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A Kelburn chocolate lover has joined the bean-to-bar movement by promoting and selling Fair Trade, artisan chocolate. When Luke Owen Smith visited the Wellington Chocolate Factory a couple of years ago he was inspired by the way they made their chocolate and how they knew exactly where the cacao beans were coming from. “It was nothing like I had ever tried before,” Luke said. In November last year Luke started up The Chocolate Bar – a business where he gets some of the best beanto-bar chocolate from across the world and sells it here in Wellington. Luke Owen Smith with his ‘bar’ of Fair Trade, bean-to-bar chocolates. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

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A joint emergency response plan will be created for the suburbs of Glenside and Churton Park and residents are being asked to put in their two cents. Residents from each suburb are invited to attend a set of three public meetings, facilitated by the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office. The meetings will allow the suburbs to form a communityled response plan for the area in the case of a civil defence emergency. President of the Churton Park Community Association Brian Sheppard said the response plan would bring the growing communities together. “In the case of an emergency


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Glenside and Churton Park would be sharing the same resources. “The community would have to think for themselves for at least three days.” The Churton Park Community Association and the Glenside Progressive Association will work together to create a sense of village support across the neighbourhoods. “There will also be an advantage in our day-to-day lives by creating a village feel from the Churton Park Community Association President Brian Sheppard calls meetings,” Brian said. on residents to attend response plan meetings. PHOTOS: Brian Sheppard He said it would be great to bring everyone together to a response plan is needed, the ing future projects that could come up with a united response communities’ strengths and increase community resilience. identifying critical needs. plan.  The meetings will be held The second will be more cen- on August 11, August 25 and “We’ve got a rich and diverse tred on practical solutions such September 8 and will start at community,” he said. Wednesday 4, 2015 as shelter, food and water, and 7pm at the Churton Park School There will4 be three meetings. November The first will focus on why the third will focus on identify- Hall, 90 Churton Drive.

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Luke works with about 17 chocolate makers including four from New Zealand. He has personal relationships with most of these chocolate makers and learns about each step of the process and how the different bars are made. “These chocolate makers are involved with the process from start to finish. Many of them even work personally with bean farmers to ensure they get the highest quality cacoa beans. “Everything I sell is Fair Trade as a minimum standard,” Luke said. Luke worked with craft beer for about 12 years. “I like things that are emerging, I like to help create cultures.” Aside from selling chocolate at markets and online, Luke also holds tasting sessions where people can try the chocolate while hearing about exactly

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where it came from and how it was made. “I have had chocolate tastings with tea, wine, beer and even whiskey.” Luke mostly sells chocolate which has a high percentage of cacao, which means less sugar is added to the bars. “The bean is the star of the show,” he said. Luke liked the fact that the companies he gets chocolate from have complete transparency when it comes to their chocolate-making processes so he can ensure everything is ethically made. To put it in a beer context – “I’m the bar, they’re the brewers” Luke said. Charlotte Hollywood receiving her award from MP Peter Dunne.  To learn more about Luke’s company, find out when his next events are or to try some of this chocolate for yourself visit:

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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, sweets and drinks. Go along on the day to support the dance academy and enjoy some authentic Sri Lankan cuisine.

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Safer speeds in busy suburbs By Sharnahea Wilson

The signs are up and safer speeds have been implemented in Ngaio, Northland, Khandallah, Berhampore and Wadestown. The Wellington City Council decision to lower the speed zones in these areas to 30km was in response to overwhelming support from the community. An average of 81 per cent of the 391 submissions the council received were in favour of lowering the speed limits in these popular shopping areas. From 2007 to 2013, a total of 68 crashes resulting in injury were reported in or near these five shopping areas, 18 of which caused injuries to pedestrians. These zones were the latest in a series of safer zones in shopping centres across Wellington. The safer speed limits were one of the ways the council was making local streets safer and more enjoyable for all

