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In the backyard of a Breaker Bay grandmother’s home one of New Zealand’s possible new flag designs flies high. Kathy Lockwood, the proud paternal grandmother of Kyle Lockwood, has been flying the silver fern (red, white and blue) flag in her backyard for the past year. Kyle, who was born and bred in Lyall Bay, has five designs amongst the long list of 40 possible flag designs unveiled by the Flag Consideration Panel last week. Continued on page 2 CHUFFED: Breaker Bay resident Kathy Lockwood is the grandmother of Kyle Lockwood, who has five designs amongst the long list of possible flag replacements. PHOTO: Sam Duff

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RED, WHITE AND BLUE: Serena and Kathy Lockwood proudly show-off one of the flag designs created by Kyle Lockwood. PHOTO: Sam Duff

Flying high in Breaker Bay Continued from page 1 His five designs are the silver fern (red, white and blue), silver fern (black and white), silver fern (black, white and blue), silver fern (black, white and red) and silver fern (black with red stars). Kathy says she was very proud when she opened the newspaper last week and saw Kyle’s designs amongst those being considered by the panel. “We really like them,” she says. “But everybody has their own ideas about what they like.” Even as a child Kyle, who now

lives in Australia and works as a draftsman, showed an interest in drawing and design, Kathy says. She says he would stay with her in Breaker Bay quite often. Kyle would sit at the window looking over the bay and draw the boats as they passed. “You could give him paper and some crayons and he was happy,” Kathy says. “He has been artistic all his life.” Kyle went to Massey University to study design after he finished high school. Kathy says Kyle designed the

silver fern (red, white and blue) flag when he first heard about New Zealand possibly changing the flag a few years ago. Since the top 40 designs were unveiled to the public last week Kyle has had calls from around the world, Kathy says. At the end of November the first part of the referendum will be held in which New Zealanders will be asked to rank four flag designs selected by the Flag Consideration Panel. The top voted flag will go head to head with the current flag in a second referendum in March

next year. While many New Zealanders will agonise over how they will vote in the referendum, Kathy will not. She says she will be voting for Kyle’s red, white and blue silver fern design to become the country’s new flag. “We should definitely have one (a flag) that is more about New Zealand.”  Will you be voting to change New Zealand’s flag? Is it a waste of money? Email news@ and let us know what you think.

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Making something from nothing for WOW By Sam Whittle

Not being able to sew did not stop Kilbirnie resident Vicky Robertson entering into one of the world’s largest wearable arts shows. The third-time finalist and 2013 sustainability award winner will show her piece in the architecture section this year. As she loves recycling and turning trash into treasure, her piece this year is made up of 800 triangles from coasters you would find at the family batch. Vicky admits she becomes a bit of a hoarder when brainstorming ideas for the annual show. “I never know what I am going to do with things when I buy them, they sit in the attic and the back of my mind and then I create them into something.” Vicky has worked in graphic design and model making, and has a diploma in graphic design from Massey University, so manipulating hard materials is her forte.

“In a way, not being able to sew forces me to go into the hard materials, but that’s my strong suit because of my background. “It stands out more because it isn’t made out of fabric, and they like things that aren’t made out of fabric.” She says she is excited to be a part of the competition again. “It was an amazing feeling to be a finalist, but you are also feeling sad that someone people you have been on the journey with haven’t been accepted. The standard is really high this year.” Vicky says she is looking forward to the opening night on September 24 because “all the hard work is done then and you can sit back and enjoy”. 15 designers from the wider Wellington region have been selected to appear on stage in the 2015 WOW awards show. WOW will have a three week show season in 2015, running from September 24 till October 11.

inbrief news Art for diversity InsideOUT has organised an exhibition and auction of donated artworks to raise money for its mission to help young people. More than 40 artists and craftspeople have contributed a wide range of artwork – including paintings, jewellery, sculpture and photographs. InsideOUT’s National Coordinator Tabby Besley says the auction is an opportunity to help make New Zealand a safer place for young people to be themselves. “All of the money from this fundraiser will help us to support those facing issues such as homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying at school.” InsideOUT’s exhibition closes on August 23 at Matchbox Studios, 166 Cuba Street. The auction is at 6pm on August 21.

CAN’T SEW? SO WHAT: Vicky Robertson is set to show her piece at WOW, which will be made completely from coffee coasters. PHOTO: Sam Whittle

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More Wellingtonians have been going under the knife, according to health minister Jonathan Coleman. He says more Capital and Coast patients are getting their first surgical assessment, and faster, compared to seven years ago. “As New Zealanders live longer lives, access to elective surgery is becoming more important than ever,” Dr Coleman says. “That’s why speeding up patient’s access to first surgical assessments has been a priority for this Government.”

