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From the menu to App store Twins invent new app game By Emma McAuliffe

A set of Seatoun twins have invented a game that may revolutionise the way people play noughts and crosses. Eight-year-old twins Amelie and Finn Barker came up with the idea of Happy Portions while celebrating their eighth birthday at a restaurant on holiday with their family. Continued on page 2. Amelie and Finn Barker have a go at the game. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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Children invent app on restaurant menu Continued from page 1. Similar to noughts and crosses the game takes place inside a 3x3 grid. Instead of noughts and crosses, however, the game uses circles with portions. Each portion can be made into a corresponding line allowing for a longer game time. Games can be played as a single player or in pairs on the same device. Dad Scott Barker said the family had a few goes at home and then decided to see what could be done to take the game further. “We had a couple of goes and I asked them well, what do you want to do? We had a whiteboard at home so we got the whiteboard game going. But it was difficult to keep track of the score. We thought it would be really good as an app,” he said. The group approached Wellington based Touchtech to create the app. It was launched on Friday and has already had over 50 downloads.

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A new programme set to educate children on boat and beach safety was launched in Worser Bay on March 17. Boat and Beach Wise is made up of three programmes which would see children and teenagers develop water safety skills, sailing skills and pathways for ambitious teenagers to become high performing sailing athletes. The Worser Bay Argosy Trust

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Scott said the children remained involved throughout the whole process choosing which colours, sounds and drawings they wanted to feature. They created some of the sound effects by making noises against the oven at their home. They even chose the name of the game. “Amelie named the game. It’s grown on me,” Scott said. Seatoun School students Amelie and Finn said they enjoyed getting to be part of the process especially the drawings. “[But] my favourite part is playing it,” Amelie said. “T here’s never been a noughts and crosses game like it. I think they’ve come up with a unique idea,” Scott said. Scott said the pair would also be looking to create updates for the game in the future. Happy Portions can be downloaded for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

funds the programme through membership donations and other funding streams. Trustees include Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle, John Fiso, Amanda Elliot, Phil Royal, Jude Pentecost, Sarah Bacon and Worser Bay Boating Club commodore Dean Stanley. Dean said the launch of the programme and the subsequent Worser Bay carnival went very well. “Boat and Beach Wise is a fantastic programme that will

be an enormous asset to our community and our children. “On the Friday night we had the launch which had key stakeholders involved and it went swimmingly. Then we had the carnival on the Sunday and we were blown away by how many people turned up. This was the first time we had held a beach carnival and we were trying to get the community involved. We had lots of games and things, as well as boat rides,” he said. Dean said their next goal

would be to develop a curriculum which could see the new Worser Bay Boating Club clubrooms become an “education outside the classroom” place for schools, allowing young people to learn confidence and skill in the marine environment. This could involve a penguin hotel, anemone garden and paua nursery, he said. “Kids will design the things and go through the processes gaining marine awareness,” he said.

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The owners of Mersey Street Store have suffered the blows since their carparks were removed to make way for the Island Bay cycleway. Store owners Sanjay and Jayshree Patel said people no longer had time to stop by their store because there was never enough car parks for everyone. The short-term parking spaces directly outside the dairy were removed to accommodate the $1.2 million cycleway, which was built between late 2015 and early 2016. “We lost [our] front parking. “We had two sometimes three [parks] because our neighbour would share his parking,” Sanjay said. According to a 2014 council report, there had been about 315 car parks along The Parade and 35 were removed for the cycleway. Sanjay said business on The Parade has not been the same since the cycleway was installed. “Even the fish and chip shop is getting quiet,” he said. A lack of short-term parking outside shops on The Parade in Island Bay has proved to be a mission for businesses. 10-minute parking spaces were

The Mount Vic Hub will be hosting a Summertime Community Dinner at the Innermost Gardens on Saturday, April 8 from 6pm. The dinner will be made from vegetables harvested at the gardens and there will be a meat version and vegan version available. The cost is a donation for dinner and it is bring your own beverage of choice. Email the Mount Vic Hub at nz or call 04 390 1411 to book a place as seating is limited.

Musical festival entry Mersey Street store left with no front carparks due to the cycleway. Photo: Kateni Sau

placed around the corner to help the businesses run smoothly, but Sanjay said people often parked there all day because the car park is shared with nearby cafes and the cinema. “It’s not working. “There are seven shops and only six car parks.” Jayshree said they had noth-

ing against cycling but since the beginning of the year there had been less people using the cycleway. “If you come in the morning they just use the road and not the cycleway,” she said. The Patels said the cycleway has had a big impact on their lives and are struggling to keep their business afloat.

