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Walk of support Johnsonville School joins Relay for Life By Sharnahea Wilson

Johnsonville School children banded together last week to walk around a track for two hours to raise funds for the Cancer Society of New Zealand. After school care organiser Kay Tauroa put the idea of doing a Relay for Life on the school field to the kids and they said “yeah let’s do it”. About 40 students dressed in purple, with purple face paint and balloons made their way around the cones set out on the field on the afternoon of March 31. “We have treats to keep them going,” Kay said about the dedicated kids. Continued on page 2 Emma Norris (left), 10, and Shannon McCormack, 11, enjoy Relay for Life at Johnsonville School.

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Dame Susan Devoy will be making a guest appearance at an upcoming meeting for the Wellington branch of the PanPacific South East Asia Women’s Association. Member of the association Marianne Bishop said Ms Devoy would be speaking to the meeting about her work and sharing her experiences and her vision. “We try to have inspirational female speakers at our meetings each month,” Marianne said.

Ms Devoy, DNZM, CBE is a former squash champion and current Race Relations Commissioner. She is also currently the director of Women Walking Ltd, a board member of the Sustainability Council of New Zealand and a member and former chair of the Halberg Trust. Marianne said she hoped to hear about how Ms Devoy got into her various roles and about her committee experiences. “She is not just a squash player, she is involved in a lot of other things as well,” Marianne said.

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She said anyone was welcome to go along to the Johnsonville Community Centre at 10am on Saturday, April 16 to hear Ms Devoy speak. “We would like to encourage other women in the community to attend. “We thought it would be a good opportunity to get more members of the community coming along to learn something new and meet different people.” Marianne said she hoped the talk would encourage more women to reach their potential.

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Johnsonville School Relay for Life organiser Kay Tauroa with a group of keen kids. PHOTOS: Sharnahea Wilson

School students run Relay for Life Continued from page 1 Kay organised the fi rst Johnsonville School Relay for Life three years ago and said it was something she was hoping to run every year. After having to deal with a death in the family from cancer last year, Kay stressed the importance

of children learning about health. “We also do the slip, slop, slap and wrap education around sunburn.” Kay will also be taking part in the Relay for Life at Frank Kitts Park on Saturday, April 9 and said she hoped to raise $1000 for the Cancer Society

from the two events. “We have already raised $500 from the school Relay for Life,” she said. Kay said the kids had been excited about the event for a while. “They are very keen, they really enjoy taking part. “They have been building up to this for a week.”

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Online community supports Day of Visibility By Sharnahea Wilson

Last week transgender people from all over the world celebrated the international Transgender Day of Visibility on social media by creating discussions and sharing support. Rainbow Wellington Chair Person Rawa Karetai said the Day of Visibility was about

creating awareness around the issues in the transgender community. People shared a hashtag on twitter and shared a press release about the Day of Visibility throughout the day on March 31 to show their support to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

ILGA Oceania co-convenors, Rawa Karetai (left) and Ymania Brown at the recent park festivities on March 12.

“Trans people are often abused quite a lot – the sexual abuse statistics in relation to the transgender community are high,” Rawa said. He said there are huge issues facing the transgender community that every day people don’t think about. “Access to healthcare is an issue,” Rawa said, pointing out the fact that many clinics either don’t have the knowledge to deal with transgender patients or are unwilling. A big campaign the Transgender community are running is No Pride in Prisons. Rawa said transgender people are still being put into the prisons of the gender they were born into which makes the risk of abuse for those inmates significantly higher. Rainbow Wellington is an umbrella organisation which makes sure LGBT people get the help they need including financial and emotional support.

He said discrimination and bias in the workplace and schools are still big issues for the transgender community. “Self-harm is particularly high with transgender youths,” Rawa said. Rawa recently helped convene the inaugural ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association) Oceania Human Rights and Health Conference in Wellington. He said the conference provided a fantastic opportunity to discuss issues such as violence, inequality, freedom of speech and homophobia in sport. Rawa said New Zealand has a very long way to go in terms of equality in work, sport and education for the LGBT community. To find out more information you can visit www.rainbowwellington.org.nz/ or http://www.proud.org.nz/

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Four local marching teams had representatives from Wellington’s Northern suburbs in the New Zealand Marching Championships recently. The event was held in the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland from March 11 – 13. The local marching team, Glennette, was represented by their under 16 grade and under 12 grade. The under 16 grade retained their New Zealand championship title and also achieved the title of champion technical drill team and champion display team. Glennette coach Cheryl Lovett said she was “ecstatic”

about the successful weekend. She said many of the girls had been training since they were young and had moved up from the under 12 grade. “It’s a nice progression,” Cheryl said. The Glennette under 12 grade achieved the title of first display team. Two other Wellington marching teams were represented by the Inspire senior grade and the Bandolier masters grade. The Inspire senior grade team achieved the title of third technical drill team. The Bandolier masters grade team achieved the title of second champion team, second technical drill team and second display team for their grade. The team reunited on Facebook last year, 20 years

Local under 16 grade marching team Glennette at the National Marching Championships.

after marching together as teenagers. Fionna McKendry of the Bandolier masters grade team said she enjoyed marching with her friends again.