Island Bay School pupils, staff and parents have been busy preparing to open their doors

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ART FOR ART SAKE: Lily Godfrey, 7, with Austin Wilkinson, 7, Dan Wilkinson and Christina Goss. PHOTO: Sam Duff

Positive performance by CEO Wellington City Council’s chief executive officer has been given a big tick following his annual performance review. Performance Review Committee Chair, Deputy Mayor Justin Lester, says Kevin’s performance has exceeded expectations in his second year in the role. “Kevin has established excellent connections in Wellington and we are very glad to have him at Wellington City Council.”

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Labelled a ‘fatso’ at six-years-old By Sam Duff

Her food addiction began at the age of six, that same year she was called a ‘fatso’ for the first time at school. A Wellington south local has spent much of her life battling weight issues and says everything changed when she went to a meeting of Food Addicts Anonymous. Speaking to Cook Strait News with the agreement of anonymity, Mary, an ex-pat American, says she grew up in an ordinary household and went to an ordinary school. She says she was an insecure child and began gaining weight at the age of six when she had a mean school teacher

and a sibling was born, adding stress to the family. Each day after school Mary would return home where she recalls finding comfort from eating. After that, she says she was always ‘the fat girl’ at school and joined her first diet programme at age 11. Losing about 12 pounds, Mary says she felt almost normal for a while but during her teenage years she put the weight back on and reached her heaviest ever size, 107 kilograms. “I was out of control,” she says. “What I was doing with food was the same as people do with alcohol.” A period of yoyo dieting

began for Mary, which lasted throughout her time at university and up until her 31st birthday. Mary was in Boston for work and the woman she had travelled with had lost a huge amount of weight. Once Mary had built up the courage to ask the woman how she had lost all of the weight the answer would change her life forever. “She said she was a food addict,” Mary says. “As soon as I heard the term food addict I knew that was it.” The next day Mary says she attended her first Food Addicts Anonymous meeting with the woman and was challenged to try out a food plan

for just one day. Mary went back to her home in Washington DC and started going to meetings there. She lost 26 kilograms within six months and has kept it off for the past 13 and a half years. “That for me is an absolute miracle,” Mary says. Food Addicts is free and is based on a twelve step programme. Anybody is welcome to attend the Wellington FA meeting each Tuesday at St Peter’s Anglican Church on Willis Street from 7 till 8.30pm.  There will be a public open information evening at the church on Tuesday, August 25 at 7pm.

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Up to 100 Wellington east households have the opportunity to benefit from free curtains this winter. The Sustainability Trust’s Curtain Bank is coming to Strathmore for the first time in two years and will be providing low income families with free curtains.

Megan Hubscher, from the Sustainability Trust, says the not-forprofit organisation has provided 200 Wellington households with free curtains in the past six months. All of the curtains are donated by members of the public before Curtain Bank volunteers size, sew and repair them. Each year the Curtain Bank hits

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Thursday August 20, 2015 CRAZY CAST: The larger than life characters of Dropped Pie are set to be on your screens this month.

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Pie meets production By Sam Whittle

Seatoun’s Rodrigo Films is showcasing an undercover side of Wellington in their web series Dropped Pie which will bring burlesque, drag and food to the screen. The series, which will be released this month on the company’s YouTube channel, is a sequel to the crowd-funded series Vajazzle. It follows the lives of sisters Charlotte and Kitty six months on from Vagazzled, and slowly unravels why they are now sworn enemies. Kitty lives a life full of feathers, fantasy and fine dining at a French-themed gentlemen’s club, while Charrlotte, runs a restaurant that has hit the big time, and has created the recipe for a perfect pie that everyone wants a piece of – or has she? The sisters battle with each other to be the queen of the Wellington scene. Nathalie Boltt, who plays Charlotte, says the episodes are two to three minutes in

length, which is enough to leave the audience wanting more. “They are short and sweet for now, but will get longer once the audience gets bigger.” Nathalie co-owns Rodrigo Films with her husband. Together, they directed, cast and wrote the script for the series. “We were talking one day about snobby food critics of Wellington, who hunt for fine dining, and we thought we had to incorporate that into a series somehow, and Charlotte’s restaurant allows us to incorporate that.” The restaurant scenes have been shot in Miramar’s La Boca Loca Mexican Restaurant and the burlesque scenes at Bats Theatre. The series are free to access, as Nathalie promises they always will be, and will include outtakes and bloopers.

