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Berhampore locals finally have a community centre to call their own thanks to a $7 million housing upgrade. The doors to the Centennial Community Centre, part of Housing New Zealand’s Centennial Flats Complex, were officially opened last Thursday. The rotunda, in the heart of the complex, was first used for group activities

when it was built in 1940. The New Zealand Blood Service is apIt was then converted into a residenpealing for the community to head along tial unit in 1980. and donate blood at a local drive next week. The space has now been restoredNext to Thursday, a blood drive will be held its former glory and will be usedat as the ASB Centre in Kilbirnie and the New a community space all Berhampore Zealand Blood Service are hoping for at residents can enjoy. least 60 donors to attend on the day. The centre was restored as part ofNicola a Binns from the New Zealand Blood $7 million upgrade of the Centennial Service said this was the first time there had Flats Complex. been a blood drive in Kilbirnie for more Continued on page 2 than 10 years. 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

Centre coordinator Merio Marsters, outside the new Centennial Community Centre Nicola Binns with an apheresis machine which is used for plasma donations. which was officially opened last week.

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the areas where enhancements for cycling were proposed and would allow locals to share their views. Simon Woolf, the council’s com mu n it y engagement portfolio leader, said after the controversy and conflict surrounding the Island Bay cycleway, he looked forward to a wide cross section of the community making their views known through the website. Wellington City Councillor Sarah Free was part of a working group established late last year to look at routes which would appeal to cyclists in the eastern suburbs. a welcome boost for retail sales.” Councillor Iona Pannett, Chair of Wellington City Council’s Environment Committee, said the cheaper bus

She said the council was “going through a different process in the eastern suburbs” than it had in Island Bay. “We want to grow the number of cyclists so we looked at routes that would connect places in the eastern suburbs. “We have a really great opportunity here to actually put in something that makes a difference to people’s lives and helps people get around.” Ms Free encouraged locals to have their say. She said there would be council run drop in clinics in mid-April throughout the eastern suburbs, as well as other community fares bring multiplemeetings benefits to the city. “This shows support for an environmentally sustainable travel option for people who want to go shopping in the

hosted by Miramar and Kilbirnie city BID.and don’t want to central She said theabout council envishave to worry congesaged the consultation process tion or parking time limits. to run until late May. “Wellington City Council Following first proposedthis, thisfeedback initiativeon website this would beand discussed inthe February year I’m by the working group before thrilled that it’s going ahead on how the $6 milinproposals time for Christmas.” lion spent The should cheaper be fares cango be to further public consultation paid by cash or with a Snap- in October. per card. The changes will be ineffect from beginning Do you want to see ofcyservice oninSaturday, Novemcleways Wellington’s eastber each weekend ern28, suburbs? Send usthrough an email the last service on Sunday,  For more December 20.information head to The website willdobe live the first  How you feelinabout week April. fares on lowerof weekend Wellington buses? Are you more likely to use public transport with these lower fares? Send us an email –

