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Help Every bit needed counts for local mural Share blood, save a life

By Nikki Papatsoumas

A local art club is asking the community to lend a hand in completing a large scale mural its members are currently working on. The Wellington Art Club, which was founded in 1892 by James Nairn, is located behind the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre. The club is made up of 80 members, some from as far away as Palmerston North and

By Nikki Papatsoumas Auckland. The club is currently working on a large mural, which will be The New Zealand Blood Service is aperected outside the communitypealing for the community to head along centre. The mural is made up ofand donate blood at a local drive next week. 42 tiles which together make a Next Thursday, a blood drive will be held at the ASB Centre in Kilbirnie and the New larger image. Long standing member of theZealand Blood Service are hoping for at Wellington Art Club, Phil Dixon,least 60 donors to attend on the day. has designed a “historical” draw- Nicola Binns from the New Zealand Blood ing depicting Miramar which hasService said this was the first time there had now been laid out on the tiles. been a blood drive in Kilbirnie for more than 10 years. Continued on page 2 She said this was because there had not

been enough support at previous drives held in the area. “We are hoping that with all the extra business in the area now, it will be a success.” The blood drive was organised after local business owner, Terry Binding from Nailed It, approached them, Nicola said. “Terry has delivered flyers to all Kilbirnie businesses and has been a great support. But we still really need support from all local businesses in Miramar and surrounding suburbs.” Continued on page 2

Linda Smith from the Wellington Art Club, with a mural the club is in the Nicola Binns with an apheresis machine which is used for plasma donations. process of completing.

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Police are urging divers to take extra care in the water afWellingtonians have cheaper terweekend a womanbus diedfares while to diving look along Wellington’s southern forward to next month. coast this week. Forearlier four weeks from NovemEmergency services were ber 28, Go Wellington buses will change to a $1 fareBeach for one called to Island Bay of travel and2pm $2 adult onzone Monday about afterfare a and $1.50 fare for children for female scuba diver was pulled two or three zones of travel. from the water. It is hoped this will encourDespite efforts ofpublic localstransand age people to use ambulance staffinthe woman port to travel and out of was theunable city. to be resuscitated Citydead Council andThe wasWellington pronounced at hasscene. budgeted $200,000 for the the initiative. This is the fourth diving Wellington Celia related fatality inMayor Wellington’s Wade-Brown said the public south coastinitiative this season. transport would help to get more Wellingtonians onto buses and into the central city during the busy weekends in the run-up to Christmas. “This initiative will provide

Police were now urging divers of all experience levels and abilities to exercise extreme caution and remember the basic safety principles while diving. Sergeant Bruce Adams of the Police National Dive Squad said the long stretch of fine weather had seen more divers return to the water. “While it is too early to comment on the specifics of the latest fatalities, it is a timely reminder to all divers that we must never relax our safety measures and always remember theboost basics,” said. a welcome forheretail sales.” Councillor Iona Pannett, Chair of Wellington City Council’s Environment Committee, said the cheaper bus

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Continued from page 1 complete it over the weekend Art Club, Linda Smith, said was painted in the same style. While members have al- with the help of keen mem- she and another member of “It looks like a patchwork. ready got to work painting bers of the community. the club were initially inspired Each individual gets the of the year. Continued from page each of the tiles, they hope to 1 Member end of the Wellington by a mural in Whanganui that chance to express themselves Plasma was used to make around 13 Nicola said blood donors were very in their own way.” different medicines and because of this special. Once the painting of the tiles “We always need more donors. Cur- the demand for plasma had increased is completed, the mural will rently only four per cent of the eligible “hugely”, Nicola said. erected above the vegetable • About 1beper cent of the population “You have to have given at least one population donates blood. garden at the Miramar and (or 42,000 patients) are treated with “If you are part of the 96 per cent cur- blood donation in the last two years Maupuia Community Centre blood oronblood products each year. rently sat on the fence thinking about it, before you can become a plasma donor.” March 17. That’s equivalent to 110 jets Plasma is collected using an apheresis please jump off and join in. Linda said thejumbo club hoped full of people or nearly capacity members of the the public, no matNicola asked people to think of the machine. The machine spins off the how skilled they were with “bigger picture” and said one donation red blood cells and keeps the plasma. of Edenter Park. a paint brush, would come and The red blood cells are then returned could save three lives. lend a hand this weekend. “Think of all the little children who to the donor. • People The whomural have been in acciwas able to be Plasma has also earned the nickname have leukaemia who your blood is dents and suff ered massive completed thanks to blood a $1200 able to save… you’ve got to go beyond “liquid gold” because of its colour, loss may need multiple transfusions grant from the Wellington City yourself and think of who your donation Nicola said, “It really is so special, it Council, said. blood of red blood cellsLinda and other can be made into so many different could save. components. “You’re helping ultimately to save medicines.”  Locals are invited to head people’s lives and make a difference.” along and help the WellingThe New Zealand Blood Service was The blood drive will take place next • The biggest use of blood products ton Art Club create its mural also hoping to have more people sign Thursday, November 19, at the ASB is for the cancer thistreatment weekend,of March 12 at and up for plasma donations, Nicola said. Sports Centre in Kilbirnie from 9.30am 26 per cent, with the next biggest 13 at 27 Chelsea St in Miramar. This year 240 people have donated to 2.30pm. Appointments are prebeing surgery at information, 19 per cent. head to For more plasma, however the blood service was ferred and will take priority. To book Work has thedonations Miramar Art made up of 42call tiles. hoping tobegun reach on 500 byClub’s the mural an appointment 0800 448 325.

