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A group of self-proclaimed aging rockers are regrouping after 30 years for a one off performance to raise money for charity. The only band member that will not be taking part in the concert is Tony Ellis, who died following an epileptic fit 18 years ago. While the gig will be free, anybody attending is asked to make a $10 donation to Epilepsy New Zealand. The year was 1976 when Island Bay resident Barrie Hutton and a group of mates from Naenae College formed Blackmoon. It was not long after the band formed that they were hitting the road regularly in their blue Bedford van to play around the country. Continued on page 2 BACK TOGETHER: Island Bay resident Barrie Hutton and Bob Hall, who lives in Sydney, are getting their band back together for a one-off show. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff


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of the old quarry west of Owhiro Bay to Te Raekaihau Point, just east of Houghton Bay. Chair of the Friends of the Marine Reserve Trust and organiser of the Taputeranga Coast Watch Murray Hosking says while summer sunshine has attracted thousands of people to the shore of the reserve, compliance patrols and Coast Watch activities have kept pace. Murray says there have been an increased number of DOC ranger patrols, including giving advice to members of the public, since just prior to Christmas. Up to 20 Coast Watch volunteers have been pounding the pavement, identifiable by their t-shirts, engaging with the public and meeting and greeting people to encourage

them to enjoy the reserve and its shores. “We are pleased to report that the feedback from the public has been overwhelmingly positive about the reserve and its value to the region,” Murray says. He says the snorkel trail, despite a few missing buoys, has again been very popular, with both snorkelers and trainee scuba divers. Murray says that unfortunately poaching within the reserve will continue and incidents may go unreported. “For compliance with the marine reserves rules – that is, no fishing, and no gathering of shellfish, rock lobster or any other natural living things in the reserve – the help provided by the people along the South Coast is essential and welcome.”

One-off show for reunited band Continued from page 1 Bob Hall, who now lives in Sydney and runs a software company, describes the their music as 1970s rock. Barrie says the group covered many songs from popular bands of the day, from Deep Purple to The Beetles, and even wrote eight original songs. “New Zealand music had not really been embraced and now it’s thought of as pretty cool,” Barrie says. The band travelled to festivals throughout the North Island and at one stage all lived together in the same Island Bay house, where Barrie still lives today. Blackmoon started to separate when Bob moved to Christchurch to go to university. “It was just a really great time of our lives and we all have really fond memories of that time,” Bob says. The rock never stopped for Barrie who went on to form another band and

works in the sound industry. Drummer Geoff Ellis is travelling to Wellington from Belfast, where he works in high-end catering, to take to the stage. Original sound man Mike Hedges, who has won two Oscars, and Leigh Jackson, who originally formed the band, will also be taking part. The idea of a reunion gig came about when the band members all found themselves in London having dinner together several years ago and next thing they were working out dates for a possible reunion gig, Barrie says. “It’s pretty exciting that it’s actually happening.” When Blackmoon take to the stage next month it will be the first time the band has played a gig together since 1980. “I had to learn to play the guitar again,” Bob says. “It was a bit hard but it was enjoyable.”

BACK THEN: Bob Hall and Barrie Hutton in the heyday of their band Blackmoon.

Blackmoon will perform their one-off show at The Pines in Houghton Bay on March 6 from 7pm. For more information search for the Blackmoon Reunion Gig on Facebook.

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Wade-Brown interested in third term The Cook Strait News takes an early look at who is considering a run for the Mayor’s job in October 2016. WHO IS IN AND OUT: Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Lambton ward councillor Nicola Young have confirmed they will contest the mayoralty in 2016 while businessman Jack Yan has not ruled out a third attempt. By Sam Duff

