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A Kilbirnie resident celebrated a very special milestone last week. Walter John Barrat, who is known to his friends and family as Jack, turned 104 last Sunday. Residents and staff at Rita Angus Retirement Village in Kilbirnie, where Jack lives, helped the centenarian celebrate the momentous occasion with a special birthday party last Friday, complete with balloons, streamers, presents and a birthday cake. Jack’s grandson, Richard Batchelar, said his grandfather had accomplished a lot to be proud of over the last century. Jack was born in Foxton in 1911 and spent most of his life in the Horowhenua. Continued on page 2 Jack Barrat celebrated his 104th birthday on Sunday.


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Devil Programme was established in response to the threat of Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) – a rare and contagious viral cancer that has spread rapidly through wild Tasma n ia n Devil populations, reducing their numbers by approximately 80 per cent. DFTD was detected on the Forestier Peninsula in 2004, and surviving animals were trapped and removed from the area in 2012 to eliminate all traces of the disease. Now, after three years of monitoring the Peninsula, Tasmanian Devils will be reintroduced –in a hope to see them thriving in the wild once more. The Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund allows staff members to work in field conservation projects in New Zealand and overseas to lend their skills where they’re

most needed. Anna is the first Wellington Zoo staff member to travel to Tasmania as part of this initiative. “The Tasmanian Devils that we look after at Wellington Zoo were the first I had ever seen in real life, and as soon as they arrived I found them so endearing and lovable,” she said. “I had read all about DFTD and the decline in their population, and I wanted to do what I could to help the species.” During her time in Tasmania, Anna will help with the actual release, along with preparation like removing infrared cameras from the pre-reintroduction survey and setting up supplementary feeding sites. Anna will be blogging about her devilish adventures at

Jack celebrates 104 years Continued from page 1 “He has a saying, there are only four things that come from Foxton; fleas, flies, flax and floods,” Richard said. Richard said his grandfather had always been involved in surf lifesaving and was classified as New Zealand’s oldest surf lifesaver. He also helped introduce the ‘swim between the flags’ concept to New Zealand in 1932. Richard also explained how his grandfather owned New Zealand’s first supermarket, ‘Barrats Busy Centre’ in Levin. Richard said it was “an amazing part of New Zealand’s history”. Jack also had three daughters to his first wife and served in the New Zealand Army during WWII where he was based in Foxton. “He has seen a lot, done a lot, travelled the world a lot, and has probably experienced a lot.”

Jack’s 94-year-old girlfriend Priscilla Flipp was among those who helped celebrate his birthday last week. The couple have been dating for a year and Priscilla said it was “fantastic” to find love at her age. Activities co-ordinater at Rita Angus, Linny Uhi, said staff gave Jack a bunch of flowers and a box of chocolate to satisfy his “sweet tooth”. “Jack is the first one to reach 104 in this village, so every year he goes forward we always celebrate.”

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Sky Show set to dazzle This Saturday more than two tonnes of fireworks will light up the night sky and dazzle Wellingtonians young and old. Robert McDermott, chief executive of PyroStar International, has planned the Wellington Sky Show display since its inception 21 years ago. More than two decades on Robert said he still gets a “buzz” from each show. He and his small team have worked tirelessly this week, putting together this Saturday’s show. “We normally start in June and come up with a theme. Because it was a 21st show, we decided to go for 21 popular New Zealand pieces of music over the last 21 years,” Robert said. “I pick the music and then give it to the client, then everyone has a bit of a say and we come up with it. Generally I’ll put the show together.” Robert said he began designing shows in 1988 and after “years of practice” had it down to a fine art. “I basically sort of fell into the design side. But over the years now I just know what fireworks do and how they relate to the music. I’ll get a vision when I hear a piece of music and then I will visualise that into a fire work. “Then when I am editing the

East meets West The Multicultural Council of Wellington is bringing a spectacular world-class Diwali celebration to the Wellington public. Musicians and dancers from Malaysia will perform this Fusion Music and Dance Odyssey on November 8 in a show that combines the best of modern and classical rhythm. A Diwali Celebration, East Meets West – A Fusion Music and Dance Odyssey will be held at the Wellington Indian Cultural Centre, 48 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie on Sunday November 8.  For more information head to

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music I’ll edit it so it will fit to the fireworks.” The show is designed on a computer programme, with the fireworks eventually being let off by the programme. “We are basically telling the computer where we want to fire, so there are 800 lines of information and just over 2000 shots. “When I started, we started with hand firing, to electric firing and now computer firing. It’s really changed. The technology has changed and made it a lot easier for us.”

