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Aviation safety recognised By Sharnahea Wilson

A Khandallah man is flying high after receiving the maximum possible honour for aviation safety in New Zealand. After recommendations from the Chief Executive of Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand, the Maori King and Dame Margaret Bazley, Mark Everitt received the Jim Collins Memorial Award for exceptional contribution to aviation safety. Mark has had a long and distinguished career in civil aviation security and safety. He spent 20 years as the General Manager of the Aviation Security Service where he developed the organisation from a staff of 80 to 800. Continued on page 2


Mark Everitt holds his Jim Collins Memorial Award for aviation safety. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

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Zoe Marsden, Green MP Mojo Mathers and Chrissy Joy at Wellington Rabbit Rescue’s kickstarter campaign launch. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

and an exciting raffle. Mojo is a passionate advocate for better care for animals and leant her support on Saturday, July 9 by opening the event and participating in a question and answer session. “I talked about crumpet the bunny and the campaign to get animal testing banned,” Mojo said. The launch featured an array of stalls, from people who were selling prints to people who were doing spray-on tattoos. Each stall donated $20 towards Wellington Rabbit Rescue. Wellington Rabbit Rescue is one of only two organisations solely dedicated to helping rescue abandoned, injured or unwanted rabbits. Wellington Rabbit Rescue’s Zoe Marsden said they usually have about 30 rabbits in their care at a time. “We have fosterers and we also have volunteers on days

like this,” Zoe said. “A lot of people think rabbits are really good kids pets but they don’t realise that it takes a lot of effort to own one.” Chrissy Joy who has been rescuing rabbits for 15 years, and who previously worked for the SPCA, said Wellington Rabbit Rescue took on a lot of injured or sick rabbits. “We want to try and educate people before we take their rabbits on,” Chrissy explained. “We say ‘have you tried this’ – and sometimes that works and them and their rabbits can be happy.” Chrissy also said rabbits are often happier and easier to care for when they are free range and get to run around in the back yard.  If you would like to donate to Wellington Rabbit Rescue visit cause/wellingtonrabbitrescue-wrr

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He then took up the role of Regulatory Advisor for Civil Aviation Authority in the Pacific Islands in 2013. Mark was both surprised and honoured to be nominated for such an esteemed award. “I had no idea. I had just come out of the hospital after a spinal operation. When I got out there was a letter from the Airline Pilots Association waiting for me.” The Jim Collins Memorial Award was named after Captain Jim Collins who was the pilot in command of the Erebus flight which crashed in November 1979. In the 37 years the award has been around, only 16 people have received it. Mark is not new to the process of receiving awards. In 2000

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the Aviation Security Service was recognised as the most outstanding Aviation Security Organisation in Asia/Pacific. Mark received the individual award of Outstanding Avsec Official. He also became a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2001 in recognition of his commitment to the development of quality systems in security. “Quality systems are important to me – and people are important to me,” Mark said. He said aviation security got turned on its head after the events of 9/11. “9/11 was just unbelievable.” The day it happened Mark went to the Prime Minister’s office and the next day, they had already started implementing screening processes in New

Mark Everitt’s family supported him when he received an esteemed award in Auckland last month.

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Fit for Fashion Week By Eleanor Wenman MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Three has been a lucky number for one enterprising fashion student. As part of her classes, at the New Zealand Institute of Fashion Technology in Wellington, student Clare Weterings took part in a design competition sponsored by Resene. Her outfit was one of ten selected to be shown on the runway at New Zealand Fashion Week. “Everything came to me in threes,” she said. She was the third person to select a colour, the third sample she did came out exactly as planned and it took three days for her to sew the garment. The outfit she made was selected alongside nine others to be shown at Fashion Week. One of the ten designs would be announced as the winner during the week. For the competition a selection of saris and silks were given to seventeen students at New Zealand Institute of Fashion Technology schools in Auckland and Wellington. From there the pupils designed garments

inspired by their fabric colours. Clare said finding the right colour was an easy process for her. “I touched the fabric and I thought 'I know what I'm going to make',” she said. She selected a colour called 'coast' which is a deep blue shade but she also used a contrasting red in the collar of her garment. She knew straight away what she wanted to do with the silk too. “The inspiration came a little bit from the word itself,” she said. She started off thinking of large sweeping coastlines but also incorporated European architectural elements with buckles and structured elements. She said when she goes to Auckland to see her design on the Resene Designer Runway she would like to take her mother with her. “She taught me to sew, so it would be really special for me and for her to go see it,” Clare said. One of Clare's classmates Yvette Geddes also had her outfit chosen for the Fashion Week parade. Her design was based on a red colour named

inbrief news Visitors welcome Visitors are welcome to attend the Churton Park Toastmasters group at the Churton Park Community Centre this month. Toastmasters aimed to provide a safe, low cost and effective environment for people looking to improve their communication and leadership skills. They will meet on July 14 and 28 and then on August 11 and 25 from 7.30pm. For more information contact Maya at

Safer speeds are go Clare Weterings (left) stands next to a model wearing her design that will be shown on the runway at New Zealand Fashion Week.

