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Tsunami awareness By Nikki Papatsoumas Manager for Community Resilience at Wellington Region Emergency Management Office Dan Neely says people are often confused about what a tsunami is. He describes a tsunami as a movement of the land in the water, such as an earthquake, that causes a displacement in the water. He says that people often assume a tsunami is a giant wall of water, but says it is better described as though you were filling a bath up. “It is like filling up a bath tub, it’s a surge of water that keeps coming ashore. It is not a wave, it is best to think of it as how much water would keep surging into your community.” The lines that are currently painted around the southern coast show the

absolute run up height of a tsunami in the worst case scenario. Dan says it is the simplicity of the project, which has won international awards, that makes it so effective. He also says consultation with the local

“It is like filling up a bath tub, it’s a surge of water that keeps coming ashore” community helped to make the project more successful. “We spent six months working with the community to go through ideas about what they thought was a powerful type of signage and that would have an impact, so this is basically the communities idea.

Wellington student army a success By Nikki Papatsoumas A group of four first year students from Victoria University have organised their own Student Volunteer Army, and quickly gained an impressive amount of interest. Founder Matt Harrington says he decided to create the army in response to last Sunday’s earthquake and out of a general wanting to do something for Wellington. Matt who is originally from Christchurch, says the army is modeled off the successful version that was set up in Christchurch after the 2010 Earthquake. He created the Facebook page ‘Wellington Student Volunteer Army’ on the Sunday evening of the earthquake, and within 48 hours it had over 300 likes. Committee member Ben Guerin says when the student army was formed in Christchurch it was a good example of how the model could succeed. “From what we have seen from the earthquake, young people do want to make a difference, and have a drive to do the sort of tasks most people don’t want to do at all.

From left: Ruby Sands, Matt Harrington, Ash Stanley-Ryan and Ben Guerin.

“It is a fantastic asset and we want to unlock that and be the body that facilitates that.” Committee member Ruby Sands says it is great to see so many people wanting to come out and help. She says through building networks with other community groups and resilience within communities you can build a sense of community. Committee member Ash Stanley-Ryan says it is really inspiring to see so many young people willing to help out. “When you have an event like that it reminds you that everyone is responsible for

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“There is elegance to it, it is very cost affordable and has a very high impact.” He says the lines are powerful tools because even if people don't give much thought about tsunamis, they still know where the lines are painted in their communities identifying the safe place to evacuate. The project is now set to be rolled out to the suburbs of Lyall Bay and Kilbirnie in the next couple of months. Dan says in the meantime he encourages people to be prepared for the big one. “What we want people to do is if there is a long or strong earthquake, immediately move everyone in their household or business to higher ground. “The only warning you need is an earthquake.”

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Vandals leave their mark know what to do so we got it painted over, then we went to the council. “There is some type of movement taking place after hours, so we would like to see some more police control.” He says they hope to create some public awareness in an effort to prevent future tagging and vandalism. Spokesperson for Wellington Airport Greg Thomas says the properties were purchased as they experience a level of noise that cannot be insulated against, and are in the process of being removed. He says it is part of a wider programme to treat properties within the Air Noise Boundary against future noise. Mr Thomas says as far as they are aware the tagging has only occurred in the last few days, and they have not received any complaints. “This building is going to be demolished in the near future, with the remaining area to be landscaped in line with the rest of eastern Bridge Street where properties have been removed. “Our contractor employs a caretaker to manage and monitor the properties located in Bridge St over the period of their removal.”

Library temporarily closed Wellington Central Library will be closed again on Sunday August 4 but this time for an IT data centre shift. The library was closed for a few days earlier this week after Sunday’s earthquake. Small areas of cracked plaster prompted the closure until repairs could be done.

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The property on the corner of Bridge Street and Cairns Street is causing concern for locals.

By Nikki Papatsoumas Tagging and vandalism to abandoned houses in Rongotai has local business owners seeing red. A stretch of houses in Rongotai’s Bridge Street have been left deserted after they were purchased by Wellington Airport. According to a local business owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, taggers and vandals have been attracted to the houses. He says in particular the property at number three Bridge Street is a “complete eye sore”. He says the vandalism and tagging is now spreading, and local businesses building and cars are suffering. “There has been an increase of unsavory characters hanging around the neighborhood. They need to get the houses down they’re there for demolition, and have been sitting there vacant for two years. “It’s not just a little scribble on the side of a building, it is one of the nastiest cases I have seen locally around here in years, they have really gone to town.” Manager from Tulsi Wholesale Food Supply Ravindran Annamalai says their work trucks have now been vandalised on three separate occasions. “The first two times we didn’t


Above: Tulsi truck vandalised by local taggers.

