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Lyall Bay residents are questioning their safety in rising tides after four-metre swells closed Moa Point Road and washed over Lyall Parade last week. On Moa Point Road Blaize Larsen-Beecroft saw two cars struck by waves on Sunday, June 14, and says she was “just glad we were in a heavy car”. Gisborne resident Jason Gerrard says he was surfing in Lyall Bay when the swells became unusually large. “It was good, then the full tide was coming in and it got rough”. The clean-up removed boulders from Moa Point Road, however debris on Lyall Parade remained late into the week. Continued on page 2 CHANGING TIDES: Jason Gerrard and Amiri, 2, play on a digger on Lyall Bay beach where four-metre waves left debris and boulders on roads. PHOTO: Amber-Leigh Woolf



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STEPPING DOWN: Greater Wellington Regional Council chairwoman, Fran Wilde, last week resigned from the top job.

After seven years as chairwoman of the Greater Wellington Regional Council, Fran Wilde has resigned her position after being presented with a letter of no confidence. Ms Wilde, a vocal supporter of Wellington becoming a super-city, told reporters last week that it was appropriate for the regional council to have a leadership change after the recent decision by the Local Government Commission to scrap the amalgamation idea. However, following her resignation it was revealed that fellow regional council-

lors had penned a letter of no confidence in the chair. Ms Wilde had allegedly drafted a plan b to the supercity idea which would have seen some major decision making powers removed from local councils and given to the GWRC. June 30 will be Ms Wilde’s final day as chairwoman. Deputy, Barbara Donaldson, will take on the role temporarily until a vote is held for a replacement. Ms Wilde was a Labour MP in the Wellington Central seat between 1981 and 1992. She is well remembered for introducing the Homosexual

Law Reform Act into Parliament in 1985. It passed in 1986. In 1992 Ms Wilde resigned from Parliament and contested the Wellington Mayoralty, which she won and held until 1995. Following a brief stint as the CEO of Trade New Zealand, Ms Wilde was elected to the GWRC.  Are you sad to see Fran Wilde resign as chairwoman of the GWRC? Was the supercity proposal always bound to fail? Email news@wsn. and let us know what you think.

Residents call on Council to act Continued from page 1 Newtown resident Siobhan Mordaunt, with her four-year-old daughter Imogen, said left-over debris on Lyall Parade was a problem. “It’s kind of crazy, but Imogen likes the diggers”. Residents are asking the Wellington City Council for better maintenance of the dunes and sea wall in the face of future storms. Eastern Ward City Councillor, Sarah Free, says the damage to the coast over the last two years has been severe. “Storms do seem to be increasing both in intensity and frequency,” she says. “In recent years council has made an effort to return the sand washed onto the road back to the beach and is considering longer-term solutions to build the dunes up.” Sarah says long-term solutions are needed to counteract rising sea levels. “Ideally, we need a comprehensive plan to look at the entire Wellington coast to identify areas of priority; whether that is rebuilding existing sea walls, constructing new walls, or mov-

HIGH TIDE: Four-metre swells closed roads and spread debris along the South Coast last week. PHOTO: Mark Gee

ing roads back to allow more resilient dune systems to be created.” The council commissioned a report by Tonkin & Taylor, 2013 to assess rising sea levels in Wellington. The report says, “sea level rise will increase the extent, frequency and consequence of natural hazards including surface flooding, liquefaction and landslide risks”. On Wednesday the council planted 2000 new p ngao and

spinifex plants to celebrate Matariki. Lyall Bay resident, Joe Reich, says further action is needed. The council needs “immediate plans for the South Coast, to make sure we are safe,” Joe says. “Things are changing up the coast, and it’s just something we have to live with. But when the weather picks up we need to act quickly so that people are safe.” While Oriental Bay received a fresh load of Nelson sand on Wednesday, many residents say

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inbrief news Shoot to kill The chimpanzees will be shot and killed first if there is ever a mass escape from Wellington Zoo. Last week the Zoo confirmed it has a shoot to kill list which puts the animals in order to be slaughtered in case of a mass escape, which would most likely be caused by an earthquake or flooding. Lions and tigers would be next to be shot followed by baboons and sun bears.

