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Early next month seven students and two teachers will embark on the trip of a lifetime. The teachers and students from St Catherine’s College in Kilbirnie will take part in a research expedition across South Africa. The expedition is in conjunction with an organisation called Operation Wallacea. Continued on page 2 Kathryn Prince, Zoe Williams, Amelia McMahon, Maya D’Sousa and Bella Churchward Woods are excited for their overseas adventure next month.



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overnight from Sundays to Thursdays, however, it would now be open 24 hours, everyday, Neil said. He said to enable many of the new safety features a huge amount of electronic communication, mechanical and electrical engineering was undertaken. Most of the improvements were ‘behind the scenes’ in the tunnel infrastructure, he said. However, motorists would notice they could now continue listening to their radio due to the upgrade enabling the rebroadcast of 18 FM frequencies. They may also notice condi-

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tions for driving through the palette and glowing ‘cat’s eye’ tunnel have been improved markers along the sides and city and don’t want to with 1000 light-reflecting white central centreline. to worry panels beside the carriageway have Work began about on the congesupgrade in or parking which are fire proof, a new paint tion April 2015. time limits. “Wellington City Council first proposed this initiative Februaryinclude: this year and I’m Upgrades to the intunnel thrilled that it’s going ahead -Energy efficient LED ‘intelligent’ for safer driving in timelighting for Christmas.” -An updated pedestrian and cyclist path, with seismic The cheaper fares can be strengthening, new asphalt surface, new handrails paid by cash or with a Snap-Electronic cat’s eye markers on the road programmed per card. The changes will be to pulse and strobe in sequence toward the exits in effect from beginning of for emergency evacuation, a world-first use of this service on Saturday, Novemprogramming each through -Radio rebroadcast, thereber are28, now 18weekend FM frequencies to the last service on Sunday, available December 20.

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Continued from page 1 at damage to plants, GPS Operation Wallacea is an tracking of large prey and international research organi- predators and studying bird sation, which works at remote counts in the area. locations around the world Their second week would as part of ongoing research be spent at a marine reserve projects Continued into ecosystems and 1called Sodwana end of Bay. the year. from page bio-diversity. decidedPlasma I wanted do ato make around 13 wastoused Nicola said blood donors were“Ivery The organisation is unique biology trip,” Rebecca said. and because of this different medicines special. in“We the fact thatneed largemore teamsdonors. of “It givesthe some of ourforgirls demand plasma had increased always Curecologists, scientists, academan opportunity to meet people Nicola said. rently only four per cent of the eligible “hugely”, • About 1 per cent of the population ics and postgraduate research- that work in thathave field “You to and have given at least one population donates blood. (or 42,000 patients) are treated with ers, whoare arepart specialists in cent gives careerdonation aspirations in the last two years “If you of the 96 per cur-themblood various aspects of biodiversity and options not just within blood or blood products each year. rently sat on the fence thinking about it, before you can become a plasma donor.” or social andoff economic New Zealand and take part in using an apheresis That’s equivalent to 110 jumbo jets Plasma is collected please jump and joinstudin. ies, are concentrated at the some real research.” full of people or nearly the capacity Nicola asked people to think of the machine. The machine spins off the target study sites. The girls have spent the last red blood cells and keeps the plasma. “bigger picture” and said one donation of Eden Park. This gives volunteers the 18 months fundraising and The red blood cells are then returned could save three lives. opportunity to work on a range planning for the trip, learning to the donor. of all the little children whodifferent • People who have been in acciof“Think projects. about species, how Plasmabush has also earned the nickname have leukaemia who your blood is Teacher Rebecca Rapira- to track animals, safety dents and suffered massive blood gold” because of its colour, able to save… you’ve to go beyond Davies said they hadgotbeen skills and“liquid even learning to loss may need multiple transfusions Nicola said, “It really is so special, it yourself and of who your donation planning thethink trip for the past speak some Afrikaans. of red blood cells and other blood canKathryn be madePrince into so many different could save.with girls who put 18 months Head girl components. medicines.” “You’re helping ultimately to save their name forward for the said as the trip grew closer people’s lives and make a difference.” adventure. they became more excited. The New Zealand Blood Service“Iwas blood drive will take place next She said they would spend think The it is just an incred• The biggest use of blood products also hoping to have more people Thursday, November 19, at the ASB their fi rst week in northern iblesign opportunity to learn about is for the treatment of cancer at South Africa, donations, looking at Nicola the the culture and the scenery. up for plasma said. Sports Centre in Kilbirnie from 9.30am 26 per cent, with the next biggest impact elephant It’s a place never thought I Kathryn Prince, This year 240numbers people have have donated toI 2.30pm. Appointments are preZoe Williams, Amelia McMahon, Maya D’Sousa and being surgery at 19 per cent. in the area. would the and opportunity Bella Churchward plasma, however the blood service was have ferred will take priority. To book Woods are excited for their overseas adventure next month. Work would include hoping to reach 500 looking donations to bygo.” the an appointment call 0800 448 325.

