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By Nikki Papatsoumas Family, staff and students of Miramar North School began celebrating their 75th Jubilee last Friday. The school, which opened in 1939, decided SOUTHERN & EAS to kick start celebrations after receiving birthday gifts from the community. SUBURBS Continued on page 2

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Concerns over Central Park By Nikki Papatsoumas

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A local man from Brooklyn remains upset at the derelict state of Wellington’s Central Park. Keith Flint walks his dog

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reached the point where I am wasting my time.” Mr Flint has complained to the Wellington City Council, who maintains the park, for many years but says nothing seems to be happening. “It seems like we are banging our heads against a brick wall,” he says. “I wish the council would take better care of something I consider to be a community asset.” He says last year’s storm bought down many trees, and the council have yet to clear them away. Council spokesperson Clayton Anderson says the Wellington City Council respectfully disagree with Mr Flint’s comments that Central Park has been

neglected by the Council, and note his long standing commitment to the Park. “We have done a lot of work in Central Park since last year’s June storm. “Our contractors, Treescape, spent about four days clearing huge fallen trees from the stream and from the 'curvy bridges', so they could be repaired.” He says the Tree Team has also been in the park several times since June to clear fallen trees from the tracks and play area. Mr Anderson says in the last few years the council has reclassified the tracks in Central Park to primary tracks, which means the vegetation, channels and surface of the tracks are cleaned twice a year.

School celebrates 75 years Continued from page 1 By Nikki Papatsoumas These gifts include three trees, one to represent each syndicate, the addition of solar panels which were installed as part of the Schoolgen programme and a new playhouse that was donated by Peter and Fran Jackson. “We have so many projects happening around the school,” says Principal Joyce Adam. She says it is fantastic to start celebrations early, with further celebrations planned for December. In order to celebrate their new gifts, students put together and presented a special school assembly, which highlighted the school’s history. “The student’s voice at Miramar North School is very strong,” says Ms Adam. “They help us with staging our curriculum and any celebrations. It’s all about the students we want them to tell the stories, and learn the stories of our past.”  For more information on Jubilee celebrations, head to www.mns.school.nz Students share the Miramar North School’s history on page 8.

LEARNING HISTORY: Students took part in a special school assembly last Friday.

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By Nikki Papatsoumas A long standing resident of Wellington’s southern and eastern suburbs says she is humbled by a recent honour. Frances Russell was among those to receive a Queen’s Birthday Honour earlier this month, for her services to the community for the last two and a half decades. Originally a farmer’s wife, Ms Russell has lived in Wellington since 1986, mostly in Lyall Bay, and now lives in Newtown. Not long after arriving in Wellington she became involved with the Maranui Surf Life Saving Club, and has been treasurer since 1989. She says being part of the club has been particularly satisfying as they have had a number of rises and falls over the last two decades. “I have been there through all of them and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved there.” Among her many other achievements, Mrs Russell also founded the New Zealand Art Show, was the CEO of the Wel-

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HONOURED: Frances Russell outside Wellington Zoo, where she is a trustee.

lington Community Trust and is also a trustee of Wellington Zoo. “I just did stuff really. I know most people get involved in something, but I got involved in a variety of things because I don’t have a narrow interest. “I can’t do these things on my

own, I am feeling pretty chuffed that I am the one getting the honour.” Now retired, Mrs Russell says she has more time to spend working with various trusts, committees and groups and most recently was appointed as Chair of the Wellington Netball

Centre Board. She says that since finding out she had been honoured she has spent time celebrating with friends and family. “I never thought I would be honoured, I am feeling really chuffed about it.”

Midland Park now smokefree Midland Park was declared smokefree at the end of last month, with an official launch held by the Cancer Society. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says becoming Smokefree will improve people's experience in the Golden Mile's busiest green space. “Midland Park is a well-loved oasis in the heart of our busiest shopping and commercial district. We’re making this move for healthy hearts, healthy lungs and healthy people,” she says.

