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Menzshed faces extinction

By Emily Elliott

Wellington City’s Menzshed faces extinction after being forced to move from its earthquake prone building with nowhere to go. Secretary of City Menzshed, John Shrapnell, said a change in legislation last year meant members could no longer work in and meet in the former Chinese Mission, an earthquake prone building on Frederick Street. Continued on page 2 City Menzshed Secretary John Shrapnell, founding member Les Collins, and Deputy Secretary John Wilson are disheartened they could face extinction.

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Menzshed faces extinction Continued from page 1. The City Menzshed cares for elderly men who have lost touch with their families and live either alone or isolated, or feel devalued after retirement – currently, there are over 40 members. Members are given the opportunity to provide woodwork services to many South

Wellington childcare centres, schools, and community groups. “Research we’ve done shows if you keep the elderly social and occupied, their health is better. Those who belong to Menzshed will go back to being alone and isolated if we can’t find a new building,” said John, a founder member for

more than five years. The Menzshed is looking for nearly 200 square metres to work in with their power tools. “It bugs me that we can’t find a building in all of Wellington. The council has wonderful words about us and the work we do, but I feel there is no action,” John said. John said the council have


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a policy for positive aging and caring for the elderly, and he feels they have an obligation to help. “We’re not in the business of making money. We’re in the business of caring for people. Currently the men here have someone to talk to and listen to their ideas. They have support. What will happen to them?” However, Jenny Reigns, Wellington City Council’s community services manager, said they are working to find options. “I acknowledge and compliment the Menzshed on the work they do.” “We’ve worked with John to try and find a suitable property, and though we’ve come up with many options, none have been suitable for them,” Jenny said. “They need a location in the central city, and close to bus routes. We will keep an eye out and support them.” Jenny said the Betty Campbell Accommodation Assistance Grant was available to help community organisations subsidise their rent. “I understand they feel disheartened, but we’re working with them and will continue to do so – the conversation is ongoing.”

Holy Cross School goes water-only Miramar’s Holy Cross School has started the year with sugarladen drinks off the menu at all school events. They have replaced them with fruit-infused or plain water. The school’s new direction was introduced to students and parents at its International Food Fair where more than 1000 litres of water were given away, as part of the Heart Foundation Project Energize programme. “Giving away water at our International Food Fair was a great success for promot-

ing 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.” 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 bet-

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into Wellington where it is being run by the Heart Foundation, with funding from the Capital and Coast District Health Board. 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,” Brianna said.

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Excellence in the skies By Emily Elliott

Rongotai College student Rian Lee was just one among thousands of New Zealand high school students who logged online to view their eagerly anticipated NCEA results last week. The Island Bay resident discovered his hard work paid off – he achieved NCEA Level 2 endorsed with excellence. He also received four subjects endorsed with excellence, and two with merit. It was Rian’s first year back in New Zealand too, after three years of living in Ireland. “My subjects were biology, chemistry, physics, geography, mathematics, and English,” Rian told the Cook Strait News. “I love physics and astronomy. I enjoy all the sciences, but astronomy is the most awe inspiring and fascinating. I love the sense of wonder and amazement you get.” In the months leading up to exams, Rian said he was studying “almost all of the time”.

Rongotai College student Rian Lee.

“The biggest motivator to studying was knowing what I want to do. I’m not just studying for the sake of good exam results. “It helps to have a goal and have reasons to aim for that goal. Figure out what you want to do after school then see what is required to get there and do it.” Rian said he was happy when he saw his results, and said he achieved what he set out to do. “But there is always the next thing to aim for,” he added. “My parents were happy. They got me to call my grandparents.” However, Rian knows it is not over yet and is already thinking about what this year may bring. “I won’t rest on my laurels. This year is just as important, and it’s my last opportunity to make a statement.” Rongotai College Principal Kevin Carter said NCEA exams went really well for students at the college. “Our students acheived really well across the board.”

