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Heroes at Rewa Rewa School students participate in healthy eating programme

By Emily Elliott

With challenges to complete every day for the next nine weeks, Rewa Rewa School students were excited to get started on the Healthy Heroes programme last week. Run by Johnsonville Rotary, the

school’s senior syndicate will be filling in individual log books and gaining rewards every few weeks – as long as they complete all the tasks. Johnsonville Rotary’s William Nobelen says Healthy Heroes contains five challenges. Continued on page 2

CHALLENGE SET: Jamie Mitchell, Hannah McLauchlan, Caty Kingsford, and Rotary’s William Nobelen are part of the Healthy Heroes programme at Rewa Rewa School. PHOTO: Emily Elliott

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REVAMP: Ngaio Khandallah Plunket Group Committee member Sophie de Jong says the rooms are open after a fresh coat of paint and a new deck.

“It’s a space we’re proud of. We have a mural planned for one of the walls. We want to make it a nice place people feel they can come to,” says Sophie. Mothers and fathers from the Ngaio and Khandallah neighbourhood had a time and place to meet each other and build relationships as of last week, something which Sophie says will run every Friday. “If people want to be involved, they just have to contact us.”  The Ngaio Khandallah Plunket Group can be contacted on nkplunketgroup@

Healthy Heroes to challenge children Continued from page 1 The challenges are being active, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, stretching the mind, and helping others. William says students need to be active for at least 30 minutes each day, whether that is playing on the playground at lunchtime or being part of a sport afterschool. “Our healthy heroes should eat at least three vegetables and two pieces of fruit each day,” says William about the food challenge. William says helping others could mean students make an extra effort to help their parents or grandparents around home, or perhaps an elderly neighbour. Rewards are given to each student who completes the tasks of being a healthy hero, says William. “Our rewards for week three will be fruit packs supplied by Newlands New World. For week six, free passes to Keith Spry Pool.” He says week nine’s reward will be a book, given by

significant sportsperson who will remain a surprise. “The purpose of Johnsonville Rotary is to arrange the rewards, introduce the programme to the school, and facilitate the project. There is no cost to the student, their family, or the school,” says William. MP Peter Dunne says he loves the programme because

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Khandallah’s Plunket rooms are now back up and running after a fresh lick of paint and a new deck was installed. Ngaio Khandallah Plunket Group committee member Sophie de Jong says over the summer the exterior of the building, located in Khandallah Village, was completely stripped and repainted. “A new deck was built outside, and new carpet was laid through the rooms and into the toy library,” she says. “The new lamps also brighten

up the space,” says Sophie. Money raised from last year’s Good in the Hood campaign went towards a specialised breast feeding chair, and she hopes that any money raised in this year’s campaign will help out too. While Sophie says the Plunket group is still in the process of fundraising for new curtains, the rooms are ready to be utilised by the general public with venue hire available for meetings, birthdays, and the like. “It feels so much more modern,” she says about the renovations.



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CRAFTY: Khandallah resident Alex Powell has been making bracelets to raise money for Nepal.

A games luncheon is being held at the Wilton Bowling Club on Friday, May 8, as a fundraiser for Save The Children. Attendees can play bridge, mahjong, scrablle, chess, backgammon, and more. Money raised will go towards Save The Children's emergency fund. The luncheon will run from 10.30am to 3pm, call Margaret on 479 2128 or Jenny on 479 2638 for more details.

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Bracelets for Nepal By Emily Elliott

Four years of bracelet making to raise continuous funds for Nepal is not slowing down for Khandallah resident Alex Powell. The recent 7.8 magnitude earthquake sparked Alex to make more of the threaded friendship bracelets in order to provide support to the country she has connections with. The 21-year-old says her friends help to make and then sell them at youth camps, raising around $700 each year for some of the communities she visited in 2013 with Compassion Nepal. “We’ve been doing it for so

long that people now expect the friendship bracelets to be there. “I was getting ready to sell the bracelets again when the earthquake hit. I’ve connected with five girls who are now selling them in their high schools here,” says Alex. One of the community’s that she visited in 2013 was a badly hit area and has a significant amount of quake damage, yet Alex says the toilets and church they built there are the some of the only things still standing. “Most buildings there are over nine stories tall and are old, that’s why they fell down. We installed a toilet block which is one story tall and still stand-

ing, and it’s helping over 500 people.” Alex says it has been interesting to have contacts in the quake-stricken areas, and that she is keeping in touch with them to find out their wellbeing. “It makes it more real. Sometimes media move on after a week. These bracelets are one way that I can keep the support going. “Bracelets are such a little thing, but they’re making a difference. I always think, ‘Don’t be overwhelmed by how big the problem is and how small you are – get out and do something.’” Two days after the quake struck, Alex says she had raised

$500, and the number is growing. “People are saying, ‘Yeah, I’ll buy a bracelet but I’ll pay $50.’” One bracelet takes between 10 and 30 minutes to make, and Alex says the girls in Nepal made them with her too. “It’s a good way to make a difference. Bracelets are something I can do. I know it will never be enough – I could empty my bank account and it wouldn’t be enough,” says Alex. “There is a need, so I’ll keep going. Earthquake recovery will happen for years.”  To find Alex and her bracelets, visit the Facebook page: Bracelets for Nepal.

