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By Sam Duff

Students and staff from Rongotai College have paid tribute to those who sacrificed their lives during World War One. Last week the students from deputy principal Blair Simpson’s year nine social studies class erected 30 white crosses on the front lawn of the college. The crosses pay tribute to 30 men from throughout the Wellington region who died during the conflict. Continued on page 1 CENTENARY: Thomas Witham, 13, and Oli Taylor, 12, have been learning about the impact of World War One on their country, suburbs and even school. PHOTO: Sam Duff

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The story of Doug Dibley, the longest surviving Gallipoli veteran who grew up in Island Bay, will be part of a display put together by a local historical society and four primary school. Southern Bays Historical Society has joined forces with Island Bay, Owhiro Bay, St Francis de Sales and Houghton Bay Schools, to present a display marking the centenary of the Gallipoli landings and local involvement in World War One. The display will have storyboards about local people with a connection to WWI,

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including one on Doug Dibley. Other locals on the storyboards include conscientious objector Ernest Kilby and Sunday school teacher Mairatea Pitt-Porutu who married Pirimi Tahiwi, a veteran of both world wars. Suzanne Aubert from the Home of Compassion is also featured. At the age of 80 she nursed the war wounded in Italy. Southern Bays Historical Society president Colin Feslier says the display is all about connecting the past with the present. “Hundreds of men with strong southern bays connections served in World War

One and their experiences continued to affect local families and communities for decades,” Colin says. “The display illustrates this with the children’s contributions, and historic photos, books and documents. “It will put in context local places and objects such as the Memorial Band Rotunda, the Arras Tunnel, the Ataturk Memorial, and the Island Bay memorial school bell, and boards of honour.”  The display can be seen at the Island Bay Community Centre for free from Tuesday April 28 till Thursday April 30, 12.30pm till 3pm, and on Saturday May 2, 12pm till 7pm.

Rongotai honours the fallen Continued from page 2 More than 1.5 per cent of the New Zealand population, at the time, died in WWI. Blair says the crosses were given to Rongotai College by the Ministry of Education and the Fields of Remembrance Trust for their WWI centenary commemorations. A former army officer himself, Blair says he was deployed to Sinai. “This has been a good way of taking some of my own stories and teaching the boys about war.” Year nine student Thomas Witham, 13, says it is important to remember the First World War as it made such an impact on New Zealand. Fellow pupil Oli Taylor, 12, says the class has learnt about how New Zealand got into the war and what the troops were responsible for. All year nine students at the school have been learning about WWI, according to principal Kevin Carter. “WWI, particularly Gallipoli, was a big part of our countries emergence into the world,” Kevin says. “The loss of life was staggering.

FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE: Year nine students from Rongotai College have a moment of silence to honour those lost in World War One.

The impact it had on such a small country was hugely significant.” He says Rongotai College played a part in opening the WW100 commemorations when they performed at the centenary launch ceremony.

No former Rongotai College students were killed in WWI as the school did not open till 1928, Kevin says. However, during the Second World War, 90 old boys were killed in the conflict. Kevin says that during World

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Increase in natural burials By Sam Duff

In a Newtown funeral home a casket awaits the death of a Miramar man who has prepaid for his own natural burial. Hector Westfold says he organised his own natural burial about five years ago after reading about them in several newspaper articles. “They seemed like a nice environmentally friendly idea,” says the 79-year-old, who will eventually be buried at Makara Cemetery. Hector is just one of an increasing number of people opting for the out of the ordinary burial method, according to Mark Blackham from the not for profit organisation Natural Burials. A natural burial helps the remains of the deceased decompose the way the earth intended, Mark says. This includes the wood of the casket not being treated, the body not being embalmed, no metal on the coffin and the burial being no more than one metre below ground level. Following the burial a tree is planted above the casket so that a forest will develop over time. Mark says that Makara Cemetery is currently the only public cemetery in Wellington where natural burials can take place. Natural burials have been tak-

PREPAID: Hector Westfold, 79, says he made plans for his eventual natural burial about five years ago. PHOTO: Sam Duff

inbriefnews Gully work begins After years of discussion and debate work is about to begin on Wellington’s Transmission Gully. Enabling work begins this month on the four-lane 27 kilometre state highway, which connects Linden to Mackay’s Crossing. Transmission Gully, which is estimated to cost $850 million, is the first time New Zealand has used a public private partnership model for a state highway project.

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ing place in a two hectare section of the cemetery since 2008 and in that time 130 people have been buried naturally, he says. At Makara Cemetery there is still room for between 1000 and 2000 natural burials, Mark says. “That should keep us going for a while.” He says that 10 per cent of all burials in Wellington last year were natural burials. “They are picking up quite

rapidly,” Mark says. “However, it’s not everybody’s cup of tea.” Hector says approximately five years after his death his bones will have decomposed. No tomb stone will bear his name as these, or other monuments, are not allowed for natural burials. Asked if he is worried about being forgotten, Hector says he is not. The tree that will be planted above his body is called a

Mahoe. Hector says there is nothing sensational about this type of tree; however he was born in a place called Mahoe in Taranaki. To find out more about natural burials go to

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inbriefnews Pokies policy The local bylaw which regulates non-casino gaming machines, otherwise known as pokie machines, is up for review. Wellington City Council is calling for written submissions on the policy which manages the risk of gambling harm and a framework for how gambling is managed in the city. Changes to the current policy include lowering the maximum limit so that no more than two additional venues can be established in any zone and allowing venues to relocate and take their existing entitlement of machines.

