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been enough support at previous drives held in the area. The New Zealand Blood Service is ap“We areshe hoping that with thedevelopment extra busiBy Nikki Papatsoumas was notifi ed ofallthe pealing for the community to head along ness in the area now, it will be a success.” in 2014 and was disheartened to and donate blood atKilbirnie a local drive next week. The drive was organised aftertearing local residents are fighting toblood learn that plans involved Next Thursday, asave blood drive will be held business owner, Terry Binding from Nailed a large pohutukawa tree which down a much-loved pohutukawa tree at the ASB Centreisinunder Kilbirnie New It, approached Nicola said. leading to threatand of the being cut down. whichthem, borders a driveway Zealand Blood Service are hoping for “Terry delivered fl yers to all Kilbirnie The tree, off Kemp St, isatnear to the has the complex. least 60 donors tofront attend on the day. businesses and has been a great support. But entrance of the Wellington City She has since collected more than Nicola Binns from the New Zealand Blood we still really need support from all local Council owned Kotuku flats, which a dozen signatures from neighbours Service said this was first timeathere had businesses Miramar are the undergoing multi-million dol- andinprotested in and a bidsurrounding to ensure the been a blood drive in Kilbirnie for more suburbs.”tree stays standing. lar upgrade. than 10 years. Kemp St resident Fiona Hoang said Continued on page 2 She said this was because there had not Continued on page 2 Kemp St residents, Fiona Hoang and Les Boardman, are banding together Nicola Binns withtoan apheresis machinetree which is used save a pohutukawa from beingfor cutplasma down.donations.

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Fight to save tree Continued from page 1 The tree was originally scheduled to be cut down earlier this week, but this was postponed after a community meeting was

organised for today. “Once this tree is removed it becomes an unalterable change. The removal of this tree removes a quality of life to all of


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create a central green space for tenants, that doesn’t have a car gliding through it. “We really want to prioritise the safety of children and all tenants.” Vicki said it was always sad to lose a tree, but the upgrade of the flats would see the implementation of many more trees. She said four existing pohutukawa trees on the site have been retained, 13 new three-metre pohutukawa trees would be planted and more than 50 other trees would also be planted on the site. “We are losing one tree but gaining so much more in terms of amenities for tenants,” she said. Vicki said it was likely the tree would be cut down later this week, following today’s meeting.

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us around,” Fiona said. Les Boardman’s house is adjacent to the tree and he said it provided some privacy from the neighbouring flats. “There is not going to be any protection for me… my flat is going to be open to people coming up the drive and parking. “Those flats are big and intimidating and they are right outside my kitchen window.” He said he was confused as to why the council was choosing to remove the tree. Wellington City Council’s manager of city housing, Vicki McLaren, said the primary reason for removal of the tree was to provide a safe access route to the complex from Kemp Street for both pedestrians and vehicles. “We are redesigning the driveway and parking space at both entrance areas to the site to

Kilbirnie and Lyall Bay have welcomed two smiling new faces to the community. Lieutenant Francis Vemoa and his wife, Captain Corryn, are the new Corps Officers at the Salvation Army Kilbirnie. They follow in the footsteps of Captain Joe and Major Jeannine Serevi, who moved to Auckland earlier this year. The couple arrived in Wellington at the beginning of January with their 17-month-old son Solomon and said they were now enjoying diving into their new role. Francis and Corryn met while Corryn was working as an officer for the Salvation Army in Petone. Following this, Francis did his training and the couple then moved to the Salvation Army in Lower Hutt. Francis said since arriving, he and Corryn have been focused

on settling into work and their new community. “People have been really good. At the moment we are just trying to focus on in house stuff and get to know the people here before we start branching out,” he said. Corryn said they were enjoying their time in the capital. “It is really nice being here, we didn’t realise how close to the beach we would be, it was a really nice surprise. I have appreciated how multi-cultural the community is – being a mixed family ourselves.” She said she and Francis had a different skill set to Joe and Jeannine and because of this they hoped to contribute something different to the community. “We strive to be people of integrity and for our words to match our actions and our faith. “We just see ourselves as being on the same journey as everyone else and living life together and supporting each other.”

