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Five young male otters joined the family at Wellington Zoo. Island Bay School pupil Austin Wilkinson spoke to the Cook Strait News for an exclusive interview after being named local Lego champion by Auckland • About 1 per cent ofThe the population based Lego bigwigs. seven-year-old (or home 42,000the patients) treated with took title for are his tree house creation. Kilbirnie wasproducts in lock down after ASB blood or blood each year. Bank was robbed and Bay man That’s equivalent toan 110Island jumbo jets was upset after a developer was allowed to full of people nearly the capacity erect a deck on or a neighbouring property of Eden Park. consent. without resource

Calling for your donation Mount Victoria resident and vet nurse Nicole Doriguzzi, who was born with Cystic Fibrosis, quit her job and flew to Chile to Continued help feed, water, from clean page and 1 nurse abandoned canines. Meanwhile, fresh out Nicola said blood donors were very of surf lifeguard training local teens Eva special. Albiston and Alex performed “We always need Edmonds more donors. Curtheir very rst rescue while on eligible patrol at rently onlyfifour per cent of the Lyall Bay beach overblood. the summer. population donates “If you are part of the 96 per cent currently sat on the fence thinking about it, please jumpofoff join in.heated up in The war theand festivals Nicola asked people to thinkthat of the Kilbirnie as it was announced two “bigger picture” and said one donation separate Kilbirnie Festivals would be held could three on thesave same day.lives. A group of Houghton “Think of all the little their children Valley residents expressed angerwho at the have leukaemia who your blood is prospect of a 13 house subdivision being able to save… you’ve got to go beyond built in their suburb. Finally a group of yourself and think of who yourre-grouped donation self-proclaimed ageing rockers could save. after 30 years for a one off performance to “You’re helping ultimately to save raise money for charity. people’s lives and make a difference.” The New Zealand Blood Service was also hoping to have more people sign Liddall donations, was appointed principal upTraci for plasma Nicola said. of South Wellington Intermediate School. This year 240 people have donated Historic however Berhampore St Cuthbert’s plasma, the church blood service was was used for the last time at a special dehoping to reach 500 donations by the

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Scavenger Hunt returns One of Wellington’s favourite annual events will return over Wellington Anniversary Weekend. With new destinations to find, clues to solve and challenges to complete, Capital E’s Great Scavenger Hunt is a fun family day out for detectives of all ages. Don’t miss the action along Wellington Waterfront on Sunday January 24, from 10am.

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The Wellington City Council agreed to public consultation on a low cost camping site proposed for Happy Valley. Breaker Bay resident Kathy Lockwood featured on the front page of the local rag – her grandson Kyle Lockwood had five designs amongst the list of 40 possible flags designs unveiled by the flag consideration panel in August. The community was sad to hear that reporter Sam Duff was leaving the Cook Strait News.

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Reporter Nikki Papatsoumas returned to the Wellington Suburban Newspapers family as reporter for the Cook Strait News. More than 200 people from across Wellington donned their aprons and baked cupcakes for the SPCA’s annual cupcake day fundraiser. The council announced it would clean the Central Park track after years of concern from Brooklyn resident Keith Flint. A group of Island Bay residents announced they were considering taking legal action against the Wellington City Council as planning for the Island Bay cycleway continued.

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After countless debates, handfuls of letters to the editor and more than its fair share of space in the paper, work finally began on the controversial Island Bay cycleway. A Lyall Bay couple celebrated 60 years of marriage after meeting on a blind date in 1951. Happy Valley residents expressed concern over a low cost campground at Happy Valley Park and local boy George Hobson campaigned to see the Banded Dotterel crowned Bird of the Year.

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Strengthening work on Miramar Uniting Church’s main building was completed. The work included placing a concrete beam under the floor of the church’s main auditorium, while steel posts connected the building wall to the floor. Meanwhile three senior students at Island Bay School officially opened a mural they had completed on the school’s grounds.  What were your highlights of 2015? What are you most looking forward to for the year ahead? Send us an email – news@wsn.co.nz

Kilbirnie resident Jack Barrat celebrated his 104th birthday. The centenarian celebrated in style with his 94-year-old girlfriend Priscilla Flipp and residents and staff at Rita Angus Retirement Village in Kilbirnie. Wellington Museum’s newest space ‘The Attic’ officially opened to the public. Tens of thousands of proud Wellingtonians lined the capital’s streets to catch a glimpse of their All Black heroes after the men in black brought home The Rugby World Cup title.

