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Rising to the challenge By Sharnahea Wilson

A group of local students proved they could rise to the challenge at a recent competition where they received seven awards. Karori’s Marsden School girls

cleaned up at this year’s Stage Challenge held at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua. In a performance capturing a young girl’s experience with depression the group of 67 dancers and 26 crew members won seven Awards of Excellence.

Year 13 Rosie Wall (left) and Year 11 Cici Davie. PHOTO: Supplied.

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Local students prove their excellence at Stage Challenge Continued from page 1 My Lonely Perception was Marsden’s entry in Stage Challenge – a competition which challenges Year 7-13 students from schools throughout the Wellington region to create a work of dance, drama and music that is five to eight minutes long. The production was led by Year 13 students Laura Heycoop and Octavia Mercer with help from other year 12 and 13 choreographers. Octavia said the girls came up with the idea of setting the performance around depression and mental illness as she and Laura both knew people who suffered from it. They auditioned their cast in February this year and chose their protagonist – Year 8 Nia Butler who this year won a New Zealand School of Dance scholarship for the 2017 Winter School. “She was one of the dancers shortlisted for the main role

of Olive. “She stood out, her technique was amazing,” Octavia said. The character of Olive represented a young girl who suffered from depression. In costumes of white, red, black and grey, the dancers and crew evoked the battle between the angels and demons in Olive’s mind. “We were really happy with our performance – it was the best we have ever performed it. “Me and Laura couldn’t have wanted more,” Octavia said. The awards won were presented for performance skill, choreography, stage use, concept, soundtrack, costumes and visual enhancement. Octavia said the students took control of everything from choreography and costumes to lighting, set and makeup. “It was just an amazing experience.”

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A new leaf for Aro Valley’s Tanera Gully By Bethany Tiddy MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Aro Valley residents are planting over 1000 native trees this winter with the intention to transform Tanera Gully into a “community asset”. Last year Aro Valley Restoration Project volunteers began weeding, clearing space and planting trees grown by the Wellington City Council, Forest and Bird and Project Crimson. Volunteer Julia Stace said Tanera Gully, above Epuni St in Aro Valley, was once a “real scary space”. “It was just appalling — a repulsivelooking wilderness.” Julia said she hoped the park would one day be used as a spot for locals to have picnics and walk their dogs. “I don’t see why this area can’t be a real community asset.” She said they aimed to plant trees that would boost bird numbers by providing nectar and seeds. Julia said the group was planting a “huge variety” of native trees including tawa, rata, totara and kahikatea. The group would continue planting native trees every winter and encourage the return of pre-human vegetation, she said. “We’ve got so much to do and we can’t lose momentum. It will take a few months to do 1000. It’s a big area to cover.”

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Volunteer Justin Martin said he enjoyed spending time with his kids Lucia Martin, 11, and Jethro Martin, 9, of Te Aro Primary School, planting trees at Tanera Gully. “It’s good to get out in the sunshine,” he

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“It’s important to have the rural perspective. “We have opinions like everyone else and we need to protect our area,” she said. The members of the community board need to communicate with interest groups and community organisations in order to share their views with local government. “We are only advisors to the council – we have no voting power,” Christine said. She did, however, point out that both Makara and Ohariu Valley are tight knit communities who need representation. A total of six people make up the Makara/ Ohariu Community Board.

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Portal to Paradise The Tudor Consorts will be performing “Portal to Paradise” this weekend. Former Music Director Alastair Carey will be directing the piece which sees some of the most beautiful and reflective music of the choral repertoire take the audience on a journey from death to the paradise of eternity. The performance, held on Saturday, August 27 at Sacred Heart Cathedral, is the third concert in The Tudor Consort’s 30th anniversary series. Online bookings can be made at

Creative costumes raise funds for Fiji By Sharnahea Wilson

Creative children showed their skills at a wearable arts fashion show held at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul in Thorndon at the weekend. About 75 children from nine churches and one school converted recycled materials into stunning works of wearable art to raise funds for Fiji. Rebecca Apperley who helped organise the event said this year the church wanted to help out with the ongoing cyclone relief in the Pacific. “There were about 50 costumes created by roughly 75 children from the churches and Marsden School,” Rebecca explained. “Children made enormous air pollution robots which included bottles and cables, a crocodile and even a mermaid made from old CDs.”