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Local shines in competition By Nikki Papatsoumas

A hard working local has proven she’s top of her game at the regional Checker of the Year Competition.

The competition saw checkers judged by a team of eight senior Foodstuffs staff on their speed, presentation, customer service and accuracy as they scanned 30 items as fast as possible, while also staying friendly and composed. The top three checkers at this year’s event were Michaela Nobin, Tanvi Patel and Erica Cho all from New World Miramar. Michaela said she was blown away to take out first place at last week’s event after training hard and aiming for the top spot. The 21-year-old said she had been working at Miramar New World for almost four years. “It feels really great to win, it’s been overwhelming, but a really good feeling. With 90 people contesting coming first was a really good achievement.” The Checker of the Year Competition has been running for more than 40 years. There are 10 regional Checker of the Year competitions across the North Island throughout June and July. Mystery shoppers will then test each region’s winner to determine one overall North Island Checker of the Year winner and two runners-up, which will be announced at the Foodstuffs North Island Excellence Awards in November.

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Award a “beautiful compliment” By Nikki Papatsoumas

The man responsible for more than a dozen art installations strewn across Wellington’s coastline has been recognised for his talents. Island Bay resident Stavros Kyriakides received an Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian award last night, at a full meeting of the Wellington City Council. Initially inspired by the aftermath of the June 2013 storm which battered the capital, Stavros uses driftwood, stones and shells to create art along the beaches of the south coast through to Evans Bay. Stavros said to be recognised for his art work was a “beautiful compliment”. Everyday locals stop to admire and marvel at Stavros’ work. “It’s recognition for what people are continuously saying on the coast, I always get a “beep-beep” or “how’s it going”. “The people that have interacted with me, and the people who congratulate me and encourage me to keep going, are enough of an award already,” the artist said. As part of his work, Stavros balanced driftwood by creating grooves in the wood out of rocks.

He said he was always impressed his creations were able to withstand Wellington’s strong winds. “I just think it is so fantastic they can survive these conditions.” Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian awards are civic awards which show the council’s appreciation for people in Wellington who have made a significant (and usually voluntary) contribution to their community. Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown said his works of art drew attention to the local materials and the views beyond in a very Wellington way. “Inspired by the strong weather that sometimes pummels our wild South Coast and motivated to share a bit of fun with his fellow citizens, Stavros shapes, changes and maintains dozens of sculptures, without any other reward than the act of creation and our appreciation,” she said. Councillor Paul Eagle, who lives opposite one of Satvros’ creations, said he had become a “guardian” for the sculpture which was enjoyed daily by locals walking up and down the beach. “I feel bad if they get vandalised so I try to repair them so others can enjoy them as well. “

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Rowena Bonne Kilbirnie “I do, because the city council that we vote in makes decisions about issues that directly affect you, be it transport, rates, local housing or events.”

Bernie Pedersen Kilbirnie “Yes, if you don’t vote you can’t complain and if you want to influence what the council is about to do then you should select a council you want.”

Robin Boldairn Newtown “Absolutely, it impacts on us just as much as central government for example, what people think about paying rates. It affects our daily lives down to where we park our car.”

Rahul Gopinathan Island Bay “I am voting this year. Democracy is important because too often people in position of power do not abide by the opinion of the majority of people.”

Ian Logan Island Bay “I think it’s important to vote. There are some huge issues coming up in Wellington this year. Democracy is the best way for people to say what they think and change the course of the way things run.”

Jemma Escreet Island Bay “Yes, I do. I don’t have very strong political opinions but it is important to vote.”

LETTERS to the editor 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 Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Design for roadside footlane Dear Ed, It's delightful to see people writing in supporting my solution to the dangerous footpaths in Island Bay. It's even better to see people mentioning the important points that there is no pedestrian tax or registration system in place. This is sorely needed. I have attached a design for a roadside footlane which I think it's important for people to see. The roadside footlane in my design is to accommodate

for the needs, as candidate Brendan Bonner has pointed out, of the dozens of people who use these dangerous footpaths on a daily basis. Being in between parked cars and moving cars more space is made for cars while giving pedestrians a safe footlane to walk on, if they insist on not using a car. James Barber Newtown

Help with Strathmore sign Dear Ed, I am delighted that Miramar and Mapuia have a new directional sign. It appears much more professional. If there is spare money floating around please can someone address the problem of the Strathmore Park sign, which sits in all its glory on the north-east corner of Ira St and Broadway in Miramar. How it ever got planning approval amazes me. It should be sited across the road on the rockery

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Recognising capital’s relationship with European nations Wellington City Council has recognised the capital’s shared history with European nations with the naming of Europe Lane. At last week’s regulatory processes committee, councillors agreed with a proposal that an unnamed pathway that runs adjacent to Bolton St Cemetery from Bowen St to Aurora Tce on the east side of the motorway be renamed Europe Lane. Ms Wade-Brown said Europe Lane acknowledged the long-standing relationship and shared history between Wellington and Europe dating back to the 19th Century, and the more recent relationship between the European Union and New Zealand. “This initiative highlights Wellington’s connection to the world as New Zealand’s capital city.”

