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The Wellington City Council have decided to step into the mounting Wellington housing crisis, and announced last week they would build 750 new homes before the year is out. The 750 new homes will be a mixture of affordable houses and social housing. Continued on page 2. Mayor Justin Lester and deputy mayor Paul Eagle at the Arlington St building site, soon to be new social housing. PHOTO: Annabella Gamboni
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Continued from page 2. This is the first tangible action of the Mayoral Housing Trust which was formed late last year. Mayor Justin Lester said the time for action from the council had come. “We aren’t just going to sit on the sidelines and leave social and afforadable housing to the market. We’re going to roll up our sleeves, work with developers, and get the job done,” he said. Along with the overhaul of the Arlington St flats in Mt Cook, several sites in the southern and eastern suburbs have been earmarked for upgrades, including the Granville Flats in Berhampore. The 105 flats at the Arlington St site, when complete, would be a good example of what Wellingtonians can come to expect from their social housing, Mr Eagle said. Its design, called ‘modular housing’ would feature housing of varying sizes to accomodate different needs, including families and the elderly. Mr Eagle said said the figure of 750 was a realistic goal for the year. “We hope it will be enough
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A Berhampore woman has been left hanging by Metlink for over a year while Metlink buses on her route drive past her every day. Philadelphia Hamilton of Berhampore tries to catch the bus to work in the CBD from the Berhampore shops every morning between 8-8.30am, but more often than not, the buses drive right past her because they have already
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for those without a home currently. We also hope to continue building at that rate,” he said. The building proposal will be enacted without impacting rates, Mr Eagle said. “As previously signalled, we’ll be making some movements in our portfolio where we have properties that are outdated or not suited to our tenant’s needs, in order to reinvest in new high quality homes. The end result will be more social housing units for those in need,” he said. Nursing graduate and “renter for life” Rowena March said the housing developments were encouraging. “It’s a relief that the council is stepping in, not only for social housing but for first homes too. “My grandparents’ first home was a state home, but there wasn’t any kind of stigma around social housing then... I think if we want to avoid something like the Auckland market, Wellington has to do something like this,” she said. Do you think the council has a responsibility to build 750 new homes? Email email@example.com with your say.
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Metlink in person to discuss her complaints personally. Metlink spokesperson Jo Priestley said that there are pressure points for the buses all over the city. “We don’t have the extra buses to put on the roads,” she said. The planned overhaul of Metlink routes and services will be rolled out in mid-2018, and is expected to solve many of Metlink’s current issues, she said.
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Newtown neighbours’ night a hit By Annabella Gamboni
The first annual Newtown Neighbours’ Night was held on Friday, and was attended by about 340 Newtown locals. It was organised by the Newtown Residents’ Association with support from the Wellington City Council’s liason officer for Newtown, Ray Tuffin. President of the Newtown Residents’ Association Rhona Carson said it was a lovely night. “There was music from the Mighty Ukes for about an hour, lots of barbecue food and games for the kids,” she said. “We had a lot of help and input from people. “The police came and helped
with the kids, and the firefighting team came to teach about some fire safety at home.” Rhona said they hoped to make the Neighbours’ Night an annual event. It was also the first public ‘Our Town Newtown’ event, an ongoing consultation with the Newtown community about there they should spend the $3 million allocated to them by council for the development of community facilities. The next consultation event for Our Town Newtown is Sunday, March 5 at the Newtown Festival – watch out for the Newtown Residents’ Association stall, or find out more at www.facebook.com/ ourtownnewtown.
St Anthony’s is just one of hundreds of schools that is once again participating in a campaign called Movin’ March this month. Run by the Greater Wellington Regional Council, the
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The Repair Cafe and the lost art of fixing things
By Annabella Gamboni
Hearing Week kicked off at the end of last month to spread the message about the impact of hearing loss. Hearing Week, which started on Monday, February 27 highlights how the loss of hearing can have a big impact on both the individual as well as their family. The latest Listen Hear report found hearing loss was a significant issue facing the New Zealand population as 880,350 people now live with some type of hearing loss, representing 18.9 per cent of the population.