New Seatoun Principal By Esther Zweifel

The beginning of term two at Seatoun School saw three new entrants - and a new principal. John Western is enthusiastic about joining Seatoun School following almost four years as principal of Scots College

Preparatory School. “It needed a very special job for me to consider leaving Scots, and Seatoun is that special school,” he says. John says he enjoyed his time at Scots, but he considers the chance to lead Seatoun School too good an opportunity to

miss. “I had my eye on this school, thinking this could be a great place to come and work. It’s a career opportunity that I didn’t think would come up as quickly.” John is experienced in leading a full, co-educational primary

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Twist and turn From giraffes who cannot dance, to rhinos that rock and roll and lions who tango - tiny dancers will explore the world of dance at Capital E from next month. Java Dance, for children between three and five years of age, will be held at Capital E in a series of workshops from May 5 till June 30. Java Dance was founded in 2003 by artistic director Sacha Copland with graduates of the New Zealand School of Dance.  For more information phone Capital E on 913 3740.

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NEWBIES: New principal John Western and new entrants Alec Barker, Billie Nightingale, and George Matthews (all five) started at Seatoun School on the same day. PHOTO: Esther Zweifel

school such as Seatoun having been principal of Queenstown Primary and Maungaraki Schools. John replaces Pete Pointon, who led the school for 14 years during which time it relocated to the former Fort Dorset army base in 2002. Pete says he will miss most “the people…and a community that is strongly involved in the school, it is pretty powerful” Seatoun Board of Trustees chair Sarah Bacon says the School was very fortunate to have had a principal as skilled, innovative and dedicated as Pete Pointon. “The Board of Trustees is very pleased to have appointed a leader of John Western’s calibre as Pete’s replacement,” Sarah says. “John is a well-respected principal who is passionate about education. The community is excited to meet him.” John is ready to take his place in the community-oriented school. “I think the community feels a great deal of pride in the school. It’s a lovely community.”

Television on the streets Images of television moments of the past 18 months will be making a fleeting appearance on Wellington’s city streets from Newtown to the CBD. Free Association is a photographic poster project by artist Richard Shepherd who says he wants to invite the public to look again at the visions shaping our sense of the world. During the past 18 months Richard has photographed television events and imagery – as they were broadcast on his TV set at home – to create a huge digital archive. One Hundred of these images will be turned into posters

and pasted throughout the city laneways and streets on poster hoardings. “Television images are consumed in private but shape our sense of the outside world,” Richard says. “By reproducing these images as artworks in public spaces I want to short-circuit our conventional modes of operating in the media and urban landscape.” The project is a form of documentary and seeks to consider the way people memorialise and mediate historical events, Richard says. “The photographic image has had a crucial role to play in the

personal and collective memories of cultures around the world. I am committed to contributing to this story.” Richard says he has employed a company to install the posters for the week-long public art project. “Part of what I'm trying to think about is how to organise a large ensemble of differences, of different images and fragments of images, without relying on a dominating central principle,” he says. “Leaving the final arrangement to a certain amount of chance means the work takes on a shape not determined solely by my

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MONEY MEN: Kilbirnie business owner Geoff Kiddle with BID project coordinator Roger Tweedy. PHOTO: Sam Duff

Down to business in Kilbirnie By Sam Duff

Commercial property owners in Kilbirnie will be making a financial contribution to give the suburb a boost if the local business network has its way. Roger Tweedy has recently been employed to gage interest in whether a Business Improvement District should be introduced in the suburb. A BID involves money being collected, along with rates by Wellington City Council, from commercial property owners and given to the Kilbirnie Business Network. The money would then be used on

things such as the Kilbirnie Festival and the marketing of the area. Roger says many people visit Kilbirnie to shop at one business and he would like them to stay for a while. Jackson Street in Petone is a good example of a business area which has successfully introduced a BID, says Roger, who has recently finished working on the Khandallah BID. Roger says a steering group has been formed to discuss the proposal, and in late June a series of business workshops will be held. He is also in the process of consulting all commercial property owners. Roger says it is important

to remember a BID would be run by locals, not by Council. So far there has been mixed feelings for the idea, he says. In September or October there will a vote of Kilbirnie business owners to see if a BID should be introduced in the suburb. Roger says if any commercial building owners have not been contacted about the BID then they should email  Should Kilbirnie commercial property owners pay for a business improvement district? Email and let us know what you think.

