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The Clown Doctors dropped in to the Children Wards at Wellington Hospital to share a bit of their smiles, joy and laughter. From left, Ruby Bosch-Thaisen, 16, of Ohariu Valley, Stephen Hollins ( Dr Pep-
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Continued from page 1. Clown Doctors work in teams of two and go into hospitals to bring joy and laughter to sick children and people in need. Clown Doctors are trained in the art of 'medical clowning'. Through humour, the Clown Doctors alleviate pain and fear, and help the people they come across, whether it be patients, family members and/ or staff, feel positive in their situation. Red Noses International is the umbrella organisation. Professor Thomas Petschner is the CEO and founder who has recently started the International Institute for Medical Clowning. He is the only 'real' doctor so all the other clowns call him the 'funniest doctor in New Zealand'. The Clown Doctors are a registered Charitable Trust that relies on sponsorship and donations to operate. Currently based in Auckland Wellington and Christchurch public hospitals, Clown Doctors hopes in the future to reach every major hospital in New Zealand.
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Clown Doctors Charitable Trust is launching Smiles initiative – a programme offering ideas and support to change the atmosphere of the working environment. They will provide tailored support to suit a range of industries offering ideas and activities on how to create a more positive environment among staff, clients and customers. Depending on their level of support, some businesses and organisations will be entitled to a half or one day stress releasing/ positive thinking/team building/ problem solving workshop using humour as a vehicle. Clowns Doctors Programme director Rita Noetzel says she hopes to see many businesses coming on board. “By producing smiles you can connect your organisation with something positive like the mission of Clown Doctors and at the same time you are helping to fundraise for children in hospitals,” she says. Museum Art Hotel owner Chris Parkin hosted the official launch of Smile Initiatives.
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Couple receive QSM Husband and wife Eric and Marlene Batten from Churton Park have both received Queen's Service Medals for services to the community. They have each contributed more than 30 years to the Johnsonville community. Mr Batten has served as treasurer, secretary, auditor and president of the Johnsonville Lions, while Ms Batten has served as chair of the programmes committee and vice president. Mr Batten says it's "a bit overwhelming" to receive the medal. She ran the Johnsonville Lions Christmas pa-
rade for 11 years but gave it up several years ago. "Every time it would start off it would bring tears to my eyes because it’s a culmination of a year’s hard work." They are still continuing their work – Mr Batten is chairman of Senior Net and looks after the Masonic Hall. They still have the North Wellington festival to organize for November and both still belong to the Lions. “We get over one [event] and think, what else can I do,” says Ms Batten.
inbrief Museum one of the best Carter Observatory and the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, two of Wellington’s top visitor attractions, have received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award for 2013. Following the news that the Museum of Wellington City & Sea was selected as one of the Top 50 Museums in the World by United Kingdom's The Times, the award comes as no surprise to Museums Wellington Director Brett Mason who says that, “This award just further establishes the quality of the experience we provide in Wellington for our visitors.”
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“I want to make a difference” Mr Brian Poole from Churton Park will be the recipient of a Queen’s Service Medal for his services to health and the community in this years Queen’s Birthday Honours 2013. Mr Poole has been a patient of Crohn’s Disease, or Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) for 40 years. “When I retired five or so years ago I determined I wanted to make a difference, because there was very little support.” Mr Poole went on to help establish the Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand Charitable Trust, which he says has helped to educate patients and their families about the disease.