road users. Greg Hyland, Chairperson of Highland Park Residents Association in Wadestown, supported the lowering of the speed limits in the village from the start. “Lower speeds mean less serious injuries and people drive in a bit more of social way. “They benefit all road users - whether you're walking or running, on a bicycle or motorbike, or in a car. It’s part of addressing a number of road safety issues in the area.” Dr Christine van Dalen from the Wadestown Medical Centre was also in favour of the lower speed limits. “People come hurtling over the hill just before they have to stop at the pedestrian crossing,” she explained. She said the pedestrian crossing was well used by children crossing the road to get to the path that leads to Wadestown School so the safer speeds were a good idea.

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scale of the task and said the target would require a massive team effort involving the public and private sectors, as well as iwi and community groups. “Now is the time for a concerted long-term nationwide effort to rid ourselves of the introduced rats, stoats and possums that have placed so much of our natural heritage in jeopardy,” she said. Ms Barry said the scheme would be relying on the contributions of private funders and councils throughout New Zealand to make it work.


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Coughlan to stand for Mayor only Wellington Mayoral Candidate Jo Coughlan confirmed she would only be standing as a mayoral candidate and not as a candidate for the OnslowWestern Ward last week. This followed newspaper advertisements calling for nominations in local government elections which opened on Friday, July 15. “I have enjoyed being a councillor for the Onslow Western Ward for the past nine years and helping to serve the local community in which I have lived for past twenty five years,” Ms Coughlan said.


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Foster joins hotly-contested mayoral race By Sharnahea Wilson

Long-time councillor Andy Foster is the latest candidate to vie for the top spot, taking the number of candidates in this year’s Wellington mayoral race to eight. The Onslow-Western Ward councillor has held his seat for the past 24 years and believed his extensive experience would give him a leg up in October’s elections. Mr Foster said he held off announcing he would be seeking the mayoral chains because he was focusing on the job at hand. “I believe we have a job to do and three years is a short time anyway. Some of my colleagues have put more of a focus on the job they aspire to

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A historic community hall will get a much needed upgrade thanks to Meridian Energy’s Mill Creek Community Fund. Meridian Energy has committed $22,000 to assist with renovations of the service areas at the rear of the Ohariu Valley Community Hall. This would include interior and exterior cladding, an electrical upgrade and basic cabinetry in the hall’s kitchen. Ohariu Valley resident Bruce Macintyre said the funding from Meridian would go a long way in ensuring the historic hall can remain in use. “The Hall is more than 100 years old and has been progressively renovated over recent years. It has been re-roofed – with assistance from the

Mill Creek Community Fund as well as repiled, earthquake strengthened and upgraded for fire safety.” “Now that it is structurally sound and weather tight, the upgrades to the service area will ensure it’s a sanitary, fully functional and safe community hall and civil defence centre.” Hall committee members Jane Johnson and Jonny Eastwick were also delighted with the community fund. “We are really thankful to Meridian for their support,” Jane said. Jonny, whose family has lived in Ohariu for 90 years, said the hall was a great community facility and that it was important to keep its original character. The Onslow Pony Club has also been awarded funding from the Mill Creek Com-

munity Fund. The pony club received $5000 to purchase a new pole trailer, which would assist club members with moving large poles used to construct jumps for events. Meridian’s community relations manager Carly Anderson said Meridian was delighted to announce it would support the Mill Creek Community Fund for another three years.

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the resilience work the council had been doing and continuing with the predator-free work he has been advocating for. “Certain ideas that have been thrown about come with very large price tags. I want to make sure we pace ourselves in terms of what we spend. “I don’t want rates to keep going up.” Mr Foster will also stand for the Onslow-Western Ward again. For now, the councillor will continue to get out into the community and listen to what people want. “It will be no different to the last 24 years. I’m still just a phone call or an email away. All councillors should be available to our communities at any stage.”

