regional Council has changed its mind about having a bus stop there, obviating the need to relocate the public toilets to a spot outside the pharmacy. ‘‘Initially there was going to be a bus interchange down by Stone St but this is not going to happen now,’’ Cr Marsh says. However, the toilets still have to be moved and Cr Marsh believes a spot outside the vet

shop on Miramar Avenue is the best option. ‘‘We’re looking at other sites and one of these other sites is outside the vets. We haven’t 100 per cent confirmed where the toilets will now go.’’ As reported in the Cook Strait News of November 12, Wellington City Council had sent a letter to local business owners asking for feedback on the relocation and several business owners had started a petition voicing concern at having a public toilet outside the pharmacy. Matthew Lear, team leader of public transport service design at Greater Wellington, says the regional council presented a

TOILET ON MOVE The relocation and upgrading of the Miramar public toilets is expected to cost $200,000. The relocation is budgeted as part of the Miramar Town Centre upgrade. Cr Simon Marsh says the Miramar Town Centre upgrade will start in late February/ March and will take six weeks. proposal for a new network of bus routes for Wellington City in February and March and this identified the Miramar shops as a major area where passengers

could transfer to other services. ‘‘We also proposed some changes to bus stops in the Miramar area, including a new stop at Stone St/ Miramar Ave where Wellington City Council is proposing to locate the new toilet block. ‘‘Following public feedback, as well as two rounds of meetings with Miramar community representatives, the proposed bus network has been revised.’’ Mr Lear says the location of existing bus stops in Miramar will be retained and if these should change, Greater Wellington will ‘‘definitely consult with affected property owners and the community’’.

Taking Pride ACTING UP: From left, Darrin Glennie, Carlin Fairley, Fatima Al-Mery and Peta Haimona. The four students from Evans Bay Intermediate School, St Patrick’s and St Catherine’s colleges have been rehearsing for the past few weeks in preparation of their Pride Awards performance on December 1. Fast Forward Theatre Company artistic director Claire Hewitt says they worked on four short snippets around the words ‘‘community, hope, success and pride’’ and a quote from American poet and novelist Maya Angelou. They will perform at the opening and closing of the show, to be held in the Iliott Theatre at the Wellington Town Hall.

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Civic crafts Saturday, Dec 1, 10am-5pm, Cuba St between Wakefield and Manners streets. Stalls with local crafts and creative items. www.capitalproductions.co.nz

Fashion parade Frock On in the coolest little captial in the world, on Wednesday, December 5, 6.30-9pm at Old Bank Arcade. Cost: $30, including a complimentary glass of bubbles and nibbles. Proceeds to Dress for Success.Tickets from www.dashtickets.co.nz/category/ lifestyle/fundraiser

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Business Meeting Island Bay area business and community organisations are invited to a meeting at Island Bay Community Centre, 137 The Parade on Monday, December 3, 5.30pm to discuss the formation of a network to raise local issues.

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It’s a cake of soap. It sounds like a line from the Palmolive Gold ads, but that’s what’s in front of me. A small, cake of soap, stamped with the word ‘soap’, lathered in bubbles on a soap dish, with a washing sponge beside it. I’m at the White House restaurant, sitting opposite head chef Paul Hoather, and we’re three-quarters through the restaurant’s degustation menu. I had been concentrating on Hoather’s reflections on 20 years at the White House when our precise waiter, with exquisite formality, presents this impossible dish. I can’t help myself. I burst out laughing. Several diners swing their heads at the sudden noise. My reaction to this sight gag pleases the chef. The ‘soap’ is organic milk curd, with frothed honey for suds and a sponge made of pistachio. I’m in this happy position because I’ve asked Hoather for an interview. The chef, being a man who takes his career seriously, has asked me in to sample his food. I had anticipated a quick snack of some of his select dishes, but it turns out it’s the three-hour degustation experience. I’m not going to argue. Hoather is relaxed and settled at the window table with me, overlooking a perfect day on Oriental Bay. The newsroom feels like a long way away. The White House is one of only three restaurants in Wellington that can boast being around for 20 years (the other two being the Boulcott St Bistro and the Green Parrot). Hoather started at a small white cottage on Willis St, before moving to the former Grain of Salt restaurant premises on Oriental Bay in 1999. He has not been slack; this year the restaurant won Best Menu for Wellington on a Plate, was a Cuisine 2012 Restaurant of the Year finalist and won a 2012 Dine Out silver medal. But the most important thing for Hoather is having a customer walk out happy. ‘‘The medals, that’s achievement, that’s being constantly excellent throughout the year. But it’s one person’s

