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at the end of January by about 25 locals to contest the development and they have hired a lawyer. Jacob De Ruiter, a Houghton valley resident of 40 years and landscape designer, lives across the road from the proposed development site. “We’re not against development but we just feel that it’s too many houses,” he says. Developer Smith Guersen says he and his associates have bent over backwards to get community members involved in the development. Continued on page 2

GROUP FORMED: Houghton Valley residents Francesca Pouwer, Kim and Matiu Chappel and Jacob De Ruiter are contesting a local development. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff


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HELMETED UP: Wellington doctor and Island Bay resident Ari Pfeiffenberger is one of the faces of a campaign urging people to remember each cyclist is a person.

Motorists are being urged to remember that every cyclist is a person. Wellington doctor and Island Bay resident Ari Pfeiffenberger is one of the faces of a new campaign helping to put a human face to the cyclist under the helmet. Everyday bike riders from the Wellington region have had their photos taken wearing a t-shirt with a word that describes them – whether it’s Uncle, Kuia, nurse, coffee guy, doctor or farmer. The images will be displayed on the back of buses, billboards, on tv, at petrol stations and in newspaper advertisements around the region during February. Ari says she volunteered to be a face of the campaign to try and improve cycle safety. “I love cycling in Wellington because the city is stunning in almost every type of weather,”

she says. “The distances to most places are short and walking my bike up hills is worth the effort for the convenience and cost savings of biking instead of driving. “However, I’m also aware of the risks of cycling and the lack of safe infrastructure for cyclists such as separate cycle lanes and or cycle lanes and bridges in all new road developments. “I hope that by improving cycling safety and infrastructure, more people will take up cycling, be that commuting or recreational.” Va n e s s a Ru s ht o n f r om Greater Wellington Regional Council says often all people see of cyclists is a helmet and a back. In the Wellington region an average of 24 cyclists are involved in serious injury crashes with vehicles each year.

Group contest development Continued from page 1 He says they have attended meetings, posted on the community website, answered questions extensively and taken feedback on-board. Jacob says the special character of Houghton valley will be lost if such high density housing is introduced to the area. “This is Houghton Valley,” he says. “We’re not all breathing down each other’s noses. We have to live with it. “We just want it to be done sustainably. We wouldn’t mind half the number of houses.” Smith says the density of the subdivision is the same as normal residential housing and will be constructed sustainably so there is little if any effect on the landscape. Jacob says that at one point he was part of a group that tried to bid on the land to avoid it becoming a subdivision and had looked to turn it into a yoga retreat or something similar Such a large development could cause issues with storm water run-off, parking

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UPSET: Kim Chappel, with son Matiu, is one of the members of an incorporated society formed to contest a Houghton Valley development. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Shakespeare under the sun By Sam Duff

A mixture of nerves and excitement were felt by a Seatoun actor on Friday as he took to the stage for a production of William Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens. Hayden Frost, best known for his role as Zeb in The Almighty Johnsons, says he has been acting for as long as he can remember but still gets a touch of nerves before getting on stage. “It’s always very exciting,” he says. “I always get to the last week and think ‘gosh, it would be nice to have another month’.” Timon of Athens is being performed in New Zealand for the first time in 150 years for the 32nd annual Summer Shakespeare production in Wellington’s Botanic Garden.

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STAGE READY: Seatoun actor Hayden Frost prepares for his role in Timon of Athens for Wellington’s annual Summer Shakespeare production. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Hayden, who started taking acting seriously at the age of 13, says he did a lot of stage acting in high school because he had a great drama teacher. “If I’m not acting in some way I feel like I’m missing out on something,” he says. “I’ve always had a very strong feeling for storytelling.” Hayden says he enjoys the immediacy of the audience response stage actors get during a performance. “It changes from night to night. It feels like a living breathing entity that you’re in control of. “With television you do a few takes and hand it off to other people to take care of while on stage you are in charge.” Asked if he is ever recognised in the street from being in several movies and a prime time television series, Hayden

says it happens about three or four times a year and is normally about The Almighty Johnsons. “The people that come up to me are really into the show,” he says. “I don’t think you really can be annoyed by people telling you they enjoy the work that you’ve done.” Showing people a play they probably will not have seen before is quite exciting, he says. Before a production begins every possibility is planned for and as he steps on to the stage all of the anxiety will have gone, Hayden says.  Timon of Athens runs until February 28 at The Dell in Wellington’s Botanic Garden. For more information visit

Celebrating a century in Newtown Party poppers, birthday balloons and tacky tinsel – the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre building is holding a birthday bash to celebrate a century of existence. The building has stood on the corner of Colombo and Rintoul Streets for 100 years and was originally used as a church.

