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Urban garden flourishes Kelly-Ann Barrett, Erin Leigh Todd and Jack Leason at WorkerBe Oasis – Wellington’s very first urban garden.
By Nikki Papatsoumas
The capital’s very fi rst urban garden, WorkerBe Oasis, is thriving. The urban garden, based on Hospital Rd in Newtown, has produced more than 600 kgs of food since planting began in October last year. Half the food produced is donated to food rescue organisation Kaibosh and among the fresh produce harvested this week was spinach, celery, parsley and beetroot. Co-founder Erin Leigh Todd said the idea for WorkerBe Oasis stemmed from the Christchurch earthquake. Continued on page 2
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Young soldier’s story shared 100 years after his death By Nikki Papatsoumas
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Last week’s story about a rates increase across Wellington was incorrect. The rates increase of 3.6 per cent is an average increase. Rates will rise by an average of 2.7 per cent for commercial property owners and by an average of 5.4 per cent for residential property owners – an average of 3.6 per cent. We apologise for any confusion.
On the evening of Friday July 15, a dreamlike cavalcade of lights and motion consisting of seven bicycle powered light floats, will make their way around the Wellington waterfront. The ‘Bicycle Festival of Lights and Motion’ is collaboration between Wellington bike shop Bicycle Junction and the Lucid Dreambike team of artists, Erika Grant, Stephen Templer, Kelvin Aris and Gerard Crewdson. The festival is a celebration of the creativity, ingenuity, joy and magic that bicycles can bring to the city.
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inbrief news Safer speeds are go The signs are up and safer speeds have been implemented in Berhampore. 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 in shopping centres across Wellington.
CORRECTION In last week’s story about the Island Bay Seawall the article had Nina’s surname as Elenio. Her surname is Cuccurullo. We apologise for the error.
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Garden style makeover for local school Some exceptional entries i nto a n a r t comp et it ion earned students at a local school a garden makeover. Holy Cross School in Miramar were the lucky recipients of a garden makeover-style prize from the Wellington Botanic Gardens last week. The Wellington Botanic Gardens is building a Chil-
dren’s Garden and asked local schools to create artwork based a round the theme of the things they can use plants for. The winning entry was a drawing of a guitar made out fruits and vegetables by Hiwi Zaia. Hiwi won a planter box, garden mix, and some plants
for herself, as well as a prize for her school, which consisted of a day with staff from Wellington Botanic Ga rden helping t hem in their school’s garden and over $500 worth of garden materials. The purpose of the children’s garden is to provide a living classroom for children
to learn about plants that provide food, medicine, fibre and construction materials and phase 1 of the new garden will be complete by late spring 2016. All the entries of the competition are on display in the Treehouse Visitors Centre at Wellington Botanic Gardens until September.
Exciting new announcements By Nikki Papatsoumas
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A philanthropic organisation has made some exciting new announcements. Wellington Com mun it y Trust is an independent funder working with community organisations in the Wellington region. Last Wednesday, about 125 people from more than 50 community groups from all over the Wellington region attended the trust’s annual public meeting at the Circus Hub in Newtown. Chief executive Mark Cassidy said over the last year the trust had given $1.44 million in funding to 130 community organisations. At last week’s meeting, the ‘My Children’ initiative was announced.
The initiative was targeted towards groups that help children between the ages of zero to five, with a focus on safe healthy homes and nurturing families. Wesley Community Action, Sustainability Trust and Women of Worth would all now receive funding over the next five years. Gerardine Clifford-Lidstone has recently been appointed as chair of the Wellington Community Trust, taking over from Jan Dowland who chaired the trust since 2012. She said the initiative would really help these organisations and give them “breathing space” to lessen the load on volunteers. “We ran a selection process and asked organisations working with children to tell us
About 125 people attended the Wellington Community Trust annual public meeting at the Circus Hub in Newtown last week. PHOTO CREDIT: Supplied
about the projects they are doing. “These organisations have a can do Kiwi attitude, even if they don’t have the funding they will find a way. Funding
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New gallery for Lyall Bay By Nikki Papatsoumas
A new art gallery in Lyall Bay is displaying some of the most unique artwork the capital has to offer. Real Aotearoa Gallery opened in Kingsford Smith St last week. The gallery’s curator Jane Dahy said there were 50 artists represented at the gallery, through jewellery, glass, wood, weaving and ceramic works. Jane said what made the space special was the fact that local artist Sue Dasler’s workshop was also on site. Sue, a potter, has been at the site for three years Jane said the idea was their businesses were separate but they shared the space. “I didn’t want to go back into the city, I have always wanted to do something by the sea… Sue and I were having a conversation and
an opportunity came up to take half the space.” “The benefit of being in here and there is an artist working, everything starts as very ordinary and turns into something beautiful… visitors really get the value and realise how much hard work and time went into it.” Jane said it was great to be in the new seaside location and was looking forward to establishing the gallery as a Lyall Bay hotspot. “It’s has been really good. I just love being able to bring the amazing work out to the public. “Because I am not the person making it, I can talk about the virtues… it’s very hard if you have made something to be able to sell it.” For more information, head to the REAL Aotearoa Gallery Facebook page.
