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Pop of colour Young artist the talent behind local mural By Nikki Papatsoumas

A tired old substation on one of Newtown’s busiest streets has been brought back to life. Talented young artist, Fraser Sewell, who uses the alias ‘Fraysir’ was commissioned by Wellington Electricity to complete a mural on the Constable St asset. The substation, which was once drab, is now visually appealing, with swirls of bright colours and intricate designs. Fraser said he had always had an interest in art and design. Continued on page 2 Fraser Sewell has recently completed a mural on a substation on Constable St in Newtown.


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Young artist the talent behind local mural “I was the kind of kid that always doodled in his maths book,” he laughed. The 21-year-old has completed other murals – his first ever was at the train tracks in Kaiwharawhara – but to date this was the biggest job he had worked on. After spending three to

four hours designing his mural over a printed picture of the substation, Fraser got to work. The artist spent three days painting the substation over Queen’s Birthday weekend. “People liked it, they had a positive response and that is the biggest thing,” Fraser

said. “I could stand there and like it, but since I am painting something where locals have to look every day I really hope they like it.” Fraser said his mural was inspired by a succulent flower he found. His mum, who was a quilter, served as in-

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spiration for all the lines and patterns that help make up the work of art. “It is basically shapes that were satisfying to work with on the substation,” he said. The mural is made up of a mixture of green, blue and red as well as grey, white and black. “The colours appeal to me because they work with each other. The blacks, whites and greys then hold it all together. In each section they work together differently. “It’s awesome… it’s mostly that people like it and I have had such a positive response. “People think it has improved the street which is the whole point of putting a mural there - it is something bright and positive for the area,” he said. “It is an expression of me as an artist.”  Check out the ‘Fray Sir Art’ Facebook page

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Fraser Sewell’s recently completed mural.

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Local home in the spotlight A local woman with a flair for design and an eye for detail says having her home feature in one of her favourite magazines is “inspiring”. Anastasia Hickey’s Miramar home recently graced the pages of Your Home and Garden. Anastasia, who works as an agent for Leaders in Kilbirnie, said she had always been interested in colours, craft and creating things. “I have always been really creative and have always made things for houses. I am always making something to keep my mind busy.” Anastasia said she was inspired to transform her garden after moving in to her home and being welcomed by a bare and barren lawn, with nothing but a few established trees. A “cottage type” garden now spans the length of Anastasia’s back garden, complete with pizza oven, outdoor entertaining area and edible plants and flowers, including lemon, apple and olive trees. A mother-of-three, Anastasia said she kept her kids in mind when designing the garden.

“We wanted something for them, something that was going to see us through. “That’s the type of garden I have always loved and wanted. I didn’t want anything too manicured. We love it, and the kids use it so much more. I really didn’t want something to formal looking, we are not that way inclined.” Once her garden was completed, Anastasia said she sent photos off to Your Home and Garden. “People kept saying to us it should be in Your Home and Garden so we took before and after photos and sent them off. “I buy this magazine all the time, I always look for inspiration out of it, so to be put in it myself is quite inspiring.” Anastasia will now share her creative knowledge with other craft-minded locals. Over the coming weekends, she will hold kokedama and macrame workshops at Palmers Garden World in Miramar. Kokedama is a Japanese variant of Bonsai and macrame is a form of textile making, using knotting. She said she was excited to have the opportunity to share some tips with like-minded locals.

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Smokefree Rockquest Friday, June 24 will be the big night of the year for aspiring young musicians as the Smokefree Rockquest Wellington and Hutt regional finals play off at the Wellington Opera House. High school bands will play off for first and second prizes and the opportunity to go into the judging pool for the coveted six spots at the national finals in September.

Anastasia Hickey in her Miramar home.

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Community grants approved A number of community organisations are set to receive their share of more than a million dollars. Last week, the Wellington City Council’s community, sport and recreation committee approved funding contracts for 24 community organisations. From July 1, these organisations will each receive a share of $1.3 million out of the council’s social and recreational fund. Councillor and committee chair, Paul Eagle, said the funding would go to those organisations with a track

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inbrief news Cable Car upgrade A $1.5 million upgrade of Cable Car Lane began last week and once finished, it will make getting to and from Wellington’s famous Cable Car a much more uplifting experience. The Cable Car is Wellington’s second most popular visitor attraction after Te Papa. More than a million people a year ride on it and, for most, the journey starts and ends in Cable Car Lane. Between now and October, the lane’s leaky old canopy will be replaced with an elegant new glass one that will let in the sunshine. More improvements – including new paving, way-finding signs and a new colour scheme for the heritage-listed Stonehams building – are planned for next year.

