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Merry Christmas and Ho, Ho, Ho

By Nikki Papatsoumas and Sharnahea Wilson

The capital is abuzz with excitement as Wellingtonians young and old countdown to Christmas Day. For the little ones this Christmas, excitement looms as they countdown the days until they get to peel back the wrapping paper and see what Santa brought on his sleigh. New Zealand Post has been helping Santa and his elves for almost two decades, delivering Kiwi kids’ Christmas letters since 1998. This year, New Zealand Post said Santa received more than 64,000 physical and online letters from kids with their Christmas wish lists. New Zealand Post’s ‘Letters to Santa’ coordinator Katey Cameron said the organisation loved being part of Christmas celebrations in New Zealand. Katey said this year, as usual, children were not leaving anything to chance, writing detailed letters about their expectations come December 25. Continued on page 2 Santa Claus is ready to deliver presents to children across Wellington this year.

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Salvation Army lends a How to reach us helping hand this Christmas The Salvation Army have helped more than 200 Wellington families through the festive season this year. Churches at Wellington City, Wellington South, Johnsonville, Kilbirnie and Mirama r have provided Christmas hampers including food and vouchers to at least 230 families, as well as gifts for at least 120 families this year. Much of this was organised through the Salvation Army Hope Centre in Newtown.

Telephone (04) 587 1660 people taking out loans or – its Christmas dinner. children missing out,” he The special feast is held at Address: 23 Broderick Rd,Church said. the Wellington South Johnsonville “For us it’s busy but reward- in Newtown tomorrow and P.O. Box ing. We see so much hope- around 12038-776, people are exWMC 5045. Fax: (04) 587 1661 lessness with the vulner- pected to attend. able, marginalised, isolated The dinner is organised families and Christmas is a for peopleSALES who are isolated, difficult time of year. vulnerableMANAGER: or would be alone “What we do just helps ease at Christmas, Ollie said. Stephan van Jewish Rensburg the burden and it’s really The Wellington rewarding that we’re able to Community Centre also put a smile on their face.” helped outP:on day deliv587the 1660 All this month’s hard work ering food from the dinner to culminates with the Salva- people who could not make tion Army’s biggest event it to the church. REPORTER:

The recipients of these food parcels were people the Salvation Army had worked with through its Wellington Emergency Housing programme and welfare services throughout the year, said Wellington Community Ministries services manager Ollie Seumanufagai. “Christmas and the back to school period are a difficult time for struggling families and the stress of trying to pay and meet expectations can lead to domestic violence,

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The most popular gifts requested this year from children across the country were iPads, iPhones, nerf guns, dolls, make up and mermaid toys, she said. More specifically, one girl asked for video games and world peace. Another asked for a mermaid light, pink scooter, kinetic sand and blade ranger. A boy requested dinosaur DNA, real dinosaur bones and a remote control dinosaur. Many children also asked for Santa to call or write to them, Katey said. Others sent in cards containing gifts for Santa, like sparkles, beads and chocolates and he also received many drawings as well as elaborate art work, she said. Meanwhile, a recent survey found the majority of Kiwis believed Christmas was too


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Christmas wishes Message from Cook Strait News reporter Nikki Papatsoumas I am wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year this festive season. For me, Christmas is always spent with my mum, dad, sister and two brothers at home in Island Bay and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for loads of sunshine this year! I hope everyone has a fantastic break and I can’t wait to dive back into it next year.

Message from Deputy Mayor Justin Lester I wish everyone a safe and merry festive season and hope you will get a chance to spend Christmas and New Year's with loved ones. Have a relaxing break, enjoy the sunshine, surf, a barbecue or two and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone back in 2016.

Message from Independent Herald reporter Sharnahea Wilson I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. For me Christmas is time to spend with family, enjoy some great weather and of course some scrumptious food! I hope everyone has a fantastic summer holiday and I look forward to returning in the New Year.

