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The launch of two new children’s books which explore some of the country’s rich history are set to be celebrated. A celebration of the picture books will be held at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie later this month. The first, The Viaduct Postcard, is written by Susan Price, a historian and avid supporter of children’s books – she has recently donated 25,000 books to the National Library of New Zealand. The book, follows the story of Jack and his younger sister Bessie, who travel from Levin by train and tram to Karori. Continued on page 2 Judy Siers and Ruth Gotlieb at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie.

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Books launched Continued from page 1. Set in 1910 Wellington, the book includes an appearance of the Kelburn Viaduct, and is Price’s first foray into children’s picture books. The second, Allis Helps on the Farm, is the second book in the Allis the little tractor series. Set in a New Zealand farm scene, the book follows the journey of Allis, the little tractor that wants to help on the farm. The picture book is written by Sophie Siers, who lives on a farm in the Hawkes Bay with her family, and includes a link to a free Allis the little tractor song. Publisher Judy Siers from Wellington publishing company Millwood Press said when searching for a place to launch the books, she looked no further than the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie. “It is very unique in New Zealand, coming here is like visiting a treasure trove. It is a very wellknown place throughout Wellington.” She said the children’s books were rare gems as they celebrated New Zealand history. “We have always sup-

ported historical publications so bringing a lot of history to both books in different ways is very satisfying,” she said. Speaking at the books launch is former Wellington City Councillor Ruth Gotlieb, who shares her name with the Kilbirnie Library. She said reading a book was not only education, it was information and entertainment. “You can sit down and read a book and be so entertained – everything you ever wanted to know you can find in a book. “I am always interested in anything to do with books and reading. Writers are virtually artists and artists are the life blood of any city,” Ruth said.  The launch of The Viaduct Postcard and Allis Helps on the Farm will take place on Wednesday, November 23 from 6pm, with guest speak Ruth Gotlieb. Public are welcome to attend but must RSVP to judy.siers@  Both books can now be purchased from the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie.

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Treasures to be uncovered at Worser Bay School’s fair By Nikki Papatsoumas

Worser Bay School’s ‘Treasure Island’ themed fair will take place this Sunday.

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A local school is busy gearing up for its biggest fundraising event of the year – a ‘Treasure Island’ themed fair. World famous on the peninsula – the Worser Bay School Fair will take place this Sunday, November 13. The school’s principal Jude Pentecost said as always, the school community had been hard at work, preparing a fair that was sure to dazzle all who attended. “It is by far the biggest fundraiser of the year; we really have all hands on deck. It is a real community event and a huge amount of work goes in from our parents behind the scenes. “It has got a fabulous reputation and it keeps growing each year,” she said. Jude said locals could expect fabulous food stalls,

incredible deli and craft, amazing items in the silent auction, a variety of children’s activities, rapid raffles and a running of the balls event alongside all the usual things you would expect to see at a school fair. She said each year the school chose a theme and this year parents, students, staff and locals were invited to dress up and join in with the ‘Treasure Island’ theme selected. “For us, this peninsula was once an island and you will be able to find a great amount of treasure at the fair,” she said. Each year, the school’s Board of Trustees prioritise where the money raised goes, Jude said. She said this included extra staffing and providing quality professional learning opportunities for staff, which enabled the school to provide the

best teachers for its children. However, she said there were also some exciting new changes on the cards, including enhancing learning spaces and the school’s outdoor environment Jude said this year the fair is being incredibly well supported by local group Plastic Free Peninsula, in its quest to make Miramar Peninsula free of plastic and rubbish. “With the assistance of the energetic Plastic Free Peninsula group this year’s fair will be the most eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable ever,” Jude said.  The Worser Bay School Treasure Island Fair will take place this Sunday, November 13 at 168 Seatoun Heights Rd from 11am to 2pm rain or shine. For more information head to the Worser Bay School Fair Facebook page.

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Classical music for new listeners A Camerata concert will take place at St Peter’s Church on the corner of Willis and Ghuznee Streets on Friday, November 11 from 6pm. Camerata will present an uplifting programme of string and chamber orchestra music. Camerata is a small-forces chamber orchestra ranging from amateur to professional musicians, led by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra musician Anne Loeser. Entry by koha.

U3A discussion group U3A stands for University of the Third Age, and is a global organisation that supports learning and social activities for people in the third age. The Island Bay chapter of the group hosts a weekly social get together with different speakers each week on fascinating subjects followed by tea or coffee and discussion. Meet-ups take place every Thursday afternoon at the Island Bay Community Centre from 1.30pm.

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About 80 Island Bay residents turned out on Wednesday night last week to discuss the “elephant in the room” - the layout of Island Bay Parade. The meeting was the fourth in a series of community “Love The Bay” workshops being held in the suburb to develop an overall design plan for Island Bay. “I anticipate there are more of you in the room today than at past workshops because we are talking about The Parade, which kicked this whole process off,” facilitator Jason Paul said. “Today we are focusing on the elephant in the room.” As part of the meeting, locals were split into groups and asked to come up with design statements for shared spaces, carparks, pedestrian crossings and the shopping centre in the coastal community. Despite the elephant in the room – the Island Bay cycleway – not being listed by project planners, it became a key point of discussion around the room. One long term resident who asked not to be named said: “I have lived on the parade for 47 years and I just want the cycleway gone.” He had his reservations about the consultation process, but came anyway because he wanted to have his input. “It’s smoke and mirrors, a publicity stunt to pacify the na-

ABOVE: Dave Greco and Peter Galvin at the Love the Bay workshop. RIGHT: Yvonne Curtis has attended all workshops since they began earlier this year.

tives, the council will do what they have already decided and say they have consulted with us,” he said. However other Island Bay residents were more positive about the process. Retiree Yvonne Curtis moved to Berhampore in 1964, and to Island Bay 10 years ago. She has attended all the meetings. “So I’m not really a typical person” she said. “But I really think this is what we got to do, and we’ve got to stay with it. “I can see that some people do get impatient. But again it’s

because we all think we have got all the answers. “It’s like being a family. We can’t get away from each other. We need to get on,” she said. Former crayfisher David Greco has been to all the meetings and is convinced the workshop process is a good one. “It’s certainly better than everyone slagging each other off on the cycleway Facebook pages” he said. Project coordinator Jessica Ducey said the latest meeting was the best attendance so far. Earlier meetings had attracted between 30 and 60 people, she said.

