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Hanging up her tiara

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By Nikki Papatsoumas

After 12 years entertaining a generation of pre-schoolers with stories, songs and dancing Marie Murdoch will hang up her tiara and fairy wings. Marie has been a regular fixture at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie for more than a decade, performing for children every Friday morning complete with fairy wings, tiara and a wand. Continued on page 2 Marie Murdoch, who presents story time at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie each week, will retire on December 16.

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Hanging up her tiara Continued from page 1. However, with a milestone birthday approaching, Marie, who has become a second grandmother to many of the children she entertains, has decided to retire and her last session will be on Friday, December 16.

Marie said she simply fell into her role as storyteller at the bookshop. “I was buying books for my grandchildren and the owner knew I was a storyteller, so he asked me and I said yes.” Performing and a way with children have been the forefront of


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Marie’s life. She worked as a school teacher for 25 years, as a librarian at Kilbirnie Library for 10 years and has even read to residents at retirement homes for close to two decades. “I have always liked acting and talking,” she said. Over the years Marie’s half-hour sessions have included dancing and music, with a story. She said her favourite books to read to the children were Margaret Mahy classics. Marie said although she was retiring, she would still pop in and visit the families and children she has watched grow up over the years. “Yes I am sad in that I will miss the bookshop but I will still visit all the time, I will miss the children,” she said. Co-owner of the Children’s Bookshop Ruth McIntyre said the store had a long association with Marie. “We knew Marie for years before because she was the librarian at Kilbirnie and then she was the librarian

at Marsden School. When we heard she was going to leave Marsden we asked if she would like to come in and do a story time session every Friday with us. “It has been great having the continuity because it’s something regular in the childrens’ lives and I think a lot of them have come to see Marie as an extra grandma,” Ruth said. Ruth invited anyone who had enjoyed story time with Marie over the years to come and enjoy her last session. “Anyone who used to visit Marie and is able to come along to her final session is invited. We want to make it very special.” She said a replacement for Marie would be hired in the New Year.  The Children’s Bookshop invites all Marie’s fans, from the most recent to those who are now teenagers, and their parents to join them for her last session on Friday, December 16 at 10.30am.

One-stop shop opens A one-stop shop which will help people and businesses in the capital recover following last month’s earthquake has opened its doors. The Earthquake Recovery Information Centre, or ‘Eric’, is located in the Public Trust building on Lambton Quay. It was officially opened by Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester earlier this week. Mr Lester said the information centre would pull together representatives from those agencies involved in helping those in the capital who needed

relief following the 7.8 magnitude quake on November 14. This included the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Inland Revenue and relevant community organisations. “We want to make things easier for people seeking access help, advice and support following 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.” Wellington City Councillor Simon Marsh, the council’s economic development portfolio leader, said the centre would offer advice and information on support packages, insurance, earthquake preparedness, business and employment support, and health and welfare. The council’s 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


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Stream left “brown and bubbling”

John Key steps down

By Nikki Papatsoumas

A landfill company is under investigation after heavy rain left a local stream “brown and bubbling”. The Owhiro Bay community voiced concerns, after the Owhiro Stream, which runs through the south coast community and into the Cook Strait, was left discoloured and foamy following heavy rain in the capital last month. The Greater Wellington Regional Council has since confirmed the source of the discharge to have come from T and T Landfills Limited, which operates a construction and demolition landfill in the Owhiro Stream catchment. It said water samples had been taken and were currently being analysed for contaminants. “Our primary focus is to ensure that the T and T Landfills are taking all steps to mitigate the effects of the discharge,” the regional council said on its website. The regional council also confirmed it was now investigating the company as it appeared to have breached resource consent conditions. Local resident Jade Lo-

Prime Minister John Key announced on Monday he would be stepping down from his role as the country’s leader 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 that the National Party caucus will hold a special meeting on December 12 to select a new leader.