“It’s far more attractive to eat lunch and relax without tobacco smoke. This is good for business and good for health.” Councillor Paul Eagle, chair of the Community, Sport and Recreation Committee, says that with more than 80 per cent of people in Wellington choosing not to smoke tobacco, people are understandably supportive. “Wellingtonians have overwhelmingly told us that they want our inner city green spaces to be smokefree. Our declaration

for Midland Park starts the process of considering other parks,” says Mr. Eagle. Smokefree Coalition Executive Director Dr Prudence Stone said setting policy for public spaces was the key role that every local government plays toward achieving New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 goal. “We hope Midland Park is just the beginning and with its success, that Wellington’s entire CBD, including its waterfront, will eventually be declared Smokefree.”

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown met with representatives from the BYD Company in China this week to investigate electric bus opportunities for Wellington City. Public Transport is a hot topic in the Capital with a proposal by Greater Wellington Regional Council to retire the trolley bus fleet and cable network, as part of a comprehensive review of the bus network. Mayor Wade-Brown said the visit confirmed her view that fully electric buses are a viable form of transport for Wellington. “I’d like to see 100 percent of our public transport become electric,” she said. “The Regional Council’s timetable must be flexible enough so we can go forward with low emission, quiet buses on all our routes.” BYD Company was established in 1995, and specialises in automobiles, new energy and IT. BYD is the largest supplier of rechargeable batteries in the world, and leads the field of electric vehicles with unique technologies.

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Student comes to terms with shooting By Alisa Yong Massey Journalism Student A Wellington student who witnessed the recent Isla Vista shooting is determined to finish her final weeks of study at University of California Santa Barbara.

Hannah Merritt, a 21-year-old Massey University exchange student caught up in the aftermath of Elliot Rodger’s shooting spree, says she walked down the street where the gunman had shot three people just minutes earlier. Six people were killed and 13 wounded

before Rodger finally took his own life. Hannah, whose family lives in Lyall Bay, is staying in accommodation only three blocks away from Rodger’s apartment and was on her way to a liquor store with her flatmate when they heard gunshots.

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safe, describing Isla Vista as a “typical beach town”. “There was quite a violent gang rape a month or two ago, there’s been riots and a stabbing. At night I’ve never felt unsafe really, because I’ve always been with people. But I definitely never walk around on my own.” Hannah still plans to complete her studies and says she does not want the shooting to be the defining experience of her time in the United States. “It’s difficult because I guess you really remember the things that happened in the last few weeks. But I’m going to try and focus on the positive aspects of this exchange.” Although she may return to the United States in the future, she is ready to come home, she says. “It’s made me look forward to coming home even more. Coming home to safe old Wellington. And in comparison it does feel a lot safer.”

Giving Island Bay a voice association. Both women have spent the last three weeks collecting signatures for a petition that would see all work on the Island Bay section of a planned cycleway halted, until a plan for the entire route is completed. The cycleway would eventually run all the way into Wellington’s CBD. Both women say this issue has made it very clear that Island Bay residents need a stronger voice, and suggest a residents associa-

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“My flatmates were arguing a bit so we delayed it by a few minutes. We had to do a longer detour on the way there which was lucky, because when we actually got to the road that he’d just driven down, people asked us if we’d heard it. “Then we saw the police sirens…I don’t think we grasped the situation…it’s not in our psyche to think that guns are even around.” She has been on edge since the shooting, Hannah says. “Right now I’m really jumpy. Loud noises and black cars really freak me out. “I’m just so angry at what he’s done to the community. It’s intense. I’m really angry at him for doing this and I’m really grateful that it wasn’t me, but angry that it could’ve been.” The university is providing counselling services and lecturers are also on hand to support students. Despite being aware of several other violent incidents in the area she usually feels

A public meeting is planned for Island Bay in the hopes of giving the community a stronger voice. The meeting, scheduled for tonight , has been planned by Francesca De Gregorio and Jane Byrne. Items on the agenda include the Island Bay Sea Wall, Erskine College, Cycle Ways and formation of both a residents association and retailers

tion could ensure they are heard in the future. They say it will also allow them to liaise more efficiently with the Wellington City Council. “We want to create a positive voice for the south coast,” says Jane. “We were hit hard by the June storm of 2013 and as a result there has been lots of discussion. People are talking about the same matters but we don’t have a clear voice.” Francesca says they hope

to get as many people involved as possible. “It is about what Island Bay wants, and what Island Bay needs. We need a forum so we can hear people’s opinions.” The public meeting will be held tonight, Monday June 9 at the Baptist Church, 284 The Parade from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. All are welcome to attend to discuss items on the agenda.

