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Rise of iconic seawall By Nikki Papatsoumas

More than two years after being partially torn down in a violent storm the iconic Island Bay seawall will rise again. The seawall was partially destroyed following a storm in June 2013 which battered Wellington’s southern coast. A 41-metre section of the wall opposite Shorland Park collapsed completely and much of the upper part of the seawall that remains is on a lean and needs to be realigned and secured. For the next seven months, contractors Fulton Hogan will work to make the seawall more resilient to future storms, sea level rise and earthquakes. Continued on page 2 Councillor Paul Eagle and Island Bay resident Vicki Greco.

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• The sea wall was completed in 1937 after a city engineer suggested it would be a good way to stop sand from drifting onto The Esplanade. • The seawall stretches for 350 metres along Island Bay.

The seawall as it has stood since the June 2013 storm.

Rise of iconic seawall The reconstruction and strengthening will involve trucks, a digger, crane and drilling machinery. Around 290 steel rods will be used to secure the top section of the wall to the base, enabling it to withstand major storms like the ones that hit in 2013. Councillor and Chair of the council’s Environment Committee and Buildings Portfolio Leader, Iona Pannett, said the council recognised that many residents and visitors treasured the wall as a heritage item. “It has been one of the most difficult issues that has come across my desk. I am really pleased it is going to be built, it has been a long time but we have had to go through our processes.” Iona said she looked forward to future discussions about resilience on the south coast. Councillor Paul Eagle said reconstruction of the wall was “wonderful news for the area”.

“It’s great to see that the council is finally listening but it has taken two years and that is a long time. “I walk past there most mornings and I am looking forward to it being fixed and people enjoying the wall over summer.” Island Bay resident Vicki Greco led the Island Bay Seawall action group. She said following a “long hard process” she was pleased the council had listened to the community. “It has been a massive battle and if it wasn’t for Paul and Iona working with us who knows what would have happened. “We battled long and hard to get unbiased information out to the community and ensure the community had their say. “There is so much history in the wall and people will be very excited to see it rebuilt.”  Are you pleased the seawall is finally being rebuilt? Send us an email –

Councillor Paul Eagle and Island Bay Residents Association president Vicki Greco at the seawall.

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Men are encouraged to jump on their mountain bikes and show their support for White Ribbon Day this year. The White Ribbon Mountain Bike Relay will take place this weekend at the Hataitai Velodrome and Mt Victoria trails. White Ribbon Day falls on November 25 and is the official day when people wear a white ribbon to show that they do not condone violence in any form towards women and children. This weekend’s event is organised to show support for White Ribbon Day and encourage men to show they do not condone family violence. It is a fun way to support a serious issue. Janet Bagshaw, Coordinator of the TeRito Wellington Family Violence Network said this was the third year they had run the three hour long mountain bike relay. Te Rito is a network of 32 agencies which work with family violence on a daily basis. “The riders and teams see how many circuits they can achieve in three hours. The start is at the Velodrome and goes up around the Mt Victoria trail.” Janet said the record was an impressive 17 circuits in three hours. “It has grown in interest each

From left, Liam Tanner and Joeline Arundel from the Family Violence Team, Detective Sergeant Michael Priston, the family violence coordinator for the Wellington area and Janet Bagshaw from TeRito.

year. Last year it turned into more of a family event where people brought along their family and hung out in the Velodrome. Janet said the day was also great for families, with Pedal Ready on the velodrome to give tuition to children as well as a bouncy castle for their enjoyment. There will also be lots of prizes and spot prizes given out on the day, one of them for the ‘best dressed’ rider. Constable Joeline Arundel from the Family Violence Team at New Zealand Police said this year teams from Police, Ministry for Primary Industries, the Defence Force, The Fire Service and Wellington Free Ambulance would all

take part in the relay. “There is sure to be a little bit of competitiveness on the day,” Joeline said. She also called on members of the community to help out by volunteering on the day.  If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact Janet at The White Ribbon Mountain Bike Relay will take place on Sunday, November 22. Those interested can register on the day from 8am. $10 per rider or $20 for a team of up to four people. Cash only.

