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By Robert Johnson Life is a lot easier for a Churton Park family, thanks to a huge community effort and a new four-legged addition to the family. The Isaac’s welcomed Mahe—a black Labrador assistance dog—to the family just six weeks ago to help 7-year-old James, who has autism. The family decided last year they would begin fundraising for an assistance dog, which costs around $20,000, and sent emails to family and friends in New Zealand and overseas as well as setting up a Facebook and fundraise online page. Michelle Isaac, James’ mother, says the response was fantastic. Continued on page 2.


Pictured: Michelle Isaac and her autistic son James play with James' new assistance dog, Mahe.


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Continued from page 1. By Robert Johnson “It just went bananas. So many people from the community in Johnsonville and Churton Park started donating and leaving messages of support. Within just five weeks we had fundraised the $20,000 needed to get Mahe.” She says Mahe has completely changed the family dynamic with regards to what they can do. “Most people wouldn’t realise the restrictions we had previously. We would avoid things like picnics and going to the zoo as it was a real challenge to keep a close watch on James all the time,” she says. “With Mahe, James has increased safety when we go out and sits there really patiently. It’s like Mahe has a neutral force on him. I also have free-hands to do things a little easier.” Since Mahe has joined the family, James has enjoyed trips to the supermarket, walking to school and a trip

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Repairs for rusty rail bridge and recommended that work be carried out within one to three years. “The structures at stations are inspected every year and if anything is of concern, we arrange for a fuller investigation.” She also says while the pictures of the rust, supplied by the Independent Herald, look alarming and leave no doubt the posts need to be repaired, it does not pose an immediate risk to the handrail. “We are currently tendering for repair work to the Raroa Station Bridge, including the handrail you’ve photographed. The work will be done within the next six months.” This planned work comes just weeks after the Regional Council’s decision to close the Kaiwharawhara Station due to rust on the over bridge.

Shanks resign from Parliament in January Katrina Shanks, National List MP based in Ohariu, announced on Tuesday that she will not be returning to Parliament in 2014. “I have decided to take up other opportunities in 2014 and have accepted the role as chief executive of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand,” Katrina Shanks said. “The funeral services sector is facing change – legislative, demographic, and societal, and the association and its members need to be in front of this change. I look forward to the opportunities and challenges the sector has to face. “I wish the National Party all the best in the 2014 election and consider it to have been a privilege to have served as a Member of Parliament in a John Key-led Government. “I am looking forward to my new role and spending more time being closer to my young family.”

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Weed warriors take award Nearly ten years of war against weeds in a gully near Otari-Wilton’s Bush has resulted in a national conservation award thanks to the work of two locals. Wilbur and Liz Dovey are members of the Otari Wilton’s Bush Trust and have coordinated the volunteers who work in the gully for the past six years. Their work has just been recognised with a New Zealand Plant Conservation Network Award after Otari Wilton’s Bush Manager Rewi Elliot nominated them for it. “Planting is the glamorous part of restoration work—it is by no means the end of the task.”

For nearly ten years, the City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and the trust cleared a nd repla nt e d t he 20 hectare gully in a partnership known as Project Kaiwharawhara. Once the weeds were cleared, more than 20,000 native seedlings were planted. Despite the project being scaled back in 2007, Wilbur and Liz, along with their team, continued the battle against weeds, clearing areas around young plants, filling gaps and controlling gorse, broom and blackberry. Wilbur says the group gathers for work on the first



Get your singing voice ready This Sunday, Johnsonville’s first Carols by Candlelight event will be held at Onslow College’s bottom field. The event will begin at 6:30pm with a variety of stalls and activities to entertain people until the carols begin at 8pm—glowsticks will be provided to those who want them or have not brought along their own candles. The event is free and should be finished by around 9:30pm.

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By Robert Johnson Concerns around the safety of Raroa Station have been raised by a concerned local who noticed rust on the handrail connectors at the busy station. The man, who lives in Johnsonville but does not wish to be named, says he noticed the rust a while ago when he went for his normal walk past the station. “I saw the rust on the bits that connect the handrail and fence on the bridge. You can see where they have galvanised it but when you tap it with your finger it crumbles straight through,” he says. “It doesn’t look too safe to me at the moment.” A Greater Wellington Regional Council spokeswoman says they have been aware of the corrosion since October last year when an engineer’s assessment identified it as a moderate defect



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A special gift for Fiji

Students from Raroa Intermediate in Johnsonville show off the books they created to send to an early childhood education centre in Fiji.

