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By Nikki Papatsoumas

A local boy was devastated after his most prized possession – his bike – was stolen from his house in Miramar earlier this month. However thanks to an eagle eyed local, nine-year-old Spencer Brown has since been reunited with his beloved two-wheeler. Spencer said his bike was stolen from the garden of his home in Miramar at the beginning of October, during the school holidays. Continued on page 2 Spencer Brown was reunited with his beloved bike after it went missing from his house in Miramar.

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The group known as the Democratic Voice for Island Bay has announced it will disband. The group was created for the sole purpose of seeking legal advice and potential action against Wellington City Council in relation to the controversial Island Bay Cycleway. This comes after more than 1500 signatures were gathered in protest against the cycleway, which is now under construction. Last month the group announced it had decided not to take legal action any further

and said it would instead work on the concept of an ‘Island Bay Plan’ and work together with council on the process as a way of moving forward for the small coastal community. Island Bay resident and spokeswoman for the group, Jane Byrne, said unfortunately the Democratic Voice for Island Bay became perceived as having “a negative stance against the cycleway”. She said debate over the Island Bay cycleway had negative connotations as being opposed to the cycleway and for this reason the group had decided to disband. Jane said the group, which

was initially formed in 2014 as the Island Bay Petition Group, always had the best interests of the Island Bay community at heart. “Recent events in the community have been quite disruptive and contentious, and it has been difficult to carry the ‘voices’ of Island Bay over to council in a democratic manner,” Jane said. “We really tried to speak out for our community…I feel like it was taken the wrong way, we were always coming from a community perspective with a strong sense of social justice. “It was an unpleasant experience at times and had we known what we were in for

Stolen bike reunited with owner Continued from page 1 “I left it at about 5pm and then at 9am the following morning it was gone.” Spencer said he and his mother, Victoria McIntyre, searched around neighbouring suburbs to see if any bikes had been dumped and when they couldn’t find it, went to the police. Although the police assured Spencer they would keep an eye out, the youngster decided to take matters into his own hands. “I decided to make posters, I put one on Maupuia near the bike tracks, one at Gas Works and one at the Strathmore Community Centre.” He also put posters in local libraries. About two weeks later he got a phone call – a local woman had found his bike. Lucy Moore said she saw one of Spencer’s posters on the noticeboard at the Strathmore Community Centre. “It was my first visit, I came with a friend to help move a fridge and I just happened to be looking at the noticeboard for something else, then I thought, I know that bike.” Lucy says she remembered seeing the bike abandoned in an alleyway off Coutts St in Kilbirnie. “I’m wrapped he’s got his bike back, it would be worth a few dollars and I remember at that age when I got a bike it

Spencer Brown with Lucy Moore, who found his missing bike

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we probably wouldn’t have pursued it.” Jane said the group was now throwing all its support behind the newly incorporated Island Bay Residents Association. “We look forward to the Island Bay Residents Association beginning the process to gather ideas as to how to enhance the suburb for the benefit of the greater community.” All financial contributions which were made to the Democratic Voice of Island Bay remain in a suspense account and will eventually be handed over to a project which will benefit the entire community, Jane said.

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inbrief news Quake shakes Wellington A magnitude 4.4 quake rattled Wellington last Thursday evening. The quake was centred 30km east of Wellington and at a depth of 6km was described as “strong” by GeoNet. It hit just after 10.40pm. More than 3000 people reported feeling the quake on GeoNet’s website.

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Fair to go out with a bang By Nikki Papatsoumas

This year Island Bay School has its very own answer to jaffas scuttling down Dunedin’s Baldwin Street. Next weekend the school will host its annual fair and for the first time, more than 1000 numbered balls will be released on the day. The event, aptly named ‘the running of the balls’ will replace the fair’s major raffle this year and students, staff and families are excited to see the fair out with a bang. The balls will make their way

from the school’s top block, rolling down an obstacle course of people, fences, fair stalls and general debris, before coming to a halt at the school’s bottom court. “The whole idea is for it to be bang on 2pm and really bring the fair to a close,” says Kate Scott, who has helped organise the colossal event. The first three numbered balls to cross the finish line will take home fantastic prizes and spot prizes will also be given out on the day. The first place prize is a $750 Island Bay New World voucher.