Robert said fireworks had “no age barrier” and it was always a thrill to see people young and old enjoy the annual show. “Everyone loves it. It doesn’t matter if you are two-years-old or 102. Everyone loves fireworks. I think we play a little bit of a mind game while we are out there, but that’s what we love. “The buzz and the thrill… it’s like a performer on stage, our stage is out here, 360 degrees.” Robert said he was also lucky to have the opportunity to work alongside his wife, company

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come forward with their ideas, opinions and feedback on refreshing the internal design of the building. Councillor Sarah Free said libraries were important to residents and the Central Library particularly so, with more visitors annually than Te Papa. “Libraries are changing rapidly – books, magazines etc.

are still important but there are more online resources and the possibility of a greater variety of activities happening within the space. “This refresh of the Central Library will be a once in a decade event. I’d encourage everyone interested to have their say”. People can provide their feedback by attending one of

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Secret Agent Ball The Roxy is pulling out all the stops for this exclusive and hugely glamorous ball. CoCo at the Roxy will become a secret agent hideaway with cocktails, canapes and amazing entertainment on tap. The ball will be held this Saturday, November 7, from 7pm at the Roxy Cinema in Miramar.  For more information head to www.

Marshall Court wins award The Wellington City Council’s new Marshall Court social housing apartments in Miramar won a national award (multi-unit category) at the New Zealand Institute of Architects awards last week. The $8.7 million Marshall Court development was a complete new-build project as part of the ongoing $400 million upgrade of the council’s social housing stock.

Cafe of the Year finalists Two local cafes have been announced as finalists in the New Zealand Cafe of the Year awards for 2015. Cafe Polo in Miramar and Franco’s Trattoria in Seatoun are both finalists in the ‘Best Suburban Category’ and Mount Cook Cafe in Mount Cook is a finalist in the 'Classic Kiwi Category'. There are four categories and one winner will be selected in each category later this year.


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Volunteers recognised Two locals have been presented with Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian awards, in recognition of their contribution to their local community.

The Absolutely Positively Wellingtonians are civic awards which show the council’s appreciation for people in Wellington who have made an outstanding or

lengthy contribution to their community. The presentation of the awards took place at the beginning of the full council meeting last Wednesday.

Nikki Papatsoumas caught up with Jonathan BhanaThomson and Helen Kettles and chatted to them about the accolade and their work within the community.

A Mount Cook resident who has volunteered for Diabetes Wellington for almost two decades

has been recognised for his work. Jonathan Bhana-Thomson began volunteering with Diabetes

Wellington after his wife was diagnosed with the disease. Nineteen years later he still volunteers for the organisation and has held a number of positions, including president, vice president and fundraiser. Jonathan said he felt “humbled” to have been presented with an Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian award at last week’s full council meeting. “It is a great thing the council is doing acknowledging volunteers. To acknowledge the work of volunteers and their work in the community is fantastic.” For the last 19 years Jonathan said he has dedicated around one hour a day to the organisation. He said he considered diabetes to be a “hands on” disease. “What you do… effects your diabetes over the course of time. My thing is always been

give people with diabetes some skills and self-management knowledge to help them look after themselves better.” Jonathan said this could involve a supermarket tour or a cooking class. “[It’s] anything that is helping people to live their lives better,” he said. He said awards such as the Absolutely Positively Wellingtonians encouraged volunteers to continue on. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said that during Jonathan’s time on the Diabetes Wellington committee he has been a great source of support and leadership. “He’s also pitched in on the little things, representing the organisation at community events, producing the quarterly newsletter and putting a huge amount of effort into fundraising.”

