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By Robert Johnson As the big day draws ever closer, the residents here in Johnsonville are beginning to fill up the carpark of the Shopping Centre, getting the last of their Christmas shopping done. One of the things I love about Johnsonville is how close the community is and the sense of pride that exists in the northern suburbs. Johnsonville’s first Carols by Candlelight on the weekend Jed Gerbes E: P: 587 1660 SALES: Nicola Adams E: P: 587 1660 National Sales Sam Barnes E: Production:

was a perfect example of the community coming together to celebrate and share the festive spirit, with over 2000 locals taking a place on the field to bellow out Christmas jingles. For all the young members of the community who haven’t told Santa what they want for Christmas yet, don’t fret. Santa will be in the Johnsonville Shopping Centre every day until Christmas Eve and if you miss him there, you can

arrange a personal phone call from him at Since moving back to Johnsonville in April, the Independent Herald has enjoyed being part of the community and hearing about all of our local successes. These include schoolchildren doing extraordinary things like Jared Lee from Onslow College, who won a prize at the International Young Physicist Competition or Newlands College’s

Amanda Dharmasekhara, who made it to the national spelling bee finals. In the sporting world, who can forget the successes of Tawa Rugby Club? Not only making the finals of the Jubilee Cup for the first time in 60-odd years but eventually taking it home along with the two other major trophies. Stay safe over the holiday period and we will see you in the New Year. Merry Christmas!

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By Robert Johnson Christmas is the time of year to get together with friends and family and celebrate each other’s company but for those who have no close family, this can be hard. However, St John’s Anglican Church in Johnsonville has come up with a solution. The Church is providing a free lunch at midday on Christmas Day for those in the commu-

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nity who are looking to spend Christmas with some company. Vicar Ben Johnson-Frow, who joined the Church clergy earlier this year, says it allows everyone to enjoy the occasion. “We don’t want anyone to miss out on the joy of Christmas. It could be quite a lonely time for those who have no family in the area to spend it with.” A traditional sit-down Christ-

Step into a vanished world, once again rich in the birds and plants that covered Aotearoa a thousand years ago. Here the animals are free to roam and fly – yet they remain because local people have re-established an entire natural sanctuary, where the human beings, who once challenged the very existence of such a place, are now vital to its future. See for yourself.

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mas meal including ham, lamb, vegetables and dessert will be offered as well as quality company and some presents. “If you imagine what your normal traditional Christmas Day is like, we are trying to replicate that.” A team of around 10 parishioners from St John’s Church will wait on those attending and share their special day with those in the community.

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Local fan meets cricket idols


By Nikki Papatsoumas A young Wellington cricket fan got the chance to meet some of her sports idols last week. Sacred Heart Cathedral School student Emily Mahoney won the opportunity to accompany Brendon McCullum and Darren Sammy for the coin toss at the second Blackcaps versus West Indies test match at the Basin Reserve last Wednesday, in a competition run by ANZ. As well as this, the lucky student was told she had won in a special ceremony at her school that was attended by special guest Tim Southee, bowler for the Blackcaps. Emily was nominated by her mum, and says she was surprised to learn she had won. The nine-year-old is a keen sports player herself and is involved in netball, swimming and gymnastics, and she says her and family always go along to watch matches at the Basin Reserve. She says she was nervous and excited

about stepping out for Wednesday’s coin toss. “I’ve never met the captains before so I was a bit nervous. I always watch the Blackcaps play on TV with my dad so I knew there would be lots of people watching me.” Southee says it is always nice to make someone’s day, and put a smile on their face. “I think back to when I was that age you get to meet sports people and I still have those memories, it is always something you remember. “If it is a sport that you love and you get to meet someone that plays at the highest level it is a dream come true, it could be them in 15 years time.” Pictured left: Brendon McCullum and Darren Sammy and the ANZ Coin toss winner on Day 1 of the 2nd cricket test match of the ANZ Test Series. New Zealand Black Caps v West Indies at The Basin Reserve in Wellington. Wednesday 11 December 2013.

Club benefits from practical experience By Dave Crampton A partnership between the Khandallah Croquet club and the Wellington Institute of Technology has led to a new pavilion at the club – and introduced a bunch of teenagers to croquet. The pavilion –about two thirds the size of the clubrooms, was built by WelTec students over several months and opened by Ohariu MP Peter Dunne on December 5. However, if WelTec Chief Executive Officer Linda Sissons had not been living in Khandallah, it may not have even been built. She heard in March that the club needed a pavilion – and also knew that her students needed to do some practical experience. “I knew they needed one, so I told the Head of School and he just got it going,” she says. Fifteen students, many of who are still at school and have never

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played croquet - were involved in the project. They drew up plans, put it together in the WelTec workshop, took it apart before spending three days at the Croquet Club digging and laying the foundations, before reconstructing and painting the structure. Ms Sissons said many of the participating students welcomed the chance to get out of a traditional school environment that “no longer cuts it”. “I don’t like to sit around in classrooms,” student Josh Reynolds says. “I’m more of a hands on person.” Isaac Ham enjoyed the experience of building the pavilion so much he’s back at WelTec next year to do NCEA Level 3. Local MP Peter Dunne cut the ribbon and said that the new pavilion is “protection from the hot beating sun – but it is good



inbriefnews New Chief Scouts Paparangi Scout Group Leaders are proud of three of their members, Jasmine Casidy, Rachel Gray and Miriam Roberts-Thomson- who earned their Chief Scout Award this year. This is only open to Scouts who will have completed all three badges of the Scout Award within their three years as Scouts. There are many criteria in the Badge itself such as good Scout knowledge, skills, Leadership, commitment to helping others in the Community and assisting within the Group itself. The girls elected to do the two day full First Aid Course which was the last thing to complete before meeting with the Zone Leader and taking their Scouting C.V They are meeting the Governor General for morning tea at jamboree taking parts of their C.V with them.