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Physical Education classes will no longer have to be abandoned on rainy days at South Wellington Intermediate School. This week the Berhamporebased intermediate will open their brand new hall with a celebration afternoon. Principal, Traci Liddall, says it was not financially viable to strengthen the old hall so it was knocked down about three years ago. “It was cheaper to knock it down and start again,” she says.

Funding for a new hall, which will be used for everything from PE classes to school assemblies, was provided by the Ministry of Education. “The new hall is fantastic in lots of ways. Just having something new, precious and looking fantastic has brought a whole new level of pride to students and staff.” Traci says it will be great to have all the school’s students together in one place for school assemblies, something that has not happened since the last hall was torn down. The new hall will be available

to the public to hire, she says. “We want it to be part of the community.” At the entrance to the hall is a Maori carving which was originally made for the old hall by a Gisborne-based carver 21 years ago. Wood work teacher Bob Waters has been restoring the carving and looking after it for the past three years. Traci says Bob had a young man help him put the carvings onto the new building. It turned out that the young man was the nephew of the original carver and it had been

exactly 21 years, to the day, that they had first been put up. On Friday SWIS will hold a celebration day to officially launch the new hall. The wider community is invited, Traci says. There will be more than 60 displays put together by students about various subjects that are studied at the school, as well as a food market The glee club, fusion group and the Wellington High School kapa haka groups will perform. The SWIS Hall Celebration is on Friday, June 26 from 1.30 till 6pm.

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Council to improve safety near schools By Sam Duff

Men’s fashion will be coming to Miramar at the end of the month in the form of a pop-up shop. Wellington menswear company, Mandatory Menswear, will be appearing in Miramar for six days while the store’s Cuba Street home undergoes earthquake strengthening. Mandatory will be taking over a yoga studio located between La Boca Loca and Roxy Cinema from June 30 till July 5.

Parents drop their kids off at school because they are concerned about their young ones being unsafe if they walk, according to Eastern Ward councillor Sarah Free. Cr Free says Wellington City

Council has approved an amendment to the 10 Year Plan that will see an additional $200,000 a year allocated to improving traffic safety near schools. The money will be spent on things such as pedestrian crossings like the one being constructed on Onepu Road in

Kilbirnie. Wellington City Council currently spends $1 million annually on traffic safety but the additional money will target school zones. In the 1980s more than 50 percent of children would walk or cycle to school and just a third would be dropped by car, Cr

Potluck Friday Food and art will come together at Houghton Valley’s first Potluck Friday on June 26. Locals are invited to bring food to share and listen to two artists who have recently returned to the area after overseas adventures. Grant Corbishley will share his experiences of making art with Chinese students, while Andrea Selwood will talk about her time as artist in residence at Bamboo Curtain Studios, Taipei. Potluck Friday is on Friday, June 26, 7pm at the Community Hall.







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Free says. She says that these days those numbers have flipped and she would like to see a return to the days when the majority of kids would walk or cycle. Parents feel their children will be unsafe if they take to the streets by themselves and that is why they drop them off in cars, according to Cr Free. “People from Roseneath to Seatoun have asked for safety improvements near schools,” she says. “But, it’s not just about children. These measures will benefit everyone.” Other projects Council may consider to improve traffic safety include a crossing near Roseneath School, a crossing near the Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie and better safety measures on Queens Drive.

 Are you happy for your little ones to take to the streets on their way to school? Do you drop them off at the front gate? TRAFFIC SAFETY: Eastern Ward councillor, Sarah Free, visited the site of the new Onepu Road pedestrian Email and let us know what you think. crossing last week. PHOTO: Sam Duff

Robbery at Kilbirnie bank Police are investigating following the aggravated robbery of a bank in Kilbirnie on Friday, June 12. ASB Kilbirnie, which is located on Bay Road, was entered by a man with a knife at approximately 4.30pm. Detective sergeant, Richard Gibson, says the man demanded money and got away with a small amount of cash. Nobody was injured in the incident. Police are searching for a Maori or Polynesian man, aged between 20 and 30 years old and approximately 5'8" tall. He has light facial hair. He was wearing white or light coloured shoes, dark trousers and a dark coloured hooded top. Detective sergeant Gibson says this person should not be approached by members of the public but any sightings of a male matching that description should be reported to Police.  Contact Police on 381 2077 or Crimestop- ROBBED: ASB Kilbirnie was robbed at knife point on the afternoon of Friday, June 12. PHOTO: pers on 0800 555 111 with any information. Sam Duff

