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Miramar locals turned up in force last week to support the Returned Services Association by attaching pins to about 25,000 poppies ahead of the annual poppy day appeal. More than 40 residents, including war veterans, gave up their time and headed to the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre for a morning of pinning. With each box of 500 poppies taking about an hour to pin, it was a busy day for volunteers, who were in turn rewarded with home baking and sausage rolls. Continued on page 2 IN REMEMBRANCE: Chair of the Miramar Maupuia Board of Trustees Vicki Hume with vice president of the Wellington Returned Services Association Theo Kuper. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff



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Houses could surround Erskine Land in Shelly Bay and surrounding Erskine College in Island Bay could still see houses built upon after the Mayor saved the council’s special housing areas last week. Last year Wellington City Council and central government signed the Wellington Housing Accord which aimed to see 7,000 new houses built in Wellington within five years. Part of the accord included provisions for the council to select special housing areas, where houses can be constructed with limited public consultation and a sped-up consent process. With eight special housing

areas already signed-off on in 2014 a further 13 sites were selected this year for development.

These 13 sites included land identified for development were in Shelly Bay and land sur- a site on Britomart Street in rounding Erskine College. Also Berhampore and Owen Street in Newtown. At a recent meeting of the Transport and Urban Development Committee the members rejected the 13 new areas. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has since stepped into the debate and raised a motion to have the latest special housing areas voted on at a meeting of the full council.

 Should houses be built with limited if any consultation and CLOSED: There is a still a possibility that land surrounding the a fast-tracked consent process? historic Erskine College could become a council special housing area. Email and let us know what you think. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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Continued from page 1 a popular cheesecake to bring along. and recent migrants to New Zealand. Theo Kuper, vice president of the WelChair of the Miramar Maupuia Board “We’re lucky,” she says. “We’ve a great lington RSA, says the 25,000 poppies that of Trustees Vicki Hume says with 2015 community out here.” were pinned will keep the Wellington being the 100th anniversary of the GalTheo says a highlight of Anzac comregion well stocked in the symbol of war lipoli landings it was a good opportunity memorations this year will include the remembrance for this year’s poppy day to lend the RSA a hand. dawn service on Anzac Day, April 25, at appeal on April 17. “We saw it as a way to give something the new National War Memorial Park in He says 9,000 of them will be given to back to the veterans that sacrificed for this Wellington. the New Zealand Defence Force so that country,” she says. Vicki says she was poppies can be distributed to those in service overseas and to other kiwis abroad. pleased to see range “The poppies start in Miramar and they of people from difgo all round the world,” Theo says. “They ferent walks of will take part in Anzac events across the life helping out, including some globe.” Theo says the RSA often struggle to pin from IDEA Serall of the poppies so he was very pleased vices, former when the Miramar and Maupuia Com- veterans munity Centre volunteered their facilities. Kilbirnie man Les Coutts was one of those pitching-in last week. Les says he joined the army at 18 due to compulsory military training and spent five years in the service, including deployments to Malaya, Vietnam and Borneo. “This brings back memories,” he says. “Some good, some bad. “It was just something we had to do.” The poppy pinning event was NEW GENERATION: Madison Homan-Young, 3, WAR VETERAN: Kilbirnie man Les Coutts organised by Miramar resident and her sister Mackenzie, 11 months, helped served in the New Zealand Army for five years put pins on poppies last week. in Malaya, Vietnam and Borneo. Glenda Ramsay who also baked

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Budget advisor wants rates capped By Sam Duff

Finance companies take advantage of vulnerable and desperate people with high and unclear interest rates, according to a local budget advisor and justice of the peace. Lyall Bay resident Sudesh Wasoori, a qualified budget advisor for the Citizens Advice Bureau, says finance companies are setting high interest rates on loans which then cripple the borrower financially. He says the rates are so high that people struggle to repay the loan, which starts to accumulate, and in turn late payment fees are charged. “This is not a win-win situation for anybody,” says Sudesh, who believes the government needs to introduce interest rate caps on financial loans. In Australia the government introduced a law in July 2013 limiting interest rates at a maximum of 48 per cent. So far in New Zealand the government has failed to introduce an upper limit, despite Japan, South Africa, Mexico, Canada, Singapore and many other countries throughout the world introducing limits. The New Zealand government last

