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Star Wars fans unite By Dan Whitfield

Simon Gianotti is one of the coolest dads in the world; at least in the eyes of his seven-year-old son Zach. In between working nine to five, Simon has been creating a special entry and fundraiser for

this year’s Cashmere Avenue School fair. Since about October, Simon has been working hard to put together a number of cardboard Star Wars models – some of which are already hanging in the school’s library. Continued on page 2

FATHER AND SON UNITE: Zach Gianotti showcasing some of his dad’s handmade Star Wars models. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield.

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While most toddlers know how to count to 10 before reaching primary school, those attending a Newlands play centre seem to be one step ahead culturally. As part of the curriculum at Newlands-Tamariki Playcentre, Te Reo Maori has become second nature to the students that run around the grounds. Manager Amy Bendall says it is about our one goal – growing the next generation of treaty partners. “It’s not just about vocabulary; we’re teaching them about karakia, as well as how to introduce themselves. We want to make them aware of the culture…It’s about setting them up.”

Biculturalism is an important part of the day-to-day activity at NewlandsTamariki Playcentre with about 18 families from across Wellington involved in learning Te Reo. Amy says many of these people are from other play centres and are taking the skills back with them. “People are picking it up and the children are running with it,” she says. One of the interesting facts is families are attracted to this method of teaching, with the play centre running a full capacity. Amy says the play centre has had a strong growth in the past year. Children at Newlands-Tamariki Playcentre were treated with a trip to the local fire station as part of Playcentre Awareness week.

Force strong with Cashmere Ave students Continued from page 1 “The whole idea was something new for the school fair and came from the theme of Zach’s birthday party,” Simon says. “There’s lots of other cool stuff in the fair every year. We just wanted to do something different.” Both Simon and his son are Star Wars enthusiasts, and classes full of students have also been showing an interest in the sci-fi saga over the course of term one. “It’s cool because with the new movie coming out, there’s a whole new generation of young Star Wars fans…The force is strong with them,” Simon says. Looking back on the amount of hours put into the project, Simon says it was definitely a labour of love but he knew he had to keep on going. “Everyone’s excited…I remember seeing the original films when they came out. I enjoyed it and I know there are so many others in the same boat,” he says. So far Simon has made one large imperial star destroyer, several TIE fighters and one Millennium Falcon which belonged to Han Solo, the is in the process of perfecting an x-wing star fighter. “I didn’t think it would take long but it

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A new community constable has been appointed to keep the Johnsonville community safe. Tak ing over from his former colleague Jake Attwood, who has moved to the Wellington Central Police Station, Jason Mokrzecki is ready for action. The 29-year-old has been a police officer for seven years, spending most of that time on frontline duty and six months working in the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) for the Wellington region – and loving every minute of what he does. The new position means a lot to Jason, not only because his dad was a police officer but because it gives him a chance to serve the community he lives in. “Every day is different. You’re not just confined to

the office; you’re out in the community.” As the community constable, Jason will be focused on issues affecting those living in Johnsonville, Churton Park, Karori and everywhere in between. Jason says his dad was one of t he reasons he became a police officer, recalling the intriguing stories that he would tell him as a child. “I guess it was a snapshot of what he did and what being a police officer is all about.” Jason was born in Wellington but did his schooling in Australia. He moved back to Wellington for university and family in 2004. T he loca l resident is dedicated to being a family man for his wife and son. “I want to be a person that people can come and talk to. I’m keen to meet the community,” he says.

The proposal is for one authority to replace the nine current councils – Wellington City Council, Porirua City Council, Kapiti Coast District Council, both Hutt councils, the three Wairarapa councils and the Greater Wellington Regional Council – merge together and be replaced by the new Greater Wellington

inbriefnews App wins students $10,000 A team of three former and current Victoria University of Wellington students are $10,000 richer after taking out the top prize in a competition to create a mobile app that will enhance students’ experience of the capital city. The Cap App Challenge attracted a strong field of competitors and the top six finalists presented in front of a panel of judges in a dragons’ den style event that took place at the university last week. Victoria graduate George Feast-Parker, former student Katherine Anderson and current part time law student Gabrielle Young took out the top prize with their app Sesame. The team describes its app as a real world treasure map that allows users to leave checkpoints on a live map and then link to content such as messages, songs or videos.