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School transformed into fairytale world St Mark’s Church School was transformed into a swamp filled with fairytale characters last week. More than 60 year 7 and 8 children staged a production of Shrek Jr the Musical last Thursday and Friday evening. As part of the school’s annual Trinity College Group Drama examinations, every senior student in the school took part in bringing the musical to life for their Grade 4 Musical Theatre in Production exam, under the guidance of Robert Dil, director of performing arts and Anya Nazaruk, director of music. Every student had a responsibility in staging the show, either onstage or backstage and students were responsible for all aspects of the production from marketing, constructing

sets and props, costumes, make-up, sound and lighting, as well as singing, dancing and acting on stage. The story of Shrek proved popular with students, staff and audiences alike, said Robert. “Shrek has a great message about looking at the heart of a person and celebrating differences. “This show is a really great one for young people to stage; there are enough jokes to keep everyone laughing and because it’s a modern show, it keeps the children engaged.” Principal Kent Favel said the performing arts programme at St Mark’s was quite exceptional. “Performing arts plays a very important part at our school.

Anastasia Reid and Luke Kuggeleijn (both age 12) appear as Princess Fiona and Shrek in the St Mark's Church School production of Shrek Jr the Musical.

“Our music and drama programme forms part of our regular weekly classroom learning. “I was delighted and amazed watching Shrek Jr last week.

Fundraising gig for local centre By Nikki Papatsoumas

An iconic nineties rock band performed a special fundraiser show at a local playcentre at the weekend. Fur Patrol played to a packed out crowd of parents and children from Playspace Childcare Centre in Newtown. The fundraising show came on the heels of the Kiwi band’s reunion, after they got back together for a few days to support UK band Swervedriver on their tour of New Zealand. Playspace has been operating out of its Newtown home since 1986. However, the centre now needs to find a new home by the end of the year. Unless parents, staff and children are able to raise the funds needed for the move, the centre faces the threat of closing down. Families at Playspace are now calling on members of the community, to help with their plight.

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“Knowing that 12 and 13-yearolds are capable of putting on a production of the size and scale of Shrek is really quite remarkable,” he said. “I am a very proud principal.”

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Almost eight decades in Strathmore Park By Nikki Papatsoumas

Strathmore Park has certainly made an impression on Stan Andis - so much so the stalwart has lived in the suburb for almost eight decades. The 78-year-old was born in Wellington in 1939 and after a short stint in Newtown, his family moved straight to Glamis Ave and settled into the suburb where Stan would spend most of his life. Apart from a three month stint in Churton Park, following his marriage to his wife Pat, Stan has lived in the hilly Wellington suburb his entire life. The couple have lived in their quaint home on Aruhiri St since 1965 and to this day, note its special charm. Stan recalled the day they decided to purchase their home. “We had to live within our means, it was a house on a section and we had to get another bedroom built on to it. There was a bus stop

across the road. It was perfect. “Our children have grown up here, it is not too big it is compact and we are happy because it is just right for us.” Strathmore Park is close to Stan’s heart, he has spent the last 30 years campaigning for his local community. One of his biggest achievments came after a long battle with Air New Zealand. Stan said he and Pat were kept awake night after night, because of aeroplane engine testing at nearby Wellington Airport. After many sleepless nights, Stan and Pat joined a group and battled the airline giant until it eventually shifted its engineering base to Christchurch. “It was a big deal because that is what residents wanted, it wasn’t just one person,” Stan said. Stan has also fought for a curfew to be imposed on planes taking off or landing at the airport, fought against the Moa Point sewage plant and fought against a new pub

opening in Strathmore. As well as this he has spent almost 30 years on the Strathmore Park Progressive Association. Said it was “unfortunate” Strathmore got such a bad rap because it was “really a gem”. He believed the upcoming Rejuvenate Strathmore project would be the best thing to happen to the suburb in a long time. “If ever there was something to happen to Strathmore… this is the best thing to happen. “It has never been done before it is good to see the council putting in all the resources to get the communities support.”