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Parents, staff and children from Owhiro Bay School at the Owhiro Stream.

rier said the stream had been “brown and bubbling” since last month’s heavy rain. She said the stream usually cleared in a couple of days following a storm. The stream is a much loved asset in the southern community, with groups such as ‘Friends of Owhiro Stream’ working to ensure the stream is kept tidy. As the stream flowed behind the Owhiro Bay School and kindergarten Jade said the wider school community, including

a group of parents called the ‘Stream Team’ had put a lot of hard work into clearing and planting near the stream. Jade said she was disappointed that T and T Landfills had failed to meet the standards of their resource consent and was now questioning the regional council as to the extent of any contamination. “With summer coming up we are swimming in and around the outlet of Owhiro Bay… there has not been any real

mention or not about whether the water will be safe.” Until test results could be confirmed, the regional council was urging locals to not drink from the stream, however, any contamination was yet to be confirmed. A spokeswoman from T and T Landfills said the company was working with the regional council to resolve any issues. She said until test results came back, there was no proof the water had been contaminated.

Holy Cross School goes water only Miramar’s Holy Cross School has taken sugar-laden drinks off the menu at all school events and replaced them with fruit-infused or plain water as part of its Heart Foundation Project Energize programme. The school’s new direction was introduced to students and parents at its recent International Food Fair during which its water station pumped out more than 100 litres of free water. “Giving away water at our International Food Fair was a great success for promoting healthy choices,” Principal

Celeste Hastings said. “We are taking meaningful steps in our community to educate our children about the importance of drinking water. Families also enjoyed the fresh-fruit flavoured water as a healthy alternative to sugary drinks.” Project Energize aims to get children more active and eating healthy foods. Recently it was introduced into Wellington where it is being run by the Heart Foundation, with funding from the Capital and Coast District Health Board.

Schools that enrol in Project Energize work with an ‘Energizer’ to meet each schools’ specific needs. A display at the food fair water station of sugar quantities in commonly-consumed soft drinks and energy drinks surprised many who attended the event and helped them better understand the benefits of drinking water. “In the absence of sugary drinks, the excitement and energy levels normally associated with sugar spikes from treat drinks were kept in balance.

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Everyone enjoyed the event due to the healthy choices that were available,” Celeste said. “We plan to set up two water stations next year to better cater for demand.” The Heart Foundation’s Energizer Brianna Tekii supported the school with the water-only transition. “Promoting water-only at this school event got many people thinking about their drink choices and converted some to drinking fruit infused water instead of sugary drinks,” said Brianna.

The Island Bay Community Carols are voted one of the favourite local events, and they are back again for Christmas 2016. The family event is run by the combined churches of Island Bay and will be held on Sunday December 11 on St Hilda’s Anglican Church lawn, 311 The Parade, starting at 4.30pm with games for kids. The free sausage sizzle is at 5pm and then Christmas carols at 6pm, when locals can join in with the pop-up choir. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic mat and extra picnic food and enjoy the Island Bay spirit of Christmas.

Fire at Hospital A fire broke out at Wellington Regional Hospital yesterday, after a client set fire to a mattress in a bedroom at the hospital’s mental health unit. The incident happened at 6.25am. A spokesperson for the hospital said no clients were injured; however, two staff members were being assessed for smoke inhalation. Although the fire service attended, the fire sprinklers in the unit went off and put out the fire.

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Pick a tag from the Giving Tree

Bug Exhibition opens

By Nikki Papatsoumas

A spectacular science exhibition titled Bug Lab opens at Te Papa this Saturday. The high impact, hands-on experience will give visitors the chance to learn from the genius of bugs. Visitors will enter a colourful, magical space to see large-scale bug models and explore hands-on science. The exhibition was created by Te Papa and Weta Workshop and is an experience for all ages. The exhibition opens on Saturday, December 10. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $5 for children, with concession and family tickets also available.

A local salon is inviting the community to help in sharing the spirit of Christmas this year. For the third year running, Headstart Hair in Kilbirnie will have a ‘Giving Tree’ on display in store this year. The tree is covered in Christmas gift tags, which are available to collect, for kids aged between five and 16 years. Salon coordinator Taryn Penfold said the idea was anyone could collect a tag, and then buy a present suited to the child’s age and place it under the tree. She said this was the third year the salon had a Giving Tree. “It has become a bit of a tradition for Headstart now,” she said. Taryn said this year the salon would be donating all gifts collected to Foster Hope - a charitable organisation which worked to improve the lives of children in foster care. “It’s just a really lovely charity to support because they really look after foster kids and they were really happy to hear they had been chosen

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

Staff from Headstart Hair in Kilbirnie with this year’s giving tree.

as our charity this year.” She said anyone from the wider community was welcome to grab a tag from the giving tree. “Anybody can come and get one and it is really nice

because some of the people from surrounding businesses pop in as well as people from local schools.”  The community is invited to pop in and grab a gift

tag from the Giving Tree at Headstart Hair, at 10 Rongotai Rd in Kilbirnie. Presents must be placed under the tree by December 15 so they can be delivered to Foster Hope in time for Christmas.