Jason said design statements from workshop four will be pieced together by the technical experts, and workshop five will present those potential solutions before developing a design proposal for community comment.  The next workshops will be held on Sunday, November 27, from 1pm to 3.30pm and Wednesday, November 30, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. People can also have their say via the Love the Bay website, or by visiting the “Love the Bay” drop in shop in the Island Bay shopping centre.

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Local teacher strengthening science teaching and learning

Head of Science at South Wellington Intermediate School, Matt Boucher, has won a place in the government funded Science Teaching Leadership Programme.

Science is about to get a boost at South Wellington Intermediate School. The school’s Head of Science Matt Boucher has won a place in the government funded Science Teaching Leadership Programme, administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand, which will see him working for two years on strengthening science teaching and learning. For the first half of 2017 Matt will be hosted by the University of Otago, Wellington, working as a laboratory assistant in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. This immersion in science will give him fi rsthand experience in conducting experiments, the scientific method, and how scientists investigate and

learn. These skills are components of the nature of science curriculum strand which provides the framework for science in schools. During this time Matt will also attend a leadership course in Dunedin, run by the royal society. T he prog ra m me will continue funding Matt for a further 18 months once he returns to teaching, supporting him to keep learning and to increase the engagement of teachers and students with science. During this time he will also foster relationships with external science organisations and with local primary schools. “We’re already making those connections with science agencies and education providers,” he said.

“I advise on the zoo’s education programme, and we’re talking to places like Te Papa and GNS Science. “The idea is to work with these agencies and with other schools to get grassroots collaboration going on.” Over the last two years Matt has seen science become integrated throughout all learning areas at the school and he said “rather than being a side dish, science is now the main course”. The royal society programme calls for a big com m it ment f rom t he school, but Matt said he felt the time was right for this. “Science has gained a lot of momentum,” he said. “It’s so cool to see the kids fired up about it.”

Seclusion rooms set to be banned The use of seclusion rooms in schools as a way of managing children with difficult behaviour is set to be banned. Last week Education Minister Hekia Parata announced she was proposing to make the use of seclusion in schools illegal. In line with this, the Ministry of Education would also release guidance developed by an advisory group, so all schools could have a clear understanding of what was modern practice for dealing with challenging behaviour. Ms Parata said the vast majority of schools had good practices in place for managing the challenging behaviour of a

small number of students in a safe and inclusive way. “I appreciate this can be very difficult,” Ms Parata said. “But in today’s world there is no situation where it is acceptable for seclusion to be used in schools or early childhood education services, so I want to make that clear in the law.” Ms Parata would now invite the Select Committee to consider a Supplementary Order Paper to the Education (Update) Amendment Bill that would prohibit seclusion in schools and early childhood education (ECE) services. The proposed legislation would include ECE services to

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Cultural diversity on show for upcoming food festival

Miramar Christian School community is looking forward to their annual gala next week. By Nikki Papatsoumas

A local school will celebrate its cultural diversity with a multicultural food fair coming up later this month. The Miramar Christian School community is busy preparing for its annual gala, the Multi-Cultural Food Fair, which will take place on Saturday, November 19. Chair of the school’s Active Parent and Teacher Committee, Phil Coates, who is also senior pastor at the Gateway Baptist Church, said this year they decided to celebrate the schools diversity through a number of ethnic foods. Locals can expect a taste of Asian, Assyrian, African, Mexican and Indian, to name a few, at next week’s

event. There would also be a bakery on offer with Cafe L’affare coffee on hand for those who wanted their weekend caffeine fix, he said. As well as this the silent auction boasted a number of fantastic prizes donated by the community, he said. “We wanted to keep it simple this year, we thought let’s just keep it focused on the cultural food, the baking and the games.” Phil said the school’s students also played a large role in the celebrations – each classroom had organised an activity for children to enjoy on the day. The school’s Kapa Haka group would also be performing throughout the day. “They are part of the school, it is

their event just as much as it is the adults and the kids just love it. “The teachers help them plan games and activities they can participate in on the field with other children – they come up with all sorts of things.” Phil said all money raised at this year’s event would go towards providing each classroom with a Chrome Book, as well as upgrading sporting equipment and musical instruments. “We always get a great turn out and it is also a great way for us to show off the school.”  The Miramar Christian School Multi-Cultural Food Fair will take place on Saturday, November 19 from midday to 4pm at 41 Camperdown Rd in Miramar.