In considering the proposal council staff consulted with local iwi, The New Zealand Transport Agency, and Friends of Bolton Street Cemetery. Staff will now ask Land Information New Zealand to update its national road name database and are arranging notices to all the other organisations that need to be informed. Work is under way to identify other opportunities to recognise Wellington’s international connections and sister cities. In 2009 a walkway from Bolton St to the Clifton Tce Cable Car station was named Tokyo Lane to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the establishment of the Embassy of Japan and the 50th anniversary of the Japan Society of Wellington.

Emergency water tank installed The Mt Cook community will now be more prepared than ever in the event of an emergency An emergency water tank was installed at Housing New Zealand’s Rolleston complex in Mount Cook last week. The tank will be able to be used by the community in the event of an emergency. The installation of the tank was part of a wider Wellington City Council plan to provide a number of tanks around the city. This is to ensure there is an alternative water supply if pipes are damaged following an incident, like an earthquake. Housing New Zealand asset manager, Chad Smith, said the Rolleston complex was an ideal location to use for the tank. “It has a decent sized green space and is centrally located so

it works in well with the council’s emergency response plan. “The tank is being installed over the next few weeks and will provide fresh drinking water to our tenants and the local community if they need it,” he said. “The council are the largest provider of social housing in Wellington so it makes sense for us to work together especially when it results in positive outcomes for our tenants. Chad said Housing New Zealand had recently supported council’s emergency response team by allowing use of the vacant Newtown Apartment buildings for search and rescue training. “We also link with them to deliver a range of support services for our tenants that might need it,” he said.

Kilbirnie BID formally started

From left, Kevin Lavery and Bruce Welsh sign the Kilbirnie BID agreement By Nikki Papatsoumas

The formal start of the BID was marked last Thursday, when representatives from the Kilbirnie Business Network and the Wellington City Council signed the BID agreement. Business Improvement District (BID) is a policy which allows local businesses to invest in projects and improvements that will support economic development in the area. The council will now collect a targeted rate from all commercial property owners in Kilbirnie. The amount collected will then be provided to a business association that has been set up to work on the area’s

behalf, and fund agreed objectives. In October last year, 64 per cent of Kilbirnie businesses voted in favour of a BID model. The council’s chief executive Kevin Lavery said the BID model was about getting local businesses to have more ownership and more say over their area. He said Kilbirnie was one of the city’s largest retail districts. “It is a reasonable size business community and has good local leadership. We are following the successful model Miramar adopted.” Chair of the Kilbirnie Business Network, Bruce Welsh, said it was an opportunity to

develop Kilbirnie, for both people coming shopping, as well as business owners and landlords. Councillor Simon Marsh said Kilbirnie businesses face a challenge in today’s retail environment. “Many of them are small retail and by uniting as a Business Improvement District they become a strong force with guaranteed funding to promote, run events and to work in partnership with council. “I would encourage other town centres to explore the BID model, it is working for Miramar and Khandallah and Tawa is keen to explore a local Business Improvement District.”

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Local Principal Rongotai College When choosing a school for your son, a boy’s school can offer opportunities that other schools cannot. Research by NZCER on NCEA achievement provides compelling evidence that boys in New Zealand enjoy numerous advantages with an all-boys education because a boy’s school provides an environment that acknowledges their learning styles, embraces their differences and in doing so maximises their potential. Located in Kilbirnie and founded in 1928, Rongotai College is a boys’ school that is enriched by a proud heritage. However, the school is forward-looking and progressive, educating young men to meet the challenges of today. It has a culture that encourages boys to strive

for excellence in academic, creative, cultural and sporting pursuits. Achievement in NCEA has improved significantly in recent years, as students have responded positively to an engaging curriculum specifically developed for the way they think and learn, helping to build confidence and pride in their abilities. They thrive academically. Outstanding facilities including a campus-wide wi-fi and ultrafast broadband support and enhance teaching and learning. With a roll of 650 Rongotai College is small enough to know each boy well, recognising his individual character and needs but large enough to offer an extensive curriculum that meetings the academic and vocational

needs of individual students. Rongotai College provides a balanced education for its students, supported by an impressive co-curricular programme. A wide range of community service, creative, cultural and sporting activities are offered, with many activities performing to an extremely high standard. 04 939 3050

