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The changes will be age people to use public transEach year she met with representatives “She is simply fantastic to work with and ABOUT THE AWARDS: in effect from beginning of portSport to travel in and out of from Wellington to tailor the designs of always has great new ideas.” Sport Wellington’s Sportsperson service on Saturday, Novemcity. to fit the theme and event styling of the Year Awards celebrates sucthethe trophies ber 28, each weekend through Theawards Wellington City Council cess from across the Wellington of the ceremony. to the last service on Sunday, has budgeted $200,000 for the region. Now in its 37th year, the This year Nicola has completed fourteen December initiative. awards serve 20. to acknowledge, awards, each of which reaches a pinnacle or Wellington Mayor Celia promote, and celebrate the conpeak and is then glazed. How you makes feel about Wade-Brown said tribution thatdo sport to the In previous years shethe haspublic changed colours weekendcommunity. fares on a welcome boost for retail fares bring multiple benefitswiderlower Wellington transport would helpsponsors and shapesinitiative to reflect major or buses? Are you to the city. ThereWellington are 12 categories recogto get more Wellingtonians sales.” events. more likely to use public Councillor Iona Pannett, “This shows support for an nising the sporting excellence ontoreally busesexciting and intoand theit’s central “It’s a real challenge. transport with these lower teams, volunteers, during theto busy weekends It’scity really good know that they Chair like theof Wellington City environmentally sustainableof athletes, fares? Send us an email – officials and coaches. The awards Council’s in the run-up to Christmas. handmade and the ceramic design. Over the Environment Com- travel option for people whoceremony firstname.lastname@example.org also hosts the inducmittee, “This initiative will years we have worked outprovide how our ideas cansaid the cheaper bus want to go shopping in thetion of four new Legends of Welwork together. lington Sport. The Finalists for this “I just find it a real privilege to make them year’s awards will be announced for these athletes. The people have got them today. Previous Supreme winand they will treasure them forever.” ners include Grant Elliot, Steven Event director at Sport Wellington, Anna Adams, Peter Taylor and Conrad Carrington, said working with a small, local Smith. studio meant trophies had a much more Some of Nicola’s past designs . end of the year. Continued from page 1 Plasma was used to make around 13 Nicola said blood donors were very different medicines and because of this special. “We always need more donors. Cur- the demand for plasma had increased rently only four per cent of the eligible “hugely”, Nicola said. • About 1 per cent of the population “You have to have given at least one population donates blood. (or 42,000 patients) are treated with “If you are part of the 96 per cent cur- blood donation in the last two years blood or blood products each year. rently sat on the fence thinking about it, before you can become a plasma donor.” That’s equivalent to 110 jumbo jets Plasma is collected using an apheresis please jump off and join in. full ofStrong peoplewinds or nearly thetocapacity Nicola asked people to think of the machine. The machine spins off the of up 140 km/h “bigger picture” and said one donation red blood cells and keeps the plasma. caused of Eden Park.chaos across the capital last Thursday. Winds broke a yachts The red blood cells are then returned could save three lives. mooring in Evans Bay on Thursday “Think of all the little children who to the donor. • People who have been in accinight, causing the boat to then Plasma has also earned the nickname have leukaemia who your blood is dentscrash and suff blood ontoered the massive rocky shore near able to save… you’ve got to go beyond “liquid gold” because of its colour, loss may need multiple transfusions the Wellington Airport runway. yourself and think of who your donation Nicola said, “It really is so special, it theother yachtblood was no of redUnfortunately blood cells and can be made into so many different could save. match for Mother Nature and it components. “You’re helping ultimately to save medicines.” eventually sank on Friday. On Friday people’s lives and make a difference.” small crowds of inquisitive locals The New Zealand Blood Service was The blood drive will take place next • The biggest of blood gathereduse to watch theproducts large yacht also hoping to have more people sign Thursday, November 19, at the ASB sink. The same strong winds which is for the treatment of cancer at up for plasma donations, Nicola said. Sports Centre in Kilbirnie from 9.30am the capital also caused 26 perlashed cent, with the next biggest power lines to come down along This year 240 people have donated to 2.30pm. Appointments are prebeingCobham surgery at cent. night. Dr19 onper Thursday plasma, however the blood service was ferred and will take priority. To book PHOTO CREDIT: Nikki Papatsoumas. hoping to reach 500 donations by the an appointment call 0800 448 325.