The elections in October 2016 are already in sight for Mayor Celia Wade-Brown who confirmed to the Cook Strait News last week that she is interested in a third consecutive term in the city’s top job. “We will see how the amalgamation debate goes but at this stage I’m interested in running again,” Mayor Wade-Brown says. “Generally I’m finding there’s a more constructive council and we have things such as the Memorial Park, Great Harbour Way, Chinese Gardens, Watts Peninsula and the cycleways that we would have started but need time to finish.” Mayor Wade-Brown says that

of course there are others around the council table that have their eyes set on the mayoral chains and they have started indirectly campaigning. “They started the day after the election in 2013 and that’s very healthy for democracy,” she says. “My view is you should be constructive in trying to get things done for the city rather than seeing ambitions for the mayoralty as an excuse to be negative.” Mayor Wade-Brown says she wonders whether any councillors that run for the mayoralty will have the nerve to just run for the top job and not also run for a ward. Lambton ward councillor Nicola Young, who ran for Mayor in 2013, confirmed she

plan going through council would lead to a number of small local play areas being decommissioned. The residents of Jeypore Street in Berhampore were the first to raise concerns about their playground being decommissioned, closely followed by Seatoun locals.

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will be running for the job again in 2016. “It is still early days but one thing is for sure and that’s that I will be running,” she says. “Celia has been on the council for almost 20 years and nobody should be on the council that long,” Cr Young says. “If you can’t get things done you need to move on.” Wellington businessman Jack Yan says he has not yet decided whether he will run for the mayor’s job for a third election in a row. “It’s not completely off my radar,” he says. “The truth is I haven’t made a decision one way or another.” Onslow-Western ward councillor Jo Coughlan, who has been rumoured to be considering a

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run, says it is very early days and she will be leaving any decision about next year’s elections until further down the track. Southern ward councillor Paul Eagle says he has been approached about running for the mayoralty but has also been approached about running for the Rongotai seat if Annette King were to retire and Labour leader Andrew Little chose not to contest the seat. “If not then I would have to take a look at my options,” he says. “I would not rule it [the mayoralty] out completely in the long term.”  Who do you want to see running for the Mayoralty in October 2016? Email news@ and let us know what you think.

A 532 signature petition was presented to the committee concerning the proposed decommissioning of the Seatoun Park playground and a 246 signature for the Jeypore Street playground. The Environment Committee will consider a final plan on April 23.



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Playground a battlefield In the battlefield of the school playground and class young Martin must learn how to stay true to his friends. The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk, starring Solo performer Marko Jovanovic, comes to Wellington for a one off performance as part of the Capital E National Arts Festival 2015. The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk will feature in one public performance only on Saturday March 21 at 11.30am at the St James Hospitality Suite.

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Film museum for waterfront Visitors to Wellington will be able to learn about the history of filmmaking in the creative capital if a proposed film museum goes ahead. The draft Wellington Waterfront Development Plan was debated by a Wellington City Council committee last week and confirms a film museum will be heading to the waterfront. A site has not yet been confirmed.

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A number of Lyall Bay residents have raised concerns that hire car companies have been parking large numbers of hire cars in their suburb. Local James Grigg says

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PARKED UP: Lyall Bay resident James Grigg says hire car companies have been parking cars on Lyall Bay Parade. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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corner of Lyall Bay Parade and Kingsford Smith Street, James says. In photos provided to the Cook Strait News, cars can be seen parked closely together and hire car company stickers are visible. “This is the worst I have seen it,” James says. “We were aware that it was happening but not to this extent.” James says that on one occasion he estimates there were about 50 hire cars parked on Lyall Bay Parade. “They do that and people have to park elsewhere,” he says. “It’s not illegal but it’s the principle of it. “They’re running a business and taking up public spots.” He says residents on the other side of the airport, by Moa Point, have experienced a similar issue. The spokesperson for the rental car company, accused by James of being the worst offender, says the company does not park cars in the area but was aware of it being an issue. James says recently he saw several car transporters removing rental cars from the site.

Wellington City Council has told residents that there have been some recent incidents of rental cars being parked on Lyall Bay Parade. Discussions have been had with the company involved and indicate that during the peak summer season this year they ran out of space within their premises on Kingsford Smith Street because of the high level of rental car business, council says. The cars are parked illegally and the company accepts parking cars on local streets could be seen as being antisocial and impact on local residents and business ability to be able to use kerbside parks, council says. Wellington City Council says it will monitor the situation in Lyall Bay and if it is considered the issue has become persistent and unreasonable then it will look at taking steps to deal with the situation.  Have you been annoyed by rental cars being parked in Lyall Bay? Or is it not an issue? Email news@wsn. and let us know what you think.