Kilbirnie School Kilbirnie School is a co-educational state funded contributing primary school catering for students from Years 1 to 6 in the Wellington suburb of Hataitai. The school opened in 1884, the first school in the eastern suburbs of Wellington. Our curriculum is designed to foster individual and group learning, and to give students the skills, attitudes, and knowledge to become life-long learners. Students are encouraged to take risks to develop their natural strengths and abilities, as well as to assume responsibility for their own learning. There is a strong emphasis on building children’s

self-esteem so that they will have the confidence to use their skills and talents in a positive manner. There is also a clear expectation that children will develop socially responsible attitudes through caring, co-operative group behaviour and service to the school. Families of children at Kilbirnie School are part of a vibrant community that looks out for each other and celebrates our diversity and achievements. This positive community spirit means we work together to create a stimulating learning and cultural environment which enhances our children’s educa-

tion. We also offer services and facilities that benefit the wider Hataitai and Kilbirnie communities. Website - Address - 72 Hamilton Rd, Wellington 6021 Phone - 04-939 2311

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Mokopuna Ko Te Aho Matua te tahuhu o toku whare, Ko te reo me nga tikanga Maori nga heke whakamau, Ko te Whanau, te whanaungatanga nga pou, Tihe mauri ora! Nau mai ki Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Mokopuna! Nga Mokopuna is the only Maori language immersion school in Wellington City, with currently 100 students from Years 1-13. Kura Kaupapa Maori are Whanau-led schools that have te reo and tikanga Maori as their guiding principles.

We are based on the Seatoun shoreline on the spot where Kupe, the great explorer, established the first Maori settlement in Aotearoa and are named after Nga Mokopuna, the island in the harbour that he named. Our Raukura Wharekura (Secondary School Graduates) continue to be successful at Tertiary level in either University, Polytechnic or Wananga. This year, on October 31st, we will host the Wellington Regional Primary School Kapa Haka Competition at the ASB Sports Centre in Rongo-

tai. We are a good choice for Whanau wanting a vibrant Kura community with a strong commitment to reo and tikanga Maori. Kia ora!

St Catherine’s College Mary Curran has been Principal at St Catherine’s College for the last 4 years. For Mary, St Catherine’s is about whanau/ family and Mercy traditions and values. St Catherine’s inclusive values and practices promote student wellbeing and success. Diversity is celebrated, and students have a strong sense of belonging, sisterhood and unity. This

underpins our academic success—we are proud winners of the O’Shea Shield for the 4th year in a row. 2016 brings St Catherine’s College a long-awaited and well deserved new teaching block. This project will provide the college with exciting 21st century teaching spaces and a new administration block.

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Tracy Gundesen - Acting Principal St Francis de Sales school I am thrilled to be in the position of Acting Principal at St Francis de Sales School. I have been at SFDS for just over 4 years and absolutely love this community. I feel very much at home here, I grew up in Island Bay, am an ex student of the school, and I am now raising my family here. I am passionate about our place: I love the Bay, the people and working within our community – but most of all our students at SFDS. At SFDS we have students from a range of ethnic

backgrounds which adds a special cultural diversity to our school. Our goal is to provide a holistic education to meet the spiritual, learning, physical, social and emotional needs of all students. We have a strong emphasis on achievement in learning, particularly in English (Writing and Reading), Mathematics and Inquiry. Within this goal we ensure that all students have the opportunity to take part in arts and sports based programmes; areas in which the school has achieved success in wider

community activities. Part of our school philosophy is inclusive education which means that all students take part in all school activities to the best of their skills and abilities. Pop in for a visit – we would love to meet you.

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Local Principal Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Jenny Williams, Principal since 2008, is well loved by students and the wider Marsden family. Her response “There is an extraordinary spirit in the school that I’ve felt nowhere else”. Jenny’s background is a cross-curricular and extensive one. Starting with a Science degree from Tasmania University she has held various teaching roles in maths, science and outdoor education and set up the Australian International School, Singapore. Before coming to Wellington Williams held roles as Head of Science at St Catherine’s Girls School, Head of School at Snowy Mountains Grammar School and of All Saints College. Australian born but

well settled into Wellington Williams wouldn’t swap, “I love Wellington” she says, “It’s small but edgy, with a fantastic vibe”. Since starting at Marsden Williams has focussed strongly on a service ethic and positive psychology and well-being. Top of her agenda now is 21st century learning, preparing girls for life and jobs that may not yet exist today, and a continued culture of care at school. Williams has played high-level netball, representing Tasmania, and playing state league volleyball. In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit, travelling, reading and cooking. That is when she is not encouraging Marsden girls.