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Children urged to take care after attempted nabbing By Sharnahea Wilson

Wellington Police are seeking to identify a man who allegedly grabbed an eight-year-old child last Monday when they were walking in Ngaio after school. Around 3.05pm on July 4 the child was walking up Awarua Street from Ottawa Road when a black vehicle approached them from the front and pulled up on the yellow lines at the curb, police said. The driver, a man, reached over and grabbed the child

from the passenger door of the vehicle trying to pull them into the vehicle, but the child managed to wriggle free, police said. The child then ran up towards the Awarua Train Station and saw the man running after them, police said. The man stopped at the overbridge and went back to his vehicle and drove off, police said. Police said the man was described as Caucasian with a long white beard who was bald

and old looking. Ngaio School Principal Liz Millar said in this incident the child had a cell phone and was able to log a call home at 3.07pm. Liz was “shocked and concerned” about the incident. She said the key messages were to encourage children to walk in groups, walk with adults and to not dilly-dally after school had finished. If grabbed, Liz said, the key was to “yell but also to struggle”.

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“I think it timely for everyone to talk through after school arrangements and to revise stranger danger,” Liz had said. Police did patrols in the area after school last week. Constable Jason Mokrzecki of the Johnsonville Police said it was important for children to be mindful when walking home from school. “If children feel uncomfortable they should head towards a busy area. Walking in groups is also a sensible option,” he said.

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The signs are up and safer speeds have been implemented in Ngaio, Northland, Khandallah, Berhampore and Wadestown. Wellington City Council’s decision to lower the speed zones in these areas was in response to overwhelming support from the community. An average of 81 per cent of the 391 submissions received were in favour of lowering the speed limits. These zones are the latest in a series of safer zones around shopping centres across Wellington.

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Concerns over safety of Join the club awarded for community involvement Youth Hutt Rd cycleway

The Probus Club of Johnsonville North meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 10am at the Johnsonville Club in Norman Lane. The club has over 50 members who enjoy interesting speakers, outings and visits. Visitors and new members are very welcome. If anyone was interested in joining the club they could contact Linda Box who is club president on 9704434 or Mary Taylor 4785188.

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Red light runners beware Wellington Police are cracking down on red light runners and focusing on driver behaviour at intersections, as part of a focused prevention road safety operation throughout July. From Monday, July 11 officers will actively patrol intersections in thereceiving city, focusing Charlotte Hollywood her award from MP Peter Dunne. on high risk locations. Police were committed to reducing road trauma and Khandallah resident Jeff crashes throughout New Zealand and Owens cycles along Hutt Road. operations based around prevention, PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson education and enforcement were an effective way of doing this.

skills in helping others”. Foster saidDunne the public MP Peter washad thethe chance to make guest speaker on thesubmissions night and and thethis council would now presented year’s awards. focus on safety aspects of the Johnsonville Youth Grants cycleway. has now granted over $565,000 “Weyoung took everyone’s concerns to 325 people since its into account and will establishment in 1987. develop the path in a two-part Core funding this yearprocess.” came HeAutoshop said the Group council would from which focus on putting in judder-bars, has donated over $260,000 in signage to warn mothesuffi lastcient ten years. torists along For overand 20better years lighting the awards Huttbeen Rd as part of have hosted at the the project. JohnThe fiRotary rst partClub. of the construcsonville tion on the path will begin later “The move to Johnsonville this yearcentre but it iswill remain shopping a step to- as a shared space untilinvolvethe parkwards getting greater ingfrom alongside theWellington path can be ment the North removed. business community,” Chris said.  What is your opinion on the proposed cycleway? Send an email with your thoughts to

to nominate him for the most inspirational teacher award,” he said. lessRichard fortunatereceived than ourselves.” a number of The has classes to offer giftscentre including a $5000 travel people all ages card, of a $200 gift and card,abilities. a box of From July 16-29 will offer stationery and athey Notebook. a discounted membership rate of Principal Sally Barrett $32 per single or $62for forhis a couple. thanked Richard contri“We also a family membution to have the school. bership available that allows