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example – are falling by the wayside. Environmental group Social Climate’s Repair Cafe is a new community venture that wants to teach you how to fix your broken things. They sourced different repair ‘experts’ from different fields (for example, sewing, electrical appliances and jewellery) from the Newtown Tool Library, Wellington Timebank and their own personal networks, organiser Liz O’Connor said. The Repair Cafe aims to teach people how to fix things in order to break the endless cycle of buying cheap things only to throw them away, Liz said. “It’s often built into things – that they’re made with flimsy materials or things designed to wear down – so that you
buy more. “We want to help people break through that.” The idea of a ‘repair cafe’ originated in the Netherlands in 2009, and has gained popularity throughout Europe and in the United States. The Repair Cafe was a good example of a community coming together in order to learn from each other, Liz said. “The Wellington Timebank is just amazing. It’s not just a good idea, it is actually amazingly helpful.” Its first session was on Saturday at Newtown Community Centre, and was attended by over 30 people, Liz said. “It was awesome. It had a really good energy,” she said. “We didn’t really know what to expect, because it was the first, but it was a great day.”
Island Bay families find their village at Playcentre By Annabella Gamboni
Island Bay families who attend their local playcentre have found the village to raise their children. Next week is Playcent re Awareness week, their annual national event that promotes Playcentres and their special model of early childhood education – where parents work alongside trained teachers and learn how to educate their children in an age-diverse and inclusive environment. The Island Bay playcentre held a poroporoaki [farewell] for several of its children moving onto school on February 15. Mother to Alice, one of the graduating children, Emma Kitson said the Playcentre network greatly helped her parenting in Alice’s younger years. Emma and her daughter was first introduced to Playcentre when they attended the programme for new parents with infants. At two years old Alice started on mixed aged sessions
(L-R) Emily, Lotus and Alice at their poroporoaki [farewell] at Island Bay Playcentre on February 15. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
at Island Bay Playcentre. “When Alice first came into our lives we felt overwhelmed and unprepared. It didn’t take long for us to realize that we needed help. With my parents deceased and Andy’s half a world away we started looking for a community that would support our needs and those of our daughter,” she said.
Emma and Alice have also attended a weekly bi-lingual session at Houghton Valley Playcentre, where adults and children practice te reo Maori together. Co-president of the Houghton Bay Valley Playcentre Flic Morris said that the sense of community is strong at their Playcentre, especially because
the Maori lessons are available to not only Playcentre members, but any parent and child that want to learn. “Being a parent and learning a language are both fun and intense experience. It can sometimes be a lonely journey too, so it has helped us to find a sense of solidarity with others,” said Flic.
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Predatory critters beware By Annabella Gamboni
A group of Seatoun volunteers want to make the suburb stoat, mice and rat-free so that native animals and birds can flourish. Following the lead of suburbs like Crofton Downs, the new Predator-Free Seatoun group has formed to both rid the area of pests, and to raise awareness of them within the community. Head volunteers Deb Harwood and her partner Hamish Midgley said that they wanted to further the work of Zealandia and other environmental groups for Seatoun. “We all want to hear more birdsong in our neighbourhood and protect our native wildlife.
“We know from the success of other Wellington suburbs like Crofton Downs that a predator free zone is achievable, so we are inviting all residents, schools and community groups within Seatoun to come on board and get trapping,” Deb said. Their impetus to form came after a presentation from NEXT Foundation’s Predator Free Community Champion Kelvin Hastie. He inspired some of the Predator-Free Seatoun to form their own collective, and help in the bid to make the country predator-free by 2050, as was announced by the government last year. Deb is looking forward to
working with the community, she said. “Free traps – pet and child friendly wooden tunnels housing rat and mouse traps – are available to anyone registering with our group. All that is asked in return is that residents record and report their trap data, so that we can keep an eye on the overall picture and know when to declare Seatoun predator-free,” she said. Predator-Free Seatoun is holding their first Open Day this Saturday, March 4 from 11am-2pm at the Seatoun Bowling Club. Traps can also be collected from The Seatoun Bowling Club on Tuesday 7 March, 6pm-8pm.
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Word-class technology at hospital All hands were on deck on Thursday when Wellington Regional Hospital took possession of its new CT scanner. The Toshiba Aquilion ONE / GENESIS Edition scanner is the first of its kind to be installed in New Zealand. It was the first of two replacement scanners to be installed at the hospital this year. Clinical leader of radiology James Entwisle was pleased that the hospital is investing in the new technology. “These scanners are part of a $3.4 million investment to replace ageing technology,” he said. CT scans help detect various diseases
and conditions including some cancers, vascular diseases, and trauma injuries. They can also provide treatment in a less invasive way for patients. “The new scanners are superior to those they’re replacing and are great for patients and staff. We’ll be able to scan in more detail and obtain more accurate information. For example, their advanced technology allows doctors to see internal organs in 3D. This is an enormous advantage when planning detailed operations,” James said. The first scanner is expected to be fully operational by mid-March, and the second is expected to be operational by mid-June.