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Renovations for bridge club By Nikki Papatsoumas
Renovations are on the cards for a historic local bridge club. Com m it tee members of Kairangi Bridge Club have decided to proceed with earthquake strengthening on the club’s 80-year-old building in Miramar. The clubrooms were deemed earthquake prone and yellow stickered four-years-ago and ever since, members have been exploring what to do about future accommodation, club president Peter Palmer said. He said ideas thrown across the table included knocking down the building or hiring another building or premise that would be suitable. “However we couldn’t find anything that has the space we need and gives us the certainty,” he said. The club also discussed the idea of moving into the Toitu Poneke Sports Hub in Kilbirnie, which is currently under development. However, Peter said there were issues with car parking surrounding the space. “At the end of the day, we have decided to renovate our current
building,” Peter said. He said the decision was settled upon at a special general meeting held early this month. Peter said the decision to renovate the Hobart St building would be a “major challenge” for the club. The cost of strengthening and upgrading the building would be between $400,000 and $600,000. “We have been saving hard and will be able to fund some of these costs ourselves but will be looking for other sources of income to meet most of the costs.” Kairangi Bridge Club has around 200 members. The majority of the membership is over 65 years and the club has a number of active members in their 90s. “We are growing - this year we have around 40 people in our learner classes - and the numbers in these classes have gone up dramatically in recent years,” Peter said. “We want to future proof the building and have a building that will be standing for the next 20 to 30 years.” Peter said engineers were com-
inbrief news Winter concerts at National War Memorial Pukeahu National War Memorial Park will host six concerts, in an effort to expand use of Pukeahu beyond ceremonial events. The concerts begin Sunday, May 22 with the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band Woodwind Trio, playing music from Bach, Haydn, Mozart and more. They will continue monthly through October, featuring acts such as the Anon Vocal Ensemble and the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band Flute. Concerts will begin at 4pm and end at 4.45pm. Admission is free.
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• The Hobart St building was built around 1931 as a petrol station and garage. • It was later converted into a dance hall called the Rio Grande. • Members of the club recall attending Saturday night dances at the Rio Grande. • The Kairangi Bridge Club bought the building in 1976 - it’s been a Bridge Club ever since.
Voice your choice on safer cycling connections It is not too late to let the Wellington City Council know what you think about setting up safer cycling connections in the eastern suburbs. Community members have until Monday, May 23 to go online and comment on safe-cycling areas and possible routes, or make an oral submission to the council’s transport and urban development committee. A working group has proposed two potential corridors
– one from Kilbirnie to Miramar and one from Kilbirnie to Seatoun. The first Kilbirnie to Miramar route, the Cobham option, would take cyclists along Rongotai Rd and across Cobham Dr, while the second, the Hobart option, would route along Rongotai Rd, Coutts St, under the airport via the subway and along Hobart St. The Kilbirnie to Seatoun corridor has two options as well.
Both run along Rongotai Rd, Coutts St, and under the airport via the subway, and then diverge, with the Broadway option routing along Broadway and Dundas St, and the Strathavon option winding through the quiet streets of Strathmore Park, then along Broadway and Ludlam St. The public can tell the council preferred options or suggest alternatives, at which point recommendations will return to the working group,
and then be placed before the transport and urban development committee on June 30. There will be further opportunities for input, possibly in October/November, as the council works out the details of the preferred routes. They hope to have work on the cycling corridors finished by mid-2018. To have your say, head to cycleways.wellington.govt. nz by Monday, May 23 at 5pm.
Two strong earthquakes shook locals awake last Wednesday morning. The first struck at 7.15am 20km west of Masterton, at a depth of 28km. GeoNet described the 4.7 magnitude quake as “moderate”. The second, a 5.2 magnitude quake, struck at a depth of 35 kilometres, 10km west of Masterton, at 7.55pm GeoNet said. People from across Wellington reported feeling the two tremors.