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Portrait presentation New Zealanders have voted to keep the current flag after preliminary results were released in the second flag referendum last Thursday.

New Zealand votes to keep current flag Kiwis have had their say New Zealand’s current flag is here to stay. Last Thursday, the Electoral Commission released the preliminary result for the second referendum on the flag. The current New Zealand flag received the most votes at 56.6 per cent, with Kyle Lockwood’s Silver Fern Flag receiving 43.1 per cent of votes. The Electoral Commission said it received more than two million votes, which included 4,942 informal votes and 4,554 invalid votes. Voter turnout was an impressive 67.3 per cent. In the Rongotai electorate, 30, 509 people voted in the second flag referendum, with

a voter turnout of 65.8 per cent. Of those who voted, 62.6 per cent selected the current New Zealand flag. Since the referendum was announced last year there has been lively debate, with many people voicing their opinion on whether the flag should be changed and what it should be changed to. Following last Thursday’s results, Prime Minister John Key said on Twitter “New Zealand has voted to retain our current flag. I encourage all NZers to use it, embrace it and, more importantly, be proud of it”. Mr Key has been a vocal supporter of changing the flag. The RSA said it was “delighted, but not surprised, at

the outcome of the second flag referendum”. RSA National President BJ Clark said the result showed New Zealanders wanted to retain the current flag. “We’re glad so many New Zealanders heeded the RSA’s call and made their voices heard for the second referendum – it was an inspiring, strong show of democracy in action. “New Zealand service personnel sign up for a number of reasons, but one of the foremost of these is to safeguard the continuing of our way of life. “It’s heartening so many Kiwis have exercised their right to have their say, and keep the flag. The people have spoken.”

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Tanya Hugyecz and Tanja Halasz don’t just share names – they share a mastery of baking. The pair share premises on Waitoa Rd, where Hugyecz runs her bakery Decorada and Halasz runs, The Royal Icing Academy. The pair became friends after a tragedy in Halasz’s life.

The sudden death of a family member called her back to her native Switzerland and she reached out to Hugyecz to cover her workload at The Royal Icing Academy. “I knew my cakes were in the best of hands,” said Halasz, “and when Tanya brought my things back, she saw the bakery and left with a serious attack of kitchen envy”.

Fate would soon find a way to bring the pair even closer together. They met for dinner one night when Halasz discovered that Hugyecz’s shop lease was expiring. “We mutually agreed to share the Hataitai kitchen workshop, and gift shop,” explained Halasz. She admitted that, “having the same job in the same place with

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Tanja Halasz of Royal Icing Academy, left, with Tanya Hugyecz of Decorada, right, in front of their shared premises on Waitoa Road. PHOTO CREDIT: Fay Samy

the same name can be confusing at times”. Hugyecz agreed, adding that they’re “competitive” but emphasised their friendly rivalry. “We joke about getting running shoes to run to the front door and elbowing each other out of the way, but it’s never happened,” she laughed. Over Easter, both bakers continued their friendly competition, developing a large selection of treats, with vegan and glutenfree options available. Ginger-spice reigns as the most popular Easter flavour, but Hugyecz wouldn’t count Vanilla out, saying, “a lot of mums come in thinking that [vanilla] is such a perfect alternative – still Easter, but not chocolate”. Hugyecz and Halasz should know – they’re also both working mothers, and are already planning their Mother’s Day designs. When asked how the arrangement was working out, Hugyecz and Halasz were in agreement. “We balance each other,” said Hugyecz, to which Halasz simply added that it “works a treat”.

Massey’s Massive problem By Colin Engelbrecht WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

Massey University is under fire from a feminist group just weeks after its student magazine, Massive, published controversial cover art. The art has been described as depicting a grimacing student on her knees reading a textbook, while two disembodied hands clutched her hair and body. The cover was paired with an article about students working in the sex industry, but some saw the art as objectifying and said it encouraged rape culture.