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Ohariu heritage building gets funding boost Ohariu Valley's Holy Trinity Church is one of seven heritage buildings whose owners will receive a total of nearly $175,000 from Wellington City Council’s Built Heritage Incentive Fund.

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Sixty years for valley’s guild By Emily Elliott

CELEBRATIONS: Nikki Jackson and Viv Harris are excited for the 60th celebrations of the Ohariu Valley Ladies Guild this month. PHOTO: Emily Elliott


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Tea cups will clink and dance shoes will be out this month when the Ohariu Valley Ladies Guild celebrates its 60th birthday. Originally set up in 1955 to care for the Holy Trinity Church, the guild is also a community social club where helping hands are lent and residents support each other. Viv Harris of the guild says there has been a meeting every month since the guild started, and a booklet which will be released at the celebration will showcase every person who has been involved since it began. “I was going to the guild before I was born. My mum was embroidering the alter call cloths at the meetings when she was pregnant with me. She’s still part of the guild,” says Viv.

“I’m proud to continue the legacy on. It has been a critical part of the valley.” Viv says in the early days the valley women held working bees, raffles, cake stalls, and dances. “It’s rare, three kilometers from Johnsonville and 20 minutes from the city, to find such a rural community structure. It’s so unique and special,” she says. Nikki Jackson is the third generation to be part of Ohariu Valley Ladies Guild, and says it is extremely emotional to be celebrating 60 years of community. “I’ve seen my grandmother and mother go through it. Hopefully my daughter sees what we’ve done and does the same,” says Nikki. “We have grown up our whole lives seeing guild meetings – I remember watching my mum

dress up for the guild nights. It’s historic.” Nikki says the group is a support network, and mentions a death in the valley where a roster was created for guild members to prepare meals for the affected family. “Everyone in the valley knows of the guild and can call on someone in the guild to help them.” Nikki says the role of keeping Holy Trinity Church maintained is still an important part of what the guild work for. “My grandparents and parents are buried down there, and I will be.” “We are passionate about it and keep the guild ticking. We need to keep it going.”  The celebrations will be held on May 23. For more information contact Nikki on 4776499.

Airport plans showcased at Business Breakfast Karori businessmen and women were given information about plans to expand not only the airport runway but the airport itself at a business breakfast last week. Run by the Rotary Club of Karori in conjunction with the ANZ Bank, 52 people attended the breakfast to hear from CEO of Wellington Airport, Steve Sanderson. While he spoke about the proposed runway extension which

is set to head 350 meters south, attendees were also interested to hear about $250 million worth of plans to develop the international arrivals area, the existing terminal, an airport hotel, and an eight level car park building. The main terminal is currently being extended in both width and length, at an estimated cost of $58 million, Steve told those at the breakfast. The north gate lounge is set to

double in size, which Steve said was in response to airline Jetstar’s growth. Business breakfast attendees learned that while Auckland airport functions on approximately 100,000 hectares of land, Wellington operates on 110 hectares, including the runway space. “We need the car parking, and therefore the only option we have is to build up,” he said. Steve also told attendees that

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wedding day wasn’t the best day of his life. It was nowhere near as good as the day he met Des 28 years ago when volunteering for the AIDS Foundation, he says. John is 85, Des is 75, and they`ve been together longer than some of their wedding guests have been alive – certainly many of the wedding party, including their


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SURVIVOR: Marilyn McLaughlan will be hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast in Ngaio this month. PHOTO: Emily.

