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4 Wednesday July 6, 2016 4inbrief Wednesday November 4, 2015


Local baker made finalist in Gold Awards

Newcomers events

Youth awarded for community involvement By Sharnahea Wilson

Becs now runs Stiletto Studio on Plumer Street and employs a part-time baker. The thing that sets Stiletto Studio apart from other cakerys skills in helping others”. is their flavours, Becswas said.the MP Peter Dunne “Since I'mon thetheone who guest speaker night andhas to taste all scraps I like the presented thisthe year’s awards. flJohnsonville avours to be Youth something a bit Grants different, and more than has now granted overexciting $565,000 traditional toa 325 youngsponge.” people since its Most of their cakes are mud establishment in 1987. cakes but Becsthis uses interesting Core funding year came from Autoshop flavours such asGroup saltedwhich caramel has donated overjelly $260,000 in cookie dough, tip, snickers, the last ten years. and banoffee pie. For 20 yearsisthe Herover speciality 3Dawards novelty have been thewhere John-her cakes, andhosted that is at also sonville passionRotary lies. Club. “The move Johnsonville “There are to very few cakes we shopping is a step say no to,centre and we've had tosome wards getting greater At involvefantastic challenges. the last ment from the North wedding show we Wellington had a gravity business community,” Chris defying Yoda wedding cake.” said. She has also made a jumping shark, pouring teapots, airbrushed skulls and a bleeding zombie with a likeness to the birthday girl. “I like to think our cakes are a party, not just By Sharnahea Wilson “Today we at area celebrating Mr “After having children in to nominate him for the most centrepiece the dessert.” education for the past 18 years inspirational teacher award,” Smith’s amazing achievement. Becs wasyou represented at the A local teacher has been pre- I knew Richard was not an he said. “Thank for your contribuGold Awards on June 30 by sented with his prizes on Friday ordinary teacher. Richard received a number of tion through your energy, vitalTrina her sisters after winning the Warehouse ity,sister passion and and commitment to “For the past 18 months, he gifts including a $5000 travel her Andrew. Stationary’s most inspirational has given my daughter and card, a $200 gift card, a box of husband children’s education,” she said. teacher award. Richard and his family will be every other child in his year stationery and a Notebook. Wadestown teacher Richard seven and eight class the gift of Principal Sally Bar rett heading over to Cambodia early Smith was awarded with the a lifetime - the ability to believe thanked Richard for his contri- next year to educate children Inspirational Teacher award dur- in themselves and the skills to bution to the school. and help those in need. ingSharnahea a school assembly way best suits By Wilsonon Friday. learn in thethe pastthat year. were over the members and their guests went Richard was overwhelmed by them,” the nomination stated. The extensive list included Toot for Tucker around the room and told interesting stories the support and appreciation he Warehouse Stationery’s busiThe Johnsonville Rotary had a presidential collections, clean ups, youth initiatives, the about themselves. had received ness manager Mata changeover at a special dinner held at development the ShelterBox Campaign and donations to varied The club will now look forward to the 50th “This is an amazing day,” he Te Pania said the competition Johnsonville Club in June. organisations. Anniversary celebrations in April next year. said to the assembly. has had gone from “strength to On June 27 Michael Hodgen, who Vince has now stepped into his third presi“It is very special to have strength” every year. been clubsay president for like the past years, dency at the club. someone something this two“It is something people really handed hisbut chains overI do to Imember about you, nothing do getVince behind. “It’s going to be challenging because it’s a Adams-Schneider. new era,” explained. by myself – it’s a team effort,” “We all know howheteachers Michael thanked the directors, offi ce bearVince was rst president in 1998, then in he said. go above and beyond theficall of ers andteacher club members the support they 2009 and will be president for 2016/17. The was thefor overall duty,” she said. had givensurpassing him during5537 his time in the Husband role as of“There hasnominabeen a lot of change in that time.” winner, other Richard’s president. Rotary member Ian MacLean was also a nominations in the fifth year of tor, Ant Edwards explained “I inspirational am honoured teacher to have cambeen this club’s focus of the night. the why the couple wanted to give president years,” back Ian’sto family paign. during the last two Rotarysomething Richard.surprised him when they Michael said to attendees on the night. up on the night in time for him to The nomination written by “As soon showed as we met Richard have attempted return this honour by be awarded with the Sapphire badge which a “Iparent of one oftoRichard’s we knew there was something giving my Maria very best to this club.” Michael Hodgen (right) hands his Rotary students, Edwards, ex- exceptionalVince about said him.was a big honour. He discussed some of theis many The theme of the night was something presidential over to Vince plained why this teacher one projects “Wethe wanted to do something Wadestown teacher Richard Smithchains receives his award for Adamsclub worked on or helped out with Schneider . teacher. from your past. After the formal processes of thehas best. niceover for him so Maria decided New Zealand’s most inspirational

