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By Nikki Papatsoumas Wellington East Girls’ College have reason to celebrate after coming second in their heat of the ASB 2014 Stage Challenge last Tuesday evening. They were one of 18 schools from across Wellington who took part in two massive nights of youth creativity and expression. As well as coming away with second place on the night, the students also gained awards for costume and character, choreography, use of stage, drama, soundtrack, performance skill, concept, and lighting. The production, which was entirely student run, explored the ideas of gender equality and feminism. Continued on page 2 HARD WORK DAZZLES: Lead dancers Ngaere Jenkins and Samara Reweti on either side of director Marina Mersi.

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Woman celebrates milestone birthday A resident at Berhampore’s Vincentian Home celebrated a milestone birthday last month. Claire Atkins blew out the candles on her birthday cake and celebrated her 100th birthday. Ms Atkins was surrounded by friends and family on the very special day, and in attendance were her some of her six children, 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. One of her daughters and a grandson travelled from Australia for the occasion and a granddaughter came across from London. Ms Atkins (nee McNie) was born in Taihape as the third of the six children of George and Millie McNie who were pioneering farmers in the Kawhatau Valley. Ms Atkins still recalls one of the stories of her early life, as a new school entrant she travelled the five kilometres on horseback to the nearest school, sitting behind her two older brothers. She explains that on one particular day her brothers arrived home without their little sister -as she had slipped off the back of the horse. Ms Atkins met her husband

BLOWING OUT THE CANDLES: Claire Atkins at her 100th birthday celebration with five of her six children.

Norman Atkins when he was a herd tester testing the dairy herd of her parents, and they married in 1940. As well as her five daughters and a son, 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, she also has 17 nephews and nieces. Throughout her life, Ms Atkins has been a very keen gardener and fed the family on home-grown vegies and fruit, milk, eggs, and sometimes farm meat.

moved from the farm at Turakina where she had lived with her husband and son to live at Turakina Beach, in Koitiata after she was widowed 32 years ago. “She has continued to be a valued and treasured grandmother and to take part in local activities.” Ms Atkins has been at the Vincentian Home since 2012, after moving to be near her Wellington family members.

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She was also a skilled needlewoman and dressed her five daughters beautifully on a shoe-string budget. Her youngest daughter Kathleen Boswell explains that her mother was always a hard worker with a strong focus on family. “Several times she travelled to Australia and England to be present for the births of her grandchildren,” she says. Kathleen says Ms Atkins

HARD WORK DAZZLES: Lead dancers Ngaere Jenkins and Samara Reweti on either side of director Marina Mersi.

Continued from page 1 By Nikki Papatsoumas Student Director and year 13 student Marina Mersi says they were inspired by the college’s very own feminist group, Femin-EAST. “The ideas they talk about were really interesting, we looked a lot at equality in the workplace in New Zealand. It is getting better but is still a problem. We also looked at human rights around the world.” The seven minute long production follows a woman who

wants to find a job, but her husband won’t allow it, instead wanting her to stay home and do the cleaning. “Anger is the catalyst to change in the production,” says Marina. She says in the end all their hours of hard work paid off. “It was definitely a lot of hard work, but we were all so dedicated and loved it so much. Most of the work was fun for us, it wasn’t a chore. “It is very rewarding as students, we have achieved this together.”

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Cycleway to “benefit” all residents

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By Nikki Papatsoumas The hotly contested Island Bay to city cycleway will be of benefit to Island Bay residents, cyclists suggest. Last week the Wellington City Council gave the green light to the $1.3 million cycleway, which will connect Shorland Park to Wakefield Park. This is first phase of a larger project – ultimately it will run a continuous length through to Wellington's CBD. Project manager for the Cycling Advocates Network Patrick Morgan says the cycle lanes are about safety and progress. “It will benefit all Island Bay residents,” he says. “I predict that once it is done, the biggest fans will be Island Bay residents. It is good news for Island Bay. “It is not just about people that currently ride bikes, it is about giving people more transport options. People want to be able to choose.” Southern Ward councillor David Lee says the current cycling lanes are woeful. "They are simply a narrow, painted margin, next to parked cars and they're not continuous. I wouldn't let my kids cycle on them." Last week Island Bay residents presented a petition with over 500

Berhampore residents will be on the streets to raise awareness on safety in the suburb, specifically children, elderly, and cyclists this Saturday, June 7. They propose for a 30km zone in the area near the shops and Berhampore School to stop drivers from speeding, and make them aware that they are in a residential zone. Residents have prepared some fun ways to draw attention, including welcoming drivers to Berhampore and “30km” love heart signs. If you are a local, come to greet and meet your neighbours and to support them, or if you are a visitor drive past carefully. This Saturday from 11am to 1pm on the crossing of Luxford Street and Adelaide Road.