Second ball across the finish line will nab a night at the Boulcott Suites and third place will take away a south coast experience including a Pete Lamb fishing trip and Seal Coast Safari. The 88th ball to be sold will also win a special prize, as the school celebrates its 88th year. “Like the jaffas on Baldwin Street, it’s going to be very similar to that. It will be bright and colourful and really kid friendly,” Kate said. “Raffles are quite adult oriented, this is kid oriented as well. The essence of it is it’s a

raffle, but it is a visual raffle.” Chair of the Island Bay Home and School Committee, Caroline Campbell, said money raised from this year’s fair will go towards library resources and the schools learning hub. As well as this a ‘waharoa’ will be developed at the main entranceway to the school. The entranceway would be used to welcome new families and students to the school, she said. To ‘adopt’ a ball head to The Island Bay School fair will be held from 11am to 2pm, next Saturday, November 7.

Resilience officer appointed Wellington City Council has appointed a new resilience officer. The capital is one of 67 cities around the world that make up the 100 Resilient Cities organisation, which was initiated by the Rockefeller Foundation to build urban resilience in cities around the world. Mike Mendonca, director of

operations with the Ministry for the Environment, has been announced as resilience officer and will start in his new role early next month. Mike was previously a Wellington City Council manager responsible for running key city infrastructure and was also local controller for Civil Defence

Emergency Management. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said Mike would now help shape a city strategy to strengthen natural, social and economic resilience. “Mike has wide experience and will be able to tap into an international body of knowledge and liaise with resilience officers in Christchurch, Sydney, and

around the world, in developing plans and strategies to make Wellington a resilient city. “Resilience of our city from acute shocks and chronic stresses is a top priority for the city. “I look forward to working with Mike and the people of Wellington in developing a world class resilience strategy.”

New Zealand Bookshop Day – Your Place, Your Bookshop – will be celebrated throughout the day on Saturday, October 31 in 180 bookshops all over New Zealand. Booksellers New Zealand chair, Mary Sangster, said the last few years have been tough for the book trade, but book sales are rising again and there’s a positive outlook amongst booksellers. “We’re definitely thriving, rather than just surviving.”  For more information, go to www.

Painting on display A rare and historically significant painting set in Taranaki during New Zealand’s land wars will go on display to the public in its new home at Te Papa next week. The oil painting, View of Mt Egmont, Taranaki, New Zealand, taken from New Plymouth, with Maoris driving off settlers’ cattle, was made over 150 years ago in 1861 by English artist, William Strutt. The oil painting, which is in remarkably good condition for its age, will require some conservation treatment. But before that happens, visitors will have the opportunity to see it on display as part of the new Nga Toi Arts Te Papa season, opening on November 6.


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Fatal Collision A crash between a motorcycle and a car on Happy Valley Road last Sunday has left one man dead. Police said they were called to the scene of the crash on Happy Valley Road about 11.30am on Sunday. The man riding the motorbike suffered critical injuries and was transported to Wellington Hospital, where he later died. Police said the occupants of the vehicle suffered from minor injuries.




Wellingtonians Meet the Locals Wellington Zoo’s newest experience opened to three days of celebration over Labour Weekend. The zoo’s newest precinct, Meet the Locals, He Tuku Aroha, is a celebration of New Zealand. It was officially opened at a ceremony last week and opened to the public last Saturday. The precinct includes a new home for the zoo’s Little Blue Penguins as well as a farm area with sheep and kunekune pigs, bees, rabbits, chickens and eels. As well as this, 4000 native plants have been planted to attract native wildlife to the area. Wellington Zoo’s chief executive, Karen Fifield, said the precinct was a journey through New Zealand, going from the coast to the bush and culminating in the mountains. Karen said it was a celebration “of our country, our animals

and our people”. ‘We’re re-opening a large part of the zoo that visitors haven’t been able to access for some time, and we’re thrilled that we can do it with Meet the Locals, He Tuku Aroha, which has been a labour of love for our zoo team.’ She said Meet the Locals was the final project of the zoo’s ten year redevelopment plan, during which time most of the zoo has been rebuilt. “The transformation to a new zoo is not only physical, but also experiential. “Our innovative visitor experience, excellent animal care, global and local conservation and world leading sustainability work have been the key ingredients to our success over the last ten years.” Meet the Locals was made possible thanks to the support of Wellington City Council.

