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Children have their helmets at the ready, eagerly awaiting Karori West Normal School’s new Bikes in Schools project which will be introduced over the next few months. The project is part of a Wellington City Council initiative involving three schools who will receive bike tracks on their school grounds in an effort to incorporate biking into the school curriculum. Continued on page 2 READY CYCLERS: Year 8 student Annelisha Dawson and Year 4 student Ned Fyfe with Principal Janice Shramka. PHOTO: Emily Elliott

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banquet gathered over 100 guests. The banquet included a three course meal and entertainment, which Kirk says was to bless guests with a night they may not normally receive. “Everyone was having a great time, enjoying being served by our volunteer waiters and waitresses and entertained by a local jazz band during the entree and main courses,” Kirk says. “Then at 8pm everyone jumped onto the dance floor as a local band Mocha Choco Latte played a fantastic range of well-known songs.” Children who attended were able to have fun on bouncy castles, and with face painting, hot dogs, Wendy’s ice cream, and two scooters donated by Westpac

Johnsonville to be won. “We have had such awesome feedback from people that attended saying thank you for organising the event, the food was delicious, music enjoyable and the service great,” says Kirk. A highlight for Kirk was seeing people from all walks of life and from different parts of the wider Johnsonville community having a great time together. “This was one of the ways that The Rock Church members are getting involved with Neighbours Day Aotearoa – we want to serve and bless our community.” “We will be looking to do another event like this in the future, and we are hoping that more people will want to come along,” says Kirk.

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Continued from page 1 Principal Janice Shramka says the council is providing two containers full of 55 bikes for the students, as well as a helmet for each child. A skills track and pump track will be installed at the school and will be used during lunch as well as school hours when each class will have an allocated time to learn and develop their cycling skills. “Senior students are looking at becoming bike monitors after they discussed the idea at student council,” says Janice. “They will learn basic maintenance on bikes, so that each time we get them out they can check whether the brakes are working, and the handle bars are turning.” Janice says some parents and staff have already taken some Pedal Ready classes, and that each classroom teacher will be teaching the students in their class. “That way they have the re-

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lationship with the kids, and there is already trust there,” says Janice. The track will be open before and after school, as well as on the weekends, for the community to use, which will complement Mud Cycles’ adult skills track across the road, which some students use already. Janice says they plan on making sure students have a good level of cycling ability before they start using the track, and the idea is for each student to be taught at their level. “We have groups of kids who know what they are doing and kids who have never been on a bike.” Janice says the bike track will set the students up for life in terms of physical fitness. “Because of traffic and the hills many students are brought to school in cars. This way they still get to learn and develop these vital skills as well as their fitness.”

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Library on the move By Emily Elliott

An upgrade of Johnsonville’s Library has been in the pipeline for decades, says Northern ward Councillor Helene Ritchie. Conceptual designs are now being worked with following research of the ground and foundations when Keith Spry Pool had a revamp last month, and Cr Ritchie says she hopes a spade can be in the ground by next year. Reversing the neglected Johnsonville something Cr Ritchie says she is passionate about, and redeveloping the library is a pro-

ject she has pushed relentlessly. The current library is a third of the size that it should be, Cr Ritchie says. “The current library is inadequate and doesn’t serve the current population. “This project has been fully and repeatedly consulted on. It will be a huge asset for Johnsonville and the Northern suburbs,” she says. “Johnsonville and its surrounding suburbs are the size of a city. We need the facilities for good livability.” Expected to cost between $16 million and $18 million, Cr

Ritchie says that libraries are more commonly being seen as community centres, and is hoping the new library will also act as an IT Hub and café. The plan is to locate the library beside the current local pool and community centre. She says the next phase of the three year project involves detailed drawings, and is looking to know what others want to see in a community library. “I hope this will become a civic centre for the Northern suburbs,” says Cr Ritchie. She believes it is important for residents to make submissions to

the long-term plan, whether that is in writing or just a one line statement online. “I want to ensure there is feedback from the public and until the final Council decision retains an open mind.” Residents can also attend the Northern ward forum at the Johnsonville Community Centre on April 7, from 6-8pm.  What do you think about the redevelopment of the Johnsonville Library? Is it needed? What would you like to see it offer residents? Email your thoughts to

Nominations for the annual Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards are now open until Friday, April 24. The awards recognise successes between the dates of April 23, 3014, to April 7, 2015, and nominations are welcomed from the public, sports organisations, or media, in 12 catergories. These include Sportsman, Sportswoman, Coach, Team, Disabled Sportsperson, Emerging Sportsman and Emerging Sportswoman, Club, Administrator, Volunteer, Official and Lifetime Achievement.