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Disruption to buses Today, GO Wellington and Valley Flyer bus services will be disrupted due to a scheduled Annual General Meeting of the Tramways Union. The Tramways Union represents the majority of GO Wellington, Valley Flyer and Runcimans drivers. As a result of the meeting, GO Wellington and Valley Flyer bus services will be affected between 9am and 3pm. During this time reduced services will run. Airport Flyer and Mana and Newlands Coach Services will not be affected.  For more information, visit www. metlink.org.nz or call Metlink on 0800 801 700.

Several people from Wellington’s southern and eastern suburbs have been recognised in the 2016 New Year Honours list. Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) Ms Jane Tolerton, Mount Victoria, for services to historical research.

Seven days of Sevens Wellington’s Civic Square will be transformed into Rugby Sevens HQ and the Waterfront taken over to create a hub of music, 3D art, wine, food and craft beer for the first ever Seven Days of Sevens Festival in the countdown to the HSBC Wellington Sevens which will take place on January 30 and 31. Sporting, cultural and foodie events happening during the week means there is something on for everyone, from horse racing at Trentham’s Wellington Cup Day to Pasifika and a piece of 3D artwork in between. Seven Days of Sevens will run from January 23 to 29. For more information head to wcc.govt.nz

Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) Mr Colin Ward, Miramar, for services to softball.

Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) Mrs Jane Morice Barraud Aim, Oriental Bay, for services to the community. Mr William Wallace Simmers, Kilbirnie, for services to the community.

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Farewell to Joe and Jeannine By Nikki Papatsoumas

Work on cycleway continues Work is continuing on the Island Bay cycleway

Work has resumed on the Island Bay cycleway and is on schedule to be completed next month. Following a short break over Christmas and New Year construction teams are back on the job and for the next four to five weeks, will focus on work at the Humber St intersection outside Patricia’s Pies. Adjustments will be made to the kerbline as bike by-passes are put in around the north and southbound bus stops. A new pedestrian crossing will also be installed. The northbound bus stop at Humber St will be relocated a little to the south of its existing location and a new bus shelter will also be installed. On its website, the council said although there is still some finishing work to do over the next month, the bulk of the road works and roading layout changes between Dee St and the bowling club had been completed. The council said it was pleased to see most people were already using

the new parking spaces, leaving the kerbside lane clear so people on bikes could start to get a feel for how the new facilities would work when finished. In the meantime, the council asked all motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to take extra care. Those motorists who were using The Parade for parking were asked to take care parking in the repositioned bays and getting in and out of their car. Cyclists starting to use the newly marked sections of lane were asked to watch for pedestrians and people parking and turning in and out of driveways.  For more information head to wcc.govt.nz

Two Salvation Army stalwarts have been farewelled by the community they have come to consider as “family”. Joe Serevi and his wife Jeannine are moving on from their post at the Salvation Army Corp in Kilbirnie. Over the last five years the pair have worked on providing social services across Wellington’s eastern suburbs through the Kilbirnie base. These services were designed to help vulnerable people in

the community and involved initiatives such as a food bank and welfare support. The couple and their family announced they were leaving Wellington after accepting roles in South Auckland, where they will work on building a new Salvation Army corp plant in Manurewa. Jeannine said she and her husband had mixed emotions about leaving the community they had come to consider home. “It’s really sad because the people in Kilbirnie, the church especially, but also in the com-

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munity, have become our family,” she said. “Our ministry revolves around the whole concept of people being family… we have built some amazing ties here and so have our children. These people will stay our family. “We love the people in our community and it has been a real privilege to be able to serve them. To be called by God to serve in a place like this is amazing.” Despite feeling sad about leaving the community, Jeannine said she and Joe were excited for the next chapter. “It’s new work for the Salvation Army- pioneering. We will be going up there and starting from scratch and seeing what it is that is most required in that community. “We are quite excited but there are mixed emotions because we are very sad about leaving. It is very challenging for our children, but for us we can see huge possibilities.” The Serevi family were formally farewelled by the community at a special service last month. Joe and Jeannine Serevi were farewelled at a special service last month.

