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Historic site damaged Katherine Mansfield House and Garden hit by quake By Sharnahea Wilson

Katherine Mansfield House and Garden in Thorndon was damaged in the recent 7.8 magnitude earthquake and now the team there is seeking community help to get the place ‘looking

beautiful again’. When the earthquake hit at 12.02am on November 14, the House’s neighbouring brick wall crashed down, bringing the wall on the Katherine Mansfield House side down with it. Continued on page 2.

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Director of Katherine Mansfield House and Garden Emma Anderson stands in front of the quake-effected building. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

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New housing complex for Johnsonville Housing New Zealand announced plans to build 21 onebedroom, modern, warm and dry town houses in Johnsonville last week. The new, low maintenance homes, to be built at 41 Frankmoore Avenue, will be fully insulated, warm and dry, and filled with light. “The new homes exemplify Housing New Zealand’s commitment to providing high quality housing which not only meets the needs of today’s families, but is also future proofed to meet ongoing demand,” Housing New Zealand’s general man-

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ager of asset development Patrick Dougherty said. “We’re excited about this development, which will breathe new life into the neighbourhood and will add to the attractiveness of the area. “These are all smaller properties – which is what we need more of – and they’ve been designed in a way that ensures they have plenty of shared outdoor space and communal garden areas, to help create a good sense of community,” he said. Earlier in the year, Housing New Zealand demolished a 12-unit complex on the site after

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Continued from page 1. The Historic Place Category 1 listed building was damaged when the neighbouring wall fell onto the side of the building causing it to crack, as well as causing damage to the pipe works. The wall also fell onto the garden, which was listed as a Four Star Garden of National Significance, causing damage to heritage plants and trees. The house of the renowned author was closed to the public after the earthquake in order for engineers to go through and check the property. Director of Katherine Mansfield House and Garden Emma Anderson said the site reopened last Saturday after an engineering report gave it the all-clear. “The report said the house itself was fine in terms of health and safety.” The repairs to the building, including replacing weather boards, fixing the fire alarm, replacing the irrigation system, reinstating a wall and repairs to the garden could cost anywhere between $10,000 and $20,000, Emma said. Emma said arriving at work the day after the earthquake to see the wreck “was pretty sad”. She said the day before the earth-

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quake they had a picnic in the front garden and said it was “lucky it didn’t happen that day” because when the wall came down large bits of brick crashed onto the lawn. A Wellington City Council arborist went to the site and propped up the crabapple tree and a couple of others, but Emma was not yet sure if the heritage plants were going to survive. The team at the Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, built in 1888, now have just under one year to get the garden back “to its former glory”, before they are regarded as a Garden of National Significance, which is graded every three years. “We don’t want to lose that grading… Help us get this looking beautiful again.” Katherine Mansfield House and Garden currently have a fundraising campaign on the Boosted website where locals can contribute to restoring the historic property. In the meantime the house and garden team will plant some seedlings that came from the original garden.  The campaign will finish in two weeks time, to donate visit https:// www.boosted.org.nz/projects/ reopening-katherine-mansfieldhouse.

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Dance with a difference By Sharnahea Wilson

A local dance teacher is making a difference not just to her students, but also to young people who are living with cancer. Fiona Hunter, founder of Feline Dance, now ‘Strengths Champions’, created the strengths-based dance company which focuses on building young girls’ confidence while giving back to the community. When local parents pay for their daughters to attend the one-monthly workshops, 100 per cent of that money goes to, support charity for young people living with cancer, CanTeen. Fiona pays for the dance studio rent out of her own pocket to ensure all of the funds raised through the classes go to CanTeen – Fiona’s chosen charity since 1999. “That is my personal contribu-

tion.” Since 1980 when Fiona started the organisation in Scotland, approximately 2000 girls have become ‘Felines’. Fiona continued Felines when she moved to New Zealand in 1999 and is now teaching local girls about individual strengths, posture, self-respect and respect for others. Strengths Champions is now run out of the Khandallah Ballet Studio, and on Saturday the girls’ parents got the chance to see how far their daughters had come after one year of workshops. “Only half of what they did was dance… the other half was about building confidence,” Fiona explained to the parents. Each of the champions shared with their audience a strength of theirs, a strength of their buddy’s, and what they were grateful for before performing

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New Zealand Prime Minister Resigns Prime Minister John Key announced on Monday he would be stepping down from his role on December 12 wishing to spend more time at home. “[My wife] Bronagh has made a significant sacrifice during my time in politics, and now is the right time for me to take a step back in my career and spend more time at home,“ he said. Mr Key’s expectation is the National Party caucus will hold a special meeting on December 12 to select a new leader.

The Feline Dance team with founder Fiona Hunter (second to right at back) and representatives from CanTeen. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

the dances they had learned. Young women also volunteer at Feline to help teach the young girls how to dance as well as chat with them about their goals, and help them grow confidence. Representatives from CanTeen were there to watch the performance and collect the donation

Glenside road block Police attended a crash on Middleton Road at Glenside, last Friday where a car had gone through a train track barrier and crashed down a bank. The driver of the vehicle was in a critical condition and was helicoptered to hospital from the scene. Police and other emergency services were on the scene and an investigation was being undertaken by the Serious Crash Unit.

given to them by Fiona and the team. Fiona said she hoped the older girls who help her out would eventually be able to run the workshops, which include dance classes, themselves. “It’s about passing the knowledge on,” she said.