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Matariki celebrated with coin collection Last week New Zealand Post’s 2014 Maori Art Coin and 2014 Matariki stamps were officially released at Te Papa Tongarewa. The coins and stamps tell the creation story of Papatunuku and Ranginui and feature the art work of six Maori artists including Cliff Whiting, recipient of New Zealand’s highest honour, the Order of New Zealand. New Zealand Post Head of Stamps and Coins Simon Al-

lison says they are proud to be able to celebrate Matariki by presenting the work of six leading Maori artists on these stamps and coins. "The stamps look at the creation narrative through the eyes of the artists, who represent parts of the story in their own unique way." The 2014 Maori Art Coin shows Ranginui, the Sky Father, and Papatunuku, the Earth Mother, being separated by their son Tane,

creating the world of light. The intricate design is based on artist Cliff Whiting's mixed media mural, "Te wehenga o Rangirua ko Papa". Cliff Whiting's design is also shown on the 80c Matariki stamp. The other artists featured in the stamp issue are Phil Mokaraka Berry, Kura Te Waru Rewiri, Fred Graham, Pauline Kahurangi Yearbury and Robert Jahnke.

The launch of the stamps and coins at Te Papa is the first of several events New Zealand Post is involved in to celebrate Matariki. The largest event will be on Saturday June 28 and Sunday June 29, when Te Papa hosts the New Zealand Post Kaumatua Kapa Haka, bringing together some of the country’s most experienced Kapa Haka performers.

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Restoration programme making a difference By Nick Truebridge Massey Journalism Student

ON THE WAY UP: Dr Richard Norman stands in front of natives planted at the top of Majoribanks Street as part of the Mount Victoria native plant restoration programme. PHOTO CREDIT: Nick Truebridge.

Mount Victoria’s native plant restoration programme is making a significant difference to Wellington’s town belt. Natives standing half a metre when planted three years ago now stand two to three metres tall. Group member Dr Richard Norman says the best results can be seen above Majoribanks St. field. He says such healthy growth gives volunteers a sense of achievement and an incentive to stay involved. “Seeing the results is one of the biggest encouragers,” he says. Dr Norman says this year planting will take place along walking tracks above Pirie St. in Mount Victoria.

He says these tracks are some of the most used in Wellington, which is motivation to plant natives there. “It’s in the town belt and because it’s a main track over to Hataitai,” he says. Dr Norman says the tracks above Pirie St. are also used by tourists visiting filming sites from the Lord of the Rings movies. He says the restoration program was started to attract birdlife to the town belt and to replenish vegetation that had been destroyed. “For a long time possums would destroy the native budding plants,” he says. Dr Norman says interest in the programme is growing. “At the plantings last year there would have been 20 to 30 people per Saturday,” he says.

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Seven staff at the Berhampore Nursery each year produce around 100,000 native plants which are transforming the city. Now, with the winter planting season about to start, nearly 80,000 of these will be distributed to more than 70 community planting groups involved in restoration projects, to residents planting on road reserves and Council plantings says Nursery Manager Nicky Oliver-Smith. When the June 2013 storm knocked over hundreds of trees, Berhampore Nursery provided plants to repair some of the most ravaged areas. Replant-

BIRTHDAY MAGIC: Carolina Cabrera with some of the decorations for their Lego themed party.

By Nikki Papatsoumas A pair of sisters are bringing some colour and fun to Kilbirnie with their new business Worlds Delights. Worlds Delights opened on Bay Road just two months ago, and specialise in throwing children’s birthday parties, cakes and decorations. The store is run by Carmen Cabrera, with her sister Carolina Cabrera jumping on board to help with marketing. Carmen is a former civil engineer, and her son bought her the store after she made decided to make a radical career change and instead focus on her hobby. “I wanted to change my life, I love children so I was very excited to open this place,” says Carmen. The sisters are originally from Venezuela and Carolina

says it is great to bring some of the colour and imagination of their culture to Wellington. “My sister is very dedicated to what she does, she is a beautiful cook, she is very natural and she has a great imagination.” Carmen says parents are welcome to approach her with any ideas and she will then design and cater a birthday party to match. So far she has worked on Lego, princess and butterfly themed parties, and is now looking forward to spreading the word and getting more people through the door. From the end of this week they will also be selling a variety of cup-cakes, cakes and slices from their Bay Road store.

