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Drag n adventures By Sharnahea Wilson

One young local actor took part in a magical adventure when he was chosen to play a role in newly-released Disney movie Pete’s Dragon. Levi Alexander of Cashmere Avenue School in Khandallah is turning six this Wednesday, but he was just four-years-old when the film was being shot in New Zealand. Continued on page 2 Levi Alexander, 6, features in the new film about a boy and a dragon.PHOTO: SHARNAHEA WILSON


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Community cat causes worry after being found covered in paint By Sharnahea Wilson

Lola the Aro Park cat is a beloved creature who spends her time lazing outside the community centre or strolling in the park being petted by members of the local community. This cat is so well-loved that she even has her very own facebook page. Last week Aro Valley residents were outraged when Lola was discovered with paint on her back. Jonnathan Anderson was on his way to work when he saw Lola. “I went over to give her a pat and I saw her whole back was covered in paint,” he said. Jonnathan tried his best to clean the paint then posted on facebook to let people know what happened and to see if anyone could help. “When I saw her in the wind and rain cov-

ered in paint I was beside myself,” he said. “She’s part of the Aro community.” Jonnathan said it was cool to see so many people knew Lola and cared enough to go out and find her. Lola was then taken to the Wellington SPCA and was cleaned up and given food. Though many of the local residents believed Lola was not owned by anyone, the manager of corporate services for the SPCA Rosalind Alsford said Lola was collected by her owner. “I was not aware that she was owned, evidently she is, but hangs out in the Aro Valley community park so everyone knows her,” she said. All in all it was a happy ending for this friendly neighbourhood tabby.  To check out the friendly cat head to www.

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Khandallah boy shines in new Disney movie Continued from page 1 Pete’s Dragon is a tale about a young orphan boy named Pete who claimed to live in the woods with a friendly dragon. A family who discovers Pete sets out to discover if the fantastic story is true. Levi features in the prologue of the film where young Pete first comes across the green dragon Elliot. Levi’s mum Deana Elvins worked next door to an acting agency who suggested Levi audition for the part of young Pete. “When I saw what he had to do for the audition I thought it was way too hard for a four-year-old – he had to put on an American accent. “But he did really well in the audition,” Deana said. Levi said he had fun spending nine days working on the set of Pete’s Dragon in Tokoroa. “There were quite a few lines to learn and it was hard when I had to pretend not to be able to read.

“It was pretty cool when I got to run away from the wolves,” he said. The talented young performer also did his own stunt work when he was harnessed into a spinning vehicle. The film was officially released in America on August 12. There was a mini premiere held in Wellington the same night where Levi got dressed up and wore a fedora. When Levi first saw himself on the big screen he could not believe it. “I was like wow that’s a big version of me.” Other stars in the film include Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard and up-and-coming young actor Oakes Fegley. Levi also took part in a short film called Abandon Ship recently but for the most part he likes to spend his time on the soccer field. Pete’s Dragon is out in New Zealand cinemas now, so head along to the movies to see Levi in action.

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Historic telescope donated to Kelburn’s Carter Observatory By Sharnahea Wilson

A historic telescope previously owned by self-taught astronomer and enthusiast Peter Read has officially been passed onto Kelburn’s Carter Observatory. Adam Read, Peter’s son, flew over from Australia to formally donate his father’s treasured telescope to Space Place on September 9. “It makes sense to have it here where the public can enjoy it,” Adam said. Peter was born in Wellington and became a star is his own right when he presented a monthly television programme called Night Sky. Peter became known as New Zealand’s voice of Apollo and ‘the people’s astronomer’ thanks to his interviews with NASA astronauts. He broadcast live on the exciting night of the first moon landing. “Astronomy was a hobby that ended up becoming his career,” Adam said. The multi-talented Wellingtonian taught the public about astronomy at Carter Observatory and was also a gifted painter with one of his paintings exhibited in Space Place. “Carter Observatory played an important part in my father’s life and I am sure he would be glad it will remain there,” Adam said. Director of Museums Wellington Brett Mason said it was a privilege Adam chose Carter Observatory for his dad’s telescope –


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personal ownership by Peter Read means that it should be considered a Taonga of great importance not only to Wellington but nationally as well.”

A free technology session is making its way to Khandallah next week and anyone who has technology-based issues or questions can head along. Mobile computer repairs and service providers Geeks on Wheels have decided to host a free one-hour session where people can take in their devices and ask questions. “We encourage people to

bring their own devices,” event organiser Ben Emerson said. The free session will take place in Khandallah Town Hall on Wednesday, September 21 from 10.30am to 11.30am. “It’s completely open to anyone but mainly aimed at the older generations who have things like new ipads and iphones,” Ben said. Ben said as many people were not brought up using

technology there is a bit of hesitation when it comes to phones and laptops. “We have had times where people didn’t know how to use their devices then we were able to connect them with their families overseas through Skype.” Ben said hosting a free session was a great way for Geeks on Wheels to give back to the community. “It’s a way of people being

able to ask those quick questions that they might not need a full appointment for,” he said. Head along to Khandallah Town Hall next week with your tech questions and talk to the trained Geeks on Wheels technicians – no need to RSVP just show up on the day. “The hall is right next to some great little cafes so it’s the perfect place for people to grab a coffee then head on over,” Ben said.