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Building owners to pay for verandahs Building owners would be required to repair and maintain verandahs which cover public spaces, if a Wellington City Council bylaw is passed. The Council’s Transport and Urban Development Committee last week agreed to a draft verandahs bylaw. Committee chair, Andy Foster, says verandahs provide an essential function for the city. “This bylaw gives us the ability, if necessary, to enforce their upkeep to keep the public safe, contribute to the city’s resilience, protect people from the weather and make the city an attractive place to live and to do business,” he says. Council building resilience manager, Stephen Cody, says the bylaw would address a current regulatory gap. “Being able to address poorly maintained verandahs mitigates the risk they pose to public safety,” he says. Earlier this year Wellington City Council undertook a survey of the cities approximately 900 verandahs and identified that 225 needed some form of repair. Of those, the survey found that 45 needed immediate action to be restored to a reasonable and safe standard. Councillor Iona Pannett says verandahs are an important part of Wellington’s character and of the heritage buildings they are part of. “It’s about being proactive,” Cr Pannett says. “For the verandah owner, regular maintenance is cheaper in the long run and Wellington benefits; it’s win-win.” If the bylaw is passed building owners of defective verandahs would receive a letter asking them to repair them to a reasonable standard before the bylaw is invoked.  Public consultation on the bylaw will begin on May 8 and end on June 10.

PANDEMONIUM: Kathleen Burns, Gavin Rutherford and Simon Leary will take to the stage in A Servant to Two Masters. PHOTO: Sam Duff

Gavin prepares to take to the stage By Sam Duff

A Hataitai man says he was working in the office of a radio station when he made the decision to become a fulltime actor – that was 15 years ago and Gavin Rutherford has not run out of acting work ever since. “I feel very lucky,” says Gavin, who first took to the stage at high school. Throughout the month of May, Gavin will be starring in Circa Theatre’s latest showing, A Servant to Two Masters. This latest adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s 400 year old classic has been written by Lee Hall and will be

directed by Ross Jolly. Gavin says it is a privilege to work at Circa alongside the cast and crew that are putting the show together. Asked what it is like when he first steps on to the stage in a show he says there is a big bright light and it is very warm. “You quickly get into the world of the play,” he says. “There is a lot of energy, which you feel. “You are very much listening to the audience.” He says this version of A Servant to Two Masters is slightly Monty Pythonesque, including a woman dressed as

a man. “It is very silly,” he says. “It’s great, there are so many laughs had on set.” Gavin says he loves acting because he enjoys telling stories. “I have never really seen myself not doing this.” Since he began acting 15 years ago Gavin says he has worked on everything from Shortland Street and Suzuki ads to radio voiceovers and Ministry of Education learning resources.  A Servant to Two Masters is on at Circa Theatre between May 2 and 30. For more information go to www.

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Pathway opened in Gill’s honour By Amber-Leigh Woolf

A new walk and cycleway opened in Rongotai connects the community to the memory of past Eastern Ward city councillor Leonie Gill. The pathway runs from Tirangi Road near Leonie’s old home, through Lyall Bay to Queen’s drive in Kilbirnie. The pathway cost $600,000 and includes signs, gardens, seating and a wide tar-sealed path. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the walkway is “a great tribute for a woman who cared for the whole community, but most of all Rongotai.” Prior president of the progressive association, Betty Weeber says the walkway will double as a garden. “There’s not much green space in Lyall Bay.” Betty had the original idea for the walkway. “I could see it take people off the main road and away from the traffic.” Brenda Green, resident of Rita Angus Retirement village is one of many who will use the walkway. “I hope to see more cyclists here and more trees planted, it will be marvellous.” Eastern ward councillor Sarah Free initiated the walkway on the 2014 annual plan and describes the walkway as a tranquil space. “This will be a great resource for the community in many ways, for kids, pedestrians and cyclists,” she says. The official opening included speeches by Cr Gill’s granddaughters

A LEGACY: Leonie Gill’s husband Carl Gill and Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade-Brown open a pathway in memory of the late Eastern Ward councillor last week. PHOTO: Amber-Leigh Woolf

Kyra Haami, 13, and Courtney Noema-Simmons, 24. Kyra described Cr Gill’s love of Rongotai and Lyall Bay. “She would make us take a thousand pictures in the area, making sure the lighting was perfect.” Labour MP for Rongotai Annette

King says Cr Gill was passionate about the airport and Lyall Bay. “She went to Lyall Bay primary school and Wellington East Girls’. She’s been connected to here for most of her life. “There’s seldom been a councillor like Leonie Gill.”


Tech hub one step closer A hub for Wellington’s innovators of the tech world is one step closer after the Council’s Economic Growth and Arts Committee signed off on the business case for the idea last week. The tech hub, which would be a forerunner to a tech precinct, is one of the Council’s key projects in its economic growth agenda. At the end of 2014, Wellington City Council sought expressions of interest from businesses for running the tech hub. After a selection process Wellington company BizDojo was chosen to operate the tech hub. BizDojo has been developing and operating collaboration spaces in New Zealand since 2009 and operates Auckland’s innovation precinct, GridAKL. “This is an exciting partnership with BizDojo for the Smart Capital,” Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says. “It will reinforce Wellington’s position as a globally significant centre of high-tech innovation. “The tech hub will serve to connect hi-tech rapidgrowth ventures, investors, social enterprises, international visitors, tertiary institutions, government and for established businesses working on new ideas. Mayor Wade-Brown says the tech hub will be a go-to place for these firms. Chair of the Economic Growth and Arts Committee, Councillor Jo Coughlan, says the tech precinct is a key initiative supporting the Council’s economic development strategy. “The tech hub will bring together the wider tech community and encourage more collaboration, knowledge transfer and idea generation, leading to greater levels of innovation and GDP growth in Wellington,” she says. If approved by a funding panel, the tech hub would be funded from the Wellington Economic Initiatives Development fund. That fund will be decided upon in the Council’s 10Year Plan deliberations. If approved the tech hub would be open at 113 Tory Street from July 1.  Does Wellington need a tech hub? Email news@ and let us know what you think.

