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Wellington’s former mayor has made the move from running the capital city, to running a classroom. After announcing she would not be seeking reelection in this year’s local government elections, Celia Wade-Brown shared her intention to teach English as a second language. Since stepping down as mayor in October, Celia has done just that. Continued on page 2 Former mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown with Mechaal Abraham at MCLaSS.


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City leader to classroom teacher Continued from page 1. Having nearly completed her certificate in teaching English as a second language, the former politician is currently completing work experience at Multicultural Learning and Support Service Incorporated

(MCLaSS) in Wellington city. MCLaSS is a not-for-profit learning organisation, which provides adult education for refugees and migrants in the Wellington region, specialising in ESOL, literacy, numeracy and basic

computer skills. Over 300 migrants and refugees each year participate in classes or access MCLaSS services. Celia said since beginning her training in October she had enjoyed a wonderful time in the classroom.


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Celia Wade-Brown alongside students and teacher Jill Visser-Cox from MCLaSS.

Engaging with community over plans for proposed water reservoir The community have been invited to learn more about a proposed water reservoir which will hold more than 35 millionlitres of water in Prince of Wales Park, Mt Cook. The Prince of Wales Reservoir will be a highly-resilient, concrete reservoir which will service Wellington’s central business district, Newtown and Mount Cook. The finished tank will be buried in the space above the Prince of Wales sports fields and the area will be landscaped,

leaving little or no lasting visual impact. It would be the largest reservoir in Wellington. The next largest reservoir is Macalister Reservoir, built in 1992, which holds 20 million litres of water. The project is currently being managed by Wellington Water on behalf of Wellington City Council. Last week, Wellington Water held the first of three planned open days to engage with the community. Alex van Paassen, Wellington

Water’s community engagement manager, encouraged people to call into open days to find out about the next phase of developing the reservoir. He said the organisation was keen to find out what was important to residents and park users as the project progressed. Wellington Water planned to lodge for consents by July 2017 and it said the consenting period could take six to 18 months after that. Once construction begins, it is expected to take two years

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“It is really enjoyable and it is nice to be able to learn a little bit about people’s history. “I am finding it extremely rewarding, especially when you see people’s faces light up because they are so interested,” she said. For the past two months Celia has been completing her work experience in a beginner’s class. She said while she had worked with intermediate level students before, teaching beginners was a challenge she was enjoying. General Manager for MCLaSS, Debbie Player, said she was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Celia. “She has been working very closely with one of our teachers and we are very pleased to have her. “The teacher she has been working with is very positive about her skills with the new migrants and the former refugees and she seems to have a real natural skill in the area of English language teaching. “For someone who has had such a high public profile, such as Celia, it is inspiring to see her give back to the community.”  For more information on the services MCLaSS provides, head to

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Students and staff from Evans Bay Intermediate School will farewell their much-loved deputy principal at the end of this term. Marie Okeby will retire at the end of this year after spending 24 years with the school. Marie began her teaching career in 1987, teaching a satellite special needs class from Coromandel Street School, which later closed its doors. Between 1990 and 1991 she had a classroom at Evans Bay Intermediate School, where she worked as an itinerant teacher for students with intellectual disability in mainstream classrooms across Wellington. The rest is history and Marie has spent much of her working career at the school based in Kilbirnie. Since announcing her retirement, Marie said she had spent time reflecting on her rewarding career. “I feel very humbled but also very privileged to have been at the coal face of the middle years of students, helping them achieve whatever their dreams and aspirations are,” she said. Marie said she had always enjoyed teaching Year 7 and 8 students. “This age group is unique in that they are beginning to form a social conscience and they are

Hataitai Community Market and Christmas on the Green, will take place on Saturday, December 3 at the Hataitai Bowling Club, 157 Hataitai Road. The Christmas Market will run from 10am to 3pm and there will be gifts galore, including, plants, herbs and food. Christmas on the Green will take place from 3pm to 6.30pm and will include music, entertainment, fun and games for kids, free sausage sizzle, community carols and readings. Bring a blanket and a picnic. All are welcome.