Following its release, the cover was pulled from the internet and magazine stands around the university were covered and labelled with a warning sign. Wellington East Girls College feminist group, FeminEAST, have since discouraged their peers from attending the University due to what they thought to be a sexually violent cover. "We as high school students, leaders of FeminEAST, and potential future Massey students are disgusted by the recent cover of Massive,” the group said in a press release. “As young women having this

kind of image spread around at a potential future university and community is very upsetting and unappealing,” the statement said. The statement went on to say that the group would continue to discourage their peers from attending the university, until they received confirmation from Massey that the incident, or one of a similar nature, would not happen again. When asked about the cover art Massey University media director James Gardiner said the university did not wish to make any comment. Massey’s own student asso-

ciation has also spoken out at the magazine’s cover art on social media. In a post on the Massey Wellington Students Association Facebook page, the association said it did not support or condone the cover art. “We have student welfare and safety as our priority and believe that this image could be incredibly offensive and triggering for many students.” Carwyn Walsh, editor of Massive Magazine, pushed to keep the image on the cover despite the backlash from students and rights groups.

Carwyn said while FeminEAST was welcome to their own opinion, he insisted the cover had nothing to do with rape or violence. He said the article was about letting students working in the sex industry have their own voice and tell their own story and the cover was the representation of one of the subjects stories. Carwyn said magazine staff have since received death threats. “It’s gotten pretty nasty to be honest, we’ve received death threats over it, I can’t be in Wellington anymore because it's not safe,” he said.


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Miramar businesses pitch in for Fiji By Colin Engelbrecht WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

Four Miramar businesses banded together to send aid to cyclone stricken Fiji last month. Peninsula Dental Centre, Lumino Dentists Miramar and Unichem Pharmacy Miramar donated toothbrushes, toothpaste, antibacterial wipes and water purifying tablets to Sigatoka, a village in Fiji. This comes after the small island was left devastated by Cyclone Winston earlier this year. Tori Maxwell from Helloworld travel in Miramar, flew to Fiji on February 27 and gave the supplies to the village herself, before returning earlier this month. Tori said Tourism Fiji financed most of the trip and the purpose was to showcase Fiji as a tourist destination, despite the recent storm. She said the resorts she stayed at had

just done an amazing job at picking everything back up after the storm came through. “Unless you’d watched the news you would never realise there had been a category five storm there,” she said. Tori said they visited the Mamanuca Islands, The Coral coast and the Denarau area of Fiji, but the village, which was their final destination and the furthest away, received the supplies. “The people were just lovely, they were very interested in where we had come from,” she said. Tori said initially she felt bad about being in Fiji because they had just had the storm, but because Fiji relies on tourism she felt proud she could support the industry. After seeing the majority of properties were in shape and the recovery effort, Tori said Fiji was stronger than ever and remained a safe tourism destination. “The Fijian spirit is just so amazing, I’m glad I went,” she said.

From left, actors Paul Waggott, Ralph McCubbin Howell and Abby Howells perform Beards! Beards! Beards!

Wellington theatre company takes show overseas By Bethany Tiddy MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Award-winning Wellington theatre company Trick of the Light have their final season of Beards! Beards! Beards! before embarking on a UK tour in May. The show is about a young girl with two dads and her efforts to grow a beard. “It’s a celebration of the gloriousness and ridiculousness of the beard,” said director Hannah Smith. Beards! Beards! Beards! premiered at the Capital E National Arts Festival for Children in March 2015 and will be performed at BATS Theatre from April 5 to 9. Trick of the Light will then take Beards! Beards! Beards! and award-winning show The Bookbinder to the UK with funding

from Creative New Zealand. They will perform at the Brighton Fringe Festival, Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, Imaginate Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival before returning to New Zealand in September. Trick of the Light was founded by Victoria University graduates Hannah Smith and Ralph McCubbin Howell. “Vic had an emphasis on creating your own work,” Hannah said. Hannah said the company was thrilled to have their last show in Wellington before taking it overseas. “I believe the best way to refine your creative work is to present it to a new audience,” she said.  Beards! Beards! Beards! will be performed at BATS Theatre from April 5 to 9 at 6.30pm. Book at

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Thursday March 31, 2016 Children from Kids on Foot are excited to get stuck into the Kilbirnie Presbyterian Church’s new community garden.

