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By Caroline Brown, Massey journalism student Khandallah residents opposing cuts to their library hours at a special meeting last week found plenty of support from the councillors attending. More than 40 residents attending the Khandallah Town Hall meeting overwhelmingly rejected weekday morning closures – from 10am to 1pm as proposed in Wellington City Council’s 2013 draft budget. All the residents voted against the proposal - and councillors present said they would be voting against it too. Onslow-Western ward Councillor John Morrison, who chaired the meeting, said everyone was on the same wavelength. “The policy is clearly unacceptable.” He expected the proposal would be voted down and would be “sad and horrified” if it passed.

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It was important for residents to demonstrate support of the library. “[But] ultimately, it’s the councillors, not library officers who will make the decision.” Community facilities’ portfolio leader Cr Justin Lester said he would also be voting against the policy. “It would be very silly not to maintain the hours.” However, Mayor Celia-Wade Brown and Onslow-Western Ward Cr Andy Foster, who both arrived as the meeting was wrapping up, would not reveal how they would be voting. Mayor Wade-Brown, however, said she had come to show her support to the library and she was sympathetic to the cause. Local resident Dermot Byrne said reductions to opening hours would be self-destructive. “[It would be like] setting fire

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown addresses local residents about proposed weekday-morning closures of their library at Khandallah Town Hall.

to the library, by pouring petrol on it and letting someone else set it alight.” Cr Lester told the residents the council had instructed Wellington City Libraries to reduce spending and closing Khandallah library on weekday mornings was an option broached by the libraries to save $31,000 each year. Cost saving measures were necessary as the Wellington City Libraries annual budget of $20 million had been decreasing since the recession, with the mobile library already being closed, he said. An option to find the extra money, instead of cutting spending from the budget, was for rates to increase by 4 cents per person

per year. Libraries Manager John Steer said the plan originally included weekday morning closure of the majority of residential libraries but eventually only Khandallah library remained a candidate for weekday-morning closures. The reason for this was, compared to close neighbours, Johnsonville and Cummings Park Libraries, Khandallah Library was not performing, Mr Steer says. Local residents, however, took issue with the library statistics provided saying that, when square footage was taken into account, Khandallah far outperformed its larger neighbours in terms of withdrawals and visitors.Submissions close on May 16.

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By Dani McDonald Wellington City councillor Helene Ritchie has refuted councillor Justin Lester’s comments about Keith Spry being a “blow out”, saying yesterday that the upgrade will begin “in a short matter of time”. “There still is some minor tidying up in terms of the negotiations to be completed,” Ms Ritchie says. Last week the Independent Herald reported on the delay of the Keith Spry Pool upgrade. Delays comprised of the contractor going into receiver-

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rusting roof and the closure of a nearby pool. Mr Lester criticised council for not informing the public of timeframes and plans. Ms Ritchie says it would be disastrous if comments, such as Mr Lester’s, affect the project. “Talk of any “blowout” is wrong, negative and extremely unfortunate as it could put the whole project and funding in jeopardy,” Ms Ritchie says. She says council is at the final point of negotiations with its preferred contractor, and that nothing is being held secret.

“They are very delicate discussions. When there’s nothing to say to the public, then there isn’t anything to say until they are complete,” Ms Ritchie says. Once negotiations are completed, Ms Ritchie says the community will be fully informed with full pictures, hopefully an information stand in the mall, notifications of neighbours, and progress reports. “Johnsonville and Northern will have a pool to be proud of for many years to come.”

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One person dies in vehicle accident A person has died at the scene of a two car crash near the Grenada North, Wellington motorway exit on Monday. The motorist travelling on Takapu Road lost control and hit a parked vehicle. The passenger was trapped in the car and received serious injuries. Motorists wanting to use the Grenada North exit were advised to use the Tawa exit of the motorway. The driver of the parked car was sitting in

their vehicle when the moving car collided, but received no injuries and provided police with evidence. Meanwhile, on Friday evening police were called out to four crashes around Johnsonville. Three people were injured after a crash on SH1 southbound lane of the motorway, near the Johnsonville exit at 5:40pm. All were taken to hospital with one seriously injured.

inbrief WESTPAC CEO NAMED Australian Shane Harmon has been appointed Chief Executive of Wellington’s Westpac Stadium. Mr Harmon will take over long standing CEO David Gray when heretires on June 30. Mr Harmon was General Manager Marketing and Communications for Rugby New Zealand 2011. Mr Harmon is currently deputy CEO of the local organising committee for AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015. He has also held positions as general manager marketing for the Australian Rugby Union and as membership and marketing manager for the Australian AFL team, the Sydney Swans.