A touching salute By Maxence Jaillet

Beauchamp, Danger, Pulu are some of the last names of New Zealand soldiers honoured by Houghton Valley School pupils during their Anzac commemoration ceremony last week. With the support from the Fields of Remembrance Trust and the Ministry of Education, the school laid a field of remembrance on its grounds. In order to put their learning into real-life context, the school gave a poignant salute to men and women who fought for Australia and New Zealand. Teacher Monica Mercury, who emceed the service, says “it is important for the kids to do something that is real, something more than talking about it in the classroom.”

During the service, the Pohutukawa class recited “In Flanders Fields” after the meaning of the poppy was explained to the audience. Then, the cross of the Unknown Soldier was placed and two representatives from each class laid a poppy and a silver fern on the field. The service ended with a recording of The Last Post, a minute of silence and the Ode, read by three students. As the 30 crosses are to remain on the field for only the next two weeks, the school decided to establish a commemorative garden garnished with Poppy, Rosemary and Cornflower. The year three to six students from Houghton Valley School also headed to the city to watch the Anzac Parade on Friday.


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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Prime Minister John Key is in hot water after pulling an Auckland waitresses ponytail.

Q: Have you ever pulled someone’s ponytail? Why? Why not?

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“Maybe when I was a child. I probably pulled my little sister’s ponytail a couple of times.”

“I suppose I did pull a kid’s somewhere along the line.”

“No, I never did.”

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Selena Mills, Newtown “I probably pulled my sister’s ponytail in my childhood.”

LETTERS to the editor

CYCLISTS BEWARE: This reader warns cyclists to be careful on the newly opened Leonie Gill Pathway in Kilbirnie. PHOTO: Sam Duff

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Dear Ed, I had a few misgivings when I read your article on commuter cycling (CSN, April 20). I hoped the Leonie Gill Pathway hasn't been portrayed here as a hard-out cycling track for cyclists of the fanatical variety. Last week I had a little stroll up at the Cockburn Street end of the pathway and thought what a delightful spot it would be for family walks in the company of young learner cyclists late in the day and at weekends etc. Parents need to be aware that this cycleway bisects

Dear Ed, in your circulation area, there's no better place than our Miramar supermarket to see what I've called ‘the Arsepaper War’. Nowadays, we need never pay the list price for toilet paper: there is always a good special price for at least one brand. We've come a long way from the 1980s, when there was a virtual monopoly of manufacture/availability, held by Caxton Printing's Mr Spencer. For years on end, he headed our Kiwi rich-list. His two famous brands are still on the market, but with keen competition by three or four other makers: they seem to watch one another like hawks for ideas to emulate in fierce rivalry. One early gimmick was an option

Onepu Road. Statements like - “Mum, I’m just going for a bike ride along the Leonie Gill Pathway” should come with a parental alarm bell! “Remember Onepu Road!” The Cockburn Street end of the pathway is interesting, with gates in the back fences of some Endeavour Street properties opening out onto the reserve, (formerly known as the ‘Kilbirnie Drainage Reserve’) and little patches of gardens, even some pumpkin vines. Huge potential…

of rolls of double length; but as these were too bulky for most brackets, they've mostly been superseded by rolls of 1.5 times the normal length, as an option. The various makers all use the words, ‘Change the roll less often’. While I gladly buy that option, I've seen no price advantage of any significance over the packs of normalsized rolls. The makers' costs must be slightly reduced by needing fewer of the cardboard cores and plastic outers; but in any case, we deserve the old ‘large economy size’ price concession that has long applied to countless other supermarket products. H Westfold, Miramar (abridged)

Better off pulling a ponytail Dear Ed, surely, it would be more cost effective and helpful if Mr Coleman published a list of the doctors who do not provide free healthcare for children under 13. Or he could provide his ministerial car to take parents with

a sick child from surgery to surgery in search of care they cannot afford, to use the bus, the fare is just an additional cost. When I contacted my DHB as he suggested there were a lot of ‘we don’t know, ring the Health department’ responses