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Message from Rongotai MP Annette King The Christmas spirit is here. People's generosity and humanity towards others often seen at this time of year was obvious at the annual Altrusa Christmas book collection. Hundreds of new books are donated each year to gift to children who may miss out on getting a present. It's times like this you feel pleased to be part of a caring community. I hope your festive season is filled with laughter, love and good company. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Message from Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade Brown Koa Kirihimete, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Season’s Greetings! Enjoy as many of Wellington’s free summer events as you can – and take along someone who needs their day brightening up! I’m particularly looking forward to our New Year’s Eve Summer City event, with family entertainment, fireworks and music. Summer is a good time to relax. If you are taking time off, enjoy it and spare a thought for those who are working through the Christmas and New Year period, especially Wellington’s retailers and emergency staff, who will be working hard during their busiest time of the year. Summer is a great time to get out and about with your family, community and neighbours. In the New Year my sister Brigitte is coming to visit from Austria, and I’m looking forward to showing her Wellington. Let’s look forward to a prosperous, inclusive and low-carbon 2016.

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Volunteers show their support Cheaper weekend bus fares Youth awarded for community involvement Gifts bring cheer How to reach inbrief news us

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Wellingtonians have cheaper weekend bus fares to look forward to next month. For four weeks from NovemBy Nikki Papatsoumas ber 28, Go Wellington buses will Wellington change to a $1City fare Misfor one The zone of travel and $2 adult fare sion was a hive of activity and $1.50 fare for children in the lead up to Christmasfor two or three zones of travel. this year. It is hoped this will encourThe festivetoseason is transthe age people use public

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The Christmas spirit is alive and well at ANZ Address: in Wellington. Last week, 23 Broderick Rd, staff pitched in to Johnsonville buy special gifts for 80 children in need, in partnership P.O. Box 38-776, with children’sWMC charity Barnardos. 5045. Fax: (04)The 587partnership 1661 between the two organisations began in 2014. Barnardos Chief Executive Jeff Sanders said it was these kinds of efforts that could make anSALES important difference MANAGER: for children. “Through our work we know Nicola Adams that there are many families for whom Christmas is one the most challenging times of the year. “These families may be struggling to put a Christmas meal on the table, let alone buy gifts for their children, so it’s great when we get support from the REPORTER: likes of ANZ Transaction Services to do something extra nice for children in need.”

port to travel in and out of the city. The Wellington City Council has budgeted $200,000 for the initiative. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said the public transport initiative would help Nikki Papatsoumas to get more Wellingtonians Charlotte Hollywood receiving her award from MPbuses Peter and Dunne. onto into the central city during the busy weekends in the run-up to Christmas. “This initiative will provide

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to young people to help with education, sport and the arts,” Chris said. One of last awardees mission alsoyear’s offers support Richard Kay spoke on night. to 38 independentthe agencies Richard captained the Under across the Wellington region. 19 men’s Underwater Hockey While the mission Team and went on to win ausually Gold distributes 150 food parcels medal for New Zealand. each over busy Local month, winners this yearthe includtwo months in the lead up ed Francis Rankin of Newlandsto Christmas they will distribute College for having received one than 1000 food ofmore the highest awards a Stparcels. Johns They alsocanmake cadet leader attainspecial – beChristmas Day hampers for ing selected to represent New 100 families whichyouth are disZealand for St Johns at tributed oncompetitions. Christmas Eve. international Laila of Onslow College The Smith Wellington City Misfares ts was alsobring awarded for her benefi success sion’s chiefmultiple executive Mitogymnastics the city. inchelle and circus arts, Branney said these “Thisasfa shows support an aswere well her leadership m i“keen l ies whoforhad environmentally sustainable worked hard during the year. travel option people hamwho She said theforspecial want to go shopping in the