The New Zealand Order of Merit: The following appointments have been made to The New Zealand Order of Merit Companions of the Order Mr John Walter McKinnon For services to the state. Mr McKinnon served as Chief Executive and Secretary of Defence for six years until retiring in 2012. He is now the Executive Director of the Asia New Zealand Foundation. Mr Ian Duncan McKinnon For services to education and the community. Mr McKinnon is Deputy Mayor of Wellington and Chancellor E of THE Victoria University. RITISH " Elizabeth Anne Ms Deidre Tarrant WEEK For services to contemporary FFdance. THESE
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Digby Van Winkle an internet star By Nikki Papatsoumas Digby Van Winkle from Wadestown is one very special dog. The griffon has his own surname, 108,000 Instagram followers worldwide, and iPhone cases and t-shirts with his picture on them. Although he is often showered with public attention, Digby would much rather run around the park with his furry friends. Digby’s proud owners Liz Cherry and Dani Kelly are the founders of the Wellington Griffons and Friends Group, who meet at various spots around Wellington suburbs every Sunday. They have also recently extended their brood by adopting eight-week-old Aloysius Van Winkle. Dani says that the day they got twoyear-old Digby, they set him up with an Instagram page, and it snowballed from there. “There were quite a few pages
already of griffon dogs, and when we saw other people doing it we thought it looked like fun. “It started off as a fun thing to do and then it turned out that everyone loved him and it kept growing.” The name Digby came from the television show Pushing Daisies, and Liz’s mum suggested Van Winkle as a surname. “My mum saw a picture of Digby’s dad and said he looked like Rip Van Winkle the man who slept for 20 years,” says Liz. As well as his popular Instagram account, Digby also has a Facebook page, and website full of advice columns and tutorials. Search Digby Van Winkle on Facebook, @digbyvanwinkle @ digbyvanwinkle@digbyvanwinkle on Instagram or visit www.digbyvanwinkle.com
Pupils plant community forest Bellevue School pupils will plant a community forest of Manuka trees today to regenerate a wasted scrubland. Waihinahina Park, in Newlands, is the site of the old Horokiwi landfill. June 5 marks World Environment Day, and pupils will gather at the new carbon forest site, as part of the ‘Forests For Health New Zealand’ initiative led by OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council and the Sustainable Business Network. OraTaiao is a local collective of senior doctors and health practitioners committed to combating the effects of climate change on population health. Recognising that the health sector contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions, OraTaiao have devised
a way for health professionals to reduce their carbon footprint by growing trees in a dedicated carbon forest in Newlands. “The health sector consumes resources at a vast rate and has a sizeable carbon footprint. We are working with health workers to reduce their emissions - at work and also at home. ‘Forests for Health’ provides an opportunity to compensate for any unavoidable emissions,” says Johnsonville Medical Centre GP Rebecca Randerson. Waihinahina Park, adjoins the local marae, Nga Hau e Wha o Papararangi, who are partners in the project. This initiative, created in collaboration with the Sustainable Business Network and the ‘Trees for Survival’ trust, allows health
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New liquor store opens used to be café Premium Espresso, owned by Mr and Mrs Ghandi. They say the decision to move the sale of alcohol to another premise would be fairer on the children, as the shop is renowned for its Mr Bun pies as well as other convenience items. “A lot of kids come to the shop and we don’t want them to be around alcohol.” The new shop will be strictly over 18. Mr Ghandi says until now, the far end of the mall used to be a dead area. He says the new alcohol shop will have a lot more variety of alcohol. “Over the years we were told by the community that we need a proper bottle shop here; there’s one at the back but that’s no competition,” Mrs
Ghandi says. Newlands Liquor Store will be open seven days a week, from 10am to no later than 10pm. Mr Ghandi says they will be closing at 8:45pm on Monday and Tuesday. Mr Ghandi says they are looking at business prospectives for the One Stop Super Shop, but are yet to confirm what that will be. “We have been granted our license on being responsible for not selling alcohol to people under 18. “We also don’t sell K2 because we know what harm that doles to the community. We want to look after our community,” Mr Ghandi says. Mrs Ghandi would like to add a big thank you to their customers, including the children, for their ongoing support at One Stop Super Shop.