GIVEAWAY Congratulations to M Ravji from Island Bay who scored a double pass to the Wellington Food Show this weekend. Thanks to everyone who entered. Tickets to the food show, which takes place from May 20 to 22 at the Westpac Stadium, are still available at www. foodshow.co.nz
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Their ‘Birthhub’ would offer professional birthing advice and services, including antenatal classes, to birthing mothers outside of the traditional hospital setting. Their woman-centred approach to birth is a reflection of the recent trend towards a more rustic and simpler lifestyle typified by the ‘hipster’ – a new, relatively young breed of middle-class city dweller. Another factor is the services provided by financially squeezed publicly-funded institutions. Hospitals, for example, often just did not have the resources or time to provide the holistic care that many mothers required. As a result, holistic birthing and even homebirths are “not just for hippies any more”, said Ronja. Positive Birth Wellington, based at the Island Bay Community Centre, is the first of its kind in the country. Ronja started the group in 2012 with friend Liz Harris after being inspired by the original Positive Birth movement in the United Kingdom. Now a movement gaining popularity around the globe, Positive Birth looks to address the fearful misconceptions around childbirth. “You only ever hear the war
stories. You only ever hear about the rare cases where something goes wrong,” said Ronja. Ronja and her group instead gather to talk about joyful, healthy childbirth experiences, as well as how exactly to make a mother’s birth a positive one. Crucially, Positive Birth advocates putting the birthing mother at the centre of the decisionmaking process. “Any birth can be a positive experience. However, and wherever, a mother chooses to have her birth, it’s got to be her decision. It’s all about giving agency, dignity and respect back to the mother,” said Ronja. She hopes their proposed Birthhub will continue the work of Positive Birth on a wider scale, and is especially excited to inspire and support even more new families. Independent midwife Fiona Wood said that the Positive Birth movement had been proven to be beneficial not only to first-time mothers, but women who were recovering from a traumatic birth experience. “It’s a great forum to allay people’s fears around birth, and to learn strategies to trust their bodies. “They just cope better in my experience,” she said.
Living wage lives on Wellington City Council employees can relax knowing their living wage is safe. The council and Wellington Chamber of Commerce reached an agreement last week that secures the continuation of employees’ living wage. Council employees have had a living wage since 2013, and
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Over the next few editions, the Cook Strait News will profile local community centres dotted across the southern and eastern suburbs. This week we chat to Beryl Smyth and Bernard O’Shaughnessy from the Kilbirnie/Lyall Bay Community Centre. By Kelly Hennessy COOK STRAIT NEWS INTERN
Along the bustling Bay Road, the Kilbirnie/Lyall Bay Community Centre stands out as a hub of the community. Whatever your age or interest, the centre has something for you, whether it’s cooking workshops, mahjong games or English lessons. Beryl Smyth, who acts as centre coordinator with Rowena Bonne, said the centre focused on informing, education and expanding the horizons of the community. “We also want to provide security, a place to belong, and a place that belongs to everyone,” she said. Bernard O’Shaughnessy, the centre’s new chairman, said, “This is a neutral space, so anyone can be a part of it, and there is a comprehensive schedule, with a different flavour and different people all the time. “It is quite a buzzy place throughout the day,” he said. The centre has a full schedule of activities, with numerous groups using their meeting spaces throughout the week. There are two facilities for groups to use, as well as a drop-in tea room, which is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm. The centre also presents numerous events and workshops for the community.
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If Manfred, Boris and Uri did not want to do it, there would be no way of making them. But these huge canines have gladly taken on an important role at Mary Potter Hospice, visiting and spending time with patients and their family. Houghton Bay resident Peter Corkery is the owner of Manfred, a five-year-old giant schnauzer, Boris, a 12-year-old Russian terrier and 9-month-old Uri, a Russian terrier standard poodle cross. Peter said he had been bringing his three dogs to the hospice for about six months, after his friend Les died while at the hospice. This week Manfred, Boris and Uri will take on another important role - helping with the Mary Potter Hospice Street Appeal, which takes place on Friday, 20 and Saturday, 21 May. More than 700 volunteers from across the region will take to the streets, buckets in hand, as part of the appeal. “Les stayed here at Mary Potter four or five times, before his final time here and I brought the dogs in all the time to see him. They are so laid back so they are no hassle,” said Peter. “The dogs are always welcome. I come every week or two, they are people animals.” Peter said he and his three furry friends were always pleased to visit patients at the hospice. “Most patients like them but some people don't like dogs. These dogs don't shed hair and there's no mess. They are tall enough to put their head on the bed and be patted,”
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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!