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New Zealand’s Most Inspirational Teacher Art lovers to enjoy local exhibition

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 hosting food fair in in There wasis a gas leak inthe Johnsonville order to fundraise towardsStreet the cost the Burgess Road-Chesterton on of costumes for their dancers. On the July 5. Several houses were evacuated day attendees can enjoy the taste Sri and a small area was cordonedof off. Lankan andwas curry, string hoppers, The leakrice which under repair took kotthu, thosai, SritoLankan about three hours sort out.savouries, Power in sweets and drinks. was Go turned along on the the neighbourhood off for day to support the dance academy safety reasons – and several hundred and enjoy some authentic Sri Lankan houses went without electricity. cuisine.

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By Sharnahea sented with hisWilson prizes on Friday

after winning the Warehouse An annual art andinspirational photograStationary’s most phy exhibition teacher award. which displays the talent of 40teacher local artists is Wadestown Richard popular withawarded art loverswith across Smith was the the city. Inspirational Teacher award durThe exhibition hostedonby Kaing a school assembly Friday. rori Arts was and overwhelmed Crafts at their Richard by Newman Centre open from the support and will appreciation he 10am to 4pm on July 16 to 23. had received The will feature “Thisexhibition is an amazing day,” he over pieces of artwork with said 100 to the assembly. some showing their “It artists is very special towork have for the fi rst time. someone say something like this “What is new this yearI do is the about you, but nothing I do introduction of apencil by myself – it’s team works effort,” drawn he students in the intermediate drawing The teacher wasworkshop,” the overall Karori and Crafts5537 manager winner,Arts surpassing other Margaret Taylor said. nominations in the fifth year of A new Tuesday teacher night beginthe inspirational camners “I’ve Always Wanted to paign. Draw” class beganwritten this year The nomination by after members work a parent of onesaw of the Richard’s produced the Edwards, intermediate students, by Maria exstudents and asked for tuition. plained why this teacher is one thank Gordon Harris of“We the best.


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The Johnsonville Youth The shared path along Hutt Rd Awards saw another successful is set with to be19turned a twoyear younginto students way a dedicated beingcycleway awarded with for their efforts pedestrian over the pastpath year.alongside and some locals concerned Chair of theare Youth Award about safety. Trustees, Chris Kirk-Burnnand, Earlier year theinWellingsaid the this event held Johnton City Council announced sonville shopping centre, onit would theatwo-way path Octoberbuild 22, was great success as of itsis 10 year toplan andpart the Trust looking growto build a connected cycle network the event even further. across the capital. “Each year there are so many Khandallah resident Jeff outstanding applicants that Owimens is concerned about press the Trustees withpropostheir als for the new as he involvement in thelayout wider combelieved it would be dangerous munity. for cyclists pedestrians. “The Trustand is focused on youth Jeff, who often cyclesgrants along development and giving Hutt Rd, said in the path’s current state, many people were choosing to remain cycling on the road, as it was a safer than

to young people to help with using the shared path. education, sport and the arts,” He said. said the design of the new Chris two-way cycleway would see One of last year’s awardees cyclistsKay moving traffic, Richard spokeagainst on the night. and worried it could cause Richard captained the Under signifi cant accidents. Hockey 19 men’s Underwater Jeffand said heonwas primarily Team went to win a Gold a cyclist and Zealand. an advocate for medal for New safer but year believed Localcycling, winners this includ-the proposed design was flawed. ed Francis Rankin of Newlands He suggested a better one idea College for having received be to narrow ofwould the highest awards the a Stfootpath Johns to gain morecan space on each side cadet leader attain – beof the road toforrepresent separateNew cycle ing selected lanes. for St Johns youth at Zealand Jeff said competitions. he was also coninternational cerned about the consultation Laila Smith of Onslow College process and believed who was also awarded for herthose success were against the proposal did in gymnastics and circus arts, have to have asnot well as an heropportunity “keen leadership their say. Wellington City Councillor and transport and urban development committee chair Andy