“We [are] losing our livelihood,” Jayshree said. Another dairy on The Parade, Chappies Dairy was approached for comment following speculation their imminent closure was due to the cycleway, however they did not wish to respond. Chappies Dairy will be closing on Friday, March 31.

Resource consent for airport delayed for safety reasons Wellington International Airport delayed its resource consent application last week in order to appeal to the Supreme Court on the Court of Appeal ruling that the Civil Aviation Authority must reconsider its decision on the length of the proposed runway safety area. In a statement airport chief executive Steve Sanderson said it was “vital Wellington Airport has certainty and clarity over how the regulatory requirements relating to aviation safety are applied”. Residents and ratepayers group

Guardians of the Bays welcomed of news of the postponement the progression of its runway extension resource consent in the Environment Court. “Wellington Airport has said in its own memo to the court that it will potentially need to rescope the application or withdraw it completely, if its appeal to the Supreme Court is unsuccessful. “The Pilots Association case on the safety of the extension was before the courts well before Wellington Airport lodged its application to the Environment Court. Yet it still went ahead

and used nearly $3 million of ratepayer funding to scope a proposal which now looks like it will be redundant. “First and foremost, any runway extension must be safe, but to make that happen Wellington Airport’s budget will need serious review,” co-chair Richard Randerson said. Meanwhile the New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association announced it would continue to fight and fund to maintain the Court of Appeal decision for the Director of Civil Aviation Authority to reconsider the review

of the 90-metre safety area. “The sheer amount of public money [the airport] is spending on litigation could instead go towards providing the mechanism that is needed to ensure the safety of passengers and flight crew. “This also includes helping to maintain the reputation of Wellington as a premium and safe tourist destination, as well as a ensuring the guests of government and other visitors arrive safely every day in and out of the Capital,” association president Tim Robinson said.

Local young entertainers can register for this year’s Kapi-Mana Music Festival. Entries are open to any musician or singer in the Greater Wellington Region between years 1 to 13, including home-schooled children. The festival will run over Queen’s Birthday Weekend from June 2 to June 5 at Pataka, Porirua. Details of the Festival can be found at www. Entries can be completed online. For more information call Carolyn Rait 0211210218. Entries close Friday, May 12.

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inbrief news New research towards a Smokefree Wellington Progress towards smokefree inner cities in New Zealand requires specific policies for public urban spaces a project by the University of Otago, Wellington has found. The project used Wellington as a case study to explore options for progressing smokefree outdoor policies in urban public spaces. The study, just published in the Australian New Zealand Journal of Public Health, reported Wellington City Council’s own surveys had found high support for new smokefree policies, but often very low awareness of the current policies.

French at Newtown School? By Emma McAuliffe

A parent led organisation keen to get more speaking French in Wellington has launched a campaign to set up a French/English immersion unit at Newtown School. The bilingual unit would see students learn in both English

and French, similar to a Te Reo Maori unit already at the school. Parent Sondra Bacharach, who hoped one of her children may be involved in the unit in future said the idea started three or four years ago. “There a re already two schools in Auckland and one

in Christchurch. One of the ones in Auckland has already been running for more than 20 years so I guess the real question is why hasn’t there been one started long before now.” She said the unit could be funded by FRENZ, a not for profit organisation which aimed to support the learning

Fountain out of action The landmark Carter Fountain in Oriental Bay has broken down and is likely to be out of action for at least a couple of months. Wellington City Council is organising a barge with a crane so staff and contractors can get out to the fountain to lift out the electric motor and pump that normally sends the water sky-high. The motor will then be off to electrical experts for repairs and any other necessary maintenance.




Olive Allain-Paisley, Samantha Eng, Edith Filoche and Charlotte Allain-Paisley could be students. PHOTO: Supplied

of French in schools. “Having the French community here will benefit not just the French but also children from the United States of America, Canadians who speak French and those from Pacific Islands. It applies to all the children here.” Sondra said she felt there was demand for a bilingual unit in English and French in the community and would contribute to Newtown School’s values and culture. “Newtown School was chosen in part because they have so many different cultures represented in school and the programme supports and values multiculturalism and multilingualism,” she said. Sondra said the consultation was currently with the school’s board of trustees after getting support from the school principal and would then be out to the community. “Right now we are waiting for the Board of Trustees to make a decision. It is really exciting,” she said.  For more information or to have your say head to www.  What do you think? Do you think Newtown School should gain a French immersion unit? Let us know at

