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Capital city accessible By Sharnahea Wilson

Beacons which assist an app for the blind and visually impaired are set to be installed throughout the capital thanks to and the Wellington City Council. BlindSquare is a smart phone app developed to help blind and visually impaired people. It senses beacons and then uses those beacons to describe the environment, points of interest and street intersections. Continued on page 2 Wellington City Council community and neighbourhood advisor, Anna-Marie Miller, with Julia Aguilar of the Blind Foundation and her guide dog Kerry.


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An exciting and creative pop-up shop will be making its way to Johnsonville this weekend. Aimee McLeod has been making pottery for about 25 years but the pop up shop, which will open from October 15 to 24 in the Johnsonville Shopping Centre, will be her first. In her Ngaio home, Aimee has rooms filled with beautiful pottery from small plates and bowls to large vases and decoration pieces. She works daily in her studio out the back of her house with her 10-year-old kiln and has pieces displayed in various galleries and shops across the country. “I learned about pottery when I

was living in Japan in the ‘70s,” Aimee explained. “I always preferred to do things with my hands.” Aimee makes her own colours for her glazes and said despite the fact that she has made countless pieces over the years it is still her passion. “I love it – it’s obsessive.” Aimee decided to open a popup shop in the mall because she thought it could do with having something unique. “I just thought ‘the shop is empty, it would be good if there was something in there that was a bit different’,” she said. In her pop-up shop Aimee will have pieces made with a number of different clays moulded and sculpted into vases, plates, cups,

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Julia has been using BlindSquare for about two years and said the app just gets better with every update. “It expands your independence,” she explained. “It lets you know where the toilets are, where the entrances and exits are and tells you if there is a step or level change.” She said the app even explains what side to open doors from and whether they are push or pull. “Instead of having to ask people around you, you can walk down a street [or through shops] where beacons are and know what you’re passing.” Sue said it “would have been brilliant” to have an app like this growing up. Wellington City Council community and neighbourhood advisor, Anna-Marie Miller said the council had committed to covering the maintenance of the beacons for the next couple of years. She said they would start with 200 beacons but hoped to expand this over the next few years. “So far we’ve had a really positive response from shop owners.” Wellington will be the first city in New Zealand to have a substantial number of these beacons. About 60 beacons have been installed so far. “We want to have the rest of the beacons installed by Christmas,” Anna-Marie said. For more information visit: blindsquare

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Wellington has a new mayor By Sharnahea Wilson and Nikki Papatsoumas

Justin Lester has been named Mayor of Wellington following a hotly contested mayoral race. Mr Lester, who has spent six years on council, most recently as deputy mayor, was named the capital’s new mayor last Saturday, replacing outgoing mayor Celia Wade-Brown. Mr Lester took out the mayoralty by a clear 6000-vote margin over former Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett, with former Wellington City Councillor Jo Coughlan coming in third place. He also beat fellow candidates Nicola Young, Andy Foster, Helene Ritchie, Keith Johnson and Johnny Overton. Mr Lester, who was sitting in the barber’s chair when he got the news, said he now intended to hit the ground running. He said he had already met with newly elected councillors over the last few days and would now work on creating strong ties with central government. Unsuccessful mayoral candidates Ms Coughlan and long-standing northern ward

councillor Ms Ritchie would leave gaps on the council after deciding to go all-in on the mayoralty. “The spaces will provide big opportunities for new councillors to fill those gaps,” Mr Lester said. “My first priority will be to divvy up portfolios – councillors have already started talking about what their priorities are and it’s great to see them working away already.” Another priority was to build a strong council that worked well together, Mr Lester said. Mr Lester, who announced he would make a bid at the top spot last December, said he was “over the moon” to be elected mayor. While he said he was “cautiously confident” after running a seamless campaign, he knew every vote in this year’s elections – right up until midday on Saturday – counted. Mr Lester was thankful for the support of his family, friends, volunteers and voters. “I want to thank Wellingtonians for their support. I’m truly honoured and I feel really privileged,” he said. “I’m looking forward to doing a good job.”

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Meanwhile, it will come as little surprise that Mr Lester has named southern ward councillor Paul Eagle as his deputy mayor, after the pair spent the last 10 months campaigning together. Mr Eagle said he was humbled and honoured to be named as Mr Lester’s deputy. “We came in together in 2010, who would have thought six years later we would be holding

the two top positions for the capital city.” Mr Eagle said his main focus would be supporting Justin and he would help to unify councillors to “build a strong team to get things done in Wellington.” Voter turnout in Wellington this year was at 45.56 per cent compared with 40.85 per cent in the 2013 elections and a 2010 turnout of 40.12 per cent.