The Johnsonville Youth Awards saw another successful busiest time of year for those year with 19 young students at the awarded mission’sforbase Newbeing theirinefforts town as staff and volunteers over the past year. prepare support Chair ofto the Youthfamilies Award struggling over Christmas. Trustees, Chris Kirk-Burnnand, As well as helping said the event held infamilies Johnwho utilise its services, sonville shopping centre, the on October 22, was a great success and the Trust is looking to grow the event even further. “Each year there are so many outstanding applicants that impress the Trustees with their involvement in the wider coma welcome boost for retail munity. sales.” “The Trust is focused on youth Councillor development andIona givingPannett, grants Chair of Wellington City Council’s Environment Committee, said the cheaper bus

central city andothers”. don’t want to skills in helping have to worry about congesMP Peter Dunne was the tion or parking limits. guest speaker on time the night and “Wellington Cityawards. Council presented this year’s pers include toys ChristfiJohnsonville rst proposed this and initiative Youth Grants mas food to make a special in February thisover year$565,000 and I’m has now granted Christmas that lunch. it’s going ahead tothrilled 325 young people since its in Foodbank time for Christmas.” establishment in and 1987.volunteer coordinator The funding cheaperChloe fares can be Core this yearMarsden came said in the lead up to Christpaid by cash or with a Snapfrom Autoshop Group which mas an The extra 300 volunteers per card. changes will be has donated over $260,000 in sort toys beginning and pack food inhelp effect of the last ten from years. service parcels. For overon20Saturday, years theNovemawards ber“We 28, each weekend couldn’t dothe itthrough without have been hosted at Johntoour thevolunteers last service on Sunday, and all the sonville Rotary Club. December donators. We just here to “The move20. to are Johnsonville facilitatecentre that. is a step toshopping  How doreally you feel about wards getting greater involve“People enjoy it belower weekend fares on we ment from the North Wellington cause they can see what Wellington buses?hear AreChris you business community,” are doing. They about more likely to use public said. services like the Wellington transport with these lower City Mission one– sees fares? Send usbut an no email how it works.”

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nominate for the most “Today we are celebrating Mr “After having children in to • Tinned Fruithim • Christmas Mince pies teacher award,” Smith’s amazing achievement. education for the past 18 years inspirational • Gifts for children • Chicken from Tegel Foods A local teacher has been pre- I knew Richard was not an he said. “Thank you for your contribu• Richard Sausages from Mad Butcher sented with his prizes on Friday ordinary teacher. received a number of tion through your energy, vitalNicola Gaffaney Sarah Oldershaw were among the 300 • A whole range of desserts and treats from and Ruthcommitment Pretty after winning theand Warehouse ity, passion to “For the past 18 months, he gifts including a $5000 travel volunteers who outpage at the1has Wellington City Mission during the year. Continued from catering – including pavlova, fudge cake and more. Stationary’s mosthelped inspirational a $200 gift card,jam, a box of children’s education,” she said. givenend myof daughter and card, Christmas. around Nicolaaward. said blood donors were veryotherPlasma teacher stationery and a13 Notebook. Richard and his family will be every child inwas hisused year to make different medicines and because of this special. Wadestown teacher Richard seven and eight class the gift of Principal Sally Barrett heading over to Cambodia early demand for plasma had increased “We always need more donors. Cur- -the Smith was awarded with the thanked Richard for his contri- next year to educate children a lifetime the ability to believe “hugely”, said. bution to the school. rently only four peraward cent of the eligible Inspirational Teacher durneed. in themselves and theNicola skills to • About 1and per help centthose of theinpopulation “Youthat have have given at least one population donates blood. ing a school assembly on Friday. learn in the way besttosuits (or 42,000 patients) are treated with Richard waspart overwhelmed by cent donation “If you are of the 96 per cur-the blood them,” nomination the last two years blood or blood products each year. the support and appreciation he you can busibecome a plasma donor.” rently sat on the fence thinking about it, before Warehouse Stationery’s That’s equivalent to 110 jumbo jets had received ness development manager Mata Plasma is collected using an apheresis please jump off and join in. “This an amazing he Te the competition full of people or nearly the capacity machine. The machine spins off the Nicolaisasked peopleday,” to think of Pania the said said to the assembly. has gone red from “strength to keeps the plasma. blood cells and “bigger picture” and said one donation of Eden Park. “It issave verythree special The year. red blood cells are then returned could have strength” every someone like children this “Itwho is something people really to the donor. “Thinksay of something all the little • People who have been in acciabout you, but nothing I do I do get behind. Plasma has also earned the nickname have leukaemia who your blood is dents and suffered massive blood by – it’s you’ve a team got effort,” “We all “liquid know how teachers gold” because of its colour, ablemyself to save… to go beyond loss may need multiple transfusions he said. go above and beyond the “It callreally of Nicola said, is so special, it yourself and think of who your donation The teacher was the overall duty,” she said. of red blood cells and other blood can be made into so many different could save. winner, surpassing 5537 other of Richard’s nominacomponents. “You’re helping ultimately toHusband save medicines.” nominations in the fifth year of tor, Ant Edwards explained people’s lives and make a difference.” the inspirational teacher cam- why the couple wanted to give The New Zealand Blood Service was The blood drive will take place next • The biggest use of blood products paign. something back to Richard. also hoping to have more people sign Thursday, November 19, at the ASB is for the treatment of cancer at The nomination written by “As soon as we met Richard for plasma donations, Nicolawe said. Sports Centre in Kilbirnie from 9.30am aupparent of one of Richard’s 26 per cent, with theAanext biggest knew there was something , Steve hea, ron, David This year 240Edwards, people have 2.30pm. cola, Sharna students, Maria ex- donated Ni exceptionaltoabout him. Appointments are pre, m Sa , being surgery at 19 per cent. ra nd . k row): Sa (bacbook plasma,why however the blood service waswanted ferred and will take priority. kki, NIcolehis From Left To plained this teacher is one ana, Nireceives “We to do something Wadestown teacher Richard Smith award for ephan, Al ia, St Ch , ne An ): w ro hoping to reach 500 donations by the an appointment call 0800 448 325. (frontZealand’s most inspirational teacher. of the best. nice for him so Maria decided New Wellingtonians more transport A Sri Lankan food fair will be choice. held at