The announcement last week that St Christopher’s hall in Seatoun will continue to be available for the local community is fantastic news, according to Eastern Ward councillor Sarah Free. It was revealed last week that Oscar winning director Peter Jackson, alongside his wife Fran Walsh, had purchased St Christopher’s Church and the adjoining hall in the suburb. The cost of the purchases is reported to have cost the filmmakers $1.06 million. The future of the church has been in question since it was given a yellow sticker and declared earthquake prone in 2012. St Christopher’s congregation was dissolved as a parish in July 2013. The purchase means St Christopher’s will be saved from development or demolition as the buildings will be leased from Jackson and Walsh by the Miramar Peninsular Community Trust. St Christopher’s hall will be used

as a community space and was last week granted funds by Wellington City Council so it could be used as a community centre. Councillor Free says this is fantastic for the suburb as Seatoun has been identified as an area that is short of community space. “Already, there are a lot of groups using the hall, and this is likely to increase,” she says. She says the church, which dates back to 1932, is a really lovely building. “It would be really wonderful if the church could be strengthened so it could be used by the community again,” she says. “While the bulk of the costs would need to be found elsewhere, Council does have a small amount of funding specifically to help with the strengthening of heritage buildings and we can also offer a small amount of rates relief.” Are you glad the church and hall have been bought by the Wellywood power couple? Email and let us know what you think.

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LOOKING BACK: A view of what Evans Bay and Kilbirnie used to look like. REFLECTING: Patricia Hannaway holds a photo of her mother Dora Dawn standing on Seatoun Road. PHOTO: Anna Whyte

A stroll down memory lane By Anna Whyte

90-year-old thoroughbred local Patricia Hannaway has kept a wealth of Wellington knowledge locked away, but has been spurred to talk after reading one too many inaccurate accounts about how the place used to be. Despite now living in Island Bay, Patricia recalls the ins and outs of Wellington’s Eastern Suburbs, their murky past and ever-changing geography. “Kilbirnie’s a funny place,” Patricia says. “What Kilbirnie is now is different all together, it used to go right up to Hataitai.” Patricia recalls walking along the speedway in 1937 through to the back of Rongotai College.

They also used to walk along the top of the main sewer, which Patricia explains is now the Onigill Memorial. Patricia’s grandparents arrived in New Zealand in 1871 after six months on a boat, penniless after her grandfather gambled away almost all of their 30-pound savings. “We were pioneers, my family,” she says. Once on land, the family began heading towards Brooklyn, but after Patricia’s grandmother objected, they settled in Kilbirnie. “She said, ‘I’m not going up that hill’.” Patricia says the area between the mosque and Westpac bank was a swamp, until her grandfather bought the area for 20-pounds.

“They cleared it off and he sold it for 200-pounds,” she says. The house in Kilbirnie that Patricia grew up in had a stable out the back, which she heard had been recently cleared away. “I wonder if they found dad’s rifle?, he dug a hole in stable and buried it.” Patricia remembers a past New Zealand Governor General who would frequent their family land on Seatoun Road hunting foxes. However, there was an unfortunate incident where his daughter made an unsavoury fall into their sewage pond while on a hunt.

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float out Kilbirnie nail salon “Nailed it” has moved to a bright and welcoming new location within the Kilbirnie Plaza. Cook Strait News checked-in with owner/operator Terry Binding to see how business is going. “I couldn’t believe my luck when this space became available. It’s perfect as a nail salon. It is bright and visible, yet I have set it up to ensure my clients have some privacy and are not on show.” A lot of women who live in the Eastern Suburbs work in the city and spend their lunchtimes rushing to get to a nail salon. “Nailed it” provides a text service for these busy women to book in for a treatment on their way home after work. That way they can relax, unwind, enjoy a bit of pampering while hubby/partner/flatmate gets dinner prepared at home! When I was a nurse I used to spend a bit of time with elderly patients who didn’t have anyone visiting them. I used to put their feet in warm water and clip their toe nails and

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Walk in and float out Ladies: Don’t miss out on your lunchtime! You don’t need to rush around looking for a salon to have your hands, feet and nails attended to. I provide a Txt service so that you can book a treatment and stop in to be pampered after a hard day at work.

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Out and About:

Behind the scenes in Miramar

WAITING: Whilst waiting for his daughter, William enjoys reading Survival of the Fittest in the sunshine. LIFE LINE: St George’s Church Vicarage, on Ferry Street in Seatoun, is set to receive $15,000 in funding from Council so it can be conserved and seismically strengthened.