The event is one of many breakfasts occurring across New Zealand as part of May’s Pink Ribbon Breakfast month. “I’ve always been very keen to help people with fundraising, and I thought, “Great, now’s the time and this is such a good cause’,” Marilyn says. Marilyn says she would like to see friends taking friends to breakfast, and then another friend taking five or ten people, if possible. “Let’s do this and let’s do this well,” Marilyn says, adding that she has invited a bunch of her work colleagues. Even after Marilyn went through breast cancer nine years ago, she says her surgeon still keeps a close eye on her providing great quality care. “Now is the time when I can give

a little bit back,” says Marilyn. The mother of two says her daughter works at the café, and that a donation jar will also be situated at Café Villa. Owner of the café, Warren Johnson, says he has known Marilyn for twelve years, and her diagnosis with breast cancer was the catalyst for his awareness of the disease. He says jumping on board with the fundraising breakfast is a little something that the café can do. “Why should people die from it? Anything we can do to help it, to find prevention and cures, we feel we should do,” says Warren. “It could be your wife, your mother, your sister.”  The Pink Ribbon Breakfast will be held at Café Villa on Thursday, May 28, and Marilyn says anyone is welcome.

Cancer specialists to speak in Karori A panel of top cancer specialists in Wellington will be coming together to convey the latest trends in the treatment of prostate, bowel and melanoma cancers at a public meeting at the Karori Baptist Church. The public education evening is the initiative of the Rotary Club of Karori, supported by the Wellington Division of the Cancer Society and the ANZ Bank. David Watt, for the Rotary

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A drone and a poppy By Emily Elliott

colours to honour war animals. From there, middle syndicate students had the task of planning and directing how the human poppy would work with the school’s 340 students. “We wanted to do something that included the whole school. This is something the kids will remember a lot,” says Ginny. Incorporating their questioning skills, Ginny says the students needed to work out how to get everyone wearing red, as well as which students needed to wear black.

A human poppy and a drone were the cause of excitement at Cashmere Avenue School last week. As part of the school’s Anzac commemorations, middle syndicate students helped to arrange a whole-school human poppy on the field – with a drone to capture an aerial photograph of the effort. Middle syndicate teacher Ginny Ralfe says the idea came from seeing a human horse done in various brown

“They had to ask, ‘How will we know where to make it, and where to stand? Where should the photo be taken from?’” Two classes made the black centre of the poppy while remaining students made the poppy’s petals, and teachers made the stem of the flower, says Ginny. The drone was operated by a family friend, and Ginny says the experience was amazing. “The thing that amazed us is how involved and interested the kids were,” she says. “I’d never seen a drone be-

fore. Kids and teachers were so excited.” Middle syndicate teachers Jo Staite, Lisa McHardy, and Joseph McCauley were also involved the process. “It was a cool opportunity for kids to organise. This was an authentic reason to know about Anzac Day,” says Jo. HUMAN POPPY: Students Reem Hani and Darcy with drone operator Josh Baird and middle syndicate teacher Ginny Ralfe.


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Helmets are out and wheels are spinning at Johnsonville’s West Park School after a bike track opened on the school grounds this term. The school was one of three chosen to be part of Wellington City Council’s Bikes in Schools programme, says Principal Luis Echegaray. With the installation of a skills track, pump track, and a main asphalt route around the school field, children have been spending lunch breaks practicing riding skills they learn during class. “All tracks are equally as popular and appeal to different skills and ages,” says Luis. “There are big bikes and small bikes to cater for a range of heights.” With multiple crossings on the main track for children who are using the field for soccer or other activities to cross safely, Luis says they plan on setting up picnic tables in the area too. “It’s been an amazing magnet for the community,” he says, mentioning joggers and families who use the tracks. “Children have responded to it so well. People who had never ridden a bike before now ride every day.” Luis says the installment has meant watching children realise cycling is within their capabilities,

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“Eat less, exercise more, and treat every day as a challenge.”

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LETTERS to the editor Karori Pool suffers same fate

Not enough room at Keith Spry

Dear Ed, I empathise with the frustration of some users of Keth Spry Pool, as evidenced by Nerys Foster on page three of the independent Herald of 29th April 2015. The same proble exists at Karori Pool, and in spite of corresponding with the manager the problem persisits. Half of the shallow pool is laned off at peak times for structured lessons, which commonly feature only two or three students. Me a nwh i le, up t o 30 children and parents, are squashed into the other half of the pool. These children are also learning to swim,

