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Work is underway on a multi-million dollar Salvation Army base in Newtown which will stretch an entire block and house all of the organisations operations in the area. Over the next several months, work will be carried out on the new complex, which will stretch along Riddiford St, between Normanby and Donald McLean St. Captain David Daly, divisional commander for the Salvation Army, said the organisation purchased all retail properties along Riddiford St with the exception of the property housing the TAB, Le Manaia (which was the Zoo Bar) and the Mission for Youth building. Continued on page 2
The New Zealand Blood Service is appealing for the community to head along and donate blood at a local drive next week. Next Thursday, a blood drive will be held at the ASB Centre in Kilbirnie and the New Zealand Blood Service are hoping for at least 60 donors to attend on the day. Nicola Binns from the New Zealand Blood Service said this was the first time there had been a blood drive in Kilbirnie for more than 10 years. She said this was because there had not
been enough support at previous drives held in the area. “We are hoping that with all the extra business in the area now, it will be a success.” The blood drive was organised after local business owner, Terry Binding from Nailed It, approached them, Nicola said. “Terry has delivered flyers to all Kilbirnie businesses and has been a great support. But we still really need support from all local businesses in Miramar and surrounding suburbs.” Continued on page 2
David Daly on the corner of Normanby and Riddiford St in Newtown, where a new multi-million dollar Salvation Army base will be built. Nicola Binns with an apheresis machine which is used for plasma donations.
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A 300 metre section of The Parade in Island Bay is in the process of being resurfaced. Wellington City Council’s chief planning officer, David Chick, said the road surface, between Tamar and Avon streets was de-
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Continued from page 1 David said the cost of the project was expected to be $17.5 million, which would mainly come from the sale of property that housed the services moving to the new site. He said the new complex would accommodate The Salvation Army’s Newtown Church, its Family Store, Hope Centre and the bulk of Salvation Army’s central Wellington social services. “These services include community ministries, addiction services and early childhood education and possibly youth social services,” he said. “The main intentions of bringing them together are cost savings and to allow our services to work closer together, providing more effective support to clients by having the services and specialist staff in one place.” David said the new complex would also provide a basis for expanded services in the future. “More effective services mean greater benefits for the wider community, we believe,” David said. David said the organisation was also planning on operating satellite social service sites in other parts of Wellington out
An impression of what the new complex is expected to look like once completed.
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year and had attended meetings with the Newtown Residents Association. “There have been communications with immediate neighbours as part of the Resource Consent process, resulting in individual meetings with neighbours.
“There was a recent letter box drop reminding residents of the project and its start date,” David said. Demolition work began on May 11 and was expected to last four weeks. Construction will be completed by September 2017.
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Protecting little penguins habitat By Nikki Papatsoumas
A small “penguineering team” kayaks out to Tapu te Ranga Island once a fortnight to help one of Wellington coast’s feathered friends. The team is part of Forest and Bird Wellington branch ‘Places for Penguins Project’ which was initially launched in 2007. Karin Wiley, nest box coordinator for the project, said the aim of the project was to increase the habitat of the little penguin, which was slowly diminishing around the capital’s coastline, including Miramar Peninsula and Island Bay. This was because of erosion and human development, Karin said. Karin said little penguins came to the shore to nest in the winter and many were unfortunately being struck by cars as they crossed the road at night.
“The idea was that if we put nest boxes in on the seaward side of the road it would hopefully stop so many getting killed and would provide more habitat for them,” she said. There are currently eight nest boxes nestled on Tapu te Ranga Island, 800 metres off the shore of Island Bay Beach. Karin said four more nest boxes would be placed on the island, as soon as the weather permitted. “It is working very well because it’s the one place around the coastline where there is the least interference from humans,” Karin said. Extensive rat trapping has also taken place on the island as rats can easily make the swim out to the island and were a dangerous predator to the little penguin. Karin said the penguin’s nest boxes were monitored every fortnight from July until the chicks begin to fledge. Outside
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Mayor of Wellington Celia WadeBrown makes the 800 metre journey to Tapu te Ranga Island regularly, to monitor little penguin nests and lay rat bait.
of this they were monitored once a month. “We ask people to respect the island, they are allowed out there, but we ask they don’t remove vegetation or destroy any habitats.” As well as a growing population of little penguins, there were also geckos and skinks on the island, Karin said. “Restoration work will take place over several years to revegetate the island and remove pest plants.” Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown, is part of the “penguineering team” and heads out to the island regularly to help monitor nests and lay rat bait. “It is such a lovely little offshore island for penguins, geckos and skinks. It’s a real jewel - it’s nice to live in a capital city that has penguins about,” Ms Wade-Brown said.
