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Hitchhiking for Korbin By Sharnahea Wilson

Team Korbs will be hitchhiking from Auckland to Queenstown with just $10 in support of New Zealand charity Cure Kids. Korbin O’Keefe, who was born with congenital heart disease, was a Cure Kids ambassador until he passed away at the age of 18. Continued on page 2.


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Damaged Defence House to be demolished It was announced this week Defence House in Aitken Street Thor ndon, will be demolished due to damage following last year’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The New Zealand Defence Force announced on March 3 the building’s repairs would be fi nancially unviable and the building was set to be deconstructed. The statement said the Defence Force was ‘sad’ at the

loss of its headquarters, which is just a decade old. “Since the earthquake the owner of Defence House, AMP Capital, has been involved in investigations to determine the extent of the damage to the building and to understand what will be required to rectify the damage,” the statement said. The building was occupied by the Defence Force and the Ministry of Defence and was

critical headquarters for the staff of both. From November 16 they then operated out of the Freyberg Building, immediately behind Defence House. “This week, AMP Capital advised the NZDF that it was going to demolish Defence House. AMP Capital advises that the building can be repaired but that the cost of repairs is not economically viable,” the statement said.

Team Korbs raises funds for Cure Kids Continued from page 1. Since his passing, his mum Jules Darwin, sister Bailey Darwin and aunty Karen O’Keefe, along with the rest of the family, has supported the research-based charity. “Being an ambassador for Cure Kids was the thing Korbin was most proud of,” Jules explained. This year team Korbs will consist of Bailey and Karen who need to raise the $10,150 entry fee to take part in the $10 Queenstown Challenge from March 29 to April 2. At the weekend the family cooked a Hangi at the Nga Hau e Wha o Papararangi Marae, which they then delivered to buyers from Wellington to Palmerston North. Jules explained how when Korbin was born in 1997 there was not a lot anyone could do to help Korbin who was suffering from heart problems. Throughout his life, Korbin was supported from the team at Cure Kids, and now his family dedicates their time every year to giving back to the charity.

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“The staff have supported this family endlessly, it’s a big reason why we take part. We wouldn’t have had him for the years we did without Cure Kids.” This will be the third year Team Korbs has taken part in the race – which they have raised over $35,000 for altogether. Bailey and Karen will be hitchhiking down the country while Jules will drive a sweep car which is used to pick up any stranded hitchhikers taking part in the challenge. Jules said there are different challenges along the way teams have to take part in, and in previous years she has shucked muscles in Blenheim, ridden segways in Christchurch and jumped on a bike on a BMX track in Taupo “The challenge puts people out of their comfort zone, because the Cure Kids ambassadors are out of their comfort zones all the time.” The family will have one last push to raise their entry fee with a Quiz Night in Petone

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Superannuation eligibility will be raised from 65 to 67 in 2040, the Government has announced. The changes will be phased in from July 1, 2037, and will not affect anyone born on or before June 30 1972. Everyone born on or after January 1, 1974 will be eligible for NZ Super from age 67. The residency requirement for eligibility for NZ Super will also be changed, from 10 years to 20 years. The change will apply to people arriving in New Zealand after the legislation is passed.

A housing meeting in the city saw locals share their concerns, questions and stories with experts about the growing housing shortage in the capital. Labour MP for Wellington Central Grant Robertson hosted the meeting last Thursday evening and invited along experts as well as members of the public to

discuss the state of Wellington housing. Speakers Philippa HowdenChapman from Otago University, Alison Cadman from Dwell Housing Trust, Renters’ United’s Robert Whitaker and Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford, discussed shortages, prices and the idea of a rental WOF. Johnsonville woman Lou

Hutchinson posed a question to the speakers about women who are escaping from a bad situation and who end up facing problems finding a safe, affordable home. “There are all these people telling you to escape an abusive situation but what are you supposed to do once you’ve left,” Lou asked. Lou moved to Wellington

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from the Hawkes Bay in order to get away from an abusive situation but when she got here she found there was nowhere to live and not a lot of help on offer. “There’s no housing to go to… you want to be safe but you’re not. It’s pretty heart breaking as a mother [of two] to know people who want to leave a situation are disadvantaged.” Lou, who suffers from anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress after being abused as a child, found that when she came to Wellington there was a big shortage of safe, affordable homes. As there were no social housing properties available to her, Lou now pays $430 per week in rent and said there is little left over for food and other necessary expenses. “I shouldn’t be spending that much money on rent. “There is a constant fear of the unknown… thinking you might be left without a home again.” Phil said this was one of the many issues with housing in New Zealand which needed to be addressed sooner rather than later. “We have to fix the bigger dysfunctional housing market,” Phil said. “The most vulnerable people are always the worst affected when there’s a [housing] shortage.”

