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A year on for Leonie By Sam Duff A year after the death of long-term Eastern Ward councillor Leonie Gill, a derelict local pathway is to be spruced-up and named in her memory. Ms Gill, a councillor since 1998, died in November last year, just a month after losing her seat at the election. The Kilbirnie Drainage Reserve, which runs from Cockburn in Kilbirnie to Tirangi in Rongotai, and goes behind Bunnings and Rongotai College, will be renamed the Leonie Gill Pathway. Daughter Jacqui Noema says Ms Gill would have been pleased with the pathway being cleaned-up but would have shied away from the attention. “She would not like to know there was going to be somewhere with her name on it,” Jacqui says. “She would not want the glory for it.” Continued on page 2 REMEMBERING: Leonie Gill’s husband Carl and daughter Jacqui Noema remember her one year after her death. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Pathway to be named after Gill Continued from page 1 “It will look really nice,” she says. “A lot of people will utilise the path.”

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he says. “There will be a sense of irony when it opens.” Jacqui says her mother was good with the community and tended to stay in the background working hard. Councillor Eagle says Ms Gill’s longevity as a councillor can be put down to her really being one of the locals. “They community felt that if they had an issue they could just go round to her home,” Councillor Eagle says. “People used to just turn up. Her home was like a Marae. “If there was one councillor that you knew would get something done for you it was Leonie.” The pathway upgrade, including raised crossings at Yule and Ross Streets, will cost $600,000. The pathway still needs to be signed off at a council meeting in February and work is expected to begin in about April, according to Councillor Eagle.

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Construction work to bring the Kotuku Apartments in Kilbirnie into the 21st century started last week. The housing complex, madeup of four blocks and 103 units, will be home to 50 more people once the $7.4 million upgrade is compete. Kotuku is the latest council owned complex to be given a spruce-up as part of Wellington City Council and central government’s $400 million housing upgrade programme. The building, constructed in the 1960s, will be quake strengthened and given a makeover during the next 18 months. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says it will be exciting to see yet another housing complex

transformed. “As well as a stylish modern exterior the upgraded complex will feature more green and usable outdoor space for tenants including vegetable gardens, fruit trees and a BBQ area,” Mayor Wade-Brown says. “Our Council is deeply committed to social housing, stronger communities and ending homelessness. Warm dry affordable housing is a basic right.” When Kotuku is completed it will be home to 50 more residents in 33 studio units, 30 onebedroom, five two-bedroom and five four-bedroom units. Wellington City Council’s social housing portfolio is made-up of 2300 houses and units.

LICK OF PAINT: The Kotuku Apartments in Kilbirnie are set for a $7.4 million transformation. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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No final decision for playground No final decision has yet been made on the fate of a Berhampore playground, according to Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

Residents of Jeypore Street have recently voiced their concerns about Wellington City Council proposing to close down their local playground in the draft Suburban Reserves Management Plan.

CLOSED DOWN: Wellington City Council has proposed closing down the Jeypore Street playground in Berhampore. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Mayor Wade-Brown says. “We’re absolutely open to listening to what the public have to say.” The draft plan proposes a policy of having at least 600 metres or a ten minute walk between playgrounds. With the possibility of a playground at Wakefield Park that could impact the Jeypore Street play area. “We will be very interested to hear what people want,” she says. “I’m really excited that the people who live in that area are keen to maintain it and look after it.” There is no recommendation about the site becoming a car park, Mayor Wade-Brown says. “I would like people to focus on the whole area rather than just their immediate neighbourhood.”

Jeypore Street resident Viv Graham says she has lived on the street for forty years and raised three kids there. “To take it away would be a disaster as parents then have to contend with taking their little ones to a park of all age children on a busy main road and use their cars to do so,” she says. “Here they can walk, sit and talk and play with the tots in a safe area, which has not cost the council much to maintain.” A meeting of about 60 residents was held at the playground last week and was attended by Rongotai MP Annette King and Councillor Paul Eagle.  Should the council tear the playground down or should it be kept for locals? Email and let us know what you think.