It was designed by architect William Gray Young who was also behind the Wellington railway station and Weir House at Victoria University. The structure experienced several fires in the 1940s before a large fire in the 70s put the future of the wooden structure at risk. Wellington City Council had

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Plenty of cricket Cricket will be the main topic of conversation for many Wellingtonians in the coming weeks as the Cricket World Cup starts. The ICC Cricket World Cup, which is being hosted by Australia and New Zealand, started on Saturday and finished on March 28. The first game in Wellington is between New Zealand and England on February 20, it is already sold out.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

inbriefnews Liquor ban for Kilbirnie?

Lyall Bay welcomes new principal By Emily Elliott

Kilbirnie businesses are being surveyed by Police to hear if they are in favour of a suburb-wide liquor ban. Acting Sergeant Chris Muir says Police have recently had a number of complaints from the public about people consuming alcohol in public.  Does Kilbirnie need a liquor ban? Email and let us know what you think.

Kid’s hotel proposed A civics education trust has proposed building a citizenship education centre on Wellington’s waterfront. The Citizenship Trust hopes Wellington City Council will support the project by allowing them to construct an education centre and accommodation facilities for children at the vacant site 9 on Kumutoto Wharf.

Erskine open day An open day is to be held for the public at Erskine College in Island Bay next month. Southern ward councillor Paul Eagle says the date has not yet been confirmed but it will be a good opportunity for the public to see the potential for the historic building.

NEW PRINCIPAL: Melanie Dean has started the year as Lyall Bay School’s new principal. PHOTO CREDIT: Emily Elliott

She has come a long way from teaching her childhood stuffedtoys in front of a makeshift black board – now Melanie Dean is about to start her 30th year working in the school system as Lyall Bay’s new principal. The Vogeltown mother of three says she has always loved the look of Lyall Bay School, so when the opportunity arose to take the place of long-serving former-principal Dennis Thompson, she jumped at it. Nervous to move from her role as principal of Tawa’s Linden School, and with large shoes to fill, Melanie says she was welcomed into the Lyall Bay community straight away. “It’s a lovely community. The parents and children in the playground always say ‘Good Morning!’ to me. “The staff members were so supportive, welcoming, and accepting of all that was going on.” Melanie plans to spend the first few months watching what is and is not working in the school before she joins skills with teachers to see where they should aim for the future. “There is already a really

good system from the previous principal who was here for 25-years,” says Melanie. With a passion for Information Communication Technology, photography, reading, and the arts, Melanie is also quick to say that no subject is more important than another. “I love the openness and willingness of children to try new things.” With a husband, two children in university, and the other recently married, Melanie places a high importance on relationships – not just within the school but with the whole community, and says a positive attitude makes a large difference. Her own journey from teacher to principal is one reason behind her encouragement of others, and she explains the help she was given grew her teaching ability. “I had really great mentors who taught me that you can still make a difference even when you’re not in a classroom.” Melanie says as a syndicate teacher, she began to see the big difference one could make over a broad range of children. “Then I saw that as a principal, you make a difference over the whole school.”

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Nepalese woman Kharika Devkota was just five-yearsold when she entered into an arranged marriage with a 12-year-old boy. When she was 13 he raped her. Now at the age of 90, Kharika, who is illiterate, is relatively wealthy from organising micro-loans to nearby villagers. It seems a world apart from the Island Bay home of author and journalist Sharyn Steel who has recently released a book about Kharika’s life. Sharyn wrote Five Sons and 100 Muri of Rice alongside her daughter Zoe Dryden, a leadership coach, who was the first one to stumble across the tale of Kharika’s life. “It was my daughter’s idea really,” Sharyn says. “Zoe left her corporate job and went to teach English in Nepal for a few months.” “She got sent to a faraway place in the south of Nepal. The man she worked with thought he had an amazing mother.” It was 2009 when Sharyn travelled to meet this amazing four foot tall woman and hear the story of her life, via an