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.
said Peter. Peter said people always stared when he went out with his large dogs. Boris, who weighs 60 kilograms, ate about three kilograms of food each day. “He loves his food. The only problem when we come to Mary Potter is they won't stay away from the kitchen or the tea cart,” Peter said. The Mary Potter Hospice, based in Newtown, offers free palliative care to all people with a terminal illness in the Wellington region, regardless of age, religion or ethnic origin. The Mary Potter Hospice annual appeal will run from May 20 to 21. For more information on ways to donate, head to www.marypotter.org.nz
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Carolyn is keeping Wellington dancing By Kelly Hennessy Cook Strait News Intern
After her years teaching dance in the area, Carolyn McKeefry has become a Wellington institution. Carolyn has been in her Khandallah studio since 2001, but she teaches classes all across the city and suburbs, for everyone from five-year-olds to seventy-fiveyear-olds. The women of the southern and eastern suburbs can experience her expertise at weekly classes, hosted by the Island Bay Community Centre. Every Friday morning, Carolyn leads a group of women, all over 35-years-old, in a mix of dance styles. Carolyn herself is still a dancer, performing with the Crows Feet dance collective.
“We performed just last week, and I sung, in Hawaiian actually, for the show, because I am also a professional singer. “It was pretty difficult actually, having to learn to sing in another language,” she added. While Carolyn herself began at age five, with ballet, she said her dancers can pick it up at any age. Carolyn began teaching in the late 1980’s. She spent many years as teacher’s apprentice, learning how to become a teacher rather than a dancer. “Teaching is very different than dancing, so there is a lot to learn. Good dancers are not always good teachers and good teachers are not always good dancers,” she explained. “You must learn how to communicate with students, how to
break down steps. You have to study anatomy, child psychology, dance history, the musculoskeletal system.” In Island Bay, Carolyn has focused her teaching skills on older groups; dance has no age limit, she said. “People can learn to dance at any age, and there are many benefits for older people,” she explained. The benefits are both physical and mental, Carolyn said. She cited studies showing dance reduces participants risk of developing dementia or Alzheimers, and noted that she has noticed increased body awareness with her dancers. “It is about working different parts of your brain, and your body, using the right brain, left brain, left foot, right foot.” She said she hopes her dancers
Communicating through sign By Nikki Papatsoumas
A local woman uses one of the country’s most unique official languages to communicate with her customers. New Zealand Sign Language Week took place between May 9 and 15. Travel expert and team leader at Flight Centre in Newtown, Renee Olsen, learnt New Zealand Sign Language while studying at Victoria University and in support of Sign Language Week, Flight Centre New Zealand filmed a series of video clips with Renee signing about travel in 2016. Renee said she used Sign Language regularly to converse with her hearing impaired customers. “I really loved the fact that by learning a few signs I could open up communication with a whole community of New Zealand. “I am not fluent but I have used it a fair few times over the last six-and-a-half-years of
consulting. I am definitely able to converse and book peoples travel through sign.” Renee, who also speaks some French and Italian, said customers she dealt with who relied on sign language to communicate were thrilled she was able to speak to them using their language. “I love to be able to communicate with people in their chosen language, rather than expect them to know mine.” According to Statistics New Zealand, a total of 24,090 peo-
have fun and leave each class with a sense of accomplishment. “People say to me ‘we just want it to be fun,’ and I tell them, ‘It is fun, but it also good for you.”
Carolyn McKeefry hosts weekly dance classes.
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ple in the country’s last census reported the ability to use New Zealand Sign Language. It is New Zealand's third official language, after English and Maori. New Zealand Sign Language became an official language in 2006, so this year New Zealand Sign Language is celebrating its ten year anniversary. Sign Language Week is held by Deaf Aotearoa, the national organisation representing the voice of deaf people, and the national service provider.
On Friday May 20, thousands of New Zealanders including children’s entertainer Suzy Cato will celebrate Pink Shirt Day and speak up and stand together to stop bullying. Over 300 individuals, schools, community groups, universities, businesses and workplaces are set to turn their local areas pink and combat bullying – a record number for the campaign. “Pink Shirt Day is about showing a united front, showing strength and showing support for each other, regardless of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, or cultural background,” Suzy said.