By Robert Johnson Around 50 children at Raroa Intermediate have given children in Fiji some special Christmas gifts to look forward to this year. Students from two classrooms at the school created their own books, including self-written stories and their own illustrations which will be sent to an Early Childhood Education Centre in Suva. Raroa Intermediate teacher Connie Williams says the project tied in well with the Term three enquiry - doing something meaningful in the global community. “Save the Children’s New Zealand Programmes Manager Mercy Jumo spent a morning with the students and it quickly became apparent that children

in Fiji are not as privileged as many of us and don’t have the same learning resources. It was at that point in time we decided we would create picture books for the centre in Suva.” Connie says the students researched the people, culture and places in Fiji as part of the project to ensure the children receiving the books could relate to the stories. Student Tia Nelson says it took “a couple of days” to write her story, Cynthia’s first rainbow, and another week to draw the pictures. Lokyee Szeto says seeing the project come together was the best part. “Knowing that kids in Fiji are going to read it is cool. I learned a lot about Fiji too, I even gave

the main character a Fijian name.” Save the Children Chief Executive Heather Hayden says seeing this kind of giving from such a young age is very special. “It is quite fitting that today (Friday) is International Volunteer Day. New Zealand is such an open-hearted nation and seeing the children get involved at this age is wonderful. Who knows what the stories will inspire in those kids in Fiji? They could be giving a book to a future leader of the country.” The students also drafted letters to local businesses to ask for their support with postage to Fiji, with Jamie Williams of the Williams Pub Company offering to pay the full amount for postage.

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By Dave Crampton About 220 Tawa College Year 10 students traded their pens and calculators for safety glasses, weed- eaters and water blasters to do some community service last week. Groups of students went to 59 different homes around Tawa to give them a spruce up. It was compulsory service; the only way to get out of it was to pull a sickie. “We didn’t want to do it, but it helps the community,” Jerry Henry-Finch says. Hiren Mani, who gave the weedeater a good thrashing, thought the experience would be pretty boring, but appreciated the opportunity to help those in need. “It’s pretty fun – it’s better than

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Tawa College student Hiren Mani mans the weedeater during some community work.

sitting around at home doing nothing,” he says. Teachers were on hand to provide guidance and encouragement, with some teachers seen weeding and water blasting while their students stood and watched. Maths teacher Malcolm Bradshaw says it was good to see the students in a non-classroom setting, even if some students required more encouragement than others to get their hands dirty or wet. “Some kids get right into it but others stand off and do as little as they can,” Mr Bradshaw said. Graham Ellett, who lives not far from Tawa College, says he found out about the community service opportunity through a letterbox drop two years ago. He

responded, got a bit of work done and was rung this year. Last week he got his car cleaned, some weeding done and sections of his house water blasted. He says the students worked well. “I`m most impressed, they did a really good job, they got stuck in. It’s really handy.” Co-ordinating teacher Alex Geary said it was the sixth year that Year 10 student had done community work and this year most of the planned work got done. “The kids worked really hard, I was really happy with it overall.” He said many of the students had not done too much manual labouring. “It was quite a good learning experience for them”.



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Work to begin on Alex Moore turf The lower field at Alex Moore Park will be out of action for sport and training this summer while a new synthetic grass surface is laid. The Wellington City Council is spending around $2.3 million on the upgrade, which also includes car parking and paths. The Charles Plimmer Bequest has contributed $380,000 towards the landscaping. Councillor Paul Eagle, Chair of the Council’s Community, Sport and Recreation Committee, says the project will provide the catalyst for a strong and resilient future for the many local sporting codes. “The new surface is great news - those playing sport will now have a total of seven sports fields in the city to play on that boast artificial turf," he says. The work also includes a car park on Broderick Road, training lights and new seat-

ing. A pathway around the other the fields will allow for recreation and easy access and will include planting, seating and stairs. Deputy Mayor Justin Lester, a Johnsonville resident who regularly plays football at the park, says the installation of the artificial turf will revolutionise sport in the Wellington region, meaning sportspeople can get to play all year round, in all weathers. "It is the first to be the rolled out in the northern suburbs and it’s important that we see equal access to the turfs across the city." Contractors have started work removing the top layer of turf to install drainage and compact the base ready for laying the synthetic grass. The excess soil will be used at Raroa Park to fill in low spots on the former landfill site.