Traffic was diverted off the Churton Park off ramp, along Middleton Rd and through Johnsonville. It was one of four accidents between the Johnsonville and Churton Park onramps that cause significant traffic delays for northbound commuter traffic. Police are once again reminding motorists to keep their speed down, especially with wet weather conditions, put their lights on and check their following distances.

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KARORI BANK OPENED ANZ reopened its Karori branch after extensive earthquake strengthening work on Monday. The new branch – formerly National Bank – will have extended opening hours so it is more convenient for the Karori community, many of which work in the CBD. It will now be open on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and until 6.30pm on Thursdays. The branch has been closed since July after a seismic test revealed the site didn’t meet ANZ safety guidelines. Customers have been using other branches at Victoria University, on The Terrace and in Johnsonville while the Karori branch has been closed. SeniorNet coordinator Eric Batten has helped begin North Wellington SeniorNet classes, beginning in June.

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By Dani McDonald Computer classes committed to providing older people with basic training will be established in the northern suburbs. The North Wellington SeniorNet opening ceremony will take place on Wednesday May 22 at 10:30am at the Learning Centre in the Masonic Hall in Phillip St, introducing people to tutorials on offer such as how to use: Trade Me, Facebook, Picasso and Skype, as well as smart phones and iPhones. SeniorNet is a community training network that supports and motivates people aged 50 plus to enjoy and use technology in their everyday life. “Suddenly cell phones became smart phones, and lap tops became iPads, and suddenly there is a range of very high sophisticated gear,” Johnsonville Community centre and SeniorNet chairman Eric Batten says. SeniorNet was first established in Wellington in 1992, expanding to Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Porirua and Wellington, but not reaching the Northern suburbs until now. “We felt it was something missing here,” Mr Batten says. With over 50 people showing up to a meeting on establishing SeniorNet in the area, Mr Batten expects there to be around 100 people plus attend-

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right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to news@wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Council Appearances Dear Sir, Are we the only ones who have noticed the sudden appearances of our local City Councillors in the Independent Herald? Helene Ritchie, a largely invisible Northern Ward City councillor, in a recent Independent Herald issue has advertisements showing two lovely photos of her placed in separate sections of the paper looking very glamorous. In the 1 May issue we see a front page photo of Justin

Lester making a big noise regarding the Keith Spry Pool upgrade. Where has he been over the last two and bit years? Our third councillor, name forgotten, is retiring, another largely invisible councillor. Oops, just remembered, it’s local body election year, hence the sudden activity. When are the northern suburbs going to get decent representation? We need a change. John Jones and Murray Gray, Johnsonville.

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Ready to rark up Wellington City By Dani McDonald Independent candidate Nicola Young is ready to rark up the Wellington City Council. She will be standing for the Lambton ward this October when the Wellington City Council election begins. The Lambton ward covers central, Thorndon, Te Aro, Kelburn, Pipitea, Oriental Bay, Highbury, Brooklyn, Mount Victoria, Mount Cook and Aro Valley. “It’s losing its fizz,” she says of Wellington city. “It used to be a real sparkly city and it’s not anymore.” She says job losses and businesses moving to Auckland, such as Icebreaker, contribute to Wellington’s loss of “mojo”, she says. “And then we have got a council just sitting on

their hands. We have got a dysfunctional council and too many of them have been there too long,” Ms Young says. Ideas that Ms Young would like to bring to WCC if she were elected would be placing term limits for councillors, of up to four terms maximum. “I think we need some fresh talent,” she says. Ms Young grew up in Wellington attending St Mary’s Primary School in Thorndon; she became head girl at Erskine College in Island Bay and then studied news journalism at Wellington Polytechnic. She started her career as a journalist writing for the Evening Post, before setting off to the United Kingdom and working at Lloyd’s of

London Insurance for 18 years. She came back to Wellington and stood for National in Rongotai in 2005. Her father, Bill Young, represented the Miramar electorate for National from 1966 to 1981. Ms Young is the great granddaughter of Wellington Mayor Sir John Luke who stood from 1913 to 1921. “I grew up in a political family. I have been doing campaigns since I was seven.” She says Wellington needs small streets lit up at night with LED lighting, particularly lanes. Melbourne has similar features which are now a tourist attraction for international artists who paint graffiti

down well-lit lanes, she says. “Wellington at night time is pretty unappealing.” Another small idea she has is placing street numbers on buildings. “People wouldn’t get lost. It makes the city more livable.” She would also like to see a National Art Gallery and a proper international airport – to encourage businesses to stay in town. “I’m very good at making decisions. I’m hardworking.” “I want to make Wellington New Zealand’s beating heart.”

