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Picking up the pieces By Sam Duff

It took a week after a devastating cyclone tore through Vanuatu for a man from the Pacific Island nation to hear that his family were alive and safe. On March 13 and 14 a severe tropical cyclone, known as Cyclone Pam, tore through the south pacific archipelago causing death and destruction. The cyclone has been labelled one of the worst natural disasters in the history of Vanuatu, a country with a population of about 250,000 people. Island Bay resident Nanu Matautaava says he watched news reports on television and followed in other media as Cyclone Pam caused havoc in Vanuatu with winds of up to 250 km/h. Continued on page 2


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It was April 4 1994 and throughout the Eastern and Southern Suburbs residents were having their very first edition of Cook Strait News delivered. More than 1000 editions later and the newspaper, which is published by Wellington Suburban Newspapers, is still going strong. While the name Cook Strait News began in April 1994 the newspapers origins stretch back much further. The first local paper for the eastern suburbs dates back to the 1950s with the Peninsular. In 1961 husband and wife team Don and Clemency Bryant started the Eastern Suburbs Sentinel. The following year saw the Southern Sentinel start appearing in letterboxes and it was not long before the Hataitai Herald and Northern Sentinel made their debut. Don and Clemency owned the papers for 17 years before they sold them to Independent Newspapers Limited in 1974. The papers were rationalized and two titles emerged, The Eastern Sentinel and the Nor-wester.

It was not long before those were merged and the Sentinel, a regional paper for the whole of Wellington, was started. In 1978 the Sentinel announced its closure. But just a week later the Eastern Suburbs News was in letterboxes, having been started by Brian and Maurice Kitching and Michael Veal. They then started the Southern News and already owned the Karori News, but seven years later sold the papers to Auckland-based NZ News. Ten years later NZ News also purchased the Independent Herald and the four papers became Capital Community Newspapers. In 1989 Wilson and Horton, former owners of the New Zealand Herald, purchased CCN. Then in April 1994, a change in local retail patterns bought about the demise of the Southern News and Eastern Suburbs News and the Cook Strait News was formed in their place. After a countless number of editions, various reporters, editors and sales personnel, the 16-page Cook Strait News continues to be circulated throughout the local community - rain, hail or shine.

Going home after Cyclone Pam Continued from page 1 “People were saying that others were dying near Port Vila and my village is near there so I was worried” says Nanu, who is from Mele Village, which is just outside the capital of Port Vila. Nanu, who is the president of the Wellington Vanuatu Community, says he felt helpless and could not contact his family so he booked a flight to Vanuatu to return home. It was not long after he booked the flight that he finally made contact with his extended family and heard that they were all safe. Naomi, Nanu’s wife, says it was the longest week of their lives. The village’s food supply will not last much longer so they will rely on international aid, says Nanu, who flew home to Vanuatu on Sunday. He was in Vanuatu during the category four Cyclone Uma in

1987 and says debris was left for too long before being cleaned up. This led to mosquitos in the village, which can carry and transfer malaria and dengue fever. “I expect that people will have started to clean up to prevent that,” Nanu says. “I hope people are not sitting back waiting for aid. “You cannot just sit back and wait for aid to come. You have to help yourself first.” Nanu, who has lived in Wellington since 2007, says once he arrives in Vanuatu his first focus will be his own family before looking at how he can help his village and the rest of the country. Naomi says the family is still in shock so thus far they have been unable to get a lot of information from them about what they need. Nanu says the best way for

DEVASTATION: Nanu Matautaava does not know what he will find when he returns to his home village in Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam.

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Green thumbs take a tour By Sam Duff

The Island Bay Garden Group took a tour of one of the most significant gardens in the country last week when they made a visit to the grounds of Government House Wellington. Government House Wellington and Government House Auckland are the homes of the Governor-General of New Zealand, currently Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae, and his wife Lady Janine Mateparae when they are not travelling. About 15 members of the Island Bay Garden Group showed up to the historic garden on Tuesday last week for a sneak peak at the grounds. Jackie Mellor says the tour was great as she had the opportunity to learn a thing or two about different types of gardening. Her husband Hayden Mellor says taking a tour of the Government House garden, led by the head gardener, was an opportunity the couple would not normally have had. Jackie and Hayden say they are two of the newer members of the Island Bay Garden Group, which has about 40 members. They have started taking more of an interest in gardening after

inbriefnews Cat curfew proposed A curfew to keep cats indoors during set hours may save native wildlife, according to the Morgan Foundation. The idea was submitted by the foundation to the Wellington City Council Environment Committee recently. The committee were discussing the Natural Habitat Biodiversity Management Plan.