Wrights Hill Open Day Wellington's historic Wrights Hill Fortress in Karori will be holding a special Open Day on Saturday December 28, between 10am and 4pm. The extra day was organised to accomodate those who may have missed out during the four public tours during the year or visitors travelling during the holidays. Admission costs are $15 for a family of two adults and three children, or $5 for an adults and $3 for a child under 15.

Wellington Institute of Technology students at Khandallah Croquet Club, where they built a new pavilion. Back row: Brian Hill , Issac Ham , Peter Thomas , John Clench , Bryce Nesbit Front row: Aidan Daly , Joshua Reynolds , Peter Dunne.

that it is waterproof”. Afterwards he joined the students for a game of croquet before walking home. Mr Dunne says the pavilion is a win-win for all with free

labour for the club and valuable work experience for the students. The club will be holding its centenary later next year.

Church merger The Tawa Catholic Church will be getting an influx of parishioners later next year when the parish is merged with the Titahi Bay Catholic community. In 1964, Titahi Bay’s St Pius X separated from Porirua’s Holy Family Church and is about to celebrate its Jubilee year. It will then merge with Tawa’s Our Lady of Fatima Parish.

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Thorndon New World continue success By Robert Johnson A focus on on-going staff training and development has led Thorndon New World to success yet again at the annual lower North Island Foodstuffs Training Awards held last month. The awards, which featured TV3 journalist Samantha Hayes as MC, recognised various staff achievements around the country as well as determining the very popular Checker of the Year title. Thorndon New World took the title of Checker of the Year after its five operators finished with the highest combined score and proved they have the fastest, friendliest checkout operators in the lower North Island. New World T hor ndon Manager Ashley Drake was delighted with the award and what it means for the store. “The big thing that comes

from this is we are consistent across all of our operators. We had five participating in the final and they all finished with similar scores.” The local supermarket also proved why it is considered a flagship store when it comes to its bakery and deli, with staff member Dimson Tiburcio receiving an award for Deli Retail Level 3 top student. “Dimson has a high standing in the deli. When the second-in-charge is away, he is the role model for others. He’s fantastic with customers, knows his stuff and is hungry to up skill.” When asked what the secret is behind Thorndon New World’s history of success at the awards, Ashley says it comes down to a dedicated staff member who focuses on development. “Leanne Steward takes care of all our training and plan-

New World Thorndon staff member Judith Clayton with the 2013 Checker of the Year- Top Scoring Team trophy.

ning. She makes sure those plans are executed and identifies those who can go further in their role.” The number of staff up skilling is growing, with 10 graduates this year compared to eight last year.

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proposal to the City Council via email asking for automatic gates on all normal crossings, not just the one on Duncan Street by the pool. “Having them everywhere would prevent incidents and the council agreed it was a good idea and forwarded it onto KiwiRail and the roading team,” says Jacob. “Some statistics backing it up would be great to get for a presentation to the involved parties,” adds Nick. The pair has also created a safety poster to put up at all train stations in the area.

The students say the best part of the projects was learning research methods, communicating with new people and making a difference. Tawa Intermediate Principal Brendon Henderson says the trial programme, which started this year, has been a huge success and will continue next year. “It’s a great way for them to make a contribution to the wider community and make a difference in a topic they feel strongly about. I’ve been very pleased with their work and they have picked up some valuable skills in the process.”

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By Robert Johnson December is the season of giving back but for a few students from Tawa Intermediate, they started a little earlier than most. The students were tasked with Creating and executing a “passion project” where they took a concept close to their heart and developed it to have a positive impact within the community. Raising funds and awareness for Asian Elephants, developing a healthy after-exercise muesli bar, creating a children’s storyboard and a welcome pack for students outside the school zone were just a few of the bright ideas researched. Student Jessica Rayner undertook a project to raise money and collect old towels for the Wellington SPCA. She raised just over $383 thanks to a joint mufti day at the school and donated over 100 towels after spending weeks visiting other local schools to collect their donations. “We were told we could do anything we wanted as long as it had an outcome and we were interested in the subject. I’m really passionate about animals so I wanted to help the SPCA out.” Jessica was treated to a full tour of the Newtown SPCA and got to meet all the animals, an experience she says was “pretty cool”. Jacob Perris and Nick Bryant investigated improving rail crossing safety around Tawa, presenting a

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Green Day in Churton Park

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Head Teacher Nina Goff says the Wellington Kindergarten Association is going into deficit through funding the government shortfall since 2010 to ensure qualified teachers are employed. “The Association supports qualified teachers for all our kids,” she says. “We weren’t going to let someone go because out funding was cut.” A rally organised by the New Zealand Educational Institute Te Rui Roa outside Education Minister’s Porirua office on Friday morning launched the nationwide “Green Day of Action”. NZEI Te Riu Roa President Judith Nowotarski says the government needed to listen to its own rhetoric about the importance of quality teaching and quality leadership “The Education Minister frequently mentions the extra money that has been put into ECE since the introduction of 20 free hours for three-year-olds, but