Island Bay Childcare Now Taking Enrolments Renovations Complete - Enrolments now welcome

Island Bay Childcare is a purpose built early childhood education centre situated in the heart of Island Bay. We have extended our Childcare Centre to include a brand new room and adventure playground to meet the needs of our 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 work with parents/whanau and teach them about the academic learning that occurs through the medium of play. We provide quality child care and quality education from 6 months to 5 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. We offer specialised care and resources for 6 months-2 year olds, 2-3.5 year olds and 3.5-5 year olds. Recipient of the prestigious New Zealand Heart Foundation Gold: te Harakeke "Healthy Heart Award" and recently received a "well placed" review from the Education Review Office. We are now open for enrolments - call us and let your child's learning take flight!

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Education

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English Language Partners Wellington English Language Partners New Zealand (ELPNZ) is a national organisation teaching English language to adult refugees and migrants from 23 sites across the country. ELPNZ deliver community-based language programmes to over 6,500 learners per year. We achieve this through our 260 paid staff and 2,600 trained volunteers. Vision: That migrants and refugees have the opportunity to learn English, to pursue aspirations for themselves and their families, and to participate in all aspects of life in Aotearoa New Zealand Mission: To provide English language skills and support for effective resettlement of adult refugees and migrants in Aotearoa New Zealand New Zealand is an increasingly diverse community. Refugees and Migrants offer New Zealand an opportunity to flourish and prosper with new talent, perspectives and experiences. We are all the richer for this – both socially culturally, and as research shows, potentially economically. English Language Partners Wellington provides ESOL tuition and settlement support to refugees and migrants in Wellington. In various forms English Language Partners Wellington has been in operation for more than 40 years, working in the area of English language skills and social support for effective resettle-

ment. We have been flexible and responsive to changing needs, new migrant communities and the broader NZ environment. Our two broad service threads are developing English language skills through a variety of mediums and providing job mentoring as a bridge to employment. English Language Partners Wellington provides a range of English language tuition and settlement support services for the home, community and workplace settings. Learners must be NZ citizens or have PR residency. These are: • One to one English Language Home Tutoring • Certificate in ESOL Home Tutoring • English Language Groups • ESOL Intensive • English Language Group for Police Recruits • English Language Group – Work Talk • English for Employees • Job Mentoring Service  How to contact us: Level 5, 186 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington | Postal address: PO BOX 11469, Manners Street, Wellington 6142 | Ph: 04 384 1992 | Email: wellington@englishlanguage.org.nz | www.englishlanguage.org.nz

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Principal Sandra McCallum Enrolment Ballot The board invites applications from parents who wish to enrol their sons and daughters at Lyall Bay Primary School for 2016 Enrolment at the school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office. Please phone or visit the school office or website for details of enrolment applications. The enrolment form can be downloaded from the website, or send an email to principal@lyallbay.school.nz. The deadline for receipt of applications for out of zone places is 18th January 2016. The board has determined that 10 places will be available for out of zone students in 2016. Applications from out of zone students will be processed in the following order of priority: a. First priority must be given to any applicant who is accepted for enrolment in a special programme run by the school. b. Second priority must be given to any applicant who is the sibling of a current student of the school. c. Third priority must be given to any student who is the sibling of a former student of the school. d. Fourth priority must be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school. e. Fifth priority must be given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the board of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school. f. Sixth priority must be given to all other applicants If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot is required it will be held on 19th January 2016. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three week days of the ballot being held.

ABOVE: At the end of year party last December 2015. RIGHT: Andrea and Malkitu BELOW: Mayor Celia Wade-Brown pays a visit.

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Keeping Lyall Bay Beach clean

HIGHS AND LOWS OF 2015 The Cook Strait News asked local councillors to reflect on their highs and lows of 2015. This week, Southern Ward Councillors Paul Eagle and David Lee look back over a year been and gone and share their hopes for the year ahead. Next week we will hear from Eastern Ward Councillors Sarah Free, Simon Marsh and Ray Ahipene-Mercer.