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Signalling start of the New Year By Nikki Papatsoumas

Residents from across Maupuia and Miramar are among those to celebrate Matariki this month. This Saturday, the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre will celebrate Matariki with a fun evening of waiata, storytelling of Maori myths and legends and music. A hangi will also be on offer for hungry locals. Coordinator of the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre, Grant Ellen, said this was the second year the centre had held a Matariki event and they were expecting more than

100 locals to attend. “There are a lot of Maori and Pasifika people in the community and it is an event to celebrate this special time of year.” Grant said the centre was lucky enough to have a performance from Brannigan Kaa and special guest Sianne, as well as Tawhai Konia at Saturday night’s event. He encouraged everyone in the community to head along.  Matariki will take place at the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre, this Saturday, June 25 from 6pm. Entry is free and hangi will cost $5.

What’s on for Matariki? What is Matariki? Matariki is the Maori name for the cluster of stars commonly known as the Pleiades. It rises once a year in midwinter. It heralds the start of the New Year for many Maori. Matariki means the ‘eyes of god’ or 'little eyes'.

 Waituhi – A public art project at Frank Kitts Park. The show runs until June 30.  Matariki night sky presentation - There will be a special night sky talk in each planetarium show at Space Place about Matariki during the month of June. Cost is $12.50 for adults and $8 for children.  Kaumatua Kapa Haka 2016 - Enjoy a two-day celebration of haka and waiata presented by senior Maori performing artists from around New Zealand. Saturday, June 25 at Te Papa.  For more information about what is going on in your neighbourhood for Matariki go to www.

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Young illustrator recognised By Nikki Papatsoumas

Marco Ivancic illustrated ANZAC Heroes, which is a finalist for two categories in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

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A young illustrator who brought Anzac war heroes to life has been recognised for his talents. The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults has been celebrating the best of the country’s writing for children and young adults for the past 26 years. This year, six Wellingtonians have been named as finalists and among them is 25-year-old Marco Ivancic. Ivancic illustrated ANZAC

Heroes. Written by Maria Gill, the book follows the intense and hair-raising front-line experiences of 30 courageous and unforgettable Anzacs who served in war. The book is a finalist in the non-fiction category (the Elsie Locke Award) and in the HELL Children's Choice Award. The Hataitai resident said he had previously illustrated Gill’s SPORTING Heroes, so when she asked him to jump on board for her next project, he was thrilled.

For ANZAC Heroes, Ivancic used Photoshop and a drawing tablet to bring his heroes to life. Ivancic said he drew inspiration from black and white photos of soldiers for his illustrations; however, this created some hurdles. “I had to draw everything from black and white photographs; I didn’t have good references for detail… I had to imagine some bits and also use other people’s faces for reference. He said he also visited museums to gather images and

colour inspiration. “It was a challenge, but it was quite fun going and looking at the real stuff and then trying to re-create that in illustrator.” Ivancic said he was blown away by the nomination in this year’s awards. “It was pretty cool; I don’t expect stuff like that to happen. Friends and family were pretty happy. I got quite a few congratulations messages. He said he hoped the nomination would open doors for him, as he would love to continue illustrating.

Bringing history to life By Nikki Papatsoumas

A local man has been recognised for penning a childrens book which takes youngsters on a journey through New Zealand’s history. Mt Victoria resident Bob Kerr wrote and illustrated Changing Times: The story of a New Zealand town and its newspaper. The book is a finalist in the non-fiction category (the Elsie Locke Award) and in the illustration category (Russell Clark Award) for this year’s New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The awards have been celebrating the best of the country’s writing for children and young adults for the past 26 years. Kerr’s book takes the reader through a brief history of New Bob Kerr has been named as a finalist in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Zealand, from the first settlers, the gold rushes, World War I, explained. said. following the young paper boy.” the Depression of the 1930s, Kerr said he was inspired to “It follows the major events of Kerr said the nomination was World War II, up to the present write the book after he discov- New Zealand history in a way fantastic recognition for his day, against the backdrop of a & eredEASTERN the ‘Papers Past’ website, I hope it’s also a ripping yarn.” effort put in to making his book SOUTHERN fictional small town and its local which allows visitors to search Readers follow the protagonist, come to life. newspaper. through an inventory of old New the town’s paper boy, as he learns SUBURBS “It’s great because we put in “It is a picture book that fol- Zealand newspapers. about some of the country’s key far too many hours once we get lows the fortunes of a small town “I spent oodles and oodles of historical moments. into these things and it’s lovely newspaper. It begins in 1840 and hours grazing through newspa“It is an earnest history lesson, I recognition of the time we put finishes in present time,” Kerr pers and pictures of past,” Kerr wanted to have it as an adventure, in.” 40 Kilbirnie Crescent, Kilbirnie, Wellington

