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A group of kindergarten students in Newlands were excited to donate food to people in need last week ahead of Christmas. The youngsters from Bellevue Kindergarten, with the help of their parents and teachers, had the chance to donate some delicious treats to the Newlands Foodbank last Wednesday. Continued on page 2. Bellevue Kindergarten students give donations to Newlands Foodbank’s Michele Rowe. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson


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Christmas comes early for Wellington Free Ambulance A brand-new replacement ambulance took to the streets of Wellington on Monday thanks to a generous donation from the Lloyd Morrison Foundation. Wellington Free Ambulance Chief Executive Diana Crossan said the timing was perfect as the service geared up for a busy holiday season. “We generally get increases in

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festive season related incidents at this time of year, so a new ambulance carrying the very latest technology is a gift to the crew, and the people they’ll help this summer.” Special guest at the launch of the new ambulance was Prime Minister Bill English who thanked the Wellington Free Ambulance staff for the

work they do and talked about the significant role paramedics have in bringing calm and order to a large-scale emergency. “Having well trained people in their uniforms makes such a difference,” he said. He also praised the relationship between Wellington Free Ambulance and the Lloyd Morrison Foundation who are

significant supporters of the service, describing it as “smart philanthropy in action”. “It’s good to do something nice, but better when you get a good sense of purpose and can see the difference it actually makes. “This is something that saves lives, changes lives. That’s what good philanthropy does.”

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Bellevue Kindergarten kids pay it forward Bellevue Kindergarten teacher Sue Scott said the emphasis around Christmas was on giving. “Usually the children make things to give to their parents, but this time instead of making gifts, we asked them for donations for the Newlands Foodbank,”

Sue said the teachers thought donating food was a good option because children understood that not everyone had a lot of food around this time of year. “It’s good for children to know there are people in their community who need help,” Sue said.

donate the food.” The Kindergarten teachers asked Foodbank representative Michele Rowe what they usually need at this time of year. Michele said things like fruit and treats were at the top of the list. “Everybody is entitled to a

“Fruit gets so expensive at this time of year. It’s the only time we ask for biscuits as well,” Michele said. She said there were a lot of people in the community that need help, expecially around this time of year, but many people don’t necessarily know this. “Donations like this make a huge difference.” When asked why they were collecting treats to give to the Foodbank, fouryear-old Piper Bradley said “Other people don’t get treats for Christmas”. Piper’s classmate Nate Tuila, 4, agreed and said it was “because they don’t have enough food at their house” over Christmas. If you would like to donate to the Newlands Foodbank you can pop items in the orange bin located in the Newla nds Com mun it y Centre or drop food into the Newlands New World supermarket. You can donate right up to Christmas as the Foodbank is only closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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Churton Park School achieves Bronze Enviroschool status By Sharnahea Wilson

Churton Park School celebrated reaching the Bronze stage with Enviroschools last week at their end-of-year assembly. The lead ‘greenies’ Abby Sangwine, 10, Emma Cooper, 11 and Hayley Chung, 11 ran the assembly which featured both a slideshow and vision map of their achievements. School principal Anne Lye said hosting the assembly was the last duty the girls had as the lead greenies for the school. “They have been the leading light all the way through,” she said. “They’ve been there right from the start.” Enviroschools facilitator Chloe Bisley-Wright was there to congratulate the school on making it to the next stage of their Enviroschools journey. “Well done in receiving the bronze stage of this journey,” she said. “You’re setting the growth – the foundations [for the next stage].” Churton Park has been an Enviroschool since 2014 and


inbrief news Zoo celebrating the sweeter things Planning a trip into the Wellington Zoo over the summer holidays? You may be in for a sweet treat. The Wellington Zoo continues its 110th birthday celebrations over the summer period by teaming up with Tip Top to offer one zoo visitor a year’s worth of Tip Top ice cream. Every person who visits Wellington Zoo from Saturday, December 17 until January, 31 2017 can go in the draw to win. For more information head to

From left back: Northern ward councillor Peter Gilberd, Enviroschools facilitator Chloe BisleyWright, northern ward councillors Jill Day and Malcolm Sparrow, with Churton Park School teachers and Enviroschool leaders Kelly Cooper and Anne Lillie. Front: Enviroschool students Abby Sangwine, 10, Emma Cooper, 11 and Hayley Chung, 11. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

has set, then achieved, many environmental targets. The lead greenies played a slideshow of the group’s projects so far which included planning and planting their orchard, making art with recycled materials, having guest speakers and trips to Zealandia. Northern ward councillors

Jill Day, Malcolm Sparrow and Peter Gilberd were there on the day to congratulate the group of greenies on their efforts. Jill said it was “awesome to see [the students] interacting with the environment”. “We are here to help you on your journey.” While Malcolm handed the

greenies a new apple tree for their school orchard, Peter presented the group with their Bronze Enviroschools certificate. The councillors also congratulated the students on their impressive mural made out of recycled materials, which showed their journey over the last three years.

