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There’s nothing spooky about a site made to keep trick or treaters safe this Halloween. Jay Macilquham from Broadmeadows and his friend Nathan Young created “Nom nom nom” last year after realising they want to find out what houses in their community were open to having trick or treaters on Halloween. Continued on page 2.


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Website created for want-to-be trick or treaters Continued from page 1. “In New Zealand there are mixed feelings towards Halloween so we wanted to make sure when we took our kids out trick or treating they only went to houses that wanted people there and not annoy other people,” Jay said. What followed was the website, Nom nom nom, where people could register their houses if they were open to receiving trick or treaters. Jay said this was the second year the site would be used. “We did it last year and we ended up with 150 registrations including some in Auckland and Christchurch

and one random one in Australia so obviously there was a need for it. We’ve had 50 registrations this year so far,” he said. Jay said as part of the site the two had a list of safety precautions and urged parents still went out with their children on Halloween. “We don’t verify houses. We still suggest you go trick or treating with your child. We expect we live in safe communities but you can’t tell,” he said.  People can register their houses right up until Monday, October 31. Visit www. to register.

Jay Macilquaham and Nathan Young with Sam Macilquham and Farrah Young.

Space balloon project set to launch A high-altitude balloon will be launched into near space with the help of college students this Friday. Space Place and MetService are set to send a high-altitude balloon into near space, with the help of 18 secondary school students from around the Wellington region. The balloon will be constructed by students at Carter Observatory’s Space Place in the Botanic Gardens on Thursday, October 27. The students will then get the opportunity to launch the balloon from Elsdon Park in

Mana on Friday, October 28 at 11am, weather permitting. Space Place Educator, Julia Delogu said this Unlocking Space and Weather programme would give students a hands-on experience with science and technology. High Altitude Balloons are currently used to get accurate weather readings, and have recently been used by Google to provide internet access to rural and remote areas around the world. They have many possible uses in the future technology landscape of New Zealand,

Julia said. “We are using a 350g weather balloon, which we hope to send over 20km in the air. It will be flying much higher than the average airplane but it won’t make it to space which officially starts in the area of 100km,” she said. The group will send up a Spot Trace GPS, an APRS ham radio signal to collect data via the Arduino with a Habduino hat and a camera. “The students will have to work together to learn about the necessary components then create and assemble a

payload in a short timeframe,” Julia said. “Fingers crossed for good weather and hopefully we will have a successful launch and flight.” The Unlocking Space and Weather programme was made possible through the Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund. The fund is an initiative launched in 2015 by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, which encourages all young New Zealanders, 18 years and under, to get engaged with science and technology.

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Local teen pays it forward By Sharnahea Wilson

A few years ago a local teen fainted in the mall and was helped by the Wellington Free Ambulance, now he volunteers his time every year to pay it forward. Newlands College student Hayden James, 17, put in over 12 hours of service for this year’s Wellington Free Amulance Onsie Day collection, standing outside Johnsonville Shopping Centre. The student has collected for the Wellington Free Ambulance for two years in a row and while he admitted it was a long two days collecting donations, he said it was worth it. “That was the best part about helping Wellington Free [was] hearing how many people were helped in their time of need. “I’m going to continue doing this for years to come.” It’s important to keep Wellington’s only free ambulance service free, Hayden said. When asked why he stepped forward to help Wellington Free, Hayden said he wanted to ensure people were taken care of the way he was a few years ago. After fainting in a shopping mall, a bystander called Wellington Free

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Ambulance who quickly responded and took him to hospital. “It was a scary experience but a really reassuring one too, it’s good to know that Wellington Free are always there to help when you might need them.” Many of those who donated to the fundraising appeal shared similar stories, Hayden said. Wellington Free head of fundraising and communications Diane Livingston said it was people like Hayden who play a big part in keeping the service free. “Hayden was an amazing volunteer who put in hours of work over the weekend for our Onesie Day collection,” she said. “He was so keen, so helpful, and so willing to give up his weekend to help others. His cheeks might be sore after smiling endlessly with people at Johnsonville Countdown, encouraging them to make a donation in the loveliest possible way.” Hayden along with hundreds of onesie wearers, other street collectors, and generous people managed to raise $157,000 for Wellington Free Ambulance this Onesie Day.