AUTHOR: Journalist Sharyn Steel has written a book about Nepalese woman Kharika Devkota. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff


Long flight to nowhere in new show Youth with intellectual disabilities are set to take Circa Theatre by storm this month, as Wake Up Tomorrow is presented as part of the 2015 New Zealand Fringe Festival. Made under the guidance of Wellington theatre professionals alongside ACTIVE, a vocational service for intellectually disabled youth, Wake Up Tomorrow transports the audience on a long haul flight to bizarre and hilarious scenarios. Naughty grandmas will harass the flight attendants, a swagger filled cowboy will attempt to smuggle a calf on board in the hand language, and a sneaky fox turned spy is stole away on the plane – all before the flight has taken off.  Wake up Tomorrow runs from February 21 to 28 at Circra Theatre, visit for more information.

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interpreter. After entering into an arranged marriage, Kharika and her husband eventually decided to have children of their own. Despite praying for sons, Kharika kept giving birth to daughters which displeased her husband who would in turn beat her. For a time her husband had a second wife who eventually died. Kharika then managed

to convince her husband that the environment they lived in was the reason she was having daughters. The family then spent seven days walking 150 km to stay with Kharika’s brother. In time she gave birth to a son, and then another four in a row. In time Kharika’s husband passed away and she was left to fight for the land he had owned. One day she lent a villager

a small sum of money, and that was the beginning of her becoming a successful micro financier. Still unable to read, Kharika uses stones for her calculations and records, says Sharyn, who currently works at Radio New Zealand as a sub-editor. Five Sons and 100 Muri of Rice by Sharyn Steel and Zoe Dryden is available for purchase now.

The newest artist in residence at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School is a German director and educational theatre practitioner. Uta Plate, from the Goethe-Institut, has a specific focus on young people, particularly those from marginalised groups and communities like asylum-seekers, prisoners and those in social care. She has been working on theatre projects in Germany and around the world for 20 years. Uta’s work combines improvisation, movement and writing to help inspire young people to create work that is relevant and meaningful to them and their own experience. While in New Zealand Uta will be working primarily at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School with second year acting students.

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Fundraising for Palestine By Sam Duff

PEDAL POWER: Thousands flocked to Queens Wharf last week for the annual Go by Bike Day.

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breakfast before prizes were dished out and other events were held. Daniel Mikkelsen from Newtown’s Bicycle Junction ran Wellington's first cargo bike race. Riders had to load cargo bikes with an assortment of objects such as a lawnmowers, doors, chilly bins and car tyres, and race around the Waterfront. Go by Bike Day is run by volunteers from Cycle Aware Wellington, with support from local businesses and Wellington City Council. Other cities and towns around New Zealand also celebrated Go by Bike Day.

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A group of non-violent locals from the eastern and southern suburbs are fundraising to replace medical equipment and ambulances in areas of Gaza that have been bombed. Local resident Kat helped to start the Volunteers for Human Rights Wellington Palestine Working Group in July last year to fundraise for the region and to raise the public’s awareness. She says the group already has between 30 and 40 members and hosts speakers, movie nights and other social events. “In July 2014 some of us were quite horrified at the amount of civilian deaths in Gaza,” Kat says. “There are four million Palestinians in exile in refugee camps. They are very vulnerable as they are stateless and not allowed to return to their homes. “We wanted to do something to help so we decided to start raising funds.” The group has already raised $900 to put towards the Kiaora Gaza Ambulance Appeal and is hoping to raise more money in the future, Kat says. “We support human rights for all people and it doesn’t matter who they are.” The group is against stereotypes or discrimination based on religion, race, gender or anything else, Kat says.

