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healthy 1.12kg (his arrival weight was 715g),” Baukje says. Once staff were happy with Aonach’s recovery, it was decided he was fit for flying south. He has been released in the crèche at Orokonui Ecosanctuary near Dunedin. Last year Wellington Zoo cared for three Haast Tokoeka Kiwi chicks. “Caring for these precious birds is a very special opportunity, and it’s wonderful to be able to send them back home, fit and healthy,” Baukje says. “ We l l i n g t o n Z o o h a s a strong partnership with DOC, which highlights the importance of organisations working together for native species conservation.”

Call to stop church sale Continued from page 1 But long-term local resident Rosel Labone says the sale of the church is tragic and the New Zealand Presbyterian Church should favour a community bid to purchase the historic buildings. “The church should prioritise our tender offer above all others,” Rosel says. “Otherwise they are sending the message that all that matters is money. “The community wants and needs this church.” Craig Oliver, from Jewetts Real Estate, who is managing the sale, says there has been a lot of interest throughout the tender process. “Anybody and everybody has the opportunity to submit a tender,” Craig says. “All tenders will then be considered by the owners.” The church’s congregation, which was dissolved as a parish

in July 2013, collected a reported $250,000 to spend on refurbishments to the buildings. However, those funds are still in the hands of the New Zealand Presbyterian Church. Speaking to Cook Strait News when the parish was dissolved, the Reverend Martin Baker said an independent panel of the Wellington Presbytery undertook a thorough review of the congregation. He said it was the Presbyterian Church’s policy that all church owned buildings deemed unsafe should not be used for church or community activities. The review found that the cost of repairing the building would be too high. Rosel says she has resigned herself to the fact that the church will be sold but it is not too late for the community to achieve a good outcome. “I grew up in this church and

UP FOR GRABS: Seatoun locals have submitted their own tender offer for St Christopher’s Church.

the cornerstones of my Christian faith started here,” she says. Rosel says there are many special parts of the church, including the stain glass windows and organ, that mean a lot to the community.

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A time to reflect By Sam Duff

Brook lyn wa r veteran Dave Wilkie says that every year on Anzac Day he thinks about his brother that was killed during World War Two. Dave was an air force gunner based in the Pacific during WWII and will be one of hundreds attending the Brooklyn Anzac Remembrance Service on Saturday. The service, which will be held at Brooklyn School at 10.30am, is just one of a number of Anzac services that will be held this week. Philip Bolton from the Brooklyn Community Centre says each year about 450 to 500 people attend the Brooklyn Remembrance Service. It is often the second largest service following the one

in the CBD, Philip says. However, due to the bigger service than usual being held at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park for the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, Philip says he is unsure what numbers will be like this year. Philip says the first remembra nce ser vice i n Brooklyn was held when the war memorial was officially opened in September 1922. “Everybody in the community gets behind it,” he says. This year the local Guides and Scouts will be taking part alongside a number of other community groups.

inbriefnews No Seatoun parade Due to the special events being held in Wellington City to commemorate Anzac day this year there will be no parade or events held in Seatoun. President of the Seatoun Returned and Services’ Association, Adele E Trezise, says the club will not hold their own commemorative events to ensure its members can go to the events being held in the CBD.

Alcohol petition Following recent complaints about the consumption of alcohol in public places an online petition has been started by Kilbirnie locals. The petition calls for Wellington City Council to adopt a liquor ban for the suburb.  For more information about the petition go to have-your-say/epetitions/petitions/ current/2015-03-drinking-ban-inkilbirnie

IN REMEMBRANCE: Dave Wilkie will be attending the Anzac Day Remembrance Service in Brooklyn on Saturday. PHOTO: Sam Duff

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inbriefnews Home front An insight into New Zealand life during World War One is the subject of discussion in a new book co-authored by a Mount Victoria resident. Published to commemorate 100 years since WWI, New Zealand’s First World War Heritage tells the story of the impact of the war on people throughout the country. Imelda Bargas, from Mount Victoria, and co-author Tim Shoebridge are senior historians at Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Exhibition explores national identity By Amber-Leigh Woolf