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recently retiring. “It’s creative relaxation,” Hayden says. “You get rewarded for your efforts. “It’s lovely to be able to go out and pick your own vegetables.” You can either plant something you would like to eat in your garden or just let the weeds grow, Hayden says. “Once you get into it you start to see vegetables coming

along and with that the more interested you get.” Government House Wellington was closed for 30 months between 2008 and 2011 for seismic strengthening, a new roof and internal layout changes to the house and to the garden. The Island Bay Garden Group is 46 years old, having been started on March 19 1969. Group member Carole Inkster

says the aim is to share information and skills about gardening, to learn from the variety of speakers that the group hosts each year and generally have a good time related to all things gardening. The Island Bay Garden Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, February to November, at the Island Bay Presbyterian Hall from 7.30pm.

month ahead of schedule but will not be officially opened until April 18. Pukeahu National War Memorial Park is on top of the new Arras tunnel underpass and together the projects cost about $120 million. The National War Memorial, on Buckle Street, was first constructed in 1932 and at the time was highly visible

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Capital must grow - Mayor By Sam Duff

Wellington does not want to make John Key’s ‘rather impetuous’ comments about the capital being a dying city come true, according to Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. The Mayor has defended the proposed rates increase that would be imposed on residents as part of the Long Term Plan, saying Wellington must grow or die. “If a tree is not growing, then it must be dying,” Mayor Wade-Brown says. An average rates rise of 3.9 per cent a year for the next ten years would be the cost of the council’s ambitious investment plan and increased costs of council. Without the council’s proposed investment package rates increases would average

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3.1 per cent a year for ten years. Mayor Wade-Brown says the rates increases on average are less than the last ten years. “For the last three years we

have kept it (rates increases) down,” she says. “But if we’re going to do some new projects, we have to put some money in.” The LTP which is tweaked every year and reviewed every three years, is the Mayor’s budget which she must try to pass through the council. Mayor Wade-Brown says the LTP 2015-2025 has more of a focus on investment, than the one she passed in 2012. The LTP includes funding for a film museum, war and peace museum, an indoor music arena, runway extension, convention centre, a tech hub, and a screen industry enterprise zone over the next decade. Also in the plan is funding for strengthening the Town Hall, revitalising Civic

Square and developing a National Music Centre. Mayor Wade-Brown says that if Wellington invests and grows as a city then the rates base will grow. A rates base increase would mean that rates burden would be spread across a larger number of people. Mayor Wade-Brown says she wonders what type of place Wellington would be, if some of the city’s early major infrastructure projects had not been built because they were expensive. “If people want a city where things are going on then we have to spend money,” she says. “But, in a careful way.”  Is Wellington a dying city? Do we need to grow? Email and let us know what you think.

Walking 100km for the Pacific By Emily Elliott

Walking 100 kilometres in 20 hours is how Newtown-worker Matthew Ellison and his team of three plan to raise money for Oxfam. The 24-year-old is joining forces with Wellingtonian Reed Fleming and Auckland friends Max Hardy and Ben Ross to complete the Oxfam Trailwalker in Taupo next weekend. Self-named the Kiwi Walkers, the group from Young Labour is joining hundreds of other teams of four to raise money for povertystricken countries in the Pacific – in particular at the moment, Vanuatu. Matthew says participating in the Tailwalker is not only a beneficial thing for the charity, but brings a challenge with a great

sense of achievement. This is his second year taking part in the 100km walk, and Matthew says the groups’ fundraising target is $2500. “The money people donate to Oxfam go towards community projects. New Zealand is a wealthy country, and I think this is a good way to give to those who need it.” With a support team alongside the Kiwi Walkers taking photos of their each kilometer, Matthew says the event is also fun. “The team commitment is exciting. “It’s a really high-energy event, even if you are just plodding along walking.”  To donate to Matt and his team, visit nz/otw15/teams/kiwiwalk.

