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A day to remember She said this year’s Anzac Day commemorations marked 100 years since the first Anzac Day, “as families and communities drew together to honour those who had fallen in the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915”. Ms King also recognised veterans John Meredith and John Williamson, who were in attendance. Happy Valley resident John Williamson had represented the Returned Servicemen Association at previous services. He is one of the last remaining World War II veterans in the area, having been called to service in 1942, before he was moved to the Navy in 1943. This year, John Meredith represented the RSA at the service. Mr Meredith was part of the New Zealand Air Force in Vietnam. He was also the Parade Commander for the Dawn Parade for 15 years. Following a short service in the school’s hall, those in attendance moved outside to Island Bay

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School’s War Memorial Bell Tower. Members from local Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade, Cubs, Scouts, Girl Guides, Keas and ICONZ, held flags as John Meredith, who was representing the RSA, read the last verse of Laurence Binyon’s “For the Fallen”. Wreaths were then laid at the foot of the tower, which was erected 60-years-ago in memory of ex scholars of the school who died in the Great War and WWII. A bugler then played the Last Post and Reveille before the crowd joined in a minute’s silence. The Island Bay Anzac Service was held this year following a one year hiatus.

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Pukeahu’s second Anzac Day Pukeahu National War Memorial Park held its second ever national Anzac service on Monday at 11am. It was Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae’s last Anzac Day service as Governor General of New Zealand. In his speech Sir Jerry talked about his connection to Anzac Day and how his family was involved in World War I. He said it was not only a time to reflect and remember, but a time to find out more about our history and our family connections to this war. He also mentioned the recent findings that twice as many New Zealanders died at Gallipoli than historians originally thought. This year it is 100 years since the first Anzac Day services were held. Prime Minister John Key read part of New Zealand’s 19th Prime Minister Bill Massey’s speech from Wellington’s first Anzac service held in 1916.

inbrief news Let’s bake Members of the Strathmore Park community are invited to take part in Let’s Bake: A series of baking fun. The classes, run from the Strathmore Park Community Centre over the next four Thursday’s will allow locals a chance to learn to bake, help out and enjoy freshly made home-made baking. Classes take place from 10am to midday. Kids are welcome with a whanau member.

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The New Zealand Secondary Student’s Choir sang at this year’s service and there was a flypast by the Royal New Zealand Air Force, No. 14 squadron. Youth representatives from New Zealand, Australia and

Turkey also spoke. New Zealand youth representative Joshua Pike and Australia youth representative Chloe Schuster read Gallipoli Peninsula by Alistair Te Arkiki Campbell, a poem written while he was fighting

at Gallipoli. Turkey youth representative read a tribute by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the first president of Turkey. The service was well attended though it was not as big as the dawn service.

Gallipoli exhibit breaks records Gallipoli: The scale of our war had a record number of visitors in its first year, making it the most visited exhibit in Te Papa’s history. Between April, 18 2015 and April, 18 2016, the exhibition has had 705,187 visitors. The innovative exhibit was a created by Te Papa, in conjunction with the Weta Workshop. “This was a creative collaboration between Te Papa

and Weta Workshop, and together I think we achieved something very special,” said Weta Workshop’s Sir Richard Taylor, the creative director of the exhibit. The exhibit cost $8 million, with $3.6 million contributed by the Lottery Grants Board, and it will remain up until 2019. Many of the exhibits components, such as the 3D digital

maps and the enormous boots, were created by specialised firms, eight of which were Wellington-based. Visitors contribute to the exhibition as well, leaving behind paper poppies with personal messages and responses. Over half a million poppies have been left so far. Many simply write their name, or the names of those who served, while others share

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Wellingtonians have until Friday to have their say on the Wellington City Council’s Annual Plan 2016/17 consultation document, which sets out the activities and budget for the next financial year. The formal consultation on its Annual Plan 2016/17, which implements year two of the 2015-25 Long Term Plan and introduces a range of proposals to build on the progress so far, closes at 5pm on Friday.  More information about the Annual Plan and how to submit your views can be found at council’s website wcc.govt. nz

It was a time for reflection at Wellington Zoo last week as visitors and staff helped celebrate the menagerie’s 110th birthday. Wellington Zoo was New Zealand’s first zoo when it was established on April 21, 1906. Amy Hughes, general manager of community engagement

and acting chief executive has been at Wellington Zoo for 10 years. She said the zoo was also New Zealand’s newest zoo as the physical space and experience had been redeveloped over the last decade. “In general zoos have changed from being a menagerie or collection of animals close to peoples’ homes to a more

General manager of community engagement and acting chief executive, Amy Hughes, feeds the zoo’s two sheep, Sapphire and Pearl.

