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Royal visit for Eden continued from page 1. By Laura Kavanagh David says they would notcall themselves royalists but they have followed the royals through their wedding, and have been to Britain and watched the changing of the guard. His own grandfather almost met one of the royals many years ago, and Eden’s great aunty is named after Elizabeth for that reason. T h e fa m i ly sp ent t h e Wednesday morning getting ready, and arrived at Government House around 2pm for the playgroup at 2:30pm. David says the visit was just like another normal Plunket session.

“The babies got together while the parents mingled.” He says William and Kate went around the room chatting to everyone and saying hello. “They talked about baby stuff, it is all new to them as well. “Things like sleepless nights and teething.” Although Ingrid admits a few nerves, they both agree William and Kate were friendly, open and approachable. “The hysteria sort of comes from the media because the Duke and Duchess are very down to earth,” says David He says Prince George was very sweet, very comfortable and content. “He took to it with great enthusiasm.”

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SH1 needs to be widened if the Takapu Valley option is not chosen. The favoured options –a two lane highway through Takapu Valley, and a four lane motorway linking Petone to Grenada, are being challenged by residents Bruce Flett, and Ngaio resident and property owner Rob Suisted. NZTA Wellington highways manager Rod James says the Link Road needs a full interchange, and any intersection, even if moved further south, would be too close to the existing Tawa interchange, forcing

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Local Girls get chance to shine By Laura Kavanagh Six young performers from the Northern suburbs have been chosen to play orphans in the production of Annie in Wellington. Six hundred and thirty girls auditioned, but only 48 girls were chosen. The local girls; Michelle Lee, Sophie Parkinson, Kiya Basabas, Sophie Plimmer, Rebecca Farr, and Mary Holden, came from a mixture of performing backgrounds. Rebecca and Sophie attend Jennifer Evans Dance Academy Karori, Michelle goes to Tracey Odell School of Modern Dance in Tawa, Sophie goes to Pump,

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and Mary to Lynley Ann Ward School of Dance. Sophie Plimmer says she has always loved performing, and she saw the film of Annie when she was younger. “I told mum I wanted to be in it if it ever came to Wellington.” Rebecca says she performed the song “hard knock life” before and watched the movie thinking it was really cool. Nerves were high during the audition process says Sophie Parkinson. “I don’t really like singing in front of people, so it was a real challenge.” Michelle says they spent about three days singing and dancing in the audition process.

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Kiya has never belonged to a dance school but impressed judges with a natural ability. While the New Zealand contingent get cracking, principal cast including MiG Ayesa (Rock Star, We Will Rock You), Frazer Hines (Emmerdale, Dr Who), Sue Hodge (‘Allo, ‘Allo) will rehearse their roles simultane-

ously on the other side of the world until the cast unites in New Zealand in May. Michelle says she feels really lucky as musicals do not often come to Wellington. The girls say they cannot wait to get on stage on opening night on May 24.

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Mystery photos in Johnsonville Mall By Laura Kavanagh

One of the photos found by Johnsonville Mall manager Gerard Earl. The kids in the front-centre of the attached image are Rebecca, Emma and David Milne. Their mother thinks that the photo is from around 1981 but the event itself remains a mystery.

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mall, show a number of past events in the mall. There are pictures of the construction of the Broderick Road offices in 1969, a beauty pageant, and even of former Prime Minister Robert Muldoon visiting the mall. Many of the events and people in the photos are yet to be identified. “We would like people to share their stories if they know anything,” Gerard says. “It would be great to know the history behind some of the pictures.” Gerard would also like to invite other people to send their old photos into the mall.

“If people have their own photos, they can send them to us – we would love to use them. “There are businesses in this mall that have been here since opening.” He says the photos bring back a little nostalgia for the community.

If you can shed any light on the photos in the mall or have your own photos to share, email Laura at laura@wsn.co.nz to pass on to Johnsonville Mall manager Gerard Earl.