Councillor David Lee

Locals take part in the June 2015 Lyall Bay Coast Care beach clean-up. By Nikki Papatsoumas

A group established to keep Lyall Bay Beach spick and span is imploring members of the community to help with scheduled monthly clean-ups. The Lyall Bay Coast Care group was founded almost nine years ago by a group of friends who wanted to keep the iconic Wellington beach clean. Ever since, members have met on the first Sunday of each month for a general tidy up of the south coast hot spot. Co-ordinator and Kilbirnie resident James Grigg said the Wellington City Council had since come on board, supplying gloves, rubbish bags and first aid kits for

THUMBS DOWN to the

Island Bay Cycleway, residents have had enough we want to see The Parade restored to its former glory.

THUMBS UP to all the sunshine we have had in the capital so far this summer –

the monthly clean-ups. The council also collected all rubbish that was gathered, he said. James said unfortunately in recent months the number of people involved in the monthly clean-ups had dwindled. “We are struggling to get the numbers out on a Sunday. We would love to get the message out that we would like to see a lot more people come out – even if it is just every couple of months. “If only two or three people show up we can only do the bare minimum.” He said because Lyall Bay Beach was so popular it could quickly become messy. “It is the only beach that is permanent for dog walking… we

what a beautiful place to be.

THUMBS UP to Wellington Harbour for keeping people safe along Miramar Wharf. THUMBS DOWN to Wel-

lington City Council who do not leave older tenants to

get both surf clubs out and it’s a destination for people who want to head out and pick up an ice cream. “All the little bits of rubbish come from these groups. We want to make sure when people go to the beach they actually enjoy it and are not surrounded by rubbish. “Even if it is just for half an hour, bring the kids, head along and pick up a small rubbish bag. We will be so grateful for that.”

What is your highlight of 2015? My highlights include completing the Wellington Cycleways Master Plan, receiving $15.5m from the Urban Cycleway Programme, and finally starting construction of the Island Bay Cycleway. What is your lowlight of 2015? The biggest frustration is that despite the spin provided by the Wellington International Airport Ltd, over the benefits of a runway extension, there is still no real evidence to support the commitment of $90m of public money for private infrastructure. What are you most looking forward to in 2016? This year I'm looking forward to implementing more smart energy initiatives and programmes to showcase Wellington's 'can do' approach to climate change and a step towards our Smart Capital vision. Also, supporting the start-up community by promoting the reallocation of space in the Wellington Central Library for an innovation hub, a centre of creativity, connecting academia, research, with business and talent.

Councillor Paul Eagle

 Lyall Bay Coast Care meets at the childrens playground in Lyall Bay at 10am on the first Sunday of every month. The groups next scheduled clean-up is on February 7. For more information head to the Lyall Bay Coast Care Facebook page.

enjoy their flat, mobility and independence. I get bothered at the age of 78 with the frequent hassle of an inspection of my flat every few weeks or months. Have you got an anonymous THUMBS UP or THUMBS DOWN to share? Text to 022 322 4811

What is your highlight of 2015? There have been many – improving how we help Wellington’s homeless and completing major upgrades of our social housing in Newtown and Miramar, funding new pools for Berhampore, Newtown, Kilbirnie and Kahurangi Schools, saving children’s playgrounds in Berhampore and Seatoun, gaining approval for the seawall in Island Bay to be put back and empowering the neighbourhoods of Island Bay, Brooklyn, Mornington, Vogeltown and Mornington to develop a plan for the things they’d like for the future. What is your lowlight of 2015? Council’s engagement processes and political legacies are failing our communities – we need to do more listening and understand what matters most to communities. Predetermined outcomes have divided communities, for example the cycleway in Island Bay and camping ground proposals for Happy Valley and we’re only now replacing the seawall in Island Bay nearly 3 years on. What are you most looking forward to in 2016? Continuing to serve the people of Wellington by being accessible, active and visible so I can reflect their views at the council table. It’s about treating people fairly, supporting those most in need and giving Wellingtonians hope.

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Staying safe is more than just staying afloat.

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Interpreting – a vital role

You will have heard safety messages about the importance of carrying and wearing lifejackets, they only work if they are being worn. Most accidents occur suddenly with no warning – there may be no time to grab a lifejacket, and it’s extremely difficult to put one on in the water. While lifejackets in small boats are important they are not only step in keeping safe on the water this summer: check the weather forecast and keep an eye out for changes while you Always are on the water. Tell someone where you are going and when you are coming back. Carry at least one waterproof means of communication. Make sure your boat and all its equipment are in good condition. the rules of the road and navigation bylaws like the 500 ton rule Understand and 5 knot speed restrictions. Keep a good lookout for swimmers and dive flags and keep well clear of both. alcohol, it can impair your decision making as well as increase your risk Avoid of hypothermia.