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Implanting Grandma with aliens By Sam Duff

Island Bay resident Suzanne Main says she always wanted to write a book. However, she never expected her first effort would be nominated for the junior fiction prize at the New Zealand Children and Young Adult Book Awards. “It’s amazing, absolutely amazing,” says the accountant about her novel, How I Alienated My Grandma. The book is about a boy who is playing with a metal detector and accidentally implants an alien into his own Grandmother. Suzanne says her lifelong desire to write a novel led her to sign-up to do a six month long online writing course several years ago. “I hit 40 a few years ago and you have a bit of a midlife crises and you realise that if you don’t get started and do things that you have always wanted to do you are going to run out of time,” she says. After the course ended another six months passed and she was yet to put pen to paper. She was eager to write a book for adults so when the idea for How I Alienated My Grandma came to her during a plot writing class she put it to one side. Suzanne decided to practice her writing skills with the plot. Before she knew it, How I Alienated My Grandma, was the winner of the Tom Fitzgibbon book award for an unpublished

book in March 2014. “That was fantastic,” she says. “They told me I had won and I screamed.” The prize for the Tom Fitzgibbon book award included cash and a publishing deal which led to How I Alienated My Grandma being released in March 2015. Suzanne says her next novel will be a new adventure for the same character that featured in How I Alienated My Grandma.

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Fresh load of sand for beaches SPRUCE UP: Oriental Bay Beach, and Freyberg Beach, have both been given sand makeovers. PHOTO: Sam Duff

WORD SMITH: Suzanne Main’s first novel, How I Alienated My Grandma, has been nominated for the junior fiction finalist prize at the New Zealand Children and Young Adult Book Awards. PHOTO: Sam Duff

Wellington is set to resemble the hot tropical paradise of Rarotonga as several of the regions local beaches are given a sandy makeover. Oriental Bay and Freyberg beaches have both been the recipients of more than 2,400 tons of sand to bring them back to their original sand levels. Since the beach development in 2002, Oriental Bay has lost more than 120 cubic metres of sand each year. Julian Todd, Wellington City Council’s acting parks sport and recreation manager, says this loss of sand has always been expected due to natural processes such as weather and wave action. “Wellingtonians enjoy spending time on Freyberg and Oriental Bay beaches all year round - whatever the weather,” he says. “To ensure they have a great experi-

ence, it’s important for sand levels to be maintained.” Sand is being transported from a Dunedin quarry by rail to Wellington and will then be delivered by truck to Freyberg beach. Once on the beach the sand will be spread in the eastern and main beach by truck and loader. Around 20 truckloads of sand will be delivered on six days throughout the month of June. During this time there is likely to be some disruption to the Freyberg car park while this work is being carried out. Council will have traffic controls in place to manage truck movements and minimise impact to car park and road users. Access to the beach will be restricted at certain times for safety reasons.


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TUNED UP: Musician Rob Thorne performs with his putorino, an instrument which functions both as a trumpet and a flute.

Rob, who is also an anthropologist, travelled to the Peruvian Amazon in 2013 and was inspired by the culture that used sound and music to heal. Charlotte will be performing songs from her album Archipelago, alongside multi-instrumentalist Gil Eva Craig who plays acoustic bass, E-flat tenor horn and the guitalele. Her style of music has been

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AWARD: InsideOUT founder, Tabby Besley, was today presented with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

When Tabby Besley, 23, came out to her friends and family at the age of 15 she was helped by a school support group, for both gay and straight students. Tabby, a former Newtown community centre coordinator, experienced bullying at high school but overcame this to become the leader of the support group she was a member of. She expanded the group beyond Nayland College, where she was a student, and included people from the wider community. In 2012 Tabby founded InsideOut, which aims to makes schools more inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex students. Today, Tabby was presented with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace by the Queen herself. Tabby is among 60 young people from across the Commonwealth who