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Last year Victor and a team of researchers launched a trial website containing 60,000 photos collected from forest habitats around Wellington and asked the public to identify the animals. This year, the group collected more than 100,000 photos and Victor said they need the public’s help in classifying them. “People will be surprised by what kind of animals are around, in say Brooklyn, and we also catch some of the native birds that are around the cameras.” Victor said it was good for users to identify both the predators

and the birdlife, “even what gets over the fence from Zealandia into the gardens”. The grant was the first of its kind and would allow Wellington City Council to support students of Victoria University who study urban ecology. Myfanwy Emeny, the council’s urban ecology team leader, was delighted with the students who came forward and the projects they proposed. “The knowledge of how our urban environment impacts on the natural environment is essential to ensuring our environment remains healthy for future generations. These students will

help us to better understand the complex interactions between people, the environment we create and the species that live around us.” The two other successful recipients were Daniel Donoghue who received $2504 for his work on supplementary feeding, foraging, and innovation in North Island kaka and Julie Whitburn who received $4630 for her work investigating children’s connection to nature in Wellington.  The website to help Victor identify birds and their predators is www.identifyanimals.

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The station broadcasts 24 hours a day on 88.0 FM and can be picked up throughout Grenada Village, Paparangi and Churton Park, as well as in parts of Johnsonville, Newlands, Woodridge and Glenside. The point of difference with this local station is that it is commercialfree so it’s all music all the time. Mix FM plays contemporary pop/ rock music, with new tracks being added weekly. Older music is covered by specialist weekday shows: The 60s at 6pm, the 70s at 7pm, the 80s at 8pm and the 90s at 9pm. “Imagine a station that plays the latest music but without the repetitiveness, one that also plays older hits but without sounding stale, and



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Local ladies got hands-on for a good cause last week when they attended the Mitre 10 Crofton Downs Ladies Night to raise money for The Life Flight Trust. Crofton Downs Mitre 10 retail supervisor Sandy Gaylard said the store raised $1604 for Life Flight through gold coin donations on the night as well as in-store donations. About 250 women joined in on ladies night and had the opportunity to take part in a variety of different DIY activities. “This gives women hands-on opportunities using power tools and the chance to talk to the reps and team members,” Sandy said. Mitre 10 had stations which included lessons about plumbing, kitchens, decorating, hardware and power-tools. Life Flight also had a station manned

by their communications manager Terri Rosenstock. “Lots of people were coming up and asking about what we do or sharing stories about how we had helped them in the past,” Terri said. She said it was a great night with lots of laughs and spot prizes, and Life Flight was grateful for the support they received from Mitre 10. “Mitre 10 Crofton Downs has been a fantastic supporter of Life Flight. They are part of the community and we rely on community support to help other people,” Terri said. Terri said each Life Flight mission costs $2500 and the organisation does four rescues, on average, each day. “Funding like this is a great help.” Sandy said the managing director of Crofton Downs Mitre 10 Brendan Hall is big on locals supporting locals and they looked forward to another successful ladies night again next year.

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Otari-Wilton’s Bush awarded top rating By Sylvie Dickson MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Wellington’s Otari- Wilton’s Bush was awarded with a top rating. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

O t a r i-Wi lton’s Bush, Wellington City Council’s native botanic garden, has been upgraded from a 5-star Garden of National Significance to a 6-star Garden of International Significance. The rating was awarded by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture New Zealand Gardens Trust. Act i ng Mayor Just i n Lester celebrated with council officers, gardeners and officials at Otari with a presentation and certificate. “This is a testament to the hard work of the team that

looks after Otari-Wilton’s Bush, protects our native plants and enhances our natural environment for thousands of visitors to enjoy each year.” The garden, established in 1926, now holds the largest collection of New Zealand plants in the country and is the only public garden entirely dedicated to native plants. The assessors particularly noted the improvements to the garden areas the team have been putting in place since the completion of the landscape development plan in 2010 and said the central collections pathway had contributed significantly