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Former accountant crunches the numbers on his life By Emma Moody WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT
Harold Stretton says there is more to life than facts and figures. The former accountant just received a Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand milestone award for 70 years of service to the accounting profession.
However, despite the achievement, Harold has spent much of his 92 years doing much more than just crunching numbers. “It was about the only thing left for me to do. I wanted to be a scientist, but that wasn't a job in those days,” he said. Harold gained his accounting qualification in 1945 and worked all around New Zealand before moving to Niue in 1978.
While there, the Rita Angus rest home resident spent two years as the general manager of the Niue Development Board. “The board was mainly concerned with the development of export products to help the economy of Niue. “They had certain strengths; passion fruit growing, limes growing, cattle development, honey and handicrafts,” he said.
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Harold said the job had some major differences compared with the work he did in New Zealand. “One was most of the staff couldn’t speak English, which was a real handicap. I hadn’t experienced that before and the other was the Niuean attitude to money is quite different to more developed countries,” he said. Harold came back to New Zealand in 1980, brought some property in Kerikeri and started a kiwifruit and citrus orchard, where he stayed for nine years. Harold’s travelling was not just recreational - he moved around for work too. He managed rubber, cloth and rural services in New Zealand and Australia as well as working as a management consultant in Auckland. Although he was born in Hastings and has spent most of his time travelling the globe, Harold considers Wellington his home. “I have been back to Wellington several times in my life and I now regard it as home. “I like the place, in spite of the weather,” he said. Despite being honoured for his services to accounting, Harold remained humble. “It’s nice to be acknowledged.”
Lightning and thunder shakes Wellington Severe weather lashed the Wellington region early this week, knocking out power for much of the city. Thousands of lightning strikes lit up the city and thunder rumbled throughout Tuesday night, keeping many residents awake.
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Thursday May 26, 2016
Greypower coming into a “new era” By Nikki Papatsoumas
The eastern and southern suburbs chapter of Grey Power is coming into a “new era”. Grey Power is a national advocacy organisation which promotes the welfare and well-being of all those citizens in the 50 plus age group. Over the years, members of Grey Power have debated a variety of issues including superannuation, housing and transport. President of the eastern and southern suburbs chapter of Grey Power, Bernard O’Shaughnessy, said their chapter had recently taken on new committee members and he believed this, alongside other changes, would catapult Grey Power into a “new era”. “We are in a position where we want to move forward,” Bernard said. Grey Power typically focused on the 65 plus age group in the past, however, they would now “embrace” the 50 plus age group, Bernard said.
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Kia ora to a new language Parents and children are expanding their Maori repertoire beyond ‘Kia ora’, together at the Houghton Valley Playcentre. Every Thursday morning children and their whanau are welcomed to the playcentre for bilingual sessions. The goal of the session was to encourage and inspire both parents and children in learning a new language, help them try new things, make mistakes and have fun, while normalising Te Reo and Tikanga Maori. Jessie Moss, language leader, said there was value in teaching parents and children the language together. “Te Reo is unique and incredibly important to Aotearoa, and our playcentre sessions are a way that we can foster Te Reo in our own whanau and community. “It is a rich and beautiful language. It is a source of meaning, knowledge and perspectives that can enrich us and our lives.” Rose Swindells, a participating parent, has enjoyed learning a new language with her child. “It is a lovely, relaxed environment with no pressure or judgement. There is always lots of laughter and waiata,” Rose said.
Though the programme has been running since last July, it continues to cater to all learning stages, welcoming complete beginners and those who have been learning for years alike. Rose said, “We all come from different backgrounds and we all love having a place to practice our reo and learn alongside our tamariki.” Learning a new language is helpful for children and parents. Jessie noted the growing evidence of the benefits of learning a second or third language for children. “It gives children a positive attitude towards learning,” she said. It is both beneficial and enjoyable, Jessie said. “The kids just soak it up. It is easy for them and it gives them confidence that stays with them. “When they see something new and different, they think ‘I can do that.’ This kind of thinking makes learning an adventure.” The lessons are open to nonmembers, and the playcentre will celebrate matariki, the Maori New Year, with an open day on June 9. All are welcome to join in on the harakeke weaving, crafts, puppet shows, story-telling, waitata and pot luck morning tea/lunch.
