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A star in the making By Fiona Donnellan

The moment you meet Milly Mackey you realise there is something special about this rising rugby star. This special something transcends to the playing field as Milly is one of Johnsonville Rugby Club’s most promising young players. At just 13-years-old Milly is a pragmatic and confident young woman who knows exactly what dreams she’s chasing. “I will be at the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan in 2020,” she told the Independent Herald. Continued on page 2


RUGBY RISING STAR: Rising star at Johnsonville Rugby Club Milly Mackey PHOTO: Emma Morgan


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Continued from page 1 She plays the side flanker position for both the Under 13 Western Bays Rep team and Johnsonville Rugby Club team, which she also co-captains. No small feat for the only girl on the team. As captain Milly has to talk to the team, let them know what they’re doing, the line out, the scrums so that everyone knows their role. A leadership role which Milly is happy to accept explaining, “My dad coaches, so I look and learn.” When asked how she feels about playing and

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The eco-sanctuary which is home to some of New Zealand's most endangered native animals, plants and birds turned 20 at the weekend. “We’ve achieved more than we would’ve ever thought possible in 20 years. Wildlife relocations, forest rejuvenation, education programmes – and all thanks to a passionate and dedicated community. It’s incredibly exciting time; a chance to reflect and, of course, a chance to look ahead to the next 480 years,” says Conservation, Learning, Research and Education Manager, Raewyn Empson. Raewyn first became involved with the sanctuary as a founding member of the Karori Sanctuary Trust. She then went on to establish restoration and research programmes and has been with Zealandia ever since. Visitors Sarah Brown and


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Milly and help her keep up with her busy training schedule. Milly trains with the Club, Rep and for her basketball team each week. “She keeps us busy, keeping up with training and games,” explains mum Kelly. Milly was also recently asked by Johnsonville Rugby Club president Geoff Walker to chat with the Under 10 team ahead of their match to act as a role model. The team went on to win after Milly’s words of wisdom. Geoff says, “Milly is really switched on, smart and is going places.”

Freddie Zachariassen were enjoying their day, “I promised him we’d come in the school holidays, and it’s such a fine day, it’s worked out well for us,” says Sarah. “It’s a special weekend,” says Alan and Pauline Mac Kensie who are foundation members, commenting that Zealandia is “right on our doorstep” and should be enjoyed. Jessica Macauley, Mia and Phoebe Kluge were also spotted enjoying their day and spotting birds. “There are all kinds of things to do, we’ve seen loads of birds already,” commented Jessica. Forest and Bird and Wellington City Council also ran an initiative at the weekend whereby visitors could take GOOD NATURE: Sarah Brown and Freddie Zachariassen at Zealandia home a native sapling to plant. during the weekend celebrations PHOTO Fiona Donnellan Deputy Mayor Justin Lester was on hand to explain the ngaio, and attract even more and the good weather saw process and hopes to encour- birds to the capital. increased numbers passing age further growth of native Staff at the sanctuary com- through the gates across the plants like matai, titoki and mented that the anniversary weekend.


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captaining an all-boys team she says, “At first they [the team] were a bit unsure, but I think it’s a good thing, they listen to a girl. I like it, I get to show up the boys,” she jokes. “I’ve been playing since I was 5-years-old,” she added and has big plans for her rugby career. Next year Milly hopes to play with the Under 13 teams at her school, Newlands College, and then play Under 15, then by the time she’s 18 she hopes to be playing the big league at the Olympic Games. Mother Kelly and Father Mo are extremely proud of

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One dead in Johnsonville stabbing By Fiona Donnellan

Police have described the stabbing which took place in Johnsonville last week as a “tragic family-related incident.” Police confirmed that the 67-year-old man who died following the incident was Noel Hudson Garratt, of Johnsonville and a married father of five.

The late-night incident on Broderick Road on Wednesday left four others injured including a 9-year-old boy, three women, aged 64, 45 and 42. The injured were taken to nearby Wellington hospital for treatment. The young boy is still recovering and is in a stable condition. The three other victims including a neighbour have since been discharged. It

is understood that the woman at a neighbouring property was stabbed when she answered her door. Police and ambulance services cordoned off the street shortly after 8.30 pm and recovered a knife from the scene. A 25-year-old woman was later taken into custody when she was apprehended by a police dog and handler near the scene. Detective Senior Sergeant John van Heuvel said the woman was under police guard while receiving medical treatment for dog-bite wounds to her legs, sustained during the arrest. Four charges of assault with a weapon have been filed in the Wellington District Court against her in connection with the incident, with further charges anticipated pending the outcome of further inquiries.


"While the laying of charges is an important step in the inquiry, there is still a lot of work to be done regarding the on-going investigation," says Detective Van Den Heuvel. "Police current focus is on supporting the victims and their families. Police are also mindful of future court matters so are unable to comment on the specifics of the charged woman's relationship with the family members at the house, or their relationships in detail," Detective Van Den Heuvel added. "In the meantime, we have a large team working on the inquiry and are strongly focussed on finding out what has happened. We again reassure the community that we are not seeking anyone else in relation to this tragic event, which is an isolated incident, with no on-going risk to the community."

Once-in-alifetime job Abbey Scott, 9, from Wellington, has been announced as the country’s official Toy Tester for 2015/16 for The Warehouse. “It really doesn’t get any better than this. I love toys they are my life - and I can’t wait to help Kiwi kids around the country find out what’s new and cool every month,” says Abbey about the role. Abbey will be given a laptop, Panasonic video camera and $200 worth of new toys to review each month. To keep kids up-to-date with Abbey’s toy reviews, you can check out The Warehouse Youtube Channel.

Allo, Allo By Fiona Donnellan

The New Players Theatre Company have comedy gold up their sleeves. Their July production is an adaptation of the popular 80s and 90s BBC sitcom ‘Allo, Allo’. So expect hilarious encounters with the Gestapo and the Resistance, with direction by Ross Jordan, last seen as Doug, in New Players Theatre Company’s 2014 production of ‘The Old People Are Revolting’, by Devon Williamson. New Players’ founder, Ross Conland, is cast as the iconic Leclerc, founder member Marie Thomson, is Edith Artois, her husband, René, is played by Damian Reid and Richard Kenyon is the ultimate Officer Crabtree. This is both Richard and Damien’s second show with the group.

Paulette McIndoe, Yvette, has been in several of the Murder Mysteries for which New Players is renowned, and Phil Saxby is Italian Captain Bertorelli. Claire Milliken, Jussam Mechen, Braden Lister, Jono Broom, Erica Meads, Christian Shaw, Symon Choveaux, Carey Clements and Alienor Durand are all welcomed new additions to the society. Watch René try to ride out World War II in his French cafe in the town of Nouvion as hilarity ensues. Everyone is invited to dress in the spirit of the evening at Newland Community Centre, July 16 - 18 and 22 - 25 at 8 pm or 4 pm matinees July 18 and 19.