SURPRISE: Is it a pot plant? Or a meal? One of the items on the White House Restaurant’s spring degustation menu.

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BEING SERIOUS: White House Restaurant head chef Paul Hoather. This year the restaurant, who won Wellington on a Plate’s best menu, celebrates 20 Photo: Supplied / CCN081112ABwhitehouse01 years in the business. opinion, on that day. ‘‘For us, to be around 20 years later, it’s our life. We are passionate about what we do.’’ Hoather, like many chefs, has a thing for experimentation. But he is very health conscious, prefering not to oversalt his food but let different foods provide the taste. He works with the seasons, saying your body is meant to crave different foods at different times of the year. His butter is homemade and is the first thing served with warm bread. ‘‘That came about because I wanted more flavour for the table. ‘‘There wasn’t much out there so I thought, let’s make it ourselves.’’ The crudite, up next, is a perfect example of his fresh philosophy, and his sense of fun. It appears to be a small terracotta plant pot, with a leafy single radish growing in soil. The ‘soil’ is crushed walnut and pumpernickel, with lemon curd, all drizzled with truffle honey.

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Half an hour ago, the radish was growing on his roof top garden. ‘‘It’s a great mouthful of textures,’’ he says, adding he wants to start keeping bees on the roof and have their own honey. More classical, serious dishes follow, including seared scallops, then twice-cooked pork belly — Hoather’s personal favourite — followed by a palate cleanser of crushed pineapple. Hoather, who began cooking in 1972 in Nelson, says learning is about cooking, eating and travelling. ‘‘The best education for a chef is eating out,’’ he says, explaining how he frequently tours the country on a motorbike. ‘‘It’s about passion and keenness, about reading cookbooks, it’s about exposing yourself to as much as you possibly can.’’ The degustation has wine matches, which required a lot of hands-on research. ‘‘Wine is very important, and there’s nothing on that list that doesn’t take with the food.

‘‘There’s a lot of knowledge and respect that’s gone into that.’’ A duck dish is next, with serious, expensive-looking knives that look almost illegal. ‘‘It’s part of the experience, having a proper knife.’’ Angus beef comes next, then a triple creme brie. The portions aren’t mean, but I’m not full yet. Hoather agrees. ‘‘Everything works all the way through, and you walk out of here, not feeling sick, having had a nice journey of flavours and textures.’’ He says dining out properly is like sitting down at really good theatre. ‘‘If you want to go out and dine, leave it in our hands. ‘‘We just take care of everything. ‘‘We all know what we are doing, and we take it seriously, all of us.’’ Except the organic milk curd ‘soap’? ‘‘We want to have fun too,’’ he says, obviously proud of that creation. ‘‘It took three months of research to bring it to this. ‘‘That’s what it’s all about with this experience — you don’t know what’s going to come next.’’ ■ More information at www.whr.co.nz


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Monday, November 26, 2012

Supermarket car park put on hold — for now

■ Liz Wylie ■ Whitireia Journalism student

A multi-level supermarket car park in Island Bay will not go ahead — for now. Lisa Hunt of Wellington City Council has confirmed that the resource consent application from Island Bay New World has been suspended at the request of the applicant, Foodstuffs. ‘‘It is likely that it won’t go ahead in its current form. They may lodge a new application at a later date.’’ The council had received 14 submissions, all opposing the plan before the October 31 closing date. ‘‘The public made some constructive comments that align with our stage two thoughts,’’ says Foodstuffs manager, Marty Price. ‘‘It has amended our thoughts into advancing the stage two consent process to provide a positive outcome for our customers, the Island Bay store and the local community.’’ Mr Price says the company