Lending a hand with fostering By Sam Duff With four children of their own and two foster kids staying things can get a little busy for John and Andrea Lopdell. After thinking about fostering for quite a few years the Kilbirnie couple says they have now been fostering children of varying ages for the past 14 months. Andrea says they thought they were in a good position to lend a hand as they have been blessed with four healthy children already. “There are challenges definitely,” she says. “You have your own family dynamics going on and you introduce two more kids into that so you have to find a new normal.” “It does take a little while for things to settle down.” There are many things to enjoy about fostering, Andrea says. “Just watching our kids reach out to the kids in our care and take

an interest in them is great,” she says. “Our family became a team in that way.’ “We felt like that was a really great way of our teenagers to look outside of themselves.” Andrea says initially when the kids arrive they are often anxious and have had bad experiences. “We try not to imagine it too much because it’s really sad.” During the past 14 months the Lopdells have cared for six children, from respite for the primary caregivers to emergency overnight accommodation. Andrea says she has some advice for people looking to foster. “I would say if you feel like your family is in a good place to do it then it’s just such a rewarding thing to do. “To get the greatest joys you have to face the greatest challenges I suppose.” John, a statistician, says he has

HAPPY FAMILY: Kilbirnie couple John and Andrea Lopdell say they love fostering. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Mayor wants to explore options It would be a good idea for the council to try some of the Island Bay seawall options in late summer to see how they work, according to Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. Submissions closed today on the future of the seawall which was damaged in last year’s storm. “It’s quite a good idea to try,” she says. “It’s quite complex.” Heritage, sea level rises and traffic flow all need to be taken into account, Mayor Wade-Brown says.

With four generations of green grocers in the family and a fifth on the way you could say fruit and vege are in the blood for the Miramar grocer. Kim Chin and his wife Kay, owners of the Miramar grocery store on Park Road, are celebrating twenty years in business this month.

“Fruit and vegies are my life,” Kim says. “I have been bought up with it and I don’t know anything else.” The business came about when Kay decided she needed a change from the job she was doing at the time. Despite the long hours Kay says she enjoys working for herself. “We do what we like,” she says. “It’s different to working for people.

Watching the pennies Pak 'n Save has been revealed as New Zealand's cheapest supermarket in a recent Consumer New Zealand survey. Chief executive Sue Chetwin says Pak ’n Save had the lowest prices in all seven centres surveyed, reclaiming its spot in Wellington which it lost last year to Countdown. However, although Pak 'n Save may lead in price, Sue says the choice of brands can be more limited. New World Newtown was found to be the most expensive.

Green light for convention centre The council had a majority vote for the Wellington Convention Centre last week, with 13 approving the deal to build a new purpose-built five-star centre in the CBD, and only two voting against. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says she is pleased the Council has approved the deal. “The Council is enabling a project that will protect and generate around $21 million a year net GDP benefit to the Capital. Construction will begin within months and the Wellington Convention Centre will open its doors in 2017,” she says.

TWO DECADES ON: Fruit and vege are in the blood for Kim Chin, his wife Kay and daughter Vanessa Huang. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Business women come together By Sam Duff Women power will be on display in Kilbirnie this weekend at a women’s business expo. Kilbirnie businesswoman Terry Binding, who is organising the Kilbirnie Women’s Mini Expo, says it is to showcase women in business in and around the eastern suburbs. “There’re a lot of women that actually work from home and nobody knows they’re there,” Terry says. Miramar real estate agent and sponsor of the event Marilou le Grand says it is a good way for businesswomen to market themselves. “There’s a lot of starting women in business,” she says Marilou says she enjoys

owning her own business because as a single mother it gives her the flexibility to manage her time around her kids. Originally from Holland, Marilou is a former television presenter for a real estate channel. Terry, a former nurse from Seatoun, owns nail salon Nailed It in Kilbirnie. “It was something that I always thought would be nice to do. “I wanted to be financially independent.” Young business woman Keryn Johns, a virtual administrator from Miramar, says she has looked at many other women in business and been inspired by them.