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On the heels of a milestone birthday, Wellington Zoo welcomed four new rodent members to its family this month. Last week one male and three female Capybaras arrived at the zoo from Parc Zoologique de Paris. Life sciences manager Dave French said staff were excited to have the Capybaras join the zoo’s family. “These social animals are a herd species and they are the world’s largest rodent. One of their notable features is their partially webbed feet, making them excellent swimmers,” he said. “Capybara can stay underwater for five minutes.”

The Capybaras will live in a newly redeveloped habitat near the zoo’s entrance which features two water holes and shelters to suit the needs of the semi-aquatic critters. Although Capybara are not endangered, their populations have been affected by hunting and habitat loss, Dave said. “Wellington Zoo actively supports a range of both local and global conservation projects to help save animals in the wild that live in the same range state as Capybaras.” Dave encouraged locals to visit the zoo and learn about the “charismatic animals” and how to prevent their natural habitat.

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Winning idea By Nikki Papatsoumas

An innovative young girl’s electrifying idea will be frozen in time beneath the capital’s new wind turbine. On Friday, April 15, Brooklyn’s new wind turbine was officially opened, with children from Brooklyn, Ridgeway and St Bernard’s Schools in attendance. Children from the schools had earlier been invited to share their ideas as a part of a competition about how they would like to see the world look in 20 years’ time. Brooklyn School student, eightyear-old Ashreya Ranchord’s ‘energy floor’ design was selected as the winner. “I go the idea because kids have a lot of energy. So I thought if kids have a lot of energy, we could collect that somehow,” Ashreya said. “I designed a playground with a special floor. When all the kids are jumping and running around the floor collects the energy and puts it into batteries which can be sent around the world.” Unfortunately, Ashreya was not present for the opening of the turbine. However, she and her class mates will visit the new turbine next term. Other ideas submitted by children as part of the competition included building a wind turbine gondola, growing fruit trees and vegetables along the streets of Brooklyn and building more wind turbines. Meridian community engagement manager, Carly Anderson, said she was impressed with the careful thought, consideration of some of the childrens’ ideas. “The fantastic futuristic inventions and visions were sealed

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were keen to be involved. “Many of the local children can see the wind turbine from their own backyard or from school, and there’s a sense of ownership of it,” she said. “The Brooklyn Wind Turbine has become somewhat of an icon for the community, and for Wellington.”

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Great War Exhibition ago. In addition the exhibition has an original Horace Moore-Jones painting from Sir Peter Jackson’s private collection. Perhaps one of the most iconic images of the battles at Gallipoli, the painting depicts a medic using a donkey to evacuate injured soldiers from the battle field.

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A local hairdresser is offering discounted haircuts this weekend in the hopes to raise money for a young boy with a rare hearing condition. One-year-old Felix Taito was born with a congenital condition that occurs in only one in every 10,000

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His parents are currently trying to raise the $120,000 needed for Felix to travel to America and undergo life changing surgery. A fundraiser for Felix will be held at Headstart Hair Design in Kilbirnie this Sunday. Hairdresser Kelly Antipas is close friends with Felix’s mum Seleta and said the family had been “fundraising like crazy”. They have already managed to raise $12,000 through a Givealittle page and have held various fundraisers across Auckland, where Felix and his family live, Kelly said. This Sunday the team at Headstart Hair Design will hold a cutting fundraiser – all wet cuts will be $40 and $10 hair treatments will be available. One hundred per cent of the proceeds will go straight to Felix and his family. There would also be a bake sale throughout the day, raffles and a donation box. Kelly, who has held fundraisers in the past for Felix, said all hairdressers had given up their own time for the cause. As well as this, Felix and Seleta would make the journey to Wellington for this Sunday’s fundraiser. “It’s going to be great, just to have them here and have them be part of it as well,” Kelly said.  The Headstart Hair Design Fundraiser will take place this Sunday, May 1, from 10am to 5pm. To book, call the salon on 387 3832.  For more information, or to make a donation, head to the Felix’s Lucky Fin Facebook and Givealittle pages.

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births, called Microtia Atresia. Felix has no ear canal on his right side and cosmetically his external ear did not form properly during pregnancy. Consequently, Felix has a moderately severe conductive hearing loss and needs to wear a hearing aid which is attached to a headband that he needs to wear all the time.