Kahurangi to feel the beat Strathmore families can enjoy a fun-filled afternoon on Waitangi Day, when the Kotahi Music Festival returns for its fourth year at Kahurangi School. Named Kotahi, which means unity, organiser Amanda Hereaka said the event is about bringing the community together. “We wanted to do something different; we didn’t want to do a school fair. So we created a school concert.” Amanda said they have worked with the New Zealand Music Commission to get homegrown bands and music at the concert. A kite-making workshop will be available for a Koha donation. “It’s a really nice afternoon, and we encourage families to bring a picnic for low key entertainment.” “The whole event is about accessibility. Last year we had around 1000 people. Everyone really loves it and keeps brining more people

Wellington Anniversary Day Most locals had the opportunity for a sleep in on Monday with the celebration of Wellington Anniversary Day. The day commemorates the anniversary of the arrival in Wellington of the vessel Aurora, on 22 January 1840. The Aurora brought some 150 New Zealand Company settlers, who had made the four-month voyage from Gravesend, near London. The next public holiday will take place on Monday, February 6 to acknowledge Waitangi Day.

Wellington water supply at risk Wellington came close to a water ban over the weekend as a massive leak sprung in the main water line near the Wellington Railway Station. Wellington Water’s GM of Network Operations and Customer Service Gary O’Meara said the leak was very likely to be quake-related. “The vulnerability of Wellington City’s water supply is well known,” he said. The quake and the lasting damage it has wrought should be a “wake up” to local businesses who should prepare for a lack of water supply, he said.

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inbrief news Bike Workshops this weekend The Newtown Community and Cultural Centre’s first of its summer bike workshops kicks into gear this Saturday 28, 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Mechanics from the Mechanical Tempest will run a short safety and general information session followed by a drop in session where all can bring in their own bikes to ask questions and make repairs. Sessions are free of charge at the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre, located on the corner of Rintoul and Colombo Street, Newtown.

Recreating the flight of life By Emily Elliott

Newtown resident Paul Forrest is gracing the ears and eyes of Wellington city passers-by with The Halo Project, an art installation which brings recognition to native New Zealand birdlife. Positioned beside Te Papa,

the project is a collaboration with two others – a soundscape artist who has mixed birdsong with modern rhythms, and photographer Derek Tearne. Paul, a professional artist for 23 years, painted over the photographs to enhance and capture perpetual motion, mood, and personality of the birds.

He said he was not aware of an installation like The Halo Project being done in Wellington. “I had to figure out how to put up artwork that withstands 140km winds, and rain. But I did it.” “It’s rewarding, people hear the bird sounds and slow, stop, listen, then see the art work. It

Celebrate Chinese New Year at the night market Wellington’s Chinese New Year celebrations will this year have its grand opening at the Cuba St night markets. This Friday, the market will be expanded to 55 stalls, and market-goers will have the chance to watch live Chinese drum and traditional dance performances, as well as participate in a Nanchaku martial arts workshop. The night markets will be open Friday 27 and Saturday 28 from 5:00pm11:00pm in Lower Cuba Street.

The Year of the Rooster Capital E has a host of activities on to welcome the Chinese New Year and the Rooster – on February 1, head down to Capital E to learn some Mandarin, and help colour in the giant chalk rooster on Civic Square. Capital E is located on Civic Square off Victoria and Wakefield St. Learn Mandarin is on from 10:00am - 11:00am and The Giant Rooster will be available for colouring from 11:00am - 3:00pm.

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Autism NZ and SPCA supported by craft beer event A barbeque and beer charity event organised by Te Aro Brewing Company raised $500 for both Autism New Zealand and Wellington SPCA at the weekend. Though the weather was typically drizzly, beers, pork rolls and music kept the crowds of more than 100 entertained. The event was held at Rogue and Vagabond in Wellington. Sales, marketing and event manager at Te Aro Brewing Company, Jane Street, said both charities are relevant to the company. She said everyone was happy to be raising funds and awareness for Autism New Zealand and the SPCA and to be recognising what both organisations are a part of the community. “Both days had representatives from Autism New Zealand and SPCA Wellington. Personally I really enjoyed talking with them and understanding more about the work they do,” Jane said. Jane said the idea for the event came

after a conversation between the team Rogue and Vagabond and Te Aro Brewing. “I know Rogue and Vagabond has held previous events to fundraise for various charities – and Te Aro [Brewing] has been part of other fundraising charity events, however we have not run our own specific event. “We would certainly love to do another event like this again.” She said it was great to bring awareness and raise funds for both Autism New Zealand and Wellington SPCA. While brewing more beer is the immediate focus of Te Aro Brewing, Jane said they were currently working towards a big move to Upper Hutt, the Greater Wellington Brewday, as well as being part of the Plimmerton Craft Beer Fair, run by Plimmerton School. The event raised $500 for both Autism New Zealand and Wellington SPCA, and all barbeque proceeds were matched by Rogue and Vagabond.