FUNDRAISING: Kat is a member of the Volunteers for Human Rights Wellington Palestine Working Group which was started in July 2014. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

“We can’t support every cause but we can support those that tug on our heart strings and make us cry,” she says. “We will just do what we can.” The group is currently helping

Disability no reason to stay behind Wellingtonian Paul Holmes has attention deficit disorder (ADD) and dyslexia. He can not read or write, and gets very sore and tired legs. He also suffers from depression, but he is using regular physically activity to help control his disabilities. Sport Wellington is now running a community health programme called Green Prescription, which aims to increase physical activity and provide nutritional support. Green Prescription support member Louise Curtis has been working with Paul over the last few months to provide guidance and encouragement for him to reach his goals. The 44-year-old was given cheaper access to local gyms and the Kilbirnie Pool, where he now trains regularly. Paul says he can now enjoy taking part in wheelchair basketball, and he is currently a member of the Special Olympics Basketball team who

train together weekly. He has also been training to take part in the half marathon at Cigna Round the Bays on Sunday, February 22. He worked as a volunteer at Cigna Round the Bays two years ago and says he would love to be able to help with the Special Olympics when they are held in Wellington in 2017. Paul says he lives by the motto: "You just have to get out there and enjoy life, no matter what you've got" and someday hopes to become a personal trainer. The national Green Prescription programme is completely free and currently assists up to 3100 patients a year in the Wellington region. Green Prescription looks to combat medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and/ or mental illness using physical activity, sport and nutrition as a vehicle to health and wellbeing.

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Bike track gets upgrade Island Bay's South Coast Kids Track (SoCK Track) has recently been granted funding from Trail Funding NZ, a non-profit organisation which aims to support the development and maintenance of mountain bike trails. The 500 metre mountain bike loop on Adelaide Road was initially constructed in December 2013 and intended to provide beginner and intermediate riders a safe place to practice and progress their skills. The grant from Trail Funding NZ will be used to pay for the material required to surface the South Coast Kids Track. The Wellington City Council has agreed to provide the machinery to carry and compact the overburden, and all labour will be provided by local volunteers. Over the summer months the track has withstood popular use reasonably well, with only limited wear in some of the corners. However parts of the track which have a clay base need to have a surface treatment applied to ensure the track remains sustainable in the track longterm and to maximise ride-able days through wetter seasons.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Zany Caterpillars launch festival A pair of zany, voluptuous caterpillars and their clumsy Lycraclad puppeteers have launched the Capital E National Arts Festival. The festival kicks-off on Saturday March 7 at Circa Theatre with the Kallo Collective’s presentation of Caterpillars. The show is a costume-based physical comedy based loosely on the life cycle of two personified caterpillars/butterflies, and told by two clown puppeteers. The caterpillars are lazy consumers with high expectations but

FLIGHT PATHS: Brooklyn resident Catharine Underwood says she has noticed increased flights crossing over the suburb in recent months. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Planes like Apocalypse Now

– Brooklyn resident By Sam Duff

A Brooklyn resident says she is sick and tired of loud and irritating planes flying over her home. Catharine Underwood, who has lived in the same Brooklyn house for the past 20 years, says she has noticed a change to flight paths during the past seven to nine months

She says she likes to be able to sit at home with all her doors and windows open but she cannot at the moment because of the noise. Airways Corporation says that the suburb of Brooklyn is not on any Instrument Flight Path for Wellington Airport but if planes are flying visibly, without radar, then pilots may fly different

“Nobody seems to care but it’s only going to get worse.” and now they seem to be flying directly over her home and suburb. “It’s really irritating for me,” she says. “At 6.40am in the morning I have jets flying over my house. “It wakes me up in the morning. It’s awful.” A spokesperson from Airways Corporation says there have been no f light path changes to flights entering or leaving Wellington Airport in recent years. Airways Corporation is a state-owned enterprise which looks after air traffic control throughout New Zealand. Catharine says she uses the cell phone application Flightradar24 which tracks live aeroplane flights in the nearby vicinity. On a recent day that she was working from home she counted 15 planes flying over her house, Catharine says.

routes to the IFP. “A lot of people don’t care but there’s a bigger picture here,” says Catharine, who has lived in Wellington for more than 50 years. Catharine says she has contacted a number of organisations and local body politicians but nobody is listening to her complaints. “Nobody seems to care but it’s only going to get worse.” She says she purposely bought her current home in Brooklyn because she did not want to live under a flight path. “My whole enjoyment of my house is compromised by low flying aircrafts.”  Have you noticed an increase in aeroplane noise where you live or is it much the same? Email news@wsn. and let us know what you think.

low motivation. Stuart Grant from Capital E says Caterpillars is the perfect show to launch the outstanding works presented in the Capital E National Arts Festival. For more information about the Capital E National Arts Festival go to Worser Bay Boating Club was one of many sailing clubs around the country to participate in the Yachting New Zealand National Sailing Day on Sunday February 1.