Jingle bells ring at Kilmarnock Heights Home

The residents of Kilmarnock Heights Home were treated to a performance from the Tinakori Handbell Choir recently.

Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore is getting into the Christmas spirit with an array of Christmas themed activities and performances leading up to Christmas Day. Recently the home’s residents were treated to traditional bell songs and Christmas carols performed by the Tinakori Handbell Choir. Joan Baber, member of the Tinakori Handbell Choir, says the choir has been together for almost 30 years and is one of the only performing handbell choirs in Wellington. “Christmas is our busiest time of year. We visit Kilmarnock once a year and we can tell that the residents really enjoy it.” Joan has a special connection with Kilmarnock Heights Home having previously volunteered at the home for many years. “A small group of us from our church

used to come every week and help out with the hobbies group. We did it for nearly 20 years, so now when I visit to perform with the Handbell Choir it’s a bit like coming to visit old friends!” Kilmarnock Heights Home recreation officer Annelize Steyn says the choir is always a musical treat for the home’s residents. “The residents love it – the music is beautiful, visual and engaging and we really appreciate them continuing to have a connection with us,” says Annelize. She says visits from local community groups and entertainers, such as the Tinakori Handbell Choir, is part of what makes Christmas time so special at Kilmarnock Heights Home. “Christmas is such an amazing and busy time of year for us because we are blessed with so many visitors to our home and we have so many festive

events and activities.” She says Christmas time at Kilmarnock Heights Home is like spending Christmas with one big extended family. “We are family here. If residents can’t spend Christmas with their families for whatever reason, they can enjoy Christmas with their family of fellow residents, volunteers and staff who they have gotten to know so well, and Christmas time is certainly very special here because of that,” says Annelize. Kilmarnock Heights Home is operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provides rest home and respite care.  For more information about Kilmarnock Heights Home, located at 20 Morton Street in Berhampore, call 04 380 2034 or visit www.enlivencentral.

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Hard work rewarded Two locals have been awarded for going above and beyond to ensure Newtown streets are kept spic and span. Dave and Liz O’Sullivan received the Rotary Club of South Wellington Pride of Workmanship Award for 2016. The pair were presented with their award at a special ceremony held last month at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie. Dave and Liz are the owner/operators of SB Maintenance and have been heavily involved in the Keep Newtown Clean initiative, alongside other volunteers in the community. Keep Newtown Clean has been operating since July 2013. Initially volunteers met on the first Saturday of each month to remove and paint over graffiti, collect rubbish and remove rogue posters to restore community pride and improve the ‘look’ of Newtown. Due to the success of the initiative, the project has been scaled down to a quarterly event, with gardening included as one of

the activities. Dave and Liz have been involved in the project since it was launched. The pair was tasked with scoping out areas which required attention, obtaining permission from property owners and occupiers, preparing the resources prior to the event and being the face of the Wellington City Council during the event. The pair has volunteered more than 400 hours but has not charged the council for any of their time. Southern ward councillor Paul Eagle said Dave and Liz were two “outstanding” individuals. “From day one they have got into the spirit of Keep Newtown Clean by volunteering not only their time but a whole lot of their knowledge and services. “They would have to be the region’s best example of being true about not only eradicating graffiti but educating neighbours about why having graffiti removed

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Changes on the horizon for Strathmore Park Community Centre