Money to save historic buildings BUDDIES: Angela struggles with getting Bomber into the car, looks like he is enjoying the sunshine too much. EAGER: The seagulls are keen for any food that Paul is feeding them.

A heritage-listed Seatoun vicarage is set to receive Wellington City Council funding so that it can be conserved and seismically strengthened. Last week the Transport and Urban Development Committee voted to grant $165,000 towards three heritage-listed Wellington buildings. St George’s Church Vicarage, on Ferry Street in Seatoun, will receive $15,000 in funding. The 1924-vintage unreinforced masonry building was designed in the English domestic revival style by architect P H Graham.

The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Meeting House in Mount Victoria will receive $50,000 while the New Zealand Medical Association Building on The Terrace will get $100,000. Last week’s decisions were the first of three rounds of the incentive fund for 2015-16. A total of $750,000 is available for allocation this year. The successful applicants have 18 months to undertake the work and provide evidence of completion before the allocated funding is paid out.

SUNSHINE: Stephen takes advantage of the winter sun whilst checking out Facebook.

With the sun beaming down upon the south coast earlier this week, Cook Strait News’ busy photographer Emma Morgan took to the streets of Miramar to see what locals were up to.

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Mobile Electorate Office Tuesday 25 Aug: Miramar 9:30am -10:30am, Kilbirnie 11:00am - 12:00noon Thursday 27 Aug: Island Bay (North) 9:30am - 10:30am, Island Bay (Junction) 11am - 12:00noon

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

Q: As a city, has Wellington had enough training for an earthquake? Are we prepared?

Katherine Clark, Johnsonville

Clare Lewis, Brooklyn

Levi Deberry, Strathmore

“No, more posters about earthquakes need to be about. With what happened in Christchurch, we need to be more informed, especially since we’re on the fault line.”

“Definitely not. I had one drill at work and school, which I don’t think is enough, more should be done. We are not prepared after Christchurch. Physically more preparation could be done.”

“It’s hard to prepare yourself for something that you don’t know the difficultly of or damage of.”

Simon White, Island Bay “Probably not, some people are ready for an earthquake. The majority aren’t as they won’t have prepared for the event or have survival kits or spare food.”

Matt Evans, Lyall Bay “No, more training centres need to be in place. I don’t think everybody is ready and are oblivious to what damage can be done.”

Emily Leveugle, Miramar “I am originally from Australia; I don’t know much myself as I have only seen one advertisement about what do in a scenario when there is an earthquake. But my daughter has been taught about it at school.”

LETTERS to the editor Is Germany simply facing reality?

EARLY OPEN: Pubs will be able to open in the early hours of the morning for rugby matches during the upcoming Rugby World Cup after legislation was passed last week.

Right for drinking places to open for cup games Dear Ed, a national scandal! The Government telling proprietors to close their gathering places for sport matches, more interesting and important than flags, anthems, interest rates and exchange rates is disgusting. They should be able to shelter and accommodate the masses to see the games and have coffee, tea, chocolate and even milk (now that the price has gone rock-bottom level for milk!). They should be limited in the amount of sugar available, no sugary drinks but complimentary water from the tap. Put away the booze which is not beneficial for health and does more damage than smoking or smooching ever did. Paul Franken, Strathmore Park

Dear Ed, re your ‘Word on the Street’ (CSN, August 13), it was a happy coincidence since I’d mentioned that big 4WD vehicles are often not suitable for many women to drive with skill. Perhaps Germany is simply facing reality by providing wider parking places only for female drivers; but I suppose they will still have the option of using the ordinary parking places. I would not agree with forcing women

to use none but those meant for women only. Looking back at history, and from my experience of them, I wouldn't regard the Huns as people who should be emulated in most things; but I do at least concur with their menfolk in my being an unabashed male chauvinist pig of their sort. And looking back to the 16th century reformation, I fervently admire Martin Luther, a Hun and a fellow-MCP.