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Families flock to zoo and Zealandia for Open Weekend For a gold coin, Wellington’s families can explore some of the city’s top nature attractions, this weekend only. The Wellington Zoo and Zealandia are hosting Open Weekend on May 21 and 22, allowing locals to visit for a $2 donation. For the second year, the event will span two days, affording families even greater opportunities to tour the sites. The proceeds from the gold coin entry will go towards Wellington Zoo Conservation Funds’ projects and Zealandia’s conservation efforts. Wellington Zoo’s chief executive, Karen Fifield, said the Open Weekend was a chance to share the zoo’s mission with the public. "It's vital to us that Wellington Zoo remains accessible to our community so that many more people can connect with the amazing animals that live at Wellington Zoo and learn about how people can help these animals in the wild. Open Weekend is one
way that this can happen for Wellingtonians,” Karen said. The zoo recommended that visitors plan their trips around the daily animal talks, where locals can get up close and personal with the zoo inhabitants, many of which are critically endangered. In the zoo’s newest experience, families can wander through the ‘Meet the Locals’ precinct and learn about some of the native animals of New Zealand. Visitors will meet Little Blue Penguins, Kunekune pigs, farm animals and beautiful wildlife. At Zealandia, locals can experience and interactive exhibit filled with the country’s’ native wildlife, led by experienced guides. Wellington Zoo is open from 9am to 5pm. Last entry is 4.15pm. Parking is expected to be difficult, so visitors are encouraged to take the bus to Newtown or park further away and walk to the Zoo. Visit www.metlink.co.nz for bus routes and timetables.
Liora Noy and Rona Carroll with Karen Schwoerer and her three-weekold baby, Mia.
Supporting mums and bubs By Nikki Papatsoumas
A local support group are continuing to provide a much needed service to their community while settling into their new home. The Newtown Breastfeeding Clinic joined the newly established Wellington Family Support Hub last week. The hub runs out of a space at the Lychgate Centre on Riddiford St, in the heart of Newtown. On a Monday morning, mothers can still meet with lactation consultant Liora Noy for breastfeeding support. However, the support centre no longer works as a drop-in clinic, as it did when it was based at the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre, and mothers are now asked to book an appointment in advance. As well as this, a mother and baby GP service is now offered
on a Monday morning. Dr Rona Carroll is a GP and lactation consultant with a special interest in parent support, breastfeeding and perinatal mental health. Rona is on hand to offer with a range of issues including depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions, breastfeeding problems and concerns about baby’s weight, crying, feeding, or sleep. Liora said mums were now able to book appointments and have “individual attention” from either herself or Rona. “Mums have been very thankful - they love this environment,” Liora said. Rona said mums could still come in and take a seat and socialise with other mothers, but were thankful for the opportunity to have some individual time.
“It’s a really nice balance between the two,” Rona said. The women would also be running parenting classes, for parents with new-born babies or toddlers, on a Saturday morning. Both women said they now wanted to spread the word about services provided from the Family Support Hub and encouraged anyone with any questions to get in touch. The Family Support Hub is located at 100 Riddiford St, Newtown, at the back of the Lychgate Centre. For more information, head to familysupporthub.wordpress.com To book an appointment with either Rona or Liora, call Liora on 021 355 041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Payment for breastfeeding support is by koha and a fee is required for all GP visits.
Smart cities cycle: easy riding in the east We want to make it safer and easier to cycle in the eastern suburbs. You have until 5pm, Monday 23 May to comment on possible new routes. Go to cycleways.wellington.govt.nz
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.
Q: What is your favourite book and why?
Saffron Stone, 10 Holy Cross School
Samantha Olsen, 12 Holy Cross School
Elebron Israil, 6 Holy Cross School
Maggie Johnson, 5 Holy Cross School
“My favourite book is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, because it is a very unique book. The author made up the place of Narnia.”
“Abandon Ship. It’s a diary of a young girl who was on the Wahine and she writes the events that happened. It’s really interesting.”
“Jack and the Beanstalk. Because there’s a big beanstalk.”
“Elsa, because I like the song from Frozen.”
Gerard Sullivan, 11 Holy Cross School “Waiting for Anya. I searched on the internet and it has a really gripping blurb and I really want to read it.”
Kirsten Puddick, (Librarian) Holy Cross School “In Darling Woods. It’s a really good story that made me believe in fairies.”
LETTERS to the editor Usage and abusage Dear Ed, Once more, I must protest against some recent corruptions of our former Britishcum-Kiwi English, mostly by Americanisms. A thing that has really got my goat is the inappropriate use of prepositions and metaphors. Just now, the misuse of “across" has be-
come an epidemic, especially where “throughout” or "all over” should be used. I'm sure this is the result of our aping what would be a perfectly good alternative in big, wide, oceanto-ocean countries like the USA, Canada, and Australia, or for a whole continent like Asia.