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Thursday March 10, 2016

Cycleway “a vote against democracy” By Nikki Papatsoumas

The results are in – Island Bay residents have spoken and an overwhelming majority want to see the suburb’s controversial cycleway removed or replaced with a more acceptable design. Between January and February the Island Bay Residents Association asked all residents of the seaside suburb to complete a survey on the newly completed cycleway. Members of the residents association have now collated information from the 1792 completed surveys they received. Results show 87 per cent of Island Bay residents who completed the survey were opposed to the new cycleway design. They either wanted it removed, or returned to a more acceptable cycleway design. The survey also showed that just 52 per cent of residents wanted a cycleway for Island Bay. The results of the survey were shared at a public meeting held in Island Bay last night. Since construction work be-

gan on the cycleway late last year, the community of Island Bay has been divided. Many commentators have expressed concern over the design layout and safety of the bike lane which stretches along The Parade, while others have praised it. President of the Island Bay Residents Association, Vicki Greco, said the residents association would now propose the council return The Parade to its previous roadside configuration and determine a solution that worked for all road users. She said she believed it would be difficult for the council to ignore the results of the survey. “If they don’t [listen] it’s a vote against democracy, how could the council not listen to such numbers. They are voted in there to represent us and we are saying this is what we want so surely their job is to listen. “They need to forget their own agenda and listen.” Wellington City Councillor and Island Bay resident, Paul Eagle, said after three years the results of the survey reaffirmed that the people of Island Bay

Committee chairperson, Paul Eagle said the council would continue to work with key stakeholders – including police, health experts, innercity residents and members of the hospitality industry to find the best long-term solution. “Since the default hours were introduced 15 months ago information provided to council show emergency department presentations up, but alcohol-related crime down, showing more analyse

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check list,” Peter said. The check list included ensuring power points and multi boards were not overloaded and electric blankets were switched off. The fire service also explained to tenants and home owners the risks involved with leaving cooking unattended and encouraged them to make an escape plan in the event of a fire, Peter said. “This is a free service, we do not charge for this, but we are not doing enough. “Ideally we would love to get into everyone’s house to do a home fire safety check.” He said all up the inspection took around 15 minutes and could be completed seven-daysa-week and outside of work hours.

What to look out for with winter approaching: Peter said like summer, winter brings its own unique set of fire dangers. As temperatures cooled he said it was important people were mindful of things such as fireplaces and chimneys, electric blankets, heaters and clothes dryers and portable LPG gas heaters. Who to contact: Any of the following fire stations can be contacted to arrange a Home Fire Safety Check. If no one answers, feel free to leave a message and someone will return your call. Brooklyn – 384 6513 City – 801 2140 ext. 44144 Kilbirnie – 387 3078 Newtown – 398 4159

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Silent auction at Lyall Bay school fair The Lyall Bay School Fair will take place this Friday, March 11. As part of the event, the school is running a silent auction. One of the many items up for grabs is an All Blacks jersey, signed by the full 2013 Investec Rugby Championship All Black Squad. Signatures on the framed jersey include all six of the recently

retired All Black legends – Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Tony Woodcock and Kevin Mealamu. The jersey is currently on display in the window of Life Pharmacy on Bay Rd in Kilbirnie. To view the auction, or to make a bid, head to www.lyallbayschoolfair.guesswhat.

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GIVEAWAY: The Cook Strait News has two double passes to the Miramar Peninsula Arts Trail to giveaway. To enter, send an email with your name, address and contact number, to by 4pm on Friday, March 11. Tickets will be delivered to winners on Friday evening. Di Conway, Juliet Best and Belinda Griffiths display some of the art that will be on show at this weekend’s art trail.

Arts trail highlights creative capital By Nikki Papatsoumas

Some of Wellington's most talented artists are opening their doors to the public this weekend for one of the city’s largest arts trails. The Miramar Peninsula Artists in Action weekend will see 22 established resident artists display a range of paintings, photographs, sculptures, and films along Seatoun, Strathmore, Miramar and Shelly Bay. These artists will display their work at 18 different locations throughout the weekend. Among those to share their work this year is Juliet Best from Blackmore and Best Gallery in Shelly Bay. Juliet was one of eight artists who helped establish the Miramar Peninsula Arts Trail.

She said this year they also had 15 guest artists on board displaying their works which was a real “bonus”. Visiting guest artists featured during the weekend will include Weta Workshop’s senior creature texture artist Piotr Fox Wysocki and visual creature effects art director, Gino Acevedo. Both will be based at the Roxy Cinema in Miramar. Another guest artist is former World of Wearable Arts (WOW) supreme winner turned flag maker Paula Coulthard. Paula will be exhibiting her flags at St Christopher’s Hall in Seatoun along with a group of nine Wellington WOW designers who have put together a collection of more than 30 of their past WOW creations. “It’s nice to give people different

artists… as well as the core group of 22 artists living and working in the Miramar Peninsula,” Juliet said. Juliet said Miramar Peninsula was a creative part of Wellington and this weekend was the perfect opportunity to celebrate a real “jewel in the crown”. “Even though we are out here on the Miramar Peninsula, it is really a celebration of Wellington’s creativity. We love being in the city, being so creative, contributing and being inspired.”  For more information, head to Tickets are $10 and are valid for the entire weekend. Children are free. Tickets are available now and throughout the weekend from Blackmore and Best Art Gallery, Shelly Bay and the Clay Penguin Studio, Seatoun.



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Thursday March 10, 2016

Nurse raises money for trip to Kenya By Nikki Papatsoumas

Local nurse Louise Forsyth will travel to Kenya next month where she will volunteer her time at a hospice.