By Dave Crampton It was Green Day at Churton Park Kindergarten last Friday – but the children weren’t dressed up as Christmas elves. Teachers were sending a message about ongoing funding cuts to the sector, and encouraged parents to bring their kids to kindy dressed in green. “A lot of parents are not aware of the shortfall in the funds,” say the kindergarten’s committee chairperson Clare Thompson. The Government has ditched a goal of ensuring that all kindergartens and ECE centres be staffed by fully qualified teachers. It only funds for 80 percent of teachers to be fully qualified at any kindergarten or ECE centre. In Churton Park’s case, this has meant a drop of $35,000 in funding each year as all five teachers are fully qualified.

quality must not be lost in the push for quantity.” Teachers say their local Association cannot top up unsustainable funding cuts, and if government policy is unchanged they fear unqualified teachers may be employed in the sector. “The parents care because it affects their kids, we are just doing what we can to avoid this happening,” Mrs Thompson says. Although the Churton Park Kindergarten raised over $13,000 last year, Mrs Thompson says attendance fees over and above the 20 hours free early childhood education will be hiked. “The cost is going back onto our families – the Association has increased fees for next year by 50c an hour”. The Wellington Kindergarten Association refused to comment on their members’ Green Day actions and did not return messages.

Pak’nSave Petone has customers wellbeing in By Robert Johnson Shoppers at Pak’nSave Petone now have extra protection from the elements this Christmas now that renovations on the store are complete. The supermarket recently underwent a makeover, extending the shop front by five metres and adding a covered carpark to protect shoppers from the wind and rain. Pak’nSave Petone owner/operator Leo O’Sullivan says the idea for the covered carpark, which offers shelter for 190 cars, came

about from a customer survey four years ago. “We asked many of our shoppers what they wanted and most of them said clean toilets and good undercover parking.” Work on the carpark began in May and was completed on December 2, with the store-front extension finished two days later. “The store-front work was a way to connect the supermarket with the undercover parking. The added bonus is we now have a lot of natural light coming in.”

The new entrance also releases the bottleneck of customers that used to occur during peak times. Leo says a big mention must go to construction company NaylorLove and local architects, ArcHaus, who came up with the idea of using laminated wood instead of steel for the carpark beams. “The work has exceeded my expectations and people seem to really like it too. I think we are the first ones to use the laminated wood look. The covered park will really come into its own in winter.”

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environment and what lives in it. “It’s about the Zoo and RewaRewa School partnering up and taking action for the environment together. The children were fantastic, coming up with designs for their creations and putting in a lot of research on a number of topics.” Bush Builders has been raising awareness of the environment within schools since 2008, but this year was the first for RewaRewa School. Student Alyssa Kingsford says she enjoyed learning about the insects. “We put them in containers while we did research about them then released them. It was really fun.” Room four teacher Mary Winiata says the programme has been a huge success. “It’s been fantastic working with Wellington Zoo through the Bush Builders programme. They provided all the resources and we hope to do it again.”

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By Robert Johnson A special garden including native trees and structures to attract animals has been created by students at RewaRewa School this year as part of the Bush Builders programme with Wellington Zoo. Wellington Zoo educators Kim Tabrum and Lynn Allan presented the children with a special plaque, which will be placed in their garden. The year-long programme involved a trip to Wellington Zoo to see how the animals live, investigations into various native flora and fauna and research on animals. Based on this research, the children completed projects where they made bird baths, a Weta hotel, gecko houses, even a bench for them to sit on and admire the new garden. Wellington Zoo Bush Builders educator Kim Tabrum says the programme offers children the chance to learn about the

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Toast of Johnsonville Ohariu Toastmasters member Andrew Bartle with his humourous speech trophies and VP of Publicity Andrew Lee.

By Robert Johnson A pot-shot guess at how many jellybeans were in a jar at the Johnsonville Rotary Fair proved to be the first step of a journey to the national finals for a local ToastMaster. Andrew Bartle represented the Ohariu Toastmasters Club at the National Finals of the Humorous Speech competition in Palmerston North last month. He delivered his speech, describing how his special proposal dinner at Wellington’s Logan Brown restaurant went awry, leaving over 400 other toastmasters in hysterics. Mr Bartle, who has experience in amateur theatre, says he only made a guess at the Toastmasters jellybean stall, where the winner gets a six month membership to the club, because he thought he would win the sweets. “I figured there was no harm in going along. It’s fantastic and gives you an opportunity to become more comfortable

with people you haven’t met before. The confidence you gain can be transferred to many different scenarios in life too.” Ohariu Toastmasters VP of Public Relations Andrew Lee says Mr Bartle did a great job in reaching the finals, after successfully navigating the club, area and district competitions to earn his place. Mr Lee says the meetings offer people the chance to undertake a variety of different roles and participate in various activities such as table topic master, where members learn to think quickly and speak on a chosen topic for a few minutes. “It provides a safe and encouraging environment for anyone to work on speaking and confidence skills while also building leadership qualities.” Of the jellybean guess competition, Mr Lee says it is a great way to get people involved in the club. The Ohariu Toastmasters meet every other Tuesday at the Johnsonville Community Centre from 6pm-8pm.