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JET SETTING: Former Cook Strait News intern Sarah Wilson is off to Rarotonga to work on the Cook Islands News. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Young journo off to the islands By Sam Duff

It will be white sandy beaches and palm trees for a young Seatoun woman who is heading to Rarotonga to work on the Cook Islands News. Sarah Wilson, a Whitireia journalism student, says she does not like hot weather and is terrified of swimming with jellyfish, but says Rarotonga will be a nice change from Wellington. Sarah says she grew up in Wanganui before moving to Seatoun at the age of ten and going to St Anthony’s School. After several years in Australia she returned to Seatoun with her family and attended St Catherine’s College in Kilbirnie. It was during her studies at St Catherine’s that Sarah says she was first exposed to the world of journalism. “I did a journalism based camp,” she says. “Vox pops (street surveys) put me off so I decided I wasn’t confident enough to be a journalist.” After several years at Victoria University studying history and then marine biology, Sarah opted to stop study for personal reasons. While thinking about what she could do next she remembered her journalism

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Celebrating relationship with books The relationship between China and New Zealand was celebrated last week when a new Chinese Corner was opened at Wellington Central Library Wellington City Mayor Celia WadeBrown was joined by Chinese Ambassador Wang Lutong and Director of the Confucius Institute at Victoria University Wen Powles to open the Chinese Corner. The corner is made up of 300 books, including 200 Chinese language teaching books and 100 other Chinese publications. The cultural and economic relationship between China and New Zealand is increasingly important, Mayor WadeBrown says. “Chinese language, both written and spoken, is really important to people of Chinese descent and to all Wellingtonians,” she says. “The Chinese Corner will provide a

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great resource for those learning Chinese language and culture. “This is a lovely example of mutual support, matching Wellington’s recent donation of books to the Xiamen Library.” Confucius Institute Director Wen Powles says many more primary, secondary and university students in Wellington are now learning Chinese. “Having readily accessible library books in this new Chinese Corner adds a wonderful dimension to students’ enjoyment of learning, and will stimulate interest in subjects such as Chinese literature, history and culture,” she says. The project has been organised by China Hanban, Confucius Institute Headquarters and China Educational Publications Import & Export Corp. Xiamen Library, in Xiamen on the south east coast of China, has a Wellington Corner which was opened in 2008.

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Several retailers in Kilbirnie are demanding a liquor ban be put in place, after complaining to Police about people drinking and consuming drugs on the main street. Jannie Nehemia, whose work place faces the park next to the community centre, says there is often a group of about eight people loitering outside. “It is time we started to push for a liquor ban,” she says. “It’s not a good look.” The group linger in the park most days to drink alcohol and consume drugs. “I don’t think this should be happening in the community,” Jannie says. When the Cook Strait News visited the area last week a man was drinking his way through a large pack of beers. Kilbirnie does not currently have a liquor ban, despite having signs throughout the suburbs saying there is one in place. Nearby Newtown does have a liquor ban in place. Retailer Keiran, who did not want to use her last name, says she witnessed an intoxicated man sitting on the footpath trying to trip-up an elderly person. “I want to know, what is so different about Kilbirnie and Newtown?”

PROBLEM AREA: Kilbirnie retailers say there is often a group of about eight people drinking and consuming drugs in the park by the community centre. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Keiran says. “Why do we not have a liquor ban and they do? “It’s only 1.8km away. Keiran says the situation in Kilbirnie is getting worse and there is also an increase in the number of people sniffing glue. Customers feel intimidated when they enter her premises, says Keiran, who is planning on starting an e-petition to push for a liquor ban. Jannie says at one point a man approached her for money and when she refused he started to berate her. She ran into a nearby shop and he followed her before Jannie drove away from Bay Road in her car. Wellington City Council spokesperson says the council is aware