A local nurse is hoping to raise enough money to help fund a trip to Kenya where she will volunteer her time at a hospice. Louise Forsyth works for Capital and Coast District Health Board as a clinical nurse specialist for palliative care in the community. She said as part of her role she works with district nurses who provide day-to-day hands on palliative care for patients in their own homes. In July, Louise will travel to Africa with two other local nurses and volunteer her time at Kimbilio Hospice, in Eldoret, Western Kenya. Louise said the trip was spe-

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cial to her for several reasons – she was born in Kenya and her father and grandfather both worked for the British Government in the Colonial Service there. “There is a special connection. I just always wanted to go back and then this opportunity came up to go… it will really give me that chance to give a little back there.” She said Kimbilio Hospice was a 24 bed in-patient and out-patient hospice that cared for adults and children. She said the care also extended to patients in the community. Louise described her job as “challenging”. “Because I am a palliative care nurse I look after people

who are approaching the end of their life. It’s a very varied role… which can make things very challenging.” Louise said the trip will cost $7000 and she was hoping to raise money at a bric-a-brac sale she has organised next month. She said her colleagues and friends have been “fantastic” in supporting her efforts and now asked the local community to come along to her fundraiser next month.  Louise’s bric-a-brac fundraising sale will take place on Saturday, April 16 at the Lyall Bay Bowling Club. To make a donation, head to www.

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The Kilbirnie Community Festival may not be going ahead, but a local business owner still wants the community to sample a taste of the Mediterranean this weekend. This Sunday, owner of a Taste of Greece, Helen Neonakis, will hold her very own mini Greek food festival outside her store on Coutts St in Kilbirnie. Helen said she was disappointed to learn the Kilbirnie Community Festival would not be going ahead

this weekend, after organisers announced there was “insufficient” interest from the community. “It was just really really sad because Kilbirnie needs a bit of a boost every so often.” Despite the festival being canned, Helen said she still wanted to go ahead with her own mini Greek food festival. “I’ll put flags and balloons up outside. We’ll have a charcoal barbecue outside and make souvlakia.” She said there would also be loukoumathes (a type of deep

fried dough) cooked on the spot, as well as baklava (a sweet pastry), galaktobouriko (a traditional Greek dessert) and bougatsa (a pastry filled with custard or cheese and minced meat). Helen said she hoped the community would pop down and sample a taste of the traditional Greek food that would be on offer.  A Taste of Greece mini Greek food festival will take place this Sunday, March 13 from 10am to 4pm at 31 Coutts St in Kilbirnie.

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Q: With Neighbours Day coming up next weekend,

we asked locals how well they knew their neighbours.

Alex Birchfield Newtown

Andre Moir Newtown

Tupaa Palea Newtown

Sanjeetha Gopinathan Newtown

Kta Marsh Newtown

“I only moved to Newtown on Saturday so I haven’t met them yet.”

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LETTERS to the editor Kilbirnie Festival furore Dear Ed, In response to Richard Keller's letter to the editor dated March 3, I don't believe the headline "End of an era?" was premature. After 25 years of running a successful community festival to it being cancelled three weeks before it was meant to take place is certainly cause for concern over the future of our beloved community

festival. Perhaps Mr Keller believes it is okay to flop a long standing community event because you don't like someone - which means so much to those who grew up in the surrounding suburbs attending it every year since it was launched in 1991 - and pick it up if it's viable next year, and if not, oh well, just cancel it. The business

Cycle way doom network should clearly not be in control of our community festival, they should do what they do best and mind their own businesses, literally! It seems to me like Martin Wilson ran it successfully for 19 years, and when it got taken away from him, he successfully started a new one within that same year - how ballsy, especially

with the business network working against him. Seems to me like Mr Wilson knows what he is doing when it comes to planning an event... at least the evidence would suggest it. Give it back to the man responsible for so many of our good fond childhood memories. Elle Boshe Lyall Bay

Dear Ed, I note again another little story from the multi-media mouth of one Christine Swift commenting on the operations of the Kilbirnie community. Given the absolute scrambles of the cycle way of doom in Island Bay I think that Swift should stay in her glass house before throwing stones. Consultation with Island Bay has cost millions yet they are still at each others' throats, so clearly the residents didn't care enough, but bleat after the event. Property prices are falling, especially along the cycleway, which will open up the area to high density housing. Go the (Island) Bray. Rose Wu (abridged), Kilbirnie

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LETTERS to the editor “Tea towel republic” Dear Ed, It seems, what is scary about this expensive flag referendum is that our democracy has been manipulated and diminished. Andrew Little has not ardently stated that he would restore our democracy – there is no distinction between him and his dirty republican Labour predecessor Helen Clark - who previously ignored 70 per cent of New Zealanders to push her own personal agenda. Remember, National did not win - we only voted to

get rid of Clark. Andrew Little is hiding in the shadows – he simply needs to make a very strong stance against this flag change with a ‘promise to restore our democracy’ if he wants to gain any ground towards the next election. If he is wrong - then he is wrong. People would accept that, but not his dithering. We do not want a tea towel republic. Martin Beck Wellington

Selfish driving Dear Ed, If I were to insist on walking everywhere with my arms outstretched I would soon be stopped for hindering others, endangering cyclists and being unreasonably obstructive. If I were to insist on walking and moving everywhere like that I probably would finish up in a cell or mental institution. Yet a large number of motorist do the equivalent

of this unimpeded. Drivers as sole occupants are seldom seen as selfish or unstable even though their vehicle sticks way out beyond the space they need as a single person. A luxury or wastefulness tax could either make them pay for extra roads or free up needlessly cluttered roads Paul Franken Strathmore Park


Parks Week a success so far Wellington City Council’s Parks Week officially kicked off on Monday. From guided walks on some of the city’s most stunning tracks, to outdoor yoga, four-wheel driving and a film presentation and question and answer session with an award-winning overseas filmmaker, Parks Week is all about celebrating the role parks play in keeping our communities and natural environment healthy. Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade Brown, said she was excited about the “busy and diverse” Parks Week programme. “One of the things that make Wellington so special is our accessible natural environment,” she said. “We are a compact city close to the Town Belt and lovely beaches and it is so easy for people of all ages to enjoy a daily dose of nature.