“My message to our girls is that as well as being the best they can be academically it is important that they are good, kind, compassionate people. When they leave Marsden I want them to go out into the world not just to participate but to be leading contributors, and to find happiness in the dreams they pursue”. Visit Marsden at

Island Bay School Hello, my name is Perry Rush. Island Bay School is a special place where I am proud to be in my 12th year as the Principal. I love the modern vision of the school which seeks to nurture children for their unique talents. We approach students believing that ‘one size does not fit all’ and aim to meet individual learning needs. We also hold a diverse view of success. This can be seen in the

smorgasbord of exciting learning programmes designed to pique our students interests and provide challenge. Programmes such as ‘Philosophy for Children’, the ‘Freedom Friday’ options programme, and our ‘Reach’ programme for gifted learners, to name a few. I am very proud of my hardworking teaching team at Island Bay School who consistently challenge themselves to think

about the future and the competencies our students require to led satisfying and successful lives. Being Principal of Island Bay School is a great job. Do come and visit us!

At Mt Cook School we are building on the great work done by previous staff and school community members to create a warm, inclusive learning environment for all of our students. We aim to inspire and promote curiosity, creativity and individual growth through academic, cultural and physical achievements and the developing of social skills. We have about 265 students ( Y 1 – 8 ) and have an enrolment scheme in place that includes a

school zoning policy. Welcome to Mt Cook School. Website - Address - 160 Tory St, Wellington Phone - 04 385 9432

Mt Cook School For us Mt Cook School’s close knit community brings to mind such words as: diversity; support; vibrant; creative; multi-cultural; different; fun; This is a state school with a special approach to supporting our children to think for themselves, develop independence and confidence in their abilities as well as taking responsibility for their own learning. From our central city location we have easy access to many interesting activities the city has to offer.

Evans Bay Intermediate School My name is Louise Bray-Burns and I am privileged to be Principal of Evans Bay Intermediate School. I took up the position at the start of term 3, 2015 and was warmly welcomed by the EBIS community. This warmth of welcome is a real feature of the school for all who join the EBIS waka. Prior to EBIS I held the position of Principal at both Kapiti Primary and Hampton Hill

Schools, after leaving Tawa Intermediate as Deputy Principal. I have two children and once they were old enough, I attained my Higher and Advanced Teaching Diplomas and Master’s degree. Counselling and information technology papers were a significant part of my qualifications, and I use both extensively in my daily work. I believe professional development is

critical for staff in order to enable them to assist students to attain the capabilities they require to be successful 21st century learners.

South Wellington Intermediate School South Wellington Intermediate School is a specialist year 7 & 8 school focusing on the very specific needs of early adolescents. We retain a homeroom atmosphere with a strong link to one teacher. The homeroom teacher is responsible for Integrated Studies (English and Social Studies curriculum’s) and for maths. For other subjects students may move around the school, being taught by several teachers during the week. In this way teachers are able to teach to their special strengths, and this increased specialisation is an ideal preparation for the child’s secondary education.

All classes are arranged as mixed Year 7 and Year 8. Students will be challenged with opportunities to participate in a range of academic, cultural and arts programmes. At South Wellington Intermediate we don’t see these two years as solely a time to prepare students for High School, but rather see it as a unique and special time where the journey into adolescence is valued. Students are supported to become independent learners, thinkers and actors, and the apron strings of Primary school are loosened to allow greater autonomy, exploration, inspiration and self management. We can’t wait to share

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Local Principal St Anthony’s, Seatoun. Small School; Strong Spirit Jennifer Ioannou, Principal since Term 4 2015, certainly has the background credentials (qualifications and wide-ranging experience) to prove her educational expertise, but what is truly distinguishing is that she actually knows how to make things happen to create a modern flexible learning environment. Jennifer leads by example, getting stuck-in to help wherever necessary, and she listens to

the community with a focus on solutions and continuous improvement. Jennifer actively leads our strong and professional teaching team so that they meet clear and high standards, regularly up-skill and know their students and individually tailor programmes to their needs. This shows in above national average results, local colleges confirming how well prepared our students are, and students having fun!

Perhaps though the last word is best left to a Year 6 student: “I feel l belong here and that doing my best matters. When I leave school I want to be like Mrs Ioannou”.

Mirimar Central School: Empowering our Children An effective school is one which has a clearly articulated and understood vision ‘Empowering our Children’. This is our core purpose. At Miramar Central School, everyone knows what the school stands for as our values ‘Mana - Respect, Maia - Confidence, Success -Tutuki and Whanaungatanga - Community’ are to the fore. This vision and values are reflected in the consistent behaviour of the people in the

school. This reinforces and affirms them. Miramar Central School promotes excellence in the principles, values and key competencies in the National Curriculum, provides opportunities for students to be confident in using words and numbers, recognises and celebrates diversity and fosters strong connections between home, school, and the community. Learning must be grounded in the present but

be future oriented. I love being a principal, it is a privilege to positively touch the lives of the people to and for whom I am responsible.