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For the love of animals Wellington SPCA has a new Inspector in their team as the year kicks off to a barking start. Twenty-three-year-old Danielle Weeks is the branch’s newest Welfare Inspector, and is just as passionate about helping animals as she is about helping out the community. The Newtown resident accepted the role knowing it would be challenging and rewarding, and is looking forward to developing relationships with locals. “Ever since I was a little girl I’ve had a passion for and a connection with animals.” Part of a team of six, Danielle’s role means she drives to and helps any sick, injured, or vulnerable animals as part of the Animal Ambulance service. She also deals with animal cruelty complaints, and helps to educate people about animal welfare. “This job is a challenge, and we do see some really awful stuff. But that’s what drives me to get the best outcome for these animals,” Danielle said. Danielle said each day is different, which makes the job exciting. “I love getting onto the road and into the community, making a difference to lives – not just with animals but also people.” “I brought in a kitten with severe conjunctivitis and it couldn’t see anything, it would have been in pain,” she told the Cook Strait News. “Through the help of the Vet Care

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On top of the Fringe Danielle Weeks is Wellington SPCA’s newest Welfare Inspector. PHOTO: Supplied.

Team, fosters, volunteers, and the adoption team, the kitten is in a nice home. It’s awesome to see.” Originally specialising in large animals, Danielle is also confident she has a wealth of knowledge and hopes to be the point of call for those concerned with any pets on their lifestyle blocks. “You’ll laugh, but my favourite animal is a cow,” admitted Danielle, adding that she co-authored a scientific paper on the animal. “I feel really proud to be able to help animals.”  The SPCA reminds dog owners not to leave their pets in the car over the warm summer months. Find out more at

History seems to be repeating itself in a slightly different way for Island Bay resident, KateLouise Elliott. The performing artist used to live in Island Bay when she was a student, and started her career by participating in Wellington’s Fringe Festival. Now, more that twenty years later, Kate-Louise has moved back to Island Bay from the big smoke, and is the General Manager of the Wellington Creative Capital Arts Trust – which runs the Fringe Festival and CupaDupa. “I was in one of the first Fringe Festivals, so it feels quite cool that I kick-started my career in Fringe and now I’m here. Wellington is my home stomping ground,” KateLouise said.

“Wellington Fringe is the biggest in the country. It’s a huge platform for emerging artists. Creating your own work and putting it out there is immense, it’s a big job. Having a platform to do it on helps.” Kate-Louise is excited about her new role, and what the festivals may bring this year. “All the shows are easily accessible. I want locals to go and see at least three shows this year. One show you’ll love, one will be the next big thing, and one you’ll talk about for years.” Kate-Louise believes Wellington residents should access what is on their back doorstep, and should not miss out what local and international talent is bringing to spaces and nooks near them.

“The shows are short. Start the year off by being inspired, appalled, or falling in love with the arts.” “People can feel proud of this city and the choice they’ve made to live here by being involved. There will be events in all corners of the city, with a number in places like Newtown and Island Bay.” Kate-Louise said the programme is for Wellingtonians, and there is a Fringe for Kids this year with many free, family-friendly events and shows. “I don’t want Wellingtonians to miss out this year. People are travelling from all over to come, and shows are already starting to sell out.”  The Fringe Festival kicks off on February 10.

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New community hub opens its doors in Newtown By Annabella Gamboni

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Wellington City Council has chosen Newtown as the place to try out a new method of community engagement. The new ‘base’ Kia Ora – not quite big enough to qualify as a ‘centre’ – is going to act as a drop-in point for locals to ask questions about local issues and projects. Deputy mayor Paul Eagle said the council decided to open Kia Ora in Newtown due to the high volume of complaints from locals about how public services have tackled community issues. “A shop front where people can come face to face with a person that says they can solve their problem – it’s great. You can’t replace that one-onone time… It doesn’t reduce people to a number,” he said. “I hope that the council will eventu-

ally roll them out across the city.” Community liason officer Ray Tuffin is going to be based at Kia Ora full-time, and eventually plans to get community volunteers on-board. Ray has been in the job three months (behind the scenes), and said they have already fixed a lot. “But we’ve also found out about heaps more problems, just by connecting regularly with the community,” he said. The drop-in point will also act as place where local entrepreneurs – or anyone launching a project – can check in with their community and get feedback, he said.  The official opening and launch of Kia Ora will be held at the space, 8 Constable St, as well as the Constable St playground area this Thursday 26 from 11:00am-4:00pm with family friendly activities, spot prizes and giveaways.