“Wellington leads the way for city populations to co-exist with nature. Parks Week is a chance to step out and experience Wellington at its best.” The council’s environment partnership leader, Tim Park, said this year, Parks Week was bigger-than-ever. “Parks Week offers something for everyone, not just those who are passionate about the outdoors. “I’d recommend going on one of our guided walks. They’re a fantastic way to get a new perspective on Wellington. You’ll literally see the city from a different angle – but you’ll also hear some fascinating local stories along the way.” Parks week runs until March 13. For more information, head to

Cycleway dilemma Dear Ed, This is a dilemma brought about by the design of the new cycleway in Island Bay. This morning I was in the car, waiting to make a right turn south from Humber Street onto The Parade. Just when I thought it was clear to turn, two cyclists rode across the parade in front of me. Who has right of way? At the time these cyclists were leaving the footpath, on that white strip which goes round behind the bus stop. Because technically they had been on the footpath I thought I had the right of way. I stopped

the car in time, because I didn't want to be the criminal who knocked an eight year old boy off his bike. My concern is that this boy’s cycling companion (a woman) might be grooming him to think that just because he is on the cycleway, he has the right of way. I hope subjects like this are discussed at the Island Bay primary school, which is where I presume the young lad was headed at just after 8.30am that morning. Christine Swift Island Bay

Something for everyone Gasworks has been famous in Miramar and the surrounding suburbs for more than four years. General Manager, Teigan Carnegie who has recently taken over the role, is excited to announce the launch of their new menu which includes old favourites such as slow braised BBQ pork spare ribs and the classic pulled pork burger as well as some new vibrant dishes like Moroccan rubbed lamp rump, basil pesto stuffed chicken breast and roast pumpkin salad. Experienced Head Chef Rachel Johnson has also recently joined the friendly team at the Miramar bar and eatery. Together they hope to “provide a place where people from all walks of life can come, relax and enjoy themselves while not having to worry too much about the cost”. “We feel it is important that our local community has a hub they can come to regardless of their background. We get the opportunity to meet some truly inspiring people and put smiles on hundreds of faces every day, that’s something that is pretty special about The Gasworks”. If you’re looking for a meal out with friends or family the All You Can Eat Ribs Is a local favourite on a Wednesday night and if you beat the record, your meal is free! As well as this, kids dine free on Monday evenings with every main meal purchased. These are just some of their

weekly specials. To find out more visit their Facebook Page. Teigan tells us “we love bringing people together, whether it be a sports team out for a drink after their game or a family reunion, we really get a kick out of seeing people enjoy themselves and knowing we were a part of it”. On a Friday night you can enjoy live music with a different band playing every week; these are announced on their Facebook page where you can also find competitions to win vouchers and more. The Gasworks is perfect for showing live sport on the big screen, including the Hurricanes, UFC fights and All Blacks plus others on request. If you’re looking for more of an intimate dining experience, their large premises can take you away from the action on the screen into the quiet restaurant where you can enjoy some quality time with your loved ones. Giving back to the community is at the core of The Gasworks and they do this through many avenues including hosting charity quiz nights. “We are here to support the community and feel it is vital that we do our part in ensuring the Eastern suburbs continue to thrive”.  For more information visit their website at, Facebook: Miramar Gasworks or email

ADVERTISING SALES OPPORTUNITY We’re looking for an enthusiastic motivated salesperson with skills to sell advertising solutions to both existing and new business clients for our community newspapers. A positive can do attitude with the drive and motivation to be the best at what you do. Strong communication, sales and planning skills with a good attention to detail. Our sales team loves working with people who have the energy to reach personal targets and team goals, but who also have integrity, and the work ethic to deliver these outcomes. The perfect candidate will have: • Excellent phone manner • Highly motivated • Well presented • Driven and target oriented • Computer literate • Full driver’s license • Team player • Good sense of humour • Previous sales experience is a plus A good remuneration package consisting of a base salary plus commission after a qualifying period. Please forward a current CV and covering letter to: Wellington Suburban Newspapers Stephan van Rensburg. email: Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work permit of at least 6 months.


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Nurturing every child’s potential. Mount Cook preschool offers high quality learning within a warm, safe and caring environment. Activities are built on the children’s current strengths, interests and needs both individually and in groups. Mount Cook Preschool is a community based, multicultural centre, catering for up to 28 children aged between two and five years old. SESSION TIMES available during school terms Monday - Friday 8:30am - 2:45pm or Monday - Friday 8:30am - 1:00pm

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no more than 25 children aged 1 to 5. Because we operate as a notfor-profit centre we’re able to keep the costs down while still delivering quality and experienced teaching in a wonderful environment, along with nutritious meals. “It’s important to pick a centre that’s right for each family’s situation,” says Karen. “Our advice

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Beach wheelchair available Wellington City Council has recently purchased a Hippocampe beach wheelchair for children and adults with mobility issues. The wheelchair was purchased through the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation. It is now permanently based at the Freyberg Pool and Fitness Centre.

This beach wheelchair can be borrowed for free and complements the council’s fleet of mobility scooters which are available around the city. For people with mobility issues, getting out onto the beach or into the water can be quite a challenge, however, the beach wheelchair

allows people with mobility issues the opportunity to get into the sea. Freyberg Pool and Fitness Centre also has mobility parking available. A Hippocampe beach wheelchair is now available for free hire at the Freyberg Pool and Fitness Centre.

The current New Zealand flag, designed by Admiral Sir Albert Hastings Markham, KCB, was adopted in 1902.

Final flag referendum underway The flag that receives the most votes in the current referendum will be the official flag of New Zealand. “On your voting paper, you will be asked to tick the flag option that you want to be New Zealand’s flag,” said Robert. “Make your choice, and then get your vote back in the post by March 21.” Voters should get their voting paper by Friday, March 11. Enrolled voters who do not receive their pack by then should visit or call 0800 36 76 56 to get a replacement paper. They can also request a replacement paper if they make a mistake, lose, or destroy their paper. Once completed, voting papers should be placed in the return envelope, and posted in a New Zealand Post post box by Monday, March 21 to ensure they get back in time.


