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Tennis player qualifies for worlds By Sharnahea Wilson

One young rising tennis star has helped her team of three qualify for the world finals held in Hungary later this year. Dedicated 15-year-old Onslow College student Tamara Anderson helped the New Zealand under-16 girls’ Junior Federation Cup tennis team qualify for the world finals in October. Last month Tamara and her team headed over to a competition in New Delhi, India where her hard work training six days a week paid off when the team made it to the semi finals. The New Zealand team qualified after finishing fourth at the AsiaOceania zone qualifying tournament. Continued on page 2 Tamara Anderson, 15, displays her tennis skills.

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104-year-old Johnsonvale resident Maida Badiley enjoys a Mother’s Day high tea.

The mothers at Johnsonvale Home celebrated Mother’s Day in style last week with a high tea and fancy decorations. Head of activities Dee Wilkinson, with the help of the rest of the activity team, threw a high tea for all the mothers in Johnsonvale on Friday, May 6. Before the event, each of the mothers in the home received a personalised invitation. On the day the room was decorated in pink with poems, banners, balloons, pink serviettes, cakes and sandwich holders. “Each lady received a gift of chocolates wrapped in cellophane with ribbon and a label to help celebrate the occasion,” Dee said. At the high tea the women enjoyed cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, asparagus rolls, red velvet cupcakes, sponges, fresh berries and hot savouries. Tea, coffee, sparkling grape juice and

orange juice were also on offer – all provided by the Johnsonvale kitchen manager Glen. A 104-year-old resident, Maida Baddiley, even joined the party enjoying the treats that were on offer. “They all had a really good time,” Dee said. Johnsonvale manager Brenda Wright joined the ladies and the residents reminisced of days when their children were young and living at home, Dee explained. Dee said the event was enjoyed by all of the ladies who attended. “This year was a total success.” The high tea was held on Friday so the residents could celebrate Mother’s Day with their family members on Sunday. Dee said Johnsonvale would host a similar event for Father’s Day in September which would be more based around meat pies, beers and decorations to suit the men.

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Continued from page 1 “I played seven games in total – three qualifying rounds then four to get to the semis,” she said. Before the world qualifying competition in New Delhi, the girls competed in the ITF singles tournament in Qatar where Tamara displayed her extensive skills. “It was a great experience and it was amazing to be able to do that,” Tamara explained. Tamara was chosen for the team of three after having an outstanding summer season. “I won the 16’s girls’ singles title in January. “But I wasn’t expecting to be chosen for the team so I was really stoked,” she said. The talented tennis player had also

won the 14s national girls’ singles last year. Tamara said it helped that she received a lot of support from her coach Marc Paulik as well as her family, school teachers and her tennis club in Titahi Bay. The ambitious sportswoman said her goal this year was to win the 18-andunder girls’ nationals in December. Tamara said she trained for tennis year-round and after six years of playing she still has a strong love for the sport. “I love how challenging it is. I’m really grateful to be able to play the sport.” Tamara’s end goal is to become a professional tennis player but she said she understands education is also very important.

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Jewellers leaving after 27 years By Sharnahea Wilson

Pacific Jewellers in the Johnsonville Shopping Centre is moving out of the mall after over 27 years of serving local customers. Shop owner Colin Lester said he is moving his jewellers out of the mall because the shop can no longer operate there at a loss. “We didn’t even get a usual month’s turn over in December. “We should usually make two and a half times our usual profit over Christmas.” He said the mall would need to be refurbished in order for him to move the shop back to Johnsonville. “I have been waiting for the mall to be redeveloped for years but it just hasn’t happened yet.” The shop will officially close on May 15 and after that Colin will have just one Pacific Jewellers left – on Lambton Quay. Each of the Pacific Jewellers staff members have lined up new work before the shop’s final operating day. Colin said he was sad to be leaving Johnsonville after operating his shop there for nearly 28 years. “Johnsonville is my home, I

A new scholarship has been created for people in the northern suburbs with innovative business ideas. Sub Urban Co-Working in Johnsonville Mall has decided to create a scholarship for a local person who needed help getting their business idea off the ground. Co-founder of Sub Urban Co-Working Kathleen Wright said the new Social Enterprise

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Wellington’s CBD excellent economic heart Wellington’s Central Business District is thriving with its GDP growth in the past year outperforming Auckland and the national economy. Figures from an Infometrics Wellington CBD annual economic profile, commissioned by Wellington City Council, show the area’s GDP grew by 3.8 per cent for the year to March 2015, compared to a year earlier. This was higher than in Auckland and across the country. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown welcomed the positive data and said confidence among the CBD’s businesses, workers and residents was high.

