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By Sharnahea Wilson

A Johnsonville man who received a social enterprise scholarship is planning to make a difference to people with disabilities. Tony King was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2014 and since then he has struggled to find work. After an extensive career in theatre, working as a technician then a lighting designer and finally a branch and project manager, Tony never imagined there would come a time where he could longer work in this field. Continued on page 2 Sub Urban Co-Working co-founder Kathleen Wright with the recipient of Sub Urbans Social Enterprise Scholarship Tony King. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

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(From left) Challenge 2000 collectors Sarah Atkinson, Nora Condra, Julius Angell-Biehlel, Erica Bradshaw and Steve O’Connor in Johnsonville Shopping Centre. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson By Sharnahea Wilson

Challenge 2000 staff and volunteers hit the streets on Friday for their annual street appeal day. The Johnsonville-based charitable organisation dedicated to

helping children and families asked the community to lend a helping hand on September 2. Staff and volunteers were set up all over Wellington throughout the day from just after 6am. They started off at the Wel-

lington Train Station and busked for donations from the community. The director of Challenge 2000 Steve O’Connor said the community had been very generous and supportive throughout the day.

“Having our boards with pictures on them makes a difference. People see them and then come and talk to us about what we do,” he said. He said the morning collection at the railway station was a huge success. “People were stopping and singing along with our buskers.” Volunteers then set themselves up at various other spots including on Lambton Quay and outside supermarkets. Their street appeal day is the biggest fundraising day of the year for Challenge 2000 which had been running for 28 years. The charity is not fully funded so it heavily relies on donations to help local young people and their families. If you did not make it out for their street appeal day it is not too late to donate to Challenge 2000.  To donate online or for more information on Challenge 2000 programmes and projects visit

Business which aims to help disabled people kick-started in Johnsonville Continued from page 1 Once he had been diagnosed Tony tried to get work in other areas but was turned down for countless jobs. This was when he decided to take matters into his own hands. “I’m annoyed that there are thousands of other disabled people in the same situation. “There are really talented people out there who want to work but they’re not getting hired.” Many years ago when he was living in Cape Town, South Africa, Tony used to make bespoke jewellery with kashmiri beads from Jaipur India. “It was just a hobby but people really seemed to like them,” he said. After receiving a scholarship from Johnsonville’s Sub Urban Co-Working, Tony delved back into jewellery making and has

started to create his business ‘Takiri’ which is Te Reo for sprouting or growing. Tony hoped his business would grow enough for him to be able to hire other people with disabilities. “If I could do this and help other people who are disabled that would be great,” he said. Tony planned to make two lines of jewellery. The first would be earrings, bangles and necklaces made using kashmiri beads and the second would be a New Zealand line using materials such as green stone and paua. Tony said Sub Urban Co-Working was a fantastic space to work and gather ideas. “People spark off each other – it’s really inspiring to watch.” Sub Urban co-founder Kathleen Wright

said it was fantastic to see Tony’s business developing. “It’s great to see things start off,” she said. Tony hoped to officially launch his business before the end of the year.  For more information on Takiri follow Tony’s blog at https://takiriblog.wordpress. com/


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Making a difference through science By Sharnahea Wilson

A young innovator who had a magnesium deficiency decided to create a science fair project that would make a difference. Year 8 student Nathan Pa rke r of Wa d e st ow n School discovered he was magnesium deficient when he went to a naturopath nurse. “I was magnesium deficient but I didn’t know,” Nathan said. “I had ticks in my legs and neck.” Nathan found that the methods for gaining extra magnesium weren’t very effective. “There was a powder and pills which did work but they had a horrid taste and texture,” he said. Nathan said they also had the side effect of a sore stomach and that was when he thought there must be a better way to digest magnesium. When the young inven-

tor went to a fair and saw Scentsy Diffuser which was lighting up in different colours and releasing steam into the air, he thought he would try and put magnesium in it and defuse it that way for his school science project. “I bought one and put a magnesium spray in the bottom.” He said the spray could sting a bit when put directly onto the skin but when he put it in the device it was more gentle. “You can just leave the diffuser next to your bed at night and the magnesium will make its way to your skin,” he said. Nathans science project was so successful that it ended up helping a student from Crofton Downs Primary School. When his mum was telling some of her friends about Nathan’s project one of the mums said her daughter was magnesium

A number of Churton Park residents are calling for a railway station to be put in Glenside for the rapidly growing population in the northern suburbs. President of the Churton Park Community Association Brian Sheppard gave a presentation to the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Sustainable Transport Community meeting in August. Brian said a railway station, accompanied with sufficient



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Nathan said it felt good to be able to help someone else out with his project. “I’m really pleased.”