St Mark’s Church School Kent Favel is the Principal of St Mark’s Church School, the only co-educational independent school in Wellington, which educates boys and girls from Preschool right through to Year 8. Based at the Basin Reserve, St Mark’s is an International Baccalaureate World School offering the Primary Years Programme. St Mark’s has always been a co-educational school, and this is something which

Kent proudly believes in. “Co-educational schools reflect the diversity of our society. This is boys and girls, learning and working together just like the world we live in”. St Mark’s is such a special place to Kent that this is his second time working at the school. He was Deputy Principal from 2002 to 2006, and then returned as Principal, a role he has been in since 2011. “It’s not just a job for me,” he says. “I love

St Mark’s. I couldn’t think of a better job in the world”.

Holy Cross School Kia ora, I have been the proud principal of Holy Cross Catholic School for nine years; it is a school I love and a school with great heart. I endeavour to truly live our school’s Vision, Mission, Motto and Values; to model what I expect. As a passionate learner, having recently completed my Master of Educational leadership, I take every opportunity to review and strengthen my own practice and to enhance all aspects of teaching and learning at Holy Cross. I take a special interest in knowing every learner

in our school, to understand his or her strengths, needs and interests. We have so much to learn from our families too; their stories touch and inspire us. I am passionate about making our vision a reality through our various programmes that are structured to provide learning in ‘real-life’ authentic contexts; they are innovative and exciting whilst having a sound research base and place literacy and numeracy within a meaningful context.

I feel blessed to be part of such a supportive community and to work with a skilled and dedicated staff, committed to inspiring each student to ‘Achieve more than he or she ever dreamed possible’.

Meet Neal Swindells the Rector – St Patrick’s College, Kilbirnie It is a great privilege to lead St Patrick’s College. the oldest Catholic Boys school in New Zealand. My background is 20 years of teaching in the state system which included 5 years as Deputy Headmaster at Napier Boys High. I became Principal of St John’s College in Hawke’s Bay in 1998 before moving to become Rector of St Patrick’s College in 2014. I love Marist education where we work

closely with our families, focus on developing the whole person and on helping our students to develop the talents God has given them. At St Pats we provide strong academic programmes and a huge range of spiritual, sporting, cultural and social activities. We emphasise community, humility and service to others. Our students love to perform, to succeed and to help each other. They will be the lead-

ers of the future. Sectare Fidem: Hold firm to the Faith.

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Project Energize

Cotton Top Tamarins arrive at their new home in the capital

Capital and Coast District Health Board has unveiled its new initiative to combat childhood obesity – Project Energize. “We’re very excited to be working with the Heart Foundation to deliver a healthy eating and exercise programme that we know works,” said service integration development unit acting director Sandra Williams. “Project Energize will help reduce obesity rates among children in the Wellington region. It will teach kids how to be healthy through exercise and good eating, and give schools practical support to implement health and fitness programmes.” The board aims to have 30 Wellington region schools enrolled by 2019. Nine have enrolled so far.

Two critically endangered Cotton Top Tamarins have arrived at Wellington Zoo with the hopes of saving their species from extinction. The two mini monkeys travelled a great distance to live at Wellington Zoo. Esteban, a four-year-old male Cotton Top Tamarin came from Blackpool Zoo in the UK, while Celeste, a fiveyear-old female, arrived from Bratislava Zoo in Slovakia. The two have been introduced to each other over the last two weeks and they are now settling in their new home. They will not be introduced to the existing pair of Cotton Top Tamarins at the zoo, as the new pair will establish a family group, and they are territorial. Harmony Wallace, Wellington Zoo senior keeper for

primates, said introductions between Esteban and Celeste had gone well and together the pair was settling in their new home. “The breeding programme for Cotton Top Tamarins is vital for their survival as a species, and good zoos work collaboratively to make conservation breeding programmes like this successful. “We hope t he duo will contribute to the breeding programme and help with the conservation efforts for their species.” Cotton Top Tamarins are only found in Colombia and they are one of the most critically endangered primates due to habitat loss and the illegal pet trade. It has been estimated that there are only 6,000 Cotton Top Tamarins left in the wild.