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Free train trips for a day in the capital said. The ‘Ride for Free’ Sunday will also mark the end of the project to modernise the train fleet, which finished this month with the last of the 83 Matangi two-car units entering service. “People’s ongoing support for the train network allows us to provide a comfortable and reliable service that more people are using each year,” Wayne said. “If you haven’t caught the train the past few years, you’ll be surprised how comfortable and quiet they are. So come

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and try them out. They are a stress-free alternative to dealing with traffic.” Wayne said the ongoing investment in the train network made taking the train a more attractive option and helped free up congestion on the region’s roads which was good for the environment and the economy. “We’re following a simple formula: when there is a comfortable, reliable and punctual service, more people use public transport.” He said customers would see more improvements coming

down the line with the new performance based contract with new train operator Transdev. “We designed the contract to give the best service for our customers, with some tough performance standards around punctuality. “Transdev are doing a great job of meeting those standards. Very few services are running outside their time and we are receiving a lot positive feedback from customers.”  For information on train services visit www.metlink.


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Farewell for preschool founder By Joanne Holden MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

All past and present children and their families who have been involved with Premier Pre School are invited to share their stories and experiences at a farewell party for the preschool’s founder. There will be an afternoon tea at St John’s Anglican Church Hall on Saturday, October 29 from 2pm to 4pm for founder

Marian Ayres Hill. The party will be a send-off to co-founder Marian Ayres Hill, who recently sold the business after almost 20 years of running it. Her original partner and cofounder Barbara Gordon retired in 2007. “I felt I achieved everything I wanted to achieve and it was time to move on,” Marian said. She hoped all families that had been through the preschool would come along to the event. “It’s an opportunity to remi-

nisce and say farewell to the preschool they knew,” she said. “I’ve given a lot of myself, but I’ve received an enormous amount from the children and their families.” The preschool was established in 1997 because Marian and Barbara felt preschools at the time were not able to focus fully on each individual child. “The numbers in preschools were huge. “We wanted to start a small, innovative preschool that would

Youth MP Stefan McClean placed runner-up in the New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust’s Youth Parliament competition. Stefan, who is the Youth MP of National List MP based in Ohariu Brett Hudson, submitted a video of his answer to this question: “Why should young people become engaged in civic affairs and politics?” Stefan will be given his award by the Speaker of the House at a prize-giving ceremony on November 10.

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New Task Force to tackle housing affordability A new Wellington City Council housing task force is said to tackle the issue of housing affordability in the capital. Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester recently announced the establishment of a ‘Mayoral Task Force’ on housing to tackle the escalating issue of housing affordability. “Wellington is thriving, with a healthy economy and growing population,” Mr Lester said. “Planning for that sustained

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key issues to be tackled.” Deputy Mayor-elect Paul Eagle will chair the task force and lead the new Housing Portfolio, with the plan to bring all aspects of housing into one area. The task force will examine a broad range of issues including homelessness, social housing, the future of Council’s housing stock, housing affordability schemes for first home buyers, the rental market and housing


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A free celebration of Diwali will be taking place this Saturday at the Newlands Community Centre. Locals are invited to attend to learn more about Hindu culture and join in the festivities which will take place between 12pm and 2pm, Saturday, October 29. There will be live music, dance, food and henna painting.

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A debut exhibition of landscape and abstract paintings will make its way to Johnsonville Shopping Centre over the weekend. Artworks by Newlands-based painter Natalia Vidyakina will be on display during her first solo exhibition held at Sub Urban Co-Working in the shopping centre from Friday until Sunday. Natalia moved to New Zealand from Russia in 2008 and took up residence in Newlands

the following year. The multi-talented woman has worn many hats, having worked as an engineer, competitive swimmer and coach, hair dresser and now a painter. “I do what I enjoy… you have to do what you like or what’s the point,” Natalia said. There will be about 50 landscape and abstract paintings on display at the weekend which will all be available for purchase. Natalia said she used to be quite creative but had not painted in a long time.