Dear Ed, I totally agree with Nerys Foster re having more swimming space available for kids

but in an informal way, yet they have almost no space to practice. The pool manager vigorously defended the current allocation of space. He is never at work on weekends so he does not see the congestion. Nor do the staff take headcounts, as other pools do. The siutation is iniquitous. We are all rate payers and we are also stake holders. Is management incompitent? Yes. Should they attempt a more equitable allocation of Pool Space? Yes. Best wishes, Glenn, Karori

in the 5-10 age group. This is the age where children have the time available, the energy and

the motivation to learn to swim. Miss that window of opportunity and they may become non-swimmers for life. Years ago when my children were little during the mid-90's the Keith Spry Pool had a major revamp, mostly cosmetic changes from what I could tell. I asked if they could please put in toilets near the children's pool as the only toilets were all the way at the opposite end of the pool. I had four children under six years old and every time one of us

needed to pee I had to take everyone out of the pool. Management told me that this would not be done and they recommended a 1:1 ratio at the pool. Tough. I couldn't afford the nannies required. My children are now young adults and I have been taking them to the Porirua Pool ever since. The Porirua Pool is family friendly, warm spa pools included in entry fee and there are plenty of tables and chairs to bring your own picnic. Sunniva Zoete Ngaio

Public war memorial for Johnsonville?

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Dear Ed, I was among those who attended the Johnsonville Anzac day service. Afterwards on my return home I wondered about the absense of any public war memorial in Johnsonville. On taking the time to investigate, the only per ma nent physica l reminder of wars and

soldiers past that I could find was the memorial lamp post in Moorefield Road, honouring Trooper L C Retter who was killed in the Boer War. Sadly, his memorial does not seem to be a part of our Anzac remembrance, but perhaps it should be. Even t he sm a l lest

country towns throughout NZ have their own war memorials, commemorating the locals who never came back from wars past, so why can't Johnsonville? If Johnsonville ever had such a memorial, what happened to it, and could it be resurrected, along with the return of

Cycle lanes definitely needed Dear Ed, I'm a Karori resident who commutes by bike daily to the city. In response to your question "Does Karori need separated cycle lanes" - the answer is a resounding YES! I have commuted in and around many parts of Wellington (City to Petone, Brooklyn to city, Newtown to city): the commute from Karori to the city is the most dangerous I have taken! Particularly tricky is the

section of road from the Karori fire station to the Kelburn tunnel. Heading into the city, traffic often veers into the bus/cycle lane (without noticing a small cyclist); traffic stops, with gaps left for cars turning into/out of curtis st and Raroa cresent. Some drivers try to pass cyclists in the Kelburn tunnel, despite the double yellow lines! I heard a cyclist was squashed in there by a truck some years ago.

The stretch of road through Kelburn village is treacherously narrow, with parked cars, school drop offs and the road effectivly down to single lane / country road type conditions, with us cyclists slowing everyone down and building up irritation among drivers. If we remove the car parks on the side of the road we have our cycle lane! For free! Thanks, Jamie Young

the bofors gun which for many years stood outside the RSA buildings? On a positive note, it was nice to see that there are two lovely Anzac paintings, done by local colleges, on the back wall of the s u p e r m a r k e t a lo n g Moorefield Road. Denis Healey

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New mountain bike track opens A new mountain bike track opened on Sunday, designed for families and those building confidence. Fully funded by the Council, the new Peak Flow track is at Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park and was requested by the Makara Peak Supporters to allow for easier downhill rides. Councillor Paul Eagle says “The Council is committed to making mountain biking accessible to families and those new to the sport by providing an easier downhill option. This track is a fantastic new addition which reinforces our commitment to keeping Wellingtonians active.”

Built in two months by SouthStar trails, the Peak Flow track is a flow style of mountain bike track which allows the rider to flow down the wide trail with minimal peddling. Member of Makara Peak Supporters Councillor Andy Foster says, “Makara Peak is an internationally-renowned facility and Peak Flow will just open the Peak up to a whole new group of people. I’m certainly looking forward to testing it out with my children.” Mayor Celia Wade-Brown opened the track on Sunday afternoon, alongside a BBQ and timed trials.

BIKE TRACK: The Peak Flow track at Makara Park Mountain Bike Park was opened on Sunday. Photo: Caleb Smith Photography NEW KIWIS: Kate Xue and Shikha Gupta have been taking the Social English Class for Women at the Johnsonville Community Centre for three years. PHOTO: Emily Elliott

Three years of English

By Emily Elliott

When Kate and Shikha came to New Zealand three years ago, they say communicating and understanding the Kiwi culture was hard. Now, after three years of taking the social English classes at Johnsonville Community Centre the friends say they have learned more than how to communicate. Kate Xue moved from China, and says she joined the class in her second week of living in New Zealand. “I was in the community and I heard some laughter. I went down to see ladies enjoying themselves, and I wanted to be part of it,” says Kate. “I’ve now made lifetime friends.” Kate says the class has ladies from a different range of age groups and ethnicities, and that one of the best things about going

to the weekly group is for the advice. “We have all been in similar situations, so people can give valuable advice about life as well as English. “The class improved my English, but it more so helped me to be a Kiwi. You feel like part of the society.” Shikha Gupta has also been attending the class for three years, and started when she moved from India. “It’s a friendly environment to learn loads of things. We look at current news, we improve pronunciation and learn about grammar mistakes,” says Shikha. “I feel great being able to interact with people. It’s amazing, it has increased my confidence.”  The Social English Class for Women is run at the Johnsonville Community Centre each Thursday from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Zealandia reach 500th hatch By Rachel Binning