Berhampore’s new community centre Continued from page 1 the Berhampore community The upgrade involved seis- really wanted to have a centre mic strengthening, interior for themselves. and exterior painting and new “It is such a fantastic opkitchens and bathrooms for portunity, there is a lot hap45 units. pening here. Now we want to The community centre has people know about of the year. Continued from page 1 make sureend been realised throughdonors a three-wereservices are available.” Plasma was used to make around 13 Nicola said blood very which way partnership between She saiddifferent the centre already and because of this medicines special. Housing New Zealand, the boasted a library exchange “We always need more donors. Cur- the demand for plasma had increased Wellington City Council and programme, projector and Nicolaand said. rently only four per cent of the eligible • About 1 per cent of the population Berhampore School. also had “hugely”, a lawn mower “You have to have population donates blood. Housing New Zealand’s barbecue available for hire. given at least one (or 42,000 patients) are treated with in the last two years “If you are part of theYoung, 96 per cent curboard chair, Adrienne She saidblood soon donation they would blood or blood products each year. before you rently thefirst fence thinking about said itsat wasonthe partnership haveit,a computer hubcan upbecome and a plasma donor.” That’s equivalent to 110 jumbo jets please jumpinoff join in. of its kind theand country. running. Plasma is collected using an apheresis full of people or nearly the capacity machine. The machine spins off the Nicola asked people to think of the She said the centre concept Merio said she now hoped to red blood cells and keeps the plasma. “bigger picture” and said one donation of Eden Park. came after the community see a number of community The red could savean three lives. expressed interest in having groups express an blood interestcells in are then returned the donor. of all thefor little children whothe to a“Think gathering place a range using centre. • People who have been in acciPlasma has also earned the nickname have leukaemia who your blood is of activities. dents and suffered massive blood able to save… you’ve to go beyond “liquid gold” because of its colour, The idea was thegot space loss may need multiple transfusions  The Centre cansaid, be used by would beand available not only Nicola “It really is so special, it yourself think oftowho your donation the community by applying of red blood cells and other blood centennial tenants, but the can be made into so many different could save. the centre coordinator, components. wider community, said. totosave medicines.” “You’re helping she ultimately Merio Marsters. Merio can Merio Marsters, centre’s people’s lives and the make a difference.” be contacted on meriom@ coordinator, said Blood she was The New Zealand Service was The blood drive • The biggest use of blood products or 021will take place next excited to dive also hoping to into havethings morenow people sign 389 823. Thursday, November 19, at the ASB is for the treatment of cancer at thefor centre’s had finally up plasmadoors donations, Nicola  said. Sports Centre in Kilbirnie from 9.30am Are you pleased to see a 26 per cent, with the next biggest opened. community facility inAppointments BerThis year 240 people have donated to 2.30pm. are prebeing surgery at 19 per cent. “Newtown andthe Island hampore? Send and us an email plasma, however bloodBay service was ferred will take priority. To book have community centres, Merio448 Marsters hoping to reach 500 donations – the an appointment call 0800 325. inside Berhampore’s new community centre

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Evie the epilepsy hero By Nikki Papatsoumas

A one-of-a-kind dog is helping to raise awareness about epilepsy - not just for humans but for her canine friends. Five-and-a-half year old Evie the Jack Russell was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 14-months-old. Her owner, Jennifer Jarden, said while most dogs with epilepsy get put down, as it was difficult to treat them, Evie had quickly become part of the family and it was never an option. “She’s just part of the family, I couldn’t do that to her, we love her too much.” Jennifer said Evie suffers from seizures once every three months, but with the help of her vet and other pet owners in similar situations, she has learnt how to manage Evie’s condition. This includes avoiding rosemary in foods, certain shampoos and strenuous exercise. Evie also takes the same medication prescribed to humans who suffer from the illness. “It’s a real commitment. We never know when it is going to happen. It is quite unusual in New Zealand to come across a

dog that is epileptic.” After learning of Evie’s condition, Jennifer started attending meetings run by Epilepsy New Zealand and also began to host support groups for parents with children who suffer from epilepsy. Through her connections with Epilepsy New Zealand, Evie has become a poster dog for the organisation, helping raise awareness around the illness. “Because it is a unique story we can reach a wide audience, there are people that are animal lovers that don’t realise dogs have epilepsy…it’s all about awareness.” Gillian Davies from Epilepsy New Zealand said she had come across dogs and cats with epilepsy before. She said it was “wonderful” to have Jennifer and Evie on board. “Evie is such a gorgeous little dog and it’s a wonderful way to introduce what epilepsy is. Learning about what epilepsy is is the biggest thing.” During March, Epilepsy New Zealand encouraged people to wear purple to raise awareness for the illness, Gillian said. “We want to help people un-

the message was not getting through to everyone, Mayor of Wellington, Celia WadeBrown said. Ms Wade-Brown said things were improving but Wellingtonians could do much better. “We did a waste assessment analysis of official yellow rubbish bags in 2011 which showed up to half the contents were made up of paper, tins, cans, and plastic – all of which could be cleaned and recycled.” The Wellington City Council’s environment committee