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‘Our tremendous opportunity’: A look at the hidden history of BBC English

National radio came to Britain in 1922, when the British Broadcasting Company commenced operations. Announcers spoke in an extremely formal style, using the upper-class accent we would now call ‘advanced’ received pronunciation. But behind the scenes there were all kinds of arguments about how BBC English should sound, and whether broadcasting could be used to improve the national language. This lecture tells the story of those arguments and relates them to some of the linguistic dilemmas broadcasters still face today. When: 6pm, Tuesday 14 July Where: Hugh Mackenzie Lecture Theatre 205, Hugh Mackenzie Building, Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington


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HEALTHY & HAPPY: William Nobelen of the Rotary Club of Johnsonville with Hon Peter Dunne, Principal Jan Otene, current President of the Rotary Club Michael Hodgen, Alison Shanks, Deputy Mayor Justin Lester and Roland van Praag. Front Row: Ross Jordan and ‘Healthy Heroes’ Aryaa Subedi, Jerry Vakamoce and Jessica Shepherd. PHOTO: Emma Morgan

Children become Healthy Heroes By Fiona Donnellan

Senior students at RewaRewa School, Newlands have been busy living healthier lives as part of the ‘Healthy Heroes’ programme. The nine-week long programme, which is managed by the Rotary Club of Johnsonville, meant students at the school were monitoring their fruit and vegetable intake, getting early nights and doing good deeds, everything to energise their lives in a healthy way. Independent Herald reported on the launch of Healthy Heroes in May at a special assembly attended by Hon Peter Dunne

and Deputy Mayor Justin Lester. These Healthy Heroes supporters including members of the Johnsonville Rotary Club returned to the school for the final ‘Healthy Heroes’ assembly last week to hear the closing details on how the programme went for pupils, including former Olympic and Commonwealth Games cyclist Ali Shanks, who flew in from Hamilton for the special occasion. The kids of Year 4, 5 and 6 spoke about how eating healthy had been hard but worthwhile, one commenting on how she had upped the ante on her beetroot, broccoli and carrot intake.

Another had started walking to and from school as part of the initiative. Cr Lester was “very proud to support” the Healthy Heroes and confessed that he didn’t like or eat vegetables as a kid but changed his ways for the better. Hon Peter Dunne said, “It’s not just about these nine weeks, it’s about how you live your life from here,” adding that healthy habits “don’t stop today and I think you’re all heroes.” At the same assembly, one very lucky student whose efforts stood out received a prize of one term’s worth of swimming lessons at the Keith Spry Pool. The presen-

tation was made by Ali Shanks and Jerry Vakamoce from Year 4 was the lucky recipient. Ali also spoke to the group about her Olympics and Commonwealth experiences, her dedication to training and eating right, and how she strives for excellence each day, encouraging all the students to follow their dreams. Rotary Club of Johnsonville and owner of New World Newlands, Ross Jordan, prepared fruit packs and donated frisbees during the programme. Ross commented that he was thrilled with how the kids and parents “really got behind the programme.”



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Johnsonville Youth Centre By Fiona Donnellan

highlight the work they’re doing. Both sources along with word of mouth created interest explained the organisers. The Youth Centre is open three days per week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with mostly local people from Newlands, Johnsonville and Khandallah attending with a “variation in ages from 11-17 years old.” The purpose of the group is to help to enable children, “We teach them life skills, like helping them out with their CVs. We’re providing them with cooking skills, we even have small events where they made ice cream, pancakes and pizza,” explained Jean, Claire and Hezekiah. The club was originally going to be shut down as it was thought the club

The Youth Centre in Johnsonville Community Centre has been up and running since May. Just less than two months and the centre has been a rousing success. Chief organisers of the club are Jean Feary, Claire Mandengs and Hezekiah Elisha Tumai. They’re thrilled with how it has been progressing, at first there were only three or four kids per week but now they’re up to “15 kids each week at least.” They even had a big grand opening where 25 kids arrived and enjoyed the night. The Youth Centre has been advertised through Onslow College and they also have a Facebook page to

wasn't making an impact, but it’s had a new lease of life and has a great opportunity now to turn things around. Claire, Jean and Hezekiah want to provide a place for “young children to meet new people, a safe surrounding and a fun place for the kids. It's for them to have someone who they can trust and talk to, not just their parents and friends.” “I heard through some people and thought I would try it, so one day I turned up with some friends. Now I have been coming back, I have made new friendships and it allows me to hang out somewhere different. My favourite part of the club is how friendly everyone is and that we all get along well together, says Addison Zhen about the club.

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It’s more than recreation at Cashmere Heights Home The ‘recreation programme’ at Enliven homes isn’t about entertainment; it’s about providing meaning, purpose and igniting the spirit of residents. That’s the view of Cashmere Heights Home recreation officer Kirsty Glasgow, who joined the Johnsonville home in February. “I absolutely love this role,” says Kirsty. “Seeing the residents smile and having fun just makes your day.” Kirsty says the main role of Enliven recreation officers is to support residents to pursue their interests, maintain connections with their community, foster companionship, and take part in activities that are fun and meaningful. Cashmere Heights Home embraces the Eden Alternative, an elder-directed model of care used by all Enliven homes. The philosophy focuses on creating elder-centred communities and encourages variety, spontaneity, companionship, contact with children and animals, continuing hobbies and meaningful activity, explains Kirsty. “Eden is absolutely fantastic. It gets me thinking outside the square to find activities for each individual to enjoy and benefit from, and thinking of alternative ways to support residents to continue enjoying the things they love.” Kirsty says Eden encourages people to maintain their independence and have a sense of purpose and fun in their lives, whatever their age and circumstances. “Eden recognises that while people’s abilities sometimes change as they get older, instead of focusing on what they can’t do we should focus on supporting them to continue doing the things they’ve always done in ways that are right for

them,” Kirsty adds. Cashmere Heights Home is the sistersite of Cashmere Home in Johnsonville and is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central. The two homes specialise in hospital-level care, palliative care, respite, health recovery and rehabilitation care, and now provide rest home care.  For more information about Cashmere Heights Home, located at 16 Helston Road in Johnsonville, or Enliven’s other services, call 0800 36 54 83 or visit www.