Jonathan BhanaThomson with his Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Award

Kilbirnie resident Helen Kettles is the brains behind the annual South Coast Clean Up event. More than 300 people dotted themselves at 11 different spots about Wellington’s southern coast for this year’s event which took place in September. Over 100 bags of rubbish were collected from 12kms of coast. Helen, who has coordinated the event since its inception six years ago, says she is proud to have been recognised for her work. “I was really chuffed. I wasn’t sure what it was at first but I was quite humbled by the ceremony. It was a real special afternoon. “It’s great the council have recognised our style of event.” Helen said she remembered sitting on the idea for a couple of years before finally deciding to plan an event. “I thought, right, I’ve got a couple of

months, I’ve got space I should organise it.” She said the clean up had “taken on a life of its own” over the last six years. “It has been a very organic process, all about people talking to people and making connections.” Looking ahead, she said she was interested to see how the event would grow in the next 10 years. “It is really satisfying to watch and be part of… seeing something happen from a whole lot of contribution from different people. “It will always be an annual event, but people might come up with other things they might do as part of it.” At last week’s ceremony, Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, who participated in this year’s South Coast Clean Up, said Helen’s efforts were much appreciated by Wellingtonians as well as terrestrial and marine wildlife.

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Award winning art class has lesson in mixing paint

The Ridgeway After School Art Class at last week’s session.

Kajol Patel mixes paint with Barry Thomas. By Nikki Papatsoumas

Award winning students from a local art class had the chance to mix their very own paint last week. The Ridgeway After School Art Class meets every Thursday at the Vogelmorn Hall in Brooklyn. Recently the students entered a competition which called on local artists to design the front panels of the Brooklyn Community

Centre. Their entry was judged the best and the design will be painted on the front of the community centre later this year. Tutor Rowena Fry said the class was given prize money after winning the design competition. “I decided to use it in teaching something that I couldn’t teach.” So last Thursday, Island Bay resident Barry Thomas,

taught the children how to make their own paint, using ground up minerals mixed with egg. The film maker and artist said he had been mixing his own paint for more than 20 years. “It’s a magical transformation turning rock into something you can paint your bedroom with. “It is a wonderful thing it changes the way you think about dirt.”

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Short story a winner A Wellington East Girls’ College student has won a Katherine Mansfield short story award. Year 13 student Augusta Collett was presented with the award at a ceremony held at Old St Paul's Cathedral last month. The teen said she was thrilled to win the award for her story, The Autologist. The competition was open to top English students from around Wellington.

The students were required to submit a short story, with the winner taking home a $500 bursary. Award winning author and judge of the competition, Kate De Goldi, said while the standard of entries was high, The Autologist was the clear winner. “This is a wonderfully ambitious story. It brings to the page a vivid, believable material world with three characters made

briefly real, acting out an idea that stays with the reader for some time after the story’s end.” Augusta was presented her award by the President of the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Society, Nicola Saker. “We've run school awards for some years now, but this year we decided to make the award a competition and offer the winning young writer a bursary of $500, Nicola said.”

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Newtown childcare centre celebrates A small early childhood centre tucked away in the heart of Newtown is celebrating the launch of their new name, new look and new website this week. Newtown Community Creche on Daniell Street has recently changed its name to Newtown Early Learning Centre. Head Teacher Sue Odell sa id t he new na me better ref lected the creche. “We think our new name better reflects the reason we are here - to provide children a fun, stimulating and loving environment where they can play, experience and learn.” Last Saturday, the centre held a working bee in preparation for their official launch, which will take place tomorrow night. Parents spruced the site up with new signs and a secret garden for the children to explore. The steps leading up to the centre were also painted with bright colours. Parent and member of the governing committee Sacha Wilson said the centre had been a hidden gem in the heart of Newtown for a long time. “We thought it’s time to share our secret with the rest of Wellington. People know where Newtown Hall is on Daniell St, but they often don't know we're