Calls for extra railway station in North Wellington By Sharnahea Wilson

park-and-ride, at Rowells Road in Glenside would assist commuter travel for the expanding suburbs of Churton Park and Grenada North. “We request that the Greater Wellington Regional Council reconsiders its previously stated intention only to review in 2017 whether there is any priority for this development,” Brian stated. “We ask instead that consideration be given to determining the earliest practicable date for its completion.” Grenada Village Community

Association chairperson Bruce Patterson said he would like to see a full investigation into whether the railway station at Rowells Road would be a viable option. He said part of catering to the increasing population in North Wellington would involve building “necessary infrastructure particularly roading and public transport”. “There would have to be considerable community consultation particularly with Glenside residents.” Regional Councillors Daran

Ponter and Sue Kedgley were in favour of the potential train station. “The railway line already cuts through the neighbourhood,” Mr Ponter said. “A full cost-benefit analysis will be required.” Ms Kedgley agreed and said it was a “wonderful and innovative idea”. “It would offer an alternative means of transport to the rapidly expanding population of Churton Park, Glenside and Granada, and would help to ease congestion at Ngauranga”.

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Young engineers put their bridges to the test By Sharnahea Wilson

Young students have been testing their engineering skills by creating life-sized bridges over the past five weeks. As part of a neighbourhood engineering programme with IPENZ, two groups of students from Newlands Intermediate School got the chance to make bridges out of wood and PVA glue then test them over the Belmont Stream in Seton Nossiter Park. The intermediate students started off their projects by building smallscale bridges out of popsicle sticks after they were given advice from two engineers from Wellington’s Beca. Engineers Eremia Tapsell and Eric Osborne of Beca volunteered to talk to the students about what makes a good bridge. “They came down to the river at the start and measured how long it needed to be but the kids did the rest of the measurements themselves after that,” Eric said. “I’m impressed by their workmanship.” Eremia said both the Cable Stay Bridge and the Truss Bridge needed to be designed to have a breaking point. “The bridges need to have a certain breaking point so [the students] don’t

Newlands Intermediate School students Jadon Chu, 11, and Abi Steel, 11, test out their Cable Stay bridge. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

over design them,” he said. Newlands Intermediate principal Angela Lowe said the students used every opportunity to work on their bridges. “They were really excited about it. We even had an opening day for the students’ parents to come and see what they have been working on.” Eleven-year-old students Jadon Chu and Abi Steel helped work on the Cable Stay Bridge which was the first to be put to the test. “At first the goal was to have it

hold five people but now I’m not sure if that will happen,” Jadon said. Abi said it was great to be part of a team throughout the project. “To make the bridge we needed to collaborate and being in a team makes it easier,” she said. Both bridges held two students each before they broke into the river. “When things don’t go according to plan it doesn’t matter because that’s when you learn something,” Angela said.

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A talented young poet was given an incredible opportunity when she was selected to take part in a poetry masterclass. Year 13 student Nina Richardson of Samuel Ma r sden Col leg iat e School was shortlisted in this year’s International Institute of Modern Letters’ National Schools Poetry Award, which coincided with National Poetry Day. The competition was

judged by Victoria University writer in residence Anne Kennedy and 10 gifted poets got the opportunity to attend a masterclass with Anne and fellow poet James Brown. Nina was excited to have been shortlisted for the prestigious masterclass and said she enjoyed poetry as it was a more intense form of writing. “My poem was called ‘Inside Out’ and it was about how delicate we are as people,” Nina

explained. She said the masterclass was a fantastic opportunity for young, aspiring writers. “We spent the afternoon talking about other poets and unpacking different techniques. The workshop was really inspiring.” Nina hoped to continue her writing next year with a plan to complete a journalism internship in England. Inter national Institute of Moder n Letters Director professor

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A tasty new idea for community events By Sharnahea Wilson

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A local community centre is hoping to bring people together through community events by providing a brand new kai cooker. The New Zealand-made kai cooker with four baskets can make hangi-style meals for up to 40 people. The Johnsonville Community Centre will be letting the kai cooker, which arrived last week, out to anyone who would like to host a community event. Community centre coordinator Jan Pike

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said she thought the kai cooker was a wonderful idea to help bring locals together. “It’s a typical New Zealand way of doing things. It might give people a new idea for their community events.” The Wellington City Council provided the kai cookers to the Johnsonville Community Centre for the Northern and Western Suburbs and to Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre for the Southern and Eastern suburbs. Wellington City Council neighbourhood development manager Angela Rampton said food is a universal connector of people and

the kai cooker is a change from barbecues. “We are wanting to encourage more neighbourhood and community events to bring people together,” she said. There will not be a charge on the cooker but there will be a $50 bond to ensure it is returned clean and in good condition. A gas bottle will be provided with the kai cooker and groups will need to organise to fill with gas themselves.  To contact the Johnsonville Community Centre about the new kai cooker call 4788628.

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Cashmere Home resident artist Avis Higgs is a regular attendee Arts therapist Patricia Hay and Cashmere Home of the home’s Arts in Motion art resident Kevin Collett discuss art during Cashmere’s therapy group. Arts in Motion art therapy.

Creating art is proven to have therapeutic benefits, and now one Wellington rest home is seeing first hand the benefits for its elders. Since March Enliven’s Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home in Johnsonville, which cater mainly for elders who need hospital level care, have been running fortnightly Arts in Motion art therapy classes. Arts therapist Patricia Hay says the therapy offers many benefits regardless of the elders’ abilities. “There is no right or wrong when it comes to art, and residents often get a sense of satisfaction and achievement with their creations,” says Patricia “Art-making can help improve cognitive function and helps keep people physically active. Using different materials stimulates the senses and many enjoy working with the all the bright colours.” She says the art therapy classes also foster relationships and good conversation between residents of Cashmere.