Step into autumn at school market By Emma McAuliffe

Berhampore Primary School will be hosting it’s quarterly market this weekend. The Autumn Knack market offers a crafty assortment of original, handmade goodness from art to jewellery to homewares. Co-organiser of the market, Justine Fletcher, said the quar-

terly event was a fundraiser for the school with many regular stallholders and newcomers interested in selling their goods. They would also have a “Kidzone” run by senior students at the school who would look out for younger children. “The Kidzone is run by the senior classes. They do business plans of the types of things they want to do. It’s run by the kids

which is really neat,” she said. She said the autumn theme of this market would be echoed in the products sold by locals. “Generally there’s an autumnal theme to what people might sell in terms of food. Quite a few stalls will also be selling things for the coming winter. The good thing about the markets is the things change seasonally,” she said.

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A Lyall Bay restaurant finally received its liquor licence last Wednesday, despite concerns from neighbours that parking congestion would worsen as a result. Concerned neighbour Rose Johns said parking had become a serious issue near the Botanist – a new vegetarian restaurant on Lyall Parade. “Every day we have to act like parking wardens. Most weekends we have three or four people parked over our drive,” she said. But Rose did not blame the restaurant’s owners, and instead said the street’s limited parking was a problem the Wellington City Council needed to solve. “I’ve put in a request to get resident’s parking and to get yellow lines over the driveway,” she said. “The council wouldn’t listen to us.” The Botanist’s owner Lydia Suggate said Rose often rang to complain about customers and rubbish trucks parking over her driveway but believed Rose had little evidence to confirm the cars belonged to her customers. Lydia and Rose first crossed paths after Rose submitted an


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opposition to the Botanist’s application for a liquor licence. “Rose tried to get a petition signed by other neighbours who opposed the licence,” she said. Rose gathered 25 signatures from neighbours. Lydia had applied for the restaurant’s licence in October and hoped to have approval in time for their opening in late

January. However, it was not approved in time. The restaurant still opened on schedule and operated as an alcohol-free café for its first two months of business. In January, Lydia appealed to the Lyall Bay community to send messages of support for their liquor licence application.

They received 40 messages from neighbours within 24 hours. “The rest of the community has been amazing,” she said. Lydia said it was “such a relief” to finally have the onlicence approved. “Customers can now enjoy “a glass of bubbles with their lunch, which is nice to see.”



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First dates live on stage By Emma McAuliffe

Bronwyn Batten will be bringing her sell out season of Onstage Dating back to BATS next week. PHOTO: Theresa Harrison Photography

BATS Theatre will be playing host to the award winning Onstage Dating again next week. The popular show performed earlier this year in the New Zealand Fringe Festival sees performer Bronwyn Batten go on dates with members of the audience live on stage. The show won an award at the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival and was also nominated for Best Performer at the New Zealand Fringe Festival awards earlier this month. Bronwyn said she had to return to Wellington following her sell-out Fringe season because the audiences were “so lovely”. She said the idea for Onstage Dating came from her interest in online dating and she went on over 50 online dates to develop the show. “I was interested in the fact that online dating is the predominant way that we meet people today. And it can be a fantastic tool for finding people that you wouldn’t ordinarily meet in your day to day life. But it can also be really hard because people are infinitely complex and can’t be summed up in a few lines and a handful of selfies.

“The show itself really explores looking beyond that superficiality to the person underneath and celebrates them,” she said. As part of the show Bronwyn would also talk about terrible online dates she had been on and encourage audiences to share their own experiences. “There was the man who immediately started talking about his irritable bowel syndrome- and a man who was so obnoxious that I took to stabbing myself in the leg with my own fingernails just so I didn’t have to listen to what he was saying,” she said. Bronwyn said her advice for her potential audience dates was to “be yourself”. “Sometimes I have volunteers that think they should behave in a certain way or try really hard to be really funny or clever. The best dates are when you meet a genuine person who’s just answering honestly- and the audience really responds to that.”  Onstage Dating will be taking place at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace, Mount Victoria from April 4 to April 8. The show starts at 8.30pm and runs for 70 minutes. Tickets cost $22 or $16 for concession. To book head to

Arts and culture to benefit from funding boost The city’s arts and culture scene is set to receive a half million dollar boost. Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester announced the $500,000 boost last Friday. The funding will come through a Capital of Culture initiative, with more funding to be made available for new events, access to venues and public art. “Wellington’s arts and culture is part of what we all love about this city and we want to help take that to the next level. “This money will go towards a range of arts and culture projects that will make Wellington an even more vibrant and exciting place to live and visit,” Mr Lester said. Mr Lester said as Mayor and the Arts Portfolio holder he wanted to partner with arts and event organisers to take Wellington’s creative scene to the next level. “I want Wellingtonians and visitors to our city to be wowed by what they see and experience here and make a firm statement that we are an exciting, vibrant city steeped in culture.