“After having children in education for the past 18 years I knew Richard was not an and Wellington ordinary teacher.Photographic Supplies forpast their18sponsorship “For the months, he ofhas ourgiven majormyprizes for the daughter and Best Traditional Artwork, every other child in hisBest year Contemporary andof seven and eight Artwork class the gift Best Photo,”- the Margaret a lifetime ability said. to believe Last year the centre in themselves and introduced the skills to alearn new award called the People’s in the way that best suits Choice allowed the pubthem,”which the nomination stated. licWarehouse to vote forStationery’s their favourite busiartwork in the exhibition. ness development manager Mata ThePania artistsaid who would Te thewon competition receive a free membership has gone from “strengthforto 2017 worthevery $40. year. strength” “This we willpeople also draw “It is year something really aget prize from the public who behind. nominate for how this award.” “We allwork know teachers “We appreciate the the support go above and beyond call of from theshe local community who duty,” said. attend the exhibition good Husband of Richard’sinnominanumbers enjoy seeing the tor, Antand Edwards explained wide of work on offer. whyvariety the couple wanted to give “We encourage people to something back to Richard. purchase raffl e tickets our “As soon as we metfor Richard large prize basket. Proceeds are we knew there was something donated to Pablos Vincents exceptional aboutand him. Art“We Workshops tremenwanted that to dodosomething dous art-based work for those nice for him so Maria decided

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Maddy Fisher, 15, and her mum Tracey are excited about the new charity ‘Soul’. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson By Sharnahea Wilson

An excited teen will get the chance to break through the glass ceiling and set herself some goals with a brand new charity called Soul. Fifteen-year-old Maddy Fisher of Churton Park will be a part of Soul’s programme to instil confidence in young women and dissolve prejudices. Soul is for young women from all walks of life, and founder Julie Bartlett said she was dedicated to “setting girls free”. “New Zealand was the first country where women got the right to vote but they are still paid less, on average, than men,” Julie said. The girls will have mentors, or

‘soul models’, who will share their own stories and help them set goals. Maddy was excited about getting the chance to join the programme and meet new people. “I want to make new friends,” she said. Maddy has learning difficulties which has made making new friends difficult for her. Maddy’s mum Tracey heard about Soul and thought it would be a fantastic opportunity for her daughter. “Having a group where no judgement or limitations are placed on her, like has happened in the past, would be an uplifting experience for her. “I hope it will be empowering and she can gain confidence. There will

also be mentors who have broken through that glass ceiling.” The girls will meet once a month but will also keep in touch and make plans online. Julie said the progamme received funding from the Ministry of Youth Development as well as grants from other organisations and individual philanthropists. “A lot of people are very excited about this.” Spaces are still open for young women who want to join. There will be two Wellington programmes – one in Aro Valley and one in Mt Cook.


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Getting young women moving Young Wellington women could get the opportunity to ‘Shift’ their bodies and minds thanks to a brand new funding project. Shift is a partnership between the Wellington City Council and the Te Aro-based Boys and Girls Institute. It is supported by a number of funders and organisations who share similar vision to see young women flourish. ‘Shift your body, shift your mind’ is a project which aimed to increase the physical activity levels and wellbeing of young Wellington women aged 12-20. “Shift is an exciting initiative that Wellington City Council is pleased to support. I am delighted to see the project collaboration of multiple organisations working together,” Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said. “Wellington has so many beautiful opportunities indoors and outdoors for young women to walk, run, dance, bike and play sport. Let's give them a hand.” The ‘Give back, Shift forward’ fund was created in March this year when Shift ran a PledgeMe campaign and created a small social enterprise. The initial campaign raised approximately

$5000 and Shift will continue to find ways to grow the fund. Health and Wellbeing Partnership Leader Fran McEwen from Wellington City Council said it was exciting to launch the fund but they needed help spreading the word that it exists. “We hope that Wellington teachers, youth workers, health professionals and sports coaches share the fund information with parents and young people so we can get more young women moving.” Some of the main barriers young women face when it comes to participating in physical activity and wellbeing opportunities are peer opinions, competitiveness and cost. Shift aimed to address barriers through providing fun, social, low cost activities through the establishment of the ‘Give back, Shift forward’ fund.  Further information about the Shift project and to download an application form can be found on the Wellington City Council website Additionally Shift has two Facebook pages – one for young women and another for Shift supporters.

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Sometimes all it takes for grocery shoppers to go green is a little incentive and Churton Park New World is offering that up to their customers. Currently for every reusable bag a customer brings in and fills they receive a 5 cent rebate on their shopping. The scheme has been part of a Foodstuffs sustainability effort to decrease plastic bag usage and in the last three months trials have begun in a select few stores around Wellington. Foodstuffs sustainability manager Mike Sammons said so far the informal feedback he has had from store owners has been good. “They said 'oh, it's really positive for customers. They very much appreciate what we're doing',” he said. Other Wellington stores involved in the scheme included the New Worlds in Karori, Newlands and Island Bay. Mike said since the promotion had begun the stores had seen a drop in the use of

Free West Papua Aotearoa’, Dr Pala Molisa, and West Papuan solidarity groups assembled. The rally also launched a formal parliamentary petition from West Papua solidarity groups, calling on the New Zealand Government to speak out about the human rights situation in West Papua.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you think it is important to celebrate Maori Language Week?