“Tackling Wellington’s congestion requires getting more people onto public transport and making sure it remains affordable. The freeze on bus fares has been helpful,” Mr Lester said. “It’s also very encouraging to see GWRC is committed to a package of discounts for the 2018/19 fiscal year. The options being discussed for this package include a 25 per

cent discount on off-peak fares, introducing transfers without a cost penalty for people changing buses and potentially discounts for students as well.” Council’s public transport, walking and cycling portfolio leader Sarah Free said the working relationship between the two councils on public transport issues has never been better.

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Brett Hudson “We have a working group between our councils that is discussing ways forward on these issues and I’m encouraged with the results we are seeing. “Wellingtonians have told us improved public transport is a top priority. It frees up space on our roads, reduces congestion, and is the only way some people can get around.”

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inbrief news Volunteers needed The Khandallah Community Gardens, is crying out for volunteers. The small garden on the street berm and has been running for two years, growing a wide variety of fruit and vegetables for the community. In that time, it has had strong community support. Greg O’Connor, Labour’s candidate in Ohariu, was at the last working bee and said the work done by the garden was amazing. “To keep it sustainable over the long term, we need to get more people pitching in for a couple of hours a month.” The next working bee is on Sunday, March 26 at 2pm.

Cuba Dupa The Cuba Dupa team is excited to celebrate Wellington’s unique, iconic street with more music, visual art, parades, adventure and food. Artistic Director Drew James said with over 250 extraordinary events over the 17 hours, and over 90 Street Food Festival outlets, CubaDupa 2017 takes street action to another level. “With a theme of ‘Beat the Street’, we want you to own the streets with us. Learn our new CubaDupa song, participate in workshops and follow the numerous parades, dress up and party. Dance to your beat.” The event is on from March 25-26.

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Prestigious prize a surprise for local writer By Sharnahea Wilson

Writer Ashleigh Young got the surprise of a lifetime when she received a call saying she was one of eight winners of the prestigious Windham-Campbell Literature Prize. The Victoria University creative writing tutor and alumna was shocked to discover she was one of this year’s winners of the prize worth USD $165,000. The annual prize is administered by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University and is awarded to writers around the globe to support their writing. Ashleigh is the first kiwi writer to receive the prize since its establishment in 2013. “The first time you hear you’re even being considered for the prize is when they call to say you’ve won,” Ashleigh explained. “There’s something almost magical about it… it’s a really life changing amount of money.” Ashleigh was awarded the prize for her book of personal essays Can You Tolerate This?

published by Victoria University Press in 2016. Ashleigh, who has been a creative writer since she was little, said the book consists of 21 personal essays about her life, her family and growing up in a small town. The writer, who published a book of poetry in 2009, said essay writing allows the creator to spill their thoughts onto the page without a strict structure. “You can have a lot of digression, it doesn’t have to come to a neat conclusion. I just write how I think.” Ashleigh was grateful for the support her family has given her throughout the process of writing her book of essays. “I wouldn’t have been able to write it without my family’s blessing. My parents and two older brothers have been completely wonderful.” Previous winners of the prize include Helen Garner, Teju Cole, Hilton Als and Tessa Hadley. Ashleigh will receive the prize money in September when she travels to Windham-Campbell Festival at Yale.

Windham-Campbell Literature Prize winner, writer Ashleigh Young. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

Council extends outer Town Belt with Forest of Tane Wellington City Council has acquired the Forest of Tane in Tawa and the land will be added to Wellington’s Outer Town belt and used for recreation and green space. “I am incredibly pleased that the Council has been able to acquire this land for the people of Wellington,” Council’s Natural Environment Portfolio Leader Peter Gilberd said. “I think of other fantastic green spaces in our city – Khandallah Park, Makara

Peak and our Town Belt, for example – and how glad I am that previous councils had the foresight to preserve and retain that land. That is what we are doing now. “This is part of building an Outer Town Belt of protected green space that stretches from the south coast to Kapiti Island. Our parks and reserves add much to our city and this will be a fine addition. “Public ownership will also help ensure that the native for-

est remains. This will mean we can remove many non-native trees and plant new native trees in their place.” Northern Ward councillor Jill Day said the decision to acquire the land followed a strong push from the community. “This is something the community was very passionate about and I’m so glad we were able to acquire the land. Over 200 people packed out a public meeting recently on these issues and we had many more

letters and emails.” Northern Ward councillor Malcolm Sparrow was excited about the recreational opportunities with the substantial linkage along the western hills. “There’s so much potential now that the land will be owned by the wider community.” More details on the sale will be made available in early April once the process has been fully concluded with the vendor.