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Decorator Nerald Davey with resident Colin Brenchley and Longview staff members Leimaka Woodfield (left) and Shay Dosdos (sitting). PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

Longview staff spread Christmas cheer By Sharnahea Wilson

Dr Mike Rabih, Dr Prithika Vijayan and the team wish all of our clients and community a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Appointments are available up to and including 24 December, and we re-open for appointments on 5 January 2016.

One Longview staff member has decked the halls with boughs of holly, spreading the spirit of Christmas throughout the rest home. Each year Nerald Davey makes her way methodically through the home with her pins, tape and stool hanging tinsel, lights and an abundance of other Christmas decorations. From Thursday, December 3 the home started to look as festive as the North Pole, and residents, staff members and visitors were able to get into the spirit of Christmas. The humble Nerald said a previous Longview staff member was the original Christmas decorator. “A now retired staff member, Wendy Pellett, bought most of the Christmas decorations out of her own money. “We used to call her mother Christmas,” she said. Longview has a Christmas tree in every lounge that has been decorated by staff with the help of residents, Nerald said. Resident Joyce Owen is a big fan of Nerald’s

Christmas decorations. “It is great that Nerald puts them up and takes them down every year – she is very dedicated. “You can sometimes feel a bit cut off in here, but with the decorations it begins to feel like Christmas. “The children who visit love them too,” Joyce said. Manager of Longview, Olwyn Cunningham, is grateful for the hard work Nerald puts in leading up to Christmas. “We are lucky for the contribution of staff and others who come on board. “It doesn’t feel like Christmas until the decorations go up,” she said. Nerald said the star of the show - a figure who is now dressed as Santa on a sleigh in the Longview main lounge - has previously been an assortment of characters, including a rugby player for the recent World Cup celebrations. Nerald will take the decorations down in January and said “they are a lot easier to take down than they are to put up”.


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

Question: What is the best present Santa has brought you?