Rugby legend Sir Brian Lochore will help plant 3,200 native trees as part of a major Wellington conservation initiative. On the day of the All Black test in Wellington, August 24,Sir Brian will join local volunteers to complete the Living Legends planting project in Wellington. Living Legends was established in 2011 to leave a legacy of New Zealand’s hosting of Rugby World Cup by planting trees with Rugby Legends in locations throughout New Zealand. So far 129,000 native trees have been planted.

Public transport: Have your say. The Greater Wellington Regional Council is asking for submissions on the future of Welllington’s public transport. The Wellington Public Transport Spine Study is now complete and open to public opinion. The study looked at options for the future of public transport in Wellington. An overview of the options and how they compare is available online.



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Family focused creche for Mount Victoria By Nikki Papatsoumas Crossways Community Creche is excited to see work on their new property in Mount Victoria running smoothly. The creche has purchased a house on the corner of Majoribanks and Hawker Street, which is in the process of being renovated. Spokesperson from Crossways Creche Kaf Henderson says they hope to be in their new premises by the beginning of September. The creche has been in its temporary home in Coromandel Street in Newtown for the last five years, and Kaf says they are excited to return to their original community of Mount Victoria.

Kaf says it was difficult to find somewhere that had the right look of a creche, and a lot of work has gone into securing the move. She thanks all the parents that have been involved in finding a new premise, and devising a sustainable financial model for the creche’s continued growth. Crossways Creche is a not-forprofit organisation that takes a community based approach to child care. The creche is run by a committee of parents and caters to around 18 children a day. “It is not the sort of place where you drop your kids off at nine and come back at five, this is a much

Crossways Creches new premises in Mount Victoria.

more family focused place that offers families the opportunity to get involved in their children’s learning” says Kaf. To celebrate the impending move, the creche have organ-

ised the Crossways Community Creche Carnival. Kaf is encouraging local families to bring their under-fives and families to come along for games, dancing storytelling

and more. The carnival will be held this Saturday, August 4, at their Newtown Premises at 132 Coromandel Street between 10am and 1pm.

Hydrotherapy users in too deep you buoyancy,” says Ms Moore. “You can’t do exercises when the water is too high. In the old pool it was up to our waists and now for some of our members it is up to their noses.” Ms Moore says she was disappointed that members of her group had not been asked about their needs before renovations were made. She says she is pleased her classes have begun again this week, after the depth of the pool was addressed, but still wishes there had been a better consultation process. Spokesperson for Wellington City

By Nikki Papatsoumas A local woman is pleased to see changes have been made to the Hydrotherapy Pool at Kilbirnie Regional Aquatic Centre. Rosalind Moore from Berhampore used the pool with her stroke club, but classes were eventually cancelled due to the depth of the pool. The new Hydrotherapy Pool has a depth of 1.3 to 1.5 metres, which some people have found to be too deep. “The classes helped with balance and for some it was the only exercise they could do because the water gives

Council Richard MacLean says the pool’s depth allows for a full range of exercises, and this is something the previous pool could not offer. He says a platform was installed in the pool to deal with the issue of depth in late May. This platform, which is approximately 1.2 metres wide by seven metres long, takes the depth of the pool to 1.1 metres. “We have had very positive feedback from this which enables people with disabilities, or people of a short stature, to work in water at a depth of

1.1 metres.” Mr MacLean says since that time they have been running monthly hydro users meetings which are well advertised around the aquatic centre. “Overall, feedback from users has been positive and we were unaware that anyone was feeling they were being ignored or of any outstanding issues. “The pool is being successfully used by hundreds of people each week. The vast majority, many with disabilities or recovering from injury or surgery, are enjoying the new pool.”

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Local royalist celebrates happy day By Nikki Papatsoumas Last week the Royal Fa m ily welcomed t he birth of a new baby, and Wellingtonians jumped on board with the celebrations. The Dutchess of Cambridge gave bir th to a son last Monday, July 22, named George Alexander Louis. To celebrate the birth of Prince George, who is now third in line to the throne, a 21-gun salute was fired from Point Jerningham at midday on Tuesday last week. As well as this landmarks around the country were lit up blue to celebrate the birth of a boy. Among them were the Majestic Centre light, the Albatross Fountain and the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington. Kilbirnie local Margaret Barnes says she has been a royalist for as long as she can remember, and is thrilled with the news. “I have always heard all about the royal family from my family, they have all been to England and I

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Royalist: Kilbirnie local Margaret Barnes have Scottish grandparents,” says the 97-year-old. Margaret says she doesn’t have a lot of memorabilia but she follows their movements in the news and on the television.