Local pet owners benefit from snip’n’chip scheme By Sharnahea Wilson

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The snip’n’chip scheme sees prices drop to $4 for a microchip or $9 for a microchip and desexing, which could save pet owners anywhere between $45 and $200. Snip’n’chip is an initiative of the Wellington SPCA in partnership with Wellington City Council, with the support of NZCAR (New Zealand Companion Animal Register) and a number of Wellington veterinary practices. Leo (pictured left) was a stray cat who turned up at the Royal Society of New Zealand but, despite extensive enquiries, his family could not be found. Wellington City Councillor for the northern ward Peter Gilberd, who was working at the Royal Society, got Leo microchipped and found him a home with his brother, James Gilberd. “Now if Leo goes missing but is found, the microchip will

help ensure that he returns to his home,” Mr Gilberd said. The microchip has a unique number that can be read at any veterinary clinic, and all Leo’s details are on file at NZCAR. “Desexing reduces the needless suffering of animals by decreasing the number of unwanted kittens, some of which can go wild and live hard lives, and some of which never find a home. “This initiative will also contribute to reducing the number of feral cats, thereby benefiting local wildlife,” Mr Gilberd said. So far nearly 3000 animals and their families have benefitted from the snip’n’chip scheme.  The last day for having your cat attended to by the vet on this scheme is December 15. For your voucher, go to: https://www.spcashop.co.nz/ collections/snipnchip

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inbrief news GayQuake raises over $1000 Over 150 people attended GayQuake held at the San Francisco Bath House on Sunday night. Over $1000 was raised for the Red Cross earthquake appeal and Takahanga Marae in Kaikoura, which is hosting displaced families from the recent devastating earthquakes. Three bands played alongside speakers from the New Zealand Red Cross and the local rainbow community. “It was a highenergy, fun night with lots of support from the local community,” organiser Nicole Skews-Poole said.

Patrol hosts fundraiser The Wellington North Community Patrol held a Safer Plates fundraiser at New World Churton Park on November 26. Despite cooler weather 70 people showed up to have safer screw fitted to their number plates. Churton Park New World Supermarket provided sausages and onions for the group to run a sausage sizzle alongside the Safer Plates fundraiser. The patrol said they were very grateful for their support which helped them raise extra money to keep the community patrol vehicle on the road. They made over $500 on the day.

Toi Two Hundy Toi Pōneke’s Toi Two Hundy annual art show is a chance for Christmas shoppers to grab a last-minute art bargain, with all artworks $200 or under. Art has never been so affordable. There are 25 diverse Toi Pōneke artists with skin in the game; exhibiting and selling their paintings, jewellery sculptures and more at affordable prices. The Toi Two Hundy opens at Toi Poneke Arts Centre on Tuesday, December 13 at 5.30pm and runs daily until Thursday, December 22 at 5pm.

Students buzzing with recent visitors By Sharnahea Wilson

Bee enthusiasts at Newlands Intermediate School were buzzing this week when they got a visit from Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew and local National List MP Brett Hudson. The pair visited the school’s apiscope and were greeted with interesting facts about bees the school students have learnt from having and apiscope in their classroom. As leader of the food safety portfolio and associate primary industries portfolio, Ms Goodhew was the ideal person for young bee keepers Harrison Saunders, 11 and Ryan Charman, 13, to chat to about their apiscope. School principal Angela Lowe spoke to Ms Goodhew and Mr Hudson about the school’s apiscope and the experiences the children gained from having hives right in their backyard. She said there were about 80,000 bees in the school, with

about 10,000 of those residing in the apiscope which is situated in one of the school’s classrooms. Newlands Intermediate has been abuzz with the students and teachers experiencing three swarms in the last four weeks. But Angela said the students were well-prepared when bees started swarming, with their new motto “see a bee, be a tree”. Ms Goodhew was impressed with the knowledge Harrison and Ryan shared on bees and said having an apiscope and hives at the school was “a fabulous idea”. “This provides children with a project that gets them to think about something that produces food… it’s a great way of understanding where our food comes from. “I think there will be lots of jobs for people in the Primary Industries in the future, which we should be preparing children for… This is a pretty excellent way of doing exactly that,” she said. She said the bees would also

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew, Newlands Intermediate School students Harrison Saunders, 11 and Ryan Charman, 13, and Local National list MP Brett Hudson with “a hive of activity” behind them. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

encourage the students to learn more about nature. “It’s a fantastic idea and it shows huge commitment on the part of the school.” Mr Hudson agreed and said

Quake recovery info centre open An earthquake information centre opened on Monday for all individuals and businesses seeking advice after the recent earthquakes. A one-stop shop called Eric (Earthquake Recovery Information Centre) opened in the Public Trust building on Wellington’s Lambton Quay on December 5. Wellington City Council Recovery Manager Mike Mendonca said one of the frustrations for people after the Christchurch earthquake was having to go to multiple agencies to get advice and help. “Having all the key agencies

and experts in one place will help businesses and individuals deal with post-quake issues quickly and more easily. “People affected by the quake are already carrying some stress and we need to help them through this period.” Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester said the information centre would pull together representatives from agencies involved in helping people and businesses recover after the November 14 magnitude 7.8 earthquake. “We want to make things easier for people seeking access help, advice and support follow-

ing the quake – we’ve got a 500 square-metre space in the Public Trust building that we’re going to fill up with the experts who can help.” The council is working with the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Inland Revenue and relevant community organisations to provide resources for the information centre. Councillor Simon Marsh, the council’s economic development portfolio leader, said the centre would offer advice and

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Classes from Karori Normal School recently donated plants to the Karori Community Garden. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

AA reminded drivers to take special care through the most lethal month of the year on New Zealand roads. In the last five years December has averaged nearly 31 deaths on roads, well above any other month. “The AA wants drivers to do all they can to protect themselves this month and every month,” AA spokesperson Simon Douglas said. “Nearly 300 people have lost their lives already in 2016 and the AA wants every family to enjoy summer without the devastation of losing a loved one.”