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that retailers and businesses in the area are getting sick of anti-social behaviour and begging. The introduction of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 has made things more challenging in terms of introducing a ban, he says. “There is now a tougher burden of proof required regarding whether there is enough of a problem to justify a ban,” Richard says. “So things have changed since the bans were introduced in the CBD and surrounding areas a decade or so ago.”

discovered her arthritis and kidney problems had worsened. Amy, the Zoo’s female red panda, was diagnosed with the health issues in November but during a check-up she was found to have deteriorated and treatment was no longer effective. Hamilton Zoo curator Samantha Kudewah says although they are always a sad when one of the animals leaves them, they are very happy that Khusi has safely made the big move to Wellington Zoo. “She has been a popular and well-loved member of the Hamilton Zoo family, and we know she will continue to delight visitors at her new home,” Samantha says. Khusi came to Wellington Zoo to join the Close Encounters programme. Visitors will eventually have the opportunity to meet her, feed her treats, and learn about her role as an ambassador for her species in the wild.


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MINUTES WITH: Sarah Free Wellington City Eastern Ward Councillor Who is one person, dead or alive, you would love to have a meal with?

What would your super power be and why?

If you could be somebody for a day who would it be?

C.S. Lewis, the author of the Narnia books and books about the Christian faith. He was an amazing writer, a person of huge intellect, but also someone who was humble and a friend to many.

The power to read people’s minds- at times it would be really useful! At the moment, I just listen very carefully.

This one is hard, but I’m going to say Madonna. I admire her dedication to her art, her bold fearlessness and the way she has adapted and reinvented herself over the years. She’s had a very different life, so I think I’d learn a lot.

Who is your best friend and why? Ross, my wonderful and long suffering husband of 29 years. He’s great company and has a wicked sense of humor!

What would Cook Strait News readers would be shocked to know about you? I used to have two chickens called Winston Peters and Peter Dunne. They were good layers, but sadly no longer with us…

What would you change about the world?

What is the best thing in your life right now?

Global resources would be shared around just a little more equally, and all children would grow up in a loving home with access to the basics and a good education. People would take more responsibility for their actions and think more about the future.

What meal do you never get sick of eating? Probably my regular breakfast, porridge with yoghurt, milk, cruising and nuts. I’m also really partial to a good curry.

My job as a Councillor, which is both challenging and rewarding. Seeing my three adult children successfully finding their own careers and life paths and being able to help them a little with that.

Celebrating neighbours with fresh pickings By Emma Taylor

READY TO EAT: The apples at the Brooklyn Community Garden were ready to eat ahead of Sunday’s festivities.

group, fruit freshly picked from the orchard and greens provided from a local shared garden. People were also encouraged to bring along some food to share. Orchard volunteer and food group member Mel Beirne says Neighbours Day is a great way to get people meeting and working together. “It (was) like a big shared dinner,” Mel says. The Brooklyn orchard is a great social space, she says. “We are all about bringing people together in a way that involves all generations, from pre-schoolers to

Locally grown food was on the menu at the Brooklyn community orchard, which was set to sizzle on Sunday evening for Neighbours Day. The Brooklyn Food group and community orchard were to celebrate their community with a sausage sizzle, encouraging locals to meet their neighbours for dinner at the orchard on Harrison Street. The dinner was expected to be a communal effort, with sausages provided by the Brooklyn Food

the retired.” A form of neighbours day is often happening at the orchard, with working bees, workshops and other regular events. The group is all about creating resilience within the community, Mel says. Neighbours Day Aotearoa is a national initiative that hopes to create a sense of neighbourliness and encourages streets to turn into neighbourhoods. The focus of this year’s Neighbours Day was on the youth and seniors within each community.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. The Morgan Foundation recently made a submission to Wellington City Council calling for domestic cats to be given a curfew.

Mark MacRobb, Remuera “No, you can’t keep them locked up. They like to roam.”

Bernadette Takacs, Strathmore Park “No. It’s completely unrealistic. I’m not a cat lover myself, but no it’s unrealistic.”

Q: Do you believe cats should be given a curfew to protect native wildlife? Why? Why not?

