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En pointe By Sharnahea Wilson

One ballerina’s technique was en pointe in her recent exam, being awarded with a top scholarship from the International Dance Teacher’s Association. Fifteen-year-old Christina Lumaya, of the Jennifer Evans Dance Academy in Karori, recently sat her Advanced 1 Classical Ballet exam and danced away with a revered scholarship. Christina, who has been dancing since she was seven years old, was awarded with the IDTA New Zealand Scholarship by visiting UK examiner Nigel Edgar. Continued on page 2. Christina Lumaya, 15, was recently awarded the IDTA New Zealand Scholarship. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

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This year’s local government elections have seen the highest voter turnout for a local body election since 2001. The final vote count for this year’s elections is in, and it shows 65,567 Wellingtonians had their say. Wellington City Council’s Chief Electoral Officer Warwick Lampp said 45.57 per cent of the capital city’s eligible voters participated. Onslow-Western was the ward with the highest voter turnout with 52.73 per cent of potential

voters having their say. Lambton was the ward that had the lowest voter turnout with 40.26 per cent casting their vote. “Wellingtonians have confirmed their reputation of being a politically savvy bunch,” Warwick said. “Wellington came in with the highest voter turnout of the country’s four major centres. We had a real race for mayoralty – with three front runners in a tight battle for the top spot – I think this helped spark voters into making their vote count this year.”

Final results showed newly appointed Mayor Justin Lester won by 7224 votes over nearest rival former Porirua mayor Nick Leggett. It seemed Wellingtonians had a tough time making a decision this election, with eight mayoral candidates in the race. Nearly half of Wellington’s voters, 24 per cent, cast their votes in the final four days of the election, Warwick said. Warwick said he hoped to see online voting brought in for the next local government election to make voting more convenient.

“With online voting you can’t get it wrong... the number of informal votes would be reduced.” He said online voting would ensure voters could not tick rather than writing a number under the STV system. “It would also speed up processing results and it would be easy for people to vote whenever from wherever,” Warwick said.  Do you think online voting should be available for local government elections? Send your thoughts to herald@wsn.

Karori dancer awarded with top scholarship Continued from page 1 Her ballet teacher Jennifer Evans said the award was “a top scholarship and a real honour”. “It is not awarded on potential alone, but to a very accomplished dancer at an advanced level where musicality, technical excellence and a developed dance quality have all been presented in an advanced examination,” Jennifer explained. She said the scholarship can only be awarded to one dancer in New Zealand per year, and it is only given out when there is a deserving candidate. Christina was both nervous and excited ahead of her exam. “I thought I might get a high grade because I had been working really hard – but I didn’t know the scholarship was going to be

awarded,” she said. The dancer had been training four days a week for up to two hours each session to perfect her technique ahead of the exam. Christina was encouraged by the scholarship. “I think it makes me want to work even harder.” “It was really cool being able to tell my family, they were really proud.” She said the scholarship, which consisted of a certificate and some funding towards her future classes, had boosted her confidence. Jennifer said she knew Christina would “definitely be in the running” for the scholarship. “She is so dedicated and she has been working really hard.” She said the scholarship was encouraging for dancers as well as their teachers. “One of the things I really

Dancer Christina Lumaya, 15, impressed an international judge in her recent Classical Ballet exam. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

enjoy about the examining board is that they are very encouraging. “This is the seventh time this scholarship has been awarded to a dancer from my academy,” Jennifer explained. Christina said she would like to pursue a career in dance and is

currently taking classes in classical ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap. In June next year the talented young dancer will sit her Advanced 2 exam before focusing her attention towards auditioning for finishing schools in either New Zealand or Australia.









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The results are in for the 2016 New World Wine Awards By Sharnahea Wilson

Blair MacMillan of Khandallah New World was an associate judge at this year’s New World Wine Awards. PHOTO: Supplied

A local supermarket liquor department manager got a unique experience recently after he was chosen to help judge the 2016 New World Wine Awards. Blair MacMillan of the Khandallah New World supermarket was selected to be an associate judge at the wine awards which recently took place at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium. Blair said being an associate judge was a fantastic experience because he got to learn from the best. “The wine judge Simon Nunns talked us through the process of wine making and what to look for when you’re judging wine.” He said the role of the associate judges was to assist the experts but also to offer their opinions on what they think their customers might enjoy. “They know the wine, but they sometimes don’t know the customer. Our job as associate judges is to try and think about what the customer would want,”