“Art provokes reminiscing and helps people to share their memories and feelings with each other. People enjoy getting to know each other better while they make art together,” says Patricia. “One resident, for example, paints a lot of landscapes of Karaka Bay during the sessions because it’s a place she remembers fondly and is special to her. She shares her memories of her life with the group as she paints, and you can see the joy in her eyes when she is taken back in time to relive those memories.” Cashmere Home resident Kevin Collett says the home’s art therapy sessions is something he looks forward to. “Painting has always been a hobby of mine and I like to paint anything – I really enjoy it.”  For more information about Enliven’s Cashmere Home or Cashmere Heights Home, both located on Helston Road in Johnsonville, free phone 0508 ENLIVEN (0508 36 54 83) or visit www.enlivencentral.

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Cyber safety seminar As part of the Marsden outreach to the Wellington community, Marsden Parents’ Association is inviting people interested in learning about how to keep their children safe online, while helping them get the most out of what technology offers, to attend a seminar run by Digital Educator Karen Spencer from Netsafe, at Marsden School in Karori, on Wednesday, September 7. RSVP to by September 5. Entry by donation.

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A community clean-up day in Johnsonville proved to be a success when 40 full bags of rubbish were collected. Local resident Sarah Duignan said the new Keep Johnsonville Beautiful initiative ran its first clean-up day on Saturday. About 30 people including members of Lions and Rotary as well as students from St Bridgid’s School showed up to help out. Wellington City Councillor for the Northern Ward Malcolm Sparrow

said there was a good amount of people show up on the day. “It’s always amazing how much rubbish is collected.” He said although it would be great if people did not throw their rubbish on the ground in the first place, it was good to see the community get together to help out. “It was a good community exercise,” he said. Deputy Mayor Justin Lester and council candidates Jill Day, John Apanowicz and Peter Gilberd also helped out on the day.

Each collector was treated to free barbecued sausages, provided by Peter, when the clean-up was over. The Keep Johnsonville Beautiful group also gave each participant canvas tote bags and t-shirts featuring the group’s logo which was designed by Pip Bradley. As co-organiser of the clean-up Sarah was delighted practical action was now underway. “We also aim to talk to local schools and businesses to see how we can reduce the build-up of litter in the first place,” she said.





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Exciting opportunity for promising dancer One local student was lucky enough to attend a summer ballet course at the prestigious English National Ballet School in the holidays. Queen Margaret College student Heidi Craig was one of a select number of dancers to be chosen for the course held in London. The course offered different experiences each day and students took part in a variety of technique, pointe, contemporary and repertoire classes. “I also took a pas de deux class with the boys, a character class to learn the different national dance styles and a master class with a guest teacher,” Heidi said. Heidi, who has been dancing since she was three years old said working with international dancers was an incredible

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In Johnsonville a white Mitsubishi Lancer station wagon parked overnight on the street in Old Coach Road was stolen. Two cars parked in Fraser Avenue had petrol siphoned from the tanks during the night. A white Holden Astra drove off without paying for petrol it had drawn from a pump at a service station in Johnsonville Road. CCTV footage identifying the vehicle and driver has been passed to Police. A shopper at a supermarket in Johnsonville Road had her Apple Iphone stolen from her trolley while walking around the store. A guinea pig hutch at a house in Kipling Street was damaged when a young male was seen kicking it. The sides and roof were damaged. This is a repeat

offence against the guinea pig hutch. An unlocked aviary at a property in Dominion Park Street was entered and sixty canaries were stolen. In Newlands a white Subaru Legacy car parked in the driveway of a house in Kenmore Street was broken into and taken. It was located further down the street. The ignition barrel had been pulled out. The vehicle had not been running properly and this is believed to be the reason it was dumped. A blue Toyota Prado station wagon parked overnight on the street in Cara Crescent had its LED light stolen from the roof of the vehicle. A red Ford Fiesta hatchback parked overnight in Bracken Road had the front and rear registration plates stolen.


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Support group creates success stories By Sharnahea Wilson

A support group for parents with children who are struggling at school is up and running in Wadestown. When a group of friends realised they each had a child who was finding school difficult for various reasons they got together and decided to start a support group. One of the organisers of the group, Anne Lord of Ngaio, said when you have a child who is struggling at school it can be “incredibly hard and quite isolating”. “There is often a lot of pressure to succeed,” she said. Anne said the parents in the group have children who suffer from a variety of difficulties from dyslexia to asperger’s. The group which has a roll of about 20 parents from across Wellington meets once a month and discusses a different

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St Benedict’s School students and their dads celebrated Father’s Day with a special breakfast on Friday. Children and their dads from the Khandallah-based school look forward to the Father’s Day breakfast every year and this year was no exception. The Help our Kids committee organise the event each year and the mums make the morning possible by setting up, cleaning up, and arriving at 6am to cook the food. Organisers of the day Kylie Faitaua and Madeleine Berry said the Father’s Day breakfast was a nice chance for children and their dads to spend time together, and for students to show their dads around their classrooms.