However, it is not appropriate for long, narrow countries like New Zealand, Chile, or Japan. But it’s now thought smart to copy either Australia or the USA, no matter how wrong it may be in our NZ context, and even in mentions of our own city of Wellington. As well, Americans will often
perhaps the young people who used that bit of Yank-talk were themselves expatriate Americans, this time. Otherwise, are we about to become the 51st State in the Union? Hector Westfold Miramar
Runway Debate Dear Ed, As part of the continuing “Runway debate” (CSN May 5) let’s consider how this project may have developed. I suggest that the well-documented phenomenon of “group think” was involved. This operates when a carefully chosen group of people, presented with a grand idea, discuss it at meeting
insert redundant prepositions, but conversely omit them where they ought to be used. I gritted my teeth at some of the answers in “Word on the Street” (CSN May 12), about the recent Mothers' Day. Surely we Kiwis colloquially speak of our mother as Mum, not "Mom" though
after meeting, until they are all won over to the proposal. In the case of the proposed runway extension, how did the proponents eventually win over other people at the meetings? I suggest that those people, initially dubious about the plan, were wowed by the prospect of the airport possibly enabling direct flights to Singapore,
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China and the United States. A more cynical reason could be that, if the runway were to be extended, the originators of the idea, and those people won over to support it, would earn a special place in the history of the airport and the city. Chris Horne Wellington
Dear Ed, While I support the idea of a Berhampore Residents' Association, as referred to in your story (CSN May 12) putting a photo of Paul Eagle next to it is a big turn off for me. That councillor has been a huge disaster for Berhampore with his politically-inspired opposition to
the cycleway. The irony is that his suburb, Island Bay, got their cycleway while Berhampore was shafted. Shame on you Paul. How about putting real, on the ground, local concerns ahead of Labour Party imperatives? Curtis Nixon Berhampore
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Settling into new location By Nikki Papatsoumas
A group of local artists are settling into their new home in the heart of the community. Earlier this month, Tapu te Ranga Art Gallery shifted from its seaside location to Island Bay’s shopping village in the space formerly housed by So Vintage. Four local artists have their works on display at the gallery, Ian Logan and Rahul Gopinathan, as well as John Fuller and Jenny Hartley. Co-curator of the gallery Rahul said they kicked things off with an opening night party on Saturday, May 7. He said he was blown away with the number of people who attended and it was great to have the support of the community
behind them. “We had around 80 people through. It was really great there were so many people in here they actually spilled out onto the side walk. “It made me realise how much of a supportive and ‘arty’ community we come from. It’s been excellent people just love coming in here.” The four artists said they were now keen to spread the word that the doors were open to their new space and invited members of the community, and other artists, to pop in and see what they were working on. Tapu te Ranga Gallery is located at 139 The Parade. For more information head to www. taputerangagallery.co.nz
John Fuller, Rahul Gopinathan and Ian Logan from Tapu te Ranga Gallery in their new space on The Parade.
One down, one to go for food bank appeal
Branch chief of South Wellington Seido Karate Tony Gaeta, chair of the Wellington Hospitals Foundation, Bill Day, grants, administration and major partnerships manager for the Wellington Hospitals Foundation, Shona Brunton, secretary of South Wellington Seido Karate, Ange Gaeta and Grant Nisbett.
The St Vincent de Paul Society completed the first of two food bank appeals this weekend. The first appeal took place Saturday, May 14 at Pak’n Save in Kilbirnie and the next will be held at Countdown in Johnsonville this Saturday. The food collected from Kilbirnie residents on Saturday helped to fill the cupboards of the society, which operates a food bank in Newtown.
The food bank is dedicated to providing supplemental, healthy food parcels to those in need in Wellington. The appeals are essential to continuing this service, and the society relies on the generosity of the community. Any members of the community, who missed the appeal, were welcome to stop by the food bank, above the society’s Vinnies shop in Newtown, to donate.
Sherry Hughes participating in the St Vincent de Paul Society food bank appeal.