Sue Dasler and Jane Dahy at newly opened Real Aotearoa Gallery in Lyall Bay.
Leading the way with graffiti prevention By Nikki Papatsoumas
A group of students want to lead by example in an effort to see graffiti in their neighbourhood eradicated. Rongotai College teacher Louise Richards, said as part of their assessments, year 12 geography students were required to look at ‘urban patterns’. Louise said she hoped to make the assessment a little more interesting, so got in touch with the Wellington City Council to work on a data survey about graffiti patterns across the capital. For the last two years students have worked on the project and this culminated with the boys being asked to speak in front of council earlier this year. Louise said they were now ready to launch the next phase of the project - a social action project. “This will involve looking at areas prone to graffiti and ways to eradicate it as well as go out into the local community and help
clean up,” she said. “For the last two years it has been more about the assignment, this year it will get to the next stage so we can help [council] out with what they do.” Councillor Paul Eagle, who was also chair of the council’s community sport and recreation committee, said graffiti across the city was down dramatically and education was key. “It’s been great to see Rongotai College students leading the way
around prevention. “What’s happened here is that young people have taken ownership of a social problem that they often get blamed for. “I know that young people will think twice if they know that their peers have been involved in understanding the devastation that graffiti vandalism causes.” Louise said all going to plan, they hoped to begin the project in term four.
‘Give back, Shift forward’ fund open The first round of funding for the ‘Give Back, Shift Forward’ fund is open Monday, August 15. A partnership between the Wellington City Council and the Boys and Girls Institute, Shift is a project that aims to increase the physical activity levels and wellbeing of young Wellington women aged 12 to 20. For more information, head to wcc. govt.nz
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Nocturnal experience gets makeover The Twilight Te Ao Mahina, the nocturnal experience at Wellington Zoo celebrating Kiwi and Tuatara, has had a makeover and was now open to visitors. Spokeswoman Amy Hughes said the attraction had a revamp to create a rich experience for visitors and animals. “Kiwi and Tuatara are iconic New Zealand native animals, and now our visitors can discover what makes them unique and why we think they’re true conservation rock stars.”
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A local art class aimed at artists of all skill levels has just started up at the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre. Artist Maria Fredette has just arrived in the country from Canada, to follow her dream of working for Weta Workshop. In the meantime, Maria has decided to hold community art classes so she can share her talent with other artists in the area. Before arriving in the country, Maria spent three years working as an art instructor at a private art studio. While there, Maria said she focused on teaching skills and techniques to improve each person's individual artistic style and she now hoped to do the same thing at her local classes. “I came past the community centre
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Special visit for leadership week By Nikki Papatsoumas
A bunch of St Anthony’s School students were lucky enough to hear from a pair of inspiring leaders last week. The Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership runs every year from July 1 to 8. As part of Leadership week, a ‘Dream Team’ of more than 300 leaders from across the country visited classrooms to talk to students about leadership. Young ambassadors for the Sir Peter Blake Trust, Shannon Williams and Jessica Yule gave an inspirational chat to a small group of student leaders at the Seatoun school last Thursday. Shannon and Jessica were lucky enough to visit the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands, which are 465km south of the country, earlier this year. Both girls were offered the opportunity after attending The Sir Peter Blake Youth EnviroLeaders' Forum and proving they were excellent leaders in their school and local communities and had a passion for the environment. While there, the girls had a ‘hands-on’ opportunity to work alongside experts on various marine ecology and geology projects. Jessica said it was an honour to now be chosen as a Dream Team leader and share
her story with other young leaders. “Coming from a high school student unaware of the world around me and too scared to take any opportunities, I have transformed into someone who has luckily been offered incredible adventures and am constantly on the lookout for my next,” she said. “I feel that if students understand how many organisations and people are both willing and able to help them achieve their dreams, if only they ask, more would be encouraged to follow all that they are truly passionate about.” Shannon said as a student herself, she believed children would be able to relate to her story. “I think due to me being selected for the Sub-Antarctic Trip I have the necessary background for students to understand that doing amazing things is not out of reach, it just needs a certain amount of passion and determination,” she said. Principal Jennifer Ioannou said the school had a “culture of leadership” – 10 house leaders are selected through an application process. “They have lots of opportunities to lead our children and when I heard about this initiative I grabbed it straight away. “It is inspirational for children who are on their way to college and are going to have plenty of opportunities to grab.”