“They are just adored, millions flock when they hear they are coming. When they go around the world they have wonderful receptions and are so well received. “I just love royals.”

Margaret says she is also very pleased with the chosen name. “It’s a great name, thought there would be a George there somewhere eventually.”

The Dutchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton gave birth to a baby boy last week. The couple has named the baby George Alexander Louis, and he will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. There have already been six British monarchs called George, with the last being the Queens father, George VI. Prince George was born at 4.24pm (UK time) at St Mary’s Hospital in Wellington. The future heir to the throne weighed in at a healthy 8lb 6oz. Prince William was present at the time of birth, and the baby now becomes third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and Prince William.



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Fresh focus needed on city council A mix of voices on the council are needed to keep Wellington moving forward according to southern ward council candidate Jacob Toner. The Berhampore resident was born and bred in Wellington and believes getting the basics right should be a priority for the new council. “Those basics include things like providing key services to the city, things like affordable rates and solid public transport infrastructure,” he says. Mr Toner says effective transportation needs to be discussed as there has been very limited progress on cycle lanes from the southern suburbs into the CBD. “One of my key aims should I become a councillor would be to work alongside the council in getting a cycle lane into the CBD from the suburbs.” If elected, Mr Toner would be the youngest councillor at 28 years of age and says it would be great to have some rejuvenation around the council table. “I was staggered when they cancelled a regular meeting earlier in the year because there were not enough items on the agenda.” “We have a lot of experienced councillors currently but there may be a lack of fresh ideas coming through and I think I could help out there,” he says.

Strathmore local announces bid for council Strathmore local Graham Mc Cready has announced that he will stand for eastern ward councillor in the upcoming local elections. Mr Mc Cready was born in Thorndon in 1944, where he attended Thorndon School. He then went on to Wellington Technical College and Victoria University of Wellington. He says he has lived in Strathmore and Miramar for almost 20 years now, and it has encouraged him to stand for council. “I have lived here for a long time now. I bought a house in Strathmore in 1995 and have been here ever since. Strathmore is a wonderful place to live.” Since announcing his bid for council, Mr Mc Cready says he has received a lot of well wishes and support from friends and family in the community. Mr Mc Cready describes himself as a motivated advocate for the people and has recently been working with city housing tenants. “I have been a powerful voice for city housing tenants, helping to stop nonsense when work isn’t done and the tenants have given up.” He also runs the Computers for Schools Program which has seen 1,000 computers donated to low decile schools in the Wellington Region, South Auckland and the Chathams. He says future plans include working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities at the Open Polytechnic in November. He also holds a New Zealand Certificate in Engineering, a New Zealand Diploma in Business, a Management Degree from York University in Toronto Canada and an advanced Diploma in Creative Writing in

Southern Ward candidate Jacob Toner

also important in light of recent events and the council plays a key role in mitigating these risks, says Mr Toner. “Buying a leaky home myself prompted me to think about the risks we face as a city and how we can stand up to these. I believe the council should be proactive to ensure we are well placed to deal with adversity.”

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Non-Fiction. He believes that if elected he would be able to reflect his communities best interests. “I would bring a very strong voice to the table, and I bring a different aspect to the table.” "I bring to the role 50 years as an advocate for low income people and small businesses. I am well educated and bring to the table a strong voice for my natural constituency. "

Local election nominations open The time has come for Wellingtonians to make a stand for their city after nominations for the upcoming City Council elections opened of Friday. Electoral Officer Charlie Inggs says those who have considered local politics should consider standing as a candidate this year.

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Korean War Veterans remembered Korean War veterans were remembered at the National War Memorial in Wellington on Saturday. A ceremony was held on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and was officiated by Principal Chaplain Air Force, Chaplain Class 2 Anthony Hawes. Local Korean War veteran Roy Robieson laid a wreath on behalf of the Korean Veterans’ Association.

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School holidays goes of with a roar From Left: Monique Mackenzie-Brown, Olivia Kesly, Caitlin Coventry and Alana Coventry.

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Question: Are you prepared for an earthquake?

Doug Walker Miramar

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Angela Leck Miramar

“I am not prepared I should be but can’t really be bothered.”

“I think it is important to be prepared. I wasn’t prepared for Sunday, and I still haven’t got anything but I am going to.”

“I wasn’t prepared but we got all of our bags and stuff together straight after the earthquake on Sunday and put it in the car.”