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New online tool for registering newborns As 2017 gets underway, parents of babies born in Wellington can now register their newborns using the Government’s new online tool – SmartStart. Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages Jeff Montgomery said it is important for babies to be registered as soon as possible. “Registering your baby is free, and it’s an important step for all parents. Registration gives your child their legal identity and the rights, responsibilities and access to support

services associated with being a New Zealander. “We know that having a baby can be a busy time for new and expectant parents, and it can be hard to keep track of everything you need to do. That’s why we’ve just launched our new innovative online tool – SmartStart.” Jeff said SmartStart is the one place to go for step-by-step information to help parents and babies get off to the best start. The tool makes it easy to register

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Te Wananga o Aotearoa Te Wananga o Aotearoa’s Certificate in Small Business Management is a fantastic opportunity for anyone thinking about establishing or already operating a small business, according to Wellington kaiako (tutor) Mike Horlor. “Many people have a skill or trade that they would like to develop into a business, our programme highlights all the things people should think about to support that happening. Programmes start in March at 6 Tennyson Street, students attend one 3 hour class each week and there are no course fees or resource costs. To enrol, contact Mike Horlor 027 451 1287.

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Confident to learn each day Your child can develop essential maths and English skills with Kumon. Contact your local Kumon Centre to hear how we can support your child’s learning. Pencil Skills Programme now available KUMON KILBIRNIE EDUCATION CENTRE Level 1, 35 Bay Rd, Kilbirnie 6022 KUMON NGAIO EDUCATION CENTRE Ngaio Town Hall, 1 Ottawa Road, Ngaio 6035 Instructor: Tanu Kapoor tel: 04 478 1230 / 021 254 9759

The staff and students of Evans Bay Intermediate School would like to extend a warm welcome to our new year 7 and year 8 students. Our school year begins on Wednesday 1 February 2017. Students and families need to be at school by 8.30am ready to be welcomed with a school powhiri. Visit our website for information on uniform and stationary requirements. We are all looking forward to launching the EBIS waka with everyone in it again for 2017.

St Mark’s Church School St Mark’s is the only co-educational independent primary school in Wellington, educating boys and girls from Preschool right through to Year 8. Proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School, St Mark’s delivers a world class education to children, with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. St Mark’s offers an all round education with children actively involved in music, drama and sports as part of their classroom programme and as part of the many extracurricular activities on offer. Come and see the St Mark’s difference. Tel: (04) 385 9489

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South Wellington Montessori School We are a small Montessori School, offering a true and authentic Montessori experience. We cater for 20 children aged 2.5 years to 6 years. We give children the chance to experience new things, teaching different topics each term and inviting guests to share with us. We have a music class and go on outings to the museums and parks. Two fully qualified teachers are available for you to ask questions and to help your child reach their full potential. The owners have two children who have been through Montessori since 3 years old, and are committed to the experience.

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Thursday January 26, 2017


Heart full of help Oriental Bay a top ten beach As the Heart Foundation gears up for its annual appeal day next month, Miramar resident Catherine Falconer is passionate about volunteering her time for the cause. Catherine has been the chair of the Heart Foundation’s Wellington volunteer committee for a number of years, and gives up her time to help because she believes awareness is key. “I know heart disease is New Zealand’s biggest killer, and a certain amount of it is preventable. A heart event is also not just for older people. The more awareness people have of the issue, the better.” Catherine studied health promotion, which highlighted to her the need in the community. “Although medical advances make it easier to survive a heart event, they don’t mean people aren’t having them. People shouldn’t just rely on the technology we have. Prevention is much better for everyone.” Catherine said volunteering is a great way to get to know others and give back to the community, and she encouraged others to get involved in the Heart Foundation’s annual appeal. Heart Foundation Heart Health Advocate Cath Lyders said the time commitment of a volunteer is small – a couple of hours – with the reward for those involved being the chance to help fight New Zealand’s biggest killer, heart disease. “We need people to hit the streets of the Wellington region and collect funds to support our vital work in the community,” Cath said. “It’s sobering to think that during the short period of time that a volunteer will be out collecting donations, at least one New Zealander will have died of heart disease.” The Heart Foundation will hold its street appeal across the Wellington region on February 17 and 18.  To help out the Heart Foundation for a couple of hours as a street collector during February, contact Cath Lyders on 04 472 2780.