Blair explained. He said over the course of the wine awards he tasted nearly 1000 different wines, from Chardonnay to Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot to Pinot Noir. “We did about 300 in an eight-hourlong tasting session... it wears down your palate and you have to take a break.” He said being able to judge wine with the experts was an incredible, and rare, opportunity. “In what other job do you get to go and spend the day tasting wine with the experts?” The top 50 gold medal-winning wines are now available at New World supermarkets nationwide and Blair said some of them are already starting to sell out. They will be available for six weeks but “once they’re gone, they’re gone”, Blair said. Liquor department managers will be on hand to offer their expert advice and give wine tastings, so get in before they run out.





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New education qualification to cater to professionals in the capital By Sharnahea Wilson

A new postgraduate qualification will be offered at Victoria University of Wellington in 2017 and prospective students are already showing interest. The new Doctor of Education qualification will give people working in the education profession the chance to gain high-level qualifications while continuing to advance their career. The qualification is open to experienced professionals holding a Bachelor’s degree with Honours or Master’s who want to enhance their practice by carrying out research in their field, while continuing to work in their professional role.

Associate Dean (Research), in Victoria’s Faculty of Education, Professor Carmen Dalli said many professionals were ready for a new challenge but did not necessarily have the time or means to return to study full time. “This new flexible programme will meet the needs of those education professionals, by having them apply their practical knowledge to study while continuing in their careers.” She said the programme was designed to create a sense of community among enrolled students. “The richness of experience they will bring to one another’s research and studies through working in a small and interac-

tive group will be a unique highlight of our Doctor of Education. “There will be both face-toface cohort meetings as well as online activities intended to grow and maintain the sense of community and support,” she said. Dean of Education Associate Professor David Crabbe said the Doctor of Education was part of the Faculty’s commitment to fostering an advanced understanding of professional practice in education. “Our well-established Master’s programmes in Education, in Educational Psychology and in Secondary School Leadership appeal to a wide range of educators.

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“The Doctor of Education is a final step for those who want to explore in even greater depth the significant educational issues of our time,” he said. Carmen has been surprised about the large amount of interest that has already been shown in the new programme. “We had considered 15 being a good starting number for a cohort approach to the [Doctor of Education] but we may have to reconsider and increase this number.”  Enrolments are now open for the Doctor of Education and more information can be found at education/study/postgraduate/doctor-of-education.

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Local refinisher graduates from trade scholarship By Sharnahea Wilson

A refinisher at Johnsonville Panelbeaters recently graduated from IAG Insurance’s Trade Scholarship, finishing his three-year apprenticeship. The IAG Scholarship is a coveted nationwide programme which budding apprentices need to be nominated and then selected for. Rob Birch was nominated for the apprenticeship by his

boss at Johnsonville Panelbeaters about three and a half years ago. “I had to have an interview with IAG representatives. About 1000 people apply for the scholarship and only 20 from the Lower North Island are chosen,” Rob explained. Once he was accepted they put him through his apprenticeship with all expenses paid which he hugely appreciated. “It’s nice to be financially

Panelbeaters Grant and Cliff Blackwood. Rob, along with a few other scholarship winners, recently attended their graduation ceremony at the Rydges, Wellington which was MC’d by local man Rob Webb. New scholarship awardees were welcomed and given a toolbox while the graduates were given certificates and asked to give speeches about their apprenticeships.

First Maori Deputy Mayor for capital city Wellington will have its firstever Maori deputy mayor when Paul Eagle is formally sworn into office later this month. Mr Eagle will be sworn in at the Wellington City Council inauguration ceremony on, October 26. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said he was proud to be part of an historic moment for the council and the city. “I am keen to see more Maori

in leadership positions at the council, having a stronger influence in decision-making on the future of the Capital,” he said. “Paul has been a hard working councillor for two terms, is deeply embedded in his local community and has consistently topped voting polls in the southern ward. “Paul has hit the ground running and provided me with ex-

cellent support and leadership and I look forward to working with him as deputy mayor.” Mr Eagle has iwi affiliations with Waikato-Tainui and hapu, Ngati Naho and Ngati Tiipa. He has held the southern ward seat since 2010. Mr Eagle said it was a privilege to hold the role as first Maori deputy mayor, both for the ward and for the wider Maori community.