Adam Etchell, 12 Johnsonville

Piper Thompson, 5 Johnsonville

Niamh Etchell, 5 Johnsonville

Lainey Thompson, 6 Johnsonville

Maia Flanagan, 8 Johnsonville

Jessica Toomata, 8 Johnsonville

A skateboard two years ago.

A robot dog. It can flip, it can move its ears and it barks.

A bike. It was pink.

Probably my pony riding lessons voucher.

A tablet last year.

It was a littlest pet shop tree house.

THE STRANGEST MUSIC By local resident Marilyn O. Young Saturday night - the radio on beautiful music of all kinds punctuated frequently by  zooooom, zooooom,  crash, crash, Booom! Crash, boooooom, crash, crash, zoooom! All through the evening with an occasional fire engine siren and this November more accidents than e'er before. All commemorating an historical ugly moment. Better to celebrate the dream of peace, and happiness by splendid displays of colour and glowing glory, Rather than toys used in irresponsible hands a disgrace and a pity. The Capital city could surely limit this date to exclusively a beautiful controlled display zap away dangerous play in the guise of celebration and making merry! Many yearn to say the time has come, to call it a day.

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Top 5 Christmas movies Along with Christmas comes a classic film the family likes to watch year after year. The list of great Christmas flicks is endless but we’ve compiled what we consider to be five significant Christmas films to watch during the silly season.

The Grinch

Starring Jim Carrey this story written by Dr. Seuss features a reclusive green Grinch who decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. The Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks through the town in attempt to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. The story, however, takes a turn when the Grinch meets the endearing Cindy Lou Who.

Miracle on 34th Street In this festive tale, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. He proves to be such a hit he is soon appearing in Macy’s main store in midtown Manhattan. The tale takes a twist when Kringle becomes involved in a court case determining his mental health and whether or not he is, in fact, Santa Claus.

Love Actually

This family favourite features nine intertwined stories that examine the complexities of love. Among the many wellknown actors in this classic Christmas film are Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson and Bill Nighy. This is the perfect flick to watch on Christmas Eve.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burtons The Nightmare Before Christmas follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, the beloved Pumpkin King of Halloweentown. When Jack becomes board with frightening people he accidentally stumbles upon Christmastown, learning the joys of the festive season. With ups and downs this animated film is one for the whole family.

A Christmas Carol

This 1951 film tells the classic tale by Charles Dickens. The film follows Victorian businessman Ebenezer Scrooge who has no use for festivity, even at Christmas time. Scrooge is thrown into a nightmare where he is warned he will be visited by three spirits who will show the cold-hearted man the error of his



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Top five most extravagant gifts: Sharing a dream on an Island

Diamonds are forever If you’re looking to win your wife over this Christmas, the Hope Diamond is the gift for you. Take a trip over to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington to collect this $350 million present of a lifetime. This one-off necklace looks blue in colour to the naked eye but shines red phosphor under ultraviolet light. Your wife’s neck will light up like a Christmas tree.

Looking for somewhere tropical to holiday this silly season? Why not your very own Island. Treat yourself or your partner to Dumunpalit – better known as Turtle Island – in the Philippines. With 150 foot volcanic towers that resemble fins flipping through the turquoise water, this nearly $3.5 million present is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Provide fun for the whole family with this gift. The Ultra Nottage Design pool table is made of toughened glass covered by a transparent surface that replicates the feel of a traditional cloth-topped version. This stylish and innovative pool table comes with balls, a triangle, a bridge stick and two aluminum cues. At just $66,968 this is the perfect gift for every room, from the man-cave to the living area.

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For the musical soul this holiday season, you can’t go past the Fazio Bruner Grand Piano. This ten foot long beauty is decorated in flowers with mother of pearls. At a mere $600,000 this musical instrument will allow its lucky receiver to play neverending Christmas carols.

Going on a summer road trip? Forget the old rusty campervan and give your family the gift of awesomeness this Christmas. Your kids will admire you and your friends will envy you when you turn up to the lake-side camping sight in the new Lamborghini Adventador Roadster. For the low price of just $460,552 you could have more fans than The Beatles.