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Jane returns for duty Jane Ross has returned to Johnsonville Police Station ready for duty following a year off for maternity leave. With her daughter now old enough for daycare, Jane stepped back into her role as

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Children can join a papercraft class for the school holidays, working with Rachael van Rij to create four fun and useful projects. Registrations are required, and children must be aged seven and over. The class is set for Tuesday, April 14, from 10am-12pm in the community centre. Email

Music for holidays Your children can learn the basics to music at the Churton Park Community Centre from April 14 to April 16 in a three day workshop. Explore, discover, create, and have fun with music. Sing songs, learn basic music theory, and play real instruments. A peformance for parents and caregivers will be on the final day.  Contact for more information and for bookings.

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Jo h n s onv i l le’s Ta n i sh a Wardle had her head shaved at Sarak Hair and Beauty last week after growing it for months so she could donate her locks for a wig. Sarak Hair and Beauty helped Tanisha to organise a gala night, complete with a raffle and mini-auctions generously donated from Johnsonville businesses. Tanisha, a regular customer at Sarak, told her hairdresser that she was planning on shaving her head for New Zealand’s annual Shave For a Cure week – they immediately wanted to help, and suggested she donate her hair to Freedom Hair, who

provide the fi rst wig free of charge to cancer sufferers. Tanisha says she knows quite a few people who are survivors of cancer or have cancer, and that she was trying to raise as much money as possible for the Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Foundation New Zealand. When she spoke to the Independent Herald before the head shave she had just under $2000. “Hopefully this will make a big difference. I’m absolutely gob smacked at what people have done and the amount they have donated.” Before the day of the shave Tanisha said she was a little nervous, but excited for what she could do for others.

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Her hair had to reach 35cm long before it could be donated, and by the time Friday’s shave rolled around, she measured 39cm. “I’ll soon be balder than my husband!” she joked. “It’s not for me. It’s for a bigger cause. Radiology suffers don’t have a choice to lose their hair. I do.” Grenada Village resident Lise Wikitera also had her head shaved alongside Tanisha on the night.

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A new teacher is bringing her musical knowledge to the classroom at Newlands Intermediate School. Jennifer Vaughan started at the school when the year commenced, and balances her teaching career with being a flautist in Orchestra Wellington. The Northland resident will be taking the school’s choir and orchestra as well as helping out with the production, and already has plans to integrate music back into the school’s curriculum – even if it is in a small way. The 28-year-old has been playing the flute for 20 years, including studying the skill in Canberra and being part of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. “I’m really hoping to get music into the classroom, especially for children who

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Crofton Downs included in special housing plans Silverstream Rd in Crofton Downs is part of Wellington City Council’s plan for special housing areas across the city. A meeting on April 8 will address the 13 proposed special housing areas, including 131 Silverstream Rd where 10 or more allotments may be developed. Spenmoore St in Newlands is also included in the list of proposed sites.

Youth centre up and running By Solbin Kang

Karori youth are flocking to the suburb’s revamped drop-in centre. The centre, on Beauchamp Street, had to close for six months after its previous facilitator left. Within six weeks of the Karori Youth Centre re-opening in January, more than 50 young people have come in to play table tennis, darts, video games, kick a soccer ball, or use its quiet room to do their homework. Daniel Stockton, 13, says the drop-in centre is his second home. “I like everyone. There’s so much to do and it’s always a

cheerful environment. You’ll never be in a bad mood.” Head facilitator Barry Lovegrove, a former District Court judge, says it is vital for Karori to have a youth centre. “Most kids don’t want to go to an empty home after school and may resort to going to a gang house or get up to mischief at a park. “It is a meeting place for kids who come here, not because they are told to do so. They have made a conscious choice, rather than do stuff that might get them in trouble.” Local businesses like Brumby’s and United Video are donating baked goods and lending DVDs.

“The centre is well supported by well-intentioned and wellminded people,” Barry says. The centre also encourages older kids to take leadership by becoming assistant facilitators. “It’s an introduction to adult life and we involve them in good community projects,” he says. He says they hope to raise enough money to hire a full time youth worker who will offer courses for youth to set themselves up for employment.



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Language books arrive By Emily Elliott

Churton Park residents can now borrow books written in Mandarin, thanks to the Community Centre’s joint venture with Wellington Libraries. Churton Park Community Centre advocate Beckie Duffie says the books have been brought to the centre in response to the growing Chinese population in the area. “A lot of people have come to the community and they don’t drive or speak the language, so this gives them something to do,” she says. The non-fiction, fiction, and children’s books will be replaced every four weeks, and can be hired out for three weeks at a time. Beckie says borrowers can come in and read the books with a tea, or take them home. Basic English books can also be borrowed,

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along with other language books. “We’re right between two libraries, so it is nice to have a little set up here for those who can’t drive or struggle with transport due to language or age,” says Beckie. Having Mandarin books available celebrates the diversity of the community, Beckie says. “We also offer a social english speaking group for those who speak english as a second language or are learning.” Beckie says the class is not structured, and those who attend can practice on proficient English speakers who help them out. “It’s a class that is open to everyone.” The class runs every Friday during school term times, from 10–11.30am. The next class will recommence on April 24, after the Easter break.  Do you think foreign language books are necessary for Wellington’s diverse culture? Email