CYCLEWAYS BENEFIT ALL: A group of Island Bay residents, who would like to see safer cycle lanes, alongside Southern Ward Councillor David Lee.

signatures, asking Wellington City Council to halt work until a plan for the entire route is completed. Mr Lee acknowledges that there is no detailed plan for the entire cycleway. "We backed a start to this project because it benefits not

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE: From left, chair of the Wellington Hospitals Foundation Bill Day, Charge Nurse Manager for NICU Rosemary Escott and Ange Gaeta and Tony Gaeta from South Wellington Seido Karate Club.

Generous donation given to hospital Last week the Wellington Hospital’s Foundation received a generous donation of $12,500 from South Wellington Seido Karate Club. The funds were raised at the Club’s recent Charity Quiz Night and will enable the purchase of monitoring equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Wellington Children’s Hospital. Chair of Wellington Hospitals Foun-

dation Bill Day praised the Wellington community for the part they played in obtaining the equipment. “It is through donations from members of the community that equipment like this can be purchased. “The Quiz Night was a great success, having sold out two months prior to the event, and organisation of the event was first class.”

This month is the nationwide Westpac Chopper Appeal, and the community is being asked to give generously and get behind their local helicopter service. More than 5,500 rescue missions were undertaken by rescue helicopters around New Zealand last year. This includes 319 by Life Flight in the Greater Wellington Region and Marlborough. The appeal aims to raise funds and continued awareness for the 10 charitable rescue helicopter trusts operating around the country with all donations going back to the region they are collected from. Westpac’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Sue Foley, says the country’s rescue helicopter services often make a life or death difference for many New Zealanders. “Thousands of Kiwis will need these services over the coming year – the reality is next time it could be any one of us, a member of our family, or a friend,” she says.

“We’re encouraging as many people as we can to support such vital services as every donation makes a big difference.” She says each mission can cost thousands of dollars and includes a mix of ambulance and search and rescue work. “This could be anything from boating or car accidents, near drownings, broken bones or heart attacks – even emergency births.” Ma ny of the rescue helicopters are like fully

equipped intensive care units in the sky, providing a dedicated 24-hour, seven day a week service. “From a defibrillator for a premature baby to full life support systems, most are equipped to deal with almost any situation,” she says. Approximately one third of the funding for these services comes from the community and from sponsors like Westpac, a proud sponsor of rescue helicopter services in New Zealand for more than 30 years.

School welcomes new faces By Nikki Papatsoumas Scot’s College is lucky to welcome to new staff members to their middle school and the community. Dave Scott and Seamus Flood have come on board as the middle school’s new Deputy Principal and Assistant Principal respectively. Dave joined the college at the beginning of the year after spending time in Australia at Scotch College, and prior to this spent time at Christ’s College in Christchurch.

While at Scotch College Dave was director of the school’s boarding house and says he is excited for the different aspect his new role will offer. “I am interested to get more of a cross in the school role and be involved in all aspects of the school,” he says. Seamus joined staff just four weeks ago, and comes from a preparatory school in Hampshire in the UK. He also previously spent 10 years working at St Patrick’s College in Kilbirnie.

“It was a great chance to come back to New Zealand; it is very much a home to my family and I,” says Seamus. “Scot’s has always been very prestigious and it is a privilege to have this role.” Both men live in the Miramar Peninsula with their families, and both have sons attending the school. They say they are not only enjoying their new roles, but also the opportunity to be a part of the NEW FACES: Dave Scott and Seamus Flood, with their families. Both have joined Scot’s College middle school staff. school and wider community.

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how much he loved it and how great the coffee was,” he says. This encouraged Sam to take the plunge and open his own café. He says a real point of difference with Columbus Café’s is they make all the food on site themselves with local products. He also says being the only New Zealand owned coffee franchise in the country really appealed to him. Sam says they now hope to establish a good relationship with their local community. In particular they hope to now

support the Keep Newtown Clean programme, which runs at the beginning of each month, by supplying free coffee. They also have a community notice board on site. “I am really keen to get involved in the local area, I feel like it is part of our responsibility of being a local business,” he says. Columbus Coffee is open seven days a week and is located on the corner of Adelaide Road and John Street in the Countdown Supermarket complex.