Young writer wows judges with Te Reo essay One local student is feeling on top of the world after receiving a top prize in a recent creative writing in Te Reo competition. Twelve-year-old Maarie A p a n u -i - Ba r r of O t a r i School’s Maori Immersion strand f lew to Auckland with her family last month to receive her first place certificate in He Huatau Auaha, run by the National Language Institute. The competition was divided into three age groups and Maarie took out the national award for 11 to 14-year-olds from 36 entries in her age group for her 2000 word creative essay. Her mum Hinerangi said she and her partner were proud of their daughter and grateful that Otari School’s i m mersion classes gave Maarie and her school mates the opportunity to be part of something like this. “Her piece was about a dream, a vision. We were taken aback, really. It used

lots of metaphors, showed good use of the language... We were really impressed at the way she thinks and can use Te Reo.” Hinerangi said creative writing was different from the everyday speech used at home and at school, and different again from the kind of korero (conversation) needed on the marae. “The judges commented that tamariki [children] and rangatahi [young people] have fantastic imaginations and that Maarie’s story was very descriptive.” Maarie and her siblings have been to Maori immersion classes since they started school. Hinerangi said she believed learning in Te Reo gave them a real advantage in their language abilities in bothMaori and English, as well as a broader world view. “It’s a great grounding for them.” The talented young student is more than just a word-

towards the award. Gardens Manager David Sole said the garden was something Wellingtonians would enjoy for generations. “It’s just fantastic, Otari is one of the great gardens of New Zealand and the team has worked very hard and this is the payoff.” Ota r i attracts a round 85,000 visitors each year and David is confident visitor numbers will only improve with the accreditation. “As one of only six gardens in New Zealand with this rating this will definitely raise the international profile of the garden.”

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I took the family to Zealandia, just spent two hours there and saw so many birds – It’s great because it’s sheltered, the kids had so much fun.

PreFab [café] because it has good food and a nice atmosphere.

I just like anywhere I can take my dog for a walk. It would be nice to have some more places to eat out this way.

I go anywhere, I like Wellington as a city – I’ve been here my whole life.

I like to go for a pint at the Bethel Woods on The Terrace – it has a good atmosphere, good staff and good music.

Nick Tranter Johnsonville I like to go to the movies on Courtenay Place.

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a silver 1995 Subaru Legacy parked on the street overnight in Clifford Road was stolen. It was recovered in Newlands with the doors unlocked and the ignition pulled out. A new silver Suzuki Swift hatchback parked overnight outside a house in Plumer Street was stolen overnight but returned by morning. Keys had been stolen

from the house and the car had been driven a considerable distance before being returned. It suffered some damage during the time it had been stolen. A blue Honda Elysion station wagon parked overnight in Haumia Street, possibly insecure, was stolen. It was later found in Takarua Gorge Road, Makara, where it had crashed

into a ditch and was damaged and could not be driven. A white Holden Colorado commercial utility vehicle parked during the afternoon in the supermarket carpark in Johnsonville Road had both front and rear passenger side windows smashed to gain entry. A handbag and an E book Tablet were stolen. CCTV footage covering

the incident has been made available to Police. A black Mazda commercial utility vehicle parked at the rear of business premises in Johnsonville Road during the day was tagged with pink spray paint. CCTV footage is being examined. In Newlands a house in Horokiwi Road which had been left

locked was entered with no sign of force. A box containing a large amount of cash and a laptop computer were taken from a wardrobe in a bedroom. A utility shed at the northern community gardens in Jay Street was set alight during the late evening. The gate was padlocked but entry gained through a wire mesh fence.

Exciting guest speaker for local women’s group One local women’s association is set to have an exciting guest speaker at their meeting this Saturday. The Pan Pacific and Southeast Asia Women’s Association Wellington Area Group have got a speaker lined up for their Saturday morning meeting from10am-12noon. Dame Robin Adair White DNZM is a New Zealand painter, printmaker and photographer based in Masterton.

She is recognised as an important figure for developing New Zealand’s regionalist style, with her work often depicting people in rural landscapes. Dame Robin will be talking about her life’s work and linking it to Sufferage day which is on September 19. Members of the public are invited along to the meeting at the Johnsonville Community Centre.


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Fun activities for the whole family

Dinah Cohen decided to start a website filled with family activities. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson By Sharnahea Wilson

With the school holidays coming up, one Khandallah mum decided to launch a website featuring suggestions for fun activities for the whole family. “It started off with my local friends trading recommendations of places to go with their kids in Wellington,” Dinah Cohen said. When her friend came to New Zealand from overseas with her three children Dinah thought it would be a great idea to create a website where parents could go to find activities suitable for children. The idea started off being Wellingtonbased before Dinah decided to extend the activities to a nationwide archive of ideas. Dinah’s website Kids on Board features cafes, free activities, outdoor adventures, playgrounds, pools and even rainy-day suggestions. The difference between Dinah’s website and other activities-based sites is that businesses cannot pay to feature on Kids on Board.