Preparing for ANZAC Day

NEW COP: Jason Mokrzecki, or Moka as he also goes by, is ready to protect the community. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

Hearings for LGC proposal The Local Government Commission (LGC) will commence public hearings on a draft proposal for the reorganisation of councils in the Wellington region today. Hearings are for people who requested to speak further to their submission on the draft proposal.

Council. As part of the reorganisation, one Mayor would control the council, with 21 councillors, and a number of local boards beneath that. The hearings will be held before the three commissioners: Basil Morrison (chairman), Anne Carter, and Janie Annear; and will run along

A community commemoration will be happening in the Makara area, with an ANZAC Day service set to be held in coming weeks. The event has been running for the past eight years, and is organised by two local men. Numbers have risen from about 10 to the current number over the past few years, with the community getting behind the service each year. The community has a War Memorial which was built by the community. It honours seven dead from the First World War and one from the Second World War. This year the army will attend the event, and about one hundred people are set to attend on April 25.

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Kaiwharawhara Estuary had a spruce up as part of a bucketful of event happening during Seaweek 2015. Kaiwharawhara Estuary is fed by the Kaiwharawhara Stream that flows from Trelissick Park. The clean-up was organised by Trelissick Park Group, who focused on the estuary and shoreline around the reclamation area. The clean-up happened on March 8. Volunteers collected rubbish and weeded the area, while others set to planting native plants. The clean-up proceeded rain or shine, with a variety of volunteer groups participating.

By Dan Whitfield

Johnsonville Shopping Centre manager Gerard Earl is pleased with the amount of new business owners that have walked through the doors and been keen to set up shop. In the last six months, new stores including the family clothing retailer, Hatley; frozen yoghurt franchise, Yo Yo Yoghurt; handmade candles, home fragrances and cosmetic store, Melting Moments NZ; and Vietnamese takeaway, Pho Bac have all opened up for business.

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“The shopping centre has seen a great number of positive changes over the last 18 months, not least the introduction of fresh new brands,” Gerard says. Other new businesses and franchises that have opened in Johnsonville include Commonsense Organics, 2 Degrees, and One Stop Asian Supermarket. Pizza Hut is also set to return to the main street of Johnsonville, opening up in the old Brumby's Bakery next door to Commonsense Organics. This is set to happen within the next couple of months, Gerard says.

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BUSINESS CONTINUES: Johnsonville Shopping Centre manager Gerard Earl stands with Paper Plus manager David Preston. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

“Johnsonville’s retail community is extremely strong and contains many very passionate and hardworking individuals and businesses, and I feel it is appropriate to sing their praises,” he says. “Many have been here in excess of 20 years,” he says. Nada Bakery will this year celebrate its 40 years operating in Johnsonville, which Gerard says is a “commendable feat for any retail business in any part of the country.” “It’s credit to them and to the Johnsonville community for supporting them for so long.” While business is good inside the mall, talk around the community still lingers around the long-awaited mall redevelopment. However, the project to improve traffic around Johnsonville, could soon pave the way for mall owners DNZ Property Fund saying yes to plans set to improve the facility – according to Transport and Urban Development Committee chairman and Councillor Andy Foster. Gerard continues to praise businesses operating under the mall umbrella, focusing on how longer standing businesses including Paper Plus and Michael Hill have been refurbished in the last year. “We remain committed to providing local residents with a convenient, enjoyable and relevant shopping experience which has been and continues to be well supported,” Gerard says. Johnsonville Shopping Centre has about 81 retaillers.