Homelessness talks in Wellington The United Nations estimates there are approximately 100 million homeless people throughout the world. This Thursday Wellington hosts the New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness conference, at which delegates from central and local government and from a wide range of organisations meet to discuss

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to end homelessness in Wellington,” she says. “Through Te Mahana, the Wellington City Council is taking a lead role in coordinating a multi-agency response. “By working together we can help those who are homeless and affected by homelessness.” Councillor Paul Eagle, who will help to deliver the keynote


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I grew up in Hong Kong, when I was younger it was Bruce Lee – the coolest dude ever! When I was older, it was a lady who won an Olympic Gold medal in windsurfing.

Anything that seduces me into zombie mode on the couch!

What would your dream getaway be? Somewhere tropical in South East Asia – drinking fresh coconut and eating delicious street food every single living hour. Spend the time windsurfing and diving in the tropical waters.

What are you looking forward to right now? A massage, a delicious meal and an outdoor bath at home.

Who would you least like to have a meal with? Someone who smells bad! I’ve lost my appetite already.

What is one thing Cook Strait News readers would be surprised to know about you? I only learnt how to ride a bike five years ago in MacAlister Park in Berhampore and my face became very familiar with both the turf and the fence.

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.

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What would your last meal on earth be? Beef tendon noodle soup. Fresh rice noodles made from scratch, beautiful clear homemade beef broth and beef tendons that have been stewing for hours. Sometimes I have it with a dash of vinegar.

At this time of the year the highlight of my job is visiting all the different festivals that we have on throughout Wellington. From Newtown, Island Bay and Kilbirnie to those in the city such as the revamped Cuba Street Festival, CubaDupa. Heading along to Island Bay Festival’s A Day in the Bay the other week, you will see from the photos in this week’s paper that I had a fantastic time. Everything that is great about Island

Bay was on display but the best part of the day for me was running into friends, neighbours and people I deal with on a regular basis for work. The day has a great community feel about it, combined with a serving of southern coast wind for good measure. Unfortunately the blessing of the boats had to be delayed, but the day certainly seemed to be a great success. If you have some free time make sure you check out what’s on at the Newtown Festival which involves a month’s worth

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Discussions are continuing between Wellington City Council, Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor into the building of a film museum on Wellington’s waterfront.

Q: Does Wellington need a film museum?

Toby Kepes, Seatoun

Ken Bovey, Miramar

Kim Dewhurst, Newtown

Edwin Lerum, Island Bay

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“It’s a good idea because at the moment they only really have the Weta Caves.”

“I reckon it would be quite good.”

“We don’t need one, we have Archives New Zealand and they do regular screenings.”

“I guess so. It’s another thing that we could look forward to.”

“It would be good for New Zealand. Anything educational is good for New Zealand.”

Verna Joyce, Lyall Bay “It’s a brilliant idea. It’s time everything was displayed.”

LETTERS to the editor Development is needed in Houghton Valley

GROUP FORMED: The Friends of Houghton Valley Incorporated Society was formed recently to discuss the building of 13 new homes on Houghton Bay Road. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Dear Ed, good on Smith Guersen and his associates for tackling a tricky piece of Wellington land and

attempting a sustainable development providing much needed urban densification. The Friends of

Houghton Valley's "not in my back yard" attitude is short-sighted and I hope the council stick to their

guns and support the development. Oliver Townend

Dear Ed, thank you for your article about the proposed Houghton Valley subdivision (CSN, February 16). I agree that the amount of houses in such a small space is not in the character of the valley and can have a great impact on the valley. Already the valley has so many infrastructure

issues, that I don't believe it can sustain such a great level of development in such a short period of time. There have been broken water mains where people haven't had water for days at a time. Our water is regularly being turned off so leachate from the old tip can be flushed out because the drainage issues cannot

handle storm water levels. I personally have had brown water running from the tap and no one from the council came to test the water to tell us when it was drinkable. The bay is polluted enough as it is with toxic metals flowing into it. Erosion from dense development will only impact this unresolved

issue. There are other problems, such as traffic. Hungerford is way overused and is already a very unsafe road as it is. I agree with Jacob, that it is too many houses and it should be a notified consent. Jessica Loomis, Houghton Bay