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Newtown Festival Fair Day More than 70,000 people flocked to the annual Newtown Festival Fair Day on Sunday. Boasting 12 stages, 100 acts and more than 400 food and market stalls, Wellingtonians revelled in the sights and sounds on offer. Reporter Nikki Papatsoumas was there to capture the action.



1. Olympia, 4, enjoys fair games that were on offer. 2. The muscle behind the popular Vegan barbecue stall. 3. Merianah McQuin-Tan and Rosie Lithgow soak up the sunshine. 4. Staff from Wellington Zoo were out and about chatting with the crowds.

Festival celebrates “creative spirit” of Cuba St By Nikki Papatsoumas

Next weekend’s CubaDupa Festival will celebrate the spirit of one of the capital’s most well-loved spaces. Artistic Director for CubaDupa, Drew James, said this was the second year CubaDupa was held, following the end of the Cuba St Carnival, which wrapped up in 2009. “CubaDupa celebrates all things along Cuba St and around Cuba St. It is a unique area with a great history. It has always been the centre of entertainment in Wellington. “It’s quite unique, it’s quite bohemian, it’s very colourful – it’s certainly something that is unique to New Zealand, there is nothing else

like it.” Drew said with this in mind, they hoped to celebrate not only the space itself, but the people who inhabit it. As part of next weekend’s festival there will be more than 110 events for people to enjoy and Drew said the success of the event as a whole will be dependent on audience participation. “People on the street will really be able to experience the festival first hand. There will be parades moving through the crowd all weekend. The idea of mass music has really become a bit of an icon for us for CubaDupa. “We hope to create a sense of discovery – people will walk around a corner and discover something totally new.” As well as a variety of performances,

more than 100 food outlets will take part in the Moore Wilson’s Street Food Festival and the Cuba Street Night Market will run right throughout the weekend. This year’s theme was headdress and Drew said everyone who attended was encouraged to wear hats, headbands and wigs as part of the celebration. Drew said more than 100,000 people visited Cuba St for last year’s festival and organisers were expecting similar numbers this year.  CubaDupa runs on Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20. For more information and a programme of events, head to www.cubadupa.

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Children awarded for healthy hearts Children at Island Bay Childcare were rewarded for having healthy hearts at a special presentation. Last week the centre in Island Bay was awa rded the Hea r t Foundation’s Gold Healthy Heart Award. The Healthy Heart Award is an established, free programme partially funded by the Ministry of Health. It assists early childhood education centres to create an environment promoting healthy eating and physical activity to children under the age of five and their families. Health promotion co-ordinator for the Health Foundation, Brianna Dean, visited the centre last week to present the centre with its award and chat with children about healthy eating.

Blue tsunami lines which are located in coastal communities across Wellington will be adopted in Oregon. The project will be the first of its kind in America and is modelled after the successful project here in the capital. The blue lines project was developed by Wellington Region Emergency Management Office, after GNS Science created a model that was able to show the maximum run up height for a tsunami. Since being developed in 2013 the blue lines project has won international awards and has been rolled out across numerous suburbs in Wellington.

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Children at Island Bay Childcare were awarded the Heart Foundation’s Gold Healthy Heart Award last week.

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Manager at Island Bay Childcare, Christina Egan, said the evidence based award lasts two years and this was the second time they had received the award. The centre had a chef on site and because many of the children had the majority of their meals while in care, it was important to ensure children were getting the right amount of fruit, vegetables and dairy, she said. She said the centre worked with the children and families to make nutrition and healthy living a part of their daily routine. “It is fantastic to be recognised for all the hard work the teachers put in and as a centre. It is great to be affirmed by someone else as substantial as the Heart Foundation. “We know the food we are offering is approved by them and we know it is making a difference.”

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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Urinary tract infections, also known as cystitis are due to inflammation (swelling, often with irritation) of the bladder. While it can be caused by some medicines and chemicals, the usual culprit is bacteria that travel along the urethra (the small tube leading up to your bladder). These bacteria are always present in our intestines and normally are found around the openings of the rectum, vagina and urethra. Usually the bladders ‘self defence’ mechanisms enable the body to cope with these bacteria but in some circumstances, and more often in women, infection can result. Signs of urinary tract infections are burning or stinging when passing urine, an urgent need to pass urine - and frequently, passing only small amounts at a time or producing discoloured, cloudy and smelly urine. Urinary tract infections can be painful. They may last a long time or they can keep coming back. “Help is available to treat urinary tract infections” say Self Care pharmacists. “At

the first sign, drink two or three glasses of water, and continue to drink as much as you can – to try and ‘flush-out’ the bacteria from the urinary tract”. If that is not successful, the next step is to try urinary alkaliniser medicines that help make the urine less acid and less likely for the bacteria to thrive. “They help relieve the burning when you pass urine and are available from our pharmacies” Self Care pharmacists advise. However, alkalinisers can interfere with the activity of certain medicines and you would need to discuss this with your pharmacist if you are taking other medicines. If after trying these measures your symptoms don’t go away within 24 hours, you need to follow this up with your pharmacist or doctor. Pharmacists are now able to discuss your condition with you and provide a course of antibiotics known as trimethoprim, or they can advise you if it is necessary to visit your doctor. Cranberries are thought to prevent bacteria from at-

taching to the bladder and other parts of the urinary tract - which may assist with preventing cystitis. If you get the condition often, drinking cranberry juice or taking other cranberry products on a regular basis may be beneficial. However, there are chemicals in cranberries that may interfere with the medicine warfarin (for blood thinning). If you are taking warfarin, check first with your pharmacist before you also have any cranberry products. Some symptoms may indicate that the infection is more serious. “For example”, caution Self Care pharmacists, “if you experience high fever, confusion, pain in your lower back or lower stomach, an unusual vaginal discharge or blood in your urine, see your doctor immediately”. Children can get cystitis, and men too. Both should have their symptoms checked out by their doctors without delay. Women can take some simple steps to prevent urinary tract infections, and help decrease the number of attacks. “In ad-