The newly formed Strathmore Park Community Centre Trust. By Nikki Papatsoumas

One of Strathmore Park’s most-loved community assets is in the process of being handed back to the community. The Strathmore Park Community Centre has been managed by the Wellington City Council for more than a year, after an incorporated society of community members who previously ran the centre collapsed. The council always planned to hand the management of the centre back to the community and a working group of eager residents was established late last year. This group have now formed the Strathmore Park Community Centre Trust and they are likely to take over management of the centre from early next year. The trust’s chair Richard Aindow said despite changes behind the scenes, locals could expect to find the same “continuity” when it came to services offered at the

centre. “What we are tasked with is looking at additional ways we can work to generate additional funding and interest for the centre.” He said the trust was now working on ways to meet the community’s needs while providing a safe, nurturing and diverse environment at the centre. Richard said working closely with the community was high on the trust’s agenda. “We are going to reach out to the community to ask what they want to see here, this community centre belongs to them. “If the community are excited about what is happening here, that means we are doing a good job.”  Are you pleased to see management of the Strathmore Park Community Centre on step closer to being handed back to the community? Send an email to news@

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Last week Year 9 students from Rongotai College took part in the school’s Social Action Day. We asked students why they think it is important to give back to the community.

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Nate Bussel, Rongotai College

“Because it is important to take social action and contribute to your community.”

“To show the community that our school is doing good things – and so they can also help us if we need it.”

“Because there are people who are not as fortunate as us, and it is a great way to help them.”

“Because we take a lot from around us so it is important to give back.”

“We have grown up in this community so it is a good idea to give something back to it.”

LETTERS to the editor 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 Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Jesse Carter, Rongotai College “They do so much for us and it’s good to give that back and return the favour.”

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In response I respond to the letter from Allan Jenkins (‘Sirens could be a lifesaver’, Cook Strait News December 1) that calls for tsunami sirens in Breaker Bay and other coastal areas in Wellington. The irony of his letter is that he states that Wellington City Council has no right to dictate policy on

this issue and then he attempts to do just that. The best and most reliable warning system for local source tsunami in New Zealand remains the natural warning itself (people feeling the earthquake and taking immediate action and not waiting for an official warning or a siren). This

is consistent with the New Zealand public education message which is internationally accepted as best practice. We should focus our emphasis on this message and be mindful of creating distractions. Our advice is therefore if you are in a tsunami evacuation zone and you feel an earthquake that

is longer than one minute or strong enough that it is hard to stand up, head uphill or inland as soon as the shaking stops. If it’s long or strong, be gone. Bruce Pepperell, Regional Controller Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office






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St Christopher’s to open its doors for special service By Nikki Papatsoumas

Locals will have a rare opportunity to take a peek inside one of Wellington’s historic churches at a special Christmas service next weekend.

For the second year, the Miramar Peninsula Community Trust will hold a carol service inside the church on Forres St in Seatoun next Friday. In 2012 St Christopher’s Church was locked to the congregation after

The Miramar Peninsula Community Trust is excited to offer a carols and candle service at St Christopher’s Church in Seatoun next week.

it was deemed unsafe and stamped with a yellow sicker by the Wellington City Council, however, the church and neighbouring hall were purchased by Sir Peter Jackson and his wife Fran Walsh last year. The site is now leased to the Miramar Peninsula Community Trust. Trustee Gillie Coxill said this year they would not only have the usual carols and candle service, they would also have Christmas gifts available in the hall for purchase prior to the service. This year, City Missioner Tric Malcolm would lead the nondenominational carols and candle service, Gillie said. As well as this, Andreas Lepper, who takes percussion classes at the church’s neighbouring hall, would perform on the night. Gillie said it was a great opportunity to get a rare, and up-close, glimpse at the character of the church, including beautiful stained glass windows, and plaques in memory of soldiers who lost their lives in WWI.  Christmas Carol Service and Christmas Gift Market will take place on Friday, December 16 at the Seatoun Village Hall and St Christopher’s Church in Seatoun. There will be gift shopping in the hall from 6pm to 10pm and the carol and candle service will begin at 8pm. All proceeds and donations from the service will go to the Wellington City Mission.

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.