Carol Murray-Brown, Johnsonville

Tim Cooke, Newlands

Olivia Kessick, Johnsonville

Finn Horwell, Johnsonville

Kahlia Harper, Johnsonville

Yes, I’m actually learning Te Reo this year because I realised my kids have a better understanding of it than I do.

Yes I think so. My oldest child is already learning Te Reo at Bellevue kindy.

Yes because they were the first people here in New Zealand and they deserve to have their culture recognised.

It’s important to learn about the culture that was here before we came around.

Yes - it’s good for different cultures. I moved here from Australia so I haven’t had much of a chance to learn. I can never catch on to the accent.

Jenny Swan, Johnsonville Yes because it’s our heritage.

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could be applied. In Khandallah a blue Toyota Rav4 parked overnight outside a house in Amritsar Street was broken into via smashed windows. The vehicle contained a large quantity of cosmetic products and several thousand dollars worth was

stolen. A large wooden sign outside St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Everest Street was tagged in bright pink spray paint. Pink spray paint was also used to tag fencing at the Cashmere Avenue School. In Ngaio the resident of a house in Abbott Street al-

lowed people he scarcely knew to enter his house. Following what appears to have been a social occasion he lent his car to them which has not been returned. He later found that a large sum of cash, passports and cell phones were missing.

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PostShop concerns Dear Ed, I write in response to your article 'Concerns around Karori PostShop's new location' that has appeared on 6 July 2016, with specific reference to paragraph 6: "They can't say they weren't warned when the elderly

and people with pushchairs and young children find it tricky or impossible." In paragraph 8, the NZ Post General Manager for Retail Distribution does not appear to address that specific concern regarding

arrangements for people with pushchairs who would have to go to Mobil Karori to access the PostShop's services other than to say that "The safety and comfort of our customers is very important to us."

A cycleway that makes sense Dear Ed, Middleton road may be one of the few (potential) cycleways that really makes sense. For one, the road could easily be widened (if not cheaply), so would not be taking space from other road users. Secondly, if built on the stream side there would be

no house access ways to increase the risk of cyclists being hit by entering or exiting motor vehicles. Thirdly, most of the road is nearly flat so would appeal to cyclists and pedestrians alike. I myself have walked it but it could be made safer and easier. We need

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Over 9000 sausages sold for a good cause

(From left) Lions club members Ralph Gracie and Jim Ng with President Sandra Gaelic and Dr Swee Tan stand in front of donated freezer.

The Johnsonville Lions Club raised $15,000 by selling 9434 sausages over two years for a good cause. The Lions sold barbequed sausages to purchase a special freezer for Dr Swee Tan and the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute [GMRI]. The ultra low temperature freezer weighed a quarter of a tonne and was capable of maintaining its contents at -85 degrees centigrade. Dr Tan said the freezer was required to preserve the all-important tissue bank which was fundamental to the GMRI team’s research. The Tissue Bank currently has over 3,000 tissue and blood samples collected by

clinicians after obtaining consent from patients or their families. These samples were used to test the way numerous diseases including cancer, fibrotic conditions and vascular birthmarks were treated in a research environment that seeks a different approach to curing cancer. In making the presentation at the GMRI laboratory, Johnsonville Lions President Sandra Gaelic gratefully acknowledged the dedicated work put in by her club members to raise the money required to fund the freezer. The Lions Club also appreciated the support of the many local residents who purchased

a hot sausage from the Lions BBQ over the last two years. Sandra said the donation was mainly raised from the regular sausage sizzle held outside the Countdown Supermarket on Johnsonville Road. “Many generous donations were also received from our customers who appreciate the work of the Lions Clubs and the dedication of Dr Swee Tan and the GMRI to look at alternative ways to cure cancer”. Dr Tan said that the research goal was treatment of cancer without surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy – to bypass everything that had been done in this field for the last 100 years.