Charlotte Hollywood receiving her awa Pacific Jeweller owner Colin Lester with jeweller Paul Merwood and staff member Roland Smith. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

grew up here.” Colin opened his first jewellery shop in Kilbirnie in 1987 under the name Solitaire Jewellers, then went on to change the name and open 35 Pacific Jewellers across the country. Colin has closed down the shops one by one over the years because he doesn’t want to own a chain of jewellery shops. “I only want to sell bespoke jewellery now.”

This is the philosophy of his Lambton Quay jewellery shop where he has a full time jeweller working above the shop. “Most things are made to order which is becoming unique.” Colin said he has had very loyal customers over the years and has a database of about 30,000 people who come from Auckland, Invercargill and everywhere in between. He wanted to thank his local

customers for their service over the years and said he hoped they would visit the Lambton Quay shop. Colin said he has had a great relationship with the mall owners during his time operating in Johnsonville. “They have always been very supportive.”  The shop will be having a 25 to 70 per cent off sale up until its closing date on May 15.

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Scholarship would provide a local person with support to grow their social impact idea into a business. “The person will be from the northern suburbs of Wellington and ideally the enterprise will benefit local communities,” Kathleen explained. The scholarship will be funded by local business people through the Sub Urban Northern Suburbs Business Meetup. “There is a meeting every

month where each business person gives a donation. “We decided these donations should go toward creating a scholarship for a local person with a business idea,” Kathleen said. She said the scholarship package would include a place to work and a business community to belong to with at least one day per week of co-working. It would also include professional meeting room space,

mentoring, networking and business courses offered through Sub Urban for a period of up to six months. Registrations for the scholarship are now open and Kathleen said she is looking forward to hearing from people with great new ideas.  Contact if you are interested in applying or if you are a business and are interested in providing support.

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Commitment to relay for life The annual Relay for Life event in Wellington for the Cancer Society will stay in its long-time home of Frank Kitts Park, following a recent meeting between the Mayor, Council staff and representatives from the Cancer Society. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown led a meeting with Council staff. A resource consent application for the redevelopment of Frank Kitts Park was lodged. Should consent be granted, more detailed design work will commence in September 2016 to February 2017 followed by construction.

Lester won’t be standing as Northern Ward Councillor By Sharnahea Wilson

Deputy Mayor Justin Lester has announced he will not be standing for Northern Ward Councillor, and will run for the top spot only. “My aim is to be successful with the Mayoral campaign and become Mayor in October,” Mr Lester said. The mayoral candidate said change on the council would be a good thing. “I firmly believe that a role as a councillor should not be a lifetime career.” He said succession planning and introducing new candidates

CBD ‘economic heart’ Wellington’s Central Business District – the region’s economic powerhouse – is thriving with its GDP growth in the past year outperforming that of Auckland and the national economy. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown welcomed the positive data and said confidence among the CBD’s businesses, workers and residents was high. Councillor Jo Coughlan, chair of the council’s economic growth committee, said it was satisfying to see strong growth in financial and insurance services and the other service sectors that dominate Wellington’s CBD.

Looking to the future Victoria University of Wellington has launched a new Computer Graphics programme that will educate students to develop the next generation of tools in a rapidly-growing and indemand industry. The first cohort of undergraduate students has started classes for the new Computer Graphics major, offered as part of Victoria’s Bachelor of Science degree. Students will also be able to continue to Victoria’s postgraduate study options in Computer Graphics, including Master’s and PhD programmes. Being an active participant in enabling a digital future is one of Victoria’s key areas of focus for the future.