“This website only has places and experiences that have been recommended by other parents who have gone there with their families,” she said. If someone recommends a place, Dinah will research it before adding it to the list of activities. She would also contact businesses involved to ensure all the information is correct. “With school holidays coming up, parents are looking for things they can do with their kids. “It’s good to promote smaller businesses on the website and there’s loads of free stuff.” Dinah said the website could also be helpful to grandparents and nannies, and she has received great feedback so far. “Whenever I get positive feedback it makes the work worth it.”  To check out the website head to http:// or to recommend a place for families to go you can visit Dinah’s Facebook page







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Mayoral Candidates The Independent Herald asked Wellington City Council mayoral candidates in this year’s local government elections to answer a set of questions about current Wellington issues. Below we have profiled the eight candidates in this year’s race.

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?

Jo Coughlan 1. Yes – with conditions. We need to see how the resource consent and business case issues are addressed before making a final decision. Any city investment needs to be reflected in the city’s ownership stake, not a donation 2. Yes – assuming they’re the right cycleway in the right place, such as the high-quality harbour cycleway I’m championing. 3. Yes – it’s an important tourism asset, although we also need support from GWRC as it’s part of the public transport network. 4. No – we don’t need formal amalgamation, but we do need better sharing of resources and capabilities across council boundaries. 5. Yes - We need four lanes to the planes and to double-tunnel The Terrace and Mt Victoria because that’s how and where much of the vehicle traffic moves, and we need a high quality solution for that stretch of road. 6. No – we’ve already looked in depth at light rail, and the business case just doesn’t stack up. 7. Perhaps – we’ve seen from the CBD

Andy Foster that higher density can be high quality, and demographics are changing, but it very much depends on getting the design right and having rules that don’t destroy the character of the city. I’m a strong champion of local communities being closely involved in decisions that affect the liveability of their neighbourhoods. 8. I’m a businesswoman and mother, so I understand the importance of living within our means. The art is in balancing people’s expectations of how the Council can assist the city to grow and thrive as well as their expectation that rates will be affordable for both families and businesses. So as a city we need to have that debate every year to make sure we have the balance right. 9. The council needs to work closely with the city’s developers and make sure it doesn’t get in the way of growing our economy. But decisions about how and where to spend money on shopping centres is one that the market should be making, not the council. We can facilitate and encourage, but we can’t directly invest.

1. It 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 our transport solutions. 3. This was a media beat up – the Cable Car is not closing down. 4. Yes – Wairarapa, and pursuing more shared services. 5. Probably – this is a very likely part of a multi-modal package we will consult on next year. 6. Yes, in time. I think this will come in 10-20 years and we need to allow space for it

have more people living close to shops and public transport especially with an ageing population than lots of scattered infill. 8. Average under 3 percent. I want a budget taskforce, a much more disciplined structure to annual plan initiatives, to take longer to ‘digest’ proposed major projects, and to keep looking for places to save money. Examples are $9 m allocated for Basin Reserve lights when $2m would suffice. 9. Definitely. We completed the long awaited roading upgrade last year. We are talking to Stride about their plans, and about how to link in with public transport and parking in particular. Linking the Mall to the pool, community centre - new library is important.

7. Our population is growing. We need more housing. The CBD will take a large share, greenfields will take some, existing suburbs will take some. It is much better to

Closing statement

Closing statement

My promise is to get Wellington ready for the next 100 years of growth and make this city a place where future generations can thrive. And that’s about having the right mix of sensible policies, a great environment, affordable investments and strong, effective leadership – so vote Jo for Mayor! JoCoughlanForMayor,

I’ve played a big role in making Wellington the fantastic city we love. I want to make our great city even better, Getting Wellington Moving, providing the housing and other needs of a growing city, making our dynamic central city even better, developing long term plans with suburban communities, and continuing our leadership in environmental restoration and resilience.

Keith Johnson

Nick Leggett

1. No. Without extending the Runway Extension Safety Areas the runway will not meet international standards and will be unsafe. There is absolutely no justification for Wellington City ratepayers being made to contribute $90 million to ensure that the runway extension will be built for the benefit of private enterprise at a wider cost to the coastal environment. 2. Yes. Provided they are co-designed with full community participation. 3. Yes – but I would like to see a full feasibility costbenefit analysis first but my gut feeling is that the Cable Car is a worthwhile tourist attraction and a useful part of the urban transit system. 4. No. Amalgamation is ultimately inevitable but is not politically desirable or feasible at present. 5. Yes. As an element in a multi-interest/ multi-modal Transport Accord covering the central city that includes significant pedestrianization and cycle access and the progressive of preparatory work on mass transit/ light rail opportunities – always assuming that the cost is met by central government through the NZTA. 6. Yes. As an element in a multi-interest/ multi-modal

Transport Accord covering the central city that includes significant pedestrianisation and cycle access and the resolution of grade separation issues along SH1 from the Terrace Tunnel to the Airport – subject to financial support from central government.