Visitors to the New Zealand Portrait Gallery recently met the faces behind Captain James Cook’s discovery of New Zealand. The current exhibition, Tranquility Disturb’d: A contem-

porary look at historical New Zealand features portraits from the Endeavour, Maori chiefs and warriors. Director Gaelen Macdonald says the chosen works explore national identity. “They’re another way to look at who we are as a country,” she says

“It lures children in to then find out a deeper understanding about the work. “We’ve got a lot of different personalities in our collection and they’re being represented in very different ways.” Gallery administrator and education officer Ruby Eade says

National tour After a seven year absence from Wellington the Jews Brothers Band will be performing at the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre next month. The band will close their 20th anniversary national tour with a performance at the centre which will include which one handed saxophonist Neill Duncan. Their Yiddish cousins the Klezmer Rebs will be support artists in the performance on May 7.

Vicarage for sale A Seatoun vicarage is up for sale for the first time since it was built in 1924. St George’s Anglican vicarage on Ferry Street is expected to reach up to $1 million when tenders close on April 20. The building needs work and is earthquake prone.

ARTY BEES: Gaelen Macdonald and Ruby Eade with a work by Gavin Hurley in their latest exhibition, Tranquility Disturb’d. PHOTO: Amber-Leigh Woolf

many of the people who founded New Zealand were children themselves. “The Gavin Hurley work, with the ship boys, they were all 11 and 12. “They were the same age as the kids visiting the gallery. Young Nick was the first person to see New Zealand, and was given a bottle of rum as a reward.” Visitors to the gallery participate by making their own portraits as they view the exhibition. “We think it really enhances visitor’s experiences here being active and doing. Not just standing.” Gaelen says. “We’d like to have more drawing and active participation in the gallery.” Gaelen encourages everyone young and old to visit the exhibition. “We’re open every day, we’re free and we’re open to everyone. Even if you’ve never been to the gallery, come and see the show. “Kids really appreciate this space to come to be artists.” Tranquillity Disturb'd: A contemporary look at historical New Zealand is on from March 12 till May 31 at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery.

Increase in commuter cyclists - Council ures are encouraging and justify future investment. “The Capital’s cycling numbers are up and up, unlike some other cities in New Zealand,” she says. “Wellingtonians have told us they want more opportunities to bike. “The Draft Regional Transport Plan 2015 shows that regional mode share for biking is 2.9 per cent, but Wellington City comes in highest at 4.2 per cent.” Mayor Wade-Brown says the

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There has been a 21 per cent increase in the number of Wellingtonians commuting by bicycle compared to this time a year ago, according to a Wellington City Council survey. The Wellington City Council Transport Monitoring Survey 2015 shows that cycling commuter numbers have increased by 200 per cent in the last 10 years. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, a keen cyclist herself, says the fig-

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Nanu returns from Vanuatu By Sam Duff

Route to Roseneath strengthened The main entrance and exit to Roseneath is being strengthened by Wellington City Council. According to Council local residents have complained for years about the narrow hazardous hill that is Carlton Gore Road. The road was widened in the 1920s and a number of retaining walls constructed which significantly improved the gradient, safety and access to the hill-top suburb. Almost 90 years later and Wellington City Council is once again making the route stronger and safer. The retaining walls adjacent to Oriental Parade will be strengthened to bring them up to the latest earthquake standards. This work will happen during the during the next six months and be completed in sections. Several street-side car park spaces will be out of action and later in the job there will be times when traffic management is in place and part of the hill

road is down to one lane for short periods. Councillor Andy Foster says the $1.2 million project is part of the Council’s on-going programme to help protect key routes and keep people safe. “In recent years – among other things – we’ve done major work on the Ngaio Gorge Road and Churchill Drive, strengthened the entrances to Karori tunnel and almost finished similar work on the Hataitai bus tunnel,” he says. “The Council has been working consistently over at least 20 years to make key parts of our transport network more resilient to earthquakes and slips.” To strengthen Carlton Gore Road, 42 steel rods or rock anchors, up to 10 metres long, will be used to securely anchor the support walls to the hillside. A new layer of concrete will then be sprayed over the top to make the walls stronger and reduce the risk of corrosion. The work is expected to be complete by October.