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Barbecues planned to help those in need By Nikki Papatsoumas

Friendly barbecues have been organised in an effort to offer support and prevent loneliness in Wellington’s most vulnerable communities. St Vincent de Pauls, in partnership with Housing New Zealand and the Wellington City Council, have organised ‘big summer barbecues’ to get to know the community. The first will be held on Saturday, November 7, at the Wellington City Council Central Park apartments. Wellington Area President for St Vincent de Pauls, John Kennedy-Good, said it was hoped the barbecues would allow the organisation to “mix and mingle” with people from social housing complexes in a relaxing atmosphere. From there the organisation hoped to offer practical help to tenants who needed it, by referring them to other agencies where they could get the tailored help they needed. John said it was also important to let older members of these communities know there was support available if need be. “Over half the number of older people in New Zealand suffer loneliness or isolation to a greater or lesser degree. “We want to make contact with these

people, whether it is sharing a cup of tea, a sympathetic ear, or letting people know we are here if they need some help or just companionship. “By offering this barbecue it is a way to break the ice.” John said if all goes to plan at next week’s barbecue, they would look at rolling out similar events across the city. “We hope to learn from this and look forward to throwing a similar occasion for Housing New Zealand tenants.”

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Bellyful celebrates third birthday By Nikki Papatsoumas

John Kennedy-Good is looking forward to next weeks ‘big summer barbecue’ at the Wellington City Council Central Park apartments.

The Wellington South branch of Bellyful recently celebrated an extra special milestone. As well as now having delivered more than 2400 meals to families in need about the community, the small branch celebrated its third birthday this month. Bellyful, a national non-profit organisation, prepares and delivers precooked meals to families with new babies and families struggling with illness. Founded in 2009, the organisation now has a number of branches right across the country. Each branch does all of its own fundraising and gets together regularly to cook

and freeze meals they later deliver to local families. Branch Coordinator for Wellington South, Andrea Curzon-Hobson, said the group was simply “saving the world one macaroni cheese at a time”. “Over the last couple of years we have totally taken off. “We are totally grateful to the community for their support with our fundraising and local businesses for their donations.” Meals served: 2012 – 159 meals 2013 – 526 meals 2014 – 754 meals 2015 1031 meals  To donate head to the Bellyful Wellington South Givealittle page.

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Rongotai Youth MP elected “It gives you adrenaline. But being able to speak about issues I’m passionate about, like education, is an added bonus.” By Nikki Papatsoumas

A Scots College student has been selected as Youth MP for the Rongotai electorate. Year 12 student Peter McKenzie said he was thrilled to be selected after a gruelling process, which involved writing an essay and delivering a speech to fellow candidates and local MPs. As part of the selection process, Peter was required to write an essay about what he believed the greatest challenge New Zealand was facing today was. Peter wrote an essay about civic education and later modified his essay into a speech, which he presented to Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson and Rongotai MP Annette King. Although most would find the process daunting, the teenager said nerves didn’t get the better of him. “I have a fair bit of experience with debating, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. “It gives you adrenaline. But being

able to speak about issues I’m passionate about, like education, is an added bonus.” Peter said because of his background in debating and public speaking, he always intended to run for Youth MP. “It was always on the back of my mind. Then this year it just popped up in the news and it seemed a fantastic opportunity to get involved.” Peter said he was now looking forward to representing the youth in his community and working with local MP Annette King. He intends to speak at Rongotai and Scots College assemblies, as well as liaise with intermediates and other schools in the Rongotai area. “I want to speak to my peers at other schools and get a feel for how they feel. “It’s a massive honour… even more than the honour it is quite a big responsibility and I really want to make sure I do it right. “I want to make sure I live up to that responsibility and live up to that honour.”