$800,000 of funding to child health projects Cure Kids has announced the recipients of just over $800,000 in grants to fund vital child health research projects throughout the country. The projects span a broad range of conditions affecting children including obesity, Autism Spectrum Disorder, bone disorders, and child cancer. The funding includes a collaboration between Shares in Life Foundation (SiLF) and Cure Kids which has enabled the funding of two projects focusing on treatments for the genetic condition, cystic fibrosis.

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Staff from Johnsonville organisation Challenge 2000 were delighted to be packing Christmas parcels for those in need this festive season. The staff were able to prepare the hampers which will be sent out late this week in time for Christmas day. “Thanks to Toot for Tucker, Rotary Johnsonville and St Vincent De Paul many more families will benefit from the generosity of the community this year,” Challenge 2000 business manager John Robinson said. “A big thank you from Challenge 2000 and a happy Christmas to everyone.”

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Young pianists impress audience By Sharnahea Wilson

Local piano players impressed their family and friends last Friday at their festive end-ofyear concert. The term four concert was held at the Ngaio Union Church and featured piano pieces by 11 young students of Laurel Tse

Piano, as well as a piece played by Laurel herself. The piano-filled evening included festive Christmas tunes such as Slient Night, Deck the Halls and Jingle Bells. There were also more classic pieces by Bach, Beethoven and Gershwin played for the audience.

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Performing on the night were Stella Rusbatch, Olivia Sinclair, Tarek Patchett, Finn Lewis, Laila Patchett, Luca Singh, Kate Lewis, Lucy McCrone, Alexander Sawyer, Angus Rusbatch, Laurel Tse (teacher), and Archie Domaneschie. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

a new piece. “I try to get to know them so I can choose pieces to suit their personalities.” Laurel said she was “really proud” of the students for performing in front of a crowd. “It’s hard for anybody to get up in front of an audience, it can be really nerve racking to share your music with a whole bunch of people.” Archie Domaneschie who has been playing piano for two years won the Outstanding Achievement Award on the night. “I like performing because people get to hear my music,” Archie said. His mum Karen said she was very proud of her son, as he had won the award before. “I’m amazed by the fact that they don’t have any issues getting up and playing in front of everyone, I think that’s great,” Karen said. Tarek Patchett who played Go the Distance and Intermezzo on the night picked up the award for most improved student.  For more information on Laurel Tse Piano visit http://www. or email

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Changes are on the way for housing in Wellington, the city council announced last week. With rates rebates for firsthome builders and an expansion of Wellington City Council’s social housing, there will be more affordable housing on the way. At last week’s first meeting of the mayor’s taskforce on housing, chaired by deputy mayor Paul Eagle, the council’s housing portfolio leader, experts from around the country identified affordable, social and emergency housing as areas in need of immediate action. Mr Eagle said the taskforce’s

first meeting was significant. “It’s the first time we’ve had representatives from across the housing continuum at the same table prioritising housing issues for Wellington.” Key issues identified included a long-term housing plan tailored for Wellington, better data to improve decision-making, working with central government, learning from other successful housing initiatives and continuing to overhaul council processes to make it easier to build more homes. “Building more homes remains our number one priority,” Mr Eagle said.

“That means focusing on developing masterplans for our neighbourhoods, getting the housing mix right with developers and creating a pipeline for long-term housing construction.” Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said the council would act swiftly to get new homes built. “The advice from our taskforce [last week] is that in the face of skyrocketing house prices, there is an immediate need for local government to step up and start taking action. “I will be asking my councillors early in the New Year

to approve policy changes to help us tackle these problems. These will include a $5000 rates rebate for building first homes, a new model to help deliver affordable housing, and expanding our stock of social housing. “If we want to avoid a situation like Auckland, we need to take action.” The Housing Taskforce will meet again in the New Year with a forum planned with wider representation from the housing sector. Final recommendations will be presented in April to align with the council’s annual plan deliberations.