Paula Carter, Kilbirnie

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Cathy Castle, Strathmore Park

“No, you can’t keep them locked up.”

“Yes and no, I wouldn’t mind. I love animals.”

“No. They’re free spirits. They like to roam around at night.”

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Johnathan Hunt, Miramar “No, they have amazing instincts. They like to roam free.”

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Dying alone

DOUBLE DEATH: Two bodies have been discovered in the same Berhampore apartment block unit in recent years. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

Dear Ed, I refer to the report recently (CSN, March 16) on the recent death of a tenant in a Council flat. There is sometimes a perception that the living environment of the person involved was a contributing factor to the death going unnoticed for some time. If you live on your own and don't belong to any organisations, and if you do not cultivate any friendships or have regular habits of going out and about in your neighbourhood it wouldn't take long for people to

Correction to freedom camping story Dear Ed, in a recent story (CSN, March 16) Wellington City Council spokesperson, Clayton Anderson, was misinformed as to Princess Bay being a designated camping area. Camping is not permitted in Wellington's reserves, including the Town Belt and reserves and around the coast, including Princess Bay. Camping is allowed in re-

stricted areas, but you must stick to the specific restrictions. There are two restricted freedom camping sites in Wellington – where people can camp for a maximum of four nights in a single calendar month – Te Kopahou Visitors Centre and part of Evans Bay Marina. In addition, Evans Bay Marina is restricted to certified

become unaware of your presence among them. You would vanish from their radar, almost. Whether you live in a flash house or in a no-frills council flat is almost beside the point. The crucial aspect in all this is the fact that you live alone. In this particular case, I have not read anywhere whether the death was sudden. Also, I haven't read anywhere where the council has ever contemplated a system of alarm

buttons which a tenant could use in cases of medical emergencies when they live on their own. If you lived that close to your neighbours, might you not keep your distance because of the risk involved in getting too intimate with someone who may be unbalanced there are innumerable reasons why neighbours appear to lose interest in the comings and goings of someone living amongst them, sad as it sounds on paper. Christine Swift, Island Bay

Council needs to cut back spending self-contained vehicles only. The Council is reviewing options after this first summer, which has seen unprecedented numbers of freedom campers and has placed significant strain on the restricted areas. The review is expected to be completed within the next few months. Amber Bill, Open Spaces Manager, Wellington City Council

Dear Ed, Wellington does not have the population that Sydney has to support the Mayor’s grandiose ideas (CSN, March 9). We actually like living in a small city. The council needs to leave creating buildings to business people who have the expertise and get back to the basics. Maintaining the drains and curbsides (now full of rubbish), better

street lighting in all suburban side and back streets, playgrounds in all suburbs where families can walk to. Lower swimming pool fees, more support for the homeless and for mental health people on our streets. Rates should not rise more than the CPI (Consumer Price Index) each year. The Council should cut its spending like the ratepayers have to. M Davis, Kilbirnie

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Chatham kids pay a visit to Rongotai By Ged Cann

Escaping the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, 10 children arrived from the Chatham Islands on Friday, their first stop – a live lobster export plant in Rongotai. You may be surprised at the choice, but the location makes sense when you know all but one of the children has parents who work in the fishing industry. Board of trustees chair Paula Page says for these children, most of whom are eighth generation Chatham Islanders, fishing is a way of life, but few know what happens to their father’s catch after it leaves the boat. “We want to see where our fish go,” she says. “There’s step one, step two, step three – we want to follow the fish to China at some point,” Unfortunately for the children the tanks were almost empty, having just received an order for 70 cartons of lobster from China. The group has recently experienced the

devastation of Cyclone Pam. School principal Susan Carter says the village of Kaingaroa had experienced 109 km per hour winds and seven metre waves that had left their wharf highly damaged. “Some of the village had to be evacuated,” she says. The trip was a first for the school and it had taken two years to raise the $65,000 needed for the two-week trip. But Susan says it was worth it to show the children the opportunities available to them within the fishing industry. The group were welcomed to Port Nicholson Fisheries with a mihi, before tucking into a meal of KFC – a rare treat for young Chatham Islanders. “You can’t get this on the islands, the closest thing to fast food we have is fish and chips,” Susan says. “It’s almost the new currency in the Chathams, people bring it over for family and friends.”