– Rebecca shaves for a cure BEFORE AND AFTER: Rebecca Libby says goodbye to her hair. PHOTO: Jacqui Christensen. By Dan Whitfield

READERS: Bevan Greenslade, Choi Cheung and Janet Chew are utilising the new Mandarin books that Beckie Duffie says are on offer at Churton Park Community Centre

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Rebecca Libby faced a nervous start to her Tuesday school day – having shaved her hair off the night before. The nine-year-old put on a brave face and supported Shave for a Cure, Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand’s signature fundraising event. Already she has raised a significant amount and was excited and nervous about cutting her hair. Her goal was to raise $500 but her popularity in Karori has seen support succeed that amount, with her total raised to date $1890. “I’m overwhelmed with the support. I really hope it continues because it is all for a good cause. I’d be really happy if I get more support,” Rebecca says. The interest in taking part came after she

saw an advert on television, instantly liking what she saw and deciding that was what she was going to do. “This is my first time doing participating. My hair was long so it’s a bit of a change, but my friends are supporting me.” Donations have rained in after Rebecca’s parents spread the word around local organisations – including her karate club. Most of her donations have come from friends and family, and teachers, but some have come from the community, her parents say. “Everyone has been really supportive,” Rebecca says. Rebecca’s fundraising campaign started early March runs for the next few days. As a young Karori student, Rebecca says her friends want to shave their heads next year.

Wednesday April 1, 2015

Focused on her future By Dan Whitfield

For 19-year-old Matilda Gaby, returning from a scholarship to Southeast Asia has set her heart on a life in a developing country – that is once she has finished university. Matilda was one of 25 students from the Development Studies programme at Victoria University that were selected for the Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia (PMSA), seeing her and the rest of the students visit seven Southeast Asian countries earlier this year. “It was phenomenal. It was an incredible experience. I had travelled before but visiting seven countries in five weeks and learning about their politics and economy was amazing. Every day was full on and I learnt lots,” Matilda says. The scholarship was funded by the New Zealand Government and administered by Education New Zealand – it also helped Matilda grow an extensive network of people, creating a solid foundation for

when she decides to return after her studies. Matilda says it was really interesting on scholarship because she got to witness the intricate lifestyles of developing communities. “All the countries we visited are going through so much change. It was really interesting,” she says. Matilda was born in China, but adopted by New Zealanders when she was five-years-old. She says the scholarship also put into perspective how multicultural New Zealand actually is. The Khandallah local is focused on getting a job either in a nonGovernment organisation or teaching English in a refugee camp in a Southeast Asian country. “To see these countries first hand is really important and helpful. It’s something I’m really passionate about.” One of the highlights for Matilda was the people that she met – “they’re all like family to me now.” In Matilda’s spare time, she works




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Community remember Makara’s eight A community-led and organised Anzac Day service will next month see seven fallen soldiers from the First World War and one from the Second World War remembered. Wreathes will be laid by representatives of the community and Armed Forces, as well as the families of names on the war memorial. Co-organiser Pat Grace says it is very important that the people of Makara remember and honour those

who fought in both World War One and World War Two – and especially those from their own community. The seven men commemorated on the Makara memorial include J. H. Jervis, H. Monoghan, H. Petersen, W. Ramsay, L.W. Sievers, A. Trotter, and J. E. Bryant. It was erected by the settlers of Makara. The eighth name is J. Nieslen, and is the only one from World


War Two. The Anzac Day service has run for the past eight years and will this year see about 100 people turn out to pay their respects. Representatives from the Army and Navy are also set to attend. A small grant from the Meridian West Wind Community Fund was received to cover the cost of a bugler, piper, and wreath to be laid on behalf of the Makara community.

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Question: What do you think of New Zealand’s sporting culture?

Georgia Mantziou, Churton Park “I think it’s good. I’m not imto any sport. I do pilate and tai chi.”

Jenny Mainwaring, Churton Park “I don’t have a problem with it. Although I don’t think the average Kiwi spends days plotting how to get to the next cricket match.”

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“I think we have a really good sporting culture. We’re pretty on par with other really big countries.”

“It’s good, becuase we always win.”

“Lucky. A lot of good work has gone into it, yet the weather, a toss of coin, can change results and atmosphere like that.”