STATISTICS • 1 in 3 women experience physical and or sexual violence from a partner in their lifetime • New Zealand Police recorded a family violence investigation on average every five and a half minutes in 2014 • An average of 13 women, 10 men and 9 children were killed each year between 2009 and 2012 • Family violence is estimated to cost New Zealand between $4.1 and $7 billion each year

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Suspicious Fires Police are seeking information about a suspicious fire near Mount Victoria last week. Police said at about 7.30pm a fire was lit near the badminton hall on Ruahine St. Two more fires were started on Friday morning about 7.30am just off the Mt Victoria walking tracks north of the SPCA. The track leads from Alexandra Rd down to Pirie St. Police said the fires were reported and were extinguished quickly. Police have asked members of the public with information about the fires to contact them.

Vigil for Paris Hundreds of people gathered at Civic Square on Tuesday night for a moment of reflection and remembrance following attacks in Paris at the weekend. The Ambassador of France, Florence Jeanblanc-Risler and the Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown were among those in attendance. A book of condolences will remain in the main council building foyer until Friday evening for those who wish to write a message of support or tribute.

MacLean Fraser and his son Cato alongside Regnar Christensen and his daughter Tova. Both chefs will be cooking up a storm at this weekend’s country fair. PHOTO: Nikki Papatsoumas

With its helicopter rides, live entertainment and bumper ball soccer, the Owhiro Bay Country Fair enjoys a reputation for being a lively day. The annual fair is a regular and popular spring fixture on the south coast and this year, one of the food stalls will be helmed by two award winning executive chefs from popular Wellington restaurants. MacLean Fraser from Artisan Dining House at the Bolton Hotel and Regnar Christensen from Ortega Fish Shack and Bar will be cooking up a storm on the big day. With the exact menus yet to be revealed, the community is abuzz with discussion about what dishes will be on offer. However, the chefs have hinted there is a good chance vermicelli noodle salad with roast pork will be on the menu. Fair co-ordinator, Emma Debreceny, said MacLean and Regnar have cooked in prestigious restaurants and won numerous awards all around the world. “We’re thrilled that they’re bringing their expertise to the

Owhiro Bay Country Fair.” The fair enjoys strong local support with a large contingent of parents and helpers from the Owhiro Bay Learning Community bringing their talents and putting in many hours of hard work to ensure a great day is had by all. Owhiro Bay Kindergarten head teacher Sharryn Mountford-Gibbs said visitors could also expect a few “local celebrities” to appear on the day. Principal of Owhiro Bay School, Tineke Giddy, said organisers tried try to balance their aim of fundraising with the aim of creating a great day out. “There will be numerous other stalls on the day including helicopter rides and a fantastic silent auction thanks to the generosity of many Wellington businesses.” This year’s fair proceeds will be used to upgrade the school's and kindy's computers and iPads so the students have the latest technology at their fingertips.  The Owhiro Bay Country Fair is from 10.30am to 2.30pm on Sunday November 22 at Owhiro Bay School, Happy Valley Road.

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Eat Street hits Miramar By Nikki Papatsoumas

There is a brand new bright blue food truck in town much to the delight of Miramar locals. Eat Street is the brainchild of Wellington chefs Steve Barrett and Zoe Lloyd. Steve previously owned the wildly popular Elements Cafe in Lyall Bay and Zoe worked alongside him. Together with Steve’s wife Nicola the trio has officially opened for business on Park Road in Miramar. This comes after the group purchased their bright blue food truck from Tauranga. Following extensive modifications

the group said they were thrilled they could now fire up the grill. “We had been chef dreaming over what we could do and we were all keen on the food truck thing,” Scott said. “One thing led to another and here we are.” When developing a menu Scott said they wanted to offer a healthy salad, something in the deep fryer, as well as gluten free and vegetarian options. Zoe said they wanted to be able to offer food from all around the world – whether that was a burger or a taco. “We want to have food that is

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Christmas Food Rescue Appeal kicks off Countdown and the Salvation Army have kicked off their annual Christmas Food Rescue Appeal to help the growing number of New Zealanders who have registered for food assistance. Countdown is encouraging shoppers to make a food donation in-store, or a cash donation at the checkout as part the annual Food Rescue Appeal. The Salvation Army’s National Secretary for Social Services, Major Pamela Waugh, said around 26,000 families would ask for food assistance by the end of December.