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Stepping into the shoes of volunteers By Sharnahea Wilson

Two classes of Year 3 and 4 students from Karori Normal School recently visited the Karori Community Garden to learn about volunteering and to donate plants. The classes, who have been growing seedlings at their school, took a trip to the community garden last Friday, with Karori Normal School principal Margaret Wallis, to handover their plants. Margaret said the trip was intended for young students to

learn about volunteers and how they help the community. “They had to do a school project to see how volunteers work in the community,” Margaret said. “It’s about getting the kids interested in the community… I’m hoping they’ll come down and help out.” The founder and coordinator from the Karori Community Garden Paul Stevenson said children visiting the garden to learn about volunteering, was “what it’s all about”. Paul had recently visited the

school to tell them about the garden and how it operated. He said groups from schools, preschools, scout groups and more visit the garden on a regular basis to help out with the garden, which now has about 200 members. “Some people even like to come down and just sit here and enjoy the garden.” When the garden holds working bees, anywhere between five and 45 people can show up to lend a hand, Paul said. He said the garden was a real community effort and funding

from Karori Lions, Wellington City Council, St John’s Trust and a lot of individuals giving either donations of time or money, have been a big help. Paul said for many people, volunteering in a space like the Karori Community Garden, gave them a sense of belonging. “You get a sense that you’re actually achieving something.”  For more information on the garden search Karori Community Garden on Facebook, also look out for their new website which is set to launch soon.

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Wednesday December 7, 2016 The Toot for Tucker team collected an abundance of food for those in need recently. PHOTO: Supplied

Toot for Tucker draws generous donations By Sharnahea Wilson

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The Johnsonville Rotary Club and Johnsonville Volunteer Fire Brigade were out in droves collecting food for people in need recently. The annual ‘Toot for Tucker’ campaign took place on November 8 and 15, and the collectors thanked residents of Johnsonville West and Churton Park for their generous donations of food. “The commitment of both neighbourhoods’ residents is appreciated, particularly in light of the challenging weather on the last day of the effort,” Johnsonville Rotary

secretary Mike Wotherspoon said. The donated food, with the value of approximately $2500, will be given to Johnsonville not-for-profit organisation Challenge 2000 and the Newlands Food Bank. Business Manager of Challenge 2000 John Robinson said the organisation was grateful for the donations that came as a result of Toot for Tucker. “The Christmas period can be a very stressful time for families on limited incomes and the provision of this food will go into our Christmas hamper programme and will ensure that many families in our

region will enjoy the celebration of Christmas,” he said. “We would like to thank all those who gave food on the Toot for Tucker campaign and the Rotary Club for choosing Challenge 2000 to distribute their food to vulnerable families during this Christmas season. “Be assured you have made a difference to the lives of many families at this time.” Mike said this was the fifth year Rotary and the Fire Brigade had undertaken the collection. “They plan to do so next year as well,” he said.

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“It means a lot – watching children put smiles on their faces, but it has changed a lot since I was young. There would usually be more decorations around now.”

“Spending time with friends and family and enjoying good food.”

Dave Nears, Johnsonville “Hectic, it’s always busy – such a panic but it shouldn’t be. I’m going to my daughters for Christmas this year.”

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville an attempt was made to steal a silver Ford Courier commercial vehicle parked overnight on the street in Old Coach Road. The front passenger’s door lock had been jemmied to gain access. Wires around the steering wheel had been pulled out before the attempt was abandoned. A white Toyota hatchback parked in the carpark of a supermarket in Johnsonville Road had its front registration plate stolen. A green Toyota Prado drove

onto the forecourt of a petrol station in Johnsonville Road and the hooded driver pumped $138 worth of petrol and then drove off without attempting to pay. It was noted that the vehicle had different front and rear registration plates. A student at a Johnsonville school had received an early Christmas present in the form of an Iphone 6S. While in class the phone was placed on the desk in front of the student and it was stolen while the owner was

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Raise the justice age Dear Ed, Responding to your request for comment on increasing the youth justice age from 17 to 18 years of age (Independent Herald, 30 November, page 2) it sounds like a sensible proposal and I think it should be carried further. Let’s get the Government behind it. Peter Graham, Johnsonville

Action needed Dear Ed, I favour the raising of youth justice to 18 years. It is important young people be kept from prison as long as possible, and training and diversionary schemes are more likely to have good results with young people. It would be nice if the Government and politicians actually did something – more than listen. Toni Finkle, Johnsonville Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to herald@wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

briefly distracted. The thief has not owned up. A shoplifter who took and hid a stolen item within their clothing was followed by a staff member of a large store on Johnsonville Road until Police apprehended the culprit. A customer in a large supermarket in Johnsonville Road took two cans of beer to the checkout at 10.55pm. The sale was not processed as the customer returned to get other items and did not return to the checkout until after 11 pm.

The checkout operator refused to sell the beer as it was past the time permitted by the liquor licence. The customer became upset at the decision and struck the LCD screen at the checkout, causing it to smash. In Newlands a white Ford Ranger utility left parked overnight in the carpark of a large supermarket was damaged when someone had kicked the driver’s side door leaving a large dent. In Khandallah a grey Subaru Legacy stationwagon parked

overnight in Lohia Street was entered and an attempt was made to steal it. The casing around the ignition was removed and the wiring pulled out. The attempt to steal it was then abandoned. In Ngaio a red Mazda Bounty parked locked overnight on the road in Chelmsford Street was stolen. In Broadmeadows a vacant house under renovation in Bandipur Terrace was entered and a quantity of building materials stolen.

Local student awarded prestigious scholarship A local college student has done her school proud, walking away from Year 13 with a prestigious scholarship to an overseas university. Samuel Marsden Collegiate School student Lucy Berger has been offered a scholarship to study at Peking University, the most prestigious university in China. Thousands of students applied but very few passed the entrance exams. “This is an extraordinary achievement for Lucy and we wish her all the best on this exciting opportunity to study abroad,” Marsden School Principal Jenny Williams said. Lucy has had a strong grounding in Chinese at Marsden School, having been tutored by award winning Chinese teacher Jing Ying Herrington. She also benefitted from the Confucius class room status Marsden School holds. Ms Herrington said she was excited to hear Lucy had been offered a scholarship.