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are in on-going discussion with the council. Judy Davies, owner of Hairwaves Studio, says the couple who previously ran Parade Fisheries at 132 The Parade were bought out of their lease by the supermarket. ‘‘They had a three-year right of renewal on the lease and weren’t offered a very fair price at first. They eventually got a more reasonable offer which they accepted.’’ The property, which includes the shop front and residence at the back, was planned for demolition as part of the development. Submissions opposing the plan were mostly from Island Bay residents who don’t see the

need for additional car parks. ‘‘Car parking at New World has never been a problem in the six years I have lived and shopped there. I have never waited more than one minute to park,’’ said Alex Hill. Others who made submissions were concerned about preserving the ‘village’ appearance of Island Bay. Mark Lindsay expressed concern that ‘‘the visual appeal, human scale, use and personality of the area will be disrupted permanently’’. Claire and Adnan Kahn’s submission expressed concern at the loss of a favourite fish and chip shop. ‘‘Du and Claire are wellrespected and very much part of our community. Island Bay has a rich history of migrants. We now have to go elsewhere for our fish and chips.’’ Fay Far of Island Bay Stationers knows the history of 132 The Parade since the time her father-in-law started his fruit shop there in 1951. She lived in the house behind

the shop with her husband and their family for a number of years. ‘‘There were eight of us living there at one time,’’ says Fay, who calls it a shame the fish and chip shop had to close. ‘‘It’s a community of small businesses and you miss people when they go.’’ Southern ward councillor Paul Eagle is concerned that a ‘‘supermarket war’’ is taking place with Progressive’s new Countdown store near completion in Mt Cook. ‘‘I hope Foodstuffs won’t get too aggressive about this. They have been here a long time and built up a lot of goodwill in these communities. ‘‘They should be talking to people, letting everyone know what they are planning and getting their input.’’ Cr Eagle says he would not like to see the southern suburbs become home to a series of mega stores.

High tea goodbye FAREWELL: Teacher Kathleen Johnson is retiring after 10 years at Moriah Kindergarten, a Jewish kindergarten on Webb St. Staff, children and parents farewelled her at a special high tea last week. Some of the boys wore shirts and ties and girls put on their best dresses for the occasion. Ms Johnson says Moriah is a lovely and happy place to work and she will miss the children, the parents and the special Jewish culture. But she says she may still do relief teaching. Pictured at the high tea are, clockwise from left front, Mia Powell, Edward Goldie, Tamar Ben-Meir, Kathleen Johnson, Nico Murphy and Jeremy Guy.

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■ No need to trash the TV Next September Wellington’s television broadcasting is going digital. Before you junk your wellloved analogue television you should be aware that you can convert your TV with a simple Freeview High Definition (HD) box. The basic box costs about $90 and can be found in most electronic stores. ■ Re-use or recycle? Did you know the display device in old televisions, the cathode ray tube (CRT), contains hazardous substances such as lead? And older models may contain barium. Fortunately there are ways to keep the TV waste stream out of landfill. If it still works get a Freeview HD box and keep watching your favourite shows. You could also give the TV away to someone in your neighbourhood, or Freecycle.co.nz is an online service for people who want what others might not. ■ Dispose responsibly If you decide to buy a new TV, ask the retailer if they will recycle your old one — some companies will do this for free. But check that they will recycle it responsibly. Failing that the most responsible thing to do is to bring your TV (and other electronic waste) to the nationwide e-Cycle programme run by RCN (see www.e-cycle.co.nz for locations near you). There is a fee — but we think it’s totally worth it to keep this hazardous waste out of the landfill and reuse the components (glass, copper and other metals) to make new items consumers will want. ■ Sustainability Trust at 2 Forresters Lane, Te Aro is the central Wellington drop off point for electronic waste. Recycling a TV costs $25. Check the website for costs of other electronic items www.sustaintrust.org.nz/e-cycle For queries about waste, energy, water or edibles contact the free Home Advice team, phone 0508 78 78 24 or email advice@sustaintrust.org.nz