week introduced the Responsible Lending Code which means lenders are obliged to ensure borrowers do to suffer hardship while repaying loans. Finance companies target the economically weaker section of society, Sudesh says. “They’re making profit out of it,” he says. “I thought after the recession that finance companies would be more sympathetic to people, but no.” Another problem is that people are often so desperate for money that they do not know what they are signing, he says. Sudesh says that he has come across documents in which he, a budget advisor, has taken about ten minutes to calculate the interest rate. “If I can’t find it then how are these people supposed to be able to?” he says. “It needs to be in bold and on the front. “People don’t know what they’re signing. Once they have signed they’re locked in and can’t get away.” Interest rates of anywhere between zero and 500 per cent are not uncommon, Sudesh says. “It is benefitting neither the loan provider, nor the loan acceptor, nor the government, so it is not a win-win situation for anyone.”

include lowering the maximum limits so that no more than two additional venues can be established in any zone. Another change would allow venues to relocate and take their existing entitlement of machines with them provided it is within Wellington’s central zone. Councillor Eagle says gambling is a sensitive issue in some parts of Wellington.

inbriefnews Almost finished Progress on the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington is going so well that the project is expected to be complete one month ahead of schedule. The war memorial park is on top of the new Arras Tunnel underpass and together the projects cost about $120 million. The park was meant to be complete by April 25 but will be complete on March 25.

Local sacked Willy Moon, a former Wellington College student, was last week fired from his position as a judge on the New Zealand version of The X Factor. The Wellington-raised singer was sacked from the show following an on-air tirade of abuse by him and his wife, fellow singer Natalia Kills, towards a contestant on the show.

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Council propose change to pokies policy A council bylaw concerning pokie machines and gambling at TABs is set to be reviewed. The Gambling Venues Policy was adopted in June 2010 and covers the city’s obligations under the Gambling Act 2003 and Racing Act 2003. Chair of the Community, Sport and Recreation committee councillor Paul Eagle says it is timely to re-look at how council control the growth of gambling and to minimize the harm it causes. Recommended changes to the policy


“We will work closely with those community organisations focused on gambling harm together with the gambling machine societies and the New Zealand Racing Board,” he says. Non-casino gambling machines must be owned by gambling machine societies and under the Gambling Act 2003 these societies must be not for profit. A consultation document on potential changes to the Gambling Venues Policy is planned to be available on April 20 The public will then be welcomed to make submissions.

Alcohol policy review Wellington City Council is set to review its alcohol policy following a request from the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority. The authority asked council to reconsider on-license trading hours in the central city, conditions on late trading, density and proximity of premises and automatic triggers for hearings by the District Licensing Committee. Should Wellington City Council change its alcohol policy? Email news@ and let us know what you think.

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by CAYAD, with the aim of sharing accurate facts about student drinking. “The truth is a lot of students drink responsibly, and they aren’t getting drunk as often as we’re led to believe,” according to Anna Tonks from CAYAD. “This is important as most people want to be with the crowd, not against it.” Anna says the campaign

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Vintage comes to town By Sam Duff

Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and many other places throughout Europe are where a Hawkes Bay-based man travels to find antiques and other wares that he can sell to Kiwis. Mehdi Sanssar, who was born and raised in Paris, and his wife Korreen Hay are now bringing a taste of their business So Vintage to Island Bay to share with locals. Mehdi says the business was started about a year and a half ago in the Hawkes Bay so that the couple could be more flexible with the time they spend with their twins, who were born premature. “I used to work for a company and I left because I needed to be there for the kids,” Mehdi says. “We always liked vintage and antique stuff so we thought ‘let’s start our own business’.” Mehdi and Korreen moved to the Hawkes Bay from Sydney in 2009 to be closer to Korreen’s family.

Mehdi and Korreen have now travelled to Europe four or five times to fill a shipping container with antique and vintage furniture they can sell on to New Zealanders. “We get stuff that is not as easy to find in New Zealand,” he says. Big old clocks, jielde lights and chairs from the 1950s are just a few of the items that make up the new So Vintage shop in Island Bay that opened during the weekend. The idea of bringing So Vintage to Wellington began when they did a pop-up shop at Prefab in July. “That went really, really well so we decided to have something more permanent,” he says. “We can showcase what we do and what we have got.” Island Bay, which is where Korreen’s sister lives, was chosen for the shop because they saw a store for rent which they thought would be perfect. Shoppers can visit the store on The Parade by making an appointment.