Families who enjoy a dip, jog, ice cream or crocodile bike along Oriental Bay will have a new excuse to spend time there – it has been named as one of ten of New Zealand’s family favourite beaches by AA Traveller. AA Traveller marketing manager Rhys James said a lot of what makes

a beach popular with parents is about what else is available in and around where they are spending their day. “They’re looking for a beach that offers safe swimming, but beyond that they also want good facilities including barbeques and playgrounds, walking and cycling

tracks and places to eat nearby so they can really make a day of it,” he said. “It’s places like these that appeal and the good thing is you can find them throughout the country,” he said. AA Traveller has helped Kiwis see the best of New Zealand for more than 100 years.

City Mission fed around 3000 over Christmas Local residents who gave to the Wellington City Mission will be pleased to know almost 900 Christmas food parcels were delivered over the holiday season. Individuals, businesses, teams and families got involved in different ways, including filling 420 Christmas Star Boxes with food and toys, taking part in the iconic Pack the Bus, buying tickets to the Christmas raffle, volunteering their time to sort and repack Christmas goods, and purchasing close to 200 stars on The Mission’s Walk of Fame. Wellington City Mission chief executive Michelle Branney said The Mission is incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported the Christmas Star Appeal this year. “Whether you gave food or toy donations, donated financially, bought a star on the Walk of Fame, donated at the Star Car, or got involved in one of the many other ways, we are so appreciative! It’s incredible to know that this support has touched the lives of

thousands of people this Christmas.” Because of the generous support of Wellingtonians, during December The Mission gave out close to 900 Christmas food parcels – food for approximately 3000 people. This is in addition to the 300 regular food parcels which are also distributed during November and December. Locals also gave enough for approximately 1700 children throughout the Greater Wellington areas to receive Christmas gifts.

In the lead-up to Christmas The Mission also held three sittings for a Hakari (feast) in their Newtown Drop-in Centre. The first siting was for volunteers, then two sittings for guests – catering for 140 people in total. The Mission was thankful for generous private and business donors who contributed financially, enabling them to continue offering their programmes and services both now and into the new year.

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Thursday January 26, 2017

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

Q: Do you think the summer school holidays should be moved to February?

Finn Johannssen, Newtown

Emmerson McCaughley, Newtown

“Well, I’m a teacher so “Yes, it’s way too warm. I’m easy. I get the time off They should start now!” anyway! It’s time I take to tour my music, so this time of the year is quite good for it.”

Caitlin Stewart, Newtown

Daniel Kelly, Newtown

Emma Gils-Scott, Newtown

“Absolutely yes. They were talking about changing it when we were in primary school even.”

“I don’t know how much of a difference it would make to be honest. In other parts of the country it’s hot right through January too.”

“It definitely should be changed, it’s too hot for especially little kids.”

Kein Joyce, Newtown “No real need I don’t think. It might be important to parents who are taking their kids on holiday, but not so much the kids. They don’t care!”

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.

Shocking experiences Dear Ed, I read with horror about Bharati Gandhi shocking experience in her dairy with the gun welding offender (January 16th 2017 - Cook Strait News) and can’t imagine just how frightening this would have been for her and

“I love Kilmarnock. It’s not clinical looking - it’s casual and relaxed and I like that.” Alison, Kilmarnock resident.

Rest home living. It might not be what you think. Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home An elder-centred community

Companionship, fun and meaningful activity are part of everyday life at Kilmarnock Heights Home. As well as providing daily living support, we make sure residents have choice and control in their lives.