Creeping Americanisation in New Zealand Dear Ed, re: CSN, February 16 and people's opinions of St Valentine's Day. The inference I draw is that most people think the observance is okay if you like that sort of thing - an opinion I share. But it's all a symptom of creeping Americanisation here in New Zealand, so that we think it smart and trendy to ape the Yanks in

everything - a very foolish idea. In fact, this is also instanced by one interviewee's words, "I get to tell my wife...etc" Surely we should just do things, not "get to" do them! The Yanks have their linguistic priorities arseabout-face, so that they insert redundant words,

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.

and also omit some necessary words. They say ‘protest something’ when they mean ‘protest against/at something’. Yes, you can protest something, but this means you proclaim or approve of it. (‘He protested his innocence.’) Conversely, Americans will ‘sign off on’ a contract,

instead of just sign it! They will use some infantile slang or illiteracy instead of a dignified proper word, but will also use a polysyllabic word where a plain simple word is as good or better! No, I cannot stop the use of these Americanisms; but I myself refuse to use them! H Westfold, Miramar (abridged)

High density housing is needed Dear Ed, one of the great things about Wellington is its compactness. Cities work well when development and housing is high density and services and facilities are close together so that residents have choices about how to get around – compact cities mean that you can choose to walk, cycle, use public transport or drive around them. Cities work less well when they are spread out, like in Auckland where distances can be so great that the resulting dependence on driving leads to congestion.

With limited flat building land in Wellington dense city living is the norm, not the exception. Development areas within Wellington, such as in Houghton Bay, are rare and should be developed to relatively high density to provide more homes where services for them exist. More residents in the city mean more neighbours to make friends with, and more customers for businesses. Land is precious – let’s not waste it. Eleanor Rivers (nom de plume), Mount Cook

Monday February 23, 2015

LETTERS to the editor

Rude cyclists in Island Bay as well Dear Ed, I couldn’t help but agree with E Beach’s comments (CSN, February 9) regarding the “rude cyclist” behaviour in Kilbirnie. This type of behaviour has been a regular occurrence in Island Bay for the last eight months or so and has been very upsetting to many Island Bay residents. From what I’ve heard residents have felt abused and intimidated by many of these “pavement offenders” but have

been reluctant to phone the Police and report as the Police already have enough to contend with! The lack of courtesy towards pedestrians is frankly disgraceful. We are all only too aware of the WCC’s obsession with cycling but feel it would be more prudent and balanced to teach these hooligans some respect for communities! Ron Rodgers, Berhampore

A bell on the collar will work Dear Ed, one solution I found many years ago with our cat catching birds (CSN, February 2) was that I put a bell on her collar and this certainly worked in our case.

She still managed to catch mice out in the garden. It is worth all cat owners trying. A Ballinger, Miramar

Support for liquor ban in Kilbirnie Dear Ed, I am a local resident and would support a liquor ban (CSN, February 16), especially around the

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Festival fun in Island Bay The Cook Strait News headed along to A Day in The Bay, part of the Island Bay Festival, last week to snap a few shots of locals out and about enjoying the fun. PHOTOS: Sam Duff

FAIR FUN: Jimmy Jansen and Josie Coe stop for a photo after fun times on the Ferris wheel.

BIG GRINS: Meg Adams, Jennaka Patel and Shelby Porter enjoy the festival.

FUN TIMES: Doris and John Whiting have fun at A Day in the Bay.

FESTIVAL DAY: It is hotdogs all round for Athene Laws and Daniel Babinski.

YUM YUM: Pizza time for Esrah Mane and James Smith.