Facility helps remove any extra stress The Wairarapa is a pretty great place to live. With laid back locals and beautiful scenery, the best of the good life is on offer. But when residents Brent and Jeanette Elder found that Jeanette needed specialist cancer treatment at Wellington Hospital, the Wairarapa suddenly seemed very remote. The logistics of travelling and managing Jeanette’s cancer journey took on new meaning, potentially adding a significant amount to their existing stress levels. “The travel can be the real killer” said Brent. “Jeanette really needed to be close to the hospital without any worries associated with traveling or costs,” he said. “She needed to be in a comfort-

able place so that she could focus her efforts on maintaining the strength she needed for her cancer journey.” Margaret Stewart House is located on the grounds of Wellington hospital, and is run by the Cancer Society Wellington. It provides support for people like Brent and Jeanette whilst they have treatment at the Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre. It hosts not only patients receiving treatment, but their friends and whanau too and up to 40 people can be accommodated. “The family atmosphere, the facilities and the volunteers are amazing,” said Brent. “We are greatly indebted to the Cancer Society for providing such a great facility, as I am sure

are so many others. “It certainly helped us through our cancer journey, by having the support of the facility and staff.” The Cancer Society is currently running its ‘Power Up’ campaign. Through the campaign, it hopes to raise $70,000 to cover the costs of 115 solar panels. This will save over $300,000 during the 25 year warranty period; freeing up money for the Cancer Society Wellington to be spend on other essential cancer services. The Independent Herald will be tracking the Cancer Society’s process throughout its Power Up campaign. Check in each week to see updates on fundraising efforts.

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Dark Irish comedy comes to Khandallah Khandallah resident, Adelle Broadmore, has a garage full of human skulls and there are more appearing every day. The Khandallah Arts Theatre Artistic Director is creating at least 30 plaster skulls for the theatre’s upcoming play ‘A Skull in Connemara’. “Making human skulls was not in my skill set; funnily enough there is not much call for that sort of thing in my day job [as the Deputy Principal of a primary school],” Adelle said. “But it’s just one of the challenges of staging this very funny Irish black comedy”. Director Matt Todd knows the challenges of preparing for a play all too well.

Apart from making a graveyard on a stage, complete with open graves that actors could stand in, Todd cites the language as the most demanding element of the play. “Consistently using Irish English has been difficult for the cast. Even with the actual line written in the script in their hands during rehearsal, they tend to switch back to ‘proper English’ as they speak. “One of the strategies the cast is using is to speak and even think with an Irish accent when learning lines.” Todd has always been attracted to black comedy and this play is both dark and comedic. The plot is centred around Mick

who is obliged each Autumn to make room in the local graveyard by exhuming the bones of those who have been dead for seven years or more. This year marks seven years since Mick’s wife died under questionable circumstances. As the time draws nearer for him to open her grave, speculation in the village is rife as to what secrets might lay in her grave.  Tickets for A Skull in Connemara by Martin McDonagh directed by Matt Todd can be booked by visiting kat-theatre., phoning 972 6180 or by emailing katbookings@gmail. com. Production dates are July 21-23 at 7.30pm, 24 July at 4.00pm and July 28-30 at 7.30pm.

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Local teacher receives award Samuel Marsden School Chinese teacher Jing Ying Herrington was awarded an Independent Schools of New Zealand Honours Award. Jing Ying will make her skills available to the community next term too. She will run a Chinese course for boys and girls from year groups 6 to 8. Students will learn basic language skills as well as enjoy cultural activities such as calligraphy and paper-cutting.

The Newlands Intermediate Kapa Haka wows their crowd during a Maori Language Week performance on Friday. PHOTO: Eleanor Wenman

Te Reo going strong at Newlands Intermediate By Eleanor Wenman MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Maori language week has been and gone but for one Wellington school, the week has only scratched the surface. Newla nds I nter me d iate School celebrated the Maori language by playing games, making Maori word flashcards and creating Maori calendars. At the end of term last Friday the school gathered for a final assembly which began with a performance from the Kapa Haka group. Deputy principal Lena Meinders said about a third of the school’s students were involved with the group. “We had trouble fitting on the

stage,” she said. Taking time out to learn some conversational Maori had also been on the agenda for the students during the week. The week’s activities also tied into the schools recent celebrations of Matariki. For the school however, it has been important to use and develop the Maori language as part of school life throughout the year. “One week is not enough,” Lena said. Over 340 students attend Newlands Intermediate. Lena said all the students learn Maori at the school and work towards becoming comfortable with the language. “It’s something we try and do

every day.” Karakias are said at the beginning and end of every day and use of the Maori language is encouraged within classrooms. The students have not been the only ones learning the language. Teachers at Newlands Intermediate take part in professional development sessions to learn more Te Reo. “It’s been really cool too because in some of our classes we have students with a lot of Reo so they’re able to be the teachers and support their teachers,” Lena said. Maori language week has been going for over 40 years. The first one was held in 1975.