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No rescue school

Who wants to be aircrew on a rescue helicopter? A lot of people, it seems. Operations manager and crewman Dave Greenberg says there would not be a month going by without receiving at least five CVs. He can relate to it. Greenberg is a 20-year-veteran of helicopter rescues, but he came from a computer programming background, with some ambulance and fire experience. Another crew member also came from IT, a third is a former

radio DJ, a fourth an air force firefighter and the fifth was previously an engineer. ‘‘It’s a question I get asked a lot,’’ Greenberg says, adding that it is a pretty small industry, world-wide. ‘‘There’s not a school, there’s no day one classroom.’’ Today, because of the close relationship with their paramedics and their contract for the air ambulance service, aircrew have paramedic training to national diploma level.

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So if a person had qualified as an emergency medical technician, that is at least a first step in the right direction. ‘‘It’s a good start, but not everyone who has ambulance skills can work in a helicopter.’’ Plenty of training is in-house, but they are regulated by a standard for air ambulance and air search and rescue services, which stipulates what a crew person needs to be. ‘‘We’re quite lucky at Life Flight. We have the airplane, so we get people trained up as fixed wing crew. We get to know them, and if we think they are capable, we can train them for the heli.’’

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be in your pyjamas up a hill, wishing you were in bed, than be in bed as a tsunami hits, wishing you were up a hill.’’ Project manager Janine Kerr says the Owhiro Bay community really took the project to heart and a lot of energetic and enthusiastic parents were involved. Local resident Colleen Cox says it is all about raising awareness and getting the neighbours know each other. Owhiro Bay parent Susie Jones says there are a lot of Owhiro Bay properties in the Tsunami Zone so it is important that people are aware of the situation and know where to take their families after a major earthquake.

‘‘Owhiro Bay’s Learning Community — the school and the kindergarten which share a site has done a lot of work with its children and families on disaster preparedness . . . There are many

Push Play trailers: a wide variety of sports and games equipment for getting lots of people active at the same time. Push Play library: a wide range of equipment available for use by groups, families and organisations. Community events trailer: everything from staff event vests to a PA system. For details visit Wellington.govt.nz email recreation@wcc.govt.nz or phone 803 8399.

CHILDREN PROMOTE BLUE LINES: The children of Owhiro Bay School and kindergarten dressed up in blue and sang the Blue Line Project song when mayor Celia Wade-Brown visited them last week.

NEW LINE: Mayor Celia Wade-Brown helped paint a tsunami blue line at Bata Place off Happy Valley Rd.

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Calming dessert Vermicelli milk pudding or sewai kheer is an aromatic pudding with screw pine essence or kewra water with a floral fragrance that gives a soothing and refreshing effect. The botanical name of the kewra plant is Pandanus, which grows on the east coast of India and through the South Pacific islands. Kewra water is distilled from Pandanus flowers and provides flavour for sherbet, milk shakes and desserts in Indian cuisines. Kewra is also used in perfumes, incense sticks, and Ayurveda healing as stimulants which provide calmness.

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The owners of a Berhampore cafe and dojo are thankful to all the locals who have been supporting them for the past five years. Meita and Tony Gaeta opened Caffe Italia and South Wellington Seido Karate on November 19 and 20 in 2007 and have since worked hard to keep them going. Tony says they are thankful to the support students and their parents give the dojo and the cafe because one complements the other. If the cafe does well, he can

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Saturday 1 December 2012 11.00am to 3.00pm