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A steady stream of people attended a community information day last Tuesday at the Johnsonville Community Centre to outline Johnsonville roading proposals to be completed next year. Organised by the Wellington City Council, who is co-funding the project with the New Zealand Transport Agency, the day was a chance for the local community to discuss any concerns and improvements. Council spokesperson Bridgett Parrott is looking forward to community feedback. “We want ideas and suggestions. We really want to get that community involvement.” Work on the Johnsonville ‘triangle’ - the Johnsonville/Broderick/ Moorefield road areas - will start in September, and will compliment planned redevelopment of the Johnsonville Mall. Johnsonville is already Wellington’s busiest retail area outside the central city. It is estimated in 2031 there will be 3,000 more people living in the area, in up to 1,700 new dwellings and 3,500 new jobs will be created. New traffic lights will be installed

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at the intersection of Corlette/Fraser and Johnsonville roads. Further north, there will be a pedestrian crossing at the foot of Ironside Road and a designated cycleway from the Helston Road roundabout to Broderick Road. The pedestrian crossing by the library on Broderick Road will be replaced by a new median island and the left lane near the intersection with Johnsonville Road will be widened to assist turning buses. The main Broderick Road crossing point will be a signalled cross-

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Easter Church Services 2014 Easter Activities over the long weekend By Laura Kavanagh As the Easter holidays draw near, Johnsonville Uniting Church based at Dr Taylor Terrace invite the local community to a very special screening about the stations of the cross. A film installation by Massey Post-Grad student Huei Yin Wong called Station to Station: From

the Trial to the Execution will be showing continuously on Easter Saturday between 11am and 3pm. Reverend Anne Gilkison says the film shows a series of clips from seven different perspectives. “They are powerful and thought provoking, and tell a story in an artistic way.” She says the film is accessible for everyone, and leaves the viewer

free to interpret the story in their own way. “I believe as a church we need to make spiritual resources available to the community. “This is not only a religious resource, but a cultural one for the Johnsonville community.” Rev Anne also invites the community to take a walk through their newly built labyrinth.

“Following the example of many other places of spiritual healing around the world we have put in place a permanent labyrinth,” Anne says “Over the centuries church labyrinths were places of pilgrimage, places for the unlocking of inner spiritual and emotional blocks.” She says unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only one path with no

dead ends. “The path winds to the centre allowing a person to be quiet and focus internally. “It is a kind of walking meditation.” Anne says the labyrinth was made possible by a small group of dedicated and generous church members.

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Good Friday Combined Processional Service, 10am beginnning at St Luke’s Anglican Church (Corner Wadestown Rd and Pitt St) Processing down to the Plunket Play Park ( Wadestown Rd opposite WPC) and concluding in the Wadestown Presbyterian Church Hall (Hanover St).

Easter Sunday Combined Celebration Service with Khandallah Presbyterian Church and Ngaio Union Church, at 33 Ganges Rd, Khandallah (opposite New World) from 10am.

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“When Jesus rose from the dead and when people started believing he was God’s son. Also about chocolate and the generosity of the people giving the chocolate.”

“Chocolate and when Jesus rose from the dead. When they started believing in Jesus.”

“When Jesus rose. God showed he is real and Jesus is his son. Reminds me of bunnies and Easter eggs.”

Caoimhe Tulloch, Khandallah “I think it is about when Jesus rose from the dead. It is also about nice times with my family. We go to Mass on Sunday morning and then go home and open up all the Easter eggs.”

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Adam Byrne, Khandallah “It means joy and when Jesus rose from the dead and everyone should be joyful.”

“Well to me it means happiness and celebration because Jesus rose from the dead.”

Man charged over fire at storage facility A Johnsonville man has been arrested and charged with arson in relation to the fire that damaged the Kiwi Self Storage facility in Kilbirnie recently. Wellington Police had been investigating the fire at the Rongotai Road building since April 4 when about 100 fire fighters attended the scene from around Wellington. Detective senior sergeant Grant Ferguson says it is pleasing to be able provide the large number of victims who have lost many valuable items with the reassurance that someone will be held accountable for this arson. The 34-year-old local resident was set to appear in the Wellington District Court on Tuesday at the time the Independent Herald went to print. Footage of the alleged offender

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2degrees comes to Johnsonville By Laura Kavanagh The arrival of a 2degrees store in Johnsonville Mall has been a popular addition for the local community. Johnsonville Mall manager Gerard Earl says it is good to have a new retailer in the mall, and one that has some prominence. “It is important we are serving the local demographic with businesses people will want here and will support,” Gerard says. “2degrees is an exciting brand and isvery New Zealand centric.” Owner Matt Tweedie is an experienced 2degrees owner, with Johnsonville being his fourth store. He started his first store in Porirua in 2011, and then opened up Hastings and Rotorua. Matt says 2degrees needed a point of presence in the Johnsonville community. “Johnsonville is probably the biggest and fastest growing suburb in Wellington. “It has virtually everything you would NEW TO TOWN: Owner of Johnsonville’s need.” 2degrees store Matt Tweedie has set up Choosing to set up shop in the mall was shop in Johnsonville Mall. not a difficult decision. “For us its foot traffic – a lot of people looking forward to getting to know the walking past, who we can talk to,” Matt community. says. He says all is going well since he set up “It has a good community feel.” shop last week. Matt says the 2degrees team is very “A lot of people have been asking if we happy to be in Johnsonville and is are going to be a permanent addition, and we are happy to say that is the case.”