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The EVOKE Fashion Show, which was held last Sunday, was a huge success. The catwalk show gave 31 third year students a chance to showcase what they have been working on over the last year. Fellow student, Holly Dodson, who coordinated the show said EVOKE was a memorable event that launched the students on the industry radar by cleverly engaging with their community and showcasing their creative mini-collections in style at the St James Theatre.


Christmas will come early to audiences of A Child’s Christmas in Wales, performed at Circa Theatre by prominent theatre actor Ray Henwood. Written by Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas and dramatized by Ray Henwood, A Childs Christmas in Wales tells the nostalgic tale of a young boy’s romanticised version of Christmas. In the one-man show Ray will play different characters including the protagonist’s school mates, uncles, aunts, school master and even the girls he used to whistle after. Ray said the story is reminiscent of many children’s family Christmases so it is easy for most people to relate to. “I used to read the book every Christmas, my son always loved it – friends and family always wanted to hear it,” he said. Ray described how the story portrays typical childhood memories of the protagonist playing in the park opposite his house. “Dylan describes it as if the park has never been explored before. “There are secret societies, caves and dens. “He tells the tale of a childhood before there was television,” Ray said. Originally from Wales himself, Ray shares the same home town

of Swansea with Dylan Thomas. Ray has had a varied career in acting, from playing small parts in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, to acting in television shows such as Gliding On, Close to Home and Shortland Street. He has also done many television and radio plays, and of course, has spent the majority of his 60 year career performing in the theatre, being one of the founding members of Circa which opened in 1976.

He said theatre is a great form of acting because “you only get one go - nobody says cut”. “The real test is when you can hear people listening. “It’s a special quality when you know the whole audience is sitting in complete absorbing silence, that’s when you know you’ve got them,” he said.  A Child’s Christmas in Wales will run from November 28 – December 20, tickets available from Circa Theatre.

Performer Ray Henwood sits in one of Circa’s theatres ahead of his show A Childs Christmas in Wales. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas originally emerged from a piece written for radio. The story is an anecdotal retelling of a Christmas from the view of a young child and is a romanticised version of Christmases past, portraying a nostalgic and simpler time. It was recorded by Dylan in 1952.

New outdoor learning space for local playcentre By Nikki Papatsoumas

Children at Newtown Playcentre have a brand new outdoor learning space to enjoy. The recently completed outdoor learning space includes a river bed with a water pump, a larger area for planting vegetables, more native New Zealand plants and a “sand kitchen” for natural play. Spokeswoman for the playcentre, Bridget Barnard, said the space was officially opened at a small ceremony last Friday, which was attended by local Kaumatua June Jackson and her son Peter. “We had a play space developed for us several years ago by a group of volunteers and it served us really well. “However over time we realised we could find different ways to challenge our kids so we decided to take the opportunity to create something different.” The design incorporates greater use of natural, sustainable materials such as grass, bark and river rocks. It also provided a host of spaces for children to connect with the natural world, and to follow their own play interests, which is a fundamental principle of the Playcentre. “It’s about our kids connection with the natural environment,” Bridget said. In order to complete the outdoor space, the centre received a significant amount of funding from the Playcentre Association. The Playcentre Association recently embarked on a project to invest in and upgrade of all of its centres' outdoor spaces. Newtown Playcentre is one of the first centres to have their project completed.

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make the consent process more predictable for developers. President of the Island Bay Residents’ Association, Vicki Greco, said the community now had the opportunity to have their say on medium density housing in the area. Vicki said residents could either say no to medium density housing or help determine the design criteria developers would follow. The criteria included building height, site coverage and recession planes, which determine whether a building will shade a neighbouring property. Island Bay residents have until December 7 to make a submission on medium density housing.

