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Sirens wanted Lyall Bay residents seeking tsunami sirens in their community
By Nikki Papatsoumas
Following last Monday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake, many Lyall Bay residents hopped in their cars to seek higher ground, after a tsunami warning was issued. However, residents were left confused about where to get the best
information, and why tsunami sirens did not warn them of impending danger. Lyall Bay resident Joe Reich, who co-manages the Lyall Bay Facebook page, was one of the many residents to move to higher ground after the tsunami warning was issued last week. Continued on page 2
Lyall Bay resident Joe Reich, at View Rd, where many residents sought higher ground following last week’s quake.
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Tsunami sirens sought Continued from page 1. Joe said many residents were not aware there were no Tsunami sirens in Lyall Bay. Following last week’s quake, more than 140 residents have taken part in a survey, conducted by Joe on the Lyall Bay Facebook page, which asked people how they would like to be informed in an emergency. The majority of those who responded to the survey were in favour of tsunami sirens. “I would now love to see the council and emergency management office come out and talk to the community,” Joe said. “We did things really well the other night, but we also need to make sure we have a good action plan if something does really go wrong.” Wellington City Councillor for the eastern ward, Simon Marsh, said if a shake knocked you off your feet, or was strong enough it made it difficult to stand, you should head for higher ground. In Lyall Bay blue lines on the roads mapped out “safe zones” in the event of a tsunami. Simon said it was a good idea for locals to check out where the nearest tsunami lines to their homes were so they could
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Lyall Bay resident Joe Reich, at View Rd, where many residents sought higher ground following last week’s quake.
sleep through and the older population who do not have a cellphone.” A spokeswoman from the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office said experts in the area had previously decided sirens were not best practice along Wellington’s southern coast. She said while tsunami sirens had been up for discussion
over the last 30 to 40 years, the decision was unlikely to change in the short term. “It is going to be an ongoing discussion,” she said. Were you aware there were no tsunami sirens on Wellington’s southern coast? Do you think there needs to be? Send us an email – news@ wsn.co.nz
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be prepared for an emergency. He said when he was first elected to council the idea of tsunami sirens along the coast was discussed. While some were in favour of sirens he said arguments against were people may miss, or not hear them. Council also questioned how they would operate if the power was out. Simon said he had family in Lower Hutt who reacted following Monday morning’s earthquake as a direct result of tsunami sirens. “It indicated to them that there was an issue, and they knew what to do. “I do think it needs to be something that we look at again but it also needs to be something that I see as a national standard.” Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle said there needed to be clarification around how effective or ineffective tsunami sirens were. Paul, who lives on Wellington’s southern coast, was among those to move to higher ground following last week’s quake. “People like me and the younger generation will always have our cellphone on us, but I fear for those who
Following last week’s earthquake the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) are urging people to be prepared in case of disaster. Community resilience manager Dan Neely said the office had six suggestions for how people could be prepared in a natural disaster. “Store enough water for at least seven days – 20 litres per person. Items you need for survival are
present in your house already – just keep them stocked up. “Have a conversation with everyone in your household about what to do in an emergency. How will you meet up? How do you turn off your utilities? Make sure everyone knows to ‘Drop, Cover and Hold’ and carefully exit a building. “Know who in your street and community might need extra help and assistance and offer to help,” Dan said. “Get a small grab and go bag
for your workplace and make sure this includes a good pair of walking shoes and a jacket. “Check that your foundations are secure and remove your old brick chimney so you can protect your biggest investment and remain in your house after an earthquake,” he said. WREMO recommended in the event of an earthquake people should drop, cover and hold where they were, not go into a doorway. The organisation recom-
mended people stayed inside rather than run outside during an earthquake or afterwards unless the building was showing clear signs of “distress”. If a person feels a long and/ or strong earthquake and lives in a tsunami evacuation zone it is recommended they immediately seek higher ground. For more information and to view tsunami evacuation zones head to www.getprepared. org.nz/.