Pictured above: Plunket's Christmas party had everything, from music to face-painting. Pictured right: DJ Carl Johnstone, from Johnsonville, provides the music at Plunket’s Christmas Party.

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By Dave Crampton The Johnsonville Christmas Parade may have been cancelled this year, but the weather was better on Thursday morning for Johnsonville Plunket’s Christmas party. The free event was held at the Johnsonville Community Centre, and had a DJ with a lighting rig playing everything from Michael Jackson to children’s songs such as ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’, sung to the tune of the traditional folksong ‘There’s a Tavern in the Town’. Admittedly, it was the caregivers

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a day off work to volunteer his time through his association with the local BNZ, a Plunket sponsor. “It was great, there should be more of these – and adults love it,” he says. Santa also showed up much to the children’s delight. Johnsonville Plunket’s president, Jodine Lee, says the parties have been going for at least eight years and are a great success - and this year’s one was no exception. “I thought it was awesome. Kids got up and danced – they just love music,” she says.

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Celebrating the FESTIVE season By Rachel Binning Khandallah Park provided a wonderful backdrop to the annual Khandallah Kindergarten Christmas in the Park that was organised by the Kindergarten committee. Colourful picnic family rugs covered in an array of food on the grass showed that summer is indeed on the way. Parents, teachers and children alike had a wonderful time together. The sing-along performances by the children, as well as a surprise visit by Santa and his fairy, were highlights for everyone. Asked what message of goodwill Khandallah Kindergarten wanted to give to Independent Herald readers, they said – “we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and relaxing summer break”.


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A royal Christmas fundraiser

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By Rachel Binning The weather did not dampen the resolve to raise funds for Save the Children at the annual fundraising event held at the British High Commission last Saturday, where over $17,000 was raised. All things British were out on display - performances by the Morris Dancers, the Duke of Wellington, live music, beautiful old and new British cars as well as everyone's favourite, no matter what nationality, Santa and his helper. Save the Children CEO Heather Hayden explained

that funds raised from this event would help towards services for children effected by the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Emergency. With the festive season approaching, it is a good time to remind ourselves how fortunate we are in New Zealand and to think what a massive effort it will be to get the people effected by such a huge catastrophe to regain some sense of normality that they had prior to the typhoon. ď Ž To help by donating either call 0800 167 168 or go to

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The true meaning of Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ “When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”And they went

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Wednesday December 11 2013 Tawa school students walk along the completed shared walkway by Redwood Station. The last phase of the walkway by Linden Park is now underway.

Tawa pathway nears completion The new five kilometre walking and cycling track linking Tawa and Porirua is in its final stages of development and should be finished by March next year. The shared path, called Tawa Valley Pathway- Ara Tawa, provides an off-road route between Kenepuru Railway Station and Willowbank Park at the south end of Tawa. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the Tawa shared path is the first of Wellington’s strategic routes to be developed. “This project is a terrific example of the Tawa community coming to Council with an idea, which we developed under our 2008 cycling policy and boosted with the increase in funding in 2010. The shared path’s completion will encourage more people to walk and cycle in their neighbourhoods.” Councillor Andy Foster, who chairs the council’s transport and urban development committee, is pleased to see the $4.2 million project nearing completion. “It is great to see people using and enjoy-

ing the completed parts of the pathway and new connections. This is the first major walking and cycling path in Wellington and will have lasting transport, health and safety benefits for the Tawa community.” He says the pathway is two-thirds complete with work on the final stretch from Redwood Station south under way. Porirua City Council are set to follow suit with plans to link their existing streamside walkway-cycleway into the northern end of Ara Tawa, opening up further connections to the north. The pathway, which was developed in partnership with the local community’s Tawa Porirua Stream Walkway Committee, follows the Porirua Stream through Tawa and provides links across the valley to local schools, recreational areas and the shopping centre. The path between Redwood Station and Willowbank Park should be completed before Christmas, while a new bridge to cross the stream in Willowbank Park should be completed in March.