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Local Ohariu Toastmasters Club has won the prestigious Jack Duffy Rosebowl award for community service. The 26-year-old club won the award recently at the National Toastmasters Conference in Invercargill for community service from July 2015 to July 2016. Ohariu Toastmaster’s member Rob Julian said winning the award was surprising and gratifying. “[It was] surprising because the award was contested by 305 Toastmaster clubs in New Zealand and gratifying insofar as our contribution to the community was recognised,” Rob said. The club won the award by running youth leadership programmes for Year 8 students at Wadestown School

and the Raroa Intermediate council executive. They also judged the Wadestown prepared and impromptu speech contests, evaluating more than 100 Year 7 and 8 science fair projects. Several of the club’s members hold science degrees. Wadestown School’s deputy principal, and Rob’s son, Nick Julian runs the youth leadership programme and said the 10 week programme prepared the Year 8 students for college. “It’s very much about throwing them in at the deep end and giving them lots of support,” Nick said. “Public speaking is really important, it’s off the cuff and involves thinking on their feet and being able to stand in front of 100 people.” Nick said the Toastmasters club had put in a lot of work and also time spent judging. Wadestown School Year 8 student

Juliet Leslie said the programme had helped to increase her confidence, have better eye contact and use hand gestures. “After every session my teacher’s dad (Rob) would always give us tips. “He would tell us to use eye contact and he’d show us examples.” After 10 weeks students were required to apply in writing to the principal and deputy principal for one of 44 leadership roles at the school for the rest of the year. The Ohariu Toastmaster club’s widespread community involvement extended to speechcraft courses for staff at ACC and at Orbit in central Wellington and judging finals of the Rural Women New Zealand Tarrant Bell Public Speaking contest. Rob said the next step for the club was to win the award again in 2017 and to continue mentoring the newly formed Wadestown Toastmasters club.

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Karori writer’s first novel gains traction By Imogen Porter WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

Young Karori writer L.J. Ritchie has released his first novel Like Nobody’s Watching. PHOTO: Supplied.

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Like Nobody’s Watching, a new young adults novel attracting a lot of attention, is the first novel from Karori writer L.J. Ritchie. Set in a New Zealand high school, a group of students find themselves surveilling the moves of their peers. Initially, the teenagers do the right thing, and help their fellow pupils, but as the book progresses the tables start to turn. Ritchie’s inspiration came from a similar experience he had when he attended high school, he said. As bouts of vandalism became the norm, the staff decided to install a number of CCTV cameras. Ritchie said everyone felt the toll of constantly being watched, with a feeling of uneasiness becoming the norm. Later he studied surveillance as part of a Media Studies degree, and this sparked the idea for the book. Ritchie is particularly interested in this type of small scale surveillance and the effect it has on people, such as the high school students in his book. “The idea that if you’re not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about, is an absurd oversimplification,” he said. “Human beings need space to experiment, make mistakes, be forgiven for them, and move on. It’s an essential part of figuring out who we are, and what we believe in.” The book is part of the Hooked on Books Summer Reading Challenge. Like Nobody’s Watching is published by Escalator Press and is available from bookstores or from


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Kia ora and Season’s Greetings 2016 has been another interesting and busy year serving as your local MP. For me a highlight on the local level was the passing of the Town Belt Bill, which I sponsored through Parliament. Through the hard work of many people this legislation will protect and enhance our city’s beautiful green space for generations to come. We have also seen the election of our new Mayor Justin Lester and a fresh Council. I am really looking forward to working with them to make Wellington an even better place to live.

See the well-known nativity display at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul this Christmas. PHOTO: Supplied.

The lovely nativity tableau that was seen at Kirkcaldie & Stains for many years is now on display in Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, on the corner of Molesworth and Hill Streets. The display was gifted by Kirks to the Cathedral when the department store closed early this year. You can view it any time from 9am to 5pm on Wednesday this week, or see it if you head along to a Christmas service. The Christingle service for children will be held at 4.30pm on Saturday, or you can see the Nativity Display at 11pm for the midnight service on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day services will also being taking place at 8am and 10am. The Wellington Cathedral of St Paul is delighted to be up and running again after the 61 Molesworth Street cordons forced it to close following the November 14 earthquake.

It’s important to recognise that some people in our community have had a tough time this year. In my work I have seen a big increase in homelessness, and more people struggling to get the healthcare they need. As we look ahead to 2017 you have my commitment that I will keep working to re-assert our New Zealand values of fairness and inclusion. We must make sure no one is left behind, and everyone gets the opportunity to enjoy a decent life in our great country. Please do not hesitate to contact my electorate office if there is anything we can do to assist. You can call us on (04) 8018079, e-mail or pop in and see us at 220 Willis St. We have a JP on site Tuesday-Friday. We will be closing for the summer break on 20 December and will re-open 16 January. I want to wish each and every one of you a safe and relaxing summer, and hopefully the chance to recharge and prepare for the year ahead!

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Wednesday December 21, 2016

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.

Question: What are you most looking forward to about the Christmas holidays?