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Back to business following the quake
inbrief news Cans for Good collection for The Salvation Army begins Wellington schools will be collecting ‘Cans For Good’ for The Salvation Army this week. Wattie’s Cans for Good is a new national can collection campaign, aimed at collecting over 25,000 cans to help The Salvation Army stock up much needed food parcels in the lead up to Christmas. For every can collected by a school, Wattie’s will donate a can to The Salvation Army. People can also donate cans via their local Countdown Supermarket. For more information visit www.watties. co.nz/cansforgood
Japan Festival to hit capital
Cordons have been put in place near the Courtenay Central complex in Wellington City and on Taranaki St, while a building on Molesworth St in Thorndon is set to be demolished. By Nikki Papatsoumas
While it is mostly business as usual in the capital following last Monday morning’s 7.8 magnitude quake the fate of some buildings hangs in the balance. Work has begun this week on demolishing an office block at 61 Molesworth Street, which suffered irreparable damage during the quake. When part of the building was damaged in the quake, surrounding buildings were evacuated for fear of the office block collapsing. A demolition contractor has since been hired to ‘deconstruct’ the nine-storey building. Meanwhile, asbestos has been identified as coming from the building. Wellington’s Emergency Operations Centre Local Controller Simon Fleisher said with this in mind, as the demolition took
place, water would constantly be sprayed on the building to help contain dust from building materials, including asbestos. Work to demolish the building was expected to take about two weeks, weather permitting. Last Thursday, Tory Street between Wakefield Street and Courtenay Place was cordoned off. This comes after the Courtenay Central complex and its adjoining car park were evacuated because of safety concerns. The evacuation also affected surrounding buildings, including some apartments - however some businesses have since been given the all clear to return to business as normal. Meanwhile, the council said work to temporarily strengthen the multi-storey car park on Tory Street was expected to start during the next few days. Steel props and framing would
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be installed on building pillars to stabilize the structure, potentially along with Kevlar ‘wraps’. This work could take up to a month and the existing cordons would likely stay in place until the work was completed. Wellington’s waterfront was among the worst affected areas as a result of last week’s quake. CentrePort chief executive Derek Nind said while Wellington’s Port continued to make good progress in resuming services - challenges remained. Derek said CentrePort was now moving from an assessment phase to a more operational phase, as it safely recommenced services in a planned way. Progress was also being made on CentrePort’s commercial buildings, Derek said. Plans were being developed to conduct repairs on the BNZ building. A crane would be used to remove air conditioning units
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The fifth annual Japan Festival of Wellington will be heading to the capital in November. Held every two years in Wellington, previous festivals have exceeded 30,000 attendees. This year’s line-up of free entertainment and activities is expected to draw thousands more. This year’s festival will culminate in a Festival Day on Saturday, November 26. The sounds, sights and edible delights of Japan will provide an amazing splash of colour and culture to the capital, said Mayor of Welington Justin Lester said. “The Festival is a great way of celebrating our warm and prosperous relations with our sister city of Sakai, and to promote the wonderful diversity of culture in our capital. “This year’s festival has an incredible line-up. From cutting-edge performance and comedy, flash electric vehicles, scintillating martial arts and the beauty of traditional Japanese culture in calligraphy, origami and tea ceremonies, there’s so much to see, hear, taste and create,” he said. The festival will run from Friday, November 18 to Sunday, December 4. For more information head to www. asianz.org.nz/content/japan-festivalwellington.
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Wall collapses in Island Bay
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The Wellington Newcomers Network hosts a number of meet and greets. A coffee and conversation meet-up will take place on this evening, Thursday, November 24 at Clarkes Cafe in the Central Library on Victoria St.
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.
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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Residents of an Island Bay street thought another earthquake had struck following a massive slip in the seaside suburb last Tuesday morning. Just after 9am last Tuesday around 100 tonnes of soil came crashing onto Clyde St, shaking the houses of nearby re sidents. Myles Smart lives opposite St Francis de Sales School. Following the severe 7.8 magnitude quake, which struck last Monday, Myles said he looked out his window and noticed a foot-wide gap had opened between the bank and the retaining wall under the parish presbytery. “I thought maybe somebody would come and do something about it after the earthquake. But I guess everybody was busy with other things” he said. About 30 metres of the retaining wall then gave
way just after 9am last Tuesday. “I saw it go, it fell at once. It just went ‘pumpf’,” Myles said. “It didn’t come down in bits and pieces. But when it came down, it actually felt like the earthquake again. The ground shook… everyone was freaked out. I was freaked out,” he said. “Praise god it wasn’t earlier when all the kids were walking to school because all those kids would have been crushed.” Myles said fire crews arrived at the scene about 10 minutes later, followed closely by council cleanup crews and engineers who closed the road. Myles said he had nothing but praise for emergency service crews who arrived at the scene. “I tell you, the council, the fire brigade, I take my hat off to those guys, they did such a good job.” Although initial cleanup was hampered by heavy rain on Tuesday, the road was reopened by 2pm on Wednesday.