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Evans Bay Intermediate School students Zoe Kerr-Le-Grange, Richard Liang and Dev Patel alongside Marie Okeby, who will retire at the end of this year.

ready for ideas and to explore what they can do to make a difference. “Friendships are very important to them, they are learning interdependence and their spirit and their sense of commitment and belonging is quite unique.” Having been a part of not only the school community, but the wider community for almost three decades, Marie said she often felt privileged when she saw past pupils were successful

in later life. She said there were too many fantastic memories from her time teaching to single out just one, but thanked everyone who had supported her along her journey. “I have had great experience here and worked with many innovative, creative teachers and wonderful inspirational principals. “[But] it’s about the students. We are all here because the

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students are here.” Ed Trotter, the school’s current associate principal has been named as Marie’s successor.  Evans Bay Intermediate School students are inviting past students to share their special memories of Marie’s time at the school. If you have a memory you would like to share, it can be emailed through to agrant@ebis.

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Wellington’s rich theatre scene is set to be celebrated this month. The annual Wellington Theatre Awards will take place on Sunday, December 11 and nominees were announced last week. Among the nominees this year is Kilbirnie resident Stella Reid, who has been nominated for the first time this year, for both

Promising New Director and Best Director, for her work on drama Orphans. Meanwhile, Mt Cook resident Keagan Carr Fransch has been nominated for Best Female Newcomer for her performance in Love and Information. Nominated in the same category is Newtown resident Susie Berry, for her role in Jekyll and Hyde.

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All three women attended Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand Drama School, together and graduated in 2013. Susie, who was up for a Best Supporting Actress award last year, said she felt privileged to be nominated in a category alongside such talented actresses. “In our category, I respect, know and love the work of both Vanessa [Kumar] and Keagan so it’s really nice because regardless of the outcome I think a dope actress is going to win,” Susie said. Keagan shared Susie’s sentiment and said she believed this year’s nominees reflected the direction the current Wellington theatre scene was going in. “To work professionally as an actor you have to be far more collaborative than competitive,” Keagan said. “Susie, Vanessa and I have been nominated in the same category, we don’t look Hollywood, and we don’t look typical. I think that says a lot about Wellington theatre right now and its potential.” All three women also agreed

the night was a spectacular way to celebrate the Wellington theatre community. Stella said the upcoming awards night was not competitive, but a celebration of a hard years work. “It really feels like a celebration on the night, not something that is about trajectory of career or how far an award might propel you,” Stella said.  All three women are currently involved in theatre performances across the capital.  Stella is directing Wine Lips, part of a double bill at Bats alongside a show called Stand up Love which runs until December 10. For more information head to  Susie is acting in Don Juan, which runs until December 4. For more information head to the Slightly Isolated Dog Facebook page.  Keagan is acting in Galathea, which is on at the Public Trust Building until December 3. For more information head to

Three buildings set to be demolished following quake


Three buildings across the capital are set to be pulled down following this month’s magnitude 7.8 quake. Wellington City Council, said it would organise the quick demolition of the three buildings, which it owns, in light of inspections following the November 14 earthquake. Two of the buildings are on the land between Cable St and Wakefield St in the city centre, that the council purchased as the site for a proposed Movie Museum and Convention Centre. T he council’s recover y programme manager, Mike Mendonca, said both buildings were constructed from “fragile brick, masonry and concrete”. One of the buildings was

unoccupied and the other was tenanted on a short-term basis, he said. Mike said inspections over the past few days established the buildings have suffered some structural damage and could collapse in another strong quake. He said the buildings were targeted for demolition as part of the site clearance for the Movie Museum and Convention Centre - but the decision has been made to bring the work forward. The buildings have been fenced off and ‘walk-through’ shipping containers will be placed around them tomorrow for public protection. Demolition preparation will begin this week. Meanwhile, in Karori, the

council- owned St Joh n’s Church hall on the corner of Karori Rd and Campbell St will also be demolished.