Arrests made following car break-ins Thanks to the public’s help, police made six arrests for vehicle crimes across the Wellington region earlier this week. Among them were arrests in both Mount Cook and Houghton Bay. Police said in Mount Cook, a police unit was on patrol when a member of the public reported a man breaking into a vehicle on Nairn St on Sunday morning. Police arrested the man, who will appear at Wellington District Court tomorrow morning. Pol ice sa id later on Monday morning, officers who were in the area for the Nairn St incident responde d to repor t s of a man and a woman breaking into a vehicle in Houghton Bay. Police said thanks to information received, of-

ficers were able to locate the vehicle leaving the scene. The two occupants were arrested and stolen property was recovered, police said. The pair would also appear at the Wellington District Court on Friday. Senior Sergeant Quentin Ward, from Wellington’s District Command Centre thanked the community for their help. “The successful apprehension of the offenders in each of these incidents was a direct result of public vigilance and people’s willingness to contact police when witnessing a crime,” he said. “We’d li ke to t ha n k those members of the community for their assistance and continued efforts to help make our community a safer place.”

Hataitai’s inaugural Halloween party a roaring success By Nikki Papatsoumas

Last week the Hataitai Bowling Club was transformed into a spooky house for the scariest day of the year. More than 150 local children dressed in their scariest costumes for the very first Hataitai Halloween party, which took place last Monday. The party, organised by the Hataitai Community House, was held at the Hataitai Bowling Club. Hataitai Community House coordinator Jenny Ellis said the evening, which was targeted at five to 13-year-olds, was such a success they would look at organising a similar event next year. “We had a lovely fish and chip night and a giant pass the parcel with a trick and a treat in each layer…. it was fantastic,” she said. Jenny said there were also prizes handed out for best dressed, alongside “spooky games” and lots of music. “We have also had so much good feedback from parents who did not want their kids knocking on doors. “We have just been overwhelmed by the response, the kids just loved it. It was such huge fun.”

LEFT: One of the 150 children to attend, Kate, dressed up as a cat. PHOTO CREDIT: Kathleen Logan. ABOVE: Kids gathered at last Monday’s Hataitai Halloween event. PHOTO CREDIT: Chris Hare.

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Drop in to Strathmore Park Community Centre The Strathmore Park Community Centre hosts a drop in every day from 10am to midday. People can have a cup of tea, chat to neighbours and catch up with what is happening with the centre. There are also yummy bakery treats on Tuesdays and Fridays for people to share.

Exhibition highlights New Zealand landscape Deryn Hardie Boys with her 100 day project outside her Island Bay home. By Nikki Papatsoumas

A local gallery’s latest exhibition showcases New Zealand’s landscape through a number of mediums, from photography to painting. Deryn Hardie Boys’ exhibition ‘Retrace Restore Regenerate’ opens at Island Bay’s Tapu Te Ranga Gallery this Saturday, November 12. Deryn, who calls herself an “expressionist” artist, lives in Island Bay, overlooking Tapu Te Ranga Island and the beauty of the rugged south coast is just one of the landscapes that inspires her work. She has also taken inspiration from visiting places right across the country, including Arthurs Pass and Kuratau, to present 60 pieces of work for her latest exhibition.

Deryn’s vibrant and diverse exhibition represents a collection of work that spans more than 25 years and includes photographs, prints and paintings using both watercolours and acrylics. “I am passionate about this country, the lights and the landscape, and I love colour. I need to live an environment that nurtures the soul and inspires. “I like to get away for the weekend for the weekend with friends and paint freshness and vitality, versus painting from a photo.” Deryn said she had always been involved in “some sort of creative pursuit”. She also has an affinity for different cultures and as well as being an artist, she is a teacher in the English Language Institute at Victoria

University where she coordinates a language training programme for government officials from South East Asia. To help inspire her, Deryn said she was also currently taking part in the 100 day project. For the project, each day, for 100 days, Deryn was adding a small painting to a canvas, painting whatever inspires her from outside her window. Her 100 day project would be showcased as part of her exhibition in early December.




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Asthma and COPD are both conditions which affect the lungs and are frequently seen in New Zealand. Most of us are familiar with the symptoms of asthma that include wheezing, coughing, (particularly during the night), chest tightness and sometimes gasping for breath. Some people have one or more of these symptoms most of the time, while others can get them suddenly, when they are having an ‘asthma attack’. It can be particularly distressing when these symptoms occur and it is important to try and understand what is happening, how to control them and how to prevent them from occurring. People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs and the illness is triggered when things such as dust mites and pollen cause breathing tubes to react and become tighter. Cigarette smoke, changes in air temperature, and other lung illnesses (e.g. bronchitis), can also trigger asthma. The tubes swell and mucus builds-up, making it harder for air to go in and out of the lungs and causing a whistle-like, wheezy, sound. Asthma can’t be cured, but people can lead a full life if they learn to avoid what triggers their asthma, understand

their symptoms and use their medicines to keep the asthma under control. Helping people manage their asthma requires a team approach and Self Care pharmacists are part of that team. “We provide patients with advice about how their medicines work and the correct use of medicines (especially inhalers and spacers) according to their own particular asthma action plans, to get the best results”. The main types of asthma medicines are relievers and preventers. Relievers are for use during an ‘attack’, to openup the tubes, relax tightened muscles and relieve symptoms. Preventers don’t directly relieve symptoms in an attack but are important because they keep asthma under control. They reduce swelling and mucus build-up in the breathing tubes. Preventers need to be used every day, even when you feel well. Some patients will also require a stepped-up regular preventer, which is to be used daily, along with a preventer. These relax airway muscles but do not affect swelling in the breathing tubes and they are not for acute asthma relief during an ‘attack’. By following their own action plans, people

can balance the use of preventers, relievers and stepped up regular preventers to keep their asthma under control, take action early during an asthma ‘attack’, to prevent more serious problems, and bring their asthma back under control. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is another, increasingly common, lung disease that shares many of the same symptoms as asthma. It can be mistaken for asthma, and sometimes people with COPD can have asthma as well. COPD has different trigger factors and treatment requirements from asthma and unlike asthma, lung damage in people with COPD occurs steadily over time and is permanent. Cigarette smoking is the most common factor responsible for COPD and quitting smoking is the most critical factor in slowing the progression of COPD. Pharmacists provide smoking cessation advice, products, and encouragement to COPD sufferers wanting to ‘kick’ their smoking habits and improve their quality of life to manage COPD. Contact your Self Care pharmacist to find out more details and ask for a copy of the Self Care fact card on “Asthma”, “COPD” and “Quit Smoking”.