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A community stalwart says it’s important to remain an active part of the community in later life. Alan Jones, 74, has been blind since birth, but his disability hasn’t slowed him down. “For me that’s the best way, I haven’t had sight and I haven’t missed it.” The father-of-two, and grandfather to five, lives in Island Bay with his wife. He has called the seaside suburb home for more than three decades and is a stalwart of the community. Alan joined the Island Bay chapter of the Lions Club about 30 years ago to widen his social circle and meet people.
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“I wanted to get involved in local community and I wanted to be involved in local projects. “In those days we did rubbish collection and the big dig down at Island Bay Beach. We have all got older now so we don’t do as much of the physical work. “Our club now is a lot smaller than it was and I think that is just the nature of things. But the group we have are still active, we have a meal once a month and work out what projects we want to be part of.” Next year will be the Island Bay chapter’s 40th anniversary, as well as the 100th birthday of the Lions Club. He said members were hoping to inject some fresh blood into the club to secure its future.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: We asked St Anthony’s School children, what do you think makes a good leader?
Rachel Price, St Anthony’s School
Hannah Halliwell, St Anthony’s School
Alex Tritsarolis, St Anthony’s School
Aidan Kane, St Anthony’s School
“For me, a good leader is someone who is responsible, listens to everyone’s ideas and has fun at the same time.”
“I think it’s someone who is positive and encourages you to be yourself.”
“To be a good leader you need to be friendly but humble at the same time and just have fun.”
“You have to be responsible and you have got to be fun and honest.”
Ryan Geusebroek, St Anthony’s School “We have got to be encouraging, respectful, honest, and aware of everyone else, have fun and show others what to do in a not bossy way.”
Cleo Thurston. St Anthony’s School “You need to have a good attitude, you need to be fun, but you need to be controlling in a nice way.”
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Returned to previous design Dear Ed, The Island Bay cycleway must be returned immediately to its previous design. The new design, with cars stuck out in the road, was immediately seen to be absurd when it was suggested. But there was no significant debate as it was rammed through. It has proved even worse than expected, dangerous and an eyesore. A magnificent
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boulevard has become a narrow channel, lined with cars in the road and with ugly yellow posts at each corner. We observe very few cyclists; the most common number in early afternoon is simply zero. Many car drivers, like ourselves, keep off The Parade and use parallel side roads. So do many cyclists. I have yet to see a cyclist com-
ing round on the footpath behind a bus stop to bother pedestrians. There is no compromise possible. Either cars are again parked beside the curb or not, and this must go. That is exactly what a great majority of Island Bay residents said in the recent survey. Dr John Robinson Island Bay
Dear Ed, I read with horror the article entitled "Emergency Water Tank Installed" in last week’s paper, with Housing New Zealand saying they let search and rescue use their empty Newtown apartments. Why are there empty apartments if there is a housing crisis? Amber Parry Island Bay
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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 Cook Strait News 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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OUT&ABOUT Children wow with their arty creations Students from Miramar Central School showed off their talent at the school’s annual Art Show last Wednesday. Reporter Nikki Papatsoumas was there to capture some of the artistry on offer.
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Zac Ryan, 10, and a sketch of the letter ‘Z’.
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Lana Dia, 10, and her sketch of the letter ‘L’.
Billie Meaclem, 8, and her pastel drawing of the stars for Matariki. PHOTO CREDIT: Nikki Papatsoumas
EBIS Students Impress at Samoan Speech Competition Mālo lava le onosai! Mālo le tauivi! Mālo le faaeaea o aiga! 24th June was an adrenaline-pumped Friday. Two year seven students from Evans Bay Intermediate School, Desmond Matale and Kianu Fiamatai, competed in the annual FAGASA Porirua Samoan speech competition up against some of the most talented Samoan speakers in Wellington. Each participant had one month to prepare for the event and were all given the topic of ‘E felelei manu ae ma’au i o latou ofaga’ (‘Birds migrate to environments where they survive and thrive’): talking about how no matter where they go, people always come back to their home. The boys said that although the anticipation was the worst part of the preparation they had the confidence of their families and Miss Nima Pemerika who takes the Samoan Language Extension Class, at their school and they are both in the weekly EBIS Ākauwaiata. Both boys helped their classes with the different activities that EBIS had planned during Samoan Language week.