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Helping children in need for eight years By Nikki Papatsoumas

O nce again less fortunate children are set to benefit this Christmas from an initiative that has been running for almost a decade. For the eighth year the Altrusa Club of Wellington has placed a Christmas tree at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie, to gather donations for children of women using the services of the Women’s Refuge. Christmas decorations adorn the tree and each has the age and gender of a child on the back. Altrusa Club of Wellington

member Patricia O’Donnell said the idea was to pick a decoration and then choose a book in store. The friendly staff at the Children’s Bookshop then wrapped the present and placed it below the tree, she said. Patricia said last year the group was able to donate close to 400 books, which were distributed to refuges throughout Wellington and in Northland. She said she hoped the initiative would be just as successful this year. She thanked the staff at the Children’s Bookshop for their help and support. “They are just

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Gavin and Rob Cameron with their Christmas 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 at 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 keep it traditional while also 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 produce more hams than ever before. “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 in the deli at Ontrays Petone, Moore Wilson’s and selected New World stores.

wonderful and so supportive,” she said. Altrusa International Club of Wellington is a registered charity and a community service group made up of Wellington volunteers. Altrusa Wellington undertakes a number of different service projects and fundraisers each year to support a range of different not-for-profit organisations.  Members of the community are encouraged to pop in to the bookshop and place a book under the tree before December 19.

The Altrusa Club of Wellington has placed a Christmas tree at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie.


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Disability car parks in Newtown Dear Ed, After a long negotiation I would like to thank Wellington City Council for the extra car park in the Wilson Street car park. This is for the disabled users of the post office and at least one of the nearby banks. But we still need disability parks in the area of Work and Income New Zealand, the laboratory and Wellington Hospital. Paying the high fees for hospital parking is hard for pensioners and others who need parking

for visiting or appointments. The park suggested outside Lychgate, but vetoed because of complaints by school parents, could be at disability park between the hours of 9am to 2pm, and would be a park that could be used for patrons of WINZ or the laboratory. The parking on Riddiford Street in the area of the hospital is wide enough to sustain a disability park on the hospital side. Heather Bevan Island Bay

Wearing hats inside buildings Dear Ed, I love principles! If A.J.D S-S of Matamata, who only takes his hat off for church and funerals, presents his passport (with in his case obviously hatted photo), surely the bank will give him his money back. As a matter of course I took off my cap, as required, when I entered the Upper Hut Cossie Club last week to attend the Superannuates Christmas party, but was surprised when there was not a mass eviction when half the revellers walked around happily wearing their Christmas cracker hats. I allowed my friend D-C to wear his cap when he visited this week. For some reason his head

had a haircut. However he did take it off voluntarily when we said grace before dinner. It is amazing to see more males wearing hats or caps during Holy Mass in Catholic churches than ladies wearing devotive head coverings. Now I realise why trading banks, when they occasionally open a bank instead of closing them down, do not get Her Majesty the Queen to declare the building open. I love principles and ways to knock them; I did some on-line banking this week, wearing only my undies and felt I can beat the system. Paul Franken Strathmore Park

From left, Marie Matheos and Pipi’i Hunt from Pasifika Community Patrol at last year’s Christmas in the Park event.

Santa’s coming to Strathmore this Friday, with the community’s annual Christmas in the Park event set to attract hundreds of people once again. Housing New Zealand, in association with New Zealand Police, the Wellington City Council, other social service agencies, have come together to organise this year’s event for the community – which will include carol singing, fun activities for the family and of course a visit from the North Pole’s favourite citizen. Alice Daniel-Kirk, Housing New Zealand Area Manager

for Wellington, said Housing New Zealand owned and managed around a third of the homes in Strathmore. “…So we’re a big part of the community – we’re really pleased to support and contribute to important events like these,” she said. “We work very closely with the Wellington City Council and other agencies in the suburb to make sure we’re not only providing top notch services to our tenants, but also to the wider community.” Alice said a good number of Strathmore residents were

expected to turn up for the event, and if it was anything like previous years, Santa will need to be careful he’s not overwhelmed. “The sight of excited children rushing to great Santa when he arrived on his big red fire truck last year was all the motivation we needed to be part of it again this year,” Alice said.  Strathmore Christmas in the Park is at the Raukawa Street Reserve this Friday, December 9, from 6pm to 8pm. Bring a picnic tea and come along, everyone is welcome.

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Rongotai OUT& about College Social Action Day Last week, Year 9 students from Rongotai College lent a helping hand to the community for the school’s inaugural Social Action Day. Teacher Louise Richards said the idea was to get students out into the community to work on social action projects. Boys helped eradicate graffiti with the Wellington City Council, planted A group of students get ready to paint a wall in Island Bay, with help from the Wellington City Council.

trees with Forest and Bird, helped out at St Aidan’s Church in Miramar and baked Christmas cookies for those in Kaikoura affected by the November 14 quake and the Refugee Settlement organisation. Louise said it was important the boys understood the connection between what they were doing, and why.