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derstand that epilepsy is not just having a seizure… it’s a way of life and learning how to manage that way of life. “For people with recent diagnosis for family members it can be a hell of a shock. It is great to be able to go out and talk

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Council makes it easy to recycle Free packs of green recycling bags will be delivered to about 26,000 Wellington households over the next couple of months – making it easy, and free, for locals to recycle. However, some residents will not receive their bags as they have been ‘black listed’ due to ongoing rubbish offences. Wellington residents recycle about 12,000 tonnes of material a year but with 84,000 tonnes of waste ending up at the Southern Landfill,

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Council calls for communities’ priorities Residents are being asked to give feedback to Wellington City Councillors after they sign off on the 2016/17 Annual Plan consultation document next week. The annual plan is part of the second year of the council’s Long Term Plan which aims to deliver a $5 billion budget for the next decade. The Long Term Plans aims to provide no service reductions and add $800 million of new economic development.


Preserving the past Eleven heritage sites across the capital have each received a share of $274,600 to help with seismic strengthening and conservation. The money came from the council's built heritage incentive fund after heritage buildings made their applications to the council’s transport and urban development committee. Councillor Andy Foster said all the successful applicants made convincing cases for the funding.

War Memorial light show The much loved light and sound event at Pukeahu War Memorial in Wellington is returning this year for another showing. The ‘WWI Remembered: A Light and Sound Show’ was viewed by tens of thousands of people in 2015. This year it will run from April 21 to 25, between 7pm to 10pm. The show will play on a 15 minute loop. The show, presented by the Wellington City Council, highlights New Zealand’s enormous contribution to the war during 1916 and 1917.

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A group of cyclists paid Mt Cook School students a very special visit last week, before embarking on a cross country journey of the South Island. The Fat Fathers Club is a group of 34 riders who cycled 700 km, from Christchurch to Queenstown over the last few days, in a bid to raise $150,000 for Kids Can. Kids Can provides food, clothing, shoes and healthcare to over 114,000 kiwi kids in 530 schools across the country. Last Thursday, three riders from the Fat Fathers Cub visited Mt Cook School, one of the first schools to receive help from Kids Can. While there, riders Gary Baird, Chris Nicholls and Tim Fulton talked about their upcoming ride and handed out drink bottles to students donated by their major sponsor,

Meridian energy, who provided clothes and shoes for the 34 riders ahead of their trip. Gary said Meridan had been hugely generous in supporting them. “Meridian is absolutely the cornerstone,” he said. Gary said the group had been planning the trip for nearly a year and visiting the kids was a highlight and “made it real”. The team began their cycle last Saturday and aimed to finish by yesterday afternoon. So far, the team has raised over $110,000 between them, with both individual pages and a shared page on the website Givealittle. With the money they hope to provide support to two Wellington schools through the Kids Can programme.  If you would like to donate to the team, go to https://

The Hurricanes vs. Kings rugby game at Westpac Stadium is on this Friday, starting at 7.30pm. Adult tickets start from $25 and children under 16 from $10.

Easter Weekend is coming up and Wellington is packed with lots of events to keep the family busy over the four day break.

The Great Zealandia Easter Egg Hunt is on at the Zealandia Eco-Sanctuary this long weekend. Pop in between 9am and 5pm and collect eggs to win special prizes. Admission is free. The Great Kiwi Egg Hunt will take place at Wellington Zoo on Saturday, between 11am and 1pm. Visitors are invited to find Whittaker’s chocolate eggs that have been hidden around the zoo. Normal entrance fees apply.

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Treasure Hunt for Mt Victoria Locals are encouraged to discover the beauty in their neighbourhood at the upcoming Mount Victoria Community Treasure Hunt. Project manager Tania Austin said the treasure hunt was held for the first time last year and would take place again this year on Sunday, April 3. Tania said everyone involved in the treasure hunt would receive a map, marked with certain locations they needed to visit. “The idea is people are encouraged to go between the different places which are marked on a treasure map and then complete a surprise activity each group or local has organised to do,” she said. “There were about 150 people who went along last year which was awesome… this year we are hoping for more people.”