“I have quite a busy life but I enjoy painting… I have always admired beauty,” she said. The keen painter currently has a watercolour displayed at the Splash 2016 National Watercolour Exhibition held at the Wellington Academy of Fine Arts from October 15 to 30. This is the biggest exhibition of watercolour paintings in New Zealand and Natalia was delighted to find out her painting had already been sold. Natalia is looking forward to the chance to hold her first solo exhibition and welcomed locals

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Honouring union leader Union leader Helen Kelly will be honoured with a civic memorial service. The service will be held at the Michael Fowler Centre on October 28 at 1pm. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said Helen, who was president of the Council of Trade Unions from 2007 to 2015, was “a great fighter, a great campaigner for workers’ rights, a great Wellingtonian” and this would be a chance for locals to pay their respects. The service was organised by the Council of Trade Unions and Wellington City Council after consultation with Helen’s family.

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Lara Flannery who has been dancing classical ballet since the age of four will get the chance to live out her dream as a full-time student of the New Zealand School of Dance next year. The 15-year-old Samuel Marsden Collegiate School student auditioned for Wellington-based New Zealand School of dance in late September and recently received an acceptance email. “I was just really happy,” Lara said about being accepted. Lara had to audition for a place at the esteemed dance school, then once shortlisted she went through an interview process. The talented young dancer, who was one of just a handful of dancers to be selected for next year’s programme, said she loved the challenges ballet brings. “You’re always learning new things.” She said she loved being swept away by the movements and music when performing on stage in front of an audience. “I like the feeling of being lost on stage and getting caught up in the moment… you can dance the movements without thinking.” Lara has been a dancer at the Wellington Dance and Performing Arts Academy, formerly Paula Hunt Dance, since a young age and thanked all the teachers who influenced her dancing in one way or another. She said the other dancers at the academy were also delighted she had been accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance. “At ballet everyone is so supportive. It’s


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Amy McFarlane, Khandallah

“A multiplex cinema would be good.”

“A cinema would be quite good, and we need more clothing shops and maybe a sports shop.”

“More retail stores would be the main one, there’s not much there at the moment.”

“I think a movie theatre would be good, and some more women’s clothing stores.”

“More shops, there are good shops in town but they are spread out, we need them here. And movies would be good.”

Alex McFarlane, Khandallah “More shops for teenagers, there aren’t many here.”

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a train at the Johnsonville railway station was tagged with graffiti. An attempt was made to steal a Honda motorcross bike from an insecure garage in Burgess Road. The offender entered the property and removed the bike from an unlocked garage and started to wheel it down the long driveway when he was seen by an occupant of the house. The bike was dropped and the offender fled the scene with just a

bench grinder. A red Suzuki Alto drove off from a petrol station in Johnsonville Road without paying for the petrol. In Newlands a man had a run of good luck on the pokie machines at a local tavern, winning approximately $2000. His luck ran out when he left the premises and went to his car parked nearby where he was assaulted and half of his winnings were stolen. In Khandallah a grey Honda Od-

yssey parked briefly in Woodmancote Road, while the driver was picking up a child from school, was broken into via a smashed front passenger side window. A bag containing a wallet with driver’s licence and bank cards was stolen. Two unauthorised transaction were made using one of the cards at two different petrol stations. An attempted third transaction was declined at another petrol station. In Nichol-

son Road a black Volkswagen Touareg stationwagon was briefly left insecure while being loaded. While the vehicle was unattended a computer, covered by a box, was stolen from the back seat. In the Burma Road a garage on street frontage was entered when the offender cut through a padlock securing the wooden door. A sliding compound power saw was stolen. The thieves left a torch and bolt cutters at the scene.