QUITE A JOURNEY: Visitors from the Kaingaroa School, Chatham Islands get a chance to see where their rock lobsters end up.

Dance comp turns 25 Over 400 dancers from throughout Australasia are expected to compete in this year’s Alana Haines Australasian Awards in Wellington. This year will be the 25th time the competition has been held which sees dancers go head to head for prizes of more than $300,000. The competition began after 11 year old Alana Haines lost her life in a car accident in 1989, having just performed at a dance show in Wellington. The event is a memorial for Alana and was originally fundraised for by other dancers. A former Royal New Zealand

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Family history strong in exhibition By Ashleigh Manning

MEMORY KEEPER: Mama Paree Ringiao has three quilts in Te Papa’s new exhibition, Ngā Toi I Arts Te Papa. PHOTO CREDIT: Ashleigh Manning.

Cook Island history and tradition will be on display at Te Papa in a new exhibition. Kilbirnie resident Mama Paree Ringiao has three quilts in Ngā Toi I Arts Te Papa, which opens on April 2. Her quilts are all from her own family history and were given to her at different special occasions throughout her life. One of her t ivaevae (traditional Cook Island quilt) featured is called Tivaevae ta’orei, ‘etu and was given to her at her own wedding. “My soon-to-be mother-in-law gave me the quilt on my wedding day back in the 1950s,” Mama Paree says. The 84-year-old says it was and still is common practice to give a quilt on a special occasion in Cook Island culture. “Occasions such as 21st birthdays, weddings, christenings and funerals often had quilts,” she says. The quilts are made out of cotton and the patterns have special meanings. “I do think the patterns and colors have special meaning, but because of my age, I cannot remember very

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well,” she says. Mama Paree is from Mitiaro in the Cook Islands. “I was married in Rarotonga and moved to New Zealand soon after.” First coming to New Zealand in 1952, at the age of 22, she says she can understand a little Te Reo, because of history with Cook Island Maori. “Cook Island Maor i and New Zealand Maori are very similar. The greeting ‘Haere Mai’ is in both Cook Island Maori and in New Zealand Maori, but the only difference is the h,” she says. Mama Paree says she has done a lot of travel in her time and has visited several countries. “My favorite country that I’ve been to, would have to be Jerusalem. The Holy Land,” she says. Mama Paree says that quilts means a lot to her. “It is very important to me and my family. It is a piece of our history,” she says. The quilts will stay at Te Papa once the exhibition has finished. Ng Toi I Arts Te Papa begins on April 2 and will run until October. Entry is free.

FASHION GALORE: Models Lisa and Sipa walk the runaway at a fundraiser for the Musikgarten Foundation. PHOTO CREDIT: Sonia Markholm.

Passion for fashion The frocks were on and make-up ready last week as models took to the runway for a fundraiser for the Musikgarten Foundation. Sonia Markholm started holding music lessons in low decile local schools at the end of 2013 and last year registered as a charity. The fashion parade fundraiser was held at Ballentynes in Kilbirnie. Sonia says the fundraiser was a success with over $800 being raised, which will go towards providing a free music class for the children at Kahurangi School in Strathmore. The models for the evening were six Musikgarten Mothers, one Aunty and one Grandmother. Sonia says she could not have held the event without the support of Miramar New World and Miramar Pharmacy, as they provided raffle prizes.

OUT&ABOUT Kilbirnie residents enjoyed a free sausage sizzle along with a lesson in how use the community centre’s AED machine for Neighbours Day last week.

Wellington Free Ambulance staff were on hand to show passing locals how to operate the AED machine in case somebody has a heart attack, stroke or simply collapses.

AN EDUCATION: Kilbirnie locals are shown how to use the AED machine by Wellington Free Ambulance medics. LIFE SAVER: A Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic shows Citizens Advice Bureau volunteer, Barbara, how to do CPR.

ONION AND SAUCE: Kilbirnie Drop-in Centre volunteer Gill Price was busy preparing sausages on the barbeque.