MP encourages teaching professionals to apply Ohariu’s National MP Brett Hudson is encouraging teaching professionals to recognise their contribution to the community – and to apply for the Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards. The awards focus on the work provided by educational groups, teams and partnerships in English, Maori, or Pasifika-medium, highlighting a combined effort needed to achieve improvement, equity and planned innovation in education “Our education professionals work hard every day for our children, and I believe we need to publicly recognise and

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encourage their contribution,” MP Hudson says. The awards cover early childhood education, as well as primary, through to secondary schooling. It has four main categories including excellence in governing, excellence in leading, excellence in teaching and learning, and excellence in engaging. “They celebrate the people in our communities delivering the best teaching to children, those who raise the bar that bit higher,” he says. “I want to encourage people to apply for these awards. We have so many talented people

in Ohariu, I have witnessed this during visits to our local schools and early childhood centres.” Category winners each receive $20,000, while the supreme winner receives an additional $30,000. This year the education prize celebrates a focus on collaboration creating learner-led pathways from early childhood to schooling. “High-quality education provides the opportunity for any child from any background to get ahead and make the most of their life, and the teachers who contribute to this should be celebrated,” MP Hudson says.

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Heavy rain throughout Wellington led to flash flooding in several suburbs on Saturday night. The rain affected homes, roads and even railway lines, with the police urging motorists to drive to the conditions and be alert for flooding across roads. City council and contractors are worked to clear roads of debris Areas that were affected to different degrees included SH2 North of Upper Hutt; SH2 near Lower Hutt; SH1in Johnsonville; Main Road in Tawa and other residential areas throughout the region. People took to social media on Saturday night, posting what had happened in their streets and suburbs.

Megan Barr posted on the Facebook page called Wellington Severe Weather Reports saying a storm drain in Newlands could not handle the downpour. “[We] watched the street flood in matter of minutes,” she says. On the other hand, Rachel Grove says the guttering at her house did not cope with the downpour which saw flooding in her kitchen. It was the second burst of heavy rain that caused most of the issues along the main road in Johnsonville. At about 8.30pm, the Transport Agency reported that the Johnsonville southbound offramp from SH1 was closed by flooding, however it had reopened by 9pm. The Newlands onramp and offramps were also closed by flood-

ing, and a slip closed the Johnsonville line, with trains replaced by buses for several hours. Many of the shops were affected in Johnsonville. There were reports of flooding in the shopping centre, as well as in shops along the main road, including the ANZ Bank. Andrew Shann sent the Independent Herald a photo of two children who put their togs on during the flooding on Saturday night. He says the flooding was unlike anything he had ever seen. “I have never seen anything like it in the main street of Johnsonville before.” This is not the first time Johnsonville has flooded. In the 70s, the main drag of the suburb and surrounding stores were also submersed in water due to heavy rain.

Conference focus on professional development Members of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Supervised Contact Services (ANZASCS) were treated to an informative and useful conference recently This year’s conference celebrated the 21st anniversary of the association, with February’s theme titled Validating Meaningful Supervised Contact for Children. A nationwide representation of accredited service providers and prospective members attended the two days of workshops, networking

and presentations from keynote speakers – including Johnsonville lawyer Frances Ah Mu. Frances shared her experiences as a family law and legal aid practitioner working with Pacific Island Communities, stating: “This conference provided an excellent professional development and networking opportunity for those working in Children’s Contact Services.” “There is an ongoing need to ensure that services are both accredited and staffed by well trained and

skilled practitioners. Vulnerable children and families need the best possible support available,” she says. Michael Cross from the Australia Children's Contact Services Association (ACCSA) also gave a presentation, providing insight into the differences with services. The deputy children's commissioner Justine Cornwall spoke in depth of children's rights and the commissions review into issues in NZ.

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MURAL ARTIST: Ellen Coup is transforming Mandalay Tce stroke by each stroke of her paintbrush.