Enjoy your summer boat safely. For more information you can look at www.gw.govt.nz/ harbours or email harbours@gw.govt.nz

Imagine arriving in a country with your new husband or wife, unable to speak the local language. How would you do the shopping? How would you find out when the buses run and how to get a ticket? When Puri (pictured) first came to New Zealand from Spain more than 20 years ago, she was in just this position. Her inability in English was doubly frustrating because her excellent communication skills in Spanish had resulted in good jobs there. Coping with everyday situations might be reasonably straightforward, but what happens when you need to go to the doctor or the hospital for either yourself or your child? Or the Police want to interview you because you’ve observed a car accident? It’s on these occasions that an interpreter is vital. Nowadays, as a very fluent speaker of both English and Spanish and a fullytrained interpreter, Puri feels satisfied in helping other people bridge the language gap that she struggled with so much. But it’s not just being helpful that makes this a great job for Puri. Interpreting assignments take place anywhere and everywhere, so she has to draw on all the various skills

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2016

Something for everyone There is “something for everyone” at Xtend Barre in Wellington. Xtend Barre Wellington opened its doors in 2014, making it the first Barre studio in New Zealand. Studio owner, Cat Eddy, previously spent 11 years as a professional ballet dancer, with both The Australian Ballet and the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company. She said upon retiring from the world of dance, she made the decision to retrain as a Pilates instructor. “I became aware of the growing trend of Barre workouts in America and Australia and with years of experience in ballet and Pilates, I knew I had what it takes to open an Xtend Barre

studio in central Wellington.” Cat said there was something for everyone at Xtend Barre Wellington. “From our Beginners Barre workshops, to our post natal Babies on Board classes, our signature Xtend Barre classes to our Pilates, Yoga, HIIT and TRX classes, no experience in dance or Pilates is necessary to get started with Xtend Barre,” she said. “The Xtend Barre workout is centred around community. Our workouts are challenging, varied and exhilarating, people don’t just look better but feel better as well.”  To contact Cat and the team at Xtend Barre Wellington head to the studio’s Facebook page.

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“I want to make sure everybody is having fun,” she says. “Not everybody is suited to one style of dance so there is something for everybody.” Born and raised in England, Lorna says she started dancing at the age of two and quickly realised she wanted to be a dancer when she grew up. After completing a degree in performing arts, specialising in dance, she went on to study at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance. The teaching side of dance interested Lorna, who moved to New Zealand in 2006. She came for two years and has lived here ever since. Asked what she enjoys about being a dance teacher and running Leaping Lizards Dance Studio, Lorna says it is everything. “I get to spend my entire day with a lot of crazy kids dancing and having great time.” PBA  For more information about Leaping Lizards dance studio go to leapinglizards.co.nz

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

Q: Do you have a New Year’s resolution? If so, what is it?

Hannah Stuart Island Bay

Nichole Crawley Newtown

Jo Einarsson Hataitai

Josie Nixon Hataitai

Daniel Landers Newtown

“To get my driver’s licence.”

“I don’t have one, I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions.”

“Mine is the same old boring one – get back into the gym.”

“To learn Te Reo Maori properly and get back to the gym and get fit.”

“To swim 1km, it was my resolution last year but I never did it.”

Matthew Wallace Berhampore “To catch a crayfish with my bare hands.”

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 nikki@wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Cycleway danger Dear Ed, I know people are sick of the cycle lane, but just have to write as my life has been put in danger, and having reached the age of 80 I do not want to end it doing what I love to do and that is drive. The Parade is now a dangerous narrow two lane

street, it is no longer worthy of the name The Parade. If I try to exit my car, being disabled and having to fight the Wellington winds it takes time, and I could be injured by a bus or a car, which has come up behind me during the time I have taken to exit

my car. No thought has gone into the fact that not all road users are nimble teenagers. The park outside the medical centre was a safe park, now the disabled are taking their life into their hands as they try to disembark from their cars.