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Dear Ed, In relation to the letter from Mr Murray Carpenter, who if it is the same Murray carpenter I believe is a senior civil engineer for NZTA/Opus. His letter portrays he is a member of the public who studied the scoping report, and attended the community meetings held by NZTA for whom he works for. Whats going on when an NZTA member of staff, a public servant actively and deceitfully passes as a member of the public and then

Khandallah residents were able to pop into their town hall on Saturday to celebrate Neighbours Day. Khandallah Town Hall Centre’s Sarah Andrews says the building wwas open from 2-4pm for people to visit and continue to share stories they may have about the roll of honours board from World War One. Residents could also sit, chat and knit over a cookie and a cup of tea in an effort to make remembrance poppies. “We have had over 100 made, which was our goal. People in passing look at them and decide, ‘Yes, I’ll do that,’” she says. Children had the opportunity to make paper poppies on Saturday too. “Now that we have people churning them out we’ll keep going and see how many we get,” says Sarah. Sarah says the town hall centre is not open on the weekends, so it was nice for those who do not usually have a chance to visit and share stories. “It’s been really good so far and people have really got in behind it. But there has to be more [stories].” Sarah says she hoped people who came through the doors were able to support neighbours day and remember world war one.

claims to have studied the scoping report which he is potentially an author of? Is it that the NZTA report and analysis is so inaccurate and they can not back their own reports so feel the need to falsify public opinion. If this is the same Murray Carpenter I would encourage him to be open and honest about about his position within this roading project. Regards, Angela Brockwell

Book fair raised over $7000 Dear Ed, Thank you for your item about the Blue Dragon fundraising book fair in the Independent Herald. Your readers, many of whom donated books or came to the book fair and bought books, will be pleased to know we raised $7895 at the book fair, held in the Ngaio Town Hall on 28 March. All

of this money has been sent to Blue Dragon Children’s Trust in Hanoi. It will support its programmes that rescue Vietnamese children from poverty by providing education and training. Yours Trustees, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation (NZ)

Janet Chew, Churton Park “There is too much emphasis on rugby. Not enough emphasis on other sports.”

CHANCE TO CHAT: Sarah Andrews says the community can share stories and make poppies for the honours board on Neighbours Day.



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Cheerdance Classes An open cheerdance class run by Elite Dance aimed at primary and intermediate aged children was held at Newlands Community Centre Friday 27 March, in

preparation for their new classes to start. The class is a mix of cheerleading and dance. Visit the website for more information.

Crafting – in a garage By Rachel Binning

Jann Tarrant decided that unplanned illness is not going to hold her back from having a useful career. Having retired from being a

stage lighting technician due to fibromyalgia, Jann turned her hand to making jewelry from old and recycled beads and necklaces – The Crafting Garage was born. The inaugural The Crafting Garage event displaying Jann’s

Johnsonville and Districts R&SA Welfare Trust

VOLUNTEERS ARE REQUESTED TO ASSIST WITH THE ANZAC POPPY DAY COLLECTION Friday 17 April The Johnsonville and Districts R&SA Welfare Trust needs assistance with its annual collection in aid of funds to provide welfare assistance to military veterans and their dependants. Collectors will be needed for this important task in areas from Ngaio to Johnsonville between 7.00am and 3.00pm on Friday the 17th of April.

 For more information email Jann at craftinggarage@gmail. com.

If you are willing to help by giving an hour or two of your time that day, please contact:

Jewellery maker: Jann Tarrant of The Crafting Garage shows off some of her wares. PHOTO: Bella Photography

Terry Knight Telephone 04-237 6212 or email, or Peter Nalder Telephone 04-973 7216 or email You can help out for as little or as long as you like, just let us know where you would like to collect and when you would prefer to start and finish.

wares was held in her garage in Khandallah last weekend, and in the spirit of Neighbours Day 2015 her fellow neighbours and artists helped out. Jann also decided she could use her event as a way of collecting funds for disaster relief in Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam. Khandallah Pharmacy and Video Time in Khandallah provided support to her cause with donations to sell at the event. Seeing the recent devastation in Vanuatu motivated Jann to push away the effects of her own illness and to consider herself pretty lucky with her lot in life. Gold coin donations were asked for Jann’s homemade lucky dip presents and event attendees were able to design their own jewelry from Jann’s wide array of beads. All funds raised will go to disaster relief in Vanuatu administered by the New Zealand Red Cross. Jann hopes that her jewelry will appeal to a wide audience and hopes to display her work at upcoming community events.

Toastmasters meet on Thursdays Churton Park Toastmasters is a new club, and are meeting every second Thursday for two hours, starting at 7.30pm.

The club offers various programmes in conjunction with the Toastmasters Inational education programme, all of which aim to increase

confidence and communication skills. The next meeting is April 9 at the Churton Park Community Centre.

Rotary donation helps accessibility in Karori By Dan Whitfield

Two wheelchairs and a walking frame have been donated to the Karori Community Centre by the Karori Rotary Club. Michael Fagg, a member of the Rotary club says they are here for everyone and already they are being used by the community. The new wheelchairs and a walking frame replaced the old ones which are believed to have been at the community centre since it was built. “They needed replacing, especially because they get used a lot…It’s also good because these are the Rolls-Royce of wheelchairs so they will be ok with the years of use,” Michael says. All up the two wheelchairs and a walking frame cost about $1290 and were welcomed by staff at the centre. ACCESSIBILITY: Community centre manager Graeme Ching, centre staff Kaye Jervis, left, and Scarlett Vavasour, right, with Rotary’s Michael Fagg testing out the new wheelchair. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield.