Hoping for second time lucky By Mary Nichols, Massey Journalism student Mark Peck is again competing for a spot on the Wellington City Council, 38 years after his first unsuccessful attempt. Although he has never been a city councillor, Mr Peck was a Labour MP for Invercargill for 12 years. Mr Peck says he had his arm twisted to run for the Lambton ward by the Labour Party this year. He says that if elected he would like to look at what he calls Council’s lazy money. “Any organisation the size of the Wellington City
Council has got money lying around not doing much. “It is in those areas where you can identify money which can be transferred to services which need to be provided. “Two things that I would like to do pretty much straight away, are look at transport infrastructure and housing issues,” he says. Mr Peck disagrees with the Prime Minister’s recent comments labelling Wellington as a dying city. “It’s anything but a dying city, but it can do more to look after its people and to encourage others to come to Wellington,“ he says. Mr Peck says he has been
Benjamin Huxford, of Newlands College, argues his side for the intercollege debate with Onslow.
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door knocking around the ward and reactions to his campaign have been positive. “If you see a short, dumpy, little old guy, with not much hair on his head and a little rosette on – come and say hi,” says Mr Peck. Mr Peck has lived in Wellington on and off since he first moved here as a teenager from the United States over forty years ago. He now runs Little Peckish Café in Dukes Arcade and lives in the same Thorndon flat he lived in as a Labour MP.
Onslow College wins debate Onslow College’s debating team has won the third annual intercollege debate sponsored by the Lions Club of Johnsonville. Onslow’s team in their second only debate were close winners against Newlands College. The teams debated that “the Wellington region should become a super city”, with host college Newlands taking the affirmative view. After careful deliberation guest
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Candidate committed to services
Malcolm Aitken is running as the Onslow-Western Labour candidate for the Wellington City Council.
and send his children to Otari/Wilton school which offers kohanga reo. He grew up in Te Marua, north of Upper Hutt and has been a communications professional for the past 10 years. Mr Aitken is married with two children – a four year old and a one year old. Mr Aitken, who is standing for council for the first time, has had an interest in local politics for some time, and would like to see council retain public services. “We’ve got the worst unemployment in Wellington for many years and while the local government is
By Dani McDonald Malcolm Aitken is committed to keeping public services in the Onslow/ Western ward. He is running for the ward in the Wellington City Council elections coming up in October as a Labour candidate. T h e O n s l ow / We s t ern ward covers Ngaio, Kaiwharawhara, Wilton, Northland, Crofton Downs, Wadestown, Khandallah, Karori, Broadmeadows and Makara. Mr Aitken lives in Vogeltown but is looking to purchase a home in the area
only part of the equation we could do more to create jobs. “Rather than contract out services, I believe we’ll save rate payers money and it will allow council to keep more staff,” Mr Aitken says. Mr Aitken supports the need for an events centre in Karori, and also finds the decision to cut the Khandallah library hours a major concern. “I think the potential savings to the council would below but the social cost would be high. He says Wellington City needs fresh faces and new ideas around the table.
“I’m taking a stand because I see huge opportunities being squandered – economically, socially and environmentally. “I will put my heart and soul into being part of a refreshed, absolutely positive Wellington, but it’s got to be absolutely positive across the income spectrum. “Let’s make sure we retain and nurture full public library services and properly fund community centres such as Karori’s,” Mr Aitken says.
New Community Centre a hit with locals By Boris Jancic Massey Journalism student Churton Park residents have jumped on the chance to get into kindergarten programmes, Zumba classes and parents’ groups at their new community centre. C o o r d i n a t o r Be ck ie Duffy says calls have been flooding in since the centre opened last week. “It’s been an overwhelmingly positive reaction.” Upcoming events include a women’s business forum, a Matariki story-time for local kindergartens, a Chinese parents group, SPCA adoption days, and J.P. sessions, along with weekly pilates and zumba classes.
She says the number of applications shows how long residents have been waiting. “We are so pleased to finally have something in the suburb that is uniquely our own.” Physiotherapist Kirstin Davie will be teaching pilates courses at the centre and says her classes in other neighbourhoods are full of Churton Park residents who have been waiting for the centre to open. “This is really going to be a hub for the area. “It is going to attract a very wide variety of people and that’s what you want.” Ms Duffy now wants more ideas from residents to make the centre a hub for the area.