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A local church is hoping to open its doors to the community. Session clark for Kilbirnie Presbyterian Church, formerly known as St Gile’s, Jo Vilipaama, said the church has spent the last couple of years looking at mission. “We want to look at ways we can reach out to the community and start relationships. LTZ “We want to branch out and link up with other churches CREWCAB in the area and come up with activities and get them off the ground.” With this in mind she said the church had started working +GST with Kids on Foot, a childcare + On Roads programme that runs out of the church’s hall. Together, they hoped to start up a community garden and currently have a university student running a homework group two times a week from the church house. “We would like to open this

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up to the community,” Jo said. Linda Enari, from Kids on Foot, said children had already begun work on a community garden at the church, after being inspired by Neighbours’ Day and Local Food Week. Lyall Bay Bunnings had come on board and had offered to donate a number of seedlings and garden tools to the church, she said. “Bunnings will also have a workshop with the kids, teaching them how to plant seeds and make compost,” Linda said. “Kids on Foot is about reaching out to the community and that is why working with the church is really good. It’s important to teach kids they can contribute and make an impact.” Jo said work was also continuing on painting the church building’s exterior and giving it a “face lift”. For more information about Kilbirnie Presbyterian Church, head to

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Friends clear Central Park path for future generations By Bethany Tiddy MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Twent y ha rd-work ing volunteers gathered for the monthly Upstream - Friends of Central Park working bee in Brooklyn on Good Friday. Every month The Friends meet by the Mururoa stream in Central Park to plant native trees, clear weeds and increase public enjoyment and access to the park. Volunteers said social interaction is just as important as pulling weeds

and celebrated Easter with a shared morning tea of hot drinks and homemade hot-cross buns. The Friends formed in 2005 when the Wellington City Council developed a park restoration plan to address concerns that the park was neglected and under-used. “We’re clearing the path for future generations to come,” volunteer Tina Billing said. In 2015 The Friends organised the first Upstream Art Trail.

(1.) Volunteers lift out bag of weeds from the Mururoa stream. (2.) Volunteers pull weeds alongside the Mururoa stream. (3.) Volunteers lift out bag of weeds from the Mururoa stream. (4.) Tina Billing pulls weeds alongside the Mururoa stream. (5.) Max Kerr pulls weeds alongside the Mururoa stream. PHOTO CREDIT: Bethany Tiddy

Young artists win Brooklyn mural design competition By Bethany Tiddy MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

A group of young students will join awardwinning artist Ellen Coup to paint a mural for the Brooklyn Community Centre. The students from Ridgway After School Art Class were the overall winners of a design competition against 20 other entries. The mural, funded by a $4000 grant from the Wellington City Council, will be painted on the entrance walls and archway of the Brooklyn Community Centre. It will depict images of Brooklyn community activities and groups: karate, hip hop, Brownies, pilates, after school care,

cooking classes and the Brooklyn market. One of nine young artists, Isabelle Kettles, 11, said the project was exciting. Ridgway teacher Rowena Fry said she was proud of the students. “It’s super special.” Ellen will work with the students over the coming weeks to paint the acrylic mural. “My job is not to correct the students’ drawings but to represent the students’ drawings,” Ellen said. “I’m glad that I’m here, finally making it happen.” Brooklyn Community Association president Kay Miller said the philosophy of the community was to help develop local kids. “This is for the community.”