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Community events coming up in Island Bay • Arthritis NZ Gout Workshop: Gout is the second most common type of arthritis in New Zealand. Come along to a talk by Zoe Pullman, arthritis educator, and find out more about what causes gout and how to manage this condition. Please contact 0800 663 463 or 04 472 5670 or email to register. No cost to attend. Wednesday November 25 from 6pm to 7.30pm at the Island Bay Community Centre. • Wellington Southern Bays Historical Society: The society collects, stores and makes available historical information about Houghton Bay, Island Bay and Owhiro Bay at the Island Bay Community Centre. The collection is open to the public every Friday between 10am and 2pm, except from mid-De-

Students from St Patricks Primary School are excited for their upcoming Ethnic Food Fair.

cember to the end of January and on public holidays. All welcome. • Island Bay Toastmasters: Toastmasters is a fun and welcoming environment in which to practise speaking and leadership skills and gain confidence speaking in public. The group meet on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Island Bay Community Centre. • Dance for Mature Bodies: Classes are movement based and combine a range of styles from contemporary, classical free movement and others with emphasis on enjoyment while working on overall fitness and core stability for the mature body. Fridays from 11.15am to12.15pm at the Island Bay Community Centre.

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Ethnic food on offer By Nikki Papatsoumas

Locals have the opportunity to taste a variety of authentic food from across the world. Next Friday, St Patricks Primary School in Kilbirnie will hold an Ethnic Food Fair. St Patricks Primary School principal Vanessa Jensen said the theme of this year’s event reflected the school’s diversity. “The Food Fair celebrates our school’s diversity and helps to build a strong sense of belonging and community spirit within the school.” Most of the delicious food on offer would be made by the parents and would include Assyrian, Indian, Ethiopian, Filipino and Samoan, Vanessa said. “It’s really authentic food from all around the world.”

Students also were involved in the process - at a mufti day held last Friday every student brought in an item for the tombola. This year the school will be raising money for new playground equipment. Vanessa said local businesses had also been “generous” in offering their support. At the fair the school will be running raffles and silent auctions for prizes generously donated by many local businesses, including Harry's Boutique, Robyn Matheson, The Roxy Cinema, Weta Cave, Standouts Drama classes, the Children's Bookshop, La Boca Loca, Gasworks and many more including a week of five meals from Nadia Lim's My Food Bag. She now hoped members of the community would come and join in the fun.  St Patricks Primary Ethnic Food Fair next Friday, November 27 from 5.30pm.

Island Bay Childcare Now Taking Enrolments Renovations due for completion in December - Enrolments for January and the New Year now welcome Island Bay Childcare is a purpose built early childhood education centre situated in the heart of Island Bay. As our rolls were filling up fast, we saw a need in the community to extend our Childcare Centre. We purchased the property next door and commenced work on a brand new room for our 3.5 - 5 year old children, including a fabulous playground to meet the needs of these older children. We are a family run centre that encourages strong family values in our children and staff and we offer regular events to share and communicate with our families. We are influenced by our local community in regards to the socioeconomic, cultural and historic factors. We work with parents/whãnau and teach them about the academic learning that occurs through the medium of play. We provide quality child care and quality education for children from 6 months to five

years old with highly trained and registered Early Childhood Teachers. We provide full day care in a safe, caring, friendly and nurturing environment for preschool aged children. The brand new 3.5-5 year old room, due for completion in December, is the perfect complement to our dedicated under 2’s room and our 2-3.5 year old room. It will also allow us to focus on the older children by way of our wonderful transition to school programme. Recipient of the prestigious New Zealand Heart Foundation Gold: te Harakeke “Healthy Heart Award” which is awarded to ECE centres who meet stringent criteria in nutritious meals, physical programmes and general well-being philosophies at the centre. We are now open for enrolments so talk to us about how we can help your child get the best early childhood education and care.