“We will also invest in public art on Wellington’s buildings, working with the private sector to encourage more building owners to feature local and international artists’ murals and projects around our city.” The extra funding would not require an increase in rates because it would be met from a reprioritisation of existing funding. “Funding will also go towards backing local artists and performers to present their work in our major Wellington venues. A lack of access to venue space was identified by a recent review as an impediment for local groups. “Taken together these projects will make Wellington more exciting than ever – a city humming with public art and events. These initiatives build on what people already love about Wellington and will help attract more people to visit and live in our city,” Mr Lester said. The Capital Culture initiative would form part of Council’s 2017/2018 Annual Plan.


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On their bikes to help a cause Locals on the last leg of Pedal for Plunket ended their journey across the North Island at the Warehouse Lyall Bay last Thursday. More than 120 team members from The Warehouse and Plunket embarked on a cycle relay the length of New Zealand in March to raise funds for Plunket community services. Now in its second year Pedal for Plunket kicked off its North Island leg in Cape Reinga on March 8. Riders cycled legs of the race through the North and South Islands in unison, calling in to 88 of The Warehouse’s 92 stores along the way. Plunket CEO Amanda Malu said most New Zealanders would know someone who had benefited from Plunket’s essential services. “We need help to raise the $4 million

that we need each year to continue our work in the community, and to ensure we’re able to provide these important services when and where they are needed. “We want to ensure that all children and their families have the opportunity to thrive. But as a charity, we can’t do it alone. By investing in our children, we are investing in our future,” she said. Amanda said the event hoped to raise $300,000 towards Plunket community services. The Warehouse CEO Pejman Okhovat said Plunket was an iconic and vital part of New Zealand communities and The Warehouse was proud to be able to support them. “We [encouraged] New Zealanders to join in the fun in stores, and cheer on our riders as they head to a town near you.”

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New community facility on its way By Kateni Sau WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

Work on the long-awaited community facility situated on the Raukawa Reserve will soon be underway. The Raukawa Street Reserve was reclassified by the council to allow locals to use the facility for community purposes. Known as the Strathmore 44 project, the new community facility is part of a bigger project. Neighbourhood and commu n it y net work s t ea m leader Donna Wilson said Strathmore Park was highlighted as a community facing extensive challenges. “After a variety of hui (meetings) and event engagement some of t he com munity highlighted the strengths, challenges and opportunities for their suburb and the Strathmore 44 project transpired from that,” she said. Donna said the community expressed disappointment at the lack of facilities in Strathmore Park which is why the council decided to reclassify the reserve. “Wellington City Council realised the need to locate a building where it could

support some of the community who experienced challenges with transport and the urban form, hence Raukawa Reserve.” She said there has been a lot of interest and involvement from the community throughout the process. “A number of [residents] have already expressed a desire to have support services and organisations deliver pop-up type programmes out of the facility. “[We have had] a number of residents [who] are involved in volunteering, organising events and having positions on the steering group.” Donna said there was still a lot of work to do to bring Strathmore Park together but there were lots of opportunities for the suburb. “Wellington City Council is in the process of hiring a Community Development Officer (CDO), funded through the Department of Internal Affairs, to work with the residents across the whole of the suburb to ensure the Strathmore 44 project is a community-led, place based project and determined and led by the community.” The facility should be ready for use by mid-May and the use will be determined by the Community.




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Q: What would you like to see happen in Wellington this year?

Fiona Gore, Brooklyn

Mutu Montgomery, Newtown

Leilani Naufahu, Newtown

Helen Kitching, Newtown

Vallen Cuthbertson, Newtown

Karena Kartono, Newtown

“More programmes for kids to get involved. They need more cultural programmes rather than just sport. Certain areas in Wellington need to cleaned up.”

“I would like to see more cultural festival days. We need festivals where everyone can showcase their culture.”

“I don’t know . Maybe more to do.”

“More things to keep teenagers occupied that are free.”

“It would be great to see a community barbecue at parks. It would bring more people together.”

“More big festivals like the Newtown Festival. It was awesome, the food was good and it was free which is good for students.”

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.