Social calendar We’ll support you to continue doing the things you love in a way that’s right for you. The busy social calendar and stimulating recreation programme certainly make for a vibrant and engaging atmosphere.

her daughter. I clearly remember when working in a fast food restaurant a few decades ago, being told by managment that in the event of a robbery or hold up, to remain calm, comply with whatever the offender wanted and never engage in any type

of retribution or attempt to be a hero. I fully understand that in the case of this lady, she and her daughter’s safety was paramount but every time I read of a hold up or robbery, I think back to my fast food restaurant working days and remember that property and

money can be replaced but people cannot. I hope that the offender is caught and best wishes to Bharati and her daughter and hope they never have to experience something like this ever again. Megan Barber, Johnsonville

Pets welcome at Kilmarnock Heights Home Enliven’s Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore is recognising the importance of pets in elder’s lives.

Uniquely, people moving to the home are welcome to move in with their pets. Here are a few animals that you could meet.

Kilmarnock Heights Home in Berhampore has a large family of rabbits which the residents, staff and visitors enjoy spending quality time with.

Canine Friends visit the home regularly to spend quality time with the dog-loving residents.

Pets welcome We believe pets can be both calming and energising, so we welcome animal companions. If you have a pet that’s part of your family, ask us about moving to Kilmarnock Heights Home with them. Family and friends At Kilmarnock residents are encouraged to invite their loved ones to visit at any time; there’s no set visiting hours. And, for the children - we have a fully stocked toy box to keep them entertained!

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Kilmarnock Heights is home to a family of vibrant Ming the cat can often be found budgies that enjoy singing to the residents. lounging around the home.

Thursday January 26, 2017

LETTERS to the editor

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Kilbirnie Post Shop needs sign Dear Ed, Could one of the staff at Kilbirnie Post Shop wander out the back and see if they can find a sign that says “Please queue here”? That sign can then be placed on the floor to assist people waiting for Postal services. On Wednesday my wife was unsure where to stand when waiting for the

next available teller when she was suddenly pushed and poked by an cantankerous old lady and told to go up to the counter. I would have liked to contact the management but NZ Post have made it almost impossible to contact individual branches of Postshop. Yours, N.D. McCabe

Euthanasia survey is correct Dear Ed, Paul Franken can have confidence in the voluntary euthanasia survey from the University of Auckland (19 Jan 2017). A sample size of 15,822 with 66% in favour gives a confidence interval of 0.74. That is, the true value is 66% +/- 0.74% (at 95%

confidence level). The result does not change with a larger population size. Readers can check the figures with the simple calculator at www. Robert Persse, Seatoun


Bay festival holds seawall blessing After months of planning, the annual and eagerly anticipated Island Bay Festival is just around the corner for South Wellington residents. With just two and a half weeks in the countdown, the festival, in its 32nd year, is sure to delight. Diane Hughes, a trustee on the Island Bay Enhancement Trust which helps to organise the annual festival, said this year is going to be slightly different than most years. “The Variety Show kicks off the festival this year, with the parade in the middle,” explained Diane. “This year we also have Cardinal John Dew blessing

the Island Bay seawall. We thought it was a good time.” The biggest event is A Day in the Bay, said Diane, and last year more than 20,000 people attended. “There’s the swim, the blessing of the boats and the wall, and local and other bands playing – most are young and up and coming talent. It’s a really good buzz. “The festival is to showcase local talent on the South Wellington coast. We try to get as many locals involved as possible.” Diane said there will be market stalls, food stalls, fairground rides, as well as a swimming competition in

Island Bay beach, run by Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club. “One of our goals is to celebrate the unique history and culture of Island Bay. We aim to provide events for everyone – we’ve made it family friendly, but there is also something for everyone.” Diane said sustainability is a big focus of the event, and the Island Bay Enhancement Trust talk to stall holders about using recyclable products and disposing trash properly. “The festival is for locals, and about locals. It’s about celebrating and embracing them as part of the community.”

Local Councillor looks to the year ahead

Councillor David Lee

Recent extreme weather patterns and the November earthquake are wake up calls for Wellington’s disaster and emergency preparedness. Our water supply network and reservoirs are particularly vulnerable, and a 35 million litre reservoir in Prince of Wales Park is planned. A cross harbour pipeline is also necessary so we are not reliant on a single water conduit. Both are multi-million dollar infrastructure projects vital for building community resilience.