Scots College student Peter McKenzie has been selected as Youth MP for the Rongotai electorate.

Refugee Safety and Wellbeing Day this Sunday This weekend the fourth annual Refugee Safety and Wellbeing Day will take place. Individuals who come from a refugee background, as well as their families and friends, are invited to participate in the event which will take place at the South Wellington Intermediate School hall this Sunday. As part of the event, the hall will be converted into a marketplace, filled with information about health and wellbeing. The event is facilitated by Refugee Trauma Recovery in conjunction with over 30 participating organisations. Refugee Trauma Recovery is a regional, specialist mental health service for refugees who have experienced trauma and torture. The organisation offers a number of community programmes designed to help former refugees settle into their lives in New Zealand. This weekend’s event has been organised to raise awareness among the refugee communities of the health and social services available for them and their families, and to help support refugee families as they make the Wellington region their home. Jeff Thomas, general manager of Refugee Trauma Recovery, said organisers hoped to provide the refugee community with a venue where they

could gain knowledge, ask questions, gather with friends, share a free meal and interact with the wider refugee community as well as the providers of health, safety and wellbeing services in the Wellington region. He said the day promised to be lively with food, face painting, massage, soccer games and other fun activities

for kids. Interpreters would be present and a free bus service was organised from Porirua and Lower Hutt.  Refugee Community Safety and Wellbeing Day will be held at South Wellington Intermediate School hall, this Sunday, November 1, from midday to 4pm.

Film fundraiser for Timebank The Wellington Timebank is gearing up for its annual film fundraiser which will take place next Thursday. The Wellington Timebank, which is run out of the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre, sees members exchange skills, time and knowledge, with time being used as currency instead of money. Coordinator of the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre, Renee Rushton, said the annual event is held at the Lighthouse on Cuba Street and always proves to be wildly popular. The film being screened this year, ‘Ever the Land’, is a documentary that explores the bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking of a living house by one of New Zealand's Maori tribes, Ngai Tuhoe. “I think it is going to be a really great night and a really great movie,” Renee said. “We normally sell out every year.” Everyone who attends next week’s event will also receive a goody bag filled with baked goods. “We always have a raffle as well with lots of goodies that have been donated,” Renee said. Money raised from the annual film fundraiser goes towards the wages for the Timebank coordinator.  The movie fundraiser will be held next Thursday, November 5, from 6.30pm at the Lighthouse Cinema on Cuba Street. To purchase a ticket, pop into the Newtown Community Centre, or email or call Renee at or on 389 4786.

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Community market still going strong Hataitai’s popular community market has just celebrated its fourth birthday. The market, which is held on the first Saturday of each month, provides a low cost outlet for locals to sell their wares in a friendly, neighbourly environment. Anne Stevenson, Hataitai Community Market committee member said the food and baking stalls were always popular and with cafe tables and coffee, people can sit down, relax, stay a while and chat to other locals. “The other side of the equation is it’s a nice environment for the people of Hataitai and the wider community to drop by, do a bit of shopping and catch up. “We’re thrilled we’ve been going for four years, we’ve built up a group of regulars and we’re looking forward to many more years.” The market encompasses a range of stalls from books to baking, jewellery to jam, crafts and cushions to cupcakes, and plants to preserves and pickles. There may also be records, soaps, second hand goods, hot food, Greek food and more on hand. The market is held from 10am to 1pm at the Hataitai Bowling Club, on Hataitai Road. New stallholders are always welcome at the market, contact or call Anne on 972 4101 to book a stall.  To find out more about the market, head to Facebook or\community-market.

St Anne’s School students participate in the ‘garden to table’ initiative.