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Meeting for Seatoun residents By Nikki Papatsoumas
Seatoun residents are encouraged to head along to an open evening next Tuesday about a channel deepening project which will enable larger ships to call at the port. CentrePort will soon apply for resource consents to deepen the shipping channel to 14.5 metres at the Wellington harbour entrance and Thorndon container wharf. The project will pave the way for larger ships. Seatoun residents stand to be effected if the project goes
ahead and with this in mind CentrePort has held a series of open days in the community to allow people to learn more about the project. Maree Maddock, a committee member of the Seatoun and Bays Progressive Association (Seaprog), encouraged as many residents as possible to attend next Tuesday’s meeting. Maree said waves would become much higher from the Steeple Rock part of Seatoun Beach, to Hector St, as a result of the project. This could cause concern for residents who live near the
beach as well as dog walkers, kayakers, wind surfers, kite surfers or divers who use the beach near the Steeple Rock end of the bay, she said. “There is good information out there about their process. It’s a permanent change - it is not temporary,” Maree said. Maree said given the project would make a permanent change to the Seatoun coastline it was important locals were involved in the process from the get-go. “Our goal is to try and get people engaged in what the proposal is and encourage
them to make comments.” Maree said members of Seaprog were happy to then collate the communities concerns and pass them on to CentrePort. CentrePort was seeking public feedback by May 29 before applying for resource consents, Maree said. Councillor Sarah Free said the project could see waves in the area become up to 30 per cent higher, so it was important locals attended open days and made sure they were informed of any implications. “There is also the potential
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Victory for the fourth year By Nikki Papatsoumas
Talented students from St Catherine’s College have won the O’Shea Shield for the fourth year in a row. Twenty students and eight teachers travelled to Sacred Heart Gils’ College in New Plymouth to compete for the shield on May 14 and 15. Every year students from 17 catholic schools across the country participate in a range of events in a bid to take home the shield, which is named after Archbishop Thomas O’Shea, a foundation pupil of St Patrick’s. As part of the event students contested seven public speaking events: debating, religious questions, religious drama, Scripture readings, impromptu speech, oratory, junior prepared speech and Maori Scripture reading. Kathy Ryan was one of the teachers to coach the girls to victory for the fourth year in a row. She said this was a huge achievement, given St Catherines was one of the smallest schools to participate in the competition.
“I am massively proud. It’s really an incredibly big competition and they put a huge amount of work in from partway through term one, right through the holidays and into term two. “It’s pretty unheard of. It has happened before - there are three other schools that have done it,” she said. “All schools want to win it and there were some schools that really did take it incredibly seriously.” As well as taking out the competition a number of students also won individual cups, she said. Kathy said as in previous years, St Pats town was the girls’ biggest rival – coming in second place this year by just one point. Year 11 student Kaira Sheck has participated in the event for the past three years. “This year it was different to my previous experience. It was a lot closer and the win was really unexpected,” she said. “It definitely was a roller coaster in terms of our results and how we felt. You still get a sense of triumph [winning] because of how much effort you put in and how much the teachers put in. You never get used to that feeling.”
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Wellington cyclists won't back down from tacs By Emma Moody WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT
Nails discovered on the Island Bay cycleway last month have sold on TradeMe for over $200. An auction of a plaque with some of the 500 nails, which mysteriously appeared on the cycleway on April 27, ended on Sunday. Patrick Morgan, from the Cycling Action Network (CAN), said they were selling them to make a point. “Wellingtonians deal with hills and weather while they are cycling; we want to show that a few nails won't stop them.”
CAN is an organisation which gives a voice tor everyday cyclists - recreational, commuter and touring, which was started in 1997. No one knows who put the nails on the cycleway, but Patrick said it was not a coincidence. “There were five piles of nails, it was definitely not an accident,” he said. Patrick said CAN was not expecting the auction to get $200, but was delighted they have raised money for cycling in New Zealand. “We are using the money for fundraising and for drawing attention to cycling,” he said. “It’s just a bit of fun, really.”