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New lease of life for Coutts St By Nikki Papatsoumas

Locals may have noticed Kilbirnie’s Coutts St is looking bolder and brighter than ever. Over the past year, locals and councillors have slowly worked on giving the street a much needed ma keover, following in the footsteps of neighbouring street Bay Rd, which underwent repairs several years ago. Council lor Si mon Ma rsh said this was possible thanks to $150,000 of funding, which

was secured two years ago, as part of the Wellington City Council’s annual plan. Simon said the money was set aside for murals, planting, footpath resurfacing, regrading of crossing points, cycle furniture and civic banners. The latest addition to Coutts St is a planter box, which Simon said had replaced an overgrown garden. Simon said a lick of paint, extra seating and some new planter boxes had encouraged shop owners to spruce up their

own buildings and do their bit to brighten up Coutts St. “It’s great to see what a little bit of love can do. “Places have painted themselves up and are looking much better. “We’ve just shown it some love a nd p eople se em re ally happy with the cosmetic changes. It didn’t look nice and I think it looks a lot tidier now.”  Do you think Coutts St looks tidier? Send an email to

Wellington Zoo’s red panda, Sundar

Zoo helps save red pandas Wellington Zoo is helping to save red pandas in the wild. Last week the zoo announced it would be supporting Red Panda Network’s Forest Guardian Programme through the Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund. The programme focuses on addressing deforestation – the main threat to the survival of red pandas. Local people are employed to organise awareness building workshops within their villages and schools to promote habitat protection. They also undertake red panda population and habitat monitoring to support the Red Panda Network’s research.

About Red Pandas: • Females are only in breeding season one day a year.

Conservation manager at Wellington Zoo, Jenny Lynch, said the conservation classification for red pandas had recently been changed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature from vulnerable to endangered. “Red pandas are a unique species, and with their populations in decline, it is important to act now. “Their habitat is also an important resource for surrounding communities. “The Red Panda Network works directly with the Nepalese people to create a new system in which protecting the prime habitat of red pandas will actually benefit the people sharing the resource.” • Red Pandas make their homes in the mountains of Nepal, northern Myanmar (Burma) and central China.

Red pandas are primarily solitary animals that form pairs during breeding season, however, this is short-lived. Females are only in season for one day a year, making cubs rare and precious. Sundar, a male red panda, moved to Wellington Zoo from Auckland Zoo last year to be paired with female Khusi. Life sciences manager at Wellington Zoo Paul Horton said Sundar and Khusi were getting on well. “…our focus has been making sure they’re comfortable in their habitat. The plan from here is to pair them up for the 2017 breeding season.”

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• The deforestation of these habitats is the biggest threat to their survival, and they are classified as endangered.

Museum acquires Peter Snell’s singlet At an auction on Tuesday morning at Cordy’s auction house in Auckland, Te Papa purchased the singlet worn by Peter Snell at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The hammer price was $122,500. With buyer’s premium the museum will pay a total of $140,875 for the iconic garment. Te Papa’s chief

Simon Marsh perches besides the newest addition to Coutts St, a new planter box.

executive Rick Ellis said he was thrilled to acquire the singlet for New Zealanders. “It’s a great thrill for New Zealand and an item that has so much to tell us about our history, and the history of sport.” Te Papa would look to put the singlet on display, but it is too soon to say when and how.

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Matariki celebrated in Hataitai Kilbirnie School marked Matariki with a day-long celebration with elective activities enjoyed by all the students.Teachers and parents ran electives that students chose from, all designed to celebrate the Maori New Year.

Activities ranged from sandart, legends and story-telling, harvesting vegetables from the school garden and preparing for a shared meal in the evening as well as a range of Matariki-focused art projects. One group learnt a new rakau

game whilst others polished their poi skills. A celebration was held in the evening as well for the wider whanau to enjoy together. Food, kapa haka and an AV presentation of the day’s work were some of the highlights.