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Brush meets canvas By Sam Duff

Scenes of Venice the Middle East line the walls of a watercolour painter’s Miramar home. Dianne Taylor, a former hospital administrator, says she has been painting for about 15 years and will display some of her pieces alongside 300 other exhibitors at Splash 2014. “You can get such good atmosphere with watercolours,” Dianne says. “I love scenes in the rain, I love wet and gloomy days, and I love flowers.” Having painted so many

scenes from throughout the world, Dianne says people assume she must be well travelled, when in fact she has only been to Australia. After getting paint brushes as a present Dianne says she decided to give watercolour painting a go and taught herself with the help of library books. Dianne says she joined the Wellington Art Club in 2001 on a small scale before joining the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and Watercolour New Zealand who hold the annual Splash exhibition. The local branch of Wa-

tercolour New Zealand often paints at different sites throughout Wellington, from Mount Victoria to Evans Bay, Dianne says. Getting rid of a mistake in watercolour painting can be difficult but often a happy accident will leave a nice result, Dianne says. “There’s a lot of thinking in watercolour,” she says. “You have really got to think it through before you start.”

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ARTY ONE: Miramar watercolour artist Dianne Taylor says she enjoys painting scenes of wet and gloomy days. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff


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Raissa and Faeze love their new city By Sam Duff The streets of Germany and Iran may seem a long way from Newtown and Mount Victoria but that is where two of Wellington’s newer residents have travelled from. Raissa North, from Germany and now living in Mount Victoria, and Faeze Yavari, from Iran and now living in Newtown, are two of the founders of the Wellington Newcomers Network. The organisation, which celebrated its first birthday last week, aims to give expats a place to socialise and make new friends. Raissa, who works for Wellington City Libraries, says she initially came to Wellington for a working holiday. “I just fell in love with the city,” she says. Raissa says she stayed for a

year and a half before returning to Germany briefly and has been in Wellington for a year this time. “I want to grow old here.” There are a lot of social groups in Wellington but it can be hard to meet new people, Raissa says. Wellington Newcomers Network, which has 120 members, is part of a national network of newcomer groups and was formed when a speaker came to talk to Settlement Support in Wellington. “Some people have been here longer than others so we share knowledge,” Raissa says. Faeze, who is married with two kids, says she loves Wellington and finds locals very friendly. “At first we felt very lonely,” she says. “But there are a lot of social groups here youFOR can AN EXPO

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Monday November 10, 2014

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.

Question: What makes you really angry and why?

Noel Hutton, Newtown

Nicole Cousins, Newtown

“There’s not much that makes me angry. Probably when I say something I didn’t mean to say without thinking first.”

“People who are ignorant, because they’re rude and unfriendly.”


Mira O’Connor, Newtown

Annie Birch, Newtown

Ana Camara, Houghton Bay

“When people think all females are men haters.”

“When people drive really short distances that they could walk.”

“Bills because you never have the money when you need it.”

Kevin Warren, Newtown “I don’t get angry these days. I try to be positive not negative.”

to the editor

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. The editor reserves the right 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.

Carving up the peninsula Dear Ed, It recently came to my attention that meetings aimed at fleshing out plans for the future development of Miramar peninsula, are well underway. Unfortunately though, as we, the general public have been excluded from contributing to this process, the fate of Crown owned land on the peninsula, which belongs to us all, will be decided by a chosen few. These few include the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Wellington City Council, Port Nicholson Block Settlement


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Trust and an exclusive group of interested parties. As this secretive process is being driven by the Government’s neo-liberal agenda, it’s fair to assume, that some of this land is about to be privatised. This process will be spun using ‘public/ private partnership’ jargon and the first phase will probably involve handing the Mount Crawford prison property over to local iwi. This will open the way for Wellington

City Council zoning changes, the emergence of greedy property developers from the shadows and years of subdivision mayhem. So if you’re against the peninsula being plastered with mansions owned by the wealthy cronies of the powers that be, then you’ll need to stand up, be counted and exercise your right to be heard on this matter. John Overton, Save Mount Crawford campaign

Young hoon ruins English language Dear Ed, I congratulate Cook Strait News new reporter on his wide-ranging coverage of local issues and events in this little corner of Wellington. However, I am finally beginning to feel I must take Sam Duff to task on his rather reckless use of the English language. Sam Duff is not a garage mechanic – he is a journalist. As such his readers expect him to demonstrate an impressive mastery of the English language. Sam – you do not have a pass-time – you have a pastime (all one word). Furthermore, in last week’s Cook Strait News you referred to the Island Bay