Our delusional leadership strikes again Dear Ed, The recently trumpeted 100 years resilient Wellington plan is a dodgy globalisation initiative, that’s been foisted upon us by the Rockefellers. Wellington is a modernist city populated by people with a modernist mind-set, so it could never become a model for a better, postglobalisation world. Anyway, Welling-

ton as we know it will not exist in 100 years, as it will either be destroyed by a natural disaster, or the fallout from a man-made apocalypse. We humans are a deeply floored, delusional and maladapted species, who’re well on track to destroy the planet that sustains us and ourselves in the process. Our only hope is to develop totally new environments

Focus on Wellington seat Dear Ed, I was gobsmacked to read of Cr David Lee’s proposal (CSN 16/3/17) that he plans to remain as a Wellington City councillor should he be elected to represent the Ilam seat in Canterbury in the General Election. How anyone can expect to represent

a constituency in Wellington and one in the South Island and do justice to either is beyond me. His rationale didn’t make any sense and stripped of the verbiage it simply seems to be a quest for two salaries. Cr Lee has been virtually invisible in the southern ward since being

Be polite in stores elected to Council. A Greenie elder needs to take him to one side and suggest he either concentrates on doing his job on the Council properly or he steps down. Alison Timms, Island Bay

Time limits apply Dear Ed, For a few months maybe more the Disabled Car Park outside the West Pac Bank in Onepu Road, Kilbirnie, (west side) has had only one occupier all day Monday to Friday from early morning to mid-afternoon, a

light green Mitsubishi Colt. This disabled car park is in middle of a P30 parking time limit. It appears this time limit P30 has no effect on this owner as they treat it as their own personal car park. Is this person disabled? Or using somebody

and ways of life that would empower us to tap into our supernormal potential, thereby accelerating our individual and collective maturation. Of course this will only be possible if a Messiah or a Merlin step in to save us from ourselves. Johnny Overton, Miramar

else’s disabled parking notice for the dashboard of the car? When I was in another NZ city recently, I had the use of a disabled notice for use in my car, it was not mine. Bee Mac, Kilbirnie

Dear Ed, I sometimes look in at local op shops when I am in their area. Early last week I was in the Kilbirnie Mary Potter op shop in Baycourt Plaza. While I was in there I noticed there was some background music playing. As it was a song I remembered, I began to sing along with it. At the time I was upstairs in the shop, away from the counter. I had decided to buy a beach towel so I brought it downstairs to the counter to buy it. Only one other customer was standing at the counter. The shop manager looked at me and told me to “shut up”. This was said without any preliminary conversation from her. I wasn’t loud. The background music would have been considerably louder. At the time I was too

surprised to say anything and I just bought the towel and left. So, at the risk of over-reacting, I would like to make a couple of points. It doesn’t seem very professional to utter such a confrontational remark to someone with a purchase in their hands. The other aspect here, is that op shop clientele include people who may have personality disorders, and as such one would think that an op shop assistant would try to avoid having a customer assault her. It made me wonder what kind of training op shop staff are given. I have never been spoken to in such a way in op shops in Newtown, Thorndon, Miramar, or Karori. I guess there is a first time for everything. Christine Swift Island Bay

Rape Crisis launches annual appeal Wellington Rape Crisis’ annual appeal is happening this week, with street collectors raising money today and sponsor events running throughout the week. Donations to the cause can also be made through the agency’s website and will go towards operating costs which are not covered by government funding. Agency manager Kyla Rayner

said Wellington Rape Crisis provided vital services to survivors of sexual abuse and violence in the Wellington region and relied on public donations to continue running. “While the agency receives some grants from central and local government, it isn’t enough to meet the high demand for our counselling and support

services,” she said. In 2016, Wellington Rape Crisis delivered over 900 counselling sessions, provided social work support, ACC counselling and operated a drop-in centre where survivors could get immediate support. “Our annual appeal keeps us going and also reminds survivors and their loved ones that there are

places they can go for help. “New Zealand has horrific rates of sexual violence and abuse. Our attitudes towards sex, consent and respect are slowly improving, but there are still huge numbers of people who need our support, from clients with long-term counselling needs to survivors in crisis who need immediate help.”

Kyla said there were many ways Wellingtonians could show their support for the agency. “You can donate cash to our street collectors [today], run your own fundraiser at work, or make a donation through the Wellington Rape Crisis website. “Every dollar donated can make a huge difference to someone’s life.”