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Ngaio Scouts seek community help By Sharnahea Wilson




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would include a new kitchen, a new toilet block, insulation, a heat pump and a new ward room. Scout Group committee chair Viv Chapple said it was important to keep some aspects of the hall the same such as the fire place. “There is a lot of important cultural and social history there.” She said there was a lack of good halls in the Ngaio area and a

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The Ngaio Scouts are seeking help from the community for a well-needed upgrade to their long-serving hall. The scout hall was moved next to the railway line in 1932 after recycling a building from the 1932 ‘Jamboree that never was’. In the years of the depression, the scouts felt it would be inappropriate to hold a jamboree so instead they managed to build a new Scout Hall. Scout Leader Hadyn Nicholls said their members of all ages had been fundraising with a target of $45,000 for the upgrades they needed. “We have done movie nights, barbeques, held bake sales, sold cook books and applied for grants,” he explained. “We need help from the community.” The scout group has existed since 1926 but did not officially join Scouts New Zealand until later on. “The building has been extended twice,” Hadyn said. But he said renovations to the hall were wellneeded and they have been a long time coming. He said the scouts would install a wooden wall where the names of people who donated to the renovations would be engraved. The renovations to the hall

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Winter appeal to help those in need By Sharnahea Wilson

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The Salvation Army is launching its first ever winter appeal as front-line staff prepare for one of their busiest times of the year. Salvation Army head of social services Major Pam Waugh said the current depth of poverty – driven primarily by rising housing costs – now appeared deeply entrenched as the Salvation Army continued to focus on helping people move beyond poverty. “In winter, people’s needs are worsened by the additional costs of seasonal illnesses, cold homes, inadequate bedding and clothing, and compounded by overcrowded and substandard living conditions,” she said. “Parents are trying hard, but many cannot see light at the end of the tunnel,

only despair. “In response to this reality, we have launched a winter appeal, with funds raised helping meet seasonal demand for the basics of food, warmth and shelter.” Clive Nicolson of the Salvation Army Johnsonville said the appeal was well needed for many families. “The better support we have, the better chance we have of helping more people. “We wouldn’t have the appeal if we didn’t need it,” Clive said. As the coldest months approach, Salvation Army social service staff members have noticed huge need for extra support across the country. Family struggles have included people being so impoverished they have no warm clothes or bedding and clients no longer being able to afford public

transport to collect food parcels or visit the doctor. In response, already stretched social workers, budgeters and other personnel are spending increasing time attempting to help solve the most acute problems clients face. Some centres are intensifying home visits, which often reveal disturbing levels of overcrowding and physical illness, with clients showing worrying degrees of anxiety and depression. The appeal launched on July 18 and Major Waugh hoped New Zealanders would realise winter is harder for those already in need – and would do their part to help.  Donations can be made at www. or phone 0800 530000.


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next door which was really nice, but I was having trouble walking and had a couple of operations so they said I could move to the home,” Helen explains. “I was already familiar with the home so it was an easy move for me and my cat came here to live too. I like it here. I like the staff and I like the people. I’m happy here.” Huntleigh Home manager Suzanne Simpson explains that pets are an integral part of Enliven’s philosophy of care, the Eden Alternative. “Having regular contact with animals can really make a difference to a person’s quality of life and they’re welcome at all Enliven homes because of this,” says Suzanne. “The elders here who love animals are regularly visited by SPCA volunteers with puppies and kittens in tow, and we have cats and birds that live here. It’s about making it feel like home.”  Huntleigh Home and Apartments is operated by Enliven, part of the not-forprofit organisation Presbyterian Support Central and offers independent retirement living, rest home and hospital care, as well as short term respite and health recovery care. For more information free phone 0508 ENLIVEN (that’s 0508 36 54 83) or visit

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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 Fiona McKenzie and Sarah Andrews from the Khandallah Town Hall and Cornerstone Community Centre.