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One large classic pepperoni and a side of garlic bread will be a popular order now that Pizza Hut has returned to the main drag of Johnsonville. The new Pizza Hut opened on Johnsonville Road last Tuesday in place of the old Brumby's Bakery which closed in 2014. It also takes the place of the old store that used to operate out of a shop near Queue Café. The store was open for business that night. Johnsonville Shopping Centre manager Gerard Earl says it great to have a franchise such as Pizza Hut back in the community, and works well being on the route most families travel home on. The store is owned by Jayadeep Outa. NEW BUSINESS: Johnsonville Shopping Centre manager Gerard Earl with Deputy Mayor Justin Lester, welcoming new Pizza Hut owner Jayadeep Outa.

A new campaign, ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’, kicked off around Wellington last month after researched showed food waste coasts New Zealanders $872 million each year. With Wellington totalling almost $106 million in food waste per year, the organisers say everyone has a part to play in reducing financial and environmental toll. Kiwis throw away over 122,547 tonnes of food a year – enough to feed around 262,917 people, or half the population of the Wellington region for 12 months. The average household sends around 79 kg of edible food to landfills every year, which is around $600. The campaign is being run by Councils nationwide, and Wellington’s Love Food, Hate Waste movement is overseen by the region’s nine councils through the Waste Steering Committee. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the amount of wastage is a concern for both households and for the environment. “Wasting food drains family

budgets and creates an unnecessary environmental burden,” says the Mayor. “There are big implications for greenhouse gas emissions, eliminating this wastage would have the same effect as taking over 118,107 cars off the road.” “This programme builds on Wellington’s investment in strategies to reduce food waste in the Capital, including Wellingtonbased initiative Kaibosh, who aim for zero food waste, zero food poverty.” The Love Food, Hate Waste campaign aims to bring the problem out into the open and provide information to help Kiwis cut the waste. It highlights the importance of planning food purchases and meals, being smart about food storage and being creative with leftovers. The research showed most people don’t realise how much good food they are throwing away and how much it’s costing them.  See lovefoodhatewastenz for more

Karori Rotarians respond to Vanuatu disaster Within days of the recent Cyclone Pam hitting Vanuatu, Rotary Karori donated two emergency response kits part of a larger Rotary New Zealand shipment of 1000 kits to Vanuatu. Costing $600 each, the kits provide basic equipment to allow a family to construct a simple shelter and clothe themselves. The kits also include tools, first aid supplies,

and household items. At the Karori Karnival this year, Karori Rotarians displayed an emergency response kit, little knowing that the kits would be desperately needed a few weeks later. Donations made by members of the public at the Karnival have contributed to the Rotary Karori support for Vanuatu. Karori Rotarians are now

waiting anxiously for news of the cyclone's impact on a training kindergarten on the island of Espiritu Santo, the largest island in Vanuatu. T h e b u i l d i n g, c o n str ucted with suppor t from Rotary Karori and Volunteer Service Abroad, is both a kindergarten and a training facility for local teachers.

HERE TO HELP: Rotarians Jim Johnston, Brian Souter and Douglas Webb with a display of emergency response kits at the Karori Karnival.

Bouncing with creativity The Easter Bunny came early last week at Churton Park Community Centre, with twelve kids taking part in an Easter paper craft class, run by Rachael van Rij. Children worked through three Easter crafts, creating boxes, baskets and cards to share the Easter spirit. “I made a card to send to my Grandma and an Easter basket for my teacher. It was fun!” says Riley Bennett, who participated in the class. Rachael regularly runs craft classes at Churton Park Community Centre and will be running another fun

session for kids in week two of the school holidays. Crafty adults need not miss out, with a series of adult classes planned for term two.  For more information on Rachael’s classes, and other school holiday activities, contact the Community Centre on 830 4802. CREATIVE CHILDREN: Alexis Dray (6) and Caitlyn van Rij (6) proudly display their Easter creations. PHOTO: Rachael van Rij

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Wednesday April 1, 2015 CREATIVE CAKE MAKER: Becs Lake loves making novelty cakes, and is holding her own classes for people to learn to do the same. PHOTO: Emily Elliott

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Icing on the cake By Emily Elliott

Twenty-eight year old Becs Lake studied film, worked at Disney, and never had an interest in baking or decorating cakes. Then a few weeks ago, the creative mind and hard worker behind Johnsonville’s Stiletto Studio crossed the 10,000 followers mark on social media – in the middle of a busy season of wedding cake decorating. Now Becs is planning on launching cake tasting evenings on top of the classes she already runs for parties, hens’ nights, and members of the community – and that’s in between her busy schedule of decorating wedding, birthday and anniversary cakes and muffins, and making display cakes for the Wellington Wedding Show. It all started four years ago, when Becs made a cake for her dad’s birthday. She had spare time after returning from working at Disneyworld in Florida for a year. Then, a friend asked if she would make her child’s birthday cake. Completely self-taught with not enough money to buy equipment for decorating, Becs set to work using what she could find at home – toothpicks and straws.