IN VOGUE: French ex-pat Mehdi Sanssar and his wife Korreen Hay are bringing a taste of their Hawkes Baybased business to Island Bay. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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An enormous public artwork is set to be created on the fields of Macalister and Liardet Street parks in Berhampore. Artist Siv B Fjærestad has teamed up with public art producers Letting Space and Wellington City Council to create a piece of art, inspired by field markings and the stories and activities of those who use the parks. In 2013 the local Berhampore community were surveyed to form the paintings design and how Pro-

jected Fields might be put together. Fjærestad and Letting Space say Macalister and Liardet Street parks were selected because they contain many diverse areas and different pockets of activity, and also sit between a number of suburbs and different communities. “The painting design contains representations of statistical data and ideas for the park collected from the community, visual references to current activity and also to the landscape and its history,”

Fjærestad says. “I’m also exploring the visual language of field markings and signage seen on sports and recreational grounds.” Projected Fields has been funded by Wellington City Council’s Public Art Fund  The public are invited to the opening of the painting on Sunday April 19 for fun family events and a public picnic from 12pm till 3pm.


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The next Peter Jackson, Roger Donaldson or Andrew Adamson could be discovered in Miramar when a competition for young filmmakers is held in July. Roxy5 competition cofounder Jamie Selkirk says the Miramar film industry wants to reach out to young film makers as well as support the future growth of the Wellington film industry. The Miramar Events Trust is hosting the 5-minute film competition which will be held in June to coincide with the Documentary Edge Festival at the Roxy Cinema. The theme of Roxy5 is Wellington’s 150th anniversary. “In the early days, we used super8 cameras and 16mm film which was prohibitively expensive and quite inaccessible for young people,” Jamie says. “These days, smart phones and go-pro cameras are excellent tools for starting

your career in film making.” Jamie says creating a short film is about storytelling and the competition provides opportunities to understand the process of film making. Jamie is an academy award winner and has worked alongside Peter Jackson since the making of Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles and Braindead Other industr y heavyweights are also lending their support to Roxy5 including Sir Richard Taylor, Taika Waititi, Damian McDonnell, Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, Mike Hedges and Matt Aitken. Entries must be submitted by Friday May 1 to be judged by the panel of professionals from Wellington’s film industry. The winning team’s school will be awarded a cash prize of $5,000.  For more information go to

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A trip down memory lane Residents and staff of Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home took a trip down memory lane last week when they brought along their precious childhood items for all to admire. Bev Simonsen, who has volunteered at the home for 10 years, says the activity was planned after she and Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Val Hearn were looking through a book about oldfashioned crafts together. “When we looked at that book it took us on a wonderful trip down memory lane and we thought we would do that for everyone else to enjoy,” Bev explains. “I’m really thrilled at what people brought along; it’s just lovely seeing all of these things and sharing the stories behind them. Some things are almost a hundred years old - it’s amazing what people hold on to.” From cast-iron irons, doilies and tea cosy’s to trusty old copies of the Edmond’s cook book - there was something for everyone. Kilmarnock Heights recreation officer Jenny Ralph says ‘Down Memory Lane’ sparked memories for all, and was a chance to reminisce. “Our memories are precious and reminiscing on all the wonderful moments in one’s childhood is an important reminder of what we’ve accomplished and experienced,” Jenny explains. “It also shows how much has changed over the years!” Jenny says Kilmarnock Heights residents are involved in organising daily happenings and special events at the home, such as ‘Down Memory Lane’, which makes for a mixed social calendar. “Having an environment where spontaneous activities take place is what keeps