The group of artists stand outside the Brooklyn community centre wall where part of the mural will be painted. From left, art teacher Rowena Fry, artist Ellen Coup, Noah Bernhardt (9), Tiger-Lily DonaldsonNurse (11), Luna Bernhardt (12), Erika Fry (9) and Isabelle Kettles (11). PHOTO CREDIT: Bethany Tiddy.

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Celebrating two years of BREW’D Brew’d Bar in Island Bay celebrates two years of great service this month. General Manager, Meighan Clark, said over the last couple of years, the friendly team at Brew’d have spent time getting to know the locals, as they pop in and enjoy the great meals and family atmosphere. “Those who’ve discovered it are always back for more with many regulars, but it’s still nice to see some new faces coming in to try us out.” She said Brew’d recently completed celebrations for two years in Island Bay, and is looking forward to meeting new locals to help celebrate the next birthday. Meighan said it was important to the team at Brew’d to offer back to the community it was part of. Among some of its charitable work, Brew’d sponsored local sports teams and charities and the team also offered ‘Charity Brew’d’.

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

Q: What do you think of a proposed sugar ban at schools?

Damon Himiona Kilbirnie

Marcus Lecky Kilbirnie

Susan French Kilbirnie

“I think it’s a good idea, there’s already enough sugar in kids diets and they don’t need more in schools”

“Yes I would be in agreement with it, because of teeth problems and obesity”

“I think it’s a brilliant idea because some parents don’t seem to be getting the message about sugar”

Dwayne Tetley Kilbirnie “I wouldn’t ban it because there would be outrage, if you take the right steps to reduce it that would be better”

Ines Ferrer Kilbirnie “I think it’s a good idea, maybe they should sell fruit instead”

Stephen James Purvis Kilbirnie “It’s a good idea, the kids are eating junk food and soft drinks and that’s what they’re having before school”

LETTERS to the editor Let ters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signe d and a stre et address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication.

The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to nikki@ Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Passion of the people Dear Ed, I would like to congratulate the Island Bay Residents Association for getting their organisation formed and supporting a clear voice for their suburb. The initiative to get the community survey regarding the cycleway out there and

collated was marvellous and the results speak for themselves. It’s a shame that some people continue to take swipes at IBRA and even sadder that they feel the need to undermine the integrity of the survey. I would also like to personally thank on behalf

of the community Councillor Paul Eagle who has stood by the people he represents and has listened to what they have to say. I am sure that would have taken a lot of courage at times. Harry Fyfe Island Bay

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Classic cars. Fast cars. Unique cars. Residents of Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore recently got a taste of traveling in vehicle style, and are hoping other car enthusiasts will share their passion. When Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Jacquie Brooky celebrated her birthday recently she was surprised when a luxury model Jaguar turned up on the doorstep to take her, and the other residents, for a spin around Island Bay. “Jacquie is always spoiling everybody on their birthdays by making them special personalised cards and surprises,” said the home’s recreation officer Annelize Steyn. “This time we wanted to organise something special for her.” Cruising in the Jaguar was a first for some residents and brought back fond memories for others. “It was a beautiful sunny day and it’s not something the residents get to do every day, so it was a great surprise,” said Annelize. For Jacquie, who has been a resident of Kilmarnock Heights Home for eight years, the surprise made her day. "It was wonderful and a very pleasant little trip. The driver was lovely,” said Jacquie. With a taste of vehicle style enjoyed by all, Kilmarnock Heights Home is now hoping that some local classic car owners might to pay them a visit to show off their beloved cars and to take residents for short drives. “We love having contact with our local community and classic cars bring back a lot of fond memories for our residents, plus it’s something very memorable for them. We’d love to hear from anyone who

might be interested in paying us a visit,” said Annelize. Kilmarnock Heights Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provides rest home and respite care as well as a popular day guest programme. PBA  For more information about Kilmarnock Heights Home, or to discuss visiting the home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, call 380 2034 or visit www.

Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Jacquie Brooky is given a Jaguar ride as a birthday surprise.