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Council backs down from bus fare rise By Laura Kavanagh Greater Wellington Regional Council has decided not to raise public transport fares at a meeting last week, a decision welcomed by Wellington City Councillors. Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Public Transport portfolio leader Paul Swain says due to favourable financial results since Christmas, fares will not need to be increased. “The Wellington public has shown their faith in public transport and as a result the Council is able to return a dividend to them by not raising fares this year.” The news has been welcomed by Wellington City councillors Iona Pannett, Sarah Free and David Lee, who have been calling on the council to introduce cheaper fares and switch to zero emission buses. Eastern Ward Councillor Sarah Free says they want to see affordable bus fares for Wellingtonians, with a 50% discount on off-peak fares. “We need to make our pub-

lic transport assets sweat more; there are times the buses are under-utilised, and so incentives to improve patronage at off peak times make a lot of sense.” Southern Ward Councillor David Lee says he is very concerned bus patronage in Wellington continues to decline and questions whether high bus fares are a factor. “We cannot understand why Wellington bus users have to pay considerably more than users in Auckland and Christchurch,” says Mr Lee. Lambton Ward Councillor Iona Pannett says the regional council’s proposal to get rid of the trolley buses is also concerning. “Trolleys are seen as a viable form of transport around the world; over 300 cities use them, as they are seen as efficient and an environmentally friendly form of transport.” She says there are questions about the accuracy of some of the figures that have been provided by the Regional Council about the cost of the trolleys.

SMALL CHANGE: Wellington City Councillors Iona Pannett, David Lee and Sarah Free.

“A report by consultants Sinclair Knight Mertz (SKM) shows that energy costs for trolleys are less than that for

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Artist brings talent to the street covered all the material costs and gave me creative freedom which was cool,” he says. So far, he has painted two sub stations, one with a pink galloping dog and another with an alien looking dinosaur. He says he is not sure where his ideas come from. “They tend to just materialize in my head when I'm dealing with everyday matters.” Gwilym says he has been fortunate enough to have friends lend a hand throughout the process. “They make the experience really fun, plus the painting goes up much faster, they have been a massive help.”

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NEW LEASE OF LIFE: Local artist Gwilym Devey with a large pink galloping dog he has painted on a local sub station.

A talented young artist has given a new lease of life to local sub stations by painting them in other worldly creatures. Gwilym Devey, also known as Gwil, is well known in Wellington for his illustrations and hand painted monsters and creatures. He says he initially approached Wellington City Council for permission to paint the sub stations, and they directed him to Wellington Electricity, who were happy for him to give them a much needed makeover. “It was a surprisingly swift and straightforward process. They

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Expedition for charity By Laura Kavanagh A local man is braving the elements and New Zealand’s rugged terrain to raise money for charity. Rob Candy is setting off to trek New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail this October to raise money and awareness on behalf of two charities, Raleigh International, and People. The $30,000 raised by the trek will allow 10 Kenyan children to go to school on an all expenses paid full year scholarship on behalf of charity People, and 20 Tanzanian young people to take part in a life changing expedition with Raleigh International. The 3,000 kilometre Te Araroa trail was first opened in 2011 and spans the length of New Zealand. Currently based in Wellington, on a working holiday visa from England, Rob is planning to work through the winter months and then set off around the end of October/ earlyNovember. The journey should take approximately four to five months and will

see Rob scaling mountains, trekking ridges, valleys, plains, forests, coastlines, vast sheep stations and even volcanoes. Rob says he has personal connections with the charities he is supporting. “Both are involved in some fantastic projects, working alongside some inspirational people and communities and I’m really passionate about what they do.” He says he is excited at the prospect of attempting Te Araroa but admits to a few nerves. “I came to New Zealand in the hope of adventure and this seems to be a perfect fit. Rob says he has always had an interest in helping people and this allows him to do something positive that he loves. “Whether I still love it after walking 3,000kms is another question; ask me again next year.” If you would like to sponsor Rob, you can visit

ENDURANCE TEST: Rob Candy is preparing himself to trek New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail this year all in the name of charity.