In Ngaio a black Toyota hatchback parked secure in Rothsay Road was entered via a smashed rear passenger window. Nothing is known to have been stolen. In Ngauranga Gorge Road the secure area of a commercial property was entered by two men with a truck. Six metres of fencing and the supporting steel poles were removed and taken away. The offenders were seen depositing seven bags of rubbish at the site before leaving.

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Workshop to discover natural talents By Emma McAuliffe

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A local workshop will be taking place next month to help people discover their talents. Run by Danette Muollo at Sub Urban Co-Working in Johnsonville Shopping Centre the “Work, Worth and Strength Exploration” workshop has been arranged to help those who have been out of the workforce for a while or who are looking for a career change. Danette said she was approached to run the workshop by Sub Urban’s Kathleen Wright. “The workshop covers peo-

ple looking at what they do best or what they naturally do well, and seeing how they apply that to their everyday life,” Danette said. “Often people don’t know their talent or they think they’re good at tennis or have a musical talent but they don’t apply it to everyday life. We help with applying talents to CV writing and things like that.” Danette said this would be the first workshop of this nature she had run, however she has taken similar workshops and one on one sessions in the past. “This is the first session targeted to people who may

have had a career break and are worried their skills and qualifications may be out of date. It’s also for people who are looking to start their own business or to find a new career if their family needs have changed,” she said.  The “Work, Worth and Strength Exploration - harnessing the best version of you” workshop will take place on Monday, November 7 from 9.30am until 11.30am at Sub Urban. People can register their interest through www.eventbrite. . Tickets cost $16.


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The Sorry Tale of Morris Fox is a debut children’s book by multi-talented graphic designer turned writer and illustrator, Adam Pryor. Adam is a Wellingtonian who is in the process of moving from Tonga back to his family home in Karori. Morris Fox is a tale of the trials and tribulations of a fox which started as a bedtime story and evolved into a children’s book Adam hopes to share with locals.

 Adam Pryor recently wrote children’s book The Sorry Tale of Morris Fox. PHOTO CREDIT: Arlo Pryor

What gave you the inspiration to write the story? I had lived in the UK, mainly London from 2003–2010. I worked at home as a graphic designer for UK children’s publishers. I often looked out my second floor window to see foxes wandering around the ground floor yards or even relaxing on the flat roofs. I found it interesting that such a large animal could survive in a place like London. I thought they must be very adaptable and resourceful. I respect that.

Is the Sorry Tale of Morris Fox the first book you have written? I am a graphic designer who has specialised in children’s educational publishing for over 20 years now. After a trip to the Solomon Islands in the early 90s I wrote three stories now published in the School Journal. Currently I live in Tonga, so due to my isolation and the general structure of publishing I thought it might be interest-

ing project to create my own publisher Tukutuku Press and publish this book and potentially others under this umbrella.

Do you plan on writing another book, or a follow up to The Sorry Tale of Morris Fox? My wife might think ‘no’. I think she thought this book would get it out of my system, but the encouragement I have had, the positivity of independent book retailers I have met and the connections that I have made have helped confirm what I already knew, that I will write another book (probably many).

Do you think this story will resonate with kiwi kids? I see this as resonating with everyone. Morris is a bit like myself. He tries his best but certainly doesn’t get everything right. The theme is if at first you don’t succeed, try again. This is probably a bit optimistic

at this stage, but I see Morris as a character that could get turned into all sorts of things, internationally even. Look out Hollywood (or Wellywood), here we come.

Have you always been interested in writing? I love storytelling. My dad used to tell my brother and I bedtime stories and I have carried on the tradition with my kids. Morris Fox started this way and quickly pushed his way to the top of the boys’ bedtime story list. My children laugh hard at his misfortunes but I think they get the moral. I have always been a bit shy and find writing suits me as a way of putting my thoughts across in a more slowly considered way.