The club’s open day included the chance for members of the public to have a go in a two-person Sunburst boat. In the morning young and old gathered for rides until early afternoon when it became too windy. Maurice Scott says the smiling faces were a joy to see. Other yacht classes were on the water for the public to watch. Maurice says there was a steady stream of people throughout the day who had come along to learn about the new clubrooms.



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

Question: What do you think of Valentine’s Day?

Sunaya Raman, Miramar

Teva Stewart, Melrose

Sarah Maclean, Kilbirnie

“It’s a soppy marketing scam.”

“It’s great. I get to tell my wife how much I love her.”

“It’s very commercialised. Valentine’s Day stuff is okay but what really makes a relationship work is doing little things for each other all the time.”

Peter Jack, Strathmore Park

Vinay Raman, Miramar

“I’ve always thought it’s an official lover’s day. A lot of people seem to believe in it. We have all got valentines, secret ones.”

“It’s a bit overrated.”

Jennifer Yule, Cuba Street “I’d like it to be more than what it’s become. I wish that it still meant all of those beautiful old fashioned sentiments.”

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Lower Houghton Valley Road a closed shop? Dear Ed, It is a pity the residents of lower Houghton Bay Road are so antagonistic towards the prospect of a small housing development going up in this area. (CSN, February 9). Thirteen houses is small bikkies by today’s standards. However, I could empathise with a long standing resident

who suddenly lost his seaview because of a three storeyed house mushrooming up right outside his living room window. I would have thought the Haewai Meadery folks would have been ecstatic at the prospect of more potential customers for their products. The whole situation sounds

very churlish to me. It is not as if the current dwellings in this area are in any way ‘posh’ themselves. Most people would react with incredulity that anyone would even want to build a home in such a bleak, inhospitable part of Wellington, with its dismal lack of sunshine.

Look at Michael Fowler Centre option

UP IN THE AIR: An artist’s impression of what the proposed Wellington convention centre would look like.

Not to mention the bitter southerly that howls up Houghton Bay Road during the winter. Similar small scale subdivisions have in the past gone up in Happy Valley (goodness knows why!), so why not Houghton Valley? Every day we open our newspapers to read of the acute

Dear Ed, it seems a derelict and desolate place with dirty windows and water ponds, it also seems to be underutilised, a white elephant! Many times over the past decade when walking by it has pedestrian barriers up to prevent people getting too close – built in the 1970’s, it should be a relatively earthquake strengthened building. The Wellington City Council recently aligned themselves with a hotel to build a new Convention Centre and soon after that WCC announced it was flogging-off the Michael Fowler Centre car park area. Now that the new hotel Convention Centre deal has fallen through – it is time to review the option of extending the Michael Fowler Centre to incorporate

housing shortage prevailing in Wellington today, and other parts of the country. Come on you truculent Valley residents, let other people have the chance for a home you yourselves were once given! Christine Swift, Island Bay

additional Convention Centre over the car park, because all the facilities are already incorporated in the existing Michael Fowler Centre – with undercover drive-in entrance, a booking office, catering facilities etc. With a new Convention Centre extension over the car park, a little modernisation to the existing building and a bit of bright paint, the Michael Fowler Centre could easily be turned around into a viable and lively WCC asset right in the Wakefield/Cuba Hub. Indeed, there are plenty of plush hotels nearby to cater for all the extra Convention Centre patronage so there is no necessity to include any hotel in the deal. I urge all the decent thinking councillors to seriously consider this option. Martin Beck, Mornington

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.

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Sunday 1/3

CRAFTS DAY (indoors) food & market stalls TWINKLE TWINKLE (kids talent contest) WHEELS DAY kids rides FAIRGROUND RIDES giant chess wizard THE IMAGINARIUM backyard cricket comp CAGE SOCCER COMP breakdancing comp, DJs

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New Festival Set To Be Best Yet Organisers of the annual Kilbirnie Festival say they have “more activities than ever before” on the program. Event manager Martin Wilson says their new venue, St Patrick’s College in Kilbirnie, is “wonderful, with great indoor and outdoor spaces, and excellent facilities”. The event has adopted a two-day format, to provide some flexibility in poor weather, and allow for different focus activites on each day.