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In the lead-up to Newtown Festival this weekend, we talk to a double-hitter at the festival By Annabella Gamboni
Musician, mama and activist Kiki van Newtown is going to be performing twice at the Newtown Festival: once in girlpunk band HEX, and once as a stallholder for Just Speak, an NGO that promotes decarceration in New Zealand. Decarceration is the process of removing people from prisons; the exact opposite of incarceration.
The group makes submissions to parliament, produces research on prison and justice issues and generally raises awareness about the challenges facing prisoners, their families, and communities. Just Speak believes that prisons are ineffective and inhumane. It promotes the building of strong communities as an effective counter to incarceration. “A lot of the discourse for prisons is really emotive and reactionary – like, ‘I feel scared
that the bad people are around’. But these aren’t bad people we’re talking about - these are people struggling in a bad system.” “What Just Speak presents is evidence-based, and shows that prisons don’t work,” Kiki said. It is an idea that was once radical, but is now creeping into the left-wing mainstream as more people look to evidence-based research. This is the first time that Just Speak has had a stall at
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Kiki van Newtown from Just Speak and witch punk band HEX. PHOTO: ANNABELLA GAMBONI
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the Newtown festival, but Kiki is confident that they will be received well. “People in Newtown are pretty cool... I’m really excited for the day,” she said. After Kiki has helped wrap up the Just Speak stand, HEX will hit the stage at 7.20pm. The band consists of Kiki and her wife GG, and their drummer Liz Mathews. They have been playing together as HEX for about seven
years, but Kiki and GG have been playing together since they met a decade ago. The couple met in Newtown, and had their first date at what was the Bus Stop Bistro (where Viva La Mexico is now), as well their two children, now aged four and 18 months. The Newtown Festival Street Fair Day is on Sunday, March 5 from 9.30 along the Riddiford St and its side streets.
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Q: We asked young people ‘what does owning your own home mean to you?’
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“It’s a relic of a bygone age.”
“It would mean paying off my own mortgage, instead of someone else’s.”
“It would mean stability. It would also mean a lack of fear – fear of the landlord putting the rent up, fear of not know where I’ll be living next year.”
“It’s a dream, an impossible dream. It would mean safety.”
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Regrettable error In last weeks edition of The Cook Strait News, “Word on the Street’ section, we published some unfortunate and regrettable errors. Our production picked up two old photos that were published some time ago. We apologise unreservedly to the Edwina Henry family and to Michael Petherick for publishing these old photos. Also Michael’s answer to the question “What would you grab first if your house was on fire?”, should have read “My wife and son”. The Cook Strait News has put in new procedures to ensure this error does not happen again. Publisher.
Special treatment for the Wellington Company? Dear Editor, I want to add to the protests regarding the closure of the walkway between Avon St and Volga Street by The Wellington Company, the owners of Erskine College. Within Wellington city there are a number of buildings that were deemed dangerous following the November earthquake. These buildings, such
as the Reading Cinema Car Park, were roped off until they could be demolished. But they were demolished because of the risk to the public. So why don’t the same rules apply in Island Bay? If the Erskine Chapel is a dangerous risk to people in the vicinity then it too should be compulsorily demolished. If it is not a dangerous risk
Keep our rates out of the extension Dear Editor, With the hearing for the extension to the Wellington airport on its way it is timely to remind the City Council that the people who will benefit from more travellers through the airport will be
Bethany Miller, Mt Cook “Being rich or of an older generation.”
the airport itself, the hotel, motel and restaurant industries, the taxi and rental car businesses, and to a lesser extent, perhaps, the tourist industry generally. For the average Wellingtonian, there will be no benefit, but more
problems in getting around the increasingly congested city. For those reasons there should be no increase in rates for the residential sector to help with an airport extension. If there is a need for
additional funding to help pay for any airport extension it should come from the commercial sector which will reap the benefits financially. Sincerely, Nick Jennings, Houghton Bay
then the walkway should be opened to public use. As things stand it seems that WCC is supporting The Wellington Company in its battle with SECT (Save Erskine College Trust). It should be supporting the public to keep the walkway open. Regards, Peter D Graham, Island Bay
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A feminine look at the apocalypse By Annabella Gamboni
Escaped Alone is a woman’s look at the apocalypse, from within the cosy confines of middle-aged conversation. The new play by renowned English playwright Caryl Churchill stars four of Wellington’s finest actresses in a celebration of women’s theatre for Circa’s Women in Theatre Festival. Unusually, the play’s stage directions stipulate that its four actresses must be at least 60. Ginette McDonald, who hails from Owhiro Bay, plays one of the four characters who sit in a garden and tell each other tales – of the present, past and future. Escaped Alone is a play where older women take the spotlight, Ginette said. “I understand it’s quite a political move by Caryl
Churchill, to make a statement on the place of women in the world as they get older,” she said. It can be hard for actresses older than 30 to get regular stage work, in particular in New Zealand, she said. Escaped Alone is set in an unclear dystopic reality, and the play’s themes have become increasingly relevant with every development in world news, Ginette said. “Every time something happens in the news, we find a fresh way to look at something in rehearsal. It is incredibly relevant to our times.” Director Susan Wilson said that while the play has overt political themes, it’s still accessible and at times funny. “It’s really a play for everyone, and an incredibly important one at that,” she said.