Seawall as a sight. It may well be a sight, but in that particular context it was a site. There have been several other peccadilloes along the way but these are the most recent. To summarise – please continue to bring your own brand of local journalism to the Cook Strait News, but try not to endanger the English language in the process! (That’s my grump for the day out of the way!) It is a wonder Sam hasn't had Mr Westfold on his case by now! Christine Swift, Island Bay

Addressing the clergy correctly Dear Ed, except in the USA, it's terribly vulgar to mention, as you did on October 27, a clergyman as ‘Reverend Parry’. A church minister is properly mentioned as ‘the Reverend John (or J) Smith’, and thereafter as ‘Mr Smith’ like any other gentleman. If his Christian name or its initial isn't known, he is mentioned as ‘the Reverend Mr Smith’, and then as ‘Mr Smith’. You surely wouldn't mention our Attorney-General as ‘(the) Honourable Finlayson’, which is an exact analogy.

Orally, it is also vulgar to address a clergyman as ‘Reverend Smith’ or just ‘Reverend’. When a man is ordained, he remains a Christian and a gentleman, so far as his names and social honorifics are concerned. I've mentioned only men, since Biblebelieving Christians cannot recognize women as ministers or any other bearers of those church offices found in the New Testament. H Westfold, Miramar (abridged)

Convention centre gets go ahead Dear Ed, great news (Convention centre gets big tick, November 3)! The convention industry is based on two foundations: large numbers of people on expense accounts using fossil fuels to travel

long distances for a short time, and large numbers of hospitality workers in low-pay, low-security, low-prospect jobs. Just what Wellington needs! Tony Ricketts, Island Bay

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Youngsters pitch-in for market By Sam Duff The kids of Berhampore School have been busy getting their hands dirty for an upcoming craft market. When the Cook Strait News visited last week the Tuatara class were busy preparing home-made ice cream for the Kristmas Knack Craft Market. Justine Fletcher, from the Whanau Army, says the school holds a craft market each season to fundraise for different projects. “There’s quite a lot of school involvement but there are people

coming from all over Wellington to sell stuff,” Justine says. Everything from clothing and jewellery to hand-made soap and hand-carved wooden spoons will be for sale, she says. “We aim to raise $5,000 a term but we could always do with twice as much.”  The Berhampore School Kristmas Knack Craft Market will be held on Friday November 14 from 6pm till 8pm and on Saturday November 15 from 9.30am till 2.30pm.

 KIDS IN ACTION: Charlie Ussher, 7, has a go at makia Luc E: ATIV CRE G  GET TIN Tiso, 9, gets her hands dirty for ing home-made ice cream. PHOTOS: Sam Duff the market.

 HAVING A GO: Dawson Mitchell, 8, whips up som e home-made ice cream

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King of the ribs Could you eat up to 70 pork ribs in one sitting? The challenge has been set by a local bar to gobble-up as many ribs as you can eat. General manager of Gasworks in Miramar, Lisa Ridout, says they wanted to create a buzz for their signature ribs so have constructed a special rib shack. The record for the most ribs eaten so far sits at 70 and it is normally the big guys that get to that level, Lisa says. “We’re keen to have as many

come down and try to beat the record as possible,” she says. Lisa says the bar’s rib sauce has recently been reinvented and is proving to be very popular. “I just had a call from a couple in Lower Hutt because they heard the ribs are that great. “Often we’re jam packed.” The bar goes through 200 kilograms of ribs a week, according to rib boss Josh Arthurs. Gasworks in Miramar erect their rib shack on Wednesday evenings.

Hackathon aims to improve traffic Wellington's first Civic Hackathon was carried out November 1 and 2. Over thirty designers, developers, hardware specialists, mesh network builders, residents, urban planners, transport enthusiasts, and train watchers spent two days hacking the transport issues focusing on Eastern Suburbs and the CBD. One of Wellington's greatest challenges is that of traffic management and flow. Traffic being pedestrians, cyclists, public transport, taxis, freight, and private vehicles.