dition to drinking lots of fluids - especially water, our advice”, say Self Care pharmacists, “is to wear cotton underwear, or underwear with cotton gussets, as these allow the skin to breathe. Empty your bladder completely each time you pass urine, and immediately after sexual intercourse - to help get rid of remaining bacteria. Avoid using diaphragms or tampons when you have urinary tract infections as these can increase the number of bacteria and make the infection worse. After urinating, use toilet paper to wipe from front to back, and be careful with personal hygiene of the anal/vaginal area. Perfumed soaps and vaginal deodorants can irritate the skin, so avoid using them”. Ask your Self Care pharmacist for a copy of the Urinary Tract Infections fact card that has more useful tips on how to care for yourself when you get this infection. Prepared by Pharmacy Self Care, Pharmaceutical Society of NZ Inc, 16-20 Willis St, Wellington

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Wellington City Council last week, Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown,

presented a ceremonial Scottish Officer on the last day of February support those who suffer from broadsword bearing the Royal cipher, around the world and iswhich anwas rare diseases. given to Wellington City, on the eve of Sunday’s final Royal support Edinburgh co-ordiannual celebration and Tattoo funLearning performance at Westpac Stadium. draiser for ‘rare gems’ in the nator at Berhampore School, community. Justine Henderson, said this Teto Papa secures rare People are encouraged was the first time the school suff medal Rare Disease raise awareness and money toragette had celebrated

Day. There were more than 7000 On Tuesday, students from rare diseases and from this, In the wake of the record-breaking Berhampore School raised Justine said she could list 20 performances by the Royal Edinburgh their hands in awareness of rare diseases which impacted Military Tattoo last month, Wellington Rare Disease Day. students from Berhampore City has been presented a ceremonial Rare Disease Day takes place School. broadsword. At the full meeting of the A rare bravery medal awarded to New “A parent suggested it and we Zealander Frances Parker has been Wellington City Council last week, thought it was a great idea to secured by Te Papa in an auction. The Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown, Women’s Social and Political Union raise awareness with other lesser presented a ceremonial Scottish Officer Medal for Valour was awarded to the known diseases. suffrage activist for her courageous broadsword bearing the Royal cipher, role in the campaign for the right of “Most of the children brought a which was given to Wellington City, on women to vote in Scotland. It was coin along and they are wearing the eve of Sunday’s final Royal Edinburgh successfully purchased by Te Papa for Children from Berhampore jeans in supportSchool of children with approximately $40,000 from Auction Tattoo performance at Westpac Stadium. take part in a parade as part of House Dix Noonan Web in London. Te rare diseases – it is something Rare Disease Day on Tuesday. Papa is now working to transport the different for them to talk about.” medal to Wellington. Te Papa secures rare Justine said by wearing jeans, the children were encouraged to suffragette medal learn about how many rare disA rare bravery medal awarded to New eases were caused by “genes”. Zealander Frances Parker has been The wholeByschool took part Nikki Papatsoumas Thursday March 3, 2016 4secured by Te Papa in an auction. The in a parade to show off their The Seatoun School community Women’s Social and Political Union jeans, and placed money on a a is fundraising for something Medal for Valour was awarded to the coin trail. little different at their biannual suffrage activist for her courageous galastudents which willraised take place Justine said a next weekend. role in the campaign for the right of whopping $290, which would This year the school is hoping women to vote in Scotland. It was Please join us as we relive the magic of three enough money to cover be donatedtotoraise a group which successfully by Te Papa for Tattoopurchased gifts sword the costs Syndrome. of the school’s newly inBy Nikki Papatsoumas Day. on the last day of February support those who suffer from supports Costello Children from Berhampore Schoolof timeless tunes. stalled tsunami evacuation steps. decades approximately $40,000 from Auction There were morewhich thanwere 7000 The steps, comto Dix capital take part in a parade as part ofaround the world and is an rare diseases. House Noonan Web in London. Te On Tuesday, students from rare diseases and from this,  For more information head annual celebration and funLearning support co-ordipleted a couple of weeks ago, Rare Disease Day on Tuesday. Papa is now working transport the In the wake of thetorecord-breaking came she with acould price tag list of $45,000. Berhampore Schoolby raised Presented fourdraiser artists who have collaborated said 20 for ‘rare gems’ in the nator at Berhampore School, to Justine medal to Wellington. Principal John Western said performances by the Royal Edinburgh their hands in awareness of community. which impacted Justine Henderson, said this rare diseases the school was lucky enough to Military Tattoo last month, Wellington concerts such asPeople Coca-Cola Christmas the Rareon Disease Day. of $11,500 from froma grant Berhampore are encouraged to was theinfirst time the school studentsreceive City has been presented a ceremonial Rare Disease Day takes place raise awareness and money to had celebrated Rare Disease School. the Wellington City Council. “The difference the board has broadsword. At the full meeting of the Park, and Skycity Starlight Symphony, you’ll be “A parent suggested it and we Wellington City Council last week, Seatoun School students Charlie Rapson, Matthew Noble, Eve Roper- covered out of their reserves,” John said. thesetorethought was a “However, great idea Caldbeck, Bonnie May Hardy and Billie Nightingale with principal John it blown away by their musical talents. Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown, serves arewith reallyother important so we Western at the school’s newly installed tsunami evacuation steps. raise awareness lesser presented a ceremonial Scottish Officer known By Nikki Papatsoumas need to have a successful gala so of the stairs.diseases. broadsword bearing the Royal cipher, Tickets are just $15 and include afternoon of thewas children brought a we can replacetea. those reserves.” John“Most said there something which was given to Wellington City, on alongatand theyweekend’s are wearing The Seatoun School community The steps, located at the back of for coin everyone next the eve of Sunday’s final Royal Edinburgh in support children with Hurry is–fundraising seating for is something limited asothebook school, lead up to a walking gala,jeans including food,ofcrafts, secTattoo performance at Westpac Stadium. – ittoys, is something little different at their biannual path which runs along the ridge- ondrare handdiseases books and and as your tickets bygalacalling Catherine 04overlooking 387 7625. different for them to talk about.” which will take place nextonline, the entrance into games for children. Te Papa secures rare wearing jeans, weekend. Wellington Harbour. ThisJustine year said the by silent auction the children were This year the school is hoping John said the tsunami evacua- boasted a range ofencouraged amazing to suffragette medal learn how many rare disto raise enough money to cover tion steps would be of great use to items andabout experiences, including A rare bravery medal awarded to New eases were caused which by “genes”. the costs of the school’s newly in- not only the school, but the wider a Phoenix experience inZealander Frances Parker has been The whole school took part stalled tsunami evacuation steps. Seatoun community, in the event cluded an afternoon with the team secured by Te Papa in an auction. The parade off of their The steps, which were com- of an emergency. priorintoathe gameto andshow a sketch Women’s Social and Political Union jeans, and placed on a pleted a couple of weeks ago, “Hopefully we never need to the Beehive drawn and money signed by Medal for Valour was awarded to the coin trail. John Key. came with a price tag of $45,000. use them but knowing they are Prime Minister suffrage activist for her courageous said students raised Principal John Western said there gives peace of mind to not FairJustine goers would also have the a role in the campaign for the right of whopping $290, which the school was lucky enough to only the school but also the wider chance to pose for photos withwould the women to vote in Scotland. It was be donated receive a grant of $11,500 from community.” Bledisloe Cup. to a group which successfully purchased by Te Papa for supports Costello Syndrome. the Wellington He said gauging by popularity of Children from Berhampore School City Council. approximately $40,000 from Auction “The the board has past galas, he was confident that  The Seatoun School Gala will take part in a parade as partdifference of House Dix Noonan Web in London. 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thought it was a great idea to raise awareness with other lesser known diseases. “Most of the children brought a coin along and they are wearing jeans in support of children with rare diseases – it is something different for them to talk about.” Justine said by wearing jeans, the children were encouraged to learn about how many rare diseases were caused by “genes”. The whole school took part in a parade to show off their jeans, and placed money on a coin trail. Justine said students raised a whopping $290, which would be donated to a group which supports Costello Syndrome.