The 2015 Kilbirnie Festival at St Patrick’s College features numerous competitions on day two, Sunday 1 March: break dancing, backyard cricket, cage soccer,the “Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars” kids’ talent contest,and even a giant chess set, with a “wizard” to play against (apparently the wizard has been set to “easy”level, to help fair-goers enjoy themselves!).

The Festival, now adding “of Creativity” to its name, offers a World Food Fair on Saturday, top local acts Julie Lamb Band and The David Greer Band, and many other original music bands and performers. Local schools and community groups have been invited to have stalls at the food fair. Sunday is Crafts Day, with indoor sites, which may be a blessing for stallholders; plus Wheels Day for the little ones and their bikes and scooters, the Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars! kids talent contest, a big Fairground with rides for thrillseekers, cricket, soccer and breakdancing competitions, and even a giant chess set, for people to challenge a chess “wizard”. A highlight for kids will the Cardboardbox Land creative area, where kids and staff make a world of their own to play in.Wellington was treated to the creative efforts of Hayley and Amy with The Imaginarium last year, and the collection of cardboard creations will grow as the Imaginarium gets into full swing over the two days of the Festival.

Food Fair a Feature

Get those tastebuds ready! Local schools and community groups have been invited to have fundraising stalls at the Saturday “World Food Fair” in the St Pats hall. They will be joined by various Sunday 1 March is the Crafts Day in the hall, and restaurants. Stall details and information are organisers say we can expect the usual wide range available from the Festival website, of craft stalls and market goods on display. Craft stalls will be indoors in the large hall, while food and market stalls will be outdoors in the sheltered courtyard areas. Entry is free both days. « « « «« «

Crafts Day

Fun Rides For All The Fairground comes to Kilbirnie! While the big thrill rides arrive on Sunday, there are plenty of rides and activities on both days. Zorb water balls, mini-golf, shooting galleries, merry-go-rounds, verical elastic bungy, air castles and slides, and more! Come on Saturday for the food and excellent bands, come on Sunday for the crafts, sports competitions and Talent Contest; or come both days! Organisers say we can expect to see the usual wide range of market and food stalls at the Kilbirnie Festival, now at St Pats



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This event is set to be the best yet,” says Wilson. “We will still have lots of music; but we also have more creative aspects, as reflected in our extended new name, and in our free, fun activities.” Fun for ALL the family, indeed!

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Owner of Little Makos Swim School in Berhampore Who inspired you growing up? My grandparents and parents, they really did some incredible things and inspired me to be passionate and courageous about what I do.

What would your dream getaway be? On my bucket list is the Greek Islands. I have seen fabulous photos on my friend’s Facebook accounts of their visits there.

What would your last meal on earth be? A good steak with a great red wine.

Costs increase for possible super-city The Local Government Commission has increased the estimated cost to Wellington of becoming a supercity. The estimated cost of transition to a Greater Wellington Council is now $210 million over four to five years. The payback period for the transition cost is now nine years. Previously, the commission was advised the transition cost would be $184 million with a payback period of eight years.

What is your favourite thing on telly?

Who is your best friend and why?

I’m a sucker for zombies so The Walking Dead is a fave.

I have two that are super important to me. One I can talk endlessly with about water polo and is like a sister to me, even though she lives on the other side of the world. The other is always there for me no matter what, kind to my daughter and I, bends over backwards to be supportive and compassionate.

Who would you least like to have a meal with? Hannibal Lecter – I wouldn’t want to be on the menu.

What is one thing Cook Strait News readers would be surprised to know about you? I love cricket so much that I can watch every ball of a five day test match and not get bored.

What are you looking forward to right now? I have a few concerts and a World Cup cricket match that I have tickets to.