They must be progressed without delay. One of my proudest achievements is community-led village planning for Brooklyn/ Vogelmorn. This has seen a real shift in consultation, involvement and decision-making. The process of engagement, setting direction and implementation rests squarely with the local community, and differs from the traditional top-down method that often reflects the views of a vested few. Island Bay (Love the

Bay) has adopted this exemplar approach, which is now being considered for Karori. This year I want to trial LeftTurn-on-Red at selected intersections. This is a low-cost, practical way of reducing travel times and easing road congestion, and contributes to a more accessible, connected city. How does this work? Left -turning drivers and cyclists stop at the red light as usual, giving way to pedestrians and oncoming vehicles. When the


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way is clear they can proceed to turn left, even if the light is red. Common practice in other countries, Brisbane recently trialled such a scheme. There was overwhelming support from local residents using the trial intersections, and the wider Brisbane community. This will be a partnership project with NZTA, for wider rollout across the country. I would be interested in your thoughts. Wishing you all a happy and prosperous 2017.


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Thursday January 26, 2017

g n i c Dan Keep on

Tarrant Dance Studios 2016 for the Tarrant Dance Studios ended with exams, performances and a dancing whirl of activity. The Imperial Russian Ballet toured New Zealand and over forty young dancers had the exciting experience of dancing onstage with them in Nutcracker at the St James Theatre. Classes attract dancers from five to over fifty years and the physicality and music that goes with all dance experiences makes it fun and very satisfying. The New A Very Welly Christmas Festival in Lambton Quay was a special event for the young casts of two new ballets, The night before Christmas and The Lion in the Meadow. Back in January young dancers are in class and into the studio in Cuba St where there are racks of long white tutus as Les Sylphides draws near. Kids Magic is a special day and part of the City Council programme at the Botanical Gardens. In the Dell by the Rose gardens at 11am on Sat Jan 28 the senior dancers will dance this famous classical ballet outdoors and there will be the extra special magic of live music.

Charlotte Kaler and Amit Noy take the lead in Les Sylphides for Kids Magic

The beautiful Chopin score will be played by Orchestra Wellington conducted by Chris Clark. February 11 is opening day for classes at the studio and also will have students dancing in the huge East meets West extravaganza for Chinese New Year at the TSB Arena. Classes are focussed on student abilities and broadening minds to become

dance dance dance at

Tarrant Dance Studios

curious and contributing artists and creators. Students have opportunities to join many community events and to perform as well as working in carefully graded levels to learn the vocabulary and techniques of Dance. A wide range of recreation classes are held at the studio every evening. Children Beginners class is Saturday morning and the ballet programmes see dancers climb

those famous stairs in Cuba St. daily. Director,Deirdre Tarrant wants everyone to love dancing and to get up on the floor and dance. There is a lot of sitting in our day - it is very important to get on our feet and keep foot tapping flexibility a part of our daily lives!

ď Ž Rolls are being finalised now and enrolments and enquiries should ring 3847285 and leave a message. We will get back to you.


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Thursday January 26, 2017


Keep on

Have a go at Wellington Dance!

A chance for budding dancers to try preschool dance, beginners ballet or beginners jazz. Saturday 28th Jan at the Thorndon and City studios, and Tuesday 31st January at Seatoun. For the Have A Go day timetable see The open days will also include a

Dancing with the is one thing, but dancing with the is another.

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L.O.D Dance Studios is now offering official ‘READY, SET, DANCE’ classes

taster of the new Intro to Dance programme for beginners 8 years and older, which offers intro classes in Ballet, Jazz or Lyrical. No need to book, just come along.  For more info and for our Term 1 timetable and easy online enrolment, visit


Ballet Studio

Classes in Miramar are from 2 year olds upwards.