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A double bill show with two very different musicians is touring the North Island this month, hitting Wellington’s Burgundy Room at Bodega on Friday night. Maori musician Rob Thorne and singer/ songwriter Charlotte Yates are the acts for the show, run by the Arts on Tour NZ Trust. The tour is held at 17 locations around the North Island and Rob says June is a great month to tour because of his culture. “For me I always found touring in June significant because it’s Matariki,” he says. Rob, who is of Ngati Tumutumu, will be performing with traditional Maori instruments. One of these is the albatross wing bone flute, made by cutting off the ends of the bone and put finger holes in them. The traditional taonga puoro Maori instruments can be adapted to how Rob sees fit. One of the things he has learned is he can create the sound of the flute with anything that has a closed edge – bottle caps, native wood, bone and shell. “What I really enjoy about some of the instruments I play is that they are playable by what I find,” he says. To start the show, Rob will present and show the tools of his trade and how he constructs and plays the different sounds. He will then perform Whaia te Maramatanga, a personal exploration of the healing qualities and the medium of sound.


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Out on one wheel before quake By Amanda Carrington

A Miramar doctor was on a unicycle tour of Nepal a week before the devastating earthquake that hit Kathmandu. Ken Looi, from the Miramar Peninsular Medical Centre, had completed a 12 day tour of Nepal with a group of unicyclists and says he is very lucky he was not there at the time. “I think we were really lucky that we weren’t there because there would have been a lot of stone buildings that would have fallen over,” he says. Ken bought a unicycle at a bike shop in 2000 and says it is really hard when you first ride it but it is just like riding a bike. He has scaled mountain ranges, cross country tracks and New Zealand walkways. The Himalayan Mountain is no stranger to Ken, making this year’s trip the second on one wheel. The keen mountain unicyclist attempted the mountain back in 2009. He also unicycled dirt road tracks to towns including Pokhara and Chame. Ken says not many people have unicycled the Himalayans and he looks forward to doing it again with a group of people. The Malaysian born doctor has travelled to many countries to complete tours on his one wheeled bike. He organised a tour in Laos

Remembering Jerry Thousands of mourners gathered in Porirua last week to pay tribute to former All Black and Hurricane Jerry Collins, who was killed in a car crash in France. Collins and his wife Alana died on the morning of June 5, after their car lost control and collided with a bus in southern France. The rugby star made his debut for Wellington in 1999 and made his Hurricanes debut in 2001. Between 2001 and 2008 he played a total of 74 matches for the Hurricanes, including in the 2006 final against the Crusaders at AMI Stadium.

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and Vietnam in 2006, where he broke his leg while riding and ended up in Bangkok to have surgery. “It was a bit embarrassing because I was organising the tour and then halfway through had to leave it,” he says. Ken has unicycled through Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Mongolia and has also raced on his unicycle.

Having competed in Japan and Denmark, Ken also won a silver medal at the unicycling world championships in Canada. His “biggest mission” was back in 2010 when he unicycled around Wellington’s Basin Reserve 840 times in 24 hours, clocking up 378kms. Having competed in Japan and Denmark, Ken also

Singing a tune at St Georges By Sam Duff

St Georges Anglican Church in Seatoun is gearing-up to host an internationally renowned university choir. Christ’s College Choir, from the University of Cambridge, will be touring Singapore and New Zealand for three weeks and one of their performances will be at St George’s. Reverend Tim McKenzie says the choir will only be performing in Wellington twice so it will be an honour to have them pay a visit to St Georges. “We’re really thrilled to be having them,” he says. “We’re just a little suburban church and this world famous choir is happy to rock up on our doorstep to sing. “It’s really great.” The concert was organised through the University of Cambridge alumni network, Tim says. “One of our members has recently returned from Cambridge and the choir had put out a call for venues to perform in during the tour. “Somebody said let’s do it here and I thought ‘why not’.” Tim says there is quite a history of concerts being held at St Georges. “We have a lovely acoustic here, it will be lovely.” Tim says about 200 people can fit into the church so it will be a


holds the world record for the farthest distance you can go in an hour, coming in just short of 30kms at 29.93kms. The 37-year-old has thought of using his unicycle as transport to get to and from work as a general practitioner but his work requires the use of a car for some home visits. He has used the one wheel bike to get groceries when he lived in Australia.

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Q: What do you think about Wellington’s winter weather so far?

Brodie Doherty, Newtown

Matias Speranza, Newtown

Kern Uren, Wainuiomata

“Not much to expect, it is weather.”

“I’m foreign so I don’t know Wellington very well. It’s always raining and it’s always windy.”