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A treasure trove of local art will be on display in the city next week with a percentage of sold works going to a good cause. Wadestown women Adele Eagleson, Karen Hamilton-Smith and Kirsty Fyfe will hold ARTrove, an exhibition of local work in support of this year’s chosen charity Child Cancer Foundation on March 13. Adele said it was important that in ARTrove’s sixth year there were fresh faces and works for Wellingtonians to enjoy. “We put a lot of work into getting fresh faces… all of the artists are from the Wellington region.” Two Western suburbs artists will join ARTrove this year – Marika Williams also of Wadestown and Lyn Crutchley of Karori.

A portion of artwork sold on the opening night will go towards the Child Cancer Foundation and there will also be collection buckets for those who wish to donate throughout the rest of the week. Co-organiser Kirsty Fyfe said the group was delighted to be fundraising for Child Cancer Foundation. “This is an excellent cause and we hope that our opening night event is successful in raising much needed funds. “As parents ourselves, we can only imagine the stress families go through when a child is diagnosed with cancer.” She said there would also be a silent auction where people can bid on works created by children who suffer from cancer. Child Cancer Foundation Business Development Manager, Mi-


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Caritas helps remedy ‘humanitarian catastrophe’

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Following the declaration of famine in South Sudan a local man recently returned to the world’s newest nation to help coordinate an important mission. Senior Humanitarian Programmes Coordinator Mark Mitchell of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, based in Thorndon, left the country on Sunday to help coordinate the Caritas response to the worsening situation. “I’m heading over to help develop a programme to identify the gaps in support... and identify the areas that don’t have existing support,” Mark explained. He said Caritas New Zealand had been working to help Caritas South Sudan over the last three years but on-going help was desperately needed. “I was in the country last year to bolster Caritas’ humanitarian response to the existing emergency, and what I saw was people in desperate need. “What we’re seeing now is a humanitarian catastrophe. We are acting now to prevent more people dying of hunger.” Mark was in the country in August last year to assist Caritas South Sudan in the design and development of a programme providing emergency supplies and water to thousands of people displaced by the ongoing civil war. The programme that was set up in 2016 is now being expanded in response to the famine declared in South Sudan’s northern Unity State and severe food shortages across the country, with food and water being distributed to those facing starvation, he explained.

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According to the UN, the famine is affecting more than 100,000 people in Unity State, and there are fears it will spread to a further 5 million across the country. “Due to the escalation of fighting, aid agencies have been forced out, leaving communities without any access to food,” Mark said. Mark said though he has been working with the nation for many years, it was still saddening to be returning knowing there is ongoing conflict. “Every time there’s a sense of nervousness... I’m not quite sure what I’m going to be heading into.”  To donate to this cause head to Caritas.

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A Khandallah resident who does cosmetic tattoos for women who have had breast reconstruction surgery has recently branched out even further. Janine Bishop has been a Registered Nurse for many years and has been doing areola tattoos, on women who have suffered from breast cancer who have had a mastectomy, for nearly 10 years. “The surgeon creates a nipple out of their skin, then I tattoo over it,” Janine explained. She said most people don’t know tattooing an areola on someone who has had surgery is possible until they know someone who goes through the process. “Most women who are getting these have gone through a long journey.” She said many women have gone through radiotherapy and chemotherapy so it was nice to be able to do this tattooing at the

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Extend the pool season Dear Ed, It would be wonderful if the Wellington Cit y Council would consider extending the opening season of the K ha nda lla h outdoor swi m m i ng pool u n-

til Easter in line with the Thorndon outdoor pool. Khandallah pool is a wonder f ul pool situated in a stunning location and I am sure a lot of the locals would support an extended

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Calling on community input in Khandallah By Sharnahea Wilson

A public meeting is being called for the community to discuss how to better utilise the Khandallah Pool and Park facilities over the summer. Onslow-Western ward councillor Diane Calvert, housing, recreation and events portfolio leader and deputy mayor Paul Eagle and local residents Norma Bryant and Viv Chapple have decided something needs to be done to improve the Khandallah Pool. “It’s been an issue for a long time, so a small group of us got together and said we need to do something,” Diane said. Onslow-Western ward councillor Diane Calvert, local Diane said the pool’s changing rooms residents Norma Bryant and Viv Chapple, and deputy need to be refurbished; they need heated mayor Paul Eagle. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson showers and could do with better pool