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Homeowners cashing in on new rental opportunities Amazing Accom is a Wellington based company that enables quality home owners the opportunity to rent out their home or apartment as short stay accommodation to people visiting the capital. Owners are seeing huge financial benefits and a lot of retired or semi-retired people are utilising the service as they have second homes they go to or friends and family they can visit and stay with. Others just use the income to jet set around the world and enjoy their lives outside of Wellington and often come home with more money in the bank. Managing Director of Amazing Accom, Campbell Bevan, said on average people book the homes for one week, but bookings vary from 3 nights to several months, relative to what the homeowner makes available online to be booked. The Amazing Accom team includes a professional photographer who can pho-

tograph homes available for rent, as well as a dedicated account manager available to list properties online. Anyone booking a property through Amazing Accom enters into an online tenancy agreement, which means homeowners can rest assured their home is safe. Campbell said as well as this the quality of tenants are high as they don't do cheap accommodation and specialise in luxury and affordable luxury, or four star plus. Campbell said renters were typically corporate groups who did not want to stay in a hotel for a week, or high income earning families. Amazing Accom offers a win-win situation for home-owners and those who are visiting the city and need a quality place to stay.  For more information visit or call 04-4795579


Thursday November 19, 2015

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

Question: Do you think Wellington bus prices are too expensive?

Tim Flynn Miramar

Sam Page Miramar

Gabe Page Miramar

Aqshai Lala Miramar

Cheryl Fletcher Miramar

“I couldn’t tell you the last time I caught a bus.”

“I think they could be cheaper. I could get from one side of Los Angeles to the other for $1.”

“I think they could be cheaper.”

“I use snapper so I’m not too sure.”

“I’m not too sure because I use snapper but compared to other places it is.”

Blair Williams Miramar “I hardly ever get the bus so I couldn’t say.”

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.

Cheaper fares brilliant idea

Cheaper bus fares coming

Great initiative

Dear Ed, I think it’s a brilliant idea for cheaper fares in the weekend. The only concern I have got is the buses might get so full that it might not be enough room to get on and then you might have a long time to wait for the next bus because the frequently of the buses in the weekend aren't as regular as during the week. Diane Cameron Wellington

Dear Ed, This is a great initiative. To travel into the city costs my son and I approximately $15 return. Then you have to add on the cost of attractions...such as the cable car, food, shopping etc. That is why we don't do it, adding it all up, it's just too expensive. I am really looking forward to the cheaper fares...we plan on going shopping , visiting attractions and spending money on a coffee or a smoothie...such a treat, can’t wait!! Joanne Henderson, Wellington

Dear Ed, I wanted to comment on the Wellington buses being cheaper over the weekend running up to Christmas. I think this is a great initiative, just wish it was all through the year. I rely on busses, but more recently on my cycle, due to the prices of the busses in Wellington. Having come from Christchurch I realise I was spoilt with prices down there. Rose, Wellington

Brand new brew for zoo Have you got an anonymous THUMBS UP or THUMBS DOWN to share? email to or Text to 022 322 4811

THUMBS UP to the veggie market at Newtown School on Saturday. Fantastic produce at affordable prices.

THUMBS UP to our lovely neighbour Adrian who always mows our lawns and other nice things. THUMBS DOWN

to fighting fire with fire. Say no to war!

A trio of local Wellington businesses have joined forces to create a limited edition beer in support of Wellington Zoo. Wellington craft beer brewer Garage Project, Wellington Zoo and Trade Me will release the new beer known as ‘Zoo Brew’ to the capital at a launch event this weekend. Pete Gillespie of Garage Project said the pilot brew was launched at a zoo in the African Savannah and the area was used to inspire the beer. “Made with Pale malt, Sorghum and South African Rooibus tea, sipping on this unique beer is one of the most enjoyable ways to raise money for Wellington Zoo.” Wellington Zoo Partnerships Manager Alicia Harris said the collaboration was a

“quirky, unconventional and cool” way to raise money for Wellington Zoo. “We’re excited to partner with two of Wellington’s most iconic identities and this collaboration is a really unique way to raise money for Wellington Zoo,” said Harris. Trade Me spokesman Jeff Hunkin said the team were excited by the idea. “We’re stoked to be teaming up with capital city legends and long-time friends Wellington Zoo, and new friends Garage Project, for this special edition beverage.” Wellingtonians can head to Southern Cross Bar on Sunday from 2pm to be the first to taste the new brew, where giveaways, auctions, barbeque and live music from The Nudge will celebrate the new collaboration.