Street buzzing with life By Emily Elliott

Khandallah streets are having a makeover thanks to mural artist Ellen Coup, who has been employed by the council to spruce up the bus stop, substation, and two cabinets on Mandalay Tce. In an effort to combat graffiti, as well as brighten the space beside a soon-to-be community garden, the Wellington City Council gave Ellen a brief that highlighted gardens and nature. Working with exterior acrylic, Ellen says the bus stop took seven days to paint, and the cabinet has taken three. “Council had a firm idea about

what they wanted, and it was up to me to come up with a design that is easy enough to outwork in the number of hours I have been contracted,” says Ellen. Although this is the first time Ellen has painted a bus stop, the professional artist says it is not the first time the council has contracted her, and that she has been creating artwork for others for over 15 years – both from home and outdoors. “I like being outside, and I like the physical work aspect. I also enjoy the challenge of working on a large surface,” Ellen says. “I’ve had numerous people from the public comment how

Traffic delays were made even worse around Johnsonville after a truck rolled on State Highway 1. According to police, the incident occurred at about 4.50am yesterday morning. It caused significant delays both southbound down Nauranga Gorge, as well as along alternative routes through Johnsonville and down Moorefield Road for most of the day. The truck blocked the two centre lanes, just North of the Newlands bridge. The Johnsonville on-ramp was also closed. The driver of the truck was treated by ambulance at the scene. A Police Commmercial Vehi-

cle Investigation unit is investigating the cause of the crash. A member of the public told the Independent Herald that he thought the driver may have fallen asleep as it looked as though he had hit another barrier before rolling. Those walking in the area were also taking photos of the incident. Motorists were advised to delay travel if able or to use alternative routes, including SH58 and SH2. The New Zealand Transport Agency tweeted that motorists should consider using alternative transport to avoid congestion at the Ngauranga Gorge, or delay their trip.

THE ISSUE: A truck rolled on State Highway 1 yesterday morning. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield.

great they look and how much they like it, or drive past and toot or pull over to chat.” Ellen says that part of working on outside structures means there are limitations in place, such as joining gaps or door handles. “Honeycomb seemed like a very distinctive and strong design element. On the cabinet with doors and a surface which is broken up, it has looked cool!” Ellen says the bee themed cabinets beside the community orchard garden urge residents to make a connection between bees and our food. “It’s something that people can capture.”

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Applications open for those doing good Applications for Z’s Good in the Hood campaign are now open, and General Manager Retail Mark Forsyth is encouraging community groups to go say hello to the teams at their local service station. Every station around the country will again be giving away $5000 to help their neighbourhoods. Of this $5000 per station, $4000 will be distributed between four neighbourhood groups or projects that are selected by their local Z station for 2015; while the remaining $1000 will be used by retailers throughout the year to support other neighbourhood

projects and initiatives. In previous year’s, the Wellington Volunteer Fire Support Unit, Meals on Wheels Johnsonville, Johnsonville Plunket, the local food bank, and Family Friend Supervised Contact Service have all been supported by the team at Johnsonville Z. Last year, Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind was selected, as well as the House of Grace, Challenge 2000, and the Johnsonville Food Bank once again. “We know that there’s no way that we could know what matters to the diverse communities around New Zealand better than

the locals do, which is why, for the last three years, we’ve left it up to our local teams, and our local customers, to decide what they want to support in their own neighbourhoods,” Mark says. “Our customers will determine how the [funds] will be split across those four groups per Z station during the voting period in May,” he says. Applications are open for all of February. “We encourage you to pop into your local Z station. Our teams would love to meet the people doing good in their neighbourhoods,” Mark says.

Marsden Gala Another successful Marsden gala The Samuel Marsden Collegiate School gala was a huge success, with staff and convenors of the event pleased with the popularity this year.

Funds from this year’s gala will go towards the rebuild of the main classroom block, and while the total is still to be announced, it is clear there was a significant amount raised.

While the gala happens every two years, the same high standard was seen – with the school’s famous handmade food stalls, and cake stands bringing in the crowds. About $63,000 was raised.

A member of the community is concerned about donations that are being left scattered outside the Salvation Army Family Store in Johnsonville. Wishing to remain anonymous, the local resident says it has caught her eye on several occasions, but mostly on Monday mornings before the store opens. “It is not the fault of staff and volunteers that donations are inspected, pillaged and stolen by 'night shoppers’,” she says. The local understands it is common to all charities, but seems to be quite an issue in Johnsonville, and believes that it should stop.

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Question: Who is your idol and why?