“It’s lovely…We were kids back then and now we’ve got our own kids,” she said. Fiona said they would enjoy a break and look forward to resuming training in August.

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Deputy Mayor Justin Lester promises to give a $5000 rebate to first home builders and free entry to Council pools for under-fives if he is elected Mayor in October. At his Mayoral campaign launch last Sunday Mr Lester announced to a packed room of people at the Warewaka Event Centre he was running because he loved the city and wanted to “make it even better”. “I’ve spent my adult life working to make this city a better place over the last six years as Deputy Mayor and a Wellington City Councillor, and before that as a local business owner.” Mr Lester said a housing rebate would encourage owners to build houses which would further reduce home costs, increase suitability of housing

stock and allow people to save up to $150,000. He said he would also ensure every Wellingtonian was able to live in a safe, warm, dry home. “As Mayor, I’ll invest in new social housing and I’ll send a local bill to Parliament to secure a rental warrant of fitness throughout Wellington. “That means basic requirements for a home you can rent out.” He also said he would get serious about ensuring every child in Wellington had the opportunity to learn to swim. “Seven out of 10 kids in New Zealand can’t swim, and I won’t let Wellington be a city that turns its head and ignores that fact.” Mr Lester said the cost of this policy would not break the bank.

“The cost is a paltry $55,000 per annum in a budget of $450 million.” Candidates running for the Wellington City Council were announced at the launch including local resident Peter Gilberd who will be running for Northern Ward Councillor under a Labour ticket. Justin Lester had also previously announced Southern Ward Councillor Paul Eagle would be his preferred Deputy Mayor should he get elected. With Jo Coughlin throwing her hat in the ring the competition is heating up, and Mr Eagle said the campaign would become a battle of the left and right. “What you’re seeing here with Councillor Jo Coughlin announcing [she would be running for Mayor] is that the right are getting nervous.”

St Vincent de Paul charity shop makes a move By Sharnahea Wilson

The Society of St Vincent de Paul has a brand new shop open on Broderick Road. The Johnsonville road branch of the charity shop is slowly making a move to the new convenient location, Wellington area president John Kennedy-Good said. “The lease at the other shop was coming up for renewal at the same time this shop became available. “We felt this was a more visible and more accessible location,” John said. Both shops will be open until the lease runs out for the Johnsonville Road shop in August. The new shop had its official opening on Monday and communications person Elsbeth Hymes-Hancock said the shop had already received gener-

ous donations. “We have already had about four full bags of donations dropped off.” She said it was great people would have the opportunity to shop at two different Vinnies stores around the corner from each other for four months. John explained how the Society of St Vincent de Paul was founded 150 years ago in Paris as a response to the grinding hardship and poverty people were facing at the time. “The money from the shops allows enables us to assist people in the area in need. “Our whole mission is helping people,” John said. Once closed the Johnsvonville Road store stock will be distributed to the other eight stores in the Wellington area.

(Left to right) Johnsonville shop manager Marlin Yokhnan, Wellington area president John Kennedy-Good, Communications person Elsbeth Hymes-Hancock and Shop coordinator Mike East outside the new Vinnies shop on Broderick Road.

Khandallah residents celebrate Neighbours Day By Sharnahea Wilson

From left to right David Andrews, Sarah Andrews, Bill Courtney, Alistair Hutchens, Fiona McKenzie and Andrew McKay enjoy a Neighbours Day barbecue. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

Khandallah residents got together last week to celebrate Neigbours day with a barbecue and giveaways. Khandallah Town Hall coordinators Fiona McKenzie and Sarah Andrews put on a sausage sizzle in Khandallah Village on March 30 where locals celebrated getting to know their neighbours. Wellington City Council spon-

sored the sausage sizzle and provided seed packets for the coordinators to give away. “The seeds are lovely and they grow quickly which is cool for kids,” Fiona said. Fiona has been with the Khandallah Community Centre, which operates out of the Town Hall, for 10 years and said people should make an effort to get to know their neighbours. “It is important for people to