Predator free Ngaio Jeremy Bloomfield and Gavin Kane of Ngaio have recently set up a Predator Free Ngaio group and the group has had an encouraging start. Jeremy and Gavin received support and information from both Predator Free groups neighbouring Ngaio – Crofton Downs and Khandallah. From these groups Jeremy learned some of the tricks of setting up a predator free group. To join this new group or for further information email:


The Khandallah Town Hall and Community Centre is located in the middle of Khandallah village where the original building has sat for over 100 years. Centre coordinators Fiona and Sarah said because of its age it holds a special place in local memory. “It’s a wonderful circle of life,” Fiona said. “We have antenatal classes, christenings, every kind of birthday party, engagements and weddings right through to funerals and wakes. “It’s a community centre that's part of the community, but also part of peoples’ lives for all sorts of reasons.” Sarah said a lot of older people would come in and reminisce on seeing movies there in the 1950s. “We recently had a couple celebrating their wedding anniversary who had celebrated their wedding reception here 60 years before.” Sarah said the hall was looking a little sad and dire before extensive renovations in 2011 breathed new life into it. After the renovations the community centre was merged with the Khandallah Town Hall and the

Term 3 after school Chinese Language course Khandallah Town Hall and Cornerstone Community Centre coordinators Fiona McKenzie and Sarah Andrews PHOTO: Sylvie Dickson

coordinators now manage the building and run the community centre. The centre offers an extensive range of daily activities from scrabble to Irish dancing as well as regular community catch-ups and groups. “We provide everything from very small meetings to big public events,” Sarah said. “Often when something is going on in the community everyone will

be looking over at us to see what we are doing about it.” The centre has lounge and meeting rooms, as well as the hall (which Sarah said has very good acoustics). There is also a catering kitchen and plenty of tables and chairs available.  For more information visit the community centre Facebook page https://www.facebook. com/pages/Khandallah-TownHall/263699210347803

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EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a black Honda station wagon parked locked and secure in a carport in Monowai Road during the day had its left rear tyre damaged by a sharp instrument. People driving away from petrol stations without paying, has occurred again during the past week. Reported offences took place at Johnsonville Road service stations and CCTV has recorded

the details of the offender’s vehicles which have been passed on to Police. In Newlands a black Honda hatchback parked on the road overnight on Turville Crescent had its rear registration plate stolen and another put in its place. In Khandallah a white Honda Civic parked locked overnight on the road in Homebush Road had

petrol siphoned from its tank. It was discovered when the owner drove off and noticed the strong smell of petrol. A mechanic was called and discovered that the fuel line had been cut to draw out the fuel. In Ngaio a black Hyundai station wagon parked in Ngaio Gorge Road also had its fuel line cut. It was discovered when petrol was

being poured into the tank and it gushed out from the cut fuel line. A white Toyota hatchback drove into a service station in Ottawa Road and filled up with Diesel and drove off without paying. CCTV images recorded details of the vehicle which have been passed to Police. An attempt was made to enter a house in Hewett Way at night. The front door was unlocked

but the chain was in place. The victim heard the door open and called out, and the intruder ran off. In Churton Park a silver Toyota Starlet hatchback parked in the driveway of a house in Ronald Woolf Place was broken into. The rear left window was smashed to gain entry. A bank card and cash were taken from a wallet left inside the car.

LETTERS to the editor Candidates scrutinised Dear Ed, It was of great interest to see that Helene Ritchie is standing for Mayor of Wellington promising fresh ideas. Is this the same councillor who has been on the council for 30 years? Where have been all her innovative ideas since being on council?