The group focused on brainstorming answers which would increase the quality of transport around the Eastern Suburbs Peninsula, and to and from the CBD. Working over two days, the group produced five ideas that they then presented to Mayor Celia Wade-Brown as well as team representatives of the Miramar business improvement district group. Ideas included TaxiPool, Real Time Bus Travel Application, Traffic Visualisation, Travel Corridors and Future Innovators, and Cycle Tracking.

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and increasing rates of overweight and obesity are major contributing factors. However over 50% of type 2 diabetes is preventable or at least can be delayed by a healthy diet, weight loss and physical activity. If you have a family history of type 2 diabetes, are overweight, have high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, then a general medical check-up is recommended. For Europeans a blood test is recommended at age 40, but it is younger, at age 30 for Maori, Pacific Peoples and South Asian populations. Earlier detection can lead to better control and management of the condition and an improved outcome. While type 2 diabetes usually affects adults over the age of 40 it is occurring more commonly now at a younger age and can be seen in teenagers and younger children.

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It doesn’t cost more to buy from a specialist!  BIG GRINS: Hataitai School students, back, Kate Langrish, Zach  CLASSROOM FUN: Honey Fowler, Skye Cowdell, Roman Timmins, Fergal Carnegie, Sam Christie, Imogene Dalton with, Toomer, Theo Barraud, Joel Dennehy, Toby Connor-Kebbell and Bella Thomas love their mural. PHOTOS: Sam Duff front, Ryan Stembridge, Vivienne Moon and Lyla Lanford.


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Caps a million get a home By Sam Duff After 13 weeks and hours of collecting, sorting, planning and nailing a class of year twos from Hataitai School have completed a bottle cap mural made-up of 2350 colourful caps. The Orongorongo class and their teacher Michelle James started collecting bottle caps from home, cafes and even rubbish bins in July to create their own school mural.

Parent Christine Barraud, who came up with the mural idea, says the kids enjoyed taking part in the project. “They drove the whole thing because the excitement level never really stopped,” Christine says. Michelle asked all the students what the mural should look like and Christine says she took those ideas and tried to come up with a design. Christine says many parents helped out with the mural and Place

Makers in Evans Bay donated the large boards used to mount the mural. “It would not have been possible without all the help.” The mural is intended to resemble parts of Hataitai from the sea to views of Mount Victoria, Christine says. The wind turbines symbolise the recycling theme of the whole project and the octopus was the kids being creative, she says.

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Original local art in time for Xmas! 10am - 4pm Sat. 15 & Sun. 16 November FREE ENTRY Exhibition in the Atrium

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Club event

The Wellington Art Club’s sale of original paintings in the atrium of Rita Angus Retirement village, Coutts Street, Kilbirnie is a good time for Christmas gift buying with a wide variety of painting styles, and subject matter, including a number of original crafts and jewelry to choose from . The exhibition is on Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th of November from 10am to 4pm and some of the better known artists exhibiting include Phil Dickson, Evelyn McCutcheon, Olympia Osborne, Del Te Rito,

Helen Wilson, Judith Royal, Graeme Calcott and Eric Dyne. The club’s rooms are in Chelsea Street, Miramar and there are painting groups most weekdays, with regular outdoor painting sessions and occasional specialist workshops. Subjects include portraits and life classes and mediums include pencils, oils, water color and acrylics. The club likes to encourage new members who can benefit from the support from the more experienced artists.

Lighthouse painting by Christine Allan

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Many young boys own a model train sets and dad’s job is to mount the tracks on the board to make a layout. In most cases the train gets relegated to the garage or attic after interest wanes. On occasions, some expand on this new hobby add scenery, make it bigger, and create an elaborate railway wonderland. It’s often a question of space. Come and see varied portable layouts at the RailEx Model Railway Show on November 15, between 10am and 5pm; and on November 16, from 10am to 4pm. It

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will be held at Prosser St, Porirua. At the RaiEx show there will be model layouts of all shapes and sizes. The smaller layouts with tiny trains could fit in a suitcase, while the large gauged garden railway is designed for use in a large outdoor area. The model locomotives and rolling stock are true replicas of railways of the world, with Europe, UK and USA being the most common. Some talented modellers build their own locomotives to suit their layout era and country.