Roughly 400 people showed up on Saturday evening to see what the children had created. Rebecca said there were also guest speakers including a man from one of the parishes who was in Fiji when the cyclone hit. A woman who took out the ‘People’s Choice’ Award at the 2006 Wearable Arts show brought her costume along for the children to see. At the end of the night the church asked for a Koha donation. They raised over $1000 for the Red Cross Pacific Disaster Relief Fund. “We’re so grateful – people were really generous,” Rebecca said. She said they were thinking of possibly making the show an annual event. “It was a great night and the kids were stoked to be part of it.”

Nine-year-old Annabelle Leach of the Cathedral of St Paul struts down the catwalk in her costume made out of recycled material. PHOTO: Sam Prabhakaran

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A young musician from Newlands Intermediate was rewarded for his talent when he took out a prize for best keyboardist at the recent Rockshop Bandquest competition. Rockshop Bandquest is for bands of two or more members, from intermediate or primary schools, which play a short set of covers or original songs. Eleven-year-old Jadon Chu impressed the judges with his keyboard skills when he performed with Newlands Intermediate band 21 Nations last week.

Jadon has been playing the keyboard for five years and more recently took up piano. Although Jadon had performed in front of a live audience before this was his first time performing in a band. “It was fun performing with the band,” he said. The talented young keyboardist learns both modern and classical songs and sometimes even teaches himself songs from Youtube videos. 21 Nations performed pop cover songs at the competition and Jadon was presented with a certificate for his performance.

Now in its sixth year, founder and director Glenn Common said he noticed an increase in the level of sophistication and performance skills of children who compete in Bandquest. “They’re watching youtube, they’re following aspirational heroes in the Kiwi music scene and they’ve got access to recording gear as close as the i-pad at home. “Bandquest gives them the opportunity to put it all together in front of a real live audience, and the results are impressive.” Jadon said he hoped to take part in the competition again next year.

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Enliven’s line dancing group performed for the residents of Longview Home.

The heel kicking, country-western line dancing group from Enliven’s Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home in Johnsonville is putting on a show for it’s sister sites. Recently eight Enliven staff members from Cashmere, along with their line dancing instructor, ventured to sister-site Longview Home to show off their dancing talents. Aileen Oliver, manager of Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home, says the line dancing group began as a team building activity and has grown into a popular pastime for staff and residents alike. “It’s great exercise, a way for our staff members to bond, plus it’s entertaining and something we can share with our residents and encourage them to join in if they can,” says Aileen. “We practice once a week and started doing little performances for our residents. They have fun watching us, so we thought we’d visit other Enliven homes and do the same for their residents and staff and

encourage them to try it for themselves.” Longview Home manager Olwyn Cunningham says Longview’s residents and staff enjoyed the line dancing performance and are looking forward to the next one. “Our residents enjoyed watching them – they were tapping their feet to the music and thought the staff from Cashmere did a great job,” says Olwyn. Enliven is part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central and provides a range of residential care services including rest home, hospital, health recovery, and respite from its five Wellington homes. Enliven’s Wellington homes include Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home in Johnsonville, Longview Home in Tawa, Huntleigh Home in Karori, Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore and Woburn Home in Lower Hutt. PBA  For more information about Enliven’s home and services call 0508 ENLIVEN (that’s 0508 36 54 83) or visit www.