“It’s winter time.”

Walter Parris, Kingston

Emma Crompton, Wellington CBD

“I have been here for about 60 years and it was the hottest winter on record. We were told some years ago that the weather would be wetter and more extreme.”

Michael Dunningham, Kilbirnie “It could be worse.”

“Well it’s pretty windy and it’s pretty wet.”

LETTERS to the editor Vegetation can impede vision Dear Ed, on Sunday I found myself waiting to cross the road at Lyall Parade, alongside the Queens Drive roundabout. The roundabout is covered with native vegetation, eg: various cordylines, and a bouffy hedge type plant. Although I had driven past this roundabout on numerous occa-

sions I found crossing near it as a pedestrian (admittedly a short pedestrian), quite scary. When you are standing on the footpath you just can’t see what cars are coming around the roundabout as they are obscured by the vegetation. It was really unnerving not being able to see clearly what was

approaching. It struck me particularly, because so many times I had driven round that roundabout and never thought my visibility was impeded. Vegetation on roundabouts can be quite attractive for passing motorists, but I think it needs to be ground-hugging rather than growing upwards and onward.

BOG ROLL: Do not expect a financial saving if you purchase a larger roll of toilet paper, according to one reader.

more for that “baker's dozen” equivalent Mega pack than for 12 or 13 rolls bought as part of a regular pack! Only if you wait for a good special price-cut will the Mega pack be a saving.

“Change the roll less often” is doubtless a valid reason to buy the packs of long rolls. However, all the makers are “as cunning as a rat” by not saying, but letting us think, we shall also, and always, save money when we buy such packs. As I've said before, surely it's feasible to offer us the option of long rolls as a genuine moneysaving in “large family size” packs which, at both list and special price, will always give us some greater quantity for money than the packs of regular rolls do. Yes, even if we have to use a pocket calculator to check on which of the two packs gives a greater quantity for its price! H Westfold, Miramar

Cycleway a true community asset Dear Ed, following Fiona Gilbert’s letter (CSN, June 15) I’d like to share my experience of the Tawa Cycleway. I take my young boys out to Tawa to visit their grandparents and we all really enjoy cycling along the Tawa cycleway. On a fine day we might bike all the way to the Pirate Golf

in Porirua. We have never had any problems with safety and my perception is that the drivers, walkers and cyclists all adopt a common sense approach and look out for each other. After all, they are all part of the same community! My mother has started biking on the cycleway most

surf which was in parts breaking over the footpath at Lyall Bay beach - even onto the little playground further along. I noticed a whimsical little sign, advising us to ‘Respect our Dunes’ - someone really needs to tell the sea methinks! Christine Swift, Island Bay

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The war of the great white roll Dear Ed, further to my earlier letter about “the Arsepaper Wars”, here's the latest news from our Miramar supermarket. I recently bought the new Purex Mega, which is a pack of six big rolls equal to 13 regular ones. Arithmetic says each of those big rolls must be 2 and 1/6 times as long as a regular roll; so it is a bit awkward for the bracket, naturally. But if you plan to buy this mega pack at the normal list price, don’t expect a saving moneywise. On the contrary, I was annoyed to find that, for the total length of rolls in a pack, and for the length of each individual roll in a pack, one has to pay

It would be interesting to get the opinions of the planners who choose the plantings on this roundabout. Perhaps from time to time they need to get out from behind their desks and put these roundabouts to the pedestrian test. Oh, and why was I crossing? To experience the thundering

mornings, despite not having been on a bike for 40 years. The cycleway is a true community asset that lots and lots of people enjoy using, both for exercising and also just to get about in their community. Keep up the good work Council. Janet Miller, Island Bay

Dear Ed, the increasingly hysterical letters opposing cycle lanes are to be expected from those who fear change. Increasing cycle infrastructure is a natural progression for any forward thinking city, as it gives greater transport options to its ratepayers. Worth noting that riding a bike is accessible to a vastly higher number of citizens than

driving cars. As for the claims that the pro-cycling lobby is “allpowerful”, it’s more a case of them finally finding a voice after decades of being ignored thanks to the rapidly growing number of people who now choose to ride a bike to get around. Nick Warren, Miramar

Get rid of the pokie machines Dear Ed, we need to limit (pokie machine numbers) or only have one venue like in Western Australia (CSN, June 8).