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THUMBS DOWN to all the rain and

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THUMBS DOWN to National saying Labour supports rapists and murderers. Very distasteful.

FROM THE REPORTER’S DESK Reporter Nikki Papatsoumas spends her weeks out and about amongst the community. Each week she shares her take on the week’s events. Fantastic news for Island Bay residents this week, after more than two years since it was damaged in a storm, repair work has finally begun on the Island Bay seawall. I grew up in Island Bay and still spend a lot of my time there with family, so I think I can speak for most residents when I say it is a delight to hear the wall will be restored. The seawall truly is an iconic feature of the seaside suburb and to hear it will be repaired is great

news. Meanwhile in other news, today I will donate blood at a drive being held at the ASB Centre in Kilbirnie. I am fairly nervous having never given blood before but my lovely colleague Alana has offered to come and hold my hand! To anyone reading this today, it is not too late to donate at today’s drive. Every donation can save three lives so it is definitely worth considering! Have a great week.

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Pest control brings back birds

Tim Roberts, Adele Eagleson, Karen Hamilton-Smith, Michele de Bes and Kirsty Fyfe display a few of the art works that will be available at ARTrove. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

Art for a good cause By Sharnahea Wilson

For the fifth year in row, local artists are banding together to create original works and raise money for a great cause. Three Karori mums Kirsty Fyfe, Adele Eagleson and Karen Hamilton-Smith decided five years ago that their art could contribute to Wellington charities. ARTrove was set up by the creative trio and each year they, along with a bunch of other Wellington artists, put together a ‘pop-up’ art gallery where a percentage of the proceeds from sold paintings goes to a cause of their choice. This year’s chosen service is the Wellington Free Ambulance, who’s free and efficient service runs all over the Greater Wellington Region and the Wairarapa. The gallery, in the Asteron Centre Foyer across from the train station, will include a range of different art work, Karen said. “There will be over 300 pieces of work with a range of types including watercolour, oil, acrylic, modern and abstract,” she said. Fifteen artists will be contributing to the pop-up gallery, where a percentage of all paintings sold on the opening night will go towards helping the Wellington Free

Ambulance replace six ambulances. The gallery will be opening for the six following days so the local artists get the chance to further display their work, and the public can continue to donate to WFA. The three mums got the idea for the pop-up art gallery when they fundraised for their children’s school – Wadestown. “We thought we could do a bigger one for a good cause,” Kirsty said. Previous chosen charities have included the Child Cancer Foundation and the Surgical Research Trust. Last year the group raised $8000 for charity through their pop-up gallery, and the ladies said their ultimate aim this year would be to raise $10,000. There will be a live jazz-band on the night and wine provided by Fairmont Estate. “There will be music, wine, art, charity, artists and a whole lot of personality,” said Adele. “The objective on the night is to raise money for a good cause,” she said.  ARTrove will be open from Thursday 19 to Wednesday 25 of November. The opening night will begin at 5pm on the Thursday at Asteron Centre Foyer – opposite the Wellington Train Station.

This year Wellington celebrates the results of two decades of pest control in council reserves. Possum control started at Otari-Wilton’s Bush in 1995 and has expanded to include 4500 hectares of land thanks to staff from Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, dedicated volunteers and businesses. These pest control efforts, combined with the sanctuary of pest-free Zealandia and over one million planted trees has resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of native birds in local parks and reserves. A recent survey carried out by Wildlife Management International found whitehead and kakariki are now permanent residents in Trelissick Park, while bellbirds and kakariki are a common sight in Khandallah Park and Otari-Wilton’s Bush. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said Wellington is now a biodiversity hot spot. “Locals and visitors love to see so many native birds thriving in and around our city.