An Island Bay man, who travelled to his homeland of Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam, returned from his trip yesterday. On March 13 and 14 severe tropical 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 told Cook Strait News 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. For a week Nanu did not know if his family back in Vanuatu were dead or alive. He later travelled back to his homeland to take supplies and check-up on his extended family. Nanu says the family he visited in Mele Village really appreciated the support and prayers they have received from their New Zealand friends. Nanu travelled to Vanuatu with cash, rice, sugar, salt, noodles, biscuits, soup, first aid kits and vegetable seeds. The supplies that he took with him were distributed according to need so as to not cause problems with the many members of his family that live in the village.

The office, library and several classrooms at the local school were destroyed. Nanu says the headmaster is in discussion with donors to fix the classrooms. Following the cyclone there were two weeks of sunny weather in the village which gave locals a good opportunity to clean-up, he says. Nanu’s parent’s house needs a new roof and ceiling and they also need to rebuild their outside kitchen and the fence for the pigs. Business in the town is almost back to normal and village life should get back to normal soon, he says. For more information go to or www.

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Former foes become sister cities One hundred years after New Zealand and Turkish troops fought on the beaches of the Gallipoli Peninsula, Wellington and the Turkish city of Çanakkale are set to partner for a sister city relationship. Çanakkale is the province in Turkey where the Gallipoli Peninsula is located. The historic sister city relationship is a gesture to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One. Following earlier informal discussions, the Turkish Ambassador to New Zealand H.E. Damla Ye im Say, wrote to Mayor Celia WadeBrown proposing a sister city relationship between Wellington and Çanakkale. “With this historical sister city relationship, Wellington honours our history and our friendship with the people of Turkey,” Mayor WadeBrown says. “The Atatürk Memorial atop our rugged South Coast is a physical connection with the Gallipoli campaign, this historical sister city relationship provides a civic

connection in keeping with our similar relationships with Harrogate, England and Hania, Greece, both of which had their origins in the bonds formed during war.” During a visit to Turkey in April 2014 Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae discussed with the Governor of Çanakkale, Ahmet Çinar, the establishment of a sister city relationship between the two cities. Ambassador Say says the relationship will serve as testament to how Turkey and New Zealand have built a new friendship out of the embers of a horrible war. “All the fallen in Gallipoli are all our grandfathers, and we are proof for posterity that people who once fought as enemies can proudly stand shoulder to shoulder today in remembrance of their grandfathers’ sacrifice, and in celebration of their friendship.” Mayor Wade-Brown says she is pleased the capital can mark this important time in the two nations shared history.

New gardens take shape By Sam Duff

Fresh fr uit and vegetables will soon be sprouting from the grounds of the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre. On Saturday local residents got their hands dirty as they created

two vegetable gardens, in what is known as a permablitz. Community centre coordinator Liz Willoughby-Martin says the centre is working alongside gardening organisation Grow Aotearoa on the project. “As a community centre we’re

GREEN FINGERS: Fredd Marshall from Grow Aotearoa with Liz WilloughbyMartin from the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre. PHOTO: Sam Duff

all about connecting people,” she says. “Everybody eats so providing a space where people can get together and share is great.” Liz says as the winter months are coming the first crops to be planted will be brassicas, which includes cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. Fredd Marshall, from Grow Aotearoa, says he approached Wellington City Council about what his organisation could do in the community for Earth Day and that is how he connected with the community centre. This year Earth Day, which has the objective of one billion trees being planted throughout the world on a single day, is on April 22. Fredd says Grow Aotearoa was started by a group of Wellingtonians about six months ago to help communities and neighbourhoods boost the amount of fresh food they grow for their households. The good thing about the community garden is that it will put food in a public space, Fredd says. “Food should be free as much as possible.” Liz says she is very excited for the nearby crèche and kohanga reo, as well as other community groups, to get involved in the garden. Local resident Jed Hose will be one of the main caretakers of the garden, Liz says.