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Karori excluded from Cycleways Fund boost By Fiona Donnellan

The most notable area excluded from the latest Urban Cycleways Fund announcement is Karori, despite a recent call by residents for more cycling infrastructure. “Cycling made safer, easier and more enjoyable” according to this week’s announcement by the Government, and an investment of $20 million has been promised to the Wellington region from the Urban Cycleways Fund. The NZ Transport Agency, Wellington City Council, Hutt City Council, Upper Hutt City Council, Porirua City Council, Kapiti Coast District Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council have all welcomed the funding, which takes the total spend on cycling in Wellington for the next three years to approximately $65 million. The overall aim is to establish cycling as an integral part of the city’s transport network. Construction of a new cycle way will link Wellington to the Hutt Valley, Melling to Petone, Onepoto and Wi Neera shared

pathway and Bunny Street to Ngauranga and more. Other projects will also be accelerated by the boost. However, Megan Hubscher of ‘Karori By Bike’ who has been advocating for cycle lanes in Karori has commented on the latest announcement, “We're really pleased for the Wellington region, it’s a significant improvement so that everyone can get around safely and reduce carbon emissions. I’m stoked for the region but disappointed that Karori wasn’t prioritised.” Megan also says, “It’s a shame we’ve missed out. There is a lack of clarity about how the routes were prioritised and there was no public discussion about how the decision was arrived at. The upshot is that Wellington cycling infrastructure will vastly improve. I’m really pleased for the commuters in the Hutt Valley and Wellington Eastern suburbs.” Megan is hoping for improvements of cycle ways around Karori when the budget becomes available and in the meantime will continue to make Karori a cyclefriendly suburb.

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The ballet comes to Welly By Fiona Donnellan

Budding ballerinas and dance enthusiasts in Wellington will be pleased to hear that on August 18 The Russian National Ballet Theatre [RNBT] comes to the Wellington Opera House for two nights. The shows are full-length classical performances of both Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. The Russian National Ballet Theatre’s performance of The Sleeping Beauty is one of their “most lavish theatrical performances” with elements of the original St. Petersburg staging

from the 1800s set to stun. The current staging has an impressive cast of over 50 dancers and a strong mix of fairy-tale settings and Tchaikovsky composed score. It’s artistically directed by Evgeny Amosov, who still remains the coach with the company. Dmitry Govoroukhin who is Assistant Manager of the ballet and an ex Principal Male Dancer has said, “After successful world tours including China, Europe, the USA and Australia, the dancers of RNBT are greatly looking forward to bringing their classical Russian ballet on their first visit to Wellington.”

The theatre was first conceived to support the promising young theatre with “high creative potential, both the classical and contemporary” and has served as the benchmark for ballet dancers and schools ever since.  We have 2 pairs of tickets to give away to the Russian National Ballet Theatre performance of Swan Lake August 18 at 7.30 pm at Wellington Opera House simply tell us why you deserve the tickets by emailing news@

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Booze news for Johnsonville There is opposition a plenty to a proposed new Johnsonville Liquor Store from parties like Regional Public Health, the New Zealand Police and local City Councillor and Johnsonville resident Justin Lester. Cr Lester has met the application to open the store at 122 Johnsonville Road with some criticism, saying “The suitability of the operators is questionable. Each of the proposed duty managers has recent drink driving convictions and the owner of Sai Wholesale Liquor has shown a flagrant disregard for harm minimisation requirements in the past.” Indeed the store, which is intended to trade as Sai Wholesale Liquor, in 2012 applied to open an outlet in Bulls which was declined as the Liquor Licensing Authority determined the operator was not of suitable character to expand operations. The outlet was plagued by the authorities prior to this when in 2011

their license was suspended after the store was caught selling liquor to someone under the legal age. Cr Lester is opposed to the outlet opening because he believes the application would be an invitation for liquor abuse to occur in the Johnsonville community. “The Johnsonville community has several liquor stores already, including two easily accessible supermarkets, two full-range liquor outlets and multiple on-licence premises. Legislation allows for more premises to open, but here there is a distinct and legitimate concern around the suitability of the operators, in this case,” explains Cr Lester.  Do you think Johnsonville needs another liquor store? Let us know by sending letters to the address of page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in emails and should be no longer than 150 words.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.

Question: Have you been to Zealandia, and did you know it was turning 20 this month?

Ashlie Connor Lower Hutt

Paul Rowe Porirua

I have been before. It wasn’t No, it’s not my cup of tea and what I expected; it wasn’t as I didn’t know the anniversary spectacular as I thought it was this month. going to be. I thought it was a waste of money. But no, I wasn’t aware it was the anniversary this weekend.

Pip Bedford Johnsonville

Cathie Guilford Johnsonville

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Jamie Ross Johnsonville

I am shocked about it being the anniversary. I have never been before but not thinking of going any time soon as it’s not my idea of a place to visit.

I have been to Zealandia and absolutely loved it. I was aware of the 20th anniversary as I have entered a competition to celebrate 150 years of Wellington.

Only just recently moved here so have never heard of Zealandia or anything about the anniversary.

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Chromebooks for Newlands By Fiona Donnellan

IT SAVVY: Students enjoying their new Chromebooks at Newlands School PHOTO: Supplied

All the students of Newlands School will be tech s av v y wh i z k id s s o on enough. The students have received $31,920 from local trusts to put towards the latest Chromebooks. Pub Charity, Infinity Foundation, Pelorus Trust, and the Trusts Community Foundation all lent a helping hand to provide the computers. The school have been able to initially purchase enough devices for students in the four senior classes to have one each for use. Robyn Arthur, Principal at Newlands, has said this is an outstanding outcome and is

delighted to welcome the new arrivals. “We are extremely grateful for the support of these four charities. This generous support has enabled the school to realise its ICT plans earlier than expected. Our PCs are old and beyond repair. These grants have kick started our digital upgrade and have made an enormous positive difference to our teaching and learning,” says Principal Robyn Arthur. The school intends to continue its fundraising efforts so that the students from the junior classes can too avail of the Chromebooks. The computers offer thousands of apps, have built-in virus