1. Yes

7. Yes – but Wellington’s very constricted site limits opportunities to develop affordable housing for firsttime buyers and medium-density housing can be an asset if it is well designed [see, for example the existing ‘Paddington-style’, Sydney, NSW terraced housing in Khandallah village. But everything has to be done on a co-design, community participation basis.

4. Yes

8. The continued rates differential between business and residential rate payers must stop – for 2016-17, business rates are set to rise by 2.7 percent while householder will face a rise of 5.4 percent. Rates for both householders and businesses should be pegged at below 2 percent per annum [and ideally at the current rate of inflation when it is lower, as is true currently]. 9. Yes – we need to decentralize from the CBD to some degree and Johnsonville is well-placed to be a second-order focal point for retail and business.

Closing statement My motto is Caring about Costs – Caring about People. I have worked widely across the globe in planning and advisory roles and am dedicated to the highest standards of professional conduct. I will make sure that projects are selected on the basis of sound analysis and the implemented with economy, effectiveness, efficiency, accountability and probity. If the current crop of Big Ideas proposals passes muster [I exclude the Runway Extension here] I will restrict myself to ensuring that the investments are implemented to best advantage. However, I am highly likely to oppose any further big spending, subsidy lobbying, and wish-list proposals by councillors. I would like to see new proposals prepared for Affordable Housing, Social Housing and the development of Wellington’s Creative Arts sector.

2. Yes 3. Yes 5. Yes

9. Yes. A very deliberate planning policy change by a previous council was designed to hurt the Mall redevelopment in favour of Lambton Quay. Most people will tell you that they want a different shopping experience at Johnsonville, including a movie theatre all under one roof.

6. No 7. Yes I am in favour but only if the local community are in control of the discussion from the start so they can determine the local values that should be reflected in the planning rules for the sites. Agree with one car park per house. 8. It was a 5.5 per cent average across Wellington residential properties this year. The council that I lead will do much better than that - I would say around 3.0 – 3.5 per cent maximum for homes to ensure we are investing in infrastructure and projects that progress the city.

Closing statement As a resident of Johnsonville and an experienced political leader, I have the skills to ensure that Wellington suburbs aren’t left out at the council table. We have to better listen to community voices and let them decide on decisions that affect them. Wellington City Council needs to end its “toxic culture” by electing a Mayor who isn’t part of the problem.

Wednesday September 14, 2016

Mayoral Candidates The Independent Herald asked Wellington City Council mayoral candidates in this year’s local government elections to answer a set of questions about current Wellington issues. Below we have profiled the eight candidates in this year’s race.

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?

Justin Lester 1. Yes, but subject to three caveats: (1) resource consent approval (2) Central government support and funding; and (3) Strong commitment from an airline partner. 2. I support Wellington’s cycling framework and want to see it delivered. I have young kids and support having safer streets where motorists and cyclists are separated as best as possible. 3. Yes. 4. No, the majority of Wellingtonians have said they don’t want a super-city and I will respect this decision. 5. Yes. It’s necessary because it’s one of the major choke points in the city. 6. Yes, but a realistic timeframe is 10-12 years. In the meantime it’s necessary we preserve our public transport corridor to help get traffic moving.

Johnny Overton 7. No, I think the current design requirements are too loose, which means we are not getting good quality houses or sufficient offstreet parking. My focus will be on growing dwellings in the CBD and better planned, better quality houses in green-field locations designated for new construction.

1. No.

8 . Approximately 2-3 percent. Rates need to be affordable and also need to be balanced to allow the city to grow. 2-3 percent is a good balance.

6. Yes.

9. Yes, absolutely. This is the number one priority in the Johnsonville catchment and we are currently dealing with Stride. I have been very supportive of this project and making sure Council is supportive. It’s my expectation we’ll see a positive announcement soon.

2. Yes. 3. Yes. 4. No. 5. No. 7. A new, trail blazing localisation vision would include plans for devolving the centralised role of council, & strengthening local community input into such matters. 8. If outrageous spending on grandiose projects, exorbitant salaries & public relations campaigns could be curtailed, I would consider a temporary rate freeze. 9. No.

Closing statement

I’ve got the necessary experience to lead Wellington City Council as Mayor. I have an extensive background in business and law and have served Wellington as Deputy Mayor and the Northern Ward as a Councillor. I’m heavily engaged in local communities and want to lead a bold, positive Capital and get things done.

To be honest I’m not cut out to be a today’s world P.C. mayor, as I’m unconventional, have visionary ideas and can exhibit both good and bad behaviour. On the plus side though, I’m a jack of all trades who coordinates a community garden, and likes dressing up. But if by some miracle I’m elected to serve, my localisation revolution may well result in me becoming a good, but slightly mercurial, peoples mayor.