Agnes Ginestet

During the day, Rob Harris works for New Zealand Post. At night, he performs on local stages with one aim: making people laugh. A Canadian living in Newtown, Rob Harris will perform at The Office in Newtown this Thursday and at the Fringe Bar for a Christmas Show in December. Born and raised in Ottawa, he says he got into comedy when he went to Australia. ‘‘It’s something I had been interested in for a long time but didn’t actually have the balls to get into it.’’ While travelling along the Australian east coast in a van, he was considering his future and after having worked in an office, as a chef and on a farm, decided he wanted to do something with comedy. ‘‘On my way from Sydney to Melbourne I made a deal with myself to get a job in a stand-up comedy club,’’ he says. He became a bar tender in a stand-up comedy club and after watching others on stage, had his first peformance at the Comic’s Lounge in Melbourne. His proudest moment on stage so far was coming runner up in a ‘‘Best of the New Comics’’ competition at The Comic’s Lounge. ‘‘It was a lot of fun. At the time, it was the biggest crowd I’d performed for and considering it was only my ninth performance ever, I thought second place out of

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10 comics was a pretty good achievement,’’ he says. Now living in Wellington, Harris performs on local stages, including Raw Meat Monday at The Fringe Bar and The Medicine at Meow. When asked what kind of comedy he does, Harris says ‘‘we can slot it into observation style comedy with a little bit of story telling mixed into it’’. He says it is very easy to make jokes about the differences between the Canadian and New Zealand cultures and some of the biggest laughs come from those differences, but he is trying to break away from that. He says he does comedy

because he likes making people laugh and hearing people laugh. ‘‘It’s a rush, it’s fun, it’s just me. It’s a very interesting form of expression. It’s basically me just having fun with an entire audience.’’ ■ Comedy Monthly, next at The Office, Riddiford St, Newtown on Thursday November 29, 7pm. Featuring Alexander Sparrow, Kent Lambert, Nathan Winter, Rob Harris and Wyeth Chalmers. Visit https://www.facebook.com/ ComedyMonthly Fringe Bar Christmas Comedy Showcase, on Sunday December 2, 7.30pm. Tickets on eventfinda.co.nz or on the door.

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A hospital sterile technician with a passion for the sea uses driftwood to sculpt human body shapes. Ronal Villalobos, Kingston, had his first exhibition last week at Thistle Hall, featuring artwork he created out of natural materials collected on beaches and by lakes and rivers in places as diverse as Scorching Bay, Lake Wanaka, Paraparaumu beach and Lake Ferry. When he was working in Santiago in Chile, his home country, he decided to gather driftwood, shellfish and sea stones from the fishing village he grew up in. ‘‘One day I was sitting in my house, looking around at all the stuff that I had and thought why don’t I do something with that?,’’

he says. His first piece involved driftwood and shellfish to create a flower shape. ‘‘Then I carried on doing some more and then I couldn’t stop. I did 100 pieces and all of them I gave away to my friends. I kept just one.’’ When he moved to New Zealand, Villalobos started carving and has been working on pieces ever since, almost everyday. Most of his artwork is centred around driftwood. ‘‘I go a lot every weekend [to the beach]. If there is a storm and the sea is very very rough, after that it’s really good to get some driftwood, there’s a lot of them.’’ He uses the driftwood to create human bodies. ‘‘I like human bodies, the expression of what you’re trying to say in just one movement, one

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position. Some of them are very happy, some of them are quite tired or sad. I think it’s how I felt when I was doing it.’’ Villalobos says people walk on natural materials and can’t see anything in them. ‘‘I can see something in them and make something to bring them alive in a nice piece of art.’’ When he completes a piece, he takes it down to the beach and photographs it there. He can be spotted at Island Bay beach almost every day, which is where his ‘‘Island Bay Woman’’ [pictured in Villalobos’ arms on page 1] originally came from. ‘‘I think when I first arrived here in Wellington, this was the first beach we went to and it was a beautiful day . . . I’ve fallen in love with the place,’’ he says.