“Churton is a very multicultural community and we want to create unique programmes that are responsive to the unique needs of the community. “The community needs to feel like they own this.” Volunteer Terri Taylor says the centre is too great an opportunity for the community to not help out. “This is really the centre that the community needed.” Mayor Celia Wade-Brown will officially open the centre on June 22. The centre has meeting rooms, a versatile space for activities, and full kitchen and bathroom facilities for more than 100 visitors.
From left, Kirstin Davie, Beckie Duffy, council libraries and community spaces team coach Kathleen Lockett, and Zumba instructor Carloyn Patchell take a break in the kitchen of the Churton Park Community Centre.
It is part of a Wellington City Council plan to invest in the Churton Park Village, that also includes the opening of a new road, and new retail and medium density residential spaces. Councillor Justin Lester says the area has been over-
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Babies love music too By Dani McDonald A local mother of three is in her second term of teaching babies up to preschoolers the joy of music. Janna Dennison, of Karori, runs the Windmill Music Company at the St John’s Hall. Janna has been involved in music since she was a child. She holds a Masters in music, played the cello is in the Southern Sinfonia in Dunedin and Heisenberg Ensemble in Scotland, was a sax player in the Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra, and a member of a guitar/cello jazz duo. She has also taught pri-
vately and in schools, as well as tutoring on the Music Heartland Project for Gifted and Talented primary school students. Her Wi nd m i l l Music classes began in Kelburn in 2011, and ran for a year before she gave birth to her third son. Her classes vary in fun songs for children, as well as action and movement songs. She says children learn about rhythm, listening and enhance their awareness of pitch. Children range from six months to four years, and Janna brings along her instruments, such as the
recorder, violin and ukulele to her classes. “Kids don’t see a lot of live instruments in action and they’re absolutely gobsmacked,” Janna says. As the term continues, Ja n n a i nt r o duc e s new instruments such as the saxophone and the oboe, and the euphonium – which is a big brass instrument. “It’s got lots of buttons to press and it’s shiny,” she says. She says the classes are educational for parents, too, but she won’t force them to dance. Janna came up with the idea of host i ng music classes for children in St
Andrews, Scotland, when her friends wanted their children involved in music. “They’re really responsive and engaged.” There is about 60 children enrolled in the classes. While there are only a few spaces left in the Thursday morning classes, Janna hopes to expand for term three. “There’s a lot of interest in music for young kids but people don’t know where to go for information,” she says. For more information, contact Janna on 022 122 4912 or visit her website at www.windmillmusic.co.nz Musician and teacher Janna Dennison, of Karori.
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One of 50 to go overseas By Dani McDonlad Bellevue School pupil Dominique Poultney, 9, has helped raise $360.30 for Koru Care New Zealand, a charity that makes dreams come true for seriously ill and disabled children. Dominique was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis at three years old, and was selected by Koru Care New Zealand to travel to California for two weeks recently. Her mum Vivienne realized something was wrong when she didn’t want to stand up because her ankles were sore. Dominique has been the face for Arthritis New Zealand, and recovered well after medication. While she is in remission now, her mum
Vivienne says there is no guarantee that it won’t come back. “We’re very lucky,” Vivinenne says. Dominique was one of 50 children nationwide to go on the trip, as part of Koru Care New Zealand’s 30th anniversay. As part of her school project to ‘give to people in need’, Dominique asked her fellow pupils and teachers to dress like kings and queens on Thursday, and to bring a donation. The class with the longest coin trail received eight pizzas donated by Johnsonville’s Domino’s Pizza. Room 1, made up of Year 1’s and 2’s raised $45 on their own. Dominique will be leaving for California in October.