St Anne’s School takes food from ‘Garden to Table’ A Newtown School involved in the ‘Garden to Table’ initiative thanked the community for their support at a special ceremony last week. Garden to Table is a successful garden and kitchen programme run in schools throughout the country. The aim is to introduce New Zealand primary and intermediate school students to the joy of fresh, seasonal produce they have grown, harvested, cooked and shared in their own school, with the help of

peers, volunteers and teachers. The programme is supported within the school and by the community with volunteers coming in to support the kids and their learning. Nicky Boughtwood, from Garden to Table, said St Anne’s was the fourth school in Wellington to participate in the programme, and the 30th in New Zealand. St Anne’s has been able to take part in the initiative thanks to sponsorship from The Warehouse

in Lyall Bay. Earlier this year students planted a variety of vegetables including broad beans, fresh parsley, celery and kale. Last Thursday St Anne’s the school threw its Garden to Table spring launch and thanked everyone who had been involved in the process so far, Nicky said. “It was a chance for them to acknowledge all the support and show them what the kids had been up to.”


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The Island Bay Residents Association is calling on talented locals to design its new logo. The association’s secretary, Ray Tuffin, says the group is seeking a logo which “represents Island Bay”. “We are really looking for a design that represents Island Bay, whether it is the bay, the island or the hills. “Other than this we encourage locals to get creative and show us what it is about Island Bay that inspires them.” Locals have until the end of November to get their designs in. The top three entries will then be on display for a week at Empire Cinema,

before Wellington City Councillor Paul Eagle will select a winner. Ray says the association hopes to approach local schools, community groups and sports clubs and ask them to get involved and submit their very best designs. “We are all about openness and an ear for Island Bay, we represent the community so it is only fitting that the community design the logo.” T he co m p e ti tio n i s o p e n to anyone who lives in Island Bay. Once you have designed your logo, send it through to


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Sky Show to celebrate 21st Birthday year’s fireworks will be accompanied by a distinctive Kiwi soundtrack charting 21 years of hits – a popular song from each year the Sky Show has been in the capital.

This year’s popular Sky Show, which will be held November 7 will involve 2500kg of exploding fireworks. These will be launched from a barge and two pontoons in Wellington Harbour. This

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Wellington City Councillor Paul Eagle with reception staff Toni Delich and Bidushi Sharma.

Makeover for Kilbirnie’s pool Swimmers and gym goers have been saved from dated facilities and old gym equipment following a makeover at Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre. Over the past three months, areas of the aquatic centre have been closed to the public as the fitness centre was moved to a new location, a full renovation of the main change rooms took place and the reception was relocated. Following the $1.6 million makeover, the main pool and reception area were reopened to the public on Tuesday. Councillor Paul Eagle, who is chair of the council committee responsible for recreation facilities and services, said the renovations were impressive. Mr Eagle said the improvements would make the centre more enjoyable

for the public. “It is great to see such an important service receive a well-deserved facelift. “Since opening in 1989 the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre has provided visitors of all ages a place to keep active, fit and healthy.” While the facility closes every five years for renovations this was the first substantial renovation since 2011. The hydrotherapy pool was added in 2013. Although work on the main pool and reception area had been completed, work would continue with the renovation of the spa and sauna area. All spas were being retiled and the sauna fully renovated with work due for completion by the end of November.

Mid spring is a prosperous time in the garden. Roses are blooming, the leafy veggies (beetroot, lettuce, Silverbeet and Spinach) are starting to grow and lawns are green and lush with new growth. If you haven’t done so already - feed that veggie garden soil up with some homemade compost, a dressing of lime and even some sheep pellets. Coastal Wellington has free nutrients lying on it’s beaches following one of our many Spring equinox storms, so get down to any beach and collect some. After a rinse to remove the salt, allow it to dry and then you can chip it up with the lawnmower, catch it in the catcher and mix it straight into your soil. All helps so your soil is ‘humming’ and ready for your tomatoes, chillis, capsicums and other plants you’re going to pack it out with after Labour weekend.

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

Q: Will you be watching the Rugby World Cup final this weekend?