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Boat in the air in Karaka Bay An old crayfishing boat was moved by a large crane in Karaka Bay last week to make way for a new house to be built. Property owner Nicky Byrne says the boat, which was already on the section, will be used temporarily as a home and an office for her business while her and her husband, Tony Ferrier, build a new home. The new house will be constructed where the boat has been temporarily sitting since the couple purchased it off TradeMe for $30,000. Nicky says she and Tony enlisted the help of Paraparaumu-based company Banks Engineering to move the boat The entire move took about two and a half hours to complete, with

both engineering staff and family members lending a hand. The previous owners, who lived in Auckland, used the boat for a holiday home on the water, she says. “It was also originally used as a crayfishing boat in the Chathams,” Nicky says. Tony is a screen artist for a film company and Nicky says it was as much his idea to use a boat as it was hers. “It’s quirky and very roomy, compared to the other options,” she says. The couple is thinking of calling their boat ‘Wharakinikini’ which means house of dancing in Te Reo. “We like to dance so it kind of fits,” she says. Having grown up around boats, she says she is looking forward to living in the boat.

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LETTERS to the editor Construction a temporary inconvenience Dear Ed, I read Coral Hyams’ letter in Cook Strait News, March 9. There is infrastructure and…there is social infrastructure. Has she considered the potential benefiMOST ts to the area of TPPA TALKS: TRANSFORMING WELLINGTON’S an influx of young children Eastern Ward ICONIC STREET INTOtoAbuild MAGICAL up the role of the Councillor Sarah PLAYGROUND OF LIGHT,Houghton SOUND Valley & TASTE Playcentre Free recently and the Houghton Valley passed a Wellingprimary school? Who is ton City Council motion concerning to say that a few of the new the Trans Pacific residents won’t be interested Partnership. in joining in and contribPHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

uting to the Community Garden enterprise adjacent to the school? Also, there is the Houghton Valley Community Hall with its range of children's activities, and the local progressive association. Have the incumbent residents of lower Houghton Bay Road an inalienable right to deny their potential neighbours any chance to make some contribution to the area they hope to live in? I do sympathise with close

Dear Ed, I agree with Ms Wishart (CSN, March 16) that all road users, including those on bikes, need to follow the rules and show common courtesy. Once we build protected cycle ways through Island Bay to the city, people on bikes will have no reason to

bike on footpaths or battle with cars for space. Life will get better for everyone. There’s a few bad apples who spoil it for the rest of us. But let’s keep this in proportion: Ministry of Justice figures show that cyclist traffic offences are less than

Good cycleway design promotes good behaviour

Congratulations Councillor Free Dear Ed, Eastern Ward the government (taxpayers!) councillor Sarah Free re- for potential lost profits cently introduced a motion stemming from health legin Council insisting the islation (e.g anti-smoking) Government direct its nego- and environmental protectiators on the Trans Pacific tion legislation, and other Partnership Agreement to threats. reject any provisions which Congratulations to Ms would lesson our ability Free. to get the best fair WELLINGTON’S prices The motion is just comTRANSFORMING MOST on medications (Pharmac) mon sense Kiwi self-conICONIC STREET INTO A MAGICAL OF LIGHT, SOUND & TASTE and had already and a PLAYGROUND provision allowing fidence global corporations to sue been passed by nine other

neighbours such as Coral Hyams but the inconvenience of lorries or maybe even helicopters delivering building materials etc over the road from her will only be a temporary one. Once the new development is up and running there will be a new group of residents eager to contribute to the social fabric of Houghton Bay. Christine Swift, Island Bay (abridged)

local councils throughout the country as part of a nationwide campaign. It did pass, just, with Mayor Wade-Brown casting the deciding vote. But two Eastern Ward councillors, Ray AhipeneMercer and Simon Marsh voted against it! This has got to become more of an issue in the Eastern Ward. Richard Keller, Lyall Bay



one percent of all traffic offences - a tiny figure. Anyone wanting to improve their cycling skills can get lessons from pedalready. Pedal on! Patrick Morgan, Newtown Cycling Advocates Network

Breath of fresh air Dear Ed, what a breath of fresh air from Dave McArthur (CSN, March 9). The use of the term ‘sustainable’ has not become standardised and usually

reflects ‘green washing’. A good list of characteristics that would be truly sustainable in a housing complex is required if we are to come to grips with the challenges facing the

future. Mr McArthur’s suggestions are in that vein. They are not new, they have just been mostly ignored. Thanks, Dave. Richard Keller, Lyall Bay