Speak to us for your Self-care needs Grace Chan MPS ANZCP


Anne Privett MPS ANZCP

Meet the team... Pharmacists

Natasha Stevenson-Oake, Victor Chong, Penny Minshull, Linda Choie and Androulla Kotrotsos (owner), Sue McEwan (absent).

from left:

Chris Young MPS ANZCP

Life Pharmacy Kilbirnie (Formerly Baycourt Pharmacy)

26 Bay Road, Kilbirnie Ph: 387-3939 • Fax: 387-3935 Parking at the rear in Kilbinie Plaza

Cathy Milne MPS ANZCP

Kim, Phil, Sarah, Casey, Simon, Harry and Monique.

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Thursday November 10, 2016


Miramar Peninsula’s latest clean-up 2

By Nikki Papatsoumas


1. Almost the first things found was a starfish with a light bulb. PHOTO CREDIT: Jess Cowley


2. Vicky Holben and her son Edward decided to see how many cigarette butts they could pick up in 15 minutes - they filled both a bottle and a takeaway cup to the brim in this time. PHOTO CREDIT: Sophie Williams 3. Animals found included fish, limpets, sea cucumbers, chitons, starfish, a tiny octopus and a glass shrimp. PHOTO CREDIT: Jess Baiden 4. About 55 people gathered at last month’s clean-up. PHOTO CREDIT: Sophie Williams 4

Knack Market in the spirit of the holiday season

Tsunami awareness saves lives Locals are being urged to prepare themselves for this risk of tsunami. The first World Tsunami Awareness Day took place last weekend, on Saturday, November 5. The United Nations General Assembly announced they were appointing a day in November as World Tsunami Awareness Day, so people could find out more about what a tsunami was and how best to prepare for them. A tsunami is a series of waves caused by large earthquakes. Acting director of Civil Defence and Emergency Management David Coetzee said all of New Zealand’s coast line was at risk of tsunami. “For most of us, that means we live near or visit - places that are at risk and we need to know the right action to take,” he said. “For a local source tsunami, which could arrive in minutes, we will unlikely be able

The water which is home to some of Miramar’s most special sea creatures is the latest area of the Miramar Peninsula to get a tidy up. On Sunday, October 30, the Plastic Free Peninsula group teamed up with the Wellington Underwater Club to remove around 2000 litres, or 50 sacks, of rubbish from under and around Miramar Wharf. Plastic Free Peninsula is a community group that aims to reduce single-use plastic in Miramar. This was the most recent event the group has held and previous events include a movie night, creating re-useable shopping bags out of pillowcases and ties at Worser Bay School, and a shore clean-up earlier this year that saw over 150kg of rubbish removed from the Miramar Peninsula. Organiser Jess Baiden said while previous clean-ups had focused on tidying the shoreline, this was the first time they worked to remove underwater rubbish.

She said Eddie Howard from Island Bay Marine Education Centre helped identify sea creatures as rubbish pulled from the water was cut apart to check inside. She said animals found included fish, limpets, sea cucumbers, chitons, starfish, a tiny octopus and a glass shrimp. “The main point of the exercise was to see how much rubbish was in the water and we were very surprised,” Jess said. She said children had been extremely receptive to the Plastic Free Peninsula initiative and it was eye-opening for them to see how discarded rubbish could affect marine life. Jess said shore crew made up of Worser Bay School families collected approximately half a cubic metre of rubbish from grass and beaches along Shelley Bay Road as the underwater clean-up was taking place. She thanked Sustainable Coastlines, who provided sacks and gloves on the day, and the Wellington City Council who picked up the rubbish.

to issue official warnings in time before the first waves arrive. “It is therefore important not to wait for official warnings, but instead recognise the natural warning signs and act quickly.” David said World Tsunami Awareness Day was a chance for locals to learn more about the tsunami risk in their regions, know how to prepare for them and update their plans to keep their families safe. He said people COULD contact their council or Civil Defence Emergency Management Group for information about Local arrangements in place in the event of a tsunami. The ministry’s website www.civildefence. has information for schools, employers and families wanting to use World Tsunami Day to be more prepared.  Visit to find out how to prepare for emergencies.

There will be treats to tickle everyone’s fancy at a local market this week. The popular Knack Market will take place this Friday and Saturday at Berhampore School and a variety of high quality, original New Zealand craft will be on offer. The Knack Market, which takes place four times a year, offers visitors a chance to purchase handmade treasures direct from about 50 makers. Everything from original clothing for kids and adults, jewellery, felted ornaments, wall art, bags, lampshades, magnets, hair accessories, tea towels, seedlings, pottery, hand-knitted items, soft toys, cushions, terrariums and much more is on offer. This month the ‘Kristmas Knack’ would take place – and was set to be one of the largest of the year.

Shoppers had the opportunity to head along on Friday evening for a more relaxed shopping experience - with authentic Italian pizza and other food options, hot and cold drinks and live music. In contrast, Saturday’s event was set to be more family focused, with games and activities for kids in the Kidzone. There would also be freshly made coffee on offer alongside some super Christmas baking, homemade fruit ice blocks and delicious authentic food options to enjoy at the market or take home for dinner.  The Kristmas Knack Market takes place on Friday, November 11 from 6pm to 8pm and Saturday, November 12 from 9.30am to 2.30pm at Berhampore Primary School. For more information head to knack.