Hataitai local history

The name Hataitai originated with the syndicate which subdivided it for building in 1901, and derives from Whataitai, the ancient Maori name for present-day Miramar. The ridge of the hill was thought to represent the petrified remains of the great taniwha (sea monster) Whataitai, one of the two creatures who helped form the harbour of Te Whanganui-

a-Tara (Wellington Harbour). When one taniwha broke through the rock that separated the lake from Cook Strait, the waters rushed out, leaving Whataitai stranded on rocks. • Hataitai is one of Wellington’s eastern suburbs, lying between Mt Victoria and the Miramar peninsula. Main access from the city is through Mt Victoria via the traffic tun-

nel, or by bus through the bus tunnel. • Hataitai is on important transport links between the central city and Wellington International Airport. • Character villas and bungalows abound. Most of the 1752 dwellings were built between 1900 and 1940, have been refurbished and are owneroccupied.

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“I walk, pushing a double buggy with twins in it; it’s much easier than bus, I do drive sometimes.”

“I mostly walk because my husband has got the car.”

“I use public transport. I am too lazy to get my licence and parking is expensive.”

“Public transport because parking is tricky and public transport is a little convenient.”

“I use a triple threat – walk, cycle or use my car. It depends on my energy levels, the weather and my location.”

Monique Ridout Kilbirnie “I use my car, because I take my son to kindergarten and my food from kitchen to cafe.”

LETTERS to the editor

Duplicated letters Dear Ed, In recent months I have been much annoyed by finding, in more than one newspaper, the same letters from the same people. Editors have generally disliked such duplications and often used to print among "answers to correspondents" the rejection, "your letter has appeared else-

where". Further, editors often required letters to include a declaration that they were not being offered to other journals as well. Now that most such letters are emailed, it seems the editors receiving them cannot see whether or not they have been simultaneously sent to any other newspapers or maga-

zines. Consequently many letters now appear in more than one of them, which also irks editors who later discover they have been tricked. The abovementioned declaration ought now to be one of the conditions for publication. And lest anyone think he/she can legalistically get away

with calling his/her letter a "unique" one by altering a few words in each of several letters that are otherwise all identical, with more than one of them published, that correspondent should later be treated the same as one who has had absolutely identical letters published in more than one journal. This

rule would deter a great many axe-grinders, egotists, poseurs, troublemakers, and idlers from duplicating letters as so many of them are doing just now: editors are likely to be "once bitten, twice shy" when they realise what has happened. Hector Westfold Miramar

Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Mai McArdell receives a hand massage from volunteer Chris Constable.

Budding beauticians needed No matter what age you are, nothing beats a little pampering. Following a special pampering afternoon recently, the residents of Kilmarnock Heights Home are looking for volunteer beauticians to indulge them some more. The pampering afternoon at Kilmarnock Heights Home included hand massages, foot spas and aromatherapy, explains recreation officer Annelize Steyn. “Some local ladies who sell candles and electric oil burners came in to do a demonstration for the residents, so we turned it into a pampering afternoon by having foot spas and volunteers come in to do hand massages for the residents,” says Annelize. “The elders just loved it! What a lovely and relaxing atmosphere it was.” Annelize explains the home would love to be able to hold regular pampering events for residents, but they need volunteers to help make it happen. “We need volunteers that can do things like give gentle hand massages, paint nails and set up foot spas, and maybe someone who knows a thing or two about aromatherapy.” She says this week is National Volunteers

Week which means it’s a perfect time to consider volunteering. “We’d like to say a huge thank you to the people who are changing the lives of those they help through volunteering here,” says Annelize. “We’d also like to encourage people in the community who are interested in volunteering to contact us.” Annelize says there are plenty of ways people can make a difference to the lives of the residents living at Kilmarnock Heights Home. “We’d love to have more volunteers at our home and we’re very flexible with hours and roles. We need volunteer companions, people to help with activities, entertainers, people to drive the home’s van, to take residents out shopping or out for coffee and so much more.”  For more information about volunteering at Kilmarnock Heights Home call 0508 TO HELP or email For more information about Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, call 04 380 2034 or visit

Thursday June 23, 2016

LETTERS to the editor

Footpaths used Dear Ed, When the great Oscar Wilde said “sarcasm is the lowest form of wit” he was surely thinking of people like your letter writer James Barber who took a serious issue like the Island Bay cycleway and proceeded to write humourless drivel concerning it. For a self-styled 'peace activist' to find the huge dissension and discord foisted upon the lives of the people here a fitting subject for his amusement, is way beyond a joke.