Local groups and organisations involved in this year’s event include Clyde Quay School, Pikopiko Kindergarten, and Crossways Community Creche, Tania said. Following the popular treasure hunt, a community barbecue would take place at the Innermost Gardens. Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown would be attending and there would also be spot prizes and the unveiling of a “secret” art project, Tania said. Registration for the treasure hunt will take place at Crossways on Roxburgh Street from 3pm, with barbecue and entertainment at Innermost Gardens on Lawson Place from 5pm.  For more information head to the Mount Victoria Community Treasure Hunt

Locals taking part in last year’s Mount Victoria Community Treasure Hunt.

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Top Scouts award for Brooklyn student By Colin Engelbrecht WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

The first Chief Scout’s Award of 2016 has been given to a Wellington College Student from the Brooklyn Scouts Club. Nicky Heitger was presented with his award last Tuesday evening by police inspector Chris Bensemann. The Chief Scout’s Award is one of the highest awards in the scout section, Scouts must complete bronze, silver and gold awards before going on to complete the Chief Scout’s Award. Scouts must demonstrate a wide variety of skills they have learned throughout their time scouting to achieve the award. Denise Church, Brooklyn Scouts Leader, said “it takes everything they’ve learned in scouting and applies it further”. She said the award involved volunteering with the youth clubs and within their community. Only six Chief Scout’s Awards were awarded in Wellington in 2015, and this is

the fifth Chief Scout’s Award achieved at Brooklyn in the past two years. Nicky, who is a year 11 student, said he spent nearly three years working through all the awards to achieve the Chief Scout’s Award. “I’m really quite chuffed, I put a lot of work into it and it’s good to finally see it pay off,” he said. Nicky said his most challenging experience in Scouts was last October, when he organised an entire camp by himself, from the booking, to meal plans and consent forms. He said his favourite memory of scouts was attending the 20th National Scout Jamboree, where the scouts from all over New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands met to participate in a range of activities. “It was a 10-day camp and it was full of really great experiences,” he said. He said he now wants to head on to Venturers, the section for year 11-14 students, and work towards achieving the Queen's Scout Award, which is the highest award in the scouting movement.



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Neighbours’ Day at St Paul’s By Laura Shipley MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Last Saturday was Neighbours’ Day and to mark the event Mt Cook’s St Paul’s Lutheran Church held a free barbecue to encourage the suburb’s locals to get to know each other. This year is the second time the church’s Pastor, Jim Pietsch has held the barbecue for the people who live around St Paul’s. About 20 people came to enjoy the food and music. Some were students from the area walking past on their way to town and some were church members both from the community and from the wider Wellington areas. “We served approximately 75 sausages, 70 burgers, and 150 bread rolls,” Jim said. St Paul’s is the only Lutheran church in Wellington so they have members from all over Wellington. “There are lots of people around here, but, because everyone is in apartments, they don’t get to meet each other,” Jim said. Every year Wellington City Council gives out grants to community groups to put on Neighbours’ Day events.

Jim said he saw the grant offer for last year’s Neighbours’ Day and thought it would be a good way to meet the community around the church. “The church is part of the neighbourhood.” Jim said he decided to run the event again because it went so well last year. St Paul’s member Georgina Preston said she was glad the weather was good. “It’s not raining this year so that’s a huge improvement.” The St Paul’s event is organised by a group of about eight church members as well as volunteers from the community. A local church member provided coffee from Caffe L’affare, where he works, for the event. Church members from Porirua, Garry Spooner and his son Thomas Spooner, volunteered their time to play live music. Jim said he aims to make this an annual event to bring the community closer together. St Paul’s meets every Sunday at 10am and also has Mini Minstrels, a half hour music class for pre-school children, on Wednesdays.