Throw them away. Do something. They are destroying people's lives. Lisa Antonopoulos

An artsy Aro Valley creative-writing type Dear Ed, I commend the satirist and comedic writer responsible for “H. Westfold of Miramar.” Most weeks your letters page features this Dickensian creation railing against liberals - despite liberal use of exclamation marks! Without fail, he (or she?) is able to emulate the views of

some poor soul who has ignored or misunderstood at least the last 50 years of science, literature, cultural developments, music and most other fields of human endeavour. I presume the witty author must be an artsy Aro Valley creative-writing type. Bravo! E. Thomas, Newtown

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LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Picking sides for the Kilbirnie Festival Dear Ed, I had a stall at Mr Welsh’s Kilbirnie fair (CSN, June 15), after many years of having a stall at Mr Wilson’s fairs. I’m glad I went to Mr Welsh’s fair, it was successful for everyone. The public enjoyed the entertainment on offer. Stall holders

don’t like Mr Wilson, he is aggressive and dictatorial. You can see that by his comments in local newspapers. I will be attending Mr Welsh’s event in 2016, if he gets the go ahead. I will not be going if Mr Wilsons gets it. Jeff Kiely, Newtown

TICK OF APPROVAL: A reader says he hopes chair of the Kilbirnie Business Network, Bruce Welsh, is given the responsibility of running next year’s Kilbirnie Community Festival.

School day reminiscing at Kilmarnock Heights Home Residents of Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore took a journey back to their childhood during a recent ‘Back to School’ day. Old school books, mementos and photos were displayed in the home’s lounge to encourage residents to reminisce about their childhood, explains volunteer Bev Simonsen. “When you compare school life today with what it was like more than 60 years ago it’s easy to see that a lot has changed, so it’s nice to look back and find out what people remember about it,” says Bev. For some residents it brought back memories that had faded over time. “Some people can’t remember where they went to school but other people talking about their own school days and seeing the display helped to spark memories and got them talking about the parts they can remember,” says Bev. Residents were asked questions about their school days and stickers were put on a world map to show where everyone grew up. “We found out that residents and day guests went to school all over New Zealand as well as overseas. It’s quite interesting to see where people grew up and how they came to live at Kilmarnock Heights Home,” Bev explains. “We also reminisced about the games we used to play, like marbles and knuckle bones - you could create your own fun by using nothing more than a top and a piece of string.” Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation


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officer, Annelize Steyn, says the school day session enabled residents to delve deeper into their childhood memories. “They remember the sights, the sounds, the smells, and even what their mothers’ wore - the memories can be very vivid,” says Annelize. “Everyone found out something new about each other, so it was also a great way to deepen their friendships.” Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, provides rest home and respite care as well as a popular day guest programme. PBA  For more information about Kilmarnock Heights Home, call 04 380 2034, email or visit

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R E E T N U L VO NOW Help us run Ronald McDonald House Wellington This is your opportunity to help Kiwi families who have a child admitted to Wellington Hospital! We need dedicated volunteers willing to help run Ronald McDonald House and the Family Room which is located in the Wellington Children’s Hospital. Volunteers are needed to help on any day of the week; any time, day or night. We have a real need for volunteers from 2pm-6pm. If you are a responsible person, with a can-do attitude and can empathise with families going through a difficult time, we would love to hear from you.

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St. Vincent De Paul Wellington, People Helping People The Vinnies in Wellington are dedicated to helping make a difference. The aim is to come together and support as a family, that means having personal contact with those less fortunate, those who are suffering, irrespective of what the suffering may be, and without judgement. Volunteers and the Welfare Team want to make help readily available. This care and practical help can assist in promoting human dignity, hence the Vinnies apt

motto, People Helping People. The reality is that poverty, suffering and loneliness are present for thousands of people in our communities and the Vinnies aim to tackle this problem head on.  To find out more about St. Vincent De Paul Wellington or to express your interest in volunteering, call 04 389 7122 or get more information on PBA

We would like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers, and everyone who helped us help people. Last year we helped over 4,000 individuals and families. We would also love to call out to people who are looking for places to volunteer and give back to their community.

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Become an Enliven volunteer The elders of Enliven’s rest homes have raised families, built careers, broken boundaries and even fought for freedom. They have amazing stories to tell and skills to share.