Reconstructed to meet earthquake standards Glenside's Halfway House’s brick chimney has been pulled down. As part of the Halfway House restoration, the brick will be reconstructed to meet earthquake safety standards. Restoration of the Halfway House restoration works began in 2012, after a long battle between the Glenside Progressive Association and Wellington City Council. Project manager Vikki Muxlow of Wellington City Council says council is getting underway with the next stage of work. “The first part is the deconstruction of the brick chimney. The scaffolding is up
and during the week after the inspections and documenting has been completed, the deconstruction of the chimney will begin,” Ms Muxlow says. She says council is keeping as many of the bricks as they can and plan to stack them on pellets and store for future use on the site. “Some will be reused when the chimneys are reconstructed. There will be security fencing installed in front of the house to secure the site around the scaffolding while this work is undertaken.” Once this part of the stage is complete, the scaffolding will be removed to allow for the repiling work to begin.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. While most people enjoyed a day off on Monday the Independent Herald took to the streets of Johnsonville to find out what Queen's Birthday means to Kiwis.
Janette Thompson, Ngaio
Monica Preece, Paparangi
Allan McKenzie, Woburn
Shaun Taylor, Newlands
Deepa Munshi, Newlands
“It’s more of a chance to do more around the house.”
“It’s a public holiday and that’s about it.”
“It’s great fun - I worked all weekend.”
“I wouldn’t have a clue.”
“I know it’s not the Queen’s birthday on this day.”
Jay Daysh, Khandallah “It’s just a day for relaxing.”
Letters to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to email@example.com. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.
Saving Johnsonville RSA While I have approved your support for the campaign to save Johnsonville RSA this can only be validated by a successful rebranding of their behaviour and standards. I had a most unpleasant Anzac Day experience there, about 20 years ago. I was told to take my hat off. Considering that I almost always wear a hat and I was rendering my tribute to all those, including my father, who
had made a sacrifice fighting for Queen and Country this was most objectionable and uncouth. I have not returned. Will this new RSA be inclusive and accept it is a changing world with different standards?. Incidentally at the Margaret Thatcher funeral service there was a resplendent Muslim wearing traditional headgear. C G Duff, Newlands
The chilling winter woes By Dani McDonald I suffer Seasonal Affective Disorder. The pelting wind and those cold dark nights have turned my experience of life to a misery ever since this damned winter began. I cringe waking in the morning. At 6am my hand peeks from under my duvet to feel around for the switch so my heater warms up before I turn off my alarm every ten minutes until 6:30am. I spend the next half an hour in the shower staring at a white wall, my mind occupied with what I can wear with my two pairs of shoes that keep my feet dry – it’s too much to think about at such a cold, awful hour. I wait for the bus in the Ngauranga Gorge woefully
staring at the cars and the giant trucks, while being battered by the horrendous, deathly wind that ruins any attempt I made to put on makeup and do my hair. At this point my feet are usually wet. Trying to find some glow of happiness amongst the grey concrete jungle is a joke, and I commiserate at the cracks that have formed on my face, I’m actually not kidding. I know, S.A.D sounds like something for sooks. But I stand staunch. It is a real thing. I don’t suffer this grief for nothing. According to my search on Wikipedia - S.A.D is a mood disorder in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms in the winter or summer. I’m not certain on the summer part. That sounds ridicu-
lous. But Wikipedia tells me that if I am a “classic” winter blues sufferer I should try out light therapy with sunlight or bright lights. Would someone just provide some colour in places? Even the blue and pink Johnsonville mall sign that I look at from my desk seems dull and colourless – whether that has always been like that, I cannot answer. Perhaps this is why Queen’s Birthday falls five days after the start of winter - to accommodate with the fall of depression the population takes on. Maybe we should change the name to National day of Preparation for Doom and Gloom, rather than something as glorious as a Queen's Birthday, because rather than sending good wishes, I’m staring at the mall sign.
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Armageddon Young and old Wellingtonians turned out en force for the Armageddon Expo on Queen's Birthday Weekend at Westpac Stadium. The Independent Herald captured some of the fun.