Thursday March 30, 2017

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New director for community based education centre New director Nigel Sutton with Colin Wharton. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe By Emma McAuliffe

The Wellington High School Community Education Centre welcomed a new director this week. Nigel Sutton started at the Mount Cook school on Monday, with outgoing director Colin Wharton set to retire yesterday. Colin had been director of the centre for eight years. He said he would be retiring in Feilding following 40 years of educating in various shapes and forms. His favourite part of the Community Education Centre was the people. “I love dealing with people and making a difference in their lives. They might be doing classes for recreational purposes or to gain skills. We deal with all different people here, migrants, refugees. We’re with the high school connecting with people from all kinds of ethnic groups,” he said. The Community Education Centre has been in Wellington in various forms for over 100 years. Colin estimated it had over 6000 adult students attend the 700 different classes on offer last year.

“This is a high school that is currently doing what not many other schools are doing. More schools around the country should be doing this,” he said. Nigel, a previous student of the education centre, said he had a “fantastic” first day in the office and looked forward to getting his teeth into the role. He said he had come from a background of “lifelong learning” himself. “I love learning. I believe in the power of lifelong learning and learning for learning sakes. I think all education is good. I’ve not ever come across a time where education has been a disservice to someone,” he said. Nigel said he believed the education centre had cemented itself as an “inherent” part of the community. He said he would be looking forward to helping the centre grow in its social media presence and further cement its place in the Wellington community in years to come.  For more information on the Wellington High School Community Education Centre head to www.cecwellington.

Eleanor Burns, Ottilie Bleackley, Sophie Plimmer and Drew Welsby get into character for Queen Margaret College’s production of Beauty and the Beast. PHOTO: Supplied.

Queen Margaret College will bring the classic fairy tale, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to the stage next month. It promises to be a trip down memory lane for many who grew up with this timeless story of princes, spells and talking furniture and will feature the animated film’s Academy Award winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton. Award winning director and international improviser Patrick Davies is directing the production supported by musical director Tim Jenkin and choreographer Leila Morad. The cast includes students from Scots College, Wellington College and St Patrick’s College as well as Queen Margaret College. Mount Cook resident and year 13 student at Queen Margaret College, Ottilie Bleackley, who plays talking teapot Mrs Potts, said the most challenging aspect of the production was choreographing the 60 plus cast on stage for each of the

Keep an eye out for the Southern Suburbs Stroke Club next week as they hit the pavement hoping to educate and collect for stroke awareness. Club chairwoman Robin Boldarin said the group was associated with the Central Region Stroke Club and met on Tuesdays of the month at the Trinity Union Church in Newtown. “It’s for stroke survivors, care-

takers or supporters. We usually get around 20 people coming along a week. You don’t have to be a stroke survivor or carer to join us,” she said. As part of their meetings the group has group exercise sessions, water therapy, reflexology, guest speakers, stroke support and younger stroke survivor group. Robin said they were looking out for a couple more collectors for their awareness campaign and

 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be performed on Wednesday, April 5, Thursday, April 6, Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 at 7.30pm at Queen Margaret College Hall. Tickets cost $20 plus booking fee for adults and $15 plus booking fee for students. To book head to apr/beauty-and-the-beast

Rates set to increase Wellington Mayor Justin Lester announced that average rates would increase by 3.3 per cent this year on Monday. The council’s long-term plan had initially forecasted 5.1 per cent increase. The Mayor said the council has achieved the lower rates in-

Supporting stroke awareness By Emma McAuliffe

musical numbers. “Both the cast and crew have been putting a lot of time and effort into this production to give our audience the best performance – it is hugely rewarding to see it all coming together.” Roseneath resident and year 11 student Eleanor Burns, who plays Cogsworth, said the directing team’s enthusiasm and creativity would make Beauty and the Beast an unmissable show. “The show has been brought to life through the costumes, technology and the energy the cast bring. “There are still some set surprises coming that we don’t even know about,” she said.

donations to support the charity.  The Southern Suburbs Stroke Club are still looking for a couple of extra street collectors in the southern suburbs next week. To get involved contact Robin at robin.boldarin@parliament.  The Southern Suburbs Stroke Club meet every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Trinity Union Church in Newtown from 1.45pm until 3.45pm.

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Batman vs White Face Crew perform. PHOTO: Fiona Gunter-Firth

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present a 20 minute opera by Stravinsky with 19 players, acrobatics by Te Auaha students, and four professional opera singers. The event also saw 150 samba performers aiming to outdo each other in costume and performance energy. Included in this were AK Samba from Auckland, Tartan Samba from Auckland, Bay Batucada from Hawkes Bay and Wellington Batucada. ď Ž Did you head along to Cuba Dupa? What did you think? Let us know at

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14 Thursday March 30, 2017 Death Notices

School receives grant for books

BARR, Douglas Johnston (Doug): March 27, 2017. BRIDGE, Geoffrey Stephen James: March 18, 2017. METHORST,Wayne: March 24, 2017. WONG, Queenie (Jan): March 26, 2017. WOOLCOTT, Irwin: March 12, 2017. Wellness and Health

Island Bay School received a grant at the beginning of the month from the W F Educational Trust to purchase library books for the school. The foundation, established in 1997, was named after W F (Bill) Anderson in recognition of his lifetime of community services to the people of Wellington South. Bill was a primary school teacher and later the principal of Houghton Valley School. He was also active in the Island Bay Surf Life Saving Club and the RSA. In the past 15 years the foundation has distributed more than $250,000 to schools in the Wellington South area.