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(From left to right) Youth workers Luke Collins, Sarah Atkinson and Nicole Simson with Challenge 2000 Acting Director John Robinson, Mario Cha, 11, and Samantha Samaniego, 14. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

Early morning rain threatened to put a halt to the Churton Park clean-up last Saturday, but by the time the 40-plus collectors started on their rounds at 11am the weather had cleared enough for them to work in dry overhead conditions. After just over an hour’s collecting, the volunteers had slightly more than fifty bags for the Council to take to the dump. Several of the collectors, while enjoying a sausage sizzle after the event, encouraged the Association to hold another clean-up day.

Youth sleep in boxes to raise funds for charity For the third year in a row Johnsonville’s Challenge 2000 took part in the annual Caritas challenge, raising funds for overseas people in need. This year Caritas, an international Catholic charity, chose to support the people of Cambodia. Challenge 2000 jumped on board and had staff members and local school students sleep in boxes overnight and eat only rice and noodles for 24 hours as a fundraising campaign on Friday, April 1. Founder of the local youth development, community, and family social work agency, Challenge 2000, Kitty McKinley said she was proud of the young ones who signed up to fundraise for Cambodia. “I’m so proud of the young ones. They had to hand in their phones for the night; it’s a good experience

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Autumn has arrived and at Melissa Jane Flower Studio we are excited at the new season change as it brings us beautiful new flowers to play with including Freesias and Tulips! Mother’s Day is fast approaching too so we

thought we would give you a friendly reminder and reward all of the early birds with free delivery to our neighbours. Place your orders by calling 04 390 1087 or come see us in store at 55B Ottawa Rd, Ngaio.

CARTRIDGE WORLD Cartridge World Johnsonville are your local printer specialists. In most cases we offer a “swap and go” service. Simply bring in your empty ink or laser cartridge if you have one, and we’ll swap it for a refurbished one, saving

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With local experience behind him in the garden maintenance sector Grass-Man is the person to contact when you need that advice and extra hand. Autumn is the time of year when lawns (and weeds) are growing strongly – sometimes it can become a bit of a chore and this is when you wish you

had someone to provide that help to free up the afternoon to get on with other pursuits. Grass-Man also does window cleaning so why not call him and have both things done together. He can be contacted on 027 800 9132 and currently offers at least 20% off any quoted price.

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Dave Graham at Classic Panel & Paint has been diligently working on all types of vehicles for local people for 13 years at his workshop on Newlands Road. He is proficient in working on anything from classic and sports cars to the trusty family car.

Including all insurance work (fully guaranteed), all rust repairs, supermarket scrapes & dings plus small touch-ups to full re-paints, so pop in anytime for a free quote. Vehicle access is behind Northpac (down the drive).

SMAQ FASHION SMAQ is a new fashion and accessories shop located in Johnsonville Shopping Centre near Muffin Break. We provide a unique style of fashion for men and women. Our style is classic because it is handpicked from different places in Southeast Asia. We try to help poor villages in countries like the Philippines by buying their unique creations.

Handmade, crafted by their innate talent, and a labour of love are just some of the aspects we want to share on every product sold in our shop. We value the talent of less privileged people. By buying their creations, you are putting a nice meal on their table. We keep our advocacy by selling other products to provide more funding to our mission.

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A white, cloudy substance was spotted in the Karori Park stream by local residents over the Easter weekend.

“White, cloudy” pollution in Karori Park stream By Bethany Tiddy MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Local residents are concerned after noticing pollution in the Karori Park stream over the Easter weekend. Resident Shona McCa hon saw the “white, cloudy” subst a nc e wh i le wa l k i ng b e side the stream on March 28. She said the substance looked like paint residue and thought it came from paintbrushes being washed in stormwater drains. “It’s a bit of a shame to see pollution in the natural stream bed,” she said. According to the Wellington City Council, stormwater can be pol-

luted by paint, detergent, cleaning products, oil, grease, dog fasces, chemicals, silt, litter or anything else that washes down stormwater pipes. Councillor Iona Pannett said the public would be “appalled” if they knew stormwater ended up in natural water like the Karori stream. “We do take this seriously… we want people to take care of our beautiful environment,” Ms Pannett said. Under the Resource Management Act, it is illegal to allow anything other than rain to enter the stormwater system. A recent bylaw in Porirua banned residents from washing cars in driveways or streets to prevent

substances running into stormwater drains, and eventually into Porirua Harbour. Porirua Councillor Bronwyn Kropp said the bylaw has been beneficial. “The real value of having the bylaw is the educational aspect… people are now more aware.” Wellington Water spokesperson Alexander van Paassen said it may be worth looking at introducing a similar bylaw to other areas of Wellington. He said Wellington Water was working on an education initiative involving brochures and social media. “It’s really important that we raise awareness,” he said.