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Shocked by ‘senseless’ break-in By Sam Duff

Bibles were torn apart, communion glasses stomped on and a fire was attempted to be lit during a break-in at the Island Bay Presbyterian Church recently. Police are investigating after a parishioner discovered a mess at the church on the morning of Saturday April 11. Church administrator Helen Scobie says she was shocked by the senselessness of the break-in and believes the mess was caused at some point during the Friday night. “We’re just wondering ‘who enters a church after hours and starts tearing up bibles’?” she says. A side door to the church was found open but it is not known whether that is how the people broke-in, Helen says.

She says damage could be in the thousands, with objects being thrown onto the grass outside, including a stereo. Helen says they are unsure at this stage if anything was stolen from the church during the break-in. During the weekend of the break-in an Ethiopian church group were using the building for their Easter celebrations and had many of their sacred objects inside. “Members of the church came down to talk with them and support them,” Helen says. She says she does not suspect that the Ethiopian group or their own congregation was targeted in particular. If you have any information about the break-in at the Island Bay Presbyterian Church please contact the Police.

MESS: Police are investigating after a break-in at the Island Bay Presbyterian Church last week.

Pay and walk away The mad dash back to the car to feed the parking meter may be a thing of the past if a trial of smart parking sensor technology in Wellington is successful. From last week, Wellington commuters will be able to pay and walk away from their cars as part of the new ‘pay by space’ parking trial in Allen Street. Customers enter their parking space number at the pay machine and then can head off to work or go shopping – no need to go back to their car to place a ticket on their dashboard. The first part of the trial involved embedding sensors in parking spaces in Blair and Allen streets. The sensors have provided information on usage, turnover and occupancy.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says trialling pay by space parking technology is part of Council’s continued commitment to developing Wellington as a smart city. Chair of the Transport and Urban Development Committee, Councillor Andy Foster, says stage one of the trial confirmed that Blair and Allen streets are busy parts of town in the evenings. “Over 900 vehicles parked in one of these streets alone, averaging 60 minutes a park”, he says. If the outcome of the trial is good and funding is approved in the Long Term Plan then parking sensors will be rolled out throughout Wellington next year. The trial runs until the end of June.

Church loses full-time priest By Jeremy Wilkinson

St. Hilda’s Anglican Church of Island Bay is to be without a priest for the first time in 100 years, due to lack of funding. A five-strong “mutual ministry” team of parishioners is to share the priest’s role at the Humber Street/ Parade corner church, using communion blessed at St. Thomas’ in Newtown. Bishop of Wellington Justin Duckworth says the Church cannot sustain a full-time priest at St. Hilda’s, but he does not view the situation as a loss. He says it is an exciting move toward a new cohesive leadership. “With declining membership there is less money meaning that the issue is primarily to do with people, money is just a symptom.” Mark Henderwood, one of the new leadership team, says he is excited about the change, but it is also daunting. “It’s about holding onto the traditional values while also keeping it fresh.” Rev. Rory Pillbrown, who has been at St. Hilda’s for eight years, stepped down last month, but has mentored the new team for the past year. “I’m really sort of stepping back to let the new team go ahead with it.” He is now a temporary minister for Churton Park Anglican Church (CPAC), but will be performing a baptism at St. Hilda’s in May.

WAVING GOODBYE: Reverend Rory Pillbrown inside St. Hilda's Chapel, before his recent departure. PHOTO: Jeremy Wilkinson

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Question: What are you doing to commemorate Anzac Day?

Jonathan Moss, Stokes Valley

Mara Safe, Sydney

Sarah Bracewell, Hataitai

Helen Roberts, Karori

Dave Fraser, Miramar

“We go and march in the Stokes Valley parade.”

“I will be mindful of it all day because I don’t have a direct connection.”

“I will be talking about it with my kids. We have family that were involved in war.”

“I am going to Tinui in the Wairarapa where the first ever Anzac service was held in New Zealand.”

“I won’t be going, not because I’m unpatriotic. Anzac Day is a good thing, but I don’t like the glorification of war.”