A big part of Stiletto Studio for Becs is teaching others to do what she can, whether it is for parties or private sessions. “As a child I wanted to be a teacher. I used to find it hard learning that there was a right and a wrong way to do things,” Becs says, explaining how her classes don’t use a ‘right or wrong’ method. “I had a mum come in a few weeks ago and she made her daughter’s wedding cake. She was going to try and do it at home but she didn’t have the tools, so she came to me.” Becs says some people who attend the classes send her photos of their creations, which she loves seeing. Becs has a passion for novelty cakes, and says each week is different. “Last week I did a dinosaur cake, a Hawaiian Disney cake, and a lace wedding cake.” Becs is currently planning to hold her first tasting evening in July, with a selection of original flavours and specialty flavours like Pineapple Lump Mud Cake on display.  To get in touch with Becs, see her website: www.stiletto-studio-cakes.

Reconnecting with family Huntleigh Home’s newly established Vacation Club is already proving popular with residents at the Enliven home. The club took their inaugural trip last month, travelling from the Karori home to New Plymouth for a week-long getaway at Enliven sister-site Chalmers Home. The residents, all aged in their 70s and 80s, have now returned home relaxed and rejuvenated. Huntleigh recreation officer Gwen Esler says the Vacation Club trip was a success and will become star feature of the home’s social calendar. “It’s was just lovely witnessing people reconnect. The Vacation Club was originally an idea to enable some of our residents to go away for a week, but it appeared to become about much more than that,” Gwen explains. For Huntleigh resident Pamela Lubransky, the Vacation Club has given her a unique opportunity to reunite with her son and meet her great granddaughter for the first time. Pamela’s son, Steve Lubransky, his wife Cindy and granddaughter Hannah all turned out to see his Mum. “This is the first time mum’s met her great granddaughter, she’s just seen photos and videos otherwise,” Steve explains.

“It’s great that she could come here for a trip. She had a great time seeing all of the sights and travelling along the coastal walkway in a buggy and we were able to take her out for the afternoon and evening.” Steve says without the Vacation Club it wouldn’t have been easy for his mum to visit him in New Plymouth. “Travelling with the Enliven homes means she’s well looked after, and once we had taken her out she was able to return to the professional and friendly care at Chalmers where she was able to enjoy the panoramic view of the Tasman sea and the Taranaki coast with a nice cup of tea.” Another Huntleigh Home resident and Vacation Club member, Fay Arbuckle, was also surprised by a special visit from a relative. Fay’s sister-in-law drove from Gisborne to meet her at the Enliven’s Kowhainui Home in Whanganui where the club stopped for lunch. “We hadn’t seen each other in a few years so it was just lovely,” says Fay. “It really was a good trip.”  For more information about Enliven’s Huntleigh Home visit

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Exercise class draws 93-year-old By Emily Elliott

SIT AND BE FIT: Some of the regular members who attend the Khandallah sitting exercise class targeted at flexibility, balance, and strength.

A dozen Khandallah and Ngaio residents are sitting to get fit in an exercise class run by Khandallah Town Hall’s Fiona McKenzie every Thursday. Targeted for elderly residents who wish to keep their movement, Fiona says Sit and Be Fit focuses on flexibility, balance, and strength. The 45-minute class done while sitting follows a programme designed by Sport Waikato, and Fiona says it is also a time for sociability. “You can tailor it to your level of fitness. If you need to take a break,

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you can.” The combination of music, exercise, and social chatter makes it a community level class, Fiona says. “If someone isn’t here, we’ll check in later to make sure they’re okay.” Included in the group of regular attendees is 93-year-old Joan, who has been coming to the class for just over a year. “It’s good, it keeps your body going. If I didn’t do it, I wouldn’t exercise at all!” Joan says the company is nice to have, and the group always find something to laugh about. Having lived a healthy life, she

says 18-months ago her body started to pack-in more noticeably. “This class helps. I enjoy being active – otherwise I would surely vegetate!” Long-timer Shirley Edmonds has been attending Sit and Be Fit for over eight years, and says she loves keeping in touch with people and doing the exercises. With her stiff hands and upper body, the tailored exercises help her movement. “I just love it. You can feel it in your joints,” says Shirley. Sit and Be Fit runs every Thursday at 10.15am in the Khandallah Town Hall.

OUT&ABOUT From left: How hip are we: Back: Michelle Lee (12) and Hip Hop instructor Michael Chaplin. Front: Katherine Newman (7), India McKee (9) and Jack Newman (9). Giggles and Wiggles: Miranda Biggins and her children Abigail (5) and Emmett (7 months).