PRETTY IN PINK: Rosa Spear, Maria Cotter and Trixie Baird-Smith hang-out at the festival.

ICE CREAM EXTREME: Abel, Matthew and Stella Holloway enjoy a delicious ice cream.

SNAPPED: Island Bay resident Mary Carr with Southern Ward councillor Paul Eagle.

HAPPY DAYS: Vaughan Clouston and Paris JOINING IN: Island Bay community centre adWaterworth smile for the camera at the Island vocate Lisa Cunningham and Cook Strait News journalist Sam Duff. Bay Festival.

MATES GATHER: Friends, from back left, Alice Wright, Nicole Dalley and Helena Newport with, front left, Henry Hamilton and John-Ross Moyer.

DELICIOUS SNACKS: Pals Lily Kemble Welch and Lydia Schumacher are snapped with a tasty treat.

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Bays up for award The cycling throughout the Wellington bays has been nominated as one of the country’s best cycle routes. In celebration of the New Zealand Transport Agency’s Bike Wise Month, Kiwis from around the country have been submitting their votes for New Zealand’s best place to cycle. The Wellington bays have been nominated for the on-road category of the nationwide competition. The winners of the four categories will be drawn on March 2. Dougal List, from NZTA, says the Bike

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Wellingtonians packed into the Westpac Stadium on Friday for the capital cities first Cricket World Cup game. The Black Caps took on the England side in front of a sold out stadium of 33,000 spectators. The cities hotels were booked-out during the weekend with thousands of tourists visiting Wellington. The Barmy Army, the England side’s unofficial group of supporters, were

Kyla Italy bound By Sam Duff

The sport of Taekwondo is in the blood for a Berhampore teen who is heading to Italy in May to compete in the International World Taekwondo Championships. Kyla Walton, 15, has been training in the sport for the past seven years having grown up watching her parents, Ian and Lena Walton, compete in the sport. “I really enjoy going to tournaments and competing,” she says. “At the time when I started my brothers were really into it and my friend’s sister was doing it so we wanted to.” The year 12 Wellington East Girls’ College student qualified in December to attend the world champs in Jesolo, Italy. Qualifying was an effort in itself for Kyla, as she had to gain her junior black belt before she could qualify completely – she gained that a week later. Kyla says she is looking forward to travelling to Italy, her first world champs, where she will compete amongst the best in the world. She has been selected for the junior girls’ individual power event and the junior girls’ team power event.

It is something that Kyla’s mother Lena says makes her very proud of her daughter. Ian and Lena are Taekwondo Instructors who have been actively practising and teaching the art for 30 years. For the last 17 years they have run the local Berhampore Taekwondo Club. Last year Kyla says she made the decision to give up other sports so that she could just focus on her taekwondo. She has four taekwondo training sessions a month and since July last year has been travelling to Auckland once a month to train with the New Zealand team. Lena says that is important so that she can put herself in the faces of the coach so they know she is serious about the sport. Kyla says she finds time for school homework and study when she is not training. “Sometimes it can be quite packed,” she says. Kyla says she wants to continue with taekwondo and will compete in other competitions in the near future, including the regionals at the end of March. After she leaves school, Kyla says she is considering trying to join the police force as she enjoys keeping active.

On top of the expert coaching participants will eat the same Italian food as professional players, learn some Italian and have then chance to impress a talent scout. AC Milan is an Italian football powerhouse which has won 18 UEFA and FIFA titles. AC Milan Junior Camp’s New Zealand project coordinator Raffaele Maiorano was in New Zealand recently to meet with Wel-

some of the most vocal cricket fans in the capital city when the game finished on Friday night. Westpac Stadium will host four Cricket World Cup games with the next being on Sunday March 1 when Sri Lanka will play England.  Did you head to the cricket on Friday? Email and let us know how it went.