“Some even stay for prayer if there’s time,” Kylie said. The students and their dads were treated to bacon and egg rolls, egg roti and sausages in bread. The breakfast feast was accompanied by tea, coffee and juice. One of the students described the breakfast as the “best to date” while one of the dads said he enjoyed “having a relaxed breakfast with my children in their school environment”. Guests of the Father’s Day breakfast also enjoyed a lolly-jar guessing game and a raffle which was donated by sponsors from the local community. “Although we see it as a community feel good occasion the money we do make goes towards equipment and resources for our children,” Kylie said.

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topic at each meeting. “There’s a nice supper then we each have the chance to speak,” she explained. The meetings are facilitated by a trained coordinator from Family Works who can also offer her knowledge. Anne said children who struggle at school often require more time and money which becomes difficult to balance, especially when there are other siblings too. “The meetings have made a big difference. For a lot of people it’s hard to find someone who understands,” Anne said. “A lot of the families now have really great success stories.” The group meet at the Wadestown Presbyterian Church and anyone is welcome to join.

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across the Wellington region. Thorndon School Student leader Zena is among a group of student leaders who are organising a fun filled fundraiser at the school this Friday. She said by celebrating Onesie Day, students could help ensure patients in need got the help they deserved. Zena had her own experience of needing the ambulance when she had a terrible asthma attack

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recently. “The ambulance came. They were really nice, they were friendly and calmed me down and stuff,” Zena said. “Sometimes people need help quickly and they can’t afford it. They might not have a car, or it might be really serious and they don’t have the money to pay. “That’s why it’s so important that we have our free ambulance.”

Zena said students were in for a treat as part of Friday’s celebrations. “We’re having a bake sale with cookies, cakes, muffins and yummy stuff,” Zena said. “Everyone is going to dress up in their onesie or pyjamas for a gold coin.”  To donate this Onesie Day, give to a collector, text 4462 to donate $3, or visit www.wfa.

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There is a real buzz around the capital this month as locals gear up to celebrate Bee Aware Month. Bee Aware Month helps to raise awareness around the crucial role bees play in our lives. The bee population in New Zealand contributes about $5 billion to the country’s economy annually, and supports about one third of everything kiwis eat. As well as this, New Zealand manuka honey was some of the highest valued honey in the

world. Throughout September, the Wellington City Council will work with community groups and stakeholders to deliver a series of events to spread the word about bees. The council will also work to encourage residents to get involved and make a difference. Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown, said Bee Aware Month was a great opportunity to highlight the importance of bees and their pollination to Wellington and New Zealand.

“Our native bees are important to our urban ecology, and honey bee pollination is essential to our wider food production systems. “Wellington City Council is aiming to be a completely beefriendly city and we are working towards that through things like including using non-toxic products on our plants, growing seasonal flowers to support bee populations’ delicate ecosystems, and having bee hives on public reserves,” she said. The council’s urban agricul-

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Ballot is out for Bledisloe Garden Reception

Crowds gather at last year’s Bledisloe Garden Reception.

The ballot for invitations to next year’s Waitangi Day Bledisloe Garden Reception at Government House in Wellington has opened online. This is the third year Government House has held a ballot for invitations and Government House Official Secretary Greg Baughen said the ballot has proved to be a popular innovation. “The Bledisloe Garden Reception is a wonderful occasion and the ballot gives people from all over the country the opportunity to join with the Governor-General in celebrating our national day,” he said. Guests at the Bledisloe Garden Reception would enjoy an afternoon of entertainment and refreshments on the North Lawn at Government House, with Dame Patsy Reddy, who will be sworn in as GovernorGeneral later this month. Four hundred invitations will be available to ballot entrants and while people who have already attended a Bledisloe Reception are welcome to enter again, preference

will be given to those wishing to attend for the first time. “We want the opportunity to spend Waitangi Day at Government House to be spread amongst as many people as possible,” Mr Baughen said.  The Waitangi Day Bledisloe Reception will be held at Government House in Wellington on Monday, February 6, 2017. Each person entering the ballot will be able to nominate a guest to attend with them. The ballot will close at midnight on Sunday, September 18. People entering the Bledisloe Reception ballot are required to be 18 and over, although they may nominate a guest who is under 18.

Ngaio’s new abstract art workshops An exciting new opportunity for those who are keen on gaining some artistic skills is on its way to Ngaio. A series of monthly adult art workshops tutored by local artist Paula Kerslake will start soon at Sam’s Art House in Ngaio. Sunday, September 18 will mark the beginning of the monthy worskshop series. Participants will get the chance to explore abstract art and practice techniques of modern dot pointillism, zen doodle and painting abstract flowers. Paula, who has a Diploma in Art and Creativity and exhibits her artwork both

nationally and internationally, said her workshops were perfect for both beginners and experienced artists who wished to expand their imagination, master new skills and have fun. “My life’s goal is to inspire everyone I meet to fall in love with art and find their creative voice through art” she said. Her innovative and fun art workshops are popular in the North Island.  For more information and to qualify for the workshop early bird registration special, contact Paula at or on 0273341388.