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The day started at 9:00am in the Porirua Hall. Forty six competitors piled in, ranging from years 5 to 13. After a quick briefing, and the Year 5 students kicked off the day. Desmond and Kianu watched on, shaking with nerves. It was their first competition and they had both signed up and so wanted to make their families and school proud of being there and pitching for the stars. After listening to the first speakers, it
was Desmond and Kianu’s turns to present their speeches to the two hundred eager people and the four judges watching on. Desmond spoke first, and forgot a few of his lines but still managed to keep going. Soon after, Kianu spoke, one quote from his speech being; “If there’s a will there’s a way” and scoring a whopping total of 168 points out of 200, coming first in his year group, with Desmond coming a close second at 155 points out of 200. After watching the Year 13 students speak, the boys went home, buzzing with excitement and ready to compete at Nationals which will take place on the 4th of August in Auckland. Both Kianu and Desmond are working on techniques to perfect their National Finals speeches. The competition from Christchurch and Auckland will be tough. Miss Pemerika shared that she enjoyed working alongside Kianu and Des for the past month while preparing for Regionals. She said that the boys are always quite lively in the class, so it was a great challenge for them to be able to engage an audience. Both speeches were prepared by the boys and their families, so I thank them for all their love and support. We look forward to Nationals in Auckland and the boys assure me they will be busy with their speech during the holidays. The boys were interviewed by Jordan and Rebecca.
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A master mariner is packing his bags in preparation for a week long regatta against some of the worlds most talented young sailors. Local Albert Stanley will travel to Dublin to compete at the Laser Radial Youth Worlds 2016 later this month. This comes after the Rongotai College student was invited into the Aon Youth Clinic, a youth class for sailors under the age of 19 who sail the laser radial class. Albert’s size and strength allowed him to move straight into this class from the optimist class where he competed last year. The 14-year-old started sailing with his dad when he was eight years old and has excelled ever since. Albert, who was also a member of the Worser Bay Boating Club, said he was excited to make the trip to Dublin alongside six other sailors.
“It’s cool, I get to go somewhere new and see how I am doing against other people overseas. It will be a cool learning experience.” When he arrives in Dublin he will have a week’s training before the week long regatta held in Dun Laoghaire. “We have a week of training to figure out weather conditions, it’s meant to be reasonably windy and cold,” he said. The talented sportsman said as a sport, sailing had always spoken to him. “It’s great because you have to choose where you go and it is up to you. It’s kind of like driving a car, you get to know places and you are the one in control.” Sailing is in the young boy’s blood, his cousin Josh Junior will be sailing for New Zealand in the men’s heavy-weight dinghy Finn class in next month’s Olympic Games. Following Albert’s trip to Dublin, he and his family will travel to Rio to watch Josh compete in the games.
Mens Team shines By Nikki Papatsoumas
A local team of gymnasts is continuing to wow as its athletes prove they have the talent to take them all the way. The Capital GymSports facility in Newtown provides a wide range of specialised classes for all ages and abilities. There are currently about 800 people enrolled in programmes at the gym. The club has operated for 40 years and gymnasts from the gym compete successfully at national and international levels. In particular, the Mens Team, which is represented by gymnasts from the age of five to 19, has been growing very quickly. Head Men’s A r tistic Coach Scott O’Callaghan has been involved in gymnastics for 15 years, and has competed at a national level. He has been coaching the Mens Team for four years. “It has always been said to be a girls sport, but now not just here but across the country, the boys side is growing. “The more boys that have been coming into the gym, the more people see it is not just a girls sport.” Scott said the Mens Team was a very “magnetic group” of young athletes. “A lot of them love being here, they make friends and get along with each other so well.” This month the gym will host the Wellington Opens Competition and Scott said
with the talent represented on the team he hoped they would do well. “We usually do really well, both the boys and the girls side. Clubs travel from as far as Hamilton and down south to compete.” He said to be a gymnast, athletes needed to be very self-motivated and strong willed. “The kids need to be really self-motivated and be able to have a bit of fun as well as be naturally quite strong. “It’s a wonderful sport you have to have strength and balance and it helps them to excel at other sports.” For more information, head to www.capitalgymsports.org.nz
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