Service you can count on.... Dear Stan, I cannot speak highly enough of the level of communication you provided throughout the whole selling process. The conversations we had and feedback you provided after each open home gave great insight into the buyers opinions of my property, and the number of quality leads you were working with. The marketing campaign and tender process you recommended produced a great response, and after two weeks on the market, I am extremely happy to say the offer I accepted exceeded my expectations. Thanks again for everything Stan, it was an absolute pleasure working with you, and I will be recommending you to all of my friends, family and colleagues who are buying or selling property. Yours sincerely, K Miller, Newlands

Stan Kalafatelis Ph: 021 813 035

Proud supporter of Esteem Dance Crew and Pump Dance Studio

Hutt Road cycle path and other transport improvements – have your say Open days: Wednesday 30 March Saturday 2 April For details and to give us your feedback go to: cycleways.wellington.govt.nz

Feedback is required by Wednesday 13 April.


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

Question: Do you think parking is an issue in Johnsonville?

Quentin Fourie, Churton Park

Janet Dunbar, Khandallah

Jeremy Hodge, Johnsonville

Jemahl Paki Paki, Churton Park

Luke Collins, Johnsonville

It doesn’t seem to be that bad, there are parks on the main street.

I’m always able to find a park but I don’t work here.

Yes, I work here and I end up having to park on residential streets, I see people who catch the train do the same thing.

The main street is a bit busy but there are the Countdown car parks.

I work at Challenge 2000 so we are lucky enough to be able to park at the church next door.

LETTERS to the editor

email: herald@wsn.co.nz to have your say

No minimum standards Dear Ed, The problem with minimum standards for rental housing is that it could result in a reduction of housing stock for rental where it is not economic for the property owner to upgrade to current standards and in fact force up rents. Common sense is that people rent the best accommodation they can afford and will not stay in substandard housing if they can move to better at an affordable price. In essence the laws of supply and demand come into

Sarah Atkinson, Johnsonville It’s not an issue because we usually carpool to work.

Dear Johnsonville Shopping Centre play. If people want a certain standard of housing and are prepared to pay for it investors will supply (over time). A better idea would be compulsory checklists supplied by the property owner to prospective tenants listing the housing amenities such as insulation (floor, ceiling, walls) and any other relevant information that a tenant could receive before they make the decision to accept the rental. Gregory Kent, Wellington

Dear Ed, I am writing this letter to express my utter disappointment with your atrocious management of our Johnsonville Shopping Centre. A little birdie has whispered we are to see the doors closed to another three stores in the shopping centre...some big retailers too! Could it be true that Hallenstein’s and Bank Shoes are looking to get out? I’d say it is a colossal concern for your

business should it be true, and a tell-tale sign you should get your acts together and start beautifying the centre not only to attract larger retailers, but to keep those you are barely hanging on to! Please don’t allow our centre to crumble any further....please! Begging Resident of Churton Park S. Jansen

Do you know how to make your community better? WE DO. Rest homes with spark Enliven’s homes are different.

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Enliven’s homes embrace an elder-directed model of care called the Eden Alternative. That means we take every opportunity to ensure our elders have companionship, fun and meaningful activity in their lives.

• Cashmere Home, Johnsonville • Cashmere Heights Home, Johnsonville • Huntleigh Home and Retirement Apartments, Karori • Kilmarnock Heights Home, Berhampore • Longview Home, Tawa • Woburn Home and Retirement Apartments, Lower Hutt

After all, some things make for a healthier, happier life, no matter your age or ability.