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Students from St Andrew’s High School in Tonga thank Aiscorp for their generous contributions. By Sharnahea Wilson

A Johnsonville technology business is spreading their support overseas, helping schools in Tonga and Niue. Aiscorp based on Johnsonville Road supplies schools and businesses with IT services and support, but recently they also decided to volunteer time and money to help a school in Tonga. The team at Aiscorp were contracted to help a school in Niue, but helping out St Andrew’s High School in Tonga has been an entirely voluntary process. General Manager of finance and strategy Marie Ellis said the project started because the company’s managing director Elmar Gailitis knew people at the Tipping Hornsby Pacific Education Trust who do a lot of good work in Tonga. “We decided to send a technician over to install computers and teach the students how to use them,” Marie said. Client relationship manager Gil Hunter, who used to be a teacher himself, said the

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From left Tom Unger, 21, and Mitchell Cutts, 18, are happy with the return of Wellington’s Cable Car. PHOTO: Beckie Wilson

Surprise return of Wellington’s iconic Cable Car By Beckie Wilson MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

It was a free-for-all last Thursday and Friday for the Wellington Cable Car’s return. The opening and free rides were announced Thursday morning on the Cable Car’s official Twitter page and various Wellington tourism sites. After a three-week delay from the original opening date, the service was back up and running with free trips from Lambton Quay to Kelburn for all tourists and regular passengers. For Weir House resident Mitchell

Cutts, 18, and residential advisor Tom Unger, 21, the re-opening came as a surprise but said they were glad it had finally returned. “The interior is better and we definitely are taking advantage today to test it out,” Mitchell said. Tom said the Cable Car was “packed out too”. The two Victoria University students regularly use it for trips back and forward to Kelburn and Pipitea campuses, and down to Lambton Quay. “It’s also great to see the Wellington culture back up again. Because what’s Wellington without the Cable

Eleven heritage buildings around Wellington have received grants which will help ensure their future. A total of $305,513 from Wellington City Council was put toward earthquake strengthening work such as geotechnical and seismic assessment or structural work, as well as repairs and maintenance to keep built heritage characteristics. The building owners have benefitted from the latest round of the council’s Built Heritage Incentive Fund with the transport and urban development committee recently approving applications. The fund is a key initiative of the Wellington Heritage Policy 2010. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said “The significant funding increase in the 2015 Long Term Plan means we can collectively help more heritage buildings tell their stories to the public.” Heritage buildings in Thorndon, Karori, Makara and Ngaio were included in the grants and made up over $95,000 of the overall budget.

Car,” Tom said. The Cable Car had been closed down since early June for a multimillion dollar makeover including the upgrade of the Cable Car and of Cable Car Lane. Wellington Cable Car Company Chief Executive Simon Fleisher said “we’re a public transport operation and need to ensure we get things right”. “The extra time was to get the essential building work completed,” he said. Work on Cable Car Lane will continue until early October in time for the cruise ship season.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: If you could participate in any Olympic sport what would it be?

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I would choose gymnastics or kayaking – I have always loved watching the gymnastics, it’s like taking dance to a whole new level.

I would choose tennis because I am a tennis teacher.

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Garden gems Dear ed, Was such a lovely day on Tuesday [August 16] so I walked to town through the Botanical Gardens. Haven’t been for a while, and noticed two strange ducks I had never seen before on the duckpond. They were larger than the mallards and a lovely light brown and white. Any chance of finding out what they are and where they have come from? Continuing on through the Lady Norwood Rose

Garden I was surprised to see 20 to 30 Monarch butterflies out and about feeding on the primula. Does this mean that there is a group (kaleidoscope?) that are over wintering in the Gardens? [If anyone has answers for Mr Bradley please email herald@] Steve Bradley Kelburn

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a house in Bould Street was broken into during the day through a forced back door. A messy search was made of the interior but at this stage nothing is known to have been taken. A flat in Petherick Crescent was entered while the occupant was away. A key hidden under an artificial rock in the garden was used to enter. Two TV sets and a PS3 were taken. A white Mitsubishi com-