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Victory parade for All Black heroes Wellingtonians will get the chance to salute their All Black heroes in a World Cup victory parade through the central city on Friday. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown encouraged people young and old to line the streets this Friday and help Wellington celebrate the Rugby World Cup win. “Wellingtonians and visitors will join together in congratulating the All Blacks on an outstanding World Cup campaign crowned with a magnificent final performance,” she said. “The central city will be bursting at the seams with proud All Blacks fans on Friday lunchtime.” While full details were still to be confirmed, the festivities would begin with a brief welcome at Parliament grounds from 11.30am. The parade was expected to start just before midday and then head along the Golden Mile to a major welcome in Civic Square around 1pm.  Will you be attending tomorrow’s parade to celebrate the All Blacks Rugby World Cup win? Email us at news@



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Q: Did you watch Sunday morning’s Rugby World Cup final? What did you think of the game?

Geoff Kiddle Kilbirnie Pharmacy “Yes. The boys and the management team did a superb job.”

Pam Bremford Kilbirnie Pharmacy ”Yes. I think it was fantastic. I think it was a great team effort and it was good to see Dan Carter do so well in his final game.”

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“Yes. It was great and it was what I was hoping for and what I was expecting. Our dreams and aspirations were fulfilled handsomely.”

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Stephanie Sacheun Kilbirnie Pharmacy “Yes. I just thought it was amazing that everyone got up to watch it in the early hours of the morning which shows how much support the All Blacks have.”

Finding rabbits forever homes By Nikki Papatsoumas

Chrissy Joy, Kathryn Kearns and her daughter Amelia, Zoe Marsden and her pet rabbit Peanut. 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

A group of Wellington women have started a non-profit rabbit rescue group to see bunnies find their forever homes. Chrissy Joy, Kathryn Kearns and Zoe Marsden are the faces behind Wellington Rabbit Rescue, a group which takes on unwanted or neglected rabbits, gives them appropriate veterinary care including de-sexing and then ensures they are rehomed into the best care possible. The group also aims to educate the public on rabbit welfare. Currently, the group has 17 foster bunnies in its care which are spread out amongst three homes in Wellington, including one in Brooklyn. Chrissy said after being in the pipeline for some time, the group was finally formed about three months ago. The group is one of the only organisations of its kind in the country.

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“I worked at the SPCA and I have always been crazy on rabbits. Then I roped Kathryn in and turned her into a crazy rabbit lady,” Chrissy said. “We are all on the same page and having three of us meant we could have a proper rescue.” Chrissy said rabbits come to them from unwanted homes around the city and they also work with organisations such as the SPCA and HUHA. Chrissy said as well as finding new homes for the fluffy creatures they also wanted to work on educating the public about how to care for bunnies. “People underestimate rabbits… they are one of the most unwanted and neglected animals in New Zealand. “I want to educate children on how to behave around rabbits. People adopt or buy rabbits and expect them to be picked up and carted around.

“If you can educate people it won’t provide as many unwanted rabbits.” The women said they were also happy for people to contact them for advice and had had calls from as far away as Invercargill. As well as focusing on giving rabbits in their care the happiest lives possible the women were also focusing on fundraising. “It is mostly coming from our own pockets at the moment,” Kathryn said. Because of this they have recently organised a special fundraiser and are auctioning off a night at The Wellington Container House on Trade Me. All money raised will go to Wellington Rabbit Rescue and HUHA.  For more information on the auction, head to www.trademe. To learn more about the Wellington Rabbit Rescue’s work, head to their Facebook page.

A bit of Hollywood for Wellington’s Waterfront This Christmas, The Wellington City Mission is bringing a bit of Hollywood to Wellington’s waterfront. The Wellington City Mission’s ‘Christmas Star Appeal’ began on Monday. As well as including regular events, this year’s appeal will include the exciting new activity, the ‘Christmas Walk of Fame’. The Christmas Walk of Fame will include a Hollywood Walk of Fame styled art installation on the Wellington Waterfront outside Te Papa from December 4 to 18. By making a donation, an individual, group, or business can get their name or logo, on a star and each star will represent a family being supported this Christmas by The Mission’s services – including food parcel assistance, in-home social work, and budgeting advice.