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Angela wins big with Womens Expo A Wellington woman has walked away with a brand new Suzuki Swift. Angela Stokes was presented with her brand new car, after entering a $40,000 giveaway at this year’s Wellington Women’s Lifestyle Expo. A young mum of two boys Angela was in shock at the big win, convinced at first it was part

of some elaborate hoax. It wasn’t until she sat in the car this week and was handed the keys that she allowed herself to get truly excited. Angela will also receive gifts from Caci Clinic, Resene, Shiseido and a travel prize to Borneo and Kuala Lumpur from EzyPay Holidays. Planning is well underway for

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The true meaning of The birth of Jesus was so significant that it divided history in two. And as there were mixed reactions to his birth, some of joy, amazement, wonder and adoration, and some of disbelief, rejection and even anger, so today there are the same mixed reactions to him. Though Jesus has become lost in the busyness of all that is Christmas, it’s good to take time to have a fresh sense of wonder and amazement of Jesus, and to be joyful

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Arise Church's worship pastor Shehan Joseph performs on stage.

Church hits top 20 By Dave Crampton A Tawa songwriter has managed to get his first song in the national singles charts, while a friend from his church did the same thing the following month – both with songs about Jesus. Shehan Joseph, the ‘worship pastor’ at Arise Church since 2009, penned a song ‘I`m in Love with Jesus’ over a four month period. On November 9, his church released it as a digital download. Within 24 hours it was the seventh most popular song on iTunes, and the following week it entered the national singles charts at 18. “I was definitely surprised,”

Mr Joseph says of the chart success. “I think possibly this is the first time a church has gone in the top 20 – but it wasn’t our goal.” Admittedly, Arise Church has a lot of willing music buyers. Each week more than 10,000 attend Arise services nationwide – 2500 in Wellington alone – so a bit of promotion via word of mouth and on social media, accompanied by a snappy YouTube video filmed at a Michael Fowler Centre church service and with skaters at a nearby indoor car park assisted in pulling in the iTunes downloads. All video participants were Arise volunteers, and the

Church also made the song available for free. “More than 1000 downloaded it from the church web site - more people got it for free than purchased it in iTunes, which is not reflected in the charts,” Mr Joseph says. Mr Joseph, who has Bachelor’s Degrees in Music and Business Studies, credits the success of the song to the support and involvement of those in his church. “It’s an Arise song – it’s who we are. I think the song equals the heartbeat of our church”. Earlier this month, on December 1, Arise released another song and video, written by former Tawa resident Andy Gale, called Jesus Be

Our Everything. It hit the top 40 in the national singles charts and secured a top two placing on iTunes. Arise Church next plans to release an album, and to date has 14 songs to choose from. While a handful of songs are written or co-written by Mr Joseph, for now he just wants to “connect people with Jesus” through his full time job as national worship pastor. This takes him to a different main city each weekend to lead Arise church services – a job he loves. ‘I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” Mr Joseph says.

Organisations milk opportunity By Robert Johnson Avid anchor milk drinkers in Karori have not only boosted their calcium levels over the past 12 weeks, but also contributed to three worthy community organisations in Karori. Anchor Growing Communities, a joint initiative between Fonterra and Karori New World, gives customers tokens when buying an Anchor white milk products and allows them to place it in one of three donation boxes of their choice. The three choices were the Karori Events Centre project, Samuel Marsden Collegiate and the Waterside Karori Football Club. At the end of the 12 week collection period, the tokens were weighed and a $3500 cash pool was distributed to

the organisations based on the support received. Wally Simmers, Chair of the Karori Community Hall Trust received a cheque of $1400 towards the Events Centre project. Samuel Marsden Collegiate and Waterside Karori AFC both received $1050. Samuel Marsden Collegiate’s Director of Development Martine Foster says the money will go towards education resources for the school children. Glenda Schmitt from Waterside Karori AFC thinks their money will be used to purchase new football gear for the club. It is the second time the initiative has been run at Karori New World, says Fonterra Territory Sales Manager Richard McKinley.

Samuel Marsden Collegiate Director of Development Martine Foster, Glenda Schmitt from Waterside Karori AFC, Karori Community Hall Trust Chairman Wallace Simmers, New World Karori owner/ operator David Cullen and Fonterra Territory Sales Manager Richard McKinley.

“It was very successful last time around and the token system works great. It’s a great way for the community to say where they want the money distributed in the area.” Karori New World owner/ operator David Cullen believes it is a great way to connect with

the local community. “We are very privileged and fortunate to give back to these community projects. By participating in this initiative we continue to forge the close relationship with the Karori community, that’s a big focus for New World.”

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Be safe, be sunsmart this summer Protect your skin from this seasons sun Summer is a great time of year when we can all really enjoy the warmth of the sun and make the most of the great outdoors. However our southern hemisphere sunshine is very intense and we need to remember that as well as enjoying the sunshine we also need to protect our skin. If we get too much sun without protecting our skin it can lead to sunburn and also puts us at risk of developing skin cancers in later life. The good news is you can be safe and SunSmart this summer. “The best SunSmart advice”, say Self Care pharmacists, is to follow the five SunSmart steps “Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap and Stay.”

each day when you should use sun protection no matter where you are in New Zealand. This can be found in your daily paper with the weather, or on TV3 weather and also on the MetService and Sunsmart websites. NIWA also measures the intensity of UV radiation and this is known as the UV index or UVI. At nighttime the UVI is zero. During the day when UVI goes above 3 then sun protection is needed. How much sunscreen do I need to use? Self Care Pharmacists will recommend

at least one teaspoon for each arm and leg and half a teaspoon for your face, nose, ears and neck. More people get sunburned on their face and neck than any other part of the body, so apply well in these areas and don’t forget the ears! Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going outdoors and re-apply often (every 2 to 3 hours). This needs to be done even if it isn’t sunny, as the sunscreen gets worn off, or rubbed off and comes off after swimming.