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Dogs and their owners gathered at Lyall Bay beach for Saturday’s canine event with a charitable twist. Around 100 people brought their dogs to the eastern end of the beach for Beneful’s Bark in the Park. Event organiser Emma Streeter said the main purpose of the event was to connect dog owners with Beneful products. “We wanted to do something a bit different so you’ve got the fancy dress, you’ve got the agility course, the go pro is a new thing for this year, great to see the dog’s

St Paul’s church Pastor Jim Pietsch looks on as Rodney Trice (left) and Guntur Fronling cook up some food for neighbours of the church. PHOTO CREDIT: Laura Shipley

point of view.” The event will also support Bark NZ, a charity that works with communities on the healthy relationship between dogs and children, she said. The Cart Co.’s Jeremy Marr, who was onsite to provide coffee and refreshments, said they were donating 50 cents of every cup or 10 per cent of the takings to Bark NZ. Hataitai local Mary Connolly, who was walking by the event with daughters Natasha, 6, Isabella, 4, and Labrador Tess, said they had a “brilliant time”. PHOTO CREDIT: Safia Archer

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Sophia Moananu Holy Cross School, Miramar “My family goes to church, then after church we have a little family reunion at Avalon Park.”

Melania Lui-Fai Holy Cross School, Miramar “Easter is a time we can come together and appreciate what Jesus sacrificed for us. It’s also a time families can go to church and appreciate gospels and a time to get together.”

Ilo Lui-Fai Holy Cross School, Miramar “Easter is when me, my sister, my parents, my aunty and my nana, we all go to church on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”

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“For my family it means getting together on Sunday to go to mass and having a big lunch together. I don’t see my family a lot because they are in Australia… but sometimes we see them and have a big Easter lunch.”

Sulia Tutuila Holy Cross School, Miramar

Aiden Bolis Holy Cross School, Miramar

“My family comes together and we all go to church and wear black. Sometimes we go to the beach as well on Good Friday.”

“We go to church the day before Easter and stay at church and do mass until midnight… we also go to peoples’ houses and there are eggs to crack together. We decorate the eggs in the week before Easter.”

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More cycleways please Dear Ed, I love cycling. And it is so good, in so many ways. I hope we get safe, quality cycle lanes right through and across our beautiful city. It is common sense that not everyone will, nor should, travel by car. Therefore, we need to provide well for the other forms of transport, including cycling. Cars are already extremely well provided for.

Alexander McKeown Holy Cross School, Miramar

When I read the incessant objections from the Island Bay anti-cycleway group, I fail to find any real substance in their complaints. They carry on as if all roads should be providing for the convenience of car drivers only. Lots of safe, quality cycleways please. Martin Wilson, Wellington

Dear Ed, In response to John Field's letter (CSN March 17) Please note that the Island Bay Residents Association do not contact people via text message and that volunteers delivered a

flyer advertising the meeting to all letterboxes in Island Bay. Children are also not eligible to vote and it is up to the parents to speak on their children's behalf. Paul Eagle is simply

doing what all our councillors should be doing, which is listening to their communities. Island Bay Residents Association

Cyclists should pay Dear Ed, Maybe Drivers have their own way on the roads, (Judith Doyle 17/3) because we pay road user charges, it is time if cyclists want the use of the roads they do too. As for asking children in the survey, they

have no concept of what it is like to be a shop keeper trying to make a living, a mother trying to unload two or three children under five from their car, what it is like to be elderly (that will come in years), and to

be Disabled while trying to disembark your car in a Wellington howling gale and traffic passing within centimetres of your car door. Heather Bevan, Island Bay

remove it. It will take time to re-educate drivers. In Victoria Street the same arrangement is working well. The survey was not a democratic process. The survey was put out and collated by the group responsible for the opponents of the cycleway.