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Thursday November 10, 2016

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: We asked Miramar Christian School students what they were most looking forward to at their upcoming school gala.

Elina George, Miramar Christian School “The games, they are all different.”

Jessica Singh, Miramar Christian School “The prizes, each game has a different prize and I want to win lots.”

Anokeena Benjamin Miramar Christian School “The Kapa Haka performance because we get to show what we can do with the poi.”

Joseph Hamill, Miramar Christian School “Inviting people to join in the activites to get to know our school better and also inviting people that might be new to our school.”

VJ Dahya, Miramar Christian School “I am looking forward to the fun and excitement.”

Nathaniel Misa, Miramar Christian School “I am looking forward to the thrill and enjoyment of the fair.”

Once upon a Christmas at Capital E Capital E’s Christmas this year has a fairy-tale twist with a snowy playful landscape - Once Upon a Christmas. From December 1 to 24 at Capital E Central on Queens Wharf, children will journey through a winter wonderland populated with a magical forest, a gingerbread spectacle for the eyes and a glowing

wishing tree. Children will also have the opportunity to get into the festive spirit through new Christmas workshops and activities ideal to get creative minds thinking in true Christmas style. Capital E will support two local charities, Child Cancer Society and Make Foundation.

Young visitors popping into E Central will have the chance to hang their own special Christmas drawings and messages on the glowing wishing tree for children who are part of the Child Cancer Society and will get their hand busy making cool Christmas crafts. Capital E will also be selling advent calendars, where all profits

“I love Kilmarnock. It’s not clinical looking - it’s casual and relaxed and I like that.” Alison, Kilmarnock resident.

Rest home living. It might not be what you think. Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home An elder-centred community

Companionship, fun and meaningful activity are part of everyday life at Kilmarnock Heights Home. As well as providing daily living support, we make sure residents have choice and control in their lives.

Social calendar We’ll support you to continue doing the things you love in a way that’s right for you. The busy social calendar and stimulating recreation programme certainly make for a vibrant and engaging atmosphere.

Pets welcome We believe pets can be both calming and energising, so we welcome animal companions. If you have a pet that’s part of your family, ask us about moving to Kilmarnock Heights Home with them. Family and friends At Kilmarnock residents are encouraged to invite their loved ones to visit at any time; there’s no set visiting hours. And, for the children - we have a fully stocked toy box to keep them entertained!

20 Morton Street, Berhampore, Wellington Visit: | Freephone: 0508 36 54 83

raised go to the Make Foundation. Capital E events coordinator Karen Carey said the values at Capital E included supporting other charities who were dedicated to providing services for young people. “This year, we’re excited to be working with the brilliant team at the Child Cancer Society and the

Berhampore elders design Christmas cards

Make Foundation who are working to bring music, technology and art projects to refugee communities displaced by Syria’s civil war.”  Once Upon a Christmas at Capital E is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 3.30pm from December 1 to 24 and entry is free. For more information, head to

Kilmarnock Heights Home residents Alison Fraser, Johnnie Wood and Dorothy Johnson have been busy packaging their home’s new Christmas cards to sell.

The residents of Kilmarnock Heights Home love sending Christmas cards so much that they decided to create their very own. The Kilmarnock Heights Home Christmas cards have been designed by the home’s residents, with the front featuring a photo of a nativity scene knitted by resident Johnnie Wood. “The nativity scene is beautifully detailed and is the perfect fit for the front of the cards,” says recreation officer Annelize Steyn. “We’ve had the cards professionally printed and they look beautiful. We are very excited that Johnnie’s knitted nativity scene will soon be making its way around the world!” Annelize says it has been a fun project for the residents of Kilmarnock Heights Home. “A group of residents has been involved with the entire project, including choosing what the cards would say, how many we would order, how we would sell them and how much we will sell them for,” says Annelize. “As soon as the cards arrived, the three residents who have been driving the project, Johnnie Wood, Dorothy Johnson and Alison Fraser, sat at a table and started sorting

the cards and putting them into packs of three – they were there for hours sorting and chatting away.” Kilmarnock Heights Home’s Christmas cards will be sold in packs of three for $5. They can be purchased from the home directly or from the home’s stall at the Kristmas Knack Market at Berhampore School this Saturday, where residents will also be selling preserves, knitted items, craft and Christmas cake. Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Johnnie Wood, who knitted the nativity scene featured on the front of the cards, was inspired to knit her own nativity scene after seeing the idea in a book. “It took two months to knit. The most difficult part was knitting the head wear because they are intricate and small. The staffs that the shepherds are holding are drinking straws covered in wool,” says Johnnie.  For more information about Kilmarnock Heights Home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, or to purchase Kilmarnock’s Christmas cards, call 04 380 2034, visit nz, or call in to the home’s stall at Berhampore School’s Kristmas Knack Market from 9.30am to 2.30pm this Saturday.