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The Great War Exhibition, created by Sir Peter Jackson and supported by ANZ, is open from 9am to 6pm at the Dominion Museum. Ian Wards, Curatorial Manager at the exhibition, expects visitors to be particularly interested in the ANZ Gallipoli Room. Artefacts on display include large guns, a huge diorama with over 5,000 tiny figurines showing the battle for Chunuk Bair and colourised photographs showing the hardships endured by those who fought there 101 years

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Plans which would see a new community facility erected in a neglected part of the community are falling into place. Late last year the Wellington City Council, Housing New Zealand and the New Zealand Police announced they were all supporting a community-led rejuvenation of Strathmore Park. As part of the initiative the Strathmore Park community were asked to identify strengths, challenges and opportunities for the suburb at a series of community meetings. Team leader for neighbourhoods and community networks for the council, Donna Wilson said since an initial hui was held last year, three further consultations had been carried out in the community. “We [then] put together a whole lot of information of what we perceived the community wanted.” Donna said through consultation it became clear the community

wanted to use the space at the Raukawa St Reserve to develop a community facility, which would be managed by the council but lead by a community group. A variety of services would be available at the hub and it would also provide a place for members of the community to sit, have a coffee and chat. Another community meeting is now planned for next Wednesday, where information and updates about the hub will be provided to the community. Donna said all going to plan, a community hub was expected to be completed in the next few months. Councillor Paul Eagle, who is also chair of the community sport and recreation committee, said Strathmore had been neglected for a long time. “It’s one of Wellington’s most deprived communities and they often don’t speak out. These are real people with real needs and they deserve to be heard. “There are no resources up there

except for an infrequent bus route and a shop. Putting in place a community facility to support events and programmes is positive.” Local Eastern Ward Councillor Simon Marsh said the council had been looking at ways to help those who live there and plans for a satellite community centre were a big step forward. “Most of us can easily take our kids to a doctor, go to Plunket or talk to our friends over a coffee, this area is so poorly served by public transport and is quite isolated.” Councillor Sarah Free said she hoped the new hub would be a way of delivering important services to a part of Strathmore that has been isolated in the past.  A community meeting will take place at Kahurangi School on Wednesday, May 4 from 5.45pm to 8.30pm. The meeting will discuss feedback received from the community so far and there will also be more information and updates about the facility planned for Raukawa Reserve.

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More than a dozen locals gathered at the Strathmore Park Community Centre for the first of four free baking classes last Thursday. The classes will run from the centre over the next three Thursday’s and will allow locals a chance to learn to bake, help out and enjoy freshly made homemade baking. Project coordinator for the Strathmore Park Community Centre, Lisa Matthews, said the fi rst session was super fun and busy. She said while around half a dozen people kept busy in the

kitchen, a group of hungry locals waited patiently for fresh baking. The class focused on making raisin and date scones and Anzac biscuits – in commemoration of Anzac weekend. Lisa said cooking classes had been in the pipeline for a while and it was great to finally be able to offer them to the community, free of charge. “People wanted to learn to cook and learn to cook different things and we talk about that a lot. “We started with baking because we felt like it was an easy thing to start with and of course it’s the school holidays,” Lisa said. “We want to get people to think

about making things at home – they don’t have to be expensive and they are really tasty.” If baking classes proved successful Lisa said they would look at offering other classes and there had been a particular interest from the community around ethnic food. “Also with our vegetable garden, I would love to look at ways to use things we have grown.”  Members of the Strathmore Park community are invited to take part in Let’s Bake: A series of baking fun. The classes will take place on Thursday April 28 and Thursday May 5 and 12 from 10am to midday. Kids are welcome with a whanau member.

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Being in business for 19 years! Running a very successful Salon and making my clients happy is very important to me. It’s not easy but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I have some very loyal customers that have been coming to see me for years and that also makes me realize that I am doing a good job! Also training numerous people over the years that have gone on to run their own successful businesses.

What do you love about what you do?

Making people happy! I love seeing client’s reactions when they see what we have done for them! I love hearing from clients about how they were complimented on their nails or makeup.

How do you define success?

Seeing my clients come back year after year. I have some clients that have been coming to see me for more than 10 years. I love seeing clients beaming as they leave the shop – that makes me know that I have done a fantastic job!

What do you do in your downtime?

I have 2 children and 1 grandson – I love spending time with them. Family is very important to me and my husband. We also love exploring Wellington and finding new, interesting walks to do. Wellington is the best little city in the world after all!

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What does your role entail?

My role as a Practice Manager at Newtown Dental Surgery involves developing and implementing business strategies and marketing the practice. The role also deals with accounts and administration duties, as well as managing staff and the day-to-day operations within the practice. In other words I am the back-bone of the practice. I also help out in reception.

What has been your biggest achievement?

My biggest professional achievement to date would be owning and running a dental practice with my business partner and husband. We have been fortunate that with the help of a team of passionate and talented people, we could grow the practice in the five and a half years since we took ownership of the practice.

What do you love about what you do?