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First business meeting in Karori By Laura Kavanagh Karori’s first Business Breakfast Meeting was held last Wednesday on April 9 at the Karori Park Cafe. The Rotary Club of Karori, with partnership support from the ANZ Bank, launched a programme of business breakfast meetings in Karori for local business people and other community leaders to meet and support community initiatives. Rotary President Rowland Woods and ANZ Business Manager Joe Gallagher both say the launch of the programme last Wednesday at the Karori Park Sports Cafe was very successful with a big turnout of people. Guest speaker at this inaugural meeting, Wellington City Council C h ief E xe cut ive, D r Kevin Lavery, outlined his vision and the direction that Wellington City needs to go for business growth. He made a well-received speech at the first Business Breakfast and left on

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TALKING BUSINESS: Wellington City Council Chief Executive Dr Kevin Lavery made interesting points about Wellington and its future at the first business breakfast.

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School Holiday Make the most of these school holidays and get out and about. From crafts to comics, there is something for everyone. These low-cost events are sure to keep the kids entertained.

Comic crusaders in Karori The kids can get out their costumes for this one. Karori library will be hosting an hour of comic-themed craft and fun for superhero enthusiasts. Children can make and play with their

own comic dice on Tuesday 29 April at 11am. If wearing the cape once was not enough, Central Library is also holding a whole day of comic capers on May 3. ComicFest is a day of workshops, costume competitions, and free comics to give away. These free events are recommended for 6 to 10-year-olds.

on offer. If you love sweet treats, why not try cookie decorating? Decorating classes run April 28May 2 at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm daily. Bookings are required, so get in early. And be in to win by joining the Easter egg hunt competition from April 17-27. There is also be face painting on April 22-24 from 11am till 2pm.

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Bug Week at Zealandia Give the kids a dose of nature at Zealandia and keep them entertained these school holidays. Book a Kids Night Adventure for you and your kids. Enjoy stories over a hot chocolate in the forest while the high-pitched call of kiwi, the ghostly echo of the ruru and the scratch-scratch of tree weta brings nature to life after dark. Book on to one or all five days of our

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Easter and School Holiday You can’t beat Wellington on a good day! That’s what they say and there’s really no better way to see Wellington than from on board the Dominion Post East by West Ferries! The harbour ferries run from their superb central waterfront location at Queens Wharf in front of their ticket office in the Meridian Building. There are up to 16 return sailings everyday out to Days Bay & Matiu Somes Island. In the weekends and public holidays (fine weather permitting), the ferries also run Harbour Explorer Tours calling in at Petone, Matiu Somes Island, Days Bay, Seatoun & Queens Wharf. These trips are very popular and quickly

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Movie Fundraiser in time for ANZAC day By Laura Kavanagh A movie night fundraiser just after ANZAC day is raising money to fund Karori’s Community Event Centre. The film Dambusters is showing at Karori Baptist Church on April 26 to get the local community in the ANZAC spirit. The Dam Busters (1955) is a British Second World War war film starring Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd and directed by Michael Anderson. The film recreates the true story of Operation Chastise when in 1943 the RAF's 617 Squadron attacked the Möhne, Eder and Sorpe dams in Germany with Barnes Wallis's "bouncing bomb". The film was based on the books The Dam Busters (1951) by Paul Brickhill and Enemy Coast Ahead (1946) by Guy Gibson. Organiser Graeme Tall says the black and white film screened in New Zealand in 1955 at the old Majestic Theatre on Willis Street. “It’s a war movie – we wanted to show

a film based on total fact,” Graeme says. “War should never be glorified. “People who gave their lives need to be remembered.” The money is going towards the Karori Community Event Centre. The Karori Event Centre will provide a multi-purpose venue with a wide range of uses from dance and fitness classes through to performances, public meetings and special events for all ages. Graeme says the fundraising is going well. “We will achieve our goal of raising enough money for the event centre. “Every little bit counts.” He says Karori does not have an event centre at the moment, and Karori needs it as New Zealand’s biggest suburb. Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased on the door or from the Karori Community Centre or LifeSense Health Food Shop, Karori Mall. Refreshments are at 6:15pm and the film will start at 7pm.