Top five gifts under $20: Buncho Balloons For the perfect gift for children (or the adventurous adult) you can’t look past Buncho Balloons. This gift gives a new name to classic summer water fights. Buncho Balloons can be filled 100 at a time in just 60 seconds, and they are self-closing for ultimate balloon filling speed. This is a great gift to fill those hot summer days, at just $14.99 in Johnsonville’s Toy World.

Scully’s Natural Skincare Products If you’re looking for a kiwi-made present this Christmas Scully’s natural products come from New Zealand’s own Bulls. The owner was originally the Butcher in Karori before he and his wife bought a lavender farm. A few items from the popular range include a hand cream $18.90, Gardenia soap $13.90 and Gardenia glycerine soap $5.99, purchase these products locally from Life Pharmacy in the Johnsonville Mall.

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Ninjabread Men If you're looking to get creative with your baking this Christmas, Ninjabread Men cookie cutouts are the perfect place to start. A great gift for your children's Santa Stockings too. These cookie cutters are cut out for action. You can own these fun baking tools for just $17.95, from

Endless Summer and Pee Wee the Kiwi

If you’re looking for sunglasses for your little one, Hatleys provides a range of Little Blue House sunglasses for boys and girls aged 3+. Protect your little ones’ eyes from the harsh summer sun over the holiday season. These colourful sunnies are both stylish and practical at just $16.95 from your local Hatleys store.

If you’re looking to gift a book this Christmas Paper Plus has the perfect read for young and old. For the family cook, Annabel Langbein’s new cook book Endless Summer provides the perfect holiday recipe collection. And for the little ones Pee Wee the Lonely Kiwi provides fantastic entertainment with beautiful illustrations and even comes with a free kiwi stuffed toy. Both of these New Zealand books are priced at just $19.99.

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Nativity scene lights up for Christmas Each year at Christmas time Pakn’Save Petone puts together a nativity scene that lights up and is accompanied by a real Christmas tree. Store manager Ben O’Sullivan said they have received a lot of good feedback about the display. “It is part of the Jackson Street initiative to make the street more Christmassy,” he said. The nativity scene was originally set up by Steve Burr, a Christmas parade float designer, but is now put up every year by the Pakn’Save team. Check out the display before it comes down early next year. w

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Year zero to one students spread Christmas joy – and a touch of cuteness – with their Christmas carol singing in the Khandallah town centre. The Khandallah School students performed, in front of the decorated Town Hall, to a crowd of parents, grandparents and friends earlier this month. Decked out with Santa hats, reindeer antlers and elf ears, the young singers performed a collection of well-known Christmas carols. Organised by local Ann Davis-Maroulis this performance, as well as others, was part of a new initiative to make the village “feel like Christmas”. Ann said this is the first year there have been performances outside the Town Hall at Christmas time, adding “it’s so gorgeous having the children involved”. Ann said Cashmere School’s performance also drew in a big crowd, . Other performances included owner and tutor of Rockland Jason Wilcox, student of Jason the young music enthusiast Jim and the Sing for Life group. Ann said having the performances outside the hall brightens up the Khandallah town centre and they are appreciated by parents and shop owners alike. “Everyone loves music,” she said. Ann said she was lucky the local schools wanted to be involved and, due to the success and popularity of the performances, she hopes to run a similar event next year.

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Nothing says summer like a piece of fish and a scoop of chips. But who does it best? The team at Wellington Suburban Newspapers have compiled a list of some of the capital’s best fish and chip shops.