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Helene Ritchie has not been the most organised, positive or constructive councillor. She was only just re-elected due to special votes last time. A cynical person might think that Helene is only standing for mayor to boost her profile to enable her to get back as a councillor. Incidentally,

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Helene Ritchie is also standing for Capital Coast and Health as well as Council, surely a case of double dipping with a very good income. To make matters worse Helene Ritchie does not even live in the Northern Suburbs so why is she standing as a Northern Suburbs Councillor? Voters are urged to take local

body elections seriously and scrutinise each candidate’s credentials and what they could achieve or have achieved over the past few years. Wellington needs good leadership to make Wellington a leading city for the future. Murray Gray Johnsonville

Dear Ed, Thank you for publishing the news about our community planting a heritage orchard. Northern Ward Councillor Justin Lester and family were also present along with Northern Ward candidates Peter Gilberd and Jill Day. Justin and Peter also donated trees for the orchard. Claire Bibby Glenside





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From Asia scholarship to New Zealand Fashion Week By Sharnahea Wilson

A budding designer who grew up in Johnsonville is taking the world of fashion by storm after being chosen to showcase his work at New Zealand fashion week. At just 19 years old New Zealand Fashion Tech student Olli Paroli’s innovative design inspired by love and loss will be displayed on the Resene Designer Runway at fashion week in August. The dedicated designer was also one of nine students awarded with a Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia where he is spending six weeks on an education exchange in India. Olli delved into the fashion world at 14 which eventually led him to leave high school at 17 and start studying at New Zealand Fashion Tech. His latest garment was inspired by his own writings about a girl who had been through a breakup. “My Resene colour, Permanent Green, is almost a haunting shade. Inspired by the darkness, I created a story about a breakup. In the aftermath, a woman is left with a single shirt from her former lover. It is early morning and she wraps herself in it.” Olli combined a silk camisole with a deconstructed men’s shirt to evoke the separation of lovers in his design. “I have a fascination with gen-

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19-year-old fashion designer Olli Paroli with model Emily Triggs who is wearing the design he will display at New Zealand Fashion Week.

der neutrality and the blending of design elements that lend to typically masculine and feminine silhouettes,” he said. Olli said being chosen to show his garment at fashion week has left him with a mixed bag of emotions. “[I’m] absolutely stoked to have such a large audience be able to see a design that I'm very proud of, and experience a large scale

NZ runway show.” The experience Olli has had in India has been eye opening, despite having a bad case of food poisoning at a yoga retreat in the second week. “The country itself and the culture here is so rich and you can see it everywhere you travel. My jaw has dropped many a time in awe since arriving and I don't expect that to stop any time soon.”


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Discos for all ages in Johnsonville By Sharnahea Wilson

Christine Ballesteros, 5, and Dan Forster, 5, show off some of the Toy Library’s superhero costumes. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

Cable Car’s reopening delayed The return to service of Wellington’s iconic Cable Car will be delayed by two weeks due to unexpected corrosion. The first trips for members of the public will now be on August 15 rather than August 1. Cable Car Company Chief Executive Simon Fleisher said the time needed to upgrade the system’s two 1970s carriages proved to be slightly longer than originally scheduled. “Given the cars haven’t been dismantled and upgraded in almost 40 years, we found a bit more corrosion of the superstructure than we were expecting. So we’ve taken a bit more time to get it all right before the exterior panelling and the interiors are reinstated.” Work on the $3 million upgrade started in June. A replacement passenger bus service is operating throughout the closure. Mr Fleisher said the extra fortnight’s closure would help speed the significant construction work Wellington City Council was undertaking in Cable Car Lane and the Cable Car passenger terminal. It is estimated that each cable car carriage has made about 1.2 million trips up and down the hill since they were introduced in 1979 – and more than 30 million passengers have been carried. The upgrade is being led by the Doppelmayr/ Garaventa Goup – the Austrian/Swiss cable car and funicular railway manufacturer that provided the power and control equipment when the service was upgraded in the late 1970s. The improvements will enable slightly quicker journeys meaning an extra 150-200 passengers can be carried each hour. Mr Fleisher said the combination of improved controls, more power and greater safety would enable the cars to stop and start more quickly and efficiently. “We’re also aiming to reduce the gentle ‘bounce’ that occurs when the cars come to a stop.” The interior and exterior of the cars is also being refurbished including the exterior finish, the internal linings, seats and lighting system.