Generous Donation By Nikki Papatsoumas
A local dojo is continuing to punch above its weight when it comes to serving its local community. South Wellington Seido Karate has recently donated an impressive $17,000 to the Wellington Hospitals Foundation. Branch chief Tony Gaeta says since the club opened its doors in November 2007, it has donated to numerous needy charities, including the Ronald McDonald House, Wellington Free Ambulance and the Mary Potter Hospice. Money raised through raffles this year as well as the dojos annual quiz night, will go towards supporting the hospital’s AYA – Adolescent Young Adult Cancer Service. The service provides support to those between the ages of 12 and 24, who are suffering from cancer. Grants, administration and major partnerships manager for the Wellington Hospitals Foundation, Shona Brunton, said in particular, the money would go
towards commissioning a handbook, for young patients to record their journey. It would also be spent on a purpose built trolley, with a television, PlayStation and DVD player built in for those in isolation and more chair beds for family or partners who may visit loved ones in hospital. Tony said a “huge amount” of people were to thank for the club’s generous donation. “There are a huge amount of people to thank from the students to the parents to the wider community that support us. “We are more than just kicks and punches, a real karate club is all about what you’re doing for others, not just about yourself… we are here to help the wider community.” South Wellington Seido hold beginners’ classes from its Berhampore dojo on Mondays and Thursdays starting at 6pm and Saturdays starting at 10am. For more information, head to www. southwellingtonseido.co.nz
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St Marks students enjoy sugar highs St Mark’s students with sweet tooths were in heaven on their recent Cupcake Day. As part of a long-standing tradition, St Mark’s Church School enjoyed their annual Cupcake Day, with a group of parents and caregivers distributing the treats around the school. The group, known as the SMILE team, is in charge of organising the event each year. Families decorate cupcakes to bring in, which are then brought around by the SMILE
team to each classroom, affording each student an opportunity to purchase a goodie. Treena Martin, President of the SMILE team, said much of the fun was in choosing your own cupcake. “Many of the children hunt down the cupcakes that they brought in themselves. Others are so overwhelmed by the choice that we need to set a time limit, otherwise we would be waiting all day for them to choose!” The SMILE team undertakes other fun activities and
fundraising drives throughout the year. Principal Kent Favel expressed his appreciation for both Cupcake Day and the team. “It is definitely a day that all of the children – and the staff – look forward to every year. Everyone enjoys themselves and an added bonus is that the SMILE team raise money that comes back to the school”. The school shared their sweet treats; leftover cupcakes were taken to the Wellington City Mission.
As Road Safety Week kicks off, Wellington Free Ambulance is asking motorists to be ‘road safety heroes’. The nationwide awareness program began on Monday, May 16. Wellington Free Ambulance attended 1855 road incidents last year, said patient transfer officer and driver educator Chris Pilkington. However, Chris said, most crashes are avoidable, and he offered some road safety tips. “Take care while on the roadsif you’re driving long-distances, take regular breaks,” Chris said. “Don’t drink and drive, keep your speed down and always wear a seatbelt.” Chris advocated for defensive driving courses, noting their usefulness, and explained how learning defensive driving tactics was a key part of the driver
training Wellington Free Ambulance road staff undertake. “We teach our people to look at least two football fields ahead, and continually scan the space around them when they’re driving so that they are super aware of their surroundings,” Chris explained. “We always have to have our eyes open to the unexpected. You can’t be too careful, and you can’t take risks.” Chris and his Wellington Free Ambulance colleagues held a Road Safety Week launch event with Police and the Fire Service at Queens Wharf on Monday. Brake, the road safety charity, launched their fifth annual Road Safety Week on Monday, with the support of New Zealand Police, New Zealand Fire Service, Wellington Free Ambulance, St John and other road safety agencies.
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Nick and Eleni Androutsos now and then, at their wedding in 1956.
Couple celebrates diamond wedding anniversary By Kelly Hennessy Cook Strait News Intern
Miramar residents Nick and Eleni Androutsos will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary on Friday. The pair were married in Athens, Greece on May 20, 1956, after they met when Eleni went to Nick for English lessons. Nick’s family were refugees in
Greece, and Nick knew some English. They have two children, Tula and Costa, and three grandchildren, Nikolas, Daniel and Tereza. These days, Nick enjoys fishing, while Eleni loves reading and cooking what her daughter describes as the most amazing Greek meals. Both are heavily involved with
Wellington’s Greek community. Nick and Eleni will be celebrating their anniversary with their family at The Lardar in Miramar. Their daughter, Tula, is overjoyed to mark this momentous occasion with her parents. “It's wonderful to be able to celebrate this milestone anniversary with them, we're very lucky.”