“To be able to study at Peking University is every Chinese student’s dream. I believe Lucy will have a very bright future and this opportunity will open many doors for her, I am very proud of Lucy’s achievement. “As the world’s demand for Chinese learning increases our students will stand in good stead to take up global opportunities beyond their studies at Marsden.” Jenny said Marsden was committed to ensuring the Chinese language and culture was promoted school-wide, and since its introduction in 2007 Chinese has been a rapid growth area of the curriculum. “Our students have experienced considerable enjoyment and success in their learning of Chinese and our Confucius classroom provides an attractive and dynamic work environment to facilitate learning.” Students Annabelle Jessop, Lucy Berger and Amy Cooper won the national senior, senior runner-up and junior awards

Marsden School student Lucy Berger has received a scholarship to study at Peking Universtity, China. PHOTO: Supplied

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“We’re like one big family” With 60 friendly and dedicated staff members, you can rest assured your loved ones will be well looked after at Johnsonvale Home. The friendly, homely nature of Johnsonvale sets the home apart from the rest. With a welcoming environment, residents get to know the staff as well as each other which creates a family-like atmosphere. “The staff here treat the residents as if they were our

own relations – we’re like one big family,” Clinical operational manager Brenda Wright said. As the head of activities, divisional therapist Dee Wilkinson, ensured the residents are always happy and entertained with activities running six days a week. Johnsonvale Home hosts themed nights on special occasions including Easter, Valentine’s Day, St Patrick’s Day and birthdays.

We have limited space available! Call now and chat to Brenda

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“If there’s something to celebrate, we will do it,” Dee said. The residents also go out on regular trips to farms, museums and the movies as well as having regular entertainers coming to the home. The home has a fantastic Chef on hand who changes the menu on a regular basis and caters for all residents nutritional needs. The Home provides Rest Home beds as well as Hospital beds for

residents who may need extra care and a Registered Nurse is on-hand 24 hours a day. The home caters for day care and respite care options for people who may need to go away for a week and want to rest easy knowing their loved ones will be well cared for. Brenda encouraged people who are looking for a nice home for their family members to come to Johnsonvale and have a personal tour.

16-18 Earp Street, Johnsonville Email: info@johnsonvalehome.nz

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Corpus Christi Choir in time for Christmas

Cashmere Home’s men’s group members and volunteers are asking the local community to donate tools for their new men’s shed.

Tools needed for Cashmere Home’s men’s shed

The Choir of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge comes to St Peter’s Church. PHOTO: Supplied By Sharnahea Wilson

Locals can get in the Christmas spirit by treating themselves to a performance by the Choir of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge this weekend. One of the ancient colleges of Cambridge, Corpus Christi enjoys a distinguished musical tradition which will be displayed at St Peter’s Church on Willis Street on Sunday, December 11. The concert was previously going to be held at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, which is closed until further notice due to the demolition of 61 Molesworth St after the November 14 earthquake. Wellington Cathedral of St Paul director of music Michael Stewart said the choir would sing unaccompanied as well as with organ accompaniment. “They will be performing a selection of music for Advent and Christmas, including

music by Brahms, Palestrina and Britten,” Michael said. There will also be an organ solo played by one of the College Organ Scholars. Corpus Christi is a choir of 18 undergraduate and postgraduate students, under the direction of Robin Walker. They sing choral services three or four times a week in the College Chapel, as well as performing a full schedule of concerts, cathedral visits and tours. Michael said entry is by suggested donation of $10, and anyone who enjoys fine choral singing will get a lot of enjoyment from the concert. “Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to hear one of Cambridge’s top chapel choirs.”  The Choir of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge 6pm Recital: Music for Advent and Christmas. Sunday, December 11, St Peter’s on Willis St, Entry by suggested donation of $10.

The men of Enliven’s Cashmere Home in Johnsonville now have their very own men’s shed, but there’s something missing…the tools! Cashmere Home’s men’s shed is a place for the home’s men to tinker with projects and spend time with their fellow men. “It gives the men their own space. It will be like having a man cave!” explains Cashmere Home recreation officer Liz Rivadelo. “Many of the men have trade backgrounds and they want to make wooden toys for children in need as well as gifts for their grandchildren. Their men’s shed will be a place where they can have a sense of achievement from doing something meaningful and giving back, while enjoying each others company.” But Cashmere volunteer John Spittal says the shed is missing a vital component. “Now we have the shed, all we need is the tools! We’re hoping that people in the community have some tools and materials lying around that they wouldn’t mind rehoming,” says John. The residents are looking for tools such as hand drills and saws, hammers, rulers, plyers, screwdrivers, electric drills, a vice, saw horses, nails and screws. “We’re looking for all manner of tools, as well as wood and materials,” says John Cashmere Home is also on the lookout for

male volunteers who are able to help with the men’s shed. “We could do with a few guys to come in and help the men with their projects. It’s a great way to give back, and the men here are top blokes,” John explains. “My mum lived here for 18 months and she passed away a month ago, but I wanted to keep in touch with the guys here that I have gotten to know, so I became a volunteer.” The men’s shed will run alongside the home’s men’s group, which Cashmere volunteer Julian McCarthy says has been running for almost three years. “We get together once a week for beer and chips and discuss what’s happening in the world. It’s like what you’d do in the pub on a Friday night.” Cashmere Home and sister-site Cashmere Heights Home are both operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provide rest home, hospital, respite and health recovery care from Helston Road in Johnsonville.  For more information about Cashmere Home or Cashmere Heights Home, to make a donation of tools or to become a volunteer, call 04 477 7067, email cashmere@psc.org.nz or visit www. enlivencentral.org.nz