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Kane Williamson from the Black Caps because he is good at cricket and I also play.

I like Beyonce because of her style. I also like to sing.

New Zealand cricketer Adam Milne because he is a fast bowler like me. I also like Shane Bond who is Adam’s coach.

My Dad, because he followed his dream!

Cristiano Ronaldo because he is a great guy and is a role model for me as a footballer.

Bernice Ishumi, Paparangi My Mum! She takes care of us and is really nice.

LETTERS 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 daniel@wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Arrests made over fines Dear Ed, I am not sure if you are aware that the police have arrested two alleged arsonists who have been responsible for a spate of fires in Karori. The fires that the Wellington CIB believe they have made arrests for, include the Karori Mall fi re in mid January. This is a fantastic result, and great police work. Our community police

officer, Hamish Knight, and the Wellington CIB should be congratulated on what they have achieved. The GWRCs decision in relation to the no. 18 Bus routes demise is shortsighted, and poorly thought out. The campus connection is not just a service used by students. It has other many other residents using the service too. The proposed replace-

“Why thousands came to see the man with crippled hands…” felt good. To cut a long story short – he decided to become a Chiropractor. Dad has practiced for 42 years as a Chiropractor, 38 of them in Johnsonville and he still loves it just as much as he did when he first started. That’s just Dad! A lot of chiropractors have an amazing story about how they were injured or had health issues and they saw a chiropractor who fixed them up, and then they decided to be one. But my story is different.

I decided to be a chiropractor because I was so healthy - thanks to Chiropractic! You see I grew up with the benefits of Chiropractic care and so at age 17 I left my home and family to travel overseas to study Chiropractic. The women in the middle are Pam and Deb, they run the show. They boss Dad and me around but all our patients think they’re the nicest people they’ve ever met – and they are. When I was growing up people all around me had headaches, asthma, allergies, back pain, neck pain, etc. They took drugs to mask the symptoms. That didn’t make

sense to me. It’s strange how life is, because now people come to see me with their back pain, neck pain and headaches. They also came to me with their sciatica, migraines, postural problems, whiplash, just to name a few. Several times a day patients thank me for helping them with their health problems. But I can’t really take the credit. In fact I’ve never healed anyone of anything. What I do is perform a specific

spinal adjustment to remove nerve pressure and the body responds by healing itself. We get tremendous results. It’s as simple as that. Being a chiropractor can be tough, because there are a host of so-called experts out there. They tell people a lot of things about my profession that are just ridiculous. But the studies speak for themselves like the NZ Government “Commission of Inquiry” into Chiropractic that said “modern chiropractic is a soundlybased and valuable branch of health care in a specialised area neglected by the medical profession”. Or, the British Medical

Council study that said that chiropractic should be included in the National Health Service. Many people often find that they actually save money by seeing a chiropractor. So you might not be running off to your GP as much. This is especially important if you are self-employed. You benefit from an amazing offer. Look, it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg for healthcare. You are going to pay someone for your health care expenses, you may as well pay a lesser amount for chiropractic. When you bring in this article within a week of receiving it you will receive our entire new patient examination for $47. That’s with postural screening, range of motion checks, x-rays (if required)… everything. That’s a saving of up to $137. And further care is very affordable. My qualifications…I received a degree from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic and I also have a science degree from the University of Auckland. I’ve even published research in a leading scientific journal showing that chiropractic care improves brain function. I’ve been entrusted to look after tiny babies to people over 100 years old. Our office is called Kelly Chiropractic and is at 12 Moorefield Road, Johnsonville (we moved last year). Our phone number is 4786194. Call Pam or Deb today for an appointment. This may be the best decision you make in your whole life. Dr Dave Kelly, Chiropractor P.S. Great care at a great fee…I hope there’s no misunderstanding about the quality of care just because we have a lower exam fee. We just want to reach more people that wouldn’t ordinarily think of Chiropractic care. PBA

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UP FOR THE CHALLENGE: Samuel Marsden students meet the man behind the William Pike Challenge. PHOTO: Supplied.