Staff and students at Holy Cross School in Miramar are thrilled to be establishing themselves as a hub of the community. Principal Celeste Hastings said the school was always looking at ways it could open its doors to the community. “We are really establishing Holy Cross as a community hub because we have got such fantastic resources so it’s nice to share them.” She said there were already several initiatives and programmes in place that had not only been of benefit to the school, but the wider community. The school’s bike track was used by families outside of class hours and the school also hosted Englilsh language classes at the school for members of the wider community. “We run the classes twice a week for adults and they have really grown, it is just great.” As well as this, the school’s
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Hometown hero readies herself for Rio
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Olympic-qualified swimmer and Lyall Bay native Emma Robinson By Kelly Hennessy COOK STRAIT NEWS INTERN
Lyall Bay will have a hometown hero to root for in Rio this August. Native Emma Robinson qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics in late March, on the opening night of New Zealand open swimming championships. Though she has competed in the upper echelons of swimming for a while now, Emma is still excited about reaching this point. “Not that many people in the world get the honour of being an Olympian, so it is pretty cool,” Emma enthused. Anytime you have the opportunity to represent your country was particularly meaningful, she explained. “This isn’t my first time, and I’m lucky that I’ve had lots of other experiences representing New Zealand, but every time you do it, it’s special,” Emma said. As Emma prepares for Rio, she knows she has the entire country’s support with her. “It is nice to be part of something much bigger than you; you don’t realize how many people are behind you.”
Emma is looking forward to this unique experience, particularly the Olympic village. “I’m excited for the whole atmosphere, being in the village and being around all of the different athletes. I mean, it’ll probably actually be weird, just a village full of elite athletes, with everyone being extra tall, or extra short, or extra muscly, or whatever,” she joked. Emma qualified for the upcoming games when she came in nearly three seconds under the nomination time in the 800m freestyle. Since then, she has returned to the Gold Coast, where she has been training for a little over a year. For the next few months, she will maintain a strict training schedule, swimming ten times a week, with spin sessions and other cross-training thrown in. On July 21, she will head to United States of America to meet the rest of the New Zealand team for staging camp in Houston, Texas, before they head down to Brazil. The 2016 Olympic Games open in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 5.
Members of Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club are looking forward to some exciting new changes. The club is the largest in Wellington, with more than 300 active members and 75 volunteer life guards. With this in mind, plans are underway to replace the current clubrooms, as part of a $3 million project. Chairperson Arie Moore said the project had been in the pipeline for the past decade. “The building is in average condition and over the last ten years we have had this rebuilding project on the cards.” As part of the multi-million dollar upgrade the current clubrooms will be bowled to the ground and completely rebuilt from the foundation up. The building will be extended about 10 metres to the east, will be two storeys high and will include a wet space on the ground level for storage. “Upstairs will be a community room and club rooms which will also be available for community groups to use,” Arie said. The first stage of the project will cost $2.8 million and the club have already secured $2.3 million in funding. The Wellington City Council has committed $1 million to the project, which will go towards the cost of public toilets, which are included in the design. Arie said the money would also help the club continue to provide life guard services for the years to come.
He said the club were now looking to raise the additional $500,000 needed. Arie said they would be approaching community trusts as well as past club members to raise the money needed. “We are definitely looking forward to new rooms and just the freedom it will bring to really start a new direction for the club. “We can hopefully get a whole lot more members and be a bigger part of the community.” Chair of the council’s community, sport and recreation committee, Paul Eagle, called on the community to help with the clubs efforts in raising money needed. “There needs to be a public call for the extra $500,000 that is needed. I am calling on family club members, alumni and community trusts to seriously look at funding this last little bit.” For more information, head to www.lyallbayslsc.org.nz
Wellington City Councillor Paul Eagle, Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club member Alessandra Unsworth and chairperson Arie Moore.
SPORTS TRUST SPONSORED BY MIRAMAR & KILBIRNIE THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED $4,500 IN APRIL 2016 TO EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS, KINDERGARTENS, SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND SPORTS CLUBS ETC.
DEAN GALT (ESST) WITH TERISA MAULOLO – MEMBER NZ WOMENS VOLLEYBALL TEAM TRAVEL
BRIAN GALT(ESST) WITH MEMBERS OF MARANUI SURF LIFESAVING CLUB – NEW LIFE JACKETS
JAYDEN STRAFORD & ALEX LUNDON – NZ JUNIOR BLACK SOX SOFTBALL - TRAVEL
THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED TO THE FOLLOWING EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS. • HARRY WALL - BASKETBALL • PAUL BARWICK - CHICAGO MARATHON • LINDSAY BARWICK - CHICAGO MARATHON • TERISA MAULOLO - VOLLEYBALL TRAVEL • MIRAMAR BOWLING CLUB - EQUIPMENT • JENNY MCDOUGALL - DRAGON BOAT • EMMA ROBINSON – SWIMMING TRAVEL
THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GIVEN AWAY TO DATE $1,341,870
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