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St Benedict’s Mission Fair a success By Laura Kavanagh This year’s annual Mission Fair at St Benedicts School in Khandallah was not dampened by the weather with the school raising $1955 in total. Held last Thursday at the school grounds, the money raised by the fair is going to the Caritas appeal for the Solomon Islands to support those affected by flooding Principal Dave Lamont was very pleased with how the day went, it be-

ing his first Mission Fair at the school. “We are absolutely delighted with the result and to be able to make this kind of contribution, that will go to the people of Solomon Islands after the natural disasters they have been experiencing, is fantastic.” Deputy Principal Cheryl Taylor says the year six to eight students work hard every year organising the fair for the rest of the school. “The students really look forward to it.

“It’s the highlight of the year.” The event is overseen by the eight house captains of the school. The students organise and resource the event themselves creating attractions at the fair, including face painting, games, food, crafts and lucky dips. Dave says giving to the Solomon Islands is a great incentive for the children. “It gives the kids a sense of meaning about what they are doing this for.”

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How many properties have you sold this year? If only a handful, how can they prove that they consistently get offers, obtain top dollar or solve problems (which are inevitable since today’s buyers are super cautious). It’s like running – someone who runs five times a week will be fitter and more mentally alert than someone who runs once a week.

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Professor Green’s Puppet Theatre

Having a great time together: Vivienne Polashek (18 months), Anna Dixon (3), Nathaniel Saive (18 months) and Ned Polaschek (3).

Rapt kids watch the Punch and Judy show at the weekly Hill Street Market

Nathan Green of Professor Green Puppet Theatre demonstrates his puppets personalities to children after his show Learning together: Playcentre mum, Rachel Prier with Miriam Siave (3), Kathryn Eyre (7) and Judith Eyre (4).

Wilton Play Centre Open Day Wilton Play Centre held an open day last Saturday morning, where children and parents were invited to come along

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Encouraging: Playcentre Mum, Louise Norton talks with Tully Hannah (23 months) and Anna Dixon (3) about the movement of their toy cars.

Playing and exploring together: Ella Murray and her daughter, Anna Murray (2).

Hanging out: Tully Hannah (23 months).


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In Johnsonville, a house in Broderick Road was broken into, and two laptop computers and a box of steak were stolen. A van unlocked in the driveway of a house Haumia Street was entered, and boxes of soft drinks were stolen. A large plate glass window at the Johnsonville Medical Centre was smashed. A commercial property in Johnsonville Road also suffered a smashed front window. The administration block at the school in Newlands Road was targeted. A plywood cover was not sufficient security to prevent burglars entering a garage in Newlands Road, but once inside they triggered an alarm, which prompted them to leave in a hurry without taking anything. An isolated property in Horokiwi Road was broken into and two doors were forced open. In Robert Street, the garage of a house being refurbished was probably left insecure and thieves entered and stole a quantity of plumbing items.

A jemmied front door gave access to a house in Balmain Street, but it is no yet known if anything was stolen. A motel in Newlands Road had a window broken when an attempt was made to reach through and unlock a ranch slider door. In Khandallah, a Mitsubishi sedan parked in Nicholson Road had its left front window smashed. Another car parked nearby in Nicholson Road was broken into via a smashed window and items stolen. In Ngaio, a house in Rothsay Road was entered through a forced door at the rear of the property. A ranch slider door is believed to be the point of entry to a house in Waikowhai Street, although there is no sign of force having been used to open it. All f loors of the house were searched and a large new TV, a lap top computer, stereo speakers and some jewellery items were stolen. A service station in Ottawa Road had its rear double roller doors damaged.

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Football fans in the Northern suburbs By Dave Crampton

LEADING THE PACK: Islam Khaled-Abbass and Ben Murdoch in the 200m final at College Sport Wellington Regionals.