Brandy Zhao, Lower Hutt “It’s a very special day for remembering those very important people who sacrificed their lives to protect our country.”

LETTERS to the editor Mayor must have bicycles on the brain

PEDAL READY: Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has a go on a bicycle at the opening of the Holy Cross School cycle track recently. PHOTO: Sam Duff

Dear Ed, after reading your April 6 front page, I'm beginning to think that our beloved Mayor must have pushbikes on the brain! Not content with the planned cycleway (a probable ‘white elephant’) between Island Bay and the CBD, Ms Wade-Brown seems to be brainwashing the children of three large Wellington primary schools with pushbike propaganda and equipment. Surely children have always learnt to ride pushbikes at home, and have been given talks plus films about bike-safety, trafficrules, etc. at school. I know we Taranaki kids got

those in the 1940s: one of the things we were taught was that bikes mustn't be ridden on the footpaths. I hope the kids at Holy Cross School will also be taught this; because Miramar is rife with children who seem to think they have the privileged option of riding their bikes on either roadway or footpath; and they mostly ride on the footpaths. Very likely they've never been told it's illegal, or if they have been, they flout the law in the knowledge that it's never enforced against children! H Westfold, Miramar (abridged)

Cycleways are for everybody Dear Ed, Isabella Wishart (CSN, April 6) argues that safe cycling facilities should not be provided for just a small cycling minority. Cycling is a healthy, environmentally friendly, and socially responsible way for people to travel and is avail-

able to everyone from three to 93-years-old. Unlike motoring, it is not an activity restricted by age, income, financial outlay or licencing. It is unfortunate that cycling activity is currently constrained by the reality of

conflict, and the potential for injury from motor traffic. As an experienced cyclist, Isabella may be comfortable cycling along The Parade and jostling with buses, trucks and cars but it is not an environment that encourages the less hardy to cycle.

So happy that Empire will reopen Dear Ed, I’m so happy to hear that the Empire Cinema in Island Bay (CSN, March 13) is due to open again. I’m a big fan of Art Deco buildings and am so happy that this beautiful building has been

able to be restored for the public to enjoy once again. My favourite memory of the Empire Cinema is when my children were babies I would take them for a walk in their buggy and would stop by the Cinema on

our way home to enjoy a coffee and have a read of the paper. As the children got bigger they were able to swap their bottle of milk for a fluffy or a scoop of ice-cream. Juanita Tsourgas

Looking forward to watching movies at Empire Dear Ed, I grew up in Island Bay and the Saturday afternoon ritual was to go to the pictures to watch Cowboy and Indian films. After the movie the boys would go up into the hills above Ribble Street to re-enact

the scenes, usually involving fighting with toy guns, bows and arrows and often as not rocks. Not ‘PC’ in today's society, but nevertheless great fun that did no harm, not to mention the considerable exercise involved.

I look forward to again watching movies at the Empire. Iain McLean THE TALKIES: Empire Cinema owner Pat Vinaccia says the doors at the historic Island Bay venue will be open again from May 14. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

The design for the Island Bay cycleway has been demonstrated internationally to improve the safety of cyclists along with all other road users. Safer roads are a win for everybody. Stephen Coppard, Island Bay

Happy Birthday! Dear Ed, congrats on 21 years! What happened to previous staffer Somon Vita originally from City Voice? Re: Empire Cinema - good to read Ian Hay went bankrupt. Hopefully Pat will make a success of it! Martin Beck, Mornington 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 samduff@ Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

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On the hunt for community treasures By Adele Redmond

Participants in a Mount Victoria community treasure hunt recently discovered the real riches lie at home. More than 130 people followed a ten-point trail of exhibits and activities celebrating the treasures of the suburb at local landmarks including St. Joseph’s Church, Tararua Tramping Club and New Crossways Community Centre and Crèche. Ten local businesses were involved in the fundraiser for Innermost Community Gardens, which hosted a barbeque after the hunt with home-grown produce, live music, and a wishing tree onto which locals attached paper cut-outs of their hopes for Mt. Victoria in the next five years.