HANDS ON: Real estate agent Lance Williams has a go at CPR. PHOTOS: Sam Duff

LENDING A HAND: BNZ staff members Debbie Devries and Jenny COLLEAGUES: Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre coordinators Galang step behind the hot plate. Beryl Smyth and Rowena Bonne.

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Worship with us in these holy days • Maundy Thursday (2 April) 7.30pm We receive the Supper of our Lord • Good Friday (3 April) 10.00am We remember the death of our Saviour • Easter Sunday (5 April) 10.00am We celebrate the resurrection of Christ

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Easter Sunday is celebrated all around the world with hot cross buns and chocolate easter eggs, with many going looking for eggs left by an Easter Bunny. However on Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Christians believe, according to the Bible, that Jesus was raised from the dead three days after his death on the cross. The death of Jesus Christ is remembered on Good Friday; the Friday just before Easter. Through his death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus paid the price for our sin so that all who believe in him may have a relationship with God through Jesus, and eternal life with Him.

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Stop what you are doing right now, turn on your computer, open your internet browser and in Google search for a ‘Slow Loris’. These adorable wee Southeast Asian animals were bought to my attention last week by a colleague and I have since grown very attached to their large glassy eyes, slow movement and nervous expressions. According to Wikipedia, Slow Lorises are a group of several species of nocturnal strepsirrhine primates. I am not exactly sure what that means, but I do know that every time I watch a YouTube video featuring these adorable little fellas that my heart breaks. Apparently, each of the Slow Loris species is listed as either vulnerable or endangered, which makes my desire to have one as a pet somewhat unrealistic. The exotic pet trade, habitat loss and use in traditional medicine appear to be their downfall. Sadly, they also make bad pets and are difficult to care for so I guess I will be sticking with my dog and pet fish for the time being. My suggestions for the cutest videos include ‘Slow Loris eating a rice ball’,

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Hi guys! My name is Gypsy and I live in Houghton Valley with my Mum, Dad and big brother. I am a puggle (pug/beagle) and I love snuggles. One of my favourite places to go is for a walk down to Houghton Bay beach where I get to run around and sniff everything in sight. I love the water and mum lets me take a dip because there are no crocodiles here. Sometimes I get too excited and have no energy to walk home. Mum is mean and always makes me walk up all the steps to get to our house, but recently a lovely and kind man babysat us and he carried me up all the steps. Me and my brother are best buddies. I follow him everywhere; he used to get me into lots of trouble. Mum says he's a bad influence but he's just so fun! We once got to ride with the nice people from the animal shelter, Mum seemed really cross when she collected us, but I was so excited to see her, so now we have pretty necklaces with our names on them. The people were just so friendly, but we don't visit them much anymore on our own. At night my favourite things to do are hang out with my brother, eat food (Mum calls me a hoover), cuddle and sleep!

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LETTERS to the editor Thank you to good neighbours Thanks to Hellers NZ for donating the sausages, Placemakers for the use of barbeques, Wellington Free Ambulance for providing demonstrations of the AED and CPR, BNZ staff for staffing the cooking and to Cook Strait News for reporting on the event. This event provided a fine example of neighbours working together. Rowena Bonne and Beryl Smyth Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre coordinators

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A century in the surf at Lyall Bay By Amber-Leigh Woolf

Lyall Bay surfers celebrated 100 years of surfing with competitions and prizes for the craziest board and most entertaining ride. In 1915, famous Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku arrived in Lyall Bay with the first demonstration of modern surfing in New Zealand, attracting thousands of Wellingtonians. President of the Wellington Boatriders Club James Whitaker says Kahanamoku was a bit of a showman. “He’d do headstands on the board,” James says. “There was a crowd of thousands that turned up that day, all dressed up.” Wellington City Councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer began the centenary celebrations with a karakia, followed by the reading of an email from Duke’s family. “Now we’re giving a whole lot of children free surfing lessons with professional coaches,” James says. “If somebody does a headstand or breakdances or plays a ukulele while they’re surfing, that might

win their heat.” Michael Clarke from the Lyall Bay Surf Lifesaving Club says that is what the Duke was all about. “Getting out there, catching waves and having a good time,” Michael says. Lyall Bay is the most accessible surfing destination in New Zealand, James says. “I can surf at this break here, called the corner, then I can be at my desk at my office right in the middle of town within 15 minutes. That’s just amazing from a surfer’s point of view.” Izzie Risely, 10, says surfing is about community. “I like the team spirit, because everybody just cheers on one another and we’re all like a big team.” Izzie says she is looking forward to next season. “I’ll hopefully do really well,” she says.  To find out more about surfing in Lyall Bay, look for the Wellington Boardriders Facebook page or go to or