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By Stephanie Rangi, Massey Journalism student Manicure salon owner, Judy Nguyen, says she supports a new campaign that has been introduced for businesses that are ignoring safety requirements when handling and storing hazardous substances. Wellington businesses, in particular, are one of the worst nationwide, with only 17 per cent of businesses complying with the requirements. A recent survey has shown that only 25 per cent of New Zealand businesses comply with all the legislative safety requirements needed when dealing with dangerous chemicals.
Ms Nguyen, who is the owner of the 4 Seasons Nails franchise and has shops in places like Johnsonville and Kilbirnie, says she knows how to handle and store dangerous chemicals. “We have the council come in and check we are doing it right,” Ms Nguyen says. About 150,000 workplaces throughout New Zealand use hazardous substances and it is estimated that 500-800 New Zealanders die each year of exposure to these substances. Chair of the Environment Protection Authority Kerri Prendergast says New Zealand is at risk of death and injury due to improper handling of hazardous substances.
“We want to introduce an important new initiative in our drive to improve the safety of New Zealand workplaces.” Ms Prendergast says. Hazardous substances are used in businesses such as panel beaters, hairdressers, dry cleaners, and furniture refurbishments. Com mon ones could be cleaning products, adhesives, paints, acids and solvents. The EPA have designed a ‘toolbox’ for businesses to learn and understand the importance of handling and storing hazardous substances. Ms Nguyen says that she will take advantage of this toolbox, as she thinks it will be useful.
The toolbox includes a guide to working safely with hazardous substances, information on how to use the online tools, and a flip chart with what to do when something goes wrong. The online information has demonstration videos on how best to use and store chemicals and it also has a hazardous substances calculator. The calculator gives information on what chemicals can be stored together and what safety gear is required when using a particular chemical. Ms Prendergast says the aim of the package is to prevent workplace injury and chronic health impacts from exposure to hazardous substances.
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From left, owners of Wellington Spices Klaas Gill-Verwey, Sharon Gill,with Newlands Community House treasurer Tracey Wernicki, Johnsonville Police sergeant Lance Murdoch and Newlands New World owner/ operator Ross Jordan.
By Dani McDonald Over $400 was raised for the Newlands Food Bank from the official opening of the Newlands mall recently. Sharon Gill, owner of Wellington Spices, organised a gala to be held in conjunction with the opening of the Newlands Mall on May 18. Money raised from stalls and raffles at the gala went towards the Newlands Food Bank, run through the Newlands Community House. The stalls raised $165, Downers
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Razzle dazzle them By Dani McDonald Husband and wife duet Frances and Daryl Prowse are experts in a field not many of us would know much about. The Newlands couple has performed together since 1997, and specializes in ballroom music. “It’s very specialized and it took us a long time to get the music right. “Not many bands have the patience to get it right for the dancers, and you’re always adapting – there’s a lot of compromising to get it right for the dancers,” Frances says. They say getting the tempo right is serious stuff in ballroom dancing, and just as important for the band playing the music. She says she would like to see more people taking up ballroom dancing, given it is coming back into fashion. Last week they played at the Hutt Horticultural Hall for a ballroom dance, where 140 people showed up. “They were thrilled that so many people were turning out,” Frances says. The couple also performs at functions throughout the Wellington region. Daryl is a music teacher at various schools and in his heyday played as the backup music for bands such as The Drifters, Dalvanius and the Fascinations, and The Ink Spots. His talents include playing the keyboard, saxophone, guitar, double base, the clarinet and the flute. They used to play at the Johnsonville Community
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Cat mania was unveiled at the Indian Cultural Centre in Kilbirnie for the New Zealand Cat Fancy National show on Sunday. Cats from all over New Zealand were glammed up to be judged on grooming and personality by nine international judges. Local photographer Rachel Binning, from Bella Photography, was there for the claw-clenching day.