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Dear Ed, Celia Wade-Brown quoted in CSN (March 30) “If a tree is not growing then it must be dying” in her embarrassing defence of the outrageous proposed rates increases over the next 10 years. What a simply ridiculous statement when Council doesn’t seem to be able to keep on top of rudimentary maintenance and repairs! I have read that the Mayor wants Wellington to compete with cities such as Sydney and Singapore. That is embarrassing in my opinion. You simply cannot compete with the scale of these cities and why would you want

to? Wellington is a “unique and boutique” city that is why she is loved and treasured by so many! Instead of dreaming up ambitious “pie in the sky think big projects” and ways to spend rate-payers money why does Council not get onto repairing our existing treasures such as the Town Hall earthquake re-strengthening project, The Island Bay Seawall – the list goes on! WCC needs to get back to the core focus of running the city and maintaining the cities assets. Steven Cooper, Island Bay

before I was finally assured that “We think all the Doctors in the CCDHB provide the free service.” I think the parents of a sick child are better off pulling a ponytail to get attention. Paul Franken, Strathmore Park

Thanks, from a motoring fan Dear Ed, I just wanted to say thanks for the motoring calendar in a recent issue (CSN, March 13). Great idea. Sue Diggle Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words.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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Consciously consume till you drop By Jonathon Edwards

One green Newtowner is spreading the message of ethical consumption to Wellingtonians. For Earth Day last week, Sustainability Trust speaker and community centre coordinator Renee Rushton led a workshop on conscious consuming at the Newtown Community Centre. Renee says it is important people know where the things they buy come from. “I want to let people know the impact that the making of these products has on the environment and what happens to wasted goods,” she says. “In the landfill, for example, most waste just stays there.” Participants were welcomed with a curry before an interactive presentation on the impact food and other products we buy has on people and the planet. Renee says there are simple things everyone can do to be a conscious consumer. “You can use a reusable takea-

way coffee cup like a Keep Cup or use vinegar as a low impact cleaning product around the house.” Renee says consumers should be aware of the working conditions products are made under.

...“I want to let people know the impact that the making of these products has on the environment and what happens to wasted goods” “Labels like Fair Trade are great. Look for clothes that are made in New Zealand because they will usually be okay in terms of labour rights. “It is great to have a day like Earth Day where everyone thinks about these issues, but we need to think about them more

often to make a real difference,” she says. Workshop attendee Rory Lenihan-Ikin from Berhampore says he likes to think of himself as environmentally conscious but wants to increase his knowledge on the subject. “I think as consumers we have real power to support c ompa n ie s t h at make a positive impact on the planet,” he says. Renee says it can be expensive to buy ethical products but the price will drop with increased demand. CONSCIOUS CONSUMER: Sustainability Trust speaker Renee Rushton says simple things like using a keep cup can cut down waste. PHOTO: Jonathon Edwards

IN PROGRESS: Steve Vaney with one of the pieces of furniture he intends to restore. PHOTO: Sam Duff

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In a small Newtown shop, with no sign on the door, a father and son duo are trying to bring the glory days back to old pieces of furniture. Stevie Cozens, alongside his father Steve Vaney, has set up Three Chairs furniture restoration on Riddiford Street. The older of the two Steves says he had a business restoring furniture in Levin when the younger of the two Steves was just a small child. When they moved to Wellington not too long ago and still had a few pieces of furniture hanging around, Stevie suggested to his father that they do a bit of furniture

restoration. At first they traded online but in July last year Stevie opened the shop and asked his father to lend him a hand. “We were trading online but then we decided with such expensive pieces that people wanted to see them first,” Steve says. “Stevie views a lot of the pieces online and then we meet and decide what we want to buy. “We have to be aware of the final retail price that we can get for something. It might cost $40 or $50 but I then might spend four hours working on it. “So once you include the labour cost it becomes quite expensive.”

While Steve says they do some client restoration of furniture, their main focus is on what is being sold on the shop floor. Steve, who has been restoring furniture since 1984, says he finds the work interesting and rewarding. Once he finishes working on a piece he says he stops and looks at his work to enjoy it and critique it. “You always want to do better, but you learn as you go.” Steve says he often talks the pants off people about old furniture and how it is better than the newer stuff.  Three Chairs is at 6-8 Riddiford Street in Newtown.

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MINUTES WITH: Reverend Nathan Parry Island Bay Presbyterian Church

Who is one person, dead or alive, you would love to have a meal with? Two people, sorry. Spiderman, to settle a dispute with my son about whether he eats potatoes and Bishop Desmond Tutu ‘cos he seems a funny, interesting and challenging guy.

Who is your best friend and why? My wife. We’ve journeyed together and navigated a lot of different experiences, good and bad, for more than nine years now.

What meal do you never get sick of eating? Spaghetti Bolognese.

What would your super power be and why?

If you could be somebody for a day who would it be? My nearly two-yearold daughter. When she isn’t having tantrums, life just seems so full of wonder and excitement to her.

What would you change about the world? A lot. My understanding for lasting change though, is that we need to re-educate the fundamental desires of our hearts. Learn to desire after things that are a bit more restrained, spiritually informed, and rooted in grace.

Instant nit removal. I’d have queues of parents at my door.

What would Cook Strait News readers be shocked to know about you? Every now and then I find myself wondering if I really do like craft beer after all…

What is the best thing in your life right now? I love living in Island Bay, and raising my kids as part of our diverse and generous church family.