Local woman Mary-Jane Rivers, who wanted more murals and conversations in the community, says those wishes will be planted with the tree at Innermost. Mary-Jane approached New Crossways Community Centre last year about holding a treasure hunt like those started in west Auckland’s Point Chevalier in 2009. Crossways had been preparing for the hunt since November and approached local groups about getting involved. Manager Emma Draper says the event encouraged organisations to open up their doors and get in touch with each other. “We have a lot of organisations in Mount Victoria that don’t always work together,” she says. “We’re helping to facilitate this

event because New Crossways has the potential to strengthen the Mount Victoria community and make stronger connections with the groups already doing some wonderful work. “It’s not a one-off event but something that builds conversations.” BATS’ theatre programme manager Cherie Jacobson says the hunt was an opportunity to welcome neighbours to their newly renovated Kent Terrace site, the sixth stop on the tour of community mainstays. “It’s such a great way to encourage Mount Vic residents, organisations and businesses to connect with each other,” Cherie says. “We think Mount Vic is one of the coolest suburbs in Wellington. We love being part of it.”

LOCAL TREASURES: Neighbours enjoy a barbeque at Innermost Community Gardens following the Mount Victoria Community Treasure Hunt recently. PHOTO: Adele Redmond

Not just sparkly bling By Sam Duff

Three former colleagues have gotten together to showcase their works in a jewellery exhibition in Lyall Bay. Barbara Blueman, Jude Perry and Belinda Hager last week opened their exhibition, Uncoiled, which is a collection of the duo’s contemporary jewellery Belinda, who now lives in England, says the exhibition was a good way of getting back together with her old friends. “We have got one of those relationships where we’re able to bounce ideas off of each other,” she says. Belinda says when she first got 54 Wellington Rd Please Change the date on the Open Home to Read involved in jewellery making 25 UNCOILED: Jeweller Barbara Blueman is one of three years ago, there were no schools artists showcasing their works in a new exhibition in for learning about it so she went Lyall Bay. PHOTO: Sam Duff out and got job in a company

which manufactured jewellery. The metals and styles of the jewellery in the exhibition are not very traditional, says Belinda, a jeweller of 25 years. Barbara says the three friends first met when they worked together in the late 1990s. The exhibition is being held in Barbara’s Lyall Bay studio which she has shared with potter, Sue Dazler, for two years. “This is the first time we have turned the studio in an exhibition space,” she says. Barbara says she first got into jewellery making because she wanted to get involved in a creative field, that was 25 years ago. “I was always interested in the arts.” Uncoiled can be viewed until May 6 at 64 Kingsford Smith Street in Lyall Bay.



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Owner of Celie’s in Berhampore Who is one person, dead or alive, you would love to have a meal with? My Mother, she passed away when I was nine so I didn’t get a lot of time with her. I would ask her where her cookbook was. She made one that had a lot of fantastic recipes! I learned a lot about food and cooking from her.

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The best thing in my life is my two kids and the fact that we are all breathing.

What would you change about the world? The world is not for me to change. The world is for everyone to make it how they want it.

What would Cook Strait News readers would be shocked to know about you? I don’t think there’s anything shocking about me. I’m a very simple person.

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Take to the stage Over 400 dancers from throughout Australasia competed in this year’s Alana Haines Australasian Awards in Wellington recently. This year is 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 A group winner of this year’s competition was Harrison Lee, 15, from The McDonald Performing Arts College in New South Wales. Coromandel resident Vida Polakov, 17, was the winner of the B group.

CHUFFED: Winner of the Cook Strait News colouring in competition, James McKay. PHOTO: Sam Duff

James pleased with Easter haul The winner of the Cook Strait News colouring in competition was chuffed with his haul of chocolate Easter eggs when he was alerted of his success last week. James McKay, 12, took the top spot in the competition, which was publicised in Cook Strait News during Easter. Judges described James’

picture as ‘cute’ and noted his exceptional use of colour. They also said that his image had ‘the x-factor’. The Miramar Christian School student says he decided to take part in the competition so he would stop distracting his older sister when she was trying to work on an NCEA project. Coming in with the second place spot in the competition was Rebecca Connolly, 12,

from Hataitai. Her pastel shades swayed judges into giving her the runner-up position. Third in the competition was Charlotte HuskinsonYoung, 12, from Melrose. Cook Strait News thanks all entrants for their fantastic efforts. All of the entries are currently on display at the Cook Strait News office which is in the Kilbirnie Plaza.