“I’m not prepared. I am a bit blasé about them all, they don’t really scare me that much.”

“Yes we are prepared. We have a box in the garage and we have for a year. We have been through it again though after the weekend to make sure it is all OK.”


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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 news@ Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Andrew Wells Miramar “We have water, food and torches all ready, it is important to be prepared.”

Pedestrian woes Dear Ed, How good is it to see Cook Strait News raising the issue of a new pedestrian crossing close to the intersection of the Parade and Humber Street. (CS News Page 4, 22/7). A lot of through traffic uses Humber Street to get through to Happy Valley, on the western side.

It is indeed a busy intersection. If it was up to me, I would relocate the bus stop currently outside St Hilda’s because buses are made to wait at this stop, it is hard to get good visibility if you are crossing from the east side of the Parade to its other side. Yes, a lot of children need to cross here, and a lot of elderly as well.

It is good that a local resident has approached Paul Eagle and the Cook Strait News and let’s hope there is a result. Yours sincerely, Christine Swift

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The young get grooving A Mount Cook music and movement group for pre-school children is encouraging more local mothers and their children to come along and join in. Mini Minstrels is a weekly class that introduces children to rhythm, timing and beat as well as listening. Children in the class taught to use percussion instruments, while participating in a variety of songs. Coordinator Georgina Preston says the classes are a great way of helping

children to develop a sense of rhythm, while learning about and enjoying music. “It is a really fun thing for children to do and a great way for people to meet others in the community.” Classes are run on a Wednesday out of the hall of St Pauls Lutheran Church in Mount Cook, during the school term. For more information on classes contact

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Healthy cooking on a budget By Nikki Papatsoumas Every Monday at the Kilbirnie Community Centre cooking classes are held, to teach locals how to cook good nutritious food on a budget. Between 10 and 15 people attend the class, which involves them cooking and sharing a meal together. The classes are run by Nga Unuka and Cheryl McKane, who have both been running community based classes for five years. “It is about bringing people together and helping them to cook with their community, while supporting each other and sharing skills and experiences,” says Cheryl.

“A lot of people have the skills, they just need to be reawakened.” Nga says they try and teach them how to shop and encourage them to go to markets and get cheaper vegetables and fruit, which they can integrate into their meals. For last week’s meal, the class cooked a roast vegetable salad, garlic bread, coleslaw and apple tartlets. Nga says they hope those who attend the class then go on to make the affordable and nutritious meals for their families at home. For more information, contact Beryl at the Kilbirnie Community Centre on 387 7867.

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Menzshed offer helping hand By Robert Johnson Wellington City Menzshed members are combining their skills and experience for sustainability in the capital. The group have teamed up with the Te Aro Upcycle Project and will build two greenhouses for the project over the next week. Menzshed Wellington spokesman John Shrapnell says projects like this are great for both the social aspect and helping the community. “It’s great, we have a group of guys here working together and have an environment where

we can have fun and provide companionship.” The Menzshed team completed one frame in just two days last week and began work on the second frame on Tuesday. The completed frames will be picked up by the Aro Upcycle team before plastic bottles are used to glaze the outer frame. Mr Shrapnell says they had around eight gentlemen working on the first frame, bringing a wide array of skills from varied backgrounds. “We had a farmer, a university lecturer, a surgeon, an engineer, a journalist, and a hospice

worker. It’s great having so many different people with fresh ways to look at everything,” he laughs. The Wellington City Menzshed offers semi-retired and retired men a place to work and socialise with like-minded individuals. Mr Shrapnell says the guys always have a smile on their face when they turn up. “Working on projects like this proves to everyone that they still have value. Doing this makes us less likely to end up in a rest home or a hospital.”

John Shrapnell from Wellington Menzshed stands in their almost complete greenhouse frame.

Mayoral campaign brings Wellingtonians together Jack Yan's mayoral campaign function brought Wellingtonians together in a high-fashion setting. Mayoral candidate Jack Yan’s fundraiser at Soi last week brought together many Wellingtonians including double Olympian Dick Joyce, former CentrePort chairman Nigel Gould, online publishing pioneer and author Richard MacManus, jewellery designer Victoria Taylor, city

councillors and one council candidate. The event, which donated 10 per cent of its proceeds to CanTeen, was a showcase of Mr Yan’s ideas of unity and creativity. Lucire fashion editor Sopheak Seng and Arcana Imperii fashion producer James Butters coordinated a fashion show where guests could get photographs taken with models who were showcasing the latest fashion, while make-up and hair special-

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Zoo safe after quake All is well at Wellington Zoo after the weekend’s 6.5 earthquake: the animals and staff are safe, and there is no structural damage to the Zoo to report. The Zoo was open on Monday as per usual. “Our community can enjoy

a relaxing stroll in the Zoo grounds, experience our new exhibits like Hero HQ and enjoy a warm break in Mojo café these school holidays,” said Chief Executive, Karen Fifield.