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Phoebe the tuatara is back at Victoria University after a stay at Wellington Zoo, where she was treated for a surface head injury she sustained in the university's tuatara enclosure. Phoebe's wound was discovered by one of her carers in the university's School of Biological Sciences during feeding time in late January. Phoebe's handler Sue Keall said the injured tuatara was quickly sent to Wellington Zoo to take full advantage of their vet team. Her wound was cleaned, she received a course of antibiotics, and she was under constant monitoring. Sue brought her home to the university on April 4. Phoebe will be doing the remainder of her recovery in the tuatara enclosure located

in Kelburn campus's Murphy building. Three tuatara – one boy, Spike, and two girls, Hazel and Shorty – shared the space with Phoebe. Although nobody witnessed the incident, it was likely Phoebe was bitten by one of the others. “Tuatara can be quite territorial. “[Her recovery] “seems to be going well so far,” she said. “I am keeping an eye on her, observing daily where she is in the enclosure and how she's doing, and checking to make sure she hasn't sustained any other injuries.” This was the first time she had been injured in the 26 years she had lived at the university. Phoebe had been found by a lighthouse keeper on North Brother Island in 1990. She was in an “emaciated state, expected to die”. “When she came into captivity and started being hand-fed, and

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who already have a strong standing in the community was important. Mr Lester decided to back incumbent Northern Ward Councillor Malcolm Sparrow as well as Northern Ward candidates Jill Day and Peter Gilberd. “We have many capable people in Wellington and new ideas are essential to ensure Wellington remains invigorated.” Mr Lester described his last six years on the Wellington City Council as the “most fulfilling” years of his career to date. “When I first ran for the Northern Ward I said I wanted to improve local facilities and

infrastructure and help give each local suburb a stronger heart. “Over the last six years I think I’ve helped deliver that. As a Councillor I’ve helped ensure $40 million of investment in the northern suburbs.” Mr Lester said he was proud of his contribution to numerous projects in the area including learn to swim facilities at Keith Spry Pool, Johnsonville roading improvements and the transformation of Newlands’ suburban centre. “Six years was a good amount of time to come in and make a difference.”

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The Onlsow Medical Centre building designs shone at the recent 2016 Wellington Architecture Awards. The team from Tennent Brown Architects walked away on the night with a commercial architecture award for their “cost-effective and efficient use of an old residential site” in Johnsonville. Thirty-one awards were given out at the event held at National Library Wellington on Wednesday, May 4. The convenor of the architecture awards jury, architect Geoff Fletcher, said the winning entries in the peer-reviewed awards programme, which is conducted by the New Zealand Institute of Architects, set the standard for good architecture in Wellington and nearby regions. “These successful projects illustrate the rewards of close collaboration between clients, architects, engineers and builders,” he said. “In many instances, smart decisions were made very early on, and this provided a platform for achieving excellent results, despite the complexities and challenges of many of the award-winning projects.” Categories on the night included commercial, education, heritage, housing architecture and more.

Mayor proposes sister city with Canberra Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown is proposing a formal sister city relationship between Wellington and the Australian capital. Councillors will consider the issue at the next full Council meeting on May 11. Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister Andrew Barr is ready to sign the deal when he visits Wellington in early July. Ms Wade-Brown, who visited Canberra last week, said the new deal would bring the two capitals closer together, developing stronger economic, environmental, political, cultural and tourism ties.

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Ewan Brown from Tennent Brown Architects said it helped that the team liaised a lot with their clients from the Onslow Medical Centre – which included six doctors and a practice manager. “One of the doctors was really interested in sustainability.” The architects ran with this idea and created skylights and an internal garden to both ensure sustainability and make sure the building had a nice residential feel. Ewan said making sure the space didn’t feel commercial was “quite a challenge”. “The clients were taking quite a risk but it feels like they have really grown into it,” he said.

Ewan said, after being shortlisted, the team only found out they had won the award on the night. “We were lucky enough to win two.” Tennent Brown Architects also won a Heritage prize for their work on the Hope Gibbons Building on Taranaki Street which the jury described as a ‘logistic tour de force’. “The result will ensure a lasting role for this building in Wellington’s future.” These projects will be eligible to be shortlisted in the New Zealand Architecture Awards, which will be decided later in the year, and announced in November.


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A Night of Hope in Newlands By Sharnahea Wilson

Newlands Baptist Church guest speaker Olipa Chimangeni of Malawi.