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The students of Raroa Intermediate got creative with ways to test people’s senses at a recent science fair. Teacher Kayne Hawea said the students had been learning about science, with a particular focus on the senses, over the last term. “They have played around with eliminating some of the senses,” he said. At the end of term, the students had to split into groups to work on different projects that would test or trick people’s senses. They held a science fair at the

(From left) Annika Munroe, 12, Amanda Robinson, 11, and Rose Smart, 12 trick people’s tastes.

school on Tuesday, July 5 where people could go through and try out each ‘experience’. “I’m actually quite impressed with them,” Kayne said about the projects. Maia Hikuroa, 12, made an individual project called Cookie Time. “If you choose the plain cookie you get a mystery prize but if you choose the chocolate chip cookie you don’t get a prize,” she explained. Apart from testing people’s tastebuds, Maia was also testing whether or not people would take a risk.

“Lots have gone for a risk,” she said. Another project titled Dance Illusion tested senses sight and sound, as well as the “sense of humour”. Four girls participated in the project but made it look like just two (rather small) people were dancing. “Our aim was to trick people’s senses and leave them wondering how we did it,” 13-year-old Manon Febre-Richards said. Other creative and innovative projects tested all the senses of smell, taste, touch, sight and sound.

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Community Centres in your neighbourhood Over the coming weeks, the Independent Herald will be profiling each community centre in Wellington's Northern and Western Suburbs. This week we had a chat to Christoph Zintl and Kaye Jervis from the Karori Community Centre on the suburb's main street. Christoph Zintl and Kaye Jervis stand proudly outside Karori Community Centre. By Eleanor Wenman MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Karori Community Centre has its sights set on becoming a hub for youths in the community. Community and Youth Development worker Christoph Zintl said that is already a key point of difference for the centre and one they would continue to develop. “We have youth workers that help out and engage with young people wherever they're at,” he

said. A youth drop-in centre runs three times a week - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – from 3pm to 6pm. Youths aged 11-18 are welcome. Christoph said these afterschool sessions were usually unstructured but he also ran more structured events, often on Fridays. Activities such as movie nights and sushi making have been on the agenda for these Friday af-

ternoons and Christoph planned to continue with these events in the future. Karori Community Centre offers many other services too. Community administration coordinator Kaye Jervis said rooms for hire have been in high demand recently. “We're picking up on the weekends for family gatherings,” she said. Parties, memorial services and receptions have all been held in

the centre's rooms. There are two large spaces that could be hired out, as well as several smaller ones. A range of classes for other age groups are also available at the centre, ranging from ShaolinKung Fu to Mahjong. A toy library, an op-shop and a Citizen's Advice Bureau branch are all located on site as well. Christoph said he and Kaye look at the heart behind the centre. “You've got this hub, this kind

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North Wellington Association Football Club (AFC) has gladly signed on football great Ben Sigmund. After hanging up his professional football boots the well-regarded All Whites (2000– 14) and Wellington Phoenix (2008–15) player was welcomed into the club’s newly formed position of Football Development Manager. Paparangi-based Ben said “I am very much looking forward to working with the local community and helping to shape people’s future.” Ben and the local senior club have joined forces to provide a unique blend of football and personal development opportunities for footballers in the western and northern suburbs. In conjunction with his Fully Committed People Development programme Ben aimed to help local young footballers enjoy and improve their football experience while helping them plan for the challenges in life

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Cup challenge for North Wellington North Wellington will face their toughest challenge of the season on Sunday when they play away in their fourth round Chatham Cup clash against Palmertson North Marist. Norths are heading away in winning form following last week’s 2-0 Capital Premier league win against Victoria University but they know how tough the Cup challenge will be. Club president Grant Stephen is expecting plenty of fireworks against their central league opponents. “This is for a place in the quarter-finals so it is a huge match for the club but the team is in strong form and all the players are fit and well,” Stephen said. “The game against Victoria University has us in good shape. In the earlier league round we drew with them but we have improved a lot since then and it showed. “We always fancy ourselves at home against

any team and it has been great to see the large home crowds supporting the team. This week, travelling away to a central league team in a cup match will be a real challenge but we are ready for it,” Stephen said. Palmerston North had earlier beaten New Plymouth Rangers 3-0 and then Island Bay 4-2 while North Wellington has accounted for Seatoun 7-0, Kapiti Coast United 1-0, and Upper Hutt City 5-1 in the earlier rounds. Meanwhile Waterside Karori continue to dominate the Capital Premier league with another strong performance on Saturday, beating Brooklyn Northern United 3-0. The win, Wharfies twelfth from thirteen games, gives them a nine point league lead over second placed Western Suburbs. This Saturday Wharfies will look to continue the winning form against well performed Wellington Olympic who are fourth in the league.