“We are continually focussed on achieving a wildlife-safe Wellington - our biodiversity action plan commits our next decade to being a true eco city,” she said. Natural Environment Portfolio leader Councillor Helene Ritchie is delighted with the visible success of helping our native bird species flourish. “In 2000 there were thought to be only six pairs of tui in Wellington, now they are a common sight in many of our backyards and local reserves.” While there have been some great successes, Council Urban Ecology Team Leader, Myfanwy Emeny highlights how not all our native birds are flourishing. “We’ve found that some of our native birds, such as the North Island robin and the tieke are struggling to set up home outside the safety of Zealandia’s fence due to wandering cats, rats, hedgehogs and mustelids. “We need the public’s help to make sure our native birds have the best chance of surviving.”

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Christmas cheer for capital The Wellington City Council is busy planning Christmas celebrations for Wellington. Nick Tansley and his pop-up Christmas caravan will return to the CBD in December to lead some impromptu carol singing sessions with help from enthusiastic passers-by. A variety of other musicians and performers will also be appearing at random around the city sharing the spirit of the silly season. On Sunday, December 13 floats will roll into town for the Santa Parade. The popular family event will feature bagpipes and brass bands, clowns and Chinese dragon dancers, as well as a few new surprises. For the first time, there are a couple of spots for lucky children in Santa’s sleigh,

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Pauline Hall, apartment resident at Rita Angus, checking out the paintings.

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Wellington Art Club President, Olympia Osborne with Mayor, Celia-Wade Brown who officially opened the exhibition.

The Wellington Art Club held another very successful exhibition at Rita Angus Retirement Village over the weekend. The annual Spring Exhibition was officially opened by the Mayor of Wellington, Celia WadeBrown at a cocktail evening attended by residents and friends

of the village and the art club. Olympia Osborne, President of the Wellington Art Club, said that sales were good and they had another very successful exhibition. She said it was a lot of work to prepare and set up the exhibition but it was worth it as the artists like taking art to the public and

everyone enjoys the weekend. There were more than 300 people who viewed the exhibition over the weekend including residents and their families. Visitors who wanted to view Rita Angus Village were also offered tours of the village and the apartments.

Garage sale for Wellington Buddhist Centre The Wellington Buddhist Centre in Newtown is having a garage sale next Saturday. The centre, which is based in Broomhedge Street, off Adelaide Rd near Connect NZ, raised $1000 in the garage sale last year and aims to raise even more this year. Malcolm Dow of the Wellington Buddhist Centre said that the funds would be used for general upkeep of the rented non-residential Centre, which

costs over $20,000 per annum to keep running. He said money raised would also be used to support new initiatives in developing a closer relationship with the general community. “In the long term we would like to own our own centre, and have more facilities for activities that can benefit everyone. “We are aiming to make the garage sale an annual event and with so much happening in

nearby Newtown on a Saturday morning, with the vegetable market at the school and all the shops open, a Saturday morning at this time of year is a good time to make use of and complement the bustling and vibrant community activities” The garage sale will take place on Saturday, November 28 Saturday from 8am until midday  For more information see the website or their Facebook page.

Attracting people to last year’s garage sale in Broomhedge Street, Newtown


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Thursday November 19, 2015



sports inbrief Recreation Association conference

Kids jump on their bikes Houghton Valley School students are just some of those who will benefit from the latest Bikes in Schools initiative. As part of the initiative, Houghton Valley School will receive a minimum of $50,000 towards the cost of their purpose built bike tracks and bike storage. This is the first allocation from the Wellington City Council’s three year fund which will allocate up to $600,000 to Bikes in Schools programmes at schools throughout Wellington. The new funding scheme follows their Bikes in Schools

Hundreds of recreation professionals will discuss ways to boost recreation participation through innovative programmes, community engagement, and improvements to spaces such as parks, playgrounds and walking tracks at a conference taking place in Wellington. Healthier families and communities are central themes of the New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) National Conference, taking place at Te Papa this week. NZRA chief executive Andrew Leslie said the event was an opportunity for the industry to get together to share ideas and hear from people who are experts in their field.