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DOBLE Edward George Mark (Ted): October 27, 2014 KERR George Samuel: Otober 30, 2014 Builder wants to buy single cab flat deck ROBBIE Ethel Margaret (Peg): November 1, 2014 PAINTING Decorating for all Painting Services by ute $2000 - $5000 Any make considered. Ph SOTO Lorraine Jennifer Mary: November 3, 2-14 competent and considerate Tradesmen. Realistic rates. Chris 3882665

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ANSWERS - NOVEMBER 7 ISSUE Contact Across: 1 Twice, 4 Pressing, 9 Chafed, 14 Arson, 15 In all probability, 17 Pores, 18 Eat, 19 Opening, 20 Dissident, 21 Aghast, 24 Attention, 25 Brewer, 26 Healed, 29 Escalation, 31 Rip, 32 Hatter, 33 Scab, 35 Age, 37 Echo, 39 Interests, 40 Flippancy, 41 Showy, 42 Antennae, 47 Knitwear, 51 Soaks, 55 Truculent, 56 Prevalent, 58 Itch, 59 Ill, 60 Real, 61 Cirrus, 62 Eel, 63 Aftershock, 66 Guitar, 67 Column, 69 Migratory, 72 Screen, 73 Unpopular, 75 Fancied, 77 Run, 80 Erase, 81 Many happy returns, 82 Incur, 83 Yanked, 84 Reddened, 85 Bendy. Down: 2 Wine press, 3 Colon, 5 Riot, 6 Swahili, 7 Idiosyncrasy, 8 Grind, 9 Cayenne, 10 Alps, 11 Enrage, 12 Asset, 13 Knotted, 14 Assayer, 16 Punctuation, 22 Enlist, 23 Testify, 24 À la mode, 25 Bypass, 27 Licence, 28 Benign, 30 Nero, 32 Heron, 34 Buyer, 36 Spit, 38 Can, 42 Altar, 43 Tsunami, 44 Nous, 45 Acetic, 46 Oasis, 48 Interrogate, 49 Weighty, 50 Arc, 51 Stardom, 52 Spleen, 53 Mealy-mouthed, 54 Saga, 57 Entrap, 64 Concerned, 65 Harrier, 66 Gherkin, 68 Unnamed, 70 Grapple, 71 Nevada, 72 Snack, 74 Owner, 76 Crude, 78 Meek, 79 Tyre.

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Hataitai School Board of Trustees Election


At the close of nominations, as the number of valid nominations was equal to the number of vacancies required to be filled, I hereby declare the following duly elected:

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WHATS ON... The Wellington Art Club Sale of original art

The Community Noticeboard is for nonprofit organisations. For $15.00 you can publish up to 25 words. No AGMS, sporting notices or special meetings. Community Notices must be pre-paid.

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NEW LOCAL: Reporter Sam Duff talks about why he has decided to make the move to the area. PHOTO CREDIT: Alana Hagen Every day our roving reporter Sam Duff breaks news and meets locals throughout the Eastern and Southern suburbs, from Lyall Bay beach to the cafes of Newtown. Each week he shares a few tales from his travels.



How many words of three or more letters, including plurals, can you make from the six letters, using each letter only once? No foreign words or words beginning with a capital are allowed. There's at least one six-letter word. TODAY Good 14 Very Good 17 Excellent 20 Solution 329: Able, alb, ale, alee, anele, bale, BALEEN, ban, bane, bean, bee, been, bel, ben, eel, elan, ENABLE, lab, lane, lea, lean, lee, nab, neb.

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Yesterday was a big day for me. After 23 years of growing up and living in Plimmerton, north of Porirua, I finally made the move to somewhere new. Since I started this job I have come to love the Eastern and Southern Suburbs and the mix of characters that live in the area. On any one day I get to meet people with amazing world views or who have accomplished incredible things. Not to mention the beautiful scenery, such as the Oku Reserve in Island Bay which was on the front page of last week’s paper. One of the suburbs which I think is particularly cool, and slightly overlooked, is Berhampore.





