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By Sam Duff The desire to have a decent night sleep marked the beginning of what has become more than 30 years of fighting for the community for one Strathmore resident. Stan Andis, the president of the Strathmore Park Progressive Association, was last week presented with an Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian award by Wellington City Council for three decades of community service in the eastern suburbs. Continued on page 2 THICK AS THIEVES: Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian award winner Stan Andis and his wife Pat. PHOTO: Sam Duff

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Three decades of fighting for Strathmore Continued from page 1 Asked how he first became involved in the goings-on of his local community, Stan traces it back to a series of bad night’s sleep he and his wife Pat had about 30 years ago. It turned out aeroplane engine testing at the nearby Wellington airport was what was waking up Stan and Pat. The pair joined a group that had been formed and before long public pressure led to Air New Zealand transferring their engineering base to Christchurch. “We set out what we wanted to achieve, a peaceful night sleep,” Stan says. This was not the final time that Stan would make a stand on behalf of his neighbours against the ‘big boys’. Stan fought for a curfew to be imposed on planes taking off or landing at the airport, fought against the Moa Point sewage plant and fought against a new

pub opening in Strathmore. As the president of the progressive association for more than 20 years, Stan has also been involved in a number of community initiatives. Pat recalls the community rubbish collection drive that Stan used to organise but she says she put a stop to his involvement a few years back. The keen golfers were due to play together the day after the rubbish collection one year but Pat says that Stan was so exhausted that he played terribly. That was the end of that. Stan was born and bred in the eastern suburbs. He attended Miramar South School and then Rongotai College. He had recently broken up with his girlfriend when upon visiting a friend’s flat in Brooklyn he met Pat, a Briton, for the very first time. Stan and Pat celebrated their golden wedding anniversary earlier in the year and have

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Thinking outside the square By Sam Duff

Lyall Bay Kindergarten is preparing to hold a rather unconventional fundraiser for a childcare facility. Next month parents with children at the kindergarten will take part in a beer tasting fundraiser at Crave Cooking School. Nick Guyomar, from Lyall Bay Kindergarten, says funds from the fundraiser will be going towards a new sun shade for the outdoor area. “Part of our outdoor area is already covered but we want another one and they’re quite expensive,” he says. Having a beer tasting evening to fundraise for a child care facility is ‘a little unconventional’, according to Nick. He says the kindergarten sought sponsorship from a number of breweries and while many donated their products some were reluctant due to it being a kindergarten. Nick says the event’s biggest sponsor is Black Dog Brewery which is located on Blair Street. Adrian Kemp from Black Dog says he was happy to help with the fundraiser because it is a great cause.

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Time-banking founder to speak in capital By Sam Duff

The well-known founder of the international timebanking movement is set to speak in the capital for the first time thanks to the Wellington Timebank. Self-declared humanitarian Dr Edgar Cahn will speak in Wellington on September 1 on his way to join the Lyttleton Timebank for their 10th anniversary celebrations. Dr Cahn has spent his life fighting injustice and poverty. He is a legal professor, former speech writer to Robert F. Kennedy and the founder of time-banking. Timebanking uses time as a medium of exchange; one hour earns one time credit which buys one hour of someone else’s time. The Wellington Timebank, based at the Newtown Community Centre, was started in 2011 and is now a community of 600 members trading more than 400 hours a month. Members exchange their time and skills, including everything from companionship to haircuts and fishing lessons. Wellington Timebank joined the effort to get Dr Cahn to visit New Zealand for Lyt-

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“Give money to charity, pay off my mortgage and do an expensive trip to Thailand, as I have never been before but I want to go.”

“Travel to southeast Asia as it has always been a thought inside my head.”

“Travel everywhere, as I have not travelled before. I have got plans to travel but haven’t organised anything.”

“Give to my family, to help them out. Also pay for my daughters to go to university and if there is any left over a nice holiday away.”

Emilie Dear, Hataitai “I would donate some money to charity, some to help develop our Tai Chi class and to help set up groups for older people. Some to complete the renovation of my old house.”

Danielle Tai, Auckland “I would spend the money on buying a house here in Wellington as we actually live in Auckland. I love the old style houses they have here and also to buy my dream car, a Cortina.”

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to

Cycleway to nowhere madness Dear Ed, Michael McCormack (CSN, August 13) is not wrong when he admits that many people will disagree with him regarding the building of an idiotic (and downright dangerous to all road users) “cycleway to nowhere”.