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College, will make up 121 Youth MPs and 10 Youth Press Gallery on July 16 and 17 to experience politics first hand. She was selected by Ohariu MP Peter Dunne, who says she was an “absolute standout”. “A bright and capable young woman with a very strong social conscience that comes through in her interest in the issue of equality of opportunity – which is very much something I share with her,” Mr Dunne says. “It’s been cool grow-

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Queen Margaret’s year 13 student Michelle Too, 17, of Churton Park, was selected as the youth MP for Ohariu.

age and develop leadership.” She says leadership does not just mean becoming a Prime Minister. “We’re talking things like a stay at home father or someone on the sports field. “It’s people in the community stepping up.”

She believes a community producing leadership brings people together and makes the community work better as a unit. “When people are a part of something they achieve more and the community is just so much better.”

Michelle says she was ecstatic to be chosen. “It’s going to be a really good experience to learn from and especially immersing myself into this situation.” Mr Dunne says Michelle was an “absolute stand-out”.

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Road to where? Directions signs on Churton Park’s new Westchester Drive extension will be updated by Friday, May 10. Churton Park Community Association President Richard Taylor says the directions for traffic coming off the motorway lead motorists and others to continue using the old route rather than the new entranceway to Churton Park.

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Wednesday May 8, 2013

International Dance Day

Wellington's annual International Dance Day was celebrated at Te Papa on Sunday. International Dance Day celebrates culture and diversity around the world. The trust aims to support young people

Bringing the sounds of Africa to Te Papa: members of Inyange, a Wellington-based Rwandan dance group, perform for a packed audience at the Marae in Te Papa.

in dance and to support those who work with young people in dance. This year the focus for International Dance Day was reflecting the cultural diversity of the Wellington region.

Photographer Rachel Binning, of Bella Photography attended the event. To view more pictures, or to purchase photos, contact Rachel at www.bellaphotography.co.nz

Sharing a moment before their performance: Liora Noy and her son, Amit Noy (11) of Owhiro Bay get ready to perfom together in the Wellington Israeli Dance Group.

Kay Harper, 10, of Northland, with her winning colouring competition entry.

Nga Hau e Wha o Papararangi Kapa Haka from Newlands performs with members age between 10 and 18 years.

Riviera-Capri Ngatai-Pokai, 4 months, and mum, Aroha Pokai enjoy the performances at the International Dance Day at Te Papa

Members of WIDance (Wellington Integrated Dance) strike a pose before their perfomance at the International Dance Day at Te Papa. The audience gave this group an enthusiastic and resounding thumbs up for its wellchoreographed performance. Spokeswoman, Samara Fraser explained that WIDance is a Newtown-based Wellington-wide dance group for people with and without disability. It aims to make dance accessible. Duncan Armstrong, of Northland, stands fourth from left in the back row.

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Duncan Loves his beat...

Duncan Armstrong, of Northland, shows a side to his musical talents.

By Dani McDonald Continued from page 1 He started dancing at 18 with the Touch Compass Dance Company, a professional integrated dance group for people with and without disabilities based in Auckland and is the umbrella organisation of WIDance, which holds workshops in Wellington. While he performs contemporary dancing in WIDance, he also has

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with his father Ian. Term 2 classes for WIDance begin May 18 for a six week course, excluding Queens Birthday weekend. Group tutor Sumara Fraser says the group is open to everyone. “Any disability or any ability,” she says. For more information, or to register, call Sumara on 021 050 1565 or email sumara@paradise.net.nz