Your local community centre: 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 Anna Porter from the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre. By Kelly Hennessy COOK STRAIT NEWS INTERN
The Newtown Community and Cultural Centre sits just a step away from the bustle of Riddiford Street, playing host to everyone and everything in the neighbourhood. A myriad of local groups are located in the centre, and the timetable has an option for every resident, regardless of their interest, ethnicity, or age. Anna Porter, one of the coordinators, takes pride in the inclusive nature of the centre. “We are a safe and neutral place for people of any background to meet and participate, to build new connections and work on their health and wellbeing,” she said. The centre operates its own activities while acting as a facilitator for interested members on the community as well. “We provide great community exercise classes through the funding we get from Compass Health which make it so classes with very qualified instructors only cost $2 for the public. “We also partner with the community, and we are happy to hear from people who have any ideas, who want to see something here. We can help them bring it to life,” Anna explained. The forthcoming Newtown Tool Library is an example of one such partnership. The centre is launching a ‘tool library’ which would allow locals, for an annual fee, to rent out whatever they require for their latest projects. “A local woman was interested in seeing this, so while she is the driver of it, we help by providing space, a website, accepting dona-
tions, and other help.” The Newtown community is incredibly engaged, making projects like this easy, Anna said. “We’re fortunate to be located in such a vibrant, diverse and engaged community, and active community members translate into an active centre.” Many other service organisations call the centre home, including the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Wellington Timebank, NiuHUB Pasifika, Debt-Free Newtown, and more. The centre bonds these groups and the larger community together, Anna said. “One of our goals is to create a resilient, connected community.”
A plaque with some of the nails discovered on the Island Bay Cycleway has sold for over $200.
Things to watch out for at the Newtown Community Centre: 1. Newtown Jazz Jam: Anyone who enjoys ‘great music and great hangs’ should drop by the centre for the biweekly jam sessions, open to musicians and listeners alike. Every other Tuesday from 8pm to 10pm. Koha entry and BYO. 2. Social English classes: Migrants and refugees can meet their neighbours and learn the language at the same time at English Language Group’s free classes. Wednesdays from 10am to 12pm. Free. 3. Open Art Studio: Indulge your creative side in all different mediums at the open studio times. Every other Wednesday from 6.30 to 8.30pm. Materials provided, koha welcome.
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R E E T N VOLU NOW Meet Anurag Sharma - Wellington Ronald McDonald Volunteer What do you do as a volunteer? I started off helping out in a couple of cooking groups, before joining as a volunteer. Since then I have helped around the House wherever I am needed; I also had the awesome opportunity to help out with Supper Club where I got to play bartender and got a chance to help cook (and more importantly, eat) the delicious cuisines made by Dai and Dal from My Kitchen Rules. Why did you choose to volunteer with us? It all started with helping out a mate fill
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Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Eileen Cassidy and volunteer Ange Hart reminisce together about their travels. Hataitai local Ange Hart is reminding Wellington south residents just how much the elders of our community have to offer. Since November Ange has been a regular volunteer at Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore and she says it’s completely changed her perception of what a rest home can be like. “The environment is amazing. I never thought I would want to end up in a rest home, but here I see the care and the lovely staff. If I come to a rest home like this place, I would be very happy,” says Ange. “There’s always lots going on and it’s nice that the residents are allowed to keep pets. They all love the animals here.” She says the elders of Kilmarnock Heights Home have a lot to offer. “I like listening to their stories. I’m quite keen on history and there’s a lot to learn from them. It’s really interesting! We talk about their families, what they did when they were children and anything that interests them. It’s about providing companionship, really.” Ange explains that she decided to volunteer after finding she has lots of time
on her hands when she retired. “I love every minute of it! You feel like you’re doing something nice for someone else and it’s a great feeling. If you can make someone’s day a little bit happier than why wouldn’t you?” Ange volunteers every Wednesday, but says Kilmarnock Heights Home is appreciative of whatever hours and things volunteers can do. “I read stories, help to get the residents ready for lunch, help set up the entertainment and in-between I spend one on one time with the residents,” says Ange. “Some volunteers have specific things they do, like taking a knitting group, driving the home’s van or providing entertainment. There are so many different ways you can help.” Ange is encouraging locals with spare time on their hands to give volunteering a go. “You get a lot out of it. Even just an hour a week will help and making them smile will make your day.” For more information about volunteering at Kilmarnock Heights Home call 0508 TO HELP (0508 86 4357), email email@example.com or visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz.
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!
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Q: What is your favourite thing about Wellington?
Sara Quilter, Lyall Bay
Maria Papp, Kilbirnie
Dylan Evans, Kilbirnie
Harley Overton, Kilbirnie
Alisa Leaupepe, Kilbirnie
“Lyall Bay is my favourite thing because it’s got the beach and great cafes and it’s a really pretty place to hang out.”
“Diversity, Wellington is full of different cultures and so much diversity.”
“I like the fact everything is really close together.”
“The people. Everyone is relaxed and laid back.”
“There are so many great things about Wellington, the friendly people, clean environment and the close communities. I just love Wellington.”
Jack Tully, Kilbirnie “The weather, the coffee culture and the general happy vibes.”