Bruce Harrop Miramar

Henio Koloi Miramar

Ime Pelasio Miramar

Mataio Daniela Miramar

Vai Sinafoa Miramar

“No, I might watch the second half. I am actually more of a rugby league supporter.”

“Yes I am.”

“I just don’t watch rugby. It’s sad but I don’t.”

“”Most likely I will. I am more of a football fan but as it’s our national sport I follow it when it comes to crunch time.”

“Hell yea. I have been following it a little bit, but it’s hard because the games are in the morning.”

Chester Burt Miramar “I think I’ll probably squeeze it in.”

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. 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.

A readers lament Dear Ed, It has been sad to see the little office of the Cook Strait News departing from Baycourt in Kilbirnie. Always nice to look in as one passed and to see the staff inside beavering away. But saddest of all is

the change of Cook Strait News to a Thursday delivery. Now it comes on the same day as the Wellingtonian and it is like a feast or famine. It was always wonderful to get the Cook Strait News early in the week, with

the Wellingtonian coming just that bit later to remind us of upcoming events. Christine Swift Island Bay

Festival to celebrate 21 years Library patrons swap out their books for acupuncture at an event held last week.

Swapping books for acupuncture Earlier this month, visitors at Wellington Central Library put aside their books to experience acupuncture treatments. More than 120 people gathered for the free event, run by the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The school is opposite the library and provides affordable treatment options from koha community clinics, to treatments provided by the senior students under supervision. Jessica Mueller, a regular of the school’s community clinic, said she found the event invaluable for recurring anxiety. “It’s fantastic how my mind responds to natural treatments it’s great to be able to come along to something I otherwise couldn’t have afforded.” World Acupuncture Awareness Week runs from November 15 to 22. As part of this, the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Acupuncture New Zealand will be staging events around the country. For more information visit or

This summer the Kilbirnie Festival will celebrate its 21st birthday and next year’s event will be bigger and better than before. Kilbirnie Festival manager Martin Wilson said as part of the celebrations an additional site has been added to the fair’s new venue and there will also be extended dates and activities. Some of the special events locals can expect at next year’s festival include a world food fair, an inflatables day and outdoor films. Next year’s festival will take place on Sunday February 28 and the wide avenue of road between Kilbirnie Park and St Patrick’s College will be used. Martin said this would provide a long, wide, and beautiful avenue for many of the stalls and stages, with excellent access for participants and the public. “The addition of Evans Bay Parade to the fair day site will allow the fair to accommodate up to 400 craft and food stalls, in addition to the rides, stages, and free family activities on offer.” As well as this, the fair will also continue to use the St Patrick’s College facilities, which include a large indoor hall for stalls requiring shelter, courtyards with sheltered areas and seating, sports areas for fun competitions, and lots of playground space for rides and the many free kids activities offered.

Kilbirnie Festival manager Martin Wilson is pleased that this year’s event will see the wide avenue of road between Kilbirnie Park and St Patrick’s College used.

“Kilbirnie Festival moved to using St Patrick’s College as its venue last season, and the new facilities are proving to be excellent.”

 Information, and further details as they become available, can be found at www.kilbirniefestival.

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one adequate prep time). For kids, do you want little Princesses to dress up, or perhaps Super Hero’s to take over the venue? 6. Get the word out. Aim to first start the talking about two weeks in advance so they don’t make plans, and remind them once or twice before the party, too. You could also make invitations or buy them. Pass them out within a reasonable time frame of notice.

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The Wash House The Wash House is a locally run commercial and residential laundry cleaning business in Kilbirnie. The Wash House specialises in servicing commercial cleaning including sports teams, hairdressers, restaurants, medical centres

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Kilbirnie Dentists Kilbirnie Dentists has been at the heart of the community since 2012 when Dr Tiff Logan took over the reigns. At Kilbirnie Dentists the staff pride themselves on their professionalism. In November they will be celebrating three years in business providing general dentristy to the local community. Kilbirnie Dentists

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For unique gift ideas, be sure to check out Marrakech Souk. The Kilbirnie store offers everything from African beauty products to childrens dresses fit for all occasions. Marrakech Souk has the best perfumes from the Middle East, handmade Mo-