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LETTERS to the editor This is not development Dear Ed, building 13 houses on a relatively small piece of land adjoining bush reserve, very near a marine reserve in an intimate, rural-like setting is not ‘development’. The foolish proposal from one group of individuals who have recently purchased this land is one thing. More astonishing is that the council consented to this awful proposal without notification to the community. The land in question is cur rently regenerating bush, opposite a very intimate group of houses, at the coastal end of a valley home to a larger commu-

nity who are trying to find ways to resolve the current leachate problem from the old rubbish dump. This is part of a larger issue in Wellington, and in fact everywhere in the world, where money and greed take precedence over long term planning. WCC has a ‘long term plan’ which is only 10 years! Can we start thinking 100 years please? These so called ‘developments’ are simply short term financial gains without any real vision for the future. Sylvia Brown, Houghton Valley (abridged)

Author to speak about Assyrian Iraqis LOCAL AUTHOR: Kate Carty places her book ‘Run Thomas Run’ onto the shelf in the Kilbirnie Library. PHOTO CREDIT: Ashleigh Manning By Ashleigh Manning

Not happy with rates rise Dear Ed, It seems that this Wellington City Council is totally oblivious to the fact that there are many householders in Wellington who exist on a fixed income and for whom the prospect of an average rates rise of 3.9 per cent a year for the next 10 years fills them with dread. The Long Term Plan is far too ambitious and whatever price assessment has been made that price will surely rise much higher in the next ten years. When did we make a commitment to take on the challenge of competing globally with the likes of Sydney, Singapore and San

Francisco? Why do we want to compete with any of them? We don't stand a show of competing with Singapore in the most basic of needs anyway, as their streets are swept and cleaned daily, while ours have gutters full of weeds, leaves and rubbish. This Council should forget about these places with much larger populations than us. It is time we cut our coat according to our cloth. I am not happy with the Investment Plan nor the projected rates rise to finance it. Irene Fagan, Island Bay (abridged)

Unhappy rate payer Dear Ed, I do not want to pay enormous rates. The money is just getting wasted by the greenie mayor who has just got in so she can get a cycle track to Island Bay. Wellington is a city of narrow hilly streets and Island Bay has wide streets and is not covered by the national cycle fund. The enormous cost of the ridiculous idea that Wellington should be a cyclists' city is plain criminal. Please k ick out t h is woman mayor who has nothing else to do but ride her bicycle. Nor mal ha rdwork ing people want to do a proper days work and have not

the time or energy to ride to work and do their shopping, and then cook dinner and do housework, washing etc. after getting home from work. How many people have time for this luxury or have the strength for cycling after work? What else are they going to inflict on us? We are not cash cows and should be reining in all the excesses that go on instead of coming to us for more and more money. We have always had to live within our means, and put up with WCC ineptitude which never improves. E. Bowden, Lyall Bay

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.

Inspired by her own family, local author Kate Carty has written a book about the struggles one Iraqi family faced during and after the reign of Saddam Hussein. Kate’s first novel, ‘Run Thomas Run’ was published last year and tells the story of a family who flee from Iraq to England for safety and have to adjust to normal life. The book is set in both Iraq and England over a period of three decades. Kate says it took her seven years to write the book because in between writing, she still wanted to have a life. “You are working and going about day to day life, while writing,” she says. The Wellington-based author launched her book at the Paramount

Theatre in November last year with the former Governor General, Sir Anand Satyanand. The novel draws upon her 20 years’ experience with the Iraqi and Assyrian community, Kate says. She says she met her husband in Turkey in 1991, a few months after the gulf war ended. Her husband Ashor and his family had fled Iraq to avoid persecution from Saddam Hussein’s regime. “I was in Turkey as part of my three year-long OE I was doing around Europe,” Kate says. During the 24 year reign of Saddam Hussein, Kate says Assyrian Iraqis’ were fleeing for their lives. “It wasn’t safe and they had just had enough of the war and the poverty,” she says. While writing Run Thomas Run,

Kate studied at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University and completed the Whitireia Creative Writing programme. She has also been mentored by New Zealand writers Mandy Hager and Chris Else. Kate will be speaking at Kilbirnie Library on March 26 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, about her book. Along with Kate, Sarjon Wade and several other Assyrian Iraqis’ will also be speaking. They will speak about what life is like now in Iraq and in New Zealand, and the challenges involved. When asked what is next, Kate says she has another novel in the works. “This new book I’m working on will be a bit lighter and will include a bit of humour,” she says.