Disputing larger car park claims Dear Ed, the interviewer did not do their research for the piece on women’s parking spaces in Germany (CSN, August 13). Women’s parking spaces in Germany are not bigger than normal parking spaces but safer, in that they

are near exits of parking garages, well-lit, are near panic buttons and often are in an area under video surveillance. A simple trip over to Wikipedia would have prevented that problem. e n .w i k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i /

Editor’s response... Dear Rebecca, thank you very much for writing to Cook Strait News about designated female-only parking spaces in Germany. Many of the female-only spaces in Germany are safer for women as they include the features you mention. In parts of Germany the spaces are

also physically larger. For example, the mayor of the German town of Triberg courted controversy several years ago for introducing both male and female car parks. The women’s spaces were wider and well lit while the male-only parks were close to concrete pillars

It is simply a matter of time Dear Ed, re your article about boy racers in Kilbirnie (CSN, August 13) - I don’t know about Coutts and Salek Streets but there has already been a serious crash on Queens Drive in the last month. The piece of road between Tavistock and Lerwick Terraces is a real

Yes, he told the Pope where to get off; and Luther’s singlehanded translation of the whole Bible created the modern German language. Unfortunately he seemed uncritical of the Apocrypha; but Luther’s Bible is still the definitive German Bible, about 490 years after he completed it. H Westfold, Miramar

problem - but it’s not just boy racers that flaunt the speed limit here. The curve of the road and the fact that it’s a dip makes it an accident ‘waiting to happen’ - and it has - at least twice in the last month. There was a bid a few years ago to put speed bumps in this area but it

was turned down. This stretch of Queens Drive has the only pedestrian crossing between the beach and Kilbirnie - children use it to get to school and for some reason there is no school patrol on it. It’s only a matter of time... Mary-Anne

Women%27s_parking_space But according to that Wikipedia article, in the Chinese province of Hebei there seem to be larger women’s parking spaces in shopping centres. Rebecca Erlewein

and had to be reversed into. The Mayor of Triberg said it was a natural decision because men are better at parking than women. Cook Strait News certainly does not advocate for this policy, we simply wanted to raise a point of discussion. Regards

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.

Thursday August 20, 2015


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Have you got an anonymous THUMBS UP or THUMBS DOWN to share? email to or Text to 022 322 4811 THUMBS UP to Corduroy, the world’s oldest cat at the age of 26. Poor thing, might be kinder to have it put down. THUMBS DOWN to local radio duo Polly and Grant splitting up. That must make it awkward at work… THUMBS UP to the ITM Cup which kicked-off last week. THUMBS DOWN to Stoneleigh Pinot Noir, was not enjoyed at the Friday avo work drinks.

THUMBS DOWN to Media Works looking at revamping 3 News. I don’t want to lose Hillary and Mike!

THUMBS UP to the grand opening of St Christopher’s Church in Seatoun on Sunday.

THUMBS UP to the bus driver that gave me a cheeky wink last week. Was it because I wasn’t wearing any knickers?

THUMBS DOWN to Sam Duff leaving the Cook Strait News. Look for Alamir products at your supermarket

THUMBS UP to wine-o’clock.

9/11 Tauhinu Rd, Miramar. Phone 380 8558

THUMBS UP to the letters of H Westfold. Always an enjoyable read. THUMBS DOWN to the Australian TV doctor that suggested people with weight issues should eat less, like those imprisoned in concentration camps by the Nazis. Bad form.

THUMBS DOWN to the people that want to keep the current flag.

Cook Strait News welcomes the public to submit any THUMBS UP, THUMBS DOWN comments to 022 322 4811 or We reserve the right not to publish any malicious or ill-spirited entries. Keep it friendly guys!

FROM THE REPORTER’S DESK Never does a quiet week pass by for Wellington’s Eastern and Southern Suburbs – from the busy bustling streets of Newtown and Kilbirnie to the sandy hotspots of Island Bay and Seatoun. Roving reporter Sam Duff pounds the pavement to give you the lowdown of what is going on throughout your community. This is where he shares a few tales from his adventures.

Marsden. See us in action Friday 4 September

Well I’m just going to put it out there, let’s change the flag. Our current flag is old, boring, too similar to the Australian flag and is a reminder of our colonial past. And while it is important to remember our national history, it is also important to be able to move forward as a nation. New Zealand is an amazing country and I can see how far, in even my own relatively short life time, how much of a national identity we have created. I say we need to keep going. Much of the crowd campaigning against New Zealand selecting a new flag have a lot in common – they do not like the Prime Minister.

John Key has selected the country having a new flag as his Prime Ministerial legacy, something he can look back at when he is chilling with Bronagh in Hawaii in a few years’ time. Key choosing to support the changing of our flag has made a change unpalatable for many with a disliking for the PM. Whether you hate Key or worship the man that should not be a factor, whether conscious or subconscious, in how you vote in the upcoming referendum. Another argument against changing the flag and the referendum that it involves is the cost - $26 million. That is a lot of money, and yes you

or I could do a fair bit with it. But it is a drop in the bucket when it comes to the budget of the government. Could it be put to better use elsewhere? Absolutely. But, so could the money we, as a forward-thinking progressive society, choose to invest in other things, such as subsidising sporting events, arts funding, public broadcasters and cycleways. I have taken a look at the flag designs and have chosen my favourite three. I will be voting to change the flag in the referendum. Enough from me. I want to know what you think about all this. Email me at and let me know your opinion.