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CHRISTMAS AT

KARORI MALL

Shop for the festive season Pop on down to the Karori Mall this Christmas for everything you need and more to get through the festive season. With more than 20 shops all conveniently located under one roof, the Karori Mall has something for everyone. Located in the heart of Karori, the mall boasts free covered and uncovered parking, two supermarkets, foodstores, banks, a pharmacy and more. As you wave goodbye to the winter weather, head on down to the mall to shop for some new summer gear and grab some excellent bargains. Karori Mall has stores to get you prepped for the new season from head to toe. George’s Hair Design will have you looking sharp, Body Style will get you fit and ready for the summer months, Munro’s Shoes will provide your feet with some brand new style-meets-comfort footwear and the pharmacy has all your health needs as well as some great gifts ideas for Christmas. This little gem has an array of shops including a cafe which offers cold drinks and sweets, as well as delicious coffee to get you through your Christmas shopping. As more people head into the city to shop for the new season you can shop for everything you need just around the corner. The Karori Mall gives you the opportunity to support local businesses and purchase food, clothing, gifts and more both in and around the mall. So for everything you need for mum, dad and the kids – including the perfect stocking fillers– don’t hesitate to head on down to the Karori Mall during the silly season and enjoy one of Wellington’s hidden gems.

• Christmas Gifts for the whole family • Holiday essentials • Prescriptions and professional advice • Medicine Management • Natural health supplements • Skincare and beauty • Photo kiosk services, passport photos • Collect living rewards points • Free gift wrapping

“Hairdressing is our passion” Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our loyal customers! Shop 3, Karori Mall 250 Karori Road, Wellington Ph: (04) 476-9115

Karori Mall Pharmacy, 250 Karori Road PH: 04 476 7564 Fax: 04 476 7206 karorimallpharmacy@xtra.co.nz

See you in 2016!

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For all your Christmas Goodies and Gifts

Unichem Karori Mall Pharmacy is your one stop shop for Christmas gifts and summer essentials for all the family. With a variety of gift options, along with a free gift wrapping service, Unichem Karori Mall Pharmacy is the ideal place to pick up the perfect present.  Their friendly staff can also help with skincare, beauty and natural health advice. Don’t forget to check your supplies of sunscreen and update that first aid kit, and also check that you have enough medication for the holiday period. Living Rewards Card customers also have the opportunity to earn great rewards so they can spoil themselves this festive season.

Trading Hours: 9am-6pm Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm Sat, 9am-2pm Sun - Open Christmas Eve -

Down Parkvale Rd, Karori (Opposite The Pickle Jar)

Ph: 476 5960

Treat your feet this Christmas with 20 to 50 per cent off women’s and children’s shoes at Munro’s Shoes this festive season. The friendly team at Munro’s Shoes wish all their customers happiness over the coming summer months. This shoe shop only offers the highest quality with German-made leather shoes and sandals available including high-end brands such as Richter and Clarkes. For a shoe shop that offers something for everyone look no further than Munro’s Shoes this summer.

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Looking to get your body in shape for the summer months? Why not head along to BodyStyle Karori. BodyStyle Karori operates a set of Shapemaster Powertone exercise machines which provide comfortable power-assisted exercise without the need for lifting or stretching. Located under the mall, the spacious, luxurious, tranquil environment is perfect for those that perhaps find conventional gyms a little intimidating. For more information head to www.bodystylekarori.co.nz.

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The new look Paper Plus Select store is packed with all your Christmas needs - and wants! Shailesh and Saroj are pleased to offer you a wide range of stationary, cards, magazines, NZ souvenirs, books, toys and of course gorgeous gifts. They also stock a vast range of Ink and Toner cartridges - saving you the drive to town! They have tons of books from Bargain to New Releases.  If they don’t have it in store, they are happy to order it for you. They are open all Sunday’s in December from 10am to 4pm and are your convenient Lotto shop in the Karori Mall. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season from all the staff.

The Karori Fruit Shop will cater to all your fresh fruit and vegetable needs over the summer months. Delicious, juicy, stone fruit such as peaches apricots and nectarines are now in season. They have an abundance of berries from strawberries and raspberries to blueberries. They also have many in-season vegetables such as the popular sweet corn. Bunches of flowers, including white and pink lilies and gorgeous coloured roses, are perfect for Christmas gifts. Pop in during the silly season to check out what the fruit shop has to offer.

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Gamboni’s Deli is renowned for its great selection of specialty foods and they are certainly rising to the occasion this Christmas. With a full range of goodies in store, why not treat yourself. Or better yet you could treat your family and friends with a handy gift voucher. Try out some delicious salami or pasta. Or if you’re into something a little sweet have a taste of their chocolate this festive season.

Rosina’s Cafe Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 5.30pm - Sat: 8.30am - 5.30pm - Ph: (04) 476 7531 8479132AA 50/N

For a perfect winter snack pop into Umi Sushi. Located in Karori Mall, Umi 153 Sushi offers a delicious range of combo sushi platters and takeaway hot meals which are sure to suit all tastebuds. They also offer a variety of party platters, perfect for your Christmas parties or any celebratory occasion.


Wednesday December 7, 2016

CHRISTMAS AT

KARORI MALL

Ladies and Children’s Shoes

20-50% OFF

Isaac Barber, the friendly family barber in the Karori Mall is gearing up to give everyone a fantastic new hair style for the summer season. Whatever shape or cut you want, the friendly team at Isaac Barber will accommodate your needs. Treat yourself to a brand new style for the warmer months.

At Coin City you can find something for the youngsters as well as something a little different for older members of the family. Coin City stocks a wide variety of goods, including Christmas gifts at amazing prices. From arts and crafts, jewellery, toys and books to party gear and dress up items, this one stop shop is the place for you. Get out of the hot sun and into coin city this summer.