Zealandia staff say they are thrilled at its latest achievement in being part of the 500th kakariki chick being hatched and this milestone having been reached in only four breeding seasons. “There is a great sense of achievement. It is a good sign the kakariki are establishing themselves well,” says conservation ranger Richard Gray. Kakariki, meaning small green parrot in Maori, was once a common sight in the Wellington area. However, its number dwindled to extinction on mainland New Zealand through predators and the loss of habitat. Now, with thanks to the committed efforts of Zealandia’s staff and to its approximately 400 volunteers the brightly coloured kakariki is making a huge comeback. The road to reaching the 500th milestone has involved several Department of Conservation approved trips to Kapiti Island since 2010. Richard explained the success of the kakariki has been encouraging for Zealandia as “some species that are introduced don’t do as well”. Zealandia staff now has confidence in the letting the red-crowned kakariki (one of five main species of kakariki) do their own thing and will lessen its intense monitoring of the breed. Previous monitoring has meant “supplementary feeding, providing nesting boxes, regular checking of nesting boxes to see how well the birds are doing and banding each bird,” says Richard.

Meridian Mill Creek Community Fund Meridian recognises the importance of local communities to our hydro and wind operations. The Meridian Mill Creek Community Fund gives your community a say on what local initiatives are supported and funded by Meridian. The Fund, managed by a panel of community members and Meridian staff, is about working together to build strong communities. The Meridian Mill Creek Community Fund started in May 2014 with $75,000 available over three years for Ohariu Valley and North Makara communities.

TO APPLY FOR FUNDING The next closing date for Meridian Mill Creek Community Fund applications is 21 May, 2015. CONSERVATION RANGER: Richard Gray with one of the specially built Kakariki nests

With its propensity to feed off the ground, the kakariki is vulnerable to its predators such as rats and cats. While Zealandia will continue to provide the kakariki with a predator-proof habitat and suitable nests for it to breed, it encourages the public to get onboard to protect and grow populations of native species throughout Wellington.

For more information on the Meridian Mill Creek Community Fund, or for an application form, please visit or email You can also call us on 04 803 2507.


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Crofton Downs artist sends message on privacy By Alex Wilf Journalism Student

PRIVACY: Artist Simon Gray with his addition to the “Privacy Project” exhibit.

German Fair to take place in Khandallah By Alex Wilf Journalism Student

Books, clothes, toys and food will be gracing Khandallah residents at the German Fair on Saturday. The fair will be held by the German Playgroup Wellington as a way to fundraise for new books for the children and day trips to aid their learning. “I see it as quite a nice day to meet up with other German speaking people and also to meet new people,” says Katrin Ellison, one of the organisers of the event. The Playgroup meets once a week, on Friday mornings, to speak German and give kids the feeling of being immersed in German society. “We do quite a lot in the way of German tradition,” says Katrin. “It’s important for us that the children know these things.” The Playgroup is free for all

German speakers who wish to join their children, which is one reason why the fundraising fair is needed, says Katrin. The fair, put on by parents of the Playgroup, will feature German items including second hand books, clothes and toys for children. A crafts sale and a raffle will also be held. Katrin says homemade German food will be sold. “We sell sausages and potato salad as well as German cake there.” The cake, she notes, is handmade by parents of the Playgroup and has earned them a “great reputation” over the more than ten years the fair has been running. “It’s always nice to get the German food side and to show new Zealanders our food,” Katrin says.  The fair will be held at Khandallah Presbyterian Church on May 9 from 9.30am-1pm.

Last Wednesday night artists and friends gathered at Vincents Art Workshop in Wellington to preview the new exhibition Privacy Project. The exhibition celebrates Privacy Awareness Week, which ends this Saturday. Simon Gray, a local artist from Crofton Downs, has his work displayed in the exhibition. His photograph is titled “Who listens to the listeners?” The picture features Simon lis-

tening through a drinking glass pressed against the wall of the Government Communications Security Bureau disguised in a hat and glasses. Simon says people don’t tend to imagine that their government would knowingly invade their privacy. “Even if they do, the attitude of ‘I didn’t do anything wrong, so what does it matter to me if the government’s looking at my computer?’ prevents the issue from gaining traction. It was this mentality he attrib-

uted the failure of the movement Edward Snowden hoped to start. “It does need talking about,” Simon says, referring to the state of privacy in the country. “People need to be aware of how vulnerable their personal cell phones and computers are.” “They’ve [referring to Julian Assange and Edward Snowden] started the conversation, but it needs to go a lot further,” he says.  The exhibition will be open to the public until May 17.