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a blue Suzuki motorcycle parked at the rear of a store in Broderick Road was stolen. A truck parked in front of a container at a building site in Mclintock Street was broken into and two batteries were stolen. A granny flat and a shed associated with a house in Lomita Road were entered and a number of items were stolen. A van parked in Plumer Street was entered while the owner was working nearby. A man was seen to exit the van and run off. A radar detector and a reversing camera were stolen and the rear window was broken. The safety fence around a hall under renovation at a school in Haumia Street was breached by a group of teenagers, one of whom climbed onto the roof of the two storey building. Nothing is known to have been stolen. In Newlands a house in Bracken Road was entered during the night by reaching through a broken window by the front door and unlocking it. Cash was taken from a wallet left on a table. In Kenmore Street a set of mag wheels were stolen from outside the back door. In K ha ndalla h a blue Subaru Impreza hatchback parked locked and secure on the street in Jubilee Road was stolen. It was later found abandoned nearby with the engine running and the ignition damaged. A silver Subaru Legacy station-

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She said the opening hours could be better. Currently the pool opens from 10am until 6pm but Norma suggested people would use it more in the early morning. “We have this 365 days a year so it would be good to utilise it a bit more.” Viv also agreed the pool would be better used if its opening hours were longer and it was open for longer either side of summer. “Even an extra 10 days at the end of March would make a big difference. “Khandallah Park is a destination park… this is about the Wellington community, not just Khandallah.”  The public meeting will be held at Khandallah Town Hall on Tuesday, March 21 from 7.30pm, all are welcome to go along.



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Marsden Gala By Sharnahea Wilson

Locals enjoyed food, entertainment, games and more at a Gala Day in Karori at the weekend. It was a fun day in the sun for all who attended this year’s annual Marsden Collegiate School Gala Day on March 5. Attendees got the opportunity to browse through toys, books and designer clothing while children enjoyed face painting, games, a bouncy castle and a photo booth. The ever popular deli stall was there on the day and locals taste tested a wide variety of edible goods. Marsden School thanked their pupils, staff and parents of the school who made the day happen, with all the community coming together.

It was wet and wild with the sponge throwing stall.

The Marden team sells delicious homemade goods.

Attendees enjoy sweets in the sun.

A local student manning the pirate booth.

Young ones enjoy the bouncy castle.

Marsden senior students enjoy their annual Gala Day.

Dumplings were a Gala-favouite.

The clothing sale was popular at the recent Gala.

Students sell raffle tickets to Gala-goers.

Bread sticks keep fair-goers full.

Wednesday March 8, 2017


Creatives expand their skills By Sharnahea Wilson

Drawing tutor Helen Casey (back) leads a Fundamentals of Drawing class at Karori Arts and Crafts Centre. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson

A classic class with a brand new teacher will keep Karori creatives busy over the coming year with the Fundamentals of Drawing up and running. Helen Casey will be running the Fundamentals of Drawing, as well as drawing for beginners, each Monday at Karori Arts and Crafts Centre. The art teacher said her fundamentals class was well-suited to those who had some drawing experience but either wanted to get back into it or further their skills. “If you feel confident copying realistic things and feel reasonably

confident with a pencil [this class] will be enjoyable,” Helen explained. Helen, who has been an artist for many years, working as both an illustrator and an art teacher, welcomed people to go along and try it out. “This class could be good for people who did art at school and are looking to get back into it, or just for people wanting to improve their skills. “We use pencils, watercolour pencils… add a bit of pastels… drawing can be really anything – we use a range of media,” Helen said. She said the class allows locals the freedom to either draw from materials that she brings along, or bring

Police seek intruder Wellington Police are appealing to the public for information relating to an intruder at an Aro Valley address last Sunday morning. At approximately 6am on Sunday, February 26, Police were called after a woman at the address was awoken by an intruder in her bedroom. After a brief struggle the intruder fled on foot from the address. Police canvassed the area however he was not located. The intruder is described as male, 25-30 years old, of muscular build and approximately 180 cm tall. “This was a traumatic experi-

ence for the young woman,” Detective Jocelyn Bell said. “Thankfully she wasn’t seriously injured; however this incident left her extremely shaken. “Finding the person responsible will go a long way to providing her with some reassurance.” P Information can be reported to Wellington Central on (04) 381 2000. Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. “This is a timely reminder to people to ensure their property is adequately secured, especially at night.”