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Ronald McDonald House turns 25

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Ronald McDonald House Charities in Wellington celebrated 25 years this month. The Wellington House was opened in 1991 and was the first Ronald McDonald House in New Zealand to support families on their children’s medical journeys. To celebrate Wellington’s 25th birthday, sponsors, volunteers and families were invited to the house for a birthday party where guests walked through a timeline depicting the history of the house and enjoyed food and drinks.

Ray Tuffin is the Newtown community liaison officer. By Nikki Papatsoumas

Meet Ray Tuffin – Newtown’s newly appointed community liaison officer. Earlier this year, the Wellington City Council announced it would employ a community liaison officer for the Newtown area. Ray, who took up his new role last month, will now work closely with groups such as the Newtown Residents’ Association, as well as business owners and residents in the community. He said his job was to make it easier for the community to work with the council and respond to neighbourhood queries. This included everything from complaints about weed growth to f looding; to helping local

businesses work more closely together. As part of his role, Ray would also manage a new community space on Constable St, which was in the process of being established. “It is there as an open space, so council can meet there if is an issue and it will also work as a drop in centre for locals.” He said it would also be a place where Newtown residents could find out more information about projects taking place in their neighbourhood. Ray said he believed it was important to establish a strong relationship between local communities and council. “When you build a good relationship with council… you can

get things done. It is a great way to bring everyone to the table.” Residents may already recognise Ray, who previously served as president of the Mornington Golf Club and fought tirelessly to prevent the club from being disestablished. Ray has since abdicated his role as president for his new role, for which he has hit the ground running. He said his past work with the community is what inspired him to take up the new challenge. “All the community stuff I have done over the years and working with the community… I have seen how much easier it is when you build a relationship with council.”  To get in touch with Ray, email

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Empowering school leavers Cook Strait By Nikki Papatsoumas

A local teacher wants to help students transition from secondary school into adulthood as smoothly as possible by inspiring them to be confident and successful. Miramar resident Sonia Markholm is the founder of New Zealand’s first Musikgarten, Sonia’s Musikgarten. Launched in 2005, Sonia started teaching with just 10 children – now she teaches more than 100 children every week in music and movement classes here in the capital.

Sonia Markholm and Moala Katoa, the student who inspired her to launch the My Life 101 programme.

Seeing her students’ ongoing success has now inspired Sonia to launch the My Life 101 programme. She said the programme was designed to empower school leavers setting out on their life’s journey to live a happy, successful and fulfilled life. The programme would explore five different modules, which will teach students about clarity and creation, powerful success habits, confidence, the key to consistency and would also help participants get the results they want. Sonia said one of her oldest students, Moala Katoa, inspired her to launch the programme. Moala, who is now 16 and attends Scots College, started music lessons with Sonia when he was just seven years old and he recently gained a distinction in Grade 6 piano. Sonia said Moala now had his sights set on attending either Otago or Auckland University, where he wanted to study to be a doctor. “It is going to be such a big thing, he’ll be moving out of home for

the very first time,” she said. “The transition from college to university is a big one; it is the biggest step in a young adult’s life.” With this in mind, Sonia said she started developing the My Life 101 programme. Throughout the programme she will teach and inspire students to have the confidence and inspiration needed to succeed in life. Sonia will launch the programme later this month with a free introductory workshop, and she was encouraging all school leavers across Wellington to attend. Parents were also welcome to attend, she said. “It’s more than just about life skills; it’s a way for these students to find out what they really want in life and equip them with the tools to succeed.”  A Free Introductory Workshop will be held on Tuesday, December 13 from 7.30pm to 9pm at the Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre. Bookings are essential. For more information, and to book, head to

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Dan Moskovitz paid a visit to the Cook Strait News office last week.