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Life Pharmacy Kilbirnie Things have been in a constant state of change at Life Pharmacy Kilbirnie, with the latest offer being the addition of a Brow and Make-up Beautician joining the team. This is our most exciting change yet, offering a no-appointment necessary “Brows by Design” service which is the hottest trend to hit the beauty world,” says owner Androulla

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Wellington certainly turned on the good weather over long weekend. For me, there was nothing better than having three beautiful days of sunshine to enjoy. It has been another busy week of racing around at the Cook Strait News office. On Friday I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, which has been closed for maintenance over the last few months. What a difference! The main pool, changing rooms and reception have all undergone a makeover as well as a much needed spring clean which I’m positive will impress locals. It was also a pleasure popping into Island Bay School

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WHATS ON... Wellington Art Club Exhibition of original art works at Rita Angus Retirement Village, 66 Coutts St, Kilbirnie, Sat 14th and Sun 15th Nov from 10am to 4pm.

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South Wellington Intermediate School students take part in a social media workshop.

South Wellington Intermediate School had the opportunity to think critically about their use of social media at a recent workshop. A team of educators from the Otago based Centre of Science and Citizenship worked with students at the intermediate to evaluate the ways in which social media impacted on their life. Throughout the interactive day, the students worked together to understand the way social media could be used positively. The negative aspects of social media were also explored, such as how social media can be used to distort situations, distance people

from the effects of their actions, and damage relationships. Students were also given the opportunity to engage with the philosophy of Aristotle, as they unpacked the concept of ‘friendship’ in order to think through the qualities of friendship, and whether an on-line friend can be considered a true friend. Philosophy teacher Karen Shuker said the school was lucky to have a day of thinking, discussing and learning about important issues in our digital on-line age. She said the day’s activities enabled students to consider how to be thoughtful in their use of social media.

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THUMBS DOWN to people in cars honking their horns through Mt Vic tunnel. Do they ever think about people walking or cycling through? THUMBS DOWN on all the plastic labels on individual fruit and tomatoes that end up in my compost and can’t break down.

THUMBS UP to the magnificent weather over Labour Weekend. Great to see Wellington bathed in sunshine.

THUMBS DOWN to public transport, there is nothing worse than catching the busy bus in the morning. THUMBS DOWN to having to mow the lawns every week, the grass grows too fast!

THUMBS DOWN to bacon being bad for you, is anything good for you anymore? THUMBS UP to a short work week.


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Sponsors announced for Cigna Round the Bays Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry has been announced as sponsor and naming rights holder of the 10km distance for the upcoming Cigna Round the Bays event. Bluebridge Managing Director, Sheryl Ellison, said Strait Shipping was delighted to be involved with Cigna Round the Bays. She said the Kiwi owners and operators of Bluebridge actively support the communities in which their employees and customers live, work and play in. “As a big supporter of bike and run events, we are very excited about getting involved being an iconic event for one of our businesses two hometown locations. “We’re really looking forward to supporting Wellingtonians as they take to the streets to participate and intend on encouraging Bluebridge staff and crew to don their running shoes and get involved as well.” The Cigna Round the Bays event is organised by Sport

Wellington. Sport Wellington chief executive Phil Gibbons said Sport Wellington was extremely pleased to have Bluebridge join the Cigna Round the Bays family of sponsors. “It is a great opportunity for both Sport Wellington and Bluebridge. “Ultimately the sponsorship will benefit the event and the thousands of participants we are expecting in 2016. “It also provides a very affordable option for our participants from the top of the South Island to join in the event.” Cigna Round the Bays will be held next year on Sunday, February 21 and registrations are now open. The event features a variety of distance options including the 6.5km Fun Run, Walk or Buggy Walk from Frank Kitts to Kilbirnie Park, the Bluebridge 10km and the Cigna Achilles half marathon.