What I love about my role is being able to work with a diverse range of people, both staff and patients. I also enjoy the opportunity to work with a team that has great work ethics and morals. We all respect our differences, and while at the same time are able to work together to achieve common goals. I like being faced with new challenges, which enable me to be creative and learn new things, and to be able to influence in how we do business with a team striving to improve both clinically and in our service to our patients. It is rewarding to see patients satisfied with to our service and care.

How do you define success?

There are methods I follow to measure success (i.e. business performances and growth). But most importantly I like to define success with internal satisfaction. I get great internal satisfaction when I see that my team and patients are both happy with the service that has been given and received. To know that a majority of our referrals to our practice is from word of mouth is very reassuring, and satisfying, because it lets me know that patients are happy with our service and the clinical treatment provided to them.

What do you do in your downtime?

I feel it is important to have a balance in life. Hence I enjoy doing outdoor activities especially taking long walks and enjoying the fresh air that New Zealand offers. I also enjoy spending time alone reading books, listening to music and spending quality time with my husband, family and friends. Whenever, opportunity arises with longer breaks, I try to travel overseas to learn and experience the different culture and see new things outside of NZ and also to meet with friends from all different parts of the world that I made during my schooling and university years.

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I do a bit of everything. I do the accounts, payroll, budgeting, HR, advertising, marketing and I make sure customers needs are met on a daily basis. The role is varied and demanding and includes doing deliveries to make sure customers needs are met.

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Annie Newell Jewetts Real Estate Licensed Agent ( REAA 2008) What does your role entail?

My role encompasses all aspects of marketing and selling property - using my knowledge, experience and negotiation skills to ensure the best price possible is achieved every time. I advise clients on the best way to prepare and present their property to add value, as well as work closely with buyers to ensure they have the confidence to offer the best price they possibly can.

What has been your biggest achievement?

What has been your biggest achievement?

What do you love about what you do?

What do you love about what you do?

Growing the business to what it is today which included being part of the team who successfully designed and implemented the relocation of Riddiford Laundrette from its old site in Newton Avenue, Newtown to a purpose build location in Wilson Street and renaming it Newtown Laundrette.

Happy clients every time - and the continued relationships and repeat business that comes from that. I have sold properties ranging from $200,000 to $2 million and offer the same level of commitment, service and hard work regardless. Every successful sale has the same sense of achievement and satisfaction when my clients are happy.

The variety of tasks and seeing the business grow and develop but most of all the fact that it is a family business so my partner and our children all work together to grow the business for the future. This year we added more new equipment so that we can professionally press shirts using the same equipment as a drycleaner. Looking for new ways to continue to add to what we do and how we do it.

I love working with people and the role I play in helping them with such an important part of their lives - buying and selling homes. A home is such a central part of everyone’s life, as well as one of their largest assets. A commitment I take very seriously and leave no stone unturned to get the best result possible for everyone involved.

How do you define success?

Good health, family and friends - and loving what I do everyday. And getting top dollar for every house I sell!!

Happy staff, happy customers, happy bank manager and expanding business.

How do you define success?

What do you do in your downtime?

What do you do in your downtime?

In my downtime I like to get together with family. I also do ballroom dancing. I find this challenging and great for body and mind. While I am doing this I cannot think of anything else so it is a great way to get time out.

Spending time with my gorgeous husband, beautiful girls, and my large extended family. Walking my dog on the beach every morning starts my day with a smile, as does cooking, gardening, walking the hills of Wellington, skiing and enjoying everything our wonderful city has to offer.

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Patients unable to access Hataitai Village Surgery By Kelly Hennessy Cook Strait News Intern

Construction on Moxham Ave has blocked wheelchair access to Hataitai Village Surgery for over a month now, local residents say. The pharmacy at Hataitai shop is

undergoing work and the zone around it has been declared a hazard area. This has made it impossible to access the wheelchair ramp up to Hataitai Village Surgery. “It’s really unfair at the moment, just a nasty situation,” said Glyn Durante, a patient of the doctors’. “I was there the other day for an appointment, and heard that someone had missed a 1pm appointment, and I just thought, what kind of patient was that? Maybe they could not get in,” Glyn added. The blocked Moxham entrance leaves Taurima St as the only point of egress, forcing patients to use the stairs. Those in a wheelchair or with a walker frame are unable to make it up the steps. “It would be helpful to have some different accommodation,” Glyn said. Though she has phoned the council, their options are limited because it is private property. However, Councillor Simon Marsh has spoken to the owners of the medical center, who agreed that the construction was posing a problem. The doctors have worked out a temporary solution. For now, patients who are not able to navigate the steps may call in advance, and the doctors will make the necessary accommodations.