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WOLRD CHAMPS: Berhampore teenager Kyla Walton is headed to Italy in May to compete in the International World Taekwondo Championships. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Top junior football camp in Island Bay Youngsters from throughout the region and the country will be able to show off their football skills this July at the inaugural AC Milan New Zealand-based junior camp in Island Bay. Up and coming young stars aged from eight to 15 years old will have the chance to be coached by AC Milan and New Zealand football coaches who have been handpicked for the camp.


lington students and businesses interested in the International Training Camps. “The AC Milan Junior Camp will provide young New Zealand footballers with an international training camp experience right here in New Zealand,” he says. “It will be run in the same manner as AC Milan professional squad training camps including small coach to player ratios; and

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From New York to Oriental Parade By Sam Duff

READY STEADY COOK: Chef Wil Crutchley has traded-in a successful cooking career in New York to work at Wellington’s newest eatery. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

A New York chef has traded-in a successful career cooking for the rich and famous and will be taking charge of the kitchen at Oriental Bay’s latest dining attraction. Wil Crutchley says he is excited to be part of a new restaurant in Wellington, just eight weeks after he moved to the city. Coene’s Provisions opens this week in the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club building, where well known chef Martin Bosley’s restaurant was located, until being put into liquidation last year. The Williams Pub Company, which owns several other pubs in the area including the Gasworks in Miramar, is behind the new venture. “I feel so honoured to be working with these guys,” Wil says. “We have some great plans.” The food at Coene’s will have a

familiar feel and be great for the everyday occasion, he says. “I do take my food seriously but I don’t want people to go crazy about it.” Wil, who is originally from North Carolina, worked in a number of Michelin-starred restaurants in New York before starting to cook privately about eight years ago for celebrities and the super-rich. The move to Wellington was for family reasons, Wil says. The opportunity to work at the new restaurant came out of the blue for Wil when he got talking to a bartender in Lower Hutt who happened to know that The Williams Pub Company were looking to open a new location. The establishment is named after Commander Edgar Coene, the head of the United States Marines when they were based in the yacht club building during world war two.

International artists for Tapu Te Ranga As Tapu Te Ranga Gallery in Island Bay kicks-off for another year the first exhibitors of 2015 are ready to go on display. Gallery curator Ian Logan says Tapu Te Ranga will play host to two artists with an international feel in the coming weeks. A chance visit to an Island Bay home several years ago led to Ian discovering the work of Adelaide-based artist Jan Shone.

“I was bowled over by their energy and colour,” Ian says. “From that moment on I was working on bringing her art over here – and now it's happening.” Ian says Jan, who was born in Gisborne, has exhibited regularly in both New Zealand and Australia but this will be her first time exhibiting in Australia. Jan was born in Gisborne but had an Australian mother who

used to amuse the family with colourful tales of her life and the escapades of her ancestors across the Tasman. After training as a teacher and working at Queen Elizabeth College in Palmerston North, Jan seized the chance in 1984 to move to Adelaide to study art – where she has lived ever since. Jan will be displaying her works of art alongside her old friend

from her teaching days, Palmerston North-based Sue Artner. Ian says Sue has taken the theme of figure drawing – a classic ingredient of an artist's training – and made it her own with collage and sculptural elements. She moved to New Zealand from the United States in the 1970's and has lived here ever since, teaching with Jan at Queen

Elizabeth College before retiring. “We're expecting huge interest for this show with visitors coming from around New Zealand to see it,” Ian says. “It's a great way for us to start our exhibition programme for the year.”  The exhibition runs until April 1. For more information go to

Living in comfort co mfort Village at the Park is retirement living that is ready when you are. At Village at the Park Retirement Village on Rintoul Street in Newtown they offer a range of options to suit anyone of any age or situation, like their variety of spacious and modern apartments and villas. Village Manager Brian Leighton says the apartments are perfect for anyone who wants the freedom of independence. “These apartments are aimed at anyone over the age of 65 who is interested in independent living, however care packages can be put in place.

“It is ideal for those who want to live around like minded people.” He says many people know the site as its former self - Athletic Park, but not many people know what is beyond the gate. “It used to be known as Athletic Park and is now Village at the Park Retirement Village. It has been home to the All Blacks and hosted visits from the Queen, and now it can be your home too.”

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