Visit our Karori campus on Friday 4th September between 1pm and 3pm and see the Marsden Spirit at work. It’s a rare opportunity to experience for yourself what makes Marsden special: to see an environment where children and young people flourish and go on to do exceptionally well in life. Marsden Pre-School, Primary and College. Tours start in the Marsden School Library, Marsden Avenue, Karori. Marsden School Karori (04) 476 8707

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Eastern and Southern Suburbs H ow d o yo u t a ke yo u r s.. .

Mouth-watering goodies THE COFFEE CLUB CHEWS LANE Our exciting new menu has arrived! Crispizzas, Pulled Pork Burger, Pancakes Deluxe, Baked Brekkie Hot Pot, Avo & Feta Smash with Bacon or Salmon plus more!

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BUY ONE MEAL GET ONE FREE! CHEWS LANE, WELLINGTON (Between Willis & Victoria Streets) Ph: (04) 473 4714 Not valid with VIP, other offers or on public holidays. Discount applies to lower priced item. Expires 30/9/15.

Warm up with Coffee Club

With winter still bearing-down on Wellington’s eastern and southern suburbs it is the perfect time to pay a visit to Coffee Club. With their scrumptious and very popular baked brekkie hot pot, what better way is there to warm up during the cold winter months? Coffee Club have an array of yummy winter comfort foods and a wide selection of hot drinks to warm your bones. PBA

Adelaide Trading Co has quickly become one of the most popular new cafes in the eastern and southern suburbs. If you are looking for a tasty bite to eat and a lovely coffee pay a visit to John and Z in their Berhampore delicatessen. Adelaide Trading Co has a wide selection of cabinet food on offer, from yummy scones and ninja cookies to delicious pies and lasagne. PBA

>> Coffee by ‘Old George’ >> Blackboard menu changing daily >> Selection of local & imported cheeses and small goods >> Take home meals >> Fresh squeezed juices >> House smoked fish and meats >> Functions and catering available.



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Putting your health first Newtown Medical Centre has added Immigration Medical examinations to the other services that we provide. These are $300 for adults and $150 for children 15 years and under. Our nurses can now make outreach visits to patients who have mobility problems. You can ask your Newtown Medical Centre GP if you qualify. Newtown Medical Centre warmly

Opening hours: 8:00am - 5:30pm Mon - Fri

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welcomes enrolled, new and casual patients and is committed to providing excellent health care to our community. We are a part of the Newtown community and understand that because our community comes from many different places and different cultures, it is essential to offer a level of medical care specially suited to each patient.

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Real Organic Food Delivered To Your Door No drive is too steep, no steps too many and no address too hidden for our delivery drivers. When you order an Organic Box, we ask you to do so 2 days before delivery, that’s so that we can order your produce direct from our New Zealand growers. When this arrives, it’s repacked and delivered to your home. Ordering is simple, go to our website and choose “Fruit and Veg Boxes” to select a small, standard or large box of fruit, vegetables or a mixture of both. Alternatively you can choose the “Fruit and Veg Self Selection” option and choose exactly what you would like delivered. We also sell milk, cheese, chicken and eggs and just like the fruit and veg, everything is fully certified organic. Delivery in South Wellington is on Thursdays, so order by 10pm Tuesday to

guarantee delivery. Do you need some ideas on what to cook? Just check out our recipe blog, and why not send us your favourite recipe so we can share it with others. For over 6 years Organic Boxes have been providing Wellington with the freshest, 100% certified, organic produce. Organic certification means that the grower takes organic farming seriously and is audited yearly including all of their processes and testing of their soils. This assures you that what you are buying isn’t just good intentions, but guaranteed safe, clean and green.  See the best of New Zealand’s harvest at or call us free on 0800 674 269 to discuss booking your Organic Boxes delivery with Justine.

Living the dream

Paul Fredrickson Pharmacist 1976.