Skate park upgraded Resurfacing work on the Treetops skate park in Newtown was completed late last week. By Nikki Papatsoumas

Resurfacing work on a local skate park has been completed to the delight of local skate boarders. Earlier this year, the Cook Strait News reported that local man Tom Culy had raised $10,000 in an effort to see his neighbourhood skate park undergo a much needed upgrade. Tom told the Cook Strait News, the ‘Treetops’ skate park off Russell Tce in Newtown had become tired and dilapidated in recent years. Originally built as the Newtown Skating Rink in 1971, the space was used daily by skate boarders, basketballers, children and the general community, he said. Tom said with the area being used more frequently he thought it was time to address its worn-out surface. So he started a PledgeMe campaign and

raised the money needed to enable 300 square metres of the rink to be ‘diamond grinded’ – eliminating its weathered surface and replacing it with a polished finish. Resurfacing work was completed at the end of last week and Tom said many skaters had already begun to enjoy the new surface. “Heaps of people are using it so far. All the skate community love it,” he said. “It’s just awesome. I have emailed all the pledges who have donated. That way everyone who helped out or donated feels a part of it.” For those companies who made a large pledge a plaque would be installed naming them and thanking them for their efforts, Tom said. He said a demonstration was now planned for May 14 to officially open the newly renovated skate park.

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Last week Wellington Zoo celebrated its 110th birthday. Q: What is your favourite animal at the zoo and why?

Sarah Panton Newtown “Meerkats, I did an encounter on Sunday.”

Iona Slater Newtown “I haven’t been to the zoo since my boys were young and they’re in their 40s now. It was so long ago but I did love the chimpanzees and the elephant.”

Lydia Ludbrook Newtown

Harriet Marshall Newtown

Rosa Brooke Newtown

“I am a big fan of the red pandas and the sun bears, they are just really cute.”

“I like the baboons. I think they are an interesting animal and it is nice seeing them when you get around the back of the zoo as well.”

“My favourite is the meerkats because they are super cute.”

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In response Dear Ed, H. Westfold’s (CSN April 21) seemingly silly attempt to equate the nature of responses to the threats of earthquakes and nuclear bombs reminds me of a quote from historian Will Durant (The Story of Civilisation, 13 volumes), “Civilisation exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice”. Yes, an earthquake could be a serious threat to continuing

Kay Poynton Newtown “I liked the elephant but that was a long time ago now.”

Confused? civilisation in Wellington, at least if no outside help was available, and no human declaration would eliminate that threat. By comparison nuclear free was always a political act designed to grow a global movement to inspire human governments who hold the threat of nuclear weapons in their hands. Mr Westfold in his shallow attempt at cleverness seems to be implying nuclear weapons are

a force of nature outside any control by human civilisation. This reveals a withered spirit similar to the current desperation evident in the local and global avoidance of any real action on climate change. So Mr Westfold’s comments are not so much him being silly as emergent from a wider desperation. Richard Keller Lyall Bay

Dear Ed, Re the anonymous letter (CSN April 14), was its writer a hoaxer, or is he/she just confused, with a cryptic allusion to power that cost us big money to change, to the four stars on our flag and to our anthem's mention of a triple star? Anyway, the four stars are simply a stylised allusion to the Southern Cross and "triple star" must surely mean the three main islands of New Zealand - North, South, and Stewart. If he/she really is confused, then I hope I've sorted it out for him/her. Hector Westfold Miramar

Young and old learn together A rest home with spark Kilmarnock Heights Home An elder-centred community Kilmarnock Heights Home is special; it’s more than just a rest home. As well as providing daily living support we ensure residents have choice and control in their lives. We take every opportunity to bring companionship, fun and meaningful activity into the lives of elders. Family and friends Kilmarnock Heights Home is like one big family. Residents are encouraged to invite their loved ones to visit at any time; there’s no set visiting hours. And, for the children - we have a fully stocked toy box to keep them entertained!

Pets welcome We believe pets can be both calming and energising. So, we welcome animals at our home. If you have a pet that’s part of your family, ask us about moving to Kilmarnock Heights Home with them. The social life At Kilmarnock Heights Home we support residents to continue doing the things they love in a way that’s right for them. The busy social calendar and stimulating recreation programme certainly make for a vibrant and engaging atmosphere.

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Local children and elders are spending time together and learning in the process thanks to a partnership between a childcare agency and a Berhampore rest home. More than 20 children from Enjoy Childcare’s holiday programme visited Kilmarnock Heights Home last week to spend most of a day there. The children brought along their favourite books to read to the residents. They played indoor bowls, sang songs and enjoyed musical entertainment, explains Annelize Steyn, Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation officer. “We embrace any opportunity to have children visit because of the amazing impact they have on the wellbeing of the elders who live here,” Annelize explains. “The residents light up when children are around. Plus the residents have a lot to offer – children can learn so much from them.” She says a highlight of the day was when the children interviewed the residents about their childhood memories. “They had questions written down so they could get to know the residents better. The questions included how old they are, where they went to school and what their favourite childhood sweets were.”

Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Johnnie Wood and holiday programme attendee Daniel Gestro read together.

The visit marks the beginning of an ongoing partnership between the rest home and holiday programme according to Enjoy Childcare co-owners Josh Brown and Enrino Tasullean. “The children all live locally and the visit was an opportunity to give back and get to know elders in their community. It’s something we will be doing regularly,” says Josh. “Some of these children don’t have grandparents who live nearby or have contact with older people, so it’s a great opportunity for the children and the residents to get together and enjoy each other’s company,” adds Enrino. 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. The home welcomes visits from local children. PBA  For more information about Kilmarnock Heights Home, or to discuss visiting the home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, call 04 380 2034 or visit

Thursday April 28, 2016


Local stroke club learns emergency preparedness By Kelly Hennessy Cook Strait News Intern

The Wellington Southern Suburbs Stroke Club was given a presentation on emergency preparedness this Tuesday. Jenni Hedgman, the Coordinator of Emergency Management at the Capital and Coast District Health Board, spoke with the club about how to prepare and respond to earthquakes and tsunamis at the club’s meeting this week, which took place took place at the Trinity Union Church in Newtown. Kay Poynton, who helps organise activities for the club, brought Jenni to help inform and update the members on what to do in a worst-case-scenario. “I thought we should all be conscious of some of the things we should do for ourselves,” Kay

said to the group. The presentation focused on the ‘four Rs’ of emergency management: reduction, readiness, response, recovery. Jenni advised the group on some important precautionary measures, such as creating getaway kits and family emergency plans. The stroke club meets twice monthly, on the second and fourth Tuesdays, for different activities and entertainment. Last meeting they played card games, and in the upcoming weeks they will be visiting Parliament, on a tour with Rongotai MP Annette King, hosting members of a stroke club from Johnsonville for tea, and bringing in a singer. They sometimes bring in a physical therapist to lead exercises with the group. Each week there is something

new to be enjoyed by both victims of strokes and their carers. As one member remarked, “Variety is the spice of life.” “We go out, and sometimes we bring the entertainment to us,” Robin Boldarin, the president of the club explained. “It is a good way to get people out, away from their homes, and it offers a nice respite for carers as well.” Around 21 people attend the club’s events, and they are open to new additions. Victims of stroke and their carers are welcome. The club is run by volunteers, and is affiliated with the Stroke Central Region Inc. For more information head to or call Rosalind Moore on 389 7164

Wellington Access Radio celebrates Wellington Access Radio celebrated its 35th birthday and the archiving of its historical audio collection at Nga Taonga Sound and Vision yesterday. The station launched in April 1981 as the first community access radio broadcaster in New Zealand, providing a platform for content by, for and about the local community. Station Manager Kristen Paterson said the archived

reel to reels and cassettes contained a wealth of fascinating audio. The 800 plus taonga are now safely housed in Nga Taonga’s Christchurch facility and have been added to the Archive’s digitisation schedule, further safeguarding the content for future generations. The collection catalogue can be found online at – search “Wellington Access Radio”.

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ABOUT Thousands turn out for Anzac service

By Rachel Binning

Stories, friendships rekindled and military might was displayed during Anzac Day 2016 celebrations on Monday, April 25. High numbers braved the clear

autumnal conditions to mark the day and remember the wars New Zealand has been a part of at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park and at Wellington Cenotaph. Ninety-five-year-old Lawrence Penney of Brooklyn reflected he

thought he might have been the only World War II veteran at the Dawn Ceremony at Pukeahu. Mr Penney recalled he had been a prisoner at Changi prisoner of war camp in Singapore during the war.

Geoffrey R. Moss who served on the HMS Achilles and HMNZS Bellona during WWII continued as he has been doing for the past 13 years to accept wreaths on behalf of the Wellington RSA.

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Staff at Pukeahu National War Memorial explained this year’s Anzac celebrations centred on the anniversary of the Battle of Jutland in World War I with a focus on the war on the western front.