Women in Business Women’s Business Forum Presents: An event for local female business owners. Join the crew at the Churton Park Community Centre, Tuesday June 11, 10.30 – 11.30, where Gaylene Hughes from Jdi Business coaching will speak on improving your cashflow, working smarter not harder and controlled growth. Gaylene is part of a group called Action Coach, a US
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Healthy Heroes programme takes off By Lydia Anderson Children at Karori Normal School are eager to show off how many vegetables they've been eating as part of a Karori Rotary initiative. The younger classes packed into the school library yesterday to receive a three-week progress reward of climbing beans and gardening tools. Healthy Heroes is a nine-week programme that aims to improve children's health by encouraging regular physical activity, healthy eating, adequate sleep, a lively mind and concern for others. Rotary member Kirsten Mischefski, who
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Kirkcaldies Celebrates 150th Kirkcaldie & Stains celebrated their 150 birthday on the first day of June, with special visits from Hospi the Lion, from Wellington Hospital. On Saturday, Clydesdales from Pirongia led a cavalcade from Bunny Street to the front of the store arriving where Denis Kirkcaldie, great grandson of the founder, accompanied by other family members, cut the ribbon to launch the promotion. The store has selected the Wellington Hospitals & Health Foundation, official fundraiser for Wellington Children’s Hospital, as its Birthday charity and is committed to raising funds for the charity through a variety of activities during 2013.
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Applications for Out of Zone Enrolment for Terms 3 and 4, 2013 Enrolment at Northland School is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office or the school website www.northland.school.nz. The Board of Trustees has made several places available at Years 1, 4 and 7 for out of zone students in Terms 3 and 4, 2013. As the Board operates an enrolment scheme, it is required to fill any vacant out of zone places by ballot in cases where there are more applications for enrolment than there are places available. Under the terms of the enrolment scheme siblings of out of zone children currently at the school get priority for available places. The deadline for receipt of applications for out of zone places is 4.00pm Friday 14 June. If necessary a ballot will be held on Monday 17 June. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the ballot being held. Application forms for the ballot are available from: The Principal. Northland School. 14 Harbour View Road. Northland
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Volunteer-oholic! By Lydia Anderson Years of hard work and dedication are being recognised for a self-professed “volunteeroholic” Johnsonville resident. For more than a decade Helen Mallon has volunteered in numerous roles in the footballing community and is now a double nominee for prestigious regional sports awards. Mallon has been nominated for Volunteer of the Year and Administrator of the Year in the upcoming Dominion Post Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards, to be held on June 13. She says the nominations have put her right out of her comfort zone. “It's never been about me.” Although her attitude is modest, Mallon has so many volunteering roles she has her own sports CV. A keen footballer herself, she restarted a disbanded women's team for the Miramar Rangers before switching to North Wellington Association Football Club
after her son James was born. She then took on several roles for North Wellington Junior Football Club including committee member, coach, club manager, and from 2009, club president. As the years passed, Helen also became involved in management at North Wellington AFC, becoming assistant club manager in 2012 and this year assistant coach of the U17B Saints. However her commitments do not end there. She served as secretary on the Alex Moore Development Board from 2010 to 2012, is a current board member for Capital Football and is secretary for Federation Five Referees. She also referees games and trains new referees. What is so impressive about Mallon is how she fits her voluntary commitments around her family life and full-time job as a administration manager for science and engineering services at BRANZ.
“I have a clone – she stays up late to all hours of the night,” she jokes. “I have to be ultra-organised.” She says what keeps her going is her passion and desire to give opportunities to people from all walks of life. One such example is organising donations from club members to purchase furniture and give free memberships to refugee families. “It's that sort of stuff that keeps me going.” North Wellington AFC chair Mark Pearce says the club is very grateful to have had Helen at the heart of its committee administration and operating processes since November 2011. “She has an amazing network through the wide range of volunteer roles that she delivers in and is proactive, efficient and a pleasure to work with.” Pictured right: Award nominee Helen Mallon at North Wellington Association Football Club.