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inbriefnews Improv for kids Local youngsters will be taking to the stage at Circa Theatre these school holidays to test out their improvised acting skills. Circa did a season of Improv for kids in 2014 and it says the live theatre was so popular that they wanted to bring it back.  For more information go to

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Centenary tribute The New Zealand Army Band and the New Zealand Dance Company have come together for a tour of Rotunda, a tribute to the centenary of the Gallipoli landings. Contemporary dance and the power of a live brass band combine for the tour which will be performed at Soundings Theatre until March 24.  For more information go to

What would you change about the world? Giving control and power to the people.

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Legal highs restricted to CBD

RESTRICTED: Wellington City Council has decided to restrict the sale of legal highs to the CBD with a buffer zone around schools and playgrounds. PHOTO CREDIT: Emily Elliott

Psychoactive substances will be back on shelves later in the year but Wellington City Council will restrict their sale to the CBD. A temporary ban on the sale and possession of psychoactive substances, otherwise known as legal highs, was implemented by central government in 2013. The Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 gives local authorities the power to limit sales of legal highs when they are reintroduced, however councils do not have the power to introduce an outright ban.

Wellington City Council’s Community, Sport and Recreation Committee last week decided to limit the sale of psychoactive substances to the central city with a buffer zone around schools and playgrounds. Committee chair Paul Eagle says legal highs should be completely banned from being sold within Wellington, however the law does not allow that. He says many submitters on the Local Approved Products Policy wanted a complete ban on the products.

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“We have a policy to responsibly manage the sale of these products – there will be no retail sales in any suburban areas, only the southern end of the CBD with specifications on the distance around sensitive sites such as schools and kindergartens,” Councillor Eagle says. Before any psychoactive substances go back on the market they will go through a testing process by the Ministry of Health. The decision will be voted on at a full council meeting at the end of March.

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Debt for groceries at new centre  By Esther Zweifel

Strathmore Park Community Centre will soon be launching a new programme for local residents, encouraging the repayment of personal debt with the gift of groceries. Financial support advocate Heidi Threlfo says in exchange for regular repayment of debt, a family could receive the equivalent amount in food parcels, up to $60 worth. The food and debt relief programme has been designed by the centre specifically to target the needs of the community. “We live in one of the most diverse areas in Wellington, with the highest concentration of lowincome earners,” Heidi says. The centre is appealing for families or individuals from Strathmore interested in taking advantage of this programme, and suppliers able to donate groceries. Food distribution charities

Kaibosh and Kiwi Community Assistance already support the community centre. The launch of the programme will coincide with the expansion of the community centre into new premises, which are expected to open at Easter. The new centre, Nga Rourou, located on Glamis Avenue in the nearby shopping centre, will be an additional space to the existing centre on Strathmore Avenue. Nga Rourou will be in the premises which were previously occupied by the Strathmore Community Store, which was closed down last year. The expansion is part of a series of developments, which Heidi says will allow the centre to offer more to the community. Nga Rourou will host a range of services, including budgeting advice, Strathmore Pharmacy-run health seminars, legal advice from

the Community Law Centre, an education bank, and the food and debt relief programme. The education bank, which will move to Nga Rourou, will distribute stationery, reading material in English and Maori, as well as school uniforms for primary and high school pupils. The expansion to Nga Rourou signals a fresh approach for the community centre, Heidi says. “We are hoping to provide more relevant services to the community that are free and accessible [and] targeted to the people who need them most. “We aim to be the most caring and cared for community in Wellington,” Heidi says.  For more information about the services run from Glamis and Strathmore Avenues contact Heidi on 0220441613 or the Strathmore Park Community Centre on 3882776.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Heidi Threlfo with some of the resources available from the Strathmore Park Community Centre education bank. PHOTO CREDIT: Esther Zweifel


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NEIGHBOURS: Miramar locals Andrea Wheatley, Carl Northcott and Taryn Playle have organised a Neighbours day event in Miramar. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Good neighbours become good friends By Sam Duff