Mitre 10 Crofton Downs challenges college girls By Alex Wilf Journalism Student

Last Thursday, staff from Mitre 10 Crofton Downs alongside a representative from Marley teamed up to contribute to the Wellington Girls’ College Real Teal challenge. The event, which took place throughout the CBD, combined a variety of challenges to teach the girls personal confidence and leadership by working in groups towards a common goal. In the DIY task, the girls were given pieces needed in order to assemble a working pipe system. After a quick look at a photograph of the finished project the girls had fifteen minutes to create an apparatus through which water would flow smoothly. Many teams completed the challenge within the timeframe, a few in remarkable fashion, posting scores of just under four minutes, with the average of around eight to ten minutes. Rachel Steele, a teacher at the

DIY CHALLENGE: One of the “Real Teal” Challenge teams with their finished product.

Wellington Girls College, says that the challenge was “difficult, but doable” and “really got the girls talking with each other.” There was no designated leader in the challenge, but Brendan Hall, owner of Mitre 10 Crofton Downs

says the groups often formed around one person. “They really embraced the challenge,” says Brendan, adding the events were a great way to get the girls to listen, encourage, adapt and drive.

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Traps set to catch predators and protect Wellington’s native birds are being deliberately vandalised. Over the past couple of months, volunteer group KATCH 22 have found some of their traps destroyed or tampered with. A trap on Wrights Hill was thrown into a stream with its mechanism stolen, another trap was vandalised in the same area, and in January a trap in Karori Park was smashed open. “These acts of deliberate vandalism have a major impact on our predator control. Every time a trap is vandalised it's one less trap we can fund for placement elsewhere,” says Illona Keenan, Wellington City Council biosecurity technical advisor. “We’re also concerned about stolen mechanisms and what they are being used for as these traps are very powerful and when used

incorrectly could seriously damage hands,” she says “When these acts occur it is disheartening for our volunteers," says Florence Liger, volunteer coordinator, KATCH 22. "We are passionate and dedicated to protecting Karori’s environment and bird life from predators. Our goal is to create a continuous line of steel between Zealandia and Otari Wilton Bush and coordinate our operations around that area”. The vandalism and theft have been reported to the Police and KATCH 22 is asking for the public’s help to identify people interfering with these traps.  If you see people tampering with traps or if you find one of the trap mechanisms please inform the Karori Police station on 476 0330.

Who are KATCH 22? KATCH 22 are a group of volunteers dedicated to protecting Wellington’s native birds. Their voluntary work is funded through a Wellington City Council Our Living City grant and their own fund raising activities. Money raised covers the cost of traps, maintenance and bait. They maintain a network of stoat, rat and possum traps inside the Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park, on Wrights Hill, along South Karori Road, in Karori Park and along the Skyline track.

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Mothers-day A mother will walk the extra mile just to see her children smile. She'll work her fingers to the bone to make a house into a home.


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SALES CONSULTANT We’re looking for an enthusiastic motivated salesperson with skills to sell advertising solutions to both existing and new business clients for our publications. A positive can do attitude with the drive and motivation to be the best at what you do. Strong communication, sales and planning skills with a good attention to detail. We want people who have the energy to reach personal targets and team goals, but who also have integrity, and the work ethic to deliver these outcomes. Here's a list of must haves: • Excellent phone manner • Highly motivated • Well presented • Driven and target oriented • Computer literate • Full driver’s license • Team player • Good sense of humour • Sales experience is a plus

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Eastern Hutt School will be celebrating its 100 Year Centenary on the 23rd - 24th October 2015. For information about Centenary Celebrations go to and into our 100 years facebook page. For registrations please contact or ring the school on 04 566 0167.