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need to have a successful gala so we can replace those reserves.” The steps, located at the back of the school, lead up to a walking path which runs along the ridgeline, overlooking the entrance into Wellington Harbour. John said the tsunami evacuation steps would be of great use to not only the school, but the wider Seatoun community, in the event of an emergency. “Hopefully we never need to use them but knowing they are there gives peace of mind to not only the school but also the wider community.” He said gauging by popularity of past galas, he was confident that with the communities support, the school would be able to raise funds needed to cover the costs

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‘Create Your Taste’ a hit By Nikki Papatsoumas

Since its launch almost six months ago, McDonald’s Create Your Taste experience is proving to be more popular than ever. At the end of September last year, McDonald’s Basin Reserve launched Create Your Taste. Create Your Taste allows customers to use digital kiosks to build their own burgers from a selection of over 31 ingredients, including five cheeses, jalapenos, guacamole and grilled mushrooms. A bunless burger option is also available. Owner and operator of McDonald’s Basin Reserve and Newtown, Wilhelm Maas, said following on from the wildly successful launch of the Create Your Taste experience, customers were now being encouraged to ‘make burger history’. An online app allowed customers to build and name their own burger, Wil-

Owner and operator of McDonald’s Basin Reserve and Newtown, Wilhelm Maas, with his own Create Your Taste Burger.



some blue cookies and even decked the centre out with blue decorations. The Cook Strait News was there to take part in the visit.

(1.) Sophia Piercy, 4. (2. ) James WellerCheu, 4 and Giuseppe Greco, 4. (3.) Children and staff from Montessori @ Rongotai with Blue Bear. (4.) Navilan Thangavel, 3.



helm said. They could then use a QR code to scan their own creations in store and have their burgers made fresh. Wilhelm, who has owned McDonald’s Basin Reserve and Newtown for 17 years, said he believed Create Your Taste was popular with customers because it offered them something different. “It’s a totally new service platform… it’s a bit un-McDonald’s. Customers love the chance to create their own gourmet burgers and have us make it for them. “McDonald’s is always trying to be a step ahead of things… it is fantastic.” The Create Your Taste initiative allowed Wilhelm to hire an additional 35 staff members and he now has around 100 staff members working for him across both McDonald’s Basin Reserve and Newtown.  For more information on ‘make burger history’ head to www.makeburgerhistory.

ABOUT Hugs for Blue Bear

On Tuesday, children from Montessori @ Rongotai childcare centre had the opportunity to meet Plunket’s Big Blue Bear. The visit from Blue Bear

coincided with Plunket’s annual appeal, which ran from March 2 to 8. In preparation for the visit, children dressed up in their best blue outfits, baked

PHOTO CREDIT: Nikki Papatsoumas


Beetles released on Mt Vic A very special kind of beetle was released in Mount Victoria last week in an effort to combat a weed causing trouble across the capital. Conservation Minister Maggie Barry and Mayor of Wellington Celia WadeBrown released tradescantia leaf beetles on Mt Victoria as part of an ongoing bio control project targeting the weed, which was a major problem in the capital city. Ms Barry said tradescantia was one of the ‘dirty dozen weeds’ for 2016. “It’s an invasive, hard-tokill weed, originally from South America, which forms a dense, thick carpet on the ground, smothering other

plants and preventing native species from establishing themselves. “It’s also an unpleasant species for dogs, who often suffer from allergic reactions after touching it.” The weed was difficult to manage as it broke into many pieces when pulled and almost every piece of stem was capable of sprouting again. A team of Landcare Research scientists funded by the National Biocontrol Collective imported three species of tradescantia beetle from Brazil to investigate their use as a method of control. Each of the three species of beetle attacks a different part of the plant – the leaves,

stems and tips. The leaf beetles released last week were four to five millimetres long, dark bronze in colour and able to fly. “Landcare Research thoroughly investigated the beetles and they’ve been shown to pose no threat to any other species – the only thing they eat is tradescantia,” Ms Barry said. Tr a d e s c a n t i a b e e t l e s have already been released in Auckland, the Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Northland, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, Manawatu-Wanganui, Tasman, Marlborough, the West Coast and Canterbury. Some early results have been impressive.