Connecting with nature for Mental Health Awareness Week By Sharnahea Wilson

Locals are being encouraged to connect with nature for good health and well being this Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental Health Awareness Week runs from October 10 to 16, and Compass Health PHO is encouraging locals to connect with nature during an organised walk along the Waterfront. Clinical Lead of Mental Health at Compass Health PHO, Lynley Byrne, stressed the importance of spreading awareness around mental health. “Mental Health Awareness

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in Johnsonville and Newlands.” Lynley said there are now specialist mental health practitioners as well as counsellors in 20 Compass Health practices which has made mental health care more accessible. “Patients used to have to wait up to six weeks sometimes to see someone, now it takes 10 working days at most... often people are seen within three to five days.” Dr Simon Jordan of Johnsonville Medical Centre said patients loved that they could now book directly with a mental health practitioner.

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Guqin performance Locals will have the opportunity to attend a guqin performance this weekend. A guqin is a 3000-year-old Chinese string instrument. The free performance will take place at Te Papa on Sunday, October 16. It is sponsored by The China Cultural Centre in New Zealand, in cooperation with UNESCO’s Center for Intangible Cultural Heritage.

University stall making it easy for students to curb plastic waste By Joanne Holden MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

A group of university students are reducing plastic use on their campus by giving out mugs and washing them when they are returned. Every Tuesday for the past six weeks, the Victoria University club Plastic Diet have set up a stall at the Kelburn campus, lending mugs to students so

they do not need to drink their coffee from disposable cups. The response from students when they first set up the stall – called Waste Watchers – was “quite interesting”, Plastic Diet president Casey Lochead said. “A lot of people walked past and they were very confused, but over the weeks we’ve been getting this really good reputation,” she said. Students borrowed 80 mugs from the Plastic Diet president Casey Lochead (left) and fellow club members Tom Newby and Alice Fairley. PHOTO: JOANNE HOLDEN

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included theatre practitioners, artists, photographers, comedians, musicians and more. Recipients are selected by the council on the basis they create participation opportunities for local communities, support diversity or engage young people. Mark Farrar, the council’s funding team leader, said it was fantastic to see a breadth of ideas in the applications. “This fund is about encouraging people to engage with the arts in whatever way suits


stall on its most successful Tuesday so far. The mugs came in an array of fun designs that students could choose themselves, with the most popular mug declaring world’s best mum. A mug wearing a painted thong was also picked often. The club purchased the mugs from op shops around Newtown and Kilbirnie for between 50c and $1. They collected roughly 200 in total. The stall will run for one more week, after which students launch into their study for end-of-year assignments and exams. It will be up and running again soon after Victoria’s first semester starts next year. “We just wanted to trial it this year to see what happened, what difficulties we would come across and how we could mitigate them a bit, and then hopefully start off next year with a real bang,” Casey said. Their goal was to eventually have a stall set up at every cafe on campus. Right now, they spread their presence by having club members take a few mugs to the cafes and offer them to students waiting to order. “It’d been really effective as a means of getting the message out there,” Casey said. “A lot of people are a bit shy, or a bit wary to come and take a mug. “It’s also a really good way for us to talk to people directly.” Running the stall had allowed club members the opportunity to advise curious students on how to live in a more sustainable way, Casey said.

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Born and raised in Khandallah, a local producer is gearing up for her fifth season of bringing plays to life at Circa Theatre. Adrianne Roberts and her partner Dean Hewison have teamed up to bring the play Lungs, the story

Lungs producer Adrianne Roberts with director Dean Hewison ahead of the opening of the play on October 22. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

of a young couple’s trials and tribulations in the 21st century, to Wellington. Adrianne, who attended Queen Margaret College before studying theatre at Victoria University, first saw Lungs at an Edinburgh Fringe Festival. “I saw it first and said to Dean ‘you have to go and see it’. “I thought we have to bring this to New Zealand,” Adrianne said. Adrianne of Show Pony – a creative stable which produces theatre and dance productions – will produce the show while partner Dean has taken on the role of director. Lungs is about two thirtysomething’s who are educated, thoughtful and running out of time to have a baby. But they worry about bringing a child into a world that is seemingly falling apart. “The script is so relatable,” Adrianne said. Dean agreed and said “half of the conversations that happen in the play are conversation we’ve had”. “The dynamic between the couple is very familiar,” he said. Lungs is the first show directed by Dean which he has not written himself. “It’s

more of a challenge directing something you didn’t write… you have to work out what the playwright meant.” Written by Duncan Macmillan, the two-person play will be brought to life, from October 22 to November 19, by actors Aidee Walker and Arthur Meek. The hardest task for the actors would be learning the multitude of lines. Adrianne and Dean said the play was a fast-paced production which demanded the attention of its audience. “The audience can’t be complacent when watching this play,” Dean said. Adrianne said she wanted the audience to be sitting on the edge of their seats. “They have to keep up which is what we really like about this play… there needs to be active engagement.” The pair said while the play was aimed at new audiences aged between 25 and 35, all ages could enjoy the “hilarious and immaculately written exploration of love and responsibility”.  To book tickets for Lungs head to and for more information on Show Pony visit www.