Helene Ritchie

Nicola Young

Closing statement

1. No. I oppose it, along with the Government, pilots who say it is not safe, the Guardians of the Bay, the organisation of 21 International Airlines in New Zealand, surfers, eastern suburbs locals, on aeronautical, environmental, financial, safety and other grounds, as it is an unjustifed, unnecessary, unjustifiable rates- funded $350$500m runway extension. 2. Yes. But not like the Island bay debacle- safe cycleways are an essential part of any City. 3. Yes. Wellington City Council owns it. 4. No – Except Wairarapa. There’s been 9 years of wasted time, money and resources on this- we need waste no more. 5. Not applicable – Central Government project and funds. I prefer more immediate, less polluting solutions to congestion e.g. ferry services (we already have the East-West ferry services from Eastbourne, Seatoun and Petone) shared cars/ airport taxis, better safe cycling network at peak times and I will listen to the people’s views from “Let’s Get Welly moving”.

6. Yes. Funded by Central Gvoernment which used to fund rail, and explore the possibility of the current bus tunnel (one way) being used instead of building an expensive second tunnel underneath the Town Belt in about 15 years time. 7. I am in favour of further consultation with Newlands, Kaori, Khandallah, and would introduce a new consultation process-a Citizens assembly- a quite different, citizen’s led and integrated approach, to ensure affordable quality housing with adequate common public open space and parks-yes public green space within five minutes walking distance.

1. No. The airport extension will be a costly white elephant; that’s why its majority owner (Infratil) wants the public to shoulder most of the costs. 2. Yes, but we need to focus on the central city which has the most cyclists and accidents; no more Island Bay-style cycleways. 3. Yes – but this has never been in doubt. Cable car fares should get the same level of GWRC subsidies as buses. 4. No, but I do support shared services, such as a combined transport authority.

8. Sensible rates for essential services

5. Yes – it is decades overdue. In addition to sorting congestion issues, it will help the city’s resilience in the event of a natural disaster.

9. Yes of course, but Stride is a commercial

6. No. Light rail is too expensive and inflexible; buses are better for Wellington’s terrain, so we should focus on improving their reliability, frequency and quality – with

has to be the priority. Around 3 per cent depending on the budget. company answerable to its shareholders, and ultimately makes its own commercial decisions.

Closing statement Experience counts! Ready to be mayor, independent, with significant City-wide achievements and a wealth of leadership experience, I’m outspoken for the ordinary person. As Wellington’s first woman deputy mayor, longest serving councillor, I bring strong governance, wisdom, not just silly promises. As mayor, I’ll lead our affordable City into the future.

cheaper fares. 7. I support increased (and higher quality) medium and high-density housing, targeted (through an Urban Development Agency) at inner city areas like Adelaide Road and Kent Terrace not forcing it into specified suburbs as where it could destroy the suburbs’ character. 8. Freeze rates at inflation by cutting waste, and focus on core Council role. Wellington has to be an affordable city, and this year’s average residential rates increase of 5.4 per cent means 7-9 per cent for some. 9. Council should meet Stride to find out what’s stopped the long-promised upgrade, and work out how the District Plan can be changed to help revitalise Johnsonville. Johnsonville deserves a thriving retail sector for locals to do their everyday shopping, to complement the CBD’s more specialised shops.

Closing statement Wellington must be affordable, yet we have had years of unacceptable rates increases – over 20 per cent in the past four years. This year some have increases of 8-9 per cent when inflation has been almost zero and wages have been flat. Other candidates are promising costly vanity projects that will increase our rates even more. I have promised to freeze rates at inflation, while protecting core services, by cutting waste. Council needs to be more transparent, and I have promised to get rid of the secret slush funds that fritter away our rates on corporate welfare, professional sport and vanity projects.


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Kelburn Playcentre celebrates 75 years By Sharnahea Wilson

Kelburn Playcentre attendees have fun getting messy with paint.

Kelburn Playcentre is celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year with an array of exciting activities. On Saturday, parents and past members of the centre enjoyed a cocktail evening and this Saturday will see past and present members celebrate at the official birthday party.

A Playcentre opened in Karori in 1941 and Kelburn was the second of its kind to be established. Playcentres are different to kindergartens in that they are run by parents and volunteers rather than by teachers. “Playcentres have always had a belief in child-led play. Children learn through play,” co-president of Kelburn Playcentre Eliza Bartlett said.

The party this Saturday will collaborate with the opening of the centre’s renovated play area. There will also be a session for older children who used to attend the playcentre to go back and visit their friends later in the week. Eliza said there would also be a panel discussion with three experts on November 17 at Victoria University. She said she wanted to honour

the hard work put in by all the past parents and volunteers of Kelburn Playcentre. “I have an incredible sense of pride in our centre and it’s an honour to be part of it at this momentous time,” she said. Anyone from the local community is welcome to head along to the birthday party on Saturday from 2pm to 4pm which has been coordinated by Leah Smith.

Karate dojo sweeps medals at international competition

RIGHT: David and Jennifer Hammond with Filomena

Team New Zealand for the August 2016 third ISKF Shotokan Cup in South Africa.