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry and Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown released tradescantia leaf beetles on Mount Victoria last week.

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Children get involved for annual sports day Last week, children, teachers, parents and whanau from Adelaide Early Childhood Centre participated in their annual sports day at Newtown Park. The centre celebrates its sports day every March and kids are encouraged to participate with the Adelaide motto “try you best” in mind. Last Friday’s event kicked off with children and teachers marching to the 'Adelaide anthem' before children participated in a number of races, including running, sack, hurdle and tyre races. This was followed by long jump, ball throwing a tug-of-war, marathon and shared kai. Children from the centre practiced in the weeks leading up to the highly anticipated day and were encouraged to cheer for each other, with the focus of the day on everyone giving it a go to the best of their abilities and Otto Childerhouse and Pelle Price cross having a great time. the finish line in a sack race.

Eloise Grainger shows off her best long jump.

Brooke Hutton moonhops her way to victory. PHOTO CREDIT: Via-Dolorosa Tugaga

Resuscitation wins surf lifesaving award The successful resuscitation of a heart attack victim earlier this year has won a national surf lifesaving award. Each month, Surf Life Saving New Zealand selects a winning rescue from each region as well as an overall national winner for the title of BP Rescue of the Month. Event safety lifeguards at the Capital Classic Ocean Swim won the central region award for the month of January and were also crowned the overall national winner. Around 20 lifeguards on pad-

dleboards and in Inflatable Rescue Boats were providing event safety for the Capital Classic Ocean Swim in Wellington on January 31. A 72-year-old male competitor was completing the 3.3km swim when Worser Bay lifeguard Louise Brett witnessed him face down in the water. She immediately paddled over to him and got him onto the front of her board and signalled to the closest boat for assistance. He was unresponsive and not breathing. Anna McDonnell and Ben

Teusse from the Maranui Inflatable Rescue Boat then arrived on scene to help retrieve the patient from the water. Once in the boat, Louise gave the patient two rescue breaths and began compressions while proceeding to an emergency rendezvous point on Freyberg Beach. Meanwhile, Ben was coordinating the on-water resources, ensuring that there were sufficient lifeguarding resources to cover the rest of the swim. Fellow water safety coordinator

Vandals cause damage to park Residents sur rounding Wakefield Park in Island Bay are being asked to keep a watchful eye out for vandals who have caused thousands of dollars in damage trying to set fire to the park’s artificial turf. Wellington City Council’s team manager of sport fields, Julian Emeny, said police and a fire truck were called to the field just after midnight on Saturday after a member of the public spotted a fire. “The fire was lit in the goal area of the pitch on the Town Belt side of the field. “While the burnt area seems small, contractors are going to have to repair a wider section of the turf, which is going to cost between $5000 and $10,000.”

The Wakefield Park artificial turf is funded through rates and community groups including Island Bay United AFC. Island Bay United AFC president, Nick Goodall, said despite the fire none of the weekend’s activities at the park were cancelled. “We are lucky the park is in-between seasons at the moment and we could shift a few pre-season football matches to Field Two. “There would’ve been some disappointed children and sports people had this happened a few months later. “I just can’t understand the reckless stupidity that would make someone want to try and set a community sports

field on fire." Julian said this was the second weekend in a row that vandals had attempted to set fire to a part of the pitch. “Last weekend a section of turf around two metres long was burnt. Because the area was to the side of the playing field, the impact to users was minimal but the repair bill for that section came to around $5000. “At the end of the day these mindless, moronic actions are costing everyone. We are asking the community to be our eyes and ears, particularly in the evenings when the field is not being used by sports clubs.” Julian said the council would also be upping security checks.

Brent Harvey was coordinating with St John and clearing the beach for the incoming boat. Lifeguards removed the patient from the boat as soon as it hit the shore and he was carried approximately five meters up the beach. Brent then commenced compressions and Worser Bay lifeguard Jack Malin set up the bag mask with assistance from St Johns who also set up the defibrillator. Lyall Bay lifeguard Abby Palmer arrived onshore to offer assistance. Abby is a qualified

nurse and assisted with getting a line into the patient to monitor his condition. The patient eventually started breathing on his own and slowly regained consciousness. He expelled a significant amount of water and was able to talk to the paramedics and lifeguards. BP New Zealand managing director Matt Elliott said all lifeguards involved in the rescue were awarded for their work as it was unlikely the patient would have survived if it wasn’t for their quick actions.

Roller derby sweeps into Kilbirnie Wellington’s Richter City Roller Derby league will host its first competition of the year on Saturday March 26 at Kilbirnie Recreation Centre. A curtain raiser will see Richter City’s new crop of skaters in their first ever public bout. This year’s new intake of rookie skaters is the largest the league has seen in several years, demonstrating the ongoing attraction of women of all ages and sizes to the sport of roller derby. Later in the evening fans will see Vagine Regime Aotearoa – a team of skaters from around the country making up the New Zealand contingent of an international community of

proud queer roller derby folk – will play for the first time ever in Wellington against Richter’s development travel team the Convicts. Now in its eighth year of public competition, Richter City is the premier derby league in New Zealand and has a packed schedule for 2016. Richter’s three home teams will kick off their eighth annual round robin on May 28 with the hotly-contested final on September 24.  Tickets are available at roller-derby-rcrd-convictsvs-vagine-regime-aotearoa/ wellington

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