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Thursday January 21, 2016

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By Sharnahea Wilson

A shipping container in Bond Street which is covered in native bush and wildlife is bringing extra enjoyment to the summer holidays. The Wellington City Council, in conjunction with wildlife sanctuary Zealandia, is bringing wildlife to the central city with prizes from Zealandia and the Wellington Zoo to be won. City Council urban design manager Trudi Whitlow said the shipping container in Bond Street, known as the ‘Box of Birds’, facilitates kids learning about native bush and wildlife. “We have many different competitions people can enter via social media,” Trudi said, adding “If children can pick out a Tui they might win tickets to Zealandia”. As part of the ‘Be Curious’ summer campaign, the council wanted to “bring wildlife to the city” so people who visit Wellington realise what Zealandia is all about. Trudi said her children were partly the inspiration behind the idea. After learning about native wildlife at school her kids would “come home and look out for Tui”.

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Annie Newell Ava Turner points out a Takahe on the Box of Birds shipping container in Bond Street. PHOTO: Supplied

“It’s good for kids to get the whole experience,” she said. Box of Birds competitions include; guessing the species of bird featured on the container, taking a selfie with famous Kakapo Sirocco and spotting a Takahe in hidden bush. Many prizes are up for grabs this summer holiday including double passes to Zealandia, passes to the council pools and children’s passes to the Wellington Zoo. Trudi said the Box of Birds ship-

ping container is about convincing children to get out and be active during the school holidays. The container will be on Bond Street until Thursday, January 28 – nearing the end of the holiday period.  The box of birds competitions can be found on the Wellington City Council Facebook page: www.

Big changes for Newtown food warehouse By Nikki Papatsoumas

Many locals may be curious about the fate of the Mediterranean Food Warehouse, after it closed its doors to customers earlier this month. Owners of the Newtown store have revealed the shop is closed for renovations before it will reopen next month with a new look, new food, and more. The Mediterranean Food Warehouse was established in 1999 by brothers Joe and Gino Cuccurullo. The site has undergone many changes over the last 16 years. The warehouse initially began as an industrial building before it was converted into a shop, which now boasts a broad selection of diverse foodstuffs used in Mediterranean cooking. The brothers also introduced a cafe to the Newtown store, which has pumped out pizza to the masses over the last decade. Marketing co-ordinator Mikey Cody said the new-look Mediterranean Food Warehouse was set to open late February, early March. “Nothing is changing we are just doing a really big re-vamp of the store layout. The kitchen has been totally ripped out and the shop layout is getting re-done,” he said. Store owner, Gino Cuccurullo said he was excited to open up the store’s


new restaurant, which would feature a Trattoria style menu. “We are hoping to get rid of the stereotypes around Italian food. People can come here and expect a really good meal - it will be proper regional Italian food,” Gino said. “It’s the future. Just doing pizza was a little bit limiting because we have such a big inventory of imported items.” However, fans of the store’s previous menu should not worry – Gino said they intended to keep aspects of the original menu. He said while they planned to keep some of the popular pizza toppings, they would also introduce more traditional toppings, typically found in Italy.

“We have gone to the effort now to go to the importer for flour specifically used for pizza making.” He said the new menu would showcase the specialty items the store has on offer. “We hope it will encourage other people to use them in the same way. It will be authentic, not American style Italian dishes, for example, a simple pasta done with really authentic quality ingredients. Gino said they would also now stock wholesale products at a depo in Owhiro Bay and planned to turn the back of the Newtown store into a car park. To follow developments, head to the Mediterranean Food Warehouse’s Facebook page.

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