Jessica Haldane, Wadestown School

Sophie Jones, Wadestown School

Maia McKee, Wadestown School

Sylvie Malcolm-Tait, Wadestown School

Notre Wongsurawat, Wadestown School

“Going away to Takaka for Christmas.”

“Seeing my grandparents and my uncle, they’re coming to our house for Christmas.”

“Going away to Taupo after Christmas.”

“Going on holiday to Totaranui after Christmas.”

“Getting presents and going away to Hamilton.”

Cameron Peacock, Wadestown School “Going away to Napier, I come back before Christmas.”

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a black Holden Cruze car, parked at the back of a house in Ironside Road, was entered during a short period that it was left insecure during the early hours of the morning. A quantity of hairdressing equipment and associated items and a handbag were taken from the car. Two children’s mountain bikes were also taken from the vicinity of the house. A blue Volkswagen Golf parked locked in the car park of

a supermarket in Johnsonville Road during the afternoon was stolen. The bathroom window of a house in Branscombe Street was cracked. The victim heard the incident and saw three young males running away. In Newlands a blue Toyota Rav4 stationwagon parked overnight in the driveway of a house in Baylands Drive was found next morning with the spare tyre, attached to the rear door, slashed. A victim in Bancroft

Terrace lost a cell phone, a Samsung Galaxy S5, which is thought to have fallen from a pocket. The service provider confirms that the phone has been used by the finder. A red Mitsubishi stationwagon drove into a petrol station in Newlands Road and pumped $40 worth of petrol. An attempt was made to pay but his card was declined. On the pretence of going back to the vehicle to obtain cash from the passengers, the driver

drove off. In Ngaio a black Toyota Hilux utility drove into the forecourt of a petrol station in Ottawa Road and pumped $80 worth of petrol and drove off without making any attempt to pay. It appears that there had been an attempt to alter the registration plate details. In Chur ton Pa rk a black Mercedes-Benz stationwagon parked in Waverton Terrace during the morning had its front

registration plate stolen. In Broadmeadows a young woman at home alone in a house in Nagpur Terrace during the day was alerted by a noise coming from within the house. The front door of the house was not locked and was found open. She saw a man go from the shower into the toilet. She left the house and rushed to a neighbour. Two tradesmen working there immediately went over and checked but the intruder was not found.

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Special Wrights Hill Fortress open day Wellington’s historic Wrights Hill Fortress in Karori, will be opening for an extra special Open Day on Wednesday. Between 10am and 4pm on December 28, visitors will be able to show themselves through the Fortress with a free map and history pamphlet on a walk that usually takes one hour. “The special Open day is to accommodate people who may have missed one of the four regular public inspections a year, and for out of town visitors in Wellington at Christmas time,” Wrights Hill representative Mike Lee said. The Fortress was built in WWII to protect Wellington and its environs from enemy attack or invasion from the Pacific. “The guns never fired in anger, but were test fired in 1946 and 1947. The huge blasts caused broken windows at the Fortress,”

Mike explained. The Fortress was then used for training in the 1950s and then in early 1960 the two 9.2 inch guns were cut up for scrap and sold to the Japanese. Restoration work started in 1989 after the Fortress was opened up to the public for the first time. Access is along Karori Road, left into Campbell Street and right into Wrights Hill Road. There is plenty of car parking at the top of Wrights Hill Road and bush walks and picnic spots. There are also some spectacular views of Wellington city, across to the Hutt Valley from the summit of the Hill. Admission costs are $20 for a family of two adults and three children under 15, or $8 for an adult and $5 for a child. Cash only. Take a torch for fun but no jandals.

Some local building owners are being required to undertake detailed independent building assessments following the November 14 earthquake. Wellington City Council has this week written to the owners of around 80 buildings requiring them to undertake the assessments and to share them with the council. The council’s city recovery manager Mike Mendonca said the initiative was one of several being taken to ensure the city’s safety. This additional information requirement is informed by preliminary advice from a panel of experts investigating the damage to Statistics House in the earthquake, he said. “At this stage, we are conducting a targeted assessment to form a complete picture of the current state of the city’s buildings. “Some buildings may have incomplete records due to previous works or repairs, and we want to make sure our planning is based on the most up-to-date information.” Letters have been sent to the owners of buildings that have been identified as having certain attributes that need to be checked. Mr Mendonca said the council decided to release the list of buildings due to the public interest. He stressed that the majority of

them did not appear, from initial inspections, to have had more than minor internal damage in the recent quake. “Some of the buildings on the list have been damaged and are already closed. So far, however, we have no evidence of any need to evacuate any other buildings.” Most of the properties are reinforced-concrete buildings of up to 15 storeys, built in the past four decades, with many of them on softer reclaimed land or on ridgelines. A detailed engineer’s assessment looks closely at these features to assess how they performed in the quake and will help determine if further strengthening work is needed. “This targeted assessment programme focuses on issues specific to the 14 November earthquake sequence. We want to take a closer look at certain structural elements to understand how these buildings managed the quake and aftershocks.” Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle said the latest inspections initiative was a positive step that would enable the council to fully assess buildings and identify any risk to public safety.  The Council is requesting building owners acknowledge receipt of letters by January 20 and complete the assessments by February 10, 2017.