Local Sensei Mark Willis, 7th Dan, proudly lead a squad of 11 competitors with 10 supporters to the recent world championships in Cape Town, South Africa. The group took part in the International Shotokan Karate Federation seminar and competition. Squad members were picked from the New Zealand Traditional Shotokan Karate Federation Dojo’s clubs which are based in Turangi, Taupo, Raglan, Manakau, Himitangi, New Plymouth and Wellington. The skilled team of karate teens managed to gain three gold medals, one silver medal and four bronze medals.

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The awards were claimed in a range of individual and team events - the largest number of medals TSKF New Zealand squads have gained internationally at one event. Wellington’s Lennex Drummond gained a Silver medal in his Team Kumite (sparring) event for 18 to 21-year-old men, which he proudly showed his Dojo on his return. Wellington TSKF Dojo members train on Mondays at Centennial Hall Newlands and on Thursdays at Newlands Intermediate School Hall. Juniors train from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and seniors train from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

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ABOVE: Owners of Dream Doors John with his wife Hazel LEFT: Dream Doors Wellington

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mix $14 with everybody, not just kids from capitalhardwood have been allocated funding though installations by top-qualifi ed electrician with their own class,” Tracey said. the Wellington City Council last week. record of over fifty years of giving locals the Free Delivery in Wainui Students and teachers at The space features three openThe funding was the fi rst of three rounds lowest cost “around-the-clock” service, just Paparangi School were explan rooms with 55 year one making up the Arts and Culture Fund for phone 977-8787 orteachers. 021-0717-674 or email cited at the official opening students and three the 2016-2017 fi nancial year and is one of of their new learning space Tracey said open learning is the biggest. Trades and Services last week. one of a number of opportunities At $140,000 in funding to 34 groups it is Paparangi School transoffered to Situation schools now by the Vacant one of the biggest allocations Councillors formed their old library and Ministry of Education and it would have distributed to the arts community in be a learning process. a single round. “We will be reflecting on how Wellington City Council supports projects teachers and parents are learning best fitting four focus areas which included and using the space,” she said. the city as a hothouse for talent, Wellington Tracey said she aimed for the as a region of confident identities, active children to have a strong foundaand engaged people, and our creative future 46 Waione St Petone Public Notice tion of literacy and numeracy but through technology. Ph: 5685989 Open Sat 9am-3pm also wanted students to explore The emerging and well-known artists to Formerly cpa spares OF THE D AY their creative side through art and receive funding included Everybody Cool Wainuiomata Squash Club physical education. Lives Here TrustFuneral Board for “CityZenKane Director AGM Paparangi School had a lot of Public Artwork and Community WorkN help from their Board of Trustees 51. J.K. shop”, A Slightly Isolated Dog Limited to with the project which involved a tour their theatre production of Don Juan Rowling 7.00pm two-year-long planning process. around Wellington and Friends of Old St chose the Monday 30th November Chair of the Board of Trustees Paul’s to do winter lunchtime concerts at unusual At the Clubrooms Teressa Jones-Madill was imlittle or no cost to the public. name pressed with how quickly it came Wellington City Councillor Jo Coughlan, ‘Hermione’ Corner of Main Road together when the construction Cha i r of t he E conom ic G row t h a nd so young started. Arts Committee said she was “tremenand Moohan Streets, Wainuiomata girls “It’s just amazing. They’ve done dously proud” of what this Committee has wouldn’t an awesome job getting it up and achieved and the projects we’ve funded. be teased running.” “Wellington is bursting at the seams with Bringing local news for being Paparangi School will open a new talented creatives, we want to make our The Paparangi School Kapa Haka performs at the opening of their new learning environlibrary next year. nerdy!PHOTO: SHARNAHEA WILSON city a place where their work can flourish.” to the community ment.

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art room into a new, innova- Kapa Haka performed. tive, shared-space learning School principal Tracey environment. Arthurs said the space was Last Friday made to by accommodate the Our students, summerteachpools were built us. ers and parents were given a roll growth they have had Blends in well did cause no fuss. tour through spaceslide while over the last couple of years. Withthe hydro will cause a splash. it was blessed by co-chair “It enables us to work toAnd to it many people dash. of the Paparangi Marae Joe gether in different ways. native bush Social we twistbonds and wiggle. McLeod,Through before the school are formed From the children brings a giggle. Severn days a week the place is open. Hot summer days we all are hopen!