Houghton Valley School children are thrilled at the prospect of a purpose built bike track. PHOTO: Nikki Papatsoumas

pilot initiative that was previously implemented at three Wellington schools, including Holy Cross School in Miramar. The Bikes in Schools programme enables students to develop cycling skills in the safety of the school grounds, becoming more confident and competent on bicycles through their regular use. As well as this use of bikes will be built into the school curriculum and students will benefit from improved attitudes towards cycling and better physical and mental health. The full programme would

see each school purchase a fleet of bikes with a ranges of sizes stored in a converted shipping container, a helmet for every child in the school and up to three bikes tracks including a perimeter track, skills track and a pumps track. Houghton Valley School principal, Raewyn Watson, said the council funding provided a strong base on which they can plan and fundraise from. “This is a huge boost and makes it possible for us to introduce Bikes in Schools at our school. “I’ve seen how students have

benefited from this programme at other schools and can’t wait to see that joyful moment when a student gets it and can ride with confidence.” Paul McArdle of the Bike On New Zealand Trust (BONZCT) will work with project managers from each of the schools on a comprehensive project plan that includes forecast timelines, project costings, and any required fundraising plan. BONZCT will then review the school’s individual project plans with the Council to ensure the viability of the projects before proceeding further.

Cricket this weekend The premier Eastern Suburbs Cricket side will play the Johnsonville Cricket side this Saturday, at Kilbirnie Park from 11am. Meanwhile, in premier reserve the Eastern Suburbs side will travel to Alex Moore Park to play Johnsonville Cricket side at 11am.

Softball this weekend The Poneke Kilbirnie premier one softball team will play twice this Saturday. The team’s first game will be against Hutt Valley Marist at Hataitai Park from 2pm. The following game is against the Johnsonville Blue Jays, also at Hataitai Park from 4pm. Meanwhile Miramar will take on the Hutt Valley Dodgers at Hataitai Park from 3.30pm.









Thursday November 19, 2015

Staff and kids proud of new mural By Nikki Papatsoumas

The teachers, children and whanau of Tuatara Kids early childcare centre in Miramar have spent the last several months putting together a mural to enter into a community art competition. Manager Jo McDougall said they completed the mural as part of the ‘Paint New Zealand Beautiful’ competition which was run by Resene. While the centre would have to wait to see how they fared in the competition, they were excited to share their hard work with the community, Jo said. “We were keen for it to be something our whanau got involved with along with us and we were keen to make something for our community to appreciate.” Jo said the mural represented the Miramar Peninsula and also incorporated local Maori legends. A pohutukawa tree on the mural was painted using handprints of all the centre’s children and the tree was chosen to reflect the eastern suburbs. She said the centre was strongly influenced by Matariki when selecting a design.

The mural at Tuatara Kids early childcare centre in Miramar.

“We have had tremendous support from all of our families and our kids. I am proud of the way everybody did get together and do it and the children were involved as well.

“As an ECE centre we want to build our whanau community. This was a great way for everyone to help out and achieve something cool.” Jo said without the help of

Katee Thomas, a teacher at the centre, the mural never would have been completed. “She led us through and kept us all on track and did a fab job.”

Music and fun for preschoolers Mini Minstrels is a weekly class that introduces children to music concepts including rhythm, melody, dynamics and more. The class, runs every Wednesday at St Paul’s Lutheran Church Hall on King Street in Mount Cook during school term time. They are aimed at pre-school aged children of all ages and their families. Children use percussion instruments, toy animals, and ribbons, while participating in a variety of songs led by musician and early childhood educator, Heather Garside. The sessions are fun and childfocused, using songs old and new, some with guitar accompaniment and some with CDs. Movement and music go together, with everyone encouraged to watch, listen and join in at their own pace. St Paul’s Lutheran Church offers the music sessions, along with morning tea and time for free play, to the community in and around Mt Cook and Newtown.  For more information on classes, contact mini.minstrels@gmail. com

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