ABOVE: Over 100 tonnes of soil came crashing onto Clyde St in Island Bay following last week’s earthquake. LEFT: Myles Smart lives on Clyde St and said the earth shook as the soil came crashing down.
Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre closes its doors due to earthquake damage By Nikki Papatsoumas
The Mirama r and Maupuia Community Centre was forced to shut its doors due to flood damage following last week’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake. The centre, on Chelsea St in Miramar, was plagued by water damage after last week’s earthquake caused a header
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tank in the roof to burst. A header tank stores cold water, and provides the head of pressure needed to achieve hot water flow through taps. The centre’s coordinator Grant Ellen said he arrived last Monday morning to find the centre’s hall flooded, and water “gushing” from the ceiling. He said initial thoughts were
that a pipe had burst, until it was discovered the header tank had burst. “There was just a massive flood pouring into the community centre over the top of heaters and everything… there were big huge puddles in the hall.” Grant said an electrician had been through and he had been in touch with the Wellington
City Council, to organise for damage to be assessed. Grant said following an assessment, the centre had since opened its doors, and it was back to business as usual. Following last week’s earthquake, community centres around the capital opened their doors for members of the public to gather for a cup of tea, or company.
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Water, baked beans, toilet paper and chocolate biggest sellers in post-quake Island Bay By Chris Visser WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT
While last Monday morning’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake didn not clear any shelves in the Island Bay New World, shoppers certainly did. The store opened its doors at the usual time of 7am following the qauke. It all looked perfectly normal - no broken bottles or items on the floor, just a couple of printed signs advising customers “due to high demand and limited stock there is a limit of 6 litres of water. Thanks”. By about 10am the store was out of bottled water. By 4pm it was empty of bread and toilet paper and by 6pm baked beans, tinned spaghetti and chocolate were looking sparse. However, supplies were quickly on the way from the New World Distribution Centre arriving around 5.30pm. “We went through about two days of stock in two hours on Monday morning,” Amanda Elliot, store owneroperator, said. “It made us very strongly aware that we don’t have the space to hold what the community might need immediately in an emergency, so we are really hoping that people will now stock up so they can be self-sufficient. “We usually sell one pallet of bottled water a week, but we have sold 13 pallets of water in four days. Our sales were up 110 per cent on the Monday after the quake than on a normal Monday, not that we are pleased about the reason
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More and more dads are jumping in the water with their little ones to learn all important swim safety skills. New data, which shows over a third of Kiwi dads are getting involved in swim-time with their babies, has been welcomed by experts. They say it sends a powerful and positive message to the country’s littlest swimmers that water safety is important. A recent survey found 37 per cent of swim-time with children aged underthree involved dads. Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre holds a ‘Diving Dolphins’ class for children between the ages of 24-months and 36-months Programmes team leader at the
aquatic centre, Selina Murray, said at a class held last Saturday, six of the seven parents participating in the water were dads. “It’s about the whole role modelling aspect – parents being conscious they are a role model for their children – so behaviour and attitudes are impacting the next generation… particularly boys. “It’s all about having that clear safety message.” Dr Kevin Moran from WaterSafe Auckland said swim time and water awareness lessons for littlies in the arms of either mum or dad was a good place to begin teaching children about how to stay safe in the water. He said it helped children lock in important water safety messages from an early age.