Wednesday December 21, 2016


Cordon reduced at Molesworth Street The cordon around 61 Molesworth Street has been reduced following demolition at the site. It had been in place since it was discovered the multistorey office building at 61 Molesworth Street was in danger of collapse following the November 14 magnitude 7.8 earthquake. Demolition of the site began late November. The cordon around the demolition site was reduced

last Thursday. The right-hand lane of Molesworth Street was reopened for traffic and pedestrians were now able to use the footpath on the side of the street furthest from the demolition site. There was to be no parking on Molesworth Street between Aitken Street and Hawkestone Street. Full access to and occupation of 100, 102 and 118 Molesworth

Street and the internal section of rear of the Wellington Cathedral would be allowed. A smaller cordon around 61 Molesworth Street and some of the surrounding properties remain in place as the demolition continues. Shipping containers have been placed on the left hand side of Molesworth Street to provide additional segregation between the road and the demolition

site and to allow for the easy movement of large trucks that are removing debris. Further reductions of the cordons will take place as work progresses. Access to the Red Cross building and Collina Terrace properties adjacent to 61 Molesworth Street will likely be allowed in coming cordon reductions, the first due before the end of the year after the tower comes down.

Demolition at 61 Molesworth St continues. PHOTO: Nikki Papatsoumas

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50 volunteers gathered at the weekend for a local beach clean-up. PHOTO: Supplied By Sharnahea Wilson

The sixth annual Makara Beach cleanup went ahead at the weekend with 50 volunteers collecting 3000 litres of rubbish. The volunteers of all ages met at the Sustainable Coastlines basecamp at Makara beach on Saturday morning for the annual Sustainable Coastlines and Meridian partnered clean-up, Meridian Energy’s Philippa Norman explained. After a health and safety brief from Sustainable Coastlines programmes manager Oliver Vetter, Meridian staff led the convoy of eight four-wheel-drive vehicles over the hill to Opau Beach on the West Wind Meridian Wind Farm to “show some love to an almost untouched bay”.

Volunteers with young children and those feeling more like a walk in the wind, grabbed their gloves and bags and headed out around the points of Makara Beach to see what they could find. After only a couple of hours volunteers returned for a barbecue with more 375 kilograms of rubbish. They picked up fishing gear, buoys, crates and line as well as the usual culprits; thousands of pieces of single use plastic, straws, water bottles and microplastics. Oliver said the clean-ups have been great fun and educational for everyone who gets involved. “Mer idian and Sustainable Coastlines have been working together for years. Our visions for a more sustainable future mean our values align, together we get

more done.” With Meridian’s Sustainable Coastlines run educational presentations and public training sessions to enable people to look after those places they love. “We focus on tree planting in the winter and beach clean-ups in the summer. Beach and coastal clean-ups are great, but the issue is really around educating people about disposable lifestyles and reducing their single use plastic consumption,” Oliver said. He said everyone could make a difference by changing minor things in their day-to-day lives. “By refusing that straw, using a reusable water bottle, or bringing your own bag to the shops we are immediately reducing plastics in the environment.”


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Northland Tunnel strengthening to start soon Earthquake-strengthening work on Northland Tunnel is due to get under way early next year and will take about six months. Like the work carried out on the Karori Tunnel in recent years, the project will make the tunnel’s portals and adjacent retaining walls, stronger and more resilient. The work is part of Wellington City Council’s ongoing programme to strengthen and protect key structures and transport routes, including tunnels, bridges and retaining walls. The tunnel was built in 1927 and is listed as a heritage structure in the council’s District Plan. Changes planned will be in keeping with the existing design. Wellington City Council portfolio leader for transport strategy and operations councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman said structural assessments on Northland Tunnel

have shown the tunnel itself is likely to withstand a reasonably large earthquake. “However, there is a risk the banks above the tunnel could slip and damage the concrete portals or walls adjacent to them – potentially blocking the road and tunnel,” he said. “We plan to reinforce these structures in a range of ways and securely anchor them to the rock below to make them stronger and safer. “I’m hoping road users will be patient if their journeys are delayed for a few minutes while the work progresses. This work is an essential part of making the city more resilient and keeping everyone safe.” Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said the city’s roads and infrastructure came through last month’s earthquake relatively well, but