 Island Bay School principal Perry Rush receives a grant from W F Educational Foundation chair John Holden.

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Weet-Bix TRYathlon still on the rise

(L-R) Zara Buchan, Chloe Taylor, Holly McManaway all age 9 finishing the last leg of the race. PHOTO: Supplied. By Kateni Sau WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

Over 2000 people participated in this year’s Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon held at Kilbirnie Park on Sunday, March 19. The popular children’s event is the world’s largest triathlon for under 16s and is held all over New Zealand. National vending manager for Sanitarium Ronny Davidson said the 2017 Weet-Bix kids TRYathlon in Wellington was a fantastic day for all who attended. “The capital city put on great weather for us and we had a record attendance with more

participants than ever swimming, cycling and running the course,” he said. This year’s series marked the 25th anniversary of the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon, and is said to be the most successful ever, with entries across New Zealand up 10 per cent on last year. Ronny said this year’s turn-out was more than they had the previous year. “We had 100 more than last year. “There were 2315 participants.” Participants competed in swimming, cycling and running events. Participants also got up close

and personal with some of New Zealand’s top athletes at the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. Former Silver Fern Irene Van Dyk, New Zealand Women’s Sevens player Portia Woodman, and olympians Sarah Cowley-Ross and Simon Van Velthooven awarded participants with their medals as they crossed the finishing line. Ronny said the goal for next year was to maintain the existing level of participants and ensure all enjoy another fantastic day. The next event for the Wellington area will be confirmed in May but it is likely that it will be held on a similar March date.

Thursday March 30, 2017

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Oh captain, my captain, Sam Whitelock Sam Whitelock the next All Black captain, yes please. A fter the retirement of Richie McCaw after the 2015 Rugby World Cup, No 8 Kieran Read was the logical man for the position but just who was next cab off the rank wasn’t so clear. Now it is crystal clear. Whitelock has been outstanding as the Crusaders captain this season. Not only has his work rate around the field been just as stellar as any other year but his actual ability to “captain” has been a major improvement. Captaincy runs deeper than simply your actions around the field; it’s about controlling the tempo of a game and ensuring the right decisions are made. Against the Western Force, Whitelock made every move a winner. He kicked for touch from penalties to use the dominant rolling maul, he chose scrums over shots at goals and he was

prepared to let his voice be heard to the referee. Notably he mentioned to the man with the whistle that he felt his players were not being allowed to regain their feet when fielding a grubber kick. That sort of thing wasn’t necessarily what you’d expect from the big lock who had previously been known as a follow my actions kind of player. If anything were to happen to Read, who has long suffered from concussion concerns, I would have no problem with Whitelock leading the men in black in any test match. If he has to wait until after the 2019 Japan World Cup, he’ll be 30-years-old, so who knows if he poses enough of a long term option to be made captain or whether it would go to someone like Sam Cane who is three years younger than Whitelock. Either way, Sam’s the man now and a leader in black for the future.

Swindale Shield tables Club rugby’s Swindale Shield started on Saturday, 18. Currently Oriental- Rongotai are sitting at first equal on the table with Upper Hutt and Old Boys University at 10 points. Marist St Pats is third on six points. Oriental-Rongotai will be taking on Tawa this weekend at the Polo Ground. Meanwhile Marist St Pats will be playing the Upper Hutt Rams at Evans bay Park. Both games will be played on Saturday, kick off is at 2.45pm.