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Anthony Kendrew is no stranger to the goodness of bees. The Year 8 Newlands Intermediate School student spoke with confidence about bees to over 20 people at the Apiscope Workshop at his school on Saturday, October 8. The apiscope (an inside hive with an outside exit tunnel) allows close and safe observation of honeybees by students in a classroom. The workshop discussed the impact the apiscope, the first of its type in New Zealand, had on the school and how it could enhance a child’s learning. Newlands Intermediate School Principal Angela Lowe said its apiscope

had “changed the face of the school”. She had noticed the positive impact the bees had on her students and said the apiscope was “one of the things that defines us as a school”. She had also noticed her students “are [now] very calm now about the [bee] stings”. Included in the audience was apiscope designer and developer Jean-Pierre Martin from the Institute of Technology of Bourge, France who led the way in setting up 80 apiscopes across his home country. This was Martin’s first return visit to New Zealand since he installed the school’s apiscope in 2014. He said there was a “strong link between bees and people”.

The apiscope, Martin said, “is a tool that generates questions”. Massey University professor Anne Noble said the apiscope allowed children the opportunity to make “intelligent risk management” on a daily basis. Workshop attendees included people from Wellington Zoo, Massey University, Wellington Beekeepers Association, Enviroschools Wellington and Avalon Intermediate School. Newlands Intermediate School is currently rebranding itself to reflect the importance the environment and sustainability has on it. Attendees hoped to grow a community of schools across New Zealand who gets to experience the wonder of bees.

Blood pressure checks for locals Locals got their blood pressure checked recently thanks to Wellington Free Ambulance staff and a nationwide campaign. The New Zealand Blood Pressure Check Campaign on October 1 was organised by the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand in conjunction with New World Supermarkets across the country. The campaign was supported locally by the Rotary Club of Karori. At the Karori Mall, 130 blood pressure checks were made. Of those 130 checks, 12 recommended referrals were made to see

general practitioners for follow-ups. “The Karori [Rotary] Club has been involved with this campaign for the past five years,” club member David Watt said. “The Club thanks the Karori New World and the Karori Mall Pharmacy for their assistance for the local Blood Pressure programme.” They also extended a special thank you to Judith Partridge of Karori, who was there on behalf of Wellington Free Ambulance, and her assistant Ben from Whitireia Community Polytechnic, who conducted the tests from 10am – 3pm.

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Police seeking more information after arson arrest A man has been arrested for burglary and arson in relation to a series of fires throughout the Wellington CBD early last week. Detective Sergeant Hayley Ryan said police would continue to investigate another suspected arson which occurred early last Tuesday in Nairn Street, where a home was extensively damaged. Police would like to speak with any members of the public who may have information about any of the fires. Information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the Wellington Police Station on (04) 381 2000.

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Putting their minds to the test By Sharnahea Wilson

guage literature section of Tournament of minds and managed to land second place in the nationwide competition. The students were given six weeks to prepare for their long term challenge which was to write a script, create costumes and conduct a 10 minute performance to the judges. “We had to practice a lot,” team member Kate said. The team was also given challenges, related to language, which they had less time to prepare for. In regionals the team had to create a scenario where people would get confused with homonyms – two words that sound the same but have different meanings.

A group of seven young students proved the power of their own minds at a recent nationwide competition held in Lower Hutt. The team from Raroa Intermediate took part in the national Tournament of Minds competition on September 24 after taking out the regionals. Year 7 and 8 students Kate Whelan, Olivia Alsop, Rebecca Elder, Rosa Manning, Finn McKenzie, Jack Braddick and Holly Inglis worked together on a long term challenge, a short term challenge and spontaneous challenges. The team took part in the lan-

Olivia said team work was what got them through the competitions. “We were very prepared and we all worked hard... we’re all control freaks so balanced out,” she laughed. Though the team was disappointed they did not win on the day they have since said they were proud of the effort they put in. “We’ve realised we didn’t lose first place – we won second place,” Jack said. The Year 7 students were hoping to take part again next year to try and gain the top spot while the Year 8 students were hoping their prospective colleges would be taking part.