there was no room for complacency. “We need to keep prioritising and investing in projects like this which reduce the risk of damage and help ensure we can get the city up and running as quickly as possible after significant shakes.” Temporary traffic lights will be installed and the speed limit in the immediate area reduced to 30 kilometres per hour for the duration of the project. Work hours are Monday to Saturday, 7am to 6pm. The tunnel will operate in both directions but will be down to one lane at times during the day. All going well, the work will be complete by the end of June.  To minimise disruption at busy times, two lanes will operate during peak hours (Monday to Friday, 7am–9am and 4pm–6pm).

Churton Park School welcomes new funding By Sharnahea Wilson

Students and staff members from Churton Park School were delighted with the announcement they would receive $6 million in funding to renovate the school. Education Minister Hekia Parata announced last Thursday the school would receive the funding to upgrade their administration block and library, and remodel their classrooms. “This has been quite a long journey, it has been over four years in the making,” Churton Park School principal Anne Lye said. She said a lot of thought and preparation had already gone into deciding what the money would go towards. “It’s great to have the money actually committed. The main entry block was redone in 2012 but the rest of the school has not

been renovated since it was built in 1975.” Anne said the school was excited when the Education Minister, who was welcomed with Kapa Haka and choir performances, came to make the announcement. “It was a special opportunity for the kids to be part of.” National List MP based in Ohariu Brett Hudson, was also delighted with the decision to provide extra funding for infrastructure at the school. “Providing modern, warm and dry learning environments is conducive to students achieving their potential,” he said. “This National-led government is committed to modernising education infrastructure and ensuring students can succeed.” Anne said the next challenge would be to keep the school operating, with over 400 children, while the renovations take place.

There are many stunning Chirstmas lights on display in the area this year and Independent Herald journalist Sharnahea Wilson took a drive around the northern and western suburbs to check them out. Above are photos from Johnsonville and Ngaio houses. People are getting into the Chirstmas spirit all over the city by festively decorating their homes.  For a map of all the city’s houses with Christmas lights you can head to http://

The Alexander Turnbull Library in Thorndon and the Lilburn Trust recently announced the newest recipient of the Lilburn Research Fellowship. Dr Aleisha Ward picked up the 2017 scholarship which she will use to research the musical and cultural history of New Zealand’s jazz age. Aleisha will use the $70,000 fellowship to research the musical and cultural history of New Zealand’s jazz age from 1917 to 1929 in a project called ‘The Jazz Age in New Zealand’. “I feel incredibly honoured to be selected as the 2017 Lilburn Research Fellow. This makes it possible for me to expand to a national scale the research I am doing.” Aleisha said she was delighted to have the opportunity to explore and share with others the “vibrant and exciting jazz, dance, music and entertainment scene of 1920s New Zealand”, and tell the story of how jazz infiltrated and affected the formation of modern New Zealand culture. “The composer Douglas Lilburn’s manifestos on searching for tradition and language resonate not only in New Zealand art music history, but also in our jazz history. “The arguments that Lilburn made for New Zealand artists to find our own traditions and musical languages that align with, but are separate from, the northern hemisphere have been

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explored by our jazz and dance musicians since the early 1920s.” The Fellowship was established as a biennial award in 2012 with funding provided by the Lilburn Trust and in association with the Alexander Turnbull Library – part of the National Library of New Zealand. The Alexander Turnbull Library was delighted to be hosting Aleisha’s research next year. “The Archive of New Zealand Music holds extensive collections relating to jazz in New Zealand including the Dennis Huggard Jazz Archive and the papers of New Zealand’s foremost jazz broadcaster of the mid-twentieth century, Arthur Pearce,” Alexander Turnbull Library music curator Michael Brown said. “These and other collections will provide rich resources for Dr Ward’s project.”

Wednesday December 22, 2016


Road users reminded to plan ahead when travelling this summer The New Zealand Transport Agency is reminding motorists to plan ahead, and be patient when leaving Wellington this holiday period. “We encourage people to plan their travel to try and avoid the heaviest traffic heading in and out of Wellington and around the region,” Mark Owen, NZTA regional performance manager said. For those heading out of Wellington, State Highway 1 along

the Kapiti Coast would typically get busy from 10am through to 6pm in the days leading up to Christmas. State Highway 2, heading from Wellington over to the Wairarapa, has traditionally been busier in the days between Christmas and New Year. “These are predictions and are subject to change based on weather or other factors, and we encourage people to check the travel section of our website

PhD graduate helps families maintain Maori language Finding the most effective methods for families to increase and normalise the use of Maori language in their homes is the focus of new research from Victoria University of Wellington. Maureen Muller, who graduated on December 16 with a PhD in Maori Studies, wanted to find out how families who are succeeding in raising their children as firstlanguage speakers of Maori have managed to sustain an immersion environment.

