Thursday January 12, 2017
Year in review
Award winning mural A mural on the side of Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre has picked up an award. The mural, which depicts a scene from 1930’s Miramar, was painted by the Wellington Art Club and has been awarded first place in the New Zealand wide Resene Mural Competition for Best Community Mural.
Looking back over 2016
Free music at Botanic Gardens
Fire fighters at the Newtown Fire Station were flashing their smiles, after a $2.2 million refurbishment of the station was completed. The Wellington City Council announced it would work with the community to come up with a design for the Island Bay cycleway which was suitable for everyone. The speed limit in Berhampore’s shopping village was reduced to 30km/h and the Wellington Timebank employed Chris Carey-Smith as its new coordinator. AUGUST:
Just a month after nominations for last year’s local elections were opened, former mayor Celia Wade-Brown announced she would not be seeking reelection in October’s elections. A community led initiative to develop the Vogelmorn precinct began to make progress and a local illustrator picked up an accolade. Hataitai local Mario Ivancic, who Illustrated Maria Gill’s ANZAC HEROES, was thrilled when the book won the Margaret Mahy Book of the
Year award at the New Zealand Book Awards. SEPTEMBER:
South Wellington Intermediate School staff and students celebrated the school’s 70th jubilee. Lyall Bay’s very own Olympian shared her recollection of the Rio 2016 Olympics. In Miramar locals trialled safe berm barriers to help solve parking woes and Robert Te Whare from Owhiro Bay was awarded an Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Award for his services to the community. A 13-year-old South Wellington Intermediate School student announced he would be cycling the length of the North Island to raise money for a re-vamp of his school playground. Finally, Time Cinema owner John Bell announced he would be placing his hidden gem up for sale. OCTOBER:
Wellington got a new mayor – Justin Lester. After a tough campaign, Mr Lester was announced as the capital’s new mayor on October 8. He named
Paul Eagle as his deputy. The Newtown Tool Library opened its doors the same week 13-year-old Summer Henderwood held a garage sale to raise money to build a library in Cambodia. Miramar Wharf was closed to local residents after inspections found its structural support was rotting away. In Miramar the community gathered to celebrate Diwali at the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre. NOVEMBER:
A magnitude 7.8 quake, which struck in North Canterbury, brought the capital to a standstill, as the streets lay littered with liquefaction, glass and debris. Several buildings were forced to shut up shop after they were deemed unsafe following the shake. The earthquake saw Lyall Bay residents call for tsunami warning sirens in their community. After more than 20 years at the helm of Kilbirnie School, principal Mike McGimpsey announced he was retiring. Scots College pupil Alex Shekouh collected
more than 200 cans of food and presented them to the Salvation Army in the lead up to Christmas. Chris Laidlaw was once again named the chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council. DECEMBER:
Celia Wade-Brown, the capital’s former mayor, made the move from running the city to running the classroom, and spent time teaching English as a second language at Multicultural Learning and Support Service Incorporated. Owhiro Bay stream was left “brown a nd bubbl ing” following flooding in the suburb. Mari Murdoch hung up her tiara and fairy wings for one last time after entertaining crowds of children at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie for 12 years. Two young women announced they would walk the length of the South Island to raise money for Youthline. What is your most memorable moment from 2016? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Meridian Gardens Magic has kicked off. The three week long programme will showcase a host of great kiwi talent on the Botanic Garden’s Soundshell stage throughout January. The annual free concert series presented by the Wellington City Council, and supported by Meridian Energy, will run until Sunday, January 29.
Celebrating 110 years Wellington Zoo is continuing to celebrate its 110th birthday, by partnering with Tip Top, which is celebrating its 80th birthday. Leading into summer, every person who visits the zoo until January 31 can go in the draw to win a year’s worth of Tip Top ice-cream.
Pasifika Festival Experience the sights, sounds and flavours of the wider Pacific right here in Wellington. There will be delicious food to buy, free familyfriendly activities, and performances by traditional and contemporary Pacific artists. The Pasifika Festival will take place on from midday on January 23 at Waitangi Park.
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