A community-based event run and sponsored by World Vision will be taking place in Newlands on Friday. A Night of Hope is a free all-ages event that will be hosted by the Newlands Baptist Chruch. The guest speaker will be Olipa Chimangeni, a woman from rural central Malawi in Southern Africa. She will share her inspirational story about how she went from living in extreme poverty to becoming the first female Member of Parliament in her community.

Kelly Davis of the Newlands Baptist Church said the event would be a great way to bring the community together. “It is our goal to build unity within the local community and bring people together – Christian and non-Christian.” Olipa’s story will include “an unplanned pregnancy at 17, a forced marriage, a deadly diagnosis of HIV, and a cry to God for help”. Kelly said the church liked to get guest speakers in on a regular basis. “We are very excited to have her come and speak,” Kelly said.

She said there would also be some exciting live music. Social justice musician Levi McGrath, who spent six months working with former child soldiers in Uganda, will be performing on the night. Kelly said the guest speaker would also be talking about World Vision and the ways in which local people could help out. The event will take place at the Newlands Baptist Church on 6 Bracken Road from 7.30pm to 9pm on Friday May 13. “Everybody is welcome to come along,” Kelly said.

Council turns out in support of Fair Trade By Kelly Hennessy, INDEPENDENT HERALD INTERN

Fair Trade Fortnight kicked off last week, with an assist from the Wellington City Council. The two-week event is an annual celebration of fair business practices across Australia and New Zealand. Wellington was the first Fair Trade capital city in the southern hemisphere, earning the designation in 2009. The festival runs from Friday,

May 6 to Sunday, May 22. The key event is the World Fair Trade Challenge, from May 13 to 15, when locals are encouraged to participate in the biggest coffee break on earth, imbibing Fair Trade certified coffee. Council will use the opportunity to highlight the environmental importance of these products by serving coffee between 10am and 12 pm on Thursday, May 12, Councillor Iona Pannett, chair of the council’s environmental committee,

said. “Profits from Fair Trade purchases go back to the community to help them create new initiatives, develop technological ability and knowledge, and grow crops in the face of climate change and water shortages,” she said. Chair of Fair Trade City Wellington Trust Paul Barber expected the city to make the most of the fortnight, as Fair Trade is important to many residents. "There is a core group of businesses, organisations and

individuals that are really committed to exploring and supporting ethical business practices such as fair trade in the Capital," Paul said. Council has supported key events, including a Fair Trade Library Stall on May 7 and 14 from 11am to 2pm, where residents could learn about the importance of Fair Trade and sample some treats. The Fair Trade mission was important to both the Council and Wellington as a whole, Mayor Celia Wade-Brown ex-

plained. "Wellington has always led the way in the practice of fair trade as sustainable business practices are a big part of our culture and economy.” “This contributes to the wellbeing of coffee, cocoa, tea, sugar and banana farmers, workers and their families in developing countries. It’s always great to indulge in a Fair Trade treat,” she added.  For information on events visit www.wellingtonfairtrade.

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Turning the tables Adam Art Gallery’s newest exhibition ‘Inhabiting Space’ will be running from May 14 to July 17. The art works from the exhibition will be carefully placed throughout the gallery to draw attention to its architectural design and activate visitors’ spatial awareness. Victoria University of Wellington’s Adam Art Gallery Curator Stephen Cleland said he chose artworks for the exhibition “that set up situations and enabled viewers to question what it means to inhabit space”. For more information head to www.

Inspiring through music By Sharnahea Wilson

Guitarist, singer, song writer and music teacher Jake Stokes is looking forward to helping another round of students through their NCEA music exams. Jake’s love of music came at a young age when he saw his brother learning to play guitar and decided he wanted to learn the instrument too. The musician was so enthusiastic about guitar that he started teaching other people to play from the age of 12. “I love teaching, it’s a really satisfying job,” Jake said. The young guitarist then began to learn audio engineering so he

could write and then record and sing his own tracks. Although his forte was Blues Rock, Jake now teaches people of all ages and abilities how to play all genres of acoustic, electric and base guitar. “My favourite genres to teach are Blues, Rock and Jazz – there is a lot much to teach with Jazz, it’s so interesting.” Jake can equip young students with audio engineering knowledge so they can learn how to record their own music, and he can also record their songs or albums for them. “I want to make it affordable for people to record their songs.” Jake said he has never had an

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I would usually shop in Wellington city or if I was going to a mall I would go to Westfield.

