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Thursday March 31, 2016



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.

Meighan Clark, General Manage

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’.

“This allows charities to purchase a brew kit and then use Brew’d special equipment to make their own brew. It is then sold across the bar to raise funds for the charity involved.” Meighan said Brew’d prides itself on offering a fantastic selection of food and drinks for the whole family. Head Chef Jonathan Foster was well known for his great burger and pizza options including the ever popular Brew’d half pounder burger, and the pulled pork pizza, Meighan said. “A big repeat seller is the double crumbed beef schnitzel served with coleslaw, kumara wedges and aioli,” she said.  Pop into Brew’d at 163 The Parade in Island Bay. To contact call, 383 8260 or email For more information on specials and events, head to the Brew’d Facebook page.


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