Visit: www.enlivencentral.org.nz | Freephone: 0508 36 54 83

Learn how to make a difference in your community. Join us for an informational meeting about Lions Clubs International

Johnsonville Lions Club Lions Clubs International

Location: When: Contact: Email:

Churton Park Community Centre 7:30pm Wednesday 13th April Ross Ph: 970 4162 or Stephen Ph: 972 2036 Johnsonville@lionsclubs.org.nz


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EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a house in Woodland Road was entered via a jemmied rear kitchen window. The house was searched and jewellery and bottles of alcohol were among the items stolen. The garage of a house in Clifford Road was broken into and a new washing machine was stolen. A Hyundai van parked in Clifford Road was stolen but

later recovered. In Ohariu Road a house was entered through smashed windows and a washing machine and clothes dryer were taken. Furnishings and linen items were deliberately slashed and tomato sauce sprayed on walls. In Glenside Road a Mazda hatchback parked at the end of a driveway was vandalised with offensive words sprayed

with black paint. In Newlands a silver Subaru Legacy parked in Glanmire Road had both front and rear registration plates stolen. I nBlack Rock Road a housing unit was entered through a forced bedroom window and two Ipods, clothing items, watches and perfume were stolen. In Ngaio a white Toyota Hi-

lux van parked on the corner of Ngaio Gorge Road and Trelissick Crescent had a passenger window smashed to gain entry. A cell phone and a torch were stolen. In Churton Park the door of a garage in Cambrian Street was forced and propped up to gain entry. Power had been turned off by the intruder(s) at the outside power box. Nothing

appears to have been stolen. In Crofton Downs a Nissan Cube stationwagon parked in Chartwell Drive had its left rear quarterlight window smashed to gain entry and a laptop computer was stolen. In Grenada Village a white Nissan stationwagon parked in Mark Avenue was damaged in an attempt to break in. No entry was gained.

Plunket health checks go digital By Sharnahea Wilson

Plunket health checks for newborns are going digital with nurses in Wellington and Wairarapa using an innovative new app. The nurses have started to record health information for newborns and children newly enrolled to Plunket by tablet and a plunket app rather than creating paper files. Wadestown Plunket nurse Linda Stocker said having the app was a “big advantage”. “It cuts down the amount of paper work nurses have to fill out which frees us up to spend more time with the families,” she said. Linda said getting new patients details would be a much easier task now that the nurses don’t have to sift through files. “It’s a progressive system – nurses can go through children’s results with the parents by using the app.” Plunket chief executive Jenny Prince, who started her career with Plunket as a nurse 27 years ago, said when the app was rolled out to all Plunket families it would

New mum Stephanie with two-month-old daughter Matilda and Plunket nurse Keli Livingston, during a Plunket health check. Our commitment to continuous education and maintaining a steady flow of clients for our stylists mean that as a part of our team you will have every chance to really mean a more seamless service. and they seegrow another childand in the as a stylist become the best you can be. With hair & beauty salons across Auckland, “Using a digital health record family for example.” Hamilton, Cambridge, Rotorua, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Wellington, Canterbury and means we can make sure fewer The data would be stored in the Dunedin, and an ever growing demand from clients, we are always looking for talented children slip through the cracks. Microsoft cloud, which Plunket Stylists to join our Team.

“A Plunket nurse can do a health-check for another child on the spot if they’re out on a visit

found best met the requirements they and the government had for security and privacy.

Our commitment to continuous education and maintaining a steady flow of clients for our stylists mean that as a part of our team you will have every chance to really grow as a stylist and become the best you can be. With hair & beauty salons across Auckland, Hamilton, Cambridge, Rotorua, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Wellington, Canterbury and Dunedin, and an ever growing demand from clients, we are always looking for talented stylists to join our team. "In my career of 25 years plus I have seldom been more fulfilled as I am at Vivo. "- Peter At Vivo we love helping our clients feel great about themselves! We are passionate about delivering wow experiences so our clients become true fans. We are always looking for opportunities to grow, develop, and learn exciting new skills. We celebrate achievement and always stay positive - even on bad (hair) days. And we keep it fun! So if you want to be the best stylist you can be and work in a fun and supportive team environment - call Lynden on 021 676 222 or email us at jobs@vivosalon.co.nz - it will be the best career move you will ever make!

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"I am loving it! Honestly Vivo is the best place I have ever worked and I am not just saying that! "- Nicole Vivo are growing so fast, our recruitment can barely keep up! Contact us today to see if we have a vacancy in the area you want. Even if we don't have a salon there today, there might be one planned for tomorrow, so give Lynden a call on 021676222 today! We would love to talk.