The untold story that will make you think Decades ago, a major phenomenon occurred in Wisconsin, USA. Let me tell you about it. A man named Clarence Gonstead, from Mount Horeb, Wisconsin was known as a very hard worker. He came to his clinic early and often left after midnight. Throughout his long day he helped tradesmen, office workers, professionals, mums and dads, the elderly and children. He had an incredible passion for what he did. Yes, Clarence Gonstead helped hundreds of people through his long week, and he did it all with crippled hands. His reputation grew out of his tremendous abilities, and sometimes people traveled miles just to see him. They would bring their partners, children, friends and parents, and just about anyone who needed help. Still today Dr Gonstead’s office is the biggest attraction in the little town of Mount Horeb. Dr Gonstead was known for his dedication, and for his phenomenal ability for getting sick people well without drugs and without surgery. Dr Gonstead was a chiropractor. And, that same passion that drove him still fires the hearts of chiropractors today. When I introduce myself to people in the street they say, “Oh, yeah, I know you, you’re Dr Dave. You practice with your Dad”. Well, that is me, the guy on the right, and that’s Dad on the left. When Dad was a teenager playing rugby for St Pats, his neck was damaged in a tackle. He started getting severe neck pain and headaches. The doctor sent him to a specialist who told him never to play rugby again. A friend of his talked him into seeing another doctor. This new doctor did an exam, took some x-rays and then adjusted his spine. This doctor was a chiropractor. The adjustment didn’t hurt, it actually

ment option is a cumbersome. I will be doing my best to lobby a change of mind, or at the least, try and encourage a better more user friendly option for the no. 18 route.

Challenge awaits Samuel Marsden students Forty-three students from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School will have a chance to take part in the William Pike Challenge Award for the first time this year, after it was launched at the school last week. In order to gain the award, students will participate in eight outdoor activities, 20 hours of community service, and personally develop a new sport or hobby. The William Pike Challenge Award provides schools and community groups with support and resources to facilitate eduation outside the classroom, and is a means of developing a positive youth culture. Director, author, and amputee William Pike says he is excited to be launching the award with student from Samuel Marsden Collegiate in Karori and Whitby, alongside 48 other schools around the country. “The WPCA will be giving these students a huge range of opportunities to connect with local people and places in their community, to grow and develop as individuals, and to experience the beauty of the New Zealand outdoors,” says William.

The challenge provides the students, their families and the wider community a tool which not only strengthens the communities they live in, but enables children to grow and become empowered through challenging new experiences and opportunities while learning valuable life lessons. William knows firsthand the value of being prepared for facing obstacles. He was one of two young climbers caught in a volcanic eruption on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu in September 2007. By adopting a positive attitude and moving on with the support of his family and friends, William was once again, able to embrace his love of the outdoors and develop this award which he now passes on to a new generation of Kiwi kids through the WPCA. William’s dream is to turn the William Pike Challenge Award into New Zealand’s most popular intermediate and middle school outdoor education programme. This year there will be 48 schools and close to 1100 students participating in the programme.


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Community house for young mums opens its doors An open day at The House of Grace will give the community an insight into the help it offers to pregnant teens and young mums. Located in Newlands, the house provides accommodation and parenting skills that help residents take an active role in the daily home routine and learn through hands on experience. Residents also learn skills on how to nurture the physical and emotional needs of a newborn. The House of Grace only has an open day once every three years, and provides an example of how the home operates. People are also invited to meet the trustees,

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BIG BLUE: Lyssa Pinfold, 3, Ysabella Marriah, 4, Lian Smit, 2, and Byron Theron, 3, having fun with their big blue Plunket teddy bear. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield

Teddy bears picnic for Plunket By Dan Whitfield

Teddy bears, sandwiches, and fun filled the day at Early Years Hutt Road last week, as children and staff celebrated Plunket’s annual Bear Hug appeal week. Staff from the playcentre got behind the blue themed day which was topped off by a teddy bears picnic that saw more than 100 children bring their special soft toy friends from home. Centre Manager Amy Braybrook says it is wonderful to fundraise and support Plunket and highlighting the fantastic work they do in the community. “All funds raised during the week will be given to our local Plunket nurse, to be used in our area,” she says. Plunket services set to benefit from the funding range from parent support groups, playgroups, car seat services, parenting education programmes, and toy libraries. Amy says as a not-for-profit organisation Plunket needs support from the community, and doing our little bit really helps.