Thursday November 10, 2016


Gala-style event centres on sustainability and the environment By Nikki Papatsoumas

The newly established Mt Vic Community Hub will host a gala-styled event with a focus on sustainability and the environment later this month. Last month Crossways Community Centre shifted from its Roxburgh St building, to a new venue on Elizabeth St with a new name - the Mt Vic Community Hub. Mt Vic Hub trustee Tania Austin sa id following on from the centre’s move they wanted to organise a spring style event for the whole community to enjoy. The ‘It’s a Spring Thing’ event will run on Saturday, November 26 at Clyde Quay School. Tania said there would be a variety of activities on offer, all centred on the event’s ‘sustainability and environmental

friendly’ theme. Activities and stalls on offer would include a seedling and crop swap table, a yoga workshop and a cycle skills workshop. “We are going to use it as a launch for the new hub as well, in the hub itself there will be a community interactive art project run by local artist Beka Whale. “Everything is alive in the spring and comes alive so we are really working on that idea,” Tania said. The Mt Vic Hub, based on Elizabeth St, works by helping connect locals with other community organisations in the area, which worked in partners hip with the hub’s trustees. As part of this month’s event, these organisations would also be invited to set up a stall or games spot, as a fundraiser for their services.

“It ties back into the idea that we want to support them and highlight them and involve everybody,” Tania said. She said the hub had been extremely popular since opening its doors early last month. “People just drop in here all the time for a cuppa. We have seen heaps more foot traffic than we did in our previous space [on Roxburgh St]. “We want to look at turning this into an annual event but for now we are just kicking things off and getting connections going.”  ‘It’s a Spring Thing’ event w ill t ake p l ace at Cl yd e Quay School in Mt Victoria on Saturday, November 26 from 11am to 2pm. Visitors will need to pre -register for activities such as the yoga workshop and cycle skills workshop, by emailing

Tania Austin hopes to see the whole Mt Victoria community take place in the upcoming ‘It’s a Spring Thing’ event.

Support the SPCA ‘Ballsy’ way to support the Movember Annual Appeal Foundation

Volunteers will hit the streets for the SPCA’s Annual Appeal this week. PHOTO CREDIT: Jo Moore Photography

This week is the SPCA’s Annual Appeal week and the charity is asking for local support so it can continue to help thousands of animals in need every year. It costs the SPCA $9 million each year to rescue and help abused and neglected animals right across the country. Last year saw more than 300 volunteers and collectors take to the streets of Wellington, along with 170 canine companions and even a llama, alpaca and parrot in an effort to raise much needed funds. Last year, the SPCA managed to raise $50,000 through its appeal and this year the charity said it hoped to raise even more. On the heels of its annual appeal The SPCA released its annual ‘List of Shame’ highlighting New Zealand’s shameful animal abuse track record. SPCA Inspectors see many cases of horrible animal abuse, neglect and cruelty.

One highlighted case is that of a Waikanae man who was convicted of deserting four young kittens with no provision for their needs. He deserted the kittens, which were just six weeks old, on the side of the road in the middle of winter. The man was sentenced to 80-hours community work, and ordered to pay more than $600 in reparations and $100 to the SPCA towards legal expenses. He was also disqualified from owning or exercising authority in respect of any cats or kittens for five years. Fortunately, all four kittens recovered and have been adopted by new families. SPCA volunteer collectors will be out on the streets of the Greater Wellington Region tomorrow, Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12.  Please give generously when you see an SPCA collector, or donate online at

The founder of locally based natural food company has come up with a ballsy way to raise funds and awa reness for The Movember Foundation. Movember encourages people to raise funds and ignite discussion around men’s mental and physical health and well-being. Most men grow a moustache throughout the month of November – or Movember – however Hataitai resident Duncan Forbes, founder of Go Native, has come up with something a little different. In support of The Movember Foundation, Go N a t i ve h a s p r o d u c e d 12,60 0 all-natural, nutrient-rich Hawke’s Bay Black Dor is Plum a nd Raw Cacao Ba l ls as a not-for-profit fundraising

initiative. “Movember is a great opportunity to raise funds for medical research and support and also to give men a nudge every year to get their check-ups done,” Duncan said. “No one wants to do it but we all need to.” The balls – presented in cheeky pairs – are made from dates, almonds, desiccated coconut, prunes, organic raw cacao powder, coconut flour, natural plum flavour, freeze-dried plum powder and Himalayan sea salt. They are made from gluten and dairy-free ingredients and contain no refined sugar or preservatives. Duncan said $1 from every two-pack sold would be donated to The Movember Foundation.

Funds raised will be used to support four targeted areas of men’s health: testicular cancer, prostate cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. Duncan said he wanted to help The Movember Foundation motivate men to be proactive about their health. “A couple of my friends have had early stage prostate problems, but it’s not the sort of thing guys talk about,” he said. “Men are bloody hopeless when it comes to their health, but early detection makes a huge difference to your chances of survival.”  Go Native’s Hawke’s Bay Black Doris Plum and Raw Cacao Balls, will be available at selected New World stores and pharmacies nationwide.


Thursday November 10, 2016


Children’s high tea in Kilbirnie

The LITTLE TEAPOT Kids birthday parties with kids high tea available. CONTACT

Separate kids play area with connecting outdoor courtyard. 04 376 2226

Nurturing every child’s potential. • A community based, multicultural centre. • Operating for over 25 years. • Catering for up to 28 Children aged between 2 and 5 years old. • Activities are built on the children's strengths, interests and needs both individually and in groups. • Redevelopment of new outdoor area currently in process!


available during school terms Monday - Friday 8:30am - 2:45pm or Monday - Friday 8:30am - 1:00pm

04 385 9432 or 021 158 4606 160 Tory Street, Wellington

The Little Teapot in Kilbirnie offers delicious high tea for the whole family, at the same time as functioning as an all-day café. New owners Maria Toner and Helen Grove offer high tea with a difference, where mums can come along and bring their children to a family-friendly environment. The Little Teapot’s unique point of difference is it’s revamped children’s area which provides books, toys, dollhouses and more to keep your children entertained while you enjoy delicious sweets and savories. “We can also open for birthday parties and people can hire out

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can also come in takeaway cups, so you can enjoy a tasty drink on the go. The family friendly high teameets-café can cater to vegetarian and gluten free customers and has a great selection of child-friendly food available. As a mother of three dancers Maria has also decided to provide an area where customers can purchase imported dancewear at a great price without the hassle of waiting for delivery. Call Maria and Helen to book for high teas and private functions or drop in to enjoy a coffee and café food in a family-friendly atmosphere.