Time for Blues to blossom
Sweet victory for Johnsonville A jubilant Louis Karl, captain of the Johnsonville Rugby Club's Senior 1st side holds the Harper Lock Shield aloft after his team downed Norths 39-10 at Helston Park on Saturday. The win was the team's 10th from 11 games to date this season and they won the first-round competition by two points from the Wellington club. Johnsonville had previously won the Harper Lock in both 2007 and 2008. The shield, for senior 1st supremacy in Wellington club rugby, has a lengthy history. It was created by two New Zealand servicemen during the Second World War in Maadi, Egypt. Mr Harper, a Pakeha brigadier, and Mr Lock, a Maori brigadier, carved the shield and it was played for between Pakeha and Maori teams in the desert. In 1943 the 22nd Battallion defeated the Maori Training Unit to win the shield. It was also played for between service teams when the soldiers returned from war but in 1951 the Wellington Rugby
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Union took it over and it has been played for ever since between Wellington Senior 1st teams. One of those responsible for the shield being given to the WRFU was serviceman and Johnsonville Rugby Club player Mick Kenny. Johnsonville were on the back foot early in Saturday's match and were behind 8-10 at halftime but in the second half, into the wind, they came into their own and put on 31 unanswered points. The win was especially sweet for coach Mason Lawrence who had coached Marist St Pat's to win the Harper Lock last year. Johnsonville now step up to the secondround Hardham Cup competition which involves the top four teams from the Harper Lock round -- J'ville, Wellington, Old Boys-University and Avalon -- and the bottom four teams from the premier Swindale Shield competition -- Upper Hutt, Norths, Wests and Rimutaka. The top four teams after the Hardham Cup round-robin play premier rugby next season.
Then we saw some of the class of the Blues and the talent of the three named earlier in this piece as well as Rene Ranger, Luke Braid and several others. There was even a hint that they could do the unthinkable and haul in the Highlanders. That was not be but the The Blues came back from being down 37-7 early in the second half to end up only 10 points adrift of the Highlanders. The final score was 38-28. Yes, it was only the cellar dwellers the Highlanders the Blues were playing but the Auckland team showed courage to get back in the match after an appalling start and revealed also that Piuta, Luatua and Saili are going to be hugely exciting players to watch. So, bring on this Saturday’s first test against France who will be without some top players. Of course we’ve been here before with the French. The one lesson the All Blacks have learned playing France over the years is that you can’t afford to drop your guard against them. Meanwhile, last Sunday saw Christchurch holding its big annual marathon. Watching TV One Sport on Sunday evening I expected there could be some coverage of this event which draws thousands of runners and is the biggest marathon in the South Island. Silly me. On June 23 Wellington has its annual big marathon. I wonder if that manages to get on the TV One sports news? I’m not counting on it.
By Chris Tobin One stand-out feature of the All Blacks named this week for the three-test series against France is three rookie Blues players who are still in their first season of Super Rugby. Second five-eighths Francis Saili, fullback Charles Piutau and blindside flanker Steven Luatau are the newbies in the All Blacks named on Sunday along with the Crusaders flanker Matt Todd, and Hurricanes lock Jeremy Thrush. While Saili, Piuta and Luatua have impressed with the Blues this season it was not so apparent in the Blues’ match against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday night, at least for threequarters of the game. The usually hapless Highlanders were all over the Blues in the first half. The tackle statistics for the first half were mind boggling. Such was the Highlanders’ dominance they had only to make 16 tackles to the Blues’ 98. This was just before the half-time whistle. When the ref blew his whistle for halftime these statistics had gone out to 106 tackles for the Blues and 18 to the Highlanders. With Blues’ halfback Piri Weepu knocked cold and skipper Ali Williams forever yapping in the ref’s ear instead of concentrating on playing the game and leading more by example than his mouth, they looked odds on for a good old fashioned- hiding. Yet this did not happen and it seemed apparent that once veteran hooker Kevin Mealamu came on the paddock, only then did the the Blues get their ship on course.
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