How long did it take you to write and illustrate the story? Writing this story was quick. I had been telling Arlo and Ethan, my sons, that I was going to turn Morris Fox into a book for a while. One day I had a gap in my design

work so I just opened up a design file and typed it straight in. The illustrations were interesting... The kids and I were drawing away and I thought, “Why don’t I just start drawing this thing now?” I scanned the linework to colour in photoshop and the kids, including my three-year-old Elsa, had fun colouring in the discarded linework. My children have had a big part to play. While I have had editors and teachers look at it, my boy Arlo (now eight) has read the story many times and I have made changes at his suggestion. The Sorry Tale of Morris Fox by Adam Pryor, published by Tukutuku Press is on sale now at Marsden Books and Paperplus in Karori. It can also be found online at ‘Like’ Morris Fox on Facebook www. or visit

Children’s expo comes to Karori Parents, families and caregivers are invited to attend Wellington Plunket Group’s Under Fives Expo in Karori this weekend. Expo attendees to the Karori Recreation Centre on Sunday, October 30 will meet a wide

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Volunteer work honoured By Joanne Holden MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

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A man rewarded for his long volunteering service has no desire to slow down. “You have to keep your brain active,” Wellington Sri Lankan School volunteer Gamini Settinayake said. “I’ll keep going. I don’t believe in spending my life in an armchair.” Gamini was one of 10 recipients of the North Wellington Voluntary Service Award, presented to him at an awards dinner at the Johnsonville Community Centre last month. For 26 years Gamini had been volunteering his accounting skills at a reduced rate to Wellington Sri Lan-

kan School, a charity focused on keeping the Sinhalese language alive in Wellington’s Sri Lankan youth. Gamini helped establish the school in 1990. His daughter was five years old at the time, and he wanted her to have a formal Sinhalese education to stay connected with her culture and overseas relations, he said. Gamini was “delighted” to be nominated for the award by the school’s management committee. Another volunteer at the school – senior teacher Seedevi De Silva – received the same award in 2012, and the school itself was recognised for its community service at the Wellington Airport Regional

Community Awards earlier this year. Currently about 40 children were enrolled in the school and Gamini was eager to see more get involved, he said. In addition to teaching Sinhalese, the school also aimed to invigorate the Sri Lankan community by bringing them together for fundraising and by celebrating the Buddhist holiday Vesak every May. Gamini attended the volunteer awards ceremony with his wife and daughter, a university student currently staying with them, the school’s senior teacher and her husband. He said the ceremony was “unique” and it was “inspiring to hear about other people”. Singers Julie and Colin

Tertiary students celebrate diversity Gold and Supreme Club Awards were handed out recently at an evening of celebration for Victoria University’s various clubs and communities. The university, as well as the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association celebrated the Gold and Supreme Club Awards on Thursday, October 6. Thirty-four Gold Awards and five Supreme Club Awards were presented by Victoria’s Provost,

Wendy Larner, and VUWSA’s President, Jonathan Gee, on the night held at the university’s Kelburn campus in Wellington. “It was an honour to be a part of the university’s first Gold and Supreme Club Awards,” Wendy said. “There is enormous talent at Victoria across a range of artistic and cultural fields; and it was wonderful to acknowledge some of the students who are excelling in these areas.”

VUWSA’s President, Jonathan Gee, commended the award winners for their hard work and dedication. “I’m very proud to work in partnership with Victoria recognising our diversity and cultural achievements.” He said it was really Tori Sellwood that pushed the importance of the awards with the University. In addition to celebrating the cultural achievements, the Gold and

First Maori female councillor for the capital By Nikki Papatsoumas

The Wellington City Council has its first Maori female councillor. New northern ward councillor, Jill Day, said she was “honoured” to represent Maori around the council table. “It was surprising. I guess we still have a way to go if that’s the case,” she said. “But I am very honoured to be in this position.” Jill has iwi affiliations to Ngati Tuwharetoa and hapu, Ngati Turangitukua and Ngati Tutemohuta. She is a teacher and former school board chair and with this in mind, will now lead the council’s children and young people and iwi partnership portfolios. Jill said she now wanted to focus on strengthening connections with Maori in Wellington, and work on supporting families across the capital that were in need. “One of the big things I really want to work on is housing and I know for this council it is going to be a big focus. “We have got to make sure we don’t end up with a crisis. Council has the capabilities to provide solutions, we need to provide enough social housing and ensure affordable housing is being developed,” she said. Jill said as a teacher she saw families who struggled on a day-to-day basis. “I see the effects it has on children through some of the struggles families have.” Jill said she wanted to ensure these families were getting the opportunities they deserved and had access to the services