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A hundred volunteers took part in a regional rescue and recovery exercise involving abseiling and knocking through walls to help mock victims out. The Wellington City’s Emergency Response Team (WERT), sponsored by Wellington City Council, hosted teams from Victoria University, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, Porirua and Nelson for a rescue and recovery exercise at Berkeley Dallard Apartments in Nairn St earlier this month. WERT member Nic Johns says the building is up for refurbishment and they therefore had access to a realistic environment where damage could be caused. ‘‘It was six hours in length and it went really well . . . It’s just trying to challenge us, making circumstances difficult so the team have to think outside the box and use all their skills in an environment where there could be all kinds of damage that you have to work around.’’ The volunteers took part in four main exercises: one involving abseiling to rescue a patient; one smoke-logged building simulating dust; one forceable entry; one mapping and reconnaissance exercise. ‘‘The last time we had one [regional

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Cemetery Bus Service Karori & Makara Cemeteries This bus service is sponsored by the Lychgate Funeral Home.It operates on the first Tuesday of each month. (If the first Tuesday is a Public Holiday then the bus trip will take place on the following Tuesday). The cost of the return trip is $5.00 per person.

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Katherine Mansfield’s fascination with flowers has come to life in an exhibition showing at the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace over the summer. The exhibition, Her Painted Words, features 20 works by contemporary New Zealand artists inspired by Mansfield’s descriptions of the natural world, particularly flowers. The idea came from the Birthplace’s gardening group which art collector Dame Jenny Gibbs described as ‘‘incredibly inspiring’’ in her speech at the exhibition’s opening on Thursday evening. Author Lloyd Jones, whose son Sam Duckor-Jones contributed a work, also spoke to the large crowd gathered on the front lawn. ‘‘I wonder what she [Mansfield] would think of all this,’’ Jones pondered. ‘‘Slightly outraged, amazed or flattered? It doesn’t really matter, does it? The wonderful thing is like all good books or projects, it brings something to our attention, perhaps something we have overlooked.’’ ‘‘I had no idea of how much she wrote about gardens and flowers . . . there is a conversation going on between the artists and Katherine Mansfield upstairs.’’ Participating artists include Gretchen Abrecht, Joanna Braithwaite, Seraphine Pick, Lynn Kelly, Gavin Chilcott and Melvin Day. On display for the first time are also a selection of Mansfield’s notebooks and doodles.

GARDEN PARTY: Seatoun artist Melvin Day and his wife and founder of Katherine Mansfield Birthplace, Oroya Day, at the opening of Her Painted Photo: Mark Taylor / CCN161112MTmansfield2 Words. Seatoun artist Melvin Day is the husband of Katherine Mansfield Birthplace founder Oroya Day and says he knows the house like the back of his hand. His $20,000 work is inspired by Mansfield’s words as a 19-year-old: ‘‘There are heights and depths in Art and Life that you have never dreamed of.’’ ‘‘It’s related to her life and her ups and downs,’’ he says. Ngaio man Norris Childs says the way the pieces of the exhibition work within the house is wonderful. ‘‘I think it’s really magical. Some pieces kind of grow into their surrounds and it’s different than an art gallery with everything being in context with the house. You get that double

experience.’’ Curator Nicola Saker says Mansfield is frequently portrayed as a tragic consumptive, but right up to the end of her life, she delighted in the natural world, particularly flowers. ‘‘We wanted to convey that delight.’’ All the works are for sale and a percentage of every purchase will go towards the ongoing preservation of Katherine Mansfield Birthplace. ■ Her Painted Words, Until February 15, 3013 Katherine Mansfield Birthplace, 25 Tinakori Road, Thorndon, 10am-4pm Tuesday to Sunday. Entry $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens/students and $2 for children.

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A local hotel has installed a series of panels featuring illustrated spreads from The Wellington Book on the walls of its 15 floors. Bolton Hotel managing director Warwick Angus says they were looking for something refreshing to put in their corridors. ‘‘We had some posters on these panels and the posters were from the mid-19th century of advertisements but they had deteriorated and it became time to do something different.’’ The selected 10 Wellington Book scenes include the bucket fountain, the stadium and the Beehive. They were printed on to PVC material and five different Wellington scenes were put up on each of the 15 floors. Bolton Hotel Business development manager Kylie Nicholson says they are great for longer-stay guests and for regular guests, many of whom come from Auckland and Australia. ‘‘They understand the stories behind the pictures. They understand the tooting in the tunnel or the bucket fountain.’’ The Wellington Book co-author Nigel Beckford says this makes The Wellington Book even more accessible to people. ‘‘A book is a book but if you stay here at the Bolton there is no way you’re going to miss [the panels]. We are quite happy for them to have a public life.’’ Due to popular demand a third run of The Wellington Book has been printed.