Dunne welcomes Privileges findings By Dave Crampton Ohariu MP Peter Dunne says he was improperly pressured to resign as a minister after refusing to release e-mails to the Henry Inquiry earlier this year - and is seeking reinstatement. On December 3, Parliament's Privileges Committee reported back on its investigation, finding that the Henry Inquiry had no formal powers to demand private information of Mr Dunne. Mr Dunne resigned after refusing to release e-mails between him and Fairfax journalist Andrea Vance prior to an article Ms Vance wrote about the main findings of the Kitteridge report which revealed potentially illegal spying by the GCSB. The e-mails were extracted by the Parliamentary Service with the intention of filtering out Mr Dunne’s emails if his approval was not secured. Instead, Mr Dunne’s e-mails were given to the inquiry, and he resigned – or as he says, “punished for doing the right thing”. “The pressure which led me to resign as a Minister, for failing to comply with the Inquiry’s improper demands, was both unfortunate and a hurried over-reaction,”

Mr Dunne says. “I was told to comply with something and now I am told I shouldn’t have had to. On the basis of the Privileges Committee’s findings it is now clear that I was entirely within my rights to decline access to my emails.” Mr Dunne is now seeking reinstatement as a minister. “If this was an employment issue, I`d have a strong case for reinstatement – but that’s for the Prime Minister to resolve.” He also says the Henry Inquiry showed a complete indifference to protecting personal privacy. “It carried out its work with the finesse of a bull in a china shop, so I am naturally delighted that the Privileges Committee has held it and the Parliamentary Service to account for their manifest failings.” The Inquiry was set up by Prime Minister John Key after a privileges complaint laid with Parliament’s Speaker by Green party co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

LETTERS to the editor

Not so thoughtful Dear editor, Pooh Bear (AA Milne) with grey fluff between his ears threw sticks into a stream from a bridge to watch their progress. His modern equivalent threw riverstones across Middleton Road on Saturday afternoon, December 7, causing problems for motorists, cyclists and also the people with the wide berm across the road. Where/ when do these people learn about citizenship and caring for others? Sincerely, J Gasman Churton Park

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Reported offences in the past week involved only 3 of the 8 suburbs we cover. There were two burglaries in Johnsonville. In Cortina Avenue, a broken glass panel in the back door allowed the burglar to reach in and unlock the door. A messy search was made inside the house and a quantity of electronic and sports equipment as well as food and alcohol were taken. The other occurred in Tarawera Road where a weedeater and a lawnmower were taken from a locked shed. Items of clothing were taken from the house. It is understood that some of the stolen items have been located. All other reported offences relate to vehicles. A Mazda Demio parked overnight in Moorefield Road had the front driver’s side window smashed and a dent made in a front door panel. A Ford hatchback parked overnight in Monowai Road suffered a smashed rear passenger window but no entry gained. In Churton Park, a white Mazda parked in Claverton Grove was stolen It was later located in the Tawatawa Reserve carpark. The steering lock pin had been

sheared and the stereo stolen. The windows had also been spray painted with graffiti. In Chorley Grove, an intruder was spotted at the entrance to a house and ran off when challenged by the owner. It was later discovered that the tyres of a car parked on the property had been deflated. Residents leaving the area for holidays during the Christmas/ New Year period will have finalised travel plans by now. It is time now to look at the security of your property while you are away. Be sure to tell a neighbour about your departure with return dates and how you can be contacted in an emergency. If you have an alarm, be sure to set it before you leave and have a family member check regularly on the property. If you are not going away, look out for those neighbours who will be absent. Offer to clear their letterboxes and keep an eye on their properties. If you are looking after a neighbour’s house and something does not look right, call the Police promptly. Use 111 if a quick response is needed, or for less urgent matters use 381 2000.