SURF’S UP: Walt Edmonds, 12, George Murray, 12, and Luke Kuggeleijn, 11, prepare for a day on the beach during the Lyall Bay celebrations of 100 years of modern surfing in New Zealand. PHOTO CREDIT: Amber-Leigh Woolf

Rongotai’s shooting star By Sam Duff

ALL STAR: Members of the All Star Victory squad with their head coach at the recent Karori Lions Karnival & Fair. PHOTO CREDIT: Julie McLeod.

Cheerleading squad back in action in Newtown By Ashleigh Manning

Cheerleading is not all about the pompoms, according to a coach who is revitalising a Wellington cheerleading squad. Julie McLeod, who lives in Broadmeadows, was called in to take over the failing Wellington squad of All Star Cheerleading in February. The squad, which is based in Newtown, had just three members when she took over and now has more than 30, she says. Julie says she started the Kapiti Coast cheerleading squad and got into the sport because of her daughter. “I got involved because my daughter was so passionate about it,” Julie says. The Nelson-born Wellingtonian says her goal for the group is that members keep improving. “I hope that they keep getting better and that it keeps on growing,” Julie

says. She says the Kapiti group travelled to the Auckland championships last year and placed second. “We are hoping to travel back to Auckland to compete again and hopefully do better.” Julie says she hopes to show people that cheerleading is not all about pompoms. “We need people to see it as a competitive sport, no pompoms are to be seen,” she says. “We have plenty of strength, fitness and team spirit.” Practices will be on twice a week and there will be something for everyone, Julie says. “We will have practices on Wednesdays and Sundays, and there will be both age and skill based groups for people to take part in.” Practices will be held in the Circus Hub at Toi Whakaari in Newtown.  For more information go to

A Rongotai College student is showing he has what it takes to compete at a high level in the world of shot put and discus. Denny To’o, 16, says he has been competing in athletics since he was 12 years old, when he first attended the Colgate Games. The year 13 student says he took part as a member of the Titahi Bay Athletics Club because his parents nagged him to give it a go. “I found out I was pretty good, so I started training for shot put and discus,” Denny says. Several years later and Denny has broken the Rongotai College over 16 shot put (5kg) record beating that of the current throws coach which was set in 1996. He says a highlight of both competitions is achieving personal bests. “I feel amazing,” Denny says. “I feel like all the effort put in to training has paid off. “If you train for something it is great to get that sort of reward at the end.” The shot put record was set at the McEvedy Shield, held on March 3, and means that Denny now holds the Rongotai College shot put record at all levels. He came first in the competition for shot put and third for discus. Also, earlier this month Denny put in a good effort at the New Zealand Track and Field

Meeting at Newtown Park, March 6 till 8. He won the youth boys’ discus with a personal best throw of 49.83m. He then went on to take silver in the shot put with a personal best of 16.74m. In June last year Denny, who was representing the Cook Islands, won the bronze in the Shot Put and Discus at the Oceania Under 20 Track and Field Championships in the Cook Islands. Denny says when he leaves school at the end of the year he is considering studying in the South Island to become a physical education teacher. “I love sport,” he says. “I would like to help athletes, like myself, try to get better at what they do.” Asked whether he will continue with shot put and discus once he leaves school, Denny says he is deciding between that and rugby, a sport he has played since he was eight. “I’m not too sure but at the moment I’m just practicing for both of them,” he says. ATHLETICS CHAMP: Rongotai College student, Denny To’o, says he has been competing in athletics since the age of 12. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

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