Annual New Zealand Oral History Awards By Fiona Donnellan

Marina Fontein is a social researcher living in Churton Park and her chosen topic of The Lebanese Community in Wellington was granted funding in this year’s New Zealand Oral History Awards [NZOH]. Marina has been looking in-depth at the Lebanese families who made a significant contribution to Wellington’s cultural diversity, social and economic history and special character and creating oral recordings. “I became interested in finding out about my Lebanese Grandfather, he lived in Wellington in

the last century and was killed in an accident before I was born,” explains Marina. “Lebanese people made a huge difference to cultures, behind the scenes and in business in Wellington, but there was no information,” says Marina. And so as part of her studies she decided to begin documenting orally the history and looked to speak with Lebanese people who lived in Wellington in the mid-century. Marina has documented and detailedly recorded 13 people’s life history since 2009. “I feel privileged being able to document these people’s stories,” says Marina. She recorded the

interviews and stories following training with the Alexander Turnbull Library at the National Library so she could create and deposit very clear recordings which are of huge cultural value. This latest funding will allow Marina to add to her existing body of work. She hopes to have as many recordings as possible, with representatives from all the major Lebanese families included so that their legacy may live on. Next on her checklist is Edna Peter’s who is in her 90s and living in Auckland. Speaking about the awards Alison Parr, Senior Oral Historian, Manatu Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage said, “These awards

enable people to tell their stories and ensure they are recorded for both current generations and those who follow. This year we are particularly pleased to see oral histories gathered from the Niuean, Samoan, and Lebanese communities.” MAKING HISTORY: Marina Fontein with image of her Grandfather Joe Maroon Joseph PHOTO: Fiona Donnellan

protection, and back up any work in the cloud, so provide a great opportunity for collaborative student projects. The school has also been able to purchase enough Chromebooks to have a total of 16 in each of their five Year 3 and 4 classrooms, so both students and teachers are set to benefit from the tech influx at the school. “Work books are not a thing of the past at Newlands School, but the Chromebooks have certainly given the students and teachers a valuable tool to enhance collaboration, engagement and exciting learning opportunities,” concluded Principal Arthur.


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It has been a stellar year for the members of Karori Community Hall Trustees as they strive to raise funds for the multipurpose Karori Event Centre, which will cater for Karori and the surrounding Western Suburbs community. To date, the group have managed to raise over $1,000,000 from grants, community support and contributions from Wellington City Council. The Trust’s overall aim is to raise the remaining $400,000 they need for the project over the next few months. “This is the time to make your donation, so we can start building this year and make the Karori Event Centre a reality,” says Trustee Kelvin Giles. Karori Community Hall Trustees Kelvin Giles and Wallace Simmers just recently accepted generous donations from Penny

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Definite page turner By Fiona Donnellan

The Capital is turning 150 this month and there is a myriad of events happening across the city. Isobel Mebus, from Khandallah, is determined to make this celebration an exciting one. Royal Academy of Dramatic Art trained Isobel has worked in theatre, TV and film production for the past number of years and as part of the celebration has created ‘Pager Turners’, a live and interactive performance. Isobel with the help of her creative team is producing a series of five monologues presented by actors playing famous Wellingtonians - Te Raupara, Robin Hyde, Nancy Wake, JK Baxter and Carmen Rupe at the National Library July 25 and 26. “The library holds an amazing amount of stories so we wanted to bring them to life,” says Isobel about the production. The five Wellingtonians chosen were strong courageous characters in their time, this same courage that “embodies New Zealand spirit” in the current day. ‘Turning Pages’ aims to present some very interesting and idiosyncratic people from New Zealand’s past who have

contributed, in their own valuable way, to our enduring sense of identity. “They kicked against the norm or status quo,” explains Isobel about the characters chosen. The ensemble of some of New Zealand’s theatres finest will make the stories come to life including Jim Moriarty who will play Te Rauparaha while established writer and performer Jo Randerson is writing some of the monologues. The show will centre around a set which is a huge, pop-up book. Actors will emerge from the 2.5 metre structure, which is the largest pop-up book ever made. “Graphic Design company Jumbletree have taken on the challenge” to create the structure. “It’s being built to scale at the moment. The book is itself an exhibition,” Isobel adds. Capital 150’s ‘Page Turners’ production will have three showings daily across the weekend, the actors will be engaging with the audience and each other.  For more on the Capital 150 celebrations see www. capital-150.

New Technology Causes Headache When I stepped onto a bus last month I immediately realized that there was a major problem that would affect hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders in the years to come. As I walked down the aisle I became worried but I also thought about the responsibility I had to minimize the effect on their health. What I saw was “text neck”. Nearly all the people on the bus were looking down at their phones or tablets, with their necks flexed way forward. They were texting, or reading the news or watching online TV shows or movies…all with their heads drooped down. And it’s not just teenagers, everyone these days has a smart phone and most have a tablet. If you’re on a bus or a train to get to school or work then it’s understandable to entertain yourself with these devices. However, if you add up the time spent in that head-down position, you have to think about the effect that has on your posture, and your health. Your head is about 8% of your total body weight, so if you hold that ‘textneck’ position for a prolonged period you’re putting a lot of strain on the neck. Imagine holding a bowling ball with your forearm, wrist and hand straight up and down – you could probably hold it like this for quite a while. Now imagine keeping your forearm in the same position

but bending your wrist 90 degrees, there’s going to be a lot more strain on your wrist and the muscles in your hand are going to quickly fatigue. The same stress affecting your neck can lead to dysfunction of the joints in your neck, neck ache, stiffness and headaches. This is a recent phenomenon that previous generations did not experience. Smart phones and tablets have been popularized over the last few years. The impact will be felt greater and greater as more people spend more time using these devices. As a Chiropractor I see a lot of young people with neck problems, often suffering headaches, and I wonder how much of this problem is due to modern media devices. One of the best things they can do is limit the time they spend on the phone or tablet, which is difficult when it has become such a habit. The dysfunction at this time can be treated and there are exercises that can help as well. However, instead of addressing the cause of the problem many people choose drugs to hide the problem. Instead of masking the symptoms I highly recommend people with neck issues see a chiropractor to help deal with the underlying problem, and the earlier the better. Dr Dave Kelly is a Chiropractor at Kelly Chiropractic.

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IN ACTION: Girl Guiding community action for Riding for the Disabled PHOTO: Supplied

Volunteers needed By Fiona Donnellan

When you think of Girl Guiding you probably think of cookie selling, matching uniforms and merit badges. But that’s just the first layer, the Girl Guiding organisation is an onion, and as you begin to peel back the layers you find a group who encourage self expression, friendship and a sense of adventure for girls and young women. These girls also tackle new challenges, take on community projects, develop leadership skills and learn to appreciate and respect the environment. The overall aim is to

help members develop the skills, resilience and commitment to reach their full potential - enabling girls and young women to reach their potential and make a difference in the world. Girl Guiding is a non-profit organisation who are always searching for volunteers so that they can continue to offer programmes and excursions. There are plenty of activities being planned, in the coming months, for example Guides, aged 9 - 12 ½, will be participating in a leader training session and a new ‘Awesome Challenge’ for girls based around the outdoors is due to

be launched in Term three. Also, girls and leaders are busy fundraising for the CBee16, Girl Guiding NZ’s Guide Jamboree being held in Christchurch in January 2016. The volunteers who help and give up their time for Girl Guiding provide activities for girls, their community, or take on more administrative style roles, ultimately becoming an integral part of the Girl Guiding organisation.  For more information on joining or volunteering see or phone our Lower North Zone office on 0800 663 466.