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I shop at Johnsonville Mall, it has everything I need.

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Mary Munro, Ngaio I would usually shop in Johnsonville because it has Ballentynes, but I would like a Farmers here.

Petition to extend the free breast screening programme A group of breast cancer supporters, Members of Parliament and VIP guests gathered in the Banquet Hall of Parliament last week where the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation presented a petition to government. The petition to extend the free breast screening programme to women up to 74 years was presented on May 4. The event, hosted by Jacinda Adern was attended by special guests Dame Rosie Horton the

breast cancer patron and Lorraine Downs, breast cancer ambassador. All three women shared a special connection with the cause as their own mothers have been affected by breast cancer. The petition stated ‘That the House of Representatives recommend to the Government that New Zealand’s free national breast screening programme for women, currently offered to women aged between 45 and 69, be extended

to women aged 70 to 74.’ New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation Chief executive Evangelia Henderson said early detection was the best weapon in the fight against breast cancer. “For the past 20 years, the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation has been working hard to promote this message and improve access to breast screening for New Zealand women. “Recent medical evidence supports the continued screening

of women beyond the age of 70, and with Australia and the UK extending their free programmes to age 74 and 73 respectively, it’s time New Zealand followed suit,” she said. The NZ Breast Cancer Foundation’s support for the mammogram age extension goes beyond collecting signatures, they also offer practical support. In the past, the NZBCF has purchased equipment for BreastScreen Aotearoa and funded

training of mammographers. “But we’re open to suggestion,” Evangelia said. “We’d love to help in any way we can.” She said a New Zealand woman who was aged 70 in 2014 was likely to live to 89 years old – 20 years past her last free mammogram, “Our message is 70 isn’t old. We want our 70-plus women to live healthy, active lives with their families for as long as possible.”

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Wednesday May 11, 2016 Kelly Davis (right) and Norma Nelio outside Newlands Baptist Church office.

Collecting heritage Te Papa is working with Humanities Guahan to collect objects from Guam in Micronesia, which will become part of the Te Papa’s Pacific cultures collection. Te Papa Pacific curators Sean Mallon and Nina Tonga will travel to Guam in May to work with Humanities Guahan for the co-collecting projects which will be the first of its kind in the region. The co-collecting project will focus specifically on the culture of Guam’s indigenous Chamorros people, including works by master carvers, weavers, and blacksmiths.

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Newlands water outage By Sharnahea Wilson

The volunteers at Newlands Baptist Church came to the rescue after a water outage in the suburb yesterday morning. A burst water main on Link Road near Kenmore Street caused the reservoir to drain on Monday morning. Kelly Davis from the Newlands Baptist Church drop in centre said the local New World had supplied them with water to hand out to residents who were still going without. “Families were coming in and

asking for water because they heard the water was going to be out for five or six hours,” Kelly explained. “It just shows how unprepared people are for an emergency.” The main was in the centre of the Link Road and Kenmore Street intersection so traffic management was in place to direct motorists. Bellevue Kindergarten was closed for the day due to the water outage. It took several hours to fix the damaged road and replace the pipe but all houses in Newlands had their water back on by the end

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of the day. Kelly Davis said she was happy to help local people through the water outage. “As a drop in centre we are always on hand to help local people.” She said the Newlands Baptist Church had drop in days where people could go have a coffee, a biscuit and use the free wifi. “We also make meals and freeze them so if people don’t have dinner for the night they can come to us and get a meal.” The drop in centre/ Newlands Baptist Church office is based at 5 Bracken Road, Newlands.

As our boarding house grows in numbers and the requirements for temporary or short term homestays increase, we require more families to host international students on exeat weekends and school holidays. The current homestay rate is $275 per week or $100 per weekend. If you are interested in hosting a student please contact Leanne Chote for more information.