Victoria University student Maureen Muller is helping families maintain Maori Language. PHOTO: Supplied.

Maureen learnt Maori as a second language when she was an adult, but she and her husband wanted to raise their youngest daughter as a first-language speaker of Te Reo. “We tried really hard to make it happen, because there’s nothing more amazing than hearing your child speaking confidently in their heritage language,” she said. “However, even though all the

other members of our family spoke Maori, we never spoke it together in the home. I wanted to know why we hadn’t succeeded, and how I might be able to help other families achieve immersion in their day-to-day lives.” Maureen conducted extensive interviews with eight whanau from around New Zealand who were exclusively speaking Maori in their homes, and came up with six key factors that were crucial to success. “One was that the parents had critical awareness of the importance of creating and sustaining an immersion environment, and another was a clear family language policy, where their goals and plans were being constantly reviewed and updated. “Another was having a poureo— someone in the family who was a key driver of the language, who would consistently put in the effort and make it their main focus for all the family. “Having the right support available outside the immediate whanau was also something I found to be vital in dictating whether families succeeded in achieving their goals, and access to appropriate resources—such as Maori language books or DVDs—was fundamentally important too. “My research also showed it was important that parents continually developed their language skills to keep abreast of their children’s developing needs.” Maureen said she would like to summarise her PhD findings into a booklet, to be part of a kit given to parents who were hoping to raise their children as first-language speakers of Maori.

or our social media pages so they can know the current road conditions before they start their journey,” Mark said. Following the Christmas holidays work will begin in various places along State Highways 1 and 2. “While we appreciate that people are travelling for their summer holiday break, it is also our window of opportunity to take advantage of good weather to do maintenance to keep our

roads in good shape,” Mark said. Planned work in the Northern and Western suburbs is set to take place in Kaiwharawhara and Churton Park. From December 28, the left northbound lane roadwork on the smart motorway near Kaiwharawhara will be closed from 7am to 7pm for two weeks. From January 8, there will be road works at night at the Churton Park intersection to

Westchester Drive. Locals are encouraged to plan for short delays due to stop/go traffic management at night. During the day, there will be speed restrictions to allow the new chip seal to settle.  Up to date information on road works and traffic conditions, are available at www., www. or by phoning 0800 444449.

Get involved in your 2017 Neighbours Day event

An event locals enjoyed in the Churton Park Village recently. PHOTO: Brian Sheppard Photography By Sharnahea Wilson

Churton Park locals are encouraging the community to get out and about to mark Neighbours Day early next year with an emphasis on celebrating different cultures. Churton Park Community Association president Brian Sheppard and Churton Park Community Centre advocate Tracey Read are in the process of putting together a unique Neighbours Day event. The event is set to take place on March 12, 2017 from 12pm to 3pm and everyone is encouraged not only to come along on the day but also to put forward ideas. Tracey said there would be a stage with a PA system outside the community centre for cul-

tural performances, as well as performances by local schools. “We want traditional dances, national costumes and activities,” she said. Tracey said it would be great if people from different cultures could offer activities such as origami and henna painting. The event will be managed under the umbrella of the Churton Park Community Association, in partnership with the Community Centre, and is guided by a steering group of representatives from the association, ethnic community groups and local businesses, Brian explained. The event will also have strong support from the Wellington City Council. Brian said the event was set “to celebrate Churton Park’s diverse

cultures, through performance, dress, craft and food” as well as giving local businesses a chance to promote their services. “Ref lecting the theme of Neighbours Day for 2017, it recognises that language and mobility can isolate people from enjoying life in their community and so will also increase an awareness of those barriers, and make connections that help to overcome them,” he said. If anyone from the community has ideas for cultural activities or performances they can get in touch with Brian or Tracey. “Let us know what you can do and we can put together a programme,” Brian said.  To get in touch with Brian at or you can reach Tracey at Tracey.


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Wednesday December 21, 2016

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Christmas F A C T S • The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers. • In 350 AD Pope Julius I, who was bishop of Rome at the time, announced December 25 as the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ. • The tallest Christmas tree ever cut made it into the book of Guinness World Records. It was more than 67 metres tall and was displayed in the Northgate Shopping Centre in Seattle, Washington.