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“I am humbled by this honour to serve as the deputy mayor of our capital city, a place I call home that is dear to my heart,” he explained. “I will draw strength from my Maori culture, family and fellow councillors in performing my duties. “Over the next three years, I’ll ensure the council embraces the ethos of Maori kaupapa and collective decision-making.”

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Celebrating the environment By Sharnahea Wilson

The capital city’s first dance party for environmental professionals went off without a hitch, while raising money for a good cause in the process. ‘Talk Environment’ was held at The Boatshed on Wellington’s Waterfront at the end of last month and was a night of celebration for architects, urban designers, engineers, scientists and other professionals working in the environment. The event on September 23 was organised by several organisations, including the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA) and sponsorship was provided by companies Peter Fell, Aco, Firth and Cardno.

Money raised from the evening was donated to The Seton Nossiter Park Working Group, for further restoration of the park, which took Peter Gilberd and Bruce Patterson of the group by surprise. “Out of the blue, we received an email from Michael Wright from NZILA, offering a donation to our group,” Chair of the group Bruce said. Peter agreed and said “that’s what was so nice about it, we had no idea”. He said the money would help support the work done on the nurseries at the Cashmere Home and the Cashmere Heights Home. The residents at these two hospital-level residential homes grow 400 trees each year, many of which are planted in the park.

“This is a really good cause. The residents get to propagate the seeds and watch the plants grow – It’s a neat activity.” The Seton Nossiter Park Working Group, with support from the community, has planted several thousand trees in the park, complementing the restoration efforts of the Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council, Peter said. The keynote speaker on the night of ‘Talk Environment’ was Dr Jeffrey Wakefield who shared his experiences as one of 800 environmental professionals to help with the clean-up of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster in 2010. Attendees then enjoyed a night of dancing and networking at what was the first of a new annual event.

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Upcoming gig set to be out of this world Dwarf-stars and telescopes will be replaced by drum-sticks and telecasters, as Space Place dabbles in the indie-rock stratosphere. Wellington band, Terror of the Deep will be performing their new album Space Epic live in the planetarium in Kelburn’s Botanic Garden on Sunday, October 23. The band has a reputation for their live performances, but the show this month is set to be one of a kind. Each song from their new album will be matched with space visuals from old 1950s and 1960s science fiction movies. The images will give audience members a full dome experience and a live concert all at once. Programme Developer at Museums Wel-

lington Benjamin James is eager to get more events like this into Space Place. “Space Place is unlike any other venue in Wellington. We’re working hard to get on the map by collaborating with local artists and performers to create shows that merge the full dome experience and live entertainment,” he said. “This performance is going to be special for both Terror of the Deep fans and those who love a live performance. Intimate, sonic, interstellar. Space Place is a special gem of a venue.” Band member, Oliver Dixon said the idea of playing a gig in the planetarium was something the Terror of the Deep could not pass up. “Performing a space exploration concept

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have input into the direction our council takes, and everyone’s skills and experience will be put to best use. Individual councillors will still lead portfolios but Mr Lester hoped the new changes would unify the council. “We have a very busy programme of work ahead of us – action on housing, transport, getting our economy humming – and I want all hands on deck to make it happen.” He added that to encourage transparency current council delegations would be reviewed, with decisions on spending above $100,000 on strategic city growth and events projects being made by all councillors. “This change means that new strategic growth projects outside the Annual Plan and Long-term growth plan will come to the whole council to approve. “I know the public has no time for a council that sits on its hands and squanders the opportunity to make a difference,” Mr Lester said.



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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: We asked six children who recently went on a trip to Argentina what they like most about living in New Zealand

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Samantha Whyte, Johnsonville

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“The air is a lot fresher here.”

“How privileged we are, and we have really fresh water.“

“We have heaps of green space to run around.”

“Our footpaths here are so much better [than Argentina]. Over there they are cracked.”

“Everybody is more equal in New Zealand. Overseas the difference between rich and poor people is a lot bigger than here.”

Ruben Marull, Khandallah “We have good schools in New Zealand. Education in poorer schools overseas isn’t very good; you have to pay a lot for good education.”

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a white Kia station wagon parked locked overnight in an under-building parking area in Burgess Road was damaged. A wing mirror had been wrenched open, the left headlight smashed, the right headlight protector damaged and the driver’s door appears to have been kicked.