Council learns from Island Bay cycleway controversy By Emma Moody WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT
The Wellington City Council says lessons have been learned from the Island Bay cycleway controversy. A proposal for cycleways in the eastern suburbs is in the works, and the first stage of public consultation ended on Monday. Councillor Sarah Free said following controversy surrounding the Island Bay cycleway, council had approached things differently with communities in
the eastern suburbs. “We have had in-depth consultations with community working groups. Our engagement officer has been has been talking to school groups and other groups that could benefit from this,” she said. The Island Bay cycleway project began last year and faced major backlash from the public. The Eastern Bays cycleway has faced less backlash than the Island Bay cycleway, which Sarah said was due to the lessons the council learned from the Island
Bay controversy. Sarah said the council was planning to make small changes in the area with the implementation of cycleways, which she hoped would make a big difference. “The islands in the middle of Broadway are quite a problem,” she said. She also said the council would like to find a safer way for the public to cross Cobham Dr. The Wellington City Council has dedicated $6 million to cycling lanes in Wellington’s
eastern suburbs and two preferred corridors have been identified. The first runs from Kilbirnie to Miramar and the second runs from Kilbirnie to Seatoun. In each corridor, there are two preferred routes. The Kilbirnie to Miramar preferred routes are the ‘Cobham option’ and the ‘Hobart option.’ The Kilbirnie to Seatoun preferred routes are the ‘Broadway option’ and the ‘Strathavon option.’ Apart from Island Bay and
Eastern Bay cycleways, there are two more proposed Wellington cycleways. One is proposed to run through Wellington’s CBD, while the other runs from Wellington to the Hutt Valley. The Hutt Valley cycleway is proposed to run from Melling to Bunny St and would be 12km long. The Wellington CBD cycleway is proposed to link to the major commuting corridors in Wellington and the waterfront shared path.
LETTERS to the editor Pandemic
Local political concerns Dear Ed, In regards to your May 19 edition focus item on suburban Community Centres – one wonders if the new chairman of the Kilbirnie/ Lyall Bay Community Centre, Bernard O’Shaughnessy, actually knows what the community members’ desires are for a Light Rail between the airport and the city station through Kilbirnie
or on the propagated future tourist statistics being used by big business to support an unwanted airport runway extension? Surely Bernard O’Shaughnessy must have some idea or feeling on the communities’ local political concerns? Martin Beck Wellington
Shocked Dear Ed, I was shocked to read Curtis Nixon’s bitter and opinionated letter (CSN May 19) regarding Paul Eagle and the formation of the Berhampore Residents Association. I actually attended the inaugural meeting as I knew that Paul Eagle would be in attendance. We supposedly have two Southern Ward representatives on council but the other doesn’t live in the ward and I’ve personally never seen him. Paul Eagle has done much for Berhampore. Mr Nixon – to
name several examples: He saved the playground at Jeypore St, he helped reestablish the golf and bowling club and made sure that our new community centre got funding. These matters have zero to do with a political party and in fact the only one here being political is you Mr Nixon. You may want a cycle way in Berhampore but you do not speak for our wonderful suburb. Please stop pretending you do. Rick Toogood Berhampore
Further to my letter (CSN May 19) about misuse of prepositions, etc, I must now mention one misuse that is not just an epidemic, but a pandemic, since it first appeared only four or five years ago: saying "around” instead of the traditional "about". Yes, in the literal sense, they both mean the same, but I refer to the latter word in its sense that means "relating to" or "to do with". An example, not very long ago, was when the principal of one Wellington secondary school said, "We don't have any rules around hairstyles.” I don't
think this misuse is an Americanism, but just a bit of Kiwi ‘smartspeak’. Everyone feels obliged to parrot it, so as to appear "contemporary" and "with it", if you will permit an old man to mention those silly expressions that got a thrashing during the approximate era of 1957-72, before they died a natural death, or from exhaustion. I hope this one will soon do the same, as nearly all vogue-words and buzzwords finally do. Hector Westfold Miramar
Delighted Dear Ed, We are pleased to see your broad article on the Kilbirnie/Lyall Bay Community Centre. I have been there for different events. We are also delighted that the centre is now under the stewardship of Bernard O'Shaughnessy. He will
bring a lot to the future as I have seen him before in a number of community and social minded groups and always puts peoples’ interest first. Rosie Wu Kilbirnie
Paranoid? Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.