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Go red in May for women's health By Lydia Anderson Wellington women are being urged to get decked out in a red dress, nail polish, or lipstick this month to raise awareness of heart disease – the single biggest killer of women in NZ. The Heart Foundation is running “Go Red for Women” month to encourage Kiwi women to get a heart check. Statistics show 48 women in NZ die of heart disease every week,

and two-thirds of deaths occur in in women with no history of chest pain. To help spread the Heart Foundation's message, a number of New Zealand celebrities have volunteered to 'Go Red' this month. Crowd Goes Wild presenter Meghan Mutrie, based in Wellington, is one of four female celebrities who have come on board, taking part in a promotional video painting topless male

volunteers. She says she had no idea what she was in for until she saw the male canvases. “The whole point was to make us blush. “I instantly clammed up – I was blushing madly.” While she says she was not hugely aware heart disease was such a problem for women before participating in the campaign, she has now started making changes

in her own life. “It's made me a bit more concious about my choices. “I've found myself geeking out and googling stats. “I've booked my own doctors appointment.” She says often women are so busy looking after families, they don't take time to look after themselves. “I thought of people like my mum and others who are such caregivers

TV presenter Meghan Mutrie blushes as she paints up dance troupe J Geeks member Marino Taiatini for a Heart Foundation promotional video.

and so selfless. “People put it aside and if you do that it actually gets worse. “It really struck a chord with me.” She says getting a heart check doesn't need to be a big deal,

just something to remember when visiting the doctor. Heart Foundation Statistics: Three out of four women still don't know heart disease is their single biggesst killer

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Birthday Celebrations for Kindercare By Dani McDonald ]Johnsonville’s Kindercare celebrated its first birthday on Tuesday. To celebrate, children and teachers dressed up as their favourite hero or character and had a shared cake. Wellington area manager Petrea Medland says despite the year flying by, it has been amazing. “Like a rocket – it’s been full on. Johnsonville Kindercare children blow out the centre's first “The first year surpassed birthday cake. From left, Jayda Ali, Honor Morgan, Hunter all of our expectations,” Ms Bullock, Ella Bird, Samuel Lewers and Amelia Mercer. Medland says

The popularity of the centre is evident, with a waiting list of five to six months for children. “We feel very sad because we know we haven’t got a place,” centre director Paula Martin says. Ms Medland says the centre, which is licensed to hold 100 children maximum, has become so attractive with parents because of the centre’s model. The building has five different classrooms and caters for babies, toddlers and

Johnsonville Kindercare has 16 full time teachers, a full time cook, a full time administrator and relieving teachers. Both Ms Medland and Ms Martin say the centre will carry on with the same focus as before. “Parents want to know their child is being loved and nurtured and cared for and that learning is being provided to set them up for their life,” Ms Medland says.

pre-schoolers. “We pride ourselves on being age appropriate. We have a home-away-fromhome atmosphere,” Ms Medland says. The children receive a cooked meal each day, which is an advantage,” Ms Martin says. “I think that’s quite attractive to working parents.” The centre opened this time last year with 30 children, and increased each week to allow teachers to work with pupils individually.

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Patrol needs more people power... By Dani McDonald The Wellington North Community Patrol Community Patrol is looking for more volunteers. The patrol has had a presence in the northern suburbs since 2007, and work alongside police to prevent and report any suspicious activity or crime. Coordinator Jacqueline Bligh says there are not enough people to monitor the streets. “We’ve got about 20 but they’re not all active patrollers,” Ms Bligh says. Volunteers patrol the streets reporting any suspicious activity, such as suspicious car registrations, tagging, and broken street lights to authorities on the beat. They would need to have a full driver’s license and must be able to pass a police check. Training takes approximately three months. The northern patrol is one of five in Wellington – Tawa, Karori, Wellington North, Eastern Rocks and Wellington South. Ms Bligh says people who volunteer their time care about their community. “People based in their community know their community; they know what’s out of place,” she says. Volunteers are asked to contribute four hours a month. For more information contact Ms Bligh on 022 478 3200 or email jjbligh@xtra.co.nz

Bus priority seats cause confusion By Sammi Abbott, Whitireia journalism student Bus users can be forgiven if they are confused by signs for elderly and disable seating in Wellington. Signs state the four seats at the front are for the elderly, disabled and those with young children, but Metlink’s website advises that it is first come, first served. Bus drivers have received several comA bus passenger occupies the priority ments on the confusing signage says seats on a Wellington bus.

a spokesperson for Greater Wellington Regional Council. “Bus drivers are aware that the area is designed to give priority to passengers with special needs,” she says. However, the spokesperson says they are not authorised to make passengers vacate a seat for others. She says the confusion among passengers is unfortunate and she would like to see the same kind of signage as the newer

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Going the extra mile... By Lydia Anderson Inner city hotel staff are going the extra mile for deaf customers by taking sign language lessons – a first for hotels across New Zealand. CQ Hotels assista nt manager for front office Laura Mortlock, from Johnsonville, is one of 16 supervisors participating in a six-week course run by Deaf Aotearoa. Laura says the course is extremely useful for her work at hotel reception. “It'll make my job a lot easier. “I don't expect to be completely fantastic, but people will respond to the fact that at least you're trying.”