(1) Lieutenant colonel (retired) Joe Baker, his wife Carol Baker and grandchildren George Matthews, 6, and Emily Matthew, 4, of Seatoun. (2) WWII veteran Lawrence Penney (Second Division Cavalry) of Brooklyn and Les Coutts (Infantry One Battalion) of Kilbirne (3) The great age divide: 95 year old Lawrence Penney meets 4 week old Rawiri Phillips watched by his Dad TJ Phillips and Rob Goulden (4) The City of Wellington Pipe Band (5) Petty officer seamanship combat specialist Marty Plant and Petty officer seamanship combat specialist Tony Dudley (6) Strathmore resident and Vietnam veteran Peter Crotty with his well-deserved medals (7) Sebastian, Jade, 17, and Kian On of Karori pose next to the Wellington College weath Jade layed (8) Brooklyn’s Carolyn Carr wears her husband’s Paul Carr’s medals from Vietnam and her father’s WWII medals (9) Alice Moss-Baker accompanies her grandfather, Geoffrey R. Moss who accepted weaths on behalf of the Wellington RSA at the Wellington cenotaph.

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Nominations are invited for the election of five parent representatives to the board of trustees. A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations will be posted to all eligible voters. You can nominate another person to stand as a candidate, or you can nominate yourself (make sure you sign both parts of the form). Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office. Nominations close at noon on 20 May 2016 and may be accompanied by signed candidates’ statements. The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours. There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school. Voting closes at noon on 3 June 2016. Katy MacLeod - Returning Officer

Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre Finance Administrator

The Miramar and Maupuia Community Trust Board is looking for a person with a strong interest and aptitude in accounts management, financial and general administration to support the running of the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre. The position is a permanent part-time role of 10 hours per week (Monday - Friday). The role will require a high degree of self-organisation, competency in financial administration and MYOB, an eye for accuracy and experience in records management. This role will work closely with the Community Centre Coordinator. Applications close Monday, 2 May 2016 at 5pm. Please email your CV and cover letter to Vicki Hume (Vice - Chairperson) on or post to the Miramar and Maupuia Community Trust, 27 Chelsea Street, Miramar, Wellington. Please provide archatifleast weather twobad) referees with your application.

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BOARD OF TRUSTEE ELECTION Nominations are invited for the election of five (5) parent representatives to the Board of Trustees. A Nomination Form and a Notice calling for nominations will be posted to all eligible voters. You can nominate another person to stand as a candidate, or you can nominate yourself (make sure you sign both parts of the form). Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office. Nominations close at NOON on Friday, 20 May 2016 and may be accompanied by signed candidates’ statements. The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours. There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school. Voting closes at NOON on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 Signed Carolyn Marshall Returning Officer

Berhampore School & Ridgway School Board of Trustees’ election Nominations are invited for the election of five parent representatives to the board of trustees. A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations will be posted to all eligible voters. Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office. Nominations close at noon on Friday 20th May 2016 and may be accompanied by signed candidates’ statements. The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours. There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school. Voting closes at noon on Friday 3rd June 2016.

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Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office.

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Nominations are invited for the election of 3 parent representatives to the Board of Trustees. A nomination form and a copy of the notice will be posted to all eligible voters. Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office. Nominations close at 12.00 noon on 6 May, 2016 and may be accompanied by a signed candidate’s statement. The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours. There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school. The poll closes at 12.00 noon on 20 May 2016. Signed Tanya Jolly Returning Officer

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Wainuiomata Squash Club Board of Trustee Elections AGM Nominations are invited for the election of seven parent representatives to the Board of Trustees. A nomination 7.00pmform and a notice calling for nominations be posted to all Monday 30th will November eligible voters.

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Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office, by emailing the Board Corner of Main Road at or downloading from the school website. and Moohan Streets, Wainuiomata Nominations close at noon on Friday 20th May 2016 and must be accompanied by a signed candidate’s statement.

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Three new bicycle parks or ‘corrals’ are due to be installed in Ghuznee, Cuba and Wigan St to meet an increasing demand for places to leave bikes in the central city. The council’s transport and urban development committee chair, Councillor Andy Foster, said while bike corrals were new to Wellington they had been installed in many cycle-friendly cities throughout the world. “The council is keen to encourage more people to cycle in Wellington and there are a number of designated bike-parking areas and facilities, including around 300 bike racks and cycle hoops in the central city and suburbs.” The Ghuznee St bike park would apA solid pear on the north side of the street near the Cuba St intersection on an existing


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Local girls making a splash with Olympians Two local girls spent the weekend splashing around with Olympians both past and present. Sophie Irving, of Island Bay, and Tamrah Titcombe, of Lyall Bay, were two of 36 swimmers aged nine to 13 who attended the Jetstar Super Swim Squad camp this past weekend in Auckland. The coaching team, captained by Dean Kent, head of swimming at Northern Arena and three-time Olympic squad member, was filled with some of the best swimmers New Zealand has to offer.