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Brooke McCaw, 14, from Wellington Girls College with her entry “Social media use and teenage empathy”. Brooke got 3rd in Marcus Del Favero, 12, year 7 from South the year 10 Statistics New Zealand prize Wellington Intermediate School

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Michelle Lee, 13, from Samuel Marsden Collegiate with her entry “Driven to Distraction”. Michelle came 3rd in the Year 9 category

Eric Vaclavek, 10, of Newlands Intermediate with his entry “How steamy does it get?”. Eric won three prizes including higly commended, the Opus International Consultants Ltd prize and Doreen Gates Memorial Prize

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Wellington students have been showcasing their flair for science. From August 31 until September 3 students from Wellington region intermediate and secondary schools (Years 7 to 13) displayed their innovative, original and creative science and technology exhibits at Victoria University. The 52nd regional NIWA Wellington Science and Technology Fair proved popular with friends, family and the inquisitive and academic fraternity who read, touched and interacted with the huge and varied array of exhibits.

The fair encouraged students to explore science and technology through research, then to construct and present exhibits for judging. Each exhibit was judged for a plethora of generous prizes offered from within the science and technology industry, academia, government, charity, association and society, and from memorial funds. The fairs also take place in five other centres across the country and involve over 20,000 students.  For further information go to: www. science-and-technology-fairs

Carlos Mendonca, 14, from Onslow College with his entry “The uptake of nitrogen in polluted water”. Carlos won the Victoria University Faculty of Science prize and first prize in Year 10

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Get involved in Conservation Week! This year Conservation Week is 10-18 September, it’s a full week, including two weekends, of fun and inspiring activities, events, competitions and experiences for conservation. Head along to a local event, we have 12 happening in the Wellington region. Conservation Days are happening at Zealandia on Sunday 11 September and Wellington Zoo on Sunday 18 September, or check out the Pest Feast at the Harbourside Market on either Sunday morning. Take along a weed and swap it for a free native plant. We’re also holding a public talk looking at what it would take to get a Predator Free

Capital - search events details on our website. As well as events, DOC are running five family friendly competitions with amazing prizes. Go exploring around the region for caches as part of the National Geocaching Challenge, play the Whio Boot Camp video game, send us photos of nasty weeds to enter the Dirty Dozen Competition or get your class group to become Habitat Heroes and work to improve a part of your local environment. There are plenty more ideas of fun things to do to connect to nature at our website. Get involved, join the team!

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Onslow - Western Ward Candidates Over the coming weeks we will be profiling candidates ahead of the 2016 local government elections. This week we put a series of questions about primary issues across Wellington City to the Onslow - Western Ward candidates for the Wellington City Council.

1. Are you in favour of the proposed airport extension? 2. Are you in favour of more cycle-ways in Wellington? 3. Are you in favour of WCC paying the large part of the $10 million+ upgrade of the Cable Car before 2026 so that it does not have to close down? 4. Are you in favour of any amalgamation of councils in the Wellington region? 5. Are you in favour of a second Mt Victoria traffic tunnel? 6. Are you in favour of light rail transport between the airport and the CBD? 7. Are you in favour of medium-density housing in Karori, Khandallah and Newlands? If so, do you think there should be a set number of parks for each building? 8. What do you believe is a reasonable residential rates increase per annum? 9. Do you think the council should work with Stride to plan for an upgraded shopping centre in Johnsonville?

Diane Calvert 1. No unless for some reason it is proven safe and economically viable. 2. Yes, as part of a balanced approach with other transport needs. 3. Yes. 4. Yes for those communities who want it e.g. Wairarapa; other groupings can be reconsidered later. 5. Yes if part of a broader SH1 solution to relieve congestion. 6. Possibly as part of a future wider network and subject to demand, viability and funding.

Ray Chung 8. A modest increase of 2-3% if there is added value and investment. However, we are not seeing this and core services and projects are slipping. I’m just as concerned with additional spending through poor governance & leadership; and projects that don’t have the support of the community. 9. The Council needs to make both Johnsonville and Karori town centres a priority and work with all those involved (including local communities) to get redevelopment back on track. Progress has slipped and both town centres have been in limbo. They are a key priority for me if elected.

7. WCC’s “cookie-cutter” MDH rules are totally disconnected from a suburb’s characteristics, infrastructure, parking requirements, available public amenities and future community needs. I’m a strong community advocate on MDH issues & support better quality solutions for housing supply. Council’s community engagement and transparency (a key focus for me) must improve.