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Celebrating our longest residents

A lifetime in Johnsonville By Sharnahea Wilson

Barrie Green has lived in Johnsonville for nearly 77 years. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

In 1939 Barrie Green moved to Johnsonville with his family at the age of six months, he has now been living in the suburb for nearly 77 years. Barrie, his parents and his siblings lived in one of the very first state houses in Johnsonville. “It was only a little village in those days. All of the houses on the Eastern side used to be farm land.” He said a local dairy farmer used to deliver his family’s milk every morning. When Barrie was growing up in Johnsonville the only form of transport he had available to him was the train into town. “We got the electric trains in Johnsonville in around 1936 or 1937. “Travelling into town was a major event in those days.” Barrie grew up on Sim Street,

Children excited over new unirider toy By Sharnahea Wilson

Wellingtonians got ‘wheelie’ excited about a brand new unirider at a Mountain Buggy event last weekend. Families ventured out to Frank Kitts Park on Sunday, May 8 to try out Mountain Buggy’s new unirider. The event which ran from 1pm to 3pm was filled with family fun. There were uniriders for parents and their children to try out, face painting, a bouncy castle, coffee for the parents and even a Mr Whippy truck.

Chief executive of Mountain Buggy Campbell Gower said the company embraced the challenge of created products that help parents “live their lives without limit”. “With the unirider we’ve really invented a new product category. “When Allan Croad wanted to go jogging with his kid, he invented the all terrain buggy, which 20 years later is well known around the world.” This time the company created a toy for children to enjoy. “For us it’s about making strong customer connections

around the world for our New Zealand brand. Campbell said the single wheeled unirider offered an original ride that helped children develop balance and confidence. “It’s a terrific bonding experience for parent and child. It’s a fun, all-terrain alternative for little ones when out and about. He said the unirider provided a sense of freedom for growing toddlers while still keeping them at their parents’ fingertips. On the day two lucky families also won a unirider to take home and enjoy.

A child enjoys trying out a unirider in Frank Kitts Park.

which used to be called Rua Street back in the 50s. He said much has changed about the suburb over the last 70 years. “There used to be a big military camp here on Bannister Avenue down to Broderick Road. “It was filled with tents in the early 1940s.” He said as kids growing up in the suburb they had to create their own fun. “We used to walk up by the stream in Glenside and dam it to create a swimming hole.” Barrie explained how it was a big deal when the Johnsonville Shopping Centre was first built in the 1960s. “It was the first of its kind in the country when it was first built. “It was really quite something.” Barrie recalled getting what was called a ‘party phone’

which his family shared with four other houses on the street. “Each house had a different bell so we knew who people were calling for.” Barrie’s wife was originally from Lower Hutt. But once the pair got married she moved to Johnsonville and they lived in Ironside Road for 45 years. The pair had three children who attended Johnsonville School, like their father Barrie. He now has grandchildren who also attend the same primary school. “I have had a life long association with the local softball club, and spent time with the rugby and Johnsonville clubs,” Barrie explained. He said there are still some other families who have also lived in Johnsonville for a long time. “I have life-long friends here.”

Longest dwelling residents The Independent Herald newspaper is looking for the longest dwelling residents in each suburb our paper covers. If you or someone you know has been living in the same suburb in the Northern or Western areas of Wellington for many years and has a great story to tell us about how that particular

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Innovative mural has official opening By Sharnahea Wilson

The recent launch of the new Karori Community Mural went off without a hitch. A mural in Karori near Marsden Village, painted by local artists Ruth and Ian Taylor, had its official launch at the St Ninian’s Uniting Church on Saturday. Lesleigh Salinger of the Mural Steering Group said the opening of the mural was a ‘lovely morning’. “Ruth spoke then [Wellington City Councillor] Ray Ahipene-Mercer did a blessing,” she said. Lesleigh said some of the principals from local primary schools also showed up to celebrate. “We have had a lot of good feedback on social media,” Lesleigh explained. Ruth and Ian held workshops ahead of painting the mural, with local schools to get ideas about what

Karori meant to children in the area. Ruth then incorporated the ideas of all of the children in the mural design. The style and colours of the new mural were inspired by Karori resident and artist E. Mervyn Taylor. There were also links to internationally renowned Wellington author Katherine Mansfield who grew up in Karori. Ruth’s final design incorporated three painted layers. The first layer was comprised of large grey forms inspired by Murvan Taylor. The second layer combines a series of brightly coloured native birds which are often seen in Karori. The final layer depicted Karori’s architectural features in gold and black. People will now be able to get a glimpse of the innovative mural when they drive through Karori.