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Wednesday September 14, 2016



Sun shines for tennis open day

Waterside Karori Premier team player Ethan Cain on the attack. PHOTO: Cameron McIntosh/Photomac

Devastating loss for Waterside Karori By Sharnahea Wilson

Winner of the senior round robin competition Ross Stevenson (right) and runner-up Bridgette Catherwood. PHOTO: ELEANOR WENMAN By Eleanor Wenman MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Bright orange balloons adorned tennis clubs all over the city at the weekend, including the Khandallah Tennis and Squash Club. The club was one of many taking part in Tennis Central’s LOVE Tennis Open Weekend. Club member and event organiser Samantha Whaanga said the weekend was aimed at people of all skills, whether they had hardly ever picked up a racquet before or were trying to get back into the game after some time away. “It’s about just getting people out on the court. It doesn’t have to be competitive,” she said. About 20 people turned up to the event at the Khandallah tennis courts and it was an action packed day for the tennis players. Bad weather on Saturday forced a delay

with proceedings but a beautiful day on Sunday meant all the planned events could still be held. A junior competition was held in the morning. Senior players got a chance to play later in the day. The competitions were informal round robin tournaments with cans of tennis balls offered as prizes, as well as a bottle of wine for the winner of the senior event. Afternoon tea and a sausage sizzle were also provided before people settled in and watched an exhibition match played by some of the top members of the club. Participant Rosie Sutcliffe said she had not played tennis for several years. She was looking for a way to get back into the sport when she read about the open weekend. “Everyone has been very welcoming,” she said. Rosie said she came to the day to learn about what the club offered, both for her and for her four-year-old son.

Karori Junior Hockey Club celebrates best season yet The Karori Junior hockey club were delighted that the Year 7 and 8 teams won three of the four Premier games at last Saturday’s championships. The Premier 1 girls team and the Premier 1 and Premier 2 boys teams won their competitions. The Premier 2 girls also took the third placing in their final and the Year 7 and 8 6-aside boys team finished runner up in their grade. The Club believed their outstanding 2016 results were a reflection of the accumulated years of enjoyment the kids have playing hockey with the club and the quality of coaches who have supported them.

“Almost all kids who start playing hockey with the club return the next year with many grades in the club having a 100 per cent return rate,” Membership Convenor Louise Saviker said The Karori Junior Hockey Club caters for primary school aged children who reside in the western suburbs of Wellington. This year the club entered 20 teams with 180 young players from school years 1 to 8. On Saturday, September 17 the club will celebrate their success at their annual prize giving. Some of the 2016 champions will be absent as many of the clubs talented young players will be representing Wellington at the regional competitions.

Waterside Karori’s Premier football team’s dream to be promoted to the Central League has ended after a devastating 2-1 loss to Team Taranaki at the weekend. After finishing top of their league, Waterside Karori had the chance to fight for promotion to the central league in a two-game battle. A large crowd showed up to support the boys in black and white, at the second of the two games, on Saturday. Karori came out strong in the first half of the home game played at Petone Memorial Park with a 1-0 lead at half time. A couple of mistakes, however, cost our local team the game, premier team manager Mike Hornsby said. The final score from the two games was even but Team Taranaki took out the competition after netting more away goals which are worth more. “We made a couple of mistakes that

we paid dearly for by losing two goals,” Mike said. He said when player Joshua Sutherland was sent off after receiving two yellow cards it limited what the team could do in terms of attack. “I thought the decision was pretty harsh at the time.” Mike said though the team was devastated about narrowly missing out on promotion they will stick together and enjoy their end of year prize giving this Saturday. He was pleased with the coach Martin Garcia’s decision to stick around and help out again next year. “He has a great relationship with all of the players and his experience is something we’re really grateful for.” Mike said the team planned to come back strong next year and he was proud of what the players had achieved. “They showed the younger players what can be done in a Wharfies jersey.”

Sports talk with Jacob Page...

Netball NZ makes rod for own back Netball New Zealand appear to be having an identity crisis. The national netball governing body looks set to ban players from playing for the Silver Ferns if they play in the new Australian netball league over the New Zealand one. The key player in the midst of this is centre and former New Zealand captain Laura Langman. The former Silver Ferns captain looks set to re-sign with the New South Wales Swifts in the new Australian competition instead of playing in the Kiwi event. So, Netball New Zealand look set to ban her from international play. This is a clear example of Netball New Zealand channelling their inner-All Blacks. The New Zealand Rugby Union has the same stance that only players playing in New Zealand are eligible for the All Blacks. The difference between rugby and netball in this country is depth.

New Zealand can’t afford to lose a player like Langman - the country doesn’t have the depth of player to replace her skill and experience. It’s admirable Netball New Zealand want to try to protect their own competition but let’s face it, the Australians are better than we are at netball currently and have always had better depth than we have. The trans-Tasman netball competition proved that point with Australian franchises winning all but one of the titles. New Zealand teams were only competitive with each other so the competition was scrapped. So, with that in mind, I can’t blame Langman for wanting to stay in Sydney. The skill level will be higher, and it will pose more of a challenge. Netball New Zealand need to get off their high horse and realise that Laura Langman is worth more to the Ferns than the Ferns are to Langman at this point in her career.

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