The Cook Strait News office had a special visit from a budding young writer last week. Seatoun resident Dan Moskovitz popped in to pay the news room a visit last Friday. The 13-year-old Seatoun School student has been interested in writing for some time. The talented young writer has even had his work published. A piece he wrote on the Phoenix, Wellington’s football team has been published on the club’s website. Dan said he enjoyed to read about politics and sport. As well as completing sports writing, he said he also had begun work on three novels and enjoyed creative writing in his spare time. He said he liked to write because it allowed him to use his imagination and learn more about people. “I definitely want to do writing when I get older,” he said.

Disruption to Kai Basket service following quakes By Nikki Papatsoumas

Eastern suburb residents can be assured Kai Baskets are still available to be picked up from their local community centres following this month’s earthquake. Following this month’s 7.8 quake Kaibosh was evacuated from its Tennyson St building and was now operating from the Wel-

lington City Mission. Kaibosh collects quality surplus food from local businesses and then delivers it to those in need. While Kaibosh was continuing to offer its services to more than 50 community groups across the Wellington region, there had been some disruption to its services. Strathmore Park Community Centre coordinator Lisa Matthews

said Kai Baskets were normally distributed to between 16 to 25 individuals on a Monday morning. Due to earthquake damage at Kaibosh’s headquarters, they were now dropping off food to the centre at any given time throughout the week. With this in mind, Lisa said she was now contacting those who used the service by text message,

to advise them of when to come and pick up their food bundle. The same process was taking place at the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre, she said. Lisa said the Kai Basket service was one of the most utilised at the community centre, and on average helped feed around 60 people in the community each week. She said if locals needed emer-

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Celebrating volunteers By Nikki Papatsoumas

A local retirement home will celebrate its wonderful volunteers over the next week. International Volunteer Day falls on December 5, and Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore is among one of the many organisations across the capital to celebrate its hard-working volunteers. Kilmarnock Heights Home volunteer Ange Hart volunteers at the home every Wednesday, and spends the whole day with residents. Ange said she loved every minute of volunteering. “You feel like you’re doing something nice for someone else and it’s a great feeling. If you can make someone’s day a little bit happier then why wouldn’t you,” she said. “I like listening to their stories. I’m quite keen on history and there’s a lot to learn from them. It’s really interesting. “We talk about their families, what they did when they were children and anything that interests them. It’s about providing companionship, really.” Ange said she spent her Wednesdays

carrying out a number of activities with residents. “I read stories, help to get the residents ready for lunch, help set up the entertainment and inbetween I spend one on one time with the residents,” she said. “Some volunteers have specific things they do, like taking a knitting group, driving the home’s van or providing entertainment. “You get a lot out of it. Even just an hour a week will help and making them smile will make your day.” Kilmarnock Heights Home is managed by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central. More than 300 volunteers offer their services to the organisation across the lower North Island. Chris Graham, chief executive of Presbyterian Support Central, said without the hard work of volunteers, Enliven homes would not be able to offer as many activities and programmes as they do. “Some of our volunteers have been around for a very long time. It’s inspiring to see how motivated people are to give back to their local communities by selflessly donating their time,” Chris said.




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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Where do you go to find out information following an emergency, such as an earthquake?

Yekta Reddy, Kilbirnie

Bella Sutherland, Kilbirnie

Ines Almeida, Kilbirnie

Raymond Chave, Kilbirnie

Stephanie Jones, Kilbirnie

“I was listening to the radio with my family.”

“Mt dad was checking GeoNet on his phone.”

“I went on GeoNet to see what the scale was and then national and international media.”

“First up I went and looked at the media and GeoNet. I also checked the Ministry of Education website because I am a teacher.”

“I went on to the WREMO website, I expected it to have the most up-to-date stuff but it didn’t.”

Brian James, Kilbirnie “I tried to get on the radio but it was pointless because there was nothing. It wasn’t until about two-and-a-half hours later we evacuated our house. I have found out more info about the quake this week from reading the paper.”