theme for all those adults who went to Blue Light discos when they were children. This event will be a Fundraiser for Blue Light Wellington to be able to put on more events in local communities. “We are delighted to be able to team up with Blue Light for our annual Disco fundraiser this year,” president of the Toy Library committee Liz Lester said. “This shows Johnsonville community spirit is alive and well in 2016 – 35 years after we were founded.” T h e J o h n s o n v i l l e To y L i brary was founded by a group of mums, to save themselves and those in their community money. “As we currently have a dangerously low membership, the future of the Toy Library depends on an influx of new members towards the end of 2016.”

Little locals will be strapping on their dancing shoes in the lead up to the Johnsonville Toy Library Disco. Superman and all his friends are sure to be heading to the Toy Library's final fundraiser for the year at the Johnsonville Community Centre. The children’s disco runs annually but this year there will be discos for all ages thanks to the support of Blue Light Wellington and the Rock Church. This year's theme for the young ones is superheroes, and your little justiceseekers could enjoy making their own superhero masks or headpieces, playing games and getting their faces painted. This will just be the first disco in the afternoon of fun. There will also be a good old fashion disco with an 80s

Schedule for the four discos on August 13 3:30pm - 5pm: Superhero party for 0-5year olds. This will be fundraising for the Johnsonville Toy library. Tickets are $5 each. 5pm - 6pm: Superhero party for 5-10year olds, $2 at the door. 6pm - 7.30pm: Superhero party for 11-13year olds, $2 at the door. 8pm - 12am: 80s disco. Tickets are $20 each and can be bought from the Johnsonville and Newlands community centres and the Wellington City Council service centre. The toy library runs from Room 1 in the Johnsonville Community Centre every Saturday morning from 9.30am – 11.30am, and Thursday evening from 7.30 – 8.30pm.

Service award nominations close soon Ohariu MP and North Wellington Voluntary Service Awards Committee chair Peter Dunne reminded voluntary organisations in the northern suburbs that nominations for this year’s Awards close on Friday, July 29. “The Award is available

to persons working in recognised voluntary agencies or community groups and clubs working in the Northern Suburbs from Wadestown to Tawa. The North Wellington Voluntary Service Awards scheme was established by Mr Dunne in

2001, and to date has seen Awards presented to 143 local volunteers. Nomination forms for the Awards can be obtained from either Mr Dunne’s Parliamentary electorate offices, or the Awards Committee secretary, Ray Good, phone 971 3686.

Cancer Society campaign continues The Cancer Society is hoping to raise awareness for its ‘Power Up’ campaign, which would see more than 100 solar panels installed on the Margaret Stewart House. The Margaret Stewart House is located on the grounds of Wellington hospital, and is run by the Cancer Society. It provides support for people whilst they have treatment at the Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre. The house hosts not only patients receiving treatment, but their friends and whanau, and up to 40 people can be accommodated at the house at one time. Through its ‘Power Up’ campaign the Cancer Society hopes to raise $70,000 to cover the costs of 115 solar panels for the house. This will save over $300,000 during the 25 year warranty period; freeing up money for the Cancer Society to be spent on other essential cancer services. Mike Smith, chief executive of the Cancer Society, said the campaign had been relatively slow to start off with. “However all of our business supporters have now been approached directly and by email and we have teamed up with Solar King, Mayor of Wellington Celia WadeBrown and the Wellington City Council,