Several Miramar locals have connected through a social networking website for neighbourhoods and are now organising their own Neighbours Day Aotearoa event. Neighbours Day Aotearoa is a national initiative to encourage communities to get together with their neighbours on March 28 and 29. Taryn Playle and Andrea Wheatley are big fans of website Neighbourly, which aims to connect neighbours via the internet. Andrea says there are 417 Neighbourly members in the Miramar area and she loves using the web-

site to network with many of them. If you are an active member on the website you can nominate yourself to become a lead and plan your own events, she says. “As leads we got together and decided to come up with something for Neighbours Day,” Andrea says. Taryn says that these days many people do not know their neighbours. “Once you know them you know you can run and knock on their door late at night and ask for some hot water because your shower is broken,” she says. As well as food, drinks, music and other fun stuff at the Miramar Peninsular Neighbours Day event

there will also be a limited amount of free ice cream thanks to the Tip Top Drop. Andrea says she entered a competition to win some free ice cream which will be delivered during the Neighbours Day event. To win Andrea says she had to write about what she loves about her suburb. “I love the beaches, the people and the coast line,” she says. “I also included a spiel about the big ice creams at Scorch O Rama.” Miramar Peninsular Neighbours Day is on Saturday March 28 at the Miramar Bowling Club from 4pm till late.

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Easter and School Holiday

April School holidays are a BLAST at Capital E Capital E don’t disappoint these April school holidays with digital workshops, a brand new production of Kiwi Moon, creative workshops and a free indoor public space that will transform itself into Rebuild – an interactive new world based on the WWI commemorations. In the Capital E digital studios children will invigorate their creative spark by creating their own computer game with Wellington software developers Gamefroot in only a few workshops. In the OnTV Studio, children will be at the heart of the Zombie apocalypse in Zombiewatch, a workshop to create a liverecorded news broadcast. From Tuesday 7 – Thursday 16 April, children will explore some of the best of what Capital E Digital has to offer. Capital E National Theatre for Children presents Kiwi Moon proudly supported by FishHead Magazine these April school holidays. From Saturday 4 April –18 April at Wellington’s Hannah Playhouse, experience a mix of magical puppets, original projection design and catchy

songs! Follow the tale of a little white kiwi who thinks the moon might be his mother because it is white and bright and round like him. Children will embark on a journey through the forest floor to hula with huhu grubs; watch out for the wekas, and calypso with the handsome Ka ka po. Finally, the team from Imaginarium team up with Capital E. where E Central, located on Queens Wharf will be transformed from its free public indoor playground to a new world based on the WWI commemorations these school holidays from 6 April – 2 May 2015. Children will come into the space to find blankets with loops and hooks on the walls, cubby holes, nooks and secret spaces to find treasures, furniture, foam blocks and cardboard bricks and computers and parts to pull apart and reconstruct. They will explore the building; find some treasures and experiment to re-build from the ruins.  Visit for more details on these exciting workshops and events. PBA

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It was an example of fantastic community spirit and locals getting behind a cause which is incredibly important. I thoroughly enjoyed nattering to a few people I have met in the past and a few new faces that I hope to run into again in the future. More than 40 residents gave up their precious time during the week to sit in a community hall and pin 25,000 poppies. They didn’t get paid, they enjoyed themselves and they didn’t expect any type of reward. They were happy with a sausage roll, a cup of tea and a thank you. These are the people we need to celebrate in our community.

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For this week’s From the Reporter’s Desk I briefly considered writing about a bullying event which occurred on a trashy reality TV show last week. But then I realised I would just be giving those involved more attention than they are worth. Instead I would like to talk about something which is on the other end of the scale. Instead of discussing the worst of human behaviour I would like to talk about something which I believe shows the very best. Last week I was privileged to go to the poppy pinning event at the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre which is featured on this week’s front cover.


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Meet Fred and Milly... Hi, our names are Fred and Milly. Our owner, Billy, 10, thinks that we’re super cute and should be featured in the Cook Strait News. We’re not allowed outside by ourselves until we’re six months old but we think inside is super boring. We live in Southgate so there must be plenty to sniff and look at outside! Sometimes we sneak outside and play until Billy eventually tracks us down and takes us back inside. In the picture here we’re just nine weeks old but now we’re big and strong five month olds. Just another month and we can explore by ourselves whenever we like! Milly has white feet while Fred doesn’t.