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On the heels of last week’s 7.8 magnitude quake, the Island Bay community is banding together to come up with an emergency plan for the coastal community. President of the Island Bay Residents’ Association, Vicki Greco, said a leaflet would be dropped into the letterbox of every home in Island Bay this weekend, outlining what to do in the case of an emergency. “It will give people information about what to do in the event of an emergency, particularly in the event of a tsunami,” Vicki said. “There was a tsunami warning following last week’s quake and many people did not know about it. A lot of people in the tsunami zone never left and that’s a concern. “We hope this information will help people know what to do next time, and enable them to act immediately.” Vicki said the residents’ association were also working with Jason Paul from Wellington Region Emergency Management Office to establish a permanent Civil Defence area and gathering point for locals in the event of an emergency. Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle, who lives along The Esplanade in Island Bay, said he and his family evacuated following last week’s tsunami warning. “You should always err on the side of caution – if it’s a decision between leaving your home, or staying I would recommend you leave,” Paul said. “We have got to remain vigilant around checking accurate messaging and information. You have got to get yourself prepared and get yourself and your family out, and then check on neighbours. “I can’t emphasise enough how important it is for you and your family to have a plan. In the plan identify somewhere you
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In an emergency If you feel an earthquake that is longer than a minute or strong enough to make standing difficult evacuate for a tsunami. There are NO tsunami sirens in Wellington. Where do I go? Above the blue lines in Island Bay – it is important to get to higher ground as quickly as possible. Pre-organise with a friend or family who are above the evacuation area to provide you a haven and do not return until the all clear is given over the radio. Make sure to have emergency supplies including water, food a radio and torch prepared. For more information on what to have in your emergency pack, head to www.getprepared.co.nz Longer Term Currently the local Civil Defence centre is at Island Bay School. However, the school is in the tsunami zone and will only open as a Civil Defence centre once the threat of tsunami has passed and is in a state to open. As a community, Island Bay will start to look for a longer term solution to establish a Civil Defence centre above the tsunami zone.
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Students from St Patrick’s Primary School are inviting the whole community to come enjoy a taste of the world at their ethnic food festival.
Flavours from around the world at food festival By Nikki Papatsoumas
Middle Eastern, Asian, Pacific, Indian and European will be some of the flavours on offer at a local food festival next week. Next Friday, St Patrick’s Primary School in Kilbirnie will hold its annual ethnic food festival. As always, the school has chosen to host an ethnic food festival to c elebrate the school community’s diversity, Principal Vanessa
Jensen said. All food for next week’s event was cooked by parents, and parents and staff also helped run food stalls, she said. Students are also involved – and have been busy promoting the upcoming event. Year 8 student Divyesh Sharma said it was a great way for parents, staff and students from the school to meet and mingle. “It’s a way for our school community to come to-
gether – everyone helps cook the food and everyone helps to sell it,” he said. “It is a great way to make our community stronger.” T h is ye a r a l l money raised through the food festival would go towards a re-vamp of the school’s playground. It would also go towards more spor ts equipment including tennis balls, baseballs and hula-hoops. Vanessa said the school’s gates were open in the
adternoons and many members of the community utilised the school playground and grounds. “Many families use our grounds so we would really like the community to get in behind us to help us raise funds,” she said. “We really want to broaden this event farther than just the school community.” St Patrick’s Primary School Ethnic Food Fair takes place next Friday, December 2 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
Have your say over extended runway A group set up in opposition of a proposed $300 million extension of Wellington Airport’s runway are asking those against the extension to have their say in court. Earlier this year, Wellington Airport lodged resource consent to extend its runway south into Lyall Bay, with both the Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council. It asked the matter be heard before the Environment Court as soon as possible and a hearing is forecast for early next year. Resident and ratepayer group Guardians of the Bays, set up in opposition of the extension, said people who wanted to have their voice heard in the continuing opposition must file a form, otherwise the option to appear in front of the Environment Court would not be available. They must file paperwork by this Friday, November 25. Co-Chair of Guardians of the Bays, Dr Sea Rotmann, said the Guardians of the Bays would be opposing the runway extension in Court. She said the group was campaigning to raise funds to pay for witnesses and lawyers, so they could challenge the airport’s application and make sure concerned residents, ratepayers and recreational and community groups who opposed the runway extension were heard. She said appearing in the Environment Court was an extra step that the community, local businesses and environment groups must go through if they wanted to continue the fight. “This is a very complicated process with many barriers that we, the community and other concerned parties, must overcome if we want to have a role in evaluating the impacts of the proposed runway extension on our city and its people.”