Thursday March 31, 2016

Breakfast group keeps the faith

Children at Kahurangi School enjoy breakfast.


Not many school kids can say they’ve eaten breakfast with Grant Elliott and Jeffery Toomaga-Allen. But that’s just one of the many treats in store for year 5-8 pupils who attend Breakfast Club at Kahurangi School in Strathmore. Kahurangi is one of three schools in the Wellington region involved in the Breakfast Club programme, which provides 440 breakfasts a week to children in schools in Wellington and Christchurch. Arise intern and breakfast club coordinator Anthony Keriscla said he’s seen a big change in the kids since the project started. He said programme was providing a good model for their future. “The kids are interacting a nd becom ing less withdrawn. They want to go outside and kick a ball around with me. They’re also smiling more. “They’re more engaged – it comes with getting know them.” Anne Isaac, who has been volunteering with the Kahurangi breakfast club since 2014, agreed. “Going back time after time you build a connection with the kids. You’re not just serving them breakfast; you’re starting the day with them. “I used to work at a local supermarket, and kids would come up and ask: ‘are you going to be at the next breakfast club?’ There’s a sense of confidence and involvement.” Anne is a member of Arise church, a fourth year Architecture student at Victoria University, and one of 120 Arise volunteers who spend six mornings a week at breakfast clubs feeding 500 children in Wellington and Christchurch.

She said it’s not an uncommon occurrence for giants of the sports world like Hurricanes player Toomaga-Allen and Black Caps star Grant Elliott to drop by the club and visit the pupils. “Everyone gets excited. The kids just love it.” Board of Trustees member and Kahurangi parent Elaine Hill said she has seen a positive change in the behaviour of the children involved, and that’s had a flow-on effect to the parents and the community. She has been involved since the programme began in 2013 and said it has “really taken off”. “The kids get to meet the volunteers and have the opportunity to talk to their peers at school. They get to do something different because the adults that come along run a variety of activities. They meet new people and are exposed to new things. “Every so often we run a big breakfast with the parents and family. We have the chance to meet them and make that connection. “Sometimes we’ll have the Scots College boys come over and help out – it’s setting a great example and it’s brought the school together.” Of the 152 kids at the school, 75 per cent attend the breakfast club. So what’s at the top of the hit list for the kids foodwise? Baked-bean toasties are a perennial favourite, and cheese and spaghetti can’t be beat. Anne said the breakfast clubs has far-reaching benefits beyond the realm of cold Weetbix and hot-buttered toast – her healthy breakfast and the quality time with the kids is good for her wellbeing too. “It puts me on the right track for the day and I think it does for them as well.”


Plunket makes the move to digital Despite a move to digital, Plunket has promised there are no plans to phase out the wellloved Plunket Book. Last week, Plunket announced nurses in Wellington would start to record health information for newborns and children newlyenrolled to the organisation, by tablet and app, instead of paper and pen. Instead of taking paper health records to home visits with families, nurses would complete the Well Child Tamariki Ora health check via an app on-screen. The electronic Plunket Health Record (ePHR) would now be used by 59 nurses in the Wellington and Wairarapa region. Plunket’s goal was to roll the ePHR out across the country by the end of the year.

Plunket chief executive Jenny Prince said when the service was rolled out to all Plunket families it would mean a more seamless service. “Using a digital health record means we can make sure fewer children slip through the cracks. A Plunket nurse can do a healthcheck for another child on the spot, if they’re out on a visit and they see another child in the family for example. “Or if they get talking to a neighbouring family and find they’re not registered with Plunket, or they’ve missed an appointment, they can do it there and then, or make an appointment.” Information stored using the ePHR would only be available to Plunket nurses, families would

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ABOUT Strathmore Park Neighbours’ Day


Strath more Pa rk Community Centre celebrated Neighbours’ Day earlier this month with a shared morning tea m a de f rom f resh produce from the c e n t r e’s g a r d e n . Centre coordinator Lisa Matthews said around 25 neighbours from Strathmore and surrounding suburbs Miramar and Seatoun came along to enjoy the delicious food on offer, as well as local city councillors Sarah Free and Simon Marsh.