By Rachel Binning

Organisers of the Funday at Nairnville Recreational Centre last Sunday say they were very happy with how the day panned out, with about 200 people enjoying Funday activities during the open day. Event organisers Emma Wright

and Robert Edlin said the Funday welcomed many new faces, and a few of the familiar, to enjoy the Centre’s usual classes, programmes and activities free of charge. The event, designed to increase the Centre’s customer-base, catered for all ages from Giggles and Wiggles for the very young

to Tai Chi for adults. Rather than hindering the Funday, Sunday’s damp conditions played in the Funday’s favour as all activities were held within the gym, community room or squash court. Under veteran team leader Lena McCarthy’s watchful eye, staff were on hand to help, encour-

age, demonstrate and to join in with activities alongside Funday attendees. Highlights of the day for Lena and Emma were seeing full Zumba and Ezy Move classes. A new Hip Hop was introduced and children dance moves to Mark Ronson’s popular ‘Uptown Funk’.

Action-packed: Lachie Horne (9) pauses during his Bumper Ball game. The team: Back: Robert Edlin, Luke Ireland, and Tony Zhang. Front: Emma Wright and Team Leader, Lena McCarthy.

Fun at the crèche From left: Wave for the camera: Teacher Kate Wilson with Sebastian BauitOwczarek (3). Sharing: Chloe Grant (2) and Henry Ririnui (2). Budding pianist: Isaac Churchouse (2) tinkles the keys Water fun: Molly Reeves (23 months), Sandra Faulknor and Neve Calder (4). Ready for nap time: Alexia Langford (2) PHOTOS: Bella Photography

It was all play, play, play at the Wadestown Community Crèche Open Day on Wednesday 25 March. The open day was an op-

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Karori boy joins in shave for a cure After four years of long hair, Karori schoolboy William Anderson went bald last week, shaving his hair for cancer. The 11-year-old Karori Normal School boy’s hair was cut by Zeal Hair Studio hairdresser Adele, with the shave-off taking place in the school staffroom. Raising $237.50 for the Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Foundation, William is also donating his hair to Pantene to

be made into wigs for people with cancer - he had grown it down to the middle of his back. Cheered on by 40 of his schoolmates, William said the shave was exciting but afterward his head felt cold, despite the sunny weather. “Adele split my hair into two pig tails before she cut, which made all the kids laugh. I couldn’t see it, but it felt strange,” he said. William decided to cut his



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In Johnsonville a Honda Civic parked at the Keith Spry Pool had its driver side door forced open and a number of items were taken, including bank cards which were used by the thief. A site office at a construction site at Onslow College was entered by force and a water blaster, a laser level and a plumbing level were stolen. In Newlands a white Mitsubishi van parked in Catherine Crescent was damaged

as the result of a numerous efforts to force entry. A radar detector was stolen. In Ngaio a property in Kenya Street was entered and a parked car there was searched. It is not yet known if anything was stolen. In Grenada Village a black Ford Falcon parked in the driveway of a house in Mark Avenue was entered via a smashed window. A radar detector, CDs, headphones and sports shoes were stolen.

Dear Ed, Birdnets for Gisela`s apple trees are available from garden centres and are reasonably priced. I have found they can cover my apple trees and be an effective deterrent against hungry kaka, tui, thrush and blackbirds. Birdnets are like black, stetchy

mesh nets and the birds can`t perch on them. Birds also don`t like them waving in the wind. Best Wishes in the battle of wits against the persistent, pesky birds. Rosemary Cole

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“This vital clinical information means the crew can tailor a management plan for the case they are assigned, ahead of time,” says Mr Fake. “Ultimately, the more information they have access to, the better the patient outcome.” Mr Fake says the technology is modern, well tested and user friendly. “This is a big plus for our paramedics and operations team,” he says. Mr Fake says this technology could be further developed to support paramedics in other ways, such as completing medicine supply and vehicle checks. “We are still exploring how we can further utilise the MDT system to provide even better ambulance services,” he says.


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Wellington Free Ambulance is having a new, high-tech system installed into their ambulances, enabling them to care for patients quickly. Known as Mobile Data Terminals (MDT), the system uses integrated apps on Samsung tablets which work to streamline data about the incident call-out. Paramedics receive location information and GPS navigation, and the communications centre gets real time reporting of both patient and crew status. Wellington Free Ambulance service development manager Paul Fake says the technology gives paramedics updated information on the incident and the patient before they reach a job.

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HIGH TECH: Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic Steve Marshall using the new Mobile Data Terminal.

hair short in preparation for secondary school, and he wanted to do it in time for it to grow back for his final year at primary school next year. He said a positive of having short hair was “it won’t ever get caught in the branches again when I’m climbing trees”. He was pleased to be able to help children with cancer through his hair cut, and thanked those who supported him by donating.

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Dear Ed, Murray Carpenter’s letter (26 March) criticising my opposition to the proposed link road between Transmission Gully and the Petone to Grenada road ought to have come with a disclosure statement. He is the NZTA engineer driving the link road idea. So, he would say that, wouldn’t he. A little bit more transparency would have been in order, but then

throughout this debate NZTA’s position has been to confuse and mislead people, and withhold vital information. So, Mr Carpenter’s letter was really par for the course, I suppose, but your readers deserve to know his bias. Yours sincerely, Hon Peter Dunne

Marching home as champs Wellington’s marching teams competed in the New Zealand Marching Championships in Christchurch last month taking out some of the top spots. Storm, the senior marching team, were named as the New Zealand Champion Senior team, while the under 16 team Glennette took home the NZ Champion Under 16 title. The Wellington masters team Bandolier came second in their grade, while senior team Dash took home third place in the NZ Champion team. The championships opened with a Gala march, which was for senior grades only.