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EYE ON CRIME Johnsonville Neighbourhood Watch In Johnsonville a burglary occurred at the Salvation Army in Johnsonville Road when offender entered the auditorium and took a computer. A blue Toyota Corolla parked in Disraeli Street was broken into via a smashed right quarterlight window and a GPS unit was stolen. In Newlands the door of a container on a work site in the Domett Street/Dress Circle area was wedged open and a quantity of builder’s equipment

was stolen. A burglary also took place at a house in Cheltenham Terrace where a number of clothing items were stolen. In Kenmore Street a green Honda Accord parked overnight on the street was stolen. In Ngaio a red Nissan Sentra parked at the corner of Hewett Way and Trelissick Crescent had its passenger side door lock forced open to gain entry. The vehicle was searched and

sunglasses were taken from the glove box. In Motueka Street a white Audi station wagon parked in a driveway had its driver side window smashed and a radar detector was taken from the wind screen. In Churton Park a vehicle parked in Mauldeth Terrace had its front registration plate stolen. In Broadmeadows a silver Nissan Cedric parked overnight on the street in Nalanda Crescent was stolen.

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Kindness is made audible as a new kind of choir brings the gift of music to those approaching the end of life. The Thorndon-based Whakaahuru Singers offer a unique service by singing to people receiving palliative care or living in rest homes. “It’s not just any old choir, it’s more than singing. We are singing to people who are dying and their families,” singer and committee member Jiff Stewart says. Due to the special circumstances the Whakaahuru Singers need to be more than just musically strong, Jiff says. The choir holds focused resilience workshops to help the singers develop understanding to be around people who are approaching the end of life. “Resilience is developing our own comfort, understanding and strength,” Jiff says. The choir serves to ease and comfort people through relaxing and

calming songs and lullabies, she says. “We’re no use if we’re all blubbering messes dealing with our own unresolved fears and anxieties around death.” Despite the emotional complexity of singing to those in palliative care, it is a labour of love for the 22 volunteer singers, and the service they provide is free. “It’s a privilege to be a part of this. We get at least as much out of it as we give,” says Jiff. The choir currently sings in the common areas of hospices and rest homes in the Wellington region, with hopes to sing at the bedside of those approaching the end of life. Directed by local choir leader, Carol Shortis, the choir held their first workshop in August last year and draws inspiration from similar choirs based in the USA. In June, Carol and a choir member will travel to the USA to attend a conference to learn more about the art and therapy of singing of bedside singing.






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international literature competition which aims to motivate children and young people to read for pleasure. It intends to develop the habit of sustained reading by offering irresistible reading challenges and enormous fun, with a competitive element and great team-building opportunities. Teams of students work together to answer wide-ranging literary questions. Samuel Marsden School librarians took pleasure in assisting the girls with book choices and research, and were excited to see their selfmotivated hard work. “It’s a joy to foster the girls’ love of reading,” says Karen Richards, Marsden Librarian, “and a bonus to see them do so well.”


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Samuel Marsden Collegiate School girls Zoe Cooper, Madison Taylor, Samantha Lloyd-Evans, Phoebe Morrah, and Imani Betty spent many hours in the school library readying themselves for the Kids’ Lit Quiz, and their hard work paid off. They won the Wellington regional competition and are now gearing themselves up for the finals, where they will compete against other New Zealand regional finalists. The winning team earns a place at the Kids’ Lit Quiz World Final in Connecticut. “I love reading and it was fun testing each other about characters, authors and more,” says Madison. “As a team we could always come up with an answer.” The Kids' Lit Quiz is an annual

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WINNERS: Zoe Cooper, Madison Taylor, Samantha Lloyd-Evans, Phoebe Morrah, and Imani Betty are competing in the Kids' Lit Quiz national competition.




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Wednesday May 6, 2015


Two titles at relay The Olympic Harrier and Athletics Club picked up two titles at the Shaw Baton relay on 25 April at Battle Hill in Pauatahanui – one they haven’t held for 27 years. The annual relay is the first cross country interclub event on the Wellington calendar, with each runner completing two kilometres. The club won the masters men’s title, and for the first time in 27 years, also won the junior (U20) men’s title. Three of the juniors were under the age of 16; the youngest, Patrick White, JUNIOR MENS TEAM: Elroy Leaderman. from Johnsonville, is 14. Master’s runner Kevin Pugh said although it was Olympics first senior men’s title in 10 years, the club has come runner up the past few years. But he was also pleased at the emerging runners. “The young guys and the old boys won, so we`re pretty happy with that,” he said. “We were third at the first lap, but from then on we led the whole way.” Olympic junior team manager Charlie Nairne says the junior team excelled, with many of his team coming back from injury. “Our boys were really pleased. We had a good team and we knew we had a chance.” In the junior women’s event, the Wellington Harrier and Athletic Club's team not only won their grade, but the women's race overall – the first time in many years – beating all senior’s and masters women's teams. The team included Youth Olympics qualifier Kelsey Forman, Imogen Skelton, Kirstie Rae and Colgate Games’ scholarship winner Tessa Hunt. All but Kirstie train with the Olympic club girls under coach Alistair Leslie. The senior men’s title was won by Wellington Scottish for the 20th successive year, after a close tussle with athletes from the Wellington Harrier and Athletic Club. Just seven seconds separated the two teams.