Marathon runner wanted to represent Wellington Wellington City Council and the Wellington Sakai Association are looking for a marathon runner to represent the capital in the Senshu International City Marathon, which will take place in Japan in February. Wellington’s representative will travel to Japan for a week, all expenses paid, staying in both hotel and home-stay accommodation with a Japanese family. Aside from taking part in the flat-course marathon, the runners will have the opportunity to visit local attractions and experience Japanese culture up close. Thanks to its sister city relationship with Sakai, Wellington has been offered the opportunity to send two representatives to the marathon each year since 1994. Up to 5000 competitors participate every year, with 100 places reserved for foreign applicants. The marathon follows a route through Sakai and the other eight cities and four towns that make up the Senshu area of southern

Osaka. The council’s international relations project officer, Aiko Collins, said it was an amazing opportunity. “It’s a unique opportunity for a lucky Wellingtonian to act as an ambassador for our fantastic city, to learn a little about Japanese culture, and to take part in an exciting and challenging marathon.” The selection panel are looking for candidates who are keen to be ambassadors for Wellington, but only regular runners, already in training, need apply. The successful applicant will need to have completed at least two marathons, and be capable of finishing the wintry Senshu Marathon in less than four hours. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and finalists will go into a draw to win.  Application forms can be found on the Wellington City Council website.

From left, Shihan Dennis May, 8th Dan, Raymond Check, who passed his 4th Dan, Adrian Tong, who passed his 5th Dan, Patricia Reilly passed her 5th Dan, Shihan Leo Donnelly, 6th Dan.

Local woman passes 5th dan grading By Nikki Papatsoumas

Sensei Patricia Reilly, who runs Rembuden Karate in Brooklyn, has recently passed her 5th Dan grading. Patricia said she attended her first karate lesson in 1984 with a friend because she wanted to learn self-defence. “I loved it so I started training.” By 1987 Patricia had received her black belt and has continued to train since then. Patricia said she felt privileged and proud to have made it to her 5th dan grading. “I was really proud, I was pretty chuffed. “That’s pretty high, most

people might get their 1st dan or 2nd dan, it’s quite unusual especially for females to get their 5th dan. It’s a very male oriented sport. “You have to be invited to do the grading for all your dan grading. It’s a process which involved checking technical skills and abilities and also recognition of years of training people and running a dojo.” Patricia said she has no intention of slowing down in the near future. “Mum asked me 10 years ago when I was going to have a rest and I said when I’m in a box.” She said karate was as much a sport as it was a “way of life”. “It’s just something you do,

it is part of your nature. It becomes part of you.” Patricia said through her dojo, she was trying to make karate accessible for families. “A lot of people have the perception it’s all about bashing people up. For me it’s about creating a good foundation for health, for mental health and physical health. “What I have created with my dojo is a family friendly place that caters for all, from those un-coordinated people to those who want to do competition work.”  For more information about Brooklyn Rembuden go to www.brooklynrembuden.


16 Thursday October 29, 2015


ABOUT Students prepare for school fair By Nikki Papatsoumas

Houghton Valley School students have been busy preparing an assortment of crafts for their upcoming school fair. Last Friday students spent the afternoon putting the finishing

touches on fairies and placemats they will be selling at this weekend’s event. The fair, which will be held this Saturday, is the school’s major fundraiser. Money raised this year will go towards building the school’s new

Matilda Wallace, Lena Horrocks and Zebedee Peri.

Rupert Kofoed-Waller and Natasha Horrocks.

Michael Houstoun Piano Marc Taddei Conductor Saturday 7 November, 7:30pm Michael Fowler Centre Wellington



Balakirev Overture on Three Russian Themes Khachaturian Piano Concerto Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

Finn Oskar-Mikkelsen, Samantha Leadbetter, Vita McKenzie and Bella McKenzie.

playground. This year’s fair will include pony rides, a petting zoo, entertainment, crafts, toys, clothes, books, a rapid raffle and silent auction.  The Houghton Valley School fair is this Saturday October 31 from 10am to 2pm, rain or shine.

Gaston Holden, Tamara Fauck and Sylvie Restieaux.

Luke Burns, Jasper Fitzsimons and Anna McCarthy.

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