UNIQUELY WELLINGTON: The Bolton Hotel has printed 80 panels with illustrations from The Wellington Book for guests to look at. The Wellington Book co-author Nigel Beckford (left) and Bolton Hotel managing director Warwick Angus with one of the panels depicting the Wellington movie industry. Back row, from left, Bolton Hotel business development manager Kylie Nicholson and receptionists Hannah Angus and Debbie Goulden.

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Local netballers who have come back from Australia with a silver medal will be going for gold the next time. The Wellington East Diehards Netball team has competed in every New Zealand Masters Games in the past 13 years and decided to have a go at the Gold Coast Pan Pacific Masters Games in Australia earlier this month. Captain Robbie Herbison, Strathmore Park, says they had a full week playing 12 games. ‘‘In the first round we lost one game to a Sydney team and the second round we beat them and in the final round we played them again and we lost by eight, 35 to 27.’’ The Wellington East Diehards belong to the Wellington East Netball Club and usually play in the New Zealand Masters Games as two teams, juniors 40+ and seniors 45+. While the seniors team has been going for 13 years, the juniors team was started two years ago. A ‘‘toddlers’’ team in the 30+ category who won their Premier Reserve 1 grade this year will also compete in the Masters Games next year. Robbie is now 57 and plays in the seniors team. ‘‘I started the team up because I thought it would be nice to play the Masters Games and play people our own age. Every time we’ve come away with a medal.’’ She says the young netballers they usually play against have youth and fitness, but they have age and experience.

MEDALLISTS: The Wellington East Diehards Netball team back row, from left, Deb Mills, Newlands; Julie Johnstone, Thorndon; Shirley Stokes, Vogeltown; Jenine Burroughs, Churton Park; Anne Robinson, Island Bay; Fobbie BabeHamilton, Johnsonville. Front: Kim Wotherspoon, Karori; Robbie Herbison (captain), Strathmore Park; Eileen Dorricott, Newlands; Jo Waugh, Khandallah.

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Both the seniors and juniors teams won silver medals at this year’s New Zealand Masters Games in Dunedin and are hoping to get a gold in Wanganui next year. ‘‘We just love the sport, we’re just so competitive and we’ve got this big passion. No one [among those who went to the Pan Pacific Masters Games] is planning on retiring yet,’’ says Robbie. The players come from various parts of Wellington, including Island Bay, Te Aro, Johnsonville and Newlands. This year is Robbie’s 40th year

with the Wellington East Netball Club. ‘‘I’ve missed one year in 40 but I coached that particular year. It’s a sport I just love.’’ Robbie says they are planning to get gold at the next Pan Pacific Masters Games in two years’ time. ‘‘But I will be 59, I don’t know if I could cope. I was going to retire when I was 50 and then I thought, ‘No, I’m not ready to retire yet’. ‘‘I will probably retire in three more years from the Saturday prem grade winter competition but will keep up with the NZ Masters Games for as long as possible. ‘‘I will possibly keep coaching.’’

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GEARING UP FOR PREMIERE: A giant sculpture of Gandalf and the front door of Bilbo Baggins’ home was recently installed on the facade of the Embassy Theatre ahead of the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on November 28. Production designer Dan Hennah says the basic structure is an aluminium truss which was bolted together. ‘‘On top of that we’ve got a layer of ply, on top of that a thin layer of polystyrene, which we’ve carved shapes into, a layer of resin and paint on top of that — and of course hula skirts, which make up the grass.’’ The sculpture will come down in January.