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the country at the time was a little more than one million. 41,317 New Zealanders were wounded during the war and 16,697 were killed. About 1,000 additional men died within five years of the war ending and more than 500 died while training for war, within New Zealand between 1914 and 1918. The New Zealand Defence Force says there are currently 468 of their personnel deployed on 11 operations and United Nations missions across twelve countries. In May this year 143 New Zealand military trainers will head to Iraq to assist in training the Iraqi army for their on-going fight against Isis.

The Anzac Dedication By Laurence Binyon They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. Cook Strait News stands alongside the community and these local businesses to commemorate those New Zealanders who served and sacrificed their lives in conflict for this country.

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Founder President of the Katherine Mansfield House & Garden, Oroya Day, who died last year. Exhibition director Emma Godwin says: “The house would not be here were it not for Oroya Day. And she was supported by her husband every step of the way.” “Honouring Pat’s contribution with this exhibition makes it a very special event for us.”








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An exhibition which celebrates Wellington’s cultural history opened at Thorndon’s Katherine Mansfield House and Garden recently, featuring Wellington man Melvin Day’s work. In a career that has spanned eight decades, his work has been characterised by a constant sense of change and inquiry. The exhibition It’s a Beautiful Day includes a 1950s abstract, still life images, landscapes and a portrait image – many of which are for sale. Melvin was the husband of
















100 years ago, on April 25 1915 thousands of young New Zealand men, alongside their Australian, British, Irish, French, Indian, and Newfoundland comrades, landed on the beaches of the Gallipoli Peninsula. What was to come was eight long months of fighting against Ottoman forces, which were on the side of the Central Powers during World War One. The journey to Gallipoli for New Zealand troops began when New Zealand declared war on Germany, following the United Kingdom, in August 1914. The New Zealand Expeditionary Force, made up of 8454 Kiwi men, set off from Wellington in October of that year and soon linked up with their Australian counterparts. The NZEF expected to join British forces fighting on the Western Front but the plan changed when the Ottomans entered the war in November 1914.

The Ottomans posed a direct threat to the security of the strategically important Suez Canal so the NZEF were sent to Egypt to bolster the British effort. It was in April 1915 that the NZEF’s stay in Egypt came to an end when troops began to prepare to invade the Gallipoli Peninsula, which guarded the Dardanelles Strait. The plan was for the allies to break through the straits and invade the Ottoman capital of Constantinople, modern day Istanbul. After a long and deadly fight, in November 1915 the British decided to cut their losses and evacuate from Gallipoli. The campaign was a costly failure. 87,000 Ottoman and 44,000 Allied soldiers, including 2779 New Zealand troops, were killed. That is why each and every year we take the day off from work to commemorate Anzac day on April 25.

Stacker returns from Montreal Do you know a 3-3-3 stack from a 3-6-3 stack, or how about a cycle stack? Wellington College student Nathan Carter certainly does after returned to New Zealand from the World Stacking Championships on Friday. The sport of stacking involves stacking specially made plastic cups in a specific order in as quick a time as possible. It can be a team or an individual sport. Last year Nathan was named in the Black Stacks New Zealand team meaning he was invited to go to Montreal for the championships, held on April 11 and 12. The NZ Black Stacks returned to New Zealand with three trophies and 36 medals which is a new record for the national sport stacking team. At the event Nathan was part of the Boys in Black stacking team which picked up fourth place in the head to head cycle relay. Speaking to Cook Strait News last year Nathan said that he enjoyed the speed of the sport. “It’s really fun,” he said. “You get into the zone. The great thing is it can be a good party trick.” Nathan has been taking part in the sport since 2010 and fundraised for the trip by busking in the streets with his stacking skills. Nathan, who practices for about 30 minutes a day, has previously uploaded videos to YouTube of his personal stacking records. PREMIUM STACKER: Wellington College student Nathan Carter recently travelled to Montreal to take part in the World Stacking Championship. PHOTO: Sam Duff

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‘PRETTY COOL’: Pulse captain Katrina Grant with ANZ Future Captains Jojo Temple, 13, and Adelene Imlach, 12, with Mystics captain Maria Tutaia. PHOTO: Photosport.

