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Thursday April 21, 2016

Service returns to Island Bay By Nikki Papatsoumas

After a year hiatus, Island Bay will host its very own Anzac Day service this year. The service, which will take place on Monday, will be held at Island Bay School and this year, will be led by Lay Pastoral Leader for the Catholic Parish of Wellington South, Joe Green. The service is run by the Island Bay Ministers Association on behalf of the Wellington RSA. In attendance this year will be guest speaker Rongotai MP Annette King and John Meredith will be representing the RSA. The service will involve a reading, a prayer and the tolling of the bell at the school’s own war memorial bell tower, which bears an inscription to alumni who died during the world wars. A bugler will also play the last post. Joe said this year in his reading he wanted to focus on not only those who lost their lives in war, but also on those who were injured mentally and physically and those who stayed back and kept the home fires burning. “To be leading the service, it is an honour really. It is a

privilege,” Joe said. Reverend Nathan Parry, from Island Bay Presbyterian Church, has led the service in the past. He said each year a different local church leader ran the service. Rev Parry said the churches were well supported by the community each year, especially the scouts, brigades and guides groups. He said it would be great for Joe to take the stand this year and be seen by the community. Nathan said last year the decision was made to not go ahead with the local service as it was believed most locals would want to pay their respects at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park for centenary commemorations. “However, people with young families found it hard to get there, so people were asking us to run it again back [in Island Bay].” Rev Parry also paid tribute to John Williamson, a veteran who up until this year had represented the local RSA at the Island Bay service. “It has finally come to the point where he has stepped aside, because of his health he

inbrief news Man charged with assault A 28-year-old Wellington man has been charged with assault. This comes after a woman was approached by a man on Lambton Quay who grabbed her waist and tried to kiss her, last Monday. Senior Sergeant Jason McCarthy reassured the community that police would thoroughly investigate offending of this nature. “I’d also like to thank members of the community who assisted in identifying the offender which led to his arrest.”

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Reverend Nathan Parry alongside Lay Pastoral Leader Joe Green, who will run this year’s Anzac Day service in Island Bay.

isn’t up to it. “We are pleased John is taking us on, but it is also important to pay tribute to John Williamson – he has been a real stalwart.”

 The Island Bay Anzac Day service will take place on Monday, April 25 from 12.30pm at Island Bay School.

A section of redundant trolley bus overhead wires on Hataitai Rd, Waipapa Rd and Waitoa Rd, will be removed early next month. The Greater Wellington Regional Council said the wires had not been used since October last year and no longer formed part of the trolley bus network. Work will be carried out between 9am and 4pm over a two-week period with minimal traffic disruption expected, the regional council said.

Animal control and parking officers to wear cameras Wellington City Council’s five animal control officers will now wear cameras to help protect them in situations where their safety might be at risk. The cameras will be worn on the outside of the officers’ uniforms next to an ID tag stating they’re wearing a camera and will only be turned on and the public advised when the officer deems a situation unsafe with the potential for conflict. Wellington City Council Parking Services will also trial wearing cameras in the coming weeks.

Wellington Remembers:

Anzac Day 2016 – 100 years since the first New Zealand Anzac Day Service Sunday, April 24

• Anzac Eve Vigil Service, Wellington Cathedral, 7pm

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