• Slip – into a shirt with collar and sleeves • Slop – on some sunscreen • Slap – on a hat with a wide-brim or a cap with flaps • Wrap – on a pair of sunglasses (closefitting, wrap-around, ones). UV radiation is just as dangerous to eyesight as it is for the skin • Stay in the shade for protection

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Sunburn can happen very quickly and the skin can turn red and be tender or hurt to touch. It can be very uncomfortable getting sun burnt and in more severe cases swelling and blisters can develop. Extreme sunburn can have symptoms of fever, chills, nausea and vomiting and hospital care may be needed. We should do all that we can to avoid these situations. The sun burns our skin and over time causes permanent damage through skin ageing. Natural skin pigments give some protection, but not from long-term sun exposure. “We all know getting sun burnt is bad, but most people still think a tan is okay. The reality is that tanned skin is damaged skin. Did you know that it isn’t necessary to have a very sunny or hot day to become sun burnt? Sunburn can still happen on cooler, cloudy and overcast days The Sun Protection Alert can help you here as it tells you the exact time

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Sunscreen is recommended for everyone to use, for all skin types. Self Care pharmacists are able to advise on the sunscreen product that is the most suitable for you and your family. Look after your sunscreens. Just like our skin, sunscreens ‘age’ in the sun and heat, and their UV-protecting properties can be destroyed. So don’t leave them in the sun, or in the car’s glove box for too long. Also, don’t keep them past their ‘use by’ dates as they do lose their effectiveness. Your Self Care pharmacist can provide you with a lot more SunSmart information and the right type of sunscreen for everyone. Call in and ask, especially about the UVI, and recommendations for your family and while you’re there check out the Skin Cancer Self Care fact card.

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Fill your tank in time for the holidays In the spirit of Christmas, New World and Caltex on Adelaide Road are able to offer their customers a very special deal. All customers that spend $200 or more on groceries will receive a voucher for 30 cents off a litre at Caltex on Adelaide Road. Caltex used to redeem all loyalty vouchers, but stopped once they picked up their own loyalty programme which means this is a very special opportunity for customers. Owner of Caltex on Adelaide Road Judy Fisher says

it was a great opportunity to offer both her customers and New World customers a fantastic deal this Christmas. Judy says the deal is perfect in the lead up to Christmas because people are busy doing their groceries and filling their tanks in time for the holiday. “A lot of New World customers are our customers so it makes it very convenient for them to redeem their vouchers with me. “This deal won’t last past Christmas it is a pretty big offer.”


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Christmas GREETINGS May your Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill, And may the year ahead be full of contentment and joy. Have a Merry Christmas.



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Wishing our clients Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2014!

Lesley Badenhorst, Trends owner Vicky Brandt and manager Leigh Ryan recently celebrated 20 years in the community.

Trends celebrates 20 years of gifts By Robert Johnson Although 20 years have passed since Trends Gifts opened their doors for the first time, they are still going strong and are closer to the community than ever. The store, situated in the Johnsonville Shopping Centre, has been in the same area since the Shopping Centre was revamped 20 years ago and will celebrate its 20th anniversary on December 15. Trends recently held a special loyalty night, where not only were there great deals for their customers leading into Christmas, but previous owner Norm Codd and a number of ex-staff members attended. Vicky Brandt, who has owned Trends Gifts for the past five years, says the key to their longevity has been the loyal customers. “We have a very loyal customer base and they keep coming back. “We build really strong relationships with all of our regulars and absolutely

love that part of the job.” Trends wide range of merchandise, including cookware, jewellery, photo frames and other items, cater to a number of different audiences and various budgets. Vicky has been with Trends for 18 years and says a special mention must go to store manager Leigh Ryan and Lesley Badenhorst, who have both given more than 10 years to the company. Lesley says there have been a number of “good times” over the years but the store environment is one of the most important. “It’s good fun all the time and I think the customers really enjoy that.” Vicky explains that despite the store being repainted, they are almost the same as what they were 20 years ago, and “why try change a winning formula.”  For more information head to

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The Johnsonville Doctors and staff wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Business hours The clinic will be closed for the holiday period as follows: Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th, Saturday 28th December 2013, Wednesday 1st, Thursday 2nd & Saturday 4th January 2014 The clinic will be closing at 5pm during the holiday season beginning Tuesday 24th of December, returning to the normal business hours on Monday the 6th of January 2014.

