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Thursday August 20, 2015


Delicious Lebanese Cuisine Mediterranean style Pizzas & Kebabs made in Miramar using natural, traditional ingredients

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!

Mon-Fri 7AM-4PM Sat 8AM-5PM Sun 9AM-4PM

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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