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Dear Ed, We have someone in the family who uses the cycleway every day, to and from work in the city. She says it feels so safe, with the cars separated from the cyclists, compared to the rest of her route. We hope they can extend it rather than

Incredible not incredulous Dear Ed, From what my Island Bay friends tell me, Steve Cooper seems to be right in his letter opposing the new cycleway (CSN March 3) but from his misuse of one word, he seems to be yet another of the people who have never been taught correct English at school since about 1960 onwards. That's not his fault: by now, hardly any teachers know it, so cannot teach what they don't know. Even the few who do know it are not allowed to correct any mistakes: to do so would damage a child's self-esteem and ego. Children must never be told they are wrong about

any school subject whatsoever, it seems: they all have different but equally valid "insights" to it, apparently. No wonder so many youngsters cannot cope with life's realities when they leave school; though Mr Cooper is evidently able to face facts. What he meant to say in contradicting Mark Lindsay's March 3 letter was, "It's incredible (not "incredulous") that ....etc." He could correctly have said, instead, "I'm incredulous that....etc." . If we continue like this, by about 2050, people will barely be able to understand one another: what one person means by a word or phrase will

probably be different from what somebody else means by it. However, a great many young people nowadays feel they have a right to the principle voiced by Humpty Dumpty in Lewis Carroll's "Alice through the Looking Glass". He said, "Now, when I use a word, it means exactly what I want it to mean: no more, no less." We are indeed already in the outer suburbs of Babylon (Babel), the city of confusion; so I'm not sorry I'll soon die before our society gets to the Tower of Babel itself, not merely in language, but in everything else. Hector Westfold Miramar


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Hataitai Neighbours’ Day By Fay Samy MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Relaxed times were had by all during Hataitai’s fourth annual Neighbours’ Day celebration on Sunday. Organised by the Hataitai Residents’ Association and hosted by the Hataitai Community Recreation Trust on Hataitai Road, the event boasted activities for all ages and was attended by about 40 local residents. Children were entertained by a selection of outdoor games, including cricket, pick-up-sticks, and bubbleblowing. Residents were treated to a performance by dancers from the Thai community of Wellington in New Zealand, who performed to a captivated audience. Adding to the backyard atmosphere

was a barbecue spread, provided by the association. Attendee and resident Chris Hare described the event as a proactive way to “get the community to work closer together”. Hataitai Community Recreation Trust coordinator Jenny Ellis described it as a good chance to “chat about local issues and meet neighbours”. Jenny stressed the suburb’s diversity as a huge bonus, saying, “there’s lots of history and a mix of people from many different cultures”. Neighbours’ Day is a nationwide annual initiative that aims to promote neighbourliness. The Hataitai festivities, along with concurrent neighbourhood events in other suburbs, were supported by a grant from the Wellington City Council.



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Local schools celebrate sustainability

Mural boosts community spirit

By Colin Engelbrecht



Around 170 children from six schools descended on the Berhampore Community Orchard last Friday to share locally donated food and tips for gardening and beekeeping. South Wellington Intermediate, Houghton Valley School, Berhampore School, Ridgway School, Newtown School and St Francis de Sales School all participated in last week’s event. The schools, who are part of the Enviroschool programme, came together to share an afternoon tea and strategies to support bees in local gardens. The EnviroSchool programme is focused on creating sustainable communities and this is achieved through teaching young people about sustainability in their neighbourhoods. The programme has been running for 11 years and was started in Waikato and there are now 16 fully committed schools in the Wellington city region. At last week’s event there were also experts speaking

Those involved in creating a public mural in Miramar had their first chance to admire their handiwork last Thursday evening. The recently completed mural covers an exterior wall of the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre. It features images of old-time Miramar, including the gasworks, a coal ship and a tram. Designed by local resident Phil Dickson, the mural was painted by the Wellington Art Club and local volunteers over several weeks. Project manager Linda Smith said the project was about the community.

“The idea was to engender more community involvement.” When they had completed the mural, the painters realised they were not sure how they were going to mount it on the wall. At that point local builder John Herrick happened to drive by. He stopped to offer his help. When they explained the situation, he soon returned and helped put the mural in place. Wellington Art Club president Olympia Osborne said she was “absolutely thrilled” with the mural. Community centre organiser Grant Ellen said the public had responded positively to the mural. “There’s been a lot of good feedback.”