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As a volunteer at Kilmarnock Heights Home you can give back to the elders of your community by spending time with them, enjoying favourite hobbies and pastimes, taking trips, or simply chatting over a cuppa. Enliven is looking for volunteers across Wellington. Call us on 0508 TO HELP or email to register your interest. The Enliven difference Enliven offers a range of services for Wellington locals including rest home, hospital and dementia care, as well as respite and convalescent care and day activity programmes.

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MINUTES WITH: Tim McKenzie Anglican vicar of Miramar and Seatoun If you could be somebody for a day who would it be? What is the best thing in your life right now? Watching the fern frond of people’s anxieties unfurl in the light of God’s grace.

What would Cook Strait News readers be shocked to know about you?

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Who is one person, dead or alive, you would love to have a meal with? Octavius Hadfield, an early missionary to New Zealand, Maori land rights champion, adventurer and peacemaker. He’d have fascinating things to say about old Wellington.

What meal do you never get sick of eating? Mel’s dhalmushroom curry, tied with Quesadillas from Maranui Cafe.

Overhaul food distribution and consumption patterns, to ensure that no one goes hungry. And while we’re at


being blessed by the priest during the ceremony of the Mass, the altar bread, while still looking and tasting as such, in fact alters in its essential substance to become the actual flesh of Jesus Christ. THUMBS UP to the new sand being delivered to Oriental Bay beach. Welcome to Wellington you little cute speckles of beige! THUMBS DOWN to the arsonists who set fire to Lyall Bay School’s new $30,000 astroturf during Queen’s birthday weekend. The school says it will now be installing security cameras.


My wife Mel, I got her lost in the bush, and she still agreed to marry me!

What would your super power be and why? I always thought being able to leap tall buildings in a single bound would be pretty cool.

What is the best thing in your life right now? My children, Isabella and Gene.

From yodelling cats and surfing dogs to collapsing buildings and other outrageously excitable shenanigans – this is where readers share what is going UP and DOWN in the Eastern and Southern suburbs.


THUMBS UP to a Berhampore resident’s garden. He says his first daffodil of the season has appeared! THUMBS DOWN to the nasty weather that has been battering the South Coast. Things have been out of control down there! THUMBS DOWN to Sam Duff’s spelling of altar bread in last week’s edition of the Cook Strait News. One reader says the mistake could have been a very sophisticated and subtle reference to the Roman Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation. In which it is believed that upon

Who is your best friend and why?

Have you got an anonymous THUMBS UP or THUMBS DOWN to share with Cook Strait News readers? Email and let us know.

THUMBS UP to businessman and star of The Apprentice, Donald Trump, putting his name forward for the Republican nomination to run for president of the United States. This will be entertaining!

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Samrawit reaches target St Catherine’s College student, Samrawit Abrham, has raised enough cash to compete at the Australasian Taekwon-do Championships in Brisbane next month. Cook Strait News spoke to the former refugee recently about her love of the sport, dreams for the future and how she needed to raise $2000 to compete in Australia. At the time, Samrawit said she would have to get a credit card, as she had only raised about $800 for the trip. When Cook Strait News went to print on Friday, Samrawit’s Givealittle page, to raise money for the trip, had exceeded the $2000 fundraising goal. Samrawit’s mother made her learn the martial art of Taekwondo so that the young girl could

protect herself from male assaults in her home country of Ethiopia. Samrawit’s mother and father both died of malaria, a mosquitoborne infectious disease, when she was just four-years-old. Her grandmother, who was blind due to distilling alcohol, took on the responsibility of looking after Samrawit and her three siblings. Last year, thanks to money from their aunt, Samrawit and her siblings moved to New Zealand as refugees, under the family reunification category. The Mount Cook resident says she enjoys Taekwon-do because it has taught her how to defend herself. Samrawit, a black-belt, will head to Australia with the Victoria University Taekwon-do Club.


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HARD FIGHT: Samrawit Abrham has reached her fundraising target to represent New Zealand in the sport of Taekwon-do in July. PHOTO: Sam Duff

Rhythm man

Discussing a ban

The rhythm man who popularised African music in New Zealand is set to hold a fundraising concert for the African Communities Council Wellington. Sam Manzanza, who has more than 20 years of experience as an entertainer, will be performing at Meow bar on Friday June 26 from 9pm. Entry costs $5.