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button pusher might be sleeping on the job or the tsunami may come quickly if the quake is local. Should we sit on our hands waiting for someone to tell us what to do, or take responsibility for our own safety by moving to higher ground and waiting for the all-clear? Stephen Coppard Wellington

Surprised there are no sirens Dear Ed, I am writing to let you know that I am a Wellington resident and I absolutely agree there should be tsunami sirens on Wellington’s southern coast. As

an immigrant, I am actually surprised there aren’t any already. Thank you for taking this issue forward. Ana Valinho, Wellington

Approach to earthquake threats Dear Ed, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has used the government’s cliche mantra of ‘get them back shopping, get them back working’ approach to earthquake threats. Though it would be fair to say that weeks of delay would be discouraging, applying it to Wellington’s current situation, not knowing how much damage there has been, to come back within a day or two shows

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Sirens could be a lifesaver Dear Ed, Congrats on your front page story (CSN November 24) regarding tsunami sirens. Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office and the Wellington City Council have no right to dictate policy on this issue, due to their failure to adequately plan for and deliver adequate warnings in recent seismic events. Blue lines are useless if people are in shock or asleep. Sirens were the greatest life savers in Fukushima’s terror tsunami, and I note that sirens are still being used in the latest Fukushima quake this week. Civil Defence existing policy re quakes is overly simplistic and doesn’t take into account the state of people immediately after an earthquake. A distant earthquake that produces a very real tsunami locally was obviously not considered by WREMO. Breaker Bay people have already tested a proper tsunami siren, similar to that that

Lower Hutt and Petone used to such good effect. I am working towards crowd funding a similar siren for Breaker Bay, and the cost is so low ($15,000) and placed on the ridge above Seatoun and Breaker Bay, Strathmore, will cover a very large area. WREMO paid more than that for useless hooters and a truck they will never use here, as staff are not allowed to risk their lives in a seismic event. I have approached the council in regards to a place on the ridge to place this siren. I will await their reaction with interest. Things have moved on since the Christchurch quakes, people now expect to be warned by sirens. They will want answers when they discover Civil Defence is responsible for their absence. Trendy apps and media gimmicks are no replacement for proper warning systems. Allan Jenkins Breaker Bay

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Young golfer tees up a win By Nikki Papatsoumas

A junior golfer’s skills were in full swing when he took out a regional championship last month. Rongotai College student Sam Marsters took out the Junior Golf Championship at Trentham last month, with a score of 83 – six shots less than the runner up. The 14-year-old has been playing for the Miramar Golf Club for the past four years. As well as taking the title in last month’s championship, he also won his club’s tournament earlier

this year, picking up the Prince of Wales trophy. He picked up the trophy after taking out the club’s match play tournament. “It felt quite good, I had all my family there s upporting me as well,” he said. Sam credited his late grandfather for his love of the sport. “Mt grandfather was quite good and he used to take me down to the course when I was just a toddler. As time went on I got into the game more and more. “I love the game, just getting out

on the course and hitting the ball. It’s an exciting game,” Sam said. The young prodigy now has his sights set on playing professionally and next year will compete in a number of national events. “I want to reach world number one, I want to do it as a living because it is an amazing game and it would be cool to do it for a living.” Eastern suburbs resident Sam Marsters recently took out the Junior Golf Championship at Trentham. Public Notices

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This is the sporting year of the upset Even if you ignore Donald Trump’s scarcely believable rise to leader of the free world, sport has provided many an upset in 2016. Take Ireland’s first win over the All Blacks in their 111-year rivalry. How about Italy, of all countries, beating the Springboks last weekend? Droughts have also been broken. The Chicago Cubs won baseball’s World Series for the first time in 108 years. How about Leicester City’s staggering triumph in the English Premier League? The team with a tiny budget which refused to accept the script. Iceland knocked England out of Euro 2016. If you’re thinking anyone beating

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