Email your CV or call Lynden to discuss your future with Vivo. jobs@vivosalon.co.nz | Lynden Mason | 021 676 222

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J o i n U P t o d ay ! T AWA S Q U A S H C L U B

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Mums ‘N Bubs Thursdays: (incl school hols) 9:30am-11:00am, $5 Small Nix Registration Sunday: 10th April, 3pm-3:40pm, 5-8 year olds FREE Junior Coaching Programme: from $60 a term with Mita Squash, owned by Wellington's top squash coach.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t - you’re right.” Henry Ford

School groups and professional development

Universal Leagues: all levels welcome - free to members, $5 a game for non members Club Night Fridays: Juniors: 5 pm - 7 pm, $3, Seniors: 7 pm - 9 pm, Free A-Z Flooring Tawa Open: Apr 14th - 17th (for graded players only)

• Senior Full $34 a month • Midweek (before 5pm Mon - Fri) $19 a month • Tertiary Student $20 a month • Family (2 adults, all children under 19) $67 a month • Other options available on our website • Access key one off fee of $20 each • Sign up this month and get your first month free (min 6 month commitment required).

E: info@tawasquash.co.nz - Web: www.tawasquash.co.nz - 67 Main Rd, Tawa

Take a bite out of the Big Apple! If the TCS New York City Marathon has always been on your bucket list, it isn’t too late to secure your spot at the start line for 2016, through accessing a guaranteed entry and travelling with Marathon Tours New Zealand.

Why should you travel to New York with Marathon Tours? • As an International Travel Partner, we secure exclusive entries into the event. No ballots, no qualifying times, with us your entry is guaranteed. • We take care of everything for you, from your arrival transfers, to your accommodation close to all the action, to your guaranteed entry, to the celebration drinks afterwards! • As a large travel organisation, we have the knowledge and skills of the event and of New York, plus full access to travel deals and know-how to ensure this is the trip of a lifetime for you.

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The Mind Lab by Unitec is an award winning specialist learning lab dedicated to increasing knowledge and understanding of modern technology. The Mind Lab is transforming the education ecosystem in New Zealand from its current legacy model to become a contemporary sector that embraces the very best in technology, new thinking, research and new knowledge in order to prepare the next generation of New Zealanders for their future success. The Mind Lab has become the largest education facility in New Zealand in less than 2.5 years of operation, teaching 40,000 school students in 2015 in The Mind Lab facilities in Auckland, Wellington, Gisborne and Christchurch. These practical work-

shops enable students to discover new ways of learning, collaborating and experimenting. Every school holidays, The Mind Lab by Unitec morphs into a haven for young thinkers, makers and doers. Kids from 7 to 12 gain hands-on experience with the innovative digital technologies of the future. The Mind Lab offers a range of full days for children to face new, engaging challenges in a supportive and encouraging environment.  The Mind Lab by Unitec’s Petone Lab, located at 25 Victoria Street will be running school holiday programmes from 18 April – 29 April 2016. Bookings can be made online at www.themindlab.com, or phone 04 777 6463.


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J o i n U P t o d ay ! Marathon Travel Specialists Marathon Tours are marathon travel specialists, and have been taking New Zealand runners and walkers to the world’s premium marathon events for more than five years. Why choose to travel with Marathon Tours for your destination race: • Guaranteed entry to some of the world’s most exclusive marathons, half marathons and shorter distance races • Access to the best travel deals and expert knowledge through our relationship with Calder & Lawson House of Travel, who have been in business for over thirty years • Remove the restrictions and frustrations of waiting in a ballot for your race entry, they will take care of this for you

• Packages are inclusive of high-quality accommodation near the race • Travel with a like-minded group of people who share your passion • Have the freedom to concentrate on your training and dreaming about the trip, while they take care of the details • Marathon Tours have excellent connections with marathon organisers around the globe • Marathon Tours offer more than marathons; they are also specialists in half marathons and shorter distances, and walkers are just as common as runners in event groups  For more information check the website: www.marathontours.co.nz

Do you know where to find local heroes? WE DO. Learn how to make a difference in your community. Join us for an informational meeting about Lions Clubs International

Johnsonville Lions Club Lions Clubs International

Location: When: Contact: Email:

Churton Park Community Centre 7:30pm Wednesday 13th April Ross Ph: 970 4162 or Stephen Ph: 972 2036 Johnsonville@lionsclubs.org.nz

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“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t - you’re right.” Henry Ford

Fuel up for this cold season Drinking an adequate amount of fluid and fueling your body is as important in the winter as it is during the summer. In the winter, the cold weather “blunts the thirst mechanism,” and you may not notice that you are thirsty. Carry a small amount of food and water with you when you exercise outdoors, so you will have some nourishment if you need it. Exercising in the cold increases your appetite as your body temperature drops. Eating and digesting food warms your body. Control your cravings The cold always seems to tempt us

to eat high-calorie snacks that we find much easier to resist in the warmer months. When you find yourself reaching for comfort food such as chocolate, hot puddings, breads and cakes, satisfy your cravings instead with healthier alternatives. Try porridge with cinnamon and stewed fruit instead of adding sugar, low fat yoghurt, a handful of dry, reduced sugar cereal with a few raisins or sultanas, Pumpkin and sunflower seeds, Rice cakes with low fat cottage cheese and cucumber or a small handful of unsalted mixed nuts.