Dear Ed, Referring to the letter written by Curtis Nixon (CSN May 19) I am amazed, Curtis, how you grant Councillor Paul Eagle with so much power over cycle ways. If I am right, Mr Eagle is one person in a council of approximately 15 councillors and also does not have voting power over specific cycle ways
as he was not on the transport and urban development committee at the time of any of these decisions. So, how did he personally stop the proposed cycle way in Berhampore? Either you are misguided or just plain paranoid. Anna Jones Berhampore
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Preparing youth for any situation By Kelly Hennessy COOK STRAIT NEWS INTERN
Strathmore Park Community Centre is using Ara Taiohi Youth Week to educate and empower local youth on important issues such as their rights and cyber bullying. These workshops, presented by Youthline Wellington, will address these salient issues at the Strathmore Park Community Centre from 4pm to 6pm on Friday, May 27. The first workshop tackles cyber bullying, using fun and interactive activities to teach young people protect both themselves and their mates against online hate. Lisa Matthews, community operations manager of the centre, believed these workshops were important as youth grow up in an increasingly digital world. “Youth these days are early adopters of social media, they’re absolutely online,
but many don’t have an understanding of the real world consequences, the dangers, of the online world,” she said. The centre will also host a workshop, presented by Community Law Wellington, on youth rights. The goal is to teach young people the ways in which the law can be used to protect yourself, and to educate them of their rights when dealing with the police or in school. “While obviously the police and school are very different situations, we’re making sure youth can enter any situation with the information and knowledge needed to be empowered,” Lisa said. Along with the knowledge imparted, the centre will have pizza and giveaways. The workshops are at Strathmore Park Community Centre from 4pm to 6pm on Friday, May 27.
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Yoga Classes A number of yoga classes for people of all experience levels take place at the Berhampore Centennial Community Centre each week. On Mondays classes take place for those of all levels from 7.30pm. Cost is $5. On Tuesday night from 7.30pm Iyengar based yoga stretch and release classes take place. For beginners to intermediate, Iyengar based yoga pays attention to body alignment, allowing time to move between postures and to focus on breathing
and body awareness. Please bring a blanket, water bottle and yoga mat, although spares are available. Entry is Free. On Thursday morning a yoga and chai class for beginners takes place from 11am. Cost is $5. A free men’s’ yoga class takes place on Thursday night from 6pm. Finally on Saturday morning a yoga class takes place for all experience levels from 10am. Cost is $5 or koha. The Berhampore Centennial Community Centre is located at 493 Adelaide Rd.
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all. The heat champion will also get a bar tab and a ticket to the first New Zealand Hot Sauce Festival on June 25 at Sweat Shop Brew Bar in Auckland. They will earn a place at the final table of the New Zealand Chilli Eating Champs and can compete against all other heat champions. This is the sixth year of competition, and, Clint noted, no one has won twice. Bebemos is hosting for the first time, with past contests thrown by Little Beer Quarter. The competition and the New Zealand Hot Sauce Festival are both organized by Fire Dragon Chillies, which is owned by Clint. Competitors must be over 18, and have no heart, bowel or intestinal problems. For more information on this weekend’s competition, head to the ‘NZ Chilli Eating Champs’ Facebook page.
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Water flowing from new reservoir The water from Mt Albert Reservoir flowed out to local residents after Mayor Celia Wade-Brown opened the valve on Wednesday. The new $3.5 million reservoir, which sits on the ridge above the National Hockey
Stadium in Berhampore, was connected to Wellington’s main water supply on May 25. The new reservoir holds twoand-a-half times the volume of its 105-year-old predecessor, with 2.2 million litres of water. This triples the stored water
for the Melrose, Southgate and Houghton Bay areas, which will improve Wellington’s resilience, said Ms Wade-Brown. “The new reservoir will be resilient to a severe earthquake and also provide for the area’s projected population growth,” she said. Over the past twenty years the city has worked to earthquake-strengthen its water network, seismically strengthening the reservoirs and installing automatic shutoff valves so the reservoirs don’t empty if the pipe network is damaged. “We can all be prepared for an earthquake,” Ms WadeBrown said. “Damage could occur in many places on the network and it may not be convenient to collect water from the big
reservoirs – we encourage households to store enough water for at least 7 days by installing a rainwater tank as well.” Councillor Iona Pannett, who chairs the council’s environment committee, said new reservoirs have the dual purpose of making the region’s water storage and supply network stronger and safer, while having less impact on parks and reserves than older reservoirs. “Unlike its predecessor, this one is below ground,” Ms Pannett said. “The area will be planted and landscaped this winter, restoring and providing additional recreational space in a spot that provides some of the most spectacular views of the south coast.” The construction of the
Mt Albert Reservoir, which was funded by Wellington City Council and managed by Wellington Water, took 16 months to build. ABOUT THE NEW RESERVOIR: •Construction, which was managed by Wellington Water on behalf of Wellington City Council, cost $3.5 million total. •The new reservoir is 2200m³, replacing the old 810m³ reservoir. •It is rectangular in shape, measuring 25m long, 17m wide and 7m deep, with reinforced concrete floors and wall and a precast concrete roof structure. •Excavation required removing 1475 metres cubed of surplus material, including the demolition of the existing reservoir.