A visitor I have from Brisbane was amazed to see The Parade as it is now, she stated it has gone backwards, into the dark ages, as cycle lanes should never be on main thoroughfares. Heather Bevan Island Bay

THE NEXT STEP FOR PLANET EARTH? Are you over wars, terrorism and ongoing conflicts? If the rulers of this planet didn’t want them we wouldn’t have them. Selective informing, (telling us what to think) has served them well for thousands of years. It is called reigning over. Are we adult enough to do the reining in, to take control of, or responsibility for our planet? The information age has arrived. Insiders, (first person experiencers), women and men are gutsy enough to speak out. All we have to do is start listening to them and informing ourselves. Sitting in church being held to an Earth and physical only reality isn’t adult enough to be in charge of the destiny of a planet. We have to understand how the universe works to be aware of possible risks, threats or opportunities. The church version of reality does hint at the different levels of reality occupying the same space, (with the spirit word), but cuts them off with the one word cover story – heaven.

HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT

The Human Parasite Story Tellers Responsible for the Earth and Physical Only Stories. Came up with and oversee the King James and myriad of other versions spread around the planet. The Royals with the superior, class loving, born to rule and exploit mind pattern. And their bloodline relatives with the obsessively maintained knife edge, (oddball) genetics – the Blue Bloods. That we are being lied to is revealed on the Prison Planet Revelations .com website – videos and Gods or Spacemen? audio. How the genetic mix (hiding our parasite) came about is also on the website – Hidden History videos. Why it came about is in the Prison Planet Revelations book.

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PHOTO OF THE YEAR

2015

Photo of the year goes to the kids at Brooklyn Kids Childcare Centre. Last July, Hailey White and Leanne Gehlen from the centre started ‘Coats of Kindness’ in an effort to get children throughout the Wellington region into gumboots and raincoats during the winter

Joshua Adams, 4, Harry Burgess, 4, and Innis-Rose Poff, 3, from Brooklyn Kids Childcare Centre are helping to keep youngsters of the same age warm and dry. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

months. Hailey told the Cook Strait News last year that many kiwis were unaware of how many children got soaked by the rain because their parents could not afford wet weather gear. “Even if it is just gumboots and raincoats we can help in a little way,” she said.


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Albatross recovers at Wellington Zoo A vulnerable sea bird which was found near Moa Point in the capital is receiving care at Wellington Zoo. The Northern Royal Albatross, or Toroa, was taken to The Nest at Wellington Zoo by Department of Conservation staff last week. Amongst its injuries was a deep cut to its left eye. The bird’s eye has since been removed by veterinary staff at the zoo. Veterinary Practice Manager at The Nest, Amanda Tiffin, said the team at The Nest would do all they could to save the injured bird. She said some species of Albatross have been known to survive in the wild with one eye and it was understood that the way they hunted and foraged did not rely solely on the use of both eyes. “Our prognosis for this regal bird is

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Top ten sporting moments of 2015 Local swimming star Samantha Lee broke a world record she had previously set while competing in Europe. Below: School students from Wellington’s eastern suburbs, joined together at Kilbirnie Park for the Wellington Softball Intermediate Schools Slow Pitch Tournament in March.

Above: The Berhampore Golf Club celebrated its 100th birthday. Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown attended the celebrations dressed head to toe in a 1920s golfing outfit.

Zoe Ashton-Lawes won gold in at the Karate New Zealand Nationals in Porirua, despite being just 11-years-old.

Below: Alan Brooks and Brent Stubbins from the Lyall Bay Bowling Club, won the Bowls Wellington 2015 Men’s Easter Pairs Tournament.

Emma Robinson and Mary Fisher, from Capital Swimming Rongotai College student Denny To’o proved he had what Club, both qualified for World Championship events after it takes to compete at a high level in the world of shot put and discus. The 16-year-old broke the Rongotai College over competing at the Swimming NZ Open Championships. 16 shot put (5kg) record which was set in 1996. Miramar local Sam Brown, 11, picked up five medals in the National under 14 Surf Life Saving Championships, which were held in Mt Maunganui last February.

Berhampore teenager, Kyla Walton, 15, returned from the World Taekwondo Championships in July with a silver and bronze medal.

Athletics coach Geoff Henry was made a Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Geoff has spent more than 40 years involved in athletics in Wellington’s eastern suburbs.


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