Supreme Club Awards provides recognition to the many volunteers who give their time to clubs across the university. The Gold Awards were awarded for cultural and artistic achievements; and five Supreme Club Awards were presented: Supreme Club of the Year, Small Supreme Club of the Year, New Club of the Year, Faculty Students’ Association of the Year, and Club President of the Year.

Watson secured the award for their 15 years of volunteer work with the Johnsonville Club Singing Group, managing the group as they performed up to 50 concerts per year for rest homes and community groups. Other recipients were Nicola Beentjes of Ngaio Toy Library, Jane Dagger of St Michaels Anglican Church, Beth Huntington of Newlands Community House, Neville Garth of Mincher Lions Club of Johnsonville, Danielle Petterd of Plunket Society, Elizabeth Purdie of Wadestown Presbyterian Church, and Margaret Schuch of Johnsonville Senior Citizens Club. In the 15 years since the award was first offered 163 people have received it.

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A number of new council roles Fellow Onslow-Western ward Eagle will focus on housing, Vacant have been announced – amongSituation councillor Andy Foster has recreation and events. them a Wellington ambassador been appointed chair of the Mr Lester, who has taken on An acclaimed New Zealand Bruce Mason Playwriting Award. and a city scientist. finance, audit and risk manage- the arts and culture portfolio, playwright has been appointed Director of Scriptwriting at the A solid Last week, Mayor of Wel- ment sub-committee and will said portfolios reflected the as writer in residence at the In- International Institute of Modern lington Justin Lester announced lead the urban development, needs of a growing populaternational Institute of Modern Letters, Ken Duncum said Vicnew councillor responsibilities finance, predator free Wel- tion, pressures on housing and Letters at Victoria University of tor was New Zealand’s greatest including a number of new lington and Karori framework transport and further boosting Wellington in 2017. Pasifika dramatist. portfolios. portfolios. the capital’s economy, with a Victor Rodger is the first writer of “His work never settles for the Among new portfolios to be Malcolm Sparrow will take sharper focus on innovation, the Pasifika descent to be awarded the comfortable, is always subversive, introduced was a city scientist the lead on the regulatory pro- arts and connectivity. Victoria University of Wellington intelligent and vibrant. We’re portfolio which would go to cess committee as chair and “The new portfolio structure and Creative New Zealand Writer thrilled that Victor will be at the Northern ward councillor Peter will also lead the community reflects the values and strengths in Residence. institute next year,” he said. Gilberd. planning and engagement port- of Wellington: a creative, conThe playwright is known for Victor planned to use the resiDeliverers Required in Onlsow-Western ward coun- folio. nected and innovative city. work dealing with issues of sexu- dency to work on short stories as cillor Simon Woolf has been Other portfolio leaders include “I’ve sharpened the focus for ality, race and identity and has well as plays. Area 1: Momona, Mohaka, Kawatiri - Kaponga. appointed Wellington Am- Diane Calvert for community some existing portfolios and been praised for its boldness and “I’m grateful that the residency bassador, a role which would planning and engagement and introduced new responsibilities freshness. will allow me the freedom to think enhance tourism offerings and Jill Day for Maori partnerships, to ensure the incoming council Victor’s first play, Sons, won Best and research and write for an entire better connect with interna- children and young people. can meet the challengesApplications of the areNew Play andrecruitment Best Writer at the View year.the AndWainuiomata I’m excited to share my available at our News office or at theChapman security gateTripp based in the tional communities and visitors Meanwhile deputy Mayor and capital’s growing population Theatre Awards work, old and new, throughout my online Ngauranga George in Wellington. to Wellington. Southern ward councillor Paul and economy.” 1998. also the 2001 year in Wellington,” Victor said. Contact Barryin 472 7987 He or 021 276received 6654.