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Church bell tower strong again A A A Karori Anglican Church seismic programme manager Geoffrey Lee at the top of the “beloved tower”. PHOTO: Bethany Tiddy By Bethany Tiddy MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

A reinforced church bell tower is one of the steps in a $5 million project to strengthen all earthquakeprone Karori Anglican Church buildings over the next five years. In a $125,000 project, an eight metre steel pole was installed in the weakest corner of St Mary’s church bell tower and the bell cap was more securely fastened with steel plates. Seismic programme manager Geoffrey Lee said the “beloved tower” stood at a mighty 15 metres and was a Karori landmark. “You


can see it from just about anywhere.” The listed heritage building recently celebrated 150 years of operations on the site, he said. All five buildings – the early childhood centre, the old parish hall, St Mary’s church, the parish offices and St Matthias’ Church in Makara – were discovered earthquake prone after being assessed in 2012. The church hoped to turn the parish office into a community centre for programmes to operate out of, Geoffrey said. “It’s something we’re doing for the whole community, not just our church.”

The church saw 150 families through the afterschool and childcare programmes, he said. Geoffrey said there were also volunteers helping with the project. “I’m just the tip of the iceberg.” Funding came from the sale of St Philips Church in South Karori and land owned by the church in Makara, along with pledges and gaming grants, he said. He said the project was 10 per cent finished and hoped for all buildings to be earthquake safe by 2020. “The whole programme is quite exciting but we’ve still got another four or five years to go.”

Crofton Downs Mitre10 take out national award By Sharnahea Wilson

Managing Director of Crofton Downs Mitre10 Brendan Hall and wife Nicole Hall at the Mitre10 awards ceremony last Wednesday.

It was a big week for Crofton Downs Mitre10 last week when they were presented with an award for the Mitre10 Store of the Year Award. Managing Director of the local store Brendan Hall said this was the first year they had been eligible for the nationwide award since he had been there. The stores were judged on customer feedback, store audits which looked at uniforms and customer interaction, and the year’s financial results. Three stores made it to the final stage where their representatives got to travel to Auckland for an awards ceremony. Brendan and his wife Nicole went up for the ceremony last Wednesday. “We thought we had a good chance but we were up against stores from Wanaka and Papamoa which are good stores in good communities,” Brendan explained.

Brendan found out on the night that Crofton Downs had won the award over about 40 other Mitre10 stores in the country – not including Mitre10 Megas. Last year the Crofton Downs Mitre10 also made it to the finals in the hardware store of the year and this year they have been selected by Mitre10 to take part in it again. They have also already made it to the semi-finals for the retailer of the year award this year. Brandon said a big thing that helps the store do so well is having a great team who is willing to give back to the local community. “Our slogan is locals supporting locals – we give back to the community and support projects whether they’re big or small.” Brendan said he was also excited for a campaign to support domestic rugby which was also about to kick off.

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Commemorative Every business needs sculpture coming good neighbours to Kelburn A commemorative sculpture which has been touring museums across the country for the last two years is coming to Wellington’s Botanic Gardens. Victory Medal by artist Helen Pollock will be at Remembrance Ridge in the Botanic Garden from September 9 until November 13 this year. The sculpture would help to mark the centenary of New Zealander’s involvement in the Battle of Somme. Victory Medal is a sculpture of thirty-six pairs of feet on a rusted steel medal. They are laid out in four sections, creating a cross formation. The vulnerability of bare feet represents a small platoon and act as a stark reminder of the reality of war and the idea that suffering and death were indiscriminate of recognition. “There are no hierarchies in suffering and death.” Helen created Victory Medal as an acknowledgement of all war heroes. “The men, women and children who were, and are, caught up in conflict and wars on our behalf, and who suffer from debilitating illness, injury, systemic deprivation or poverty.” The artist was inspired to begin sculpting the piece by her father who served in WWI and passed away when Helen was young. The sculpture’s installation in the Wellington Botanic Garden will be its final destination in New Zealand before it mimics the journey young New Zealand soldiers made a century ago on the troopship Tahiti by travelling to Europe by sea. It will cross the countryside of Northern France and Belgium, to the three battlefield towns of Arras, Messines and Le Quesnoy. Once the sculpture reaches Le Quesnoy in France it will be installed there permanently to commemorate New Zealand’s liberation of Le Quesnoy.