Wellington City Mission’s chief executive Michelle Branney said The Mission aimed to sell 500 stars. “At The Mission we experience Christmas in all its intensity. “Throughout the months of November and December, we do our best to ensure that the goodwill of the season is shared among those who may fi nd this the hardest time of the year. “Christmas can cause setbacks for parents who are struggling to provide, and amplify feelings of isolation for those who feel lonely at this time of year.” Last November and December, The Mission was able to give out over 1300 food parcels and 7000 gifts throughout Greater Wellington.  For more information on The Mission’s Christmas fundraisers, head to

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Royal visit for SPCA By Nikki Papatsoumas

Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, will be visiting the Wellington SPCA this Saturday as part of the couple’s royal tour of New Zealand. Camilla will enjoy an afternoon tea with selected guests and dignitaries on Saturday afternoon. She will also have a guided tour of the Newtown premises at the Old Fever Hospital site, alongside Lady Janine Mateparae. Chief executive of the Wellington SPCA, Steve Glassey, said the organisation felt privileged that the Duchess had chosen to visit its centre. “Her Royal Highness is a huge supporter of animal charities and

is a lover of dogs. “Wellington SPCA is very much looking forward to showing her around the centre to see what we have achieved and how we are embracing our vision of ending animal cruelty, neglect and unwanted animals.” Steve said Camilla was also particularly interested in heritage preservation. “Only a few years ago this was a derelict old majestic building and it’s been restored. “That is through the good work of our previous chief executive Iain Torrence and all the members of the board who really supported the development of this project. “We want to showcase a real Wellington icon and gem to Her

Royal Highness as well as showcase the work we do with animals in the region.” Steve was recently appointed as the organisation’s new chief executive and said hosting the duchess was a “dream event”. “We have a number of volunteers and staff who are very excited about the visit. It also coincides with our appeal week. “The shelter will be closed from 3pm that day. It’s great acknowledgement that her royal highness holds the SPCA in such high regard and see it as an important place to visit.”  What do you think about Camilla’s royal visit this weekend? Send an email to news@

Students visit SPCA Appeal week hot spots A special project means more children will have to opportunity to visit some of the capital’s most important landmarks this year. The 150 Years: 150 Buses project is funding free buses for decile 1 to 7 schools across the Wellington region. This will allow around 4000 year 5 to 9 students from 70 schools visit some of Wellington’s mustsee spots including Te Papa, the Supreme Court, Government House and the Reserve Bank Museum. Teachers have identified the cost of transport as the number one barrier to students visiting the city and for many students it will be their first visit to these special

landmarks. St Patrick’s Primary School teacher Helen Barber said the free bus was fantastic. “[It] allowed our students to explore and visit three sites, Te Papa and the Gallipoli exhibition, Colonial Cottage and the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. “The subsidised buses meant the cost of the trip to our families was $2 per student, rather than $10, which included the tours.” The project is being led by Wellington Museums Trust. It is also supported by six of the region’s councils, Victoria University and 12 of the capital’s national institutions.

Staff and volunteers at the Wellington SPCA are calling on locals to show their support for the organisation’s annual appeal which is taking place this week. The SPCA’s Annual Appeal is a nationwide campaign that aims to raise funds to help animals in need and promote their humane treatment. It is the organisation’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Wellington SPCA volunteers and staff will hit Wellington’s streets from Friday, collecting donations as part of the annual appeal. The appeal also coincides with the SPCA’s annual List of Shame which highlights the worst cases of animal cruelty that have occurred in New Zealand over the last 12 months. Royal New Zealand SPCA chief executive Ric Odom said the job of animal rescue and protection was often a challenging and heart breaking one. “Sadly the List of Shame shows the SPCA and the public there is still work to be done to protect New Zealand’s animals. “We have deliberately released the List of Shame on the week of our annual appeal as SPCAs around New Zealand need funds to continue their work. “The List of Shame highlights the on-going need for the inspectorates who daily rescue abused and neglected animals as well as providing education, vet care and shelter for these vulnerable pets.” Ric said SPCA’s work is almost entirely funded by donations and legacies of generous New Zealanders.