1. No. The Runway extension proposal in its present form is unacceptable. There’s no solid business case for this and no major airlines who are interested in this. Wellington International Airport is a private company owned 66 per cent by Infratil and 34 per cent by WCC. If there is a case to extend this runway the cost should be borne by the airport company, I.E., Infratil and the WCC according to their ownership proportions. 2. Yes. If these cycle ways are well-planned and in areas where there is an obvious need such as Petone to Wellington but not in narrow city streets and definitely not in the northern suburbs. 3. Yes. I’m under the impression that if the WCC make the cable car part of the regional transport system, it will be eligible for government transport grants and avoid the WCC from having to pay for this upgrade. 4. No. I haven’t been convinced of any efficiencies or synergy for amalgamation of councils in the Wellington region.

there can be significant savings from the original studies made so these should be investigated further. 7. No, I think these cramped developments undermine the special character of these suburbs. The examples in Johnsonville and other suburbs leave us with houses crammed together on tiny sections, and no space for off-street parking. My vote at council will be to preserve our community. 8. The better question is - what value do we get for the rates rises already lumped on us? Residential ratepayers pay 23% more now than we did 5 years ago. Do we get 23% more services for that money? Ratepayers certainly haven’t had a pay rise of 23%. 9. Council should always work with businesses that have well-reasoned business plans that will stimulate growth. I support any initiative that brings more jobs to Wellington.

5. Yes. We need to increase the efficiency of traffic flows and remove bottlenecks through the city. 6. Yes. The most recent publicity indicates that

Closing statement I live, work and have raised a family here in Onslow-Western. My priorities are 1. Communities (Housing, Town Centres, business growth) 2. Our city’s service and assets (public spaces and infrastructure) 3. Transport options (improving SH1, public transport). Vote #1 for me if you want positive progress for our community.

Paul Douglas 1. Yes 2. Yes 3. No 4. Yes

Closing statement If elected to council, I will represent the views and concerns of the ratepayers in the Onslow-Western ward and ensure that your rates are put to the best possible use and with your agreement. I will have regular meetings with all groups in this ward to ensure that I can best understand your views.

Andy Foster 8. 8. 5 per cent or less preferably 4 to 5 per cent 9. No, because there are uncertainties around enough people/numbers shopping there.

5. Yes 6. Yes 7. No, mainly because the use of School land may change soon. School kids will be able to work at home, freeing up some school land for developments, enabling the avoidance of urban expansion, and intensification. Also, the areas mentioned are generally earthquake & liquefaction prone, with faultlines.

1. Will depend on whether it can get over some very tough hurdles: consent, demonstrated airline commitment, robust economic case and obtain funding. If it can I will support it, if it doesn’t I won’t. 2. Yes – they are part of an integrated transport solution. 3. This was a media beat up – the Cable Car is not closing down and future capital work will be paid for between NZTA, GWRC and WCC. 4. Yes - Wairarapa, and pursuing more shared services 5. Probably – I think a tunnel is very likely to be part of a multi-modal package we will consult on in early 2017. 6. Yes, in time as a bus based system exceeds capacity. I think this probably will come in 10-20 years and we need to allow space for it.

schemes especially where close to public transport and shops as part of the answer. Fewer carparks may also be appropriate for dwellings targeted to older residents. 8. Under 3 per cent per annum average. I want much closer scrutiny of budgets by a budget taskforce including external people, and to spread some large capital items over a longer period (concert venue/reduce cost of Basin lights), be much tighter on contingencies, and have a more disciplined structure around budget bids. 9. Absolutely. We’ve upgraded the roading in preparation, expanded the pool and upgraded Alex Moore Park, with a new library coming soon. I want to work with Stride on public transport interchange design, parking, ability to walk through the site, road crossings and urban design improvements.

7. ‘Medium Density’ is actually only similar to areas like Mt Victoria. We are about to review parking policy. We will consider car share

Closing statement I’m a Capital&CoastDHB candidate. Two big challenges are:a)Water & its treatment & quality, and b)Housing. I believe Wellington school sites & structures will change dramatically in the near future involving new buildings for kids & teachers & retirement villages, freeing up properties outside schools.

Closing statement I’m working with NZTA and GWRC on ‘Let’s Get Wellington Moving’. We’ll cover urban design and all transport modes right across the central city and beyond. We’re seeking public ideas. Extensive analysis and modelling will be undertaken. Early next year you’ll see several packages. I’m sure tunnels will be in there.

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Onslow - Western Ward Candidates Over the coming weeks we will be profiling candidates ahead of the 2016 local government elections. This week we put a series of questions about primary issues across Wellington City to the Onslow - Western Ward candidates for the Wellington City Council.

1. Are you in favour of the proposed airport extension? 2. Are you in favour of more cycle-ways in Wellington? 3. Are you in favour of WCC paying the large part of the $10 million+ upgrade of the Cable Car before 2026 so that it does not have to close down? 4. Are you in favour of any amalgamation of councils in the Wellington region? 5. Are you in favour of a second Mt Victoria traffic tunnel? 6. Are you in favour of light rail transport between the airport and the CBD? 7. Are you in favour of medium-density housing in Karori, Khandallah and Newlands? If so, do you think there should be a set number of parks for each building? 8. What do you believe is a reasonable residential rates increase per annum? 9. Do you think the council should work with Stride to plan for an upgraded shopping centre in Johnsonville?

Thomas Morgan 1. Yes. Providing that commitment is achieved in it resulting in improved transport services by the major players. 2. No. Of course the benefits of cycling are wellknown. The issue is down to risk on ALL Wellington streets and roads. If likely assessed as too great then the idea is untenable. Christchurch is likely a far better option for road cycling. 3. Yes. It is an icon piece of Wellington infrastructure, a tourism drawcard and an effective form of transport. 4. In general it is cost-effective, efficient and business wise to limit duplication of various aspects of common services. Geographical similarities do assist and merging the Hutt Valley councils is a typical example of potentials. Not really an issue for Wellington City Council if not involved. 5. Yes. It does seem to be a likely eventuality. A redesign of the Basin traffic flow may also assist for a very low cost subject to expert opinion and testing.