Newly qualified midwife uses skills to save a life Newly graduated Broadmeadows midwife Malita Fanning was heading to Makara Beach for a picnic lunch with her husband and children mid last month when their day took a dramatic turn. “The cars had all stopped in front of us and we were told there was a cyclist who had come off his bike. I grabbed my first aid kit thinking I might be able to help,” Malita said. She found a man lying in the middle of the road being put into recovery position by two other members of the public. “He had no obvious injuries but did not appear to be conscious... We rolled him onto his back and my midwifery emergency training just kicked in – I was on autopilot. “I did cardiac compressions with breaths in between for two rounds. I had asked one of the other people to call an ambulance and over the speakerphone they coached me and counted compressions, which was great.” In the short time it took the ambulance to arrive the man had shown some response to the CPR but had not recommenced breathing on his own.

“I know survival rates for people requiring CPR are not that high but from what I could gather I had started the CPR pretty quickly after he collapsed so there was a chance. I was hugely relieved to hear later that he had made it.” Malita has since met with the man she revived. “He was really grateful. I was just so glad it had worked. It makes me feel confident that all that learning as a midwife just kicks in; that we have been taught well.” The man, who prefers not to be identified, said he was grateful to Malita for being there at the right time and not hesitating to help. “Her medical support has now given me a much valued opportunity to continue to spend time with my wife, adult children and re-engage with old and new friends. “In terms of my own recovery it is a great story. I am back at work part time and am expecting to be back full time by the end of the month. “My experience has certainly highlighted to me the importance of as many people as possible knowing CPR.”

Leave your distractions at the kerb Think. Look. Cross.


along their own objects and ideas. The centre manager Margaret Taylor said the class was great for both retired people looking to get back into art, or for people working from home who want to meet people and have fun. “It gives them the permission to take the time to do something for themselves. It provides encouragement to be creative,” she said. Though the classes are usually three hours long, the centre will host a one-off trial of the class on Monday, March 13 from 9.30am to 11.30am for $38.  To book for the one off class email Margaret Taylor at

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Gardening & OUTDOOR LIVING Autumn is a fantastic season in the garden Autumn is a fantastic season in the garden. The air is crisp, with warm long days, perfect for the jobs that need doing following the heat of summer. Autumn is a great time for sowing a new lawn, planting trees and shrubs, and of course planting the vegetable garden for the months ahead. Autumn to do list • Autumn is the perfect time for lawn T.L.C, and to sow a new lawn. Check out our 4 simple steps of lawn care. • Harvest seeds from last season’s crops for use next season. Label them carefully before storing. • Plant up pots and containers with autumn potted colour. In the vegetable garden • Replace the lost nutrients from those heavy growing seasons by adding in compost, blood and bone, and sheep pellets. This will provide a healthy new founda-

tion for your autumn and winter crops. • Harvest pumpkins and dry well before storing. • Main crop potatoes should be ready for lifting. • Autumn is an ideal time to plant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beetroot, spinach and Chinese cabbages. • Plant lettuce early autumn and you can get a good harvest from most lettuce varieties. If early frosts are a concern, protect seedlings with a cloche or growing tunnel. • If you choose to rest some areas of your vegetable garden over autumn and winter, planting a green manure crop like lupin or mustard seed adds nitrogen rich organic matter back into the soil. For more information see our Cover Crops Guide. Source: Tui Garden products

March lawn makeover Do you have more bare patches than grass in your lawn? Or a particular spot that has received a lot of ‘love’ (also known as wear and tear) from pets or children? March is an ideal time to patch those empty spots and help create a lush green lawn. Why March? Air temperatures are milder in

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Ace Lawns also offers Pre-Sale Grooms. They come in and blitz the property, tackling lawns, hedges, gardening and waterblasting paths and driveways to bring the property up to the best standard for re-sale. Ace lawns also specialises in taking care of rental properties working with landlords to achieve a regular programme which keeps rental properties in top shape - from regular lawn and garden maintenance.

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Emily McKinnon, Rylee Going, Morgane Gee, Hollie Waayer and her older brother Sam Girl Guides Maddison Blair, Elsa McMechan, Emily Buckley and Mica Allan, with leader Waayer selling biscuits on Monday evening. Angela Stockman, hit the streets to sell biscuits. PHOTOS: Sharnahea Wilson

60 years of Girl Guide biscuits By Sharnahea Wilson

Girl guides are heading out in droves, selling their wellloved biscuits and celebrating the biscuits’ 60 years in existence. March launched GirlGuiding New Zealand’s 2017 biscuit-selling season and St Ninian’s Guides of Karori hit the streets on Monday to sell the plain and chocolate biscuits. This year marks 60 years of selling Guide Biscuits in New Zealand and GirlGuiding New Zealand said their biscuits are just as good now as they were when first sold in 1957.