‘Ground-breaking’ Gallipoli exhibit opens Te Papa and Weta Workshop have teamed-up to open an exhibit at the national museum which marks a centenary of the First World War. Te Papa chief executive Rick Ellis says the exhibition, Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War, combines the world of museums with the world-class creative artistry that Weta Workshop is renowned for. “This is an exhibition that every New Zealander should see,” he says. Thanks to a $3.6 million contribution from the Lottery Grants Board entry to the exhibition is free for its four year run. PERFORMER: Magdalena Darby performing at the Tapu te Ranga Gallery in Island Bay. PHOTO: Jeremy Wilkinson

Paying it forward By Jeremy Wilkinson

Island Bay’s Tapu te Ranga Gallery was packed out recently for a charity concert held to raise money for Scottish charity, 500 Miles. The concert was held over two nights on April 10 and 11, it raised more than $1000. Gallery curator Ian Logan and singer Magdalena Darby performed a repertoire of ‘American torch ballads and French chanson’ to an audience of 20 people. 500 Miles is a Scottish charity, which helps provide prosthetics for people in Malawi and Zambia.

The Charity is run by Olivia Giles, a quadruple amputee from Edinburgh, Scotland. Olivia lost her limbs to a rare form of blood poisoning meningitis in 2002; she then went on to establish 500 Miles, for people to whom losing a limb could mean death. Ian says he heard of Olivia’s plight from her mother-in-law, Elizabeth Gareth, when he attended an artist’s retreat which Gareth runs in Southern Aberdeen. Elizabeth told Ian not to pay her back for the hospitality, but simply to pay the gesture forward.

Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War, which was top secret until it opened, was revealed to audiences on April 17. The exhibition sees the stories of eight New Zealanders, seven soldiers and a nurse, brought to life on a monumental scale. Each figure is 2.4 times their human scale and is frozen in a moment in time. Exhibition Creative Director and founder of Weta Workshop Richard Taylor says he and his team were determined to create something unique to commemorate Gallipoli. “In collaboration with a large number of amazing Wellington

companies we have worked together with the team at Te Papa, to commemorate the people involved in this war in a way that will hopefully create a heighted awareness and leave a lasting and impactful memory of this most important of events in New Zealand’s history,” he says. Weta Workshop spent more than 24,000 hours creating all eight figures, along with the associated exhibition elements of their lives and stories.  To find out more about Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War go to www.gallipoli.tepapa.

ON SHOW: Weta Workshop's Alistair McDougal applies the finishing touches to the larger than life figure of Rikihana Carkeek. PHOTO: Norm Heke

Monday April 27, 2015


Wellingtonians scoop up book awards Five 2015 Sir Julius Vogel Awards were presented to Wellingtonians at this year’s National Science Fiction and Fantasy convention held in Rotorua recently. Paul Mannering, author of Engines of Empathy, collected the best novel award for his sci-fi comedy of one woman’s adventures in a world where machines are powered by emotional energy. Paul says the calibre of finalists was exceptional this year. “To win the award is a wonderful excuse to hope that a New Year’s Honours List nomination may one day be a possibility!” Publisher, Marie Hodgkinson says Engines of Empathy was a blast to bring to print.

“Seeing it voted best novel in 2015 by local readers shows a New Zealand vote of confidence for comedic, quirky science fiction,” she says. “I'm thrilled for Paul, and happy to announce that Pisces of Fate, the sequel will be published later this year. Sir Julius Vogel was a prime minister of New Zealand who wrote a speculative fiction novel in 1889, Anno Domini 2000—A Woman’s Destiny. The Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand since 2002. Lost in the Museum, by Phoenix Writers, including iconic sci-fi

writer Phillip Mann, received the best collected work and best professional artwork prize. Sub-editor Eileen Mueller accepted the awards on behalf of the group. Graphic designer, Geoff Popham, was thrilled to win for his cover design. “It was exciting to design the cover,” he says. “To have some recognition for my work is an awesome, added bonus.” Lee Murray was awarded best short story for Inside Ferndale, a chilling psychological thriller set in a juvenile detention centre. Celine Murray, 20, won best novella, with her story, Peach and Araxi.

WRITERS: Front left, Celine Murray, Lee Murray, Eileen Mueller, back left, Paul Mannering, Alicia Ponder and Geoff Popham. PHOTO: Ganesh Cherian

Playgrounds saved from closure By Esther Zweifel

CREW: Mason Macarthy, Richard Hoffman and Jemma Beck have combined their skills to open Spirit House in Miramar. PHOTO: Sam Duff

Asian flavours come to Miramar By Sam Duff

Flavours from throughout Asia have come together and found a home at a new Miramar restaurant. Spirit House, run by Mason Macarthy, Jemma Beck and Richard Hoffman, opened on Park Road recently. Mason says Spirit House has a range of Asian cuisines on the menu, including Vietnamese, Korean, Cambodian and Chinese. “Everybody has a lot of choice when they come here,” he says. The new Miramar venture is not the first Spirit House to be seen in New Zealand. Mason’s father Murray Macarthy owns a company by the name of Rough Diamond, which includes a number of restaurants, including a Spirit House

in Dunedin. Manager of Spirit House, Richard, says the trio along with the staff that have been employed are building the new restaurant from the ground up, metaphorically speaking. “We’re trying to make it as great as we can as we go along,” says Richard, who is from the United States. Prior to opening Spirit House, Mason and Jemma, who had been working and studying in Dunedin, spent eight months in Hong Kong. During their time in Hong Kong, Mason says he had the opportunity to be part of the opening of Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, which serves a casual European style of food. Richard says he lived in Los