Adventure afoot By Fiona Donnellan

The local Venturers have great plans for this coming January, and they’re busy fundraising. Inferno 2016 is the 13th New Zealand Venture, a flagship event in the Scouts New Zealand calendar which runs from 3rd to 14th January. The event provides the perfect blend of responsibility and freedom, Venturers will get to choose the scale of their adventure, “they get out of their comfort zone.” The Venturers all take off into their separate expeditions which they’ve picked beforehand. From kayaking to tramping, car racing and everything in-between explained Venturer leader Michelle Munro. “Venturers are split accordingly to what they wanted to do - so they’re off, independently camping, doing everything for themselves while they’re away. Five days of activities, fun, parties. So far we have over 1000 youth from Australia and New Zealand registered,” says Michelle. Michelle was a leader at the last New Zealand Venture in Riverton and says, “It’s incredible watching the change in the Venturers over 10 days. From shy and a little unsure to confident and out-going young people who can totally manage themselves and have a blast for 10 days straight and take

GONE ADVENTURING: Ngati Toa Venturers are well up for adventure PHOTO: Supplied

on leadership roles” Ngati Toa Venturers meet on Wednesday nights at the Scout den in Mana and have about 20 members. “We have young people who come from as far as Lower Hutt in the past, Waikanae, Pukerua Bay, Whitby, Churton Park,” Michelle explains. Adding, “We’re crossing our fingers we can raise enough funds

to get all the kids to camp; there will be 12 kids going plus a leader, Dougal Watson.” To raise funds for the big Venture, the Venturers are raising funds with books sales in Churton Park Community Centre next month, have Sausage Sizzles planned and are delivering Yellow Pages.  For more information on Venturers go to


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Improvements near completion By Fiona Donnellan

Johnsonville’s new bridge, wider motorway off-ramp and improved town centre roads, cycle facilities and footpaths are nearing completion and expected to be finished on time in September. Deputy Mayor and Johnsonville resident Justin Lester thanked residents for their continuing patience and consideration given the extent and duration of the project. “Residents have been superbly patient. Fortunately, the now familiar sight of orange cones and barriers will begin to abate as the project winds down. We will also begin to see the benefits of the improvements for motorists, public transport users, cyclists and pedestrians for Johnsonville residents and those of surrounding suburbs,” says Cr Lester. Councillor Andy Foster, the Council’s Transport and Urban Development Portfolio Leader, says the new bridge and Moorefield Road intersection will be sealed in a couple of weeks’ time and virtually complete by the end of July, which will be welcome news for locals. “As anyone who has watched this happen will know, it has been a huge and complex job. The work has involved constructing several massive new retaining walls and backfilling behind them so the Moorefield Road approaches to the bridge could be widened and new lanes added. It has also involved building the new bridge and abutments one-half at a time and replacing and future-proofing a large number of essential underground services,” he says.


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“It’s been a long haul, but we are starting to see how good it will look when all the sealing, new kerbs, footpaths and bridge barriers are complete.” Cr Foster added that the Fraser Avenue area will be one of the last areas to be finished and people will see a lot going on as kerbs are realigned, new traffic lights installed and a new

footpath constructed on the inside of the trees near the Z station. “The new second lane on the motorway off-ramp is virtually ready to go but won’t be in use until the work around the Fraser Avenue intersection is complete and the new traffic lights are in,” he says. “We expect these lights and the new ones at Gothic Street to be switched on in August.”

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St Vincent de Paul arrives in Kelburn By Fiona Donnellan

Pride Awards for young people By Fiona Donnellan

This week the Pride Awards Trust called for nominations for 2015 greater Wellington region for the Pride Awards for young people. The awards are all about recognising young people for their achievements big or small, which can often go unrecognised. Giving recognition and shining the spotlight on these individuals means that they can inspire their peers and the wider community. Last year twelve deserving young people received awards for their contributions to the community. Peyton Morete, recipient of a junior Creative Achievement and Innovation Award said, “I feel more confident in what I do as a singer songwriter and I am very proud in myself” after receiving her award in 2014. Paris Lokotui, the recipient of the senior Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award told the Trust that “this award has helped push me to achieve more and it has made

me work even harder in everything that I do.” This year a Junior (5-12 years old) and a Senior Award (13-17 years old) will be presented for each of the six award categories. The Award categories to note are Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award, Creative Achievement and Innovation Award, Community First Award; Courage in Adversity Award, Carers Award, Conservation and Environment. Also, this year is the introduction of the Grand Prize for the Most Inspirational Young Person of the Year. Do you know a young person who deserves a Pride Award? The Trust is calling on the community to nominate a young person who they think deserves their achievements acknowledged before July 31. The nomination form is available online on the Pride Award Trust website www.prideawards.

Monday madness in Kelburn this week as St Vincent de Pauls threw open the doors of their latest Op Shop venture. Each dollar you spend in store goes towards people in need in Kelburn, so you really are giving back to locals. John Kennedy-Good President of the Wellington Region St Vincent de Paul is thrilled with the new shop. “We’ve had loads of people supporting us,” says John. When asked how the new shop came about he explained it was a real opportunistic decision. When the site on the corner of Upland Road in Kelburn became available the bright and spacious shop seemed like the perfect fit.

“We have seven shops scattered and Kelburn always had potential to be one of our store locations, with quality donations” explains John. It may have been the launch day, but John said, “It’s been very steady all day.” Mike East temporary manager at the store along with Volunteer Seetha Lekshmi commented on how well the shop had been doing, with people buying and also offering donations. The Vinnies in Wellington aim to make a real difference, having personal contact with those less fortunate, those who are suffering, irrespective of what the suffering may be, and without judgment. “The whole point of the shop is to enable

us to do more charitable work. Identify those in need and assist them,” says John. John explained that funds from the store go towards facilities, food, a full-time social worker, admin staff and more. Volunteers and the Welfare Team want to make help readily available. Poverty, suffering, and loneliness are present for thousands of people in Wellington communities and the Vinnies aim to tackle this problem head on with the help of this latest Kelburn Op Shop.  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 www.