Music playlists spark memories at Kilmarnock Heights Home Every time Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Betty Wood listens to her favourite song, Art Mooney’s ‘I’m looking over a four leaf clover’, she closes her eyes, smiles, and relishes in the memories triggered by the song that has given her so much joy throughout her life. Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation officer Annelize Steyn explains that music can have a profound impact on a person’s life, even if they don’t realise it. “Music is one of the last things that our memories let go of, and different songs or music can trigger different memories for each person. Listening to specific songs that have personal meaning can bring a memory back, which also brings back the feelings associated with that memory,” Annelize explains. “We learned about the international research into the proven benefits of music for elders, especially for those with memory loss and especially if the music is personalised, that’s what inspired us to try it in our own home.” Kilmarnock Heights Home trialed the therapy by creating a personalised playlist for a resident they thought would benefit. The results were better than they expected. “After seeing the benefits music therapy can have first hand, I truly believe in it.” Annelize explains. Kilmarnock Heights Home volunteer Oliver Dowd helped to create a playlist for resident Betty Wood recently, which he says was both an interesting and a humbling process. “We spent an hour together each week
“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. Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Betty Wood takes a trip down memory lane as she listens to her personalised playlist made by volunteer Oliver Dowd.
where we just talked over a cup of coffee, and each time I visited I learnt more about her, which meant I was able to find out the music that’s meaningful to her,” says Oliver. “I really enjoyed getting to know Betty, and it was so great to be there to see her listen to her playlist for the first time – it’s something I’ll never forget.” For more information about Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, call the home directly on 04 380 2034 or visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: What lessons have you learnt following last week’s magnitude 7.8 quake?
Jonathan Hunt, Kilbirnie
Peter Morgan, Kilbirnie
“I have learned to make sure taps “It didn’t affect me like in the bathroom and shower are those in Kaikoura but I completely off and not to leave could be more prepared.” water in the wash tub.”
Amber Beardslee, Kilbirnie
Hope Vermeulen, Kilbirnie
Steven Duncan, Kilbirnie
“We need to get a kit; we have nothing prepared at all.”
“Being more prepared. We have a huge wheelie bin of stuff but it still doesn’t feel like enough.”
“I need more water and blankets.”
Leonardos Louloudis, Kilbirnie “Unfortunately we were not completely prepared. We need more dry food and water.”
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Dodged a bullet? Dear Ed, Your account of the unenviable earthquake experience of the Mt Victoria high rise resident brought back buried memories of the Christchurch findings. I began to remember those exhortations about earthquake wax for shelf ornaments, handle clasps
Goodbye to Rokan the tiger Rokan sadly passed away last week.
Rokan, Wellington Zoo’s 20-year-old Sumatran Tiger was euthanised last week, after his health deteriorated. Rokan was an iconic animal at Wellington Zoo for two decades. His mother Cantik had two litters of cubs, who lived in zoos around Australasia. Rokan was one of her first cubs, and Cantik’s legacy has been very important for the regional breeding programme for Sumatran Tigers. General Manager for animal care and science, Mauritz Basson, said Rokan was loved by his carers and other zoo staff over the last 20 years. “He has also always been popular with our visitors who seem to have a real love for tigers.” Mauritz said zoo keepers and the zoo’s veterinary team were monitoring Rokan’s health closely over the last few years after Rokan began to show signs of aging which were affecting
his mobility. “Rokan has had regular medical examinations and we were able to manage his arthritis with pain relief and anti-inflammatories, but his lameness has increased over recent months.” “Close observations over the last month showed that he was no longer able to move comfortably and easily,” Mauritz said. “The welfare of our animals is paramount, and the observations showed we were no longer able to sustain his quality of life, so the decision to euthanise Rokan was made.” There are less than 400 Sumatran Tigers left in the wild, with the critically endangered animal facing grave threats from habitat destruction, poaching and illegal hunting. Large areas of their habitat are cleared to make way for large unsustainable palm oil plantations in South East Asia.