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Keelan Macfadyen and Jaqkartah Toimafa-Holtham get to work painting a wall in Island Bay.

A group of students learn more about marine biology, before heading out to clean Lyall Bay Beach.

Students help out at St Aidan’s Church in Miramar.

Nate Bussel and Jesse Carter help sort donated Marcus Thompson and Jonathan Tham jump in items at Shop 89 second hand shop in Miramar. the kitchen.

Teacher aid Jared Nichols and Jordan Chan jump in the kitchen to make some Christmas cookies.

Zach Campbell-Smith and Kit Jones help paint a wall in Island Bay.

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Bike track set for local school By Nikki Papatsoumas

A parent from Miramar North School is asking for the community’s support in an effort to see a bike track developed on the school’s grounds. Matt Far is currently trying to raise the $10,000 needed to see a small man-made dirt track and loop trail developed at the school. “I am quite a keen bike rider and it’s an ‘in thing’ at schools now to have these dirt tracks. Schools don’t have much money so I thought I would privately fund it. “I approached the school board and they told me to go for it. They have been on board with it.” So far, Matt has managed to raise nearly $7000 through a PledgeMe campaign, which has helped to get the project off the ground, and construction has already begun on the dirt track. However, he called on the school community and the wider community to get behind the project and donate. “Although we have almost reached the first part of our target it would be great to get more donations and really push it along.”  To make a donation, head to www.pledgeme.

Students from Miramar North School are looking forward to having their very own bike track.

Wellington runner steps it up for Round the Bays A well-known Wellington runner has been named as the face of Cigna’s Step It Up campaign ahead of Round the Bays next year. Katie Kemp has been revealed as the face of #STEPITUPNZ, a campaign aimed to encourage entrants to set a goal for Cigna Round the Bays in February 2017. Cigna chief executive Lance Walker said the company was “thrilled” to have Katie on board. “Not only is she an endurance athlete but she is also a mother to three

energetic young girls – a perfect example of someone who steps it up daily to stay healthy and active,” he said. Following the launch of registrations for Cigna Round the Bays 2017 Katie said she was motivated to contact Cigna to see how she could get involved. “Taking part in the last three Round the Bays events with my family and getting involved in Cigna Kids Fun Run, I have been impressed by the interest and investment that Cigna put into running in Wellington, and its commitment to helping

our communities maximise their health and wellbeing. “I wanted to see how I could draw on my experiences as an athlete and mother to support Cigna’s work and am thrilled by the opportunity to be the #STEPITUPNZ Ambassador,” she said. Lance said it was Katie’s desire to motivate and inspire people of all abilities achieve their own health and fitness goals that fits so well with #STEPITUPNZ. “She is already providing achievable advice and support for members and we’re

really excited about seeing this encourage participants to get out there and give Cigna Round the Bays a go next year,” he said. In the coming months K at ie wi l l joi n ot her #STEPITUPNZ contributors to provide motivational advice, training and nutrition tips.  To find out more and to ge t involve d with #STEPITUPNZ visit www.  or #STEPITUPNZ Facebook and Instagram pages.

Phoenix coach steps down Ernie Merrick has stepped down from his position as Wellington Phoenix FC Head Coach. The announcement was made earlier this week and the club has since thanked Ernie for his contribution to Wellington Phoenix and wished him all the best in his future endeavours.

Merrick, a two-time ALeague champion, said given the team’s recent results he felt had taken the team as far as he could. “I take full responsibility for position the team is currently in,” Merrick said. “I feel that I have not performed well enough as Head Coach, as we have a very

strong squad that should be higher up the table. “It’s therefore the right time for me to step aside and allow someone else to take over. We have a run of home games coming up and I think this will give my successor the best opportunity to take the team forward,” Merrick said.

“I’d like to thank everyone at Wellington Phoenix for the past three years and particularly Welnix, the Chairman and the board who have been nothing but supportive during this time.” Wellington Phoenix will now undergo a thorough process to appoint a new Head Coach.

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NZ’s Kane Train back on track 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 dividends on Tuesday when Pakistan lost nine wickets for 71 runs post-tea 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. His 16th coming 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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