Every year the SPCA helps more than 6000 animals in the Wellington region.

“Hundreds of volunteers and their pets will be hitting the streets during our annual appeal and we give our thanks to them and everyone who donates.”

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The SPCA releases its List of Shame annually to raise awareness of animal welfare issues and the ongoing need for education and vigilance around preventing cruelty to animals. Included in this year’s list: •Two men filmed themselves while encouraging dogs to viciously attack two goats, and then posted the videos on social media. •A Greymouth man was convicted and sentenced for two years and five months in prison after he beat a cat to death, cut off its paws and hung them outside his garage as a memento. He also caught his neighbour’s cat, set it alight with petrol and filmed it as it ran around in a blaze. He then dumped it, thinking it was dead. •Four-month-old lab cross Molly was discovered tied up and alone in the back lawn of her owner’s home. Molly became tangled in the rope tether and it cut through her neck so deeply it almost cut her jugular vein. If she wasn’t rescued by an SPCA inspector, she probably would have died that day.

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Take advantage of the sunshine, warm days and long evenings. Enjoy all that Wellington has to offer - food, coffee, high tea, fashion, arts, exhibitions, museums, nature, night life, music ... THE ATTIC AT WELLINGTON MUSEUM. Wellington Museum’s new exhibition honours the Wellington region, revealing more of its quirky stories. Uncovered in The Attic is a time machine that spins and clanks its way through Wellington’s past, present and future. Opens 14 November, visit www. for more information. SPACE PLACE AT CARTER OBSERVATORY. Have a blast at Space Place! Travel the southern skies, see a planetarium show, launch a rocket, touch the moon and take a look at the night sky through our Thomas Cooke telescope. Find out opening hours and more information at

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WELLINGTON ART CLUB. Enjoy a warm welcome and a wide selection of Art and observe artists or a class in action from Monday to Friday 10 to 2 at the Wellington Art club, 27 Chelsea St Miramar. Ph club rooms 3887733 for more information.

THE BOXHILL. Come in and check out BoxHill, 126 Molesworth Street Thorndon where the wardrobe fairies can dress you in `fabulous ‘ for all the occasions in your life. We’ll get you looking your best.

NAILED IT. Summer is here and the time is right to get fingers and toes all colourful and bright. Head on down to “Nailed it” in Kilbirnie Plaza and enjoy a quality service in a comfortable, hygienic environment. Walk in and Float out. Book now with Terry on 0211-126-528.

SWEET BAKERY & CAKERY. A charming bakery and cakery in Karori. Serving delicious cupcakes, cookies, brownies, slices and decadent cakes, all baked fresh daily from local natural ingredients, along with hot and cold drinks, including Coffee Supreme and Harney & Sons tea. Open Monday to Saturday, 149 Karori Road, Marsden Village.

PLUM CAFÉ CUBA STREET. The Heart of Wellington Dining and Plum delivers 7 days a week. Contemporary Kiwi Cuisine sourced locally and delivered with fantastic service in a buzzing environment. Dietary requirements easily accommodated. Free range, fair trade. No public holiday surcharge. 103 Cuba Street, 384 8881. EMPIRE CINEMA & EATERY in the heart of Island Bay. Friendly and cosy, with plenty of room alongside each sofa for your coffee, wine or a snack. The perfect place to meet, connect, unwind and belong. 214 The Parade, Island Bay, 939 7557. CICIO CACIO. A lively Italian Osteria in the colorful suburb of Newtown, with authentic and humble food made from scratch. Owners Giulio and Emilio cook traditional dishes from their childhood memories and serve them and in a happy and friendly environment.