Fish Fins

Fish Fins is world famous across Wellington. The store owned and operated by husband and wife Salvi and Lilly Volpicelli is known for its delectable fresh fish. On their extensive fish and chip menu, they sell a variety of fresh fish. Part of the store’s charm is down to the friendly service of Lilly and Salvi, who both always have a smile on their face. 170 Riddiford Street, Newtown

Johnsonville Fish Supply

Johnsonville Fish Supply on Johnsonville Rd is the perfect place to go for a fresh fish and a scoop of hand cut chips. Anyone who is in the mood for something a little different should give the steak roll a whirl – it is considered one of the best in the capital. 11 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville


Ask anyone who lines up for the Churton Park shop’s food and they will tell you to order a burger. With a regular burger menu and a gourmet menu there are options to suit anyone. On Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday they also have a dedicated gluten-free vat, where they cook only gluten free products, which means no one has to miss out. 101a Westchester Drive, Churton Park

Bays Takeaways

The popular fish and chip shop can be found in Island Bay’s main shopping village. In fact the fish and chip shop, which also boasts a delicious variety of Chinese meals and burgers, is so popular there are often queues out the door. However, it is safe to say, the food is definitely worth the wait. Anyone who loves a burger should be sure to check out the shop’s menu. The homemade meat patties are delicious. The home cut chips are even better. 138 The Parade, Island Bay

Mt Vic Chippery

The city central shop in Mount Victoria is just one of an everincreasing number of gourmet fish and chip shops popping up around the city. Gone are the days where you can order just one type of fish or chips. Now you can select the type of fish and whether you would like it crumbed, battered or grilled. You can even order from a variety of different cuts of chips. Perhaps you feel like curly fries? Or maybe kumara fries? Sky’s the limit. 3 Majoribanks St, Mount Victoria

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Wellington’s best Christmas tree

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Staff at Wellington Suburban Newspapers were impressed with Hataitai resident Jan Dawn’s tree. Jan said although her tree wasn’t of the traditional variety, she has a small playful dog, so an off the floor arrangement was the best option. Jan said the tree structure is made from cloth bound wire and was anchored with stones in a flower pot. The decorations have been collected over a period of 15 years and come from all different places, including different countries. A big thanks to everyone from across the capital who sent us photos of their Christmas trees.

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Hampers help families this Christmas By Nikki Papatsoumas

Less fortunate residents across Wellington’s eastern suburbs will be treated this Christmas thanks to the generosity of Countdown Kilbirnie customers. For the last four years, the Kilbirnie Salvation Army and Countdown Kilbirnie have partnered up to collect food and toys for those who need extra help during the festive season. Captain Joe Serevi, from the Kil-

birnie Salvation Army, said this year the organisation would make enough hampers for 70 families. He said Countdown Kilbirnie’s generous donations would go a long way in helping families who are struggling this Christmas. Long life manager at Countdown Kilbirnie, Ben Ross, said four years ago the store started helping Kilbirnie Salvation Army by donating $500 worth of food. Now, the store also collects trolley

loads of food from customers. “We average between five and seven trolleys full of donated stuff throughout the year. “We help out Joe and we also run our own food rescue programme and donate food that’s not sellable.” Joe said the community’s donations had the ability to light up a family’s life. “When we deliver them they smile and it gives them some joy, especially the kids.”

From left, Countdown Kilbirnie staff member Tarun Parbhu, with long life manager Ben Ross and Captain Joe Serevi from the Kilbirnie Salvation Army.

Local woman donates to a good cause By Nikki Papatsoumas

A local woman has played the role of one of Santa’s elves this festive season. Over the last 12 months, Lee Campny has been collecting presents for women and children using the services of the Women’s Refuge. The Miramar resident works at Lyall Bay Warehouse and first started collecting presents to donate to the Women’s Refuge last year, as the store had partnered with the organisation to collect presents over the

Christmas period. “Last year I did donate a lot of stuff myself. This year I have personally been buying stuff all year. I just feel like if you can make a difference, do it.” As well as collecting 11 boxes of presents for children and teenagers, she has also made 66 ‘pamper packs’ for mums who may not be expecting anything under the tree on Christmas Day. Inside the packs were a shower gel, a nice pen, lip balm and another small surprise whether it was a key ring or a face mask,

Lee Campny has collected presents over the last year, which she will now donate to the Women’s Refuge.