and soon the Sustainability Trust, to get their endorsement and supporters behind the project. “As we get closer to August and Daffodil Day, which heightens the visibility of the Cancer Society, we are confident that the project will kick in and that we will achieve our goals as was achieved by the Cancer Society in Auckland who have already completed a similar project.” Mike said the Cancer Society would appreciate it if the public could help out with the cause. “This project is about extending our services to meet the growing demand. I am sure everyone can relate to supporting that,” he said. 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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Strong winds of up to 140 kilometres per hour did not hinder the hearty from their cross-country competition. Gutsy Olympic Harrier Club volunteers in partnership with Athletics Wellington battled the fierce elements to set up on Saturday, July 23 and host the third 2016 Kids Cross Country Series event on Sunday at Grenada North Park. “We were rapt with how well it went, particularly after what we were expecting with the weather forecast,” Sport Development Manager of Athletics Wellington Jo Murray said. The 440 children were not deterred from doing their best under muddy conditions. Mud underfoot saw wise

First place getter in the Year 0 Boys race Miller Buck takes winning all in his stride

supporters donning gumboots and splashing through puddles to support their children in the Year 0 to Year 8 races. The Wellington Cross Country Champs followed on from the series on Sunday with Wellington's top runners out in force resulting in 232 race finishers. One of the oldest competitors was nearly 80 and a few 70-year-olds ran in the Masters Men 60 plus race, also in the muddy conditions. The Kids Cross Country Series, which is in its fourth year, still has two more events left in its 2016 series in Petone and Mt Victoria and welcomes new competitors.  For more information go our-programmes.

Trying out the podium for size: three-year-old Esther Robinson wo competed in the Year 0 race.

Chille Murphy leads the pack in the Year 5 race.

The Taylor family: Lucas, 5, and Jonty, 8, look forward to running and being watched by their parents and sister, Indie, 3.

Craig Hercus and his sons Tom, 12, and Alfie, 3.

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Club rounds up dancers for 50-year celebration The Johnsonville Scottish Country Dancing Club will celebrate a special anniversary in August and club president Kristin Downey is keen to contact anyone who may have danced with the club in earlier years. It will be 50 years since the club began its association with the Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society. In that time hundreds of locals have enjoyed the fun, fitness and friendship that Scottish country dancing offers. Although the club meets at Johnsonville School hall, members are drawn from Churton Park through to Karori. This year’s 50 Golden Years dance will be held on August 20 in the Karori Recreation Centre, a larger venue than usual to accommodate greater numbers. Following a grand march, dancing will start at 7.30 pm, with live music from

Pieter Pretorius with his children Lindie, 7, (3rd in the Year 2 Girls race) and Shawn, 5, who competed in the Year 0 Boys race.

Wellington musicians Peter Elmes, Lynne Scott, Aileen Logie and Don McKay. Johnsonville resident Peter has been playing toe-tapping Scottish dance music in Wellington for nearly 50 years, and for Johnsonville dancers since the early 80s. Many former club members and others have already been contacted, and people will travel from across the North and South Islands. Mrs Downey would like to hear from anyone else with links to the Johnsonville club.  You can contact her at or by phoning 04/478-4948. Club secretary John Munro can be reached on To find out more about our celebrations and our club, check out the website

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Local bowlers win Tiger Turf Triples A bowls team featuring two Johnsonville men took out the top spot at a recent competition. Sixteen teams from throughout the lower part of the North Island took part in the regional finals of the Tiger Turf Triples at the Lyall Bay Bowling Club last Sunday. The event involved three players, playing in a pairs format with each quick-fire game made up of two five-end sets. There was extra interest in this event as teams could make a substitute at any stage, and could play a ‘power play’ which

would double their score on a pre-chosen end. In this type of game if each team were to win one set, the winner would be decided by a one-end shootout. In windy conditions, Carl Northcott of Miramar together with Rob Ashton and Rob Veale, both of Johnsonville, took out the tight final in a shootout with Wayne Coleman, Dave Shedlock and Ian McLeod of Miramar. The winners will now travel to Auckland to compete in the national final in late August against seven other regional winners.

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Rob Veale, Rob Ashton and Carl Northcott take out a recent bowls tournament.