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rooms for a private function,” Maria explained. The children’s area joins on to an outdoor courtyard which is fully fenced so parents know their children will be safe. There is a change room for mums with little ones. Helen worked as a commercial baker for seven years and brings her expertise to the eastern suburbs and her scrumptious homemade profiteroles are a must-try. The ladies have introduced build-your-own Sundays with choices of base, ice-cream and sauces as well as milkshakes and freakshakes. The milkshakes, coffee and tea

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Thursday November 10, 2016

inbrief news Aerobics classes Dust off your leg warmers and lycra - aerobics classes take place at the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 8pm. Entry is by Koha.

Drop in to the Miramar and Mapuia Community Centre The Miramar and Mapuia Community Centre holds a drop in every Monday from 10.15am to 12.15pm. Everyone is welcome to pop in for a cup of tea, or coffee and a chat, and there are books, magazines and puzzles available.

WHATS ON... The Community Noticeboard is for non-profit organisations. For $15.00 you can publish up to 25 words. No AGMS, sporting notices or special meetings. Community Notices must be pre-paid. Call into our office, phone (04) 587 1660 or email

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(Whanau Manaaki Kindergarten Association)

All advertisements are subject to the approval of Wellington Suburban Newspapers. Advertisements are positioned entirely at the option of The Publisher & no guarantee of placement is given. Applicable loadings apply only to the specific placement of strip or island advertisements. Placement & approval is at the discretion of The Publisher. While every effort will be made to publish as instructed, The Publisher accepts no liability for any loss caused through loss or misplacement. The Publisher reserves the right to reject any advertisement considered unsuitable for publication. Advertisements will be charged on the size of the material supplied or the space ordered whichever is the greater. It is the responsibility of the Advertiser or Advertising Agent to notify Wellington Suburban Newspapers of any error within 24 hours of its publication. The Publisher is not responsible for recurring errors. To obtain a classified space order (defined as annual commitment of advertising space or spend) please speak to your advertising representative. (Surcharges may apply if commitment levels are not met or cancellation of a space booking & or contract). Cancellation: neither display nor classified cancellations will be accepted after the booking deadline. No credits will be issued to classified package buys that have commenced their series. If an advertiser at any time fails to supply copy within the deadline, it is understood & agreed that the last copy supplied will be repeated. Specific terms & conditions apply to certain classifications. These may relate to either requirements & conditions set by industry standards for the advertising of certain goods & services, or set by The Publisher. Please speak to your advertising representative to obtain a full copy of these. Advertisers agree that all advertisements published by Wellington Suburban Newspapers may also appear on a relevant website.

Permanent part-time Teacher Assistant Position

BOARD OF TRUSTEES CASUAL VACANCY A casual vacancy has occurred on the board of trustees for an elected parent representative. The board has resolved under section 105 of the Education Act 1989 to fill the vacancy by selection. If 10 percent or more of the eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

For a job description please contact the Human Resources Officer for Whanau Manaaki Kindergartens on phone: (04) 232-3069 or email: Applications close Friday, 18 November 2016.

Any eligible voter who wishes to ask the board to hold a by-election should write to: Chairperson Board of Trustees Evans Bay Intermediate School PO Box 14-084 Kilbirnie

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of orignial art at Rita Angus Retirement village, Kilbirnie. Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th from 10am to 5pm

Community Market Saturday, November 12 from midday at 42 Kilbirnie Crescent. Handicrafts, home baking, including a koha table - books, toys, all free. To book a table contact Jo on 0272714760.

CHURCH GARAGE SALE NEXT WEEKEND Saturday 19th November at 88 The Parade, Island Bay, at the Presbyterian church hall, 10am. A huge range with the biggest bargains. (donated goods accepted before the day)

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Council has just-released its annual report Trades for 2015/16. and Services The report, titled Great Work, details the range of significant achievements accomplished during the year by the regional council and also looks at how to sustain the positive impact the council has had on the regional community. The new-look report records the regional 46council’s activity and Waione St Petone Ph: the 5685989 progress in key Open areasSatof9am-3pm public Formerly cpa spares transport transformation, construction of resilient infrastructure and protection of our Director natural environFuneral ment. Greater Wellington Regional Council’s newly re-elected chair, Chris Laidlaw, said a better and more effective transport system, well-protected floodplains and a vibrant diverse environment, were the keystone responsibilities, the main priorities of investment and the main focus of the council’s annual report. He said the report also told other important and sometimes unsung stories of initiatives which contribute to the great lifestyle enjoyed in the region. “Whether monitoring the quality of swimming water, promoting our knowledge economy, encouraging sustainable transport, upgrading the Metlink website or supporting farmers to care for the land the regional council was out and about making a difference.” Mr Laidlaw said the Wellington region’s future looked bright and was moving at an increasingly fast pace. “I’m looking forward to working with the new council to continue our progress on making this region an even more fulfi lling place in which to live and work,” he said. View Copies the report areNews availtheofWainuiomata ableonline at libraries, or can be found at

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Season kicks off for Maranui Nippers By Nikki Papatsoumas