WELLINGTON CIRCUS. Circus school holiday fun. Three weeks of circus-themed activities for ages 5 and up. Book as many days as you like. 9am - 3pm, 11th to 28th January. $60 per day. Circus Hub, 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown. www. THE KIWI ART HOUSE GALLERY, 288 Cuba St ‘Top Art at the Top of Cuba’ For small original oil and watercolour paintings of Wellington that make great gifts. Affordable commissions from Wellington’s top artists plus a big variety of top new art.

CAFE POLO. With a reputation for exceptional food and professional bistro style service, we bring you the best in local produce. Fully licensed with a wine list tailored to suit the food and a focus on NZ wines. Now open Sundays! Cnr Rotheram Terrace and Para Street Miramar, 3807273 SUE’S REPAIRS & ALTERATIONS, specializing in high quality clothing alterations, from a simple shortening to remodeling a garment that doesn’t fit anymore. If it fits under the machine, we can fix it. You can find us tucked in behind JBHi Fi games. Join our Trumpcard loyalty system.

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MISCHIEF SHOES. Summer collection is definitely worth a visit. Mischief is a proud Wellington company that has been consistently winning the hearts of shoe lovers from all over NZ with great ranges and terrific service. This seasons collection is fresh and fabulous. Great styling and delicious colours all perfectly suited to a Wellington summer. 354 Lambton Quay or

LA BOCA LOCA committed to bringing the best Mexican food to the people of New Zealand. Recreating the flavours of our childhoods using fresh, responsibly produced, sustainable cuisine, served in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. 19 Park Road, Miramar, 388 2451.

KORUHUB. Nestled in the heart of Island Bay, Koruhub offers a range of natural health treatments, including: Massage, Acupuncture, Reiki, Reflexology, Naturopathy. It stocks a range of high quality NZ-made natural skincare products and unique gifts created by local artists.

THE WHITE ROOM GALLERY, based in the capital’s lovely coastal suburb of Island Bay. Supporting talented New Zealand artists and designers, and featuring innovative, high quality products. Open seven days, find it at 147 The Parade, Island Bay, Ph 383 6958,

STRAWBERRY FARE. Anyone with a sweet tooth needs to treat themselves to one of the fabulous desserts on offer at Strawberry Fare. The popular Wellington restaurant also boasts a brunch menu and offers a variety of main courses to suit a wide range of tastes. 25 Kent Tce, Wellington phone 385 2551

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This week it seems appropriate to congratulate the All Blacks on their sensational World Cup Final win. As I am writing this the mighty men in black have touched back down on home soil to a fantastic reception. Rugby fans from all across the country want to get involved in the celebrations. I hate to admit it, but I am not the biggest fan of rugby. Although I will admit it is hard not to get caught up in all the excitement. I watched last Sunday’s game

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


Reporter Nikki Papatsoumas spends her weeks out and about amongst the community. Each week she shares her take on the week’s events.

All of the clocks in the movie Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.

with a large group of friends. Such a sensational win, in what is undoubtedly our national sport, makes me very proud to be a Kiwi. For those who want to catch a glimpse of the Webb Ellis Cup and the All Blacks, make sure to head along to the Golden Mile this Friday. There are more details on page seven of this week’s paper. I am sure Wellingtonians will put on a warm capital welcome and help our winning team continue with the celebrations.

Have you got an anonymous THUMBS UP or THUMBS DOWN to share? email to or Text to 022 322 4811 THUMBS UP to the new Hataitai cafe, Coolsville. They make such a good hot chocolate!


THUMBS UP to the All Blacks for taking home the Webb Ellis Cup, well done boys!

THUMBS DOWN for printing the same crossword two weeks running.

THUMBS UP to the guy waving the All Blacks flag on Sunday in Berhampore.

(From the editor - Not too sure what happened here but I am able to confirm that the same crossword was not printed two weeks in a row) THUMBS UP to National Sausage Day. It’s great to be able to celebrate my favourite food.