Sporting support for the Philippines By Robert Johnson Almost 70 players gathered together for a friendly badminton match in Tawa last Sunday to raise money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan and Malaysian flood victims. The event, organised by the New Zealand Malaysian Society, was held at the Wellington North Badminton Association Hall and included over 200 people supporting the event throughout

the day. Local business Tulsi came to the party too, donating 150 roti’s and Dhal curry for all involved. Also attending the event was Philippines Deputy Head of Mission Arlene Gonzales Macaisa who shared her appreciation and support for the cause. The event raised over $2800 for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

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Something for everyone at Gala By Dave Crampton It may have been windy and overcast but there was something for everyone at the Newlands gala on December 7. The gala, run by the newly formed Newlands Business Association, was held at McMillan Court in the Newlands shopping complex, and its 20 stalls ranged from ethnic food, art, cardmaking, to henna tattooing. Other stalls such as card-making were in the Newlands Community Centre, who assisted with publicity of the event. Many gala participants sat around and sampled the wares with their friends, listening to pumping disco music provided by a DJ, before Santa Claus arrived on a fire truck with lollies for the kids. Samantha Rumbold, chair of the Newlands Business Association, was pleased with the turnout and said the gala could be an annual event. “There was a continuous flow of people, we had a good response from stall holders, and it was really good to have something back in the mall again,” she said. The Newlands Scouts, who were unable to participate in the cancelled Johnsonville Christmas Parade, were happy the weather was a little better, as they put on a sausage sizzle to raise money for their Jamboree at Mansfield next month. The Newlands Business Association meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Newlands Community Centre.

The home-made fudge and other sweet treats proved to be a hit with the locals throughout the day.

A variety of traditional and ethnic foods were on offer to keep energy levels up.

Members of the Newlands Scouts lended a hand with their savoury and sweet offerings.

The food gets on the way at the Newlands Gala, organised by the Newlands Business Association.

Warm reception for Operation Arctic By Robert Johnson A week-long Police operation in the northern suburbs aimed at preventing crime has been beneficial to both the community and the Police themselves. Operation Arctic was run from November 30 to December 8 in the northern suburbs and involved members of the police

and council hitting the streets to talk to locals and pass on information around preventing crime. Historically, the northern suburbs are one of Wellington’s top-five volume crime areas. Sergeant Lance Murdoch of the Johnsonville Community Police Station says Operation Arctic has provided a great opportunity to

both give and receive some good advice around crime prevention. “We’ve been given information about stuff going on locally that we weren’t aware of. It gives us other places to focus our attention.” He says they have been giving out guidebooks to residents with information around how to keep

themselves safe as well as a link to a ‘burglar bait’ video, containing examples around how to keep vehicles safe. Mr Murdoch says with many people going away on holiday, it is important to take a bit of extra time to look at the security of your home and car. “Things like ensuring latches




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By Robert Johnson Planning a special occasion for someone? Why not get creative and try something a little bit different this year that will leave a lasting memory. The Teddy Factory, located in the North City Shopping Centre in Porirua, gives shoppers the opportunity to create their own teddy bear from scratch. Store manager Belinda Magatogia says the store provides a number of services for various occasions, such as children’s birthday parties, baby showers and after work functions. “We have a party room out the back of the shop where kids can work on their teddies, a cake service and a mascot bear, who can pop out and get some cute pictures with everyone.” Shoppers begin by choosing a teddy from a huge selection, including traditional bears, tigers, dogs, rabbits and the favourites— Tokyo Panda and multi-coloured bear, Splotch. Before the teddy is filled to the right firmness for cuddles, a heart is given to the customer, which they make a wish on before it is placed inside their teddy. Then the magic happens. Shoppers can choose a unique voice for their teddy from just $6 or even insert their own recording and dress it to their liking The Teddy Factory, located in the North City Shopping Centre, Porirua.

from the vast selection of clothing and accessories. The combinations are endless ensuring you leave with your very own tailor-made friend. The final step is making the bear a part of the family with its own ‘birth certificate’ and they can even go home with a passport if needed. Belinda says not only does the Teddy Factory offer something different at a great price, it leaves those who attend with their own personal gift to remember the experience. “Our party function comes at no additional charge – you simply pay for the price of your Bear and Group discounts can apply”. “Also, you walk away with something special you have created and will cherish for a long time.” The store now operates out of their upstairs shop in the North City Shopping Centre, opposite the Food Court. “Seeing people come in here and create something special for themselves or a loved one and walking out with a huge smile is so rewarding,” Belinda says. To book a function or find out more about the Teddy Factory, visit or call 04 238 2228.

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Defibrillator for Churton Park Last week the Churton Park Village had a community defibrillator installed close to the Community Centre. Wellington Free Ambulance has been installing the Automatic External Defibrillator’s (AEDs) around the capital as part of Operation Heartbeat—which has seen five new AED’s put in place. The units are used to help revive patients in cardiac arrest and can be accessed 24/7.

Work to begin on Alex Moore Park turf By Dave Crampton 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 that 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 seating. 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 regu-

larly 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.

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


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SUMMER HOURS Condemned Sector playing at Last Resort in the 80s.

Still rocking after 30 years By Robert Johnson A Wellington punk band will reunite next week after 30 years out of the game thanks to a brief visit from their old front man who now lives in the UK. Condemned Sector, formed by former Onslow College pupils Richard Watts and James Gilberd and Jenny Whyte from Wellington East Girls College, became part of the Wellington punk music scene in 1980. The band played support for the likes of The Wallsockets, The Gordons and The Mockers and held a famous jam session with English rock band, The Cure at their practice room in the basement of Mount Victoria’s Clyde School. Many of the venues that the band

used to frequent have since been demolished or remodeled beyond recognition, venues such as The Rock Theatre, The Clarendon Pub, Terminus and Cosgroves. The only surviving Wellington band venue of the time is the Thistle Hall. When another Onslow old-boy, Nigel Elder, joined the band on lead guitar in 1981, the Neoteric Tribesmen took up where Condemned Sector left off. The idea for a reunion came about when front man Richard Watts made plans for a brief trip back from his home in Oxford, says James. “We have limited rehearsal time with Richard as he gets into town the day before the gig. Nigel, Jenny and I have been re-learning the old

songs as a three piece band, getting ready for Richard to just jump in.” He says a few new challenges have come up during their recent practices. “The challenge is playing the songs with the necessary edge and aggression. It’s a little bit harder to mine when you’re 50 and somewhat content with life. We play what we think is up tempo and listen to the old recording only to find we are 20 per cent too slow,” he laughs. Condemned Sector and the Neoteric Tribesmen reunions gig will be held at San Francisco Bath House on Friday December 27, with some other local punk bands playing in support.