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Wellington Open Day wows Wellington Open Day, which was held last Sunday May 25, was once again a success. The event, now in its fourth year, saw 20 of the city’s visitor attractions and venues open their doors for a gold coin donation. Organised by Positively Wellington Tourism, the aim is to help familiarise Wellingtonians with what the coolest little capital in the world has to offer. The sun came out and enticed over 7,000 people to visit Wellington Zoo, one of the participating attractions.

Students march against sexual violence By Laura Kavanagh Over 300 students from Victoria University of Wellington marched from Kelburn campus to Aro Valley last month in response to recent sexual attacks on pathways around the campus. The event called “Let Me Go Home” was organised by the Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association

(VUWSA), VUWSA Women’s Group and the Victoria branch of Youth for UN Women. President of VUWSA, Sonya Clark says the event highlighted how attitudes and behaviours about sexual violence need to change. “The key message is that rape and sexual violence are not tolerated in our community. “As students, we want to see a societal change where rape and

sexual violence are not just the way things are.” Sonya says in the recent sexual assault cases, there have been implications the women should not have been walking alone. “Telling poor students to catch a taxi home is simply not good enough. “As a community we need to be addressing the core of these issues.”

President of the VUWSA Women’s Group Chrissy Brown says they want to show that they are a community that does not accept sexual assault as a given and they will foster a community that rejects rape culture. Although led by students, the organisers hope that the wider community gets involved. “Changing culture requires a whole community approach,” Sonya says.

The march departed at 5pm on May 20 outside the Hub, Kelburn Campus and headed to the Aro Valley Community Centre. It was followed by speeches and discussion with local leaders invited to respond. Sonya says the response so far shows this is an issue that students are concerned about and more action is needed.

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Q: Why would you like to see the cycle lanes in Island Bay improved?

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Rob Edward Island Bay

“I have cycled into town from Island Bay my whole life but there are a lot of young people that aren’t as confident. It is important that there is a division of traffic.”

“There needs to be more transport options and they need to be safe.”

Janet Miller Island Bay “It is important so we can cycle safely around Island Bay to the tennis courts and parks. At the moment we have to be on the footpath a bit. It keeps our community healthy and this means the costs are justified.”

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“It’s good for the environment and it’s the healthy option.”

“I have a 10-year-old son that wants to ride to school. At the moment he cycles on the footpath. I would love him to be able to ride safely on the road.”

Alice Coppard Island Bay “I am a university student and find it so expensive catching the bus. I would like to cycle but it isn’t safe enough. If I felt safer I would be keener to cycle.”

Work begins at Kilmarnock Heights Home By Nikki Papatsoumas Work has begun levelling the ground at Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore. This comes after the site was affected by a landslide that hit Priscilla Crescent, which is directly above the home, last year. This resulted in the entire home being evacuated in the middle of the night. Work started last week clearing trees, and continues this week with levelling out the ground.


Kilmarnock Heights manager Bronwyn Drennan says they will then plant native trees on site, and are looking to local community groups to help with planting. The team at Kilmarnock Heights were also recognised for their efforts during last year’s landslide at the annual Presbyterian Support Central Quality and Innovation awards. The team at Kilmarnock won the ‘Going beyond the call of duty award’ which is for an individual or team that consistently

goes beyond the call of duty to make a positive difference in either residents or clients lives or to the organisation. On the night of the landslide, staff were woken in the middle of the night and left their own homes and families to selflessly help police to evacuate residents. Mention was also made to their work throughout last year’s storm and earthquakes, with residents continuing to remark about how safe they feel in their hands.

WORK BEGINS: Kilmarnock Heights manager Bronwyn Drennan and resident Kevin Garrett watch on as the ground is levelled after last year’s landslide.

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Potential problem for buses Dear Editor, On Saturday I was driving up Houghton Bay Road near the entrance to Sinclair Park where a sports match was in progress. Houghton Bay Road is very narrow and windy and there were cars parked bumper to bumper on both sides of the road. As I drove up, I was confronted by a vehicle coming down. Finally we managed to pass each other.