Next show in sight By Sam Duff

Lyall Bay performer Jane Keller is once again preparing to take to the stage as she gears up for her latest one woman cabaret show. Jane has paired-up with writer Sandy Brewer to put together Yep, Still Got It! which she

will perform at Circa Theatre alongside Michael Nicholas Williams on piano. The premise of the show is about a 63-year-old woman who is two years away from retirement but is not quite ready for the quiet life. Jane says she goes looking for an ‘encore career’ and comes

across a life coach who trials her in completely inappropriate jobs, including being a phone sex operator. Eventually she decides herself to become a life coach, Jane says. “I’m singing these songs as the different people who come to see me,” she says. “I’m not

 Should Wellington become a supercity? Email and let us know what you think.

Arts programme kicks-off The Houghton Valley Summer Arts Programme started yesterday with a sketch walk through the suburb for local artists. Another sketch walk will be held on Sunday, February 22 and all those interested should meet at the corner of Hungerford and View Roads at 1.15pm ready to walk the Te Raikaihau track. There will also be a Neighbours Day Exhibition on March 1 and a creative lamp shade making session on February 21.

Booze tester Intoxicated patients in Wellington Hospital’s Emergency Department will be in for a treat as they are tested with state of the art new devices. The Wellington Hospital foundation has spent $7000 each on two new Alcotest Units. Emergency Department director Dr Andre Cromhout says hundreds of blood alcohol tests are performed each year and each test can take up to an hour to get the results. He says the new units will save time and discomfort for patients.

SINGING A TUNE: Performer Jane Keller prepares for her one woman cabaret show, Yep, Still Got It! PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

giving them good advice, I’m judgemental and mean.” The music in the show includes an original song from Michael while the rest Jane tracked down from the internet, which she says will be largely unknown by the audience. The show came about from an idea that popped into her head, says Jane, who also works as a singing teacher. “My original idea was to make a show about aging. But then I decided I’m not quite there yet and I don’t want to talk about that for another ten years.” Jane, who moved to Lyall Bay from the United States 27 years ago, has previously worked on Boomers Behaving Badly, Bigger is Better and Do I Have to Get Naked? “I love doing these one woman shows,” she says. “I did my first one at 50. I realised at 50 that if I didn’t do it then I never would. “I love having the freedom to tell your own stories.” Speaking to the Cook Strait News from her Courtenay Place studio the Ohio born actress says the audiences at her shows are usually 96 per cent woman but that should not stop men coming along.  Yep, Still Got It! is showing at Circa Theatre from February 28 until March 21.

Mayor makes a trip

MAYOR: Celia Wade-Brown

It has been a busy week for Mayor Celia Wade-Brown who returned from a visit to Taipei, China and Vietnam at the weekend. Mayor Wade-Brown says a particularly interesting leg of the trip was to Vietnam from February 4 to 6. The Mayor was on hand to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of New Zealand’s diplomatic relations

with Vietnam. “We were warmly welcomed by all levels of Government,” Mayor Wade-Brown says. She says the New Zealand contingent was well supported by the New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. A highlight included meeting with

alumni of Victoria University who are eager to work with council to promote the city. Mayor Wade-Brown says she sees many opportunities to build on the existing relationship with Vietnam. This includes educational opportunities, the possibility of some Hanoi residents setting up a Friends of Wellington group and other such things.

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One of Island Bay’s long-loved residents was farewelled at the church of St Francis de Sales recently, after the 87 years she spent in her community came to an end. Born into Island Bay in 1927 before the sea wall was built, Maureen Gordon was a well-known mother of six boys, teacher, friend, and mentor to those around her. She attended St Madeline Sophie’s school, now St Francis de Sales, where she graduated as Dux in 1940. She went back to teach at the school following her training at Wellington Teachers’ College. Baptised in Island Bay, Maureen attended the Church of St Francis de Sales, and was one of the first women to read in church. One of her six sons, Tim Gordon, speaks of her life fondly, and says her passion and drive was to help others understand and learn. “Any opportunity was a chance to teach – from playing Yahtzee to sewing dolls clothes to cooking.” Tim says that growing up in the summer months, Maureen would hang a bright tea towel from the window in the family’s Volga St home. “We had a split second as we passed Sergeant Gilmore Police Station on the corner of Avon St to see if it was there – if it was, then we stayed on the bus and went to the beach where she already was. If not, we’d then come straight home.” After Maureen retired from teaching new entrants at St Francis de Sales in 1982, she volunteered to teach sewing groups for many years, and Tim says her skilled needle-work became a passionate OBITUARY: Much loved Maureen farewelled. hobby.