Chief Executive Susan Coleman said the recipe for the original Guide biscuit is still basically the same since it was originally developed and sold in large square tins. “We have met the demands of our modern market for chocolate and mini varieties, but the old favourites have stayed original. “The recipe has hardly changed and local company Griffin’s still make them. “Guide Biscuits are easily the largest girl-led business in New Zealand. The girls help decide where to sell them, manage the money and develop people skills and positive business eth-

ics.” St Ninian’s Girl Guide Mica Allan said she enjoyed going out and selling the biscuits. “The good thing about when you sell them in the mall is getting to taste all the samples,” she said. Just as they did 60 years ago, the profits from biscuit sales will go back into opportunities for girls across New Zealand.  Biscuits are available to buy online now and from April through a variety of other outlets. For more information on where to buy email

A group of Brownies from 1958 sell Guide biscuits. PHOTO: Supplied


Fun for the whole family! Come and celebrate in

Churton Park Village Sunday 12 March, 12-3 pm

 Open air stage with amazing performances showcasing the diverse cultures and talents in cluding performances by the Sri Lankan Dance Academy, Cheong Sam Sho Dance and Filifest Dance Group.  Activities and displays featuring a fun sari demonstration, FAB Music instruments for the kids to try, henna hand painting, design colour ful art with SandArt NZ, face painting and Little Ben’s Big Bubbles.  Indian, Sri Lankan and Chinese food stalls, an Amesbury School sausage sizzle and sweet treats including a Churton Park School bake sale.




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MR FEATHER’S DEN is your classic New York style Curio Shop but with a great New Zealand flavour – we stock taxidermy, midcentury and retro lamps and ceramics, vintage and collectibles (including books) and original art and jewellery – all curated with an artist’s eye. SWEET – KITCHEN & DELIGHTS has a remarkable range of local and imported sweet delights. Fudge and nougat and boiled sweets from one of New Zealand’s oldest artisan sweet


Molive Gold is a boutique award winning olive oil having gained 43 awards in only twelve seasons (5 International). It is expertly blended using hand picked olives from several different varieties of olive tree all grown on two sites situ-


Established in the late 1800’s, Greytown Butchery is still operating in the same historic building. Current owners, Artisan Butcher Gavin Green & partner Julie, have transformed this iconic butchery into a gourmet, Europeanstyled butchery that prides itself on top quality cuts with exceptional service to match. By maintaining old traditions of butchering, it is no


Now being stocked at Moore Wilson’s in Wellington and Kenepuru, Choice Fruit Products have brought New Zealand’s great taste to the city. Hand-made they have a huge range of top quality, delicious gourmet chutneys, spreads, relishes, pickles, sauces & condiments using (as much as possible) NZ grown ingredients. These

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makers, gourmet Shoc chocolate made in the Wairarapa, as well as things you were just not expecting. Blueberry and chocolate rice pudding anyone? We also have vintage kitchenalia and cookbooks instore. C’EST CHEESE is one of the country’s leading cheese purveyors. It alone is worth a journey over the hill. But our store also has a huge range of incredible New Zealand (and imported) foods. There’s everything here you need for your Wairarapa escape. ated in Martinborough. Varieties include Barnea, Manzanilla and Koroneiki olives with a little El Greco, Frantoio and Verdale added for balance. This is a well rounded oil, full of fresh light fruit flavours, that is best served drizzled over pasta, fish, and vegetable dishes, or on its own as a dip for bread. wonder they consistently win awards. Known for their multi-award winning sausages, their beef flavoured sausage has won 9 awards in the last decade at the annual Great NZ Sausage Competition - and that’s just for their beef flavour! Multiple awards have also been won for other sausages, but it seems that their Kiwi classic beef sausage continually builds popularity amongst the judges & customers alike. luxurious gourmet preserves are made in the heart of central NZ. You can also buy Choice Fruits products at Featherston’s C’est Cheese and Greytown Butchery. Whatever you are looking for, there is something in their range that will perfectly complement your meal, whether it is sweet or savoury, big or small, Roast or fresh.Choice Fruit Products have it all!!


additives or stabilises. Just good old fashioned decadent fudge. Russian fudge and Chocolate fudge are stocked in Moore Wilson stores and you can find ‘Laughing Owl Fudge’ in many outlets in the Wairarapa. Kylie attends many market, where tasters are available for all her flavours, recently producing Spiced Olive Oil Fudge, using Wairarapa ingredients. Kylie’s passionate about the Waiarapa and embraces their small foodie businesses.


plants, which mean picking starts in October and finishes end of May. Their specialty is the home-grown and homemade produce including wine, olive oil, fresh berries, jams, vinegars, free range eggs, and resh seasonal vegetables. There is also a wide range of gifts, with the majority having a Scottish theme.