for kitchen cupboards to keep them closed, and the importance of bracing free standing furniture to the wall. What a lot we have forgotten! Listening to talkback radio was comforting and alarming in equal measures. I decided to disregard any suggestions to evacuate to higher ground…
Then my alarm grew as a Lower Hutt caller insisted that they had been told to go over the hill to Wainuiomata, and I panicked at the thought of convoys of Lower Hutt cars heading over the only road into that little suburb. (No one suggested Maungaraki). I heard the Lyall Bay resident
who had self-evacuated to Melrose. (But didn’t take on board that the tide at Lyall Bay had just gone out really quickly). You could say that many Wellington residents have dodged a bullet this time. But will we make sure we are prepared for the next one? Christine Swift, Island Bay
Capital’s newest conservation project Backyard Sanctuaries is the capital’s newest conservation project. The not-for-profit community driven project run by volunteers was launched a year ago to fill a key gap in the conservation movement. Volunteers ran workshops, provided information and even equipment to help enthusiastic individuals who wanted to help make their backyard predator free. Spokeswoman Rosi Merez said the project aimed to help make the Miramar Peninsula and Wellington a pest-free sanctuary for native wildlife. “To achieve this we aim to empower Wellington resi-
dents, and in particular those residents in Miramar Peninsula, to be involved in predator control and become restoration champions,” she said. Rosi said predator control along the Miramar Peninsula was well underway already in public spaces and in particular, on the coast, reserves and recreational areas. “Other community groups have already done a magnificent job in making the peninsula largly controlled,” Rosi said. “However, this leaves the private residential and commercial properties, which make up the majority of the Miramar Peninsula, uncon-
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trolled.” Rosi said native birds and lizards were already flourishing in well controlled reserves, and could move into peoples backyards, if safe habitats and food were provided. “Whether you fancy having birds and lizards around the house or whether you share our grand vision of a predator free Miramar Peninsula, Backyard Sanctuaries can support you in your efforts,” Rosi said. Backyard Sanctuaries recieves some funding from the Department of Conservation. For more information, head to www.backyardsanctuaries.co.nz
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Food, games and entertainment this Friday evening By Nikki Papatsoumas
Children from Kilbirnie School have been busy as bees preparing activites and art work for their major school fundraiser this Friday. This Friday, the Kilbirnie School community will hold a Market Night which will include stalls, entertainment and a variety of food. The evening’s coordinator, Larissa Marno, said it was a “really great community night out”. “It’s a really nice way for the whole community to come together.” As always this year there would be up-cycled and recycled treasures on offer, including clothing, as well as activities for children and raffles. She said there would also be a variety of food available, including curry, noodle dishes, dumplings and roti. “There are a lot of crafts on offer
as well and as always a big focus this year has been the children contributing to the market night.” Each classroom had created activities or crafts which would be on offer at this Friday’s event, Larissa said. Students from the senior school would be offering arcade style games including nerf gun targets and hook-a-duck. Meanwhile junior school students had been creating spectacular works of art which would be on sale. “The children are really into creating their own things to sell and a lot of it has been their own ideas and things they want to do. “It’s their night and it’s a really great end of year celebration. By being involved the children have ownership over the evening and it makes them feel more involved,” she said. Larissa said it was also an opportunity for parents and the
wider community to see children perform. The school’s kapa haka group would be on show and children would have an opportunity to “busk” as part of the market evening. Larissa said each year a different fundraising target was set, and this year all money raised will go towards soft furnishing for the school’s classrooms. This included couches and stools. “It’s about creating a modern learning environment through different ways of setting up the classroom.” She said money would also go towards supporting a re-vamp of the school’s senior block. “We are keeping the block but altering it to make a new learning environment.” The Kilbirnie School Night Market will take place this Friday, November 25 from 4.30pm to 7pm at Kilbirnie School, 72 Hamilton Road, Hataitai.
Unwrapping Christmas in the Miramar community By Nikki Papatsoumas
The Salvation Army wants the Miramar community to get into the spirit of the holiday season through its ‘Unwrapping Christmas’ event. Unwrapping Christmas is an event aimed at inviting people from the community to come and celebrate the Christmas spirit of fun, generosity, and giving to others. Organiser David Medland, from The Salvation Army, said it was also a great way to share the traditional story of Christmas with locals along Miramar’s peninsula. He said it was hoped that holding the event in Miramar would make it more accessible to families who may find it difficult to travel into the city. David said the event would take locals through a ‘Christmas wonderland’. Families will have the opportunity to wander through ‘Santa’s Workshop’ where they will learn how people around the world celebrate. They will then travel to ‘Nana’s Lounge’ where they can hear traditional Christmas stories. From here groups visiting the event will catch up at the ‘Inn Cafe’ and enjoy the nativity scene as well as some classic
Christmas carols. The event would then culminate in a ‘Christmas Tree Forest’, David said. The forest would be made up of 13 artificial trees, each sponsored and decorated by different local businesses, schools, kindergartens and early childhood centres. “After the event we will then give them away to families that are in need of assistance,” David said. “It is an opportunity for businesses in the community to partner with us so we can help people at Christmas time. “It is a great way for our church to engage with the community… we see ourselves as part of the community and we want to reach out to the community.” While the event is free, David said in the spirit of generosity they were asking families to bring a gift, which can be placed under the Christmas tree and then distributed to needy families in the community. Unwrapping Christmas will take place over the weekend of December 2 to 4 and there are five sessions are available. To book tickets, head to www. eventbrite.co.nz or email email@example.com. nz or call 388 8284.