Top 10 placings for Lyall Bay club at nationals By Emma McAuliffe

Despite a stormy summer a local surf life club have managed to pick up two top 10 spots at the TSB Bank National Surf Life Championships last week. Lyall Bay Surf Lifesaving Club came sixth at the Christchurch event held on March 19. They scored 46 points, just a fraction behind Orewa Surf Life Saving Club who came in fifth. Mount Maunganui won the event. Coach Craig Jones said he was very pleased with how the club went at the event, as their under 14s group also finished in the top 10. “We’ve had good luck across the board. “We picked up about eight titles which is four more than usual. It’s the best we’ve done in five years. Five made New Zealand teams as well,” he said. He said this was especially impressive as poor weather conditions over the summer and a lack of clubroom facilities had made summer training difficult. “All round this was the best we’ve done in a while across the board. We got medals in every single arena. We also had new people getting medals who hadn’t got medals before,” Craig said. Craig said the team were now on a break until May when training would begin again. “Now all we need is a club,” he said.  For more information on the Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club head to


The successful club team. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

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Get vaccinated now! Influenza Vaccinations The flu season is here again and Newtown Medical Centre is running its “Flu Vaccine Clinics” most days over the next month or so. Protection against flu is advisable for anyone whose state of health is not the best. Flu is a viral infection which cannot be treated by antibiotics; once you have caught flu you have to let the illness run its course and for people with a fragile state of health this is risky and a number of people die from the illness every year. Flu vaccinations are free for people over 65 and for most of those with ongoing health conditions. Over the next few weeks we will be progressively contacting those we know to be eligible and inviting them to make appointments for their “flu jabs”. If you think that you are at risk of catching flu but are not eligible for a free vaccination we can still vaccinate you. Business owners could think about providing their staff with protection against catching flu and arrange for us to vaccinate their staff – this is cost

effective in terms of reduced sick pay and loss of productivity.

Common Infectious Diseases in New Zealand There are a variety of other vaccines some of which may be funded for particular groups. If you think any of these are appropriate for you, consult your GP who will advise you, taking into consideration your state of health. Vaccines for the common childhood disease chicken pox (Varicella) are not funded but are available and suitable for children from 9 months onwards and for adults. These will provide protection from infection or

reduce the severity of chicken pox. Shingles is a distressing illness caused by a reactivation of the chicken pox virus in people who had chicken pox as a child. While not everyone will suffer from it the effects can be long lasting and may recur. A vaccine is available and recommended for those over 50 years, including those who have had shingles in the past or who are living with someone with a weakened immune system.

HPV virus is funded for males and females between 9 and 26 years and protects men and women against genital warts and women against cervical cancer. Infected men may spread the infection and they can also develop cancers. The vaccine can be given to people outside the funded age range but this is at a cost to the patient.

Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the virus that causes warts including genital warts. Some subtypes are implicated in cancers. HPV can spread through skin to skin contact as well as sexual intercourse. The HPV vaccine covering certain strains of

Meningitis is a very serious disease commonly caused by meningococcus, a bacterial infection. If bacteria pass into the blood, the disease usually progresses very quickly. A person with meningococcal disease may develop meningitis (inflammation of the membranes around the brain) but also septicaemia (blood infection) or pneumonia (lung inflammation). These can lead to death. Vaccination against meningitis is recommended for adolescents and young adults living in close proximity to each other, (e.g. boarding school, university halls of residence, longterm institutional care), travellers to high-risk countries and Hajj pilgrims. In some circumstances it may be appropriate for infants and young children.

the NZ immunisation schedule so most people have had a tetanus injection but should see their GP to check if it is up to date.

virtually eradicated in NZ but can still be contracted overseas. You should check your vaccination status with your GP.

Poliomyelitis is a highly contagious viral disease caused by three types of poliovirus (types 1, 2 and 3). Prior to the development of polio vaccines nearly every person exposed became infected, with the highest disease rate being in infants and young children. Infection can result in irreversible paralysis, usually of the leg muscles but in a small percentage of cases the breathing muscles are paralysed and the person may die. Polio can only be prevented through immunisation, and has been

Insects do transmit some diseases e.g. Dengue Fever, Zika against which there are no vaccines and so protection against insect bites is important. Malaria is also contracted from infected mosquito bites but there are medicines that can be taken to prevent this potentially fatal infection.

Pneumococcal disease occurs throughout the year but is more common in autumn and winter. Pneumococci are the leading cause of bacterial pneumonia in young children and adults aged 65 years and older. The infection can also result in meningitis and septicaemia and the pneumonococcal vaccine provides protection against these life threatening diseases.

Travellers Diseases and Vaccines Travellers leaving New Zealand, particularly for some less developed countries, may be exposed to infection by diseases which are very rare in New Zealand. Depending on which parts of the world you intend to visit there are diseases which it is advisable to be protected against. We are able to consult with our patients on the routine, recommended and sometimes required vaccines. As these change from time to time your GP will have the latest information. Our Dr I-Pen Hsu has specialised in Travel Medicine. Typhoid and Hepatitis A can be found in contaminated food and water. We can immunise against

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