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Wednesday December 18 2013

Tawa turns on sunshine for parade By Rachel Binning The annual Tawa Christmas parade outdid many of the other parades around the city this year with a near perfect day last Saturday, which showed off all things Tawa. Smiling parents lined Main Street with their eager children to catch a glimpse of Santa. Walking participants and floats displayed their festive and colourful vibe. Local community groups were represented along with quirky clowns who danced and gave out sweets. Immaculate MG & vintage cars showed their style, there were also smartly uniformed Scouts and cubs, pretty princesses, comic book heroes, the reliable brass band, well-represented emergency services (one appliance needing to leave suddenly during the parade to answer an emergency), a dance troupe and local church groups.

There to add joy and laughter: The colourful Tawa Clowns with their buckets of goodies kindly donated by New World Tawa.

Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas! Up close with Santa and his fairy helpers.

Ahoy maties: the Tawa Lions Pirates say a hearty Arrr to Members of Scouting Tawa Kea Club showing off their those who approach their float at the start of the Parade. eye catching modes of transport (from Angus & Burrell) for the Parade.


Festive occasion at Carols By Rachel Binning Last Sunday, The Rock Church hosted the Johnsonville Carols by Candlelight event at Onslow College. This first-time-family-friendly event brought about 2000 Christians and the wider community together for a fun evening of entertainment and carols to celebrate the festive season. Organiser, Kirk Beyer said the event was a success “aside from a little of that famous Johnsonville wind... but that just made for more snuggles in blankets”. A large contingent of volunteers from The Rock Church generously helped with car parking, the kids’ tent, making free coffees and handing out free song books and glow sticks. The kids were entertained with bouncy castles and fair activities as well as the Have-A-Go tent with face painting, games and crafts. Performances came from division winners of the last "Johnsonville's Got Talent" event, YouTube sensation Matt Mulholland, "The Company NZ" dance crew and a soulful performance from 2012 New Zealand men’s barbershop champions "Revelation" to name a few. The Carols Band performed 17 carols with a variety of contemporary arrangements by artists like Michael Bublé, Reliant K and Chris Tomlin. The Rock Church are grateful to all those who supported making this event a success. Comments about this year’s event and a possible 2014 sequel can be sent to

The fabulous, very colourful and highly versatile MC's for the evening: Alex Procter and Simon English

'We Wish You a Merry Christmas' from The Rock Church band.

Barbershop Quartet, Revelation, entertains the crowds with their harmonious voices.

Great Christmas soul: The Rock Church's energetic band blast out a plethora of carols to sing and dance along with.

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A nationwide project aimed at making rental housing safer for children, students and the elderly to live in is to start with ‘warrant of fitness’ field tests next month. Field trials will be carried out on 125 rental properties in Wellington, Auckland, Tauranga, Christchurch and Dunedin from January. Although these field tests will not result in the issue of Warrant of Fitness’ for these properties, it is an important step towards ensuring the credibility of the scheme. The field tests will be made up of an assessment which uses 28 criteria and follows an associated checklist and technical manual. The assessment criteria includes whether properties have insulation, are watertight and a fixed form of safe and effective heating. This assessment aims to identify whether the rental property meets basic housing quality standards



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The number of reported incidents this week is smaller than usual but it is not a time to relax security. There was a burglary in Morgan Street, Johnsonville, where a small fanlight window was opened to enable the burglar to reach down and open the main window and climb in. An Apple Mac computer and a quantity of gold jewellery were taken. The security of these small windows is often overlooked yet they can be used indirectly to provide an entry point into a property. If you have one of these windows in your house take a close look at the catch. If it can be opened without too much force it is time to install a new one, preferably a lockable one. Other crime during the past week included theft from a car in the Johnsonville Shopping Centre carpark. The car was left unlocked for a couple of hours and not unexpectedly, it was entered and a bag left under a seat, containing cash and bank cards, was taken. In Kabul Street, Khandallah, a courier delivered parcel left on the doorstep was found by the intended recipient to have been opened and some of the Christmas presents inside it were

stolen. It is not unknown for burglars to target presents placed under a tree so best practice is not to put them there until the night before Christmas. In Longcroft Terrace, Newlands, a BBQ left in a carport was stolen and later found in pieces further down the road. With holiday season approaching there is a potential for burglaries and thefts. Be sure to take all practical precautions to protect your property. Enlist the support of you neighbours who are not going away. Lock up all valuable items normally kept outside the house, especially things that can be used to stand on, as in the case of reaching those small fanlight windows. Always remember to ensure that all doors to vehicles are locked, no matter where you park. A car that is left unattended and unlocked it is an open invitation for a light fingered person to try their luck. Thieves haunt carparks where they can wander around idly testing door handles. Don’t let them have a lucky dip in your car. To avoid becoming a victim follow the catch phrase “lock it or lose it”. Stay safe and enjoy your holidays.