And for the record, in the latest of my nine counts since February, of people/traffic leaving Island Bay at Wakefield Park, from 7.30 to 8.30am on Friday June 17, I counted 85 pedestrians using the footpath – hardly “unused”. There were also 49 cyclists, 24 buses (with an estimated 750 passengers) and 629 cars, vans and trucks. Brendon Bonner Island Bay

Couldn’t agree more Dear Ed, I couldn't agree more with James Barber (CSN, June 16) about getting rid of the useless and out-moded "footpaths" at Island Bay. Not only are these barren, empty, strips all along the iconic The Parade, they are on both sides of the road, blocking all-important car access to the iconic homes. Pedestrians don't pay for foot tax, and I even see them

breaking the road rules by walking on the road. They should be required to show registration plates after paying an appropriate fee. These shoe-wearing sloggers are a menace that the council needs to deal with. Curtis Nixon Berhampore

Thumbs up to new sign Dear Ed, I am very happy with new sign for Miramar and Maupuia it's so much better. The only thing is wrong with it doesn't light up in the evening when it’s dark for people who are new to the area. Diane Cameron Wellington 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.

Wellington College Year 12 business studies students are running a variety of ventures, which 'focus on the community'. Year 12 students Charlie Porteous (left) and Liam Webb are part of a six-person business whose 'Wet Wash' car valet is being held for the second time this Saturday morning at Wellington College. Sixteen-year-old chief

executive Liam Webb said the initial venture on Queen’s Birthday Saturday, was very busy as customers went to the school's coffee cart whilst the group went to work on their vehicles. “With the sponsorship we have from Apparelmaster and Repco Kent Terrace, my team can pass on all our revenue to Kids Can,” he said. PHOTO CREDIT: Supplied

 The ‘Wet Wash’ will take place at Wellington College on Saturday, June 25 from 9am to 1pm. All members of the community are welcome to come along.

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The ‘full-house’ signs were up at the Westpac Stadium – and around the region – at the weekend as the accommodation and hospitality sector enjoyed the financial windfall from the All Blacks-Wales test. Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown said it

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Meet-up for locals of all ages By Nikki Papatsoumas

A local woman is encouraging residents of all ages and backgrounds to come together for a weekly meet-up. Seatoun local Ann Cloet has been offering free massages at the Strathmore Park Community Centre on Monday mornings for the past few months. Unfortunately, Ann said she was unable to provide the service anymore, so she has devised a new way of giving back to her community. The Good Samaritan has organised a weekly meet-up for people of all ages in the community to meet and mingle at the centre. “I have been doing massage here at the centre and it has been really good to be involved in, however it is now coming to an end,” said Ann. “It is nice to bring people of all ages

together and that doesn’t happen very often. “I have a few ideas of what I want it to be, but at this first meet-up it will give people a chance to have their say.” Ann said community was very important to her. She hoped the weekly Friday afternoon meet-ups would allow people within the community to network and get to know one another. Coordinator of the Strathmore Park Community Centre, Lisa Matthews, said she was thrilled to see Ann do her bit for her local community. “This place isn’t all about the person who works here, it’s actually about the community. What excited me about this place is it is the community coming together themselves.”  Weekly meet-ups at the Strathmore Park Community Centre will take place each Friday afternoon from 3.30pm.

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Food revolution hits capital Encouraging residents to support and grow local food and produce was just one of the things on the menu at a recent Wellington City Council meeting. Last week, the council’s community, sport and recreation committee meeting discussed the topic of urban agriculture. Councillors heard the many social benefits that have emerged from urban agricultural practices such as the 16 community gardens run by volunteers on council and privately-owned land which have sprouted across the city. Urban agriculture also involved such initiatives as Love Food – Hate Waste, Wellington on a Plate, Bee Friendly Capital, Eva Street Local Food Precinct and Our Fruit Tree Capital. Councillor and committee chair Paul Eagle said community gardens across the capital were becoming more and