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Anna Nilson, Thorndon

“It would be great – I think it’s a really good idea.”

“I think the idea to have a movie theatre in it is pretty good.”

“The extra parking would have advantages and people would probably come in from other places to shop. It would be good to have something like Queensgate.”

Neluka Fonseka, Churton Park

Louise Wells, Newlands

“It’s a good idea – I would shop here more often, there needs to be more stores with clothes.”

“I’ll believe it when I see it – they have been saying they are going to do it for ages now; it will be great when they do.”

Peter Jennings, Johnsonville “Any changes to the mall would be a positive thing – I’m absolutely supportive of it.”

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

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Dear Ed, What very welcome news [about the shopping centre upgrade]. Present tenants must surely welcome the news that the Mall Redevelopment is so adventurously to go ahead. As a prospective customer, I particularly welcome the news that there is to be a boutique cinema and dining precinct. Johnsonville deserves these facilities. Philip Gibbs, Johnsonville

Dear Ed, [In response to the page 5 story on public transport in the October 5 edition of the Independent Herald] Kia ora I wish make a recommendation to have a early morning Airport bus from Johnsonville, Newlands area as there are a lot of workers, also tourists, who start work around 2 – 4am, and people catching International flights which have to be there by 4am. I

for one open the Internationals at 4am, and a lot of us workers have no way of getting into work at that hour unless you have your own transport and most tourists have to pay for a cab and that’s not cheap. I am 54 and wonder how I would get to work [if I was] unable to drive. I love my job, can you help us early workers at the airport. Mere Herbert, Johnsonville

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American musician bringing jazz to all ages By Joanne Holden MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

A visiting musician played as many instruments as he did songs during a recent workshop in Wellington. American trumpeter Allen Vizzutti, who recently completed a tour of the country with the Rodger Fox Big Band

American musician and music educator Allen Vizzutti. PHOTO: JOANNE HOLDEN

and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, capped off his trip last month with a workshop at Victoria University. His lesson was bookended by three songs – two to begin, one to end – with each demonstrating a different instrument. First he used a piccolo trumpet for Johann Georg Albrechtsberger’s Concertino in E flat, then a flugelhorn for Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and finally a regular trumpet for Carnival of Venice. Allen has been teaching music since he was about 20 years old. “One of my main goals is simply to encourage people of any age to keep music in their life and participate in it,” Allen said. While making a career out of music was difficult, playing was still therapeutic and great for connecting with people, he said. He always took the opportunity to introduce jazz to younger generations because of how rare it was to come across in mainstream music. Before the Swing Into Spring

tour kicked off, the conjoined band conducted a practice session in front of 1100 kids at a stadium in Porirua. “They really liked it,” Allen said. He enjoyed seeing their faces light up as they listened to the music, he said. “It’s important to reach the kids.” The tour itself was “fantastic” and they received an “enthusiastic response from great audiences of different types and ages”, he said. He was also able to sample New Zealand’s landscape and culture as they travelled from place to place for the tour. He had taken glimpses of traditional Maori music and said the sound seemed very interesting. “I hear elements in it that I’ve noticed in other parts of Polynesia,” he said. “I think, as in other parts of the world, it’s extremely important to preserve as much of that tradition as we can. “It just makes society richer.” The same was true for keeping jazz alive, Allen said.

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Two young actors from Karori will take part in their first semi-professional play with Wellington Repertory Theatre’s Brassed Off. Brassed Off, adapted for the stage by Paul Allen, will be performed by a cast of 18 at the Gryphon Theatre from October 19 to 29. Set in a Yorkshire mining town threatened with the mine’s closure that will affect the lives of everyone in the community, Brassed Off follows the fortunes of a group of miners. The miners are part of the Grimley Colliery Brass Band, portraying the difficulties of both personal and musical survival The thought-provoking production is based on the screenplay by Mark Herman about Thatcher’s reforms of the 1980s, anti-globalisation sentiment and the clash between South Yorkshire Police and picketing miners at Orgreave in 1984. Karori West Normal School students Max

Fyfe, 12, and Emily Bell, 10, are excited to take part on the production. Emily said she has had a lot of fun with the rest of the cast, which includes both of her parents, during their rehearsals. “I like how everyone is really nice to each other – we have a lot of laughs,” she said. Max said the play would be one of his “first experiences with this sort of thing”. “I think it’s really cool... it’s a big jump from other plays I’ve done.” The production is set to feature a brass band made up of various musicians Musical Director, Topher Clinch, assembled for the show. Emily’s dad Steve Bell who will also be in the play said the rehearsals were going well. “Everybody is giving it their all – I think that’s because it’s based on a true story.”  Brassed Off will run from October 19 to 29 and production times vary. To Book tickets visit www.wellingtonrepertory.