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inbrief news Local school gala A local school will be hosting a gala next weekend. The Matsuri Gala will be taking place at Crofton Downs Primary School on Chartwell Drive on Saturday, November 5 from 11am to 2pm. There will be an auction, market stalls, mini massages, games, rides and face painting. The funk band, “Under the Covers” will be performing as will an acoustic guitar soloist.

Orchestra performance The Tawa Orchestra is set to hold its final concert for 2016 and they will be joined by a number of young, upand-coming musicians who will have the opportunity to play solo accompanied by the orchestra. Concerto – Youth Playing Given the Limelight will take place at the Salvation Army Hall on Sunday, October 30 at 2pm. Koha entry.

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Local bowlers take out Wellington tournament


Fun run for children Hundreds of children from around Wellington took part in a fun run for charity last week. The Cigna Kids Waterfront Fun Run took place last Thursday at Waitangi Park with hundreds of children taking part. Start and finish lines were centred in the park with 500m fun runs for pre-schoolers, through to students in Year 8 running from one to two kilometres depending on their age. “We are really passionate about the health and wellbeing of our communities and this event is a great way to encourage kids to get out and be active,” Cigna CEO Lance Walker said. The day had a festive atmosphere with Cigna staff running a variety of stalls providing food and activities for a gold coin donation. All proceeds from the day went to Cigna’s official charity Achilles New Zealand.

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Aaron Smith plays his cards right LEFT: Linda Ralph in game. ABOVE: Linda Ralph and Brent Stubbins following their win. PHOTO: Supplied

Local bowlers came out on top at the weekend following a Wellington tournament. The Bowls Specialist Mixed Pairs Tournament was held in Wellington at the weekend, with over 100 people taking part. Three of the eight participants in the semi-finals of the tournament hailed from the Johnsonville Bowling Club. Two of those participants made it into the final. The finals were played on Labour Monday at the Johnsonville Bowling Club.

Brent Stubbins from the Johnsonville Bowling Club and Linda Ralph from Auckland defeated Stu McLuskie from Paraparaumu and Johnsonville Bowling Club‘s Cathy Guilford 20-7 in the final match. Brent said the final was not a straight forward win for the pair. “We trailed 7-2 early on and were down four shots on the head, thanks to four fantastic bowls by Stu. Linda stepped up to play her last bowl and played a screamer to take the shot and the end. We then

went on to score on the remaining ends to take the title,” he said. This was Linda’s second major win of the season after recently winning the Auckland Mixed Pairs. Kaaren Guildford was the final participant from Johnsonville Bowling Club who made it into the semi-finals, but she missed out on the final. She did, however, win the opportunity to represent Wellington in the National Mixed Pairs finals to be held in Dunedin next year.

Aaron Smith did the right thing to stand himself down from the All Blacks test on Saturday night against the Wallabies. Arguably one of New Zealand’s best players, he had no other option and it was a smart public relations move on his part and the All Blacks in general. He has naturally been under fire after footage was released of him in a disabled toilet with a woman who was not his partner. While, not a law breaking offence, in today’s gossip-filled news era it’s been a story that’s just kept going. You have to feel for his partner in that situation as she’s been thrown into a circus she created none of. However Smith’s choice (which was probably forced on him), was a good long term move from the Highlanders and Manawatu player. Sure, he missed a test, but the test was largely meaningless. It also allowed him to look remorseful and win back a little public good will. Short term pain, long term gain at its best. Smith’s position as the top halfback in black is not in danger, his pass and decision making have him highly rated even in this golden era of New Zealand rugby. By the end of year Northern Hemisphere tour, all of this will be forgotten by the general public. Most will see it as a punishment served, embarrassment caused and let’s move on. I’m sure that’s what the New Zealand Rugby Union will be thinking as well.


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