RELAY TEAM: Liam Kennedy, Seamus Kane, Josh Nairne, Jonathan Beresford, Elroy Lederman, Patrick White.

WINNERS: Karori's Mike Ritchie, Rama Smith, and Grant McLean. PHOTO: Jo Murray.

Locals win at Athletics Wellington awards By Dave Crampton

A local athlete, coach, and volunteer were among award recipients at the second Athletics Wellington awards at the Comfort Hotel on May 2. Karori’s Mike Ritchie was named Coach of the Year and is off to the World Junior champs later this year with his top jumper and heptathlete Phoebe Edwards. Grant McLean, also from Karori, picked up the Distance Athlete of the Year, and Rama Smith, who headed the committee that organised the North Island Colgate Games for those 14 and under, picked up the Volunteer of the Year award. Fifteen awards were presented to recipients throughout the region, including the Hutt Valley and

Wairarapa. They covered track and field, cross country and road events, for athletes, coaches and volunteers. Mike, who coaches Wellington’s top two women jumpers, including multiple award recipient Phoebe Edwards – she picked up Jumper, Sprinter and the Combined Eventer of the Year awards – says having top athletes assisted in his own award. “It helps – if you’ve got amazing athletes, you`re at a definite advantage,” he says. McLean, a Masters runner in the 45-49 year category, won a national 10k road title, becoming the Masters runner from Wellington aged over 40 to win the National title in 20 years. He also won all five Wellington Masters Distance Championship

Johnsonville bowlers win National Club Fours

First time boxer hits for charity By Emily Elliott

Three months ago Karori resident Megan Kennedy had never attempted boxing, yet she stepped into the ring on Saturday for a corporate charity boxing event. Dubbed the Computer Concepts IT Heavy Hitters, the contest drew corporates from all walks of life for the Key To Life Charitable Trust which supports suicide prevention and mental health. Megan says she decided to partake in the event because she lost someone in the Christchurch earthquake, as well as her father two years ago. “I did it for the cause. I did it for myself and to help with grief,” she says. Megan says she started training 12 weeks ago, and finished on

Saturday night. “Though the boxing itself wasn’t that challenging, the intensity of the training was a challenge. I was training nine to 11 times a week,” says Megan. While 70 contenders were part of the training regime, only 36 were selected to fight on the night – Megan was one of the fighters chosen. “It felt good to be chosen as I put effort in and had the opportunity to put it into the ring.” “It was nerve racking. When you hopped into the ring you hoped not to get hurt, but then you change focus,” she says. “You realised you can be confident as you’ve had the training.” All fights were three rounds of two minutes and were hosted by comedian Mike King, with the

titles - mountain-running, cross country, road 10k, half marathon and marathon - during the past year. Despite his achievements, he didn’t think he would win. “It means a lot, actually, to have a recognition amongst your peers,” he says. “I thought I`d come second fiddle to the senior men.” Rama’s citation said that shoe was a person that Athletics Wellington could call on for help and at a drop of a hat she would be there. While employed part-time at Athletics Wellington, her role at the Colgate Games was in a voluntary capacity. She appreciated being recognised as a volunteer at the awards. “It’s nice to see that it is not just about the athletes,” she says. “The Colgate Games really showcased Wellington.”

BOXING SUCCESS: Megan Kennedy steps into the ring for the first time. PHOTO CREDIT: Michelle Davies

main event the Doug McLay Memorial Fight in memory of well-known boxer Doug McLay. Megan says she is now keen to do another charity boxing event in October. “It has basically changed my whole outlook on life. Not only with fitness and healthy eating

but also on what is important,” she says. “It’s a mental challenge as well.”  More than $30,000 had been raised for Key To Life Charitable Trust when the Independent Herald went to print.

The Johnsonville Bowling Club has won the National Club Fours competition played in Tauranga over Anzac weekend. To qualify for the National playoffs, the team of Sy Baker, Rob Veale, Grant Wakefield skipped by Rob Ashton won the Wellington Open Fours, and then went on to win the regional playoffs against the best fours teams from Taranaki, Wanganui and Kapiti. Dick Williams replaced Rob Veale for the Tauranga tournament. Johnsonville played the five other regional winners, going through the tournament with four wins and a draw. The win gave Rob Ashton his silver star for winning five New Zealand titles. Ashton says he has had a fantastic season and gaining his silver star in the last event is the icing on the cake. He said his team played well throughout the event and it was a great result for them all.


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