Become a ‘yogi’ at Island Bay Community Centre Local residents are invited to join Dakota Blue, a local instructor, to discover the myriad benefits of yoga, including increased core strength, flexibility, balance, range of motion, improved sleep habits, reduced blood pressure, tension relief, weight-loss and mindfulness. Dakota receives
funding from Compass Health, to ensure accessibility, and the classes are gentle and focused on slowly recovering from injury or returning to a fitness regime. Classes are Wednesdays from 9.30am to 10.30am at the Island Bay Community Centre. Entry by gold coin donation.
CENTREPORT CHANNEL DEEPENING PROJECT FURTHER OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE FEEDBACK CentrePort is consulting on its proposal to deepen the shipping channel in Wellington Harbour/Te Whanganui-ā-Tara to enable visits by bigger ships. We will hold a further information session for Seatoun area residents to find out more about this project, why it is important for Wellington and central New Zealand’s economic development and what it means for them. Seatoun RSA Tuesday 31 May 2016 7pm – 10pm We encourage you to come along to listen to our team explain the possible effects on the Seatoun coast and to give us your feedback. For 150 years, Wellington Harbour/Te Whanganuiā-Tara has been a busy trade corridor for ships going to and from the four corners of the globe.
CentrePort is now getting ready to take the final step needed to accommodate the bigger ships that will soon be visiting New Zealand.
Today CentrePort is a productive and growing port, a driving force in the growth and prosperity of central New Zealand.
It plans to apply for resource consent to deepen the shipping channel at the harbour entrance and at Thorndon Container Wharf to accommodate ships with draughts of up to 14.5 metres and carrying more than 6000 containers (instead of the current 4500).
It has invested in equipment, technology and innovative services so it can move goods quickly, safely and cost effectively, connecting central New Zealand to the world. It is important the region maintains these strong international shipping connections so its importers and exporters remain competitive and grow.
To find out more and have your say, visit www.centreportbigpicture.co.nz
Bonnie Cameron will head to South Africa to work with Cheetah Outreach and the Anatolian Guard Dog Project.
Zoo keeper shipping off to South Africa Bonnie Cameron, a cheetah handler and keeper at the Wellington Zoo, is South Africa-bound to work with Cheetah Outreach and the Anatolian Guard Dog Project. With support from the Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund, Bonnie has the opportunity to work for three weeks at Cheetah Outreach in Cape Town assisting with cheetah husbandry and enrichment. Bonnie is looking forward to expanding her cheetah expertise to bring back to the zoo. “Working with the team at Cheetah Outreach will give me more knowledge about how other facilities care for cheetah,” Bonnie said. “At Cheetah Outreach I will be helping with the daily husbandry needs and enrichment of cheetah and possibly some other animals in the facility such as meerkats and caracals.” Her final week will be spent with the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s livestock guarding dog programme outside of Johannesburg. De Wildt’s Wild Cheetah Management Project and Cheetah Outreach launched
the project, called the Anatolian Guard Dog Project, in 2005, as a way of reducing human-animal conflict in South Africa. Guard dogs are raised to live with livestock and learn to scare off cheetah or other predators that threaten the herd. With the guard dogs, farmers don’t have to kill cheetahs to protect their livestock. Bonnie will observe the project, and provide some insight from her years as a vet nurse and zoo keeper. “I will be out on farms learning how the Anatolian Guard Dog Project works and what goes into maintaining the care of the dogs once they are on their farms,” says Bonnie. “I’ll be able to offer my skills as an experienced vet nurse and zoo keeper to Cheetah Outreach and the Anatolian Guard Dog Project,” she said. Bonnie will get to visit at least one of the two Anatolian Shepard dogs, Manaaki and Wellington, the zoo sponsors. Bonnie is looking forward to sharing her newfound knowledge with the zoo and its visitors, and added, “this trip wouldn’t be possible without the help of Wellington Zoo’s Conservation Fund.”