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probably has his eyes set on bigger and better things in politics. No doubt Eagle’s preferred option would be for Annette King to resign, Andrew Little not to contest Rongotai and for himself to be the new MP for the area. However, if he misses out on Rongotai then maybe he will decide he has a decent chance at winning the Mayoral chains. I suspect Nicola Young’s 2013 attempt at winning the top job was more about boosting her profile to win her Lambton Ward seat but I would be surprised if she did not give it another go next year. There is a rumour doing the rounds that Onslow-Western Ward councillor Jo Coughlan is keen to chuck her hat in the ring.

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With more than a year and a half until the next local body elections it may feel a little early to start pondering who may line themselves up for the Mayor’s job. But with the cycleway soap opera of the past few weeks/months/years it has been fascinating to see which groups of councillors have been teaming up, squabbling and lining themselves up for bigger and better things. It is hard to imagine any councillors from the left stepping up to the plate to challenge the incumbent mayor. Celia Wade-Brown appears to have a loyal deputy in Justin Lester. It may be a matter of being patient for the northern ward councillor until Wade-Brown is defeated or she decides to call it a day. It would be no surprise to any residents in the eastern or southern wards that Councillor Paul Eagle

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O’Hagan jumps to games A Victoria University student is heading to the World University Games in South Korea after qualifying last week. Keeley O`Hagan, Wellington’s top female high jumper, made the qualifying jump in Hamilton on February 7 at the Porritt Classic. Her personal best in high jump at the start of the season, 1.82m, is the qualifying height for the World University games. However, that was set five years ago when O`Hagan was 15, and it is still the U16 national record. She did 1.80m at the 2014 Nationals for a fourth placing after a few years of illness, but this Nationals, under coach Mike Ritchie, she is looking for her first two senior jumping titles. “Mike and I are very excited for the season,” she says. “I feel pretty good. “I’m very happy and am so glad to get a personal best. I can definitely go higher, and had very good attempts at 1.86m.” “1.87m is my goal for the season and I definitely believe it is in reach.” That is 1cm short of the Wellington record. Keeley says she would love to head overseas again and as well as the World University Games, has her eye on the 2017 world champs, the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2020 Olympics.


WINNERS: Members of the 35+ Diehards team, Bella Ioapa, Hann a h G a l e, K i m Davidson, Eleni Si m o ns , A r o h a Morrison, Denise Sheehan, Jaimie Taouma, Emmy Garnons-Williams, Toots Masun-Ryan with team umpire Lagi Tuimavave.

Top win for Diehards By Dan Whitfield

The Wellington East Diehards netball team has continued its winning streak after another successful outing at the New Zealand Masters Games recently. Each year the team has brought home medals and this year was no different, with two of its teams bringing home the gold. Both the 45+ and 35+ teams won their games leaving the competition with a gold medal around the necks of the players. The 45+ team went through the competition undefeated, while the 35+ team won its

game by one point – a score that nearly gave coaches a heart attack. Despite the two teams winning gold, the middle of the run 40+ team missed out on a bronze, which was the first time it had not come away with a medal. “Gold is always our aim of course but we don't mind being beaten by a better team,” team member Robbie Herbison says. “The three teams had a great time in Wanganui playing very competitive netball and enjoying the great social times we all had together.” The games were held in Wanganui between January

30 and February 8. All three teams play premier grade competitive netball for Wellington East Netball Club, with the age of players that attended this year’s games ranging from 35 to 59. Wellington East Diehards have been competing in the games since 1997 and always try to keep teams up the top and in the running for gold, silver or bronze. While some players live north of Wellington, many of them are based in the Eastern suburbs – near to where Wellington East Netball Club is located. “It's now back into the summer twilight competition

starting this week with eight weeks of games leading up into the winter netball series which starts after Easter,” Robbie says. “For the three Wellington East teams it is pretty much netball all year round.” The next NZ Masters Games the teams will be attending is in Dunedin next year. The Pan Pacific Masters Games in the Gold Coast could also be a go ahead for the team. The World Masters Games are being held in Auckland in 2017, and Robbie says the teams will definitely be attending.








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