After backpacking the world, working as a chef overseas and running a successful Fudge business in Scotland, Kylie Alexander (Nee Evans) has returned home with her Scottish Family, to the south Wairarapa, to continue her Fudge success, with ‘Laughing Owl Fudge’. Hand made in the heart of Greytown, ‘Laughing Owl Fudge’ is made using traditional ingredients, with no artificial

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Wednesday March 8, 2017


Pizza and pancakes mark the beginning of Lent By Sharnahea Wilson

The community of St Anne’s Anglican Parish of Northland-Wilton enjoyed Shrove Tuesday last week with an array of pizza and pancakes.

Children enjoy a pancake race during last week’s Shrove Tuesday. PHOTOS: Supplied

Reverend Paul McIntosh said the community came alive with children racing up the street flipping pancakes in their annual pancake race. “We use pancakes left over from our party and the kids race up and down the street trying to flip the pancakes in saucepans and see who is the quickest,” Rev Paul said. About 40 people turned out to the Pancake Day to mark the beginning of Lent, in the lead up to Easter. Rev Paul said the parishioners like to get involved in the traditions each year through the services offered by the church which help people engage with Easter preparation. “[For Easter] we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the new life God brings through him.” L e nt , wh ich b ega n la st Wednesday was marked by the church by burning palm crosses from last year’s Palm Sunday,

Rev Paul explained. “The ash (mixed with oil) is put on people’s foreheads in a sign of a cross as a sign of penitence and connecting with Jesus’ 40 day journey in the desert. “We also hold a Lenten study that happens on Thursday evening in the church throughout lent.” He said the church works to help support the local community right throughout the year. “One exciting way we’re doing that here is a once per month service called Messy Church, which is primarily for young families, who would find Sunday morning church too traditional. “We have craft activities, songs, a short talk, and then we have a sit down dinner together.” This takes place on the third Sunday of the month from 4pm to 6pm and usually attracts about 40-50 people, Rev Paul said.

School and physio join forces A Karori school and local physiotherapists are joining forces to offer a school-based physio clinic two days per week. Samuel Marsden Collegiate School and Proactive ‘Four Corners of Health’ physiotherapists are set to provide a physio service

for the school’s community. This service will be available to students and staff and the clinic will offer their Four Corners of Health approach alongside specific physiotherapy specialist skills. “After suffering from an injury,

illness or setback, your body’s resilience takes a big hit,” Regional Manager Dr Jessica Povall said. “Our Four Corners of Health model assesses the four most critical factors when it comes to optimising recovery and boosting performance; physical function,

Johnsonville Fire Brigade


- Have a go at what we do - Virtual Reality Goggle fire demonstration

- 4 different types of fire apparatus - Bouncy castle and children’s entertainment

26th March, 10am–1pm | 13 Burgess Rd, Johnsonville

sleep, nutrition and mindset.” Marsden’s Director of Sport Eliott Books said big picture wellbeing was a great approach for their students. “We are pleased to be able to offer this service to our students and staff. Proactive Physiother-

apy has a strong focus on injury prevention and their programme includes Injury Prevention workshops. “We hope our students will take their learnings into their community sport and activities and life beyond school,” Eliott said.


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Wednesday March 8, 2017


Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Dark Claudio after Leicester sacking Churton Park-based Packaworld International’s bocce courts. PHOTO Supplied

Breaking down barriers at the Special Olympics A Churton Park company is breaking down barriers at the Special Olympics with their inflatable sports courts. The innovative courts produced by northern suburbs’ Packaworld International will take the field at the Latin American Special Olympics Games in Panama this April, along with more than 800 athletes from 21 countries. The courts provide the arenas for the sport of bocce, an ancient Italian sport similar to petanque and lawn bowls, to be contested by 110 athletes from 13 countries at the event. Packaworld Chief Executive Peter Roberts said competition bocce courts were 60 feet long and 12 feet wide, and were traditionally built

into venues or composed of bulky materials. “Bocce is the perfect platform for athletes with a disability to participate on the world stage because it is based on skill rather than physical build or capability,” Peter said. “The availability of portable courts that can be set up quickly anywhere there is a flat area will inspire people and programmes around the world to offer this inspirational sport.” Special Olympics International Chief Executive Mary Davis said playing at the highest level enabled Special Olympics athletes to challenge the stigma associated with intellectual disability, and innovations enabling more people to participate had immense value for unified sport.