Soon after qualifying as a pharmacist in 1978, Paul Fredrickson had a dream of one day owning a pharmacy in the eastern suburbs of Wellington. It wasn’t until 2001 that that dream was finally realised. During that time, Paul worked in a number of different pharmacies in New Zealand and overseas. “I worked in pharmacies with 30 staff, and I worked in pharmacies where I was the only staff!” says Paul. “My plan was always to return to Wellington, and own my own pharmacy putting in place all the great things I had learnt during this period.” Strathmore Park Pharmacy has been a mainstay of the Strathmore Shopping centre since just after World War 2. Paul is just the fourth owner after Don Steptoe who opened the pharmacy after WW 2, Deryk McNamara, Alastair Hurray and now Paul. “I don’t quite know what it is, but this phar-

macy has always had a special feel too it” says Paul. “It’s very much part of the local communities of Strathmore, Seatoun and Miramar”. The big thing for me though, and I know it’s a cliché, are the people. The wonderful people who support our business, and the amazing staff that have assisted me to realise my goals over the years. Our constant challenge is to provide the very best professional pharmacy services to our local community. A dispensing service that due to our size we are able to provide with minimal wait time. Qualified staff on hand at all times to provide advice on medicines, natural health, first aid and beauty options. From all the staff at Strathmore Park Pharmacy – we thank you for your support and look forward to keeping our pharmacy at the forefront of healthcare in the wonderful Eastern suburbs of Wellington.

504 Broadway, Strathmore Hours: Mon-Fri 8.30-6.00pm & Sat 9am-1pm

Ph: 388-6593 Fax: 388-6594

Thursday August 20, 2015 Public Notice

Real Estate

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PAINTING Decorating for all Painting Services by competent and considerate Tradesmen. Realistic rates. Phone Neil 388-7518

GARAGE SALE: 15 Ferry Street, Seatoun. 22nd August 2015, 10.00am - 4.00pm. All sorts for sale electronics, sports gear, labelled clothing, jewellery etc. 1 day only.

HANDYMAN: No job too small. Repair work,

fencing, painting, decking, paving and concreting. Call Ralph: 021 081 27267.

Out-of-Zone Places 2016 Enrolment at the school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office.


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Rongotai College offers places to fee paying overseas students. We presently have an overseas student, who urgently requires homestay accommodation. Homes offering full board to overseas fee paying students are paid at the rate of $240 per week. The period of homestay required is from 21 August to the end of the school year. If you are interested in offering full board to an international student and would like to know more details, please contact the school: Phone 04 939 3050 Email

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If the number of out-of-zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot is required, it will be held on Wednesday 23 September and parents will be informed within five school days of the ballot being held.

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Ballot applications for 2016 are now being accepted for places across the whole school. Actual vacancies will be determined at the time of the ballot.

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What would you change about the world? Poverty and starvation how can we have children and families starving in Africa and then have an obesity epidemic in the western world! There is something very wrong here.

What is the best thing in your life right now? My beautiful family and being a Highlanders rugby fan!

Who is one person, dead or alive, you would love to have a meal with? Al Brown, the legendary chef and entrepreneur because he would have prepared the meal and could then give me a commentary on how he cooked the meal, how he seasoned it and also give me the inside oil on who he thinks will win MasterChef NZ this season!

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Who is your best friend and why? My wife - because she inspires me and makes me a better person and father.

If you could be somebody for a day who would it be? I think I would like to be Paul Potts and sing Nessun Doma to my family and friends now that man can sing!

What would your super power be and why? To have bionic legs like Steve Austin from the Six Million Dollar Man. This way I could run the 200 metres in 19 seconds and I would know how the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, feels when he runs this fast.

Top authors at family book day Aliens, astronauts, dragons, sea creatures and piggies will be running wild at Storylines Free Family Day on Sunday. Part of a nationwide festival of illustrators and authors, family day welcomes children for a free day of crafts, performances, competitions and book-related fun.

Children can meet their favourite award-winning New Zealand authors and illustrators, including some from the Wellington region. There will be more than just books on display, marine biologists from NIWA and Te Papa are bringing a supply of marine specimens. Space Place from Carter Observa-

WORD SMITHS: Back left, Donovan Bixley, Gillian Candler and Kyle Mewburn with, front left, Ned Barraud, Sophie (Suzanne’s daughter) and Suzanne Main. PHOTO: John Turner

tory will have alien and space activities for kids, including a roving astronaut. Children’s author and president of The New Zealand Society of Authors, Kyle Mewburn, says the Wellington Storylines Family Day is always the most fun. “As a writer, it’s great to chat with your readers and find out what they love about your work,” he says. “I love the tricky questions they ask that require creative answers on the spot, and it’s always inspiring to see so many excited young readers enjoying kiwi literature.” This year kids can take part in a medieval insult joust with Donovan Bixley and Kyle Mewburn, creators of Dragon Knight. An artificial rock pool will allow them to explore the undersea world, and go fishing with Gillian Candler and Ned Barraud, who wrote and illustrated Under the Sea. Suzi Tait-Bradly and Rebecca Woolfall, the cooks behind Piggy Pasta will help kids make Piggy Pasta spoons and chocolate pigs. Space Place and Island Bay’s Suzanne Main, author of How I Alienated My Grandma, will alienate people with alien masks and journeys through space. Storylines aim to give children a kick-start in reading and enthuse with them about books for life.  Storylines Free Family is on Sunday, August 23, 10am till 3pm at Shed 6 on Wellington’s waterfront.