ing started immediately at Tawatawa Reserve in Island Bay as contractors removed many trees felled by the storm. In addition to the usual planting programme, the Council has just allocated $162,000 a year for five years to pay for replanting the city’s stormdamaged areas. “Everything we are growing here is to enhance Wellington City – to put native plants back on the hillsides, the coastline and beside streams – to provide a better environment for us to live and for birds, lizards and insects,” says Nicky.

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LETTERS Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication.

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Green vs. Red Dear Ed, A little drama seems to be playing itself out in our local newspapers and it concerns two of Wellington’s city councillors for the southern ward. In the red corner you have Councillor Eagle and in the Green corner you have Coun-

cillor Lee. One supports the proposed Island Bay cycle lane in Island Bay the other opposes it. Both councillors have been publicised in photos over this issue, I wonder about David Lee. Does he feel he has to come out as pro cycle lane

because he is Green? Does he personally care one way or another? I can’t say I have seen David Lee cycling round Island Bay but I have certainly seen Paul Eagle out walking, so we know where HIS priorities lie. (Step forward, shoe shop sponsors!)

You do wonder whether this will affect their ability to work as a team on other issues affecting Island Bay, or whether a rift will grow between them. This is highly dramatic narrative…. Christine Swift Island Bay

No to cycle way upgrade Dear Ed, The Council plans to spend $1m on remodelling the Island Bay cyclelanes. That is around $150 per resident of Island Bay, to provide a cycleway on one of the wider streets in southern Wellington. Advocates claim it will benefit “all Island Bay residents,” but

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I beg to disagree. The Council takes a cavalier attitude to spending ratepayers’ money and this is yet another example. I know my family, with at least one young cyclist, would rather have the $750 back. Michael Reddell Island Bay

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The Art of Living Foundation is excited to announce the New Zealand visit of Indian-born Canadian Art of Living Foundation ambassador Sukhvinder Bindra this week. Sukhvinder Bindra, known as Sukhiji, will be teaching the Art of Breathing, an experiential six day course that reveals the enormous power of the breath in reducing stress in our daily lives, to be happier, calmer, energised and more productive. “We underestimate the effect of stress in our day-to-day life,” he says. “We experience anxiety, worry and fear related to the future, or guilt and regrets over the past. It is helpful to understand how that works.” Sukhiji travels globally inspiring nations and communities to create more

liveable societies after a surprising meeting with world-renowned humanitarian leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of Art of Living. Deeply affected by Sri Sri's vision of a violence-free, stress free society, for the next 15 years Sukhvinder travelled the globe bringing tangible, practical benefits to people's lives across 4 continents.

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Newtown Playcentre volunteer celebrates 36 years of play For almost four decades Newtown resident Heather Leslie has been involved with Newtown Playcentre. Heather first attended with her own children, then the children she has cared for, and now her grandchildren attend the playcentre with her. Heather says the playcentre has seen many changes during her time. When she began, it was a ‘pack and play’ Playcentre, located in several different places until, finally, the passion of the families attending and the continued support of the Playcentre Federation and many community

groups in Newtown led to the purchase of a permanent premises. Heather was there every step of the way, supporting the children and families and liaising with the Wellington Playcentre Association. “I have always loved the culture in Newtown, and I have a passion for meeting new families and supporting them when they first come in,” she says. Heather says it is not only a love of children that have kept her coming back for 36 years, but also the vital support the playcentre offers to parents and families. “Parents need support as

well as their children. The children grow up together here and become like one big extended family. “As a parent here I have learnt so much, things I would never have learnt at any other place.” Now Heather attends the playcentre with her granddaughter Maraea Cullen Leslie. “I love the joy that comes from watching her learn and grow. “My older grand-child who went to Playcentre loves having his cousin here now; he gets regular reports about what she’s been up to at the centre.”