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Olympic Harriers Celebrates Talent A local harriers club wrapped up their season with a winter prize giving at the weekend. Rob McCrudden, captain of the Johnsonville based Olympic Harriers club, said members had taken part in a number of events during the year, including the National Road Relay in Rotorua, the New Zealand Road Champs in Masterton, and the North Island Cross Country Champs in Taupo. Six club members represented Wellington at the New Zealand Cross Country Champs in Auckland in August. Millie Jenkins took out the girls’ under 11 national section. Her big sister Rebecca Jenkins came second in the under 13 girls’ race, and Jack Julian was second under 13 boy. The club were also international winners of the Round the Rock relay in Rarotonga. The main event, held on Saturdays September 24, was a 30km run around the island followed by a week of serious fun and less serious running. “One of the great things about our club is the strong family-feel,” Rob said. “We’ve got some really talented juniors and some great masters runners but we manage to keep it fun and have pack runs and training sessions to suit a range of abilities.” The Olympic Athletics season is kicking off on Monday, October 31 at Grenada North Park. Pack runs and Tuesday training will continue through summer.

The Olympic Harriers team in Rarotonga.

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Mickey, sausage rolls and the Springboks Students from Samuel Marsden School and Wellington College after a recent smallbore shooting competition. PHOTO: Supplied By Sharnahea Wilson

Three students from Samuel Marsden School did their school proud when they took part in a national smallbore target shooting competition at the weekend. As part of a team of six from Brooklyn Smallbore Rifle Club Luisa Kristen, Georgia Karantze and Summer O’Dwyer competed at a national competition in Blenheim last Saturday. The three year 11 to 13 girls went to the national competition with three students from Wellington College. One of their coaches Craig Fair said the team had done remarkably well over the weekend. “The Marsden team came fourth out of 19 teams and the Wellington College team came second,” Craig explained. The girls shot three cards each and their scores were combined to make one final score. Two of the girls have been shooting for two years while the third team member has been shooting for about three or four

years, Craig said. Five of the six shooters had such great scores that they made it into the North Island team which faced off against the South Island. Three of the five then made it into the 12-strong New Zealand team which would shoot against a team from the United Kingdom. “This is the best we’ve ever placed at the national competition,” Craig said. “They did really well.” The New Zealand team has already shot their cards but the UK team will not do their shots until early next year. Craig said there was a lot more to shooting than most people thought. “There’s more to it than pointing a gun and shooting a target,” he said. “They have to hit a 50 millimetre target from 25 yards away.” Craig said the Brooklyn Smallbore Rifle Club was the biggest club of its kind in the Wellington region and he encouraged people to go along to their shooting practices on Sundays and check it out.

It’s been 20 years since the All Blacks won their first test series in South Africa. It was an achievement at the time and was career defining for the players of 1996 and for me. It was the start of my life-long love affair with the black jersey. At seven-years-old it’s my first legitimate memory of rugby having a profound effect on my psyche. I’d seen the 1995 World Cup final between the two teams the previous year but the importance of that game was lost on me. For some reason, I was aware of the potential historical ramifications of the 1996 tour. It was the first time I remember going out of my way to watch the games. I’d pack my little red Mickey Mouse suitcase and spend the weekend at my grandparents’ house. We’d get up in the middle of the night and watch the games, my granddad going for the Springboks just to get under my skin. Any angst with his team choice was swiftly forgotten at halftime when tea, crumpets and sausage rolls were a regular fixture of watching the test series. It was a time where I began to under-

stand the class of players like Christian Cullen, Jeff Wilson and Ian Jones. A fresh-faced Andrew Mehrtens became my favourite childhood player and there were defining memories created that are forever etched in my mind. Zinzan Brooke’s drop goal in the deciding test, captain Sean Fitzpatrick dropping to his knees and punching the ground in pure exhaustion after hearing the final whistle. There was something utterly compelling about it. The non-playing reserves, including an injured and ill Jonah Lomu, giving the team a Haka from the grandstands in their white dress shirts and black ties. The quality of some of the Springbok players wasn’t lost on me either. Halfback Joost van der Westhuizen and lock Mark Andrews I still consider two of the best players of their time. Children of this generation can have their Richie McCaw’s and Dan Carter’s but for me, names like Fitzpatrick, Frank Bunce, Walter Little, Simon Culhane and Glen Osbourne were names that may not be household All Black names of the past but they helped me find my first passion in life - the All Blacks.


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