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Former Wellington City Councillor Ruth Gotlieb alongside Rongotai MP Annette King, at last year’s Christmas party.
Staff at the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre are as busy as Santa’s elves, preparing for the centre’s upcoming annual Christmas Party. The centre’s coordinator Rowena Bonne said the event, organised by the centre’s management committee, was always well attended by the community. She said the party was not only open to those who utilised the centre’s many activities and services, but also the wider community. “It’s always a nice, friendly Christmas positive atmosphere.” Rowena said children from the Rock Academy would perform for guests, who would also be invited to join in some Christmas
carol singing. Afternoon tea would also be provided, including home-made Christmas cake, made by one of the Kilbirnie Community Centre’s Management committee members, Rowena said. She said Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester and local ward councillors, Simon Marsh, Sarah Free and Chris Calvi-Freeman would also be in attendance. The Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre Christmas Party takes place at the centre, 56 Bay Rd, opposite Countdown supermarket, from 3pm to 4.30pm on Saturday, December 3. For catering numbers, please register with the office on 387 7867.
The Owhiro Bay Country Fair has earned a reputation for being a great day out. This is partly thanks to its impressive combination of fun activities such as helicopter rides, bouncy castles, mini-hotrods and horse rides to name just a few. There’s also a range of tempting food like gourmet dumplings, curries, falafels, and good old-fashioned barbecues. There will also be a treasure trove of bric-a-brac, clothes, craft and toys. It is a great time to buy the sort of gifts you won’t find in the shops. The community is understandably fond of the school’s 86 year heritage. The school opened in 1930 with 33 students and was known as Happy Valley School. This year the fair will feature a display of archival photos which show the school and surrounding area as it used to look in days gone by. While it retains its link with the past, its eyes are very much on the future. Tineke Giddy, the school’s principal said the school had plans to significantly redevelop some of its buildings to create
innovative learning spaces that will facilitate multiple learning opportunities for students. “We also plan to create a space that can be used by community groups for meetings, functions, and community engagement outside school hours.” The first glimpse of these plans will be at the fair. There will be display boards with concept drawings of how the new buildings might look. “The school is seeking feedback that can be incorporated into the design process and invites the local community to view and comment on the concept drawings,” Tineke said. As always, the proceeds of the fair will be used for the benefit of the students at the school and the kindergarten. Bindi Robertson from the school’s parentlink organisation, and fair coordinator of this year’s fair, confirmed the money raised at the fair will be put towards the planned building redevelopment. The Owhiro Bay fair takes place on Sunday, November 27 from 10.30am until 2.30pm.
Excitement mounting for carols Excitement is mounting for the Newtown Carols - the annual Christmas spectacular which will once again take place at Government House this year. This year, the Newtown Carols will take place on Saturday, December 3. Following on from the success of last year’s event, the show will run over the afternoon to appeal to the growing family audience of kids and families. The gates will open at 3pm to allow people the chance to take in the beautiful setting and gardens that are part of the residence of the new GovernorGeneral, Dame Patsy Reddy, and Sir David Gascoigne. This will be the fifth year running that Government House has hosted the event. Assembled under the giant covered stage will be the combined voices of the Newtown Carols Choir, drawn from the Pacific Island churches of the area, alongside the Salvation Army Brass Band. Newtown Carols Trust chairman Ian Rogers said this year’s event promised
to be as special as always. “We feel that we help kick off Christmas in the capital with our show and for kids in particular, it’s a great way to get into the festive spirit,” Ian said. “Capping off the show of course is the arrival of Santa which is always a highlight that we keep secret.” The event is held in association with funding partners The Infinity Foundation, Four Winds Foundation and the New Zealand Community Trust, and will also support The Salvation Army, whose work is embedded in the city of Wellington and the community of Newtown. Entry to Government House Carols is by donation at the gate with all proceeds going to The Salvation Army. Gates open at 3pm, with The Salvation Army Band on stage from 3.15pm. The Newtown Carols Choir will be on stage 4pm, and Santa is expected from 5pm. For more information head to the Government House Carols Facebook page.