ALL NEW: Seetha Lekshmi, John Kennedy-Good, and Elsbeth Hymes help launch new St Vincent de Paul Op Shop at Kelburn PHOTO: Emma Morgan

Sayonara to the competition By Fiona Donnellan

LOVELY LINGUISTS: Jiaru Lin and Antonia King winning big with Queen Margaret College PHOTO: Fiona Donnellan

Students at Queen Margaret College said Sayonara to the competition in Wellington’s Japanese speech competition recently. Antonia King a Year 10 student placed fi rst in her competition category as did Jiaru Lin in her Year 11 competition. The competition called for students to write, edit, learn and give a speech on a chosen topic. “My speech was on Hatsune Miku, she is a humanoid persona in Japan. It was an interesting concept that’s why I was able to speak about her for two minutes,” says Jiaru about her speech. “The competition took place in Wellington High

School,” explained Antonia. “There are a lot of students studying Japanese in Wellington, and we gathered to write a speech and talk about our passions,” added Jiaru about the competition. Jiaru is quite the linguist. Chinese is her first language, but she’s also fluent in English and is learning Japanese and French, yet the modest student was still surprised that she took home the trophy. “I was fi rst in my year and was up against 11 others. I was pleasantly surprised. Public speaking is not my strength,” says Jiaru. Antonia is a relative newcomer to the language explaining, “I started last year and really enjoy it. At the beginning, it was difficult

but after a while it starts to get easier. My older sister did it before and my Japanese teacher, Hidemi Fuke, suggested I participate.” “My topic was The Beatles. I’m a big Beatles fan. I spoke about who they were, what they wore and what they sang, and talked about my favourite Beatle Paul McCartney. There was a lot to talk about,” says Antonia, adding, “I focused on an area we’ve learnt a lot about in class.” Both students have a great love for the language and Japanese cultures and hope to compete in the competition again next year. Fellow Queen Margaret College student Rebekah MacPherson placed third in the Year 10 category.

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Glenside Show 2016 announced By Fiona Donnellan

Save the Children By Fiona Donnellan

Save the Children New Zealand this week welcomes the Fifth Periodic Report under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Save the Children works in 120 countries worldwide to inspire breakthroughs in the way children are treated. Advocacy Manager for Save the Children Mercy Jumo says, “The organisation is committed to working with all relevant parties to adhere to the principles laid out in the Convention.” The group believes the Government has a responsibility to the children of New Zealand and must adhere to a number of international obligations under the Convention. Mercy also notes the effort underway to coordinate

agencies to implement the Children’s Action Plan, and the coordination of the Social Sector Board Deputy Chief Executives to engage with wider civil society to create a safer and more supportive country for children. “As a committed member of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child [UNCROC] Monitoring Group in New Zealand, Save the Children is working hard to empower children to self-advocate and engage in policy-making to ensure their voices are heard,” added Mercy. Save the Children will work in conjunction with UNICEF New Zealand, Action for Children and Youth Aotearoa to ensure “children’s voices are captured in our shadow report,” which will be submitted to the UN next year.

The Glenside Progressive Association have just confirmed that the planning for the 4th Glenside Show is well underway. Wellington City Council recently confirmed the Halfway House grounds will be available on Wellington Anniversary Day, Monday January 19, for the country fair show. There will be family races, a pet parade, baking, produce, design, crafts and exhibitions from local community groups. The aim is to make next year’s show “bigger and better than ever,” the site on which the show was previously hosted in 2014 is the perfect repeat location. The organising committee accepted input and ideas from the local community at their latest meeting and is still seeking members for their organising committee in the lead up to the festival and its execution. The show aims to support the Halfway House in Glenside, located on the Glenside Reserve. The Glenside community continually work with Council in managing the current and future status of the house, maintaining the grounds and using heritage plants and flowers. Just recently the group cleared blackberry and weeds off the streamside bank and then worked along the fence line preparing the way for a future orchard which will feature heritage trees such as the walnut tree. There will be tree pits

GLENSIDE SHOW IS BACK: The Glenside Show, held by the Glenside Progressive Association will be held on Wellington Anniversary Day 2016 PHOTO: Supplied

created as opposed to tree saplings. The Halfway House is also hoping to replace working bees with honey bees pollinating orchard blossoms and ultimately aim to promote the

house and grounds as a place for visitors and tourists. The Halfway House is listed on the Wellington District Plan as a historic site so worth preserving.


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Surviving prostate cancer By Fiona Donnellan

For anyone who has seen a loved one or has themselves

dealt with a cancer diagnosis this book by Karori resident, Tom McGrath will resonate. ‘Blasted by Seeds’ is an ac-

count of Tom’s diagnosis and subsequent treatment for prostate cancer through low dose rate brachytherapy. Brachytherapy is

I’M A SURVIVOR: Karori resident Tom McGrath’s cancer survival story PHOTO: Fiona Donnellan

Making reading accessible

By Fiona Donnellan

Tawa’s Russell Pratt received a DAISY player recently, which hopes to make reading more accessible and enjoyable. The Blind Foundation have benefited from the donation of 125 of these DAISY players by Freemasons New Zealand, a long-time supporter of the visually impaired. The Digital Accessible Information Systems or DAISY players are portable, easy to navigate reading devices, and they help to give the visually impaired a reading experience similar to that enjoyed by the sighted. The player holds up to six books which means 40 hours of continuous reading. Its CD lets you skip from page to page, chapter to chapter and book to book. Deputy Grand Master Mark Winger said Freemasons, through their charities and nationwide lodges, are delighted to work with the Blind Foun-

dation as each organisation celebrates 125 years of service in New Zealand this year. The aim of the Blind Foundation is to distribute $65,000 worth of 125 DAISY players to those who need and want to benefit from them. Freemasons have also funded a purpose-built outdoor garden and education facility for BLENNZ [Blind and Low Vision Educational Network New Zealand]. BLENNZ students, who are visually impaired, including low-vision children and young people, are now enjoying the new outdoor garden and education facility at the BLENNZ Homai campus. “We have a tradition of caring for the blind community through projects such as this garden and education facility, helping Macular Degeneration New Zealand - the support group for sufferers, and providing for the training of guide dogs,” says Mr Winger.

and underwent, and the long post-op period of medication and testing. “I was on medication for some time afterwards. Then the meds stop, the side effects stopped,” says Tom. A central theme of the story is how he ‘gets on with life’ in spite of a potentially fatal disease, a life he’s embraced with his wife and fellow writer Julia Millen. It was his wife Julia who suggested Tom document his experiences, so he decided to keep a journal. Equipped with an “exercise book and a biro” Tom started noting down the whole story. “There was quite a lot of information there. The medical file was huge”, says Tom about the writing, and research involved. Tom wanted to write the reality of the situation down from a layman's point of view, so there is a glossary at the back of the book to help decipher some of the more complex medical terminologies.  Tom’s book ‘Blasted by Seeds’ is available through www.