Lee said. “I just feel like the mums get a little bit forgotten and I know Christmas is about the kids… but I feel they also need to know they have done the right thing getting out of their situation. “It’s great to do something to put a smile on someone’s face. It’s just something small they can look forward to.” Lee said she liked to hope that along the way she had also inspired more people to donate presents to those in less fortunate situations.

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Thursday December 24, 2015

Recipe Monique Ridout, owner at the Little Teapot in Kilbirnie, says she loves to experiment in the kitchen. This festive season she shares her favourite Christmas recipe with Cook Strait News readers. Composed by Tony Watling 11th. Nov. 2015

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FACT OF THE D A Y Enrolment Ballot 51. J.K. Rowling The board invites applications from parents who wish thesons and daughters at Lyall Bay Primary tochose enrol their School for 2016 unusual Enrolment name at the school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school ‘Hermione’ office. so young Please phone or visit the school office or website for girls of enrolment applications. The enrolment form details wouldn’t can be downloaded from the website, or send an email to be teased The fordeadline beingfor receipt of applications for out of zone places is 18th January 2016. nerdy! The board has determined that 10 places will be available

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Queen Margaret College rowers made history this month after winning a new event at the Karapiro Christmas Regatta. The students have become the very first winners of the women’s club octuplet race stages at the Karapiro regatta. Rowers Bridget-Anne Horgan (stroke), Megan Wilson, Sarah Bagley, Kate Welch, Lily Symes, Elizabeth Jensen, Charlotte Lynch, Amber Jiang and Bridie A solid Sheedy (cox) won the Women’s Club Coxed Octuple Sculls. The girls ended the final with the commendable time of 9:32.95 seconds. Overall the College performed well at the regatta held at Lake Karapiro, making five finals. Rosie Dossor (stroke), Emily Young, Elizabeth Jensen, Kate Boswell and Sofia Udovenko (cox) placed third in their initial heats with a time of 9:13.91 seconds before placing eighth in the B Final of

the Women’s Novice Coxed Quad Sculls. Saskia van der Wilt was hard to beat in the water coming second in the C Final Girls under 17 Single Sculls with a competitive time of 9:42.73 seconds. She joined forces with Molly Nicholson for the Girls under 17 Double Sculls and came sixth in the C Final. Seasoned rowers Jessica MacPherson and Bella Smolnicki also proved themselves in the water, placing sixth in the B Final for the Girls under 18 Double Sculls. Over 50 schools and rowing clubs competed in the weekend regatta. Sports Director Deslea Wrathall said the event was a great learning experience for the girls before they compete in the North Island Championships. In the meantime the girls will be gearing up for their chance to race again at the second Karapiro Regatta in January.

Queen Margaret Collegeatrowers clean up at Christmas Applications are available our recruitment ViewRegatta. the Wainuiomata News office or at the security gate based in the Ngauranga George in Wellington. Contact Barry 472 7987 or 021 276 6654.


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Merry Christmas


Thursday December 24, 2015

Santa Claus came to town

This storm trooper switched out his gun for a candy cane in the spirit of Christmas.

Wellington City got into the spirit of Christmas this silly season with big turnouts at the annual Wellington Santa Parade. Enthusiastic crowds lined the streets as the parade travelled from Lambton Quay to Manners street on Sunday, December 13. The capital turned on the weather as the Santa sleigh, colourful dancers, wellloved characters, cheer leaders and even man’s best friend made their way through the streets spreading the Christmas cheer. Santa Parade goers where thoroughly impressed by this display of red and gold.

PHOTOS: Mark Tantrum for the Wellington City Council

This mini Rudolf hit the streets to help Santa greet the crowd of eager children.

Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-do Christmas Cheer is coming for you.

The audience cheered at this band made its way through the streets.

These young ones are gearing up for the holiday season.

The crowd was blown away by this spectacular balloon display.

The Disney team turned out to spread some Christmas Cheer.

This group’s vibrant performance wowed the crowd.

This years’ Santa Parade was larger than life with these performers.



Merry Christmas

Thursday December 24, 2015

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