Premier football heats up Waterside-Karori took another step towards securing the Capital Premier Football title with a convincing 4-2 win over Miramar on Saturday. Wharfies have been in superb form all season to lead the league with just one loss and 13 wins through the first 15 rounds. However the pressure will be on this Saturday when they meet second placed rivals Western Suburbs. The top of the table clash will take place at Endeavour Park, Whitby on Sunday and a

big crowd of supporters from Waterside-Karori is expected as a win would see them crowned champions. Wests are also in top form and showed their quality on Saturday, beating Chatham Cup quarter-finalists North Wellington 4-2 at Alex Moore Park. The win put Wests just seven points adrift of Wharfies and a win against the league leaders would add plenty of interest to the final two rounds. Meanwhile North Wellington Reserves team put the score

Johnsonville players eye rugby silverware The Johnsonville premier rugby team bowed out for the season on Saturday but two of the club's other teams are still eyeing possible silverware. The premier team ended a difficult season when going down 62-3 to unbeaten Hutt Old Boys Marist in the final round of the Hardham Cup at a windswept and wet Hutt Rec. Meanwhile, at Johnsonville's home ground of Helston Park, the reserve grade Cripples scored a runaway 49-10 win over Upper Hutt Rams to put them second on the table behind Poneke Ruffnuts

in the contest for the John Davies Cup. They dedicated the win to Irisa Ta'ala, a former Cripple who is recovering at home from a heart attack suffered when he was playing for the premier side last week. ''That one's for Irisa,'' team manager 'Noff' Eckoff said. ''He's got a lot of mates in this team and we're all thinking of him. Today's win was for him. Hopefully he's recovering well.'' Johnsonville's Under-85s team drew 18-18 with Eastbourne at Helston and in doing so moved to secondequal with Wellington –

behind Tawa – on the ladder in the Paul Potiki Memorial Shield competition. Despite trailing Tawa with the semis looming, Johnsonville's for-and-against is superior at +97 against Tawa's +17. The Johnsonville colts had a good win finishing 49-24 over Hutt Old Boys Marist at Alex Moore on Friday night.

keepers under stress on the weekend as they racked up an 8-0 towelling of Victoria University in the Capital Three division. The win, the thirteenth from fifteen games, gave North Wellington Reserves an unassailable lead in their division and further underlined the depth of playing talent at the Johnsonville-based club. Arguably the biggest match in the club’s history will take place on August 6 when the Premier team travel to Auckland for

their quarter-final clash with Chatham Cup rivals Three Kings United. North Wellington have already equalled their best ever run in the Cup by reaching this stage and with such a young squad a win would be another upset. Three Kings were finalists in 2009 and are in top form heading into this clash. However, so far Norths have defied all of the predictions and they will be hard to topple again despite the travel to Auckland and top class opposition.

Sports talk with Jacob Page...

Smoking hot form leads Stenson to British Open glory The ending of the British Golf Open was sport at its riveting best. Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson duelled it out for the crown after starting the day tied for the lead and well ahead of the rest of the field. Mickelson shot six under 65 - his best round ever in a final round. It wasn't enough. Stenson made 10 birdies on his way to an eight under 63. It is a rare case where Stenson won the title at Royal Troon, rather than Mickelson having lost or choked. Not only did both men handle the pressure, they produced a superb two-man golfing showdown. The statistics make for interesting reading. It is the first major win for Stenson

while it's the 11th time Mickelson has finished second at one of golf's four majors. Only the great Jack Nicklaus with 19 has more runner-up finishes. Nicklaus has 17 major wins to soften the blow, Mickelson has just five. But here's the real winner from Stenson's victory. His caddie Gareth Lord now has to quit smoking after he and Stenson agreed he would if he won a major title. Legend now has it Stenson told his caddy to enjoy the smoke he had on the 17th hole because it was going to be his last. That's the kind of confidence 10 birdies will give you.


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