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Karori Shopping Mall, 236 Karori Road, Ph. 04 476 6582

Fresh Products, Excellent Service

Are you a Rosina’s regular? If so, you will know the abundance of choices when it comes to delicious home-made pies, pastries and bread cases with an inexhaustible range of fillings – including vegetarian. They can certainly hit the spot when you’re feeling hungry. If you are out doing your Christmas shopping, take a break and enjoy some top-notch coffee along with a delectable home-made pastry.

If it is a bargain you are searching for this Christmas, look no further than Karori Mall’s 123 Mart. They have thousands of items to suit everyone’s needs. From children’s toys to cards and gifts, this dollar shop has it all. Get in and check out their special Christmas promotions which will be available from December 5 to 26. Xmas Garland is down from $14.90 to $9.90 while wrapping paper costs just $2. Pop in and see their friendly team this festive season.

Local repair shop Dr. SKEW ( Shoes, Keys, Engraving, Watches) repairs shoes including heel, sole, patching, gluing, stitching etc. Key cutting for your house, car, cupboard, motorbike and more is available. For a special Christmas gift we also do engraving of metal and glass. Watch services are available including watch battries, straps, and repairs. Pet needs, trophies, and gift items for Christmas include wallets, tankards ,hipflasks, pens and wine glasses.

Karori Salvation Army Family Store is gearing up for Christmas and they’re in the festive spirit. They’ve got stocking fillers and larger gifts for under the tree, as well as useful household goods, beds and linen for those extra guests, and plenty of kids’ toys to keep the little ones amused. The racks are stocked with party frocks, wardrobe staples and quirky retro pieces to jazz up your look, winter shoes have given way to summer sandals. They thanked all their generous donors, who enable them to serve the community and continue the work of the Salvation Army. ‘We wish you a safe and happy Christmas and hope to see you soon’.

George’s Hair Design welcomes everyone to come and treat themselves to a brand new hairstyle in the lead up to Christmas. Whatever the reason and whatever the desired style you can put your trust in the expert hairdressers. Located in shop three of the Karori Mall, hairdressing is their passion so pop in for a trim or a brand new look this silly season.

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The service is better than ever at Taylors Dry Cleaning. The team at Taylors deals to stubborn stains on shirts, formal wear and even wedding dresses. This dry cleaning store can even get rid of stains on furnishings and leave your blankets and duvets good as new. Take in your garments as soon as possible so Taylors Dry Cleaning can have them spick-and-span in time for Christmas.


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CHRISTMAS AT

KARORI MALL! CHALLENGE

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Christmas dinner ROAST POTATOES, PARSNIPS AND CARROTS Recipe by Jamie Oliver

INGREDIENTS 1.2 kg potatoes 6 parsnips 6 carrots 1 bulb garlic 3 sprigs fresh rosemary Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper Olive oil METHOD If you’re cooking these separately to your meat, preheat your oven to 200°C. Peel the vegetables and halve

any larger ones lengthways. Break the garlic bulb into cloves, leaving them unpeeled, and bash them slightly with the palm of your hand. Pick the rosemary leaves from the stalks. Put the potatoes and carrots into a large pan – you may need to use two – of salted, boiling water on a high heat and bring back to the boil. Allow to boil for 5 minutes, then add the parsnips and cook for another 4 minutes. Drain in a colander and allow to steam dry. Take out the carrots and parsnips and put to one side. Fluff up the potatoes in the colander by shaking it around a little – it’s important to ‘chuff them up’ like this if you want them to have all those lovely crispy bits when they’re

cooked. Put a large roasting tray over a medium heat and either add a few generous lugs of olive oil or carefully spoon a little of the fat from the meat you’re cooking. Add the garlic and rosemary leaves. Put the vegetables into the tray with a good pinch of salt and pepper and stir them around to coat them in the flavours. Spread them out evenly into one layer – this is important, as you want them to roast, not steam as they will if you have them all on top of each other. Put them into the preheated oven for about 1 hour, or until golden, crisp and lovely. Serve immediately, with your roast dinner and your gravy.

CRANBERRY AND MARMALADE SAUCE Recipe by Sara Buenfeld, Bbcgoodfood.com

INGREDIENTS

300g pack of fresh or frozen cranberries Juice 1 orange 50g light muscovado sugar 100g orange shred marmalade METHOD

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Tip the cranberries into a medium pan over a low heat with the orange juice, sugar and marmalade, and stir until the sugar and marmalade melt and the mixture starts to bubble. Cook for 3-5 mins, depending on whether the cranberries are fresh or frozen, as the frozen ones will soften more quickly. They need to be tender but still hold their shape, so try to squash one to see if it is soft enough. The sauce will thicken as it cools, but this has a looser texture than shop-bought. Will keep for 1 week in the fridge.

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No impact on WCC’s credit rating The November 14 earthquake has not affected Wellington City Council’s Standard and Poor’s (S&P) global credit rating – which has been maintained at AA. The rating agency said “We consider that any significant damage resulting from a natural disaster such as an earthquake has a small likelihood of affecting the council’s debt levels, given that the council has comprehensive insurance policies.” As well as maintaining its AA long-term credit rating, Wellington City Council has also kept an A-1+ short-term issuer credit rating.

Gavin and Rob Cameron with their Christmas Hams.