Critically endangered Cotton Top Tamarins Celeste and Esteban settling in at Wellington Zoo

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The Cancer Society Wellington needs your help. Through its ‘Power Up’ campaign the Cancer Society hopes to raise $70,000 to cover the costs of 115 solar panels, which will produce a 30kW capacity for The Cancer Society’s Margaret Stewart House accommodation facility. The facility provides daily accommodation for up to 40 outof-town patients having cancer treatment at the Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre, and is located on the grounds of Wellington Hospital. The Cancer Society’s chief executive, Michael Smith, said the campaign came on the heels of a need to expand services in the face of an increased demand for them. “The upgrade to solar panels will save over $300,000 over the 25 year warranty period freeing up money for the Cancer Society to be spent on other essential cancer services. “We are asking the public for general donations or for businesses to buy a panel for $600 - buy three and with your 30 per cent tax deduction/rebate you really only pay for 2,” said Michael. Supporters of the project include Mayor of Wellington Celia WadeBrown, who said it was a great

project, both environmentally and socially. “It will enable the Cancer Society to save money and redirect some of its operational funds to expand supportive care and health promotion services to the people of Wellington. “Solar panels also fit well in our Low Carbon Capital,” Ms WadeBrown said.

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Maori melodies for Matariki By Amy Harrison MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

The Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre hosted several Maori performers last Saturday night as the community gathered to celebrate Matariki. About 100 members of the community turned out on the cold evening to sing Maori songs and share a hangi, in celebration of the Maori New Year event. The first performer of the evening was local man Brannigan Kaa, a Maori singer and songwriter, of Ngati Porou and Ngati Kahungunu descent. Brannigan performed several songs in Maori and English and encouraged the audience to sing along. The second performer of the evening was 17-year-old Sianne Dougherty, of Tuwharetoa and Ngai Tahu descent. Sianne sang a range of songs, including some Maori songs,

Brannigan Kaa and Toni Huata perform Maori songs for their audience

some of her own composition and some current pop songs. Grant Ellen, the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre organiser, said that the event was for everyone in the community to celebrate. “It’s about building up our community and whanau, it’s good to have these events. “For us, it’s a New Zealand event… it’s in the middle of winter, so we can warm people up by providing community space,” he said. The MC for the evening was Toni Huata, a Maori singer and performer who has performed both nationally and internationally. Matariki is increasingly becoming an important national celebration and a time for community gatherings, Toni said. “Matariki means the beginning of a new time, the harvesting of food… a time for all communities to come together,” Toni said.

Hypnosis sessions now on offer in Strathmore By Nikki Papatsoumas

Strathmore locals have the opportunity to change their state of mind at special hypnosis sessions on offer at their local community centre. St rat h more Pa rk resident Andrew Hardwick is offering free ‘taster’ hypnosis sessions on Monday mornings at the Strathmore Park Community Centre. Participants can choose to have a free 15 minute session on either changing pain to comfort, letting go of stress, mindfulness or

confidence and relaxation. Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness in which hypnotists can suspend disbelief. Andrew, who is also trained as a nurse, said he was first introduced to hypnosis in 1981 when he was working in an emergency department. He said he witnessed hypnosis work successfully on a young girl who had broken her arm and thought, “I have to learn how to do that”. Andrew said since then he has been successfully helping people through the art of hypnotherapy.

He encouraged locals to pop into the community centre and give a free session a go to see if hypnosis could work for them. Andrew also runs Not Strictly Tai Chi classes on Tuesday nights at 7pm at the centre. Free 15 minute hypnosis sessions run from the Strathmore Park Community Centre every Monday from 10.30am to midday. Andrew Hardwick is offering free ‘taster’ hypnosis sessions at the Strathmore Park Community Centre.

Brush up on your first aid skills By Nikki Papatsoumas

Rowena Bonne is inviting locals to attend an upcoming first aid course at the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre.

Eager locals are invited to pick up first aid skills at an upcoming workshop. A fi rst aid course for carers of babies and young children is taking place at the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre next month. The course will teach participants about how to cope in the event of an injury, how to deal with choking, burns, or seizure and will also involve a CPR demonstration. As well as this the course will cover a variety of other first aid training for different scenarios. There will also be time for

questions and discussions at the end of the workshop. Community centre coordinator, Rowena Bonne, said Kate Nickson, who was taking the course, was a respected and popular first aid consultant. She said the course had proved popular in previous years. “We like to do it every few years because there’s quite a turnover in the community. It has been awhile since we have done it so we thought it was the perfect time to provide it again. “The course is great for a wide variety of people, in fact anyone who is at times in sole charge of a child or baby, so grandparents, teenage babysitters as well, of

course, as parents,” Rowena said. “Doing such a course gives peace of mind. People really enjoyed the last one, speaking highly of its relevance, how interesting it was and how much they learnt.” First aid course for babies and young children will take place at the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre on Monday, July 11 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Cost is $10. To sign up contact Beryl or Rowena on 387 7867 or klbcc@clear. for an enrolment form.