Escaped Alone’s stars: (L-R) Carmel McGlone, Irene Wood, Ginette McDonald and Jane Waddell. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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Annette King steps down as deputy Deputy leader for the New Zealand Labour Party Annette King has announced yesterday that she is retiring from politics completely. After a lot of consideration, Ms K ing decided to step aside after Jacinda Ardern’s
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National Arts Festival for Children launched
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Last week Capital E launched its eighth National Arts Festival for Children, the biggest festival of its kind in New Zealand. For two weeks, Wellington’s children and their parents will be treated to 11 shows from both our own country and around the world – including from France, the UK, the Netherlands and Australia. Over 18,0 0 0 schoolchildren and 4000 young people and their parents are expected to attend the shows over the festival’s two-week run. Experience Wellington’s director of children and young people Dr Sarah Rusholme said the launch was a promising start to the festival. “It was exciting to see so many of our supporters, friends and partners join us at the Capital E National Arts Festival launch. This year’s Festival will see Wellington’s youngest citizens exposed to new artistic, cultural and community perspectives. The Capital E
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team can’t wait for children, young people and their whanau to see these exciting, interactive and worldclass shows,” she said. A children’s festival brings particularly exciting theatre work to the city, she said. “Our 2017 programme showcases energetic and uplifting performance works, created by artists who have a passion for igniting the creative spark within all children. The festival features incredibly versatile artists that specialise in colliding and energising art forms.” One such show is Java Dance Theatre’s show Cheese, which it makes its debut at the Mac’s Function Centre. It will feature a specially-designed fake mozzerella, which is completely dairy-free but looks and acts just like the stretchy stuff usually found on pizza. Capital E’s National Arts Festival runs from March 13-25. More information and tickets are available at www.capitale.org.nz
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Lyall Bay Unitec dance graduate Bella Wilson is making her post-study debut at the Circa Theatre. She is one of a cast of dancers performing in Footnote’s The Dark Light, which is on now as part of The Fringe Festival. “I don’t have a character in the t raditiona l na r rative sense, but I do have a persona that’s can be pretty
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period living and working in Berlin. Her process for creating the work, which included sending each dancer away to create a solo from a prompt, were more collaborative a nd less autocratic t ha n traditional choreography, Bella said. “It’s really special to have someone trust you enough to do what you do best.” Bella has her own dance collective, called Restless
Legs Ensemble, comprised of herself and seven other g raduates f rom Un itec’s Bachelor of Dance programme. They most recently performed at the Splore festival in Auckland. The Dark Light opened February 28 and will run until Sunday, March 5 at Circa Theatre, on the waterfront next to Te Papa at 7.30pm. Tickets available through www.circa.co.nz
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The eldest female giraffe at Wellington Zoo, named Tisa, died in the early hours of last Wednesday. At 26, Tisa was the eldest of the zoo’s three giraffes. Her health deteriorated rapidly after she was put under general anaesthetic last Thursday. Animal Care and Veterinary Science teams were optimistic about her recovery, but after she refused to eat or drink after her initial procedure, they decided to perform another one that would be potentially life-saving – supplying Tisa with fluids and and run blood tests. General manager for animal care and science Mauritz Basson said that while the prognosis for Tisa was “guarded”, not doing the procedure was not an option. “It was in Tisa’s best interest that we performed this emergency procedure. Her blood test on the night indicated signs of kidney failure and along with her old age, this contributed to her rapid decline leading up to this procedure,” said Mauritz. Herbivore Keeper April Turnbull has cared for Tisa for three years, and said the giraffe will be missed. “Many of our visitors have told us about their fondness for Tisa, as her gentle character really touched everyone who had the chance to meet and connect with her. “Most mornings when I would walk up to the African Savannah to tend to the Giraffes, Tisa would stick her head over the barrier and rest her head on my shoulder,” April said. She is survived by her daughter Zahara, who was born in Wellington Zoo, and niece Zuri.
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