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Celebrating Suzanne Aubert’s Birthday The Sisters of Compassion and Wellington South celebrated Suzanne Aubert’s 181st Birthday at the weekend. The light-filled chapel at Our Lady’s Home of Compassion in Island Bay, was at capacity last Sunday evening as people gathered to celebrate the special day. Friends and well-wishers, some from as far afield as Hiruharama (Jerusalem) and Kaikoura, joined with the Sisters of Compassion for a Mass to commemorate the birthday of Mother Aubert, who is likely to become New Zealand’s first saint. The Mass was celebrated by Cardinal John Dew who noted how Mother Aubert’s example still guides us today and how it

was particularly appropriate to be celebrating her birthday on a Day of Prayer for refugees and migrants. In her welcome, Sister Margaret Anne Mills, congregational leader, said, “Suzanne knew the anguish of refugees as on her arrival in Rome in 1913 she was turned away from more than 40 convent doors. “Towards the end of a discouraging day a French family gave her accommodation until she was able to make her own arrangements. “Suzanne also had a challenging time returning to New Zealand in 1920. It took many months for her to obtain legal papers and a passport.”

Who was Suzanne Aubert? Suzanne Aubert arrived in New Zealand in 1860 after working as a nurse in her homeland of France. She initially arrived in the country to work as a Catholic missionary in Auckland and later established Hiruharama (Jerusalem) on the Whanganui River. Mother Aubert is responsible for founding a religious order, the Daughters of Our Lady of Compassion in 1892. Mother Aubert started two hospitals in Wellington, including Our Lady's Home of Compassion in 1907. Mother Aubert died in 1926 and the process for Mother Aubert's canonisation as a saint began in 2010.

Sister Margaret Anne and Sister Josephine cutting the cake for the Catholic Parish of Wellington South

Volunteers at the heart of Plunket services This week, Plunket is celebrating its volunteers across the country and the diverse ways in which they give their time to support families with young children. National Volunteer Week began on Sunday, and Plunket is one of the many organisations to recognise the work of its volunteers. Plunket New Zealand’s acting president, Christine Lake, said

volunteers founded Plunket in 1907. “More than a century later, volunteers are still at the heart of our services for families,” she said. “National Volunteer Week is a chance for us to say thank you to all those who make time and give their individual skills to help families in their local communities, this week and every week.”

Plunket’s national advisor for volunteers, Maia Faulkner, said the organisation had developed a volunteer strategy with a focus on supporting those who make time in their busy schedules to provide services for their local community. “We want to make available to people the kinds of opportunities they want to volunteer for. ”Plunket is committed to vol-

unteering because research and our own experience show that children are more likely to thrive when they grow up in connected communities where families give their time to help each other. “We’re grateful to every volunteer who has contributed their time to help families.”  If you are interested in getting involved in your local community, visit



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Play adapted for Wellington audience

Matariki at the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre

By Nikki Papatsoumas

This Saturday 25 June from 6-8pm, 27 Chelsea St. Music from Brannigan Kaa, Sianne & Tawhai Konia. Hangi $5. Free entry.

A group of Italian students have re-worked a well-loved play, making it perfect for a Wellington audience.

This week, the Victoria University of Wellington Italian Society will present Mambo Italiano to eager audiences. Mambo Italiano follows a family fallout after lead

Mambo Italiano is on at Bats Theatre until Saturday.

character Angelo commits two cardinal Italian sins: moving out of home before marriage, and (unbeknownst to his parents) moving in with his boyfriend Nino. What ensues is an hour and a half of uncontrollable chaos as Nino and Angelo’s parents find out about their relationship, try to ‘fix’ their sons’ sexualities, and ultimately have to question whether tradition is more important than family. President of the Victoria University of Wellington Italian Society, Jayden Evett, said he had spent four months reworking the script to give it a Wellington feel. “The playwright Steve Galluccio originally wrote the show for a Montreal audience, and it's taken a good four months to research and adapt the script to replicate that honest local comedy, for a Wellington audience,” Jayden said. Jayden explained the play was now set in the capital and in particular, Wellington’s

Italian community of Island Bay. It was also packed full of references to Cuba Street, Out in the Park, and the controversial Island Bay Cycleway. Hockey and Basketball has been changed to Rugby and the Hurricanes – and the play was now set in today’s age as opposed to the late 80s early 90s, Jayden said. “It’s a true Wellington play it has really become its own thing now. There is always something in it for everyone.” Jayden said the Victoria University of Wellington Italian Society was re-established in 2014 and now had more than 70 members. “We are very new, the last time we were this active was in 2004.” He said putting on a show was a “tradition” amongst the languages at Victoria University, and the society would now look at presenting a play biannually.  Mambo Italiano will play at Bats Theatre until Saturday, June 25.