From strength to strength By Dave Crampton Ben Murdoch, a young rising star in track and field, is hoping to break records at major events this year. He has already topped his grade at the North Island Secondary Schools Champs in Masterton this month. He won the high jump – and also the long jump, in which he holds an age-grade Wellington Record. He was also second in both the 100m and 200m events. During Easter, the 14 year old from Churton Park is competing in the Inter-provincials. He is unbeaten – and 7/100th of a second outside the Wellington Record - in the 400m, one of his top events. While the 400m is on offer at the Interprovincials, it was not on the March programme, so he competed in the 300m event. As he had never run a 300m, he had no idea where he was ranked. “I’m pretty nervous – I know I can run a 400 but I don’t know what to expect – I’m just going to run as fast as I can

and see what happens,” he said before the event. “It’s just an in-between race that doesn’t really make sense.” He clocked 38.21, coming second behind Wellington teammate Islam Khaled –Abbas. Ben, who attends Newlands College, currently trains about six hours a week in Grenada. He joined his sister at Olympic Harriers when he was seven and has enjoyed being coached by Amanda Goldsmith since he was 10. “She has got the mix between technical and knowing how to deal with people,” he says. Ben will also be competing at the Secondary School’s Nationals at the end of the year – which is also the beginning of the season, so is looking for top times now. “People run faster now than they do at nationals – it’s just weird timing. Ben’s focus is on getting personal best times, and knows that resultant placings will come. “You only do as well as you push yourself.”

Disappointing results for J’ville teams By Dan Whitfield Round three was a poor round for Johnsonville Rugby Club with no teams winning a game. Johnsonville came up short against its Wellington rivals in the premier grade over the weekend, losing 9-16. The premier squad put up huge defence throughout the game however players were unable to get over the goal line. Despite the loss, a penalty on full time earned another bonus point for the team. Johnsonville now share bottom spot with winless counterpart Wainuiomata after the third round. The local team now head into the Easter weekend round playing Swindale heavyweights Hutt Old Boys Marist at Helston Park on Good Friday. A team spokesperson says the coaching staff was extremely impressed with loose forwards’ defence over the 80 minutes but the team needs to keep working hard and believe they can win. Johnsonville’s senior seconds lost 15 points to 24 against Old Boys University, leaving the home team eighth on the

table of 12 after the third round. The colts team lost to Kapiti, 12-20 – proving the young Johnsonville squad lacked at breakdowns, compared to its older counterparts. A late try to number eight Sala Robertson put the home team within five points, with four minutes to go; but, a late penalty for an infringement put a stop to any bonus points. Johnsonville colts get Easter off with the team set to work on a number of issues before coming up against Tawa on April 19. The under Superloans 85kgs Johnsonville squad played a curtain raiser for the presidents on Saturday at Helston Park, losing 5-17 to Marist St Pats green. The only Johnsonville try of the game was awarded to the team’s winger. Johnsonville Cripples recorded a nil result against Poneke Ruffnuts. The final score was 0-49. The president side was the only team to come close to winning, coming up 12-12 against its Wainuiomata counterparts. This was the main game of the weekend at Helston Park.

The North Wellington Junior football club is $2000 better off after it got the most kids to the Phoenix’s last game of the season during the weekend. North Wellington coach Merrick Keenan put up $1000 as a challenge for all Wellington clubs to get as many people to the game as it could. The Phoenix matched it, with the top club taking away the $2000. The North Wellington club managed to get 86 kids to the game. All had to register beforehand and carpooled to the game. Club President Gavin Underhill was delighted to hear his club had won and credits the club’s volunteers. “It’s a windfall really. The parents got right behind it – it was really good to see them take the initiative”. Keenan says his personal motivation behind the gesture was to strengthen the link between clubs, Capital Football and the Phoenix and celebrate the strength of football in the region. "Having been a player, coach and supporter of many academies, clubs and schools, I have first-hand knowledge of how things can improve with a little more teamwork, openness, communication and support,” he says. Before the game, Wellington Phoenix General Manager David Dome says junior football will only continue to grow with such initiatives. “Merrick’s contribution is very generous and we hope this is an added incentive for clubs to encourage their players to come

FOOTBALL POPULAR IN THE SUBURBS North Wellington coach Merrick Keenan put up $1000 as a challenge for all Wellington clubs to get people to the Phoenix game. PHOTO SUPPLIED

along on Saturday." The Phoenix faced Melbourne Victory, who they beat 5-0 earlier in the season, but this time it was a victory to the Victory team, who won 4-1, after being ahead 3-0 at half-time. Saturday’s game also featured more than 15 junior football clubs who took to the field prior to kick-off as part of the Junior Player March, celebrating the start of the football season in the Capital.


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