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Kelly Club & Kelly Sports April Holidays and Term 2 Programmes

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Kelly Club has 6 fun April school holiday programmes across Wellington from Houghton Valley through to Churton Park. Come and enjoy great fun activities and trips out too!

You can book your Kelly Sports term 2 sessions now too and take advantage of our early-bird rates. These programmes allow children to learn the fundamentals of sport gaining new skills and building their confidence all while having a great time.

Kelly Sports also has 3 football and a netball workshop during the school holidays which are great fun and good preparation for the winter season too.

Kelly Club Before & After School Care OSCAR programmes are great fun and offer flexible session options and casual bookings too. We have 5 programmes across Wellington.

For more information and to make your bookings visit www.kellyclub.co.nz or www.kellysports.co.nz and select Wellington Area or Email adminwgtn@kellysports.co.nz or call 04 972 7201


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Councillor backs changes to animal bylaw By Rosel Labone MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

New policies to protect local wildlife in sensitive areas from intruders will “set a precedent” that other cities will rush to follow. That was the word from Western Ward councillor Simon Woolf about a draft Animal Bylaw and Dog Policy by Wellington City Council’s Environment Committee. The changes to the “furs and feathers” policy are an attempt to curb problematic aspects of domestic animal behaviour to help protect local wildlife. A recent Council survey, which received over 700 responses, showed half of all households in the Wellington area had domestic pets. The survey found 97 per cent of respondents agreed protection of wildlife was important and 95 per cent of pet owners would take practical steps to stop their pets from harming wildlife. While the proposed changes addressed both the cat and dog population, it was cat owners who would be primarily affected.

Council wanted to introduce laws stating cats must either be microchipped or collared, and a rule which would state each household would have a limit of three cats. Mr Woolf said the majority of owners were responsible and on board with the scheme. “I’m amazed – It’s been very positive so far.” He encouraged sceptics to take a more proactive approach, and said he had experienced first-hand the devastating impact of cats on the local bird population in at-risk areas of Wellington such as Wrights Hill. “I walk through these areas every second or third night during nesting season. I see saddleback fledglings on the fence-line. “Undoubtedly cats are a threat to these.” Mr Woolf said a local camera set up in Ngaio had captured regular visits from cats to a kaka nest. The public can have their say on the proposed new bylaw from April 1 to May 2, 2016. If passed, council would look to implement the changes before the next nesting season.

Super cool mums Katie Kemp and Bev Aynsley with one of their delicious Super School Smoothies PHOTO: Bella Photography

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A couple of Cashmere Avenue School mums have banded together to create four delicious smoothies for the up-coming annual school fair. Mums Katie Kemp and Bev Aynsley created ‘Super School Smoothies’ with a goal of getting nutritious food on the menu for fair day on Sunday, April 10. “We are very aware of the pull of ‘colourful, fun party food’ at festive occasions such as school fairs,” Katie said. Both Katie and Bev enjoy healthy living. They are determined to lead by example and encourage their children to do the same. Katie wanted to inject “healthy food options into the school fair, demonstrating to kids [and] families that healthy food can be colourful, quick and simply delicious”. The smoothie idea came together with the help of their Cashmere Avenue School

children and some friends. “We tried different fruit combinations and got the children ranking each smoothie from one to 10,” Katie said. The highest scores decided their choices. One smoothie in the line-up is a green smoothie, which includes the ‘superfood’ kale. “We think [this] smoothie will appeal more to our Mums and Dads at the fair,” Katie said. All the unique smoothies will be made onsite at the fair with fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables donated by families who are equally passionate about offering healthy produce at school fairs. Tropical smoothie Sunshine Staite is aptly named after the Head of Cashmere Avenue’s Middle School, Jo Staite. The other three flavours, each named after a favourite teacher, will be revealed on fair day.

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Terrific day for tennis By Eleanor Wenman MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

A bit of wind didn’t put off Khandallah’s young tennis players last weekend. Thirty-one keen children turned out to compete on the courts at the Khandallah Tennis and Squash Club’s end-of-season junior championships on April 2 and 3. Competitors under the age of sixteen were split according to age and gender and had the chance to compete in singles or doubles games. Junior convener for the club Craig Brown said the main aim of the day was to encourage young people to get outdoors and have some fun. “It’s all about getting kids into tennis,” he said. Every participant played at least two matches. The club’s system is such that even those who lose their first match still get to play a consolation game.