Cenna Lloyd and a few Berhampore Primary School students pose in their beekeeping gear during the event. PHOTO CREDIT: Colin Engelbrecht

on a range of subjects, like gardening, beekeeping and fruit tree care. The students brought experiences from their own school gardens and a group from Berhampore School spoke about their school beehives. “At first everyone had a fear of bees, but once we got ours everyone was

happy,” Ursula Gordon, a Berhampore School student said. Cenna Lloyd, of Local Flavour, looks after the orchard’s beehives which were provided by Local Flavour. “It’s good to have an opportunity like this so the kids can get more comfortable around bees,” she said.

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work on the wall was on track and was due to be completed in mid-June. “The wall will soon be restored to its former glory,” she said. Meanwhile, Vicki said some residents had expressed concern at the number of dog owners who were not picking up after their pets. “We just want to pass on a friendly reminder to people to clean up after their pets – it’s not nice for people who enjoy walking through Island Bay.” Finally, Vicki also said the issue of

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The Hurricanes family day gave supporters the chance to interact with their heroes at Waitangi Park on Saturday March 19. It was also a chance for the players to recognise the contribution of their fanatically passionate fan base. Fresh from an emphatic 41-6 win over the Western Force the night before, the players spent the morning signing autographs and taking photos with supporters of all ages. Fans were given the opportunity to test their rugby skills, and also to interact with the players in a variety of games and activities. The Super Soaker was extremely popular, with young fans getting the opportunity to soak the players including crowd favourites Beauden Barrett and TJ Perenara. Nine-year-old Hurricanes enthusiast Jayden Peer, from Miramar, was keen to give his opinion on the current Hurricanes team. “Julian Savea is my favourite, but I cried when Nehe (Milner-Skudder) hurt his arm last week.” Injured superstar Nehe recognised a shift in the team’s vibe after its nail-biting win over the Blues the previous weekend. “The boys took a lot of confidence from the way we held the Blues out at the end.”

The squad was relaxed and happily interacted with fans even though there were a few sore bodies from the encounter with the Force. Despite being ruled out for the Super Rugby season, Nehe appreciates the invaluable support they receive every week. “It’s awesome (to come here today), this is what it’s all about, to give a little bit back to the fans that support us every week.” Captain Dane Coles agreed: “Fans are what make rugby so special, it’s great to turn out for the kids and connect with fans. “It’s great to play for the kids and families every week.”


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Get vaccinated now! Influenza Vaccinations The flu season is here again and Newtown Medical Centre is running its “Flu Vaccine Clinics” most days over the next month or so. Protection against flu is advisable for anyone whose state of health is not the best. Flu is a viral infection which cannot be treated by antibiotics; once you have caught flu you have to let the illness run its course and for people with a fragile state of health this is risky and a number of people die from the illness every year. Flu vaccinations are free for people over 65 and for most of those with a ongoing health conditions. Over the next few weeks we will be progressively contacting those we know to be eligible and inviting them to make appointments for their “flu jabs”. If you think that you are at risk of catching flu but are not eligible for a free vaccination we can still vaccinate you at a cost of $37.50. Business owners could think about providing their staff with protection against catching flu

and arrange for us to vaccinate their staff – this is cost effective in terms of reduced sick pay and loss of productivity.

Common Infectious Diseases in New Zealand There are a variety of other vaccines some of which may be funded for particular groups. If you think any of these are appropriate for you, consult your GP who will advise you, taking into consideration your state of health. Vaccines for the common childhood disease chicken pox (Varicella) are not funded but are available and suitable for children from 9 months onwards

and for adults. These will provide protection from infection or reduce the severity of chicken pox. Shingles is a distressing illness caused by a reactivation of the chicken pox virus in people who had chicken pox as a child. While not everyone will suffer from it the effects can be long lasting and may recur. A vaccine is available and recommended for those over 50 years, including those who have had shingles in the past or who are living with someone with a weakened immune system. Pneumococcal disease occurs throughout the year but is more common in autumn and winter. Pneumococci are the leading cause of bacterial pneumonia in young children and adults aged 65 years and older. The infection can also result in meningitis and septicaemia and the pneumonococcal vaccine provides protection against these life threatening diseases. Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the virus that causes warts. Some subtypes are implicated in cancers. HPV can spread through skin to skin contact as well as sexual intercourse. The HPV

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