CQ Hotels staff member Laura Mortlock.

As part of the course, staff are shown a range of communication strategies and basic sign language for greeting guests, check-in, time concepts, and food and drink. Deaf Aotearoa community relations officer Shannon Krogmann says she thinks CQ Hotels' initiative is “a brilliant idea”. She says it encourages a

variety of hotels to make their businesses more welcoming, as well as making deaf people proud that hearing people are using sign language in customer service. She suggests staff who do not know sign language should use gestures or write simple, brief notes to communicate with deaf customers. As part of New Zealand Sign La nguage Week from May 13 – 19, Deaf Aotearoa runs 45-minute sign language taster classes for businesses and schools. For more information go to:www.deaf.co.nz/nz-signlanguage

Newlands gets disaster ready By Lydia Anderson Newlands residents will get the chance to practise disaster readiness this Saturday in its first community disaster simulation exercise. The Newlands Civil Resilience Group is partnering up with Nga Hau e Wha o Papararangi to run the exercise, giving residents the skills to get through in the event of a local or regional emergency. The marae will be set up like a welfare centre, with desks staffed by volunteers in charge of basic needs such as accommodation, animal welfare, clothing,

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Students support smoking ban

By Jacob Chandler, Whitireia journalism student Victoria University has made all of its campuses smokefree this week after consultation with staff and students showing 72 per cent in favour of the ban. The new regulations mean that smokers will have to go on to public land if they want to smoke. Large posters and signage have gone up around the campuses and it is expected that Kelburn Parade will become the main smoking area for campus users. Victoria University Student William Odey, 20, says:

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“It’s probably good, healthy for students. “They don’t need that sort of money burden. Students are poor enough already.” Another student Alexis Dykman, 20, says: “I think that it’s a really good idea. I don’t like walking around when people smoke over there.” Victoria University has a list of resources available to students wanting to quit smoking on their website including information on the Quitline service. ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) spokesperson Grant Hocking says: “Experience would tell us that

people will quit in response to the policy.” It is hard to measure the impact of this type of regulation on the Quitline phone service, he says. Most people will go “cold turkey”, which has a success rate of only 5% at 12 months. Victoria University follows other tertiary education providers in the region, including University of Otago Wellington (medical school) and Whitireia Community Polytechnic, which are also smokefree. An ASH tertiary study completed in 2010 found 25% of universities had by then become smokefree.

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Winter Decadence By Andie Dunne While the weather outside is frightful, the fashion is so delightful! And what will be your favourite new trend this winter? If you are looking for pure decadence, you will see luxe fabrics everywhere … velvet in rich colours and prints, fur, chiffon, lace, suede, metallic threads, leatherette and ornate baroque detailing with lashings of gold and silver. We’re saying our farewells to pastels and a big hello to black and white monochrome, you can rock this look with tweed, houndstooth, paisley, plaid, polka dots, checks, graphics and colour blocks, wear the look on your shoes, coats, dresses, hats, handbags and more. You

can go all out with tartan in strong colours such as red, blue, maroon and green. If you’re still scratching your head thinking it’s not for you, check the runways where all creatures great and small paw their way up in everything imaginable from skirts to hats and big sweaters with just a centred animal graphic print. Jumpers and sweaters have also made a big come back in stripes, polka dots, and with metallic threads through them. Haute casual is basically the nickname for promoting casual weekend wear created in plush fabrics and styling it up, not down. They have taken away the weekend only tag. Big labels like Givenchy, Kate Sylvester and Chloe

are creating these pieces. Don’t be mistaken, this casual look must be worn with faultless hair and makeup. Coats styles with military detailing and heritage fabrics look fabulous or look out for a coat in your favourite hue, you will be spoilt for choice. Your feet will look stylish in mid heels or boots with

interesting ankle straps or ties, cut outs, buck les, colour blocks and silver/gold capped toes. Top it all off with some earlobe or neckline glitz pearls, black onyx, ruby and crystals. Keep warm and enjoy a winter of decadence. Above: Andie Dunne Wellingtonbased Wardrobe Stylist.