It’s a shameful waste of ratepayer money and I’m surprised that this gentleman doesn’t have a problem in investing the $1.5 million or whatever it is now to cost on this ridiculous experiment. I will say it again - The

Parade would be perhaps the safest street in Wellington to teach your children to ride and learn the correct road rules and respect for all road users. Children need to be taught road responsibility for their

own safety! After all that is common sense! But therein lies the problem doesn’t it. Common sense is seriously lacking! Rick Toogood, Berhampore

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The clicking of knitting needles is becoming increasingly common at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore. Members of the home’s knitting group have been busy making teddies and recently celebrated the end of the project with a Teddy Graduation Ceremony. Resident and group founder Johnnie Wood says the knitting group was set up earlier this year and has become quite popular. “It has really taken off,” says Johnnie. “We’re getting between eight and ten members each week. The sessions are so quiet – all concentrating hard!” Johnnie explains the knitting group helps members to gain more confidence in their abilities, while providing companionship and an opportunity to make something creative and special. “One lady who doesn’t really join in with many activities said she wanted to take part and she’s doing so well. Another lady has a smile the whole time she’s knitting,” says Johnnie. A special ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of the teddies. “They are all very happy with their finished teddies, and they are looking forward to the next knitting group project.” The finished teddies are likely to be given to family or children in need. Over the last few years Johnnie herself has donated a number of teddies to the Wellington Hospital children’s ward. “The children love them because they’re warm, soft and comforting, and they are given to the children who don’t have much. A nurse there once told me that you can halve the amount of medication a child needs if they have something special for themselves, like a teddy to take home,” Johnnie explains.

“It’s all thanks to my cousin who lives in England for sending me her teddy pattern eight years ago.” Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation officer Annelize Steyn says Kilmarnock Heights Home truly believes in fostering opportunities for residents to continue to enjoy the things they love. “Here it’s not about us always providing entertainment for the residents, it’s about supporting an elder-centred community,” explains Annelize. “The residents are involved in deciding what we do, planning and even in facilitating groups – just like Johnnie does.  Kilmarnock Heights Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provides rest home and respite care, as well as a popular day guest programme. To find out more about Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, call 04 380 2034, email or visit PBA

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LETTERS to the editor Stop using flaunt instead of flout Dear Ed, re the letter from Mary-Ann (CSN, August 20). I know she is far from alone in this specific malapropism; but I wish she and innumerable others would learn not to use ‘flaunt’ when they mean ‘flout’. And please don’t trot out that

old truism that English is a living and changing language: I know this; but it is now used as an alleged justification for every mistake, misuse, or illiteracy perpetrated. If we allowed this particular mistake to be accepted as okay,

we should destroy the proper meaning of ‘flaunt’, to make it signify almost the opposite of what it really means. It means to make a deliberate, defiant display of something; but to flout something is to defy or ignore what is a law,

a restriction, or just accepted custom, good manners, or etiquette. You can see this in the jocular saying, "If you've got it, flaunt it". You might be making a vulgar display of expensive jewellery, or else wearing something that

leaves half of your shapely cleavage bare. Perhaps the only way of flaunting a traffic rule might be an ostentatious show that you're obeying it! H Westfold, Miramar

Looking forward to Island Bay Cycleway Dear Ed, I’d like to say a little more about why I’m keen to bike along a real Island Bay cycleway this summer. Some may say there’s already a cycleway there, or cycling is just a passing trend when we should be sorting Kilbirnie’s flooding woes. The reality is that we all face a changing climate and limited budgets. Our atmosphere has limited capacity for more greenhouse gas emissions. The more we can use clean energy now (including our own), the more wriggle room we create over the coming years. In a world headed towards zero emissions, we simply can’t afford to waste ratepayer money on high emissions infrastructure. Our challenge is to invest in good infrastructure now - safe cycleways, car share systems, energy-efficient buildings and electric transport - before climate clean-up costs (including stormwater management) overwhelm our limited rates budget. Many of us are keen to cycle if we felt safer.

The Curtain Bank is On just one recent ride to the beach along the current ‘cycleway’, somebody suddenly opened their car door right in front of me, a bus driver attempted to pass me at a pedestrian crossing pinch point, and another car driver passed me with a lot less than the recommended 1.5 metres gap. I gave up then and biked home slowly on the footpath – which is illegal and creates problems for pe-

destrians who need to feel safe too. I believe each one of those drivers was a good person who intended no harm – yet any one of those actions could have meant serious injury. Yes, we must be safer drivers, but we also need decent cycling infrastructure for the sake of cyclists, would-be cyclists, pedestrians, drivers and our future. Liz Springford

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Have you got an anonymous THUMBS UP or THUMBS DOWN to share? email to or Text to 022 322 4811 From yodelling cats and surfing dogs to collapsing buildings and other outrageously excitable shenanigans – this is where readers share what is going UP and DOWN in the Eastern and Southern suburbs. THUMBS UP to the sixth annual south coast beach clean-up which is coming-up on September 26. Let’s get cleaning! THUMBS DOWN to nuts and other such gross things in baking. Yuck, yuck, yuck!