(From left) Bibi van Heerdan, Iona Elwood-Smith, Beth Gallego and Cassandra Palmer enjoy Sub Urbans neighbours day party. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson By Sharnahea Wilson

A neighbours party was put together by Sub Urban Co-Working last week to give all the local nonretail businesses the chance to get to know each other. Sub Urban co-founder Kathleen Wright came up with the idea, with the help of AMI’s Viv Montgomery, to visit the Johnsonville businesses surrounding the mall. Kathleen said the idea first came from List MP Brett Hudson when he held a neighbour’s party for all of the people in his building. “That was when I realised I didn’t

know a lot of the people who were working in close proximity to us.” Kathleen hoped inviting people from Johnsonville’s surrounding businesses last Friday would encourage people to get to know each other and build enterprise so they could give back to the wider community. She also hoped it would build community resilience in the case of an emergency. “If a disaster hit people would know each other and they would know who to look for,” she said. Viv also loved the idea of local businesses getting to know each other because she had not previously

known what Sub Urban was. “I came in one day to see what Kathleen did and see what Sub Urban Co-Working was all about.” Viv said more people should get to know their local business neighbours so AMI decided to sponsor the food and drink for the very first Sub Urban neighbours party. “There was such a diverse group of people [at the party] and everyone made an effort to get to know each other,” she said. Sub Urban Co-Working will look at running another neighbours party for the local businesses to continue networking.

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New Zealand School of Music soloist Rebecca Warnes plays “Bach gigue D Minor” with the New Zealand School of Music strings ensemble. PHOTO: Bethany Tiddy By Bethany Tiddy MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

A week of art events and an awards ceremony at Victoria University are new events that aim to give more recognition to arts and culture. Last week Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) hosted ArtsWeek, a week of mostly-free events including a stand-up comedy workshop, a hip-hop dance class and free lunch-time concerts. VUWSA also announced a new awards ceremony, the Gold and Supreme Club Awards, which will acknowledge the cultural success of students and campus clubs. VUWSA’s president Jonathan Gee said ArtsWeek was a great way to support and celebrate student arts and culture. “ArtsWeek not only highlights the

incredible talent and cultural diversity in our communities, but it provides opportunities for students to experiment, learn and participate in the arts.” One event was a New Zealand School of Music strings ensemble concert in the university’s hub on Friday, August 19. Victoria University student Anna James said she was excited to attend the event. She said it was the first time she had seen a performance in the university’s hub. New Zealand School of Music soloist Rebecca Warnes said she enjoyed playing in a new location as part of ArtsWeek. “The large space soaks up the sound so we just played louder than usual.” Other events included art exhibitions, a film-scoring workshop and theatre shows at Bats Theatre. VUWSA will accept nominations through their website for the Gold and Supreme Club Awards from this week.


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Wednesday August 24, 2016


inbrief sports Westpac match a sell-out Locals with tickets to the Bledisloe Cup match between New Zealand and Australia this weekend are advised to get to the Westpac Stadium early. Over 35,000 tickets have been sold for the match which kicks off at 7.35pm on Saturday. Ticket holders are advised to get to the match early and to take public transport where possible. The road adjacent to platform nine at Wellington Railway Station will be closed and taxis and private vehicles may not drop people off at the stadium after 6pm.