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Return to school A double Coast to Coast multisport race winner returned to her primary school in Miramar last week. In February Jess Simson retained her Coast to Coast title with a time of 13 hours five minutes and 10 seconds. Jess was a student at Holy Cross School in Miramar and last week headed back to her old stomping ground to inspire a new generation of athletes. The Speight’s Coast to Coast is a 240 kilometre race across the South Island.

Worser Bay regatta About 250 young sailors will head to Worser Bay this Easter for the Toyota New Zealand Optimist National Championships 2015. Sailors aged between eight and 15 from throughout New Zealand, Australia and New Caledonia are expected to attend the event. The open fleet will sail out from Worser Bay while the Green Fleet, comprising of younger and newer sailors, will race in the waters of the bay. The top five sailors will be picked to represent New Zealand at the worlds in Poland.

Strategy launched A new strategy to preserve New Zealand’s proud sporting history was unveiled at Lyall Bay School on Friday. Sport New Zealand launched its new strategic plan which says signals a step change in the way the organisation invests in community sport.

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INTERNATIONAL COACH: Keira Rolston-Larking works with her coach Brittney Fehr, while coach Jess Smith, Ava Baddeley, Rebecca Powell, and Caitlin Gordon watch. PHOTO CREDIT: Dan Whitfield.

Gymnasts take notes from top coach By Dan Whitfield

Four young gymnasts from Capital GymSports crammed in an additional training session in Newtown recently, picking up some tips from international guest coach Mike Weinstock. Keira Rolston-Larking, Ava Baddeley, Rebecca Powell, and Caitlin Gordon were among a group of 13 who received one-on-one help with their flick-flacks and round-offs

in light of competitions later this year. Capital GymSports centre manager Tracy Sharp says “The importance of these sessions is to show them the intensity of training that is expected on a daily basis to help them get to the top level.” At this stage, the young gymnasts are training between 12 to 20 hours a week, but the need to increase this is important as they move up the competition levels.

Tracy says the pointers Mike has given them will be valuable for the upcoming season. Mike says it has been great to see the enthusiasm. He worked on the strengths and weaknesses of the nine gymnasts that hail from throughout Wellington. “The children have been keen and enthusiastic to learn, and so have the coaches. Things are looking good for Capital GymSports. The girls ranged from in-

termediate and senior levels within the club, with a number of them tipped to be potential competitors in future events. Capital GymSports is currently looking to get another fulltime head coach who is able to give club members the ability to grow and move through the levels. “All our coaches and gymnasts learnt a lot and made good use of his very valuable years of experience,” head coach Jeremy Mikos says.


Youngsters grab a bat and ball By Sam Duff

CHAMP: Matthew Douglas won the day’s top catcher prize for his efforts.

GLOVED UP: Kaushiv Kumar and Ryan Connell are ready for a game of softball.

WINNERS: Winners of the A-section the Evans Bay Intermediate Black Sox.

FUN TIMES: Friends Savanna Docherty and Jasmine Kemp with Pip Crowley and Holly Alloway.

TEAM: Curtis Mellsop, Aidan Boothby, Yusei Tada and Jules Appleby.

Gloves were on, pitchers lined up and balls were flying at Kilbirnie Park last week for the Wellington Softball, Intermediate Schools Slowpitch tournament. The tournament, which was postponed last year due to weather, included youngsters from Seatoun and Hataitai Schools, South Wellington Intermediate School and Evans Bay Intermediate School. Local Black Sox, White Sox and Wellington Rep players lent a hand on the day with coaching and advice for participants. The tournament was organised by locals Kat Grooby and Shelly Cheriton-Weeks who organised for Wellington

Softball and Softball New Zealand to sponsor the event. CEO of Softball New Zealand Tony Giles says the day was a great initiative. “It’s absolutely brilliant,” he says. “The kid’s fun and enjoyment was great. “There were some great skills on display by the kids. I was really impressed.” Tony says it was a proud day for Softball New Zealand as the day before the men’s Black Sox team had been announced for the World Championships in Canada and the very next day he got to see young up-and-coming players enjoying the game. “This is where is starts,” Tony says. PHOTOS: Sam Duff

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