In France, a five year old child can buy an alcoholic drink in a bar

THUMBS DOWN to the Ashley Madison hack. Glad my name wasn’t on it!

THUMBS DOWN to Cindy leaving the toilet seat up at the Colombo Street flat, poor form Cindy! THUMBS UP to the cat that was caught cheekily sitting down next to its own missing poster.

THUMBS DOWN to new flag proposals. They all look bad. I don’t want a new flag. Shame on you John Key. THUMBS UP to Hillary Clinton who is going to appear on the Ellen show next month. THUMBS DOWN to people not smiling or waving when I stop for them at the crossing. Sad.



THUMBS UP to local lad Kyle Lockwood for having five designs in the long list put out the other week. I will be voting for you Kyle!

THUMBS UP to the movie Trainwreck with Amy Schumer, very funny. Highly recommended!

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!

Historic art

Creative journey

Urban designers at Wellington City Council have conjured up a Lux lighting exhibit. ‘Laces’ has been designed by Jamie Roberts and Peter Fraser who have woven LED Neon Flex around the disused fire escape attached to the Hannahs building. The iconic Hannahs Factory, on Eva and Leeds Streets, is divided into apartments and business spaces but it has a rich history as a place of industrial enterprise.

Wellingtonians will have the chance to explore the creative journey of DreamWorks Animation when a new exhibition opens at Te Papa in December. Te Papa will be the exclusive New Zealand home to DreamWorks Animation: The

Exhibition, showcasing over twenty-years of travelling zoo animals, green ogres and flying dragons. The creative contribution of DreamWorks Animation to the field of animation is explored in detail in the first ever large-scale, behindthe-scenes exhibition that celebrates the studio’s feature films.


Thursday August 27, 2015


Heading to the world champs By Sam Duff

PATIENT PAIR: Sienna, 2, and Kobe, 3, snack away as their mums take some time for themselves and work up a sweat. PHOTO: Emma Morgan

Muscles for mums By Sam Whittle

Kilbirnie’s Configure Express gym is teaching mums all about balance. The gym offers what no other Wellington Gym does - a childminding service. Certain hours of the day, and certain days of the week, the gym allows for mums to bring along their child while they work up a sweat at the gym. Branch manager Jessica Lea says that the service is needed in a community gym, and believes that more gyms should offer something similar. “The amount of women who live in the area and finding a baby sitter is sometimes impossible, or not affordable,” she says. “If you look at the pressure that is put on women in society, we should be able to offer something to help.”

Jessica says up to 30 mums a week use the service. “We have teens, mums in their mid 30’s, some that are nurses doing shift work, or some that have a child sick one day. “They are very supportive of each other.” The children usually age from seven to 11 however there is no age limit other than brand new babies. Colouring in, Lego building, dance classes, and naps on the ab mats are common activities. Jessica says the service ensures mums make time for themselves. “When you are able to give yourself that time, it’s easier to give yourself to others.” The mums and the children create friendships that continue outside of the gym. “That’s something we didn’t really know was going on, it’s a big kick for us.”

Shodokan Aikido Wellington had their final training session in Island Bay earlier this week before five members jet-off to the Gold Coast for the world championships. Senior instructor Louise Parkin says this is the first time five members of Shodokan Aikido Wellington will attend the Shodokan Aikido World Championships. The Wellingtonians will join more than 40 Australians to make up the Oceania squad, with several hundred also attending from Japan, the United States and Europe. Louise, a former British Womens’ randori champion and the current Australasian Womens’ randori champion, last went to the world championships when it was held in Japan in 2013. She attended by herself so she says she is excited to have some of her fellow club members attending with her this time around. Louise and her team mates leave Wellington on Wednesday next week and will spend two days training before the championships begin. They will be trained by Nariy-

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ama Shihan, a ninth Dan and head of the style. “It will be a wonderful experience for them to be exposed to this level of training,” Louise says. Louise says Shodokan Aikido is a defensive martial art with an emphasis on avoidance, balance breaking and locks, holds or throws. Shodokan Aikido Wellington has classes for adults and children and they train at

Island Bay’s Marine Education Centre and at Massey University twice a week. Louise says they work with Barnardos and local high schools to select scholarship members who get to train free for a year. During the past two years Shodokan Aikido Wellington has raised more than $17,000 from various sources to purchase new tatami training mats, she says.

AUSSIE BOUND: Donna Jennings, Sarah Wheaton, Louise Parkin, Jack Power and Ryan Dempsey from Shodokan Aikido Wellington.

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9/11 Tauhinu Rd, Miramar. Phone 380 8558

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Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 Andrey Lebedev Guitar Michael Houstoun Piano Marc Taddei Conductor

Saturday 5 September 7:30pm Michael Fowler Centre Wellington TICKETS: TICKETEK.CO.NZ



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