Cup champions St Mary’s College’s premier rugby team walked away champions following their finals last week against Aotea College. The two teams were competing for the WelTec 1st XV Girls Rugby Premier title. St Mary’s won 27-10 at the game played on Wednesday, August 17. St Mary’s will now be playing Feilding High School this weekend in the finals of the Hurricanes Girls competition. The winner of this game will go on to play in the Top 4 National Final.

Norths end on a high with a weekend win North Wellington’s premier league football team ended a hectic season on a high note when they downed Kapiti Coast United 3-1 in the sunshine at Weka Park, Raumati on Saturday. The win saw North Wellington finish fourth in the Premiership, just one point behind Island Bay. The final result pleased club president Grant Stephen. “Finishing fourth in our first season back in the Premiers was a great result and adding a quarter final run in the Chatham Cup shows how strong the club is now.” Saturday’s game against Kapiti Coast United was a typical end of season match with tired legs and short tempers on display. North Wellington struck first with a goal to club newcomer Shohei Watanabe who has made a huge impact in his first season at Norths. That goal gave the visitors a 1-0 halftime lead but Kapiti came out energised and determined play saw them level at 1-1. A penalty shot by the normally unstoppable Keiran Cripps went astray for Norths but again it was Watanabe who struck from another penalty to see Norths regain the lead. A late goal by Jono Rayner sealed the deal for Norths at 3-1 and apart from some inspired goalkeeping by Sam Adams for Kapiti the margin could have been higher. Cripps, who also co-coaches the side said after the match the season had taken its toll on most of the players. “This was our fourth game in less than two weeks and at the end of the season it gets tougher with each match.” In all, North Wellington will look back at a very successful season, for the Premiers and the club in general.

North Wellington battled it out with Kapiti Coast United at the weekend.

Nick Ashford for North Wellington defends well against Kapiti Coast United.

Johnsonville Cripples’ comeback too late

The Johnsonville reserve grade Cripples after going down narrowly to the Poneke Ruffnuts in the final of the John Davies Cup at Kilbirnie Park on Saturday.

The Johnsonville Rugby Club’s reserve grade Cripples side stormed back in the second spell but narrowly missed out on the major prize in Saturday’s final against the Poneke Ruffnuts. With the John Davies Cup at stake at Kilbirnie Park, Poneke were favourites, having proved the


yardstick in the Wellington Rugby Union reserve grade for some years. That favouritism looked completely justified when they surged out to a 24-3 lead. Johnsonville, however, were not to be denied and fought back gallantly to eventually go down 27-25. Try-scorers for Johnsonville were

Matt Green, Chris Loper and Siu Mareko while Green kicked a conversion and penalty and Daniel Keig also chipped in with a conversion and a penalty. That match rounded out the season for the Johnsonville Rugby Club ahead of its prize giving ceremony this Friday night.

Sports talk with Jacob Page...

Fingernail fears with the Olympics The difference between agony and joy at the Olympics comes down to centimetres and split seconds. Mahe Drysdale’s second gold medal in the single sculls rowing event by two centimetres - that’s the length of your fingernail. Julian Matthews missed the semi-finals of the 1500m by 0.39 of a second - snap your fingers and that’s how much time that is. Valerie Adams lost her bid for a third shot put gold by 21cm or two thirds of the length of your average school ruler. Four years of effort came down to the smallest of margins. So enjoy every medal, even if it is expected like Hamish Bond and Eric Murray in the rowing or Lisa Carrington in the kayaking. Just because those two gold medals were made to look easy does not mean they were. Take the New Zealand women’s hockey team for example. They seemed like a team of destiny for a medal in Rio after their dominant performance in the last eight against Australia but it has not always been this way. In the past two Olympic campaigns the team has floundered under pressure, unable to handle penalty stroke situations and finishing fourth both times. This year was no different. I’ve bemoaned our amount of silver medals, it seems like second is always a little deflating. Silvers from trap shooter Natalie Rooney and Luuka Jones in the kayak are the exceptions since they weren’t fancied to medal but coming up one short can often hurt just as much as finishing fourth.

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