Sinhalese language school celebrates in Tawa Allison Hess Journalism Student

GOING DIGITAL: Tawa’s Russell Pratt and Laurence Milton learn to operate a DAISY player with the assistance of the Blind Foundation’s community development manager, Joy McClintock PHOTO Supplied

a procedure that involves placing radioactive material inside the body in the treatment of cancer, or “active seeds into the prostate.” The book was released last week, “We had the book launch in the Cancer Society in Newtown,” explains Tom. Tom’s story began with a chance blood test in Karori Medical Centre which revealed an atypical result in 2007. “I decided to go to a medical centre closer to home in Karori. Because I was a brand new patient they said let’s do some blood tests,” says Tom. Further tests followed, a urologist’s surgery discussion about the early stages of the disease, biopsies, diagnosis, MRI, bone scan to ensure Cancer hadn't spread, and the difficult process of choosing a suitable treatment. “I had the choice, I was told all will work well in your case, we think it can be cured,” explains Tom about his treatment decision process. This book details the brachytherapy procedure Tom chose

The oldest Sinhalese language school in New Zealand has recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, commemorating its humble beginnings to a now flourishing school. The Wellington Sri Lankan School marked its silver anniversary at Tawa College Hall with a student performance of cultural dramas and songs in front of more than 150 past and present parents, teachers and students. “The school has become a valuable and priceless community asset,” founding parent and

senior member of the school’s management committee Gamini Settinayake says. The celebration, along with annual prize-giving, was held on June 28 and paid tribute to several dedicated volunteer teachers and parents, including Settinayake. The school was established in 1990 by a group of volunteer parents who wished for their New Zealand-born or immigrant children to experience and learn about Sri Lankan culture. Settinayake says there was no formal system of Sinhalese education in Wellington at that time. Fortunately, there were a few

other families who were interested in starting a Sinhalese class for their children, he says. Formal Sinhalese language and Buddhism lessons were set up for a handful of children and young adults of the Sri Lankan community in Wellington. The handful of students soon grew and the school was continually forced to find bigger premises to hold the steadily increasing number of students. Now, as the school celebrates its 25-year milestone there are 38 students enrolled for Sri Lankan culture and language lessons which are held at Tawa College on Sundays during the school term.

SILVER ANNIVERSARY: Wellington Sri Lankan School marked its silver anniversary at Tawa College Hall with a student performance PHOTO: Supplied

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When the best-laid plans come undone By Rachel Binning

Travel Europe in 70s style with Khandallah Arts Theatre’s (KAT) latest production. KAT has brought New Zealand playwrights Alison Quigan and Ross Gumbley’s comedy “The Big OE” to Wellington for the first time. From a mix of floral dresses, mismatched attire, Tronk's Tiki Tours backpackers’ Kombi, stereotypical interfering old ladies, young companions, and broad hats comes a comedy that anyone who has travelled in Europe on the smell of an oily rag will identify with. Director Lynn Coory said it was “exciting watching the [actors] relationships develop – you have disparate people that come together through no fault of their own and they become united.” “The Big OE” reflects New Zealanders reputation as adventurous travellers who are, and often surprisingly, confronted with experiences outside their comfort zones. The comedy will appeal to anyone who has done an OE or is thinking about doing their OE Lynn says. So, “grab a backpack and come tour with us back to 1974,” says Lynn. “The Big OE” is at Cochran Hall, 110 Cashmere Avenue, on July 16, 17, 18, and 23, 14 and 25, at 7.30pm, plus a matinee at 4pm on Sunday July 19.  For tickets to walk down memory lane of your own OE call: 938-0659 or go to; or from the Khandallah Pharmacy. ACTION: The cast and crew of Khandallah Arts Theatre’s The Big OE PHOTO: Bella Photography

Something fishy By Fiona Donnellan

Fishing enthusiasts may be interested to hear that The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research or NIWA have created a series of calendars to inform people when New Zealand’s native freshwater and sport fish are migrating and spawning. The information has been made available to the public for the first time and aims to both help fishers and assist the forestry industry reduce effects of work carried out near freshwater. The calendar takes into account 34 native fish like koura, and seven sport fish including trout and salmon. Wellington’s large river catchments include the Rangitikei, Manawatu, Ruamahanga, and Hutt which have a diverse range of fish including both brown and rainbow trout. For those wanting to expand their knowledge on the subject, the NIWA has made fact sheets available with important details on conservation status and habi-

tat for each species. NIWA fish researcher Josh Smith said the calendars were produced after reviewing scientific papers and books, and combining those findings with the knowledge and experience of NIWA’s freshwater fish biologists. “Native freshwater fish populations have been declining in number and distribution. If we are going to maintain them, we need to take care to protect their spawning habitat and migratory paths,” he said. These calendars and fact sheets could be the integral part of a fishing trip or business plan. “Once someone knows what fish species occur in their catchment, their work timetable can be assisted by using the calendars to assess if their work will adversely affect the life cycles of the species present,” Josh explains.  People can find out what fish species are in their catchments by looking up NIWA’s New Zealand Freshwater Fish Database at

FRESH FISH: Informing people about New Zealand’s native freshwater and sport fish PHOTO: Supplied

Former refugee calls on government to help By Bridget Grace Journalism Student

A former refugee says the government should raise the refugee quota and bring the families of current refugees to New Zealand. Daniel Gamboa Salazar, 20, immigrated to New Zealand from Columbia three years ago with his mother. The Victoria University student says while he is settled here, many refugees struggle to adapt because of concern about their families. “A refugee is not happy without his family and his worry about what would happen to his family in his home country,” he says. Daniel sees this latest policy as bringing wider benefits, as when people are happy they are more hardworking and productive. The New Zealand government currently takes 750 refugees a year and is considering raising this to 1000. Daniel notes that it is important that if the quota is increased, then the help provided must increase too. The student fled his native country aged 12 after rebels threatened his mother if she did not store weapons in her restaurant. “They said…if you don’t keep them we will kill your son, we know where your son is studying.” The pair crossed the border to neighbouring Ecuador and spent six difficult years there before being accepted as refugees to

ACTING UP: Daniel Gamboa Salazar hopes to use his drama studies at Victoria University to help other refugees adapt to life in New Zealand PHOTO: Bridget Grace

New Zealand. Daniel still remembers hearing they had been approved. “It was crazy, we were so amazed, and we were so happy, really happy. It was such good news for us.” Daniel fell in love with theatre when he was a shy eight-year-old after his father left his mother. While in Ecuador he discovered drama was a way to help other Columbian children cope with the racism they encountered. “They were really happy, they could play someone else and they could forget their problems for just an

hour or two.” These experiences inspired Daniel to enrol in development studies and drama at Victoria University. He hopes to be able to use theatre to help others and sees drama as a tool to help refugees overcome language barriers. Daniel plans to form a drama group for refugees by the end of the year, with the help of ChangeMakers Refugee Forum. United Nations figures currently rank New Zealand 90th in the world, in the number of refugees it accepts per capita.