There were three incidents involving dishonesty (shoplifting) which occurred in two large shops in Johnsonville. In Newlands timber mouldings were taken from a house under construction in Cedarwood Street. A flat in Rotoiti Street had its front door damaged and spray painted with

graffiti. In Ngaio a green Toyota Sprinter car left in an unlocked garage at a house in Cockayne Road had its fuel line cut and petrol siphoned from the tank. Two similar incidents occurred in the previous week. A silver Toyota Corolla parked on the street

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overnight in Old Porirua Road had a window smashed to gain entry. An unsuccessful attempt was made to dismantle and steal the stereo. A silver Toyota Hiace van parked in a carport in Rothsay Road had its roof racks stolen. Offender(s) entered the property of a house in Perth Street

and cut the wires connected to a security camera which was then stolen. In Churton Park a case of shoplifting occurred at a large supermarket. Items hidden in a personal bag were not offered for payment wit h other items presented at the checkout.

Machine helps Cashmere residents see clearly Not being able to read due to poor eyesight is a thing of the past at Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home in Johnsonville. Last November the Enliven homes, which provide mainly specialist hospital level care, received more than four thousand dollars from the Johnsonville Charitable Trust for an e-reader. The desktop machine is designed to magnify books, magazines, newspapers and letters enough for the elders to be able to read easily. For Cashmere Heights Home resident Harold Williams, the e-reader has meant he’s been able to continue with his love of reading and keeping up with the news. “Every morning I read the paper. I’ve done that all my life. When I’ve got the paper nothing else is around me. It’s my time,” says Harold. “My eyes aren’t very good and it got to the point where I couldn’t read anymore. I didn’t know what to do with myself in the morning without being able to read the paper.” The staff at Cashmere could see that not being able to read was affecting Harold’s quality of life, so they asked the Johnsonville Charitable Trust for financial assistance to purchase an ereader for Harold and the other residents to use, explains Cashmere Heights Home clinical coordinator Jacqui April. “The Johnsonville Charitable Trust was happy to help and we were able to purchase a special LCD screen and magnifier unit that enables elders with eye sight problems to read,” says Jacqui. “The e-reader is making a huge difference to the wellbeing of residents who are sight impaired and it’s helping

Cashmere Heights Home resident Harold Williams uses the home’s e-reader every day.

to improve the quality of life of many residents who are able to read if they want to – they have a choice.” Harold has used the e-reader every day since it was installed at Cashmere Heights Home a year ago. “I use it for reading the paper every morning. I found it easy to figure out - it’s a great machine and it certainly gets used. It’s for everybody, but I definitely use it the most!” Harold explains. “It’s one of the best things since sliced bread and I’m so thankful for it. It’s great being able to read again.” Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, provides rest home and hospital care, as well as respite and health recovery care across the Wellington region. Enliven homes include Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home in Johnsonville, Huntleigh Home and Apartments in Karori and Longview Home in Tawa.  For more information, free phone 0508 ENLIVEN (that’s 0508 36 54 83) or visit www.

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The first day of a ‘Better Funding Better Learning’ roadshow to encourage better funding for education in schools across the country saw hundreds of parents turn out to express their concerns. NZEI and the Post Primary Teachers Association hosted the first day of the roadshow on October 10 and encouraged parents to sign postcards to the Minister of Education Hekia Parata. At the simultaneous launches in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland ‘Better Funding’ buses visited schools at drop-off time and talked to parents and teachers about proposed changes including the global budget and why children’s education needs more investment. At the launch in Wellington, Karori

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A new electronic community notice board is up and running on Newlands Road thanks to the Newlands Paparangi Progressive Association. Committee members were approached about the old sign above the Newlands Road kiosk many times over the last few years because the old sign was in a state of disrepair and needed replacing. The group decided to have the sign replaced and upgraded but due to the nature of the work it took time. The association thanked the Newlands community for their patience as well as the Wellington City Council who supplied the sign and sponsors for their assistance on the project.

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The NPPA have also replaced the maps in all of their kiosks on Newlands Road, in Newlands Shopping Centre and at bottom of Stewart Drive and Helston Road with new up-to-date maps. They have put new signs up on the bottom of Newlands Road opposite the bus depot and at the bottom of Stewart Drive and Helston Road as well. The NPPA meets once a month at the Newlands Community Centre in Batchelor Street, at 7pm on the first Tuesday of the month. “In 2017 I would like to have speakers at some of our meetings to talk about local topics and have members of the local community attend to hear the speakers,” NPPA President Jim

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Locals experience football at its finest in Argentina By Sharnahea Wilson

ABOVE: Football coach Milan Bartosz recently took a team of 12 to Argentina. LEFT: Local footballer Sam Purdue trains hard at the Boca Juniors Academy in Argentina.