“Since their creation, these courts have helped people experience the power of sport by making a unified experience accessible. For our athletes, that is invaluable. “Playing sport empowers people of all abilities to live healthier, more fulfilling lives. But for people with intellectual disabilities, sport is lifechanging. Sport can break barriers and end prejudices, and sports like bocce that offer a level playing field are precious,” Mary said. The use of Packabocce courts at the Latin American Special Olympics follows a successful 24-court tournament at the 2013 Asia Pacific Special Olympics, held in New South Wales where the courts have left a lasting legacy.

Sisters hope to go fast at nationals

The sacking of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester City is proof that professional sport is all about what you’ve done today. In May of last year, Ranieri was being serenaded by tenor Andrea Bocelli after leading Leicester from relegation favourites to English Premier League winners in one of the most stunning sporting triumphs ever. Now, with the gloss clearly gone and Leicester back in a relegation dog fight where many think they belong, Ranieri has been shown the door. Staying in the top flight of English football is worth millions to every club each year and for those in charge of the champions, it was too much of a risk to let sentiment get in the way of top tier survival. It’s a head versus heart decision. The head says change is needed, the heart says he deserves more loyalty based on past success. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffered the same fate in being sacked a season after he won the crown with Chelsea. Mourinho says his three EPL were not worth as much as Ranieri’s one, such was the magnitude of his triumph last year. The enigmatic football manager even wore ‘CR’ on his clothes as a sign of support. Granted since Ranieri’s departure Leicester has won two games which suggests to me the players may have played a role in his departure. There’s no doubt Ranieri will be a man in demand not only in England but for clubs worldwide keen to tap into his skills. However, loyalty has taken another hit in this brutal example of win or go home in modern day sports.

Firebirds to play at Cake Tin The Wellington Firebirds team which is set to play the Otago Volts under lights at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium from Monday to Thursday has been named. The Firebirds squad features several changes from their previous match, with Michael Pollard, Matt Taylor and Luke Ronchi joining the side. Taylor will be involved for Day 1 before stepping aside for Ronchi after his mandatory break following the BLACKCAPS’ ODI series. The round sees competition for the Plunket Shield move under lights for the first time in its history. With the Firebirds shifting down the round from their usual Basin Reserve venue, it is also the first time that Westpac Stadium has hosted First-Class cricket.

Attention all Kids and Parents From left Imogen Skelton, Izzy Hegan, Tessa Hunt and Lucy Hegan. PHOTO: Jo Murray By Dave Crampton

They are sisters, both play netball and musical instruments, and were the only siblings to medal in the same event at last year’s secondary school nationals. Both Izzy and Lucy Hegan, who run for the Olympic Harriers club, medalled in the 800m in close races. But Lucy, 14, is not a younger clone of her 17-year-old sister Izzy. She is getting faster, too and both want to go faster at next week’s National Track and Field champs in Hamilton. “She was faster at my age,” Lucy said.

“No, that’s not true,” Izzy retorted. It is true, actually – but Lucy is now catching up to her – and has run faster. In one recent event she clocked 2min 16.63, just a fraction faster than Izzy at 2minutes 17.13 seconds. Lucy was also 2nd in the junior 800m at her first National secondary school’s championships in December, clocking 2 minutes 17.37s in her semifinal – a then-personal best. In the senior girls’ 800m final, Izzy ran 2minutes 15 seconds for bronze. “But the final was very tactical. It was a slow race. I was 4th or 5th in the home straight and with

200m to go I thought ‘oh no, what am I going to do,” Izzy said. “It was a photo finish and the official said, ‘I think you came 4th’.” Lucy hoped she could go faster in the 800m than her sister ran at age 15. While she enjoys racing, Izzy prefers to run and train more than race. She likes the feel of running, and being out in the elements, which is perhaps why she did not quit last year. The girls say their father Nick used to be a good distance runner. “Dad gives advice and tactics,” Izzy said. But does he know what he is talking about? “He thinks he does.”

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