Matthew Plummer Specific industry training is in development now. I concur the reasons here:- your-council/projects/housing-choice-and-supply/ medium-density-housing Wellington needs to be wary of Auckland and stay ahead of housing issues. Happy to discuss further here: https://www.facebook. com/ThomasMorganToday-128482767198083/ or 8. Rates cannot be determined by wish, they are determined by business cases and perceived needs and wants of the community. Picking a number is reckless and irresponsible, rates are not a ‘wish list’ item. Rates could, however, be scaled to income with possibly other funding methods in the future. 9. The plans by Stride look very good. With only 7 per cent of retailing being on-line good shopping environments are vital. With highly changeable weather, the strong NZ economy and an aging population, the property improvements are advantageous. I am happy to provide Stride any assistance possible, keep up the good work!

6. Yes. The route and patronage are two deciding factors however and assessment of these would decide the matter. The likely route would require a Mt Victoria tunnel and largely follow SH1.

Closing statement Council is your vehicle to progress and the election is a job application of the strangest sort. Don’t get distracted by the issues. Look at the candidates, their abilities in all facets of the role in providing governance, support, advocacy and hard work. Hopefully I’ve demonstrated that here.

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2. Yes with provisos. Cycle-ways should be well thought out in relation to priority terrain, and design that should fit within being safe, and take into account the character and the needs of the area where it is being placed. 3. The WCC will continue to fund the Cable Car, as it is totally iconic to Wellington. 4. Not at the moment, as there is little community will for it currently, and shared services is the way to go in the short to medium term. 5. Yes. Absolutely. Twin tunnels have been mooted for decades. It should have been a priority years ago!

2. In the suburbs, no. In the CBD, yes. Council’s focus should be on mountain-biking to a much greater degree – this is Wellington’s real success story. 3. Yes, but we need to re-examine ticket prices. One off single and return tickets should be much more expensive, in recognition of the cable car’s draw as a tourist experience. Multi / monthly tickets should remain at current prices. 4. No, but we should increase back office cooperation to deliver services more efficiently, like we’ve done with water. 5. Yes 6. Not in the next decade, but I support it as a long term objective.

better fit for the young couples, single people and students that are driving housing demand. MDH will exacerbate transport poverty and change our suburbs’ character. 8. Residential and commercial rates should be frozen at inflation. This means council needs to save around $6million a year – about the same cost as the unwanted Frank Kitts Park / Chinese Garden redevelopment. We can freeze rates while continuing investment in our parks, libraries and pools. 9. Council should focus on keeping commercial rates down, so Stride has the confidence to invest. And we need to tackle the red-tape culture that is holding Wellington’s businesses back – my hunch is the building consents process is increasingly seen as a revenue generation tool.

7. Totally opposed to MDH. We need to focus new housing in the CBD, where the infrastructure is already in place – it’s a much

Closing statement

7. I’m in favour, I’ve been using it for years. Governance and management can be an issue.

1. It would have to be compelling re business case, environmental concerns, and having an airline to fly long haul.

1. No

7. I would only be supportive medium density housing it fits into the character and identity of an area. The housing stock provided, should well designed, sensibly constructed, and not be congested. Yes there should be a set number of onsite parks for each dwelling, and especially where on street parking is at a premium. 8. Reasonable rates rises could be capped at 3-4%, however if we can increase our rating base, and reduce areas of council which are inefficient, then we can potentially keep increases even lower. The aim would be to keep rates rises to the inflation rate, and not reduce key council services. 9. Yes absolutely.

6. Yes potentially in the future. Let’s go the electric bus way first though and see how they stack up.

Closing statement It has been an honour to serve Onslow Western this term. I have worked tremendously hard for our area. Successes have been achieved. I have gained an immeasurable amount of experience and expertise over this triennium, which will hold me in good stead for the future. I will be standing on the following policies: To keep Onslow Western and Wellington Vibrant and Safe, to work cohesively and collaboratively with our communities, other stakeholders, and also with Council, to encourage progression of our Economic Growth to protect, and foster our environment and quality of life options. www.

I have spent the past month knocking on thousands of doors across the Western suburbs, and two themes have emerged. There’s a very real fear of the rates increases in the years ahead, and a strong sense that the Council should not be bankrolling Infratil on the runway extension. If elected I will represent these views on Council, by backing a rates freeze, and for Council to focus on more pressing infrastructure priorities than the runway. We need to work with central government to sort out our congestion, and we need to tackle our water resilience.