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Viva la France On July 14, France will be celebrating Bastille Day all over the globe. Since 1790, this date has become a day of National pride for French people, commemorating the Fête de la Federation which was held on the first anniversary of the storming of La Bastille. This year the Alliance Française

Meals on Wheels serving the community By Fiona Donnellan

Meals on Wheels is a long serving and essential service for the elderly, those who are ill or people with disabilities living at home, who would otherwise struggle to provide healthy meals for themselves. The concept is simple; delivering a hot meal every day to those who may be isolated or elderly, it also extends to any person in the community who could benefit from receiving the service. Meals on Wheels are always in need of volunteer drivers to deliver these meals anywhere in the Wellington area from Karori to Seatoun, Northland to Island Bay. These meals are delivered between 11 am and 1 pm Monday to Friday. From the Wellington Hospital office, the team processes all clients from Khandallah to as far north as Otaki, though the food for this area is prepared at the Kenepuru Hospital. “The service we provide is reliant on the generous volunteers, both individuals and groups, who give up their time to deliver meals for us,” says Bruce Matson of Meals on Wheels. It is now a requirement of all District Health Boards [DHBs] to provide nutritional low-cost, home-delivered hot meals to residents. Meals on Wheels want to continue this crucial service, so volunteers are an essential link in the delivery chain. Volunteering can be a fun and rewarding experience. As a volunteer driver you’ll be delivering meals in your community for about an hour, one day a week, fortnight or month, depending on your availability. As well as delivering meals, Meals on Wheels wants to ultimately deliver independence to many elderly and people living with disabilities.  Anyone interested in volunteering or wanting to learn more should contact Bruce on 04 918 6014.



Wellington is reviving the tradition of the Ball in the capital with the theme ‘Masquerade and all things French’. So find a fitting costume and join the celebrations at CQ Hotel on Cuba Street Saturday July 11.  For more information and tickets see www.french.!bastille-day/c1jp3.

By Rachel Binning

New fees for General Practitioner [GP] visits came into effect on 1 July 2015. The Primary Health Organisation, Compass Health, which manages primary health care services throughout Wellington, is pleased to confirm all general medical practices within the Independent Herald catchment area have voluntarily elected to provide zero-fees care for their under 13-year-old population who are enrolled with their medical centre. The Ministry of Health added that “Under 13s are also exempt from the standard $5 pharmacy charge for each prescription item” though other charges may apply. It is hoped the zero-fees care will improve child health by making it more affordable for children to have access to their GPs. For consultations involving other services such as ACC claims, repeat prescriptions, certificates and nurse consultations, Compass Health advises patients to seek advice on charges from their medical centre.

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EYE ON CRIME Johnsonville Neighbourhood Watch In Newlands a purple Nissan station wagon parked locked outside a house in Ruskin Road was stolen. It was later found parked further down the street, undamaged. A silver Mazda Familia station wagon parked unlocked overnight in the carport of a house in Middleton Road was entered and searched. A USB phone charger was stolen. In Churton Park a black Mitsubishi Lancer parked in the driveway

of a house in Cunliffe Street was stolen. In Crofton Downs a red Toyota Aurion parked on the street overnight in Spencer Street had its right wing mirror removed and stolen. The public counter of the Johnsonville Community Policing Centre in Moorefield Road is open each day Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. A lost and found service is available and found items

of value may be deposited there. Enquiries for lost items may also be made during the open hours. Police also advise that they no longer provide a service for taking statutory declarations and certifying copies of documents. A service for this is available at the Johnsonville Community Centre where Justices of the Peace are in attendance between 10 am and 12 noon each day Monday to Saturday inclusive.

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ACTION PACKED: Primary schools from throughout the northern suburbs at ANZ futureFERNS programme PHOTO: Bella Photography

Growing Ferns for Tomorrow By Rachel Binning

Netball was never this much fun! Primary schools from throughout the northern suburbs came together for their final playoff tournament on Saturday July 4. All the schools involved have spent the past term learning new

ball skills, practicing, and honing their talents on the netball court. Passing, shooting, dodging, teamwork, respect, rules, intercepting and having fun are all part of the game. The main differences from adult netball are smaller courts, lower goal posts, on court coaching support and only five

players per team with each team member rotating their player position. “They have come a long way over a term,” supporting mum Kim Howard says. Junior Coordinator Sue Beckford has been pleased with the support for netball in the northern suburbs.

Johnsonville Premier Reserves versus Hutt Old Boys Marist at Helston Park. PHOTO: Bella Photography

Down but not out By Rachel Binning

Helston Park held the Ed Chaney/HD Morgan Memorial Cup round five match on Saturday July 4. Premier Reserve rugby teams Johnsonville and Hutt Old Boys Marist battled it out for su-

premacy on the field. Cold still conditions brought the best out in the Marist team who went on to win the match 48-8. The Johnsonville “team did their best considering a number of key players being away due to injuries and absences, but will

hopefully see them return to the field over the next few weeks,” said their manager Luan Gobie. Players of the day went to Josh Roberts and James Macauley. There are another four rounds before the Cup is decided. The public are welcome to watch all matches.

“We have had nothing but positive feedback from parents and we have been blessed with the weather on Saturdays [for the netball games],” she says. K i m s a id t h e A N Z f u tureFERNS programme gives children a taste of netball. ANZ futureFERNS is Netball New Zealand’s official junior

netball programme for Year 1 - 8 children. The programme invites boys and girls to be involved in netball with support from their parents and families.  For more information on how to get involved www. home.html

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PICTURED: 1. Danielle and Deanna the Activities team.



│ 2. Seeseei. │ 3. Jann. │ 4. Bob, Chris and Doris. │ 5. Alan Hooper the entertainer.

6. Lisa and Brenda Managers. │ 7. Janine Enrolled Nurse, Naythan, Shona and Izabella-Rose.

Johnsonvalle Winter Solstice Evening Johnsonvale’s Solstice evening was once again a success. The black and white theme was based around winter and festive lights were used for effect. The decorations were made with the help of residents and activity staff. Visitors and residents were wel-

comed with a warming glass of mulled wine. This was followed by an array of hot and cold nibbles which had been prepared by Johnsonvale Home’s kitchen staff. The Secretary of the board and the Clinical Operational Manager welcolmed the residents and visitors

then our Nurse Educator delivered a Blessing for all in attendance. Entertainment was provided by Alan Hooper who sang accompanied by his guitar. The dance floor was filled with residents, families and staff dancing the night away, which helped take our minds off the winter chills.

Prior to the closing of the evening a lucky door prize was drawn .This was won by a residents relative and the “guess how many sweets in a jar” was won by a residents grandchild. The grandchild gave the prize to her grandmother as she knew she loved jelly beans.

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