Every Sunday morning from November to March a sea of nippers can be seen at Lyall Bay Beach, learning a number of skills that could potentially one day save a life. Last Sunday was no different, when over 100 nippers from the Maranui Surf Life Saving Club between the ages of six to 13 took the beaches of Lyall Bay to officially kick off their season. Head coach Chris Mark said it was important for A group of nippers from the Maranui Surf Life Saving Club look forward to the season kids to learn water skills ahead. in an effort to reduce the

number of water drownings in New Zealand. “I wouldn’t let one of my kids go to the beach without them knowing how to be safe in the surf.” Chris said the club was “looking forward to another exciting season down at the beach”. “It’s a long season but they all enjoy it and hopefully the weather plays its part and helps us to achieve what we do.” Ma r a nu i Su r f L i fe Saving Club kicks off this season after making waves last season. The club placed sixth at

the Oceans’16 competition, which took place in Mount Maunganui earlier this year. Chris said the event involved four days of competition, with more than 900 kids from all across the country. Forty-four nippers from the club travelled to the event and as a group came back with 12 medals. Chris said they were still taking registrations for the season.  For more information, head to www.maranui.

Badminton club gets a lesson on reducing its environmental impact By Nikki Papatsoumas

Wellington Badminton Club is set to save more than $5000 over the next 15 years after a visit from a charitable trust which works to save sports clubs money and reduce environmental impact. Last week, two representatives from the LiteClub programme, which is part of Project LiteFoot, visited the Wellington Badminton Club in Hataitai. The LiteClub programme is a free service for sports clubs, helping them improve efficiency through electricity, water and waste. The goal is to reduce running costs, which frees up money to go back into the club’s sport. Planning manager Maike Poggel said as part of last week’s visit, they spoke to the club’s management about

ways in which they could reduce their environmental footprint and save money. Wellington Badminton Club’s general manager Vaiola Vaeau said they had already been looking at ways to be more efficient, such as switching to LED lighting and trying to recycle where possible. Since it launched in 2011,

LiteClub has visited 893 clubs nationwide and made changes calculated to save $5.2 million for sport and prevent 4541 tonnes of carbon emissions. The Wellington Badminton Club currently has more than 300 members and is taking new registrations. For more information, head to

After the Visit: - 38 energy hungry incandescent and halogen lights were upgraded to LED. - 7 water saving devices were installed on taps and toilets throughout the building. - Hot water pipes were fitted with insulation lagging. - 8 waste bins were arranged in multiple recycling stations around the clubrooms. - Over the next 15 years, this will free up $5459 and prevent 2.43 tonnes of CO2 emissions. - In addition to this, water saving devices will conserve 70,000 litres of water each year.

Hurricanes squad named for year ahead Seven new players have joined the Hurricanes as the squad prepares for the 2017 season. The 2017 Hurricanes squad was announced last Tuesday and includes four super rugby rookies and three players from other super rugby squads. Canterbury utility back Jordie Barrett, Taranaki loose forward Toa Halafihi, Taranaki halfback Kylem O’Donnell, and Wellington outside back Peter UmagaJensen were selected for their first season of Super Rugby. Lock Sam Lousi, loose forward Reed Prinsep, and wing Ben Lam have joined the team from the Waratahs, Crusaders and Blues respectively.

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said each of the newcomers would add an exciting new dimension to the squad. “It’s exciting to have some fresh faces in the team environment and I feel as though we’ve ended up with a very well balanced squad and some really interesting new options,” he said. Chris said it was important his squad did not see themselves as defending champions in 2017. “We are very proud of what we achieved last year and winning the title for the first time, but we’ll be going out to win it next year rather than try to defend it. It’s an incredibly tough competition, so everybody starts from scratch regardless of what’s

gone before. “We’ve lost a bunch of experience, as have a most of the other squads, so we have to re-establish the culture and we have to tailor our plans to suit the new skill set within the squad. That’s a challenge we are all looking forward to.” The Hurricanes squad includes 31 players who took part in the 2016 campaign and will again be captained by hooker Dane Coles. The Hurricanes Investec Super Rugby season begins in Japan against the Sunwolves on February 25 and includes eight home matches against Rebels, Highlanders, Waratahs, Brumbies, Stormers, Cheetahs, Chiefs and Crusaders.

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Parker - a big fish? It’s a shame Joseph Parker’s world title fight more than likely won’t be held in New Zealand. Duco Events, who look after the 26-year-old’s interests were keen on having the fight against Mexican John Ruiz staged in Auckland in December. For that, they wanted Government funding, which they submitted an application for. However, as is often the way with public money, those people who take the spending of their taxes seriously got up in arms about it and Duco withdrew the application due to the public outcry against it. Duco believed New Zealand’s exposure to a global audience as well as tourist dollars generated, made it a worthwhile event for the government to help fund. However, the court of public opinion disagreed. To be honest, it’s doubtful it would be a money spinner for the Government. World boxing is in a slump and has been for some time.

Interest from casual boxing viewers has declined as has general interest. However, that’s the reason the fight could have worked in New Zealand. Make it a big fish event in a small pond. Get all of New Zealand behind Parker. Give sports fans a once in a lifetime chance to go to a world title fight in their own backyard. There’s also the hometown judging which could be handy too (wink, wink). It is boxing after all. It now looks like the fight will be held in America. Parker is a business and Duco want a return on their asset. Win or lose, a world title fight offers that opportunity. I’ll get that pay per view, unlike the rest of Parker’s fights so far with their weak undercards and often abysmal opponents in the main event, it would be worth $40. It’s a case of ‘watch this space’. Parker will need a bit of luck to get the job done, but at 26 he’s certainly special enough to give it a decent go.

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