Paris comes to Island Bay A touch of Parisian style comes to Island Bay this week with a performance at Tapu Te Ranga Gallery. Torch singer, Magdalena Darby, will be accompanied at the piano by gallery curator and artist Ian Logan on Friday, August 21. Ian says he and Magdalena have long wanted to do a show centred around French songs. “The latest exhibition at the gallery ‘The Latin Quarter’, which also features a number of classic black and white photos of Paris by Douglas McArthur and John Logan, provides the perfect backdrop for the music,” he says. Ian says Magdalena has gathered her material from a wide range of sources, and is constantly on the lookout for an inspiring new song. Both Ian and Magdalena have performed in Paris and say they loved the intimate venues which showcase the French singer-songwriter tradition. Joining them for this performance is bass player Alistair Isdale, who has played for a number of New Zealand vocal talents, including Bella Kalolo and Brooke Fraser. “Alistair brings an extra depth and energy to our sound but he also knows just how to let the beautiful lyrics take the lead,” Ian says. The performance starts at 8pm and will be followed by a selection of wine and juice as well as French cheese and French themed hors d’oeuvres.  Booking is essential as there is limited seating. To book tickets email info@taputerangagallery.

FRENCH FLAIR: Singer Magdalena Darby will perform alongside several others at Tapu Te Ranga Galler y in Islan d B ay tomorrow night.

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Sports fest Wellington’s inaugural SportsFest is being held throughout the region next week. SportsFest includes year five through to eight primary and intermediate school students competing in a number of sports. The event has been organised as a partnership between Wellington City Council, Primary Sport Wellington and 10 regional sports organisations. 50 schools from throughout the Wellington region have entered 265 teams, approximately 1,000 students per day will be participating.

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Katie Robertson’s back injury weighed heavy on her mind when she decided to trail for Wellington’s CrossFit team. After spending nearly four months in rehab, and being told she could lift weights a mere two weeks before qualifying day, Katie didn’t think she could do it – but she did. “I was surprised to get in, I saw the workouts and thought there was no way I could do that, but I gave it 100% per cent. “Now, I’m excited to compete and show that it didn’t hold me back.” Katie, 24, will represent the Wellington region in the upcoming Wellington Cup, one of New Zealand’s most prestigious annual CrossFit competitions. She will compete against some of the fittest and strongest from New Zealand and Australia, and invited “all-stars” from America. Katie has completed a diploma in exercise prescription at the New Zealand Institute of Sport. She quickly discovered whilst working as a personal trainer she had a passion for CrossFit, competing and community. Katie decided to merge everything together and opened her own CrossFit gym in Lyall Bay last year, which she now co-owns. Eighteen months on, Katie says the gym has grown so quickly and what she thought was too big

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COACH BECOMES COMPETITOR: Katie Robertson, co-owner and coach at CrossFit FRF, Lyall Bay, is in training mode for the upcoming Wellington Cup. PHOTO: Sam Whittle

of a space, is only just big enough. “People come here as strangers and leave as friends,” she says. “I want to build a community I am proud of, and I want people to know it’s a friendly environment.” As rewarding as the feeling of seeing people improve, owning the gym is a constant weight on

her shoulders. “It’s hectic owning a gym and trying to fit in my own training. “Because I take the classes and can’t do them myself, I have to work out on my own, which is not very motivating.” Katie says leading up to the competition which starts on Au-

gust 29 and goes for two days at Kilbirnie Recreation centre; she will be training hard to achieve her goals. “It’s awesome enough to be competing against some of the best in the world, but I want to make the semi-finals, and make CrossFit FRF proud.”

The capital’s sporting talent was celebrated at a function hosted by the Mayor recently. Held at the ASB Sport Centre, the function included a certificate presentation to the 50 athletes who are on the Sport Wellington led Wellington City Council Sports Talent Development Programme. The programme, funded by Wellington City Council and managed by Sport Wellington supports a number of talent development projects aligned to national and regional sporting organisations.








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