Brothers prepare for Christmas with award winning hams By Emma McAuliffe

Two time Ham of the Year award winners Cameron Harrison have been busy preparing their famous hams for the holiday season. Wellington butchers Rob and Gavin Cameron said as always, they would be in for a busy Christmas. The pair predicted they would prepare nearly 2000 orders for hams before Christmas Day. “The total varies but we usually do a couple of thousand over this period. We’ve started taking orders over the past few weeks,” Rob said. “This is definitely our busiest time of the year.” Cameron Harrison has won 14

awards in the past five years at the 100 per cent New Zealand Pork, Bacon and Ham Competitions. Rob said he believed the secret to a great ham was to stick to “traditional methods” and processes. The brothers agreed it was the traditional methods which made their hams so popular this time of year. “Ham is a New Zealand thing like turkey is the American thing. Our Christmas is in summer and you can have ham hot and glazed or cold,” Gavin said. Rob said Gavin had come on board last year to help take the brand to the next level, after working in bigger butcheries up north. “I’m helping a traditional butcher

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keep it traditional while taking it to the next level with 20 years of experience in the industry,” Gavin said. Rob said this year Cameron Harrison was set to take on a larger scale of production. “We’ll be taking on the bigger scale without losing touch with tradition,” he said. “The Cameron Harrison brand is well recognised and we pride ourselves in quality of delivery and service,” Rob said.  Cameron Harrison hams are still available to order at stores in Ngaio and Kelburn, and are available in the deli at Ontrays Petone, Moore Wilson’s and selected New World stores.

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From December 15 at The Kiwi Art House Gallery

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Snap Fitness 24/7 comes to Johnsonville Peter Rostedt of Snap Fitness Johnsonville, together with his business partner Julian Newman and staff Zias and Jemini, have created a truly exciting new gym in the northern suburbs. Snap Fitness Johnsonville will join over 45 Snap Fitness gyms throughout New Zealand and will add a great new option for residents who live or work near Johnsonville. The biggest point of difference with Snap Fitness is its results-based philosophy and its personalised programmes. Snap fitness welcomes everybody – from those who are just starting out on their health and wellness journey through to the long-term gym member. A large proportion of Snap Fitness members have never been gym members before, or they have been away from regular exercise for a number of years. Furthermore, many people who are members of other gyms are guessing when it comes to what they should be doing at the gym and this leads to a lack of results and is demotivating for many. Johnsonville's Snap Fitness 24/7

Shop 5, 33-39 Johnsonville Rd Johnsonville

takes the guess-work out by offering two complimentary sessions with personal trainers at the commencement of your membership. The first session is used to understand your goals and the second is to help you set up a programme to get you underway. This gym has something for everyone with the latest TechnoGym Cardio and Pin Load equipment from Italy which is used by the All Blacks in their gyms. They also offer a turf strip and functional racks which can be used for personal training sessions and small group Circuit Classes. Snap Fitness is conveniently located at 33 Johnsonville Road with easy parking and is in close proximity to all of the other amenities that Johnsonville offers which will make it easy for gym members to work their gym visit into their daily schedules. The gym opened for business on November 26 and is already proving to be incredibly popular with locals. So pop down to 33 Johnsonville Road and meet Zias and Jemini, hear them talk through what this gym is about and take advantage of their opening membership offers.

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Christmas  gift ideas GIPPS STREET BUTCHERY

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CHRISTMAS TRUFFLES RECIPE FROM: taste.com.au

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INGREDIENTS

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6 Arnott's Milk Arrowroot Biscuits, coarsely broken

160ml (2/3 cup) condensed milk

40g (1/4 cup) finely chopped dried apricots

85g pkt strawberry jelly crystals

375g pkt white chocolate melts

85g pkt lime jelly crystals

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METHOD STEP 1

Line a baking tray with baking paper. Use a rolling pin or a food processor to finely crush the biscuits. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the apricot. Stir 100g (1/2 cup) of chocolate melts and the condensed milk in a small saucepan over

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STEP 2

low heat for 3-4 minutes or until melted and smooth. Add to the biscuit mixture and stir until well combined. Roll 2 teaspoonful portions of mixture into balls. Place on the prepared tray in the fridge for 10 minutes or until firm.

STEP 3

Place the strawberry and lime jelly crystals in 2 small bowls. Melt remaining chocolate melts following packet directions.

STEP 4

Use a fork to dip 1 truffle in melted chocolate. Tap fork on the edge of the bowl to allow excess chocolate to drip off. Return to the prepared tray and sprinkle with jelly crystals. Repeat with the remaining truffles, chocolate and jelly crystals. Set aside until set.

NOTE To give truffles as Christmas gifts, make them up to 2 weeks ahead. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Rich heritage revealed Delving into the history of Wellington’s heritage buildings couldn’t be easier after the launch of the Capital’s online heritage inventory. Wellington City Council developed an online inventory of heritage buildings listed in the District Plan. The online heritage inventory was officially launched by Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester on November 29 at the Museum of Wellington’s Historic Boardroom on Queens Wharf. The resource had details of each building including history and modifications, occupation and uses, architects and builders and a statement of cultural value. The website is richly illustrated with contemporary and historic photographs, and original drawings sourced from Wellington City Archives. The information available at the online heritage inventory would be useful for architects, planners, engineers, archaeologists, students, researchers, visitors to Wellington, building owners and businesses.

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Locals were appreciated for giving their time to help others on International Volunteer Day on Monday. Newlands Community Centre celebrated the day on December 5 by thanking its volunteers with an appreciation card and a morning tea made by the centre staff. Centre advocate Pippa Cubey said the centre was very grateful to its volunteers. “People tend to think their contribution isn’t much but without them the centre would not be the place it is,” she said.

Volunteer Michele Rowe who is fondly known as the ‘mayor of Newlands’ comes from a family who considered volunteering very important and it is a trait she has passed onto her children from a young age. For Michele volunteering was all about giving, “[volunteering] doesn’t pay the bills and sometimes it costs [in transport] but you get so much out of it”. Over the years Michele has been seen around Newlands volunteering with the elderly, in the community gardens, with Plunket, at kindergarten, various schools, sporting groups and churches.

Even on International Volunteer Day she was helping in the centre’s kitchen making shortbread destined for Christmas food packages for local families in need. Volunteer Rose Andalora said, “volunteering makes a difference in someone’s day … it brings people together that would normally not meet … and it broadens your horizons”. Volunteer Day was especially poignant this year as the centre’s long-time volunteering stalwart Marie Thomson had unexpectedly passed away the previous day.