Couple gets the help they need A Taranaki man has been staying in the Mary Stewart House following a flooring diagnosis. Born, bred and living on a Taranaki Dairy farm, Tony Dravitzki is a quintessentially Kiwi bloke, a semi-retired farmer whose into “hard yakka, the outdoors and family”. In April, the 57 year old found out he had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (a cancer normally found in children). Since then the wheels have been in nonstop motion, propelling him on a journey of healing. After a few weeks staying in Palmerston North for chemotherapy, Tony and his wife Denise had to move to Wellington for stem cell replacement. They found refuge under the roof of Margaret Stewart House - the Cancer Society of Wellington’s onsite accommodation at Wellington Hospital, for out-of-towners needing cancer related treatment. “I couldn’t really be here to support him without MSH,” Denise said. “I just wouldn’t have been able to do the job that I do as his support person. We have been able to have the kids and grandkids here, to stay in our room too. It is so, so great.” “Yeah I agree,” Tony said. “Without a doubt, MSH has lifted an incredible amount of stress off my shoul-

ders. I spent two whole weeks in isolation and Denise was allowed to stay at Mary Stewart House which is five minutes away. That made the world of difference. It’s another home away from home for us.”

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Capital Premier League champions one step closer to promotion By Sharnahea Wilson

Waterside Karori’s Premier football team are one step closer to gaining promotion to the Central League after a victory over Team Taranaki at the weekend. After taking out the Capital Premier League title Wharfies now have the chance to step up into the elite men’s football division for the Lower North Island. The first of the two-game playoff saw Wharfies win 1-0 thanks to a second half header from Brett Mcbride in harsh conditions at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth. “Gaining promotion would mean everything to the club,” Premier team manager Mike Hornsby said. He said as a club, Waterside Karori had spent the last few years working on an extensive development programme to ensure young players who come through are keen to stick with the club. “They need the opportunity to play at the highest level,” he said.

Mike said having the talented premier players coaching the younger players had been hugely beneficial to the club. After coming second in the Capital Premier League last year, team captain Leo Villa of Argentina stuck around for another year in the hopes of getting that final playoff chance again. “Last year we lost the final game. This year we had the chance to win the league with two games to go,” he explained. Premier team coach Martin Pereyra Garcia said the team had trained well and they were ready to face Team Taranaki. “It’s about what we do. As long as we do what we have been practicing at training we will be fine.” The second leg will be played at Petone Memorial Park on Saturday with a 2.30pm kickoff and locals are encouraged to get out and show their support for Karori. A win or a draw on Saturday will see Wharfies gain promotion to the Central League.

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The media versus McCaw How much is too much Richie McCaw? It feels like the worm is turning for arguably the greatest All Black ever as he is paraded at sporting events, social events and even his own movie premiere. A man who could do no wrong after leading his rugby mad country to two World Cup final wins is reaching exposure saturation point, right? McCaw has been portrayed, by others not himself, as a quiet, humble, typical Kiwi guy. Yet the first year of his rugby exile has been anything but quiet. But I don’t believe it is all his fault. McCaw got engaged - most people do. He supported said fiancé with her Olympic quest - we all would do the same thing in that position. He competed in a multisport event - a common occurrence for the fit and able. All of those reasonably generic things gain added scrutiny because he is Richie McCaw. Sure there is his movie and hometown of Kurow wanting to make a statue of him (which looks hideous in early drafts) but this is the price he pays for his success and the price we pay for having media who have become obsessed over the ‘celebrity’ instead of the news. Stories on McCaw, Lorde, Sonny Bill Williams, Steven Adams and even Anna Guy get way too much priority for the complete lack of news value they have. In a weird way, McCaw should be applauded for accepting the media scrutiny as well as he does. Perhaps he is a shy, quiet guy but it’s unlikely that we, as New Zealanders will ever get to find out. For the next 50 years he will be wheeled out at every major rugby moment and let’s be honest, this is New Zealand so there will be plenty of them. Brace yourselves for the McCaw wedding album, McCaw’s first child - it’s all coming. Don’t like it, don’t read it and don’t follow me into the cinema to watch his movie this week.

(From left) Karori Premier Team manager Mike Hornsby, Golden Boot winner Facundo Barbero, team captain Leo Villa and coach Martin Pereyra Garcia hope to gain Central League promotion. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

Victory for local hockey team

Sharkettes take shield North Wellington women’s football team battled it out against a team from the Island Bay United Association Football Club. Norths lost out to Island Bay’s Sharkettes 3-0 on Sunday. The Island Bay women are now the new proud holders of the Executive Shield.

Regional Netball The WelTec Regional Division 1 Netball is all wrapped up and St Mary’s came out on top after beating Sacred Heart 31-24 in the final game of the season on August 22. Queen Margaret College took out third place after taking out Wellington East 26-19.

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School’s 1st XI hockey team took out the recent Jenny Hair Cup.

A local team has taken out a national secondary schools hockey competition after a convincing victory last week. The 1st XI hockey team from Marsden Collegiate School faced Kings College in the 2016 fi nal of the Jenny Hair Cup on Friday. The Marsden team, coached by Jess McFadyen, took a 2-0 win over their opponents in the

final of what was an exhausting five-day tournament. The first goal scorer Tara Duus, an impressive young exchange student from Germany, shot the ball into the goal during the 35th minute of what was an intense game for the women’s teams. Maia Shackelford then secured the game with the team’s second goal in the 55th minute.

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