Which raises the question. How do buses manage? On Saturday mornings the Mairangi buses go down Houghton Bay Road after making a right turn from Buckley Road. It must be extremely difficult to manoeuvre one of those larger buses down that part of the street. Someone responsible for traffic flow efficiency should ensure that cars park on one side of the

street only. Children could be dropped off at Sinclair Park and the parents’ vehicle parked further up in Buckley Road which is just above Sinclair Park. I wonder how many Saturday morning Mairangi bus drivers have experienced problems negotiating this very congested section of their bus route. Christine Swift Island Bay

Bullying redefined Dear Editor, Re your May 26 item on Pink Shirt Day, and the opinions of Newtown School's children about bullying, it seems the word "bullying" is yet another of the words that have either acquired new, additional meanings, or have changed to a new meaning different from the ones they had during my childhood and youth in the 1940s and 1950s. During my primary school

years, 1941-47, bullying meant bodily maltreatment of smaller, weaker children by bigger, stronger ones, or maybe physical attacks on one child by a group of other children - several on to one. Nowadays, although there are still some physical attacks, "bullying" is mainly used to describe verbal abuse, either orally or in writing; so abusive, unflattering texting, emails, etc. Yes, non-physical nastiness

can also be very hurtful; but surely our schools have better things to do than to make a day of condemning it all. Today's schoolchildren are purposely cocooned from anything that doesn't make them feel good about themselves: they are not being prepared, stage by stage, for the harsh realities of adult life, employment, and society. H Westfold Miramar

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to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Flyover an asset Dear Editor, Paul Fra n ken ma kes one of the more sensible comments re giving vista to the tired and frustrated traveller. The 'Flyover', more correctly a Viaduct, will give a superb panorama of one of our most cherished assets as they sweep beside the hallowed turf on their way into or beyond our Capital City from the South. I can think of only one other similar but maybe more spectacular view as one enters the City from the North and that is from the Viaduct at the base of the Ngauranga Gorge, with its panoramic vista of the whole of the Harbour.

The only blot on their horizon will be the Pile on their Right which bears a more than passing resemblance to the Sovie Era Tennaments of Eastern Europe, known I believe, as the Grandstand Appartments. Viaducts throuout history remain monuments to the skill of engineers. Many are beautiful, most are attractive, but all are, or were, totally functional. I'm sure that this one will be a wonderful asset for generations to come, who might ask "What was all the fuss about?” Tony Sutcliffe Strathmore

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inbriefnews Design exhibition on display

Bringing a smile to childrens’ faces Children at Wellington Hospital are guaranteed a giggle, now that Clown Doctors have extended their hours. Clown Doctors are a group of professional artists trained to the highest international standards in the art of medical clowning. They visit and entertain sick children in hospital with the aim of providing a positive

emotional boost to the young patients, their families and to hospital staff. They are currently achieving great success in Christchurch Hospital and Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland. Wellington Hospital has also been lucky enough to have them help out thanks to the generous support of owner of the Museum Art Hotel, Chris

Parkin. Mr Parkin has now confirmed he will continue to fund the charity for another year. The New Zealand Community Trust have also come on board and offered financial support which will enable the Clown Doctors to extend their services to the neo-natal and in the Paediatric Orthopaedic O.P.D ward at Wellington

LAUGHING OUT LOUD: A Clown Doctor entertains a child at Wellington Hospital.

hospital for the first time. They will now be present for two shifts a week over two days at Wellington Hospital. As they are a charitable Trust, they rely heavily on funding and Mr Parkin is calling on local businesses to support their cause and enable them to carry out even more shifts at Wellington Hospital.

Massey University industrial design students opened a new exhibition on Friday that displays novel ways to produce, consume, and behave more sustainably. From May 30 to June 6, their ideas will be on display at the Central Library. Massey University Industrial Design Lecturer Matthijs Siljee says the students have been challenged to unpack popular misconceptions about what is and what isn’t ‘sustainable’ and in some cases they have looked at the sustainability of packaging itself. The Council’s Chief Executive, Kevin Lavery, says this clever and practical design work by the Massey students can lead to innovative Wellingtonbased businesses in the future.

Simply Meditation Whether you’re a complete beginner, or meditation master, come and join Simply Meditation, every Wednesday at Newtown Community Centre from 7:30pm. The group aims to create an environment that fosters stillness, silence and attentiveness, with brief instructions for beginners. People with all levels of experience welcome. Visit for more info.

Evans Bay Intermediate School wants to say....

“Thanks Wellington City Council & Thanks Emma Hope!”

Emma Hope with 2014 School Leaders Tom Eales and Anneke Hutt. Three years ago Emma Hope, on behalf of the Wellington City Council, came to the School after receiving a call about safety at the front of the school gates. The Principal had been contacted by several parents raising this safety issue. Emma Hope on behalf of the Council, delivered 420 fluro yellow backpack covers for every student. This gift to the School was very well received. Each student crossing the road or being anywhere near the road, was very visible.