More than 70 Kilbirnie locals attended a public meeting to discuss a potential liquor ban for the suburb last week. Councillor Simon Marsh told the meeting that issues with the public consumption of alcohol in Kilbirnie may because there are liquor bans in the nearby CBD and in Newtown. Cr Marsh says he is open

Neighbour upset about deck By Sam Duff

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to the idea of a ban and local Police have also committed to a greater presence in the suburb.

An Island Bay man is angry and upset because a developer has been allowed to erect a deck on a neighbouring property without getting resource consent. Parvez Rana says the developer has built a deck which reaches the boundary of the property and reduces his family’s privacy because of its height. According to Wellington City Council bylaws, if a deck

is less than two metres in height then resource consent is not necessary. Parvez says he has no issue with the man making noise and renovating the house but is concerned about people being able to stand on the deck and look into his section and house. “We have the right to privacy,” he says. The newly constructed deck extends from the front to the rear of the property. Cook Strait News approached the developer of the property,

which is located on The Parade. As he is not required to get resource consent from Wellington City Council, the man says he has not broken any laws and will continue to renovate the property and on-sell it for a profit.  Is two metres too high for resource consent to be required? What do you think? Email and let us know what you think.

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NOT HAPPY: Parvez Rana, from Island Bay, is angry his neighbour is allowed to build a deck without resource consent. PHOTO: Sam Duff

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Cash raised for a good cause By Sam Duff

Sick children throughout Wellington are set to benefit from 10 new pieces of medical equipment thanks to the fundraising efforts of South Wellington Seido Karate. Branch chief Tony Gaeta says the dojo likes to support local charities and this is the second year they have raised funds for the Wellington Hospital Foundation. From an ever popular quiz night to a raffle, South Wellington Seido Karate has raised $15,000 in 2015 to put towards ten new pieces of medical equipment for the children’s hospital. In 2014 the dojo raised $12,500 for the Wellington Hospital Foundation. Tony says South Wellington Seido Karate is always endeavouring to help throughout the community. “60 to 70 percent of our members are kids so it was a natural decision that we made to support the children’s hospital,” he says. Tony says that each year the dojo raises money from January to May. In May was the annual quiz night, in which sports broadcaster Grant Nisbett was the quiz master. Chair of the Wellington Hospital Foundation, Bill Day, says 100 percent of the money raised will go towards the new equipment.

Speed stacking Participants had their cups at the ready during the 2015 National Sport Stacking Tournament which was held in Wellington at the weekend. The tournament, held on Saturday at Wellington Girls’ College, was the seventh World Sport Stacking Association sanctioned National Sport Stacking Tournament in New Zealand. Competitors from throughout the country, including a threeyear-old, competed for the title of the New Zealand Sport Stacking All-Round Champion 2015. Competing on home turf were the 2015 NZ Black Stacks team members that competed in the World Sport Stacking Championships in Montreal, Canada in April. Results for the competition were not available when Cook Strait News went to print.

‘People’s Cup’ tour

GOOD EFFORT: Sports broadcaster Grant Nisbett, Wellington Hospital Foundation chair Bill Day, South Wellington Seido Karate branch chief Tony Gaeta and foundation fundraising and administration coordinator Shona Brunton. PHOTO: Sam Duff

This includes two air blenders, which help with respiratory problems such as asthma, and eight new pulse oximeters, which measure oxygen levels in a patient’s blood. The new pieces of equipment will all be used in patient’s own

homes so they do not have to stay in hospital for as long. “The best care a child can get is at home,” Bill says. “The best care comes from being around your family.” The money was presented to the foundation at South Wellington

Seido Karate’s annual prize giving last week. Bill says at the prize giving he asked the children to put their hands up if they had ever been to hospital when they were sick. More than 25 kids put their hands up, he says.

The Victoria Racing Club last week announced that Wellington would join four New Zealand destinations in hosting the $175,000, 18-carat gold Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy as part of the thirteenth annual Tour. The ‘People’s Cup’ will travel to 33 towns and cities across Australia, New Zealand, and for the first time, Malaysia. After 118 days on tour the cup will return to Melbourne for ‘the race that stops a nation’, on the first Tuesday of November.








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