(1.) Councillor Sarah Free attended Neighbours’ Day celebrations at Strathmore Park Community Centre. (2.) Paul Franken and Ron Jobson get to know each other. (3.) Locals enjoy a spot of morning tea (4.) Anita Kanara from the Strathmore Park Koha Shed hangs out with Centre Co-ordinator Lisa Matthews (5.) Maria Isaak made the spinach pie with ingredients from the Centre’s community garden

REIGNING OVER AND REINING IN Reigning Over is selective informing. This began thousands of years ago with people sitting in church being told what to think. Continues through education with people memorising what they have been told and higher learning where people become qualified to an Earth and physical only reality. This keeps us from understanding how the universe works – a necessity for having control of the of a planet. control of thedestiny destiny of a planet.

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The spirit word in the church explanation hints at the different levels of reality occupying the same space but the one word cover story – heaven, cuts them off. Each level sustains the one above – animals, plants and insects are below us. The emotional energy we give off sustains the spirit level above us. No problem sharing the excitement emotion as when a try is scored at a rugby stadium but it is a different matter when it comes to the fear the spirit form of our parasite, the Reptilian Being was created to live off. They therefore have to create situations that deliver the fear they crave, (wars, terrorism and ongoing conflicts). The disaster of Humans knowing they had a parasite forced the genetic mix where the Reptile mind pattern, (has no inbuilt guidance – emotions, inhibitions or conscience and requires the substitute system of worship, (sun) hierarchy, rituals, symbolism and pageantry) and agenda is hidden in a Human body – the Blue Bloods. Hence their desire for us to not understand how everything works.

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Island Bay student’s cycling success in national championships By Colin Engelbrecht WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

George Jackson (left) training at the Hataitai Velodrome. PHOTO CREDIT: Emmet Riddle

Island Bay’s own George Jackson has brought home three medals after taking part in the Track Cycling National Championships in Invercargill. George, who is part of the Wellington Track Racing Team, won two bronze medals and a silver in the under 17 scratch race, 500m time trial and sprint races, held at last week’s championships. The 16-strong team brought home six medals total, with Masters rider Bruce Cook winning two bronzes in the 44 to 45 age group and Regan Bang winning silver in the 3000m

individual pursuit in the 35 to 40 age group. George has won a few national podiums and titles but he said he was the most happy with this win. “It was really difficult, but I worked hard and got there,” he said. The team, who train at the Hataitai Velodrome every Sunday, were selected from all around the Wellington region to compete together. George started cycling three years ago after he had problems with his feet and ankles and a friend suggested he try it out. “I used to be a runner but had problems with my feet, I had a go and loved it immediately,” he said.

Cancer survivor relays for life By Colin Engelbrecht WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

Cancer survivor and mother of two Sam Marshall will be participating in Relay For Life next week. Relay For Life is a global fundraising event run by the Cancer Society and involves participants walking or run-

ning around a track for 24 hours. The 2016 Wellington Relay For Life will be held at Frank Kitts Park next Saturday and will begin with a survivors walk. This will be followed by a candlelight ceremony in the evening. The event will finish with a closing ceremony. Last year 3670 people in 78

teams took part in the Relay for Life and raised $390,000. This year 3750 people have signed up. Island Bay local Sam said she was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2014 and underwent chemotherapy during 2015. In 2015 Sam participated in Relay For Life and she said she spent all but six to eight hours

Miramar women win big at endurance events By Colin Engelbrecht WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

Two Miramar training buddies have achieved marathon success in separate events earlier this month. Lindsay Barwick won the New Plymouth Mountain to Surf Marathon women's division and Natalie Gaskin won the New Zealand Ironman for her age group. The two started training together in November 2015, just after Natalie had finished recovering from a stress fracture in her hip. On Saturday March, 5, Lindsay competed in the 42.2km marathon and completed it in three hours and five minutes. This was Lindsay’s fifth marathon but her first win. She said when she finished she initially didn’t know she had won.

