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Dojo recognised at Wellington Airport community awards A local dojo has been recognised for its services at this year’s Wellington Airport Community awards. South Wellington Seido Karate received a highly commended award in sports and leisure at the ceremony held last month at Te Papa. Branch chief Tony Gaeta says since the club opened its doors in November 2007, it has donated just under $100,000 to needy charities, including the Ronald McDonald House, Wellington Free Ambulance and the Mary Potter Hospice. This year the Berhampore club donated $15,000 to Wellington Hospital’s Children’s Hospital. He says winning the award has “blown them away”. “We just did not expect it… I feel really proud and happy for the students, their parents and anyone that has supported us.” The club is non-profit, and does not receive any outside funding. Despite this, the club still manages to “punch above its weight”, he says. The club fundraises through a variety of different events throughout the year – the biggest being their annual quiz night. “It has got nothing to do with kicks or punches, which is what a lot of people would associate with karate. “A lot of things we do outside [the dojo], people don’t get to see it.

South Wellington Seido Karate accepts an award at last month’s Wellington Airport Community Awards.

“To get a little bit of recognition, for me it is just over the top. I’m really proud of students… that they are bringing some kind of awareness.” Tony says the club’s generosity is influenced through the Seido system and the money it gives to communities through its foundation. He says students are encouraged to share values they are taught within the dojo to others in the wider community.

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“They are role models outside the dojo as well, they are carrying these teachings out there and being positive role models.” South Wellington Seido Karate is always looking for new members. Beginners classes are held on a Monday and a Thursday from 6pm.  For more information head to southwellingtonseido.co.nz

Young inventor creates ultimate tree house By Fiona Donnellan

Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Nikola Tesla, Jason Khoo - Jason Khoo has really branched out with this latest invention which won him the James Dyson Award. The 24-year-old graduated from Wellington in industrial design and his tree house platform for kids to build architectural wonders in their backyard has won the Kiwi inventor the top prize in the New Zealand leg of the awards. The global product design competition celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. The invention is a pre-built foundation for a tree house that can be easily mounted without going through the difficult labour of traditional building methods. So parents can breathe a collective sigh of relief. “It retains the fun of a DIY project, without causing harm to the tree.” The design also means the tree house doesn’t have to be a permanent fixture and instead can be relocated. “I spent my childhood riding bikes and climbing trees. Now society is too busy and technology is now limiting self-time. I hope Tree Mount will counter this by giving people a purpose for taking time out to enjoy nature, use their creative minds and build something with their hands. The runners up were Philip Leyten from Wellington for his Triple Skin BMX Helmet and Emma Warren for her Bound by 8, which is a sustainable shoe. Five New Zealand entries, including Jason’s design and two runner-up products, will progress to the international James Dyson Award competition in November.

Instant coffee fix In a recent study by Southern Cross despite being a country renowned for our coffee culture, we prefer to drink instant. The survey which was carried out on 1,650 Kiwis showed that 46 percent prefer instant coffee, compared to 34 percent who line up for a barista-made tipple. However, the capital also had the lowest rates of instant coffee consumption at 37 percent. Nearly half of Wellingtonians drink espresso or café coffee regularly. Southern Cross Health Society CEO Peter Tynan said the research provided an interesting insight into the behaviour of New Zealanders. “We know that we’re a nation of coffee

drinkers - half of us are regular coffee drinkers by age 17. We also know that almost a quarter of us drink four or more cups of coffee every day. That’s a lot of coffee. While there are a lot of health benefits too much caffeine can be a bad thing, and best consumed in moderation.” It has been widely documented that drinking too much coffee every day can lead to anxiety and disrupted sleep patterns and spikes in your blood pressure. And Tynan went on to say, “We want to get Kiwis motivated and making small changes that pay long-term dividends with their health and wellbeing.”

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