Vegas with his wife until two months ago. They first came to New Zealand eight years ago and fell in love with the place, so they moved to Los Vegas and saved as much money as they could before coming to Wellington permanently. “We are loving it here so far,” Richard says. He was signing up for a card at Miramar Library when he saw a job notice on the Spirit House window. Mason says people in Miramar have been patiently waiting to try out the new restaurant as Spirit House got ready to open its doors. “Everyone has been talking about it so it’s really exciting,” he says. “The main thing is that we have a great team, that’s why this place will be good.”

Seatoun Park playground has been saved from closure, much to the delight of Susan Stanford, who led the campaign to retain the popular park. “It’s fantastic news that the councillors voted to keep the playground,” she says. The Wellington City Council environment committee last week took on board submissions to keep the playground when it considered recommendations for the future of a number of playgrounds across Wellington. The committee amended the plan to retain the playground and it will now be scheduled for renewal to a “local basic” standard, subject to other priorities across the city. The council had planned to decommission the playground, based on policy highlighting an overprovision of play space in the Seatoun area. Instead, nearby Churchill Park playground was to be revamped. The Churchill Park playground refurbishment will proceed. Its budget will not be split to cover Seatoun Park’s renewal. The amendment was made following public consultation. The management plan noted “major concerns” were expressed regarding the removal of the Seatoun Park playground and Jeypore Street Play Area in Berhampore. An online-petition of more than 500 signatures and 91 submissions were made opposing the closure of the playground between October and December last year. Submissions included the playground being valued for its proximity to the sports-field and to local schools and play centres, and it often being favoured over Churchill Park during bad weather, as it is less exposed. The mature trees, the play equipment, and the fenced design were also listed as reasons for saving the playground. Councillor Paul Eagle says it is a pity these communities had to campaign to keep these playgrounds. “We promote ourselves as a child friendly city, and playgrounds are a really important part of a local neighbourhood. “I’m really proud that the community came together and was really clear to the council that the playground be saved.”  Are you pleased these small local playgrounds have been saved? Email

SAVED: The decision not to close Seatoun Park playground was quickly celebrated with the help of Photoshop on the community Facebook page. PHOTO: Seatoun Community Facebook group.

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Looking Back 21 YEARS

Looking back at the headlines April 25, 1994 – Cardy at Kindy

April 4, 1994 – Wade-Brown for Southern Ward

Cook Strait News journalist Tom Cardy paid a visit to Miramar Central Kindergarten to teach the kids about the finer points of writing for a newspaper. 21 years later and Tom Cardy has been the arts editor at The Dominion Post for more than a decade.

Celia Wade-Brown was busy campaigning to get a seat on Wellington City Council as an Alliance candidate. Did she envisage that 21 years later she would be Mayor of the capital city?

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Every day our roving reporter Sam Duff breaks news and meets locals throughout the Eastern and Southern suburbs, from Lyall Bay beach to the cafes of Newtown. Each week he shares a few tales from his travels.


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By the time you read this I will be on the other side of the world exploring the streets of London with my trusty accomplice Jimmy – from the Tower of London and Big Ben to Westminster Abbey and the Globe Theatre. As neither of us has been to Europe before this will be quite an exciting trip. But what makes it more exciting is that I will get to see my sister Lisa and her boyfriend Chris for the first time since they moved to London in May last year. After a few days in London we will be heading to Spain for plenty of sangria and tapas. Then Jimmy and I will hang out in Germany and Holland before heading to

Scotland for a few days. I will be leaving my cell phone at home and certainly will not be checking my work emails. For the next four weeks all I will be thinking about is the bag on my back, the camera around my neck and where my next meal will be coming from. While I will be disappearing for a month, fear not, Cook Strait News will be in the capable hands of another local journalist. For now have a fantastic month of May and I will look forward to catching-up on the flipside.  If you have news to share while I am away then email news@wsn.

While Sam Duff is living it up in Europe for the next month, our roving reporter Dave Crampton will be breaking news and meeting locals throughout the Eastern and Southern suburbs, from Lyall Bay beach to the cafes of Newtown.

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ADVENTURE: Elijah Vigar, 9, and his mentor Sam went on a trip to Matiu/Somes Island recently.

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Trip to Matiu/Somes Island

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Last Saturday morning (April 18) the BGI programme went on a small Dominion Post Ferry to Matiu/Somes Island. First we hoped to see a tuatara and then finally we saw a tuatara.