This was the beginning of a long journey of gathering information to determine what might be the best way to help reduce the traffic speed and congestion at the main entrance. A School Traffic Team was established and they began having regular meetings with Emma and also sometimes, even went into the Council. They prepared reports, slideshows and carried out surveys. “The whole process with this project has been outstanding. The Board, Staff, Parents and

Students of EBIS want to say a huge thanks to Emma Hope and Wellington City Council for making the School entrance a safer place for students and their families. Our students can feel very proud of what they have achieved. This learning experience for them, has been one they will always remember. It will give them confidence to speak up about things that they are concerned about in their community, in the future.” Principal Wendy Esera concluded.

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What’s next on your wish list?

Who would you invite to dinner?

Green Smoothies and Juices

To stay in a farmhouse in the South of France for six months then the same in the South of Italy - (sigh, one day!!)

Billy Connolly, his wife, Pam Stephenson, Dawn French, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Graham Norton, Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Helen Mirren, Peter Dinklage, Iain Glen, Kristian Nairn, Sean Bean, Noah Taylor, Joanne Froggatt.

What is your pet hate?

Your favourite holiday destination?

Drivers who don’t know how to use roundabouts properly. Also those who don’t use their indicators properly.

A nice resort with plenty of sun.

What’s your favourite music?

What makes you smile?

Rock, Ballads, Some Classical, and my son, Jack’s band “Jormungandr” - they play Viking folk metal!

Our dog, Hendrix!

What is one thing Cook Strait News readers would be surprised to know about you? My husband, our twin boys and I have all worked on “The Hobbit.”

Showcase celebrates culture By Nikki Papatsoumas

ONE OF A KIND SHOW: Performers in the Measina showcase.

In celebration of Samoan language week two local theatre and dance production companies combined to bring Measina – a showcase of dance and theatre. Companies Jandals Inc and Le Moana performed three shows last week, Romeo and Tusi, Fatu Na

Toto and Impact. Jandals Inc producer Sasha Gibb says this is the only production of its kind. “There isn’t anything like this in Wellington, we came together and decided to put on a festival that incorporated theatre and dance to celebrate our culture.” She says through the showcase

they were able to celebrate all of their cultural elements, including music, dance, poetry and theatre. The showcase was made up of past and current students from Whitiriea Performing Arts School and Toi Whakaari. “We would really like to see this turning into an annual event,” says Sasha.

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INETRNATIONAL FLAVOUR: En la Ventana (at the window) detail from pastel by Carol Barranco.

Spirit of the Face revealed in new exhibition An international flavour animates the upcoming exhibition at Tapu Te Ranga Gallery in June. It features two artists. Carol Barranco, from Madrid in Spain and Ian Logan, who although very much ‘born and bred’ in Island Bay, has spent much of the past decade or so in the UK and Europe. Carol Barranco’s work is very much focussed on the human condition with dynamic and colourful portraits and figure studies – mostly in pastel and mixed media. Accompanying Paco her partner, she initially found the change in culture and language a daunting transition. But both Paco and Carol love Wellington

inbriefnews Mayor signs agreement with Japanese tech giant Wellington will have cutting-edge technology soon, thanks to an agreement that Mayor Celia WadeBrown signed with Japanese tech giant NEC in Tokyo last week. NEC is producing digital technology that, at the highest level, can help cities like Wellington operate infrastructure and transport networks highly efficiently and enhance customer service. NEC is also highly interested in collaborating with Wellington’s digital and IT communities, particularly ‘start-up’ companies. “This is a truly global company that depends on, and thrives on, innovation. It really wants to work with the Capital’s creative minds – our best and brightest,” says Wade-Brown. She says the non-exclusive agreement with NEC could enable the company and the Council to test and perfect a range of technologies. “NEC needs to partner with real organisations – with real services and customer needs – so it can develop and fine-tune its technologies. “In a manner of speaking, Wellington City Council could be a ‘test bed’ for NEC technologies – this would be to the benefit of the city and its people.”