Netball fans fly high All eyes were on a young Kilbirnie netballer last week as she stood side by side with Pulse captain Katrina Grant and Mystics captain Maria Tutaia in front thousands of fans at the TSB Bank Arena. Wellington East Girls’ College student Adelene Imlach, 12, along with Wairarapa netballer Jojo Temple, 13, won the opportunity to meet the captains and high five each player as they ran on court through the ANZ Future Captains competition. Adelene says getting to meet the players in person was a highlight. “It was pretty cool meeting the

captains. Maria Tutaia was really nice. I liked getting to high five the players, too, and getting to see them so up close.” Adelene plays goal attack, goal shoot and wing attack, for her school and says she learnt from watching the pros at work. “My mum and I have season passes so I usually pick up stuff watching the Pulse play live,” she says. “I mostly look at what the goal attack and goal shoot do, the way they move and their attacking, and I try to use some of those moves when I play.” Susan McGregor from ANZ says

Bowling their way to victory Alan Brooks and Brent Stubbins. Instead of sitting on the couch and munching on chocolate this Easter a pair of Lyall Bay Bowling Club members won the Bowls Wellington 2015 Men’s Easter Pairs Tournament. Brent Stubbins and Alan Brooks hit the green for four days during Easter weekend. More than 60 teams entered the tournament, with each playing two days of qualifying games, followed by sudden-death post-section play at the Johnsonville Bowling Club. With a large number of supporters from Lyall Bay watching on, Brent and Alan defeated Mark O'Brien and Aaron Love, from the Island Bay club, 15 to 13 in the quarter finals. In the semi-final the pair went up against Graeme Corlett and Sar Alefosio, from Naenae. Brent says he and Alan found themselves 12-2 behind after eight played ends before making a magnificent comeback to win the last six ends, making the final score 13-12. This took them in to the final against Robbie Bird and Shane Bat-


Lifesavers selected Two members of the Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club have been selected for the New Zealand Open Squad. Samantha Lee and Emma Robinson have both been selected for the high performance squad. 26 athletes from throughout New Zealand were selected for the squad following the Aquapick New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships 2015 in Gisborne recently. Samantha and Emma will be coached by Jason Pocock.

tock from the Wainuiomata Bowling Club. Brent says Robbie and Shane fully deserved their place in the final, having beaten several top teams. “The final proved a fitting climax to the tournament,” Brent says. Both sides played great draw bowls and executed fine shot play with each team trying to dominate the game, he says. With the scores neck and neck, the Wainuiomata side drove their holding shot out, dropping two shots to trail 12-8. Alan and Brent controlled the remaining four ends, winning quite comfortably 20-8. Brent says it was a magic result, especially for Alan, who claimed his second Bowls Wellington Centre title, after a 21 year wait. The win was celebrated by a crowd of Lyall Bay supporters who last saw a centre victory in 2006.  For more information about the Lyall Bay Bowling Club contact club president Dave Dornan on 021 118 627.

many young netballers dream to compete in the elite trans-Tasman tournament and being a Future Captain gives them a taste of what it’s like. “We’re giving 62 children from across the country the chance to be a Future Captain at each of the ANZ Championship matches this season,” Susan says. “It’s a once in a lifetime experience to stand out on court with the pros and hopefully it inspires a few players to keep training hard, it could definitely be one of them one day soon.” The match saw the Mystics beat the Pulse by 47 goals to 45.

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EASTER CHAMPIONS: Winners of the Bowls Wellington 2015 Men’s Easter Pairs Tournament,

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