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Raroa hits national competition for six By Robert Johnson The Christmas break will be so much sweeter for Raroa Intermediate’s boy’s cricket team now that they have the words ‘national champions’ next to their names. The team emerged victorious at last week’s New Zealand Intermediate Schools Cricket Competition held in Palmerston North. The T20 tournament, held over three days, included six teams, each representing a different region following regional play-offs earlier in the year. Raroa won three out of their four roundrobin games, only losing to Tauranga, and took the winner’s trophy thanks to a superior run-rate over Canterbury side Heaton Normal Intermediate. Coach Shane Lavery says it was cool to take top honours and bring the trophy back to the school as they did in 2010. “I think we had a really good all-round team, everyone made a contribution in some form.” Raroa did it the hard way in their final match of the tournament against Heaton, who were unbeaten at that point, and looked set to finish that way after Raroa posted just 79 runs.

However, a strong bowling and fielding effort from Raroa left Heaton needing five runs off the final ball. That proved to be too much, with the batsman getting out and sparking celebrations from Raroa. Captain Sam Donaldson says the team was “stoked” to win the title and have the opportunity to play at a high-level tournament. “It was a great experience and a great chance for our team to step up to the competition. We haven’t won in a long time so it’s pretty cool to say we have won a national title.” Donaldson credits all-rounder Devan Vishvaka for his consistent bowling and batting throughout the tournament, finishing as Raroa’s top run scorer and their player of the tournament. Lavery, who has coached Raroa cricket for eight years, hopes the win will put fire in the belly for future teams. “It’s awesome to have a bit of success to fire-up the young ones coming into the side and give them a goal to aspire to. We try to outdo ourselves every year and make the most of it when we do. It’s well deserved.”

The Raroa Intermediate boy's cricket team hold the national trophy aloft from the recent national intermediate champs.

SPORTS BRIEF Kids Fun Run Athletics Wellington, in partnership with AMI and Sport Wellington are running the first AMI Kids Waterfront Fun Run on Tuesday December 17. The event is aimed at primary, intermediate and college age students and will feature personalised race bibs, certificates and medals plus spot prizes. There are 1km, 2km and 5km options as well as a free BBQ

afterwards thanks to AMI. AMI and Sport Wellington were keen to offer something for younger runners as an alternative to the 7km Round the Bays in February. Registrations will be by Chicago restaurant with the run starting and finishing by Frank Kitts Playground. People can also enter through the Althetics Hub website

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & Prosperous New Year

Crushing defeats for local cricketers By Robert Johnson Last weekend did not bode well for the local cricket clubs, with both Johnsonville and Onslow suffering heavy defeats. Johnsonville Cricket Club has a hard task in Eastern Suburbs, who are the team to beat this season having won 10 of the last 12 Wellington cricket seasons. Johnsonville did not hang around for long in the first innings after being dismissed for 92, with just two batsmen making it into double figures. Eastern Suburbs bowler Lance Dry had yet another impressive outing with the ball, taking four wickets for just 15 runs off six overs. Easts made easy work of the target, reaching 93 just one wicket down after 21 overs. Batters Ben Orton and Lauchie Johns both finished not-out on scores of 27 and 26 respectively. Johnsonville Cricket Club captain Rick Mudgway says the team was comprehensively outplayed by Eastern Suburbs but hoped the team learned

from the experience. “The outclassed us quite frankly but a positive note was our overseas player, Roscoe Thattil, who arrived at 7am on Friday morning and batted and bowled really well. He should be a valuable asset to our side.” Onslow Cricket Club was also on the wrong end of a hiding, bowled out by Wellington Collegians for just 72 in their chase for 142. Onslow’s scorecard was almost identical to Johnsonville’s, with just two batsmen again making it to double figures after Collegian’s bowler Tobias Wevers snared a five-wicket-bag. Taylor Pentecost saved Onslow a little bit of face with four wickets for 12 runs off seven overs but the result was never in doubt. This weekend proves to be an exciting outing, with Onslow and Johnsonville coming together for a local derby. Both sides will be determined to get their season back on track and claim bragging rights in the area leading into Christmas.


Wednesday December 11 2013



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