section along with five other Wellington businesses. A local baker has been recBecs said she was surprised ognised for her hard work after to be nominated but even more being made a finalist in this surprised to beWilson made a finalist By Sharnahea year’s Wellington Gold Awards. when there are many amazing Johnsonville cakery Stiletto businesses in Wellington.Youth The Johnsonville Studio, owned and operated Awards “I thinksaw I’danother forgotten that besuccessful by Becs Lake, was nominated hind the19cakes andstudents fun is a year all with young and then made a finalist in very running that beingwell awarded for business their efforts the Emerging Gold – Services I’m oververy the past year. proud of.” Chair of the Youth Award Trustees, Chris Kirk-Burnnand, Local Baker Becs Lake displays herthe event held in Johnsaid impressive gravity defying Yoda sonville shopping centre, on Campaigner honoured wedding cake. October 22, was a great success and the Trust is looking to grow with portrait the event even further. A portrait of campaigner Helen Kelly was “Each year there are so many hung at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery outstanding applicants that imthis week in recognition of her ongoing press the Trustees with their work. Mayor Celia-Wade Brown called involvement in the wider comHelen a passionate Wellingtonian and munity. said she should be applauded for the “The Trust is focused on youth work she has achieved as a campaigner development and giving grants Hollywood receiving her award from MP Peter Dunne. for Charlotte social justice, New Zealand workers rights and the use of medical marijuana. Helen said she was thrilled to have a portrait of herself hanging in the Gallery. The Wellington Newcomers Network invited anyone and everyone who was interested in getting to know new people while having interesting conversation along to their July events. The group will meet for a coffee catch up on Wednesday, July 13 at Clarkes Cafe in the Central Library at 5.30pm. They will meet again on Thursday, July 28 for coffee and conversation at the same venue at 2.30pm. Head along for a new experience.

New Zealand’s Most Inspirational Teacher

Sri Lankan food fair

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A Sri Lankan food fair will be held at the Johnsonville Community Centre on Saturday November 7 from 10am to 2pm. The local Sri Lankan dance academy is hosting the food fair in order to fundraise towards the cost of costumes for their dancers. On the day attendees can enjoy the taste of Sri Lankan rice and curry, string hoppers, kotthu, thosai, Sri Lankan savouries, Between 7-9amGotilalong 31st on July sweets and drinks. the day to support the dance Warm up before work withacademy a latte, fl at white, or americano. and enjoy cappuccino some authentic Sri Lankan Confectionary and convenience items in store. cuisine.




Rotary president passes the torch


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Becs said baking was something she just “fell into”. “After travelling and while unemployed I started playing around cake to pops andwith desto youngwith people help sert buffetssport for fun.” education, and the arts,” Fromsaid. there she was asked by Chris aOne friend a friend she could of oflast year’sifawardees make herKay daughters first Richard spoke on thebirthday night. cake. This was herthe first paid Richard captained Under order. 19 men’s Underwater Hockey Team and went on to win a Gold medal for New Zealand. Local winners this year included Francis Rankin of Newlands College for having received one of the highest awards a St Johns cadet leader can attain – being selected to represent New Zealand for St Johns youth at international competitions. Laila Smith of Onslow College was also awarded for her success in gymnastics and circus arts, as well as her “keen leadership

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