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Meet Mr T... Hey guys, my name is Mr T and a few of the Cook Strait News team members snapped this pic of me when I was out and about riding shot-gun with my best mate Richard. Richard is my best friend in the whole world and we do everything together. We live in Island Bay but get out and about on our scooter. In this photo you can see it is lovely and comfy with a big pillow, a water container and even a sun roof to keep me from burning up. I am eight years old and an adult dog but I still love cuddles each and every day. In the mornings Richard massages me which gets me going for our exciting adventures throughout the day.

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Named after Berhampore in Bengal, the suburb has an interesting history and is incredibly diverse. Passing through Berhampore, on your way from Newtown to Island Bay, you really could blink and miss it. The best way to experience a place is to meet those that live there; Berhampore has some amazing residents – from writers and actors to the founder of an Indian orphanage and a woman fighting to stop her church being sold. Berhampore now has two more residents.

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Fencer wins gold


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By Sam Duff A local fencing coach, who was a professional in the sport in China, has bought home a gold medal from the New Zealand Fencing Championships. Ping Yuan, who lives in Lower Hutt but coaches 50 fencers at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie, says it is the fifth time she has won gold for the women’s foil. “After winning gold the first time and the second time I kind of got used to it,” she says. “I like the challenge.” Ping, who started in the sport at the age of 13, says she enjoys coaching young fencers because they will learn a lot from her. “They enjoy fencing because it’s different to other sports,” she says. “Lots of New Zealand kids play rugby and not all kids want to do that. “Fencing is not all about your physical ability but about your thinking.” The kids she teaches, aged from five to 14, pick up the sport very easily and are doing well. “There’re kids who we only coach for a year or so and they win medals. “I am very proud of them. Some of them are going to be really good fencers.” Ping says in the future she hopes the sport will expand throughout the country. Asked if she would ever stop fencing, Ping says she would not. “I love it.”


About $2,000 was raised for charity at the inaugural Great Wellington Hunt last week. Organiser of the event, which saw teams race to many Wellington locations, Graeme Davidson says 32 teams took part in the challenge. Awesome Team Clark won the children’s race while Team Wilson won the main race. Money raised from the event went towards the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Tribute to Tatts Local distance running Coach Graham Tattersall, 69, has been farewelled after he died from an aggressive form of melanoma. Graham was the distance coach for the 2008 Olympics and spent 17 years coaching at Scots College. He was a well-known figure at the Wellington Harrier Athletic Club.

Bank sticks with waterfront

GOLDEN SMILE: Top fencer Ping Yuan won a gold medal for the women’s foil at the recent New Zealand Fencing Championships. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

TSB Bank and Wellington City Council have signed an agreement which will see the bank retain their naming rights over the TSB Bank Arena for a further ten years. The deal will now include the adjacent Shed 6 convention centre so the two facilities will now be known as the TSB Bank Arena and Convention Centre.

Bowling not just for oldies By Sam Duff Forget images of grey hair and flat caps – a local bowling club says the sport is not just for older people. Bowling has been affected by opinions of the past of it being an older person’s sport, according to Dayle Jackson, secretary of

the Miramar Bowling Club. “These days it’s being played to a big extent through secondary schools,” she says. “It grips you because it’s a very skilful game and a very tactical game but you are still working within a team situation to achieve success.” Dayle says the Miramar Bowling Club, which has about 80 members, opened in 1946 and the female section opened a year later. The two clubs remained separate until 1989 when the merged. “We’re striving forward to let the Miramar community know this wonderful community facility is open for families to enjoy,” Dayle says. She says in recent years there has been a big increase in the number of companies having their Christmas parties at bowling clubs. “They’re being enticed to something they thought they knew having seen it on TV,” Dayle says. “Now they want to give it a go. “They get very competitive and have a lot of fun.” The former school principal says she has been bowling for the past 15 years and first got involved through school and coaching children.  The Miramar Bowling Club will be opening their doors for locals to learn more about the sport every Wednesday starting November 12 from 6.30pm till 7.30pm. BOWLED AWAY: Miramar Bowling Club member Dayle Jackson aims for the jack. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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