staff, and houseparents who are involved or interested in the home. This year local MPs Peter Dunne and Virginia Andersen will be in attendance, with Gay Balance visiting on behalf of MP Brett Hudson. As a non-profit organisation, it relies on donations and regular contributions from people who share the same heart to see young lives changed. Donations can be made via its Give a Little fundraising page – givealittle.co.nz/ org/thog.  The open day is being held on Thursday, March 19, between 2pm and 6pm.

Meridian recognises the importance of local communities to our hydro and wind operations. The Meridian West Wind Community Fund gives your community a say on what local initiatives are supported and funded by Meridian. The Fund, managed by a panel of community members and Meridian staff, is about working together to build strong communities.

As part of the annual appeal, the centre held a bake sale which last year raised about a few hundred dollars for Pluket. This year, the bake sale raised $187. “The Bake Sale was great, and children loved baking and sharing their hard work with our community.” “This was one of our first events and the support and success have been great. We’ll definitely do it again,” Amy says. Plunket’s national fundraising manager Carolyn Mettrick says: “Plunket is thrilled Kidicorp centres nationwide are supporting [this] appeal. Many of our community services require significant funding, so we appreciate these centres helping make a difference.” The local Plunket nurse visited Early Years Hutt Road for the first time since the centre’s inception, giving parents advice and support, and answering questions from parents. “It was just great having this opportunity to have our parents’ questions answered…It was so lovely having them along,” Amy says. Early Years Hutt Road is a Kidicorp centre.

The Meridian West Wind Community Fund started in May 2013 with $200,000 available over three years for Makara, South Makara, Makara Beach and Takarau Gorge communities.

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A recent graduate of Victoria University is set to embark on an adventure of a lifetime. Laura Barnett, 22, is about to spend 10 months volunteering in Papua New Guinea with help from Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) – putting her international relations and development studies qualification to good use. “I’ve always wanted to do volunteer or aid work. My priorities have always been second to interacting with others. This opportunity is perfect,” Laura says. Her role in Papua New Guinea will be to create a student peer support/advocate programme for students at a teacher training college in Kabaleo. “This is a huge adventure for me and I want to share my story to other recent graduates to encourage students and young people to do what they are passionate about.” “I'm stoked that I have landed a position that is so closely related to my degree,” she says. The former Onslow College student says Papua New Guinea was her first choice, as

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Tennis in the genes Ivy and Grace McLean are two sisters who are proving themselves not just in the classroom, but on the tennis court as well. The Queen Margaret College duo competed at the College Sport Wellington Tennis Doubles Championships recently, taking control to win the final against a Hutt Valley High School team Ivy and Grace say it was a tough match but a 6–nil in the first set and a 6–4 in the second was a good result. Neither expected to win but say it was a great feeling on the day. The talented pair both started playing tennis around the age of 10 and play the sport all year round. Both currently represent Khandallah Tennis Club, as well as Queen Margaret College. Keeping it in the family, it is hardly surprising Ivy and Grace are showing promise in the sport. Their mother and uncle were both awarded university scholarships for playing tennis but more recently, a cousin and former Queen Margaret College student Bridget Liddell was awarded a four year tennis scholarship at Elon University. With all these family connections, it is no wonder the girls have quickly taken to the sport but these up and coming tennis stars love the game. “It is a very social sport. You meet lots of people,” Grace says. Netball and volleyball also take up the girls’ sport calendar during the year, but tennis is their priority. They say the mental side of the game is more difficult than its physicality.

ON FORM: Ivy and Grace McLean have tennis in their genes

“You can be winning then all of a sudden you are losing. You have to be strong mentally. It can be very emotional,” Ivy says. Being sisters can certainly be an advantage on the court when playing tennis doubles. “We play well as a team because we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and have a similar level of ability,” Grace says.