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Blessing celebrates reserve upgrade A dawn blessing took place on November 21 above the entrance to Wellington Harbour to celebrate the completion of a new walkway and other improvements at Oruaiti Reserve between Seatoun and Breaker Bay. The nearly $400,000 upgrade, funded by the Plimmer Bequest, includes new landscaping, maps and signs at four entrances to the reserve, significant track improvements, information panels and a 17-metre long waka-like landscape feature marking the site of the former Oruaiti Pa¯. The 6am blessing by kaumatua Sam Jackson took place at the pa¯ site on the hilltop at the far end of the headland and was followed by songs and speeches at the Ludlam St entrance to the reserve. Oruaiti Reserve (formerly known as Point Dorset Recreation Reserve) is owned by the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust and managed by Wellington City Council in partnership with the Trust. Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust Chairman Mahara Okeroa says the landscaped waka feature is the centrepiece of the restoration, highlighting the importance of the pa¯, the area’s rich heritage and stories, and its association with the explorer Kupe. ‘‘Oruaiti Pa¯ was a palisaded village an important lookout post guarding the entrance to Te Whanganui a¯ Tara (Wellington Harbour),’’ he says. ‘‘As well as being a great coastal vantage point, it was possible to see the major Te Whetu¯ Kairangi Pa¯ above Worser Bay in one direction and the headland Pa¯ of Rangatatau

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(Palmer Head) in the other.’’ The new walkway Te Ara o Kupe has fantastic views out to the Wellington Harbour entrance and Cook Strait, showing why the headland was so important as a strategic defence position to Ma¯ori and again during the first and second world wars. The new tracks, stairs and signs make it easy to find and explore the old gun batteries, observation bunkers and other structures. The former Fort Dorset military base, which was located below the headland where Seatoun School and adjacent houses are now, was established about 1910 and closed in the early 1990s. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says Oruaiti Reserve is a popular recreational destination and ecologically significant in a number of ways, including being an important breeding ground for little blue penguins. ‘‘Wellington’s coastal location is

central to our sense of place, our recreation and to our unique marine and terrestrial biodiversity. The military heritage and cultural significance are outstanding and can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike,’’ she says. The council’s environment portfolio leader, Councillor Helene Ritchie, says Oruaiti Reserve is one of the few sites on the Wellington coast that is not constrained by roads or sea walls, which has helped native plant species like pı¯ngao and thickleaved ma¯hoe survive here. ‘‘As part of the upgrade, we’ve carried out some weed control work and made a start on a long-term planting and habitat restoration programme. ’’ Local school children and other volunteers helped plant 3000 native plants at the reserve in June to mark Arbor Day and more than another 2000 have gone in since. - Source: Wellington City Council

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Classic music British pianist Freddy Kempf and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will perform major classics by the American legend George Gershwin in a special concert next month. Freddy Kempf plays Gershwin will be held in Wellington on December 7, with a programme of sparkling jazz-inspired rhythms and eye-popping finger work. Kempf will play three of Gershwin’s four piano concertos I Got Rhythm Variations, Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra and the 1924 instant classic, Rhapsody in Blue. The orchestra completes the evening with Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riff — a ‘written-out’ jazz-in-concert hall composition for jazz ensemble — and Shostakovich’s Tahiti Trot, an orchestration of the memorable Tea for Two from No, No, Nanette. Freddy Kempf won hearts on his last NZSO tour in 2010 with performances of Rachmaninov’s notorious Third Piano Concerto.

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He says Gershwin will push him to the limit, and the exuberance of the pieces will thrill the audience. ‘‘Gershwin was the first person to truly bring music to the masses. His music appeals to anybody, whether they are classically trained, or whether they’ve never ever heard classical music before. I hope all the listeners will feel touched, moved, excited and happy from the wonderful music he wrote.’’ Guest conductor Matthew Coorey will lead the NZSO for this two-date tour which also includes a performance in Auckland. ■ Freddy Kempf Plays Gershwin, on Friday December 7 at Michael Fowler Centre, 6.30pm. TICKETEK / 0800 842 538 / TICKETEK.CO.NZ. www.nzso.co.nz

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