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Wellington antenatal support group celebrates its first year Support group Positive Birth Wellington celebrate their first birthday on Tuesday June 17. The group was founded by a group of mothers, birth partners and practitioners in the Wellington region that believe every woman deserves a positive birth and that a positive birth has great implications for both mother and baby. Group facilitator Ronja Levers says a positive birth does not have to be natural or drug-free, but means a birth in which a woman feels she has freedom of choice. “We want to support women to have a positive birth in all settings, whatever that means for them. The key is for them to feel they are at the centre of the decision-making and feel empowered by the experience.” The group meets on the third Tuesday of every month and discuss how to achieve a positive birth, share experiences, thoughts and insights into the birth process, and to create a more positive birth community. They welcome anyone to come along (including kids) and also regularly invite experts to talk about a range of birth subjects or methods. Meetings are informal and start at 7:45pm for an hour and a half at the Island Bay Community Centre, 137 The Parade in Island Bay (tucked away behind the main shops). Entry is free but a gold coin donation is appreciated to cover room hire.  You can follow the group Facebook at PositiveBirthWellington, or contact Ronja at 021 022 29325.

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Miramar Tennis Club under lights By Nikki Papatsoumas After many years of fundraising The Miramar Tennis Club have new outdoor floodlights. Many of the club’s 270 members gathered last Thursday evening to celebrate the installation of the new lights, and all the hard work that has gone into getting them over the last five years. Club president Stephanie Walker says the new floodlights are something the club has always wanted but have often taken a back burner to other things that need to be done, such as resurfacing the courts. “It is really cool to finally have them,” she says. “The whole club has had a really big part to play in seeing this happen.” She says now they have the lights, they will be able to utilise their four courts later into the evenings during the winter months. The outdoor floodlights were installed after many years of fundraising from the club, as well as the Infinity Foundation, NZCT and Four Winds Foundation.  The club still welcomes new members and anyone who is interested can head to www.miramartennis.org.nz

COURTS UNDER LIGHTS: Ruth Payne, Kath Jones, Anna Kibblewhite, Helen Fisher, Nikki Taylor, Stephanie Walker and Doug Thornton are ecstatic to have new floodlights at the Miramar Tennis Club.

Mornington Golf Club president heads to coaching academy Mornington Golf Club president Ray Tuffin has been selected to attend a coaching academy in America this July. Ray has been the driving force behind the roll out of the First Tee Values and Life Skills Programme for the Wellington Region. He says he is excited to now have the opportunity to further his knowledge and skills. “Joe Henry and I have touched the lives of over 600 children this year alone and have both seen remarkable changes in the children’s behaviour, their uplift in confidence, and have witnessed their use of the values being taught.” He says it is a great honour and opportunity for not only himself but also for the Club. “This is an academy that is run by First Tee USA and is developed to

Football Fiesta The FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 Local Organising Committee along with the Embassy of Brazil invites you to join them for a “Fiesta of Football” to celebrate the kick off to the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, and the Official Launch of the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. Join them for the countdown to the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014

Sportsperson of the year opening match and the official launch of the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 public ticket sales. Admission is free, and coffee and refreshments are available to purchase. The fiesta of football will be held this Friday June 13, from 7:15am at Shed 6 on the Wellington Waterfront. Capacity is limited to 700 people only, so be in quick.

The finalists for The Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards have been announced. Six external and independent judges deliberated over 200 nominations from 26 different sports to compile the list of 46 finalists. Those selected were from 11 categories covering sportspersons, coaches, officials, administrators, clubs and

further coaches’ knowledge of new trends and techniques. “It is an opportunity for the Mornington Golf Club to cement itself as the Home for First Tee in Wellington, provide a training facility for coaches and enhance our initiative in the roll out of First Tee Wellington.” Ray is now asking the community to support him in raising funds to cover some of the costs involved. A golf tournament is planned for Sunday June 15 and the entry fee for the tournament will go towards the fund raising drive along with a number of raffles being run on the day. The First Tee programme introduces students between the ages of eight and nine to a range of life skills integrated with golfing games and drills.  For more information on the upcoming tournament, email mornington@golf.co.nz

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is set to be annouced at a ceremony on Thursday at TSB Banks Arena. Sport Wellington Chief Executive Phil Gibbons says: “this has been yet another great year for the number of nominations received.” “The quality of the nomine es and the ir leve l of achievement are outstanding,” he says.


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