They are both hoping to follow in cousin Bridget’s footsteps and earn an American university tennis scholarship once they finish school respectively. Bolstered by their recent success in the latest Wellington tournament, Grace and Ivy are now looking forward to playing in an upcoming tennis tournament this Easter Weekend.

SHE’S GOT THE STUFF: Kim Hurst at last year’s Karapoti Classic. PHOTO: Supplied.

One of Karori Mudcycle’s finest riders has placed second in the Karapoti Classic, finishing just behind the visiting Jennifer Smith. Mountain biking fanatic Kim Hurst was the second fastest woman in this year’s competition, finishing the tough and gruelling course in 2 hours, 54 minutes and one second. The young rider competed in the open, pro/expert women grade, racing against other women aged 15 and over. Kim, who is originally from Wales, was the surprise Karapoti winner in 2013, when she defeated London Olympian Karen Hanlen. She also won last year’s event, smashing the fastest women’s

record time. Kim, who moved to New Zealand in 2008, says Karori Mudcycles has been instrumental in her success. “They’ve been helping me for the last two years. They have built me the most amazing custom made bikes.” In the lead up to the event, Kim was training about five days a week, and has a strong passion for mountain biking. “The thing I absolutely love about it is being able to get out and explore – there is something massively satisfying about getting outdoors and riding at high speeds.” The Karapoti Classic was established in 1986, and is the longest running mountain bike race in the Southern Hemisphere. It is based in Upper Hutt’s rugged Akatarawa Ranges.

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New players New and existing players are being encouraged to sign up for another year of rugby with Newlands Junior Rugby Club, with registration days running over the next few weeks. The first will be held at the Newlands Community Centre from 5pm-7.30pm on March 23, while the second will be on April 1 at the Johnsonville Rugby Club from 6pm-8pm. Players can also register online at the club’s website: www.sportsground. co.nz/newlands/108517/ Club officials say fees have remained at $55 per player, with a discount for families with more than one child playing. A club day is set to be held on April 19, from 1pm. This will allow families and players to meet coaches, with the club putting on a few activities as well. Newlands Junior Rugby Club has teams in under six to u13 age groups.  For more information, visit the Newlands Junior Rugby Club’s Facebook page.

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Second place for Hurst By Dan Whitfield

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EYE ON CRIME Johnsonville Neighbourhood Watch In Johnsonville, there were two offences against vehicles. A white BMW parked in Ironside Road was broken into via a forced boot and cash, binoculars and keys were stolen. In Middleton Rd, a silver Subaru legacy parked unlocked at the top of a long driveway was entered and a handbag with a wallet containing a driver’s licence, bank cards and cash was stolen. In Newlands, the garage of a house in Fitzpatrick Street was entered through the

roller door and a quantity of gardening equipment, fishing gear, wine, beer and hand tools were stolen. An attempt was made to force an entry into a commercial property in Batchelor St but the door withstood the jemmy and the glass though cracked did not break. No entry gained. A black Subaru Forester left insecure in Black Rock Rd was entered and coins, an iPhone adapter and a Swiss army knife were stolen. In Ruskin Rd, a white Toyota Camry suffered a smashed passenger side

window which allowed entry. A large quantity of coins and cash and a GPS unit were stolen. In Khandallah, a white Mazda Bongo commercial van containing a large quantity of product was stolen from Mandalay Terrace where it had been parked overnight. A blue Mitsubishi station wagon parked at the top of a long driveway of a house in Cashmere Avenue was entered and searched but nothing stolen. In Clutha Avenue, a white Mitsubishi

Legum had its front passenger window smashed and a radar detector stolen. In Ranui Crescent A Hyundai station wagon had its front and rear registration plates stolen. In Churton Park, a white Subaru Legacy station wagon parked in Silverbirch Grove was stolen. A white Mitsubishi van parked in Chippenham Grove was also stolen. A silver Volkswagen Passat parked in Westchester Drive had its front left window smashed and a radar detector stolen.


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