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A team of lucky young footballers recently took a trip to Argentina where they got the chance to train at a top academy and attend a professional game. Football coach Milan Bartosz is involved with both North Wellington and Onslow Football Clubs and wanted to give 12 young players the chance to experience a country where football is a huge part of their culture. The team of 12 to 13-year-olds travelled with their coach and parents to Argentina for a two-week training trip during the school holidays. Milan said the trip was a great opportunity for the local children and he was proud of the effort they put into the training and their games. “They had training and played a game every day – it was a very intense schedule that they’re not used to,” he said. The team stayed at the Boca Juniors Academy where they got to eat and train with the players and were even allowed in on a closed training of the Boca Juniors 1st team. The young kiwi footballers were surprised at how football-oriented the Argentinean people were. Team member Owen Fookes said the quality of football was much better in Argentina.

“They often train twice a day. It is their main sport so they focus a lot more on it,” he said. The team members and their parents also got the chance to visit what they described as a community centre where less fortunate children lived. “It was quite cramped and there wasn’t much outdoor space,” Owen said. Fellow footballer Samantha Whyte agreed and said “it made us realise how privileged we are in New Zealand”. The children played a few games of football together and Milan said they were lucky enough to be able to donate some football gear and clothing to the centre. The team then had the chance to attend a professional game which they said was an incredible experience with an amazing atmosphere. “It was so different to watching a Phoenix game… the crowd sings for the whole game,” team member Rhys Winter said. Parents of the young aspiring footballers said they were grateful to Milan for organising the trip and it was an experience their children would be able to look back on and appreciate. Milan is now hoping to make the trip an annual event, alternating between Europe, South America, and potentially even Japan.

Local tennis player awarded Life Membership By Sharnahea Wilson

Time to see the All Whites prosper New Zealand’s 1-1 draw with the United States of America in their international football friendly on Wednesday (NZ time) is a sign of progress. USA are ranked 22nd in the world while the All Whites are ranked 88th. It’s a good sign after New Zealand Football failed (yet again) to capitalise on the buzz generated by the national side making the FIFA World Cup in 2010. Since coach Anthony Hudson took over the team in 2014 they have played just 12 games, most of them away from home. 35-year-old Hudson has an unenviable task on his hands to bring together players from all over the world and get them to play cohesive football together on short notice. The team needs more matches, more exposure and more goodwill. The Wellington Phoenix has a much higher profile than the national team and I don’t know why players would aspire to play for a national team that rarely plays. Those within New Zealand Football have just rebooted the national league and increased its teams to 10. It’s a step in the right direction but the organisation needs to keep the momentum going. In 1982 and 2010, they didn’t do enough to maximise their exposure. The game has excellent numbers at junior levels but it’s giving the young players a pathway and a national team worth aspiring to play for that’s most important. The All Whites will never be world champions but they should be given all the opportunities to be the best they can be. Let this result against the USA be a starting point.

A local tennis player has been recognised for her extensive contribution to the sport with not just one, but two Life Memberships. Robyn Dry was recently awarded Life Memberships to both the Khandallah Tennis and Squash Club and Wellington Tennis Central. Robyn had no idea she was going to be recognised in this way and she was overseas when the topic was brought up at the last AGM. “I didn’t expect it at all... I was delighted and surprised,” she said. “When I got back [from overseas] they had a lovely luncheon organised for me.” Robyn joined the Khandallah Tennis and Squash Club as a midweek member in 1976, so this year marked her 40th year as a committed and active member of the club. The dedicated club member has held many positions on the midweek tennis committee including a total of nine years in vice captain, secretary and captain roles. She has also served on the interclub selection subcommittee for six years and been the tournament organiser for 12 years. Robyn’s longest and most substantial contribution to the club was representing Khandallah Midweek Tennis at Tennis Cen-

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tral for the past 25 years. Robyn was nominated for a Life Membership thanks to her commitment, support and ongoing significant contribution to Khandallah Midweek Tennis, the club itself and Tennis Central. She said she loved the sport because of the great camaraderie and the fact that all of the club members have a good time. After 40 years of membership, Robyn shows no signs of finishing up at the club any time soon. “Exercise is good, I think I’ll keep going for a little while longer,” she laughed.

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