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OUT& Christmas Cheer about in Johnsonville By Rachel Binning Christmas is about being a family: Darryl Christmas ballerinas: Olivia, 5, Madison, 5, Alexander, Joey Alexander, 3, and Sara Ruby, 5 and Holly, 3. Pivac Alexander.

Near perfect conditions with a cool breeze formed the backdrop to the fantastic annual Johnsonville Lions Christmas Parade at the weekend. No one could have missed the beaming Santa Claus surrounded by smiling children in bright costumes driven in Santa’s sled by Santa’s little helper elf MP for Ohariu Peter Dunne. Hundreds lined the main streets of Johnsonville to watch, cheer and wave as the parade meandered past. Mellow Christmas music from church groups contrasted with the loud percussion and dance of the Brazilian samba music

group Wellington Batucada. Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester was regal in his mayoral attire and, along with his family, sat on a brightly coloured, yellow 2006 Ford Mustang Convertible to wave to the crowd. Uniforms and costumes of the many local community groups represented were worn with pride and showed the diverse tastes and activities within the Northern suburbs. This included Scouts, Guides, Marist Kyokushin Karate, Plunket, football, dance, music and performance groups, Wellington Hackle Pipe Band, community police, volunteer fire and ambulance crews, the community patrol and church groups.

A Kiwi Christmas: Ella Cuthbert, Maya Collins, Ollie Cathbert, Jasmine Eldemy, Caitlin Teague, Matthew Eldemy, Eden Collins.

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Having a great time: Ali Traynor with Niamh Traynor, 4, of Johnsonville West Santas’ Illustrious elf: aka Peter Dunne. Kindergarten.

Johnsonville Community Policing Team and Johnsonville Volunteer Fire Fighters.

Sharing smiles and vibrant colour: members of Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust.

Khandallah Arts Theatre take the opportunity to dress up in preparation for their February 2017 producation of ‘Cinderella’.

Never too old: Johnsonvale Home residents and staff soak up the sun and the joys of Christmas.

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Serving up some tough competition at nationals By Sharnahea Wilson

A local tennis player is up against some tough competition this week, facing off against the country’s best young tennis players in a national competition in Auckland. After serving up impressive results this season, Marsden School Year 12 student Christy Robinson is competing in the 2016 Under 18 National Championships for tennis from December 6 to 10. This year is Christy’s first time competing in the Under 18 Championship, held at

Auckland’s Scarbro Tennis Centre, and the competition is set to be vigorous. “I’m excited but I’m also really nervous… the competition is way higher than Under 16 Nationals,” Christy said. The 17-year-old has been playing the game for six years and said apart from training on the courts most days, she also goes to the gym to keep her fitness up. The competition will be a step up for Christy so she had been training hard for two hours a day, as well as studying for exams, in the lead up to the nationals. “I’m hoping to get through

to the semi-final, the top four would be awesome,” Christy said. Thanks to her impressive performance throughout the year, Christy started the competition in second seed, so she did not have to play-off to gain entry. This end-of-season tournament is particularly important for Christy to compete in, as she hopes to obtain a tennis scholarship in America after she leaves Marsden School at the end of next year. A fter t he competition Christy planned to continue to train hard for her first competition of 2017 in January.

Christy Robinson, 17, playing for her Premier Women’s 1 team (Wellington Wakefield). PHOTO: Supplied

Golden Kiwis enjoy Gold Coast softball competition By Sharnahea Wilson

Johnsonville women’s softball team the Golden Kiwis recently travelled to Australia for a masters competition. PHOTO: Supplied.

Good weekend for local cricket

A team of women’s softball players from the Johnsonville area travelled to the Gold Coast, Australia to compete in the Pan Pacific Masters Games early last month. The games are held every second year and attract around 13,000 competitors from Australia as well as more than 20 other countries. There were 44 sports on offer at the popular Gold Coast tournament. The local women’s team, the Golden Kiwis, competed in the 45 plus softball competition.

“The games were a lot of fun and many of the Golden Kiwis were inspired by much older women than themselves still competing,” team member Sandra Veale said. The team intended to compete again in another two year’s time. In order to get to the competition the Golden Kiwis had to fundraise through events such as local quiz nights. The team members said they appreciated the help they received from 1841, Johnsonville Club, Motor Doctors, Webster Drilling and Harcourts Johnsonville.

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It was a good weekend all round for Johnsonville Cricket Club Senior teams with fine weather and skillful cricket played by all. Good wins for the Premier Men included Premier Reserve Men, Premier Girls, Full Tossers, Young Guns, Falcons and Pitch Invaders who won by default.

Other results were first innings losses for the 3rd X1 and the Bandits and a loss for the previously unbeaten Premier 2 Women despite a good effort put in. For the rest of the club it was a good start for the T20 teams as they commenced competition rounds properly. Johnsonville Cricket Club Day will take place next Saturday, December 10.

New Zealand’s clean sweep victory over Pakistan should be lauded as a major achievement and a step in the right direction for Kane Williamson’s captaincy. The Black Caps have not won a series against Pakistan since 1985. Pakistan, believe it or not, are also currently ranked second in the world. The continuing success of the rather innocuous Neil Wagner with his short pitched bowling paid late

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dividends on Tuesday when Pakistan lost nine wickets for 71 runs posttea to gift New Zealand victory. It shows New Zealand will be a challenge in home conditions against any team. There are frailties, especially with the middle order and a lack of genuine spin option but after a thumping against India, in India, this was a nice bounce back. Ross Taylor now has 16 test centuries, one less than

his mentor, the late Martin Crowe. H is 16t h com ing on Monday gave the home team control of the match and the series in a pivotal knock. He did it just a matter of days before eye surgery. New Zealand is now in Australia for the revived Chappell-Hadlee one day series. Three matches which have produced mammoth Kiwi moments will no doubt do so again.

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