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Scholarship winners head for success Three Victoria University of Wellington graduates will head overseas after winning prestigious William Georgetti Scholarships for their law, literature and marine research. Victoria’s David Bullock, Emily Sutton and Joshua Brian were the recipients of the 2016 William Georgetti Scholarships totalling $68,000. Three of the eight scholarships awarded this year went to Victoria University students. Administered by Universities New Zealand, the scholarships encourage postgraduate study or research in a field of importance to New Zealand's social, cultural or economic development. David Bullock, who graduated with a double degree in Law

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The annual Blue Dragon Book Fair in Ngaio was a success with one person even travelling down from Taupo for the event. Sarah Dempsey of Taupo, along with former Blue Dragon kid Chinh Do, founder of Blue Dragon Michael Brosowski and a large volunteer crew, happily sold a wide variety of good condition secondhand books at the Ngaio Town Hall on Saturday for Blue Dragon.


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Winning streak for young soccer stars By Rachel Binning

The Onslow Amritsars have continued their winning streak. The 13th grade football team fought hard to win convincingly against worthy opponents Petone Settlers 5-0 on Saturday at Alex Moore Park in Johnsonville. Co-coach Geoff Martin said the Amristrars were “going really well [this season]”. It was the fifth season the core of the team had played together. “[They] should know each

other pretty well,” Martin said. This season was the first year the team had played 11-a-side on a full field. Martin was pleased at how the team was performing with the additional challenge to their game. Martin and fellow co-coach Mike Coleman coach the Amritsars out of the Nairnville Park grounds. Martin said the man of the match went to Levi Bank for a “great first goal and an exceptional all round performance”.


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The victors: members of the Onslow 13th grade football team. PHOTO: Bella Photography

Brand new multi-purpose track for Karori By Sharnahea Wilson

Kayla Imrie kayaks her way to success. PHOTO: Supplied.

Family heading to the Rio Olympics By Sharnahea Wilson

One lucky pair of Newlands parents will be heading to Rio de Janeiro later this year to watch their talented daughter compete in the women’s NZK2 kayaking team. Kayla Imrie, who grew up into Newlands, qualified to be part of the New Zealand women’s kayaking team this year. “They qualified the boat for the Olympics last year but they had to retrial for the team this year,” Kayla’s mum Lynette explained. Kayla began kayaking at the age of 15 and trained with the Mana Kayak Club. Her proud mum said she was now over in Portugal before heading to Germany for a world final competition. “She had worked really hard,” Lynette explained. She said her daughter only

aimed to qualify for the Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo but surprised herself by making it into the 2016 Olympic team. Lynette explained how each of the Olympic athletes received a form where they were able to enter their families into a competition to win a free trip to Rio to watch their sons or daughters compete. “We didn’t even know Kayla had entered us,” Lynette said. Lynette and her husband won flights and accommodation to watch their daughter compete in the women’s NZK4. Lynette said she and her husband were planning to attend the Olympics but they had not booked anything yet. “It was a real bonus,” she said. Lynnette is now in the process of organising their trip. She said they will travel over in the second week of the Olympics around August 16.

A brand new multi-use, beginners loop bike track is being constructed at Karori Park to suit residents young and old. The initial designs and ground work for the new grade two mountain bike track went through a consultation period last year and the track is now well underway. Ricky Pincott from Mud Cycles bike shop in Karori said a track of this level was needed and would be well used. “There is no real entry level track here at the moment.” He said there needed to be a

track that was a step up from the flat track around Karori Park but was easier than other mountain bike tracks in the Karori area. Wellington City Council reserves and walkways project officer, and portfolio leader for the new bike track, David Halliday said it would be a better introductory track for people who were just getting into the sport. “It will be a bike and walking track,” David explained. He said one part of the track would just be for bikes but most of it would be for shared use. “This concept does come

with some challenges. “It is about increasing access and accommodating everyone.” In the initial consultation stages there was concern from walkers and dog walkers about the new track, so the conclusion was made that bikers and walkers should share the space. “It’s a nice short walk for young kids and older people,” David explained. The track is being constructed by South Star Trails with help from Outsiders landscaping company and is expected to be finished within the next month.

The new grade two mountain bike track is expected to be finished within the next month. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson


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