Wednesday December 18 2013



Left: Porirua bowler Latisha Tuia gets down to business under close watch from Kaushik Patel and national coach Dave Edwards. Centre: Bowls New Zealand National Coach Development Manager Kaushik Patel (centre) speaks to the participants at the under-18 regional training camp at Johnsonville Bowling Club.

Future kings and queens of the green By Robert Johnson Young bowlers from around the Wellington region gathered at Johnsonville Bowling Club last Wednesday and Thursday for the chance to make the first step toward representing their country. Bowls New Zealand held a two-day regional training camp, offering under-18 players some top-level coaching as well as identifying promising young talent for the national side, the


Blackjacks. Kaushik Patel, Bowls New Zealand’s National Coach Development Manager, says the camp was one of four held across the country, with others held in Dunedin, Christchurch and Auckland. National team coach Dave Edwards took the enthusiastic young players through a variety of skills and drills to show them how to train properly and talk them through the mental aspects

of the game. Video analysis was also on hand to break down different techniques and let players see what they look like in game situations. Based on the players they have seen at the various camps, the future of New Zealand bowls looks pretty good. “We’ve seen quite a bit of talent here over the past two days. These camps are all about creating more depth of talent and I think

it is working,” Dave says. “There are also seven regional coaches here too who are learning about different coaching techniques and helping out.” Kaushik says after the final camp in Auckland, a squad will be chosen to attend a further two-day camp in Auckland next year and from that camp, a final under-18 team will be selected to compete in the Trans-Tasman competition against Australia in

Karori Park to host first-class game

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A Plunket Shield game between Wellington and Canterbury will be held at the park from Friday this week. The game marks the fourth first-class match held at

The Push Play team has linked with local organisations to keep everyone entertained in the New Year. The team will be occupying various parks and open spaces in Tawa come January, offering activities such as T-ball, soccer, badminton and Ki o Rahi,

the ground with another scheduled in February next year. In early 2015, the ground is expected to start hosting domestic 50-over matches as well.

Johnsonville take derby honours By Robert Johnson Johnsonville Cricket Club are heading into the final week of club cricket before the Christmas break with a much-needed win under their belt after beating neighbouring club Onslow Cricket Club at Nairnville Park on Saturday. Both teams were desperate for a win after being skittled for less than 100 runs last weekend against superior opposition. Johnsonville batted first and got off to a decent start after openers Rakitha Weerasundara and Scott Mudgway scored 30 and 66 respectively with strike rates of 100 plus. However, aside from Hareen Silva’s contribution of 40 in the middle-order, the rest of the team struggled to get decent contributions—with Johnsonville finishing on 220 for nine off their 50 overs. Onslow all-rounder Corey Larsen had a big part to play in restricting Johnsonville, taking five wickets for 38 runs with team captain Sean O’Connor chipping in with two wickets for just 18 runs. Onslow’s chase did not begin well, with opener Andrew Fletcher falling in the

Onslow Cricket premier men's player Corey Larsen, who took a five wicket bag on Saturday.

March. Johnsonville Bowling Club President Allan Galbraith says the club is delighted to be involved with the development of the game. “We volunteered to have the camp here as we want to promote the game and give the youngsters a chance to develop their game. There are a range of skill levels here but they are all keen to learn off these top-level coaches.”

a traditional Maori game containing skills transferrable to rugby and netball. The team will be in Duncan Park on January 14, Lyndhurst Park on January 21 and Linden West Park on January 28 from 2pm-4pm every session.

JOHNSONVILLE RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB * Play premier rugby in Wellington in 2014! Join one of Wellington's most progressive rugby clubs in 2014. Players, including school-leavers, welcomed for all grades, including our top side which returns to premier rugby next season. Contact head coach Mason Lawrence at or 027 4420106 immediately. Pre-season fitness training is already well under way with former Warriors star Henry Fa'ifili. Details on the club's Facebook page.

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first over for a duck and another falling in the fifth over, leaving Onslow at 11 for two. Some middle-order resistance from Jimad Khan, who added another half-century to go with a handful already this season, and Sam Keegan (34 runs) ensured a repeat of last weekend’s sub-100 score would not happen but still left them all-out for 148—72 runs short of the target. A top performance from Johnsonville bowler Salman Faizal, who claimed four wickets for 20

runs from eight overs, ensured Onslow could not get a roll on as he claimed the key wickets of Khan and Keegan. Also impressive on the day was Johnsonville’s overseas player, Sri Lankan Roscoe Thattil, who seems to be adjusting to the game week-by-week as he chipped in with three wickets of his own. Johnsonville are at home this weekend to Four Kings Cricket Club at Alex Moore Park while Onslow host Petone-Eastbourne at Nairnville Park.

The Johnsonville Rugby Club requires a coach for its Senior 2 side (beaten finalists in 2013) for 2014. Expressions of interest please to club chairman Mike Segetin 494-9266 (H) or 027 2083007.

* Where are you ladies? The Johnsonville club intends entering a team in the Wellington women's competition in 2014 and already has the nucleus of a side but requires a few more interested ladies. Previous experience is not essential. Contact Sophie Gates at or 027 4141232.

CCO required The Johnsonville club also requires for 2014 a Club Coaching Co-ordinator. Anyone who thinks they may have the necessary skills for such a position and require further information, please contact the club.


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