Thursday May 26, 2016
Nomination for Newtown netball club By Kelly Hennessy COOK STRAIT NEWS INTERN
PIC Netball is celebrating a victory off the court, after being named as a finalist for Club of the Year from the Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards earlier this week. The club is up for the Pak ‘n Save Kilbirnie Club of the Year award against Mana Kayak Racing Club, Wellington Rowing Club and the Worser Bay Boating Club. Martha Taru, President of PIC Netball, is overjoyed with the nomination itself. “We didn’t think we’d ever get this kind of recognition, and we do it just for the love of the sport, so this is a win. “It doesn’t matter if we win the award or not,” Martha said. For Martha, this nomination is an acknowledgement of over sixty years of hard work from her family; her
mother was one of the founding members. The club was started in 1953 by the women of the Pacific Islands Church. They were new migrants from the Pacific Islands, looking for a way to connect with their community in a new place. Over the years the club has grown larger than the church, though many members are the daughter, nieces, and friends of the initial club. Martha’s family has had three generations play for the club. The club’s focus on family is a result of this original mission. “We’re based on family values, everyone knows everyone, and they make it their business to nurture those relationships. “We want to be a home away from home for our players, for them to feel like they are a part of a larger family,”
Martha said. This familial atmosphere does not mean the club is not competitive, Martha clarifies. “We are quite successful, our elite clubs, and we have a lot of players that have gone onto higher honors. We’re still here to win,” she said. This combination of competiveness and community was central to their nomination. When listing the reasons the club should receive the nomination, Sue Geale of Netball Wellington wrote, “The PIC club is a very family orientated club but also one that strives for excellence on and off the court.” The winners of the Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards will be announced at the event on Wednesday, June 15. Martha and her club members will be there, soaking in the glory of simply being nominated.
Celebrating one hundred years of football By Kelly Hennessy COOK STRAIT NEWS INTERN
One hundred years down, and Brooklyn Northern United AFC is still kicking. The football club is preparing to celebrate their centenary this Saturday at their new club rooms at the Island Bay Tennis and Squash Club. The club has gone through ma ny iterations before reaching this point, Director
Sandy Aitchison explained. “The current club has been formed from a number of amalgamations, and it became Brooklyn Northern United in the 1970s,” he said. The club began as the Institute Old Boys in 1916 and it competed under that name until it was reorganised in 1956, at which point it became Brooklyn United. The ‘Northern’ was added in 1971, when Brooklyn
Sandy Aitchison, Director of Football for Brooklyn Northern United AFC, holds up a photo of the 1920 Brooklyn football team.
United and Northern, a team that was started by Wellington’s Chinese community in 1949, joined forces. The club will be celebrating every different combination this weekend. “All past and present members are invited to the function this weekend, where we’ll have music and food.” Over 100 members are expected to come celebrate, and the club will highlight its connections with ska and punk with a special DJ. “A number of Brooklyn ska bands came out of the club, so we want to make sure we nod to that,” Sandy said. The football club prides itself on inclusivity, Sandy said. “We’re open to anyone, whatever nationality, as long as you want to play football. “We have had a lot of refugees, a strong link to United Kingdom expats, and are really just a cross-section of the community.” The club has thir teen teams, eleven men’s and two women’s, and is run separately from the junior club of the same name.
PIC Netball member Colleen Faleafaga defending the shot against St Mary’s College on Saturday, May 21.
Shield for darts association By Nikki Papatsoumas
A group of local darts players have taken away a regional title for the first time in more than two decades. Selector and club captain for the Wellington Darts Association, Don Eddie, said the association won the Southern Division Shield following a competition earlier this month. Don said three teams from the association travelled to Palmerston North where they competed for the shield against seven other associations across the lower North Island. Don said at the end of the competition the association who scores the most points overall, wins the shield. This was the first time Wellington Darts Association has won the shield since 1989, he said. Rob Szabo, from the Wellington Darts Association Mens A team, also took away a trophy for scoring the most points overall in the competition. He said both the Mens B and Womens teams also fared well in the competition. “It really showed the strength of our club. We’ve got 100 more members and it has lifted the strength of our club to where we are today. “We used to travel [to the competition] and we would be putting B and C players in the A team. We had a really strong showing of players this year,” Don said. “It was just an absolutely amazing result.”
The association holds open evening every Thursday from 7.30pm and Don said anyone was welcome to attend as they were always looking for new members. Open evenings are held at the association’s club rooms at 600 Evans Bay Parade in Kilbirnie. For more information, head to www.wellingtondartsassociation. co.nz Don Eddie with the Wellington Darts Association’s winning shield and trophy
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