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Local poet celebrates fifth book launch By Nikki Papatsoumas A local poet and writer celebrated the launch of his fifth poetry collection last week. Writer and poet Yilma Tafere Tasew says he has been writing since he was a child, and launched his latest book Broken Wings at Wellington Town Hall last Thursday. Yilma is originally from Ethiopia, but fled the country in 1991 after getting fed up with the violation of human rights. He then survived out of refugee camps in Kenya, before eventually coming to New Zealand, where he has turned his experiences into poetry and writing. Yilma says he follows the writing style ‘wax and gold’ with the wax being the external meaning of the poetry and the gold being when you re-read it and try to understand the meaning. “This is the first time I have written this kind of poetry.” He says his poetry is interpreted differently by each and every person that reads it, based on their own life experiences. Yilma says when he is inspired he can write

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10 or 20 poems in just a few hours, but can sometimes go months without writing. “I’m not too worried, when it comes it comes and when it doesn’t it doesn’t that’s how it works.” Yilma has published a book based on his experiences in Kenya after he left Ethiopia, and now he is working on the second part which is based on his experiences in New Zealand. He says he also hopes to write a third volume that will be based on his childhood up until when he left Ethiopia. “If I achieve those things in my life that will be really great. For me writing is my life and I live for writing.” Publisher Roger Steel from Steel Roberts Aotearoa published the collection of poems. “Yilma doesn’t bother with literary devices, he cuts straight to the heart, and the pain and the agony of being a refugee in a no win situation.” “As publishers we are always on the side of the underdog, Yilma is a prolific writer and if he had it his way we would be putting out a book a month.”


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What’s your favourite music? I’m a real eclectic when it comes to music. I love all the recordings of the Buena Vista Social Club. But also love the Puccini operas. You don’t really have to understand Italian to understand the depth of emotion in his operas. I think Puccini understood the often conflicting emotional drivers within us all.

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Your favoured holiday destination? I just love the Wairarapa in the height of summer. Cycling through the countryside and smelling freshly cut hay and the smell of pine as you go through banks of trees. It just evokes freedom.

What’s next on your wish list? Very few things ever fall of a wish list, it’s all about trying to do things better.

Rush for emergency supplies after quake in the capital Last Sunday’s magnitude 6.5 earthquake has forced many residents to consider if they are properly prepared for a disaster, with many rushing out to buy supplies. Bottled water and canned food were snapped off supermarket shelves all across Wellington in the days immediately after the quake. A countdown spokesperson says the supermarkets did experience a rush with

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Local girls play Futsal as part of a school holiday programme run by Capital Football.

Futsal programme a hit By Nikki Papatsoumas Last week children from the Wellington region took part in a Futsal holiday programme. The programme was run by Capital Football at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie, and was split into two groups, a girls only group and a boys group. Futsal is a variation of football involving five players per side, a smaller ball is used and it gives players a chance to showcase their football skills. Women’s Development Officer for Capital Football Natalie Lawrence says that

Futsal is becoming a very popular sport. “It’s social with five a side you get way more touches on the ball and you are much more involved.” Natalie says the girls are taught a variety of skills including individual skills, but a lot of the programme focuses on them playing as many games as possible to really develop their skills. “This is the third programme I have run for girls and the numbers just continue to grow and grow. More girls are getting involved because it is a fun and friendly environment.”

Winter is no excuse, dust off those cobwebs and warm up as part of the Scorching Duathlon on Sunday August 4. The dualthon event starts and finishes at Scorching Bay and covers a range of distances ranging from 8.4 to 48 kilometres. Race director Daryl Bloomfield says the event offers novice, short, medium and long sections to cater for all fitness levels. Over 120 participants are expected to line up for the event. Mr Bloomfield says the events are all about taking on new challenges and having some fun, making for a great communtiy event.

Battle at top of Central League Miramar and Wellington Olympic continue to battle for top spot in this year's Central League football championship. Miramar currently sit in pole position after winning ten of their 14 games for a total of 34 points. Wellington Olympic however, sit just two points adrift after a 4-1 win last weekend against Wellington United. Teams took a break this weekend due to Chatham Cup fixtures across the country.









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