and they are hoping to be able to stay here long-term. Fortunately art has no language barriers and a meeting with Tapu Te Ranga Gallery curators Rahul Gopinathan and Ian Logan has led to the upcoming show. The other exhibitor, Ian Logan, is by now something of a veteran on the Wellington arts scene, with the Tapu Te Ranga Gallery being the second gallery he has run. He has also exhibited extensively since the 1980’s in Wellington and since 1998 in London and Scotland. The landscape in all its moods is his passion and Wellington with its storms and sunshine alternating provides plenty of material. “Rahul and I share a vision for our

gallery as extending beyond New Zealand and bringing the best of our New Zealand art and overseas art together. So this exhibition is a chance to start that going,” says Ian Logan. The exhibition, titled “Inscapes – Portraits of the Land and of the Soul”, is open from

Cheetah tragically passes away Wellington Zoo was saddened to report last week that shortly after arriving to his new home at Wellington Zoo, Shomari, one of two Cheetahs coming to the Zoo from Orana Wildlife Park, died unexpectedly. Marketing and Communications Manager Megan Sellars says Shomari was unconscious on arrival.


“Wellington Zoo vets worked tirelessly to save him. We are all deeply saddened by his tragic passing,” she says. His brother Cango is doing well. At the time we went to print, Wellington Zoo is working with Orana Wildlife Park, and an investigation is underway to establish exactly what happened.

June 8 until July 16 and the gallery is open from midday to 5.30 every day except Monday.  For more information and contact details see

Tree experiment helps native creatures As an experiment, arborists have been cutting holes and slits in old, dead, and dying trees in order to turn them into nesting spots for native birds. Instead of removing the trees and destroying habitat for native birds, lizards, insects, and fungi, the nest cavaties encourage birds like the silvereye and the kaka to breed. Polhill Reser ve and George Denton Park were chosen for the trial because of a problem with sycamore trees, which threaten the native tree canopy.

The holes cut in these pest trees will eventually kill the trees but not before they play host to a range of native species. “In the past we would go and cut down the trees if they had splits and fungi. We had all these nice tidy big trees, but no habitat. Standing deadwood is a very vital habitat,” Council's Tree Team manager David Spencer says. For safety reasons no dead tree is left standing near tracks, houses or places where people commonly go.

More cycleway meetings coming up Community meetings are planned in Berhampore and Newtown next week so people can find out more about the process planned to come up with the most promising and viable ways to make cycling improvements work through this part of the city. The meetings will be a chance to ask questions and learn more about the 18-member citizens’ advisory panel that is being set up to ensure to every possibility is thoroughly considered and all the thorny issues are canvassed. They are on: • Wednesday June 4, 6pm–8pm, St Anne’s Parish Hall, 22 Emmett Street, Newtown • Saturday June 7, 3pm–5pm, Berhampore School, 105 Britomart Street. The membership of the panel is ex-

pected to be confirmed in the next week or so and it will meet for the first time in mid-June. Over the following six weeks, panel members will make visits to the area, read a range of reports and studies on possible options, and spend more than seven days hearing from people and groups with ideas and concerns. The public will be able to sit in and watch while people and groups make presentations to the panel. The panel will make a recommendation on the options it thinks are best, probably at the end of July. At that stage there will be detailed information available on the pros and cons of each option and people will be able to make suggestions and raise any

related issues they want to. As well as the meetings coming up next week to talk about the citizens’ panel and next steps for the Berhampore/Newtown area, more drop-in sessions are planned in Island Bay. The Council’s Transport and Urban Development Committee recently opted for the safer of the two options under consideration for The Parade – kerbside cycle lanes that meet international standards. Council staff have been asked to do detailed design work, including more consultation with local residents. Both drop-in sessions are at the Wellington South Baptist Church hall at 284 The Parade: • Wednesday June 18, 6–8pm. • Sunday June 22, 2–5.30pm.

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Take your family back in time and meet some of New Zealand’s most endangered native animals at Zealandia. Here the wildlife is free to fly. They stay because local people have established a natural sanctuary. Explore the valley and exhibition and discover how Zealandia is bringing bird song back to Wellington. With your help Zealandia can achieve a 500-year vision to restore nature and bring the benefits of our natural heritage to the people of Wellington and beyond. Adult entry is just $17.50 and family admission is $44 and our “come back tomorrow” offer means you can return the next day to explore. If that’s not enough for your family to enjoy, become a Zealandia member for just $99 and make the most of unlimited visits. Visit www.visitzealandia. com