THUMBS DOWN to parking wardens around school zones at 2.50pm. Would they like to kindly bring our young kids to us so we won’t have to leave our cars? THUMBS DOWN to the middle-aged Man in a check shirt driving a black SUV on Hornsey Rd while using his cell phone THUMBS DOWN to this week’s miserable weather. What happened to the sunshine?


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Thursday November 5, 2015



Local golf club celebrates 100 years A local golf club, rich in history, celebrated its 100th birthday at the weekend. Festivities were held last Saturday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Berhampore Golf Course - New Zealand’s first council owned golf course. The day’s celebrations included golf for seniors and golf for juniors, as well as an open day which included a community ‘give sport a go’ programme for those who wanted to try their hand at golf, bowls or bocce. Mornington Golf Club, which is located on the course, was also lined with photos from the last 100 years alongside stalls and displays. The Berhampore Golf Course was established when a Wellington doctor proposed the golf course as a cost-effective way of providing an activity to combat consumption, a major health issue at the time. Funds were raised and council eventually built an eight-hole course. The golf course attracted con-

troversy as Wellington workers could only play on their one day-off which was Sunday, when sports competition on council-owned fields was prohibited. The issue was resolved following a case to the Supreme Court and Berhampore’s popularity resulted in the course being extended to a full 18 holes six years after being opened. To mark last Saturday’s occasion, Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown attended the event dressed head to toe in a 1920s golfing outfit. The mayor even tried her hand at swinging a golf club. “I am relieved I have played a lot of mini golf with my children, so I didn’t embarrass myself too much,” she laughed. Wellington City Councillor Paul Eagle said the 18-hole public course was based on models from the United Kingdom and America to provide recreation opportunities for working class people. “100 years ago, the council

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown with children involved in the First Tee programme.

saw the need to afford Wellingtonians the same recreational benefits that they’d seen overseas. “Sporting opportunities were limited back then – both men and women were encouraged to join.” Mr Eagle, who also attended last Saturday’s event, said he was relieved the course reached its cen-

Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown and President of the Mornington Golf Club, Ray Tuffin.

tenary milestone after a successful battle to save it from closure in 2010. Mornington Golf Club president Ray Tuffin said the course was kept in great condition through a working partnership with the Wellington City Council. “Berhampore has the greatest views of any golf course in New

Zealand. “Membership has grown over the past five years and links with the former bowling club provide sports which cater for a wide cross section of the community including Olympic paraplegic competitors. “The centre is a true community asset.”

Students have a go at stadium festival

Students participating in last Wednesday’s Sport Wellington Stadium Sports Festival.

Wellington primary school students got a taste of 20 different sports at last Wednesday’s Sport Wellington Stadium Sports Festival. Held at Westpac Stadium, 600 children from 23 different local primary schools were invited to ‘have a go’ at a variety of sports: ranging from fencing to ultimate frisbee. The event, which is organised by Sport Wellington, aims to give year 5 and 6 primary school children the opportunity to experience new sports. The excited students also got a chance to rub shoulders with their sporting heroes, including Wellington Blaze’s Einear Richardson and players from the Phoenix

including Alex Rufer, who recently represented New Zealand at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Wellington Firebirds players Ollie Newton and Jamie Gibson also won over the crowds of children during the lunch break with some inspiring words and autograph signing. Sport Wellington community sport advisor Paddy Simpson said it was a “truly awesome day”. “You could see the students having a fantastic time, even patches of wind and rain didn’t slow them down.” Paddy said he hoped the children who attended discovered a new interest or an open mind for getting involved with one of the sports through their schools, a sports club

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ABOUT Kids attend ‘light party’ this Halloween

More than 500 people attended the Salvation Army’s ‘light party’ this Halloween as a safe alternative to trick or treating. Reporter Nikki Papatsoumas was there to capture all of the action.

Zara Burnes and Bianca Evett.

Audrey, Dorothy and Mya Bourke.

Luke Patel dressed as Spiderman. Katalina Araboglos, Marilyn Graham-Mika and Jessica Robinson. A group of kids showed their support by backing black.






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