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Wednesday May 8, 2013

NEW FEATURES Here at The Independent Herald, we want to share your special moments. From now on we’ll be showcasing your precious new arrivals (births) and engagement announcements. Send in your new baby pics to herald@wsn.co.nz Send engagement pics and proposal information to news@wsn.co.nz

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Free Defribrillator course

Wellington Free ambulance will run a course on Tuesday May 21 from 1pm to 2:30pm. Come along and learn how to use a defibrillator in an emergency. To register call 4788628 or email jcc@paradise.net.nz

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Quiz Night Fundraiser

The Khandallah Tennis and Squash club's annual Quiz Night fundraiser is set to go for May 25 starting at 7.30pm in the club lounge. Tickets are $15 each, including nibbles, and can be bought from Lee Lewis (Lee.maree.lewis@gmail.com) This is always a lot of fun so start getting your team together now. Teams can be 8 or less people.

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Monday May 20, 7.30pm at The Thistle Inn, 3 Mulgrave St, Thorndon. Starts with open mic, followed by Guest Poet Liz Breslin (Wanaka). Liz is the co-founder of Poetic Justice Wanaka, which runs open mic nights, workshops and performances in the Wanaka area. She's taken to the mic around New Zealand, Rarotonga and the U.K.She also teaches workshops, and is a regular reviewer for a fine line, the magazine of the New Zealand Poetry Society. Entry $5 (NZPS members $3).

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The Northern Suburbs Travel clubs next meeting will be held on Wednesday 15 May at 7.30 p.m. in the Johnsonville Community Centre when Geraldine George will be speaking on her trip to Petra Jordan, Dennis Hamblin on his farm stay and photo workshop in Tuscany and Jan Jones speaking on her Shanghai to Beijing trip.. All welcome, members free and non members $4.00, including a cup of tea and biscuit. Club activities include talks on travel, movie outings and casual Sunday afternoon walks. For more information you can ring 236-5749 or visit <www.nstravelclub.net>.

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Heart to Heart Course for Parents: One Day Course, Saturday, June 8th in Johnsonville. No cost as generously sponsored by Johnsonville Terrace Centre Trust. The course gives parents tools to raise self esteem and positively transform their families. Contact: Chris Wilson, hearttoheart@paradise.net.nz: www.hearttoheartparentingnz.com

The Khandallah Art Group invites you to Hang It All. Our inaugural exhibition of work in oil, pastel and paint. Gallery Frames, 14 Ganges Rd, Khandallah Village - 479 8025. Running from May 17 to 30.

How many words of three or more letters, including plurals, can you make from the six letters, using each letter only once? No foreign words or words beginning with a capital are allowed. There's at least one six-letter word. TODAY Good 12 Very Good 15 Excellent 19 Solution 208: ceil, clef, elf, elk, FICKLE, e, le, eck, ick, ice, ilk, lei, lek, lice, lick, lie, life, like.

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Chatham Cup gets underway North Wellington AFC take on Waterside Karori AFC this Saturday as the first round of the Chatham Cup kicks off for 2013. This is the 90th year of the nationwide football competition, which sees 132 teams from

around New Zealand square off in regional knockout rounds before an open national draw at quarterfinal stage. North Wellington are in sixth place in the Capital One league, after five games of the 18-game

league season with a record of 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. Waterside Karori, in the higherranked Central League, are in secnd place after five games, and are four times winner of the Chatham Cup (between 1938-

1947). This is the sixth meeting between the two clubs in the Chatham Cup, with Waterside Karori prevailing on four occasions and North Wellington’s sole success in the 1997 sea-

son occurring enroute to their quarter-final appearance - the best effort for the club since its initial entry into the Chatham Cup as North Wellington AFC in 1972. Kick off: Saturday May 11 at Ka-

Man Down ANZ netball pack winner Zoe Adamson, 9, of Crofton Downs is the winner of the Independent Herald ANZ netball prize pack. Zoe attends Crofton Downs Primary School, and plays netball for the Year 5 and 6 team. She says goal keep is her preferred position. “I’m pretty good at it and I don’t have around much.”

A Marist St Patricks lock managed to break a leg at the game on Saturday at Helston Park against the Johnsonville Cripples. The game paused at an 18 to 13 score, just after Marist

took the try. The game was expected to go on, but a delayed ambulance meant the game was held off. The teams are hoping to pick up the game later in the season.

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