Ducking out Johnsonville-Tawa women’s premier rugby team ducked out of the Senior Women’s competition at the weekend following a game against Hutt Old Boy’s Marist. Johnsonville-Tawa lost the match,

North Wellington Premier captain Karl Romijn warms up for Saturday’s game. PHOTO: Bella Photography

Potential early exist for Johnsonville with the final score being 73-12. The final in the Senior Women’s Trophy will be played this Saturday between Hutt Old Boys Marist and Marist St Pats at the Hutt Recreation Ground in Lower Hutt.

The Johnsonville Rugby Club's premier team likely kissed their chances of making the Hardham Cup semifinals goodbye when they went down 55-25 to Avalon at Helston Park on Saturday. At the same time the win probably propelled Avalon into the semis with just two games remaining in the round robin. Johnsonville will play ParemataPlimmerton at home next week and then unbeaten competition leaders Hutt Old Boys Marist the following week and would probably have to win both to make the semis – an unlikely scenario on recent form. Although they were still in the hunt when down 21-10 at halftime, the locals only had themselves to blame on Saturday. Handling errors, missed tackles and basic mistakes caught up with them in the second spell and the fact that captain Matt Mullany and second-five Richard Henderson had been sinbinned

for backchatting the ref certainly didn't help the team. Avalon scored twice while Mullany was in the sinbin. Saturday's result and the position the premier team finds itself in were hardly unexpected however after some 90 per cent of last year's premier team did not return this season and a number of inexperienced players had to step up to the top grade. Johnsonville's scorers on Saturday were loose forward Mykel Herewini, who scored twice and lost the ball over the line going for his third, and prop Hemi Remuera while first-five Levi Grace kicked two penalties and two conversions. The club's Under-85s held on to beat a determined Kapiti side 29-23 while the reserve grade Cripples proved too strong for Marist St Pats 17-7. The colts more than held their own against Norths and were a little unlucky in going down 21-14.

Sports talk with Jacob Page... Newlands College student Victoria Green, 14, aims for the top.

Going for gold A local runner has her eyes on the prize in the lead up to a nationwide athletics competition. Victoria Green, 14, of Newlands College has never competed at a national athletics meet, but she has her eyes on a top five placing at this year’s national secondary schools and club nationals. She will compete in the 400 metres and will take part for the first time in the 800 metres. The ambitious runner is in her first year of athletics training and has already competed at representative level. After being scouted Victoria joined the Olympic Harriers in October. “I didn’t start officially competing until this year,” she said Victoria walked away from the Athletics Wellington awards in May with a first equal Junior Sprinter Girls award. The award came after she landed in the top three spots in most of her competitions, including North Island Secondary Schools and the Colgate Games.

Her highlight was third place at North Islands in the 400 metre, where she dropped under a minute. She wanted to reduce that to 57 seconds this year. She was also second in the long jump, which she did at the interprovincial champs with her sprints. “I was surprised,” she said of her North Island’s time. “I didn’t expect to get that low at all. I hadn`t had much experience. I’ve only done a couple of 400s.” She also enjoyed the Wellington Junior champs. “I got good results – but it was so much fun.” While she has progressed quickly in the sprints, her first ever 400 metre was 1minute and 3 seconds. “I just want to be at the top of my game... my training as been a big part of that.” Victoria said she was going to do a few 800 metre trials over winter and that she loved being part of Olympic. “It’s such a great club. They are really supportive – it’s been really good.”

Why are footballers so angry? I cover a broad range of sports every weekend, have done for seven years and I watch even more in my personal time, but no sport is full of more physical and verbal angst like football. Players complain to the referee, whinge at each other and their opponents and often the sideline shouting and refereeing from the sidelines is borderline intimidation. I talk to these same players and coaches post-match and they're all genuinely nice people. It's like a red haze comes across them for 90 minutes and then evaporates the moment the final whistle blows. I've watched the Euros in an effort to see if this is an issue that the highest level of the game is encouraging and

I have to believe that's the case. Players surrounding referees after a free kick, arguing and pointing fingers like children bickering over a toy. Rugby doesn't have this problem, hockey and netball the same. There isn't enough money in the world for me to consider being a football referee. It's essentially signing up for 90 minutes of abuse. It's time grown men played the game like they were mature, not as toddlers disagreeing in a sandpit. Just because these largely verbal outbursts are accepted as the way it is, doesn't make it right. Teams should respect officials who are often giving up their time for the same reason the players are - because they love the beautiful game.


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