Thursday June 30, 2016



Sports talk with Jacob Page... Warriors win NBA battle, lose war

Reuben Va'a, Esi Komaisavai, Karl Brownlie and Denny To'o have been selected for the Hurricanes Under-18 Coaching Camp

Squad chosen for Hurricanes coaching camp Some of Wellington’s rising rugby stars have been selected for the upcoming Hurricanes Under-18 coaching camp. Sixty players will attend the camp, which will take place in Masterton from July 10. The four-day camp will include sessions with a range of top provincial coaches as well as the Hurricanes Investec Super Rugby coaching staff headed by Chris Boyd and John Plumtree. The squad chosen for the four-day camp represents a wide spread of talent from across the Hurricanes region. Nineteen students from across schools in Wellington will be represented, including four boys from Rongotai College, three from St Patrick’s College Town, three from Wellington College and three from Scots College. Hurricanes Under-18 convenor of selectors Darren Larsen said it was an extremely tough job trying to sort through 257 nominations. "We are very lucky with the amount of

talented young players in the region and we've been impressed by the quality of the rugby we've seen this season, but it certainly makes it tough for the selectors. "Every provincial union in the region has a selector and I am confident they've been very thorough in identifying our best young talent. "But I would also say that this squad is only one pathway and history has shown that players who miss out at this stage can still achieve their goals and make it to New Zealand representative teams or Super Rugby by continuing to push their case on the field. Following the camp, 23 players will be selected to travel to Christchurch to play the Crusaders Under-18s at AMI Stadium on Saturday, July 16 as the curtain raiser to the Hurricanes-Crusaders Investec Super Rugby match. "It's also worth noting that players who do not attend the camp can still be selected in the final team."

It's fair to say the Golden State Warriors will feel like that impatient girlfriend waiting for a proposal from a clueless boyfriend. For all of their time, effort and sacrifice in 2016, it doesn't mean a thing if you haven't got that ring. A history-making 73 wins and nine losses evaporated into obscurity after they failed to win the title on Monday, losing a seven game finals series to the Cleveland Cavaliers. It's the first professional sports title for Cleveland since the 1960s. The city is a proud sporting hub but it's sports fans have been subjected to choke acts and bad luck for half a century. That was until Monday.

Golden State Warriors were the best NBA team in history – now, not so much. How can you be when you don't win the championship? Instead those championship rings go to Cleveland, a team who timed their run to perfection to beat the perfect team. The best team goes back, in my opinion to the 1995/96 Chicago Bulls. They lost one more regular season game than the Warriors but ultimately won the championship. Sport is about winning battles, but more importantly, wars. The Golden State Warriors won 73 battles but lost the one war they needed to win most.

Sports inbrief Poneke Fundraiser The Poneke Colts Rugby team will be holding a fundraiser this Saturday. The Horse Racing Fundraiser will kick off at 6.30pm on July 2.

Head along to watch the exciting Hurricanes vs Blues Game on the big screen at the Poneke Club Room and support your local sport.

Upcoming Netball It will be an exciting Monday for WelTec’s Division One netball in the city with Wellington Girls’ facing off against Wellington East at 4.30pm. The regional draw has the two teams battle it out at Wellington East. It will be a tough game for Wellington Girls after sitting on one draw and one loss three weeks into the season.

Wellington East is sitting at the top of the table with eight points along with St Mary’s and Sacred Heart. The leaders had a convincing win against St Oran’s in the first week with a 45-22 finish. But it was a nail biting finish when East played Aotea last week, finishing just one point ahead with a 29-28 result.

Surfs up in Kilbirnie The Wellington Regional Lifeguard Competition was held at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie on Saturday. The Tawa Titans took out this year’s event,

qualifying to represent the Wellington region in the New Zealand National Lifeguard Sports Competition in August 2016.

Wakefield Park users urged to take care By Nikki Papatsoumas

Users of Wakefield Park in Island Bay are being warned to be cautious, after an 8-yearold boy was involved in an accident earlier this month. Junior club captain at Island Bay United Football Association Gary Scott, said the young child was involved in an accident with a car, while

trying to cross the road after training at the park. He said while the young child was fine, it served as an important reminder for people to be careful around cars when using facilities at Wakefield Park. Gary said there were 55 junior teams at the club and on a busy weekday night there could be between 150 and

200 children using the park. On a Saturday morning there could be as many as 300 kids using facilities at Wakefield Park, he said. “It’s a difficult environment around Wakefield because of the number of kids and adults trying to get in and out of the park,” Gary said. “At peak times people need to be really cautious, both

motorists and users of the park and be aware of the difficulties that exist there.” Moving for wa rd, Ga r y urged people to use designated crossing areas surrounding Wakefield Park. “It happens all over the city people are just crossing where they are standing. It’s not always safe and it’s not always sensible.”

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