Brooklyn Community Market This Saturday 25 June from 9.30am to 1pm. Brooklyn Community Centre, 18 Harrison Street. Great stalls, delicious food and face painting for the kids.  Details online:

St Anne’s Market Saturday, 25th June. 10am - 2pm at St Anne’s Church Hall, Emmett Street, Newtown. Food, clothes, Bric-a-Brac, plants - all sorts! Stalls available. Call Noreen 021 02780601.

Johnsonville Craft Fair The Salvation Army (next to BP) Saturday 25 June 2016, 9am to 3pm. Almost 30 stalls, includes crafts, skincare, clothing, pickles and art. All welcome. Entry Free.

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Sports talk with Jacob Page...

Welsh dragon fails to fire The Chiefs 40-7 win over Wales reflects more poorly on the Welsh than it heaps praise on the Chiefs. Even for a midweek team, Warren Gatland's tourists were hardly a second string side. There were numerous test players and several backing up from the first test defeat to New Zealand just 72 hours earlier. T he Ch iefs were a lso u nder strength, missing eight frontline players, yet the game looked like men against boys. It surely wasn't the homecoming, Waikato man Gatland expected. New Zealand has an abundance of rugby riches, so the Chiefs winning was fine but it's the way the Welsh lost that was most concerning for them. They showed little flair on attack despite a 15 minute period on attack and their defence could not handle the X factor of the Chiefs. Heck, they couldn't handle an ageing Stephen Donald who is so past

his use by date, he makes old milk seem like it's still drinkable. A national team should not lose a midweek game by 30 points, it's inexcusable. They made Donald look like a champion he is not. Heck, the Welsh made most of the Chiefs backline look like All Blacks in waiting. Credit to the Chiefs defence though, it was phenomenal in the face of some unimaginative Welsh attack. The result killed a lot of interest in the second test and almost killed off the third as a spectacle all together. Who would pay to see this Welsh team now they have been humbled by a Super Rugby franchise? A win in the last test match is the only way Wales can salvage some pride from this tour. Since they have not beaten the All Blacks since 1953, that doesn't seem likely against an All Blacks team that will undoubtedly get better for its third game together of 2016.

Club celebrates rich history By Nikki Papatsoumas

Members of Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club are busy celebrating the club’s rich history on the heels of major renovations. The club’s chair, Arie Moore, said the club had recently celebrated foundation member Lord Bernard Freyberg’s long standing affiliation with the club. In 1910 Freyberg joined the Lyall Bay Surf Lifesaving Club. He served with distinction in World War I, being awarded a DSO for his famous swim in the Dardanelles, Turkey. In April 1915, he swam ashore in the Gulf of Saros. Once on shore he lit flares to distract the Turkish forces from the real landings which were happening at Gallipoli. In 2010 a contingent of Lyall Bay surf lifesavers travelled to Turkey to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli and while there members re-enacted the famous Freyberg swim. This was done again in 2015 in Wellington at centenary commemorations of Gallipoli. The link between the Freyberg family and the Lyall Bay Surf Lifesaving Club was further strengthened earlier this year, Arie said.

Freyberg's' daughter-in-law Lady Ivy and his grandson Valerian, who is the current Lord Freyberg, met with surf club patron, Sir Lockwood Smith, his wife Lady Alexandra, former club captain Brad Lawson, his wife Nikki and Grant Fahey at the New Zealand High Commission in London. Arie explained that during the visit, Brad talked about the club's trip to Turkey and showed them footage of the club's re-enactment of Freyberg's 1915 swim. They also presented Lord Freyberg with a copy of "Blue White and Dynamite", the club's centenary book and updated them on the progress of the new building project. “Freyberg was one of the founding members of the surf club and was on the inaugural committee of the club… it was great to reflect on our history,” Arie said. “It goes back to the roots of the club and the values of what we stand for.” Plans are currently underway to replace the club’s current clubrooms, as part of a $3 million project.  For more information, head to www.

Ories top of table Premier rugby team, OrientalRongotai is sitting at the top of the table for the Jubilee Cup after their second game in the round at the weekend. The team took on Marist

St-Pats at the Polo Ground on Saturday and won 25-22. OrientalRongotai will take on Tawa this Saturday at Lyndhurst Park. Kickoff is at 2.45pm.

From left, Lady Alexandra Smith, Sir Lockwood Smith, Lady Ivy Freyberg, Lord Freyberg, Grant Fahey and Brad Lawson.








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