A brand new music and movement class with a major emphasis on fun and creating confident little people! The lovable TWIRL and FREEZE will soon be inspiring preschoolers across Wellington as they embark on their dance journey. L.O.D Dance Studios is now an official READY SET DANCE studio, and joins a growing network of over 50 dance schools across Australia and New Zealand, all who offer the jampacked hour combo class. READY SET DANCE has been developed using the knowledge of successful dance teachers who have been running classes for this age group for over thirty years. Targeting ages two to five years, the syllabus is divided into two levels. The specially designed Jazz, Hip Hop and Tap exercises are perfect

for both boys and girls in this foundational level of training. Through exercises such as balancing bean bags, working as a team with the parachute, singing on the microphone, and playing musical instruments, the classes extended beyond dance to develop skills such a teamwork and confidence.  To find out more details about the READY SET DANCE program at L.O.D Dance Studios, check out their website:

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Beach-goers to vote for favourite patrolled swimming spot K iw i c elebr it y Ja m ie McDell is calling on all beach-goes to get behind a campaign that promotes safer swimming this Summer. Each year, New Zealand’s Surf Life Saving Clubs help to keep over 80 beaches safer and deliver a key safety message to the community – to swim at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags. This year, the singer-songwriter, active lifeguard and Surf Life Saving ambassador, is asking for swimmers to vote for their favourite

patrolled beach online. “Each year, clubs around the country dedicate around 220,000 hours to provide essential lifesaving services at the beach,” Jamie said. “New Zealand is blessed with beautiful beaches and we are lucky to have Surf Lifeguards patrolling at 80 of the most popular locations this summer. Get behind your local club and say thanks for all their hard work by voting for them in the DHL Summer campaign,” she added. Each vote made online for a patrolled beach will enter the

local club into the draw to win a DHL Sun Safe Beach Canopy, a valuable piece of beach equipment to protect the lifeguards and keep them out of the sun. Individuals who vote will also be entered into the draw to win 1 of 100 DHL towels. DHL has been partnering with Surf Life Saving New Zealand to deliver safer beaches since 2003.  The DHL Summer campaign will run from 16 January to February 12, 2017. To vote for your favourite patrolled beach, head to

Sports talk O’pen Bic sailing dinghies with Jacob Page to be launched for the first Keeping up with the McCaw’s time in Wellington The Richie McCaw and Gemma Flynn wedding is newsworthy and it’s because of people like you clicking, reading and watching in droves. I’ve had numerous discussions, some of them heated, with people who disagree with the idea that the ex All Black captain, our most successful rugby player ever, getting married to hockey player Gemma Flynn is actually news. Trust me, it is and the statistics back it up. People who say “who cares” and “they deserve privacy” are living in their own fairyland when it comes to 21st century news. Both bride and groom are household names, McCaw especially is arguably the greatest All Black ever. That’s our national game and most identifiable global brand all wrapped into one. Make no mistake, the ridiculous amounts of security and the use of umbrellas and suit jackets to block news cameras was not done for privacy, it was done to protect the big money exclusive rights for photos and

The Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club will be launching an O’pen BIC fleet next month. PHOTO: Supplied. By Emma McAuliffe

A local yacht and motor boat club will be the first in Wellington to launch O’pen BIC Sailing Dinghies at a special event next month. The Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club would be launching a fleet of six brand new O’pen BIC Sailing Dinghies at a family fun day on February 11. General manager for the club, Ryan Leatham, said the group was excited about the launch, which he believed could encourage further participation in the sport. “The O’Pen BICs were launched [globally] about 10 years ago but New Zealand is just starting to get into them. We’re the first club in Wellington to have them which is pretty exciting,” he said. He said next month’s fleet launch would

be followed by a regatta in March which would have kiwi sailing legend, Sir Russell Coutts, in attendance. “We’re pretty excited about that,” Ryan said. Ryan said the fun day would include onshore activities as part of the launch festivities, including a sausage sizzle and spot prizes. He said the fleet’s sponsors would also be in attendance. The Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club was established in 1918 and are currently working towards their centenary celebrations.  The Fleet Launch Family Fun Day will take place at the Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club, 447 Evans Bay Parade, from 11am until 1.30pm on Saturday, February 11.

interviews paid to the married couple by a woman’s magazine. For the record, all those cameras which were being blocked were on public land, meaning they were entitled to film just like anyone else. Those who sat behind their computer screens and wrote “this is not news” or berated media for their effort to cover it, need to realise news comes in all forms. News is more than just politics, economics, death and blood. It’s also about celebrity and a wedding of this magnitude must be covered as best as possible. You don’t have to like it because plenty of others do. The wedding was the top ranked story across all major news websites in New Zealand. So, you may not be reading about it or watching its coverage but I assure you, you’re in the minority.  Were you interested in reading about the McCaw wedding? Send an email with your suburb to

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