Tyler Weyburne, winner of the under 10 boys’ singles group, has been playing tennis for a year and a half. For him, it beats playing rugby or football. “It’s my number one sport,” he said. Nina Simmonds, who said she enjoys the social aspect of the game, came third in the under 14 girls’ singles group. The enthusiastic sportswoman has been playing tennis for six years. “I only started playing properly in the last two years though,” Nina said. Parents and coaches turned out to support the young players and to offer them a drink or a chocolate bar after their hard work. The competition season has ended, but the junior tennis members will continue to play throughout the year. Khandallah Tennis and Squash club offers coaching sessions on Friday afternoons for school children as a chance for them to get out and have a go at the sport.

From left Kate Forster, 15, Tom Watson, 10 and Tom Bevan, 11 lining up to play in the Junior Tennis Club Championships. PHOTO: Eleanor Wenman

International footballers Leonardo Villa, Jack Haggerty and Faria Simoe with their Karori based host families. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

World class footballers By Sharnahea Wilson

Karori Waterside Football club has welcomed back two skilled international players and received an extra expert player for their Premier One team. Professional footballers Leonardo Villa of Argentina and Jack Haggerty of Scotland have returned to the club for a second year to help get the team into the Central League. Leonardo’s host parents said having him play for the local club was a significant achievement. “It’s a massive thing for Leo to end up in Karori,” Leonardo’s host dad Tony Straughier said. Leonardo started playing football in Argentina at the age of four and played professionally

in Italy for seven years before travelling to New Zealand with his partner. “The country opened the door to us,” he said. Jack also played for Karori last year and said he returned not just for the football, but also for the community – his host family in particular. “It was hard when I first left Scotland. I left two brothers behind. “But when I got to New Zealand I gained two brothers here,” Jack said of his host brothers Carrick and Victor Crafts. “I came back two weeks ago and felt at home.” Jack said he came to New Zealand not knowing what that standard of football was going

to be like. “I was glad I came here after I saw Leo play.” The Waterside Football Club also gained Faria Simoe of Switzerland this year to join the proficient squad. Faria said coming here was partly about the club but also about making friends for life. The enthusiastic footballer hopes to make a career out of the sport in New Zealand and would like to be selected into the Pheonix one day. The host parents of the players said it’s a great thing not just for the club but for the community as a whole to have such talented players here. “It’s great for younger kids to be able to see,” Faria’s host dad Martin Foye said.

Local footballers play 500th game By Sharnahea Wilson

One local football team recently celebrated playing their 500th game together – facing the same team they first played against in 1989. Family and friends turned out to watch the Blair Wright Group, North Wellington Villa team play their 500th game against Greek Olympic at Alex Moore Park on Saturday, April 2. Ten of the original team members from 1989 were still going strong at the match over the weekend. One of the original players, Steve Lynd, said most of the footballers who had played for the team over the years came from Onslow College, with another big group having come from Newlands College. “A lot of us met at school – some of us have been playing football together since the 70s. “The reason the team stayed together so long is because of Dave Wright,” Steve said. Dave, who is another original team member, said there has been 96 footballers play at least three games over the 27 years. “We won 247 of the 500 games, scored over 1300 goals and gained five league titles,” Dave said.

Villa lost their 500th game 5 – 2 to the Greek’s but Dave said that didn’t matter on the day, saying it was an achievement just to play the game. He said the team owed a thank you to Tom and Margaret Wright, who own Blair Wright Group, for sponsoring and supporting the team since the very beginning. The team includes two North Wellington AFC life members, Warwick Smith and Grant Shields. Grant, who joined the team later on in the 90s, said the reason they are still playing together as a team is because of the great camaraderie they have on and off the field. “We enjoy each other’s company – it’s about not being afraid to laugh at yourself,” Grant said. Dave agreed, saying the team motto is “seriously social but socially serious”. The players explained how they have been friends since before each other’s 21st birthdays’ right through to their 40th birthdays. The footballers now see a bright future for young North Wellington players. “With the development of Alex Moore Park it’s now up to our sons and daughters to carry on the tradition,” Steve said.

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School Fair Cashmere Avenue School Khandallah Fair and Jumble, Sunday 10 April, 11am to 3pm rain or shine. Family fun and games, quality jumble, kids clothes, toys, auction, delicious food!

The original North Wellington Villa team from the 90’s.


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