SPLASH OF COLOUR: A local art club is showing off its newest mural. The mural, which depicts paint brushes, paint and an easel, is found on the wall of the Wellington Art Club on Chelsea St in Miramar. It was painted by member Mary Mitchell. The unveiling of the art club’s latest mural comes off the back of the club’s successful exhibition at the Rita Angus Retirement Home, where more than 45 paintings were sold. PHOTO CREDIT: Supplied.
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Club has new bowling green in its sight By Nikki Papatsoumas
Members of the Miramar Bowling Club are working tirelessly to raise the $125,000 needed to replace one of its bowling greens. The club, which has around 120 members, is looking to replace a 20-year-old bowling green at its Puriri St clubroom. Christine Hyett, who is heading the club’s fundraising committee, said the club had ramped up fundraising efforts in the past two months, in an effort to see the green replaced with artificial turf by next winter. “It should be nice and green, but it’s looking pretty rubbish and it gets flooded easily. It is past its used by date and is in desperate need of replacement,” she said. Christine said the plan was to replace the green’s existing artificial turf with new turf, which would make it usable all year around. “The new turf will be all weather and we will be able to play on it over the winter.” However, the new turf will not be cheap – and with a price tag of $125,000 – they are now calling on the community for support.
Christine said with a fundraising goal in mind, they had planned an auction evening early next month and were now inviting members of the community to come along and support the club in its efforts. The club’s president Carl Northcott said the future of the club depended on their ability to provide appropriate facilities. “It’s like anything else, it’s a dying sport so we have to try and re-invent what we do. We want to approach schools and concentrate on building youth, as well as having a good all year around facility.” The auction night, on Saturday, December 3, will have a number of great items up for auction, Christine said. “We need the community, in both the residential side and the business side, to be right behind us because we see this as a really valuable and important asset for the community.” The Miramar Bowling Club auction night will take place on Saturday, December 3 from 7pm. Tickets are $15 at the door. There will be a range of items up for auction and proceeds will go towards the club’s new green. Both adults and children are welcome.
Christine Hyett and Carl Northcott are hoping to raise the $125,000 needed to replace one of Miramar Bowling Club’s greens.
Santa’s set to run this Christmas Locals are being encouraged to dress up as Santa for a good cause next month. The annual Great Kids Can Santa
Run will be happening for the seventh year in a row on Wednesday, December 7. Last year’s event raised over
Santas take part in a previous run. PHOTO: Supplied.
$40,000 to help Kids Can continue its work supporting disadvantaged Kiwi children across the country. Kids Can is once again this year encouraging businesses, individuals, families and groups of friends to get behind the event and make it the best yet. Individuals or groups dressed in full Santa regalia will take part in the two to three kilometre fun run or walk in support of disadvantaged Kiwi kids living in hardship. KidsCan chief executive and cofounder Julie Chapman said the Santa Run was a fun event for the family to take part in. “We are lucky enough to have been part of the run for seven years now and the funds raised make a significant difference to the work we do for Kiwi kids going without the basics,” she said. The Wellington event, which takes place on December 7, will start at Frank Kitts Park at 6.30pm. To enter the Santa Run head to www.santarun.co.nz. Registration fee includes Santa Costume for adults and Santa hat for children.
Sports talk with Jacob Page...
ABs ripe for the reply The biggest game of rugby since the World Cup final happened at the weekend - who would have thought? Ireland hosted the All Blacks in a match which rejuvenated interest in world rugby thanks to Ireland’s shock win in Chicago a fortnight ago. No one would have predicted Ireland to be the opponent most feared by the men in black in 2016 but with no match against England on the end of year tour, the loss has
helped build some interest. They had a full squad of players, a full lock pairing and the memory of that stinging defeat in their heads. The concerns had to be the lack of form of halfback Aaron Smith and number 10 Beauden Barrett. Smith, long regarded as the best player in the team and Barrett, who was named IRB World Player of the Year lost week, were well off their games. Barrett’s goal kicking has remained awful and a real weakness
in close games while Smith’s airport toilet escapades have seen his gold form come to a screeching halt. However, this is the All Blacks, they learn and they improve. And they did. The All Blacks beat Ireland, 21-9 in Saturday’s game. It was a tough match both sides, with Sam Cane and Malakai Fekitoa both being cited for their dangerous tackles. Luckily for the ABs, Barrett was on form.
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