“I heard the announcer say ‘it's a good day for the Bar wick family’ and assumed my husband Paul had won,” she said. Lindsay had in fact won the marathon, her husband had placed third in the men's division. On the same day Natalie competed in the New Zealand Ironman in Taupo, winning her age group and beating her personal best of 10 hours and

17 minutes, by 15 minutes. The Ironman event involves a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and a 42.2km marathon run. Natalie’s win also qualified her for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, later this year. This is the third World Championships Natalie has qualified for and will be her second time attending the event. She competed in 2014 but couldn’t go in 2015 due to her injury. Natalie has completed seven Ironman events but this was her first win.

Natalie Gaskin won the New Zealand Ironman for her age group this year.

at the event, only leaving to put her young children to bed. “I was right in the middle of chemotherapy when it started,” she said. This year she will be participating in Wellington Relay For Life, in both the survivors walk and the candlelight ceremony. Currently there were no spac-

es in this year’s Relay For Life. Anyone who signs up will be put on a waiting list and their details will be saved. They will also automatically be signed up for Relay For Life 2017. If you would like to donate to the Cancer Society, head to their website www.cancernz.

Thursday March 31, 2016



Scots College student hopes to inspire others with his ingenuity By Colin Engelbrecht WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

A teenager who built his own track bike and placed in the finals of the National Track Racing Championships showed off his project to other students this week. Last year Scots College student Henry Levett built his track racing bike as part of the International Baccalaureate, which required year 10 students to complete a solo project. International Baccalaureate is offered as an alternative to

NCEA. Henry said he spent about half of last year designing the bike and the rest of the year building it. All of the parts were ordered online and Henry said he assembled the bike himself. “I learned a lot during the project, like time management skills, it was a big project,” he said. After building the bike he raced it in the national championships, which were held last weekend and placed in the finals. For Henry, who usually rides

road bikes, placing in the finals in his first year of track cycling was a huge accomplishment. “I made it into the final, which was very exhilarating, the race was very fast,” he said. Last Monday, Henry displayed his bike project to year 10 students to try and inspire them to do similar things for their International Baccalaureate project. Henry said building the bike was a very enjoyable process and he’d like to do it again. “If I find the time I’d like to do it some more,” he said.

Some of the medalists who competed at the recent national’s event in Ohope. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Lyall Bay athletes named into New Zealand Life Saving squads By Bethany Tiddy MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Henry Levett stands outside Scots College with the bike he designed and made himself. PHOTO CREDIT: Colin Engelbrecht

Three athletes from the Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club were named into the New Zealand Surf Life saving squads last weekend. Members of the club competed against 1500 other athletes at the National Surf Life Saving Championships at Ohope Beach from March 25 to 27. Athletes Hayley Cox, 19, Lewis Clareburt, 17, and Alaynah Bettany, 14, were all named into New Zealand Surf Life saving squad, joining existing member Samantha Lee, 25. Coach Walter Maxwell said the athletes were on the beach up to 12 hours a day throughout the championships. “It’s quite an intense program of events,” he said. He said the athletes trained up to 20 times a week for 10 months of the year.

“It’s a massive amount of work,” Walter said. Walter has coached athletes at the Lyall Bay Surf Club for 13 years. “All of them I’ve known since they were grasshoppers,” he said. Wellington has the “harshest conditions in the country… but the kids just keep coming back,” he said. Plans are underway to replace the current Lyall Bay clubrooms, with a project funded by the Wellington City Council, New Zealand Lottery Grants Board and club funds. Walter said the new clubrooms will be ready for public use in November this year and he was looking forward to “a new home”. With Easter weekend marking the official end to the patrol season, the club will enjoy an enforced rest for nine weeks. They will begin training again on May 22 and the patrol season will resume in October.








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