• It is estimated that the single “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin is the best-selling single of all time, with over 100 million sales worldwide. • The reason we give gifts at Christmas time is to symbolize the gifts given to baby Jesus by the three wise men. • Children leave milk and cookies for Santa at Christmas time because Dutch children would leave food and drink for St Nicholas on his feast day. • Santa Claus’ red and white suit came from a 1930s ad by Coca Cola.

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7pm Wellington Hospital Atrium

Carols, Eucharist, Christmas cake and more!

Christmas Day

Sunday 25th December 8am Eucharist; 10am Family Eucharist - A chocolate Christmas

JOHNSONVILLE UNITING CHURCH CHRISTMAS SERVICES Christmas Eve Saturday 24 December - 11.30 pm We Welcome the Dawn of a New Age with candlelight and carols

Christmas Day Sunday 25 December - 10 am

CHRISTMAS @ ST. ANSELM’S Saturday 24th December 10:30 - 11:30am: Carols at Karori Mall (Busking for Karori Food Bank)

Saturday 24th December 6pm - 7pm: Nativity Play in Karori Park (Free Family Event)

A Real Christmas Celebration for people who want more than presents

Sunday 25th December 10am: Christmas Day Service of Celebration

Minister: Rev. Anna Gilkison Ph: 478 3396 18 Dr. Taylor Terrace, Johnsonville

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Wednesday December 21, 2016



Cricket holds strong in the northern suburbs By Sharnahea Wilson

It has been a positive couple of weeks for cricket in the area, with young Johnsonville and Onslow players taking out tough competitions.

Last Sunday Wellington North, made up of boys from Johnsonville Cricket Club and the Onslow Junior Cricket Club, had their last game in the Year 8 Zone Tournament. Wellington played and won three rounds, two less than were scheduled due to bad

weather, meaning they landed first equal with another team who also won all their games. Other teams in the tournament represented Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, North City, Wellington South and Wellington West.

The Johnsonville Junior Premier Boys team won their grade at the weekend. PHOTO: Supplied

The team played two of their three games, including their final game last Sunday, at Kilbirnie Park. Johnsonville Cricket Club manager Rick Mudgway commended the coaching and management team for the Wellington North team Anthony Tuck, Mike Gilchrist, and Martin Seddon. “I think it reflects the strength of Year 8 cricket that is in the Onslow/ Johnsonville area,” Rick said. Following the tournament there has been two Wellington Year 8 representative teams announced to take part in the North Island Year 8 tournament from January 23 to 26 in the Hawkes Bay next year. Included in those chosen teams are four Onlsow players; James Hoskin, Hiroshi Craigie, Joseph Alexander and Alex Thompson, as well as five Johnsonville players; Matthew Nel, Elliot Seddon, Daniel Stevens, Kevin Weerasundara and Anthony Kendrew. On another high note, the Jonsonville Junior Premier Boys team won the Premier Boys grade at Churton Park, after beating Collegians on Saturday. Rick said he was proud of how the young cricketers have been beforming and he hoped the sport continued to grow in the area.

Sports talk with Jacob Page...

Many nosy parkers question Joseph’s win Things got a little ugly after Kiwi boxer Joseph Parker’s world title win in Auckland last Saturday. Both the general public and many within boxing circles both nationally and internationally are split over whether he won the fight against Mexico’s Andy Ruiz Jr. The head of New Zealand Boxing Lance Revill labelled the result as “bulls***” and believes Ruiz was “ripped off” after losing on points. Revill is a former boxer and respected referee.

Others have said David Tua, a man who fought for the unified world title against Lennox Lewis in 2000, would dispose of Parker easily. I had Parker winning by one round, after he finished the stronger of the fighters in the last six rounds of the 12-round bout. I’m by no means a boxing expert but I felt Ruiz didn’t land many telling blows despite pressing forward at every opportunity. While Parker didn’t look destructive either, he scored with

his jab at will late in the fight. The jab isn’t going to knock a boxer out but it does cause damage and is often used as a set-up punch for more devastating strikes. Parker’s defence, an often overlooked trait, is also excellent. For the public, the 24-year-old is a tough fighter to watch. Unlike Tua, he’s not a knockout artist. Tua’s fights had an easy story to be told and to read. Tua came in, big punch, opponent is knocked out, Tua wins - simple.

Parker seems happy to work long into a fight and use his height, reach and superior hand speed, none of which Tua had, to win fights. Parker’s style is not as explosive or visually appealing. He is also fighting in a weaker heavyweight division than Tua fought in. It’s my opinion Tua could have won a world title in this era of multiple champions. However, Parker deserves some credit - by hook or by crook he created history and has the belt to prove it.

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