Double Olympic gold medalist Danyon Loader made an appearance at the camp, meeting and speaking with the young swimmers. “Being able to pass my knowledge onto the Squad members has been a real privilege for me. If these kids are the next generation of swimming Olympians, we are in good hands. “I hope I have inspired them as much as they have inspired me,” Danyon said. Matthew Titcombe, father of Tamrah Titcombe, said meeting and learning from the worldclass coaching team was definitely inspirational for the girls.

“This is such a great opportunity for the kids. It is because of the Camp that Tamrah became so motivated in her swimming, and it is something that will change all these kids’ lives. It is a fantastic initiative from Jetstar.” This is the fourth year of the Jetstar Super Swim Squad, which young Kiwis qualify for by winning their age group at one of six events in the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series 2015-2016 season. Jetstar flies the winners and one caregiver up to the camp, where the youngsters are coached and mentored in both the pool and ocean.

Capital’s big fight night By Nikki Papatsoumas

A local boxer is hoping to take away a New Zealand title this weekend, all while putting boxing “back on the map” in the capital. The Wellington Big Bash will take place this Friday night at the Wellington Indian Centre in Kilbirnie. The night will see 20 local corporates fighting it out against each other, before Asher ‘The Punisher’ Derbyshire takes on Thomas Heads for the New Zealand Cruiser Weight Title. The title is currently vacant, after it was stripped from its predecessor. Derbyshire, who was helping to promote the event alongside a team from BD Productions, said tomorrow’s event was a “big deal” for Wellington boxing. The title has never been fought in Wellington and has never been won by a Wellingtonian - however, with a record of seven wins and two losses, Asher hopes to change that.

Asher Derbyshire, with his fiance Dayna Carter and their daughter Nevaeh Derbyshire.

If he wins this will be the Wellingtonians first New Zealand boxing title. “This is a big deal for Wellington boxing as we haven’t had a title fight since Shane Cameron last fought down here which was a few years ago now. “I better win,” he laughed. Derbyshire, who has just come off a loss at Christchurch’s Super 8 fight night, has been boxing for ten years, three of which have been at a professional level. He said 20 competitors taking part in corporate fights at tomorrow night’s event represented different clubs around Wellington.

“Some have experience and others don’t, they are new boxers. There are a lot of guys taking part who are actually boxers and there will be some really good fights.” Derbyshire said he was thrilled to bring a boxing event to Wellington and hoped to put boxing in Wellington on the map. “Boxing is struggling a little bit in Wellington so hopefully it puts us back on the map.”  Wellington Big Bash will take place tomorrow night, Friday April 29, at the Wellington Indian Centre. For tickets, head to www.eventbrite.

From left Sophie Irving, Danyon Loader and Tamrah Titcombe PHOTO CREDIT: Mark Leedom

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Cycling corridors identified The Wellington City Council is inviting locals to have their say when it comes to possible cycling and walking routes in the eastern suburbs. A working group created by the council have now identified and prioritised eight potential cycling corridors along Wellington’s eastern suburbs - with the key areas being considered Kilbirnie to Miramar, and Kilbirnie to Seatoun. Possible route options for Kilbirnie to Miramar are a ‘Cobham option’, which would be routed along Rongotai Rd and across Cobham Dr, as well as a ‘Hobart option’, which would run down Rongotai Rd, Coutts St, under the airport via the subway, and along Hobart St. For Kilbirnie to Seatoun, the group was considering two options. A ‘Broadway option’ would run along Rongotai Rd, Coutts St, under the airport via the subway, and along Broadway and Dundas St. The second, the ‘Strathavon option’, would follow the same route until after the airport, where it would then run along streets to Strathmore Park, Broadway and Ludlam St. Members of the public were now invited to share their thoughts on which options were preferred. Chair of the transport and urban development committee, Councillor Andy Foster, said recommendations on the routes would then go to the working


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group, before coming up before the transport and urban development committee in June. “Councillors will then make decisions based on community feedback before we do the detailed design work.” Residents will have another opportunity to provide feedback in October and November on the details of the routes, and the council plans to have the project completed by mid-2018. The Wellington City Council has allocated $6 million towards developing a safe cycle network in the eastern suburbs as part of investing $34.7 million in cycling in Wellington over three years. The investment in the eastern suburbs is a combination of local share from Wellington City Council, the New Zealand Transport Agency from the National Land Transport Fund, and an additional boost from the Government’s Urban Cycleways Fund. The Government’s contribution is two-thirds of the $6 million cost for routes in the eastern suburbs through the Urban Cycleways Fund and National Land Transport Fund. Wellington City Council’s budgeted share will be $2 million.  Residents are invited to have their say at public drop-in sessions which will take place at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie on Wednesday, May 4 from 4.30pm to 7.30pm and on Saturday, May 7 from 9am to 3pm, or at

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