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with limited off street parking. We can all participate to prevent these crimes and I encourage the following action to assist: ensure nothing of value is left visible to thieves in your vehicle ensure your vehicles are locked and secured off the street where possible report all suspicious activity as it occurs get to know your neighbours and look out for one another ensure lighting on your properties is maintained ensure vegetation on your property is kept trimmed I am a believer that if we all take an active role in prevention of crime, do not let the perpetrators dictate what when where they will offend, the community will significantly benefit. I wish to give a rap to the members of both Eastern Rocks Community Patrol and Wellington South Community Patrol. The good folk are out there battling with us during those high demand times in an attempt to benefit their communities. A recent drunk driver was apprehended by Eastern Rocks and removed from the roads, potential lives saved. Should you wish to join these active community members don't hesitate. They are always looking to recruit. As are the Police, we need good people too, if you are keen to join up, go online or visit your local station.




Kilbirnie Police are very pleased to report a positive impact in our community as a result of removing Psychoactive Substances from general sale. A reduction in reported begging and antisocial behaviour appears to have been directly related this law change. Considerable effort was made by a number of community members to fight this battle and minimise the damage these substances cause - a big thank you to those who dedicated time to this cause. We may not have seen the last of these substances and we welcome continued ideas, brainstorming and support to ensure the safety of our families should these drugs rear their ugly heads again. A really positive Community Event took place on Sunday May 25 in Taiaroa St Strathmore. Together with the Community and Neighbourhood Team at Wellington City Council, Eastern Southern Youth Trust, WCC Parks and Garden Ranger, the Strathmore Park Community Centre and the Community Members themselves, we had an afternoon of networking, fun and engaging with a view to continuous improvement in our suburbs. Thanks to all who made it happen. A concern continues to be the incidents of cars being stolen and broken into in our area. Most often these offences occur at night and in areas

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Monday June 2, 2014



Top athlete honoured in Athletics Wellington Awards

OUT ON TOP: Phoebe Edwards after winning two of the three awards she was nominated for. PHOTO CREDIT: Jo Murray

Top track and field athlete Phoebe Edwards was among the winners in the inaugural Athletics Wellington awards at Chicago Sports Café on May 28. Thirteen awards from 12 categories were presented at an awards ceremony, covering track and field, cross country and road events for both junior and senior athletes, and volunteers. Phoebe Edwards, the country’s top teenager in both high jump and

heptathlon, picked up the Jumper of the Year and Combined Eventer of the Year awards. Despite being just 16, she was a bit surprised to head off brother and sister Anna and Scott Thompson, the top two Oceania triple jumpers in their grade, and university student and senior heptathlete Ariana Blackwood. As well as winning the national youth high jump title this year, she came third in long jump and got personal bests in nine different track and field events. She has been invited to join Athletics New Zealand's High Performance 'Pathway to Podium' programme, a partnership between Sport New Zealand and High Performance Sport New Zealand that identifies and prepares emerging athletes for international competition. “She’s a very strong athlete, she’s just so dedicated,” her coach Mike Ritchie says. “She’s the type of athlete that can go international” he says. Edwards, from Island Bay, was the only nominee for three categories. She was also nominated for Sprinter of the Year for her unbeaten efforts in 80m and 100m hurdles. The sprinter award went to Alex Howden, who is ranked 4th in New Zealand in both the u20 200m and 100m, was runner up in the national champs in both, and also collected a silver at the National Secondary Schools - competition in the 100m event.

TRAIL RACING: Lynzi Armstrong, Lana Moriarity, Natalie Hardaker and Wayne Hastie.

Racing the Orongorongos By Laura Kavanagh Over 400 trail running enthusiasts took part in the second leg of the Xterra Wellington trail running series held in the Orongorongos near the Rimutaka Forest Park earlier this month. Good weather and amazing scenery was a bonus for the runners, who took part in the gruelling run on May 11. Event organiser Mike Thomason says the first rule of Xterra is if someone needs your help, stop and help them.

“This friendly sportsmanship adds to the enjoyable vibe of the events. “Despite the gruelling run, everyone finishes with a smile on their face. ‘Great’ and ‘a lot of fun’ are the most common responses when asking athletes how they found it” he says, The four event Xterra Wellington trail running series offers three distances at each event. The short distance at the Orongorongos was 7km of mixed flat easy running and some short hilly portions.

The popular medium distance covered about 12km including a climb up McKerrows revenge, and in the more technical long course runners challenged themselves with twisting, root hopping trails. Each season the location and trails change, keeping it fresh and challenging for participants. No previous experience is necessary and first timers are welcome. For more information, visit








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