This saw Storm put together a short routine which is judged for its entertainment value. Each team also adopted a stage name, with it being won Decoded – also known as Storm. Friday saw the teams qualifying for either the plate march or the championship march. All teams marched in an arena filled with supporters from around the country, cheering their teams to success. Coaches say this was a very successful weekend for all Wellington teams. The championships were held at Horncastle Arena, and six Wellington teams were represented.


GOOD EFFORT: Queen Margaret College students paddling after a recent race. PHOTO: Supplied.

WGC claim top spot at festival By Dan Whitfield

NATIONAL CHAMPS: Wellington marching group storm was named as the New Zealand Champion Senior team this month.

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Through hard work and determination, Wellington Girls’ College has claimed a top spot at the recent school’s competition inside the Wellington Dragon Boat Festival. The WGC team performed well over event, winning its first heat with a time of 1:23.59, and placing second in its second. In the final, WGC pushed hard but finished second to St Oran's College with a time of 1:24.44 – missing out on first place by 0.92 of a second. Wellington Harbour came alive when school crews took to the water, with or-

ganisers saying, like always, it was a fierce battle for line honours in the mixed, girls and boys divisions. While the school competition was watched by thousands of parents, teachers and general spectators, the team chant competition in the lunch break was also a huge part of the day. Queen Margaret College also did well throughout the competition. In its first heat, the QMC team came second with a time of 1:23.38. The second heat, saw QMC place first with a better time of 1:22.85. QMC came fourth in the final race, finishing with a time of 1:25.77.

Swimmer attempts records at school sports By Emily Elliott

Girls from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School took to the pool last week for their annual swimming sports, run since the early 1900s. With six houses competing for the cup, as well as swimmers hoping to qualify in championship races, sports coordinator Vanessa Ward says there were about 350 students present at Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre. “We do championship and non-championship races, which means we can get as many people participating as possible,” she says.

The compulsory event rewards each race entered with a point for the girl’s house, with Jellicoe house taking home the overall win. Vanessa says year 13 student Maggie Burns, a top Wellington swimmer was hoping to break some school records on the day. Seventeen-year-old Maggie has been swimming competitively since she was eight, and says she trains twice a day – before and after school. “I’ve never put the effort in before now to break school records, and I’ve been here since kindergarten,” says Maggie. “I thought I should try to leave the school

with something seeing as this is my last year.” The swimmer says she loves being in the water, and enjoys the thrill of training hard then performing well. “I can’t imagine my life without swimming,” says Maggie. Although Maggie did not break any records, she tied the Senior 50m Butterfly record of 29:97:00 from 2004. However, the year 13 relay team she was in with her twin sister Georgia, Emily Lyons, and Maddie Whyte, broke the senior relay school record by 21 100th of a second, taking the time from 56:62:00 to 56:41:00.

SWIMMER: Wellington swimmer Maggie Burns tried to break Samuel Marsden school records at swimming sports last week.

Goat Run for research By Emily Elliott

RUNNING: Diana Coop completed the Kaimai Goat Run on the weekend as a way to support Gilles McIndoe Research Institute. PHOTO: Emily Elliott

Despite not being a runner, Crofton Downs resident Diana Coop took her legs up the Kaimai Ranges on the weekend for the annual Kaimai Goat Run. The 49-year-old decided to join her 57-year-old friend, Jennie Henton on the 20km hill run after Jennie won her entry ticket in a raffle. Both Diana and Jennie are self-proclaimed non-runners, but were inspired to raise money for the Gilles McIndoe Research Institute while doing so – a research centre that specialises in cancer treatments. “Jennie’s family was really affected by

cancer this year. When she won, she said to me, ‘I don’t run, I hate running, but too bad, I’ll do it.’ That inspired me to do it with her,” says Diana. The pair put a training programme together in November, and have been working their way towards completing the hill run since. With the goal of raising $8000 for Dr Swee Tan’s team at the institute, the pair had reached just over $1000 at the time of the Goat Run. They have decided to keep the Give A Little page open for a few more weeks so they can gain extra support for the institute. “We’ve been able to accomplish something we never thought we’d do,” says

Diana, passionate about the fact she has marked a personal milestone, as well as helping others. “Dr Swee Tan is looking at new and innovative ways to treat cancer. Jennie’s family didn’t have that opportunity,” she says. “He has been very successful with his work, so it’s exciting to think he may find something that will be able to help people with cancer.” To see the pairs’ journey, view Jennie’s blog at  To donate to Diana and Jennie’s cause, see their Give A Little page: givealittle.

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