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By Elijah Vigar

It was camouflaged on the bottom of the tree. Elijah, 9, is currently taking part in the Boys’ and Girls’ Institute’s Challenge for Change programme. Sam is his mentor.  For more information about BGI go to

Monday April 27, 2015



Roller Rugby returns to the Rec By Steven Trask

Lights flash, the crowd bays, and a deep voice booms over the loudspeaker: “we take absolutely no responsibility for the skaters’ safety”. It is Saturday night at the Kilbirnie Recreation Centre and the all-female Richter City Roller Derby is in town. The mighty Smash Malice is taking on the underdog Comic Slams in an intercity bout of rugby on wheels. Two teams of five-a-side wildly careen around the hardwood oval, crashing into each other with skates, knees, forearms, and elbows in a battle to complete the most laps of the rink. At half-time Smash Malice has a commanding lead, and spectator Nick Robertson is amazed by the physicality of the match. “At first I was startled,” he says. “It is so intense, almost vicious at times, and the girls are so athletic.” Roller derby is played with all the ferocity you would expect from athletes with names like May Maim, Jem Molition, and Princess Slayer.

Princess Slayer goes by Julie Bromley off the rink, and is a teacher, mother of two, and one of Smash Malice’s star players. Julie says despite the speed, skill, and strength of the skaters, roller derby is still pegged as fringe entertainment, not serious sport. “Some people think it is just girls in fishnets beating each other up. “But it is a serious sport, and a lot of us train more than 15 hours a week to get ready for a game.” When the bout ends two hours later, Smash Malice has downed Comic Slams 203 to 107 in a feisty encounter, and it is easy to see why roller derby is the fastest growing women’s sport in the world. Wellington is no exception. Richter City Roller Derby was established in 2007 by a handful of volunteers, and has quickly grown to five teams playing across the country. The next game in the Richter City Roller Derby sees Smash Malice face off against Brutal Pageant at the Kilbirnie Recreation Centre on May 23.

SERIOUS SPORT: Smash Malice skaters’ Princess Slayer (left) and Skanda Lass (right) face off against Invisigirl (middle) of the Comic Slams. PHOTO: Steven Trask

New hockey boss makes impact By Dave Crampton

SWIMMING CAMP: Te Manewha Rikihana, Sophie Robb, Jack Dempsey, Lauryn Collins, Pierce Collins and Tamrah Titcombe.

Swimming camp inspires By Dave Crampton

Melrose swimmer Tamrah Titcombe winged her way to Auckland in the weekend to meet and train with some of the country’s top swimmers at a three-day swimming camp. The 11-year-old won the free trip after winning her 200m 10-years age- division in the State Capital Classic in Oriental Bay in January. But the trip is nothing new. It is her third successive year at the swimming camp, as she also won her age division the previous two years. She could have done the longer 300m distance, but that doesn’t have an Auckland trip on offer. “I wanted to win the trip to

Auckland,” she said. She was one of 30 young squad members aged 6 – 10 (at the time of event), all of whom won their age group at one of the five 200m events at the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series. The aim of camp is to connect children with their swimming heroes and provide expert tuition to inspire them to be their best. Some of New Zealand’s top names in swimming, including Wellington’s Emma Robinson, who recently qualified for her first two individual world championship events, mentored the youngsters. Tamrah especially appreciated the technical assistance on offer. “They taught us how to do the

strokes,” she said. She said she was pleased to meet Capital Swimming clubmate Emma Robinson, whom she has only seen on television and at swimming competitions. She enjoyed meeting up with two Auckland swimmers who also made their third camp appearance. “I like catching up with my swimming buddies,” she said. The keen swimmer and surfer said this year’s camp was not restricted to the pool. “They took us up to a beach this year.” Jetstar also flew Tamrah’s mother Harata to the camp, and, yes, she also took her togs. It was her second trip after her husband Matt went last year.

A former rugby player, who sits on the boards of Athletics and Softball organisations, has made a quick impact as the new head of the Wellington Hockey Association. Melrose resident Trafford Wilson started as the Wellington Hockey boss in November after moving from Sport New Zealand. He has already made funding applications for a new five-a side secondary school programme, and seeks to further develop the ‘small sticks in schools’ programe in primary schools. At Sport NZ, he delivered national community sport projects, provided consultancy services to support targeted Regional Sports Trusts and National Sporting Organisations - particularly within the areas of planning, sector partnerships and staff development, and change management. But he wanted a change. “I was very keen to get back into the sports sector. I like to be close to the action, and I like to make stuff happen,” he says. While Wilson plays summer hockey, he did have ago at hockey when at school, before getting into rugby. “I got sent off more times than most. I just wanted to hit the

crap out of the ball. My dad was the coach,” Trafford says. “I`m not a hockey player – I’m a rugby man at heart. But my body gave up.” His father was also his school principal – and so was his mother at intermediate school. Trafford went on to get his degree in Sport Management and is currently working towards a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. His extensive sport sector experience, following roles at Auckland Cricket, Sport Auckland, Auckland Sport and Sport New Zealand, was key in securing his current role. Trafford is also a board director at Athletics Wellington and Softball New Zealand. Nicola Airey, who chairs the Wellington Hockey Association’s board, says Trafford has a strong history of building effective relationships, establishing funding partnerships and managing national and regional sport programmes. “Trafford brings insight and new thinking to our organisation and an ability to think strategically. Our goals are ambitious and he is excited by that.” Trafford is currently working on increasing resources for the sport’s growing high performance programme and says he is excited for the future of the sport in the region.

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